Book Review II

So it’s been almost 2 months since I have posted a book review…and I am sad to say that I have only read 5 books in the past 7 weeks.  I don’t know why…but I am determined to make the next 2 months more productive from the reading end!  (this lack of reading may have something to do with the fact that I have been rewatching every episode of the Duggars…but I digress)

Here is my list from January of books I wanted to read….

1) A Secret Kept by: Tatiana de Rosney (FINISHED!)

2) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by: Stieg Larsson

3) The Girl Who Played With Fire by: Stieg Larsson

4) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

5) Home Front by: Kristin Hannah (FINISHED!)

6) Lone Wolf by: Jodi Picoult (FINISHED!)

7) The Gatecrasher by: Madeleine Wickham


So…I guess I am 3/7.  I do have to admit that I have tried SO hard to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and I just can not get into it!  I am going to refocus myself on reading finishing this for my next book review! So in addition to the 3 books above, I read an additional 2 to make a pitiful 5 total

A Secret Kept

By: Tatiana de Rosney

I was expecting SO much more from this book after reading de Rosney’s Sarah’s Key, so I was slightly disappointing in this novel.  A wealthy French family is highlighted in this novel about difficult relationships and torn bonds between its members. The book tries to identify the many negative results of a mother’s death, but the characters were formed weakly and without much to devote emotionally. The book dragged on slowly and I felt there was never either a high point or low point at which I was connected with any of the characters.  My recommendation would be to skip this book and read Sarah’s Key instead!

Lone Wolf

By: Jodi Picoult

I have been an avoid Picoult reader for years, and made a special trip to Target to purchase this book on the day it was released (9 days ago) and unlike many of her books before it took me exactly a week to read it (instead of the usual 1-2 days).  I love the medical and legal aspects that Picoult always pulls into her novels, and this was no different.  Two siblings are caught in a battle fought over their father who is considered brain dead and on life support.  One wishes to terminate the support, while the other desires to cling to hope and a chance at recovery.  The father, who was a wolf expert and spent years of his life devoted to living with and learning about the creatures, narrates his own story throughout the pages depicting his life and love of those creatures.  This book is not Picoult’s best, I would give that award to Handle With Care, but definitely worth reading.

Home Front

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By: Kristin Hannah

I recently ‘found’ Kristin Hannah and have fallen in love with her work….and by recently I mean within the past 3 years.  I have loved each and every one of her novels and this was no exception.  This story paints a vivid picture of a family torn apart by war as the mother, Jolene, is deployed to Iraq.  Jolene’s relationship with her husband is strained at best, but the love for her children is unending, or so it seems.  After coming home, her life is turned upside down as she struggles to adjust.  This was such an heartfelt novel and one that I encourage anyone to read.


By: Anna Carey

This book was an impulse purchase at Target (for $3.26) and a great $3 spent.  I read it in under 24 hours!  A quick, easy read that is based in the 2030s after a deadly virus has nearly decimated the world’s population.  The main character Eve, has grown up in an orphanage where she is falsely lead to believe her future is one of ease after finishing school.  Upon figuring out her destiny, she runs away from the sheltered school she has known into the wilderness.  Similarly to The Hunger Games, this story is one filled with action, fear, the unknown, and of course love.

Queen of New Beginnings

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By: Erica James

This was a Free download to my Kindle from Amazon and was surprisingly worth my time!  A light, witty, British novel about the quirky and depressing familial relationships a woman endured as a young girl.  As Alice looks back on her life while telling her story as she falls in love, the novel stays light while touching on difficult topics.


So this wraps up my second book review…and I am again going to attempt a ‘To-Read List’

1) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by: Stieg Larsson

2) The Girl Who Played With Fire by: Stieg Larsson

3) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

(or hopefully I can just get through the first one!)

4) In a Perfect World by: Laura Kasischke

5) Those Who Save Us by: Jenna Blum

6) Still Summer by: Jacquelyn Mitchard

Hopefully I can get through at least a few of these…any other suggestions from anyone!?!


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