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Death is in the Details by Heather Sunseri

Death is in the Details is an amazing start to a new series. Less than halfway through the book I had figured out who the culprit of the first fire was. It was super obvious. And so I knew that person couldn’t be the one responsible for all of them because I’ve read other books by Heather Sunseri and she’s never that obvious. I actually gasped when it became clear who the serial killer and arsonist was. They hadn’t been on my radar at all. That was super well done. The end was quite a jolt as well so now I can’t wait to read the second book! I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrillers.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 18
Pages Read in 2020: 4559
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Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher

Imagine the entire Mean Girls movie written out like a Shakespeare play complete with the language and rhythms you would expect from William Shakespeare. That’s Much Ado About Mean Girls. It’s utterly fabulous. It’s so funny and reads very quickly. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Shakespeare and enjoyed Mean Girls.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 16
Pages Read in 2020: 4155
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Pasta, Pinot & Murder by Jamie Lee Scott

There are a lot of spelling errors in Pasta, Pinot & Murder. The author went out of her way to include red herrings. So much out of her way that they were rather obvious. The resolution kind of came out of left field like she really, really wanted the murderer to not be obvious. The writing is decent enough. I don’t particularly recommend reading it, though. There are plenty of much better cozy mysteries out there waiting to be read.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 15
Pages Read in 2020: 3991
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Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Aven was born without arms and so she refers to herself as a cactus. Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus finds her at the beginning of high school where absolutely nothing seems to be going her way, some things her fault, some things not. She has to learn to trust herself and others and what family really means. For about the first half to two-thirds of the book I just couldn’t bring myself to care about Aven or any of the other characters. I found most of them insufferable. They were mostly just stereotypes. Aven was especially annoying and it’s never a good thing to be really annoyed by the narrator. The last few chapters were a lot better. Still a lot of stereotypes and caricatures, but better. Overall this was just a meh book. I’d only bother to read it if you loved the first book (which I did not read).

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 12
Pages Read in 2020: 3449
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The Hero Next Door

The Hero Next Door is a collection of short stories written by award-winning authors and aimed at middle grade readers. Each story includes a diverse group of people, focuses on at least one child, and has a hero doing every day things because something that seems simple to one person can be huge to another. I quite enjoyed most of the stories. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 11
Pages Read in 2020: 3141
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No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton

Aya is an 11-year-old dancer from Aleppo, Syria, forced to flee with her family due to the war. Making their way across the Mediterranean her father is presumed drowned and her mother’s mental health breaks leaving Aya basically in charge of her baby brother. In England they claim asylum and await the verdict of whether they can stay or if they must leave. Aya begins dance classes at a community center with a teacher who was herself a refugee during World War II. The book does a really good job of presenting the concepts of asylum seeker and refugee and what having to flee your home can do to you short and long term in a way that middle grade children – the age the book is aimed at – can understand. The story is told very effectively through both present day narration and flashbacks. It’s very well written. I recommend No Ballet Shoes in Syria to people of all ages.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 7
Pages Read in 2020: 2404
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The Shrigley Abduction by Abby Ashby and Audrey Jones

I’m not really sure why this book was even written. It’s true crime, but it’s the most boring true crime I have ever read. Basically, guy easily kidnaps girl from school with fake story. Guy fools girl into marrying him. Girl’s family gets made. Court case declares marriage annulled and another court case convicts guy of kidnapping. And that’s pretty much it. Barely any of the book is on the crime. Most of it is the minutiae of the people involved. So many people who really didn’t have to be mentioned or discussed. It just was not an enjoyable book, but rather was quite tedious for the most part. I don’t really recommend it unless you have some urgent need to learn about this particular criminal case.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 6
Pages Read in 2020: 2132
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