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3.5 stars What is it with endings lately? Katie Lowe’s psychological thriller, Possession, is the second book I’ve recently read with a terribly disappointing ending. And once again, it’s truly disheartening because up until the novel’s final pages, I was totally on...

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The Project

The Project

Flip. Flop. That’s what my feelings for The Project did. They flipped, they flopped, and then flipped again as I read Courtney Summers’ latest Young Adult thriller. And they flip-flopped dramatically. From like to strong dislike to really like to even love by novel’s...

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The Four Winds

The Four Winds

This is a “meet you in the middle” kind of review. An “I liked it, but I didn’t love it” review. And unfortunately, it’s a “Hannah had me for the first 75% and then blew it with the ending” review. Yep. It’s that type of review. (Hangs head.) In The Four Winds,...

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I’m Melissa.

Welcome to Bantering Books.

A blog for book lovers. A blog for YOU.

With each review I write, I strive to help you find your next great read. I will give you the rundown – the good, the bad, and the ugly — on the hottest new releases in fiction and other familiar favorites.

My taste in books is eclectic. I review across many diverse genres, with my preferences being:

  • Literary, Contemporary, and Historical Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Magical Realism
  • Paranormal and Horror
  • Romance and Women’s Fiction
  • LGBTQ+
  • Young Adult

My reviews are boldly honest and free of spoilers. Always fair. Sometimes snarky. Hopefully, entertaining.

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