Unpopular Opinions Book Tag


I haven’t done a tag in AGES, so I thought I could do this fun post for a change. I don’t remember where I got it, but it’s a very popular tag…

1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.

I don’t want to repeat myself, so I’m going to go with Dare Me by Megan Abbott. I don’t know if I read it at a bad time or what, but I remember hating it. It’s one of those that I feel I might want to give another chance to see if my tastes have changed (or not!).

2. A Popular Book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.

Okay, so no “hate”, but I checked out my GR and the average ratings, and Emma Flint’s Little Deaths has such a low rating… and I loved it. And also Perennials by Mandy Berman and Good as Gone by Amy Gentry.

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with OR an OTP that you don’t like.

🤔 I don’t know. Twilight? I never liked Edward. Oh, and I read them ages ago, but I remember I didn’t like Dimitri (Vampire Academy) and I was all for Adrian (?) but I don’t even remember how that series ended, so 🤷‍♀️

4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.

I’d say New Adult. Well, anything that deals with older teens/twenty-somethings being really dramatic about their romantic lives and not thinking of anything else.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

Gale from The Hunger Games. I don’t even know why exactly, but I was always annoyed by him.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

I haven’t enjoyed Megan Miranda’s books as much as I wanted. And she seems to write exactly my kind of stories, but nope, not for me…

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.

Love triangles with the best friend and the new love interest. Ugh. Also, the apparent “normal” girl who suddenly discovers she has powers/she’s rich/she’s part of a powerful family…

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

The Lord of the Rings, but I could name a few. Also, I wouldn’t read Game of Thrones either.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

I’ve already said it, but Practical Magic, for example.


Mini Reviews #12 Deep Down Dead & Deep Blue Trouble


Welcome to a new edition of mini-reviews, this time it’s all about Steph Broadribb!

Release: 2017/2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
Genre: Thriller

Deep Down Dead and Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb are fast-paced, action-filled thrillers featuring the brave and extremely likable Lori Anderson, a young bounty-hunter with dark past and a lovely daughter, a woman who needs to make quick money no matter what.

In Deep Down Dead, Lori takes a job that is supposed to be simple, but of course, there’s nothing simple in the bounty hunter profession. Three days later, her life has completely changed and there’s no going back. Forced to take her daughter with her, Lori and Dakota are in trouble from the very first day of the job. And at the center of the game, there’s JT, her former mentor, a man who shares a very special connection with her…

In the second book, Lori’s job is to keep JT alive and that’s why she takes another dangerous mission… Deep Blue Trouble is pretty similar to Deep Down Dead in the sense that they’re both fast-paced and filled with action and I particularly liked that it ended with a cliffhanger, just like a tv show episode that makes you want to keep on reading! I see potential for a reaaaally long series featuring Lori.



Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner #ThrowbackThursday

Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. 


Release: 2013
Publisher: Dutton
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

I read and loved the first Tessa Leoni book many years ago, but I hadn’t continued with the series. I bought Touch & Go a long time ago and last week I finally decided it was time to read it. It didn’t take me long, as this was a fast-paced thriller, more action than mystery, I guess, and everything was thrilling and intense. I liked it and had a great time with it, but I didn’t love it as much as Lisa Gardner’s Love You More, which I still remember fondly.

Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner is the perfect book for those days when you want something to grab you. You know it’s never going to get boring. It’s a unique kidnapping case where the whole family is held hostage and no one seems to know the reason why. As you can imagine, the family has a lot of secrets… It’s an addictive book. And Tessa Leoni’s interactions with the rest of the characters were fun to read, especially now that she’s a private investigator. Have you read more books in the Tessa Leoni series?



5 Questions With Author Mandy Mikulencak @DurangoWriter

I recently discovered The Last Suppers and fell in love with Mandy Mikulencak’s writing. The story is deeply moving and there’s a mystery as well… In addition, the setting is fantastic: Louisiana in the 50s. Thank you so much to Mandy for answering my questions.

1. Tell me a bit about your most recent novel The Last Suppers. How did you come up with the idea? It’s a very unique concept.

A good friend of mine mentioned she’d seen a website listing real-life requests from death row inmates. One request – for just Frosted Flakes and milk – got me thinking about the psychology behind such requests. Then, I wondered what would happen if a prison cook became obsessed with preparing meaningful last meals. I didn’t have anything else to go on when I first started writing. Everything just flowed from that original premise. I thought it would be interesting to set the book in the 1950s because of the prevalent social issues of the time period like racism, poverty and prisoner rights. The characters are a product of the environment in which they live, which added more depth to the story.

2. How has your life changed since the publication of your first book?

It hasn’t changed dramatically. However, I do spend more time on social media and on promoting my books rather than the actual writing process. Expectations are also different. When I wrote my first book, I didn’t have a timetable or deadline. Once I got an agent and a couple of book deals, I had to treat writing as a job and not a hobby.

3. While reading your novel, I thought it would make a great movie. Would you like that? What director/actors would be your dream choices?

I think every author hopes his/her book is developed into a movie. While it’s extremely rare, it’s always fun to envision! When I wrote The Last Suppers, I pictured Josh Brolin as Roscoe Simms, the warden. A secondary character – Dot, who works in the kitchen with the main character, Ginny – is absolutely Octavia Spencer. I have a harder time envisioning who would play Ginny, so I’m open to suggestions from readers! My picks for director would be Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Taylor Sheridan (Wind River) or David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water).

4. What are your hobbies?

I live in Colorado so I love to hike. I’ve also been an avid baker since I was a little girl. Both my grandmothers were Czech and they instilled in me that love of baking. My research into the foods and recipes featured in The Last Suppers was a fascinating process. It’s the reason I decided to include a recipe index in the back of the book.

5. What are some of your favorite recent reads? And an all-time favorite?

I recently read Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving. Picoult had a very accessible writing style even if she tackles tough subjects. John Irving is my favorite writer so I tend to read anything he writes. My ALL-TIME favorite book is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. What I love about Irving is that he can find humor in the perverse and tragic. His work shaped how I started to think about the duality of the human condition; that we can experience joy and hope in the face of great pain and tragedy. There doesn’t always have to be a happy ending.


Review: The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak @DurangoWriter @KensingtonBooks


Release: 2018
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Southern Lit

From the moment I watched The Green Mile many years ago, I became fascinated with stories about death row and prison inmates. Surprisingly, I haven’t read as many books about the topic as I would’ve wanted, so I was obviously excited to read Mandy Mikulencak’s novel as soon as I came across its intriguing blurb.

The Last Suppers tells the story of Ginny Polk, a young woman working as the head cook in Louisiana’s Greenmount State Penitentiary in the 1950s. Ginny’s father was a prison guard at that same prison but was killed many years ago and the murderer was put to death when she was eight years old. Ginny is now dating her father’s best friend, Roscoe, who happens to be the prison warden, but they have a very complicated relationship. And Ginny’s life is about to become even more complicated when she starts looking into her father’s mysterious death…

I absolutely loved the concept in this novel. Ginny was both kind and strong-willed and I really loved her as a character. She provides the prisoners’ last suppers and always tries to cook their favorite meals, no matter what she has to do in order to achieve that. Ginny feels they should be shown a little humanity during their last hours, and I deeply admired her determination.

The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak was unexpected in many ways, especially because I didn’t know how the story would evolve. The “mystery” plot didn’t pick up until the last section of the book, but I found it quite compelling. The book dealt with several themes like racism, human rights and family relationships and I must say this is a little gem that I feel should be way more appreciated.

Many thanks to the publishers and Edelweiss for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review