Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

This week I read:

This book was awesome! It was fast paced, suspenseful, and had a couple of nice surprises in store for the reader. The main character is in her senior year of high school – and the witness protection program. She just wants to keep her head down, blend in, and make it through the last 6 weeks of school so she can attend college and leave the program forever. But as long forgotten memories start to resurface, other demons from her past come back as well. A perfect thriller for your summer reading list!

Four college friends go to a remote Alaskan island to spend the summer working on their art – but they aren’t the only ones who show up! This was a gripping, fast paced story that kept me turning the pages. Plenty of suspense, but with a few minor plot hiccups that I would have missed entirely had I not been so intent on solving the mystery! The writing was a little rough in places, and it wasn’t completely unpredictable, but it was enjoyable, easy reading.

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Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

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This was definitely a #BlameItOnLitsy choice. Despite being published almost 20 years ago, it’s been getting a lot of attention – and good reviews – lately. So much so that when it showed up as a Kindle daily deal, I had to snatch it up. It was definitely suspenseful and interesting, but, to me, it felt like the author took the long way around. Heavy on the court drama and the did she/didn’t she. The twist at the ending did blindside me, but I felt a bit underwhelmed. If you like legal mysteries, this one’s for you.

This book was described as “an homage to 1980’s slashers and mall culture,” How could I resist? The short answer is that I couldn’t. It was a quick, fast paced, fun read. That said, it was rough in some areas and seemed almost as much of a social commentary on consumerism as a teen slasher. It took an odd, unexpected turn that I felt detracted from what was promised. Definitely campy, but that’s the point. 3.5 stars rounded up.

Thanks to NetGalley, the Publisher and the Author for an advanced copy for review.

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Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

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This book drew me in and wouldn’t let me go. It had a bit of everything – secrets, suspense, dogs – even some humor for levity. I loved the characters and the plot – a girl who was found feral and alone in the woods when she was young now, as a teenager, trains search and rescue dogs with her adopted family and they get called to help search for a little girl who’s gone missing – was intensely compelling. As if that wasn’t enough, many things are not as they seem. I loved this book and was surprised to find the author wrote another book I read recently, “The Inheritance Games”, which I enjoyed, but this one was so much deeper and more emotional!

The plot of this book is all in the title, and given what it’s about, how could I not give it a try? But I was still taken by surprise, because it was so much more than I expected! It’s hard to express why I enjoyed this book so much without giving too much away, but the setting, the culture, the empathy the author creates all worked together in a way that had me hooked! Short and almost sweet.

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Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

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This novella was a quick, down and dirty slice of horror by the author of “Clown In A Cornfield”. The MC is a grocery store worker by day, a horror movie director by night, and was developed in a way that felt true to life. But what happens when one of the actors takes things too far? It’s interesting to see the evolution of a writer’s style and talent from their earlier works. This one was a bit rough in places, but it kept my attention more than several more polished works have lately. I understand what Cesare was going for with the ending, and I like it, but I felt it needed just a little bit more, a page, maybe two, to give the reader the payoff they deserve.

This book is a modern day, YA retelling of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s works, and OMG does the author throw references to enough of them in here – I lost count. I am a HUGE McGinnis fan, and a Poe fan, so my expectations were really high for this book. But whereas McGinnis’s characters usually feel deep and developed, in this book they felt kind of shallow and flat. We get slices of the story from both MC’s perspectives, but even though all the reasons are there to feel for the girls, I didn’t. And there’s motivation, sure, but not enough to explain why things would be taken so far. It ends on a cliffhanger that feels more like the book just stopped in the middle. There is a sequel in the works that will hopefully wrap up the loose ends and answer all the questions, but the way it ended with really nothing to satisfy the reader who just spent 370 pages with the book was frustrating. Good, but not as great as I was expecting.

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Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

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I loved “Killer Triggers” by Joe Kenda! It read very much like his old show, Homicide Hunter on Discovery ID – so much so that I could practically hear Kenda narrating the text inside my head! As Kenda leads us through a handful of his memorable cases, readers will find the text rich with his distinctive mix of wit, humor and bada$$ery!

Even those who have never heard of him before will enjoy this in depth look at how homicide cases were investigated during his tenure at the Colorado Springs PD. A must for any true crime fan!

What I enjoyed the most, though, was how Kenda makes himself vulnerable in this book, discussing his own PTSD demons and promoting the importance of cops, EMTs, etc. to reach out and discuss the traumas they experience on the job to keep it from festering and leading to negative behaviors.

