Mislaid: A Novel by Nell Zink

Mislaid: A NovelMislaid: A Novel by Nell Zink
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I won this book through Goodreads First Reads.

I really wanted to like this book but in the end I found myself not really caring what would happen. Peggy is really the most unlikable lead character I’ve come across in a while. The book starts off basically with Peggy declaring she’s a lesbian then starting college only to sleep with a male teacher and end up pregnant. Lee marries her to do the honorable thing which to me is the least honorable thing to do when he does nothing but cheat on her for the 10 years they do spend together.

Peggy finally has enough and leaves the joke of a marriage behind but she also leaves behind her son and only takes her young daughter with her. Instead of getting a divorce and making something of herself she ends up getting false identities for herself and her daughter and hiding. Then of course the only logical step from there instead of doing something as obvious as getting a job or going back to school is to end up in business with a drug dealer.

There are a few funny moments throughout the book but I spent too much time just shaking my head at the choices and actions of all the characters to rate this any higher than maybe a 2.5.

If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison

If I Could Turn Back TimeIf I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I won this book from Goodreads First Reads.

If I Could Turn Back Time is about Ramie Phillips who on the brink of her 38th birthday begins to question her choices in life at a gathering with friends. She end up hitting her head in an accident and waking up in her 18 year old body just before the end of her senior year in high school. Typical of these types of stories Ramie questions everything she did and what she should change from the past.

Overall I rather enjoyed the book. This is not a new concept by any means but it’s one that I love to read/watch so I was excited to win this book to review. My one problem that dropped my rating was there were a few things that didn’t match up in the story. Without giving too much story away I’ll mention one instance, Ramie states what college she attended early on but then later it changed. Maybe these were supposed to be small changes from what she was affecting but I didn’t get that from the book. Enjoyed the rest of the story though and it was a rather fun read which I thought it would be. I’ll have to check out more of Beth Harbison’s work in the future.

The New Wild by Holly Brasher

The New WildThe New Wild by Holly Brasher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The New Wild starts off with the female lead Jackie finishing up her summer at a camp across the country from her home in Oregon. She’s attended the summer camp all through her teen years and is close with a couple other girls there. When a new camper arrives the girls of course want to get to know the good looking new boy at camp but Xander turns out to be a real jerk to them.

When the teens go off on their overnight hike, the girls to one area and the boys to another, Mother Nature starts her fire and purges the Earth burning up nearly everything man-made. Jackie is the only female survivor and runs into a older woman who survived in her cabin who explains what she thinks has happened and that Mother Nature is involved. She teaches Jackie to survive to try to make the trek west to Oregon.

When Jackie starts off on her journey she comes across Xander finding he’s also survived the fire. The two still share some animosity but don’t want to try to journey west alone so they team up to find if their families survived.

This book starts off with Jackie and Xander both being a little on the bratty side for supposedly 17 year olds which made them feel a bit younger but after the story got going I actually rather enjoyed the author’s “New Wild”. The things that the come across and their journey was rather fun to read about and imagine.

Jackie and Xander seemed to do a lot of growing up together and it worked nicely. A lovely blend of fantasy in a real world setting. The writing and story is a bit on the simple side but it made for a fun, quick read that I rather enjoyed.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Future of Sex (The Future of Sex) by Lexi Maxxwell

The Future of Sex (The Future of Sex, #1)The Future of Sex by Lexi Maxxwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Future of Sex takes place in the year 2063 where corporations deal in the advancement of technology for sex and is very mainstream. Chloe Shaw has applied for an elite position in the O corp, she seems to have a gift for knowing what a client would want. The story switches back and forth from Chloe in her interviews and tryouts for the positions to the O corp execs discussing Chloe.

While this book is incredibly short it did an amazing job with the world building. While sex is featured more and more in the media in today’s world this possible future is very believable in the story and has enough advance technology to make it seem years away. While there is a good deal of sex described in the book the story is actually very intriguing and would pick up the next in the series for sure.

What Lies Within by James Morris

What Lies WithinWhat Lies Within by James Morris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

What Lies Within is a thriller featuring Shelley Marano, a normal 17 year old who is finishing up high school and looking forward to college but suddenly has her world turned upside down when she receives a text saying she is going to die. The text was sent by another 17 year old claiming to be her long lost brother that tells her she was adopted and in danger. Having her world turned upside down Shelley keeps asking the question “Who am I?” and gets herself caught up in a dangerous adventure to find out who she is and where she came from.

Starting off this book I started to think I really wasn’t going to like it. The prologue was exciting but to be honest once the story started I found Shelley was getting on my nerves with some of her choices and manic behavior but once the story got going I completely got hooked. There’s a lot of action and suspense throughout the book. Sure, Shelley probably shouldn’t be returning a text that says she’s going to die but it got the story going. Couldn’t help but end up rooting for her to find out what was going on.

By the end of the book I was completely hooked and ended up disappointed it ended. Would love to see the author expand on what happens next and even touch upon some things that were left up in the air in this one.

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