My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithewaite

my sister, the serial killer

“Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”

Rating
4.5/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Women’s

Goodreads Summary

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead.

Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works, is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they’re perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it.

Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that’s as fun as it is frightening.

Review

This book sparked my interest from the second I saw the cover a couple of months ago. The title is enticing and really piqued my interest. I got on the wait list at my library for it long before it came out in hopes that I’d be first. Good news, I was!

My Sister, the Serial Killer is so different from most books I’ve read. I honestly wasn’t even quite sure how to classify the genre. It’s suspenseful but not scary. And there is a whole lot more to it than just the suspense factor. Korede and her sister, Ayoola, have a fascinating relationship that will keep you reading until you figure it out. With short chapters and a quick 223 pages total, don’t be surprised if you finish this book in a day. The best word I can think of to describe this book is unique; it is kind of in a category of its own. As this author’s debut novel, I must say I am truly impressed by her writing skills and thoroughly look forward to her releasing more books in the future!

Pick this one up ASAP!

Author Oyinkan Braithewaite’s website

Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

class mom

“I sigh as I take a sip of cooking wine, so named because it’s the wine I drink while I’m cooking.”

Rating
4/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Humor

Goodreads Summary

Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom–or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it’s her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max–this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the-wisest-candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

From recording parents’ response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of-special-brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen’s methods win approval from the other moms. Throw in an old flame from Jen’s past, a hyper-sensitive -allergy mom,-a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.

Review

This book was just so fun! I was really in the mood for a light, easy read, and this was the perfect remedy. Class Mom is impeccably witty and laugh out hysterical! The dialogue of the parents in this book shows just how ruthless people can be, especially when it comes to their children. You will laugh, you will cringe, and then you will probably laugh some more. Just because I’ve classified this book as light and easy does not make it a PG read. Be aware that there is some definite inappropriate content and language. However, I didn’t consider it to be especially over the top, at least not with what is considered the norm nowadays. While I did thoroughly enjoy this book, the ending was a bit over the top for me. Who knows, I’m probably the only one who felt that way! Regardless, I highly recommend you pick up this book sometime soon. Also, be on the lookout for a sequel expected in July 2019. I’m looking forward to it!

Author Laurie Gelman’s website

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

“I wonder what it’s like to have that much power over a boy. I don’t think I’d want it; it’s a lot of responsibility to hold a person’s heart in your hands.”

Rating
4/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Young Adult

Goodreads Summary

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Review

If you’re a part of #bookstagram, or the book community at all, there is a good chance you’ve heard about these books numerous times. After a Netflix original of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was released in August this year, the craze really took over! I could hardly go on social media without seeing something about Peter Kavinsky!

Well, I finally jumped on the bandwagon, and it turns out that the craze is justified! I read the three books in this series over the span of a week while on a cruise in the Caribbean.  They were such a perfect vacation read—light, fun, and easy!

Lara Jean is such a delightfully refreshing and likable character. The story of her high school experience brought me right back to my own days in high school. Those times when nothing else mattered except your friends and that guy you were crushing on. Everything seemed like the end of the world, even though it was far from being the truth.

These books are full of different relationship dynamics that are super relatable. The relationship between sisters, dad/daughter, boyfriend/girlfriend, and more. One thing I love about this series is that where one book leaves off, the other picks up. I was so excited to continue following Lara Jean’s journey as she begins her senior year (P.S. I Still Love You) and then as she graduates from high school (Always and Forever, Lara Jean).

Now if you’re going into these books with the expectation that they are going to be deep, meaningful and mature, you will likely be sorely disappointed. However, if you can go in knowing that this is a fun series aimed at young adults, I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how you fly through the pages and want to keep reading.

Additionally, I watched the Netflix movie after finishing all three books and found it to be quite sweet and well done. As with most movies, a good amount of content had to be squished into a small time frame, which left me wishing it would have gone more in depth. I do think they did a great job with casting! I mean, did you see how adorable Peter Kavinsky is?! But I enjoyed the books so much more because of how much better I was able to get to know the characters and their stories.

I would highly recommend both the movie and the books!

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

nine perfect strangers

“Women and their bodies! The most abusive and toxic of relationships.”

Rating
4/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Contemporary

Goodreads Summary

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out…

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer – or should she run while she still can?

It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.

Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.

 

Review
I am such a huge fan of Liane Moriarty’s books and have been anxiously awaiting this title since I first heard about it earlier this year. Moriarty has a way of telling such an elaborate, detailed story with just the right amount of suspense. Nine Perfect Strangers did not disappoint! She did a great job of introducing and giving each character memorable stories and traits. Sometimes I get a bit confused when there are a lot of characters in a book but, due to the great character development, it wasn’t a problem for me. I loved the unpredictability of this story. It flowed well but kept me wondering where it was going. This book is generally considered contemporary fiction, a genre that I enjoy. But I love that Liane usually adds an element of suspense into her novels. I find that it makes them all the more captivating. Lastly, as the Epilogue Queen—yes, I did just give myself that title—I was extremely pleased with how nicely the story wrapped up. A good epilogue is the perfect finish to a book for me! So, whether you’ve read all of Moriarty’s books or have never picked one up, I suggest you jump on the bandwagon and read this book that will surely be the talk of the rest of 2018!

Thank you to Flatiron Books and MacMillan Publishers for my Advanced Reader Copy.