August 12, 2020

Lit Tidbits: Pithy Picks IV

Even though my focus disappeared during the pandemic, I still managed to read a few books...or 12. 😏 Check out my pithy reviews below.

Title: A Bad Day for Sunshine
Author: Darynda Jones
Published: April 2020
Pithy Review: Is it ever a bad day of sunshine? And what a beautiful unique name for an author. This is why I chose to read this sunny bright book without a clue as to what it's about. I was pleased to see that it is the first book of a new series. There's a new sheriff in town that is a mix between Stephanie Plum and Kinsey Millhone. Her hands are full with finding a missing teen, a kidnapped rooster named Puff Daddy and a pesky flasher. What a hoot!
Quote Grab"Not all Mondays fall on a Monday." ~ 83%
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Forever, Interrupted
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published: July 2013
Pithy Review: Elsie and Ben fall in love within weeks. In just a few short months, they elope. Only nine days later, Ben is hit by a driver and killed on impact. Elsie heads straight to the hospital and meets Susan, the mother-in-law she never met and who doesn't even know Elsie exists. Awkward, yet the strangers are forever bonded and start the process of healing. 
Quote Grab"Consumed with dread." ~ 19% 
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Nutshell
Author: Ian McEwan
Published: September 2016
Pithy Review: By far, thee most creative book I've read this year! A story of murder and deceit told from an unlikely, beyond clever point of view. I won't spoil it but wow!
Quote Grab"Perdition. A poet's word." ~ pg. 72 
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Shades of Lovers
Author: Catarine Hancock
Published: April 2019
Pithy Review: A heartfelt collection of poetry navigating the delights and sorrows of love. I am not a fan of poetry but words packaged in a novel in the form of prose can sometimes get my attention. I'm glad I gave it a chance. Give your own love stories a moment of remembrance. 
Quote Grab"I will always be more than my pain." ~ 36%
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Blindside
Author: James Patterson
Published: January 2020
Pithy Review: At least I managed to stay current on my Keeping Up with Patterson reading challenge! In this 12th installment of the Detective Michael Bennett series, the mayor's daughter is missing and the Detective's son is in prison. The two strike a deal. The investigation leads him into a triangle with NYPD, FBI and a dangerous criminal organization but, of course, he makes it out alive, well and back home to his ten kids. Just one father helping out another in a story that failed to thrill.
Quote Grab"Shock did crazy things." ~ pg. 247 
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️

Title: Wall of Silence
Author: Tracy Buchanan
Published: April 2020
Pithy Review: A mom in the suburbs returns home to her perfect family and sees the unimaginable. Her husband lies dead on the floor, bloody with stab wounds. And her loving children? Standing calmly around him. It seems one of them is to blame.
Quote Grab"I thought Dad's blood would smell of him, that soft citrus scent I've known all my life. But all I can smell on my hands are bitter pennies." ~ 1% 
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: A Thin Line
Author: DL White
Published: March 2020
Pithy Review: You know the typical main characters in a romance novel: fire and ice, oil and water, etc. But DL White created sexy characters in Angie and Preston. Their courtroom banter, the sexual tension, the mysterious history between them kept me flipping those ePages. It is a thin line between love and hate...and I sure enjoyed reading about theirs. 
Quote Grab"Confidence, love, satisfaction. If someone took a photo of me today, I don't think there would be any hint of that in my life." ~ 31%
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: The Perfect Secret
Author: Steena Holmes
Published: May 2020
Pithy Review: I really hate reading books with overused titles. It gives me the impression that the author just said, "I'mma just name this what fittylem other authors titled their books as." No effort it seems. But Steena Holmes put the creativity into the story, which I can appreciate. Starla Bishop is fresh out of jail and promises her mom she will stay on the straight and narrow. Then bodies start turning up in the gardens of her employer, which just so happens to be a landscaping business. Of course she is the prime suspect.
Quote Grab"Read the body." ~ 16%
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: A Good Luck F*ck
Author: Nicole Falls
Published: March 2020
Pithy Review: I am not one for holiday novellas, but the title, cover and author I could not resist. No need for a synopsis as you can guess the content. It is a cute, quick and current read. 
Quote Grab: "And the more this 'social distancing' is being encouraged day over day until this fuckass government decides to actually do something to help the general public?" ~ 19%
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: A Candy Coated Lie
Author: Jill Brock
Published: April 2019
Pithy Review: I'll be honest. I totally forgot about this series until I overheard the name Maggie in a conversation. Then I thought, what ever happened to Maggie and Odessa mysteries? It's been a good 6 or 7 years since I read the last installment. Welp, I should have left well enough alone. In book #5, Odessa is planning her wedding and trying to find out why a dead woman called her fiancé. Girl, just ask him! 
Quote Grab"The vinegar to my baking soda." ~ 4%
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️

 The House of Kennedy
Author: James Patterson
Published: April 2020
Pithy Review: What was this? Really, JP? An opportunity to retell a real life mystery and this is what we get?! It so missed the mark. It was boring and read more like a history lesson rather than fact retelling of the Kennedy dynasty. This book should have been so much more!
Quote Grabn/a - I didn't even bother.
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️

Title: Five Feet Apart
Author: Rachael Lippincott
Published: November 2018
Pithy Review: I am going to sit on my hands and not type that this novel reminds me of those other young-adults-with-chronic-illness-fall-in-love-and-one-dies-who-is-cutting-onions-and-why-is-my-face-wet books.
Quote Grab"If this is all we get, take it!" ~ 85%
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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