Latest NetGalley Reads

I received these books from NetGalley for review purposes.

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel My initial review said, "Ew. I'll give a more thoughtful review later. All I have is 'ew' right now." I stand by it! I didn't really know what I was getting into from the blurb when I dove into this book. It's unsettling, but written so well that even though I was disturbed, I stayed engaged. I can't say it was exactly enjoyable though? I don't know. This is a hard one to describe. ★★★

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti It seems like everyone really loved this book, but I could not get into it. Maybe my expectations were too high. I stopped reading 25% of the way through because at 480 pages, I didn't feel like investing anymore of my time on characters that didn't interest me. ★

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel This short, heavy story about two boys and their father after a bitter divorce and custody battle stuck with me for a few days. It was fast paced and because it was narrated by a 12-year old boy, it lacked some clarity, but that also made it more emotional for me. I could have done without the time jumps, because the transitions weren't very clear, but overall I really liked it. ★★★★

Marlena by Julie Buntin Quick read, with great writing that kept my interest from start to finish. I'm sort of over stories that glorify the dark, reckless, selfish, intense, tragic side of a BFF pair, but this one worked for me. However, I wish the timeline was neater and I wanted a little more from the ending. ★★★★


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I wanted more from Marlena too.

Loved the first two though!

jenn said...

hawley's nearly five hundred pages? PASS.