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Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty || RANT REVIEW

I’ve heard great things about Liane Moriarty’s works. So, when I saw this book in my library, I picked it up immediately. So did I enjoy it? No.

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Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?  — Goodreads

 Rating – PG13 (Some intense scenes, sexual situations, some language)

Length – 415 pages

Publication date – 7 / 26 / 16


The Good :

  • The writing was pretty good and really descriptive. Even if I didn’t enjoy anything, I felt like I was there.
  • There were mental illnesses portrayed that I’d never read about before, especially hoarding.

 

The Meh :

  • Again with the writing, I felt like everything was written to trick me. Like I know that thrillers are supposed to keep you guessing, but this was ridiculous.
  • This book was SO SLOW! It took AT LEAST 75% (could even be closer to 80%) of the book to just find out what happened at a normal barbecue. It was honestly frustrating.

The Bad :

  • Oh my GOD I hated EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of the characters. ALL OF THEM! I have never read a book where every one of the characters actually repulsed me. I just kept thinking something might make me like them more, but that something never came.
  • If this weren’t a thriller, I would have definitely DNF’d. I thought, because it was a thriller,  it would have this crazy twist that would make everything worth it. Moriarty TRIED to pull this off, but that twist meant little to nothing to me.
  • Honestly I just hated reading this book. More than once I had to force myself to keep going. This book was just a complete waste of my time, and it’s one of the only books I’ve read that I wish I could take back.

  • STORY – 2/5 (It was SO slow and the twists weren’t even shocking the writing was just deceitful to make you think it was a good twist)
  • CHARACTERS – 2/5 (I seriously hated every single character in this entire book. EVERY ONE!)
  • WRITING – 2.5/5 (Like I said earlier the writing was just trying to trick you the entire time. There was no suspense or thrills. It was all very descriptive though.)
  • UNIQUENESS – 2.5/5 (Just like every other domestic thriller out there except for the fact that there were many mental illnesses portrayed that I haven’t read much about before.)
  • ENJOYMENT – 1/5 (I seriously hated the act of reading this book. The only reason I continued reading was because I thought the ending might make up for everything else but I was wrong. this was a complete waste of my time.)

ALL IN ALL, I GIVE THIS 2 CELLIST OUT OF 5!

Have you read this? What did you think about it? I’d love to know! Should I read more Liane Moriarty? I can’t decide.

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QUARTERLY WRAP UP (April – June 2017) !

April through June were GREAT reading months for me and I can’t wait to share my favorites and least favorites of these past 3 months!

Stats –

In April – June I read 18 books! Out of those there were :

0  – ★

2 – ★★

8 – ★★★

5 – ★★★★

3 – ★★★★★

  • Average Rating – 3.5 stars

 

  • 13 books I read were physical copies / 5 books I read were E-books
  • I owned 9 of the physical books I read / 4 were library copies

 

  • 10 books were Horror
  • 4 books were Mystery / Thrillers
  • 2 books were Lit-Fic
  • 1 book was Contemporary Romance
  • 1 book was Fantasy

 

  • Altogether I read 6,460 pages! 

Overview :

(reviews are linked in titles)

April ( 4 books ) –

May ( 7 books ) –

June ( 7 books ) –


Favorites :

Note (1) : My favorites have nothing to do with rating, just how much I enjoyed reading them.

Note (2) : I am not including IT – Stephen King because it was a reread.

4020595. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes / It was so beautiful and real! I couldn’t believe how accurate it was to human nature.

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4. We Came Back – Patrick Lacey / I thought this was a really fun and inventive horror story. I had a great time reading this!

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3. The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson / Again, this was so fun! I was invested in the romance and the friendship. The characters were real and the love interest was dreamy.

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2. Night Film – Marisha Pessl / I thought this book was so unique and interesting. The mystery kept me on my toes and the mixed media kept my attention. Also, the ending was really satisfying.

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1. Gwendy’s Button Box – Stephen King & Richard Chizmar / This book was such a great story about what happens when a normal person gets an abnormal amount of power given to them. Seriously, this book was genius and I loved it so much!


Least Favorites :

Note : My least favorites have nothing to do with rating, just how much I enjoyed reading them.

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3. A House at the Bottom of a Lake – Josh Malerman / I was honestly so disappointed by this book. It wasn’t “bad” by any means, but I just expected so much more from it.

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2. Exorcist Falls – Jonathan Janz / This book was just silly. There were so many ridiculous plot twists and it was just not scary. Maybe exorcism books just aren’t for me, but I struggled through this one.

