Worm ranking: Four = Very Good; Three and a half = Good; Three worms = Fair, but readable; Two and a half worms = So-So (don’t bother). The worms are very pernickety.
Objects of My Affection by Jill Somolinski Four worms
Surprisingly delightful examination of complicated issues. Strong character development and interesting storyline. Makes the reader want to clean out a closet. Romantic elements didn’t become tedious until near the end. Perfect for a book club.
Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells Three and a half worms
Humorous strong storyline became confusing when the narrative leapt through time and changed voices. May have been better to write as multiple book epic with more development of all the Ya-Ya members.
Murder Most Austen by Tracy Kiely Three worms
Clever alliterations to Jane Austen novels. Author ruined the suspense by stating who would die in the first chapter. Likeable main character with witty humor and detailed descriptions of the venue. Some logic errors didn’t add up.
The Turtle-Girl from East PukaPuka by Cole Alpaugh Two and a half worms
Beautiful brilliant descriptions ruined by author’s fixation on physical pleasure. Sections of the book qualify as soft porn. Could have used another chapter to wrap up the story.
The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay Two and a half worms
Characters needed more development. Interesting to learn more about the beginning of communist movement in China. Good description of travel through the luscious jungle. You could almost smell and taste the portrayal of portage.
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