Review by Norma: A Monster Calls

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read:  November 10 – 11, 2016

I am rating this 5 stars because I do believe that this book is well worth that rating but to be truthfully honest it is a novel that was really hard to rate! I didn’t absolutely love this novel and I didn’t hate it either. There is an extremely important message in this book which is well worth the 5* rating.

I went into reading this book totally blind, I didn’t even read the synopsis on this one until I was finished which made this book even more special. A MONSTER CALLS is a great title for this novel by PATRICK NESS and isn’t your typical “monster/scary” story it is much more than that. It’s an engrossing novel about love, truth, hope, anger and loss. I had a love/hate relationship with this one.

The story was told in the voice of 13 year old Conor who starts to dream about visits from a monster. The monster plays a very important part in how this story is told and perceived.

Thank you to my sister for allowing me to read your copy before you did! Now it is your turn!

It was a fast-paced, thought-provoking, extremely quick, and emotional read. I am looking forward to seeing this movie.

Review by Norma: Fractured

FracturedFractured by Catherine McKenzie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  November 11 – 13, 2016

4.5 stars for FRACTURED by Catherine McKenzie. This was definitely a page turner and extremely hard to put down.

The story was told by John and Julie in alternating past and present perspectives before and after the accident. Even though the storyline flipped back and forth it was not a difficult read and was easily followed. The anticipation and plot building was done very well by the author which had us guessing the mystery throughout the novel. I mostly loved all the characters that were introduced in John and Julie’s voice as they were believable and relatable and I was really absorbed in each of their stories.

The way that the plot played out it was not easily detected until the story climaxed. I didn’t really get a chance to guess as I was so entranced in the way the author was telling the story. I really enjoyed her writing style and look forward to reading more novels by Catherine McKenzie.

It was a fast-paced, quick, and easy read with a satisfying ending. Would recommend!!

Review by Norma: What Was Mine

What Was MineWhat Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read:  November 3rd, 2016

5 well deserved stars! Absolutely loved this one! I had so many conflicted feelings while reading this novel. This was definitely a page turner and extremely hard to put down.

As always I go into books blind so I don’t have any preconceptions of what I am reading and then a couple of chapters in I will read the synopsis. WHAT WAS MINE was a fitting title for this novel by HELEN KLEIN ROSS and isn’t your typical kidnapping story it is much more than that. It’s about love, forgiveness, change, hope, anger and loss.

It was an engrossing and thought-provoking novel which I read in one day! It was that good.

The story was told in alternating perspectives of Lucy, Mia, and Marilyn as well as a few others that had some impact connected to the kidnapping. I mostly loved all the characters and was totally wrapped up in each of their lives. Although, Lucy did something extraordinary I couldn’t help but feel some compassion for her and wanted her to end up being happy too!

HELEN ROSS KLEIN has done a brilliant job with this book. The storyline was executed perfectly and was easy to follow along with all the characters involved.

Thank you to my Goodreads friends for introducing me to another great read!

It was a fast-paced, thought-provoking, quick, and easy read with an open to your own interpretation ending. Which I thought was satisfying. Highly recommend!!

Review by Norma: In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark WoodIn a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read:  November 13 – 16, 2016

I was so excited to read IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by RUTH WARE as I thought I would really like this one. The cover looked intriguing to me and I really liked the title but it wasn’t as exciting or well liked as other novels that I have read lately. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite meet up to my expectations. I read this one a little slower than most as I could put it down, walk away, and not even think about it until I picked it up again.

As I have mentioned before in some of my reviews I do not read the synopsis so I don’t really know what a book is actually about until I am well into the novel and then I go back and read it. It adds to the suspense and I don’t get any preconceptions of the book or characters involved but unfortunately this one was somewhat disappointing compared to what actually pulled me in to read it in the first place. I didn’t actually dislike it but found it not as compelling or suspenseful as others that I have read.

It was a little slow starting for me and I just couldn’t seem to get into it. Near the middle it did get a little more exciting but there was still no shocking moments and I was a tiny bit disappointed in the way it all played out. Don’t get me wrong though there was some good parts to it and I did need to finish it to the end!

Would I recommend? Yes, as the assortment of characters were a little strange and dysfunctional which did make it an interesting and fun read. I think this is one that you have to read for yourself to see if you love or hate it!

Review by Norma: Guest Bed

Guest BedGuest Bed by Luke P. Narlee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read:  November 16 – 17, 2016

This extremely hard to put down novel gets a 5* rating from me! Very clever storyline with the best plot twist and message ever. GUEST BED by LUKE NARLEE was a fitting title which was executed perfectly from the husbands point of view. Loved it!

It was an engrossing, tense, and thought-provoking novel with an unexpected twist. It was very exciting and easy to follow along which I read in two sittings!

Thank you to my Goodreads friends and the author for introducing me to another great read!

It was a fast-paced, exciting, thought-provoking, quick, and easy read with an ending that was wrapped up perfectly which answered all my many questions. Highly recommend!!