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review 2017-04-21 18:39
THE PERFECT STRANGER Review
The Perfect Stranger: A Novel - Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda's debut novel, All the Missing Girls, was a smash hit last year and put her name on the map. Seriously, is there anyone who book blogs and isn't aware of this woman? I'd think not.

 

I somehow never got around to reading that book, though I do have it on my shelf. Instead, my first Miranda novel is her second outing, The Perfect Stranger. This one focuses on former reporter-turned-teacher Leah, who has recently moved in with an old college roommate and taken a teaching job in western Pennsylvania. One day, her roommate (Emmy Grey is her name) disappears . . . and it's almost as if she never existed at all. While that is going on, there is another mystery unfolding: a couple of people are found murdered in a nearby lake, and Leah seems to be the nucleus of all these strange happenings.

 

Truth be told, this novel's synopsis in any form is more exciting than the story itself. This one just plods, never finding its legs. The narrative has as much energy as I do after sixty minutes on the elliptical at the gym. Leah is a decent character, though, and I like that Miranda made her a teacher. I just like reading about that occupation; it's fun, for me. It doesn't particular serve or hurt the story in any way.

 

The Perfect Stranger just feels too safe. You can sense the author wanting to say more, do more; this story wants to be more, but it falls woefully short. It says nothing of import and leaves the reader sorely disappointed. I guessed the 'twist' (if it can be called that) at approximately the 5% mark. Oops. I haven't felt this let down by a novel since reading Ruth Ware's latest. Ugh.

 

I plan to read this author's debut novel at some point, simply because I always give writers two chances to impress (or disappoint) me. But that won't happen any time soon.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for the ARC (which I am just now getting around to reading and reviewing - sorry!), which was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-04-20 21:24
Hard Wired - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell

I loved this book so much.

 

This series has been perfection so far. I fell in love with this writing duo with book one and by book three, I know I want them to co-write books forever. I'll take anything they give us and beg for more if I have to.

 

There were times I was a little frustrated and times I was pissed as hell (I'm looking at one character when I say that) and those emotions just made this more enjoyable.

 

Jesse and Ian were cute together and sweet and made me feel all mushy inside. It was nice to see them get it together with their relationship. But I also liked that it took effort and compromise and love. It wasn't all fixed after they had sex and love didn't fix anyone. But there was growth and development.

 

And Ian. Ian was... I related to him in so many ways and I felt his struggles. It was so nice to read a character I could see a bit of myself in and is one of the reasons I love this book as much as I did.

 

Now I'm going to wait impatiently patiently for the next book. 

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text 2017-04-20 18:22
Reading progress update: I've read 62%.
The Perfect Stranger: A Novel - Megan Miranda

Still not sure if I like this one or not... 

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review 2017-04-14 13:06
Growing pains
Make it Count - Megan Erickson

Alec does not want to find his best friend's girl attractive.  Lately it has been so much more.  Now, they share a secret.  Will it help or hurt the already tense situation?

 

Katia AKA Kat knows her time is almost up with her boyfriend.  She only keeps men around to avoid getting lonely.  Alec offers more, even dreams of a future.  If she can be brave maybe the future is already here.

 

Started off slow, but then got going so well I was not sure how to react.  This story is what most would call a slow burn.  I love the heat, heart, and humor.  These characters are some I would love to see again.  Loved how such a tense subject was handled.  I cannot wait to read more in the Bowler University series!  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-04-08 01:13
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything - Linda D. Williams,Megan Lloyd

This book is about a little little old lady who wasn't afraid our anything. She went for a walk in the wood and gets followed by moving clothes and a  jack-o'-lantern head. She becomes friends with them and has them become a scarecrow in her garden.

 

This would be a good book to use during the fall. It could also be used to be read to a child who has a fear of something.

 

This book's lexile level is AD710L

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