The Birds That Stay starts when Anna Newman, an old lady living in their secluded town, was murdered. These things don’t happen there so Romeo Leduc conducts an investigation. It looks like a robbery at first until Marie Russell’s mother provides a clue about the identity of Anna Newman. Things aren’t like they seem and people are not who you think they area.
I really don’t know how I would describe and rate this book. I have mixed feelings about different parts and aspects of the book and I don’t know which feeling will overcome all the others.
At the beginning, I really liked it especially on how good the descriptions about the setting is. I think the setting which is a small town in Canada was painted so elaborately. I could see in my head the seclusion that the author wants to convey. I also really liked how the suburban street was described. Marie Russell, one of the main characters, grew up in a suburban street and as she drive through it, she recalls her moments on that street. That part seemed like it was just a filler but it was important later on.
I also really liked the plot. It was complex and it has offered a lot of new information to me. It’s interesting to read about these things because you can’t really see it in other books. I also liked how I didn’t guess the reason behind the murder. I really thought that Anna Newman was killed for a different reason than what is revealed.
However, that’s all I really liked about this book. I found myself confused half the time. There were so many characters and there were so many things going on at the same time. The connection between the characters are only unraveled on the second half of the book. It gets better on that part but you really have to get through the dull parts to get to that. I thought about DNF-ing this book more than 10x. The author’s writing style isn’t just for me.
I also didn’t enjoy the characters. They all seem flat and I couldn’t connect with anyone. There’s different POV in this book but you can’t really distinguish because they all just think the same. I also didn’t care much about the unnecessary romance. I really think that this book would do okay even without an attachment between the two main characters.
Overall, I think that this book had it’s good parts… but it wasn’t just for me. I still think though that this book has something interesting to offer and may be worth for you to try....more
A murder mystery involving "time loops" is not new to us. Time loops is when a character finds him/herself repeating a period of time over and over aA murder mystery involving "time loops" is not new to us. Time loops is when a character finds him/herself repeating a period of time over and over again. From most of what I've read, time loops are currently in terms of a day. The character relives the same day over and over again. This usually happens until a certain "ending" to the day has been achieved. In the case of this book, the time loop can only end when the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle has been solved.
This book involves Aiden Bishop awakens in the middle of a forest with no idea who he is. All he knows is a name - Anna. He then hears a gunshot, he is certain that there's a killer with him in the forest. He soon reaches a house where he was informed that his name is Sebastian Bell. But then, he wakes the next day in a completely different body.
The difference of this book into other books and movies with the "time loop" premise is that the main character jumps into different bodies they called 'hosts'. Aiden is set to have 8 hosts so that means he has 8 days to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. Being 8 different people in the loop allows Aiden to have different set of skills to eventually solve the murder. This makes the character very complex. You see, we don't really know the real Aiden Bishop. He doesn't know himself. The characters we encounter is a mixture of Aiden's thoughts and a bit of the host's personality so I think that there's a total of 8 main characters. What I love about this is that it's clear that it was a challenge to do this but it was executed well. From every host, I saw the hint of personality of the host but the thoughts of Aiden are still in the surface.
Another thing that I love in this book is that it keeps you in a constant state of suspense and confusion. I was always wondering on what happens next. I actually stayed up until past 3am just to finish this book because I can't bring myself to put the book down. I can't let the sun rise without knowing who murdered Evelyn. But the best thing about the mystery in this book is that it's shocking. It was, for me, very unpredictable. It was actually several layers of mystery. Twists and turns after twists and turns. I am certain that writing this book took a long time because the plot is intricate.
I also really liked the author's writing. It was a turn-off for some but I actually like the cryptic nature of the narrative. . At the same time, the descriptions are very detailed that I feel like I was transported to Blackheath myself.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to everyone. Mystery lover or not, there's a high chance that you won't sleep and put down this mind-boggling book until the very last page. This book is a work of art that everyone needs to read.
