Sister Margaret Review

Button to purchase Sister Margaret

I love a good crime story and Sister Margaret is just that. Thank you to Bully Press for giving me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Tommy Keane has been a detective in the Bronx for years. When Tommy gets in a little trouble, he is transferred to the 21st Precinct in Manhattan. He expects an easy ride, but then a beloved nun is found brutally murdered. Even a seasoned detective is surprised by this motive.

My Thoughts on Sister Margaret

Sister Margaret was a good read. However, it was to the point, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There wasn’t a ton of back story or filler content to bog the crime aspect down. I appreciated that.

Although, I would like to learn more about Tommy. There were glimpses of his life, but no answered questions. Since it’s the start of the series, I expect there will be more of his backstory to come. I also really liked his mother, so I hope she’s included in the next one.

The crime was pretty horrifying, but believable. I believe one of the authors was a detective. You can tell by the details that the authors know what they are talking about.

I did start to piece together the motive, but I was wrong about the perpetrator. It ended up being even darker than I expected. It was a heartbreaking case. There were a lot of emotions at the end. Sister Margaret is a pretty solid crime fiction novel. I look forward to reading more.

My Rating: 4/5

Purchase


booksamillion.com: books, toys, tech, & more.

Graphic Novels for Beginners

I’m new to graphic novels. I just started reading them last year. I’ve read some really good graphic novels, but I’ve also read some really bad ones. Today, we are going to focus on the positive. I’m going to share a few that I have enjoyed. Obviously, it’s not a large selection because I haven’t read many myself.

It’s a great time to get started with this format. As I shared in my Beat Those Reading Challenges post, graphic novels are a great way to reach those goals. But I know jumping into the world of graphic novels can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many to choose from. Hopefully, you can find a few from this list that you will enjoy.

The Grimm’s Fairytales

Synopsis:

For over two hundred years the powerful stories of the Brothers Grimm have enchanted millions around the world, but there has never been an adaptation as intriguing or provocative as this. Grimm Fairy Tales explores a much darker side of the infamous fables you heard as a child as these classic tales are retold and re-imagined with a terrifying twist you’ll simply love as an adult.

This collection is a fun retelling of the classic Grimm’s Fairytales. They use the fairytales to teach modern day characters some horrifying lessons. It is such unique take on the fairytales, plus the artwork is beautiful.

Purchase

The Tea Dragon Society

The Tea Dragon Society|Katie O'Neill

Synopsis:

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY, the beloved and charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons. After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives–and eventually her own.

This is the cutest thing that I have ever read. It’s very, very short. I read it in 15 minutes. There is not a huge plot, but it is so cute. The tea dragons are adorable. It will make any bad day better. You need to read this.

Purchase

Aquicorn Cove

Aquicorn Cove|Katie O'Neill

Synopsis:

When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a big storm, Lana remembers how much she’s missed the ocean–and the strong, reassuring presence of her aunt. As Lana explores the familiar beach, she discovers something incredible: a colony of Aquicorns, small magical seahorse-like creatures that live in the coral reef. Lana rescues an injured Aquicorn and cares for it with the help of her aunt, who may know more about these strange creatures than she’s willing to admit. But when a second storm threatens to reach the town, choices made many years ago about how to coexist with the sea start to rise to the surface. Lana realizes she will need to find the strength to stand on her own, even when it means standing up to the people who she has always relied on to protect her.

This is by the author that wrote The Tea Dragon Society. It’s just as cute and fun, but it is a little more developed. This one really focuses on the environment of our oceans. It helps spread the word about environmental issues while still being completely adorable.

Purchase

The Witch Boy

Synopsis:

In thirteen-year-old Aster’s family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn’t shifted . . . and he’s still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.

When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help — as a witch. It will take the encouragement of a new friend, the non-magical and non-conforming Charlie, to convince Aster to try practicing his skills. And it will require even more courage to save his family . . . and be truly himself.

This is another adorable story. It’s actually a middle grade graphic novel, but I think anyone would benefit from reading this.

Purchase

So those are a few of the graphic novels that I have read and loved lately. They are easy, fun reads that will help you get acclimated to the graphic novel world. Obviously, since I’m new to the format, I could use some graphic novel recommendations myself. Leave some in the comments below!


BAM! Books-A-Million

Wild Horses on the Salt by Anne Montgomery

Button to purchase Wild Horse on the Salt

Wild Horses on the Salt immediately caught my attention. The author reached out to me and me and offered a copy in exchange for my honest review. Set in the wilds of Arizona, I figured it would be for me. Let’s get to the review!

When Rebecca Quinn flees from her abusive husband, her only option is to head to Arizona. There she meets Gaby, her aunt’s best friend. Becca finds refuge at Gaby’s inn located in the Tonto National Forest. There Becca settles in surrounded by new friends. Becca’s new life is suddenly shattered when her husband tracks her down.

My Thoughts on Wild Horses on the Salt

I enjoyed this one. I loved the whole found family aspect. The main character definitely needed love. She came from an abusive childhood and marriage. Throughout the book, Becca copes with post-traumatic stress disorder because of that.

