So here's the thing, while I find a fair number of books enjoyable in some way, shape or form, it is very, very rare for me to be absolutely blown awaSo here's the thing, while I find a fair number of books enjoyable in some way, shape or form, it is very, very rare for me to be absolutely blown away by a book like I was by Find Her: A Novel by Lisa Gardner. It's even rarer for it to happen when it concerns a book that has a lot of hype surrounding it. But I'm not going to lie, with Find Her: A Novel, the hype and the praise is well-earned.
Now yes I like a good mystery, suspense, thriller as much as the next person. While Find Her: A Novel was all that, it was so much more. It was a veritable tour de force in trauma, the human psyche, and general badassness. When we first meet Flora Dane, she is on the dance floor, and though she seems to be having a good time, it becomes quite apparent very quickly that a good time is not what she is really after. No, she has alterior motives for being there that don't become clear right away. Well at least there is a point when you think they become clear, but trust me, you are still wrong.
'Flora Dane is a victim. Flora Dane is a survivor. Flora Dane is reckless'. Flora Dane is each one of those things, depending on who you ask, but to the reader it becomes very apparent that Flora Dane is all those things and more. She is a bit broken, if I'm being honest, but who wouldn't after the ordeal of being kidnapped and being held for 427 days, some of those spent in a pine coffin box. I don't think I would ever be the same person I was after going through something like that. Actually, I know that I wouldn't and Flora is no different. It's very clear, very early on that Flora has a motive for behaving the way she does. But here is the great thing about Find Her: A Novel; you are never really quite sure just what that motive is until the very end.
And really don't try to put this book down once you pick it up. Because it's not very easy and even if you do manage to do so, you will find yourself wondering what's going to happen next, while you are supposed to be doing something else. The only thing that prevented me from finishing Find Her: A Novel in one sitting was a family emergency. Otherwise, I would have sacrificed my sleep just to knock this one out in one sitting.
Find Her: A Novel by Lisa Gardner is an amazing book that once you start reading it, you won't be able to stop....more
I tried with this one, I really did. I really, really tried to like or get into the latest offering from K.A. Tucker – He Will Be My Ruin, but it neveI tried with this one, I really did. I really, really tried to like or get into the latest offering from K.A. Tucker – He Will Be My Ruin, but it never panned out.
Here’s the lowdown. In He Will Be My Ruin, we meet Maggie, who has come to New York to clean out the apartment of her closest friend, Celine, after her unexpected death. Celine’s death has been ruled a suicide, but Maggie is not buying it and as such begins her own investigation into her friends death. Of course in the course of her detective work, Maggie learns things about Celine that she never knew leading her to question if she ever really knew Celine at all. Sounds interesting right? Unfortunately for me, it sounded way more interesting than it turned out to be. Why?
It was so freaking predictable it wasn’t even funny. From the end of the first chapter, I already knew who did it, and from the next few chapters I had a pretty good idea why. I read the book all the way to the end to see if I was right in my early assumptions, and I was, which was a big disappointment for me. I like being surprised and thrown a curveball every now and then. Even the plot curveballs in He Will Be My Ruin were so telegraphed they were practically maps.
On top of all that, He Will Be My Ruin is full of a cast of unlikeable characters. I mean all of them, including the deceased Celine, are just so unlikeable it’s insane. There was not one character that I could identify with or ended up liking. I hated them all, and it really ended up being a contest of who I dislike more. My most disliked character is Maggie, our protagonist, by the way.
All in all, He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker was not a very enjoyable book for me. While it wasn’t ‘I’m going to throw this book out the window’ bad, it was nowhere near the best work K.A. Tucker has to offer. ...more
When And Again by Jessica Chiarella was first pitched to me I was super, super intrigued. I mean how could I not be about a book that takes four termiWhen And Again by Jessica Chiarella was first pitched to me I was super, super intrigued. I mean how could I not be about a book that takes four terminally ill people and essentially has them be re-born again, healthy, at their current age, and with all of their memories in-tact? Sounds pretty cool, and for anyone who has ever gone through a long, drawn out, painful illness or watched a loved one suffer through one, I think we would all pretty much jump at the chance offered to the characters in this book.
But here’s the thing, if you are looking for a fast paced, and kind of action packed book, then And Again by Jessica Chiarella is not for you. Like at all. Instead what we have is a slower paced story that focuses on the individuals as they essentially begin their new lives. It’s a bit like documenting a clinical trial, except it’s being done in novel format than a purely scientific report. Once I adjusted my expectations, I thoroughly enjoyed And Again by Jessica Chiarella.
Not because the subject matter was particularly groundbreaking or anything; because let’s face it, we have all thought about it, but science hasn’t figured out a way to do what the book purposes just yet. But in any case And Again by Jessica Chiarella was enjoyable because it was relatable, to some extent, to anyone who has ever been in the position of facing a terminal illness of either themselves or a loved one. The struggles, the heartache, the confusion, the joy and more often than not the pain, are all something that everyone dealing with an illness goes through. Not to mention the absolute uncertainty that comes with it as well.
It’s interesting to note that even though we are witnessing these four characters go through something very profound, you, as the reader doesn’t get too attached. It’s almost like you are bit removed from the situation and kind of watching things happen in a fishbowl, which I think is pretty cool because it prevents And Again by Jessica Chiarella from becoming and overly emotional book....more
Not really sure why this one won an award. It's long, tedious and gross. It's all you can do to keep reading the rather graphic and sometimes unnecessNot really sure why this one won an award. It's long, tedious and gross. It's all you can do to keep reading the rather graphic and sometimes unnecessary descriptions of violence....more
For the love of God, can everyone who pitches this book to me please stop referring to it as 'being like Jarhead'? It's not, not even close. I couldn'For the love of God, can everyone who pitches this book to me please stop referring to it as 'being like Jarhead'? It's not, not even close. I couldn't get that out of my mind when I was reading Youngblood and as a result, I can't help but compare the two and it doesn't work out very well for Youngblood.