This is a book that I wanted to read since the moment I heard about it. And thanks to Hachette Australia, I received a lovely hardback copy. :)
Anna isThis is a book that I wanted to read since the moment I heard about it. And thanks to Hachette Australia, I received a lovely hardback copy. :)
Anna is a troubled teen. After things get really messy back home and she can't put up with her 'crazy' mother and 'mean' stepmother, she steals her stepmum's credit card and flies to Los Angeles. She just wants to get away from Atlanta, and luckily has an older sister waiting there.
That's when her mother drops a bombshell on them, and tells Anna to stay with her sister (Delia) all summer.
Delia is an actress. She has as many secrets as she tells lies. Yet she seems to have a steady stream of B-grade roles and a nice apartment on the Hollywood Hills. She also has a really nice scriptwriter boyfriend (Dex) and an ex (Roger) who keeps pulling her back into his life with the lure of the next breakthrough project.
Anna's life might suck, but at least she gets paid by Roger to read a bunch of creepy Manson family books. She becomes fascinated and disgusted by the Manson girls, and saddened about the victims. So much it starts freaking her out. She also gets to hang out with Dex on the set of a corny but popular TV show. A show starring the Taylor twins: two hotties around her age.
The longer Anna spends in Tinseltown, the more she realises that this isn't just the city where dreams come true. It's also where they go to die...
Well, this book is heavy on just about everything. But in the best way possible! I loved Anna. She was troubled but, more than that, I think she was misunderstood and ignored by the people who mattered most--her parents. Her divorced parents have their own lives and problems to deal with, and she usually winds up taking the backseat to everyone/everything else.
The parallels between most of the Manson girl origins and her current situation are eerie, but definitely there. I liked how she shared the research information about those crazy lost girls, but it wasn't glorified, and she wasn't obsessed with them in a damaging way.
I also really liked the way she described LA. This wasn't about the glitzy side where famous people are perfect and successful. She saw the darker more realistic side, where writers and actors struggle every single day to stay afloat. Or even manage to have enough jobs lined up, but always remain in the shadows of the Hollywood we all think we know.
There's so much to like in this book! Especially Anna's snarky and honest voice, Delia's fabricated existence, and all the other characters who turn this story into a weird and wonderful experience. I also really liked the writing style.
My Favourite Manson Girl is so much better than I expected. It's an awesome adventure through the darker spaces of a place usually portrayed as fabulous. It's also one girl's summer of discovery and learning more about herself than she ever thought. Not to mention a great family drama! And there's even a touch of very unconventional romance. The focus never sways from Anna's self-discovery and self-acceptance.
This book might be primarily about Anna, but it's also about girls not wanting to lose themselves even when they get swept up in an uncontrollable swelling tide of expectation and disappointment.
I was curious about this book because no matter what music I was into at any given time, Prince's music was always in the background of my childhood,I was curious about this book because no matter what music I was into at any given time, Prince's music was always in the background of my childhood, teens and even into adulthood. There's no denying the impact he had on the music industry and that he always did things his way. Or the fact that I love so many of his songs.
But unfortunately, I just couldn't get into this book.
I know what I'm about to say sounds weird because Prince was such a private person and probably never would have done it, but I would've preferred to read about his life from him. Whether he wrote it himself or with someone, I think it would've been a much more honest and interesting experience. But of course, that will never happen now. :(
I read quite a bit of this book, and while Mick Wall can obviously write, I felt disconnected from Prince since the beginning. And that continually threw me out of the narrative.
Okay. Let me start by saying that I absolutely adored the Harry Potter series, so I was curious about this latest installment.
Harry Potter is all growOkay. Let me start by saying that I absolutely adored the Harry Potter series, so I was curious about this latest installment.
Harry Potter is all grown up and working for the Ministry of Magic. He's married to Ginny Weasley and they have three great kids. Well, one of them isn't so great. Albus is a bit of a troubled kid. He resents his father, is a total brat and becomes obsessed with changing the past. His best friend is Scorpius, who happens to be Draco Malfoy's son. Actually, this friendship is probably the most positive thing about Albus.
