Review Round-up!

Talking on Twitter leads to some of the most interesting discussions…and challenges. Dared to post one-sentence reviews on all of my outstanding reviews for 2015 or earlier books, I not only accepted the dare but had fun knocking out so many reviews in one go. Enjoy!

 

The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

It will cause you to rethink every romantic notion you may have ever held about the pioneers who migrated west.

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On Immunity by Eula Bliss

Bliss had me at vaccination comparisons to vampires, but the arguments she puts forth in favor of innoculation are equally impressive, thoughtful, and well-worth reading.

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The Captive Condition by Kevin P. Keating

Quite the freaky little book in which no one is quite sane or sober and all trapped within their own confines.

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The Lake House by Kate Morton

While not one of her best, it is still a lovely novel and what fans have come to expect from Kate Morton.

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Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell’s unique take on history – eyes wide open, unashamed to point out the not-so-glorious past – is at its finest with this story of the Revolutionary War and one of the men who helped the colonists win their freedom.

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These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Even though it is a tad predictable and a bit trite, Jennifer Donnelly’s novel about a girl struggling against the trappings of society’s mores is still a thrilling read and a great way to while away an afternoon or two.

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The Witches by Stacy Schiff

Stacy Schiff puts her excellent research skills and even better writing skills to good use as she strives to unravel the odd mess that was the witch hysteria in Salem and surrounding towns.

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Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

Intense and downright scary at times, Suzanne Young knows how to write an emotion-filled novel with broad appeal in her latest novel about a rebellious teenage girl and a stopover in a hotel that is not what it seems.

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Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

A heart-pounding thrill ride while in the midst of reading it, Becca Fitzgerald’s story about a girl forced into the witness protection program suffers from a lack of memorability.

14 Responses to Review Round-up!
  1. SuziQoregon
    December 29, 2015 | 9:41 AM

    What a great way to catch up on reviews!! I don’t ever read fast enough to have that much of a backlog (ha!) There are some books however, for which a one sentence review is quite enough

    I’m really looking forward to reading Sarah Vowell’s latest.

    • Michelle
      December 30, 2015 | 10:08 PM

      Thanks! You are absolutely correct in that some books only need one sentence for a good review. I need to do this practice more often.

  2. Stephanie Ward
    December 29, 2015 | 11:06 AM

    I love the idea of one-sentence reviews. On Immunity sounds particularly interesting.

    • Michelle
      December 30, 2015 | 10:09 PM

      I feel like I’m cheating a bit, but it was such a relief to get these out of my review queue. On Immunity was excellent. I listened to it via audio and blew through it.

  3. Kay
    December 29, 2015 | 1:29 PM

    I love your one sentence reviews. Love them. Wish I could do them. And I had high hopes for Dangerous Lies. May try it anyway.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!!!

    • Michelle
      December 30, 2015 | 10:11 PM

      Thank you very much! Don’t get me wrong. I did like Dangerous Lies when I was reading it. I just had to read the synopsis a few times before I could remember anything about the story when it came time to write even one sentence about it!

  4. Andi
    December 29, 2015 | 3:25 PM

    Oh gosh, I did the one sentence review thing because I’m super lazy. LOL I usually wax poetic about my faves, but not this year.

    • Michelle
      December 30, 2015 | 10:12 PM

      I tend to be more verbose when it comes to those books I do not like. Go figure.

  5. Sarah's Book Shelves
    December 30, 2015 | 2:24 PM

    I love your one sentence reviews! Great challenge! And The Lake House is on my list…hopefully I’ll get to it!

  6. Carrie K.
    January 2, 2016 | 1:16 PM

    Argh – you’re making my to-read list groan under its own weight! lol

    • Michelle
      January 3, 2016 | 7:54 PM

      Haha! That’s what I’m here for!

  7. Amanda
    January 7, 2016 | 3:15 PM

    I love this! I might copy you to clear my backlog before we go any further into 2016. Awfully tempting.

    I had to put the Witches down because there was just SOOOOO much. I am going to have to try again one day.

    • Michelle
      January 25, 2016 | 7:36 PM

      Do it! The relief you feel will be amazing!

      I understand completely about The Witches. It can be a slog. She puts a ton of information in front of the reader. I just find the whole situation so fascinating and baffling. I cannot fathom allowing teen girls’ unsubstantiated testimony to be crucial in putting people to death.

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