2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
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Book Review: 29 Seconds by T.M. Logan

T. M. Logan writes some very cool thrillers… They tend to be family-based, and involve impossible decisions and choices. The situations that these otherwise average people find themselves thrown into are just plausible enough to suck you right into the drama and make you wonder what you would do if you found yourself in a similar circumstance. The result is a heady mixture of entertainment, engagement, and surprisingly deep thinking about morality and choices and what we are willing to do to protect those around us, and it makes for a great read! (If you’re curious, I reviewed Lies on GoodReads.) Continue reading Book Review: 29 Seconds by T.M. Logan

Book Review: The Trusted by Michelle Medhat

I really wanted to like this one, but just never felt like I connected enough with any of the characters to care what was happening to them… (I feel like I’ve been starting a lot of reviews this way lately, and it’s starting to get depressing.) The promise of MI6, secret lives, and a supernatural threat drew me in, but the delivery lacked something significant for me… Continue reading Book Review: The Trusted by Michelle Medhat

Book Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

I just LOVE Abbi Waxman – she writes lovely, silly, sweet, poignant, surprisingly insightful characters who live ordinary lives, with all the extraordinary nonsense that inhabits them… Her characters leap off the page and into your mind and heart, and they do so not only because of the thoughtful way that they are crafted but because they are so eminently relatable. My first foray into her world was via Other People’s Houses, which was a fantastically funny look at suburban mommy neighborhood drama. This time Waxman takes on the singleton life, and she makes the experience feel just as resonant and believable and true, despite the wild disparity in lifestyles described therein. Continue reading Book Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Book Review: The Need by Helen Phillips

Well, this one was…weird. Nearly entirely in a VERY good way, although I’m not sure how I feel about the end such as it is… I don’t mind an oblique story – or an oblique ending. But I DO like there to BE an ending – and in this case I’m not entirely sure I ever got the feeling that it ended so much as stopped.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Before we can talk about the end and whether it satisfied or not we have to talk about the entirety of what came before it and that was, for the most part, brilliant.

This is self-described as a genre-buster, and it is certainly that. The blurb is (deliberately) vague about what is to come. As I started reading I quickly realized why – the off-kilter, what’s real, WTF nature of the story is a vast part of what makes it so fascinating. Had there been a genre or more descriptive blurb provided, much of that uncertainty would have been subsumed by presumptions and assumptions – and that would have wrecked the pure exhilarating joy of reading something that could have, almost literally, gone in any direction at any point… It was fascinating to see where my imagination too me – as much so as to see where Phillips actually took Molly. Continue reading Book Review: The Need by Helen Phillips

Book Review: The Dead Girl in 2A by Carter Wilson

Carter Wilson writes seriously freaky weird books – and I mean that in the best possible way…

This was yet another example of his devilishly clever mind playing with the concepts of good and evil, memory and secrets. He bats them about like a cat toying with a mouse, demonstrating a single-minded intent to disrupt the reader’s preconceptions every step of the way. He couples that with an innocent “who, me?!” face as he teases out cosmic truths and self-realizations, all the while whisking his characters from side to side along seemingly random but ingeniously devised paths until you’re left with a battered, dizzy, reeling sense that nothing will ever look quite the same… It’s an incredibly intricate, involved, brilliant manner of storytelling that I find remarkably compelling and highly entertaining. Continue reading Book Review: The Dead Girl in 2A by Carter Wilson

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