Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage ★★☆☆☆ #bookreview

babyteethSynopsis from Goodreads
Meet Hanna. She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.

Meet Suzette. She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.

My Thoughts
I had a wonderful compliment from a reader indicating they enjoyed the Pros and Cons book review format I have used in the past so I will start using it more often. That format obviously works best when I actually have pros and cons to report and that is definitely the case for this book. Since there were things I liked about this book and things I did not like at all, here are my Pros and Cons: Continue reading “Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage ★★☆☆☆ #bookreview”

After She’s Gone by Camilla Grebe ★★★☆☆ #bookreview

aftershesgoneSynopsis from Goodreads
In a small backwater town in Sweden, a young boy with a dark secret comes across a diary. As a cold case investigation suddenly becomes eerily current, a police investigator mysteriously disappears. What links these seemingly random events? As atrocious acts from the past haunt the present and lives are changed forever, some will struggle to remember – while others struggle to forget.

My Thoughts
There were things I liked about this book and things I did not like at all – here are my Pros and Cons: Continue reading “After She’s Gone by Camilla Grebe ★★★☆☆ #bookreview”

The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross ★★★☆☆ #bookreview

batbSynopsis from Goodreads
I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both. I am the Beast.

He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company—until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation.

Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse . . .

My Thoughts
There were things I liked about this book and things I did not like at all. I’m going to break my review down into a pros and cons list. Continue reading “The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross ★★★☆☆ #bookreview”

A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel ★★★★☆ #bookreview

herself_othersSynopsis from Goodreads
Only when she’s locked away does the truth begin to escape.

Four walls. One window. No way to escape. Hannah knows there’s been a mistake. She didn’t need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at her summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctors and judge figure out that she isn’t a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year. In the meantime, she is going to use her persuasive skills to get the staff on her side. Then Lucy arrives. Lucy has her own baggage. And she may be the only person who can get Hannah to confront the dangerous games and secrets that landed her in confinement in the first place.

My Thoughts
Hannah is an intelligent and mature young lady, but is also a little bit unlikable. She can seem a bit arrogant at times and often thinks of herself as better than others (although she recognizes her perceived superiority and tries to actively hide it from others so they aren’t uncomfortable around her).

Hannah may or may not have done something to her roommate Agnes that caused her serious injury. As a result Hannah is Continue reading “A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel ★★★★☆ #bookreview”