One of the many perks (at least to me) of being an author is having to read. Not only do I do it for research purposes, but I also do it to study the craft, but mostly, I do it for the love of it. So, if you’re looking for recommendations, check out my posts below!
Suspense/thrillers are my jam. I love reading them, including Megan Miranda’s, The Last Guest House. So when I heard the hype about her newest book, The Last To Vanish, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it (I just noticed how both her books are about the last of something!). But in my opinion, this wasn’t as good as her The Last Guest House.
Don’t get me wrong––it wasn’t a bad book. It just wasn’t as good. And as I find books that I can’t connect to or don’t love, I try to figure out what it is about that book that leads me to feel that way. Sometimes I can pinpoint it, other times, I can’t. For this book, it was the setting. I am not an outdoorsy kind of person, so I had a hard time “feeling” the book. The story takes place near a mountain many people travel to go hiking on. Mysteriously, people have disappeared while staying at an inn at the base of the mountain.
I liked the characters, it was just hard for me to get into the setting. Some suspense/thrillers are jam-packed with action. I found this one to be a bit slower. It was a lot of internal dialogue from the protagonist since it’s written from the first point of view. Also, I was a bit disappointed in the ending. It wasn’t what I’d hoped it to be.
Please remember that books are subjective. What one person loves, another may despise. The above statements are my opinion, so take them with a grain of salt. If you are a Megan Miranda fan, I suggest you try it and see if you feel differently, especially if you’re an outdoorsy sort.
Okay, so I’m about a week behind on my posts of what I’m reading. I finished this book last Sunday, and let me just say, this was a winner for me. I read it in three days. That’s right, three days.
All Your Perfects was just as good as It Ends With Us. That is two for two for me with Colleen Hoover’s books. I love her style of writing. I love her stories. I love her characters. I find myself rooting for both the protagonist and the “antagonist”. I use that term loosely because really, the opposing force does not feel like an antagonist. Hoover writes those characters in such a way that you find yourself torn about how you want the book to end.
Content warning, though, for this book––if you have suffered or suffer from infertility, this book may not be suitable for you. I did have infertility issues many years ago, which thankfully were resolved, but I could relate to Quinn so much so, that I felt like I was reliving those years.
Colleen captures infertility and all it does to you both physically and emotionally so well. By the time I neared the end of the book, I was crying. Not tiny little tears, but big ugly tears. My heart ached for Quinn and Graham and I wanted the happy ending. I’m not saying if there is or isn’t one. You’ll need to read this book to find out for yourself. It is a great read and I highly recommend it.