Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals

This was one of those books that just screamed, “Finish me, finish me!” And you’re like, “YESSS!” But then after you revive from book-hangover, you’re confused about what exactly happened and why you were so obsessed with it. The Naturals had such a captivating premise, but somewhere along the line, the plot went in a very weird direction, and I’m not sure if it was for the story’s best interests or if it was done solely for the shock factor. Also, LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT UGH.
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Mini Reviews: The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern & Turned On and Off

It’s December… which means time for some comfort reads, oh yeah! The great thing about the Cat Who… series is that it’s like a neverending adventure that I can start and pick up whenever. And interesting fact: I started to collect cat-related things after starting this series – I even have metallic cat bookends, a motivational cat poster, glass cat figurines, and those cat-in-a-basket dolls! 🐱

The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern
 

 
Qwilleran is back in this second book in the Cat Who… series with a new assignment at The Daily Fluxion. This time it’s interior decorating, and obviously Qwill is just as outraged this time as he was when he got stuck with the art scene reporting last time. I think the plot in this one was slightly more complicated than that of The Cat Who Could Read Backwards because of the number of characters and conspiracies, but it never felt overwhelming. But again, the lack of explicitness of the action and the murder scenes is actually a bit off-putting for me, and the POW WHAM CRASH sound effects got a little boring. (I also read this soon after reading The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, so next time I’ll probably space these “cozy” mysteries out a bit more.) Yum Yum makes her first appearance in this one, so I’m very excited for the next book!

The Cat Who Turned On and Off
 

Title: The Cat Who Turned On and Off
Author: Lilian Jackson Braun
Series: Cat Who… #3
Publication Date: 1968
Category: (Adult Fiction) Mystery / Cats

 
Qwill is doing a Christmas piece for Junktown, a rundown part of the city where antique dealers and collectors gather. He manages to find a new home in Junktown for him, Koko, and Yum Yum, but when he discovers that a prominent Junktown citizen had fallen to his death recently, Qwill had a suspicion that it might’ve not been an accident. This third book in the series also introduces Mrs. Cobb, Qwill’s new flirtatious and food-making landlady, who also shows up in later books. I didn’t like the plot of this book as much as some of the others, and I think it was because there were so many suspects and unpleasant personalities. However, Qwill – once again – is very fun to watch, and Koko and Yum Yum are quite the pair.

Review: The Summons by John Grisham

The Summons

Just-okay books are the hardest to review – I can’t muster up the anger or the excitement to talk about them, haha. The Summons is definitely not Grisham’s best work. It’s ridiculously slow-paced, and the plot and the characters seem half-hearted and distracted. This was a bus read though, so I might have had a lower opinion of it had I read it all in one go – but I ended up just thinking that it was an okay book.
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Review: Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

Bellweather Rhapsody
I can’t really handle horror and scary stuff, but I don’t regret reading Bellweather Rhapsody at all. Racculia did an amazing job creating an all-star cast that is both witty and dynamic, and the interwoven plot lines are simply captivating. There’s so much going on in this book, but each story holds its own weight. This is a story that gave me chills and goosebumps, and I’m thankful everyday that I didn’t get nightmares after reading it. (And now I have to relive the story again to write this… eek!)Read More »

Review: Fever by Robin Cook

FeverThe characters in Fever ruined this book. Fever had an interesting premise that tied in medical and environmental issues, but all the characters were selfish and impulsive (maybe Cook was going for “realistic”? I don’t even know), and I felt like a helpless bystander who couldn’t do anything to rectify the many things that went wrong. It also didn’t help that Cook exposed the characters’ every single thought, since that just made me hate them even more. And even though the ending made me like the characters a teeny weeny bit more, it also felt rushed and unrealistic.Read More »

Review: Gemini by Carol Cassella

Gemini

Gemini is a bittersweet blend of mystery and realistic fiction. Cassella deftly delves into two poignant tales that converge in the end to a truth that salvages both stories as well as both protagonists. Although I question parts of the plot and feel a bit unsatisfied with the ending, Gemini effectively evokes memories of childhood and the troubles of adulthood, tying together the past and present in a neat little package.

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Review: A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan

A Girl Named Digit

This wasn’t what I expected at all. I expected a lot more math geekiness, introspection, and self-acceptance, but was disappointed to find that the female protagonist was in la-la land throughout most of the book. A Girl Named Digit is action-packed and has an interesting premise, but the characters are too fickle and shallow for my tastes, and the plot wrapped up too quickly and cleanly.
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