Book Review: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

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SUMMARY:

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More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered  from the horror  and heartbreak of their shared loss- a devastating wound thats cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago… and uncovering the possibility of the redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.
(Summary and photo  from Amazon)

MY THOUGHTS:

It has been awhile since I’ve read a good mystery and suspense novel. So, I was excited to crack  Pretty Girls open. I had high hopes, and for me, this book lived up to them. I will say that if you aren’t into torture and all the things that come along with it, then this book is not for you. There were times when I found myself cringing at the details, and  I had to stop reading a few times, but I personally thought it was a good read.

Even though I enjoyed the book, I only had one real issue. About more than half way through the book, when everything starts to unfold, it became long and drawn out. There was a lot of back and forth between Claire and Lydia thoughts. Maybe I was  tired, ( because you know, when having a 2 – year-old, you have to read at midnight!) but I just felt like it going on and on and wasn’t going to stop.

Have you read Pretty Girls? What did you think about it? Let me and until next time Happy reading!

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Spring Reading Challenge 2016: March Update

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With March coming to an end, I decided to give you all a quick update on my progress with this month’s book selections! For March, I planned to read: The Last Girl by Joe Hart, Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter, and The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. So far, I’ve read two books, but only one was from this list.

I read  Pretty Girls because it’s apart of my book club, and I also read Aleph by Paulo Coelho. I wasn’t suppose to read Aleph, but I had just finished The Alchemist and I was still full of the energy that it gave me, so I decided to read another book from Paulo Coelho.

I’ve learned that picking books out in advance will not work for me! I need to go with the flow, and read whatever  attracts me. I do plan to read the other two; mostly because I have already bought  them, and they are genuinely on my “to read” list.

I have one more week left in March, and with me being stuck at home recovering from wisdom teeth and tongue tie removal surgery, I’m sure I’ll be able to make my goal.

Are you taking the challenge with me? How many books have you read in March?

See ya later, and happy reading! ❤

Spring Reading Challenge: March 2016 Reading List

 

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Since being apart of a book club, I’ve been reading a lot more and its been fun. I love getting together with the ladies to eat and  discussion the book of the month, but I haven’t been reading any of the books on my personal list. I get busy with my two-year-old or other activities, that I hardly find the time to read the book club’s books.

February, I was so proud of myself; I read two books! The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Big Girl Panties: A Novel by Stephanie Envanovich. Yes, I understand that other people read twice as much as that in a month, but for me, that was a huge accomplishment. So I got to thinking, I should challenge myself to read more over the next few months.

Since I read two book in February,  I decided to up the ante and read THREE books each month for the next four months; March, April, May, and June! One book will be from my book club and two will be from my personal list.

Again, not too much, but just enough to get some of these books knocked off my list. If you’re having a hard time finding the time to read or looking for something new to read, I invite you to do this challenge with me! See ya soon and happy reading!

 

March 2016 Reading List:

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Pretty Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter (Book Club’s Pick)

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.
 
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

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The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy #1) by Joe Hart (My Pick)

A mysterious worldwide epidemic reduces the birthrate of female infants from 50 percent to less than 1 percent. Medical science and governments around the world scramble in an effort to solve the problem, but twenty-five years later there is no cure, and an entire generation grows up with a population of fewer than a thousand women.

Zoey and some of the surviving young women are housed in a scientific research compound dedicated to determining the cause. For two decades, she’s been isolated from her family, treated as a test subject, and locked away—told only that the virus has wiped out the rest of the world’s population.

Captivity is the only life Zoey has ever known, and escaping her heavily armed captors is no easy task, but she’s determined to leave before she is subjected to the next round of tests…a program that no other woman has ever returned from. Even if she’s successful, Zoey has no idea what she’ll encounter in the strange new world beyond the facility’s walls. Winning her freedom will take brutality she never imagined she possessed, as well as all her strength and cunning—but Zoey is ready for war.

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (My Pick)

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor-there’s not much else to do in a dying small town that’s almost beyond repair.

You certainly wouldn’t open a bookstore. And definitely not with the tourist in charge. You’d need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy’s house is full of them), and…customers.

The bookstore might be a little quirky. Then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel’s own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.

A heartwarming reminder of why we are book overs, this is a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us.

(All summaries are from Amazon.)


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How many books do you usually read in a month?
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The Reader’s Digest Book Club Reading List

Last year around March I started a book club with a couple of women.  I enjoy reading and I thought starting a book club would be a great way to meet new people. I mean, who doesn’t like books and food? If you don’t like one, you have to like the other. So we named our club The Reader’s Digest Book Club.Great books and good food! We read 8 books last year and hope to read 10 in 2016!

There are so many people who love to read, that I decided to share our reading list. If you’re looking for something new or old to read take a look at the list below:

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
Big Girl Panties: A Novel by Stephanie Evanovich
Pretty Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Admas
The Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by Jessica Knoll
Eat, Love, Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


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