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Hilary427

Hilary427

Joined December 2019

Licensed Vet Tech who just can‘t stop reading!
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This is a very soft pick for me…I love the creativity of it and it was a unique take on a vampire story. I just get tired with books constantly making mothers out to be martyrs. Does every mother regret every decision they make in regard to their kids? The husbands were TERRIBLE but I didn‘t like the wives much, either! (32)
⭐️: 3.25/5

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Mehso-so

The first half was pretty MEH, but the second half redeemed itself. Not as good as the first book, but not terrible. (31)
⭐️: 3/5

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The It Girl | Ruth Ware
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Mehso-so

This book was just so-so. I found the main character Hannah spineless and annoying. It sounds like April was never a good friend, girlfriend or person to anyone, so it was hard to believe Hannah was having such a tough time with things 10 years later. And I doubt Will would have so readily forgiven April at the end. But maybe I‘m a cynic 😆 (30)
⭐️: 2.75/5

LiteraryinLawrence I usually like Ruth Ware but I agree, this one was NOT good! Such a shame! 2w
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Mehso-so

I think I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I just didn‘t connect with the main character, and I truly could not keep the J names straight in my mind (Jules, Jude, Jonah, Junior and Jelly). I enjoyed the ending though, and like a book that can make me cry! (29)
⭐️: 3/5

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Toad: A Novel | Katherine Dunn
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Mehso-so

I‘m not TOADally (see what I did there?) sure how I feel about this one…it was a slow burn, and depressing. The first half kept my attention but it faltered as I went on. Just…different. (28)
⭐️: 3/5

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Hidden Pictures: A Novel | Jason Rekulak
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Such a quick, easy, entertaining read! I knew a twist was coming, but did not get it right. (27)
⭐️: 3.75/5

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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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This was great, as KH‘s books tend to be! I agree that the first half was engaging and fast paced, and the second half faltered a bit, with Frankie‘s constant (understandable) breakdowns. But still, a great read! (26)
⭐️: 4/5

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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Ugh, this was rough. I was so bored. Nothing happened. I felt connected to no one (minus Junia the mule 😆) and struggled to finish this. (25)
⭐️: 1.5/5

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This was an amazing book! Dystopian, but hopeful. It bounces back and forth, pre and post pandemic, but follows a group of people whose lives are intertwined throughout. (24)
⭐️: 4.75/5

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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This was pretty good! A teeny bit too long, but a good, easy read. And I even guessed the “bad guy” too, which I never do 😝 (23)
⭐️: 3.75/5

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Unsaid: A Novel | Neil Abramson
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Nope. Nope nope nope. The way the characters talked? Nope. The male author writing as a dead female veterinarian? Nope. The end?!? NOPE. (Ok, it wasn‘t TERRIBLE, but I truly disliked this book). (22)
⭐️: 1.75/5

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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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I loved this book! It‘s our first book club read and I can‘t wait to discuss. It was like watching a car accident - cringey but in a highly readable way! (21)
⭐️ : 4/5

Leftcoastzen Cuteness!😻 3mo
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Total emotional tearjerker, but so good! One of those books everyone should read. (20)
⭐️: 4.5/5

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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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Mehso-so

A slow start - I didn‘t love many (any?) of the characters, which made it hard to get into. But it picked up, and the ending was surprising. (19)
⭐️: 3/5

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Great read! So interesting and I learned so much! I want everyone to read this! (18)
⭐️: 4.25/5

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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I hated every single character, which made reading this tough. If only one of the characters had redeemable qualities, it would have been much better. I LOVED The Hunting Party, so was super bummed with this one. (17)
⭐️: 2/5

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This was so different, weird, and wonderful! Very strange premise but it worked. (16)
⭐️: 4/5

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The Suspect | Fiona Barton
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This was pretty good! It all got a little far fetched, but it kept my interest and was a good read. (15)
⭐️: 3.75/5

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Tomato Red: A Novel | Daniel Woodrell
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This book was not great. Nothing really happened and it was depressing. Blah. (14)
⭐️: 2/5

