The Maidens by Alex Michaelides ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mysterious murders in a college town and a group of women who idolize and follow around an enigmatic professor. Sounds good, but not great. The characters felt shallow as did the plot. There was no depth to the relationships between the main characters of Mariana, Zoe, and Sebastian. Initially the book gave me the lightContinue reading “The Maidens by Alex Michaelides ⭐️⭐️⭐️”

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cousins Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah are each sent a letter requesting them to intern for the summer at their grandmother’s family resort. The cousins haven’t seen each other since they were five and have never met their grandmother. The family secrets start unraveling as the three arrive at the small Cape Cod summer vacation island.Continue reading “The Cousins by Karen M. McManus ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The best novel I’ve read in ages. I laughed out loud at the humor and was completely compelled by the mystery. Daniel is 11 when his father brings him to the Cemetery of Forgotten books. Daniel picks out a book by Julian Carax entitled The Shadow of the Wind. This book and the mystery ofContinue reading “The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

I’m finally reading The Shadow of the Wind!

I may have found my favorite book of the year. I’m about halfway through with The Shadow of the Wind and I just love the characters, the humor, the dialogue. I will add that for years I have had this novel recommended to me. I added it to my Goodreads list in 2015 and amContinue reading “I’m finally reading The Shadow of the Wind!”

Cazadora by Romina Garber⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cazadora is the exciting and beautifully written sequel to Lobizona. Garber intertwines folklore and fantasy in this modern fairytale filled with shapeshifting and wolves. This is a story that will appeal to those who like adventure or fantasy. There is fast paced action woven with the fantasy world of these magical creatures. Garber also weavesContinue reading “Cazadora by Romina Garber⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

The Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This historical fiction follows three very different protagonists through the civil war. Georgy comes from a wealthy family in New York City and works steadfastly to abolish slavery and help those in need. Jemma is a slave on a plantation in Maryland who experiences the ongoing struggle for freedom and safety for herself and herContinue reading “The Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner 3/5 ⭐️

Jo and Bethie are sisters growing up in the Detroit suburbs. This story follows them from their childhood in the 1950s through their college years snd adulthood. Jo is athletic, tall, assertive and drives her mother crazy. Bethie is feminine, compliant- the perfect daughter to their mother, Sarah. This story shows the unexpected twists andContinue reading “Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner 3/5 ⭐️”

Lobizona by Romina Garber 4/5⭐️

“What. Are. You?” These words from the mother of a childhood friend come back to haunt Manu as her life as a hidden immigrant comes to an end as her mother is detained during a raid. Manu’s eyes give her away. She wears sunglasses to hide their uniqueness and asks her mom why her eyesContinue reading “Lobizona by Romina Garber 4/5⭐️”

Ashlords by Scott Reintkin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This young adult fantasy highlights three of the eleven contestants in the annual Phoenix horse races. Imelda is a scholarship entrant who should feel lucky just to have a place. Adrian is the son of former champion who was a revolutionary. Pippa is the favorite as the daughter of two champions. There is a lotContinue reading “Ashlords by Scott Reintkin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

The Fragile Nature of Things by Susan Meissner 3.5/5 ⭐️

“It is the nature of the earth to shift. It is the nature of fragile things to break. It is the nature of fire to burn.” High drama and suspense. Irish Immigrant to NYC, Sophie, agrees to marry Martin Hocking sight unseen. She then boards a train to San Francisco where she meets Martin, marriesContinue reading “The Fragile Nature of Things by Susan Meissner 3.5/5 ⭐️”