Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight ~ Fiction Book Review

17859082This book was on my kindle forever. There was no particular reason why I kept passing it up – it just never seemed like the ‘time’ to read it. Until now, that it, when the only books on my kindle are those that I keep passing over . . . and since I’m not allowed any new books until I finish the ones I already have, this book’s time finally came.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t able to figure out the ending, and some of what I thought I knew turned out to have some nice little plot twists.

All in all, I really enjoyed the book. It had a good sense of setting, well developed characters, and an underlying bit of sinisterness that made it hard to put down. I would definitely read another book by this author! 4.5 stars!

The Roses of May by Dot Hutchison ~ Fiction Book Review

36232011This book picks up shortly after where the previous book, The Butterfly Garden, ended. Same special agents, even a few of the same girls from the previous book, but this one has an entirely new main character, new mystery, and new killer.

I didn’t love this book as much as the previous one. I liked the character, enjoyed the mystery, and found myself repeatedly doubting my speculations as to who the killer was (always great when it’s not obvious). However, this one lacked the same spark of the other one. The clock wasn’t ticking as fast, the impending peril wasn’t as dark and pressing, and while the stakes were the same (life or death), they didn’t feel as breathlessly high.

It was, however, a fun read that kept me hooked, and I’ll definitely be reading the third and final instalment of “The Collector” trilogy, The Summer Children, as soon as it’s released. 4.5 stars!

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison ~ Fiction Book Review

The Butterfly Garden (The Collector Trilogy Book 1) by [Hutchison, Dot]Every once in a while a book comes along that makes you say, “Wow.” It stuns and amazes and leaves you slightly breathless. You find yourself thinking about it when it’s not in your hand, longing to finish the tales that’s drawn you in so completely. This was one of those books to me.

For once, I loved the main character – she was snarky, sarcastic and difficult – who wouldn’t? And while the subject matter was dark and twisted and horrid, there was enough levity to keep from getting that poisoned by the book you’re reading feeling. This author, in my opinion, is awesome!

So, while I get that everyone has their own tastes, different things that float their boats, to each their own, blah blah blah, I loved this book and will shout 5 stars from the tops of the mountains. If it isn’t for you, I probably won’t even register your dislike – I’ll be too busy reading the next book in the triology. That’s right!!!! There’s more!!! 5 stars!