Book Review: Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMohan


Title: Island of Lost Girls
By: Jennifer McMahon
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 255
Release Date: April 22nd, 2008
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Goodreads:

While parked at a gas station, Rhonda sees something so incongruously surreal that at first she hardly recognizes it as a crime in progress. She watches, unmoving, as someone dressed in a rabbit costume kidnaps a young girl. Devastated over having done nothing, Rhonda joins the investigation. But the closer she comes to identifying the abductor, the nearer she gets to the troubling truth about another missing child: her best friend, Lizzy, who vanished years before.

From the author of the acclaimed Promise Not to Tell comes a chilling and mesmerizing tale of shattered innocence, guilt, and ultimate redemption.



Review:

Eehhh... The story was weird and didn't sit well with me. I'm a huge fan of McMahon's creepy writing style, but I couldn't get into this one.

Book Review: Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict

Title: Lady Clementine
By: Marie Benedict
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 336
Release Date: January 7th, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Goodreads:

New from Marie Benedict, the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room! An incredible novel that focuses on one of the people who had the most influence during World War I and World War II: Clementine Churchill.

In 1909, Clementine Churchill steps off a train with her new husband, Winston. An angry woman emerges from the crowd to attack, shoving him in the direction of an oncoming train. Just before he stumbles, Clementine grabs him by his suit jacket. This will not be the last time Clementine Churchill saves her husband.

Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the brilliant and ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies.



Review:

This book fell a little flat for me. I've loved other books by Benedict, but I found this subject to be uninspiring. I don't know if it was the subject matter its self, or just the way it was portrayed. All in all, I will still read this author and can't wait to see what she has next.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Book Review: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkoski


Title: The Last Wish
By: Andrzej Sapkowski
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 360
Release Date: December 14th, 2008
Publisher: Orbit 
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads:

Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. And a cold-blooded killer. His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good... and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.

A collection of short stories introducing Geralt of Rivia, to be followed by the first novel in the actual series, The Blood of Elves. Note that, while The Last Wish was published after The Sword of Destiny, the stories contained in The Last Wish take place first chronologically, and many of the individual stories were published before The Sword of Destiny.



Review:

I read this book because I really enjoyed the new TV series. The book was better. The authors way ow writing is so clear and precise. The story isn't bogged down with too much information and the story moves along perfectly. I can't wait to read the next book and watch the next season of the show.

7 Books for Historical Fiction Lovers






I've been reading a lot of historical fiction lately and It happens to be one of my favorite genres to read. I've also been reading historical fiction for one of my reading challenges, so needless to say, I've been knee deep in the good old stuff. 


I've come up with a small list of 7 historical fiction books that everyone should read at least once.

Jane Eyre

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Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.
But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?

Kidnapped

(David Balfour #1)


The Girl Who Fell from

the Sky

This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.
In the tradition of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, here is a portrait of a young girl - and society's ideas of race, class, and beauty.

Lord of the Flies


Murder on the Orient Express

(Hercule Poirot Mysteries #10)



Slaughterhouse-Five



The Scotsman Who Saved Me

(Seven Brides for Seven Scotsmen #1)


Weekly Menu #339 And The Book Of The Week


Monday! February is already half over. Can you believe it? This year is already flying by.

This weeks book is Divergent by Veronica Roth. I need to read a book set in Illinois for my reading around the country challenge, and I picked this one. Its been many years since I've read this story and I'm excited to dive into it again.
Lets get on to the menu. Enjoy!

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Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday
Leftovers Night



Sunday Confessions #31


Hello Sunday, welcome back. Are you as happy that its Sunday as I am? I just feel like the weeks are flowing into the next and I'm not able to rest like my body needs. We just need to get past these hard weeks. It will come. 

Lots has been happening on the blog in the past week and a lot of great stuff to come. Lets recap the week.

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Weekly Menu #339 And The Book Of The Week
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For Historical Fiction Lovers
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Book Review: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkoski
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Book Review: Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMohan
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Sunday Confessions #32



5 Books to read when you're soul searching @ Your Career Homecoming
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Instant pot sloppy joe's @ Mama Needs Cake
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2019 Top picks for Book Clubs @ Exploring Life Together 

 20/50 Books in my Read Around the Country challenge
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13/196 in my Star Wars Legends challenge
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Still 1/20 in my Scotland challenge. I'll get there.
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31/341 Gilmore Girls challenge
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33/100 in my 100 books before you die challenge

 There's been a lot happening on the blog. A lot of progress on my Star Wars and read around the country challenges. I'm hoping to finish the country challenge soon. 

What have you been reading this week? leave me a comment bellow. 


Book Review: A discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


Title: A Discovery of Witches
By: Deborah Harkness
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 579
Release Date: February 2011
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads:

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. 



Review:

This book was as good as I had hoped it would be. I became addicted to the show and knew I had to read the book. The show was true to the book, but the book gave me so much more depth and detail in the characters. I loved following the relationship between a vampire and a witch. It really painted a nice picture of what that might look like. I had to give it four stars though because I felt like it had too many similarities to twilight. I loved both and would recommend this read to anyone.