Messing around with the past is dangerous, and things are certainly going to get bad before they get better. So Harry, his son and a bunch of familiar faces have to come to terms with a darkness they have already defeated...
Um. Okay. I'm really torn about this. I started this story with so much enthusiasm. I was excited, ready to see where this would lead and hoped it would feel like a Harry story with a new twist. But the more I read, the more I realised that wasn't going to happen. My interest started to fade, until I realised what the problem was. This story wasn't necessary. Seriously, it wasn't.
My biggest gripes are Albus and the revisiting of past events. I couldn't stand Albus. He was snotty and arrogant, so full of himself. He went beyond being a difficult teenager and became annoying. And the past should have been left in the past, because that particular facet of the story turned a fresh idea into a very formulaic, predictable fan-fictionesque experience. (BTW, I'm pretty sure there's probably way better HP fanfic out there.)
I did enjoy catching up with familiar characters, liked the different format, and adored Scorpius. He was so cute and kind, such a shining star in a story that continued to dull.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an interesting concept, but it didn't feel like a Harry Potter story. It just didn't work for me. I think this will probably work better in the way it was supposed to be experienced: as a play. There is definitely something vital lost in translation.
In the end, this book looks lovely but it didn't captivate me in the same way as the original series. Instead, it felt like a poor quality carbon copy of the original books.
I just don't understand why the whole story deals with looking back instead of forward. We already know what happened in the past, and tampering with it isn't a good thing. :/ ...more
Since I couldn't get into Hooker, and I also had this one to review, I decided to check it out. And... same thing. Actually, the engaging writing stylSince I couldn't get into Hooker, and I also had this one to review, I decided to check it out. And... same thing. Actually, the engaging writing style from the other book was absent. Carter and Indiana were interesting enough, but I couldn't get into this story.
So, I read about 30 pages, skimmed the rest. I just wasn't interested in the characters or what was going on.
Again, not for me. And again, I won't rate it....more
I received this book for review and I was quite excited about reading it. The cover is lovely (not the one pictured) and the concept sounded interestiI received this book for review and I was quite excited about reading it. The cover is lovely (not the one pictured) and the concept sounded interesting. So, I picked it up today... and just couldn't get into it.
I found the writing to be lovely and even liked Jade. I felt sorry for her and hated the cruelty she experienced during her life. Then I met Brock. I didn't like him. At all. Seriously, I was enjoying the story until he entered the scene. I'm not into the popular billionare romance trope. It doesn't grab me. Especially when he happens to be arrogant and boring.
I read the first 90-something pages and kept losing interest. Until I just couldn't keep going.
Still, I skimmed ahead and got the gist of the rest of the story. Which was disappointing.
Yeah. Not my cup of tea.
I'm not going to rate it because of all the skimming....more
I borrowed this book from the library because I'd been hearing some really good things about it on Twitter. As soon as I started, I was hooked!
Ebony MI borrowed this book from the library because I'd been hearing some really good things about it on Twitter. As soon as I started, I was hooked!
Ebony Marshall lives in a small town called Dainsfield. Most people call her Black. Oh, and she's not exactly popular because most of her friends end up dying. So people say she's cursed, and she stays away from friendships. When someone actually asks her to the formal and he ends up in the hospital, even she starts to wonder if she is.
But at the heart of her 'curse' are some shady figures who will do whatever it takes to make sure that Black's possessed status is brought to an end. No matter what.
Like I said above, I was instantly hooked. I loved Black's voice, attitude and plight. The more I got to know her, the more I liked her and hoped that she would make it out of the horrible ordeal unscathed.
The writing is nice, the story great, and the characters interesting. I enjoyed this book. A lot. The only thing I didn't enjoy were the last three chapters. They felt a bit rushed, almost like they didn't fit with the rest of the book. I don't know what it was, but they threw me out of a narrative that I'd been totally engrossed by until Chapter Twenty-Six.