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1. Becoming – Glenn Rolfe / Don’t even get me started on this book! Not only was it apparently not edited at all (errors everywhere!) but the story, characters, and ESPECIALLY the ending was so poorly done. On top of all of this, it was just a rip off of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. If this hadn’t been my book club pick of the month, I would have DNF’d it.


All in all, I had a great 2nd quarter! What’s you favorite book you read in the last 3 months? I’d love to know!

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June Wrap Up!

Stats –

In June, I read 7 books! Out of those books there were –

0 –  ★

0 –  ★ ★

5 –  ★ ★ ★

1 –  ★ ★ ★ ★

1 –  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Monthly Avg. Rating – 3.42 stars

 

  • 6 books I read in physical copies / 1 was an E-Book
  • 2 physical books were library copies / 4 I owned
  • I read 0 books for review.
  • I read 1 book for the Gore and More book club.

 

  • Altogether I read 2,126 pages!

 

  • 3 books were Horror Novels
  • 1 book was a Thriller
  • 1 book was a YA Contemporary Romance
  • 1 book was a Cozy Mystery

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch // REVIEW

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Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible….. – Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 3 / 17

Rating – 3.25 Alternate Dimensions out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The premise was cool.
  • Least Favorite Part – SO MANY PLOT HOLES!

 

Cat Got Your Diamonds – Julie Chase (No Review)

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Grandeur and opulence are everything in the famed New Orleans Garden District where pets are family and no bling is too big. Opening Furry Godmother, pet boutique and organic treat bakery, is Lacy Marie Crocker’s dream come true–until the glitter gun used to make her Shih Tzu tutus becomes a murder weapon. And Lacy becomes public enemy #1.

Now Detective Jack Oliver is hounding Lacy, and her Furry Godmother investor wants out before his name is tarnished by association. To make matters worse, a string of jewel heists with suspicious ties to the murder case has New Orleans residents on edge. To save her dream, Lacy must take a stand, put her keen eyes to work, and unravel what really happened at her shop that night. But can Lacy sniff out the killer cat burglar in time to get her tail-raising designs on the catwalk?… – Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 12 / 17

Rating – 3.5 Designer Pet Clothes out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – I am a SUCKER for Cozy Mysteries and will follow the genre wherever it goes.
  • Least Favorite Part – The writing was pretty awkward.

The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson // REVIEW

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Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that? — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 17 / 17

Rating – 4 Long Overdue Sequels out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The story was small and the characters were real.
  • Least Favorite Part – The liar revealed plot line.

Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll // REVIEW

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HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything…. — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 20 / 17

Rating – 3.5 Seashell Frames out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – I enjoyed the satire of the upperclass lifestyle.
  • Least Favorite Part – I thought it should not be marketed as a thriller, because it was never really “thrilling”.

 

We Are Always Watching – Hunter Shea // REVIEW

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They’ve watched over the house for generations…

The move from New York to the decrepit Pennsylvania farmhouse is as bad as West Ridley thought it would be. His father’s crippling vertigo only seems to get worse, and even with his mother working herself to the bone, they’re out of money and options.

Grandpa Abraham is a drunk bastard and the living embodiment of the long neglected farmhouse. He claims the place is haunted. Ghosts roam the hall at night and their muffled cries fill the silence of warm, summer nights.

On the ceiling above West’s bed are the words WE SEE YOU. In a house plagued by death and mysterious visitations, West realizes something beyond the fiction of his favorite horror books has to be faced.

Dark secrets are buried deep, and there are Guardians who want to keep it that way. No matter where they go or what they do, West and his family know one thing… they are always watching. — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 22 / 17

Rating – 3.8 Guardians out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The homages to horror and the climax.
  • Least Favorite Part – It was SO SLOW! (Seriously nothing happened until 75% into the book).

 

Gwendy’s Button Box – Stephen King & Richard Chizmar // REVIEW

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The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat… — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 23 / 17

Rating – 5 Button Boxes out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The story was just genius.
  • Least Favorite Part – None! 5 out of 5!

 

A House at the Bottom of a Lake – Josh Malerman // REVIEW

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Both seventeen. Both afraid. But both saying yes.

It sounded like the perfect first date: canoeing across a chain of lakes, sandwiches and beer in the cooler. But teenagers Amelia and James discover something below the water’s surface that changes their lives forever.

It’s got two stories.

It’s got a garden.

And the front door is open.

It’s a house at the bottom of a lake.

For the teens, there is only one rule: no questions. And yet, how could a place so spectacular come with no price tag? While the duo plays house beneath the waves, one reality remains:

Just because a house is empty, doesn’t mean nobody’s home. — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 25 / 17

Rating – 3.2 Teenage Relationships out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The idea was really good.
  • Least Favorite Part – The characters were awful and the ending made NO sense.

