My initial thoughts The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a perfect blend of mystery novel with time travel fantRead the full review at Elgee Writes
My initial thoughts The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a perfect blend of mystery novel with time travel fantasy. It took me a few pages to get into the story especially since I was not sure what to expect. But once I did, I just couldn’t put the book down until the end.
I should start with I have not read a book as complicated as The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle in the recent while, or maybe in a long time. And it reads like a puzzle than a typical mystery novel.
It offers more than unexpected twists and suspense that is maintained till the last page. There are quite a number of captivating plot lines and characters that make us question our trust and their perceptions.
Things that worked for me As a newbie to the time travel genre, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle blew my mind and I am sure it would be as good even if you are a regular. I loved the methodical approach in solving the mystery, which is becoming a rarity these days. And also, here is another unreliable narrator to love and rave about.
Things that didn’t work for me Being a vividly plotted novel, many may consider the pace to be slow, especially for a murder mystery. I felt The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was a little long winded during the last few chapters.
Bottom-line The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is one of those rare books that I would not mind rereading for the plot itself, just to make sure I had not missed out anything. And I am sure The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle will be worth reading twice. Just pick it up already.
My initial thoughts I picked Unmarriageable because I missed Jane Austen and wanted to get into her world, and UnmaRead the full review at Elgee Writes
My initial thoughts I picked Unmarriageable because I missed Jane Austen and wanted to get into her world, and Unmarriageable did exactly that. I could see the Austen’s characters in Soniah Kamal’s and it stayed true to the original. The sub plots of Kaleen and Sherry (Colleen – Charlotte) and the way they had been adapted to the modern Pakistan fit perfectly.
While I understand it is a retelling, I wish the author had explored the characters deeper. Lady’s character was a cliche and I felt there was more scope for development, given the period it is set in.
I couldn’t avoid feeling it was weird that the characters discuss so much about Austen and even a character talks about Alys being similar to Lizzie, but they didn’t figure out they were literally acting like them. A glaring plot hole maybe?
Things that worked for me Unmarriageable stayed true to the original Pride and Prejudice, in terms of social commentary and the plot. I loved many of the desi version of the characters like Sherry and Kaleen. There are parts where the author shines, especially where she had changed Austen’s text to suit her narration.
Things that didn’t work for me Maybe, Unmarriageable was too close the original and I found it unimaginative at places. There were places that the prose to be dragging. I didn’t find the charm of the Lizzie Bennet in Alysba, but that might be a personal bias.
Bottom-line While there are lot of things that I wish were better with Unmarriageable, but as a retelling the author succeeds in making me fell nostalgic about Pride and Prejudice. I am still on the lookout for a better retelling of Pride and Prejudice. If you know any, let me know.
My initial thoughts Due to my earlier disappointments with the romances with sick teens, I was skeptical when I staRead the full review at Elgee Writes
My initial thoughts Due to my earlier disappointments with the romances with sick teens, I was skeptical when I started reading Five feet apart and I was mildly surprised that I enjoyed it as much. Though I have a few misgivings about the plot, the easy writing and witty dialogues kept me going.
I wish books would stop portraying that kids who are suffering some physical ailments do not get to enjoy anything in life and they need to break free of their treatments / medical restrictions to get to be “normal”.
I liked reading about the CF which is a new thing for me, and the story was cutesy as YAs tend to be and am totally looking forward to watching the movie Five feet apart starring Cole Sprouse now.
Things that worked for me Five feet apart plays exactly into the trope of sick lit and does a good job with it. I enjoyed the easy writing style and the witty banter between the characters.
Things that didn’t work for me I didn’t feel related to the characters but it is just me. It did not hinder my reading. As I mentioned earlier, I personally had issues with the trope that encourages patients to break free of the treatment.
Bottom-line Five feet apart is a typical sick lit that does its job in opening up talks about the CF with a positive ending. I would recommend it for all John Green (of course) and Nicoola Yoon fans.
My initial thoughts Queenie is a tale of a young woman who tries to find her identity between the two cultures. ItRead the full review at Elgee Writes
My initial thoughts Queenie is a tale of a young woman who tries to find her identity between the two cultures. It is less of a love story but more about strong female characters and their friendship and family ties. The characters are flawed but they are relatable and their problems are real. Though set in the UK, their story is from everywhere.
I agree that the Jamaican culture took little back seat among the other themes but from what was described I found it was similar to the Asians. Especially the importance given to family and religious sentiment. I loved how Queenie spoke about the stigma around the mental health and that is something really close to my heart. If only more people get off that mentality soon.
Also when I picked Queenie looking for a cheesy love story but instead found an intense book that spoke about several themes like sexism, feminism, sexual harassment at work and fetishising of Black women’s body. Though they were touched lightly, I am glad Queenie opened the topic at the least.
Things that worked for me I loved the flawed characters and the pains were real. Queenie talks about the importance of female friendship that sees through every up and down of her life. It opens up the topic about the stigma around mental health and taking steps to improve it.
