Book Review Two

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I finished reading Where the Crawdads Sing last week, and I immediately missed the story’s protagonist, Kya.

Beautifully, succinctly penned book. Delia Owens made me fall in love with the North Carolina marsh and wildlife. I love how she weaved her scientific knowledge of environment, creatures-especially birds, and flora into the story in such a way that it breathed life into it.

The marsh and wildlife became part of Kya. It was her home and truly took on its own role throughout the story. I grew fond of the other characters too. Jumpin had my heart.

Kept wishing for Kya to move in and live with Jumpin and Mabel. Though I accept that Delia Owens could not write this compelling story with the outcome of her solitude.

I highly recommend this book! I’d let you borrow mine, but I’ve already loaned my copy. Where the Crawdads Sing is a GREAT read!

If you prefer audio, I can attest that the unabridged audio version of Where the Crawdads Sing is excellent!

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Book Review One

Book Review of Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first book review, and I must preface this post by saying: I am a reader, not a review. It’s difficult to take a book I enjoyed (like this one), and pick at it. I prefer to celebrate the greatness about it.

Here are the highlights: This book was a GREAT summer read. Everything I never told you has a compelling plot, steady cadence, no use of overly complicated language to distract from the story, and an interesting take on family dynamics.

If I’m forced to pick at the story, this is all I could say: It would have enjoyed reading more content where the family had some life, or liveliness to them. More love shown and good experiences sprinkled in to make me fall in love with the characters.

It’s hard to believe, for all of Lydia’s life, that she and her family operated as robots. Then add the youngest child, neglected to the point where she hides when not ignored. I see the use of her character being designed this way. It draw out new observances with a character that is there, yet overlooked and ignored. It’s a great technique Celeste used!

A deeper connection with the family would’ve existed for me had I been able to feel life and love between them.

Putting aside the nit-picky. I thoroughly enjoyed this booked. It flowed easily.

Everything I Never Told You provides a real peek into a family with secrets. A family struggling. Each member with their own individual struggle. Internal battles flowing over, spilling into each other’s lives causing interesting and polarizing conflict.

A story beginning and ending with death is a delicate thing. Celeste Ng is brave to pen Everything I Never Told You in this way. She did so beautifully. The book made me a Celeste Ng fan.

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