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A review of Mud Vein

I did not expect to read what I just read. I would have never guessed in a million years what this book would have ultimately been about.

Mud Vein was dirty and real and exactly what I expected from Tarryn. Senna is an author that does not open up, to anyone. It takes being kidnapped and stripped bare of she thought she knew for her to realize her life isn’t what she wanted her thought it was. Just like Senna’s, my mind was cranking full throttle trying to decipher the cryptic clues left by her zoo keeper and try to figure out why she was kidnapped. I don’t want to give too much away in case whoever reads this, hasn’t read this book.

My one favorite takeaway from this book: the love of your life and your soulmate can and most likely will be two different people. You can fight it with every cell in your body, but it is a possibility if you believe in that sort of thing.

My least favorite takeaway from this book: I can’t help but notice Tarryn is always throwing a wildcard in her books. Some random detail that, I personally feel doesn’t add too much to the plot. I don’t know if it is intentional, to throw off the readers. And it is a detail that always happens at the end of her books. I don’t believe it ties the story together… But that’s Tarryn and I still love her writing overall.

A review of Mud Vein

a review of The Nightingale

The Nightingale, although historical fiction, gave me a glimpse into what people, especially women, had to endure during WW2 in Occupied France. The language was fluid and natural and as the war pressed on you can see in your mind the desperation the two main protagonists: Vianne and Isabelle had and you get to see the war from two sides of the spectrum although ultimately both sisters came full circle. Vianne: obediant, and so trusting, and Isabelle, free and spirited only wanting France to stand up to the Nazis. I could relate to both but especially the younger sister since I too am a young sister. It was very tragic, as all war stories are, there are never really any happy endings, just endings that you must live with. I also found myself with mixed feelings towards the French citizens and some of the Nazi soldiers, because there are people, although they were in a very bad political group, they themselves were not bad people. You can really see all sides to the story and know that we are all born the same and upbringing and influence play a very strong role in our lives whether people believe that or deny it. I can not even begin to describe how many times I cried in this book (probably more than The Fault in Our Stars). Everything was just so completely human and it makes me grateful to be living in the time that I do.

a review of The Nightingale