2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 3 books toward her goal of 245 books.
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Book Review: She Wouldn’t Change a Thing by Sarah Adlakha

This was an unusual story. I was highly intrigued by the concept, and requested the e-book straight away. I was declined. Then the audio book came up, and I requested that. I found the narrator to be fantastic for this one, with the perfect tone and pacing and character differentiations for the story. That said, the story itself I found a little confusing and meandering at times… Continue reading Book Review: She Wouldn’t Change a Thing by Sarah Adlakha

Book Review: Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Oh my goodness but TJ Klune writes the most magical incredible stories! I absolutely loved this one… It was a difficult read for me – my dad died a year ago, and I’ve been struggling with grief for some time now. A book focused on death and the afterlife may seem like a strange choice as a result, but I found it therapeutic and delightful and hopeful all at once. Continue reading Book Review: Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Book Review: Archibald Finch and the Lost Witches

I’m so disappointed… I really liked the way this one started. But then, ugh.

The one thing that drives me crazy is when a book in a series just stops. “To be continued” is not how you end a book – it is how you end an installment program, where the next installment will be along any minute now. Unless the new book intends to be published and released within days of the first one, to end something in the middle of the action with a “to be continued” feels like short – changing the reader. Continue reading Book Review: Archibald Finch and the Lost Witches

Book Review: Curse of the Divine by Kim Smejkal

I absolutely loved the first book in this duology and couldn’t wait to dig into the second. This is a marvelously ingenious world, populated by characters and abilities that are both wholly original and highly referential. It makes for a comforting feel of falling into the story, yet with a constant edge-of-your-seat quality because you never know what is going to happen next… Continue reading Book Review: Curse of the Divine by Kim Smejkal

Book Review: Unthinkable by Brad Parks

I really liked the way this one started. I hadn’t read Brad Parks before, although head certainly heard of him. The premise and setup were intriguing and well-managed – unfortunately about 40% in it felt like it was floundering and I started to lose my feel for the characters and the story. I didn’t see how they could possibly drag 60 more percent of the book out based on what had happened so far. (Slowly and painfully, as it turned out…) Continue reading Book Review: Unthinkable by Brad Parks