Book Review

Book Review : The Vines by Shelley Nolden

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Hi friend! My book review today is for The Vines by Shelley Nolden.

Below you’ll find the description of this book provided by NetGalley, followed by my personal review and star rating.

*Disclaimer : I received a copy of this ebook for free from NetGalley and Freiling Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Description :

In the shadows of New York City lies forbidden North Brother Island, where the remains of a shuttered hospital hide the haunting memories of century-old quarantines and human experiments. The ruins conceal the scarred and beautiful Cora, imprisoned by contagions and the doctors who torment her. When Finn, a young urban explorer, arrives on the island and glimpses an enigmatic beauty through the foliage, intrigue turns to obsession as he seeks to uncover her past—and his own family’s dark secrets. By unraveling these mysteries, will he be able to save Cora? Will Cora meet the same tragic ending as the thousands who’ve already perished on the island?

The Vines intertwines North Brother Island’s horrific and elusive history with a captivating tale of love, betrayal, survival, and loss.

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My Review : The Vines

My first thought when I finished reading The Vines was “what did I just read?!” I couldn’t figure out if I loved it or hated it.

We meet Cora, Finn, Kristian and a whole host of others who treat Cora like a lab rat.


The abuse that she put up with was pretty hard to read a lot of the time. I did learn to appreciate her resiliency throughout the course of the book. She was led to believe that so much was riding on her illnesses.

I think that Finn really did come to have some real feelings for her, and the ending of the book felt like there was room for a part 2.

I also liked how they tied Typhoid Mary into it too. (If you, like me are an MFM fan, then did you get a chuckle remembering how they talked about her?)

I think if this book had wrapped up sooner I would have rated it higher…but it just dragged on endlessly sometimes.

3 Stars