Hello! How has everyone been? I’ve been struggling to keep up with everything. I’m trying to keep my blog and Instagram updated, while also writing for The Nerd Daily, and working a full time job, being a mom/wife, living life, etc. So, in an effort to catch up on some of my reviews, I’m posting MINI book reviews. These aren’t as long as my usual reviews and won’t include a quote like my normal reviews. But that doesn’t mean I enjoyed these books any less. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed each of these!
As I catch up on my NetGalley backlog, I think these mini reviews will become a regular occurrence here on the blog, but I’ll still bust out a normal length review here and there. Let me know what you think of them!
Title: Keeping Lucy
Author: T. Greenwood
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: August 6, 2019
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Source: Digital ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley
Mini Review: This is the story about a mother and the fight to keep her daughter that was born with down syndrome. Set in the late ’60s, when children born with down syndrome were sent to live in what amounted to asylums and all but neglected completely by the staff. Ginny, the mother, is courageous and (especially as a fellow mother) I found myself wanting to weep in many different parts of the book. The way she fights for her child, despite what almost everyone around her thinks is inspiring and left me very emotional. A truly wonderfully written and compelling book.
Title: We Were Killers Once (Brigid Quinn #4)
Author: Becky Masterman
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars
Source: Digital ARC via NetGalley
Mini Review: I didn’t notice until after I had requested this one, but it is #4 in a mystery series. However, that did not detract from the story as it worked just fine as a stand-alone. Brigid Quinn is a retired FBI agent who has always been haunted by a set of murders that happened when she was a child. One night, her husband has a chance encounter with a “neighbor” that leaves Brigid unsettled, she doesn’t know what to make of this newcomer. As the story unfolds, Brigid is pulled back into investigating and finds that the murders, their new neighbor, and her husband’s past might all be tangled together. This was an interesting read! It brought me back to the classic mystery books that I used to read. Not suspenseful-on-the-edge-of-my-seat, but still trying to piece together all the bread crumbs dropped along the way, while just enjoying a mystery read.
Title: Belly Up
Author: Eva Darrows
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars
Source: Digital ARC via NetGalley
Mini Review: I ADORED this book. Serendipity (Sera for short) is a normal teenager, living her normal teenage life with her single mom and best friend Devi. She recently broke up with her boyfriend, but is moving on and goes to a party with Devi where she meets a totally handsome stranger. They hook up and it’s nice, but Sera forgets to get his number, which wouldn’t be a big deal, but a few weeks later she finds out she’s pregnant. This book is FULL of body positivity, it is inclusive and sex positive. It portrays the real reactions and emotions of people making real life decisions. I think the author did an amazing job all around here. Other reviewers have called this Juno meets Gilmore Girls, and I love that comp!
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