Review: The Mermaid Murders by Josh Lanyon (2016)

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My Rating: 5 stars                                          Read: 4/11/2017

Release Date: 2016

Audiobook narrated by Kale Williams released June 2016

Blurb:

Special Agent Jason West is seconded from the FBI Art Crime Team to temporarily partner with disgraced, legendary “manhunter” Sam Kennedy when it appears that Kennedy’s most famous case, the capture and conviction of a serial killer known as The Huntsman, may actually have been a disastrous failure.

The Huntsman is still out there…and the killing has begun again. Continue reading “Review: The Mermaid Murders by Josh Lanyon (2016)”

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Review: The Wall of Winnepeg by Mariana Zapata (2016)

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My Rating: 5 stars                                          Read: 3/29/2017

Blurb:

 

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable. Continue reading “Review: The Wall of Winnepeg by Mariana Zapata (2016)”

Review: Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid (2016)

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My Rating: 5 stars                                          Read: 3/10/2017

Lists: None

Challenges:

  • New Releases Challenge
  • My Romance Challenge

Blurb:

Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston. Continue reading “Review: Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid (2016)”

Review: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas (2016)

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My Rating: 3 stars                                          Read: 3/6/2017

Lists: Best Romance Novel List

Challenges:

  • My Romance Challenge

Blurb:

“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

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Review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang (2016)

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Challenges:

  • Tournament of Books
  • New Releases

Review:

Hmm. I was looking forward to reading this book because it was set in Korea and because I’m a vegan.
Unfortunately, I found it a disappointing and bewildering read. I liked some of the imagery. There was a vague sense of weirdness and the main character seemed almost to be turning into a plant. I understood the way she pushed back against the authority of her husband and family. But the various perspectives in the book, particularly the sister’s at the end, left me confused and unsatisfied as to what was actually going on.
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Review: An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur (2016)

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Challenges:

  • Romance Challenge

Review:

Wow. This is an amazing novel. This is the best book I’ve read so far this year, which is saying a lot since I’ve been reading a lot of classic lit. I hedged on reading it because it’s over 500 pages. But it read like a much shorter book, because I could not put it down.

This is literature, not romance, though it has some strong pining, sexual tension, and a fair amount of sex (most of it not described in detail). There is not an HEA per se, and, while the romantic in me would have liked to see a menage or other manufactured happy ending, it would have been unrealistic. The ending works just as written. Continue reading “Review: An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur (2016)”