Book Review

Book Review: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Publish Date: October 10, 2017

img_0224The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman is The Reese Witherspoon Book Club’s October pick. I have been reading RW Book Club’s monthly pick for the past 4 months, and many of her recommendations before that.

Her selections are excellent. There are a lot of mysteries, thrillers, literary and contemporary fiction. That’s right up my alley.

Previous selections include: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, and Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. You’re pretty much guaranteed to enjoy the books that Reese recommends.

Also, I have never read anything by Alice Hoffman, and there is a lot of buzz about this book so I decided to give it a try. Plus, it’s Halloween time!  Magic and witches fit perfectly with this time of year. Continue reading “Book Review: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman”

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Book Review: The Store by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Publish Date:  August 14, 2017

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The Store knows you better than you know yourself.

The Store can deliver anything to your door via drone, even anticipating needs and desires you didn’t even know you had. New York City writers Jacob and Megan Brandeis go undercover by relocating their family to the The Store’s distribution center in the New Berg, Nebraska. They plan to dig up The Store’s secrets and expose them to the world in a tell-all book. At first, it appears to be an idyllic town and workplace. But slowly they realize that The Store knows what they are doing and will do anything to keep them quiet- including murder. Continue reading “Book Review: The Store by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo”

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Book Review: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian


My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Expected Publication Date: March 13, 2018

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Fiction

A walk of shame was all that she planned, but waking up with a dead body next to her was the last thing that she expected.

Meet Cassie Bowden.

An attractive flight attendant. A handsome, rich hedge fund manager. Flirting at 30,000 feet followed by a boozy date night and a one-night stand.

The morning after, Cassie Bowden wakes up in a ritzy Dubai hotel bed with a monster hangover, blood in her hair, and a very dead Alex Sokolov with his throat slashed. What the hell happened?! Cassie struggles to remember the events of the night, but can’t. She recalls a romantic dinner, lots of booze, a female visitor named Miranda– and then nothing.

This is not the first time Cassie has blacked out after a night of binge drinking and cannot remember events from the previous night. Did she kill her one-night stand after she blacked out? She’s not sure. Continue reading “Book Review: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian”

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Book Review: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Goodreads rating: 3.69 of 5 with 33,591 ratings.

A twisty spy thriller. Not something that you’d expect from a YA author who normally writes about lusty teens and blood sucking covens.

But that’s what makes Stephenie Meyer so talented. She cooks up an intriguing plot that has nothing to do with vampires, werewolves or aliens.

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Stephenie Meyer’s latest book is The Chemist, an adult suspense thriller about Juliana Fortis (known as ‘Alex’ for most of the book), a brilliant, resourceful and paranoid chemist who is former government interrogator trained to torture terrorism suspects with chemicals. Continue reading “Book Review: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer”


Rejected by NetGalley ~ The Half Dozen that Got Away

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I call myself a NetGalley fangirl. I am a very happy user of NetGalley and I’m ARC obsessed.

But, when I’m declined a request to preview a title on NetGalley (my current approval percentage is 64%), it seems to increase my desire to read that book.

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It makes me want to read that book even more than ever. Being rejected for a book makes me interested in it – reverse psychology, perhaps? You always want something that you can’t have, right?

Of course, my declined titles are usually really good books! After getting rejected, I usually end up tracking it on Goodreads, monitoring the rating, and reading the reviews. My thoughts are usually correct – most of them score high Goodreads ratings.

Continue reading “Rejected by NetGalley ~ The Half Dozen that Got Away”

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Now I Know Why It’s Buzzy – Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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I love both covers of this book!

Genre: Fiction

My rating: 5 of 5 bright stars  5 Stars

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This is one of these books that knocks you over unexpectedly.

You’ll want to clear your calendar for reading this one, because the story grabs you at the beginning and doesn’t remove its strong grasp until the very end. It’s all-engrossing.

Plan for this book to be a time sucker, for a good reason. Chores will be ignored, family members will go hungry, meetings will be missed – all because of this book.

And it’s worth it. Continue reading “Now I Know Why It’s Buzzy – Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng”

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Happy Release Day ~ Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

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I am very excited that Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda is being released TODAY! This book has so many different book covers, each cover giving the indication of something foreboding and suspenseful. Which one is your favorite?

I recommend that you READ THIS NOW. This book has an unusual plot with unexpected twist and turns and a satisfying ending. You will love to HATE the main character, Paul Strom!

The story begins with Paul Strom whisking his lovely wife Mia away on a romantic weekend at their lake house. They are a beautiful couple that has everything. It starts out happy, sunny, romantic and light. Continue reading “Happy Release Day ~ Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda”