Ten Reviews I Keep Meaning to Write

/ posted in: Reading

I’ve been reading a lot lately but haven’t reviewed all the books because for some of them I didn’t have enough to say for a full post. Here are 10 books that I keep meaning to write mini-reviews about.


 

Deadly Election (Flavia Albia Mystery, #3)Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is part of Lindsey Davis’ series about a female private investigator in ancient Rome.  I love her books.  In this one Flavia is helping her friend and potential love interest dig up dirt on political candidates.  At the same time she is dealing with a problem at her family’s auction business.  A large chest that was consigned turned out to contain a body.

I enjoyed the book but it wasn’t my favorite of the series.  Definitely will keep reading them though.


 

Love Is the DrugLove Is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good girl high school student has a strange encounter with a man at a party hosted by a friend’s family to help students make contacts with adults who set up internships.  Later she is drugged and wakes up in the hospital not remembering what happened.  In the meantime a deadly virus is sweeping the country and Washington D.C. is locked down.  She travels between her prep school and her uncle’s house in a poor part of town trying to figure out why people seem to be targeting her family.

I’ve been raving about this author’s The Summer Prince all year.  This one didn’t thrill me as much.  It wasn’t bad.  It just wasn’t up to the other book.


 

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Felicia Day was a home schooled violin prodigy and a math major in college so of course she decided to become an actress.  With parts few and far between she decided to write her own web series and that spawned an Internet empire.

I know her mostly from her traditional acting jobs on sci-fi/fantasy shows like Buffy, Eureka, and Supernatural.  I haven’t seen in web stuff.  She glosses over the TV roles or mentions them in passing.  I would have liked to hear more about that.  The story of making her own path is interesting though.


 

Paradise FieldsParadise Fields by Katie Fforde
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like Katie Fforde but this one was a bit weird.  Maybe it is my raising coming out.  The main character has a daughter who is in her last year in school.  She keeps going to London for the weekend to stay with her boyfriend who the mother has never met and to go clubbing.  The mother doesn’t like it but what can she say?  Obviously she never met my mother who would have had a whole lot to say about that.  I just kept thinking, “It is called parenting, lady.  You don’t sneak around and spy and get embarrassed about it.  You put your foot down on behavior that is potentially self-destructive.”


 

The Wishing ThreadThe Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a magical realism book about a family who own a knitting shop where they knit blessings into garments for people. Now the shop is due to be torn down due to gentrification of their neighborhood immediately after the family matriarch dies. The next generation of sisters are trying to figure out how to manage their family legacy.

Loved the concept. Didn’t really like the story that much. Characters were too wishy washy for my liking.


 

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Every year two children was taken from the village.  One goes to the School for Good and one goes to the School for Evil.  Sophie was born to go to the School for Good.  She’s blond and pretty and nice enough to lower her standards and befriend the outcast Agatha.  When Sophie and Agatha are taken, they are horrified to find that Sophie is assigned to Evil and Agatha is Good.

Again, I loved the idea but the story didn’t live up to the idea for me.


 

The Birth HouseThe Birth House by Ami McKay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dora Rare lives in an isolated village in early 20th century Nova Scotia.  She is learning from the local midwife.  When a doctor comes to the town and tries to persuade the women to pay to go to a hospital for child birth, the town needs to decide if modern medicine is always better.

For someone who hates babies, I really like books about midwives.  This is a great look at both medical history and women’s history in rural areas.


 

Royal Airs (Elemental Blessings, #2)Royal Airs by Sharon Shinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book of a series.  Josetta is a Princess but no longer close in line to the throne.  She is now working in the poor section of the city helping people despite what her family thinks.  She meets a con man who might be more than he seems.

I like this series.  I’m looking forward to reading the next one but I don’t want to finish the series too quickly.


 

 

The Forgotten GardenThe Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A child is found abandoned on a dock in Australia.  How did she get to Australia on a boat from England by herself.  Why isn’t anyone looking for her?  Years later her granddaughter takes up the search for the answer to the mystery.

I read this for the Travel the World in Books readathon.  It was supposed to be an Australian book but ended up being mostly in England telling the story that lead to the child getting on the boat.  I think I had read this before but forgot it — which is ironic.


The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl GeeksThe Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a guidebook to geek culture.  I’m pretty steeped in it so I didn’t learn much but I did enjoy skimming through this.