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Genesis by Robin Cook

Genesis by Robin Cook

Robin Cook writes some amazing medical thrillers. I love how he builds the case little by little and keeps the tension going throughout. I had a couple guesses who the killer was pretty early on, and one of those guesses was correct. With a bit left in the book the killer was revealed to the reader and so it was quite fun through the rest of the book waiting to see how Jack (because it’s always Jack) figured out who it was. Seeing that Genesis is the 12th of 12 Laurie Montgomery/Jack Stapleton book, I must admit I was pretty sure he was going to off Laurie to end the series. I highly recommend this book to adults who enjoy medical thrillers.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 42
Pages Read in 2022: 15,442
Graphic Novels: 1

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I was not surprised that I really enjoyed The Sun is Also a Star. I’ve never been disappointed by anything by the author. I was surprised, however, at just how much I enjoyed it. I could barely put it down wanting to know what happened next. I cared so much about the characters. It’s definitely a heart in a blender sort of book. So incredibly emotional. Things are not wrapped up all pretty with a nice bow. Instead, things end up much more like they do in real life. Most of the story is told from the alternating points of view of the two main characters, but every so often there’s a narrative interjected to give explanation or a side character’s story or explain why things are or aren’t the way the main characters think they are. I absolutely loved that writing choice. Those added narratives really added to the story as a whole. I very highly recommend The Sun is Also a Star to teens and up.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 35
Pages Read in 2022: 12,518
Graphic Novels: 1

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Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Instructions for Dancing is one of those books that just stays with you for a long time after you finish it. On the surface it’s a relatively lighthearted young adult novel with lots of sweet romance. But it’s so much deeper than that. It’s about how the end, no matter how things end, isn’t what’s important. It’s the journey that’s important and to enjoy it. The writing is beautiful as is typical with this author. Some chapters are just silly while others are heartbreaking, striking a perfect balance. I could barely put this book down. I very highly recommend Instructions for Dancing to everyone teens and up!

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 32
Pages Read in 2022: 11,522
Graphic Novels: 1

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Gossamer by Lois Lowry

Gossamer by Lois Lowry

Have you ever wondered where good dreams and terrible nightmares come from? Gossamer answers that question in such a gentle, sweet, and slightly fanciful way. The triggers experienced and words used by the boy, John, were very well written and not surprising for a child in foster care who has dealt with the things he had dealt with. Thin Elderly was such a patient and kind dreamgiving character and was paralleled in the real world by the old woman who fostered John. I absolutely adore Gossamer. She’s so fun. I’d love for her to be my dreamgiver. I recommend this book to kids and adults, though be aware that parts could trigger kids who are or have been in foster care.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 93
Pages Read in 2021: 29,716

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Dr. Andrews by Andrea Kate Pearson

Dr. Andrews by Andrea Kate Pearson

Dr. Andrews is a clean, sweet romance. It’s a quick read and lots of fun. I always enjoy enemies turned lovers book and this one adds the twist of a history between the two characters. Everything turns out exactly how I wanted it to, all tied up with a nice, happy bow. I love that the main setting is a hospital adding a medical backdrop to the story. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys clean romance and wants to read a quick, comfortable book in that genre.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 82
Pages Read in 2021: 26,626

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Secret is in the Bones by Heather Sunseri

Secret is in the Bones by Heather Sunseri

The third book in the Paynes Creek Thriller series, Secret is in the Bones carries on what was happening at the end of the first book (I somehow missed reading the second book and that was not a problem reading this one). As is typical of books by this author, I literally could not put it down. I kept staying up until midnight or later (VERY unusual for me) and had to force myself to put my Kindle down and go to sleep. The action is pretty much non-stop and the romance between Faith and Luke is just perfect. The occasional chapter from the point of view of the killer/stalker/all around bad guy really added to the reading experience. I got to know more than the characters! I often wasn’t sure where things were going and even though I knew who the bad guy was I had no idea where he fit into everything, or why he was obsessed with Faith, until nearly the very end. Truly a fabulous book. I recommend it to adults who enjoy thrillers, but definitely read the first book in the series or you will be very confused reading this one (though obviously the second book isn’t required before this one).

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 81
Pages Read in 2021: 26,482

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Cell by Robin Cook

Cell by Robin Cook

I definitely didn’t see that end coming. I was completely surprised by the last couple pages. The book is a little slow to get started as there is a lot required to set up the story. Once it gets going, though, it’s fast-paced. It’s set around the time the Affordable Care Act was passed and uses the idea that technology (AI) is being tested to replace actual human doctors (nothing could go wrong with that, right?). The whole thing is possible which makes it a bit more fascinating and alarming. The writing is excellent. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys medical thrillers.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 45
Pages Read in 2021: 13,518

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Warden’s Vengeance by Tony James Slater

Warden’s Vengeance by Tony James Slater

Warden’s Vengeance is full of action. Just when you think Tris and the others are going to get a little break something else goes wrong. A few things are tied up by the end of this book, a few things are still left to be dealt with, and a couple things are just getting started. It has a satisfactory ended, though it did leave me wanting to read the fifth book in the series. I enjoyed it a lot and recommend it to people who enjoy sci fi.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 44
Pages Read in 2021: 13,052

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Dante’s Path by David Meredith

Dante’s Path is the third book in the Aaru series. It picks up right where the second one left off. There are so many storylines in this series and the author is amazing at weaving them together and not losing any of the threads. The characters, including the minor characters are very well fleshed out and I actually care about what happens to many of them. The end tied up a few things, but also set up even more. I’m looking forward to the fourth book now! If you liked the first two Aaru books, you’ll love this third one.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 51
Pages Read in 2020: 14,413
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A Thief Obsessed by Heather Sunseri

For most of this book I honestly had no idea where the author was going with things. I really didn’t see a way to a resolution. The way she managed to tie it all up and finish all the threads was excellent. I enjoyed the book very much. It is very well-written. Each chapter alternating between characters was very effective. I recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 38
Pages Read in 2020: 10,069
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