Category: Book Reviews

Review: Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

Review: Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

This review should have been posted weeks ago, but I’ve been having a hard time deciding what I want to say. Someone Else’s Love Story isn’t the kind of book I usually enjoy reading, really, but it’s a cute story. For the most part. The story has one major flaw that almost outweighs all the good things about it. So for this review, I’m going to go with the Pros/Cons list. Ready? Pros: 1.  I love the opening line: “I […]

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Audiobook Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch

Audiobook Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch

This book is very polarizing: it seems that people either love it or hate it with a passion. Based on the ratings and reviews on Goodreads, there’s not much in-between. One of the things pissing people off is The Dinner being hailed as the “European Gone Girl” by the Wall Street Journal. I’m not sure why the WSJ tried to compare the two books–the only similarities are the depravity of the characters and a kind of quiet psychological unease The Dinner […]

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Review: The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

Review: The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

What would you do if a war were being fought in your country, and your town or city was occupied by enemy forces? Would you cooperate or would you be subversive? What if your survival and the survival of your family depended on which choice you made? Would that make the choice between cooperation and subversion easier? What if the person you loved the most were arrested and taken into custody by the enemy…would you do everything in your power […]

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Review: The Returned by Jason Mott

Review: The Returned by Jason Mott

Fifty years ago, Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s son, Jacob, died on his eighth birthday. In the decades since, Harold and Lucille have gotten on with their lives and have learned to live without him. Though they still think of him and miss him from time to time, the pain of his loss has diminished and a strong marriage has held them together. As have their stubborn personalities. Then one day, Jacob comes back to Arcadia, North Carolina. A knock on […]

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Review: Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

Review: Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

Let me start by saying that Mother, Mother is a real page-turner. I could have plowed through it in about a day if I’d had the time. It’s fast-paced, the writing is simple, and the subject matter is of the I’m-feeling-really-uncomfortable-but-can’t-stop-reading kind. Mother, Mother is part psychological thriller, part study of a dysfunctional family. It’s written in the alternating perspectives of two of the Hurst children, Violet and Will, ages sixteen and ten or eleven, respectively. Their mother, Josephine, is […]

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Review: Mystery Girl by David Gordon

Review: Mystery Girl by David Gordon

Isn’t the cover of this book fantastic? I love it. We’ve always been taught not to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes that is the main reason I decide to read (or not read, as the case may be) a particular book. That was the case with Mystery Girl. Yes, the premise sounded good, but when it was offered to me by TLC Book Tours I ultimately said yes because I love the cover. Heh. Now I find […]

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Review: The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

Review: The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

This book is so good. The Panopticon is written in first-person, narrated by a 15-year-old girl named Anais Hendricks. The story is set in Scotland and when it opens, Anais is being accused of beating a police officer into a coma and is being placed in an institution called the Panopticon. The rest of the story goes through Anais’s time in the Panopticon and the life circumstances/choices that have ultimately led to her being placed there. The subject matter doesn’t […]

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Review: Race Across the Sky by Derek Sherman

Review: Race Across the Sky by Derek Sherman

The back cover of Race Across the Sky asks, “Who would you run one hundred miles for?” My answer? Nobody. Let’s be realistic here: I’d never make it. I probably couldn’t even run two miles without hurting myself and/or passing out at this point in my life, and that’s not going to help anybody. I can think of a lot of things I would do and sacrifice for the people I love, but running one hundred miles is not any […]

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Review: In the Land of the Living by Austin Ratner

Review: In the Land of the Living by Austin Ratner

In the Land of the Living is a coming-of-age story, a family saga, a book about fathers and sons (and brothers), a story highlighting the differences and misunderstandings between generations. It also has a sins-of-the-father-being-visited-on-the-son undertone, in a way. It begins with the story of Isidore, which is told as a kind of epic myth about a hero: That there lived a man named Isidore Auberon, there can be no dispute. There is the reflex hammer with the reddish rubber […]

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Review: The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

Review: The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

  London, 1955. Grace Munroe is in a loveless marriage with a cheating husband. Having lived a rather sheltered childhood in Oxford, her marriage has also thrown her into the fashionable, upscale social circles in London, which she is not fond of. Social conventions be damned. Even though her tendency to be meek means she tends to do as her husband wishes, she isn’t happy with that arrangement. Of course, finding out that her husband is cheating on her doesn’t […]

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