Annihilation- Jeff Vandermeer

CREEPY! That’s what Annihilation has to offer, goosebumps galore! Jeff Vandermeer has written this novel ( Book 1 of the Southern Reach Triology) with such expertise that I felt like I was a part of the story. Annihilation is about four women, with varying professions, volunteering to explore Area X which has become an urban legend of sorts. Following these four women into Area X, we watch as their discoveries of this pristine area turn them into something quite different than themselves.

This book is only 195 pages but took me almost a week to read because I had nightmares. It is not your typical “horror” book but truly gets inside your head and makes you question your own surroundings.

I give this book a 3.5 due to my nightmares but honestly recommend it to anyone wanting to switch up their normal book routine. I will absolutely be reading the rest of the Triology and will be sleeping with a night light.

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Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Good Girl-Mary Kubica 


There is a reason Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl was on the New York Times Bestseller list: it is FANTASTIC! Reading this book while on vacation in secluded Minnesota (where the majority of the book takes place) made reading it that much more intense. This story’s narriation is what drew me in. It is narrated by three characters: Gabe Hoffman- a detective assigned to solving Mia Dennett’s kidnapping, Eve Dennett- Mia’s mother and Colin Thatcher- Mia’s kidnapper.

I typically get annoyed when I read reviews that compare books to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and seeing the comparison on The Good Girl’s cover made me skeptical. After finishing this book I can say that I agree with the comparison. While it is a different type of story it is certainly as twisty and turny as Gone Girl.

361 pages of emotion make-up The Good Girl. I quickly finished this book within 3 days of starting (note that I was on vacation so I had some time to spare!).

I give this book a 4 of 5 for its exciting use of narration, for giving me a story I won’t forget and will most likely read again.

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Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Murder House- James Patterson & David Ellis

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I love James Patterson. It’s true, he is one of my favorite authors and most likely I will review many of his books for you. Murder House is the first. Detective Jenna Murphy, former New York City cop, moves to the Hamptons to begin her career as a local detective after she experiences the corruption of NYC. After moving to the quiet town she is so familiar with due to her uncle (current Hampton’s Police Chief), she comes to find that an estate in the Hampton’s doesn’t have the nickname the “Murder House” just for the heck of it.

This story is possibly one of my favorite James Patterson books as Detective Jenna Murphy is fierce and will stop at nothing to find the truth.

At 451 pages this is a hardy book but the story will keep you hooked. I read this book in 5 days and enjoyed every minute of it.

I give this book an easy 4.5 of 5. If you are a fan of twisty-turny plots then I think you’ll agree!

After reading please leave a comment to let me know what you think!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Descent-Tim Johnston

 

Tim Johnston’s Descent is a unique story with a unique perspective. Descent takes place in the Rocky Mountains where a young family of four, on vacation, endures one of the most trying times a family can face when their 18 year old college-bound daughter Caitlin goes missing on a morning run with her brother Sean. This, naturally, devastates the family and causes them to readjust their lives to search for Caitlin and the emotional roller coaster that follows.

While this book is intriguing, it can be difficult to follow as it bounces back and forth between present and past tense.  374 pages later and you end up with a story that will be difficult to forget.

Due to the the difficulty of time travel without warning in this book, it took me two weeks to read.

I really did enjoy this book but be prepared to set some time aside to read. Overall, I give the Descent a 3.5 of 5.

After reading, please leave a comment on your thoughts of this book!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel.

Lacey

the day i went missing-Jennifer Miller

The Day I Went Missing follows our author Jennifer Miller into what I can only describe as a truly heartbreaking and terrifying situation she finds herself in when she becomes too trusting of her psychologist.  This is a genuine psychology thriller in the most literal sense and being that this is a true story makes it all the more disturbing.

This is a smaller book at only 246 pages but packs a huge punch.  Our author, Jennifer Miller, is a TV writer so this book is easy to fly through within a matter of a few days.

This book deserves a solid 4 out of 5 for this brilliant woman’s epic tale and to her recovery from such a disheartening experience.

After reading, please leave a comment on your thoughts of this book!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel.

Lacey

Gone Baby Gone- Dennis Lehane

Let’s start off with a bang, shall we?

I should preface this entry by saying, if you aren’t a fan of colorful foul language, you should probably skip this book. While it is one of my favorite books, I realize it won’t be for everyone.

Gone Baby Gone is based out of  the hard Boston streets where private investigators (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro) are hired by a missing child’s aunt and uncle to find her. Enter the shootouts and super sweet criminal nicknames such as Cheese and Bubba.

At 412 pages this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. Dennis Lehane has crafted many best sellers and this happens to be one of them.

I initially read this book around 2010 so, naturally, I’m unable to give you the exact time it took me to complete this bad boy but I know I flew through it.

I easily give this book 4 out of 5. I would probably rate it even higher if it didn’t make me lose an incy bit of faith in humanity, but alas, it has. Which also happens to be part of it’s charm, it is one gritty book.

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel.

Lacey

Is this thing on?

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There is nothing better than the smell of a book and nothing worse than wasting time reading a bad one… So let me help! My intention of this blog is to review books, plain and simple. Let me be a part of your book making decision and help you avoid the heartbreaking pain of time lost due to a less than average reading experience.

I will be reading somewhat popular books but will also be reviewing (hopefully) quite a few less known. I’m a fairly fast reader so I intend on posting at least every other week! Follow me to keep posted on what book to immediately borrow or buy and what to avoid!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel.

Lacey