2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.
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Book Review: Until I Find You by Rea Frey

Rea Frey writes such glorious, gut-wrenching, emotionally charged books… They strike every panicked mommy chord in my heart, yet I can’t not read them because her storytelling is so amazing. She has an absolutely lovely and lyrical way with language, even – if not especially – when describing situations that are unbearable to think about. Continue reading Book Review: Until I Find You by Rea Frey

Book Review: The Insider by Craig Schaefer

I really really really like Craig Schaefer’s writing. Whether it’s urban supernatural tales like Ghosts of Gotham or the Harmony Black / Daniel Faust universe, or these Charlie McCabe books, Schaefer just tells a great story. In this second-in-series, we get a lot more insight into what makes Charlie tick and I really enjoyed that. I also really liked getting more insight into Beckett, and I fully expect that enjoyment to continue in future titles, given the way this one ended. Continue reading Book Review: The Insider by Craig Schaefer

Book Review: The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

I really do enjoy these tales by Fiona Davis. So far I’ve read several – The Masterpiece, The Address, and The Dollhouse – and on the whole they are a delight. The history-mystery genre she embodies is a fun way to combine historical study with a contemporary mystery. Each book introduces a famous New York City landmark and a woman whose life revolves around it in some mysterious way, coupled with a contemporary woman who stumbles upon said mystery and takes it upon herself to solve it. She melds historical figures with her own character creations, and does so in a way that feels seamless (usually). The mysteries are always handily resolved, but that’s part of the fun – we all know that in *real* life, such historical mysteries take decades to solve, if they ever actually are solved of course, but the wrap-up is an entertaining and satisfying way to tie all of the pieces together, so I never mind. Continue reading Book Review: The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

Book Review: The Vacation by T.M. Logan

I just could not find my way into this one. I was so excited at a new T. M. Logan. I loved Lies and 29 Seconds – with both books I fell into the story from the opening pages and the tales held me from beginning to end. With this one, I just never found my way in… Continue reading Book Review: The Vacation by T.M. Logan

Book Review: Convince Me by Nina Sadowsky

Once again, don’t let the short review fool you… I REALLY enjoyed this one!

It’s funny – even while I was reading this one I kept thinking that the author was short-handing an awful lot of things and skipping over the how and the why of the revelations as they poured out, in favor of moving the narrative along. Normally, that’s a thing that drives me crazy and either sends me into skimming-pages mode or setting the book down all together. But I just could not stop reading this one! Continue reading Book Review: Convince Me by Nina Sadowsky

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