Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton ~ Fiction Book Review

9783200What are these British authors doing to me?!?! I’m trying not to find any more series to get wrapped up in, but the Brits just keep drawing me in! This book was fast paced and gritty, with deeply damaged characters and scenes so dark and vivid they could give you nightmares.

Author S.J. Bolton is almost as brutal as Mo Hayder. Add in an intricate plot, a fresh take on an old theory, and a heavy dose of pain and anguish on every page, and this one’s a winner. This is the first novel in the Lacey Flint series, and I’m already hooked! I need someone else to read this so we can talk about it!!! 5 stars!

Summit Lake by Charlie Donlea ~ Fiction Book Review

25489185This is a by-the-book-mystery, which I feel like I come across very rarely lately. As a mystery lover, this book didn’t appeal to me just because it stuck to the formula as much as all aspects of the formula were done right. I did see through the red herring that led to the final plot twist, but Donlea had created so much tension and suspense that when the action ramped up at the end, I couldn’t put the book down.

As far as mysteries go, it wasn’t spectacular, but it was solid. The writing, character, tone and pacing melded together to make this a book I’d recommend, and this is an author I’d read again. A very nicely done mystery. 4.5 stars!

Hallucinations and Psychology: What Happens When You Read?

This is fascinating! Big thanks to Kristen Twardowski for posting this!

Kristen Twardowski

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I’ve talked a bit about the health benefits of writing, but what does reading do to the human body? Luckily the fine folks at the University of Virginia Library have put together an infographic on just that topic.

During the first stages of reading, the tactile senses are engaged, and people enjoy things like that book smell. Then people begin to experience auditory and visual hallucinations. Readers become entwined with the book’s narrative. Though some of the stages listed by the folks at UVA are a bit tongue-in-cheek, the graphic presents an optimistic overview of how people’s bodies and minds respond to reading.

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Image Attribution: University of Virginia Library, “What Happens One Hour (and More) after Opening a Book,” Accessed 31 January 2017, https://i1.wp.com/news.library.virginia.edu/files/2015/09/WHAOAB.jpg?ssl=1

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Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica ~ #Fiction #Book #Review

25855515Well, you can’t love them all. I heard a lot of hype about this author and decided to check her out. The book was well written, suspenseful, and kept me reading. That said, something about it really pissed me off, crawling under my skin and itching like a rash I couldn’t get to.

All the women in the story struck me as exceptionally weak, and not because of  circumstances or illness. It felt like they were written by a sexist man. (Not trying to offend anyone, plenty of men write superb women characters, but these women seemed liked stereotypes created by a member of the He-man woman haters club.)

I’m not ruling out Kubica’s other books, there’s more good than bad, but this book just wasn’t for me. 4 stars.