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Brutally honest book reviews

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

October 17
The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh is a coming-of-age murder mystery. If you can overlook a few plot flaws, it does have high entertainment value. The characters are charming and memorable.

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Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

October 10
Lucky Us Book Cover

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom did not live up to the grandiose expectations as suggested by the (completely irrelevant) cover art. While the characters were (mostly) solid, the plot was rushed, confusing, and lacked flow. Multiple narrations and writing styles added further confusion and gave Lucky Us the overall feeling of a jumbled, garbled mess.

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Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

October 6
Black Ice Book Cover

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick is amateur writing at its finest. Hidden between the pages is a slew of unlikable characters, weak storytelling, and a predictable plot.

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Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

October 2
Frog Music Book Cover

I wasn’t really sure if I would love or hate Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. I am not much of a “whodunnit” book fan, but I love her writing. I think she is a fantastic author, and she made Frog Music come to life with her stunningly real and colourful characters. I’m glad that I took the chance on this – it is one not to be missed!

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Before My Eyes by Caroline Bock

September 29
Before My Eyes Book Cover

Wanna read a book essentially about teenage angst? Have I got the book for you! Before My Eyes is chock full of unlikable characters who whine about their predicament in life, despite the fact that, most of them, are pretty well off.

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The Bear by Claire Cameron

September 25
The Bear Book Cover

Wow! The Bear by Claire Cameron is surely everyone’s worst nightmare come true in book form. I was genuinely scared at the gruesome bear attack, shocked that it was based on a true story, and horrified at the thought of a 5 and a 2-year-old lost in a forest with no food, water, or shelter, and nobody to look after them. A fantastic read!

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Choosing the Best Self-Published Books to Read

September 22
Chapter One

The low barrier to entry into self-publishing means that there’s nothing stopping people from publishing a plethora of badly written, poorly edited books that aren’t worth the storage space they take up on your Kindle. Learn about some of the criteria that I use to separate the good from the bad.

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Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

September 15
Mr. Mercedes Book Cover

Mr. Mercedes is Stephen King’s foray into writing a thriller, and though it doesn’t quite rank with his best work, it’s still an engrossing thrill ride. Once you get past the first half of the book, that is.

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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

September 11
Boy, Snow, Bird Book Cover

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi is about a girl named Boy, her sweet and beautiful stepdaughter Snow, whom she can’t stand to be around, and her daughter Bird who is African-American, yet neither her mother nor father are, exactly. And that is about as sane as anything gets with this book.

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In the Stillness by Andrea Randall

September 8
In the Stillness Book Cover

In the Stillness is more of a long, slow burn than an edge of your seat page-turner. It’s a story about so many things and yet, at its core, I think it’s mostly about learning to forgive yourself so that you can begin to heal and work toward carving out a happier place for yourself in this world.

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