The Last Time I Saw You Book Review

Book review by Dinh.

2.5 stars

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I was excited to read The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine because I had read The Last Mrs. Parrish and loved it for its fast pace psychological thriller.

I was hoping that this follow up book was going to be just as good.

Did it meet my expectations? Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I was highly disappointed with the book. To give it to you straight- it was horrible!

Here’s why it was not for me:

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The Female Persuasion Book Review

Book Review by Arlene.

5 out of 5 stars

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I really enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it for any woman to read.

I felt it was spot on in creating a story line and characters that it represented the time period of the early sixties and beyond when women’s lib (as it was called then) took off and there was no looking back. The Women’s Movement was established.

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The Seven Or Eight Deaths Of Stella Fortuna Book Review

Book Review by Dinh.

4.5 stars out of 5 stars

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From the title, The Seven Or Eight Deaths Of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames I was thinking a murder mystery but it was not what I had expected. I had read The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton last year and thought it would be something similar, like a who dunnit murder mystery. I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be an Italian family saga novel.

This was a debut novel for Juliet Grames and what a great start! I loved this book!

This book is definitely worth reading, and here’s why:

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Manhattan Beach Book Review

Book Review by Dinh.

3 stars out of 5

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I always look forward to reading a book written by Pulitzer prize winner. Jennifer Egan won the prize for fiction in 2011 with A Visit From The Goon Squad.

Manhattan Beach, Egan’s latest novel, was named one of the best books of the year by NPR, The Guardian, Esquire, The Washington Post, Time, USA TODAY, and Vogue.

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ARC Review: A Shifting Of Stars By Kathy Kimbray

Book Review by Patty Noonan.

4 stars

A squandering emperor. A handsome stranger. A reluctant heroine. And the ancient magic that will capsize a kingdom.

Seventeen-year-old Meadow Sircha watched her mother die from the wilting sickness. Tormented by the knowledge that the emperor failed to import the medicine that would have saved her, she speaks out at a gathering of villagers, inciting them to boycott his prized gladiator tournament.

But doing so comes at a steep cost.

Arrested as punishment for her impulsive tongue, Meadow finds herself caught up in the kind of danger she’s always tried to avoid. After a chance meeting with an enigmatic boy, she’s propelled on a perilous trek across the outer lands. But she soon unearths a staggering secret: one that will shift her world—and the kingdom—forever.

Goodreads summary: ebook, 450 pages, expected publication date May 28th, 2019.
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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine Book Review

Book Review by Dinh.

5 out of 5 stars

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Comletely Fine by Gail Honeyman has been on my to read list for ages and I am glad that we decided to read it for our monthly read.

Everyone I know who has read it has only high praises for it, so going in I was expecting it to be great. Some have compared it to A Man Called Ove by Federik Backman, but a female version of it. I absolutely loved Backman’s debut novel so I was super excited to dig in Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

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It’s Always The Husband Book Review

It’s Always The Husband: Book review by Arlene.

5 out of 5 stars

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Before I say anything else, let me say… do yourself a favor and do not sneak a peek at the end of this book!!!

I feel this book is skillfully written and it deserves your attention page by page until the last page!

So “It’s Always The Husband”… or is it!!

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Where The Crawdads Sing Book Review

Where The Crawdads Sing: Book review by Dinh.

4.5 stars out of 5 stars

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I read some great reviews for Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. It’s always nice to hear good hype about a book and hope that it will meet or beat the hype.

So going in I had expected it to be good. Did it meet my expectations? Yes, it did!

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The Wicked King Book Review

The Wicked King: Book Review by Dinh.

4.5 stars out of 5 stars


You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.

Jude has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were biddable. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her life and the lives of everyone she loves, Just must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a faerie world.

From hardcover book, 322 pages, copyright 2019, and published by Little, Brown and Company.
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