Emily Arsenault’s debut book was dreamy, dark and dreary. Just like In Search of Rose Notes, which I have read, loved and reviewed here on my blog I...moreEmily Arsenault’s debut book was dreamy, dark and dreary. Just like In Search of Rose Notes, which I have read, loved and reviewed here on my blog I love the 3 D’s and I immensely enjoyed this book. As emotionally satisfying as In search of rose notes, this book had a bonus delight. It centred on words. The mystery, the plot and the setting were all about words. Set in Samuelson Company, a dictionary publisher’s office, the book follows College graduate Billy Webb as he lives a lonely existence in the cubicle till his colleague colleague Mona Minot stumbles upon citation from a novel called The Broken Teaglass. Each cit seems to tell a story that may reveal a past secret, buried deep in the grim office. I haven’t read many books with male protagonists but Billy was cool. Highest form of praise I can give a dude. With oddball characters and a plot brimming with suspense The Broken Teaglass is a literary puzzle and a coming-of-age novel with a dark and subtle sense of humour. P.S - Another reason I totally love this book with every fibre of my being is that it introduced me to LEXICOGRAPHY! I am 19 and totally clueless plus aimless about life and career and crap, but every once in a while I come across super-fun sounding jobs. For example, right now I want to be a writer on a NBC sitcom. (And subsequently have a three-way with Amy Poehler and Will Arnett.) 30 Rock may or may not have influenced this decision. Anyhoo, after reading The Broken Teaglass, I think it’d be SWEET if I was a lexicographer. Turns out they just have to read a bunch of magazines of their choice all the time and not really talk to people. I think it was a job specifically designed for me. P.P.S- Another fun part of this book was all these random people calling the office and sending them letters etc with completely random and hilarious inquiries. That shit was gold. P.P.P.S- Some might find pacing problems with this because the plot kind of moves along really slow. I savoured every bit but just wanted to put this out there. Want to read the entire review.- http://oopsireadthatbook.blogspot.com/2011/12/broken-teaglass-by-emily-arsenault.html(less)
And what do I need to say about Noah Shaw? Noah Shaw is probably gonna get girls swooning all over. But I found him exactly like all other YA love interests. And I am probably gonna get killed for saying this but I am honestly tired of all these YA male protagonists. They are hot and amazing and rich and blah blah blah. Are any of us dating someone that perfect!? I don’t even know guys like these fictional ones! It’s just so unrealistic and I find all of them interchangeable. It wouldn’t even make a difference because basically their job is to be an eye candy. Noah Shaw- hottest guy in high school- most popular girl’s ex bf- she still likes him as do all other girls –he likes Mara- they fall in love- the end. SOUND FAMILIAR!? So yeah I am not gonna comment on the romance.
Moving on, I LOVED her brothers. I wanted them for myself! She even has a pretty rad male BFF. I loved the plot twist that is revealed in the last few chapters. That was like the best part if this book. It left me gasping in pure joy! I don’t wanna give any spoilers away but it was A-MA-ZIIIIIIIIIING.
Also, I must say the title, the cover and the marketing for this book was nothing short of genius. And brutal Cliffhanger alert! I needz the sequel now!
P.S- Did I mention there are alligators!?!!! ALLI-FREAKING-GATORS! (less)
I don’t think I have ever read a book like this. It was a thing of beauty. Psychologically stimulating and arousing waves of nostalgia to float around...moreI don’t think I have ever read a book like this. It was a thing of beauty. Psychologically stimulating and arousing waves of nostalgia to float around me like fireflies in a dark and damp night, In Search of Rose Notes is a magical and precious book. The characters- all the characters, were fully fleshed out and seemed so real and so human, I physically ached for them when the book got over. There was the mystery of the missing babysitter and who killed her and woven with that were the flashbacks to Nora and Charlotte’s childhood and their paranormal investigations. There was a dreamy, dark and dreary air throughout the book. It doesn’t even feel like a book I read but more like a book I lived. Emily Arsenault is a literary treasure and this book is a literary gem. Memories, secrets and a pernicious past collide together in this emotionally exhausting book to deliver an epiphany of sorts.
For a YA book it was surprisingly gritty and unexpected.
The book was promoted as being similar to Pll.
But it’s not.
It’s so much better.
The summary doesn’t really give out much and that was perfect because I devoured the book hungrily. I couldn’t put it down till I finished it. And even when I did it left me breathless and I couldn’t really disconnect from it immediately.
It had taken over my mind entirely.
It was such an intense book.
And so realistic and believable.
It kept me on my edge and sent a myriad of emotions flowing through me.
The protagonist and the other two main characters were so heavily flawed it was ridiculous and pleasing at the same time. I could identify with some of the creepiest thing.
Everyone in this book is so wrecked, so wrong, so manipulative
I do believe that the nicest people are slightly mentally unhinged. And we all have some evil in us.
Possessive BFF’s is something I have experienced so I could totally get that plotline.
This book left me with the similar feeling I get after watching psychological thrillers.
This book is vicious.
And it’s a must read.
Sometimes I am left furious that books like these don’t become bestsellers but every book about a girl falling in love with a vampire/fallen angel and what not which has no particular plot becomes a outright favourite and sells like hot cakes.
It’s sad really.
Suspenseful and eerie, this is easily one of my top favourite books of the year.
Lastly, because I can NOT praise it enough I would say it was a Mind-blowing read. I still feel shocked and disturbed.
Pretty Little Devils was like Mean Girls meets Scream 4.I had just so much fun reading this book.The characters were the stereotypical high school pop...morePretty Little Devils was like Mean Girls meets Scream 4.I had just so much fun reading this book.The characters were the stereotypical high school popular kids but that just made this book awesomer.I loved that this book started as a fluffy read but soon became sinister and spooky.I was soon caught up in a guessing game for the killer and I could not put the book down.I must give a warning that DO NOT READ THE LAST PAGE you shall spoil the entire read.The thing that made the book creepier was the personal blog entries of the killer.The book also pays homage to a lot of the horror movies so all the fans of The Ring, Scream etc should totally read this.The main character is not that lovable but the suspense and mystery is what makes this book an absoflippentutely must read.
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For everyone wanting to read the typical Gossip Girl-ish girly chick-lit but with Suspense this is the Book. :D
Just get a plateful of Macarons and some Icy drinks and settle in cozy with this book.After all we need some suspense to keep us busy till the next episode of PLL!