Things that didn’t work for me I wish Queenie had spoken more about the racial and other issues. I was totally misled by the genre classification and the summary.
Bottom-line If you loved dry British humor like Chewing Gum (Netflix) or Fleabag, you will love Queenie. It totally surprised me and I think it is one of my best reads of 2019, as of now.
My initial thoughts The Hating Game is a classic ‘hate to love’ story with fully etched characters that everyone wiRead the full review at Elgee Writes
My initial thoughts The Hating Game is a classic ‘hate to love’ story with fully etched characters that everyone will want to root for. In fact everyone I know loved this book and let me be honest, my reactions were lukewarm at the best. How many times does one have to read about how short she was and how athletic his body was before one can roll their eyes?
Do not get me wrong, The Hating Game has everything needed for a romance novel – sassy females, hot guy, witty dialogues and a lot of angst and frustration, all of which I totally enjoyed and liked. But at some point, Lucy started annoying me with her choices and assumptions.
Things that worked for me I loved the writing filled with witty banter between Lucy and Josh. I am always game for a book set in the publishing world (though it was not of any consequence here)
Things that didn’t work for me I like the ‘hate to love’ trope but The Hating Game left me wishing for more ‘hatred’. It was more of misunderstanding between them or being irksome rather than hatred. I wish Lucy had a bit more to her than – work and ‘hating Josh’. She literally has no friends and has been avoiding visiting her parents.
Bottom-line If you are in the mood for an unoriginal romance that involves hate to love trope, you should pick The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I didn’t love it, but you might.
My initial thoughts Once I picked this book, I stayed up to 3 AM to finish it because I didn’t wanna set it down. TRead the full review at Elgee Writes
My initial thoughts Once I picked this book, I stayed up to 3 AM to finish it because I didn’t wanna set it down. The cute romance was so adorable that I wanted them to have a positive ending. I hated those who hated them and wanted to harm them. They were so good together, you know?
I loved Navid, his friends and Shirin’s parents. Seeing an Iranian Muslim family that had to navigate in the post 9/11 USA was heartbreaking and this being an #ownvoice story, made me wonder how many more were still under pressure because of their beliefs and religion.
But at the end of the day it is a Young Adult romance, diverse representation is only a part of it. So do not pick the book with the hopes of getting more than that.
Things that worked for me I loved the Romance and the leads were adorable. The representation was on point and the characters were fully developed I heard this is not Tahereh Mafi’s usual style of writing, but I liked it anyway.
Things that didn’t work for me I loved their parents but they were around for just a few scenes, I wish there were more.
Bottom-line I loved reading A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. I will continue reading Tahereh Mafi’s other series. If you are looking for a Young Adult romance with a Muslim representation then A Very Large Expanse of Sea should be your pick.
My initial thoughts The Classics N Christie has been reading Agatha Christie’s books based on the publication datesRead the full review at Elgee Writes
My initial thoughts The Classics N Christie has been reading Agatha Christie’s books based on the publication dates. This has been very helpful for me to understand the different writing and story telling styles that the author has been trying. I wish I could The Big Four is one of those attempts, that kinda bombed for me.
Earlier in the Murder on the Links, Dame Christie tried her hand at romance in mystery novels which I didn’t enjoy much. I enjoyed her take on spy thriller even lesser. I just can’t wait to get back to cozy little town mysteries from her.
Things that worked for me
The Big Four reminded me a lot of Sherlock vs Moriarty (I love that). It may work better if you pick the book when you are in the mood to read a spy thriller.
Things that didn’t work for me
The Big Four seemed like a bundle of short mysteries badly woven together, which I found out to be true later. The Big Four was indeed published as a twelve short mysteries during a particularly bad time of Christie personally. There are too many named characters and most of them do not even reappear after a scene or two. I don’t like how Poirot somehow turned into James Bond at the end of the book. That is so not our Belgian detective.
Bottom-line If you are looking to read a typical Christie or Poirot’s mystery you will be disappointed. I never thought I would read Christie’s book that would disappoint me as much, but here it is.
Have you ever thought about the crazy things that you been doing as a bookworm? Of course I would not blame you beRead the full review at Elgee Writes
Have you ever thought about the crazy things that you been doing as a bookworm? Of course I would not blame you because I do them as well. And this book is for you. I can’t recommend this enough to anyone who loves books.
Book love kept me grinning throughout the book because it was all true. And it was as if someone took a peek into my life and just drew them but in a less clumsy way.
Though it would hardly take an hour to finish this one, I would suggest to go through this book slowly and enjoy taking a laugh at yourself.
Final thought: Catch yourself smiling at the quirky bookworm habits
I am sure Lang Leav is no stranger to any of us. And in her sixth book she has brought her magic back. I kept undeRead the full review at Elgee Writes
I am sure Lang Leav is no stranger to any of us. And in her sixth book she has brought her magic back. I kept underlining her and highlighting so many of her lines, especially the ones about abuse in relationships and being a strong woman.
