Category Archives: Books Read in 2018

Good writing, poor story

The Dependents by Katherine Dion

Genre: Fiction; Family Life Publication Date: 19 June 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “After the sudden death of his wife, Maida, Gene is haunted by the fear that their marriage was not all it appeared to be. Alongside Ed and Gayle Donnelly, friends since college days, he tries to resurrect happy memories of the…

When good authors write disappointing novels

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

Genre: Suspense; Thriller; Paranormal Romance; Paranormal Fiction Publication Date: 19 June 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe share a bond so intense that it borders on the mystical. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, his plans for a…

The Completionist feels incomplete

The Completionist by Siobhan Adcock

Genre: Literary; Thriller; Dystopian Publication Date: 19 June 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “After months of disturbing behavior, Gardner Quinn has vanished. Her older sister Fredericka is desperate to find her, but Fred is also pregnant—miraculously so, in a near-future America struggling with infertility. So she entrusts the job to their…

Eden Conquered is exactly what you expect

Eden Conquered by Joelle Charbonneau

Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult Publication Date: 5 June 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “The Trials of Virtuous Succession have ended. Prince Andreus is king—and Princess Carys is dead. But even as he’s haunted by what he did to win the throne, Andreus discovers that his dream of ruling only brings new problems. The people…

The Ever After proves that being a happily one takes a lot of work

The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen

Genre: Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: 5 June 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Josie and Frank Moore are happy…at least Josie thinks they are. As parents of two young girls in the Chicago suburbs, their days can be both busy and monotonous, and sometimes Josie wonders how she became a harried fortysomething mother rather than…

A peach is food for your soul

Ain't She a Peach by Molly Harper

Genre: Romance Publication Date: 12 June 2018 Source: Publisher Synopsis from the Publisher: “Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything—but it seems rude to embalm them and not at least say hello. Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and…

The Neverworld makes you think

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Genre: Young Adult; Fiction Publication Date: 5 June 2018 Source: Publisher Synopsis from the Publisher: “Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her five best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim–their creative genius and Beatrice’s boyfriend–changed everything. One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to…

Lululemons are pretentious

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

Genre: Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: 5 June 2018 Source: Publisher from NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Welcome to Greenwich, Connecticut, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito’s and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor. Let’s be clear: Emily Charlton does not do the suburbs….

These vampires are disappointingly bloodless

A People's History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal

Genre: Supernatural Thriller Publication Date: 5 June 2018 Source: Publisher from NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “This panoramic fictional oral history begins with one small mystery: the body of a young woman found in an Arizona border town, presumed to be an illegal immigrant, disappears from the town morgue. To the young CDC investigator called in to…

When suspense stories go bad

Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari

Genre: Suspense; Mystery; Young Adult Publication Date: 5 June 2018 Source: Publisher from NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Ari Sullivan is alive–for now. She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person…