Book Reviews: Unpopular Opinions

There is no one book for everyone, and that is okay. 

If there is a lot of hype around a book it can go either way: it can exceed the already high expectations you have set for it, or it can disappoint you. Not sure if it would have disappointed you if it wasn’t hyped up – or maybe it would have – but either way, how you respond and feel during and after reading a book is your own.

Below are three books that didn’t give me the 5 star feels it gave other readers; that is not to say they weren’t good, I just had a different reaction to either a small plot point or the whole book. If you read them, I hope you loved them, and if you decide to read them, I hope you love them! Read More »

Book Review: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

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4.5 disco balls

Published: June 12, 2018 by Minotaur Books
Category: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
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First things first: what a pretty book cover, it’s certainly intriguing. I am a huge fan of suspense books: the build up and the ending need to impress.

Like the book cover, the story did not disappoint.

I was addicted from the start and the chapters move so quick it wasn’t hard to keep saying “just one more chapter.”

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Book Review: Lies by T.M. Logan

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4 disco balls

Publish date: September 11, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Category: Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Crime

Joe is a loving husband and father: a grade school teacher, steady eddie type who doesn’t enjoy conflict. I feel he was rather frustrating in that he never gets mad enough (you will see what I mean). He and his son are driving home when they spot his wife’s car (Mel, who is supposed to be at work) pulling into a hotel. They of course follow her to surprise her. There he finds Mel meeting up with her best friend’s husband, Ben; who is in a mad state. After a scuffle with Joe, Ben goes missing. Guess who is the suspect?Read More »

Book Review: Tell Me You’re Mine by Elisabeth Norebäck

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3.5 disco balls

Publish Date: September 4, 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Category: Suspense, Mystery, Domestic Thriller

Want to read upcoming new releases before they hit the shelves? Join Penguin Random House’s First to Read program – its free – to gain access to a variety of books. That is how I was able to read Tell Me You’re Mine by Elisabeth Norebäck.

When I read the synopsis for Tell Me You’re Mine I was sold. I am a fan of suspense/thriller books and the “is this my long lost daughter” narrative seemed very intriguing. Read More »

Book Review: Tied to Deceit by Neena H. Brar

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just chilling at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland

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3 disco balls

Published: August 4, 2018 by Penguide Books
Category: Mystery, Domestic Thriller

Synopsis: On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh.

As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her.Read More »

Book Review: Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

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Published: July 24, 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
Category: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

But were they really?

Three long time friends (Ashley, Natalie, Lauren) take a girls vacation to Mexico. Three is a crowd. Two are always competing for the leader of the pack’s attention: while loving and hating her at the same time. Make up your darn mind ladies! Anywho, Ashley goes missing after getting into major blows with Natalie and Lauren (separate fights that Natalie and Lauren don’t know all the details of…hmmm).Read More »

Audiobook Review: Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

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3 disco balls

Published: June 5, 2018 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing
Narrator: Phoebe Strole (whom I just discovered was Penny on Glee)
Length: 8 hours, 46 minutes
Category: Young Adult, Supernatural, Mystery, Thriller

Plot:  2.5 disco balls
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I recently downloaded Penguin Random House’s Volumes app on my iPhone and registered as an audiobook reviewer. I like to listen to at least 1 – 2 audiobooks a month during my short drive to the Path train, and especially while doing laundry. I hate folding laundry but audiobooks somehow make it more doable. But I digress.

My first audiobook through this program was Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl, which my friend recently read and recommended. I am not sure if I would have had a different experience with the story had I chose to read it versus listen to it; there was too much going on. I found myself losing interest and it was almost a DNF had I not wanted to figure out what the heck was going on.

I will preface my review with: I typically do not read supernatural and found myself feeling the story was a bit farfetched, but still with a rather interesting concept so I was intrigued. I know I need to make up my mind.Read More »

Book Review: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

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4 disco balls

Published: June 5, 2018 by Doubleday
Category: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

You know how most thrillers keep you on edge a bit throughout the book and typically towards the end there is that “hold your breath” moment. Well, for me this happened at the halfway point of this book and my heart and chest hurt right until the very end.

It wasn’t an overwhelming, constant pulse – but more a slow and growing build up of “how the heck is this going to play out?!” I was on the edge of my seat most of this book, not waiting for a twist: waiting for the ball to drop.Read More »