Palo Duro by Andrew J Brandt

How I Read It: PDF

Dates Read: 9/13/20

How I Found It: Reedsy Discovery

This is a review for Reedsy Discovery. The original review is posted at The review on this blog is slightly less formal, and a lot of me working out what I wanted to say in the official review. Please check out the other review as well!

Very rarely do I sit down with my dad because I need to work out how I feel about a book. There are a lot of things that. truly enjoyed, but there were a lot of things that didn’t match up to my expectation. On a personal note, this is the first book that I have reviewed from the Reedsy Discovery collection, so I am a little nervous about this entire thing. So bear with me, here we go!

Set in Palo Duro, Texas, United States of America, Rachel Hernandez disappears after discovering a Native American cave. Her twin, Ricky, and her roommate, Jordan, are left trying to piece together what happened and how they can find a way to move on with their lives. But when Rachel’s phone shows up 4 months later, Ricky and Jordan start to learn that things are not as they seem.

So potential spoiler, as a reader, my immediate connection to something else I have read is The Magic Treehouse series. It’s been a hot minute since I have read the books (and considering I stopped reading them in middle school, I have read A LOT of them), but I was immediately taken back to my childhood. This book, in my opinion, is a grown up version of the books I grew up as a child. But with that said, it is definitely designed for people on the younger end of the young adult (my dad says to call that young teen).

This book has been advertised as being a thriller. I really don’t see it. I think that this could be considered an adventure, a mystery or a mixture of the two, but there weren’t enough elements of a thriller for me to feel like it falls in this category.

So now is the time where I need to give my star review. As someone who has a lot of opinions, I have been tossing and turning in my head of what to give this book. If I was younger, and hadn’t read as many thrillers in the past month, I probably would give this book a higher rating, and is that really fair? There are a lot of people who are giving this a 4 star review, and I just can’t in good conscience agree. So I am personally going to give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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