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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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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Book Review: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

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rating-and-review

3/5 ⭐s

I’ve heard a lot of comments that this book is kinda like Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars and uhm… I don’t freaking know what that means. HAHAHA, sorry I am probably the only human in this planet who haven’t watched those shows. But yeah, if you happen to be a fan of those then this book will most likely interests you – I can’t say much about that though.

So this is what happened to New York a century later and people are living vertically – literally, in a tower with a thousand floors. In this world, the higher the floor you live in, the better life you have. The story revolves around 5 teens who all have their own problems and challenges despite the differences in their life statuses.

Let’s begin with the things I liked about this book: 

It is an easy read, I love multiple POVs so in some who will find this annoying, I actually enjoyed it.

The choice of characters I like because they are diverse. We get to see different races and ethnicity, sexual orientation and/or gender identity. I appreciate that unlike most YA books we’ve had in the past that concentrates on caucasian lead characters and straight people,  this book bended that ideology – BUT… (we’ll continue later)

That page turner and cannot-DNF-this thing-because-I-need-to-know-who-DIED vibe. No spoilers intended there because it is in the Prologue of the book – and yes someone somehow managed to fall from the top of that Tower and I needed to know who that is.

The living in the Tower thing is something that I have never read on any books before so that is definitely a good thing for me. The idea is unique as it is original.

 

Now, on to the things I didn’t like so much:

…Yes the characters were diverse but I do want to see more of that than just… THAT. I just felt like they were made as such that without much thought, I wanted them to have more sense and substance – well I think this is a challenge in diversifying characters. I just hope the next book will improve on this.

I know I said I like the choice of characters but it doesn’t necessarily meant that I have loved any of them. lol. I just find the connection lacking and I find it hard to relate to any of them – the problems were shallow, the exchanges in between characters aren’t so memorable, almost all of them were annoying.. it just didn’t hit me where it should have. I cannot name a single favorite character and that’s obviously not a nice thing.

The incest, OMG. If you know me and have read a bit of my reviews from the past, you would know how much Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma irked me. I’m just really not comfortable reading that kind of stuff. And what I also did not like is that it is trying to justify the “affection” for the sibling because they aren’t related by blood. I don’t really care about that, brother or step brother is STILL a freaking brother – and NO, I don’t find that romantic at all.

This book indeed ended with a cliffhanger but unfortunately, I wasn’t very excited for it. I mean yeah, that caught me a little off guard, like I really wasn’t expecting it to have a sequel in the first place, lol. But yeah, I do think I’d like to know what happens next but I’m not head over heels for it.

 

And that is it! I’d recommend this book if you like futuristic, unique plot line reads. Let me know your thoughts if you’ve read it! Yay or Nay? 🙂

Talk to you soon!

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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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Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

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4/5 ⭐s

Okay, I LOVED this book! It was true that I was rather expecting a read that would “scare” me a little bit more than this book did, like literally the way a horror/suspense movie does, but man – this book is TERRIFYING. I swear I am troubled so much while reading this that I can’t put myself to sleep immediately without diverting my thoughts to other happier things. You know why this book is utterly frightening? It’s because it is possible to happen. I don’t wanna make you a little paranoid but can you conduct a background check of your suitor/boyfriend/girlfriend right about now? 😂 Kidding… (or not)

If you’re looking for twists and shockingly unexpected turn of events (*cough* Gone Girl *cough* vibes) then I am afraid you will be disappointed not to find that in this book. It’s not that it doesn’t shock you – it’s just not as surprising as we hope it should be for a book tagged as “suspense” and yet it pulls strings – it’s definitely something. To put it bluntly, it is kinda predictable and yet, I don’t know how the author does that but it’s still greatly intriguing at the same time. It does not exhibit suspense – it gives terror. There was one statement from one of the characters towards the end of probably after 5 or 6 chapters that made my skin prickle so violently I just had to stop reading for awhile to call my boyfriend. Lol.

The choice of characters, the way they act, the way the author lets them be perceived – for me at least, is perfect. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Depending on each and everyone of them, they generate feelings so far contradicting, you can’t help but read more to see how they’ll cope. Some characters break your heart, another makes you think murderous thoughts (grrr), this one you adore, the other annoys the hell out of you. The mix of these people were just so right, you can feature somebody else in your real life to compare with.

The situation the main character was in I must say, terrifies me so much. Although there was not too much physical violence, the thought of being in that kind of situation appears worse than any sharp knife could inflict. It was emotionally, mentally and spiritually draining, I swear I would go mad being in the character’s shoes. There were moments that I say to myself “what the hell, this character should have done this, should have done that” but no man, I must’ve been just as stagnant as the character was if – God forbids – that was me. So you see now how frightening this book is?

The only reason why I can’t give this a perfect 5 star rating is because at some point during the beginning, I felt that it was overly and unnecessarily detailed and slow to get into. It wasn’t the usual bullet train ride I experience when reading a psychological thriller. But it was all worth it as soon as you get past the buffering chapters. Definitely unputdownable! And the ending, I just have to say that though it was simple as it is, I perfectly loved it. 👌 My heart was hammering like crazy on thinking there was still something more to it, whatever though, I was glad it ended the way it did.

So yes, I definitely recommend reading this if you’re keen to read disturbing and terrifying stories that you can read in one sitting – because this one definitely is!

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