 

And that was it for the month of June! I think I did really well! What was your favorite book of the month? I’d love to know!

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A House at the Bottom of a Lake – Josh Malerman || Book REVIEW

I loved Bird Box and heard great things about this book. I also love quick and easy reads to I bought it ASAP! Did I love it as much as everyone else? Let’s find out!

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Both seventeen. Both afraid. But both saying yes.

It sounded like the perfect first date: canoeing across a chain of lakes, sandwiches and beer in the cooler. But teenagers Amelia and James discover something below the water’s surface that changes their lives forever.

It’s got two stories.

It’s got a garden.

And the front door is open.

It’s a house at the bottom of a lake.

For the teens, there is only one rule: no questions. And yet, how could a place so spectacular come with no price tag? While the duo plays house beneath the waves, one reality remains:

Just because a house is empty, doesn’t mean nobody’s home. — Goodreads

Rating – PG13 (Some intense scenes, some language, some sexual scenes)

Length – 156 pages

Publication Date – 10 / 31 / 16


The Good :

  • I thought it was a good choice to only focus on two characters, for this short book. I’ll talk more about the characters later, but I thought it was a good call, not introducing a ton of characters.
  • At the beginning of the book, I thought I would have to dock even more points for the relationship and the way it was portrayed but it fixed itself, at the end. I really appreciated that it wasn’t 100% romanticized.
  • The cover is seriously gorgeous. I love it so much.

The Meh :

  • A lot of people saying that this book was really suspenseful for them and I understand that, but I never felt suspense. I felt uncomfortable, in a bad way. Like I wasn’t on edge I just wanted the parts when they were under water to be over.

The Bad :

  • I HATED both the characters. I seriously found them so unlikable and didn’t want to follow them on their adventure. I can’t really pinpoint what it was that rubbed me the wrong way, I just know I never want to know anything else that happens in their life ever.
  • I try to review books critically, but I honestly just hated the act of reading this book. Like it was only 156 pages but it took me 3 DAYS to read it! I just really disliked this book.
  • What was the ending? Seriously, what was it? It made no sense. There was nothing tying it together to the rest of the book. Like what? What? WHAT?

  • STORY – 3.5/5 (Just a simple story of love and heartbreak with a little bit of WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE mixed in)
  • CHARACTERS – 3/5 (I thought it was a good idea to only focus on two characters ((three if you count the house)) since the book was so short but I really didn’t care about them at all)
  • WRITING – 3/5 (OK)
  • UNIQUENESS – 4/5 (Obviously this book is about finding a house at the bottom of a lake…so yeah)
  • ENJOYMENT – 2.5/5 (I’m honestly so disappointed right now. I don’t know if it was overhyped for me or what. But if this book hadn’t been so short I might have even DNFd it. Honestly I’m so sad rn.)

ALL IN ALL I GIVE THIS 3.2 TEENAGE RELATIONSHIPS OUT OF 5!

I was so disappointed by this book.

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Gwendy’s Button Box – Stephen King & Richard Chizmar || Book REVIEW

Ok so a new Stephen King book came out. Am I going to miss that? NO! DUH! Did Stephen King live up to his status as my all time favorite author? Let’s find out!

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The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world! — Goodreads

Rating – PG13 (Some violence)

Publication Date – 5 / 16 / 17

Length – 175 pages


The Good :

  • Good lord, where do I even begin! I guess my favorite part was the story. Not only was it fantastical, but it was an EXCELLENT story about human nature. Without spoiling anything, the story was all about what people do when they have been given immense power.
  • The writing was also really good. I have an issue with co-written books because I can tell the difference between the writing styles, but I actually forgot that there were two authors involved with this. Seriously there was no way to tell at all.
  • Also, there were GORGEOUS illustrations.
  • This book was SO quick. Like I literally read it in an hour and wanted to pick it back up immediately after.

The Meh:

  • I felt like there were too many characters introduced in this book and all but the main character were just shadows compared to Gwendy. I think it would have been smarter just to focus on the one character.

The Bad:

NO BAD! YES YES YES!


  • STORY – 5/5 (Seriously an amazing story about what it’s like to have power and what it’s like on a normal girl and her normal life.)
  • CHARACTERS – 5/5 (Gwendy was AWESOME and so was Richard but everyone else was basically just nothing EDIT: I decided to give this a pass since it was only a novella)
  • WRITING – 5/5 (I just love Stephen Kings writing so much. I will never not rate him 5/5)
  • UNIQUENESS – 5/5 (A box that gives silver dollars and animal shaped chocolates? Tell me what other book has that premise please.)
  • ENJOYMENT – 5/5 (I loved this so much. I literally read it in an hour and want to read again. There were so many tie ins to the Stephen King Universe and for me that is so much fun for me.)

