Dakota Diva Book Reviews


  • The Burning Girls  by C. J. Tudor
    MYSTERY , WOMEN'S FICTION / February 28, 2021

    I always grab C. J. Tudor's books. I loved the Chalk Man so much and always hope the author's latest effort will live up to the Chalk Man in elements of mystery and character. The Burning Girls is the story of Jack (yes, that's her name- Jack) and her daughter and their move to a small English village. A group of quirky, mean, and secretive characters greet Jack when she arrives and she quickly b....


  • 10 % Happier - How I Tamed The Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - A True Story  by Dan Harris
    NON-FICTION / January 30, 2021

    So, who doesn't want to be happier? Exactly! Everyone, right? This caught my eye and when I flipped it open I found it was about meditating for better mental health. Well, I have tried to use meditation in my life on a few occasions but never really felt I got the hang of it. Here in 10% Happier the reader learns about the author and his own struggles with discontent, racing thoughts, and his sear....


  • The Priest  by Tiffany Reisz
    FICTION , WOMEN'S FICTION / March 29, 2020

    Three steps forward, two steps back. The Priest was on its way to be my favorite of Tiffany Reisz’s The Original Sinners series. The characters are starting anew in New Orleans after leaving New York City. The story opens with Soren gone, this is not unexpected to the regular reader, new readers might be puzzled. Nora has gained a dog and the pair seem to be thriving together, no small feat for a....


  • The Family Upstairs  by Lisa Jewell
    FICTION , WOMEN'S FICTION / March 02, 2020

    Things can really go off the rails in life! The Family Upstairs is a twisting tale of children caught in circumstance created by parents who seem lost and gullible. Enter in a man and women who take control of these lost parents and also the children.  As the reader swings back and forth between the chapters we are taken through the story by Libby, who has just inherited a huge house, then by Lucy....


  • The Peacock Emporium  by Jojo Moyes
    FICTION , WOMEN'S FICTION / February 05, 2020

    This was almost a DNF.  I found it somewhat slow. No, really slow. I know readers love her other novels, but based on this one I don't think I'm a fan. Save yourself and your time : read something else.


  • Where I End & You Begin  by Preston Norton
    FICTION , YOUNG ADULT / January 21, 2020

    This book caught my attention and although I thought it a bit slow at first I have decided it was worth reading just because I am so out of touch with the teenage experience. It's been a long time since I've been one and this book reminds me why I never want to be one again! It's tough! Anyway, it's a body swapping (yes, you read that right) life's not fair, experimenting with sexuality, family is....


  • Theater Nights are Murder  by Libby Klein
    FICTION , MYSTERY , ADVANCE READING COPY / December 01, 2019

    Theater Nights Are Murder is the latest mystery by Libby Klein. It is cute and quick. Nothing exceptional in this reviewer's opinion and in fact I found the murder almost uninteresting, instead finding Poppy's love triangle with Gia and Tim the best part of the plot. Still, readers of the "cozy" will probably enjoy the book.


  • The Hiding Place  by C. J. Tudor
    FICTION / May 30, 2019

    I wish I liked The Hiding Place more. True, the main character, Joe, is somewhat interesting to follow along with, but the plot doesn't come together for me. Gambling debts, childhood secrets, and what seems to be a "Pit" with mystical powers spin around in the book, not fully fleshed out in my opinion.  It was a quick read, but I don't think I will remember it in a week.


  • Dracul  by Dacre Stoker and J. B. Barker
    FICTION / April 28, 2019

    Holy Cow, this book blew my mind! Dracula is one of my all time favorites so when I saw this I decided to give it a try. It is a combination of fact and fiction, woven into a prequel of sorts to Dracula. In it we meet Bram Stoker, who is inserted into the story as if he is a fictional character.  We meet his family too, and a slightly odd nanny named Ellen. This nanny is the source of the creepy, ....


  • Closing the Deal  by Marie Harte
    AUDIO BOOK / April 28, 2019

    At 3 hours and 45 minutes this audio book is a quick listen.  It is the story of Derrick and Sydney and although too quick to get into a lot of depth, I really enjoyed it. There are sex scenes, somewhat graphic, so if that's not your thing you should skip this.  On another note, I thought the voice actress Emma Wilder did a good job reading the parts, sometimes this can make or break an audio book....