In The Blood By Lee Isserow

So, I didn’t actually to mean to read this type of a book; I thought it was a regular mystery. I did not enjoy this book, but I will review it based on the writing and the story. For fans of the sci-fi genre, I think it’s probably okay. The writing was good enough, but the story just didn’t connect with me at all. I gave it three stars as I managed to get through the entire thing, but I’ve learned that this genre is not for me.

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Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey

The only word that comes to mind: wow. This book was simply brilliant. I loved the characters, the sudden switch in stories, and the struggle throughout. Frey is an excellent writer though be warned there is strong language in the book. I give it 5 stars, but I did want more resolution with nearly all of the stories.

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five-stars

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

Being from Georgia, I understand that some of the accents and stereotypes are accurate in this book. With that being said, parts of it felt forced and played into the dumb southerner cliché that is a bit annoying. Slaughter does a nice job of pacing the mystery and introducing viable suspects. I found myself blaming one character and then shifting to another, and I enjoyed the ending. Overall, it was good, not great, but definitely worth a read.

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My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

This was such a fun book to read. It was cute and creative, but it was also imaginative and thoughtful. Sam runs away with the support of his family and creates his own home in the woods. The way he connected with the animals made me smile, and his choice for a home was pure genius. This is the perfect book for both young and old alike.

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five-stars

Lost Child by D.S. Butler

There isn’t much that I didn’t enjoy with this book. Butler does a nice job of pacing, character development, and backstory. She kept me guessing, and it was nice to not be able to predict the ending. This was one of my favorite reads of 2017, and I look forward to more of her books.

*** Mini spoiler in the last sentence below regarding the child in the book***

 

 

If you normally stay away from books about children, this one is safe to read.

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Beautifully Cruel by M. William Phelps

If you like predictable, boring, and repetitive books, then this is the one for you. I don’t want to sound mean, but this was honestly one of the worst books I’ve ever read. He repeats so much information, and most of that information is obvious facts that I could have figured out as the story went along. It drags on for an eternity and has almost no twists or turns. You know what they say: you can’t appreciate the good in life without the bad.

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two-star-rating

Weycombe by G.M. Malliet

There are many things that I enjoyed about this book. I liked the sarcastic tone of the main voice and the twists throughout. The setting was interesting, but it left me feeling like I should have known more about Weycombe, and what I did know was too predictable. With that being said, it did keep my interest, and I kept wondering what would happen next. I was not a fan of the ending as it felt too rushed and like she took the easy way out.

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three-stars