Fitness Junkie

Fitness JunkieFitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun and funny, Janey Sweet is thrown into the plight of the temporarily unemployed by her unfeeling business partner – is this even allowed? – for being overweight and nibbling a “bruffin” (brioche muffin/sounds delish) while representing their bridal wear company on camera during a fashion show.
Janey does some soul searching as well as fitness class searching while contemplating what she wants to do with her life.
Will she comply with Beau’s wishes and her actual contract stipulations and lose 30 pounds in three months?
Does she even want to continue to work with Beau, who is mean and controlling and weighs his food at restaurants.
Lots of name and fashion dropping in this book.
Lots of poking fun at outrageous food and fitness fads, too.

Young Jane Young

Young Jane YoungYoung Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you, NetGalley, for this ARC in return for an honest review.
Young Jane Young is a hit for Gabrielle Zevin from start to finish.
Jane’s story is a tough one, after her affair with a handsome, popular, married congressman is exposed and made public. Worse, Jane, really Aviva, kept a blog of the affair. Life went on for the congressman, forgiven by the press and his wife. Aviva found life again only by a legal name change and by fleeing her home town while pregnant.
Zevin tells Jane’s story with humor, tenderness and through the honest wide eyes of young Ruby, Jane’s daughter, whose first word was hilariously, “canapé.”

The Trespasser

The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad, #6)The Trespasser by Tana French

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely love the well-developed glimpses we get into what’s going on inside Antoinette Conway’s thoughts. Like this description of the Murder Squad room, by our author, through Conway’s eyes: “Murder works out of the grounds of the Dublin Castle, smack in the heart of town, but our building is tucked away a few corners from the fancy stuff the tourists come to see, and our walls are thick; even the early morning traffic out on Dame Street only makes it through to us as a soft undemanding hum. The jumbles of paperwork and photos and scribbled notes left on people’s desks look like they’re charging up, thrumming with action waiting to happen. Outside the tall sash windows the night is thinning towards a chilled gray; the room smells of coffee and hot radiators. At that hour, if I could overlook all the ways the night shift blows, I could love the squad room.” And we know Conway loves her job, despite the royal shit her squad mates give her, the stuff harassment is made of.

Conway and victim Ainslinn Murray have something in common, something that helps Conway look at this case from the victim’s viewpoint and analyze her thought process.

Conway and Steve Moran work well together until they don’t. Boss Breslin is happy about the break in their congenial work relations. Some things are afoot. Good murder detectives, like Conway and Moran, don’t give up.

Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Death or Quarter

Death or QuarterDeath or Quarter by Paul D. Blumer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paulie’s world is different than anything I’ve encountered and author Paul Blumer brings it to life with amazingly crisp prose and an honest, deliciously descriptive voice.

Set in the roughest parts of Boston, this fighter, from childhood onward, lives a brutal existence.

Hopefully, this new author’s next title will be published soon!

Dear Daughter

Dear DaughterDear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Delightful novel about a 16 year-old who was convicted of killing her mother. After ten years in prison, she is released on a technicality. She did NOT do it and is hell-bent on finding the real killer.
Ok, so how can this be an enjoyable novel? The character, of course! She’s funny, as she fills us in on her re-adjustments to life on the outside, how she has set up her fake persona. There’s more to her than that, though.
Oh, and she’s brilliant!

The Girl I Used to Be

The Girl I Used to BeThe Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC in return for an honest review.

Teens will definitely enjoy this suspenseful, quick read from April Henry, about Olivia Reinhart, whose mother was murdered presumably by her father, and left at a Walmart at the age of three. This is what our protagonist has believed all her life, until detectives knock at her door, saying part of her father’s remains have been found and it looks like he was killed at the same time as her mother!

Suddenly, Olivia is not the daughter of a killer. As she heads to her hometown for a memorial service for her father, memories begin to surface and she is determined to find her parents’ killer.