Book Review – The Next Quenn of Heaven by Gregory Maguire

The Next Queen of HeavenThe Next Queen of Heaven by Gregory Maguire

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This story never grabbed my attention and I barely finished the book. I expected this book to impress me – I love many of Maguire’s other works – but this was a disappointment. I couldn’t follow the multiple story lines and found many loose ends. I found myself struggling to finish this and sitting here 12 hours later, I’m confused and wondering why I even picked this book up to read.

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Book Review – On the Noodle Road by Jen Lin-Liu

On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and PastaOn the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta by Jen Lin-Liu

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really wanted to give this book a higher rating because it combined my love of history and love of food but I couldn’t get past the author. She came across as a “woe is me” writer who spent a good portion of the book questioning her relationship with her husband and complaining about how she was suppose to balance her life as a traveling food author, food school owner with her marriage.

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Book Review – The Pricesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes

The Princesses of IowaThe Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book. Being born in the Midwest and currently living in Iowa – I really, really wanted to like this book.

But in the end, I can’t give it more than two stars. I couldn’t handle the main character – let’s be honest – I couldn’t stand any of the characters. They were completely unlikable. I didn’t understand or sympathize with any of them.

The only reason I’m giving it two stars is because I did enjoy the authors writing.

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Book Review – Mother, Mother by Koren Zalickas

Mother, MotherMother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A story about a narcissist mother and an absentee father that leaves your mind reeling. The psychological aspect of this story leaves you questioning the sanity of the world around you.

It did get a little lengthy and there was some omission of action (most of the story is in summary of things that happened). But I enjoyed it and was very creeped out by it.

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