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Book Review: One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke

One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke opens with six friends arriving in Greece to celebrate an upcoming wedding. Each one of the women have a secret, and one of them is determined to make sure the wedding doesn't happen. And, one of them ends up dead. Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Group Putnam, and G.P. Putnam's Sons for a digital Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke. I was ecstatic to be selected to read this book in exchange for my honest review. Wow! I'm at a loss of what to say about One of the Girls because it was that fantastic. Fun. Engrossing. Well Written. Unputdownable. These are just a few words I'd use to describe this novel.  There were red herrings galore. With that being said, I had my suspicions that the "killer" was one of two people, and one of them ended up being the killer, so I was happy with my deduction. On the other hand, I couldn't figure out who the victim was going to be, and I was completely surprised b

Book Review: One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich

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After recommending the book The Stranger You Seek (Keye Street, #1) by Amanda Kyle Williams and it being picked for the book discussion, I was dismayed that almost everyone hated the book. They kept comparing it to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum book series, which I had heard of but never read. Determined to see what it was all about, I bought the first book in the series, One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1).

Stephanie Plum Book Series by Janet Evanovich
Was I ever in for a surprise . . . part suspense, part thriller, and part cozy mystery, One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) was not what I was expecting . . . at all. It was definitely fun and entertaining with a few hokey parts interwoven throughout the book. Some of the character descriptions definitely made me think of the people on the reality show Jersey Shore, which I've never watched, but I do know who some of the stars of the show are (i.e. Snooki). I really liked the main character, Stephanie Plum. And, I definitely found myself liking the character Joe Morelli. There's just something that I find endearing about both of them.

One of the things that annoyed me the most about this book was that the word "boinked" was used. I can't remember exactly the last time I used the word "boinked" in reference to having sex, but it definitely was when I was in high school or my late teens. I would've preferred a different word to have been used.

With that being said, I did enjoy the book well enough, and there were enough twists and turns to keep me reading to the end. And, it was intriguing enough that I read the second book in the series relatively quick after finishing One for the Money. There really isn't anything negative I can say about this book. This is a perfect book if you want something that isn't too intense and will give you a chuckle here and there. If you don't like this book, please give the rest of the series a chance because the books do get better! I gave it three out of five stars.

Synopsis of One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1):  Trenton, New Jersey is where Stephanie Plum calls home. When she loses her job as a lingerie buyer at a department store, Stephanie needs money fast so she goes to work for her cousin Vinnie as a bounty hunter. Chaos ensues as she attempts to apprehend local vice cop Joe Morelli.

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