Reading Round-Up

March 2014

The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand Goodreads / Amazon

You guys, I don’t think it’s possible to love a series more than I do this one. Also, I swear – each one just keeps getting better! This is fourth in a romance series featuring Paris and chocolate and all the things. No one – and I mean no one – can write seduction like Laura Florand. The writing is so lush and gorgeous and sexy. You absolutely cannot pass this series by if you’re a fan of the genre!

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy Goodreads / Amazon

I’m really not normally a fan of books featuring characters with cancer, but this one got an incredible amount of pre-release buzz, so I couldn’t resist picking it up. Unfortunately, I should have stuck to my guns. When teenage Alice finds out she isn’t going to die of her cancer after all, she kinda hits the breaks hard on all the rash decisions she made when she thought she was terminal. The premise is pretty interesting – can saying “um…oops?” really be enough when you have to own up to the consequences of the things you did when your days were numbered? Well let me tell you, Alice was an incredibly unlikable character. Also, the love interest? I thought I adored him through  most of the story, until he finally crossed the line into absolutely pitiful territory. He 100% should have punched Alice in the nose and walked off into the sunset whistling the tune of a free man. If the story had ended like that, I’d still be fist pumping.

Searching For Perfect by Jennifer Probst Goodreads / Amazon

Another romance read – I have been looking forward to picking this up for months after really enjoying the first in the series. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite measure up. I really liked both characters – especially the male lead. (I will never say no to reading about a sexy nerd. EVER.) I just never quite felt their chemistry together, so the story never quite clicked for me. Bummer!

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin Goodreads / Amazon

Drop everything, y’all. EVERYTHING. You need to do everything at your disposal to get this book into your hands as soon as possible. I wish I could buy ALL THE COPIES to give to everyone I know. I loved this story so incredibly much, I can barely form words. A.J. Fikry is a bookseller on a charming small island, but charming is definitely not a word you would use to describe him when the story opens. He is cranky, alone and barely a notch above completely miserable. By the time the story is over? Everything has changed. Also, you will have done the whole laughing/yelling/crying trifecta all the best books cause you to experience. Please, please add this to your reading lists! This will no doubt end up on my “Best of 2014” list in a few months.

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh Goodreads / Amazon

This was pitched to me as a cross between Gillian Flynn and Daniel Woodrell. Since I am a pretty big fan of both authors, I had to pick this one up! The Daniel Woodrell comparison is definitely fitting – McHugh shows the same reverence to the Ozarks, while at the same time not being afraid to show the dark and gritty side of that part of the world. The nod to Gillian Flynn? Ehhh….maybe not quite so spot on. I don’t think there is a lot of mystery to the plot – and while there were a couple of reveals, I really think the plot’s strength lies in the suspense. Just because I knew who the bad guy was didn’t mean I knew quite what he’d end up doing, you know? If literary suspense is your thing, I definitely recommend this one. Just don’t expect a Gillian Flynn-style thriller!

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  • Leah March 27, 2014, 8:06 am

    YES YES YES to AJ Fikry!! I loved it SO much! 🙂 I can definitely see it on tons of Best Of lists and bookclub picks!

    I also completely agree about The Weight of Blood. It seems you enjoyed it a bit more than I did though. While I found it enjoyable while it lasted, it won’t be one I’ll ever reread – and the comparisons gave me expectations that simply weren’t met.
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  • Jenna March 28, 2014, 2:47 pm

    The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry sounds like a must-have and now I feel like I’m in on the secret before everyone else knows, thanks! Jenna
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  • April Books & Wine March 29, 2014, 4:06 pm

    AJ Fickry sounds good! OMG. Also, I love Gabrielle Zevin’s work.

    OH and I need to read those chocolate books.

    Also, boo that Side Effects May Vary wasn’t as good as expected.
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  • Kelly March 30, 2014, 5:40 pm

    You are like the 4th person that’s mentioned A.J. Fikry today! I’m definitely going to request it because it seems like something I need to have immediately!

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