My Book Box: April
The delivery of April's My Book Box coincided perfectly with one of my favorite summer treats appearing in my local stores: salt water taffy. My favorite flavor from Wegmans, in all its swirly glory, is peach raspberry. And as the dynamic team behind the box is from Texas, they included a little slice of home this month by sharing some peach tea and a matching peach tea lip balm. I'm looking forward to brewing a pitcher on one of these warm May days.
Then there are the books!
I subscribe to the Mystery and Ya books and My Book Box delivered another set of compelling reads to my door.
Mystery: The Day I Died, Lori Radar-Day
Anna Winger can know people better than they know themselves with only a glance—at their handwriting. Hired out by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real-life mess of other people at arm’s length and on paper. But when she is called to use her expertise on a note left behind at a murder scene in the small town she and her son have recently moved to, the crime gets under Anna’s skin and rips open her narrow life for all to see. To save her son—and herself—once and for all, Anna will face her every fear, her every mistake, and the past she thought she'd rewritten.
Update 5/15: I've finished this book- 3.5 Stars
I was fascinated by the importance of handwriting analysis in this story, and the way I empathized with characters who felt wary of what their handwriting might reveal. I spent the weekend second guessing things I wrote, wondering what they said about me.
Beyond that I had a hard time settling in to this book, not because my life was too busy to spend more than 15 minutes at a time reading, but because the book didn't draw me in enough to keep me pinned there.
The mysteries in the story weren't made compelling enough and I had a hard time empathizing with Anna enough to want to peel apart her history, to see her "get the guy."
There were a few loose threads in the book as far as characters who were maybe meant to be teed up as red herrings who just faded into the background of the narrative when they weren't needed anymore.
Young Adult: Unearthly Things, Michelle Gagnon
After losing her parents in a tragic accident, surfer girl Janie Mason trades the sunny beaches of Hawaii for the cold fog of San Francisco and new guardians—the Rochesters—she’s never even met. Janie feels hopelessly out of place in their world of Napa weekends, fancy cotillions, and chauffeurs. The only person she can relate to is Daniel, a fellow surfer. Meeting him makes Janie feel like things might be looking up.
Still, something isn’t right in the Rochester mansion. There are noises—screams—coming from the attic that everyone else claims they can’t hear. Then John, the black sheep of the family, returns after getting kicked out of yet another boarding school. Soon Janie finds herself torn between devil-may-care John and fiercely loyal Daniel. Just when she thinks her life can’t get any more complicated, she learns the truth about why the Rochesters took her in. They want something from Janie, and she’s about to see just how far they’ll go to get it.
I'm looking forward to reading both of these books; I'm definitely curious about entering the world of handwriting analysis and what this Jane Eyre retelling will hold.
I will update this post as I read the books!
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