The Good Widow by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

I really enjoyed this book. They did such a nice job of mixing mystery, suspense, and even a bit of romance. While I did catch on near the end of the book, I found myself sucked into the story throughout. The characters came off as likeable and real. I give it 5 stars and recommend it for anyone who likes a good thriller/suspense/mystery.

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Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

I enjoyed this book, but I found myself confused at times. I liked that it had so many different layers, yet I finished the novel feeling incomplete. I won’t give away any spoilers, but the ending did not provide me with the answers I was looking for. Still, this was an intriguing and well-written novel that is worth reading. I gave it four stars, but I still feel like I need to know more about the main characters.

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Naked: Stripped by a Man and Hurricane Katrina by Julie Freed

This was an interesting book and out of the normal genres I read. She went through something that I can’t relate to, and I applaud her for her ability to overcome two tragic life events at the same time. I found her journey compelling, and she kept me drawn in until the very end, though I did find it a little irritating that she painted herself as flawless throughout the book. There are two or three sides, at least, to every story, and I felt like she did everything exactly right while her ex was a complete ass. That may have been true, but it would have been nice to see some of her flaws along the way as well.

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The Extraction (Claudia Belle #1) by C.S. Luis

This was another book out of my regular comfort zone, so I’ll do my best to review it based on the writing. The story was okay, but I did feel somewhat disappointed that the characters weren’t developed more. It’s definitely on the short side, but it’s the first in a series, so that should take care of itself. I enjoyed the main character, Claudia, and I’d like to see where she ends up and what happens on her journey. I gave it 3.5 stars, and if you like sci-fi books, you should enjoy this one.

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In The Middle by S.J. Henderson

This was such a unique and interesting read. I didn’t know anything about it heading into the novel, but I found myself pleasantly surprised by the twist and turns it took. Henderson did a nice job mixing the emotions that come with death, mistakes in our lives, and what might happen in the afterlife. It was both mysterious and intriguing, while also sprinkling in a dash of humor here and there. I won’t give any spoilers away, but I recommend this book for a different and satisfying read.

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The Bucktown Babies by Janine Pestel

This isn’t a genre that I normally read, but I enjoyed Pestel’s book. I liked her mixture of mystery, suspense, and humor. I felt that it was a bit short, but this is the first book in the series, so I suppose that makes up for it. It’s a quick read that doesn’t really lag at any point. I give it four stars and will definitely read the sequel.

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The Day The Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

This book was both beautiful and adventurous. I loved how he switched between the point of view of the boy and the old man. It’s perfect for adults and kids alike with moments to be enjoyed by both. It tugs at the heartstrings while also encouraging the reader to use their imagination like never before. I gave it 4.5 stars and am a big fan of Smucker’s writing.

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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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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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