June Reads

Saturday, June 25, 2016

In an attempt to keep content rolling out more often – and also to give you booklovers posts that are especially for you! – I'm going to talk about the books I've read each month separately from my monthly favorites.

Back in January, I resolved to read 12 books this year. So far, I've been reading at nearly double the pace, which has been a pleasant surprise.


Twenty-six-year-old Chyna Shepard is spending the weekend with her best friend and her family. Unable to sleep her first night there, she's awake when Edgler Foreman Vess makes his way through the house, set on killing everyone inside. Originally hoping only to survive, Chyna inadvertently discovers who Vess is after next and decides to put her life at risk in an attempt to save another's.

I started this book because I needed something that would keep my attention. My reading progress had slowed, and I wanted to kickstart it back up again. This was my first Dean Koontz book, and I thought it was, for lack a better word but also quite fitting, intense. It gave me the suspense I wanted. I liked the first half or two-thirds better than the rest, but it was still a story that made me want to keep reading, with a great plot twist at the end.
Pain is the same as pleasure, just different.
Learn to enjoy it, and you're happier with life.
Rating: 3.5/5

Auburn Reed isn't from Dallas, but it's her home now and she needs a job. Owen Gentry runs an art studio and is down one employee for a show he's having that night. This is how they meet. From that point forward, they're drawn to each other in a way they didn't expect. They're also each hiding secrets they don't want to get out. Now, Auburn and Owen have to find a way to be honest without in turn destroying the connection they so quickly established.

Only a few chapters in to this book, I was struck by Hoover's refreshingly unpretentious writing style. There are times where you can tell an author was trying too hard, simple scenes buried in unnatural adjectives and metaphors. "Confess" wasn't like that, which made it a more enjoyable read. I generally don't favor romance books, but Hoover's story was a bit different in a couple ways, setting it apart from the genre's usual clichés.

Rating: 3/5

What books or authors would YOU recommend?

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  1. Intensity sounds like a book I should read next. I haven't read anything from Koontz yet though.
    Sidney Sheldon, Gillian Flynn, and Sophie Kinsella are my TOP favorite authors. When I pick a book from them, I'm 100% sure it won't be a waste of time.

    Noor | Noor's Place

    1. I'm interested to hear your thoughts on it if you do decide to read it! I will definitely check out those authors (except I have read all three of Flynn's – just not her short story). Any specific books by them that you recommend?