What I Read: Feb. 13-19

Reluctantly Yours by Erin Hawkins: I absolutely LOVED this hilarious, heartwarming read! Barrett gives off major Mr. Darcy energy. This is available on Kindle Unlimited, which makes it even better.

Clytemnestra by Costanza Casati: This is well-written, emotional and intriguing. However, if you’ve already read a lot of recent mythology retellings (especially those centered on the Trojan War) you might find this a tad repetitive. Although my interest started to fizzle out, I would still recommend this to anyone looking for a complex “good for her” story. There are a LOT of content warnings for this one, so proceed with caution. Thank you Sourcebooks Landmark for the NetGalley ARC!

REVIEW – Black Widows by Cate Quinn

The unreliable narrator is still a very popular trope in mysteries and thrillers. Well, Black Widows has THREE. Three women who are suspects in the death of their (yes, their) husband. This book takes the standard thriller and adds a sister wives/XX kids and counting element. It’s grittier than I expected (which isn’t a bad thing) but this ended up being a fun read “for the moment” and won’t be something I remember much years from now.

Content warnings: religious fanaticism, cults, sexual assault, child abuse, sexual assault of children, drug use, self-harm, brief mention of suicide, miscarriage.

Thank you BiblioLifestyle and Sourcebooks for the ARC!

REVIEW – The Second Mother by Jenny Milchman

{Available August 18, 2020} Oof. This was a lot. And it was a lot of things that didn’t work for me. I went into this expecting something a bit more thrilling and a bit more heart-racing and it just didn’t deliver. This book is LONG. Given there are a lot of descriptions of the island, a lot of repetitive incidents and a lot of buildup for a plot twist that could have been introduced 200 pages sooner.

The writing isn’t bad – this book just suffers from trying to accomplish too much, and in the end accomplishes very little. I also felt that the ending of the book didn’t uphold the overall vibes of the beginning. For how long the book is, the end wraps up a little too fast and a little too neatly.

Thank you Books Forward PR for the NetGalley ARC!