Mini Reviews Netgalley Edition

With my recent vacation, I have fallen a bit behind in posting reviews and wanted to take a chance to catch up on some of the books I’ve received from Netgalley in the past few months. Thank you to Netgalley and Publishers for allowing me to read and review these books! The Academie

The Académie by Susanne Dunlap
Rating: ♥ ♥

I was so excited for this book, a historical boarding school? In Paris? Yes please!!

In the end? I loved Dunap’s writing, it is simply amazing. And I would love to read more by her, but this book? It just wasn’t my thing. I didn’t find a connect with the characters, and one specific (Madeline) just got really uncomfortable for me. The ending didn’t jive well with me either – I was just left with a really awkward feeling, like I was standing on the outside of a social circle, hearing every word of the conversation but nothing I could do or say would include me.

I’d like to leave you with links to a few other reviews to help you make up your mind about reading this one: Good Books and Good WineBooks to the Sky, Hippies Beauty and Books Oh My!

 

The Key on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I read the synopsis and was sold – I’m a sucker for any book that takes place in my home-state of Nebraska. And historical fiction? Again, I’m sold! And boy was I right, this book was a great break from my normal reading as of late.

The Key on the Quilt is a truly original plot with strong Christian themes – definitely not for someone who isn’t looking for a religious type book. Jane Prescott is an ideal protagonist, and through Stephanie Grace Whitson’s writing, I truly felt what she was feeling. This book had me turning the pages, reading it in two evenings. (Which was great, because it was during a huge reading slump!)

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical reads – to my knowledge it’s pretty spot on. But just keep in mind, there are many Christian themes to this novel.

Gentlemen Prefer Nerds by Joan Kilby
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥
As a self-proclaimed Nerd, this title grabbed me the moment it flashed on my Netgalley screen. Maddie was an interesting protagonist, and I felt she had a lot in common with Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich) in that she was intelligent but clumsy and clueless. (And I definitely prefer her as a nerd!)

I get why she fell for Fabian, and I liked him as a male “hero”, but their relationship just never felt fully natural to me. Which was a bit of a disappointment. Either way? I really enjoyed Gentlemen Prefer Nerds, and I think Joan Kilby has a fantastic writing voice. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, quick, contemporary read!

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