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Troublemaker by Leah Remini

Posted December 9, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Troublemaker by Leah Remini

A candid, insider look at growing up in the Church of Scientology and the unique experience of being a celebrity member. Engaging and hard-to-put-down memoir. Belief and faith are great, but very few people have been led astray by thinking for themselves. Leah Remini was first introduced to the Church of Scientology at age 7 […]

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

Posted December 1, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

“It’s hard to feel like you belong when you don’t know who you are, and it’s hard to know who you are when you don’t know where you come from.” Captivating young adult/coming-of-age/sci-fi/romance with an extremely relatable female lead and complex relationships. I received a copy of this book from Penguin Random House in exchange […]

Like Family by Paolo Giordano

Posted November 25, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Like Family by Paolo Giordano

In the long run, every love needs someone to witness and acknowledge it, to validate it, or it may turn out to be just a mirage. I received this book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Mrs. A is hired to help a young couple during a difficult pregnancy, but ends up working for them […]

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Posted November 17, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

I was so excited when I saw a new release from Gillian Flynn pop up on my feed, until I realized it was an already published (very) short story! It originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s [book:Rogues|20168816] anthology. Regardless, it is an entertaining and creepy short story, recommended for […]

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Posted November 11, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

‘That would be what we’d call a moral dilemma. Is a crime any less wicked because its victims are unaware of its perpetration?’ 3.5 stars. Charming, funny little novel. Quick read. He thought of a wooden puzzle he’d been given for his first Christmas at Mattie’s – a street of houses, the façades removable so […]

A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson

Posted October 30, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson

Solid suspense novel, about a family dealing with being under suspicion for their neighbor’s mysterious death. The truth was our enemy now; the truth would not set us free. A Line of Blood centers around the Mercer family: Alex, Millicent and their eleven-year-old son Max. When the Mercer’s cat wanders into the neighbor’s house, Alex […]

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 […]