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.

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Star rating:  black-20clip-20art-black-star  black-20clip-20art-black-star  black-20clip-20art-black-star black-20clip-20art-black-starout of 5

Book Review: Big Girl Panties: A Novel by Stephanie Evanovich

 

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SUMMARY:

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Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she’s alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief.

Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she’s met her goals—and other men are noticing?
(Summary and photo  from Amazon)

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I knew everything that would happen  when reading the summary to Big Girl Panties, it was just so predictable. A very attractive man falls for  the unattractive woman. The unattractive woman becomes attractive and man falls for her, but messes things up in a big way, and now has to find a way to win her back.

 Since this book was apart of the book club’s selection, I decided to read it with an open mind. I started it  and found my  reading groove, but as the story progressed, I got  very bored with the storyline.( I even started  another book!) With some many books out there with this same story concept, I felt there wasn’t anything special  to set this book apart from the rest. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters, but I do think a lot of people can relate to Holly.

There was a lot of fat shaming from Logan and his friends and that was a bit unsettling.  I caught myself rolling my eyes at the way the men would refer to the women as  “little lady” or  “young lady.” I couldn’t imagine the only two very attractive male characters being so corny, but there were. 

I really hate telling spoilers, but for this I have to. SORRY!
Logan Montgomery’s best friend Chase and his wife Amanda were introduced into the story, and that’s when I had enough. In between Logan and Holly’s evolving relationship, we got a glance at Chase and Amanda’s marriage. We learned that Chase has a spanking  fetish. It threw me off a little and I didn’t understand why it was even in the book. I could only think that maybe the book needed something, and it definitely did, but just not that!  One point in the book, Chase even suggested to Logan that he should spank Holly, which was a fail and I  enjoyed the outcome of that.

I recently talked with a few of the members of my book club, and it seems to be a split reaction to this  novel. A few are really enjoying it  and some, like me, do not like it.

Star rating:  black-20clip-20art-black-star out of 5


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Book Review: Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

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SUMMARY:

Without giving too many spoilers…
The  women of Freesia Court  lived  four decades of  laughter, heartache, and friendship together  through their book club they named Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons  or AHEB for short. There’s Faith, a mother of twins who has been living a lie, Audrey, who is very comfortable with her sexuality; Merit, a shy woman  who is in  an abusive marriage. Kari, the eldest of the group, receives a gift she’s been wanting, and then there’s Slip, a small woman who has a lot of passion in what she believes in and will stand up for any cause.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I desperately try to stay away from any book that I think will make me cry from start to finish, but I picked this book because I needed an escape from the dystopian worlds I have gotten myself lost in.  Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons was a perfect choice for me! I really enjoyed this book and yes, a few tears fell. I loved Lorna Landvik’s writing style.The characters were rich and very genuine. I felt myself in every scene. I shared every emotion the characters had; the happy and the sad. It was like I was in their special book club circle. Angry Housewives made me cherish my own relationships with my friends back home in Missouri and thankful  for the new friends I made while in Japan.  This book makes you think about family, books, food, and booze.

One of my favorite moments in the book was when the ladies heard a noise coming  from Merit’s house. That scene was strong and showed just  how powerful their friendship was and, also a great moment for Faith.

I haven’t made it to my own book club meeting about this book, but a friend and I were having a talk about it and there was only one thing we felt was off about this book. Audrey, the sex kitten, she has a “gift” that was mentioned and was KIND OF   the basis of her character. Sorry, one spoiler!  She has premonitions., but you should read the book and determine if you think it’s strange.

I hate to sound cheesy, but this book will make you laugh and  cry! I would definitely recommend this book. Read it with a friend or two and don’t forget the bon bons!

Star rating:
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Book Review: Departure by A.G. Riddle

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SUMMARY:

Flight 305 took off in 2014…
But it crashed in a world very different from our own…

With time running out, five strangers must unravel why they were taken..
And how to get home.

Without giving too many spoilers,  Harper Lane is a writer who has a career changing decision to make upon her arrival back home  to London.  There’s Nick Stone, who is on  his way to a meeting about building a dam across Gibraltar. Yul Tran, a computer scientist who has created a high-tech, super fast quantum internet service. And then there’s Sabrina Schröder;  a scientist who’s latest work harms half the passengers on the flight.  Somehow, someway they are all connected!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Upon reading the summary for Departure, I was very excited to read this book! From a plane crashing in an unknown place, to people being connected to one another – I really thought this would be a great mystery.

I originally bought this book because I thought it would be somewhat like the TV show Lost, but I was wrong! It was like a knock off version of it. This book had all the elements of being an epic sci-fi book, but it failed. I felt like this book was trying to be a hardcore sci-fi book, and it just didn’t happen.

Departure does start off good and honestly I was very nervous about reading this, (just the thought of a plane crashing freaks me out!), but it slowly got boring and dry. By the middle/end of the book, when it picked up a little, I had completely lost interest and found myself having a hard time finishing it. But when I finally did finish it, the ending , like the entire book was a let down.

Star rating:
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