Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: In Full Color by Rachel Dolezal

In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World




In the interest of full disclosure, I did not finish In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World. I hate even having to read it, then rate it without following through. When I don't finish a book, no matter how badly I want to, I can't help but feel as if I failed the writer. After all, the author did take their time to tell a story, get it edited, and bravely put it out there to be scrutinized. What could possibly be scarier and here comes someone like me, a so-called reviewer, doesn't even finish the book and has the nerve to give it a rating.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Review: A House Divided by Donna Hill

A House Divided by Donna Hill



A House Divided is Donna Hill's solo novel about an up and coming journalist Zoie Crawford. Just as her career is taking off, she's called back home to New Orleans because her grandmother died. She's riddled with guilt the whole time since they were close but she never got around to visiting her since her ambitious nature wouldn't allow her the time off from work. Avoiding her family didn't entice her to come home even with her grandmother's impending death.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline



I'm on the fence with a 3 and 4 star rating for Lisa Scottoline's One Perfect Lie but more on that later. Scottoline is a favorite of mine so I was anxious to get this read and it doesn't disappoint with the first few chapters locking down the reader. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review: The Lost Order by Steve Berry

The Lost Order by Steve Berry

I practically spent my entire Sunday trying to get through Steve Berry's latest Cotton Malone historical thriller. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm usually Berry's biggest fan. I always look forward to reading the adventures of the least retired, retired Magellan Billet recruit than the next person. The Malone series is always packed full of thrills, close calls, double crosses, and pure excitement.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Review: Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor

Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor  Gloria Naylor, author of The Women of Brewster Place, grants the world another chance to read why she's considered a literary champion. When I began reading Naylor's Linden Hills I was not familiar with her works nor had any inclination to be. Oh how foolish I have been all these years. I didn't realize until the last word that I missed her voice.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel




The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel is one of those stories that is haunting in the fact that it lingers in the back of your mind for a long, long time. Engel explores the darkness that hides in every family and what it means to love and be loved. To be placed under a spell that death seems like the sweetest escape. 


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

The Sleepwalker is the third novel I've read by Chris Bohjalian and by far my favorite. Before I dive into my review I must credit this author with hooking his readers from page one. The Sleepwalker manages to dominate that interest and never relinquishes its grip. Suffice it to say, I did not have to sleepwalk through this novel. (That's all I got for word play... I promise).

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Review: Fatal by John Lescroart

Fatal



I hate giving John Lescroart a 2-star rating but... I need my Dismas Hardy. Fatal is the latest standalone novel that doesn't feature him that just didn't holdup for me. Sorry to get into my dislike of this novel so quickly but... Damn! I started Fatal knowing without a doubt I would be entertained. I was wrong. Boy was I wrong.

Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella


I needed My Not So perfect Life badly. After reading a dismal, uninteresting book it was time for something light, easy, and just plain old fun. I was introduced to Sophie Kinsella by reading Confessions of a Shopaholic. Come to think of it, Katie Brenner is a lot like Becky Bloomwood, the heroine of the "Shopaholic" series.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

I know it's wrong what I'm going to say but I don't care. I've come to the point that I am just happy to have made it through. Similarly to the brave slaves that are introduced in The Underground Railroad, my journey through this novel was treacherous, exhausting, and necessary. I know, I know, I gave the novel a 4-star rating. And every star is deserved, I just can't ignore that it took so much out of me to keep going on my journey to freedom to read another book by way of making it to the end of this one.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Review: Wives, Fiancees, and Side-Chicks of Hotlanta by Sheree Whitfield

Wives, Fiancees, and Side-Chicks of Hotlanta by Sheree Whitfield


I am proud to admit I am a "Real Housewives of..." whatever city junky. I have never been one to sheepishly say I love my Housewives. Of course I have my favorite from each franchise such as Lisa Vanderpump from Beverly Hills, Caroline Manzo from New Jersey, and the lovely Phaedra Parks from Atlanta. The reality TV sites I peruse reported Sheree Whitfield is placing her hat in the wonderful world of marketing herself by writing a book.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Review: Man on the Run by Carl Weber

Man on the Run by Carl Weber






















What a wild roller coaster ride! This novel is drama from first to last page. I appreciate an occasional drama ridden read that reminds that I should be grateful for the lack of drama in my life. So why the 2-star rating? More on that later.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Review: Good Behavior by Blake Crouch

Good Behavior by Blake Crouch


Fresh off of the high I got with Blake Crouch's Dark Matter, I was super excited to begin reading Good BehaviorGood Behavior introduces readers to Letty Dubesh. She's not your typical heroine. Actually, she's not a heroine at all but she is interesting.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Review:Think Better, Live Better by Joel Osteen

Think Better, Live Better: Deleting Negative Thoughts, Labels, and Attitudes

I was in terrible need of something inspiring to read. Not even the Cubs winning the World Series after 108 years could pull me from this weird slump I've been in lately. To top it off, we've been having amazing weather the last few weeks here in the greater Chicagoland area... yet, here I was. Stuck and in an irreversible circle of blah.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Review: Shutter Man by Richard Montanari

Shutter Man by Richard Montanari



Shutter Man is another one of Richard Montanari's explosive, compulsive reads featuring the duo Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne. Although this novel shows the two doing their own thing, a series of gruesome murders brings them together in the hopes of capturing a killer like none other.