Great Reads from March & April 2017

I forgot to write this post back in April, so I’m combining the last two months. This list includes the 4-star and 5-star books I reviewed in the last two months. Click on the book title to read my full review over on Opinionated Book Lover.

When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman

Evangelical poster child Addie Zierman wore three bracelets asking what Jesus would do. She also led two Bible studies and listened exclusively to Christian music. She was on fire for God and unaware that the flame was dwindling—until it burned out.

This memoir was such a fun trip down memory lane to my Christian high school days. I read the whole thing in one day.

4 Stars

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. When she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away. Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? 

This book is the ultimate dysfunctional family story. I loved it!

4 Stars

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

A dazzling debut novel—at once a charming romance and a moving coming-of-age story—about what happens when a fourteen-year old boy pretends to seduce a girl to steal a copy of Playboy but then discovers she is his computer-loving soulmate.

This adorable geek romance was so fantastic that I actually read it twice. Once alone and once with Jim. We both loved it.

4 Stars

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back–with no idea of where they’ve been.

Written in alternating perspectives (my favorite writing style), this story hooked me in right away. I needed to know what happened to these kids just as much as they needed to remember. Tara Altebrando’s writing was so addictive. I need to read her other books ASAP.

4 Stars

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

An unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

This book is more character-driven than TJR’s other books, but it still worked for me. Evelyn’s life and husbands make a fantastic tale, and of course there are many secrets. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

4 Stars

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up…in the palm of a giant metal hand. Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved.

The audiobook is amazing! The whole story is told in interviews and journal entries. It’s the mildest forms of science fiction. Kind of like The Martian or Dark Matter. I’m so glad I bought this on Audible because I’ll listen again.

4 Stars

What great books have you been reading lately?

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