Bookworm – Part 2

As promised, here are reviews on my ‘next to read’ list I mentioned in my first Bookworm post.


(Ratings below are from the Barnes and Noble website)

The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes

3.7 out of 5 – Read the whole description here

The Shining Girls: A Novel

In my honest opinion, I did not love this book. It took me the longest to read because I wasn’t itching to finish it. The main story is intriguing but the way the book is set up makes it very difficult to follow. One chapter would be in the 1930’s from one person’s point of view then it would skip to the 1990’s from a different person’s point of view. I would forget who’s point of view the last chapter was and if it was when she was little or old! Ugh! I only found myself truly interested during the last few chapters. Sadly, I do not recommend this book.

I Was Here – Gayle Forman

3.8 out of 5 stars – Read the whole description here

I Was Here

I’ve found one of my new favorite writers. Gayle Forman is able to create the most perfect image in your head that lasts from start to finish. This novel is tragedy, suspense and romance mixed into one amazing story line. I wanted to keep reading but I didn’t want the story to end!

Dark Rooms – Lili Anolik

3.8 out of 5 stars – Read the whole description here

Dark Rooms: A Novel

If you’re looking for a thriller, love story, and murder mystery all wrapped into one book, then you need to pick this novel up. Lili Anolik creates such an amazing story that contains so much in just a few hundred pages. Grace’s sister was murdered with a quick confession that closed the case, but she was convinced that something was not right. Throughout the story you see the hardships of losing a loved one and the danger you’ll go to to gain closure.

Little Big Lies – Liane Moriarty

4.3 out of 5 stars – Read the whole description here

Big Little Lies

By far one of the best books I have ever read. Liane Moriarty takes the cake yet again with her amazing writing skills and fabulous stories. I don’t even know where to begin. This book also jumps back and forth between past, present, and different characters but it’s easy to follow. I truly couldn’t put it down, I think I finished it in 3 days! Definite must read.

If I Stay – Gayle Forman

4.2 out of 5 stars – Read the whole description here

If I Stay

Another book I read in a few short days (I promise I do more than read). You’ll definitely need a tissue (or a box) with this one. Because I have a boyfriend this novel was able to hit home; I pictured myself in her position which made it unbelievably sad. The ending is an extreme cliffhanger but Gayle Forman wrote a sequel, Where She Went, so thankfully my questions will be answered!

Books I read that were not on the list because I’m a rebel:

The Cellar – Natasha Preston 

4.5 out of 5 stars – Read the whole description here

The Cellar

Creepy and straight out of a Criminal Minds episode, this book is a definite thriller! This book was extremely creepy but I enjoyed every page I read. A man by the name of ‘Clover’ believes that he needs his ‘4 flowers’ to be a complete family and keeps women in, you can probably guess, his cellar. If you’re looking for an intriguing, edge of the seat type novel, then pick up The Cellar.

What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty

4.1 out of 5 stars – Read the whole description here

What Alice Forgot

If you haven’t been able to tell yet, I really like Liane Moriarty’s writing. Just everything about it is magical. I find myself daydreaming about this story since finishing it and having to tell myself that it was fiction and not real life; her writing is just that good (or I’m just crazy). This is yet another piece that I read front to back in 3 days. Highly recommend!

Next on my list to read:

  1. Where She Went – Gayle Forman – sequel to If I Stay
  2. The Silent Wife – ASA Harrison
  3. In the Woods – Tana French
  4. The Ice Princess – Camilla Lackberg
  5. The Faithful Place – Tana French

You can probably guess what I’ll say next, a review on those to come!!

with love | Madelyn

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