Book Reviews

Book Review: Power of Love (Book B!tches, #1) by Anne Conley

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Like other books I’ve read by Conley, I was thoroughly entertained by Power of Love. Certain consistencies with her writing style that I’ve grown fond of were all present in this book, only increasing my appreciation for her work.

One thing Conley always does is provide a clear story arc. Girl meets boy (or vice versa), sparks fly, and drama ensues. But it’s not annoying, unbelievable drama. It’s just your everyday drama that people deal with all the time when it comes to love and relationships. Her characters are normal, everyday people too. They have believable flaws and always remind me of people I know in real life. As with other Conley couples, I found myself really pulling for Vanessa and Linc.

Another consistency of Conley’s is that no matter how serious things get in her stories, there’s always a bit of humor. It might be the result of a quirky character or the banter between certain characters, but there’s always something that tickles my funny bone. In this story, I got such a kick out of the Book B!tches in the book club!

I mentioned believability earlier, so I should note that this particular series has a paranormal slant. Some may believe the spirit-related things that happen in this book are possible while others won’t. I personally don’t know what I believe when it comes to paranormal activity. At any rate, I found the spirit activity in this book to be intriguing, and I look forward to seeing what comes of it.

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*Many thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Book Review: The 27 Club by Alexandria Bishop

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The 27 Club has a very interesting premise. It sort of reminded me of the movie 13 Going on 30 with a dark, paranormal twist. I went in blind with zero knowledge about the meaning of the title, and this made for a really cool aha moment when I realized what was going on. So if you’ve never heard of The 27 Club, I suggest not looking it up until you read this book!

The first ten chapters or so detail Erika Takai’s horrible birthday experiences, year after year. I have to admit, all of her “bad luck” put me in a funk, and I kept wondering when things were going to get better for her. Well, when that moment arrives, it isn’t what it seems, and her newfound good fortune has a price. At that point, I didn’t want to stop reading until I knew what Erika’s fate would be.

If you enjoy new adult books with paranormal elements that explore fate and second chances, then you might enjoy this one.

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*Thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Book Review: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

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When I heard All the Missing Girls was being compared to The Girl on the Train, I just had to read it. After all, I love suspenseful psychological thrillers. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to the comparison, but I still liked it for other reasons.

One unique, yet confusing, quality of this book is that much of it is told in reverse order. It starts out in the present, with Nicolette (Nic) returning to her hometown to help sell her father’s house after being away for ten years. Going home is difficult for her due to the reason she left in the first place: Her best friend Corrine disappeared without a trace and the case was never solved. Right after she arrives at her childhood home and visits her senile father, the story is catapulted forward two weeks. And that’s when things became hard for me to follow.

Over the course of the two weeks (told in reverse), another girl disappears, and everyone is wondering if it has anything to do with Corrine’s disappearance. Well, here’s a SPOILER for you…the disappearances are related, just not in the way you will most likely think they are.

Two things All the Missing Girls does have in common with The Girl on the Train is that it has an intricately woven plotline, and there are a few twists and turns–none nearly as shocking as those in The Girl on the Train, but surprising nonetheless.

Despite the misleading title (there are really only two missing girls) and the confusing reverse order narration, I liked the story and appreciate the way Miranda brought everything together in the end. Honestly, I might have liked it more had the comparison bar not been set so high.

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Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary review copy of this book via NetGalley.