Book Reviews by Author

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A – D

From the Jump

Lacie Waldon

Liv Bakersfield lives her life according to what she should do, as dictated by her beloved self-help manuals. At the urging of a coworker, Liv throws all her rules out the window and sets off on a the yearly vacation with her college friends that she has always missed. Without her rules, will Liv flounder or find the life and love interests she has always wanted?

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Blake Crouch

Logan Ramsay works for the Genetic Protection Agency in an effort to tamper his guilt from an incident 20 years ago. After a raid turned wrong, Logan begins to feel himself changing. And he finds himself asking what if humanity’s only hope for a future really does lie in engineering our own evolution?

The Bodyguard

Katherine Center

Hannah Brooks is looks like a kindergarten teacher but is actually a bodyguard. When superstar actor Jack Stapleton’s mom gets sick, he comes home to the family’s Texas ranch and needs protection from a stalker. But Jack does not want to alarm his family and enlists Hannah to be both his security and his fake girlfriend.

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E – I

The Other Dr. Gilmer

Benjamin Gilmer

A rural physician learns that a former doctor at his clinic committed a shocking crime, leading him to uncover an undiagnosed mental health crisis in our broken prison system–a powerful true story expanding on one of the most popular This American Life episodes of all time.

Alias Emma

Ava Glass

In this breakneck, race-against-the-clock thriller, a British spy has twelve hours to deliver her asset across London after Russia hacks the city’s security cameras. Can she make it without being spotted . . . or killed?

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J – N

Good Neighbors

Sarah Langan

Celeste Ng’s enthralling dissection of suburbia meets Shirley Jackson’s creeping dread in this propulsive literary noir, when a sudden tragedy exposes the depths of deception and damage in a Long Island suburb—pitting neighbor against neighbor and putting one family in terrible danger.

The Unhoneymooners

Christina Lauren

When food poisoning strikes everyone but Olive and her sworn enemy, who happens to be her new brother-in-law, she ends up on a dream vacation where sparks fly.

Breathless

Amy McCulloch

Journalist Cecily Wong is on her most dangerous climb yet, Manaslu. But the elements are nothing compared to one chilling truth: There’s a killer on the mountain.

I’m Glad My Mom Died

Jennette McCurdy

A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy about her struggles as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother—and how she retook control of her life.

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O – R

Old Country

Matt Query & Harrison Query

Harry and Sasha move into their dream house in Teton Valley having bought it sight unseen. The couple could not be happier until their neighbors bring warnings of a malevolent spirit that lives in the valley, one which, with every season, will haunt them in fresh, evermore diabolical ways.

The Diamond Eye

Kate Quinn

Based on a true story, The Diamond Eye is an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper.

The Verifiers

Jane Pek

Claudia Lin is a lifelong mystery reader and a new employee at a company that verifies the identities of its clients’ online love interests. When Claudia’s newest client ends up dead, she takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her suspicious death.

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S – V

Maus

Art Spiegelman

Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. 

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W – Z

Fresh

Margot Wood

A vulnerable coming-of-age story about the thrilling new experiences––and missteps––of a girl’s freshman year of college.

How to Fail at Flirting

Denise Williams

Professor Naya Turner is a bit too tightly-wound and stressed. After her friends’ make her a to-do list to step outside her comfort zone, Naya meets a handsome stranger in the bar… who may just destroy her career.

No Land to Light On

Yara Zgheib

Hadi and Sama are a young Syrian couple living in Boston, expecting their first child, and chasing a bigger life. Suddenly, Hadi’s father dies in Jordan, and Hadi flies back for the funeral. Upon return to the U.S., Hadi discovers that the President has issued a travel ban for anyone from Syria, regardless of refugee or visa status. Will Hadi and Sama find a way back to each other?

A Flicker in the Dark

Stacy Willingham

Psychologist Chloe Davis has tried to escape her dark past. Her father has been in prison since she was 12 years old for the murder of six teenage girls. Now, 20 yeas later and in a different city, teenage girls begin to go missing and her past comes crashing back.

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How I Rate Books

I provide an overall star rating at the end of reviews. I also conclude reviews with my thoughts on the book in totality.

All star ratings are broken down into the components I consider. These components are different for fiction and nonfiction.
– For fiction: writing, plot, and character development.
– For nonfiction: writing, cohesiveness, and storyline (for narrative nonfiction and memoirs) or organization (for more subject-matter focused nonfiction).

My Star Ratings

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book. It made me think AND feel. I will highly recommend this book to everyone and urge them to read it pronto.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. It made me think OR feel, not both. I would highly recommend this book to nearly everyone.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is your average book, which I enjoyed. I would recommend it, possible with some caveats.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I thought this book was okay. My overall thoughts can be summed up as meh. I may recommend this book to certain people.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

I actively disliked this book or it was highly problematic. I am unlikely to recommend it.


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