Book Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

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When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

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4/5 ⭐s

It’s been a while since I read something this fast and I missed it, the word “page-turner” was invented for the likes of this book. “You” is totally gripping, addicting and it really – REALLY sucks you in. IT IS creepy in its own way and let me tell you why… 

First of all, I have to say – the narration is poisonous. The whole entire time you’re inside the mind of an obsessed stalker named Joe who is, well okay – obsessed with a beautiful aspiring writer named Guinevere Beck (or Beck for short) and surprisingly, you can’t help but sympathize with him, no matter how twisted, crazy and out of this world he is. He is that character that you can’t bring yourself to full-pledge hate even though he is obviously downright evil – and for me, that’s what makes this book even more creepy! Like who the f*ck roots for a sicko stalker! Like hell no! But yeah, I did and I am having that love-hate-disgusted relationship with Joe and myself, and it’s freaking crazy. And wait here you’ll hate me more: I f*cking hated everyone except Joe. B*TCH PLEASE, what the hell is happening to me, right?! (I cursed too much I know, and I’m sorry, forgive me)

Will not dive in too much with the list of all the twisted evil things Joe did, better to know and ‘witness’ those for yourself – but a point that this book planted in my mind and made me question all my life choices in the past, is the stalking. It was very easy for Joe to know all about Beck just because of a f*cking credit card, supplied with the fact that she was an open book in social media. So excuse me while I delete everything now on the internet *delete delete delete* Haha. Seriously though, it was legit scary. 

I do recommend this to you guys who love a good suspenseful and creepy read that will keep you awake in the wee hours of the morning – because it definitely did to me. However, i’m not VERY crazy about the book, I mean I am crazy (just thinking about how it made me root for something evil) for it but not so much as I would’ve expected. Because although it is tagged as a thriller, for me well it’s not very thrilling (like on-the-edge-of-my-seat thrilling), there are some scenes that for me fell flat and a little predictable. Just a little and that’s just for me though. 

Do give it a try if you want a book that will make you drop everything that you’re doing to finish it. This is definitely one of those! 

Till next book guys!

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Book Review: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

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Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

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rating-and-review

4.5/5 ⭐s

So the first thing that caught my attention about this book is EVERY REVIEW I FREAKING READ says the ending is “totally” unexpected. Okay, I’m actually nervous about that because in the back of my mind, I fear that this book might be a little overrated. So I didn’t set my expectations too high, I don’t want to be overly disappointed too in the end BUT boy oh boy – this book! I live for this!

I don’t want to dive in so well into details because that defeats the purpose of me recommending this book to you so we just go into basic ones. First the characters, haha I’m already smiling like an idiot while typing this – here’s the thing: I’m a very easily annoyed person, haha, I don’t show it as much but I get VERY easily irritated by lead characters. Hahaha I swear, even for books that I end up loving, I can’t help being annoyed by the main characters at some point. I am a notorious MC hater. LOL. Anyway, this book is NO exception. One of the characters here annoyed me so much my head hurts. But I guess if it weren’t for this character’s stupidity, then we won’t have an amazing plot here so I was quite okay with that. It didn’t bother so much as how The Girl on the Train did (God I hated it – the MC anyway, I gave away my copy. lol)

Next, exchanging POVs – I adore this kind of style. I love it that I get to see sides other than one continuous telling of stories. This actually helped me calm down when I am so irritated with one of the characters. Which is disturbing at some point, like – I can’t be rooting for someone who is ‘obviously’ the bad guy, but f*% it, i’m weird like that.

My only issue while reading this book that made me give it less than half a star is because it took a little while before I am fully absorbed in the story. I read it like a few days ago and wasn’t very enthusiastic as it didn’t leave a POW effect on me. Turns out I just had to have patience – it all went crazy (good crazy) just a few chapters in. I also had a VERY slight impression that this is Gone Girl all over again – but I guess you have to see for yourself. 🙂

All in all, this is a very compulsive, absorbing, exciting and chilling read! I can’t recommend it enough for people who loves a good shock – because this one DEFINITELY has that! I was literally speechless after reading that ending. TOTALLY SHOOK. 😳  I do have a bit of a worry though for people who gets irked by a certain kind of genre – which was unexpected here. I don’t want to reveal though, I just hope you keep reading, it’s worth it!

Thank you again to Book of the Month for sending me this! It’s one of their February selections and I almost always end up loving their picks. 👍 You can still get Feb selections (this book included) on their website!

Till next book!

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Pick a favorite: Agatha Christie Book PART 2!

