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September 20, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE 7 1/2 DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE by Stuart Turton

I’m from a family of readers, and my father has always been the one who when you tell him that he HAS to read a book, it makes him less likely to actually read it. I’ve inherited a lot of this from him. But as much as both of my parents love to toss books at me and say that they’d recommend them, when my father specifically seeks me out to say “this book is on NetGalley and you REALLY SHOULD READ IT”…I know I’m likely in for a treat. That being said, I do walk in with a small piece of trepidation. I am very much my father’s child, but we can have highly different opinions on media and entertainment. But if he’s this excited…

Well, he’s the reason I found NetGalley in the first place, so I’ll give it a try.

And holy cow, was I not left wanting. This book came out in the US on 09/18 and I fully recommend buying it RIGHT NOW.

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September 7, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert

When THE HAZEL WOOD came across my path, it absolutely sounded like it was my kind of book. Fairy tales, but the dark side of them, blending into reality. What wasn’t there for me to enjoy? Plus, the cover art is absolutely stunning. One hundred percent I was into this book. And I was delighted to find that it seemed to absolutely live up to every expectation I had.

…Yeah, you hear that “but” coming too, don’t you?

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August 15, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE LIGHTNING STENOGRAPHY DEVICE by M. F. Sullivan

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I can’t for the life of me remember where exactly I found this book. I know it was a NetGalley book that got lost to the annals of archives, and I had to go back through and track it down again so that I could read it and review it. (Not that I’ve done a great job of that lately, but hey, we’re not talking about that…) This one had an interesting premise, that spoke to me as an author. The Lightning Stenography Device (or LSD as they so creatively acronymed it to) is a contraption you put on your head, and then the device takes your thoughts and pens them to the page. So literally you can write as fast as you can think.

Neat, right?

Mmmmm.

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January 29, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE NIGHT CHILD by Anna Quinn

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

I’m never write sure what to make of the books I pick up from netgalley. I’ve read some really amazing things, and I’ve found some authors I will actively avoid in the future. I don’t mind the disparity of it; it’s part of the charm of the site. I’d rather have a mixed bag than always know what to expect.

I know, this is a pretty ominous opening to a review, huh? It sounds worse than it is, I promise.

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September 13, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: MIRRORED HEARTS by Emily Sheppard

I received a copy of this story through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I had absolutely no idea of what to expect when confronted with this story. It sounded interesting, so I requested it and it found its way to my Kindle. The description gives away very little (including not telling me something that I would have enjoyed knowing going in) but I’m usually up for an adventure.

And…well, this was certainly an adventure of some sort. THERE ARE POTENTIAL SPOILERS (so to speak) BENEATH THE CUT. BE FOREWARNED. (tl;dr rating: *** – Worth a Look)

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August 9, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: HOLDING by Graham Norton

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So maybe I’m behind the trend on this one, but I wasn’t aware that Graham Norton wrote books. I’m a fan of his TV show–I don’t go out of my way to watch it, but I’ve enjoyed it the times I’ve seen it–but I really didn’t know he did anything outside that.

I mean, I suppose I should have guessed. He doesn’t just live in a bubble of television. (That would be weird.) But in any case, when I saw his name on the book and ascertained that it was in fact that SAME Graham Norton, I knew I had to pick it up.

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May 31, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate

I was provided an ARC of this book free of charge by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I’m always fascinated by books that include real-life history and stories in them. The “Dear America” diaries were some of my favorites growing up, and it’s always been one of my favorite ways to learn history. It helps solidify that these were real people going through real things. And as time moves forward, the history starts getting closer and closer. It’s easy to keep things distant when you’re reading about the Titanic.

It’s a lot harder when the story takes place less than a hundred years in the past. Times that family of mine could have lived through.

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March 15, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: HIMSELF by Jess Kidd

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I seem to be on a kick for reading books which take place in Ireland lately. Not that I’m saying that’s a bad thing, but it’s amusing that after reading CITY OF BOHANE, my mind seemed much more well-put-together for this particular book. The two don’t share much else in common, but honestly, the charm of Irish writing is more than enough to keep me paying attention.

And Kidd definitely knows how to tell a story.

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February 8, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: GILDED CAGE by Vic James

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I was provided a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I knew from the moment I saw the description of this book that I was going to want to read it. Having seen the cover, read the description…when it showed up in a NetGalley email to me, I knew that I had to request it.

I was not disappointed.

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February 1, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE TYRANT’S DAUGHTER by J.C. Carleson

This is another book I initially got from NetGalley and then lost track of and missed the window on. From the description, I can tell what would have appealed to me–the story untold, the repercussions of a parent’s generation on their children. And especially in a place as politically charged as the Middle East, this is a powerful topic.

Unfortunately, the story lacks a bit of the punch I believe it could have had.

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