Reading this book was like a breeze, it was easy and not tedious at all. I would like to commend the author’s writing style for that. However, there were no wow moments. The book failed to bring out any emotion from me. I was never really invested on the events about the book. Aside from emotions, the book wasn’t able to trigger my curiosity. I am a naturally curious person. I always want to get to the root of everything. I’m always excited to find out who the real villain is and that didn’t happen for me in this book. It might be because the plot of the book is really predictable for me. I guess I’ve read too many mystery books these past few weeks.
The characters also didn’t help much in improving my opinion in this book. Every character were stereotypical like they were really patterned from tropes. Rebecca was your typical independent smart woman, Richard was portrayed to be this typical sweet and caring guy you often see in romance novels and Olivia was just your typical b*tch. I do find the character of Nicole interesting though. I like that there was a fierceness hidden away in her apart from what’s on the surface.
Overall, I was quite disappointed with the book. It wasn’t much of a mystery to me because I kind of guessed the supposedly twists and turns. It was an easy ready though for people who’s just looking to read a book and just relax....more
As a book, this one is really good. The author has a writing style that is easy to read but at the same time, fast-paced such that you are never bored. The main character, Laurie, is also interesting. I saw so much strength from her and I couldn’t really help but admire her. I wasn’t able to connect with anyone else though- not even with the nice detective in this case, DI Riley.
This book gives us a glimpse of what happens to people around those with personality disorders. Robert Mills was an emotional abuser and he most likely has Narcissistic Personality Disorder (according to the book) but I also see antisocial features in him. These people don’t feel things the way that they do and the way mind works differently too. They take and take and take without remorse to those they hurt. So, in the end, Laurie was left as a shell of herself. Reading about these kinds of people scares me. Especially because it’s hard to know since they are so good at hiding their true selves.
However, even if I enjoyed the book and I like the psychological aspect of the book, I find that it lacks something as a mystery and thriller. One thing that I love about thrillers is that I am surprised in the end. Just dumbfounded. I want something that I did not expect. This was not the case in this book. The real murderer was obvious from the beginning. The clues weren’t subtle at all.
Overall, I still recommend this book especially if you won’t mind the predictability and would like to read a psychological thriller....more
When a Duke Loves a Woman is the second installment from the Sins of All Seasons Series by Lorraine Heath. The series is about six siblings, all by-blows (bastards), adopted by a woman named Ettie Trewlove.
This book is about Gillie, an unconventional woman in those times. She is a tavern owner and wants nothing to do with a husband. One night, she sees a man getting beat up by ruffians and intervened. As a tavern owner, the ruffians knew her and was actually scared of her, well maybe not of her but of her brothers. Anyways, she saves this man from getting killed without even knowing who he is. Now, she has to nurse him back to health. It turns out he’s a duke! A handsome and kind duke!
This book has a great premise. It had great potential, a potential that can make me really swoon. However, the characters are not remarkable. Their dialogues seems generic and nothing really blows me away. The plot is interesting such that here we have two characters whose world is apart, just like Aslyn and Mick from the first book. What I really didn’t like about the book is the same thing I didn’t like about the first book. There’s a sudden change. In almost the whole book, the characters are like “I don’t want to do this because… I will stick with this point of view until the end…” and then towards the end that just changes without sufficient explanation other than become a plot convenience.
Overall, I think that the book is enjoyable enough but nothing really new here....more
To be honest, I really thought that this book is a historical romance. I thought that it’s a story of a bride plucked away from home and how she starts this fiery romance with her new husband. Well, it’s not. And I’m so glad it’s not. Don’t get me wrong… I really love historical romances. I find them so very entertaining. But books like Realm, a historical fiction, has awakened my mind.
History is ‘the one that got away’ for me. I really loved it back in high school. I loved hearing about tales of war and great men. I loved learning about Alexander the Great and how he conquered lands and built his empire. But I never heard about the Mighty Roxana – the wife he loved. Until I started reading this magnificent book.
Just a disclaimer, this book is still a historical fiction. From the book’s synopsis it’s based on a true story. I think that the author tried her best to follow the facts about Alexander and Roxana but there are still gaps and those gaps are filled with fiction.
