Ok, third and final installment for this little series! I’ll be back at the end of the year for another edition of the books I recommend.
A big thank you, once again, to the amazing publishers and authors that sent the free copies of these books in exchange for my honest review. I discovered some new favorite authors and can’t wait to grab more from them when I see their names at a bookstore.
I’ve done thrillers, suspense and horror, and now I’m on to fiction. This can be in the form of contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, retellings, historical fiction, etc.
Books I Recommend from 2018 – Fiction Edition:
THE QUEEN OF HEARTS – Kimmery Martin – 5 stars
This is a medical drama and contemporary fiction combination that will keep you captivated. Talk about a stunning debut, both in the story and writing but also in the cover of this book – this will be a cover buy for many readers! We follow two women that are working in the medical field. They survived med school and the hardships that go along with it. Both now have families and are content with their positions in their fields. One day a former colleague reenters their lives and things will begin to change as old secrets try to bubble to the surface. Kimmery Martin’s debut will keep you turning the pages and you’ll find yourself becoming invested in the characters as the story progresses. If you’re looking for a cozy read, then pick this one up! You can see the #allthebookreviews thoughts here!
THOSE OTHER WOMEN – Nicola Moriarty – 5 stars
A novel about women on the opposing sides of whether or not they want to have children. With how society sees motherhood, if a woman doesn’t have children it’s simply because she hasn’t found the right person or she is having issues conceiving. It is almost unheard of and taboo to not want kids. We follow Poppy and Annalise as they create a Facebook group for women that don’t want kids to vent to each other and find a sense of community. Drama ensues when a Facebook group for mothers catches wind of it and the two are at odds. If you’re looking for a lighter read with some good drama and a hint of mystery, then this is a great one for the summer TBR. Keep your eyes peeled for the #allthebookreviews thoughts on this one!
PROPERTY – Lionel Shriver – 5 stars
This is a short story collection that surrounds the topic of property. This can be in any sense of the word and we get a wide variety of interesting characters and narrators. The stories include a chandelier playing witness to a love triangle, a widow’s love/hate relationship with a tree, a mailman hoarding instead of delivering, an interaction with a TSA agent and some chapstick, a married couple divorcing but having to remain in the same household, embezzlement, and coexisting with a woman subletting before the owner can move out. There are some unique stories throughout this collection of two novellas and ten short stories – the writing is fantastic and I would highly recommend to those looking for some contemporary fiction! You can see my full review here.
ALL THE EVER AFTERS – Danielle Teller – 5 stars
Any fans of retellings out there? I have a soft spot in my horror and thriller loving heart for this genre. ALL THE EVER AFTERS follows the story of Cinderella’s Evil Stepmother, Agnes. The readers get to see her side of the story and what Cinderella was truly like before she became the beloved Princess. Agnes endured a hard life and and raising Ella, along with her two other daughters, wasn’t the easiest task. If you like the origin stories for the villains we know and hate from the fairytales, then you definitely need to add this to the list! You can see my full review here.
THE MERMAID – Christina Henry – 5 stars
Last year I fell in love with Christina Henry’s writing and storytelling when I picked up LOST BOY (the true story behind Captain Hook – see my review here). Here we have her newest release, THE MERMAID, and this one isn’t a retelling of the Little Mermaid, but rather a step into some historical fiction and the story of the Fiji Mermaid in Barnum’s American Museum. I find P.T. Barnum’s museum and history absolutely fascinating and experiencing this backstory to the Fiji Mermaid made for a captivating read. While I would classify this into the historical fiction category (along with other genres) it isn’t too heavy on the historical portion (if that makes sense!), so don’t let that deter you. You can see my full review here!
Hopefully you enjoyed these little recommendation posts! If so, then I’ll definitely do a second installment in December 🙂