Book Reviews: Circe, The Last Mrs. Parrish and Baby Teeth

Circe by Madeline Miller

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe {Affiliate Link} must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

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I don’t even know where to begin. Circe’s story was extremely well written and her story was spellbinding and captivating. I literally could not put this book down. I felt like I was right there with her on her island. I was already pretty familiar with Greek mythology, especially after watching Troy on Netflix, so it was nice to see Madeline tie it all together.

You gotta be nuts not to read this book. I highly hope it will become a movie or a Netflix series. It was so good!

Favorite Quote

“It is a common saying that women are delicate creatures, flowers, eggs, anything that may be crushed in a moment’s carelessness. If I had ever believed it, I no longer did.”

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.

To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn’t have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.

With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish {Affiliate Link} is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.

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This book was super slow in the beginning. I did not like Amber at all. I realized I have a hard time reading in third person perspective. The book halfway through switched perspectives from third to first person. The storyline finally started picking up and I liked Daphne’s character better. Trigger warning: There are some abusive scenes, FYI. Overall, I would recommend you read this book, but just know it’s slow in the beginning.

Favorite Quote

“Some women get everything. Some women get everything they deserve.”

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Sweetness can be deceptive. 

Meet Hanna.

She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.

Meet Suzette.

She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.

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This is her debut novel and wow, I am amazed at how fast I finished this book. I read it in two days! Zoje’s writing style is smooth and kept me glued to the story and admittedly, totally creeped out, by this little girl. I always have a soft spot though and got emotional towards the end. Don’t want to ruin it for you so I won’t say anything more, but just pick it up and give it a whirl. Baby Teeth {Affiliate Link} is definitely the perfect thriller read this Halloween season.

Favorite Quote

“How much had her young brain already misconstrued? Observing, absorbing. Warping, twisting. Drawing conclusions about everything they did.”

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