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Hello guys! If you are new to my blog or isn’t following me on Instagram, then let me just tell you that Agatha is my queen! So as tribute to her great works of literature, I have made a segment on my blog wherein I write a mini review of her books and “pick a favorite” out of those novels i’ve read to help you decide which AC book to read (if you haven’t tried one yet).

See my first Pick a Favorite AC here.

I will be giving mini review/reaction post on two of her books and then decide in the end which one I liked better. The two books that I have for you now are:

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4)
  • The Big Four (Hercule Poirot #5)

Without any more delays, let’s get to it!

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This book is another of Hercule Poirot’s Mystery. Poirot is a Belgian detective whose wit and clever ways have gained the trust of many in solving hard and even impossible mysteries. In this particular story however, Poirot has retired. He is now living a discreet life and spending his days gardening in the village of King’s Abbot where a death of a widow sparks rumors that she murders her own husband. She was being blackmailed for this and not only that, she is also having a secret affair with the wealthiest man in King’s Abbot – Mr. Roger Ackroyd. The following evening after the widow died, Ackroyd was murdered in his own study. The latter’s niece sought the help of Poirot to find out who really killed his uncle and it is now up to Poirot to find out who did it and why.

I fear my words on this one because I strongly DO NOT WANT to spoil this masterpiece for you. OKAY. This book is just WOW. OMG, WOW. I can’t even begin to tell you how freakingly SHOCKED I was after reading this. This is one of Christies TOP book for a goddamn reason! (sorry for swearing). I hope you will be one with me when I say that I WOULD’VE NEVER guessed how will this book could’ve ended. It’s crazy dude, I just want to re-read it again to see if i’ll have a different reaction but author got mad skills for pulling this off. Absolutely one of the best! This feels – it’s Agatha Christie feels!

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big42 In this particular story, Poirot is facing an organization who stands in the name of “Number 4” whose purpose is to post an anarchy and rule the world – or that sort of thing. Poirot desperately wants to find out who is behind this big group while the Big Four is also decided to keep Poirot out of their way – whatever or WHOever it takes.

Okay, you know by now how much I love Agatha but this particular book, well I am not so sold. I mean I adoooooooore the character of Poirot and I still did enjoy reading all about his funny little erratic ways of solving whatever puzzle there is in this book, but this story is somehow different than the rest I’ve read from Christie. Yes, it still has that charm, that page-turning-I-can’t-stop-till-I-know-who-did-it kind of vibe is still there that’s for sure, but the overall plot of this book had me wondering WHY this book is kinda different. I feel like Poirot here is some kind of a man stopping big evil villains and that particular style is probably not for me, or YET at least. I assure you though that there are still elements of surprise and crazy twists because Christie never fails on that. Still a far cry better book than most half bake mystery novels out there – it just wasn’t what I was expecting. divider2verdict

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd:    5/5 ⭐s

The Big Four:   3.5/5 ⭐s

I couldn’t have made it more obvious right? 😁  Winner is THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD by a mile!

Definitely, absolutely, most surely recommended! Love every minute of it and I hope you will too!

Till next Pick a favorite, I’ll try to make it not as obvious. lol.

Talk to you soon! ❤

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Book Review: The Trespasser by Tana French

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Being on the Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she’s there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she’s getting close to the breaking point.

Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers’ quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There’s nothing unusual about her—except that Antoinette’s seen her somewhere before.

And that her death won’t stay in its neat by-numbers box. Other detectives are trying to push Antoinette and Steve into arresting Aislinn’s boyfriend, fast. There’s a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette’s road. Aislinn’s friend is hinting that she knew Aislinn was in danger. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the glossy, passive doll she seemed to be.

Antoinette knows the harassment has turned her paranoid, but she can’t tell just how far gone she is. Is this case another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?

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rating-and-review3.5/5 ⭐s

This is the first book that I finished this year, but I started it last year, so.. lol. It probably took me a month to finish it. I was actually buddy reading this with a dear friend  and it’s not like the book is all that bad, but I’ve fallen into a slump and I guess this one couldn’t save me from it. This is my first one from Tana French – and my first read about Dublin Murder Squad series as well – and although it didn’t climb up my top fave books last year, I can say that this didn’t disappoint either at the very least. I’ve seen a few say though that I would’ve appreciated it more if I have read the rest of the books before this one to have a better understanding of the characters and the setting, I guess I should.

Anyway, from what I picked up, Antoinnette Conway is a bit of a newbie in Murder Squad along with her partner Stephen Moran. Her colleagues who are considered veterans on the squad is giving her a hard time in the team and her one way to either redeem herself or a way out of this pool is solving the murder of Aislinn Murray – a pretty girl with a perfect life.. or so it seems. Conway is sure she’d seen the victim before but wasn’t sure where or when or how.

