So this year I have read a few books that I had high hopes for and thought they were going to be great and a lot of people have really enjoyed them so it was probably more a me thing and maybe how I was feeling at the time they were read. So take this post with a grain of salt and check out the great reviews and decide on your own. 🙂
The Vanishing Stairs by Maureen Johnson – This is the second book in the Truly Devious trilogy and you have probably seen the third one on my most anticipated reads for 2020, and are wondering why would I be anticipating the next book if I was disappointed in this one. Well, I have high hopes for an awesome ending! This book wasn’t bad but it was kind of slow and I felt like I was reading Truly Devious again with just a change in who got murdered. It didn’t feel any different from the first one and that is more why I was disappointed with it. It did leave me with a cliffhanger that has me anticipating the last one. I want to know who Truly Devious was! It was a 3 star read but I wanted more from it.
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman – This book sounded so cool and I really wanted to love it but it just fell flat for me. I think the big thing that others might like more than me is it was a very atmospheric read and it’s not that I don’t like great atmosphere but I need some action to go along with it. I am sure by now most of you know I am not a huge fan of the slow burn type of book. I thought the premise for this book was good and I liked parts of it but it bored me more than entertained me and that is why it only got 2 stars and now I am debating if I want to try the second book or not. I do think if I do I will be waiting for the library edition and not try for an early copy.
The Girl in Red by Christina Henry – You know how when you love a book by an author (The Lost Boys 5 stars) and so you have really high hopes for the next one and then it just isn’t as good. That is what happened here. I was so excited for a Red Riding Hood retelling and the fact it’s kind of post apocalyptic was interesting as well. I was hoping for lots of wolf killing but all I feel I got was a tromp through the woods, a very boring tromp through the woods at that! You can only read so much traveling with nothing happening before you get bored. I was so not into it that by the time the more interesting stuff happened it just didn’t do it for me. I also wasn’t a fan of the ending and how open it was and my questions unanswered. I am still excited to try more from this author but I won’t let myself get overly excited. 🙂 This one got two stars.
The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz – So I have come to realize I can be a bit hit or miss with this author. I enjoyed The Siren and the Specter I read last year and The Dust Devils I read this year. This one was just so boring and I wasn’t a fan of the characters. I pretty much wanted them all to die! It wasn’t scary and I don’t think it was even very atmospheric, just bland. I actually don’t remember much from it. It has a sequel that Barb read and enjoyed but I just don’t know if I can make myself do it! I gave this one two stars but sometimes wonder if it should be less.
The Lonely Dead by April Henry – This is another hit or miss author as I sometimes think her YA mysteries are just to simple and a lot alike. There was nothing about this one that could make it stand out. It was about a girl who sees ghost and has to help one find out who killed her. Been done before an a lot better. Just not very memorable. 2 stars.
The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner – This was a middle grade book that really didn’t make a lot of sense as to why it was even written. I know that sounds bad and I am probably saying it all wrong but I kept thinking while listening to it what is the point of this book. That is pretty much all I remember about it making me think I should have lowered the star rating from 2 to 1.
The Face of Fear by Dean Koontz – It’s been a while since I have read this author and if I didn’t already know that I like some of his stuff this one might make me not want to try him again. It was just awful! He made the detective seem worse than Columbo who is often known as a bumbling detective! It made me cringe when the detective was in the room and I ated that. It was also a bit hard to believe that two people were trapped in a building with a only one killer and couldn’t get out without having to go out a window and “mountain climb” down the outside of the building. Even Koontz said it was bad! He wrote it under a different name when he was just starting out, so it’s a good think I know he can do better! One star.
In the Valley of the Sun by Andy Davidson – This one sounded so cool and I love a good vampire book especially in the horror genre but this was awful! Barb and I buddy read this and I wasn’t sure if either one of us was going to be able to finish it but we did! It was so close to a DNF but we both pushed through. It was so boring and probably the worse vampire book I have ever read. One star.
Not often does a whole series make it on my list but I need to mention this series as it’s from a favorite author which is why it disappoints me so much.
The Wine Trail Mysteries by J. C. Eaton – It just didn’t live up to the Sophie Kimball mysteries that I was really bummed. It was about Norrie who takes over for her sister and her husband at their winery and it was okay and had good mysteries but it lacked something that just didn’t click with me like the other series. It wasn’t as funny or cute. It’s my fault for thinking it would be just as great as the other series. Overall the series gets a 3.5.