Saturday, January 25, 2020

Read This, Not That in January/February 2020

Sometimes, I'm struck by the similarities in a pair of books that are released around the same time. That recently happened to me with Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford, and The Bear by Andrew Krivak. They're both stories about isolated father-daughter pairs, and both have dreamlike and magical qualities. They're set in worlds that are both familiar and foreign.
The writing in both is great, but I was struck by the creepy undercurrent throughout Follow Me to Ground, while The Bear was a bit too pleasant and boring.
Are either or both of these on your TBR list, and which would you choose? Follow Me to Ground was released in January, and The Bear will be released in February. You can purchase them both using the affiliate links below:
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Friday, January 17, 2020

Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald

Behind Every LieBehind Every Lie by Christina McDonald
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Behind Every Lie opens with Eva waking up in the hospital after being struck by lightning., but that's not all. Her mother, with whom she has a strained relationship, was murdered that same night, and it appears Eva was there. But Eva can't remember, because she has amnesia, which she also has for all other events significant to the plot of this book. That's because, as we're reminded what seems like every few paragraphs, Eva is broken.

This lacked a strong voice and I was annoyed by the constant overuse of adjectives and images such as "night was an obsidian fist squeezing me in its grasp" that seemed wedged in to try to float the flimsy story.

The author did a great job with the structure, which alternates between past and present, and between mother and daughter, and I enjoyed the overall theme of resilience and the lengths family will go to protect you.

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison

Good Girls LieGood Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A worthy addition to the boarding school canon, Good Girls Lie is a fast-paced and satisfying thriller. Ash is living under an assumed name when she arrives at the all-girls Good School after her parents die under mysterious circumstances. Ash is excited to get a fresh start, but her classmates soon suspect that Ash is hiding more than grief. Why are so many people around Ash dying?

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

The Other People by C.J. Tudor

The Other PeopleThe Other People by C.J. Tudor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gabe's wife and daughter were murdered in a home invasion, only Gabe is convinced his daughter has actually been kidnapped and is still out there, and spends his days driving up and down the service roads looking for the car he believes he saw her in.
This is fast-paced read, which is pushed along by multiple perspectives and cements C.J. Tudor as a go-to for thrillers that weave supernatural elements out of human suffering.

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

The God Game by Danny Tobey

The God GameThe God Game by Danny Tobey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The God Game starts with a cool premise and totally delivers. A group of high school nerds receive an invitation to play a game with an AI chat bot that purports to be God. They're quickly sucked into this action-packed virtual reality game, where they get points in the game for doing things in real life. But are the friends playing on the same team, and is God in control, or are the other players? And who else is playing?
I was sucked in from the first page, and loved all the action and high school drama blended with philosophical and religious musings.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Follow Me To Ground by Sue Rainsford

Follow Me to GroundFollow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was captivated by the beautiful writing in Follow Me To Ground, which offers a glimpse into the mind of a childlike woman who was birthed from the ground and heals the humans around her. We also get to hear what the townspeople think of this mysterious father-daughter duo that is unbothered by human concerns. I wish there was less attempt at a plot, because I didn't care for the whole Samson plot or the ending, which I don't think had quite the impact that the author intended.
I still really enjoyed it and the writing style.

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard

RewindRewind by Catherine Ryan Howard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Rewind, a creepy inn proprietor in a desolate seaside resort town has been recording his guests, while an Instagram star has begun to suspect her husband of cheating on her at that very inn. When she spontaneously drives there to collect evidence, she steps into the cross hairs of a killer, exposing secrets of the town's residents along the way.

This book moved along nicely, I loved the Irish seaside setting, and the ending was satisfying without being too out there.

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