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Hello, I’m Grace. I am a 2017 graduate from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. My goal is to work from home as a proofreader or editor but I am enjoying writing book reviews for now. Over the past couple of years, I have been writing book reviews for the Mendon Public Library and I thoroughly enjoy it.


I have enjoyed reading ever since I could follow my mom around the house and read to her The Selfish Crocodile over and over again. Google says the book was published in 1998 which would have made me six years old. I enjoyed a lot of books as I grew up, but off the top of my head some that I remember are: Tikki Tikko Tembo, Where the Wild Things Are, The Magic Tree House series, and all of Shel Silverstein’s books. I spent part of my middle school years buried in the Harry Potter series (of course). But my favorite books of all time are The Alchemist, Water for Elephants and A Man Called Ove. For some reason, I have never read The Great Gatsby but I bought it and plan to read it someday.


I am more than just a college graduate and a bookworm, though. I married my best friend in 2014 and we now live in the town of Honeoye Falls. We spend more time together than apart and surprisingly never get sick of each other. My favorite hobby is working out. I even competed in a figure competition in the fall of 2016. I spend a lot of time outside in the summer and hibernate in the winter.


Thank you to everyone who reads my reviews and if anyone wants to let me know their opinion of a book I reviewed or wants to suggest a book I should read I can be reached at the following email:


-Grace Ventura-


Ventura Book Reviews    


        Orphan Train
        Orphan Train was an absorbing and exciting novel to read...

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir   Into the Water   No Fears, No Excuses

Ryan has an excellent knack for storytelling. The dialogue is amazingly believable, and each scene is done perfectly...


Into the Water serves as another great read by Paula Hawkins...



Everyone has a different reason or excuse for not pursuing their passion and Smith debunks each of them in his chapters...

The Zookeeper's Wife   Crush It!   The Road

Only two pages in and I could tell that the author had done her research...



The book is full of good quotes but rather than sharing all of them, I suggest reading it yourself...


The setting seems so quiet that you might find yourself nervous that something bad is about to happen...

Out of the Easy   Paper Towns   Salt to the Sea

Although she writes in what may seem like a specific niche, Sepetys draws in readers of all ages and interests...


I’ll sum up with a quote from page 72, “Nothing is as boring as other people’s dreams,” except this book...


Every character is very different from the next and makes for an interesting and exciting read...


Those Who Save Us   Neverwhere   The Enchanted

If I were to sum up Those Who Save Us with one sentence, it would be...


Gaiman’s strong imagination and writing ability is clearly demonstrated...


My eyes were glued to the pages. I was easily transported to the dungeon...

Out of the Box Awakening   Because of Bethlehem   A Single Shot
Getting an email with an offer for a free book download seems super exciting - until you start reading the book...


Right from the first couple sentences I was put in the mood for Christmas time...



Even in the calmer moments I was sucked in, anxiously waiting for what would happen next...

Heirlooms   In Between   Room

Goosebumps became a standard for me as I read through Hall’s stories. I am sure they will have the same effect on other readers as well...


In Between is a novel that I think is either loved by a reader or is a disappointment to a reader...


  I was curious how a book written from a little boy's point of vew could end, but the way Donoghue wrapped it all up was perfect...

Under a Silent Moon   The Shack   The Scorch Trials

Haynes did not skimp on any detail and really brought the chaos behind the scenes of a police investigation to life...



The last two chapters will make the reader’s jaw drop in disbelief and leave one with the urge to pray that the story was published in the wrong genre...

  Dashner's imagination continues to amaze me and I am trusting that he has a mind-blowing explanation for everything...

The Maze Runner   Maisie Dobbs   The Girl On the Train

The Maze Runner is an enticing story that leaves the reader wanting more at the end of every chapter...


Although the story has its problems, like World War I,

Maisie Dobbs was a breath of fresh air. Let me explain...

  The Girl On the Train had me hooked right from the get-go. Every chapter left me hanging and begging to know more...

Earth Bound   Go Set A Watchman   America the Beautiful

Earth Bound includes a large handful of characters, most of whom have had an extremely traumatic past, that live on a farm where they have safety and can work together to heal...


  The controversy around Go Set A Watchman is the fact that Atticus is a racist, but the story is set in the 50s and in the South, so if he was not a racist the story would have been too perfect...

  America the Beautiful, published in 2011, is one of many of Dr. Carson’s books. This book is very interesting because he wrote it before he was ever considering running for president...

That Old Black Magic   My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry   lsdfsd

The novel is set around Saint Patrick's Day in New Orleans and Piper Donovan has only just arrived when the strange Hoodoo killings begin...


Let me begin by suggesting that you go into reading [this] with a wide-open mind and to not give up on it within the first few chapters...


At first I felt unsure about the title,[...] but after reading through all the pages I could not think of a better way to label this unfortunate situation... 





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