My Thoughts On Missing You by Harlan Coben

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I have been a fan of Harlan Coben since I first read “Tell No One” in 2000. That book, by the way, is still my favorite. Perhaps because it was so deliciously shocking and suspenseful.

This book, Missing You, was good. But I did not devour it like I have traditionally devoured other Coben novels. In the last few years, Coben books are getting darker and darker. I really miss the days of Myron Bolitar and Coben’s great humor. This book got so dark that I had to put it down for awhile. A massive scheme that ends up with the death of over 30 people at a nearby farm? No thank you.

But, Coben did it again. I read the last three pages and thought “Did that just happen?” He’s still the master of the twist.

My Thoughts On “The Shadow Throne” by Jennifer Nielsen

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I started this trilogy a few years ago with my book club. Each book is a very fun read that can be enjoyed by adults and teens alike. I especially recommend this book to parents with teenage boys. It is so hard to find intelligent books for boys to read!

Trilogies seem to be the fashion of late, and I have been burned before. Divergent series — did not go anywhere near that final book when I heard what Roth had done. Matched series — alright, I admit, I was cheering for Xander, so I really did not like the final installment. Everneath? Ahem. Apparently I always choose the wrong hero to cheer on because I was a fan of Cole and the final installment left me sad. Okay, I admit it, borderline devastated. Hunger Games. Did anyone like the final installment? No? I’ll tell you why. Because Peeta is the soul of the Hunger Games, and without him, it all falls short. Take that, crazy Gale fans.

With such an experience, can you imagine my doubts going into The Shadow Throne? But I am happy to share that Nielsen does not disappoint. I had my concerns. I reached Page 71 and sent Nielsen a nasty note via Twitter. But she encouraged me to read on, and I am glad that I did. The book was engaging, entertaining and intelligent. Happy reading!

What I’m Reading Now: The Shadow Throne

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Jennifer A. Nielsen takes readers on an extraordinary journey in this final installment of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Ascendance Trilogy.

War is coming. . . . Join Jaron as he embarks on his final adventure!

What I’m Reading Now: The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

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A grand old manor house deep in the English countryside will open its doors to reveal the story of an unexpectedly dramatic day in the life of one eccentric, rather dysfunctional, and entirely unforgettable family.

Set in the early years of the twentieth century, award-winning author Sadie Jones’s The Uninvited Guests is, in the words of Jacqueline Winspear, the New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs mysteries A Lesson in Secrets and Elegy for Eddie, “a sinister tragi-comedy of errors, in which the dark underbelly of human nature is revealed in true Shakespearean fashion.”

What I’m Reading Now: Life After Life

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What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Ursula’s world is in turmoil, facing the unspeakable evil of the two greatest wars in history. What power and force can one woman exert over the fate of civilization — if only she has the chance?

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.

My Thoughts On Calling Invisible Women

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While brushing her teeth one morning, Clover looks in the mirror and realizes that she is gone. She is completely invisible. She rushes into her son’s room and asks, “Do you see me?” and he assumes that she wants to have a theoretical discussion. Absorbed in his own problems, he never really looks at his mother. He can smell her. The laundry is getting done. He can hear her. Does it matter that he cannot see her?

Her husband and her daughter also do not notice that things are terribly amiss.

But she does find great support from her mother-in-law, her best friend and her dog.

I thought this book would be a little funnier. It did go back and forth between clever and somewhat depressing but Clover is able to spin all situations for the best.

There is a little hope at the end, but nothing is tied up with a lovely bow. But it does make me wonder, with my eyes buried in my laptop or on my I-phone screen, am I really looking at — seeing — the people around me?