The first few chapters of this book really had me entertained. I like the characters, Conway in particular is smart, strong, witty if she wanted to be, knows what she wants and gets it. I admire the attitude that even though being bullied by the guys in Murder Squad, she’s thriving and still doing what needs to be done and not sulk like some girl need of saving. I also looooove Steve! He’s a direct contrast to Conway in terms of attitude but there’s something about their partnership that blends perfectly well and I enjoy reading about them.

It wasn’t at all predictable during at least halfway through the book but some scenes during the latter part gave the twist away. Although I did enjoy a little diversions here and there, I knew it after reading a particular scene, who the suspect is. So that is why I kind of fallen into my indifferent phase a couple of chapters in the story. I felt that it was dragged on for far too long when it was already so obvious who murdered who. A few chapters before the ending though the story redeemed itself and began a bit to be a little exciting – not enough though for me to consider tagging it as one of the best mystery/crime novels I’ve read so far.

Still recommended though if you love mystery and crime novels, and I think I’ll have to read the rest of the series to see if it’s as good as the reviews are telling.

Talk to you soon! ❤

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Book Review: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.

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4.5/5⭐s!

If you didn’t know yet, this book is actually one of my top 10 books last year! It just took me somewhere else! I have to admit though that I had a pretty hard time getting into it. It’s interesting yes, but it’s freaking complex! it’s a murder story – but definitely not the typical plots of finding out WHO killed who, but moreover WHY they killed who.

This is a story about 5 college students – Henry, Francis, Camilla, Charles and Bunny, who isolated themselves from the rest of the world along with their charismatic professor, Julian, until Richard, a troubled student who desperately wants to belong decided he wanted a way in in this eccentric group of people. Everything is going normal – as far as “normal” for them is concerned until one of the students died. That isn’t even a spoiler so don’t be mad at me, okay?

This book is freaking twisted, it pulls you into the story deep that you’ll have a hard time detaching yourself the moment the characters slipped into darkness. I don’t relate to the characters – that’s for sure, because that would be creepy if I do. But the way the story went and progressed, you’ve also developed an attachment to each and every one of them. Also, saying that the characters are peculiar would be underrated, NO – they’re something else. They’re the type that we don’t usually hear of or see, or talk to – and they’re creepy in a way that you don’t exactly know why. If I were to be asked though, I’d love a POV of Henry – Richard, the MC and narrator is a tiny bit lacking for me. In fact I was actually annoyed at him for quite some time. I just think there would be so much more interesting concepts if Henry was the one who narrates the story – OR an exchanging POV would be awesome. Either way though, the story telling is as good as what the author intended it to be.

Another factor that I love about this book is that it takes you right where the story happens and leaves you there. The vivid descriptions, the intellectually written passages that makes you feel smart after reading so. It’s an exceptional experience I haven’t had with any other book.

Lastly, I do appreciate the author giving us a sight of what happened to the students after everything had passed. I appreciate that it was somewhat a lesson that whatever you’ve done in the past will ALWAYS haunt your future. I have to say though that although I do find the ending a little NOT in league with the greatness of the rest of the story, thinking about it, I also do not know how would it have ended if it were me writing the book. After finishing the book, I just sat there, thinking about ways the story could’ve ended but they all just didn’t sum up.

So yeah, with everything that it made me see and feel, this book is undeniably one of the best I had last year and I’m glad I picked it up. Definitely not the last one from Tartt. Have you read it? Thoughts? Let me know!

Till next book! ❤

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My Top 10 Books of 2016

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I know, I know, we’re almost done with the first month of 2017 and I am only posting this today. But it’s here either way so let’s rejoice! 😀 I asked on my Instagram account which topic you’d like to see here as a “year-ender” and this is one of the most highly requested. So let’s get to it!divider2

NOTE! Let me just tell you that the arrangement of these books are in no particular order, I will put something for last though because of different reasons, but know that I have enjoyed ALL books that are mentioned here a LOT. I will also leave a link for reviews I’ve made (if I’ve made any) for items on this list.

