Mini Reviews of Recent Reads

Above by Isla Morley
Blythe is kidnapped by a cuckoo survivalist, eeek! The first half of this was incredibly suspenseful. The second half was completely unexpected. I have to admit to being a bit disappointed. That doesn’t stop me from recommending this tension filled thriller.

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
This was a great piece of historical fiction based on the true story of the notorious Jenny Bonnett. Frog Music is fulled with interesting characters. Young Jenny was surrounded by disreputable folks…and they are the most fun to read about. It seems that  Emma Donoghue can do no wrong. I loved Room. I loved Astray. One of the things I learned from reading Frog Music is that I really need to read the entirety of her backlist.  

The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh
Lovely and atmospheric, The Moon Sisters would be a great read for anyone who has a sibling that drives them a little mad. Be forewarned that there are some tough issues in this book. The beautiful sentences Therese Walsh has crafted makes it worth the pain.
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
Have you ever read a book that you were sure was written expressly for you? That’s how I felt as I read Shotgun Lovesongs. It’s set in a town just a hop, skip, and jump away from me. It’s peopled with characters that are as familiar to me as my next door neighbors . I’d like to invite Nickolas Butler out for a beer. I think we’d have a great time. Yay Wisconsin!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know!

36 thoughts on “Mini Reviews of Recent Reads

  1. Here's a question: Why is it called Frog Music? Such an odd title. What's the story behind it?Also, Above looks interesting. Is it a non-spolier-y question to ask what about it was disappointing? Was it the ending or the pacing or did it just sort of fizzle out? Might make it easier to decide if it is something I can deal with lol

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  2. I'm glad you mentioned Astray. I REALLY want to read that book, and I kind of forgot about it once its \”moment\” in the blogosphere was over. Need to go to the 'brary and snatch that one up.

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  3. The main character collects frogs for local French restaurants 🙂 The name is still a little weird, but I dig it. The answer could be a bit spoilery. The second half isn't at all what a reader would expect. That doesn't make it disappointing I guess. It just kinda fell flat at that point. How's that for a non-answer? LOL

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  4. I could have sworn I commented on this already. I must have read it in Feedly and then forgotten to click through. Anyhow, I have Moon Sisters sitting on my shelf waiting to be read, and Shannon and Ciska both made me want to read Shotgun Lovesongs… so many books, gah!!!

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  5. Now I definitely need to read Frog Music by Emma Donoghue (I can't decide which cover I like better… This one or the Harper Collins cover) and The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh! Thank you! Some very good books released this year, don't you think? I think my TBR list in Goodreads will reach the 2000+ mark this year.

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  6. Frog music is on my list already (I've just read Leah's review and she is also very enthusiastic), and I didn't know The moon sisters, but I think I'll also put it on the list 🙂

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  7. I am on the wait list for Frog Music. I did not like Room (At all) but I want to give her another shot. I have Shotgun Lovesongs because another blogger sent me her extra copy! I can't wait to read it.

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  8. It sounds like you've had a lot of luck with books lately – these all sound great. I'm keen to read Frog Music – I've read two of Donoghue's previous works (Room and The Sealed Letter) but just love her writing so much I want to collect all her novels! Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jen. 🙂Bits & Bobs

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  9. Interesting take on Above. . . I grabbed a copy of the book at ALA, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Also, dying to get my hands on Frog Music. I loooooved Room but haven't picked up Astray yet.

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  10. I absolutely LOVED \”Frog Music\”! I was surprised to find out that a number of my friends really didn't like it. I think it seemed too different from \”Room\”–and that is such a completely different book. \”Frog Music\” reminded me more of O'Donoghue's \”Slammerkin\”–which was a good read, but is really dark and depressing. (Leila from Readers' Oasis)

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