I'm finally starting to break free from my reading slump! As you know, I've recently gotten really into thrillers written for women. (You can tell, beI'm finally starting to break free from my reading slump! As you know, I've recently gotten really into thrillers written for women. (You can tell, because they all seem to have "Girl" somewhere in the title).
The Good Girl sucked me in right away, but then I started to get bored by the constantly flipping timelines and viewpoint characters. I mean it was just too much to keep track of, and I probably would have liked the story better if Eve's POV was cut completely leaving us with just Colin and Gabe for the main narration and Mia for the epilogue. So after dragging my feet for a while, I got completely immersed once again around the 2/3 mark and then rushed through to the end. I can honestly say that this is the first time in a long time that the ending of a book actually surprised me, and, for that, I highly recommend it.
At first I wondered why Harlequin had decided to publish this book, but then I got it. It's like a fucked up adult version of Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and the Beast unDisneyfied and moved into the bitter 21st century. This is a book that will stick with me. Definitely recommend....more
Wow, I seem to be on a roll of selecting books I just don't like. I was super excited to start this new-to-me series by Sara Shepard. After all, I devWow, I seem to be on a roll of selecting books I just don't like. I was super excited to start this new-to-me series by Sara Shepard. After all, I devoured all 16 Pretty Little Liars books in rapid succession, and I would read more if she wrote them. The Lying Game, however, was a humungous disappointment, and I will not be continuing the series. Here are my issues with it...
*Convoluted POV - POV is of the dead twin but she's also inside the head of the live twin, which makes for a very jarring POV, where you think you're in Emma's head, but then all of a sudden Sutton is talking in first person. *Weak characters - How I longed for the PLL set. I think having a single narrator versus four also really hurt this book. *Weak plotting - I just didn't care what happened to Sutton. I only wanted it to get resolved so the book could be over. But since this is a series, the book ended without resolving it.
That said, the writing was great stylistically, and Shepard is a master of description. But the rest of this book fell flat for me, which is why I give it a rating of two stars, "finished but with great difficulty". Read Pretty Little Liars instead....more
Loved her debut, loved the start of this novel, but was ultimately disappointed. The info about the iron lung and about Vivian herself was fascinatingLoved her debut, loved the start of this novel, but was ultimately disappointed. The info about the iron lung and about Vivian herself was fascinating, but Holly (the main protag) was very meh. I got sick of reading about her money issues, and the plot seemed to go nowhere. I will still read this author again. Her debut A WATERSHED YEAR was *that* amazing....more
I think this book tried to be bigger than it was. The writing and characterization were amazing, but the plot was drawn out and the ultimate pay-off iI think this book tried to be bigger than it was. The writing and characterization were amazing, but the plot was drawn out and the ultimate pay-off incredibly disappointing. It seemed like John Green set out to write an essay on Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass and accidentally created a novel, then, realizing his mistake, forced a "deep" and totally out of place conversation on its protagonists by way of wrapping the novel up. I was left very unsatisfied....more
What can I say I'm really on a women's thrillers kick as of late. Holy wow, were none of the characters in this likable! Still, I did become attachedWhat can I say I'm really on a women's thrillers kick as of late. Holy wow, were none of the characters in this likable! Still, I did become attached to our primary protagonist, an unemployed alcoholic peeping Tom. The twist was not a surprise. You kind of figure it out given who the narrators are and how few characters are introduced, but still I was sucked in. Very well written and great characterization. I enjoyed it!...more
It's my fault for reading such a hyped up book. I almost always find them disappointing unless I'm one of the early adopters, one of those hipster reaIt's my fault for reading such a hyped up book. I almost always find them disappointing unless I'm one of the early adopters, one of those hipster readers who fell in love with a book before it was cool. However, if not for its rabid popularity, Gone Girl could have very easily ended up as a DNF for me. It starts out that slow, and its "twists" are that obvious. Yes, by the time I'd hit the 50% mark and started in on Part 2 of the 3-part tome, I found myself turning pages faster, and the very end was a surprise (but more of a meh than an ooh-ahh kind of surprise). The perverse characters will stick with me, but I'll also have to think long and hard before picking up another Gillian Flynn novel....more
I found myself completely sucked into this novel right away. Some may complain that the main character wasn't relatable, but that's what made her so iI found myself completely sucked into this novel right away. Some may complain that the main character wasn't relatable, but that's what made her so intriguing. The damage was obvious right from the beginning, and it made me want to keep reading to find out what had made her that way. Both sides of this dual storyline were unputdownable, but especially the high school timeline. This book was beautifully written, plotted, paced, and characterized. I have zero complaints and only wish this wasn't the author's debut. Highly recommended with one warning: The content is extremely disturbing--so much so I wasn't allowed to discuss it with my husband as I often do with my reading selections. If you can handle a dark and edgy book in which terrible, terrible things happen to a fourteen-year-old girl, then definitely pick this one up!...more
What if Harry Potter and the X-Men were real? What if they lived together in one awesomely terrifying universe? What if they played fast and loose witWhat if Harry Potter and the X-Men were real? What if they lived together in one awesomely terrifying universe? What if they played fast and loose with their sexuality and refused to apologize about it?
Welcome to Song of Secrets, a thrilling LGBT Urban Fantasy first-in-series that I devoured. This book is very aware of itself, allowing the characters to reference Harry Potter, Frozen, X-Men, and other related entertainment franchise icons–and, for me at least, that made it so much better.
The first 10% or so is rather disorienting as you’re tossed into this brave new world with four alternating viewpoint characters, but once they come together, the fun really starts. Gabe and Theo are natural–or feral–witches who have never understood their powers. Kitty and Erin are human-demon hybrids–one of whom has been imprisoned and tortured for her powers and the other who is perpetually disappointing her ultra demon mom who expects more of her.
Each is recruited into a small homeschool environment where there’s instant friction. Too bad house rule #2 is no getting it on with your housemates. Darn!
I found myself most attached to the character of Theo who can shift into several different forms, including the owl on the cover. Unlike other popular shifters (ahem, Mystique), she can’t change form willy-nilly. Theo must absorb the animal she wants to acquire, and doing so kills the animal, which destroys her just enough to limit her inventory of readily available bodies. Also each animal comes with its out set of instincts and desires, which are some times at odds with what Theo wants. My favorite part of the book came when Theo was questioning her humanity after a rather disturbing incident that went down while she was in jaguar form.
Another thing I loved about Theo is how well written she was. She wasn’t just a floating head. She really embodied each and every one of her forms. Through Theo, I felt flight, I felt carnal hunger, and I felt what it was like to smell in four dimensions. It. Was. Awesome!
This special attention to world-building is what really made Song of Secrets sing. If you love reading about worlds you can step right into for yourself, this is a must read!...more
Read this one at hubby's request since it is by an author who means a lot to him, and I'm proud to say I enjoyed it! Although the humor genre is not uRead this one at hubby's request since it is by an author who means a lot to him, and I'm proud to say I enjoyed it! Although the humor genre is not usually my thing, I found it fun and thoughtful. Great characterization and beautiful prose plus an awesome concept. The only downer is that the plot was pretty meandering. Still, I'd recommend it!...more