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Ms. Lisa's Big List of Sassy Book Reviews

Posted on August 17, 2020 at 4:08 PM by Jenny Levins

Ms Lisa Book Review

Ms. Lisa's Big List of Sassy Book Reviews

Anyone who knows Ms. Lisa knows she's not afraid to pull punches with book reviews. Read on for honest reviews of titles in our collection with some library lady flair.


Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown
The novel spans two time periods: 1955 and 2018. In 2018 , Alice leaves her high paying job as a PR person and moves to the suburbs with her husband Nate. Her plan is to start a family and write a novel. In 1955, Nellie lives in the same house with her husband Richard and longs for children but is barren. Her pride and joy is a cookbook bequeathed to her by her mother, and her herb garden in which she uses the herbs in the recipes she makes for her husband. Alice feels a strange presence in the house and when she finds Nellie's Cookbook the dark secret of her cozy home begins to emerge.

This novel is for everyone. If you love mysteries, read it. If you love a good ghost story, read it. If you're a collector of vintage recipes? R E A D it.

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Dear Edward by Ann Neapolitano
Young Edward is the sole survivor of a plane crash. He is sent to live with his aunt and uncle where he befriends a girl named Shay.

In my opinion, Shay could have a novel written just about her--she's that interesting of a character.

Also interposed in the novel are the passengers on the plane, a frightened young woman named Linda, warm hearted Florida who has lived previous lives, Military passenger Calvin with a secret of his own, a cocaine fueled yuppie named Mark, and Veronica, the elusive flight attendant. The only criticism I have of this novel is that towards the end it bogs down and is quiet slow moving.

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Gone by Midnight by Jake Anderson
If you are an American Horror Story fan (and didn't absolutely hate season 5), this book is for you. American Horror Story: Hotel was based on the true crime case of Elisa Lamm and her unsolved disappearance. 

Lamm was a young woman from Canada who traveled solo to California and mysteriously vanished from the infamous Cecil Hotel. She was found a week later in the Cecil Hotel's water tank after guests complained the water tasted funny. There is bizarre footage of her in an elevator that can be found online that just adds to the mystery. Was she murdered? Did she commit suicide due to complications of bipolar disorder? Who can say.

The author Jake Anderson runs a paranormal podcast and also suffers from depression and goes on a personal journey to cleanse his own demons. The Cecil Hotel located in L.A. is filled with murders and suicides and was also a haven for serial killers such as Richard Ramirez, aka The Night Stalker. Anderson also writes of his own paranormal experiences of staying in the hotel.

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Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist by Celia Stahr
Stahr tells of artist Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera's journey to America. Kahlo gives her opinions on the places she visits.

I have always expressed myself using clothing and accessories, and Stahr also writes of how Frida Kahlo used her personal design in clothing and jewelry to express her artistic expression. This book resonated with me, and is one I would recommend. 

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Operatic by Kyo MacLear 
What is your tune for the universe you may ask? Mine would Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Greenday, and Girls Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper.

This is a great juvenile fiction title about a group of middle schoolers whose teacher gives them the assignment of making a playlist of music relating to their role in the universe.

The main character is shy Charlotte, who discovers the music of opera singer Maria Callas. Also endearing is the mysterious Emile and the flamboyant Luca. A wide variety of music genres are mentioned, and there is a list of the music covered at the back of the book.

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Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel (snark factor dialed up, as per request)
This book received five stars on Good Reads. Why??? The writing is cliched and it's as if Stephanie Wrobel is saying "What tired old chestnut can I throw at readers this time?" It's based on the Gypsy Rose Blancherd case where a daughter is kept ill by her mother and kills her.