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Review by Norma: Left Neglected

Left NeglectedLeft Neglected by Lisa Genova

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  November 1 – 2, 2016

I usually go into books blind so I don’t have any preconceptions of what I am reading and then a couple of chapters in I will read the synopsis. Left Neglected was a very fitting title for this novel by Lisa Genova and has a very powerful message that we all need to slow down and realize what we are doing as it can be changed or taken away from us so quickly. We make that one poor judgement call without realizing the consequences before it is too late.

It was a very enjoyable and light read which I read very quickly. It was moving, enlightening and even sometimes humorous. I laughed out loud a few times!

The story was told in Sarah’s voice and I found that I connected with her and her family completely. With all the trials and tribulations that Sarah had to endure throughout her rehabilitation she was quite amusing and uplifting.

Lisa Genova has done a wonderful job of telling the story of Left Brain Neglect which I didn’t even know existed until I read this novel. The storyline was executed very well which I thought was more about Sarah’s recovery and the changes that entails to dealing with her brain injury.

I read this one because of the author as I really enjoyed her other novel, Still Alice.

It was a steady-paced, light, fast, and easy read with a satisfying ending. Would recommend.

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Review by Norma: Library of Souls

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  November 3 – 7, 2016

I did enjoy this series very much but I wish that I didn’t take so long to read Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #3) book by Ransom Riggs as I did forget some of what happened in the previous two books in this trilogy. I was able to remember all the characters involved so that was a plus and some things were recapped but not in too much detail. Which made it a little hard to get into this book.

It was a fun adventure and I absolutely loved all the characters and the antique photos that were included in the book to help substantiate the storyline. To be honest I think that is what I liked most about this series!

I picked up this book because the title intrigued me and flipping through the book and seeing all those unusual photos is what made me want to read this unique and wonderful story.

It was a steady-paced, fun, and easy read with a satisfying ending.

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Review by Norma: Miracle Cure

Miracle CureMiracle Cure by Harlan Coben

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  November 7 – 9, 2016

This is only my second novel that I have read by Harlan Coben and it won’t be my last. I was a little bit apprehensive in reading this one as the author wrote a letter at the beginning of the book warning the reader to put it down or return it if they have not read any of his more recent work. Well that just piqued my interest and I needed to know what my opinion of it would be. I wasn’t disappointed it was an enjoyable read that grabbed my attention right away.

It was a fast-paced, quick and easy read with an interesting plot. I was able to guess who done it but it was still a shocking and suspenseful read as the climax was executed very well! Going to have to read one of his more popular titles very soon.

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Review by Norma: A Monster Calls

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read:  November 10 – 11, 2016

I am rating this 5 stars because I do believe that this book is well worth that rating but to be truthfully honest it is a novel that was really hard to rate! I didn’t absolutely love this novel and I didn’t hate it either. There is an extremely important message in this book which is well worth the 5* rating.

I went into reading this book totally blind, I didn’t even read the synopsis on this one until I was finished which made this book even more special. A MONSTER CALLS is a great title for this novel by PATRICK NESS and isn’t your typical “monster/scary” story it is much more than that. It’s an engrossing novel about love, truth, hope, anger and loss. I had a love/hate relationship with this one.

The story was told in the voice of 13 year old Conor who starts to dream about visits from a monster. The monster plays a very important part in how this story is told and perceived.

Thank you to my sister for allowing me to read your copy before you did! Now it is your turn!

It was a fast-paced, thought-provoking, extremely quick, and emotional read. I am looking forward to seeing this movie.

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Review by Norma: Fractured

FracturedFractured by Catherine McKenzie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  November 11 – 13, 2016

4.5 stars for FRACTURED by Catherine McKenzie. This was definitely a page turner and extremely hard to put down.

The story was told by John and Julie in alternating past and present perspectives before and after the accident. Even though the storyline flipped back and forth it was not a difficult read and was easily followed. The anticipation and plot building was done very well by the author which had us guessing the mystery throughout the novel. I mostly loved all the characters that were introduced in John and Julie’s voice as they were believable and relatable and I was really absorbed in each of their stories.

The way that the plot played out it was not easily detected until the story climaxed. I didn’t really get a chance to guess as I was so entranced in the way the author was telling the story. I really enjoyed her writing style and look forward to reading more novels by Catherine McKenzie.

It was a fast-paced, quick, and easy read with a satisfying ending. Would recommend!!

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Review by Norma: What Was Mine

What Was MineWhat Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read:  November 3rd, 2016

5 well deserved stars! Absolutely loved this one! I had so many conflicted feelings while reading this novel. This was definitely a page turner and extremely hard to put down.

As always I go into books blind so I don’t have any preconceptions of what I am reading and then a couple of chapters in I will read the synopsis. WHAT WAS MINE was a fitting title for this novel by HELEN KLEIN ROSS and isn’t your typical kidnapping story it is much more than that. It’s about love, forgiveness, change, hope, anger and loss.

It was an engrossing and thought-provoking novel which I read in one day! It was that good.

The story was told in alternating perspectives of Lucy, Mia, and Marilyn as well as a few others that had some impact connected to the kidnapping. I mostly loved all the characters and was totally wrapped up in each of their lives. Although, Lucy did something extraordinary I couldn’t help but feel some compassion for her and wanted her to end up being happy too!

HELEN ROSS KLEIN has done a brilliant job with this book. The storyline was executed perfectly and was easy to follow along with all the characters involved.

Thank you to my Goodreads friends for introducing me to another great read!

It was a fast-paced, thought-provoking, quick, and easy read with an open to your own interpretation ending. Which I thought was satisfying. Highly recommend!!