Book Reviews

Invisible Girl

Invisible GirlInvisible Girl by Lisa Jewell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“amazing how boring you can get away with being when you’re pretty. No one seems to notice. When you’re pretty everyone just assumes you must have a great life. People are so short-sighted, sometimes. People are so stupid. I have a dark past and I have dark thoughts. I do dark things and I scare myself sometimes.”― Lisa Jewell

Lackluster and mediocre. Where’s that Lisa Jewell originality and spark that make her books unique? I’ve loved a couple of her books (I Found You, And Then She Was Gone) but this one just didn’t grab me. Unlikable characters and a slow disjointed plot. Totally unremarkable. By the end, I just didn’t care. 2.5 stars

Whereabouts

WhereaboutsWhereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“There’s no escape from the shadows that mount, inexorably, in this darkening season. Nor can we escape the shadows our families cast. That said, there are times I miss the pleasant shade a companion might provide.”― Jhumpa Lahiri

Lyrical. Meandering. Poetic. Lonely. Very, very lonely. Beautifully told from the voice of an unnamed female, snippets of her life tell us a bit about where she has been, and where she may be going. This is a little gem of a book. Four stars.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRueThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“What she needs are stories.
Stories are a way to preserve one’s self. To be remembered. And to forget.
Stories come in so many forms: in charcoal, and in song, in paintings, poems, films. And books.
Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives—or to find strength in a very long one.”
― V.E. Schwab

Don’t dance with the devil! Literally. If I could give this book six stars I would. It sucked me in and then ripped my heart out. Luke is one bad boy you don’t want to mess with. I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. But I’m a sap like that.

The Four Winds

The Four WindsThe Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“A warrior believes in an end she can’t see and fights for it. A warrior never gives up. A warrior fights for those weaker than herself. It sounds like motherhood to me.”-Kristin Hannah

Another of Hannah’s remarkable survival stories. Strong in characters, plot, and spirit. I LOVED these characters, even the ones I didn’t “like”. I embraced the passion and feeling in her writing. She tells a story that needs to be told, despite the bleakness and evil it represents. I especially loved the mother/daughter connection that evolves between Loreda and Elsa throughout the struggles of the Great Depression. 4.5 stars

Girl A

Girl AGirl A by Abigail Dean
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


“It wasn’t that we had ever been rich, or even comfortable, but we hadn’t been poor. The poverty crept into our lives like ivy on a window, slow enough that you don’t notice it moving, and then, in no time, so dense that we couldn’t see outside.”
― Abigail Dean

I was expecting so much more from this book. Perhaps a gritty thriller, or an emotional heartfelt story. It had such great potential, but the underwhelming nature of this book left me extremely disappointed. I stayed with it hoping for a twist or compelling second half. It just dragged. And dragged. And dragged.