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The Great Alone

The Great Alone

3.5 stars The Great Alone did it. Kristin Hannah is now officially on my Authors I Like to Hate List . It’s hard to say this because I adore many aspects of her historical fiction novels. I find them to be captivating and meticulously researched. Her female leads are...

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The Siren

The Siren

4.5 stars Swimsuit ✔ Sunscreen ✔ Beach Towel ✔ The Siren by Katherine St. John ✔ Wait! What's that you say? The Siren isn’t on your summer vacay packing list?!?! In that case, it’s good that I caught you before you left town, as you certainly will not want to be...

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The Last House on Needless Street

The Last House on Needless Street

The Last House on Needless Street is . . . No, it’s . . . You see, the story is really about . . . Gah! Sorry, but I just can’t tell you. If I did, your fun would be spoiled. And believe me, Catriona Ward’s novel is one you do NOT want spoiled. Here’s what you need to...

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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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