June 2020 Mini-Reviews

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

Amazon.com: I Killed Zoe Spanos eBook: Frick, Kit: Kindle Store

Anna wanted to get away from Brooklyn, so the summer before she starts college, she goes to the Hamptons to work as a nanny for a rich family. Herron Mills is nothing like Bay Ridge. Everyone has large estates and the town is so clean and picture perfect. However, as soon as Anna arrives to spend the summer taking care of Paisley, strange things start happening.

People stare at Anna on the street. For some reason, she feels she has been here before. But, that’s impossible. Her mom never had the money to bring Anna to a place so upscale. 

Anna quickly learns that she looks exactly like Zoe Spanos, a girl who went missing a few months ago. Obsessed with this case, Anna learns everything she can about Zoe to try to jog her memory. Something about her doppelganger doesn’t seem right, but nobody will give Anna the hints she needs. 

As the summer goes on, dark secrets come out. Anna isn’t sure she can trust anyone in her life. After all, everyone has a secret.

This book was good, but a little slow at times. Some of the scenes in Herron Mills where Anna is watching Paisley were a tad dull. 

However, the book really picked up at the end when all of the secrets come to life. Everyone made Anna feel crazy, even though they lied to her. 

There were some big surprises at the end. We predicted a few of the twists. Yet, a couple caught us off guard. Overall, we enjoyed the twists and turns of this book. We did wish we got to know Anna a bit better though. We never really got to know her as a person or learn what she’s interested in. Still, we had fun reading about this summer murder mystery. If you’re looking for a darker twist on a beach read, this book is for you! 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Storybound by Emily McKay

Amazon.com: Storybound eBook: McKay, Emily: Kindle Store

What if all the stories were true? Imagine that your favorite book turns into your real life. One minute you’re talking to your mom and the next you come face to face with your fictional boyfriend. That’s exactly what happens to Edie.

After moving every few months, she finally settles into a new town, but right away, she’s brought into the world of a fantasy series. One where the main character died. Except, Kane is alive. It’s Edie’s job to save him on his quest. But first, she has to convince him that she’s not a spy.  

We really loved the concept of this book. We would love to meet Will Herondale. However, the execution was lackluster. Unfortunately, the story was so boring. We couldn’t get into the plot and barely finished. It was hard to remember what we read!

The romance didn’t excite us like we hoped. I mean, meeting your fictional crush should be a total swoon fest. This book just wasn’t for us. 

Rating: ⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

21 thoughts on “June 2020 Mini-Reviews

  1. Sorry to hear that ‘Storybound’ wasn’t as wonderful as it sounds. I love books where the story leaks into the real world of the protagonist. We’re all book=lovers, right? So the concept of slipping into these worlds I love so much is something I spend a lot of time thinking about, especially when I can’t fall asleep 😅

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  2. College is always one of the major turning points in life. Wow, it can be weird if people are looking at you as if you’re the same person who was on the headlines for various reasons. Surprises are always fun, especially if placed well. Glad you enjoyed the book overall!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  3. Shame these weren’t as great as you hoped they would be! The cover for storybound is absolutely stunning too – such a shame. Sadly everything can’t be a five star read ❤

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