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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Book Review: The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

The Forsyte Saga (The Forsyte Chronicles, #1-3)The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

The great Forsyte Saga… I’m so glad I’ve finally read it. Some books deserve to be classics. John Galsworthy caught the essence of the periods he was writing about while telling a captivating story.

After a false start in 2015, I read parts 1 & 2 10/17-12/5/16 and part 3 4/16-25/18.

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Book Review: The High Season by Judy Blundell

The High SeasonThe High Season by Judy Blundell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Solid 4 stars.

Advanced Reader’s Copy. Thank you so much to Random House and the author Judy Blundell for this advanced reader’s copy. It was a delightful surprise in more than one way.

Though set in modern day New York (the tip of Long Island and NYC), the author creates a reality so foreign to the 99% that it might as well be fantasy. This Hampton’s 1% is woven into the daily life of a small shore town, and a wonderful world is created. Added to this are well developed characters, enabling me to completely immerse myself and feel empathy for each character – both “good” and “bad”.

Followers of “high society”, the art community and artists, the Hamptons, and small New England/New York towns will especially enjoy this book.

My only complaint is the cover.

Read 6/1-3/18.

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