Book Review — “The Hypnotist’s Love Story” by Liane Moriarty

Ellen is a hypnotist and she’s in love. Saskia is a stalker and she’s in love too. Unfortunately they’re both in love with Patrick. The premise is great, and I really like Liane Moriarty’s writing. However, there were just too many missed opportunities here. There was a twist or two, and at times it was spell-binding. I loved the parts in Saskia’s voice, which showed her creepy cluelessness as to just how creepy she really was. But I expected more twists. Maybe a big one. And that’s where it fell flat for me towards the end. I did enjoy it. It did keep me interested. But it left me disappointed that there wasn’t more of what I expected, which was excitement and that “Wow” moment. 3 1/2 stars.

Book Review — “The Red Dirt Hymnbook” by Roxie Faulkner Kirk

Ruby Fae McKeever will win your heart over in “The Red Dirt Hymnbook”. Even tough she is stuck in a horrible position, she manages to keep her wits about her with humor and hope. And even though she is oftentimes treated brutally by her husband and his parents, she stays positive and loving in the face of those bullying her. I loved Ruby and I loved this book, which is told in her voice. It is sweet, funny, hopeful and entertaining. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Disclaimer– I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review thanks to Book Sirens. Release date: June 28, 2019

Book Review — “Educated” by Tara Westover

Wow. It was like watching a train wreck. This book infuriated, frustrated, mesmerized and captivated me. Told with the most honest and humble voice, “Educated” is the true story of Tara Westover and her family. I cannot count the number of times I cringed, shuttered or said “Oh my God”. I absolutely despised some of these cruel, arrogant people and rooted for Tara not only to escape but to survive. In today’s climate where tolerance and forgiveness are not only encouraged but demanded, I had none for either Tara’s father or older brother, both of whom I found to be despicable, frightened, insecure monsters who used their “religious” zeal and righteous indignation to excuse their severe mental illness and moral bankruptcy. I cheer Tara for her escape and hope she finds a life where people love, cherish and respect her. Highly recommended but don’t expect this to be a feel-good book. It’s so incredibly not that.

Book Review — “The Paper Magician” by Charlie N. Holmberg

I can always find something I like about a book, so I’m going to start this review with what I DID like. I liked the main character, Ceony Twill. I liked her mentor, Magician Emery Thane. I like books about magic, and I liked the beginning and the end. I really liked the paper dog, Fennel. But I did not like the part where Ceony was inside (literally) the heart of Mg. Thane while he lay dying at the hands of evil Lira. Maybe it was just too much fantasy, and maybe I lack imagination. But the problem is that the part I didn’t like took up most of the book. I will, however, give the second book in the series a try — because of the things I DID like.