In one part of the book, a character (I can’t remember who) described Becca as hard to get to know. As a reader, I found that to be true. She did feel a little one dimensional. I would have liked to see a little more character growth, but overall I liked her.

I loved the fact that nature played a large role in this. There were chapters woven in that was set from the perspective of one of the wild horses that live in the Sonoran desert. While the life of the horse and Becca didn’t intersect in a big, dramatic way it did show all of the little ways that humans and nature interact. I loved that the author had a lot to say about the environment and wildlife conservation.

I feel the need to mention that this is very much a slow burn read. However, I found it necessary. Becca was healing from trauma and that takes time. The climax didn’t really happen until Becca’s husband returned near the end.

Lastly, let’s talk romance. It’s obvious that a romance is being set up. While I liked the romance, and her potential partner, I didn’t think it was completely necessary. I wish it had focused more on personal growth and healing.

I really liked Wild Horses on the Salt. It’s not an easy subject to read about, but Anne Montgomery wrote it well.

My Rating: 4/5

Purchase


Bestselling Books at Booksamillion.com

We Must Save Jepson by Mark Petersen Review

Button to purchase We Must Save Jepson

I received a copy of We Must Save Jepson in exchange for my honest review. It was a fun concept, so let’s jump into it.

H.R. Huxtable is off to save Jepson. His crew is a bit odd, but yet they persevere. Will they save Jepson?

My Thoughts

First, I love the formatting. This book is a collection of letters from and to H.R. Huxtable. It was a great way to tell this story. It felt like the reader was included in the adventure.

Despite my love of the letters, the plot fell flat. It was titled We Must Save Jepson, but I don’t really even know who Jepson was. I also don’t really know why he needed saving. Plus, how did a librarian become the head of a search and rescue group? There was a lot that wasn’t really explained, or if it was I completely missed it.

This book is quite clearly satire. I mean it does say it on the cover. The humor is overblown, but I expect that from a satire. There were several humorous moments. However, there were some bits of humor that didn’t work for me.

Overall, I don’t think this book is for me. But it was still a quick, easy read with a fun format.

My Rating: 2/5

Purchase

Don’t forget to subscribe!


booksamillion.com: books, toys, tech, & more.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Review

Button to purchase The Great Alone

I bought The Great Alone on a whim this spring and I’m just getting around to reading it. This book reminded me of The Shining and Gilmore Girls mixed together. I know that’s a weird comparison, but it works. It was an interesting read outside of my comfort zone, but it was enjoyable.

When Ernt Allbright returns home from the Vietnam War, he decides to move his family to Alaska. Thirteen year old Leni, hopes it’s the start of a bright new future for her family. Her mother, Cora, would follow Ernt anywhere. Including America’s last frontier. They find a home off the grid among some of the strongest men and women in the country. As winter creeps closer, Ernt’s mental health slowly deteriorates. Leni and her mother must learn how to survive on their own because the biggest threat that they face lives in the same cabin as them.

My Thoughts on The Great Alone

The Great Alone is a coming of age story. Watching Leni grow up in the harsh environment showcases the human ability to adapt to the most difficult surroundings. She truly loved Alaska even though she face some of her most challenging years there.

While Leni is the center of the story, the whole family was really well developed. My heart broke for them in so many ways. Cora faced terrible domestic violence. During those moments I absolutely hated Ernt. However, the author wove his character in a way that you felt like you were in Cora’s shoes. She made you experience the emotions that Cora felt for her husband. There was hatred, fear, compassion, and love of the man that he used to be. It was a completely heartbreaking situation.

My main complaint with The Great Alone was that it could have ended sooner. At a certain point the story was coming to a conclusion, but then I realized there were a hundred more pages. It took a turn that I didn’t necessarily love. The story already felt fully developed, but then an extra conflict was tacked on to the end.

When The Great Alone actually ended I was satisified. I enjoyed the conclusion even though it felt like it went around the world to get there. I think if there had been a little more streamlining this could have been a new favorite. Unfortunately, it ended up falling a little short.

My Rating: 3/5

Purchase

Don’t forget to check out Books a Million’s Christmas Sale. There are a lot of great deals!


booksamillion.com: books, toys, tech, & more.

The Sadeiest by Austrian Spencer

Today I’m participating in the book tour for The Sadeiest. I have to say in advance that this is quite possibly the most disturbing book I’ve ever read. It’s not for the squeamish. Let’s jump into the review.

What is our perceived notion of death is wrong? What if it isn’t what we imagined at all? Maybe death actually dies for us instead of silently watching on. Death pays for his sin by dying again and again. William is a Sadeiest. William is death. He dies daily, but he also saves the trapped souls of people. He is thrown into this world with very little training. What he doesn’t know is that his destiny is so much bigger than he ever imagined.

My Thoughts on The Sadeiest

Firstly, I have to say I’m blown away by the author’s imagination. The Sadeiest is so unique. A lot of thought went into the development of the world and magic system.

I expected this to be a dark read. I was definitely right. It was extremely gruesome and graphic. And it was gritty and dark. It will be great for the toughest of horror lovers. It’s definitely darker than what I’m used to, but I can respect the storyline.

If you’re looking for a terrifying, unique horror novel this one is for you.

Purchase

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog tour! Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate.


BAM! Books-A-Million