One Minute Book Review: Come Closer by Sara Gran

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The Summary:

Something weird is happening in Amanda’s life. It started with weird tapping in the walls, and crazy dreams about a woman. Then with out of character behavior, the urge to harm innocent people. Amanda is not sure if she’s just going crazy, or if something much much worse is happening to her, but she’s determined to figure it out. . .

What I Liked:

It was weird and it was short. It didn’t go on and on about nothing, it got to the point quickly, and executed the plot quickly. And it was weird. I know I mentioned that, but I liked that about it. I like it when books aren’t the usual fare you can find anywhere. It was unusual, and I can say with a fair amount of certainty, I haven’t read anything like it.

What I didn’t like:

It needed more. I never felt very close to any of the characters, I felt like I was simply an observer, which may have been the point. But I’m a very character driven person, and wanted very much to at least get to know the characters. Instead I can honestly say that I didn’t care any more about Amanda at the end than I did at the beginning.

Verdict:

At such a short read, I don’t feel like I lost any time reading this. And I felt like it was sufficiently compelling. But if you like character driven stories, this one may feel like something is missing.

One Minute Book Review: Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

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The Summary:

Molly Malone has been working as the office manager at Hunt Investigations and has been dreaming of becoming an investigator. Especially since she accidentally spent the night with her crush, Lucas Knight, and now needs a distraction from the memory. Lucas can’t even remember the night, and is chagrined enough at the prospect that he’s willing to babysit her on this stupid Bad Santa case she’s decided to take on. The only problem is he would have loved to remember the night, and is willing to make it happen again just so he can enjoy it. . .

What I Liked:

I was looking for an easy, Christmassy read that wasn’t too Christmassy, and this book delivered. It was easy, fun, hot but not too hot, with a mystery subplot that I was pretty interested in. It was fun, which was exactly what I was hoping for. It really reminded me of the Stephanie Plum books, except better.

What I didn’t like:

Guys, it dragged. Not badly enough to DNF the book, but enough that it felt like it took forever to finish the book. It wasn’t so compelling that I needed to keep reading the book, which meant it took forever for me to finish. And the typos! It wasn’t just spelling, it seemed to book had some serious grammar errors. Whoever is editing the book, or doing the proofreading, is really sleeping on the job.

Verdict:

It was alright, and definitely worth it if you want something easy. It just wasn’t as great as I know a book like this could be.

 

 

One Minute Book Review: Unmentionable by Therese O’Neill

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The Summary: 

We know how much you love the Victorian age, what with it’s amazing dresses, balls, and impeccable manners. I mean, who wouldn’t want to put on an amazing poufy dress, ride a carriage to a ball, dance all night, and then fall into bed in the wee hours of the morning. Well, you, that’s who! Therese O’Neill takes you through what being a woman in the Victorian period is like, everything from simple things like what you’re going to wear, to complicated things, like how you’re going to manage your period. Sit back and buckle in, because it’s going to be a bumpier ride than you expected!

What I liked:

So, I loved the conversational tone of this book! Not only that, but it was really funny. Ms. O’Neill does a good job of giving you the information without being dry and boring. This book is not just for the history buff, who probably know a lot of what she’s telling you in this book already. This book is for the person who probably finds most history books a little stuffy, a little boring, possibly a little pedantic. The kind of person who just really likes books and movies set in the Victorian period, and wants to know more about it, or perhaps wants to know what it’s really like.

What I didn’t like:

Honestly, there was not much I didn’t like about this book. It was quick, it was fun, it was easy to read. There may be plenty of people who don’t enjoy the conversational tone of this book, but again, I feel like this book had a specific audience. Taking that into account, I think it did a great job of trying to relate to the everyday person who just wants to know a little more.

Verdict:

I enjoyed it, and will definitely be looking for more by Ms. O’Neill.