FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:
Oof. Sarah Sparrow’s novel is an odd story that is going to turn off a lot of potential readers. It takes a while for the story to pick up steam, so there are a few too many WTF moments in the beginning until things finally make sense. Then there are the copious trigger warnings that should be on the front cover. Anyone reading it should know that children’s murders are not going to be pleasant, but it is as if Ms. Sparrow deliberately chose methods of murder which are particularly gruesome and cover torture, rape, mutilation, as well as death. I honestly had to read the novel emotionally detached from it because I could not get through the story any other way. She does pose an interesting question about the idea of forgiveness as the ultimate restoration of balance, but I am going to have to sit down and ruminate on the whole story for a bit to figure out just how I feel about it and what I got out of it.
Long-time readers know I adore Molly Harper and the combination of her novels with Amanda Ronconi’s narration. They are ear candy for me, pure entertainment. No matter how bad my day is or how poor my mood is, they never fail to cheer me up. This last book in Ms. Harper’s Bluegrass series is exactly what I hoped it would be. There are some sexy times but most of it follows our heroine as she grows and becomes independent. Sassy without being impolite, strong, organized, and proud of her abilities, Kelsey is a reminder that we should never let others define who we are and how we feel about ourselves. I will reiterate that if you have never had the pleasure of listening to one of Ms. Harper’s novels, I cannot recommend them highly enough.
DID NOT FINISH:
It has been decades since I first read this book, and I don’t remember being a fan. So many other people love it though, so I want to give it another chance.
March Review Copies:
So, what are you reading?