Review: One Two Three

One Two Three
One Two Three by Laurie Frankel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Laurie Frankel creates the most beautiful and memorable characters. She writes stories that stay with you long after you finish the book. Her characters care so deeply and profoundly that it’s impossible to read her books and not feel the same way.

“This is How it Always is” was my favorite book the year it came out so I was incredibly excited to get to read One Two Three and it absolutely did not disappoint.

This story is about triplets Mab, Monday, and Mirabel who live in the town Bourne where a terrible tragedy occurred seventeen years ago and the town is still reeling from it. The girls’ mother will not stop fighting for justice. A new family moves into town for the first time in a long time and things start taking a most unexpected turn.

The story is told from the perspectives of the three girls, each of whom have a unique and memorable voice. The audio version of the book is exceptional, especially with what it did to make Mirabel come alive. The overarching story is about eco-terrorism and what the chemical plant did to destroy an entire town. But then there are stories around teen love, around what it means to be sisters, around parenthood, around wishes and dreams.

This is another moving story by Frankel that will make you think. It will make you angry, it will make you sad, and it will make you cheer loudly for three girls who are so incredibly brave and mighty.

With gratitude to netgalley, Henry Holt & Company, and Macmillan Audio for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Exodus

Exodus
Exodus by Kate Stewart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this one a little less. The beginning was a lot like the Twilight book where Edward is gone and all Bella’s doing is mourning and sulking and there was much of that here. Then a bunch of stuff happened and then a lot of time passes so the pacing was a bit weird, too. But it still managed to numb me just fine.

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Review: The Last Goodbye

The Last Goodbye
The Last Goodbye by Fiona Lucas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars.

I really enjoyed the premise of this book. Anna loses the love of her life, Spencer, and then one night randomly calls his cell phone to hear his voice. The number is reassigned so she gets a different person and then they start talking. That person has also endured a big loss so they connect through that and end up chatting without meeting each other for a long time.

The story was deep and meaningful and the ache of loss was well presented. I really enjoyed the narration as well.

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

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Review: Flock

Flock
Flock by Kate Stewart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I had been feeling tired and overwhelmed and unable to find any books that held my interest when I saw this book and the many, many raving reviews on amazon. I am not sure why I hadn’t heard of it but it was the perfect book to help me numb a bit of what’s going on in the world. It’s fast pacing, light, and one of those books you fall into.

If you mind explicit sex scenes, extreme behavior and over the top plots, and if you are bothered by writing that’s not excellent, this one won’t be for you.

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Review: The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

This novel has exceptional narration. The story has so much life, so much history, so much political education for me as a reader. I really enjoyed each of the characters in their own unique way. I felt like there were parts that dragged and pulled me out of the story and characters at times (especially when the writer was narrating what was going on) but that’s only because the other characters were so rich and so deep that the difference was noticeable. It’s a great book that is both relevant and richly told with unforgettable characters.

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Review: Second First Impressions

Second First Impressions
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I really had fun reading this sweet story of a woman who basically has put her whole life on hold, living in a routine life and dead-end job that comes with an expiration date. She then meets a man who slowly but deeply starts to wake her up and change her life. And, of course, she changes his, too. Sweet, fun, lovely.

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Review: When the Stars Go Dark

When the Stars Go Dark
When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

This is a beautifully told character-driven story of a detective who goes back home to recover from her own tragedy and then is recruited to help with an ongoing case. It’s not your typical twisty thriller that goes at a breakneck pace. It’s slow, intentional, deep and well-written. I enjoyed my time with it.

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Review: When I Ran Away

When I Ran Away
When I Ran Away by Ilona Bannister
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

This was a heart-wrenching portrait of Gigi who loses her brother during 9/11 and then moves to London ten years later to be with the man who helped her on that fateful day. Even though the story starts with 9/11 and the grief and shock of losing her brother, almost all of this story is about post-partum depression. She is far away from her family, her culture, her support system, her husband is working all the time and she is coming undone.

One day, she decides to walk out and check herself into a hotel which is where the story is told from as it unwinds back to the steps that make the story unfold. It was angry, devastating, and a raw portrait of life.

Powerful.

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Review: The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton

The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton
The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton by Eleanor Ray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

” Alan Carver was what Tim had needed in his life. And he could have had his father back. If only his father had tried harder. Or if Tim had been able to forgive. Amy felt a wave of forgiveness wash over her like Roberta’s soap. If she had a second chance with the people she’d lost, she wouldn’t waste it. She’d forgive them and at the very least have her friends again.”

I loved this book from the moment I started it. I loved the author’s voice, I loved Amy. I was rooting for her from the beginning and didn’t stop for a moment. I loved how she loved all these flawed people around her and could see the magic in them and how she supported who they were.

“She didn’t have the heart to tell them that really, it was not the plants that mattered to her. It seemed strange that some people could be so kind while others destroyed beautiful objects for no reason.”

This is the story of Amy, whose best friend and boyfriend disappeared eleven years ago and she’s not heard from them since. She started hanging on to things and never let go so her house is a full-on hoarder house now and she still works at the company where she was doing an internship at 11 years ago. Her whole life is stuck.

‘Richard appeared at Amy’s gate. “We all have baggage,” replied Amy. She glanced back into her house. “No one travels lightly anymore.”’

But then a new family moves in next door and slowly little things start happening that unravels her life. I loved all the characters and how they were each flawed in their own way but none of them were perfect good or perfect bad. Even the tangential characters weren’t caricaturish.

but most of all i loved the voice this novel was written with. I felt drawn to it and found so much joy reading it.

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

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Review: Every Vow You Break

Every Vow You Break
Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book was an absolute waste of time. It’s an incredibly fast read. Almost like watching a movie but then it gets completely unraveled at the end and you’re like WTF, totally stupid and I want my hours back thank you very much. I know writing books are an effort and I would never belittle that. I am sure many others loved this book and this author can clearly write. I just really really disliked this particular book.

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Review: Perfect on Paper

Perfect on Paper
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I read this whole book in one sitting. It was fun, sweet and a thoughtful YA story about a girl who’s giving everyone advice (secretly) and sort of makes a mess of things. I loved the characters and even though it was predictable for me, i still enjoyed its diverse characters.

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Review: Gold Diggers

Gold Diggers
Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars.

A friend of mine recommended this book to me and said it would get me out of my reading slump. It sort of did. What an unusual coming-of-age story about an Indian American boy, Neil, and his next door neighbor. I really liked the magical realism in this story that was woven into the story. I also loved how it started when he was a teen but then picked up again when he was in his twenties. It was a lovely story. (but did not really get me out of my slump!)

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