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Never Lie | Freida McFadden
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I mean - her books are just so damn READABLE! Finished this one in a day. This is my favorite of hers so far! (13)
⭐️: 4/5

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Mehso-so

Chance doesn‘t bring these two together until the very end of the book, which I found odd because it‘s written on the back of the book. The ending is abrupt.
⭐️: 3.25/5 (12)

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Bright Young Women | Jessica Knoll
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Another low pick for me. Interesting re-telling of a real life serial killer from the 70s, but from some of the victims, and the victims friends, points of view. Interesting and unique way of telling the story, but about 75 pages too long. (11)
⭐️: 3.75/5

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Low pick for me. The format was fun and quirky, but it dragged on a bit. Very much a mix of the game Clue and the movie Knives Out! (10)
⭐️: 3.25/5

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Lark Ascending | Silas House
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This almost seemed like a YA dystopian book, although I don‘t think it actually is YA. It was a great book, and the addition of Seamus really made it what it was. Loved it! (9)
⭐️: 4/5

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This was a low pick for me. I feel like not much happened in the first half of the book, but it did make me want to keep reading it, interestingly enough! Too many side characters to keep track of. Lots of death and drama in the end though. (8)
⭐️: 3.5/5

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I loved this book - it was not something I picked out for myself, nor would I have, given the opportunity. But it was amazing! The only downfall in my opinion was all the quoted Shakespeare, but it was to be expected. Not my typical book, but I highly recommend it! (7)
⭐️: 4.25/5

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 5mo
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I really, really liked the first 95% of this book…but I really, really hated the end of the book! It just had me saying “oh come ON”. This could have been a 5 star for me if not for that ending 😆. It‘s HIGHLY readable though and a page turner! (6)
⭐️: 4/5

SilversReviews This is so good. 6mo
DeeLew I just finished this one and I loved it, EXCEPT for the fact that Bea was able to hide a girl for 11 years!? 6mo
Andrea4 Had the same feeling! 5mo
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The Greatest Survivor Stories Never Told | Allan Zullo, Mara Bovsun
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Mehso-so

This was short and easy to read. I just wish the stories would have been more recent (lots of early 1900s stories), but also, I think the book itself is about 25 years old, ha! (5)
⭐️: 3/5

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I liked it. I have no idea what it was trying to say, but I liked it. The story is told in three parts - I enjoyed the first two. The third dragged on a bit. Very strange, odd book, but worth the quick read! (4)
⭐️: 3.75/5

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Girl in Pieces | Kathleen Glasgow
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Holy. Moly. This book deals with a lot - self harm, drugs, sexual abuse, addiction, homelessness, etc etc. It was really good, and I cried 1000 times at the end. Everything about Riley was hard to read, because as the reader, you just knew it wasn‘t going to end well. Great book overall! (3)
⭐️: 4/5

TheBookHippie All her books are this good. ♥️ 6mo
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Red River Seven | A. J. Ryan
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This book was not what I was expecting - I LOVED the premise and the beginning of the book. It took some strange turns (think mutations, memory altering surgeries, things of literal nightmares), but overall it was good! (2)
⭐️: 3.5/5

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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Good, easy read! It‘s jumps right in, is action packed, with a couple twists and turns I didn‘t see coming! The only downfall is how every single thing that could have gone wrong for Darby, did. Well. Minus one thing. (1)
⭐️: 3.75/5

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All the Missing Girls | Megan Miranda
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I truly disliked this book. I forced myself to finish it - I should have bailed. All of the characters sucked, but especially the main character. It‘s hard for me to finish a book when I dislike all the characters. I just didn‘t buy any of it - the relationships, the drama, any of it!
⭐️: 2/5

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Ok, this book took me a while to get into, it was a slow burn. But once I got about halfway through it, I couldn‘t put it down. I SOBBED. Honestly I could have done without Lenni‘s story (sorry!) but it was so good, if you can power through the first half!
⭐️: 4/5

