Archive | January, 2017

I Found You

7 Jan

I found “I Found You” to be a charming and real love story wrapped in a mystery. The mystery unfolds in the present and in the past, and comes together in a compelling and moving ending. Lisa Jewell manages a tone that is both warm and chilling, and delivers on a page-turner.

I loved the single mom character and her messy life, and felt the “realness” of all of the characters.

Fun, gripping and ultimately a moving read. Get it, stay up late…

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Confessions of Young Nero

7 Jan

Esteemed author Margaret George reveals the intricate backstory of a historical figure long known only through the phrase “Nero fiddled while Rome burned.”

Ms. George does her usual phenomenal work here as well, bringing us into young Nero’s life while he was just a child, albeit a child in a family where relatives were poisoned on a regular basis. We develop a real sympathy for young Nero, only to lose it as he becomes more and more jaded, as he loses touch with the musically talented youngster he once was.

About halfway through, I decided to do some history research myself, and found that all the pivotal events explored in the novel are considered historically accurate. Knowing that made the book even more enjoyable. Definitely a must for fans of historical novels, and fans of ancient Rome.

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart

7 Jan

Very much in the style of Bridget Jones (which grated on me a bit) in which our plump, self-denigrating heroine decides to live out the bucket list of the cad who dumped her, in hopes that it will make her attractive to him again. No surprises in this story – the expected good guy she meets along the way does, in fact, fall in love with her, she challenges herself, and she learns along the way…

That being said, the story was enjoyable, perfect for a mindless escape, perhaps while eating Pringles and imbibing…

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All Our Wrong Todays

7 Jan

This sci fi futuristic novel posed a lot of interesting questions – think time travel, alternative universes and existentialism. This debut novel is witty and engaging, a treat even for those who ordinarily recoil at the thought of reading science fiction.

“Time travel is very bad at fixing mistakes. What it’s very good at is creating even worse mistakes.”

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

White Lead

7 Jan

I enjoyed this well-plotted mystery and enjoyed the specifics of the practice of the art conservationist protagonist. Nicely developed characters and a fresh POV.

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Victoria

7 Jan

I loved this book – which is the basis of a series about to premiere on Masterpiece/PBS. Daisy Goodwin, a writer and television producer (and poetry anthologist  says Wikipedia), does a marvelous job of bringing this iconic Queen to life, starting with her as a young girl required to step into the position.

Nicely fleshed out characters, making Victoria come alive, and giving the reader a whole different appreciation for the woman often only perceived as a stodgy old woman.

Read this book ASAP and then get ready for a delicious visual experience with the show. Yum.

I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.

The Girl Before: (CES-inspired alt title – Living in a Smart Home…)

7 Jan

You may be a bit put off by the “Girl…” bandwagon of titles but this suspenseful thriller takes the genre in an interesting direction, featuring a mysterious architect and his creepily omniscient #smarthome, and the young women who have lived (and died) in the house.

I liked this book a lot but felt a little cheated by the end. I’ll avoid any spoilers.

I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.