Here we go…

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness left me so emotional. I wasn’t expecting it, but it tore me apart, gave me the worst heartbreak I had from a book in a while. I am literally in love with the sadness and the sight of hope of this book. Utterly beautiful! (see review here)

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Another book that I enjoyed reading last year is Uprooted! It was like an adult fairy tale and it was so magical that it made me all giddy and happy. Definitely recommended for fans of modern day classics! (see review here)daisy

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I didn’t expect at all to like The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater but holy gods I actually did! It was something different with it’s urban fantasy vibe and paranormal romance and the excellent way of the author’s storytelling. Superb! (see review here)

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Another book that blew me away last year is Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. This was my first novel from Christie and it did not disappoint! I was extremely impressed and is the reason now why I am a die hard AC addict. lol (see review here)

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is a book that I know will break my heart – so I expected it wouldn’t hurt as much, but f*ck it – IT STILL DID! Big time. It was one of those books that will leave you staring at the ceiling on hours end wondering, WHAT THE HELL DID I DO TO MYSELF. So bad yet so goooood! (see review here)

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I may be biased because I loooooove Cormoran Strike novels- I love Cormoran Strike period. I immensely enjoyed Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) because unlike other crime/mystery/thriller novels, where I always end up guessing which one is the killer, but here, I have no idea and it freaking excite me! I was nervous, anxious, emotional, etc. Rowling is just really a genius! Hands down! (see review here)

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This I am going to tell you: there is nothing like Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! Man this book is amazing! It was unconventional, so futuristic – so different! I enjoyed every f***ing minute when I was reading it. Loved it!! (see review here)

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt is NOT an easy read –  that I am telling you. It will take getting used to but holy sh*t this book is insane! You can’t help but feel an emotional attachment to the characters even after the evilness they slipped in to. It was twisted, dark and crazy that will keep you turning the pages for more. My first of Tartt but definitely not the last! (sorry no review yet, will do so in a few days so come back! :D)

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is to date my most favorite AC book. This 200+ pages of a book blew my mind in many different ways! Agatha is absolutely the Queen of Mystery! I have never freaking guessed who is killing who in any of her books and this book is in the peak of it! Totally surprising, so intelligently written! The one thing that you would like to do after reading it is to read it again. SO SO GOOD. Does it even surprise you that I have 2 Christie books in this list, you shouldn’t be. She’s something else! (see review here)

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Okay so there’s a reason that this might seem odd to include this here – and it is because I haven’t finished it yet. Yes, I haven’t. I’ve contemplated a lot if I will put this here, I almost didn’t but I felt bad for not doing so because this book is just really beautiful. I did had some share of reasons for putting it off of my reading list for a few months but I promised myself to get back to it when I am ready for it. You see, I wanted to read it during the time that I will most appreciate it’s beauty. I came to a point where I am reading several books at once while reading this and it just didn’t seem right. I am more than half way, probably 200+ pages more left (it’s 700+ paged) and I want to continue with it again when I know it’s time. I just felt it won’t be fair for this book not to be listed here when it’s absolutely one of the best books I’ve ever read last year. So yeah, obviously no review yet but I will when I’m done. Be patient with me. 🙂

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And there you have it! My Top 10 Books of 2016! Let me know if we had something in common so we can fangirl together! Feels so good to be in this blog again! Talk to you again soon! Bye!

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Book Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

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How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even—yourself?  

People are capable of almost anything. . . 
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco  soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years. 

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

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4/5 ⭐s

Okay so I chose this book out of the five that the Book of the Month club sent me. This, because it’s a thriller, mystery book and you know how much I am a sucker for those stories. To be honest though I was really worried that I’ll end up not being amazed by this one because I’ve read too much crime/thrillers in the past that it turned me into a very hard to please woman. lol. Fortunately though this book really had it in for me.

So this is about a couple who partied next door and leave their 6 month old baby alone in the house, they came home and tadaaa the baby is gone! First of all, I don’t know about you – but the fact that they left the baby all alone really bugged me big time. Like COME ON, ARE YOU FOR REAL?! So yeah, there’s already a substance of character annoyance from the very first chapter of this book. But the good thing about that is it is the kind of irritability that will drive you to read about them more and not the other way around. I am a VERY easily annoyed person and for these characters to be tolerable for ME – well, that’s something. 😂

What I absolutely loved about this is that it knows how to grip readers until the very end. I read this very late a few nights ago and it’s the first thing I held on to when I woke up in the morning. It’s like I can’t bear not knowing SOONER who the culprit is.

Also, I am next level crazy, so imagine my delight when I keep on finding out the different twists this one had in it’s entirety. Man, it’s just CRAY! It had a few moments though were I felt that the way the story goes was a little predictable. It was crazy but at the same time there were a handful of moments that doesn’t quite do justice to the whole wild of an idea that it kinda falls off bland. Well, that’s a way to put it up. 😀

I don’t want to say much because this is obviously best experienced when you have totally no clue about it at all (as for all the mystery books).

I’d highly recommend this! It’s a debut novel and I can’t wait to read more from this author. Hopefully she’ll come up with just as good or even better ones!

Till next read!

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