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OPINION: reviews of the 5 books I read this month

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As someone who is an avid reader, I’m excited to tell you about my most recent reading adventures. I’ll be delving into five fascinating books that have caught my eye this month. This reading journey has something for everyone, from gripping thrillers to heartwarming romances. So, gather your favorite soft blanket, get yourself a cup of tea, and let’s discover the fascinating stories these outstanding books have to offer.

Icebreaker

You know how sometimes you can sense from the beginning whether or not a book will fit in with you? Here’s what happened. I turned to the first page and immediately found myself grinning and laughing. From then on, it simply kept going.

This book is about two young sportsmen. Anastasia has worked hard all her life to achieve her figure skating dreams. And when her partner is injured, she has no choice but to practice with Nathan, captain of the hockey team. But will their off-the-ice friction/chemistry help or hinder her dreams?

Nate and Anastasia’s romance is simply irresistible. From the moment they share the ice, their chemistry sizzles, making for a delightful read. The banter and situations are genuinely funny, adding to the overall charm of the story.

The portrayal of mental health and the importance of therapy is estimable, making this more than just a typical romcom. However, at times, the plot felt drawn out, and the abundance of explicit scenes may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Despite these minor flaws, ‘Icebreaker’ is a spicy romcom with substance, perfect for those craving a fun and steamy read.

I loved not only chemistry between main characters but also the fact that there was no miscommunication trope. The two main characters were so good at communicating and talking through their problems.

Lessons in chemistry

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I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book, but it was fantastic. Bonnie Garmus writes in a serious, humorous, and educational way. This well-written book explores the patriarchy and a woman who is merely attempting to make her mark as a scientist.

Each character is deep and well-developed, and they all behave according to their own personalities rather than as the story requires them to. That brings us to another advantageous point: the characters’ actions shape the plot rather than the characters being made for it. The attention to detail is equally noteworthy; items you overlook now prove to be crucial in the future.

With its many levels, this book covers a lot of ground. It’s delightful, perceptive, provocative, funny, poignant, sad, organized, and highly recommended. Garmus skillfully encapsulates the ethos of the time, serving as a motivational reminder of both the progress we’ve made and the route we still have to go.

The Housemaid’s Secret

The Housemaid’s Secret by Freida McFadden is a must-read psychological thriller that keeps you hooked from start to finish. As a fan of McFadden’s previous work The Housemaid, I was eagerly anticipating this sequel, and it did not disappoint.

I was thrilled to reunite with protagonist Millie and dive back into the gripping storyline. Set against the backdrop of New York City, McFadden’s vivid descriptions and authentic references to Queens and the NY Mets added depth to the story.

The seamless integration of references to the first book in the series added an extra layer of enjoyment for returning readers. McFadden’s storytelling prowess shines through with suspenseful twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end.

The Housemaid’s Secret is a fast-paced and addictive read that you won’t be able to put down. The second half of the book ramps up the tension, leading to a jaw-dropping conclusion that left me reeling.

Overall, I give The Housemaid’s Secret a perfect 5/5 rating. McFadden continues to solidify her reputation as a master of the psychological thriller genre, and I eagerly anticipate her future works.

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Seven Exes

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A delightful rom-com about a woman who decides to revisit each of her seven exes, convinced that one of them is “the one who got away.” With each ex-boyfriend she encounters, we’re taken on a journey filled with laughter, tears, and plenty of unexpected twists.

What I loved most about Seven Exes is how relatable the characters felt. Esther’s experiences with love and heartbreak are portrayed in a way that’s both honest and heartfelt, making it easy for readers to connect with her on a personal level.

From start to finish, Seven Exes captivated me with its entertaining narrative and rich character development. Vine’s writing style breathes life into the characters, making them feel like old friends. As a first-time reader of Vine’s work, I was impressed by her ability to craft relatable characters whose struggles mirror real-life experiences.

Through the protagonist’s journey, Vine delves into themes of love, relationships, and personal growth with effortless clarity. While the story revolves around romantic entanglements, it’s ultimately a tale of self-discovery and the importance of prioritizing one’s own happiness and friendships. Seven Exes offers a refreshing take on the traditional romance narrative, highlighting the significance of personal growth and self-fulfillment. Overall, this novel is a nice read even though it is a little predictable. This would also be a super fun mini series if they cast the correct actors!

The Maid

Nita Prose’s debut novel, The Maid, presents readers with an intriguing mystery set within the walls of the Regency Grand Hotel. When Molly Grey, a maid with a penchant for order and routine, stumbles upon the lifeless body of guest Mr. Black, the stage is set for a gripping whodunit.

Prose’s background as a book editor shines through in her impeccable storytelling, with every word carefully chosen and the pacing expertly crafted. I loved Molly’s style of writing, and the book moved at the perfect speed. The writing was captivating. The news that the story is being made into a movie excited me much.

The author’s skillful creation of a compact yet diverse cast of characters adds depth to the narrative without overwhelming the reader. Fans of novels like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime will appreciate Molly’s adherence to her own unique set of rules, which adds an intriguing layer to the story.

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Overall, The Maid is a delightful cozy mystery that will captivate readers from beginning to end. Prose’s ability to blend suspense, humor, and relatable characters makes this novel a must-read for fans of the genre.

Every book has had an impact on me, bringing me happiness and inspiration at different times. By sharing what I’m reading and my opinions on it, I hope to have sparked your interest and inspired you to use literature’s power to discover new worlds. Happy reading!

@uliana__12

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