First, Middle, and Last Impressions – October 13, 2021

I love taking a look at a book cover and description and then coming up with my own idea of what the book will be about. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m so wrong it’s almost funny. So I’ve decided to launch myself off of WWW Wednesday, a bookish meme run by Sam@Taking on a World of Words, and write about my first, middle, and last impressions of each book I read.

The first impression is based solely on the cover and description. What do I think it will be about?

The middle impression is kind of a check-in on how the story is going about halfway through.

The last impression is my final thoughts on the book, what I’m left thinking.

I hope you have as much fun with this as I will!


The Mother Next Door by Tara Laskowski – Thriller

the mother next door tara laskowski

First Impression: Halloween plus an exclusive group of moms plus secrets. I mean, nothing can go wrong, right?

Middle Impression: A bit of a letdown. Instead of twists and turns, it’s a bit eerie and creepy, but I also feel like the story is sharpening instead of becoming delightfully convoluted.

Last Impression: Ultimately, predictable, but the Halloween feel and the secrets did keep me on edge a bit.


Far From the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson – Science Fiction Mystery

far from the light of heaven tade thompson

First Impression: I’m expecting a fascinating sci-fi mystery with plenty of space danger and, apparently, a space wolf?

Middle Impression: This is something of a locked room mystery and one thing after another keeps happening, so I don’t feel there’s much progress on the actual mystery. Mostly feels like a survive-this-crazy-ship kind of story.

Last Impression: In the end, a really fun locked room mystery set in space. It really came together in the second half.


Sophie Valroux’s Paris Stars by Samantha Verant – Women’s Fiction

Sophie Valroux's Paris Stars by Samantha Verant

First Impression: I don’t really know what this is about, but I loved the first book, so I’m expecting this will be just as incredible on both the food and woman finding herself fronts.

Middle Impression: What can I say? So far it’s exactly as I expected!

Last Impression: Such a delicious book, both in terms of the food and the story. A beautiful story of finding oneself and one’s dreams while surrounded by tons of love and friends.


Merry Arlan: Breaking the Curse by Will Soulsby-McCreath – Fantasy

merry arlan breaking the curse will soulsby mccreath

First Impression: Seriously, no clue what this is about, but it’s by one of my favorite author bloggers whose short stories and flash fiction I absolutely adore, so I’m expecting this will be just like those and will be an incredibly fun ride.


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