Sunburn by Laura Lippman ~ #Mystery #BookReview

35231503This book kept me reading with it’s suspense and pacing, but I felt it got a little slow near the end. Parts felt fresh; other parts not as much. The characters were interesting, the backstory created an interesting dynamic, the dialogue was witty at times, but I can’t help but feel like this book was just shy of the mark.

I had to know what happened, had to keep reading, which is the sign of a good book, right? Except that the ending of this one made me want to throw the book against the wall. Then maybe run it over with the lawnmower. (Oh, Kindle, you just don’t know how many trees you save.) I found the end to be a total let down. But 75% of this book is really good, so 4 stars. (The 90’s references made me nostalgic, which may have skewed by opinion towards the positive.)

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of #Writing #Inspiration

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Dying Truth by Angela Marsons ~ #Mystery #BookReview

39501802This is the 8th book I’ve read in the D.I. Kim Stone series, and like the seven before it, it was a suspenseful, roller coaster of a mystery. Angela Marsons is an expert at keeping her readers on their toes!

In this one, the author continues to explore the group dynamic among the detectives while delving into the dark side of elite school groups and hazing. I hate giving spoilers, but I will say that this book changes the group forever.

My biggest concern is that Marsons book deal was for 8 books – please let there be more! This is the only series I’ve encountered over the last few years that has me completely hooked; there are a few others I keep up with, but more out of curiosity than need. This series is an addiction as much as a guilty pleasure. 5 stars!

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Gifts for #BookLovers, #Readers & #Writers

Anne of Green Gables Hoodie (Women's)The Jungle Book BackpackAs a book lover, reader, and writer, I love literary themed gifts. Every holiday I scour the internet for literary gift ideas. To that effect, there’s a great new website that I wanted to share with everyone. They not only have a great selection of T-shirts, but also book and tote bags to carry all your reading material around this summer.

Alice in Wonderland Tote BagOrigin of Species Charles Darwin T-Shirt (Women's)Even better, I have a coupon code that allows you to save 20% on your order – no minimum purchase, no maximum savings, and you can use it unlimited times! Simply go to the website https://literarybookgifts.com and use the promo code: SHANNONHOLLINGER20  (They say that sharing is caring, so feel free to share the love and pass this code along far and wide!)

Gray's Anatomy T-Shirt (Women's)Dracula Tote BagThe website is easy to navigate, and features a TON of fantastic images from some of my favorite books! I’ve selected some of my favorites to share, but there are many, many more on the site itself!

Our National Parks BackpackEdgar Allan Poe Hoodie (Women's)Despite the awesome discount code, I am in no way affiliated with this site, and will make no money off your purchase. I’m a big proponent of supporting small businesses, especially when they sell exactly the Frankenstein T-Shirt (Women's)kind of stuff I like to buy, and the proprietress was cool enough to offer a 20% discount code (SHANNONHOLLINGER20), so head on over to https://literarybookgifts.com  and show some love! They have so many different colors and styles, you’re bound to find something you or a friend will love!

(I just placed my first order, and it was incredibly easy!)

 

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Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson ~ #Fiction #BookReview

37561377This isn’t the type of book I would normally have chosen for myself. The description was kind of dramatic and cutesy and not at all suspenseful or mysterious, but it was one of the monthly free books offered by Amazon Prime, so I figured I’d give it a try.

To be honest, it was cutesy, but I found that I didn’t care. It was also sweet and funny and surprisingly enjoyable. It left me with a smile on my face and a desire for a friend like Blix.

The writing, characters and pacing were all good. The plot felt fresh to me, but that might be because I don’t often read this type of book. Whatever it was, this book worked for me! 5 stars!

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Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan ~ #Mystery #BookReview

36441275This was a fast paced, adrenaline pumping mystery with high stakes. There was a little awkwardness, a sentence here and there that felt like the author was struggling to find her footing, but all in all it was well written, with a well developed protagonist and pacing that left me gasping for breath.

The intricate plot was slyly crafted and the author didn’t shy away from shocking the reader. I can’t say more without giving spoilers, which I detest, so I’ll just say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and wouldn’t mind spending more time with Detective Josie Quinn by reading more books in the series. 5 Stars!

 

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Force of Nature by Jane Harper ~ #Mystery #BookReview

35688002This book is by the same author as The Dry, a book that’s been on my to-read list since before it was released. Sadly, I still haven’t read it. This is the second book in the series (I didn’t know it was a series, either.)

5 women go into the woods, only four come out. I had to read it. I love good hiking horror/mysteries, and have written a half dozen stories in the same vein myself, because as most hikers know, there’s so much that can go wrong, and the woods can be such a wild, unpredictable, and yes, sinister, setting.

I liked the characters. The writing took a few pages to adapt to the almost imperceptible little details of an Australian writer, but after that, I rarely noticed the quirks. The pacing was good, the suspense strong, and the ending unforeseen. Not my favorite book of the year, but still good. 4 stars!

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