You know when you are reading a book that is so good you can’t stop reading and end up staying way too late? I both love and hate those type of books. I love them because the writing is so good it transport me into that world and I don’t want to put it down. I hate those books, too, because I end up telling myself, One more chapter, and then I stay up WAY too late and regret it in the morning!
1. The Troop by Nick Cutter
I heard this author on the Joe Rogan podcast and he was very smart and articulate and that made me want to check out his book. I wasn’t disappointed. The story was dark and foreboding from the start–the perfect horror location, an isolated island. The concept was a fascinating twist on the zombie genre. It was kind of like a cross between the movie Cabin Fever, the book Lord of the Flies, and The Walking Dead. I give it 4 out of 5 stars because the book was VERY gross. I had to skim a few sections that were just too much for me. Other than that, the writing was really good and it read like a movie.
2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
It definitely reads like a YA book but it’s still an enjoyable read from an adult standpoint, just keep that in mind and suspend disbelief.
3. Dust by Patricia Cornwell
This is part of the Kay Scarpetta series and I’ve picked up books here and there and unfortunately never really read them in order. As a result I feel like I’m out of the loop on different story lines that weave through each book. Despite that, this book was really compelling and couldn’t put it down. It was longer than I’m used to reading and I felt like I was in their world for a very long time, not in a bad way. I loved the main characters and this book was good!
4. Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr
If you haven’t checked out Nevada Barr, I strongly encourage you to give her a try. I love her Anna Pigeon book series and have read all of them. This is the most recent. Start at the beginning of the series–you won’t be disappointed! Anna Pigeon is a park ranger and each book takes place in a different National Park. Action/adventure/mystery happens in each book. This one didn’t disappoint. It reminded me a little of that movie with Kevin Bacon–The River Wild. I stayed up WAY too late finishing this book!
5. The Pines (Wayward Pines Trilogy 1) by Blake Crouch
This book was on my “to read” list for awhile and when I appeared on the new Amazon “unlimited” list I snatched it up. I started reading it and then got hooked. I read 65% of the book in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down and my eyelids were drooping and it was way past my bedtime and I finally stopped for the night. The book is gripping, frustrating, kept me guessing and I liked it a lot. The ending was…interesting…I don’t want to give it away and since it’s a trilogy I’m curious how it’s going to continue. But I definitely recommend this!
6. Wayward (Wayward Pines Trilogy 2) by Blake Crouch
This is the sequel to The Pines. I loved the first book and the second one was even better. It was more “meaty”, really fleshing out the characters and story. It was exciting and it didn’t take very long to read at all. My only complaint would be that books nowadays seem to always be trilogies…you know, building your brand, try and make more money with more books, make the books into TV shows or movies…but I really feel like this series could be 2 books. He should have reworked it to combine book 2 with book 1. It would just flow better in my opinion.
7. The Last Town (Wayward Pines Trilogy 3) by Blake Crouch
This was the conclusion of the trilogy and it held up against the first two books. It was exciting, kept me engaged and trying to guess the ending. The ending wasn’t predictable and I wouldn’t say it was entirely satisfying but it was good. Great series! I am super excited that this series is being made into a TV show and that it’s got some good actors in it, too.
I’ve read some great books this summer! Hope you guys enjoy some of these. I have a few more great ones to review, so stay tuned. And as always, you can friend me on GoodReads.com.