Category: Review

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

September 15, 2017 Whitney Review 0 Comments

In Circling the Sun I was expecting more Meryl than Beryl. Perhaps this was due to the mention of Karen Blixen. Instead, I received a mix of Out of Africa and Seabiscuit. I thought the focus on Beryl’s love of horses was interesting and was glad that it did not deviate too far into her […]

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The Vatican Princess by  C.W. Gortner

The Vatican Princess by C.W. Gortner

August 26, 2017 Whitney Review 0 Comments

First Impressions: The Vatican Princess by C.W. Gortner is an intriguing narrative of the Borgias.  There is drama, backstabbing and poison all tied up in one neat package.  I was immediately entranced. What I Liked: The pacing of the novel was fantastic. I was on the edge of my seat waiting upon the next conniving […]

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

August 18, 2017 Whitney Review 4 Comments

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead held great promise. The novel had an interesting idea of the Underground Railroad being an actual railroad, unfortunately, that is where it ends. The Underground Railroad was an undeveloped idea that never turns from a cocoon into a butterfly. The characters were rather dull and, despite all they had […]

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The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

August 17, 2017 Whitney Review 0 Comments

Nicholas Sparks is a very formulaic author. He designs two star-crossed lovers living on opposite sides of the tracks and despite all odds come together. Even if I had not seen the movie before hand I could have seen where the story was going. Although, being predictable was not my biggest complaint with The Notebook. […]

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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

August 10, 2017 Whitney Review 2 Comments

I cannot believe Fates and Furie was Obama’s best book of 2015. Yes, this is a story of marriage but not a realistic one. The majority of the book focused on their sex-life, with Lotto and Mathilde coming off as sex-crazed teenagers and was more information than I needed. Fates and Furies is split into […]

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The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

July 31, 2017 Whitney Review 2 Comments

First Impressions: The Night Sisters is first perceived as a murder/police procedural novel; a genre I eat up — bring it on! Novel Impressions: I have mixed feelings about The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon. Like the The One I Left Behind this novel is told in flashbacks of Amy’s mother Rose and the events […]

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Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

July 28, 2017 Whitney Review 0 Comments

Plot: I liked the plot, the idea of a dragon overtaking a community was very interesting to me and held my attention throughout. Characters: I loved the characters, especially Vimes and Carrot. Carrot’s naiveté,  sense of taking things literally and by the book kept me smiling. As for Vimes, he was on the straight and narrow […]

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

April 25, 2017 Whitney Review 0 Comments

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman has a very interesting premise, a couple who run a lighthouse find a baby and raise it as their own. I was intrigued and looked forward to reading of the consequences this act would invoke. I enjoyed the sections of the book that described Tom and Isabel’s courtship. […]

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

April 21, 2017 Whitney Review 4 Comments

I typically don’t read young adult unless it is in the form of Harry Potter. However, a new-to-me young adult book usually gets me out of a reading slump and A Monster Calls was my pick up of choice. It is a depressing book, dealing with the impending death of a child’s mother, but “happy […]

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