This brilliantly written (seriously, it's fantastic!) book is one of those that make you think that just about anyone might bMindfuckery at its best.
This brilliantly written (seriously, it's fantastic!) book is one of those that make you think that just about anyone might be the murderer, and even though you will have probably guessed who at some point, you'll never really be sure until the end.
And speaking of the end, it brings us to the point why I gave it only 4 stars instead of 5 - (view spoiler)[The scene at the end with Anna at Elise's grave, whispering "I win."? Contrived, out of place, jarring, did not fit the tone of the book. After reading 400+ pages of Anna's mental anguish and the narrative's brilliant deflection of suspicion over every character but her, we get that one line of utterly cliched, and, dare I say, trashy writing that has no place in this book. (hide spoiler)]
Recommended for fans of Gone Girl, who will lap up this book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'm torn. I LOVED the first 80% of the book, but man, it ran out of steam the last 20% and fast! Meyer's writing style is highly reminiscent3.5 stars
I'm torn. I LOVED the first 80% of the book, but man, it ran out of steam the last 20% and fast! Meyer's writing style is highly reminiscent of Douglas Adams, so if you are a DA fan, I highly recommend this one. If you are someone who loves computers mixed with a bit of fantasy steeped in geek humour, I highly recommend this as well.
What's this? A YA novel with no romance?! IS THIS REAL LIFE???
In a few words - Awesome, plain awesome. Fantastic writing; Aslan captures the tension aWhat's this? A YA novel with no romance?! IS THIS REAL LIFE???
In a few words - Awesome, plain awesome. Fantastic writing; Aslan captures the tension and gruesome horror of a disaster plot beautifully. Absolutely loved the father-daughter survival story of The Islands at the End of the World.
It was really interesting learning about some of the Hawaiian Gods and their myths of which I knew nothing about. The only let-down for me was the ending. Seemed kind of vague and, dare I say it, lame. I could have done without the paranormal element, but the rest of the book more than made up for it.
If you read only one YA book this year, make this that book.
I feel conflicted. I liked and enjoyed the book - highly imaginative with rich characterization, but Sophie is stopping me from rating3.5 stars maybe?
I feel conflicted. I liked and enjoyed the book - highly imaginative with rich characterization, but Sophie is stopping me from rating it higher. Her character went back and forth SO MUCH -
(She's Good! She's Bad now! She's Good again! Uh, oh, Bad now! Gotcha! She's Good, really. Nope, Bad to the last! Oops! I have no freaking clue...)
- that it got really annoying by the end.
I read that the author is a screenwriter as well, and has written movie screenplays before penning this book. It shows. The entire novel reads like a movie in the making (which, it apparently is), and that's in a good way. His descriptions make it easy for you to imagine the scenes playing out right in front of you.
It is also funny as hell. Do read, for a fresh and witty take on fairy-tales....more
Disclaimer : If you have not yet read the blurb for this book, DO NOT READ IT - It gives away way, WAY too much information. (BuFuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.
Disclaimer : If you have not yet read the blurb for this book, DO NOT READ IT - It gives away way, WAY too much information. (But if you are of the kind that believes that it's the journey and not the destination, then go right ahead).
If you've already read the blurb then the mindfuck factor of this book lessens considerably, but the ending will still make you gasp and say "What?! What?!" for about 10 minutes straight.
Recommended for those who like works by Gillian Flynn....more
* Cath - a slash fanfic writing hermit with zero social skills, who just wants to be left alone in her room with her laptop and her3.5 stars
* Cath - a slash fanfic writing hermit with zero social skills, who just wants to be left alone in her room with her laptop and her Simon Snow memorabilia (I can relate to that, more than I'd like to admit)
* The thinly-veiled nod to Harry Potter in the form of Simon Snow and his magical world
Simon Snow is an 11-year-old orphan from Lancashire who is recruited to attend the Watford School of Magicks to become a magician. As he grows older, Simon joins a group of magicians — the Mages — who are fighting the Insidious Humdrum, an evil being trying to rid the world of magic
(The "spells" made me laugh out loud! Observe - "Up, up and away!", "Presto chango!", "Olly olly oxen free!" and a seventh-year spell that requires you to click your heels and say "There's no place like home!")
* The utter lack of exploration of any relationship apart from Cath's and Levi's. Seriously, even that of Cath's and Wren's (her twin sister!) left much to be desired. Her absentee mom? Nada. She came in abruptly and left just as abruptly. Nothing beyond that.
* Abrupt dismissal of Cath's Fanfic Magnum Opus. Where the hell is the story she was desperately trying to meet the deadline for? Whatever happened to it?!
* Extracts of Simon Snow books added in between chapters. While entertaining, they were unnecesary and jarring.
I'm going to be honest here - I hadn't even heard of this book until the Internet went crazy over the reveal that Jo wrote it.
Two things - a) Jo wroteI'm going to be honest here - I hadn't even heard of this book until the Internet went crazy over the reveal that Jo wrote it.
Two things - a) Jo wrote this. b) It's a whodunit involving a private eye. So, naturally, I simply HAD to read it.
Somehow, branching out (again) and writing a crime-mystery novel seems natural for Jo (because, come on, who saw that Peter Pettigrew plot twist in PoA coming, amirite?). Not surprisingly, she manages to pull it off with panache. For those of you who have read The Casual Vacancy, after the bleak world of Pagford, it is a pleasure to see Jo's dry wit on paper again. While it is certainly less "adult" than TCV, fair warning - there is still a healthy sprinkling of f-bombs throughout the book (but, honestly, that should hardly matter at this point)
Imposing and, yet, vulnerable at the same time, the bear-like protagonist of the novel, Cormoran Strike, private eye, is immediately likeable. He is exactly opposite to Poirot in appearance but just as sharp when it comes to details. It is such fun to watch him piece together the clues to the murder of one Lula Landry, along with the help of his personal assistant, Robin, who, I might add, is perfectly adorable. The relationship between Strike and Robin is extremely endearing, and can I just say, I ship them SO HARD!
While the plot of the book is not exactly fast-paced, it has enough things happening to keep the reader from getting bored. Fans of Agatha Christie will find nothing new in this novel and, indeed, will have guessed the killer(s) way before the big reveal, but Jo has taken a tried and tested story and turned it into a refreshing read nonetheless, with her trademark writing. The level of detail in each description is amazing and her gift of creating solid, complex characters - as always - astounds. Observe -
“Another minute passed, and then a small black man was suddenly crossing the floor towards Strike, catlike and silent on rubber soles. He walked with an exaggerated swing of his hips, his upper body quite still except for a little counterbalancing sway of the shoulders, his arms almost rigid.
Guy Somé was nearly a foot shorter than Strike and had perhaps a hundredth of his body fat. The front of the designer’s tight black T-shirt was decorated with hundreds of tiny silver studs which formed an apparently three-dimensional image of Elvis’s face, as though his chest were a Pin Art toy. The eye was further confused by the fact that a well-defined six-pack moved underneath the tight Lycra. Somé’s snug gray jeans bore a faint dark pinstripe, and his trainers seemed to be made out of black suede and patent leather.
His face contrasted strangely with his taut, lean body, for it abounded in exaggerated curves: the eyes exophthalmic so that they appeared fishlike, looking out of the sides of his head. The cheeks were round, shining apples and the full-lipped mouth was a wide oval: his small head was almost perfectly spherical. Somé looked as though he had been carved out of soft ebony by a master hand that had grown bored with its own expertise, and started to veer towards the grotesque.
Brilliant. I loved it. Looking forward to the sequel!...more