Category: Reviews I’ve written

REVIEW: DARE ME by Megan Abbott

From the Publisher, Reagan Arthur Books: “Beth and me wedged tight, jeaned legs pressed against each other. The sound of our own breathing. Before we all stopped believing a tornado, or anything, could touch us, ever. Addy Hanlon and Beth Cassidy are tough, inseparable, invincible. No pair more charismatic or sophisticated. No pair more dangerous. . . .

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REVIEW: SAVING RUTH by Zoe Fishman

I won a copy of this book from Liz & Lisa at Chick Lit is not dead, courtesy of Harper Collins. From the Publisher: “Growing up in Alabama, all Ruth Wasserman wanted was to be a blond Baptist cheerleader. But as a curly-haired Jew with a rampant sweet tooth and a smart mouth, this was . . .

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Review: WIFE 22 by Melanie Gideon

I received a lovely hardcover of this book courtesy of Random House, via a giveaway at Linus’ Blanket. “Congratulations!  We’re happy to inform you that you have been selected to participate in the Netherfield Center Study—Marriage in the 21st Century. You have successfully met three of the initial criteria for inclusion in this study:  married . . .

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Review of THE ABSOLUTIST by John Boyne

From Other Press, New York: “The Absolutist is a novel that examines the events of the Great War from the perspective of two young privates, both struggling with the complexity of their emotions and the confusion of their friendship.” I received a copy of this book as part of my participation in Book Club hosted . . .

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Review: THE UNDERSIDE OF JOY by Sere Prince Halverson

From the publisher: To Ella Beene, happiness means living in the Northern California river town of Elbow with her husband, Joe, and his two young children. For three years, Ella has been the only mother the kids have known. But when Joe drowns off the coast, his ex-wife shows up at his funeral, intent on . . .

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THREE UNLIKELY VACATION READS: Reviews

I don’t know if you’re like me, but I need to have books to read on vacation.  For the plane (how do people not read on the plane?), for at-the-pool, for bed time, etc.  I’m a fan of the “beach read” but for our recent belated spring break trip to Hawaii (first time, very exciting), . . .

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Review: ACCIDENTS OF PROVIDENCE by Stacia M. Brown

I read this book at the suggestion of Jennifer from LiterateHousewife.com, who set up a readalong so she’d have people to talk about it with.  So glad I joined in.  I agree, it warrants discussion.  Without the readalong, I might never have gotten around to reading it. This is a debut novel from Stacia Brown, but . . .

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REVIEW: A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY by Joshilyn Jackson

I read this book for our April group read in the “Southern Lit Lovers ” Goodreads group.  I’d heard good things about it already, and had read Jackson’s earlier book, THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING, and had liked how she intertwined a mystery with a story of family dynamics.  She returns here with the same . . .

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REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: GODS OF GOTHAM by Lyndsay Faye

This is the first of occasional reviews that I’ll be posting here at Home Cooked Books.  I’ll only be reviewing books that I’m NOT narrating or directing for audio.  I’ve really enjoyed getting to know so many book bloggers over the past year, and thanks to them, I’m inspired to add my two cents to . . .

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