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review 2015-03-29 00:22
Dismantled: A Novel - Jennifer McMahon

Another reviewer put it perfectly, I feel like I worked way too hard to get to the end.  It was painful and boring at times but I love the two other books I've read by McMahon so I felt obligated to see this one through.  While I was interested to see how she pulled it all together, I was fairly disappointed in the ending.  I also wasn't as invested in the ending as I usually am with her.  I wasn't excited when I realized I had been correct in my ending guess.  


In the interest of full disclosure, unlike on Booklikes, Amazon has tons of positive reviews for this book so don't necessarily turn down the book because of us reviewers here.  I would recommend you chose Promise Not To Tell or Island of Lost Girls both by McMahon instead.  If you do pick this book up, I recommend you take it out of the library.  

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review 2015-03-09 00:16
Incredibly Intriguing
Island of Lost Girls - Jennifer McMahon

I started and finished this book in a 24 hour period.  The plot is incredibly intriguing and little twists and turns lead you to an ending you weren't entirely expecting.  I thought I had it figured out so many times and in fact actually at one point or another had a couple pieces of it.  


I had a hard time deciding between 4.5 and 5 stars.  The characters are not overly likable.  The intriguing plot and mystery keeps you turning the page (rapidly) but you're not going to necessarily feel what the characters are feeling throughout the story or even in the end.   There also were a few too many coincidences that made the story just a little past crazy and into completely unrealistic.  It's a fun book for entertainment though so you really can't dock McMahon for that. Overall, 4.5 stars.


I recommend this book for anyone who has read other Jennifer McMahon novels, anyone who likes a mystery, and lovers of realistic fiction. 

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review 2015-02-21 22:33
Most Surprising "Unable to Put Down" Novel
Driving with the Top Down - Beth Harbison

I started this book because my mom bought it for me so I felt obligated to and after the prologue I was kinda thinking, "what the heck was she thinking buying this". Not long after though I couldn't put it down!  I was hoping for down time so I could flip it open and read even five more pages.  I was torn between wanting to see how it ends and never wanting the story to end.  It was the perfect catch 22 of reading. I am literally racing to the library to find another by Beth Harbinson.  I can't remember a time I was more impressed by a book.


I highly recommend this book to any girl (ages high school and older).

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review 2015-01-31 20:15
Keeps You Turning Every Page
What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty does a fabulous job of keeping you turning every page.  I thought I had the whole story figured out a few times only to be proven wrong.  I couldn't put the book down as I pieced together the story with the bits of information collected along the way.  I have lent this book to people ranging in age from 18-60 and all have enjoyed it greatly.  It's an intriguing concept.  I highly recommend it for any woman. 

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review 2015-01-31 01:35
Drags On and On
Sisterland - Curtis Sittenfeld

The concept of this book intrigued me so I was very eager to buy it and dive right in.  After I started though it couldn't keep my focus.  I frequently lost interest and put it down for days.  The book dragged on and on.  


In typical Curtis Sittenfeld fashion, I did not like the ending but it was on par with his standard endings.  I would not recommend this book to someone else.  

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