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Neverworld Wake

I read Marisha Pessl’s book, Night Film, in 2014. It was weird. Review here. I remember thinking I liked it though. Or at least I liked the ending, according to my review. So when I saw this one come up and my co-worker endorsed it, I decided to read it.

It was also weird. Shocking, I know. I was trying to explain it to someone and even saying what it was about out loud sounded weird. One of those books where you keep reading just because you need to know what’s happening. Constantly in a state of, what the hell is going on. Sometimes I like this so it caught me at just the right time. If you like weird unexplained supernatural things and unlikable characters, I suggest this book. Or if you liked Everything I Never Told You and that kind of back and forth, you’ll probably like this.

“A mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers… and at life. And so begins the Neverworld Wake.”

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book you borrowed or that was give to you as a gift (borrowed from YA librarian who received it at ALA)

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller (recommended by previously mentioned YA librarian)

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The Perfect Couple

I liked this book a lot. I received a copy from Netgalley. I love Hilderbrand and have read most of her books (here’s a review of one). She tends to release one every summer, great beach reading considering the locale she uses (Nantucket). I’ve also read her Winter Street series and loved it.

This book has a different tone for sure. It starts with a murder. That’s not a spoiler. It happens in the first chapter. She did a good job bringing it together, however I would say that there were a LOT of twists and indiscretions. Too many to be normal. At least I hope normal people don’t have that many affairs. Needless to say, some might find that a bit irritating, the lack of realistic plot twists. But I thought it was entertaining and I would recommend it. Perfect for summer! Goodreads summary below.. Well actually. I was going to post the summary but ironically the summary is wrong. It says the death is the bride-to-be and it’s not. So.. we’ll skip that. Get it together Goodreads.

Happy 4th!

 

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The Ensemble

   

I can’t stop looking at this cover. It is so beautiful. The best. I received this book from Netgalley and had to check out the real copy because I wanted to see the cover in person. I should find the artist and see if I can buy a print..

Well anyway. The book is just as good as the cover y’all. SO great! I loved it. I finished it in a day. I loved the characters and the slow burn of their lives in the quartet. (I like books with a slow burn and minimal climaxes). I can’t say that I understand a lot about chamber music but the writing felt very lyrical when she was talking about their music. If you know anything about violins or cellos, you might get more out of those parts and enjoy it even more. Such a great book. Multiple POVs. Fast read! I also LOVED this section about love.

“Love is inexact, Henry said. It is not a science. It is barely a noun. It means one thing to one person, and one thing to another. It means one thing to one person at one point and then something else at another point. It doesn’t make sense… I love you, it’s a mystery. Because it’s a mystery, we have to take care of it. Feed it. It can’t go missing, but we can’t tie it up. We can only tie it to someone else. Other people. The the world is like this : full of the geometry of my rope tied to you, and to you, and yours tied to him, and to her, and hers to someone else. I love you, it’s a mystery.”

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Sleeping Giants

Finished! I liked it. A girl falls into a giant crater with and lands in a huge iron hand. Twenty years later she’s working to figure out what this hand is, what it connects to and how Earth can use it. It’s written in interviews, notes and paperwork which makes reading quick. I like how Neuvel still figures out a way to have you get inside the characters heads even though its not first person. It was very interesting. I would definitely finish the other two (if I didn’t have so many other things to read) and I may still. I have books two and three, because the whole trilogy has been released, so maybe I’ll go back and finish.

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Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

I requested Clock Dance from Netgalley *bows thanks to Netgalley*

I confuse Anne Tyler and Ann Patchett sometimes. Is that weird? Not because their writing is similar, but because their names get mixed up in my head. And then half way through I’m like, this is not like her. And then I realize I’m thinking of the wrong author.

Anyway. The beginning of this book felt like Some Luck by Jane Smiley, which I love! You are following a character quickly through time and jumping decades. She’s just a slow burn, moving through the decades without dramatic plots or events.  So at first I was thinking, this is going to be great. But then, there was a semi-dramatic plot event. And that’s where the book focused. I didn’t even like the plot twist. It seemed so unusual. However, I like how Willa grew as a character and that she ended up finding herself and what she wanted without other’s influence. Along with Jane Smiley, I’d say it’s also similar to Stewart O’Nan or Kent Haruf.

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The Dry by Jane Harper

I heard a lot about The Dry when it first came out. Then, when the second book came out heard a lot about it as well. I decided I should try out the series and read book one. Second books are rarely ever good. There are exceptions of course. Thunderhead, book two in the Scythe trilogy, was amazing. But typically, I’m not on board. So if the second book is also getting buzz, it must be a good series.

I did like this book a lot. I thought I knew who the killer was midway through, but I was wrong. It was a bit slow moving for a mystery, steady burn and all that. Similar to Tana French and In the Woods. I have book two, and I’m going to start it see what I think. Book one was connected to Aaron’s past and book two doesn’t seem to have that personal draw. So it will be interested to see how it flows.

Also, I think this will be the first book I could towards summer reading this year. Now that it’s past Memorial Day, I think it counts.

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Queen of Hearts

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I liked this cover. That’s it. I picked it up because of the cover. I kept reading it because of the characters. Zadie and Emma are friends from the very beginning of medical school. They were roommates and hit it off. At the start of the book you know something happened to them in their past, specifically their third year of med school. You don’t know who did what or why. Most of the book is figuring out what the heck happened. There are flashbacks from present day to med school that reveal bits and pieces as you go along. I love flashback books and multiple POV books. You get the perspective of Zadie and Emma, which is very helpful when things start going down. I liked it but I must say, I loved the characters so much I was a bit disappointed in the ending. One of them seemed to change so much and the other kind of laid down and took it. I didn’t feel like that was true to what I’d read about them throughout the beginning of book. But, I ended up liking it nonetheless. Great read, and good audio. Having listened and read, I can say that listening was much easier because each of the two characters had a different person reading. So you could tell when it was a Zadie chapter and when it was an Emma chapter. In the book, it wasn’t quite as obvious. Great summer reading (not fluff) and Modern Mrs. Darcy agrees because it’s on her Summer Reading Guide.

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book that’s published in 2018

 

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