The time has come for my August book reviews! I know this is about a month later than I would have liked, but life happened and delayed this posting. In August, I had a couple weeks off from work for our summer break and was able to make a run to Barnes and Noble to grab some new books (I love that bargain book sections!).
Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
- Rating: 9/10
- Read from 8/3/20-8/19/20
- Let me just start off by saying… wow. This debut novel was suspenseful, questioning, enticing, and well written. Here is a short synopsis without giving away any of the ending: A broken family comprised of a mother experiencing a degenerating disease and dementia, a father who up and leaves without notice, and a set of twin girls, Ava and Zelda (together they have the whole alphabet, from A to Z). Ava struggles to connect intimately and has a habit of running from this fear of hers – all the way to Paris. She must come home when she receives an email from her mother telling her that her twin sister has died in a fire. Ava returns home, met at the airport by her father, who also has a habit of leaving and fleeing the area. Something about her sister’s death leaves her questioning what really happened, and if Zelda is actually still alive. Zelda takes Ava on a scavenger hunt to figure out what has really happened, and the ending will definitely come as a major surprise! I loved a lot about this book. I really enjoyed following along with Ava on her mission and finding out little tidbits of information as Zelda dropped breadcrumbs for her. I loved getting to play along in the mystery and try to figure out the ending and I will say, the ending came as a shock to me, but I really loved how the author wrapped up the loose ends, not leaving the reader with any major cliffhangers at the end (at least regarding one of the twins… 😉). This book was well written and flowed very nicely. The insertion of emails and texts helped the story move quickly as well. The reader really gets to know the twins as well as their parents and a few other more minor characters that are still very important to the plot. I would definitely recommend this book for those looking for a mystery read that you get to play along in.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- Rating: 10/10
- Read from 8/20/20-8/25/20
- For anyone who knows me, even just a little bit, this review needs no explanation. I have been a giant PotterHead from the beginning, back when these books first started coming out in the late 1990s (I’m a Ravenclaw btw 😊). By the time there were late night parties at Barnes and Noble for the next book release, my mom had read them to me (about a chapter a night) and I had read them on my own. I love this series and will never tire of it, no matter how many times I reread it. I will say, the first one is the one I have read the most and I will always love it. It introduces us to Harry and his friends, as well as all the other main characters that will have a large part in the entire series. Harry and his friends realize that something very important is being guarded at their school and they think one of their professors is trying to steal it. While trying to figure out how to stop the professor from getting to it first, the trio also experience many other adventures along the way. There really is no way to make a summary on this book super short, because I love it so much and could talk about it for days on end. If you haven’t read Harry Potter, what are you doing with your life? This book is 100% on the must read list for everyone.
Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts
- Rating: 7.5/10
- Read from 8/26/20-8/31/20
- I was honestly shocked when I found the very first published novel by Nora Roberts in the bargain book section of Barnes and Noble. I really did not know what to expect from this book, but I ended up really enjoying it! Although there was not as much development in the characters and the plot seemed to be a bit shallow, overall it was definitely very good. Adelia, also referred to as Dee, moves to America from Ireland to live and work with her Uncle Paddy at a horse farm. Dee never grew up living an extravagant lifestyle and loves her minimalist way of living. Dee loves horses and has a magical touch with animals and is happily working in the stables. One night when Dee can’t get to sleep, she wanders down to the stables to be with the horses and runs into the owner and her boss, Travis Grant. Will the two get along, or will they be butting heads the whole time that Dee prepares Travis’s best horse for the Kentucky Derby? Nora Roberts’ first published novel was a fun and light read that leaves readers with just a taste of the type of writer she will end up evolving into.