Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Show Us Your Books: June 2019

Coming at you just under a week after Jana's birthday, make sure you give her a belated happy happy when you're visiting her SUYB post today!

Here's what I've been reading since the last linkup.
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Engrossing Reads

Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger - Nell was a kick ass lead character despite the character development being a little scarce here. I'd definitely read a series with her at the center. Free ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, book publishes July 2    pre-order

The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader - I enjoyed this. Not the most prolific book in the world or super deep and ended tidier than I usually go for, but it was the perfect read for me at the time and I enjoyed it. I wish there would have been more about the sisters past, present, and future, but I liked both of them as well as the other characters and the setting. Free ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, book publishes July 16    pre-order 

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager - Like the two other Riley Sager books I've read, this one was hard to put down. A quick and creepy read. Free ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, book publishes July 2     pre-order

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner - A few years back I stopped reading Jennifer Weiner books. This one was sent from Netgalley, I didn't need to request it, only accept, and I'm glad I did. I read the forward, which I rarely do, and that probably made me like the book more. I would absolutely buy this one. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, book publishes today.     Buy

Passed the Time Just Fine

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson - A book about Appalachia, the love/power of the written word, and the advancement of women and those who are "other"?  I requested this eagerly and it did not disappoint. Free ARC from Netgalley  in exchange for an honest review      Buy

Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham - The murder part of the story was a little messy but I loved the two main characters and didn’t want to put it down and wanted more at the end. I would love a part two! Free ARC from Netgalley  in exchange for an honest review, book publishes July 23      pre-order

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames - This was a hefty tome at over 460 pages. It started off spry but sagged like an old couch in the middle. There were probably 200 pages too many in this book. Overall I liked the idea of it much more than the execution. OCNJ library hardcover

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald - I couldn't put this one down even though there was a lot about it that annoyed me. It also gave me anxiety but in a good reading way not a bad life way. OCNJ library paperback      buy

Caged (Agent Sayer Altair #1) by Ellison Cooper - I read this because I have an ARC of the second in the series waiting for me to read and I was not about to start the second knowing there was a first. I liked it just fine and am hoping it settles more into itself in the second as series books usually do. Used paperback, own  buy (great price on the mass market paperback, my preferred format)

I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney - Alice really went down the weirdo hole with this one. Pretty far down, too. OCNJ library hardcover    buy
Temper by Layne Fargo - At certain points throughout, I was like WTF is the reason for all of this, but at the end I think I see what it was, and it was sort of clever. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Not Worth It

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough - Meh. And parts of this would have been gross if they weren't so droll. You can do better, Sarah P. OCNJ library hardcover

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke - There's a lot going on here, and none of it feels important, because it seems like the author threw in every damn thing possible to see what worked, and none of it did. OCNJ library hardcover

The East End by Jason Allen - I was gunning for this to be the summer read. This book was much different than I thought - darker, harder to read. Less attention getting.There are so many books ou there that are have vs. have not, locals vs. tourists...you have to do a damn fine job to be the summer read in those parameters and this fell short for me.  Free from Netgalley  in exchange for an honest review

I Know You're There by Sarah Simpson - Slow slow build. An okay read but nothing to write home about and definitely would not recommend. Free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

The Good Friend by Jo Baldwin - Slow and sinister but nothing actually materialized enough to justify that for me. I kept going thinking something was going to happen but then was like okay when will this be over? This is a weird complaint but the dialogue felt off  - missing punctuation? Rushed? Whatever, avoid. 
Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Did Not Finish

What have you been reading? 
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