When you work in publishing in book sales, you have an awesome. Where else can you read for a living and tell people about great books? What’s more, I pick and choose the titles that appeal to me, and I read across a variety of genres, so if you’re looking for something different I can hopefully help.

It’s been a busy summer as far as books are concerned. Right now I’m halfway through Nothing to Lose: the Making of KISS (1972-1975), an oral history of the band. A detailed review will appear on Books That Rock Us, and I can tell you now it’s very detailed. Definitely one for the KISS Army.

What else have I read?

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil ReturnsRevenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I got into an argument once with somebody about The Devil Wears Prada. This person loved that book, and I enjoyed it up until a point. I never liked the climatic scene where Andy finally confronts Miranda – it played too weakly for me, and the denouement did little to save it. I have not seen the movie.

Nonetheless, sequels intrigue me, and I picked up Revenge despite the less than glowing reviews here. Seems this is not the book everybody hoped to read – readers wanted an actual revenge plot. I’ll agree with other readers that Andy’s character doesn’t appear to have grown since Devil, but I did like that she was determined not to go along with the resurrected interest in Miranda and the “devil’s” interest in her wedding magazine. Miranda is not a major player in the book (maybe in spirit, as she forever lingers as an evil specter in Andy’s mind), and people wonder “Where’s the actual revenge?”

My theory: it’s all mental. Andy had finally found success in her chosen field, had the man she loved, etc. Contact with Miranda after ten years, which led to the latter’s interest in acquiring Andy’s property, instigated the revenge. Just hearing the woman’s name sets Andy spiraling into anxiety and paranoia, to the point it eventually takes nearly everything from her.

That said, I didn’t hate the book. I still wish Andy had grabbed Miranda by the neck in the first book and plunged her head into a toilet. I don’t know if we can expect a third book.

Home to Whiskey Creek (Whiskey Creek, #4)Home to Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC received from NetGalley.

This is the first Whiskey Creek novel I have had, as well as my first Brenda Novak book. I had previewed the book on Ms. Novak’s website, and the excerpt proved compelling enough to get me to read the book. If you start here I don’t think you’ll be lost – this story about a woman returning to her hometown years after a horrifying event is written in a way that you can follow the community easily. The tension between the emotional bruised Addy and Noah is palpable and you are pushed to read forward. There is an element of mystery involved, namely who is involved in scaring Addy out of town, and Novak managed to keep me guessing for a while.

Because I’ve read this book, I am intrigued to read the other Whiskey Creek novels.

Check back next week to see what else I’m reading. I’m getting close to my goal of 125 books this year!

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