Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s March & April 2016 Reads

Posted May 19th, 2016 by in *Review / 2 comments

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Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s March & April 2016 ReadsConversion by Katherine Howe
Also by this author: The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen
Published by Putnam Juvenile
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 448
Format: eBook
Source: Personal Collection
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling mystery—Prep meets The Crucible.

It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .

Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s? - via GoodReads

4 Stars

Conversion was a pretty intriguing read. I really enjoyed the tie in between the Salem Witch Trials and present day St. Joan’s. The book kept a solid pace and I was invested. There are quite a few mixed reviews about this book and I know exactly which parts are tripping those triggers. If you’ve read the book, you probably do too. I’ll be honest, it didn’t bother me. At some point people become responsible for their decisions no matter how much you don’t agree with them. The thing that I wished had been explored more was the ending for Emma and what was happening there.

Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s March & April 2016 ReadsDead Sexy by Kelly Apple
Also by this author: The Wicked Woods
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 39
Format: eBook
Source: Personal Collection
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When his ghostly cousin tells him there’s an open position at the PI firm where he works, Zane Harker jumps at the chance. There aren’t many places willing to hire a zombie and being dead hasn’t stopped the bills from piling up.

His new gig has a lot of perks, not the least of which is his current job guarding the delectable Maisie Banks after she receives death threats for her PR campaign to lure supernaturals to the small town of Pinnacle Point. The feisty brunette is a handful who spends her days arranging photo shoots of half-naked couples for her next PR push.

He might be a zombie, but spending day in and day out watching beautiful people make out for the camera reminds him his libido is alive and kicking. And Maisie doesn’t seem the least disgusted by his lack of a pulse. If anything, he thinks it makes her like him even more.

He might have a job to do, but no one said he couldn’t enjoy himself while doing it.

Warning: This book contains a zombie. Not a gross one. A gorgeous one. And just because he doesn’t have a properly beating heart doesn’t mean he can’t perform admirably. Maisie certainly doesn’t have any complaints. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

Seriously, it doesn’t get much hotter than a Kelly Apple novella. Not only is there an interesting plot line but there is just a ton of quick and dirty business. I never imagined that zombies could be sexy. That’s Apple’s hidden talent. She takes the unattractive of the paranormal and makes them Dead Sexy!

Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s March & April 2016 ReadsWinter Rose Genres: Fiction
Pages: 262
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Collection
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Sorrow and trouble and bitterness will hound you and yours and the children of yours…

Some said the dying words of Nial Lynn, murdered by his own son, were a wicked curse. To others, it was a winter's tale spun by firelight on cold, dark nights. But when Corbet Lynn came to rebuild his family estate, memories of his grandfather's curse were rekindled by young and old--and rumors filled the heavy air of summer. In the woods that border Lynn Hall, free-spirited Rois Melior roams wild and barefooted. And as autumn gold fades, she is consumed with Corbet Lynn, obsessed with his secret past… - via GoodReads

4 Stars

I really had to concentrate on Winter Rose to read this one. It was that kind of book that required no distractions while reading it. That doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of the book at all. I enjoyed Rois’s character after I was able to spend more time with her. At first she came across as flaky and flighty. Once you spent more time with her though, you just realized that she wasn’t flighty but rather just communicated better with the earth than most people. Her people social skills suffered because of it. I enjoyed this book enough that I will seek out the sequel and see if I can earn more about Rois and her world.

Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s March & April 2016 ReadsThe Library of Unrequited Love Genres: Fiction
Pages: 96
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Collection
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El Pais called The Library of Unrequited Love "a thrilling soliloquy, an exciting breath of love." The librarian, a single, middle-aged woman, a sharply opinionated and thoughtful bookworm, whose ex-boyfriend left her for another woman, discovers one morning a patron who has been locked in over night.

Against her quiet nature, she starts to talk to him, what results is a soliloquy of frustrations, observations, and anguish, covering--with wit, pathos, and passion--history, literature, the Dewey Decimal System, love, and loneliness, as well as revealing her unrequited passion for a quiet student-researcher named Martin, whose studiousness, grace, and "beautiful neck" strikes her.

Divry's prose is seamless--never laborious--both funny and poignant. The book's compactness offers an immersive reading experience that touches universal emotional experiences from the perspective of a bookworm. - via GoodReads

2 Stars

The only thing I can think of when I think of this book is Meghan Trainor’s “No”. This is a 93 page monologue from a middle age to older snobby librarian who rails at a patron for an hour. She can’t understand why a man she barely speaks to isn’t ardently in love with her. Hope is the only thing that kept me going through this book. I kept thinking that eventually we’d get a more traditional book. In the words of Meghan “No to the nah to the no, no, no.” Seriously I could probably write a 93 page monologue to tell you how much I didn’t like this book. 2 stars seems kind of generous now but it is the rating I gave upon finishing the book so there it shall stay.

Stephanie

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2 Responses to “Quick Thoughts: Stephanie’s March & April 2016 Reads”

    • Stephanie

      I think so too! Great minds think alike and all! I’m trying to work on her back list. She seems to share a fascination with the ghosties. 🙂

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