I’m 7 books behind schedule. It’s haunting me! I was really bad about reading all throughout Spring and that totally threw me off. I pledged to read 35 books this year and I’ve only read 13 so far. Last year I pledged only to read 25 books and I missed it by two books…so all-in-all this year isn’t going well!
Last month was all about the thrillers, and they were great but the creepy (and graphic) stories were getting to be a bit too much for me so I had to switch genres. So here are the book updates of what I’ve been reading lately:
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
This was one of my many thrillers that I read, this was a suggestion from The Skimm. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed. The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.
The bad things first: They could have cut out a lot of details that made this book so long. Luckily, I was listening on audiobook or else I would have skimmed over certain parts that were just overly wordy and detailed. Secondly, this book is GRAPHIC! I thought Luckiest Girl Alive was bad but this is worse. I was told it’s not for the faint-of-heart, which I’m not, but it was still a lot for me to handle at times. So even if you’re an SVU fan, prepare to be a bit shocked. Good things: Great character development. I loved how the story was told from three different point of views that all culminated into one bigger POV once everything came clashing together. This book had me guessing at every part of the book and I couldn’t put it down once I started. You also wanted to jump for joy when the main character gets revenge. Well…I did at least. 3/5 stars.
The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
I know I mentioned this in my last book post but I was only just starting the book and never truly gave you all a full review. This book is about the main character Riley who believes that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now that her father has passed away, she’s cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary.
I really enjoyed this book up until the last 10% or so of it. The mystery kept me going, the characters were intriguing, and there were lots of good twists. However, one of the key plot twists was very predictable and after they acknowledged that, I felt like the book turned a bit into a soap opera. Still a good read. 3/5 stars.
Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews
I’ve only read one MKA book before and that was Ladies’ Night which was about a blogger who had a bad break-up from her husband and he steals her blog. So obviously I was into it. This was another MKA book that was one of her more highly rated books on Goodreads, so I thought I’d break the Thriller pattern and go for a good chick-lit. Right? Wrong! The premise of the story is about Mary Jane Hudgens who believes she is over her ex-husband. Shes already engaged to another man after five years of being divorced. But her ex-husband, Mason’s wedding to his new fiance was postponed, as fate would have it. At that moment, Anna Jane realizes that she has a second chance and that things happen for a reason.
I probably should have stopped once I read the synopsis but I didn’t. I listened to the book at 1.5x speed on audiobook so that I could just finish it already. It was highly predictable with infuriatingly dumb characters. The main character is written to portray the good girl next door type of character but lacks any back bone. She relies on her best friend Pokey to defend her or gives up entirely. Pokey is obnoxious, intrusive, and odd. What sister would chuckle and gossip about her brother having sex with her other brother’s fiance? There is an insane amount of backstory that slows the book down. On a random note that totally kept bugging me was that in every steamy scene, she kept mentioning and sexualizing nipples! Stop bringing up nipples! Don’t worry, she didn’t discriminate she was talking about how sexy men’s nipples are, too. I have a feeling the author might have some sort of strong stance on breastfeeding in public…
Anyways, I could tell the direction that this book was heading within the first 20 minutes of reading this book. Save yourself a whole lot of time by skipping this 400 page book. 1/5 stars.
The Rosie Effect
Many people told me this book isn’t as good as the first, which I thought was to be expected. Nothing is as exciting as a sweeping, seemingly impossible romance. And a pregnancy and marriage, is definitely not as exciting to me. However, I did really enjoy the book similarly to how I enjoyed the Rosie Project. It was good to get a follow-up on the story from the first book, but I doubt it would entice me to read a third book in the series (if there will be one?) 3/5 stars.
That’s all I’ve read recently, folks. I’m onto reading The City of Mirrors in hardback and The Ocean at the End of the Lane on audiobook. Send me some suggestions of books to read. I’m really looking for a good medieval or post-apocalyptic fantasy book next.
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