The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware ~ Fiction Book Review

28187230This is a dark little mystery that took me on a wild ride, complete with a couple of plot twists that I didn’t see coming, which I absolutely adore experiencing.

I didn’t love the characters, but the cruise boat setting put a fresh spin on the locked room mystery, and I had to only mildly suspend belief for the ending. This author definitely does more right than wrong, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next! (BTW, I LOVED her first book, In a Dark, Dark Wood).

Bottom line – fun, imaginative and suspenseful. Easy reading, and it managed to throw in a  turn that REALLY surprised me, which very rarely happens. 5 stars!

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

Best Grammar Nazi Meme of the Week:

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch ~ Fiction Book Review

27833670I usually don’t like sci-fi. Science heavy fiction, yes, but sci-fi is usually a no for me. But . . . this book was getting a lot of hype . . . and the author, Blake Crouch, wrote Wayward Pines, which I haven’t read yet, but I watched the miniseries on TV and enjoyed it, so I figured I’d give it a go.

The sci-fi was a very light, tolerable dose. Some science, some introspection, nothing life changing, but it was quickly paced and kept my attention. It’s not going to make my list of favorites, but it is what it is – a good time.

I hate giving spoilers, so all I’ll say is that it reminds me very much of a Jet Li movie that came out in 2001.

Fun and fast. 5 stars!

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The Girl Who Lied by Sue Fortin ~ Fiction Book Review

29959030Put any variation of the word lie in a title and you’ve got my attention. I like reading about lies. Lies are usually told out of desperation to conceal dirty little secrets. Dark, tasty little tidbits that the characters would rather keep hidden. Makes for an interesting plot that can go any number of directions.

That’s why it’s one of my buzz words when looking for reading material. I immediately start thinking, “What’s the lie about? What crimes will the truth reveal? How will it impact the characters’ lives? What will they do to keep the lie a secret?”

So when I see the word lie, I expect something juicy. In this book, the main character did tell a lie – just not one that impressed me. I guessed the lie early in and only kept reading because I was sure there was a twist, something that would impress me. It never happened.

Maybe it was due to the culture difference – the book is set in Ireland. Maybe what’s shocking over there is simply run of the mill over here. Or maybe I’m just spoiled and being too harsh. Either way, I found this book pretty disappointing, and at times, the writing annoying. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 on whole point rating systems.

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

Best Reader Meme of the Week:

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My Top 10 Books of 2016

2016 was an excellent reading year for me. I read almost twice as much as usual (99 books!!!), discovered some great new authors, and some addictive new series! The problem with reading so many books in one year is, how do I pick my favorites? Choosing 5 was impossible this year. So, in no particular order, here are my top 10 reads of 2016.

In a Dark, Dark Wood

This one really made an impression on me. So much so, that I’ve been even though there are so many books and so little time, I’ve been dying to read it again! Unfortunately, I let someone borrow my copy . . .

 

Into the Darkest Corner

This book was so incredibly suspenseful that it redefined what ‘edge-of-my-seat’ meant for me. I literally got chest pains from the tension. It made enough of an impression on me that, even though the other book I tried by this author was completely not for me, I forgive her. Almost.

 

The Great Zoo of China

This one took me back to my roots of good old, high octane, super fast paced, action packed thrillers. So what if it’s completely unbelievable? And what if some people think I’m a little silly for being a 30-something woman reading books like this? It’s Jurassic Park with dragons. Enough said.

 

Silent Scream (D.I. Kim Stone, #1)

In 2016 I discovered – and then devoured – this series. All 5 books are so freakin good that I spend 5 minutes every day sending fast writing wishes to the author so she puts out more soon.

 

 

The Kind Worth Killing

The plot is pure genius. I’m rather jealous that I didn’t think of it. Maybe I don’t entirely remember all the details after all this time, but it earned a spot on my keep shelf. No easy feat.

 

 

We Were Liars

This book started my 2016 love affair with Young Adult books. It made me gasp. It made me cry. It made me think. It kept me guessing and almost blindsided me. Very well done.

 

 

Now You See Me (Lacey Flint, #1)

Another series with a brutal writer who holds no punches! It introduced me to an incredibly damaged female lead – and a new theory on an old conspiracy that simply amazed me with both its brilliance and simplicity. Can’t wait to read more by this author.

 

If You Find Me

A debut Young Adult book that left me begging for more. The imagery, the voice, the characters . . . sigh. It made me both laugh and cry.

 

 

Nine

This was the best anthology I’ve read in a looong time. Every story was good. It inspired me to write more and to write better. It inspired me to think deeper, plot stronger, be more devious and creative. Maybe not my favorite as a reader, but as a writer, it’s true love.

 

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)

 

I had to include this one because I ended up reading the entire 16 book series and a couple of the companion books. Okay, and maybe I watched a couple of seasons of the TV show, too. Even though it went on entirely too long, Sara Shepard did something entirely right when creating this series. Completely addictive!

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Follow You Home by Mark Edwards ~ Fiction Book Review

25153134I have to start out by saying that after reading the blurb, this book was NOTHING like what I expected – in the best way!!!! The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. If I was a nail biter, my nails would have been bloody, ragged stumps by the time I was done reading this book. Then it took a twist that completely blindsided me. Then another and another!

Few things feel quite as good as a book that gets under your skin – even if it gets under there with a creepy, crawly, spider leg prickle. I want to reveal some of the things I loved about this  book so badly – but then I’d spoil it for you! I will say that sometimes this mystery felt like horror, which made me wonder – should I read more horror?

I give this book 5 stars and will be looking for more written by this author.

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