The Joy of Art – April 22, 2024 at 07:38AM

Yay for day 65/100.

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The Joy of Art – April 21, 2024 at 09:08AM

Yay for day 64/100.

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Review: Bear

Bear
Bear by Julia Phillips
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok, wow.

I have to give this book a 5-star read because it’s unlike anything I’ve read. I love when I discover books that have such unusual premises that even after having read thousands of books, I can still be really surprised.

On the surface, Bear is the story of two siblings who live on a Pacific Northwest island, taking care of their ill mom and working at dead-end underpaying jobs to pay the medical bills. But underneath, there’s so so much more going on. Sam has been waiting for the day that she and Elena can stop having to take care of their mother, sell their house and move off the island, as Elena promised years ago.

And then a bear shows up at their house. And the two sisters have wildly different reactions to the bear. We only see everything from Sam’s perspective and her alarm grows and grows, causing a greater wedge between her and her sister and she feels it’s imperative that she resolve the situation before all their dreams go up in smoke.

And, of course, of course things are not as they might seem to Sam. And, of course, of course things don’t go as planned.

This is a powerful novel unlike any other. I loved it.

with gratitude to netgalley and Random House for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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Review: In the Hour of Crows

In the Hour of Crows
In the Hour of Crows by Dana Elmendorf
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the Hour of Crows is the story of Weatherly whose grieving her cousin’s death while other events unfold to make her question whether the death was a murder instead of an accident. At its core this book is about unfolding what happened to her cousin but at its heart this is a book about families, grief, love, betrayal, lies, and the unrelenting journey for truth and justice.

If gothic and the magical realism are your preferred genres, you will really enjoy the setting and tone of this book. Weatherly herself can heal people who are dying, her cousin could see the future and her good friend Rook shape-shifts into a crow and accompanies the dying. I enjoyed all these elements of the supernatural and especially loved Rook as a character.

with gratitude to netgalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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Review: Listen for the Lie

Listen for the Lie
Listen for the Lie by Amy Tintera
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

when stuck i just read mysteries because i know they will be fast paced and give me something to read. this one was no exception. fast paced, interesting and something to read while I feel stuck.

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Review: Green Dot

Green Dot
Green Dot by Madeleine Gray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took me a while to get into this book. and I didn’t really love it until the last few chapters when the main character grew so much and the book became poignant for me. If my friend Lauren hadn’t recommended it I am not sure I would have stuck with it; I am glad I did.

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Review: Reunion

Reunion
Reunion by Elise Juska
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the story of three adults going back for their college reunion weekend. They used to be best friends in college but are not as close anymore. Each of them has their own struggles that they are not sharing with the others.

I thought the characters were interesting and well-drawn. They were three dimensional and their feelings around the reunion weekend were juxtaposed well with the struggles they are each experiencing in their lives at the same time. I loved the wide array of personal struggles they each had and I liked the depiction of the reunion weekend, albeit a little stereotypical.

There is an emergency that ends up taking them out of the reunion and inadvertently forces each of them to face what they’re not dealing with in their own lives. I loved this part, too.

I think, in the end, I didn’t give it a higher rating because I felt like I was watching these characters from afar instead of embodying their struggles and that gave the book a distance that is usually not what I prefer in stories like these. I still really enjoyed my time with this novel and it made me think.

with gratitude to netgalley and Harper for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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Review: She’s Not Sorry

She's Not Sorry
She’s Not Sorry by Mary Kubica
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Didn’t really love this one but enjoyed listening to it nonetheless. i wish the mystery writers would stop writing such unlikeable characters. It would be much more interesting if all the characters were super likable and you found yourself rooting for all of them even though some still had to be the antagonist.

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Review: No One Can Know

No One Can Know
No One Can Know by Kate Alice Marshall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eh, tbh all of these mysteries blend into each other for me once i finish but I enjoy every single one of them. If you’re a mystery-liker, you will enjoy this one.

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Review: The Husbands

The Husbands
The Husbands by Holly Gramazio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am giving this a 3.5 rounded up only because the premise was so unusual. I liked the idea, didn’t love the characters or execution equally well but still enjoyed it.

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Review: Just for the Summer

Just for the Summer
Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoy Jimenez’s books. I know what to expect and she always delivers. I enjoyed this one, too. I generally don’t remember the plot once I am done but I remember that these always make me feel like a cozy blanket.

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The Joy of Art – April 20, 2024 at 09:52AM

Yay for day 63/100.

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