Thanks to NetGalley and the Publishers for an advance copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

For some reason I thought this was going to be a YA book. Then, I was slightly concerned because I felt an immediate disconnect with the MC and the situation. And then . . . I fell in love. This is one of those stories where you expect one thing – some ridiculousness or humor – and you find something else – So. Much. Heart. Much in the vein of “There’s Nothing To See Here”, this story will draw you in and endear you to everyone in it. Sweet and magical and delivers all the feels!

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Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

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There’s so much going on it this book! A teenage boy struggling to reconcile the wild stories his grandfather told him with reality after his loss. A mysterious island where he meets mysterious children that give him a glimpse into his grandfather’s past. And . . . Nazis? Yeah, Nazis. But the author does an excellent job of weaving all the threads together, making the outlandish and impossible seem quite sane and able. I found myself accepting even the paranormal-ish aspects of the book without question. An enjoyable adventure!

I’ve read several of White’s books before, and can usually count on her for a good thrill. This one felt different from the start, though. Usually her books center around the suspense of who will be murdered, but this one starts with the murder and switches between what led to the crime and the trial. Still a compelling read, but it didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat quite as much as I’d hoped. It did, however, wrap up with a nice twist!

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Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

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This book was well written, insightful, and at times, poignant. But if I’m being honest, I didn’t really care. This was a good book, but I had to battle my way through it. The plot had me hooked – a plane crashes, and only a single young boy survives. But, while I sympathized for the character who lost his entire family in the crash, I didn’t like him, which made me feel bad. Some of his actions and reactions didn’t ring true. I preferred the scenes without Edward because I felt the author did a better job of letting me know who those characters were. If you’re looking for an emotional character ARC, this one’s for you.

This book is about a podcaster who debarks from her norm of investigating – and solving – cold case murders to covering a rape trial for her third season. While there, a fan who’s case she chose not to pursue baits her with letters about the crime. The scenes shift between her podcast, the courtroom, the letters written to her, and her actions as she investigates the second case when she should be focusing on the first. This book has received All. The. Hype. And while there’s plenty of suspense in this one, I just wasn’t feeling it as strongly as I had hoped. It’s a good book with an engaging story, but it didn’t hit me as intensely as I had anticipated. 4/5 stars.

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Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

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This book has such an exciting premise! Drawn by her dreams into the past, the MC joins her relatives on the Titanic – but someone may be trying to keep her there! Full of suspense, this one didn’t have me reading with quite the urgency as Mather’s other stories, but it kept me hooked! I’m officially a fangirl of this author!

This book! The MC is sent to spend the summer with her uncle who works for a circus on a remote island in Louisiana after he summons for her – only he didn’t. And it’s not just called the Circus Of The Dead – people actually die there, sometimes as part of the acts. Once on the island, she’s desperate to find a way to escape all the ghosts and danger and . . . boys? I really liked this book, but the MC was a little too boy crazy for my taste. Also, while I expected a cliffhanger ending since this is part of a series, I didn’t expect such a sudden and unfulfilling end.

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Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

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This was a really interesting book. The author creates a work of fiction while also drawing on her own family roots based on being one of Cotton Mather’s descendants. She parallels the Salem Witch Trials to modern day bullying in high school while also weaving in a some ghosts and modern day witches. It was fun and suspenseful, with likeable characters, witty dialogue, and plenty of action. I enjoyed this one so much I already bought the sequel!

I’m quickly becoming a big fan of Weiland’s books on the craft of writing! They’re full of useful information, they’re entertaining, and with the many examples she gives using both popular books and movies, they’re easy to understand. I’ve always focused on plot when writing because while reading, even a book full of characters I hate can keep my attention if the plot is good enough, but after reading this I’m going to work on making my stories deeper by developing my character arcs!

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Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

This week I read:

This was definitely an interesting book. Three sisters being raised as extreme ‘Preppers’ encounter issues with other members inside their group, which is paralleled by another storyline that would give too much away if I revealed it. I enjoyed reading about the survival skills, gear, acronyms preppers use, etc., and found several of the characters likeable. Humor helped to balance out the tense subject matter, but this in no way detracted from the suspense. An enjoyable read.

In this book, two half sisters learn about each other and their dad’s secret other life after he dies in a plane crash. I’d heard good things about this book, and really liked the other work I’ve read by this author, but was hesitant to give it a try because it’s written in verse. IDK why I thought this meant it would rhyme and be awkward to read but it didn’t and it wasn’t. I liked the characters, the plot, and the heart in this book. Not my favorite by Acevedo, but still a stellar read and worth a try.

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