Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Review: I Let You Go

I Let You Go I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A five year old is dead after a speeding car hits the child and does not stop for help -- a fatal hit and run.
Who was at the wheel? Where is the car? Were there any witnesses?

This novel had intrigue, twists and turns, multi-layered storyline - but also a level of abuse that left me very unsettled.

In the end, I didn't like it.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Review: Maybe in Another Life

Maybe in Another Life Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How different would your life be if you'd made different choices?
A summer, chick-lit novel that explores such a dilemma.
Told in alternating chapters of, "what if," we get a peek at what Hannah Martin's life might have been, or not, had she gone home with high school boyfriend, Ethan.
Almost a "choose your adventure story" for twentysomethings.
Great dialog and themes.
I'll be generous and give it 4 stars.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars
Entertaining, futuristic novel based on 80s geek culture. Interesting cast of misfits who save the "virtual world."
I wasn't much vested in the first 2/3 of the book, but the last 1/3, including the final battle, were highly exciting.
A sweet ending too.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Review: A Tangle of Gold

A Tangle of Gold A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I loved the first two books in this series, and think Jaclyn Moriarty's writing is whimsical and electric. My lack of enthusiasm for this book rests entirely on me -- I simply didn't remember enough from the first two books to make sense of what happened in the final book.
I loved the relationship between Madeleine and Elliott and their multi-dimensional worlds and all the crazy things that happen between them and their friends to bring about a "colorful" ending. But I spent better part of the book totally confused.
So -- 5 stars for creativity and originality - 2 stars for reader inadequacy.

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