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 7mo
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A Good Neighborhood | Therese Anne Fowler
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Ugh, this one was BRUTAL! I read ahead (I know, I know 🙄) so I knew what was coming, but damn. I really enjoyed this book. The only negative was HOW many issues this book tries to get into - racism, classism, environmentalism, misogyny, pedophilia, the issues surrounding “virginity”, etc etc etc. Narrowing that scope could have helped IMO. Overall though, a really great read!
⭐️: 4/5

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Dark Places: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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GG was so good, and Sharp Objects sounds amazing too, but this one fell flat. I don‘t give spoilers, but so much of this was unbelievable (not in the good way). And all of the characters were horrible - it‘s tough reading a book where you‘re rooting for no one. It did make me want to keep reading in the small chance it redeemed itself. It did not.
⭐️: 3/5

5feet.of.fury I liked Sharp Objects, even a little better than Gone Girl. I have this one on my shelf but haven‘t read it yet 8mo
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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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Mehso-so

I grew up with BS, and it was bizarre hearing her describe times and events that I completely remember watching on TV. And judging her for them at the time! The book itself is jumpy and doesn‘t delve deeply into things, but it‘s really heartbreaking hearing all she‘s been through. Hopefully she finds some peace!
Star: 3/5

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Yet ANOTHER low pick for me! TN is funny and insightful without being annoying. I really know nothing about South Africa‘s history so that was interesting to learn just a smidge.
⭐️: 3.5/5

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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Another low pick for me - it‘s fun and quirky, the premise is great and I enjoyed the characters, but I felt like not much happened. The end of the book felt like the end of a chapter.
⭐️: 3.5/5

GondorGirl I really enjoyed this one. It was just the right kind of weird. 8mo
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This was a low pick for me…it‘s odd, different. Not in a bad way necessarily, just different. Not your typical end of the world story! Hard to explain - so just read it and decide for yourself 😂
⭐️: 3.75/5

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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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Mehso-so

I will admit - this is a page turner! And I loved the premise. As everyone before me has mentioned, it‘s very Lord of the Flies and Handmaids Tale (although I don‘t agree with it being compared to The Hunger Games). I just feel like it fell flat - too many characters, too many side stories, too MUCH. But it definitely made me want to keep reading, in hopes it would all come together.
⭐️: 3.25/5

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The Housemaid | Freida McFadden
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Total guilty pleasure. Super easy to read, has a few twists. Ending seemed pretty (aka incredibly) unlikely but overall this was a good, quick thriller!
⭐️: 3.75/5

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This book ended up being so good! The first 75 pages or so were a bit slow for me, but I ended up really liking most of it…Geeta was an incredibly HUMAN character, who doesn‘t fit nicely into just one box. Such a fun, interesting read!
⭐️: 3.75/5

lynneamch Same. I started it 3 times and finally got into it on the 3rd. Well worth reading. 9mo
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This was just ok for me - nothing was that shocking or surprising, and I really couldn‘t understand Audra going through SO MUCH over several years, for that end game. I am very happy she didn‘t hook up with Max, though 😂
⭐️: 3/5

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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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Great book! Dramatic, but I imagine a family with 4 daughters would be. I mildly hated all the daughters at one point or another. Loved the book though!
⭐️: 4/5

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This was a low pick for me - not bad, easy to read, I liked the author; but I found the story not particularly interesting.
⭐️: 3.25/5

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Don't Tell a Soul | David Rosenfelt
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I can‘t say I read many political thrillers…it was kind of over the top and silly, but entertaining! The ending was very abrupt…but I was ready for it to end either way 😆
⭐️: 3.75/5

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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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I loved it! I feel like the last hundred pages dragged on, and the ending seemed random, but I really liked it!
⭐️: 4/5

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This was so well written, I really enjoyed it! I only wish I had read it a bit slower, as a lot of the info in here deserves some rumination. Definitely thought provoking.
⭐️: 4/5

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The Second Ending: A Novel | Michelle Hoffman
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Mehso-so

I think I would have liked this book more if I hadn‘t disliked the main character, Prudence, so thoroughly. It was an easy read though, and the ending was decent.
⭐️: 2.75/5