I know that sounds weird, but it's just a shame because other than that, I really enjoyed Black's story. :)
I actually found out about this book on Goodreads. And since I like a good thriller and really enjoyed The Murder Notebooks by Anne Cassidy, I was hapI actually found out about this book on Goodreads. And since I like a good thriller and really enjoyed The Murder Notebooks by Anne Cassidy, I was happy when I found a copy in the local library.
It's been five years since Mandy's two friends--Petra and Tina--went into a dilapidated house and never came out. The girls have been missing since, and Mandy has been hounded by guilt. She's even imagined seeing one of them.
As she starts to think about it more and now can't stay away from the site of their disappearance, she soon finds out the sinister truth about what really happened to the Moth Girls.
This story started out well enough, drew me right in. But it didn't take long for me to start pulling away from Mandy. I just couldn't get into her voice. Luckily, there's another POV and it's a really short book, otherwise I would've put it aside.
This was just okay for me. It's well written and reveals an interesting mystery, but is missing the tense, creepy factor that usually hooks me in. :/...more
Thanks to Ashleigh (who is awesome, btw!) from Hachette Australia, this year I got the chance to read the Grisha Trilogy. I enjoyed the books so muchThanks to Ashleigh (who is awesome, btw!) from Hachette Australia, this year I got the chance to read the Grisha Trilogy. I enjoyed the books so much that I couldn't wait to see what all the Six of Crows fuss was about.
And of course, I have to admit that the beautiful eye-catching cover caught my attention instantly. I might even go as far as to say: it all started with the pretty crow on the cover. :)
Kaz is known by many names on the streets of Ketterdam--Dirtyhands, demon, thief--and he encourages the myths and stories. After all, he worked hard to create his legendary status. In order to stay on top of the Dregs, he needs more than brain and brawn. Inej is known as the Wraith because she can climb any surface and sneak into every corner. She's a valuable informant to Kaz, but even their mutual respect isn't enough to tear down each other's emotional walls.
Jesper is good with his pistols, but not so good at the gambling that dominates his life. Still, he's another valuable ally for Kaz. Wylan is a merch's son trying to escape his father, but has his own peculiar talents.
Nina makes no secret of the fact she's a Grisha--a heartrender and sometimes tailor who uses her talent in a house where girls are expected to do other things. Matthias is her one regret. A Djerdan witchhunter who hunts and captures Grisha. Their connection is a complicated one. They have a mutual dislike for each other, bordering on undeniable attraction. And constantly play a game of who's saving who.
So when Kaz is hired by a merchant to break into the world's most formidable prison facility, of course these five are the people he chooses to take on this huge heist. Their mission is: break into the Djerdan Ice Court, find a prisoner able to produce a drug capable of morphing Grisha powers and turning them into junkies, then bust him out.
Yeah, sounds easy. Well, not so much.
Wow. What can I say about this book? I've been wanting to read it for ages and kept hearing great things... which I can confirm were well-deserved. Just like the first Grisha book, I found this story snuck up on me. One second I was getting to know the characters and their surroundings. The next, I was so familiar with each one that I couldn't stop reading.
I know a book's special when that happens. Or when I can spend hours reading and wonder where the time went because I got so caught up. When I'll sneak in just one more chapter before bedtime...
Six of Crow is another amazing, thrilling and very well written addition to the Grisha world. It's an incredible fantasy story full of tension, action and double crossing. The new locations are lush with detail and the new cast of misfits become vivid, unforgettable characters. The tale unfolds in a way that draws the reader in slowly, before totally taking over and introducing an unlikely bunch of criminals you can't help but like. The stakes are high. The situations are dangerous. The risks are huge. The surprises keep coming. The past gradually catches up with the present. And you will be totally captivated by this book!
I'm looking forward to reading the next one....more