Book Wookie

Brutally honest book reviews

Ghost Horse by Thomas H. McNeely

October 30
Ghost Horse Book Cover

Book reviewers read bad books so that you, the reader, don’t have to. On that note, avoid Ghost Horse unless, of course, you want to experience a particular form of cruel and unusual castigation.

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Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

October 23
Fourth of July Creek Book Cover

Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson is not a book that would generally appeal to women. It is almost like a modern literary version of a western movie with gun fights, bars and swearing. I was initially attracted to the promise of a feral boy living in the wilderness, but that is a little deceiving.

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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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