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Recent Reads #27

Thursday, August 3, 2023

The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer 

Jack Masterson wrote a mega-best selling book series for kids in the 90's. Everyone has been waiting years and years for another installation in the Clock Island series. Finally, he's announced he's written another, but there is only one copy. Only a few people get to compete to win that copy - and Lucy Hart (a huge fan of the series) is one of them. Think Willy Wonka meets your favorite childhood book series like Nancy Drew (That's at least the book covers I pictured while reading).

If you liked to read as a kid, this book will feel extra special. It really captures how important those series can become to you as a child.

I loved Lucy and Christopher! This story might be a little predictable, but I was actually hoping it would be. It just felt like a heartwarming, sweet, wholesome story.

The Housemaid's Secret by Freida McFadden

This is the sequel to The Housemaid! Embarrassingly, it took several chapters of this book for me to realize it. You pick up a little while after the events of the first book. Millie has a reputation for being a great housekeeper, but also for helping women in trouble get out of their tough situations. She gets a new job cleaning a Penthouse - but things don't seem right. 

I really liked The Housemaid, and ultimately I think it was better than this book. But, this one is still a wild ride and easy to read. Lots of details that you might gloss over, but they come back all the way to the last page. 

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Have you seen this book everywhere?! I had, and I admit I was peer pressured into picking it up! Basically, Violet Sorrengail's mother forces her into joining the hundreds of candidates up for becoming dragon riders at the nation's war college. Writing that summary makes me so shy to tell you about this book. Dragons? really?!
So, something about me, when I was a teenager I loved the Eragon series! So this intrigued me. Let me start by saying the language in this book is ridiculous. There is so much profanity. This is a huge turn off for me. Also, there are multiple explicit sex scenes that I skipped. Despite these things, I have to say this book really does live up to all the hype. You jump right into the action, and it's not even overwhelming to follow all of the world building. It reads like YA (it reminded me a lot of Divergent), but with all the language/explicit scenes it's definitely not. It ends on a huge cliffhanger, so I'm sure I'll pick up the sequel just to find out what happens. 
Don't judge me on this one, ok guys?! 

Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah

Meredith and Nina are sisters, who find themselves taking care of their extremely distant mother. Anya has always been cold to them, and they want to know why. Told in dual timelines, you jump back in time to read about Anya in Leningrad 5 decades earlier. 
I gave this book 3/5. It's good, but not exceptional. Kristin Hannah is a great writer and sure knows how to tug on your heart. I hated Anya so much for the way she treats her kids, but the backstory really does pay off and help you understand why.

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Thursday is married to Seth. But so are 2 other women. He's a polygamist, and she's never met the other 2 wives. She is so in love with her husband she's willing to make it work, but she's dying to know more about the sister wives. 
This book went in a totally different direction than I thought. If you like an unreliable narrator, you'll like this. More than one friend recommended it to me! The reason I didn't love it, is because I fell asleep while listening to it, woke up and felt like I didn't miss anything. It could have been told more succinctly. 

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