The Dry-Jane Harper

If I could write like this as my debut novel, I’d quit my day job.

The Dry takes place in Australia in a small town that is deep in drought. Federal Agent Aaron Falk is returning to his hometown for the first time in 20 years since he was chased out as a young man. What seems to be a clean cut case of murder-suicide committed by his former best friend, doesn’t sit right with Aaron. Luke and Aaron grew up with each other and were best friends for years. While they do have a shaky past due to the incident which caused Aaron to be chased out of town, he still doesn’t believe Luke could kill his wife and son. When Luke’s parents ask Aaron to dig into this case he is extremely hesitant as this is not his area of expertise but agrees because he feels he owes it to them. Not only will this case drag Aaron back into his hometown where he is not welcome, he will also have to dig into his own past to figure out if it is the cause of Luke’s death.

The Dry is 326 pages long and took me 4 days to read.

I give this novel at 3.5 out of 5 for a captivating story that genuinely keeps you questioning every character. This book is graphic and nature and may upset those with a weak constitution.

Thank you Flat Iron Books for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Dragon Teeth-Michael Crichton

For those of you that know me in real life you know that I love dinosaurs. I mean, I’m 28 and the t-shirt shown in this picture glows in the dark and my profile picture is of me reading Jurassic Park, that’s how much I love them.  So naturally, when I found out the deceased Michael Crichton (author of Jurassic Park and The Lost World) was having a recently found manuscript published, I harassed the publishers at Harper until they kindly sent me a copy. And let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed.

Dragon Teeth takes place in the late 1800s when the west was still wild. The story follows young William Johnson, a student at Yale, traveling to the west with a Yale paleontologist on a $1000 dare from his nemesis at school. The Yale paleontologist is named Othniel Marsh and is an extremely paranoid man who is convinced his own nemesis, Edward Cope, is following him west to steal his finds. When Marsh takes Johnson on the fossil expedition only to abandon him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Johnson is forced to find a way to stay out west for the summer or he will not only lose the $1000 bet, but also his pride. When he runs into Edward Cope, he makes the decision to travel with Cope’s group to hunt fossils in the dangerous outlaw and Indian covered land. Johnson hopes he can make it out of this trip unscathed but will he even make it out alive?

Dragon Teeth is 285 pages long and took me 5 days to read.

I absolutely loved this book and am giving it a 4 out of 5. While it did take me longer to finish this book than I normally would, I just really didn’t want it to end! Crichton’s writing has a way about it that fully immerses you into the world he’s created. I will absolutely be reading this book again and highly recommend anyone who likes adventure, dinosaurs or just plain old great writing!

Thanks again to Harper for sending me a copy of this book!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Book of Mirrors- E.O. Chirovici

I’ll make this quick, I’ve been on a book reading frenzy! Unfortunately, mostly just the reading part and not near enough of the reviewing. I promise I’ll catch you up to date with what I’m currently on but it’ll take a few posts.

The Book of Mirrors takes us into a maze of a story involving part of a novel being submitted to a publisher that stops short in a very interesting tale. When Peter receives the beginning of The Book of Mirrors he finds himself incredibly intrigued with the author’s (Richard Flynn) tale. Richard begins to tell the story of his first love twently plus years ago and their friendship with a man who ends up being murdered. Peter attempts to find Richard to read the rest of his story only to be told he had recently passed away. Peter beings to wonder what truly happened to Richard’s murdered friend and how he met his demise. So he hires John Keller to investigate what really happened and if Richard was the person to cause this horrible act.

The Book of Mirrors is 273 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 for its multiple character voices that bring so much depth to this quick novel. I really enjoyed reading this.

Thank you to Atria books for sending me this copy. I will absolutely be referring friends and family to read!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey 

The River at Night- Erica Ferencik

Aside from being in a hammock with a good book, on a river is my favorite place to be. When my fiance and I decided to get married in Glacier National Park in Montana, the first thing I wanted to make sure we do while we are there is go white water rafting. So since I’m wedding planning and thinking about our great big Montana adventure in September I finally picked up this book. Oh man. This book is nuts! Good thing it’s fiction or I’d reconsider going out into the wilderness!!!

Every year Wini and her three middle aged best friends Pia, Sandra and Rachel go on a girls trip to catch up and spend some quality time. Pia, the queen bee of their friend group, chooses to go on a white water rafting trip in Maine. The others are weary as they are not what you’d call outdoorsy but they follow along because they never miss their girls trip. Once they are on the river they find white water rafting may not only endanger their friendship but also their lives.

The River at Night is 292 pages long and took me three days to read.

I reallllllly enjoyed reading The River at Night. It was a fresh of breath air from my usual addiction to “missing girl” thrillers. I give this novel a 4 out of 5 for giving me some serious chills and making me reconsider my own wilderness adventures.

Thank you to Scout Press for sending me a copy of this great book!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Sharp Objects- Gillian Flynn

 

Gillian Flynn gives me the creeps. I should specify, her writing gives me the creeps. Most know her from writing the incredible Gone Girl but before that she wrote Sharp Objects.

Sharp Objects main character is Camille who has recently been released from a psych ward. On her first reporting assignment at her small time paper after her release is covering the murder of two young girls in her hometown. Naturally, shes not in the best place mentally to be working on a disturbing murder story, but being with her controlling mother while this takes place certainly doesn’t help her mental state. She prays she can keep it together long enough to make it out alive.

Sharp Objects reads at pages long and took me two days to read.

I give this novel a 4 out of 5 for it’s Gillian Flynn twist. She truly knows how to keep me turning the page.

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

I need your help! 


I’m in a real pickle! I’m currently in the process of reading four books and really having a difficult time getting through even one. I can’t decide if I should suck it up and try to get through one full force or if I should start a new book with the hopes of it sparking my interest?

What do you do when you’re in a reading rut? I need your advice!

Lacey 

The Woman In Cabin 10- Ruth Ware 

I’m a big fan of Ruth Ware. The stories she presents to the world are both imaginative and immediately suck you in which is why she has become a New York Times Bestselling author.

Right after having her apartment broken into while she was asleep, Lo Blacklock is scheduled to go on a cruise for her job writing for a travel magazine. This isn’t a normal cruise but a luxury cruise for the extremely wealthy. Naturally, she is still shaken up from her break in and is on edge when she arrives on the Aurora. The first night on board is semi successful but Lo feels she may have drank slightly too much in order to calm her nerves. In the middle of her first night she is awoken by a scream next door and a loud splash. When she voices her concern that she is certain a woman was thrown overboard she is met with criticism. She is told everyone on the Aurora but Lo knows what she heard. How can she prove to those on the boat what she believes without tarnishing her career?

The Woman In Cabin 10 is 340 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I’m giving this book a 3.5 out of 5 for Ruth Ware’s ability to make you anxious while also forcing you to press further into the story. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any mystery lovers!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey