The Women in the Window: Non-Spoiler Review

The Women in the Window by A.J. Finn

reviewed by Sarah!!

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Published by   William Morrow on January 2, 2018

Genres: Adult, Thriller

Pages: 449

Format: hardback

Source: Persoanlly Bought

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!

It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.

 Sarah’s Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this book. The writing style was engaging and I liked reading about Anna Fox( the main character and only POV). She wasn’t always likable and made some poor decisions , but that just made her more realistic. There was a slow start, that took awhile to pick up, about 120 pages. I did see most of the twists before they happened. One of the major twists, I had figured out about fifty pages in. Overall that did not take away from my enjoyment of reading this book.  I would recommend this book to anyone who like to read a good psychological thriller.

 

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Sarah’s June TBR!!

So here are some of the books that Sarah hopes to tackle this month!

1.   #murdertrending    by Gretchen McNeil

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2       Girl Made of Stars   by Ashley Herring Blake

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3       13 Minutes    by sarah Pinborough

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Tell us in the comments what book you want Sarah to review first!!!

later book lovers!

Sarah April TBR take 2!

So the past month Sarah went on a pretty epic Kid rock cruise but she feel super behind on her reading (we forgive you sarah!!) So she is going to attempt her April TBR again and added some more books!

1   Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

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2   Jamaica Inn By Daphne DuMaurier

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3   Archived   By Victoria Schwab

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4. A festive of ghosts (She is then going to let me borrow it so I am super excited)

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 I hope you are excited to hear sarah’s thoughts come this June!!
Later book lovers!!!

Every Heart is a Doorway!!! Non-Spoiler Review!!

Every Heart is a Doorway by Seanan McGuire                                                                Reviewed by Sarah!!

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Published by  Tor.com on April 5, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 174

Format: Hard Back

Source: Physical Copy

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things.

No matter the cost.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I thought the concept of the story was original and fun.  The book is short, less than two hundred pages and the writing is well done, it is jam-packed with so much  for a novella. I thought the main character Nancy who is the point on view we mainly follow was relatable and I enjoyed her perspective. Some of the side characters were also given some back story and personality. I wish she had fleshed out the characters more. I think the mystery in the book was enjoyable, but mainly there to move the plot along. I think the story would have been fine without it. I would have like to just learned more about the school and it’s inhabitants. I have heard the books follow other students, in the school  and their stories and I am looking forward to finding out more of these students back stories. I think anyone who wants to know what happens to someone like Alice when she returns from Wonderland might enjoy reading this book. A warning that is a dark tale and does not shy away from blood and gore.

 

Paper girls Volume 1 and 2: Non-Spoiler Review

 

Paper girls Volume 1 and 2  by Brian Vaughan

reviewed by Sarah

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Published by Image Comics on April 5, 2016)

Genres: graphic novels

Pages: 144 pages

Format:  Physical book

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

Book 1

From Brian K. Vaughan, #1 New York Times bestselling writer of SAGA, and Cliff Chiang, legendary artist of WONDER WOMAN, comes the first volume of an all-new ongoing adventure.

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

Book 2:

Spoilers are a foot!!!!!!

 

My Thoughts:

I thought this was a fun read. It’ s set in the 80’s which is when I was a kid and it brought  some nostalgia with the some of the references. It definitely has left me more questions than answers on what the heck is going on. It has time travel, monsters, robots, and possibly aliens. it was fun to see an all girl cast of characters kicking butt. I have herd mixed things about this graphic novel, some people not liking how up in the air everything is , but that just makes want read more to see if the answers will be reveled later. I really enjoyed the story and can’t wait to read the next volumes to see where the girls go next.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters Vol 1 : Non Spoiler Review

 

My Favorite Thing is Monsters  by Emil Ferris

Reviewed by Sarah!!

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Published by  Fantagraphics  on February 14, 2017

Genres: Graphic Novel

Pages: 386 pages

Format: Graphic Novel

Source: Physically Bought

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

In this debut, which takes the form of a fictional graphic diary, a 10-year-old girl tries to solve a murder.

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge. Full-color illustrations throughout.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the storyline and the artwork was beautiful. It had a lot of different elements in it. Karen the main character is trying to solve the apparent suicide, which she thinks is a murder, of her upstairs neighbor, who was a holocaust survivor. We see a lot of the neighbor’s back story as Karen tries to figure out how she died. While this is going on she is also dealing with her relationships with her family and friends and figuring out her place in it all.
I will say that it is very dark and has a lot of violence and sexually explicit scenes. It is definitely meant for adults. I really enjoyed it, and I am looking forward to the Second book coming out this year. I gave it fours stars.

 

Sarah April TBR!!!!!!!

So here are some of the books that Sarah hopes to read this April!!! Some of these are even on my TBR!!! I am so excited to hear her thoughts on these books!

1   Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

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2   Jamaica Inn By Daphne DuMaurier

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3   Archived   By Victoria Schwab

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 I hope you are excited to hear sarah’s thoughts come this may!!
Later book lovers!!!

I Am I Am I Am: Non-Spoiler review

I Am I Am I Am:  by Maggie O’Farrell

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Published by Knopf on February 6, 2018

Genres: Non-fiction

Pages: 305

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!

An extraordinary memoir—told entirely in near-death experiences—from one of Britain’s best-selling novelists, for fans of Wild, When Breath Becomes Air, and The Year of Magical Thinking.

We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death.

I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O’Farrell’s astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter–for whom this book was written–from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life’s myriad dangers.
Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O’Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.

My Thoughts:

This book is told in short stories. It’s a biography through the author’s close calls with death. Some of the stories were better then others. I found the book interesting and it makes you think of all the small and large incidents in your ow life that if the outcome had been different, they could have ended very badly. I liked the author’s way of writing where she wasn’t overly dramatic about the stories. I found it to be a unique way to tell the story of her life. Most of the stories were fairly short and quick to get through.

The underground Railroad: non-spoiler review

Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci

Reviewed by Sarah

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Published by Anchor; Reprint edition on January 30, 2016

Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction

Pages: 336

Format: Audio book

Source: Library

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

One of the Best books of the Year: The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, HuffPost, Esquire, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman’s will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.

My Thoughts:

I listened to this book on audio. The book was very good. It showed the brutality of slavery and how it was to be a slave in the south. The main character goes through so many hardships through this book. All i wanted was for Cora (MC) to be free and happy but of course that wasn’t realistic to the times. I liked this book and it definitely made me think more about slavery, racism, just the way people treat each other. I am happy that there were people who were sympathetic  to Cora and her along the way. I would record this book to people who are interested in slavery from a slaves perspective. Just a warning that there is a lot of graphic violence and rape in the book

The Trials Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

The Trials Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

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Published by  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on October 31, 2017

Genres:  Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 481

Format:Hardback

Source: Library

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world–but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.
Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of readers.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book so much. It was so much fun. The characters were so eccentric, and individual. I really enjoyed reading about them all. The story was fast paced and funny. The trials were interesting and I was rooting for Morrigan during the whole book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good middle grade book that has magical elements to you. I have already preordered the second book because I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I gave this book Five stars