Let's just dive right in.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Wayward Children by Ranson Riggs- My initital thoughts were...Meh. I liked this enough, but during the times when I typically read, I found myself reaching for my phone to play solitaire instead. I thought the main character was sort of a dick and the storyline just didn't grab me at all.
From the back of the book: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
I certianly wouldn't call it spine tingling. That being said, tons of people who's opinions I truly respect loved it, so maybe it's just me.
Ohh, Becky, I just can't quit you. Shopaholic to the Stars feels like what must be the fiftieth book in the series, and I love them all. My initial review still holds true: It was exactly what I expected and exactly what I wanted it to be. Not gonna win any awards and I wouldn't want SK to see me reading it, but what can I say, I'm a sucker for Becky Brandon nee' Bloomwood.
From the back of the book: Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has stars in her eyes. She and her daughter, Minnie, have joined husband Luke in LA — city of herbal smoothies, multimillion-dollar yoga retreats, and the lure of celebrity. Luke is there to help manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour — and Becky is convinced she is destined to be Sage's personal stylist, and go from there to every A-list celebrity in Hollywood! But things become complicated when Becky joins the team of Sag'’s arch-rival. How will charming and supportive Luke deal with this conflict? Is it possible that what Becky wants most will end up hurting those she loves most? Shopaholic fans old and new will devour Sophie Kinsella's newest adventure!
I definitely devoured it, and as soon as the next one comes out, I'll grab a copy at the library. Not sure I'd pay for any of these books.
Next let's talk about the Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi.
It was nothing life changing, but I enjoyed it. Quick read, fun, better before the love parts started but still tolerable after that. I feel like she was going for Pure and Fuse and Burn a little bit, but those were VASTLY better. Still, I can't wait to read the next ones. Three point five stars, it was fun to read. And my library system didn't have the second and third, and I couldn't wait so I bought them. If that's not a ringing endorsement...
And last but certainly not least (I've always wanted to say that) we have No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie. I loved this one. Although I can't figure out why that's the title. My goodreads writeup: I really enjoyed this! I don't know what I was expecting- it's not the type of book I usually grab, but it was fab. It reminded me of those Lacy Sherlock books by I think Catherine Coulter? Is that a thing? But waaaay better. Not as addicting as my beloved Jack Reacher, but I'll definitely pick up another one.
I haven't got around to the next one yet, but I'm anxious to start it. One day.
From the back of the book: Olympic rowing hopeful and senior Metropolitan Police officer DCI Rebecca Meredith goes out alone to train on the river in Henley on a dark afternoon in late October - and doesn't return. When a desperate search by the police and a K9 team reveals the possibility of foul play, Scotland Yard wants one of their own on the case. Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, returning from celebrating his marriage to long-time partner Detective Inspector Gemma James, is called to Henley to investigate. He soon finds that the world of elite rowing can be brutal, and that Rebecca Meredith's ex-husband was not the only person with good reason for wanting her dead. Then, when a search-and-rescue team member is threatened, Kincaid realizes the case may be even more complex and more dangerous than he believed.
So there you go. Five fab fun books, one mostly-dud. Read anything good lately? I'm always looking to expand my library wait list.
Linking up with Mama Kat's Pretty Much World Famous Writer's Workshop with the prompt Book Report. Obvs.