Book Review: From the Corner of the Oval Office by Beck Dorey-Stein

From the Corner of the OvalFrom the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

Thank you to Random House and Beck Dorey-Stein for this Advanced Reader’s Edition.

In my 20’s I lived in Northern Virginia during the 90’s. During graduate school at George Mason, I considered Law School and going on to work for a lobbying firm owned by one of my professors. I have an understanding of the atmosphere evoked in this auto-biography.

I devoured this book. Magnificent, yet easy to read.

Read 5/21-22/2018

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Book Review: The Girl in the Glass by Jeffrey Ford

The Girl in the GlassThe Girl in the Glass by Jeffrey Ford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

Thank you to Goodreads Firstreads Giveaways! And to Dark Alley/Harper Collins publishers as well as the author Jeffrey Ford for this remarkable book.

Gothic, ghost story, historical fiction. Told in flashbacks that jumped around, but once I got used to the style it made sense (both literally and as a storytelling device).

History – the more things change through the decades, the more they stay the same. Politically timely.

I read this more slowly than I read a lot of books. I enjoyed the story, the world, the language, so much, I didn’t want it to end. I especially didn’t want to leave the historical universe.

Great acknowledgements by the author at the end. Exactly how I like my historical fiction, with references and recommendations for further reading.

Jeffrey Ford is a new favorite author, I will be looking up his previous books and looking forward to future publications.

Read: 5/7-20/2018

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Book Review: Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

Ordeal by InnocenceOrdeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers and Goodread Giveaways for a review copy of this book.

It’s Agatha Christie, really, what more is there to say… “Perfection”

The characters are developed just enough to keep one guessing. The house seems also to be a character in its own right.

This edition was published to help market the “Limited TV series”, which I am told, is on Amazon Prime. Apparently the adaption is good, but they changed the ending and the murder is done by someone else. I can only guess that this was done to keep the viewer guessing. Personally, I’m not a fan of changing endings in tv or movie adaptions. But, I haven’t seen this one myself, only passing on what I was told.

Read: 4/20-22/2018

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Book Review: Providence by Caroline Kepnes

ProvidenceProvidence by Caroline Kepnes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Solid 5 stars.

My gratitude to Random House for this review copy. It is greatly appreciated.

Intoxicating.

It made my heart ache.

Beautiful.

This is a book about love. I read it in one day, I could not put it down.

Postscript: I think the authors comments in the acknowledgements are spot on.

Serious book hangover.

Read: 4/9/2018

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Book Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)Just One Day by Gayle Forman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

First book in the Just One Day series.

Thank you to Penguin Random House for a review copy of this book.

This book was lovely. The story unravels like petals on a flower, each layer bring it’s own complexity and beauty. Rich characters and locations.

I read this in one day.

Spoiler: The downside is having to wait for the next book.

Read: April 27, 2018

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Book Review: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reread from anthology “Sensational Tales of Terror Penny Dreadfuls”.

Not what I remember, and nothing like the myriad adaptions for stage and screen.

Very Victorian in language and gothic moodiness. Uses letters and diaries as a means to back into the story from different directions. I’ll admit I prefer the linear works of Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens; however, I love the language and turn of phrase of R.L. Stevenson, so I will continue to read his works (and reread…).

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Book Review: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Baby TeethBaby Teeth by Zoje Stage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a review copy of this book.

I love reading author acknowledgements, this book has a fine example.

Unputdownable. (Is that a word? Why, actually, it is! “adjective, informal, (of a book) so engrossing that one cannot stop reading it.” Oxford English Dictionary, online:https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/def… )

But I digress.

And to digress again, this excerpt sums up chronic illness perfectly, “She resented her body’s betrayal. She Still couldn’t express how insecure it made her, how she lived on a precipice. The most basic parts of her could fail, and there was nothing she could do to stop it.” (p. 154)

This book kept me up all night, trying to read through all in one sitting.

Wow. Tragic. I hope you… enjoy?

Read 6/4-5/18

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Book Review: Flashmob by Christopher Farnsworth

Flashmob (John Smith, #2)Flashmob by Christopher Farnsworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars.

Second in the John Smith series. This was a Goodreads Giveaway, I’d like to thank the author, HarperCollins Publishers, and GoodReads for the opportunity to read this book.

In preparation for reading this, I read Killfile, the first in the series. I could not put it down and highly recommend it. Flashmob has a great premise, but didn’t hold my attention as much. Though, after saying that, I did read this in two days.

Read: 6/6-8/18

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Book Review: Killfile by Christopher Farnsworth

Killfile (John Smith, #1)Killfile by Christopher Farnsworth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

First book in the John Smith series. Got it because I’ve gotten the second book in the series as a giveaway, and I don’t like to read books out of sequence if I can help it. Especially second books; so much character background is typically included in the first book of a series that is missed if that book isn’t read.

My first impression, that remained throughout the book, is that the voice reminds me of Dean Koontz, but grittier, sharper writing.

This was a page turner, I finished in one sitting. Can’t wait to read the next book!

Read: 6/6/18

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