May 10, 2017

What I've Been Reading... April, 2017

I'm killing it on my reading goal this year. Just killing it. I have been making sure to keep reading on my daily to-do list so that I'm sure to make a few minutes to decompress every day. This usually happens at lunch time, and right before I go to bed. 

Also, I mentioned on Monday that I started a Facebook Book Club. If you would like to join the group, please do! We are currently reading The Zookeeper's Wife.

I love to recommend books to people, so if you ever wonder what YOU should read, please tweet me @AlexYargeau. I'm always more than willing to talk about books!

She Wore Only White by Dörthe Bunkert ★★★
When I picked this out, it seemed to be right up my alley. The plot centers around Valentina Meyer, who is a stowaway on a ship headed from Europe to New York. She is a mystery to the other guests on board, especially when the captain lets her stay in a first class cabin. Valentina boards the ship in a white evening gown, which is all she has with her, hence the title. I thought that this was a great idea for a story, but it felt kind of rushed. I liked everything about Valentina's back story but would love to have seen more written about the character's interactions on board.

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews ★★★
This is NOT a book that I would typically pick, but I'm glad that I got a chance to branch out a little bit from the norm. This was the pick for the SYBL book club, but we never found a time to discuss it. It centers around Riley Griggs, who is about to start the summer with her family on Belle Isle when she learns that her (almost ex-) husband has been murdered. She spends the summer investigating his involvement with their family business and trying to piece together who might have wanted to kill him. Personally, I thought that everything in this story was way over the top. The characters have almost no depth, and everything seems very superficial. And of course, it had to end with Riley in a new relationship (eye roll).

Gender Fall by Bella Forrest ★★★
This is the fifth book in the Gender Game series, and the story is moving along. Looking back on the previous four books, Forrest's writing is getting better as she goes. The characters are getting more complex, and even though the situations are fantastical, there is a normalcy to their interaction. The 6th book was released on Amazon today, and I can't wait to upload it to my Kindle.

Red's Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver ★★★
I love the TV show Once Upon a Time, so when my sister in law gave me this book, I was interested immediately. The plot centers around Red Ridinghood/Ruby, and her back story. There is a past episode that is similar to the plot of this so I won't go into it, but this is a light, easy read. I'm not sure if there is supposed to be a sequel or not, but it would definitely fit.

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory ★★★
In all honesty, I completely confused this with The White Princess, also by Philippa Gregory, which the new Starz series is based on. This is actually a prequel to that, and it tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, who became queen during the war of the roses. The story consists of the plotting and planning that occurred in that era when the monarchy in England was hardly secure. This got a little bit tedious toward the end of the book, but I understand that Gregory needed to get to a good place to continue the story in the next book. I can't wait to now read the right book!

The Gentleman's Promise by Frances Fowlkes ★★★
Okay, I completely missed the fact that this is the third book in a series. Which explains why I was a little bit lost and didn't get some of the references to the other books. I think I would have liked this much more, had I read the previous two. Sarah is a noble lady but is not accepted in society because she likes to do things like read. Jonathon vows that he will help save her reputation so that she will be able to find a husband. Those two end up falling in love, and there is a weird sex scene.
*This book was provided free for review by the NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Amish Guys Don't Call by Debby Dodds ★★★
Here is a confession for you on this fine Wednesday... I used to be obsessed with the Amish and their culture. I think it began when I read Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult. I read a ton of stuff including fiction and non-fiction. When this popped up on my Netgalley account, I thought I would give it a shot, even if it was supposed to be a teen story. Turns out, it was just alright. The story was cute, but it wasn't very thought out. Some of the characters were sort of simple. Very average.
*This book was provided free for review by the NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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