The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor ★★★★★ #bookreview

35008529This is a gem of a book. I just love discovering books like this and I can’t praise it enough. It is a super emotional middle grade book about a young boy with a learning disability who recently lost his best friend and is relentlessly bullied by the neighborhood kids. I fell in love with Mason and just wanted to Continue reading “The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor ★★★★★ #bookreview”

The Dry by Jane Harper ★★★★☆ #bookreview

27824826This was a debut novel and fantastic Australian whodunit/ mystery/thriller.  I almost don’t want to provide a synopsis of this book for fear of providing any spoilers, but suffice it to say a Federal Police member returns to his hometown during a drought for the funeral of a friend. He becomes caught up in a murder investigation that ultimately reveals long buried secrets.

This is a quick read for me, yet the pace felt steady and slow as it built up to the reveal.  The writing was excellent – very atmospheric, Continue reading “The Dry by Jane Harper ★★★★☆ #bookreview”

The Collector’s Apprentice by B. A. Shapiro ★★☆☆☆ #bookreview

38746165I loved The Art Forger and The Muralist by this author, but this one fell flat for me. Like Shapiro’s other books the story is about art/paintings, this time focusing on recovering a “stolen” art collection and seeking revenge. To me it seemed overlong and wasn’t nearly as interesting as the other books by Shapiro I mentioned above. This was more of a tedious read than an intriguing read. The book was filled with long stretches of repetitive and ultimately boring storylines. And honestly, while it had an art theme, it wasn’t an art focus like her other books and I think this one lacked because of that.  Shapiro obviously has a passion for painting and I just didn’t feel that passion come through this time. I won’t give up on Shapiro though. I will read more of her work.

Published October 16th 2018 by Algonquin Books

My rating – 2 out of 5

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Bright Side by Kim Holden ★★★★★ #bookreview

brightI don’t often cry when reading books and I’m not typically an overly emotional person. But this book brought a few tears to my eyes. Won’t give away any spoilers here for those that haven’t read it and may want to, but generally it is about a college age girl that is known as Bright Side (Kate) by her best friend (and budding rock star) Gus. He calls her Bright Side because she ALWAYS finds the bright side, no matter what horrible events may befall her. This is a generally predictable love story between Kate and a guy she meets in college. They both have secrets (don’t they always?) and it isn’t long before you know exactly the story will end, YET THE ENDING STILL HITS YOU IN THE GUTS – HARD. It is difficult to say I enjoyed a book like this… perhaps it would be more accurate to say I appreciated this book. The positivity was a nice message and it was well written.

Published July 4, 2014 by Do Epic LLC

My rating – 5 out of 5

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Replay by Ken Grimwood ★★★★☆ #bookreview

replayThis is a fantasy/sci-type book that is not generally my cup of tea. I like time-travel books though so I thought I would give this a chance. It is about a man that dies at the age of 43, but instead of just dying, he returns to age 18 with all of his memories from the next 25 years still intact. He lives all over again in real time, until age 43. Then he dies again and the cycle starts over – and he “replays” his life in a seemingly unending loop. This book is less about time travel to me and more about what would you do differently if you could live your life over. How many times have we all said “If I knew then what I know now”? Well, would you change things? Could you change things? This book explores what could have been and what could never be as we follow his life through the replays and see how altering things ultimately affects him and those around him. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 simply because, for me, I felt myself getting a tad bored during the middle (and that is never a good thing) but ultimately I really enjoyed this book. It was the World Fantasy Award winner for Best Novel in 1988.

Published originally in 1987.

My rating – 4 out of 5

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Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb ★★★★★ #bookreview

lakeGothic horror/gothic romance is one of my all-time favorite genres, and it is so hard to find well written books in that genre. But look no more! Wendy Webb ROCKS! Daughters of the Lake is a gothic murder mystery – full of intrigue, betrayal, folklore, dreams, fog, and things that go bump in the night. It is like I custom ordered a book from the author! Quick synopsis – Almost divorced Kate is staying at her parents house when she discovers a dead woman and baby washed up on the shore of Lake Superior. No one can identify the woman or the baby – but Kate has been dreaming about her and works to discover who she is and how she was killed. I devoured this book and desperately wanted more – I will be reading everything by Ms. Webb from now on!

Published November 1, 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

My rating – 5 out of 5

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Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini ★★☆☆☆ #bookreview

numbersAs an engineer and someone who loves numbers I really wanted to love this book. But it was way too long and it didn’t emphasize the interesting part of her life. This book is about Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate child of Lord Byron. She was exceptionally smart and is credited as being the first “computer programmer” due to her work on the Babbage’s counting machine.

The first half of the book was just Continue reading “Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini ★★☆☆☆ #bookreview”