Winter 2021/22 Book Reviews

Title: Invisible Girl
Author: Lisa Jewell
Rating: 4/5
Comments: The characters are pretty interesting and the storyline is pretty good. It’s a bit slow but I definitely found myself eager to get in my car and listen on Libby while driving. The whole time you think one person is going to be the bad guy and it ends up being someone else. But I found myself wishing it was the other person. Any story with therapists/psychologists/psychiatrists is very interesting to me and I wish we got the therapist’s point of view.

Title: Winter in Paradise
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Rating: 4.1/5
Comments: Shockingly, this is my first Hilderbrand novel. I was always hesitant because I don’t love when each chapter is a different character especially when they’re all in third person. However, we still get to know what the characters think and feel which is all I usually care about. I really enjoyed this until the cliffhanger ending, but then I realized that it’s a triology!!!! So exciting because a few things were a little sus (I blame my thriller novel brain) but I really enjoyed all of the characters. I even think some of the dead ones could still be alive. My biggest complaint is that the narrator sounds like the lady who narrates House Hunters.

Title: What Happens in Paradise (Winter in Paradise #2)
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Rating: 4.2/5
Comments: Reunited with Irene, Cash, Baker, Ayers, Huck, and Maya and it felt great! We finally got some answers to some questions but I’m excited to read book number three so everything (hopefully) comes together. I was hoping the little love triangle from the first book would continue. And it does… but with a different third person. Spicy. I still think there is a possibility that not everyone we think has died is dead. Totally loving the setting of the British Virgin Islands and it makes me want to book a trip to Anegada ASAP.

Title: Greenlights
Author: Matthew McConaughey
Rating: 4/5
Comments: It’s not a shocking memoir and it doesn’t make you go “Wow, I didn’t know that about him” but that doesn’t mean it’s not interesting. I love the concept of turning red lights into green lights- turning something really awful that you feel has disrupted your whole life into something purposeful and positive. This concept is very relatable for me, especially these last six months. It’s always fun getting a glimpse into a celebrity’s life and knowing they hit red lights too. If you’re a fan of McConaughey, it’s a good read. If you could care less about him, don’t waste your time.

Title: Troubles in Paradise (Winter in Paradise #3)
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Rating: 4.2/5
Comments: We finally get all the answers we need! The series is pretty predictable but I still found myself cheering on the characters. The story is wrapped up nicely with a little bow and it’s exactly how I expect every reader hopes it ends. It’s a fun commitment if you’re looking for a trilogy. Again, I don’t love Hilderbrand’sstyle of each chapter being a perspective from each character, but it doesn’t mean I won’t read her again.

Title: One True Loves
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Rating: 4.2/5
Comments: Reid is my girl (Daisy Jones & the Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) so I was really excited to read another book of hers. It’s really cute. I almost felt like it isn’t long enough but it’s also such an easy read that maybe I just wanted more. I haven’t read a love story like this in such a long time and this probably wasn’t the best time to choose this genre, but there are some good lessons I needed to hear. It’s a story about people being chapters in your life and how they are exactly what you need while you have them. It’s about change and loss and accepting the truth. Although it’s not as good as the other Reid novels I adore, it’s absolutely worth reading.

Title: The Last Guest
Author: Tess Little
Rating: 2/5
Comments: Awful. Don’t waste your time. I only grabbed this one because it was displayed in the “New Releases” section of the library where I find a lot of my reads. It was so hard to get through. I was confused 90% of the time. I don’t understand the title. There is no real resolution. It’s so flip-floppy with way too much fluff. I will absolutely never read anything by Little again. I don’t know if I’ve ever disliked a book so much.

Title: Local Woman Missing *RRN!
Author: Mary Kubica
Rating: 4.6/5
Comments: The Other Mrs. was sooo good that I couldn’t wait to get into another Kubica novel. I listened to this on Audible and I think everyone thought I was crazy when I kept saying “I’m so excited to drive home to listen to my book.” BUT IT’S SO GOOD. The twists are very unexpected as are the antagonists. Although the book switches time periods AND points of view, it’s not that annoying. Kubica’s writing style keeps you from being confused. There is no fluff and it’s very easy to follow. I think I like this one even more than The Other Mrs. even though they’re both really good.

Title: Death of Mrs. Westaway
Author: Ruth Ware
Rating: 3.2/5
Comments: I enjoyed Woman in Cabin 10 so I was excited about this one. But it is nowhere near as good. For one, it took me three months to finish and I still had to force myself to read. It didn’t get interesting until I was like 75% done and interesting is almost too strong of a word. It’s too long and too much of absolutely nothing. I am very disappointed especially because Woman in Cabin 10 is pretty good. Not sure if I’ll read another book by Ware because she’s too wordy for my liking. I was skimming paragraphs like nobody’s business.

*RRN: Read Right Now!

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