Monthly Favorites: September 2018

I know I usually do my favorite YA, favorite NA, and favorite adult book each month, but I can’t really say that I read any good NA in September. Sometimes I replace NA with non-fiction, but I can’t say that I read any good non-fiction either. I guess for September, there are just two favorites.

Coincidentally, both of these books were recommended to me by Daniel. I really need to add a disclaimer on my blog that says something like, “If I actually liked a book, it was probably a recommendation from Daniel.” He hasn’t steered me wrong yet.

Best YA  Best Adult
172 Hours on the Moon The Name of the Wind
by Johan Harstad by Patrick Rothfuss

What were your favorites from September?
Have you read either of these books? What did you think?
Let me know in the comments!

Monthly Favorites: August 2018

It might have been difficult to pick my top three books from July, but since I hated most of what I read in August, it was a lot easier this time around. I only had two five-star ratings and three-four star ratings in the whole month! Fingers crossed that September will be better.

If you want to see everything I read in August, check out my Page Count!

Best YA Best NA  Best Adult
by Neal Shusterman
Not So Nice Guy
by R.S. Grey
The Secret Place
by Tana French
my review my review my review

What were your favorites from August?
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
Let me know in the comments!

Book review: The Secret Place by Tana French

The Secret Place by Tana French
Series: Dublin Murder Squad #5
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Source: Purchased

The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls’ boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption says, I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.

Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad—and one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him this photo. The Secret Place, a board where the girls at St. Kilda’s School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

But everything they discover leads them back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends and their fierce enemies, a rival clique—and to the tangled web of relationships that bound all the girls to Chris Harper. Every step in their direction turns up the pressure. Antoinette Conway is already suspicious of Stephen’s links to the Mackey family. St. Kilda’s will go a long way to keep murder outside their walls. Holly’s father, Detective Frank Mackey, is circling, ready to pounce if any of the new evidence points toward his daughter. And the private underworld of teenage girls can be more mysterious and more dangerous than either of the detectives imagined.

Two fun facts before I get started with my review:

  • I was on a book-buying ban when I bought this because I’d just spent an unreasonable amount of money to go visit my mom in Wisconsin and I also had no room in my carry on for anything other than what was already packed, but I got to the bookstore and this was 50% off, so I couldn’t not get it.
  • I was forced to have lunch with my mom’s boss (who is maybe her best friend also? I’m unclear) right after I bought it and this boss told me she actually knows Tana French? I just about died right there in the office. But then I was talking with Daniel and he found some holes in the story… like Tana French doesn’t even live in the US, so how does that work? brb, flying back home to Wisconsin to interrogate my mom’s boss.

Anyway, it took me forever and a day to read this book (or 11 days if we’re actually counting) because I didn’t want to miss anything. I probably still missed a bunch of clues that were scattered throughout the book, but that’s okay. I had such a great time reading this book.

I’m not really going to say anything about the plot because I’m so paranoid about accidentally spoiling anything that happens, but I loved this book. I loved the characters, I loved the mystery, and I loved the final reveal at the end. I had absolutely no idea who the killer was up until the reveal and now I need to read everything else that Tana French has ever written. I just bought In the Woods, so hopefully I’ll be reading that one soon.

Highly recommended.

Have you read The Secret Place? Are you a Tana French fan?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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