BLAST FROM THE PAST BOOK REVIEW: 2nd Chance by James Patterson and Andrew Gross


Title: 2nd Chance

Author: James Patterson and Andrew Gross

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

When I read it: August, 2012

Genre: Thrillers, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Crime


I am currently reading the 17th installment of the Women’s Murder club. Since there were so many books ahead of the 17th one, I want to post a review of each one separately, instead of creating a monster post. Most of this post will be about the plot, so that when I get to the 17th installment, readers will be caught up, in case they did not read all the books.

You can read my review of the 1st book, 1st to Die, here.

The Writing: As with most of the James Patterson books, the writing is nothing special. Patterson’s books are classic beach reads. Quick and entertaining for a day at the beach.

The Audiobook Recording: Nothing to report.

Expectations/Recommendations: Since I have read many of Patterson’s books before, I knew what to expect, and I was not disappointed. If you are looking for a quick read, and aren’t expecting anything intellectual, this is the right book for you.

See below for the plot of the book.

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BOOK REVIEW: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead


Title: When You Reach Me

Author: Rebecca Stead

Book Length (Audiobook): 4 hours 19 mins

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction, Children’s Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Time Travel


Brief Summary of the Plot from Goodreads: “Miranda is an ordinary sixth grader, until she starts receiving mysterious messages from somebody who knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.”

The Writing: Since this book was for middle school children, the book was very easy to read, and I was able to finish it pretty quickly.

The Audiobook Recording: Nothing of note to report.

Expectations/Recommendations: I only read this book to fulfill the requirement in my reading challenge “52 books in 52 weeks” to read a children’s book. I was not expecting much, however, I was pleasantly surprised. Miranda is a devout reader of Madeleine L’Engle’s book, A Wrinkle in Time, and has read the book several times. When You Reach Me has a very similar theme running through out the book. If you liked A Wrinkle in Time, then you will definitely like this book too.