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December Book Reviews

As the end of the year draws closer, I’ve had less time to read. That hasn’t stopped me from starting four new books before I’ve finished the two I’d already started! However, I have managed to finish two that I can review for you.

The first is Placebo by Steven James. I’ve been a fan of Steven James novels since I was introduced to his Patrick Bowers series. Placebo is his newest series and I’m excited to see where it goes. This book is in the Thriller category and there is blood and gore, so if you don’t like those kinds of books, you’ll want to skip this one. But if you don’t mind the blood, you like science, and mystery, then you’ll like this book.


I listened to this as an audio book and it kept my attention all the way through. Even though I was doing other things while I listened to it, my mind never wandered from the story line. I really enjoyed learning about Jevin banks. His career choice, a magician, gives him a unique set of skills that helps him figure out if people are cons, but a tragedy in his past could affect his ability to do his job.


I’m excited to read more about Jevin Banks and his adventures and I’ll be keeping my eye out for book number two in this series.

The second book I want to review is The Professor by Charlotte Bronte. One of my favorite books is Jane Eyre and I’ve been wanting to read the other books Charlotte Bronte wrote. I finally found an audiobook copy of The Professor and listened to it.


I’m glad I read it once, but it was difficult to get through. In some ways I thought it was similar to Villette as it had to do with a teacher from England teaching in a foreign school. But the character was dull. He didn’t have much life experience, or ambition, and there was no hint of a love interest until I was more than half way through the book. It seemed to jump around and the character didn’t really make any significant relationships with anyone for the majority of the book.

If you’re into reading classics, I would only recommend this book if you really want to mark it off your list of classics to read.