Not Perfect: A Novel Review

Not Perfect: A Novel

By Elizabeth LaBan

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The premise was fascinating to me. A woman’s husband basically disappears on her. It isn’t until close to the end of the book that we found out under what circumstances he leaves. Meanwhile, she tries to survive by stealing or being “resourceful.” The main character, Tabitha, is relatable and this book has some amazing secondary characters. I loved, loved Nora who Tabitha meets in the most unexpected way. I loved Toby, who Tabitha meets while going to an alumni party for the free food. Her kids were sweet for all they had to deal with. Even an annoying character like Julie turned out to have redeeming qualities. 

This novel really kept my attention as I couldn’t wait to figure out where Stuart was and if he ever came back. It was fast-paced. I can relate to Tabitha’s feelings of guilt over certain situations and not being able to move past it. There are some good lessons to be learned from this novel. A very entertaining read.

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Izzy As Is Review

Izzy As Is

By Tracie Bannister

I was given this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. It was so much fun to read more about party-girl Izzy! Izzy has been living the high life as a model. She is horrified to learn that now that she’s hit 30, the jobs are drying up. When she sees a former model frenemy with a rich old man, she gets an idea. Her next “career” will be trophy wife to someone wealthy and she can continue the lifestyle she is accustomed to. She eventually finds the rich and handsome Eduardo, but as their relationship continues, Izzy realizes some flaws in her plan. 

Izzy is such a fun main character. Although I couldn’t always relate to her, it was fun to read about someone so different than myself. I really liked Izzy’s character growth and getting to read more about Pilar and Ford. This book kept me engaged the whole time and was fast-paced. I really enjoyed it! It was just fun!

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A Nest of Sparrows Review

 A Nest of Sparrows

By Deborah Raney

Genre: Christian fiction

5/5 chickadees singing! I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to. I thought it would be predictable, but instead, it was more realistic. 

Wade’s fiancée dies suddenly and he unofficially keeps her three kids living with him and tries to make single fatherhood work. Their biological father, who hasn’t seen the kids in years because their mother left due to domestic violence, comes back for them. Social services decides both dads need some help before either can parent so the children go into foster care. Point of view switches back and forth between the children’s aunt, Wade, and the social worker. 

This book made you feel so many emotions of the characters. I loved how realistic it was. I also loved that there was at least some redemption for the “villain(s).” It was a very engaging story with positive messages. A definite must-read for fans of Christian fiction.

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Review

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

By Robin Sloan

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Fantasy

3 out of 5 chickadees singing! I can see why so many people liked this book, but it has everything I’m not interested in. Lol. If I were a different person, I would have liked this book a lot more. Clay gets a job at Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hours bookstore. He notices that the back of the store has a bunch of books that seem to be written in a different language, or a code. Mysterious patrons come in showing membership cards to return books and get new ones. Other than that, the business doesn’t get many customers. Clay becomes more and more curious about the bookstore. When Mr. Penumbra disappears, Clay has to call on the help of his technology genius friends to find out what’s really going on.

This book was part fantasy and part sci fi with a lot of talk about Google, coding, software, etc. I like very few fantasy books, rarely read sci fi, and don’t work in technology. There were a lot of aspects of this story I wasn’t interested in and some of them that I couldn’t fully understand. I love bookstores and I love mysteries, so I did want to know what was really going on at the store. I liked the idea of combining the ideas of ancient mysteries with current technologies. The book definitely had a creative plot.

I would recommend this book if you are interested in fantasy and technology. I think this book would be perfect for you. I feel like others could take it or leave it.

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The Yellow Sock Review

The Yellow Sock: An Adoption Story

By Angela Hunt

Genre: Fiction, novella

This is a quick, sweet read. Megan and Dave have been trying to get pregnant for 22 months when they find out that they’re unable to have children. They decide they want to adopt and register with the state. Then, Megan gets an unexpected call from a missionary friend in South Korea. A baby has been placed on their doorstep and God put Megan’s name in his heart. Megan and Dave are so excited and they face many challenges as they try to bring their baby home.

I think Hunt did a good just of displaying Megan’s emotions as she wrestles with infertility, the unknown of adoption, and the many months of just waiting. I would’ve loved if this had been a full novel. Of course, because it was so short, it felt a bit rushed. Also, there were parts of it that didn’t seem realistic. Only $7,000 for an international adoption? Becoming approved for adoption in only 6 weeks? Still, it was a heartwarming read.

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