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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Education, female friendship, and strong female protagonists are at the center of this historical fiction. Alice finds herself alone and feeling alone and out of place after a whirlwind romance and marriage with American Bennett Van Cleve. Alice is excited to leave her hometown of Surrey but quickly realizes she has traded one domestic prisonContinue reading “The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️

The format is original and interesting. In order to solve a murder and escape the puzzle of his predicament, Aiden Bishop spends each day in a new host body and relives the day seeing the action from a different perspective. As Aiden spends a day in the body of Sebastian Bell he starts to learnContinue reading “The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️”

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⭐️”