When my best friend told me she was in love my first thought was, ‘I hope he is good to her.’ And it suddenly occurred to me, what I held in my heart for her was hope, when it should have been expectation.
I love that her prose/poetry has always been easy to read and relate. I have felt in her earlier works she talks a little too much about heartbreak and being in love for my taste, and there is nothing wrong about that and it is just me, not her. But she has proved herself as a matured writer in this one.
Final thought: Though monotonous at times, the author moved past from the heartbreaks to more mature subjects.
Recommended to: If you liked her previous works, this should be on your list as well
The Giver is set in a dystopian world where everyone is assigned a job that they are good at when they turn twelveRead the full review at Elgee Writes
The Giver is set in a dystopian world where everyone is assigned a job that they are good at when they turn twelve. This perfect world is devoid of colors, emotions and free will. Except for Jonas, who is chosen as the Giver, the receiver of memories – basically the only one who can question anything in the society.
But when he realizes what people are denied in seeking this apparent utopia, Jonas has a change of mind, He is ready to give up his assigned family and his prestigious role in the society to have a real life. What happens further and did he escape his society forms the rest of the book.
I read The Giver as a part of the Banned book club and I was surprised on why it was banned. While I liked the premise of the book I didn’t end up loving it, like many of my friends did. I understand that this is just the first part of the Giver Quartet and that might be a reason why it was such an underwhelming read for me.
Final thought: Short novel with bits of sci-fi element to it. Recommended to: Science fiction lovers
The story begins when James McGrath gives a manuscript to Anthony Cade and asks him to hand it over to the publishRead the full review at Elgee Writes
The story begins when James McGrath gives a manuscript to Anthony Cade and asks him to hand it over to the publishers in London. Cade doesn’t realize it to be arduous task with men threatening for it and a political troop trying to steal it away from him. He is also requested to return a few personal letters to a lady he has only a name of.
There are quite a few characters who assemble to have a political and business agreement at the Chimneys, where Cade is also invited to discuss about the manuscript. Unfortunately that is where a murder takes place and Inspector Battle is called upon to investigate. Soon enough we are suspecting everyone present at Chimneys that night. Who committed the murder and what is the story behind it follows in The Secret of Chimneys.
My thoughts Yes I am saved the best for the last. The Secret of Chimneys was our March BOTM and I should say I liked this the best among these three. I loved the array of characters especially Bundle and her father Lord Caterham provided the much needed comic relief.
Everytime I zeroed in on someone to be the blacksheep I was proved wrong, which made it all the more interesting. There is a bit of romance in this one too but it was not a hinder like in the other two.
Bottom line The Secret of Chimneys is definitely worth a read, pick it right away.
Though a little long winded in the first half of the book, The Woman in the Window kept me fullRead the full review at Elgee Writes
My initial thoughts
Though a little long winded in the first half of the book, The Woman in the Window kept me fully entertained. The author takes a lot of time to get us into her world but once you get past the draggy first 100 pages, the pace fastens and the book turns unputdownable.
If you have read as many thrillers as I have done or more, you will find the twists coming a mile away. Anna is not a protagonist that I liked or related to, but I think that is what the author was going for – an unreliable narrator with ‘the whole should I believe or not’ vibe. And maybe that is why there are a lot of comparison with the Girl on the Train, and rightly so.
Things that worked for me Despite the predictability, The Woman in the Window kept me hooked with its short chapters and fast pace (the second part). Like me if you had a special interest in the unreliable narrator category, you are in for a treat. There are quite a number of twists to keep the readers on their toes sprinkled all through the book.
Things that didn’t work for me As I already mentioned, The Woman in the Window is totally predictable and it takes quite a while for something to actually happen. I didn’t relate to any of the characters in the story, and the narrator was borderline annoying.
The Woman in the Window might be old wine in a new bottle but will keep you occupied in a pinch, and might even turn to be unputdownable. With the movie version coming before the end of the year, you might wanna read it already.
This is one of the classic horror stories with a twist. When a young governess is given a chance to run a forlornRead the full review at Elgee Writes
This is one of the classic horror stories with a twist. When a young governess is given a chance to run a forlorn estate and teach two young and lovely children she decides to do her best. Troubles begin when the young boy is expelled from the school and she starts seeing a shadow man. Smitten by the master of the house and in an attempt to appear competent she decides to solve things by herself.
It appears that there are two dark creatures that want her innocent students and the estate’s haunting past makes it difficult for her to believe it is all her imagination. To make matters worst, the children seem to enjoy these visits and do not seem as innocent as she thought they were. How does she escape the nightmare and does she win in safe keeping the kids form the rest of the story.
I loved the ending that left things for the reader to decide if indeed the haunting was true or it is just an attention seeking behavior of the lonely and lovesick governess. The Turn of the Screw might be tedious read and frankly I was happy that it was a short story, I might have given up if it were any longer.
Final thought: Despite the intriguing story the writing seemed too tedious to enjoy Recommended to: Classic and horror lovers