ALL IN ALL I GIVE THIS 5 BUTTON BOXES OUT OF 5!

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We Are Always Watching – Hunter Shea || Gore and More Book REVIEW

Gore and More! Gore and More! This book club is my favorite time of the month and the books are always an experience, to say the least. Was this one good or bad? Let’s find out!

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They’ve watched over the house for generations…

The move from New York to the decrepit Pennsylvania farmhouse is as bad as West Ridley thought it would be. His father’s crippling vertigo only seems to get worse, and even with his mother working herself to the bone, they’re out of money and options… – Goodreads

Rating – R (Language, violence, gore, some sexual scenes)

Publication Date – 3 / 1 / 17

Length – 252 (ebook) pages


The Good :

  • I really enjoyed the characters in this, especially West. He was not only a reader, but I horror lover (JUST LIKE ME!). I just really related to him.
  • I also liked the familial aspect to this book. Like they actually acted like a family instead of overly dysfunctional or idealized and perfect.
  • The father, in this book, has a serious case of vertigo and I’ve never read a book with that perspective before. It was just interesting.
  • The climax was CRAZY! Like, what? Not only was everyone’s actions entertaining, but I did NOT know where it was going.

The Meh :

  • This was the definition of a slow burn horror. The climax was the only action in the entire book and that didn’t happen until 75% of the way through the book. I enjoyed the build up, but there were times where I was just like SPEED UP ALREADY!

The Bad :

  •  I really didn’t like the writing, in this book. It hit all my pet peeves and it was really distracting for me. If it hadn’t been for the writing, I think this may have been one of my new favorite horrors, if it weren’t for the writing.

  • STORY 4/5 (The perfect definition of a slow burn horror. The suspense was killing me the entire time and I was kept guessing until the very end.)
  • CHARACTERS 4/5 (I really enjoyed the family in this story. I felt like they really operated like a real dysfunctional family. I especially liked West but some of the other characters were a little lack luster.)
  • WRITING 3/5 (easily my least favorite part. It felt stilted and was honestly so distracting to me)
  • UNIQUENESS 4.5/5 (I have HONESTLY never read ANYTHING like this)
  • ENJOYMENT 3.75/5 (I didn’t like the writing but the stories and characters saved it for me.)

ALL IN ALL I GIVE THIS 3.8 GUARDIANS OUT OF 5!

 

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Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll || Book REVIEW

So I’d heard this book described as a mix between a thriller and Gossip Girl and I love both of those things, so I picked it up ASAP! Did I love it? Let’s find out!

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HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?  — Goodreads

Rating – R (Language, violence, EXTREME TRIGGER WARNING!!! Sexual assault, abuse, substance abuse, eating disorders, and mental illness)

Length – 352 pages

Publication Date – 5 / 12 / 15


The Good :

  • I found parts of this book super interesting, especially the part where we saw Ani’s adult life. Maybe it was the glitz and glamour, but I just loved that aspect. I also enjoy parts of her life in her new school, again because of the glamour of it all. I bet y’all can see what my guilty pleasure is.
  • This was obviously satirical, and I loved that about it! It’s not too often that I stumble across a satire, so it was a welcome change.
  • I felt like the characters were authentic in a way that honestly made me a little uncomfortable. It was impressive, really.
  • Honestly the ending was really satisfying and made me like the book better as a whole.

The Meh :

  • There was a very graphic abusive relationship, in this book, that included a rape in detail. While I understand why it was in the book, it really disturbed and distracted me when reading the rest of the book.
  • I could see the “plot twist”, at the end of the book, from a mile away. Pretty much from the first 100 pages I knew where the entire book was going.

The Bad :

  • The book is marketed as a thriller,  but I think that was the wrong move because  was literally never thrilled. I think it would have been a better move to market it as lit-fic or satire.

  • STORY – 3.5/5 (I expected it to be a better thriller but all the twists and turns were pretty predictable. It was a good precautionary tale for those who will do anything to fit in.)
  • CHARACTERS – 3.5/5 (they were all so unlikable in a way that was just WAY too authentic. Like I don’t know too many book that had more believable characters than this one, but still…so unlikable)
  • WRITING– 3/5 (it was ok. Nothing spectacular but not insulting)
  • UNIQUENESS – 3.5/5 (I haven’t read a book quite like this before but I have read many books about upperclass New Yorkers (even if this was supposed to be satire))
  • ENJOYMENT  – 4/5 (I found this book super interesting. I thought the present parts were a little more interesting than the past but it didn’t bother me much.)

