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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Fun home

2 stars
This is our June book club book. My thoughts about the book? Meh. It was interesting insomuch as the story was told as a graphic novel. Other than that, I didn’t really find anything any more compelling than any other books about dysfunctional families. Alison is gay. When she tells her family, she discovers that her father is also gay but was never allowed to live freely as a gay man. In the story the author reflects on certain events in the past and tries to decipher the meaning. This book became a big deal because it was banned by some public libraries and other outlets. As autobiographies go, I wasn’t too impressed and didn’t find the story very interesting. There are much better books on the subject than this one.

Silver Stars (Front Lines, #2) by Michael Grant

silver stars

4.5 Stars

I love this book series!! The second book is just as good as the first. The story picks up shortly after the events of Front Lines. It’s the summer of 1943. The American forces have now set their sights on Sicily and Italy. Frangie, Rainy, and Rio are no longer green soldiers. Each one knows the horror of combat and the lengths they will go to save themselves and their fellow soldiers. While North Africa was bad, the upcoming battles will be so much worse. Women soldiers are becoming a symbol for equality, with the three women leading the way.

The story is so compelling and I couldn’t put it down. I found myself reading late into the night. If you haven’t started reading this series, do so now!!

Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson

Lies yu never told me

4 stars

I received a free sneak-peek of the first few chapters of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is an interesting and intriguing YA book. The story follows two main characters that have never met, but share a similar misfortune in falling for the wrong people.

Quiet, shy Elyse is cast as the lead in the school play. She is not used to the spotlight and her insecurities make her vulnerable. Gabe is dating a headstrong popular girl that treats him poorly. He tries to break up with her, but she’s having none of that. Just when the story was heating up, I ran out of chapters.

I’m definitely intrigued enough to want to read the rest of the book. I will complete this review once I do.

Shelter: Tales of the Aftermath by Dave Hutchinson


3.5 stars

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

The Sisters were two asteroids that struck the earth and almost annihilated the entire world. For almost a century storms ravaged the earth, making survival barely possible. In England pockets of survivors eek out a living in small communities. Most modern technology has not survived and the remnants of resources that remained after the asteroid strike are nearly gone. As civilization tries to rebuild, different tyrants emerge and cause chaos. In a small area of the country two strong families are at war and hundreds of people die in the ensuing battles. Continue reading “Shelter: Tales of the Aftermath by Dave Hutchinson”

Citadel: The Concordant Sequence by Matthew S. Cox


3.5 stars

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

The first 20-25% of this book was very slow and I almost gave up on it. Fortunately, I stuck with it and was not disappointed. The author provides sufficient world-building, although most of the characters other than Kiera are pretty flimsy. Once the action picked up, the story kept my attention. I was also relieved to discover that this is a stand-alone book with a beginning, middle and end. This is a satisfying find in a genre overloaded with trilogies and multiple-book series. Continue reading “Citadel: The Concordant Sequence by Matthew S. Cox”

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


4.5 stars

Wow. What a great finish to a really fun series. I loved the first books, Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff and Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I was very excited to see how the series concluded, but also sad because I didn’t want it to end. Hopefully these authors will conjure up another exciting series for us to read in the future.

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik successfully defeated the soldiers sent to jump station Heimdall and were able to escape alive. Instead of being able to relax after a grueling battle, they find themselves with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. The ship is built for a lot less people and resources are scarce. They decide to go back to Kerenza but don’t know what awaits them there, if anything. Adding to their plight, the adults on Mao dismiss the contributions and abilities of our ragtag team, leaving them angry and frustrated. Continue reading “Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff”

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

the rooster bar

2.5 stars

Meh. I usually like Grisham’s novels, but this one was not one of his best. I think perhaps the well is finally running dry. The book started ok, but quickly fizzled out. None of the characters were likeable, the plot and dialog was absurd and the story was not compelling. I really couldn’t believe this was a John Grisham book. Continue reading “The Rooster Bar by John Grisham”

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

bring me bacck

3 stars (release date June 19, 2018)

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

Finn and Layla are a young couple on holiday in France. They stop at a rest stop and Layla disappears. Was she kidnapped? Was she murdered? Did she run away? No one knows and a body is never found. Twelve years later Finn is living in a small English town engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. He begins receiving mysterious emails telling him that Layla is alive. He and Ellen also begin finding Layla’s favorite Russian dolls around the house – a special secret that only Layla, Finn and Ellen know about. As Finn tries to hide Layla’s possible return from Ellen, he becomes more and more frantic to determine if she is really alive, or if someone is just toying with him. Continue reading “Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris”

The Lost for Words Bookshop: A Novel by Stephanie Butland

The lost for words

4 stars (release date June 19, 2018)

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

I really enjoyed this book. The writing is very engaging, the characters interesting and the story compelling. Loveday is a young woman with a painful past that works in a book shop and keeps to herself. She prefers books to people and tattoos the first line of her favorite books all over her body. When a magician/poet worms his way into her life and heart at the same time she receives three mysterious deliveries at the book shop, will Loveday finally confront her past and learn to move on?

This book is a quick read and hard to put down. I highly recommend you read it.

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