Goodreads Review: The Darkest Child

The Darkest ChildThe Darkest Child by Delores Phillips
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

A brutally honest work of fiction that doesn’t revel in the sadness or horror it reveals about race, family, poverty and the cycles that trap people despite their best intentions.

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Goodreads Review: Pretty Girls Dancing

Pretty Girls DancingPretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This is a difficult book to put a rating on. There’s family drama, crime drama and then there’s the resolution. My rating depends entirely on which aspects I dwell on. Continue reading

Goodreads Review: Erasing Memory

Erasing Memory: A MacNeice MysteryErasing Memory: A MacNeice Mystery by Scott Thornley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Erasing Memory is precisely the sort of mystery/thriller I enjoy. It isn’t excessively gory but neither is it saccharine or cozy. It is clearly the first in a series because the author follows not just the murder but the police involved in the solving the murder—something else I enjoy. What I really enjoyed is that the book is set in Canada, my favorite crime series are usually set in California but I’m always excited when authors begin series set in unfamiliar areas (to me) because the best ones explore the murders as a peak into the heart of a region and the dysfunctions that lead to crime that allows the reader to gaze into a world they are told not to look at.

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Goodreads Review: Rest is the New Sport

Rest is The New Sport: Identify Your Fatigue, Improve Your Recovery, decrease your biological costRest is The New Sport: Identify Your Fatigue, Improve Your Recovery, decrease your biological cost by Jef Geys
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Some background for me is that I was a book reading kid who wished I could be more sporty but could never find the right way into exercise or sports until I was sitting, reading and in excruciating pain which sent me seeking out a personal trainer. A lot of stuff clicked, I learned to tell the difference between fads and facts in the health field but I still consider myself a novice seeking to learn more about optimizing diet, exercise, recovery and rest. In pursuit of that I was excited to have the chance to read Jef Geys’ “Rest is the New Sport”.

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Goodreads Review: Strangers in Budapest

Strangers in Budapest: A NovelStrangers in Budapest: A Novel by Jessica Keener
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a copy for review through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

What drew me to this book was my personal connection to Hungary. Having family there, living there and visiting several times (coincidently during the period this story takes place) are all reasons I was eager to read this book. Although these connections contributed to my enjoyment of the book and high rating, I think that there is plenty to enjoy in the atmosphere and characters of the book.

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Goodreads Review: Sociable

SociableSociable by Rebecca Harrington
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*I received a copy of Sociable through NetGalley*

I give the book three stars because it reflects the Goodreads rating system which is that “I liked it”. Sociable is one of those easy and quick reads that offers a window into a very specific moment in time and looks honestly at the people occupying that without getting hung up on exploring the depths of it all. And that’s a good thing! It’s an easy book to recommend because it could just as easily be a movie or short T.V. series as it is a book. Genuinely entertaining and topical.

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Goodreads Review: Burnt Land

Burnt LandBurnt Land by Tua Harno
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*I received a review copy of this title

First off, the concept of this book really drew me in and kept me there almost through the end. I felt that although the book was strong at least 3/4 of the way in, the ending left me disappointed. Sanna’s story is engaging although her relationships with men feel rather triggered I think Tua did an excellent job of exploring Sanna’s motivation and providing her with meaningful growth. Tua maintains an excellent tension between characters throughout the book and I found myself unable to put the book down.

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