ALL IN ALL I RATE THIS 3.5 SEASHELL FRAMES OUT OF 5!

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The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson || Book REVIEW

BLOG UPDATE  – I added a new category to my rating system called “enjoyment”. I feel like I have been trying so hard to rate critically, but I want to include if I liked it or not despite writing or story….so here we go!

I’ve been meaning to pick up Matson’s work for years now and was finally in the mood for a cushy contemporary. Did I love it as much as I thought I would? Let’s find out!

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Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that? — Goodreads

Rating – PG13 ( Some sexual innuendos, some language, some teen partying)

Length – 519 pages

Publication date – 5 / 3 / 16


The Good :

  • The thing I liked most about this was the smallness of the story. Going in I thought it was going to be a cute romance on top of a mystery about who framed Andie’s dad or something, but it wasn’t. It was just about this ordinary girl’s summer after her plans were changed. I love that.
  • Most of the characters were really likable and relatable. I was seriously Toby when I was in high school and felt for her the entire time. (Hopeless romantics for the win amiright?)
  • Clark! CLARK! ClArK! cLaRk! I seriously loved him. I think he’s the first love interest I could actually see myself dating in real life! That’s a big deal for me.
  • I loved the father/ daughter relationship, in this book. Some things actually really reminded me of my dad and I, so I guess it was appropriate for Father’s Day.
  • At first the inclusion of emojis were kind of annoying to me, but as they became an essential part of the story, I found them fun.
  • MILD SPOILER!!!! – I really enjoyed that not all the conflicts weren’t wrapped up with a pretty bow. It made the story seem all that more realistic, in the end.

The Meh :

  • The writing was honestly just so average. Like it was equivalent to watching an entertaining, but not at all impressive chick flick. I just  wanted to be challenged a little more, I guess.
  • I thought the excerpts of Clark’s books were boring and honestly annoying. Like I just wanted to continue with the actual story not read from something that was barely relevant.

The Bad :

  • The liar revealed plot line made me want to rip my hair out! I hate that plot and I hate that when main characters  come across this dilemma they literally ruin EVERYTHING! Like just skip it please.
  • I didn’t really like Andie’s character and that’s an issue when we literally follow her around the entire time.
  • There weren’t enough dogs, ok? I saw like 10 dogs on the cover I thought there were going to be a million dogs, in the story.

 

  • STORY – 4/5 (I enjoyed that this story was small. No mystery or craziness just. I also loved the family dynamic and also the true friendship involved)
  • CHARACTERS – 4/5 (they felt really realistic. Like I WAS Toby in high school. Also Clark is my boyfriend and there is nothing you can do about it.)
  • WRITING – 3.5/5 (it wasn’t bad but I wasn’t impressed)
  • UNIQUENESS – 4/5 (the love interest being an author was interesting. Also I like the inclusion of emojis.)
  • ENJOYMENT – 4.5/5 (I seriously loved this but docked half a point because of the liar revealed plot line.)

ALL IN ALL I GIVE THIS 4 LONG OVERDUE SEQUELS OUT OF 5!

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I’d love to know!

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Dark Matter – Black Crouch || REVIEW

So I heard a lot of great things about this book, about a year ago, and also haven’t read Sci-Fy in a long time. So did I enjoy it? Let’s find out!

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“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

Rating – PG13 (Some intense scenes)

Length – 342 pages

Publication Date – 7 / 26 / 16


The Good :

  • It was a good premise. I was really intrigued by the synopsis and first 30 pages, but then……

 

The Meh :

  • Honestly everything about this book was just meh. I actually had a hard time getting myself to write this review because I don’t even have anything to say about it.
  • The characters were so bland, and this book really depended on you caring about them. The main character was just boring, his family was just a standard “care about me” book family, and there was another random chick and like why was she there?

The Bad :

  • This books plot was very centered on scientific theories, but the science was NEVER EXPLAINED! Tell me more please!! I’m still so annoyed about this.
  • The end was just…strange. They made me sympathetic for the “antagonists” to the point of not enjoying the outcome of the book.

  • STORY – 3.5/5 (I enjoyed it but there were so many plot holes)
  • CHARACTERS – 3/5 (OK)
  • WRITING – 3/5 (OK)
  • UNIQUENESS – 3.5/5 (I feel like I’ve heard this story before

ALL IN ALL I GAVE THIS BOOK 3.25 ALTERNATE DIMENSIONS OUT OF 5!

 

So sorry that this review is short…I just really didn’t have anything to say. I was so disappointed by this book, honestly.

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