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Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

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Serious Moonlight
By: Jenn Bennett

Published: April 2019
Published by: Simon Pulse
Format Read: ARC, eBook, Kindle App
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 5/5

NOTE: I was sent a copy of Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett, from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.

Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.

In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that the most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.

-Goodreads

My Thoughts

Serious Moonlight was a surprise 5 star read for me and among my favourites, that I’ve read this year to date. Set in the beautifully described Seattle, readers follow as two young people navigate a new romance and try to solve a mystery of a reclusive author.

There were so many things that I loved about this book including; the mystery and pop culture references and quotes, the diversity of the characters and the chemistry they had together. I found both Birdie and Daniel to be very relatable. I appreciate how the author chose to represent two very different health afflictions with a character who was deaf in one ear, and another who suffered narcolepsy. Both of which I hadn’t previously read about in young adult fiction.

I found Daniel to be especially charming and loved how he worked to win over Birdie’s affections.

Jenn Bennett’s Serious Moonlight was a wonderful romance with a touch of mystery, that I would highly recommend. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Challenges

Books I Need to Read in 2019

2019 Releases I Own

2019 Releases Sent for Review

Books Hauls

Book Haul: May 2019

Here are the books that I added to my collection during the month of May.

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Snow Fence Road by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Sent for Review

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Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock

Library Book Sale

Book Reviews · Recommendations

Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, 2) by Jacqueline Winspear

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Birds of a Feather
(Maisie Dobbs, #2)

By: Jacqueline Winspear
Read by: Kim Hicks

Published: January 2004
Published by: Audiogo
Format Read: Audiobook, Library Book
Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

It is the spring of 1930, and Maisie has been hired to find a runaway heiress. When three of the heiress’s old friends are found dead, Maisie must race to find out who would want to kill these seemingly respectable young women before it’s too late. As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers lie in the unforgettable agony of the Great War.

Goodreads

My Thoughts

Private investigator Maisie Dobbs is back in the second installment of Jacqueline WInspear’s series. Like the first book, she is on the case of a mystery linking to World War I.

This series is of great interest to me as it is explores the aftermath of the first world war and the lasting affect it had on those who lived through it. Although 15 years have passed, the roles that some played during those terrible years, still haunt them.

One of the many reasons why I liked the Maisie Dobbs, book one so much was due in part to the methods of deduction used in solving the mysteries. This method was even more compelling to me in Birds of a Feather and in the end I enjoyed it more than the first.

Initially I was disappointed that Rita Barrington wasn’t the narrator, but as I listened I realized that that Kim Hicks was a great fit for the role as well.

Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series is a clever historical mystery that I would highly recommend.

Currently Reading · Recommendations · Wrap-ups

Monthly Wrap-up: May 2019

Total Books Read in May: 4
Total Books Read in 2019: 20

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Welcome to Moonlight Harbor
(Moonlight Harbor, #1)

By: Sheila Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Rating: 3/5

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Birds of a Feather
(Maisie Dobbs, #2)

By: Jacqueline Winspear
Genre: Audiobook, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Rating: 5/5

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Serious Moonlight
By: Jenn Bennett

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, YA Lit
Rating: 5/5
NOTE: I was sent a copy of Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett, from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Bungalow Mystery
(Nancy Drew, #3)

By: Carolyn Keene
Read By: Laura Linney
Genre: Mystery, Series, Middle Grade, Classics
Rating: 4/5

DNF

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I struggled to get into this book and at 200 pages in, I decided not to read any further. This was really disappointing for me as the previous book I read by Maeve Binchy I absolutely loved. Perhaps I went into Tara Road with my expectations set too high.

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 4
Total Number of Fiction: 4
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 1
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 0
Total Library Books Read: 3

Challenge Update

2019 New Release Challenge: 1
2019 TBR Jar Challenge: 0

June TBR

From My TBR Jar

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Because I DNF’d my TBR Jar selection for the month of May, I will be aiming to read 2 books from my shelf this month.

Sent for Review

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Currently Reading

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