Category: Reviews

Black-eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Posted October 26, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Black-eyed Susans by  Julia Heaberlin

My grandfather once told me that God puts pieces in the wrong places to keep us busy solving puzzles, and in the perfect places so that we never forget there is a God. Fun-to-read suspense novel that takes place in Texas with an amnesiac narrator. I had a four-star time reading it. I used to […]

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

Posted October 21, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

Beautifully written, character-driven novel about families dealing with grief. The house without sound is now loud with nothing, no one. On the eve of her daughter’s wedding, June Reid’s life changes forever when an explosion kills her daughter Lolly, her daughter’s fiance Will, her longtime boyfriend Luke, and her ex-husband Adam. The victims’ families and […]

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Posted October 14, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Poking fun at the “Chosen One” trope, with a diverse group of outsiders. Mostly uneventful, but I love the concept and it is good for a few laughs. The indie kids, huh? You’ve got them at your school, too. That group with the cool-geek haircuts and the thrift shop clothes and names from the fifties. […]

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Posted October 11, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

3.5? A portrait of a marriage that is held together by what can never be said. The writing was overdone at times and the first half barely held my interest, but the second half makes it worth a read. Do not go into this one expecting a thriller. …she saw on the Internet a video […]

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

Posted September 30, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

Exploration into the meaning of art and the ephemeral nature of love + a satirical look at the business of art, with a colorful cast of characters and a relatable heroine. For someone else, it could be a great life: interesting, exciting and relatively free of worry. The problem is that it doesn’t happen to […]

After You by Jojo Moyes

Posted September 30, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
After You by Jojo Moyes

Satisfying, realistic update and pleasant read, but lacks the magic of Me Before You. . . (Me Before You spoilers ahead) . . “Eighteen months. Eighteen whole months. So when is it going to be enough?” I say into the darkness. And there it is, I can feel it boiling up again, this unexpected anger. […]

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Posted September 26, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Darkly humorous horror story, in the same vein as Cabin in the Woods., with a uniquely modern retail setting. Social commentary on corporate culture and consumerism. Best consumed in physical book form. It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end. Later […]

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Posted September 25, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Melanie is a brilliant little girl who loves to learn. At first it seems that she is living away at boarding school, but it is soon revealed that her living quarters resemble a prison more than a dormitory. Sweet and gruesome. Tragic and hopeful. Do the ends justify the means? It is all the contrasting […]

Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling

Posted September 17, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling

“What really knocks me out is a book that when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you feel like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” – Holden Caulfield (pulled from the Soup Snakes […]

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

Posted September 17, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

“I think our generation is obsessed with too much. We keep wanting to trade up, and if you think about Schopenhauer, the futility of striving and the ultimate emptiness of human desires…”…Evelyn had thought the weekend in the Hamptons, at Nick’s house that he owned and didn’t rent, with her friends who had gone to […]