*Reviews may contain spoilers.
Ghouls Rush In by H. P. Mallory – 2 Stars
Ghouls Rush In could best be described as a rom-com meets supernatural sci-fi. It is an easy read that doesn’t take a lot of brain power. Peyton has recently divorced her California lawyer husband and moved to New Orleans, swearing off men to find herself. Naturally, her new next door neighbor is the gorgeous southern gentleman, Ryan Kelly. That plotline in itself is a bit cliche. To make things a bit more interesting, Peyton’s newly inherited house is haunted by Drake Montague, and thus shenanigans ensue. I do wish there had been more of a resolution for this book. Although knowing this was the first book of a series, I suppose I walked right into that disappointment.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix – 3 Stars
I have owned a copy of this book for quite some time now, but am only now just getting around to reading it. I had originally purchased it based on the cover. It is presented as a high school yearbook. For packing purposes during my vacation, I downloaded the digital version. This cover is designed to resemble a VHS tape cover. I give the design team extra points for creativity! The book even has a Spotify playlist that you can listen to. I also finally chose to read this because it was Friday the 13th and I thought “what better day to read about an exorcism?” The book was quick to read. I was kept entertained, however, I did have some questions. “How exactly was Gretchen possessed? Did she touch something? Was there a ritual? What exactly happened out in those woods to start all of this?” There was one part involving Margaret that had me a bit squeamish, but the rest of the book was fairly tame. I did like how Abby and Gretchen’s friendship was portrayed in the later years. I thought it made it seem more realistic. Overall, it was a reasonably entertaining read.
Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche – 3 Stars
This is a book about worlds colliding and finding a strength within yourself. Michelle, Cass, and Leah go on a road trip with their respective brothers Denny and Tim, to find their deadbeat biological father, Buck Devereaux. While I enjoyed reading this book, I kind of felt like the author attempted to include every social issue she could including homosexuality, interracial love, class inequalities, neglectful parents, addiction, bullying and a suicide attempt. I enjoyed the bond that the group created on their trip, however, the relationship between Michelle and Tim was unnecessary.
An American Girl in Italy by Aubrie Dionne – 2 Stars
This book is the epitome of cliched romance. It is a cute read, however, I did not really enjoy the instant romance aspect. I selected this book solely for the fact that it took place in Italy. Having just vacationed there myself, I enjoyed reading about the various locations.
Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck – 4 Stars
PSA: Do not read a cookbook when you are hungry! I downloaded this for free from Amazon. I had seen the book in the bookstore and it had caught my attention, but I never felt like spending money on it. The book certainly contains a little more humor than your average cookbook. The recipes are geared towards easy and affordable clean eating. I already have a list of the recipes I want to try out! Note: if you have an issue with F-bombs, this is not the book for you.
Edit: I tried making the pumpkin chili for Halloween. It turned out pretty good and I plan on continuing to try out the other recipes!
Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren – 3 Stars
I actually had no idea what this book was about when I downloaded it from the library. I thought it was a fairly interesting story. There were some areas where I was bored. It took me awhile before I realized this was based on the author’s real life. To think that someone so young experienced this lifestyle seemed a little bizarre to me and certainly got me thinking about what happens outside of what I consider normal.