Recent Reads Mini Reviews

More mini reviews from books I’ve enjoyed to varying degrees over the last few weeks.

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

Rhapsodic (The Bargainer, #1)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: November 15, 2016

This was okay, but I think I had it hyped up too much because I didn’t find anything about the fantasy or the romance particularly compelling, which is probably why I realized I had actually already read this book at around the 60% mark. I loved the idea of The Bargainer and collecting the debts owed, which is probably why the flashbacks seeing Callie and Des become friends was my favorite parts. But the modern mysteries and worldbuilding were severely lacking or just uninteresting. I need more grit and substance to the story, we’re told of a lot of stuff (changing feelings, expectations, dangers) but a lot of it is glossed over or lacks a real impact. Again, this is fine but nothing special and I know I’ll forget everything in 1.5 days (again).

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Midnight at the Electric

Release Date: June 13, 2017

This was such a quiet and powerful story. Jodi Lynn Anderson manages to pack so much heart, grief, healing, and family into such a short package. I loved every second of it.

Midnight at the Electric is a multi-genre, multi-timeline story that follows studious Adri on her endeavors to land a coveted spots as one of the few, hand-picked to live on Mars. But as Adri is looking forward to a brighter – and uncertain – future, she discovers a rich history connected to her past via Dust Bowl era Catherine who seeks safety for her sick sister, and Lenore a young woman grieving the loss of her brother in WWI. The personal connections in this story honestly snuck up on me, but the captured my heart.

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

The Night Swim

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: August 4, 2020

I just read this entire thing in one sitting and I have to say, I was completely hooked. So engaging and well paced – it definitely kept me on my toes. I loved the dual nature of this story – both with different timelines and perspectives- it was a creative way to keep me engaged and it did. But the fact that the stories were interconnected in some way, made it all the more interesting. I think I was a bit more drawn to Hannah’s chapters about the past tragedies that occurred, but Rachel’s podcast in the present to so compelling. And I’m sure it would make for a fantastic audiobook.

I can’t really talk about my biggest complaint with the story for fear of spoilers, but I did have another issue with the book. In the last chapter, Goldin uses a Romani slur to describe a skirt and it was just so unnecessary and screamed a lack of research and consideration. While this did taint the story and left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, prior to it The Night Swim was definitely one of the most engaging and addicting mystery stories I’ve ever read.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Act Your Age, Eve Brown (The Brown Sisters, #3)

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: March 9, 2021

What a lovely installment in the Brown sisters series. While I do think Eve and Jacob do have my least favorite conflict of the 3, but the have so much charm and chemistry between the two. And I loved the cozy B&B setting – it create a warm and comforting environment that was so easy to read and I couldn’t put it down.

I received a copy of the audiobook early in exchange for an honest review.

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.


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