This week I read and reviewed my second NetGalley advanced reader copy, which was A Year of Second Chances, by Buffy Andrews. When I started it, it reminded me of Claire Cooke’s The Wildwater Walking Club, another book where insipid characters make unrealistic life transitions, and I really couldn't have cared whether they did or didn't.
I finished it, but I found it really unsatisfying, shallow and frustrating. In my ideal world, instead of things being rated out of five stars or ten or whatever – I would give them a thumbs up, or a thumbs down. Basically, knowing what I know now, would I read this? Would I tell my friends to read this? And for this book, it would be a thumbs down.
After two books that irritated me, I’ve started Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Miracles. it’s the third in a trilogy, so I can be reasonably confident that I will enjoy it.