Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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

Survive the Night by Riley Sager

Survive the Night

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: June 29, 2021

I actually had a really fun time with this – it might be because I went in with low expectations after hearing so many not so stellar reviews or I just needed a genre change after reading so many romances, but totally worked for me.

The story is a slow moving one, but the tension kept me engaged. I really loved the screen writing element in the story, and felt the book play out like a movie. It helped the pacing work for me, thinking of the story as a movie and thinking of Charlie on her journey to become a final girl. She did make some stupid mistakes and was obtuse at times, but I had fun regardless.

Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Crazy Stupid Bromance (Bromance Book Club, #3)

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: October 27, 2020

I think this is my second favorite book in the series, behind book one, but it definitely had my favorite bookclub book – I wish it was real, because I would totally read it. I loved watching Alexis and Noah’s friendship develop into something more. They are both dealing with some heavy traumas from their pasts so seeing them become the levity for each other was great. And not to be a broken record, but I really loved the strong focus on family in this story. It’s a complex and messy situation but I loved how it unfolded. Alexis’s trouble with a fellow business owner (a literal Karen) was the weakest point for me – it wasn’t really bad, just not a priority to it kinda fell flat.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls

Rating: ★★★★★
Release Date: September 29, 2015

Oh my god this book was so intense. I was gasping, jumping, screaming and a whole host of other emotions throughout the entire thing. The story is horrific and the suspense never lets up. I will definitely be reading more Karin Slaughter in the future.

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

From Lukov with Love

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 Stars)
Release Date: February 1, 2018

What a great book. Ivan and Jasmine have fantastic banter and chemistry. I really loved the forced proximity and rivals to more as they work on their pairs skating program. Jasmines family was a strong highlighter – the close relationship and sibling hijinks were all amazing. From Lukov with Love is a great slow burn that keeps the pages turning.

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.


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