Anyways, I really enjoyed the plot of this book. I love the strength of the main character which is Roxana. I also really loved her character development. From a girl pining for a husband’s attention to a strong mother, this character’s strength as a person and a woman is something that I wish I have for myself. I’m also really interested in her relationship with Alexander. Their relationship is beyond complex and I have this doubt if it’s really love but their interactions are very interesting and different from other books. I also really liked the diversity in the personality of the characters even if they’re hard to keep track of because of the difficult names (I think it’s just me).
This book is close to perfection for me. I loved its pacing even when it’s quite slow. I liked the characters and the plot. However, I have to say that this book isn’t for everyone. We all have our preferences and not all can enjoy these kinds of books.
Overall, I highly recommend this book for lovers of historical fiction. It’s a book that’s different from what I usually read – truly refreshing!
I don't know why but this book had very little impact on me. This is quite surprising since I am a sad broken-hearted girl... I can relate to almost aI don't know why but this book had very little impact on me. This is quite surprising since I am a sad broken-hearted girl... I can relate to almost all of the poetry in here. But I guess, relating to a book does not equate to liking it. There were several that I liked but most were a miss for me....more
Initially, I thought that this book is nothing but your typical YA book. Here we have a manic pixie dream girl that is sooooo out of the male lead’s lInitially, I thought that this book is nothing but your typical YA book. Here we have a manic pixie dream girl that is sooooo out of the male lead’s league. She’s just so special unlike any other girl there (Well isn’t a female lead always special in YA books?). And we have a socially awkward male lead who has no friends, he’s just waiting for a girl to arrive who will turn his world upside down. Typical, right? And to add to that, the female lead just mysteriously disappears. Kind of reminds me of Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska. So, at first, I wasn’t that into this book. I assumed that this book will not stand out from other YA books.
But heyyyyy I was so wrong! For me this book is more of a thriller than a young adult book because what made this interesting are the mysteries.
Molly, the female lead, is missing. The book starts with the police questioning Cobain, the male lead, who is Molly’s boyfriend. From the POV of Cobain, we find out that he’s actually very worried about Molly so we initially rule him out as the suspect. So, the first mystery was “What happened to Molly?” But then, we find out soon enough that she was abducted. The ultimate question is “Who took Molly?” Is it Cobain?It couldn’t be, right? He loves Molly. Or was it really love or obsession?
The best part about this book is the plot twist. My suspicion is right but not really. You’d have to read the book to get that. Anyways, I was shocked. It was the almost to the level of my surprise from the twist from We Were Liars. That intense! The plot twist was also strengthened with the book being perfectly paced. It was a bit of a slow start but I realized that it was beneficial for the overall pacing. There were certain parts that we need to absorb slowly in order to be fully immersed by the end. Towards the end, I couldn’t seem to stop reading. I just had to get there. I just had to find out what was going to happen.
The characters are also deeper than I initially thought especially the complexity of the mind of Cobain. I was actually very annoyed about how he talks about Molly, more on because he’s just always so Molly Molly Molly. I never really understood that even with the ending but I like that he’s more than that. I’m not a fan of Molly either. But I am fan of how these characters were created. Certainly, a lot of time was spent to develop these characters because there were just so many layers. As people, they’re not perfect. As characters, they’re somewhere close.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to everyone. This book will be published by March 2019 and I really think this book is something to be excited about especially if you are a fan of thrillers.
You know you're reading a good book when you just can't seem to put it down even when you actually need to. That's what happened to me while reading this book. I actually put off important tasks just to finish reading this thrilling and dark tale. The book started slow but as soon as I got to the interesting part, I couldn't help but keep on reading. It was like a point of no return for me. What I really liked about it is that I'm always guessing whether what happened is a paranormal event, a psychological one or is it a crime? I really liked that because uncertainty is an important component of a thriller.
Another strength of this book are the characters, especially the main character Lauren. Her mind is something that I want to explore - so honest and raw. Patrick, her husband, is super annoying. I wanted to throw my phone at him. But I guess his behavior is vital to the plot. Jo Harper is another interesting character. These characters actually shaped the plot well. Well-developed characters can really make or break a book for me and well, in this case, made!
One thing that I don't like about this book is the ending. I was waiting for a solid conclusion which I didn't get. I think the purpose of the ending is to keep the readers thinking. I understand that but I was looking for closure.
Overall, I think that this book is a great thriller -the kind that haunts you after. I highly recommend for fans of thriller and horror. This is also a good read for those that are fond of dark fairy tales and folklore. This is a perfect halloween read for next year. I, however, discourage mothers to read this because this is sure to give you some anxiety....more
I received a free advanced reader’s copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
To be honest, I was enchanted by the cover and was intrigued by the synopsis so I decided to request this arc. Both the cover and the synopsis is full of mystery and I couldn’t wait to unravel them. And upon reading a few pages, I was hooked.
What I really liked about this book are the characters- Severin, Laila, Tristan, Zophia, Enrique and Hypnos. All six of them are different and with depth. They are complex instead of superficiaI. liked how it’s obvious that the author really worked hard on giving life on these characters. The characters doesn’t exist as tools for telling the plot. They are their own. All six of them have their back stories that make them who they are and I loved all of them. Severin and his ambition to take back what’s his, Laila and her quest to know if she’s real or not, Tristan and his tarantula, Zophia and math, Enrique with his symbols… by the end of the book, it feels like I have met new people and had new friends.
I also really loved the world building. I felt like I was fully immersed in a world where forging is practiced. At first, I really didn’t understand how forging works but as I read along, I was fascinated with it.
I also really liked how the romance was not forced. In other books, it’s obvious that the love subplot is there just for the sake of a love subplot. I really liked the tension between Severin and Laila. And they’re not apart just for the sake of a star-crossed lovers subplot. They are apart for logical reasons and I like that. Well, except for the ending part. I also really liked the development between Hypnos, Enrique and Zophia. I’m actually curious on how this would end.
The writing style is also really good. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time. The pacing was really slow towards the end and I kind of lost the hype but for the majority of the book, I couldn’t put it down. The ending of the book doesn’t feel right, it was rushed and it was obvious that it’s nothing but a set up for a sequel. The ending was a cliche of a build-up. It just doesn’t feel right. Even so, it was kind of redeemed with the plot twist in the very last page. It made me think that the sequel might be worth reading.
Anyways, this book is really good, however, I don’t think it really stands out from other young adult books. For fans of YA, I highly recommend this book especially for those who are looking for something darker....more
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
First of all, I would like to say that I am not really fond of chick lits. I have only read a few books from this genre so I didn't really know what I should expect when I started reading this book.
This book is about Ella who was on a long term relationship, She really believed that her boyfriend, Paul, would propose at dinner. But that didn't happen. Instead, Paul told Ella that he's leaving to find himself or something. Naturally, this devastates the main character which made her decide to fly to Paris and live there for a year.
For me, this book had a great start. It was an easy and light-hearted read which I really liked. I was also really curious on what happens next for Ella. Paris has always been a fantasy for me so I was really excited reading about the place. However, by the middle of this book, I was bored. Ella's life on Paris and cheese conquest was just not enough to sustain my attention, the book became quite dull. Every chapter felt like a filler. Anyways, I think these are my thoughts because I'm not really a foodie. The thing is I didn't really care for the description of the cheeses and wines. So, I guess these kinds of books are just not right for me.
Aside from all the cheese, everything else was predictable . Of course, she would find good friends in Paris who would help her navigate her life. I felt disappointed because I really think that this book had immense potential. However, her friends are all 2-dimensional and only exist as plot convenience. The romance were also really predictable. I've known what their roles will be the moment they were introduced into the book.
As I've already mentioned, this book had great potential but it was sadly wasted. I couldn't help comparing this book from the movie How to be Single. In the end, the main character in the movie realized that maybe she should find herself. It's actually what I expected from this book- I expected for the character to grow. In the end, Ella was the same Ella who left Australia with just more knowledge about cheese. Ella was actually quite shallow for me. And I really hated that she just healed a broken heart by focusing her emotions in the next guy.
Overall, I recommend this book to people who are interested in a slice of Paris life. Pun intended. I think this book will be perfect for cheese lovers and foodies. This book might really be interesting for fans of chick lit....more