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 Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (2nd Book of The Raven Cycle)

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If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.

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4.5/5 STARS!

After a couple of weeks of being stuck with this book, today is the day I finished it. Lol. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book! I was just in a slump because of watching too much anime. Haha.

Anyway, on to my review. So this book picked up right where The Raven Boys ended –  with Ronan admitting that he can take things from his dreams. It still took place in the little place called Henrietta as well. Okay, so I told you I already like Ronan in the first book right, but oh God. Ronan in Dream Thieves is freakin’ lovable! It was mainly focused on his side of the story and his relevance with the Cabeswater (the mystical forest where Adam sacrificed himself to wake the ley line). I like how the readers were given extensive background as to what had made Ronan the way he is in Raven Boys. The badass side was still there but we also get to see what made him a friend of someone like Gansey.

My heart is still close to Adam and I can definitely feel for him. Just like Ronan, it is understandable why he acts the way he does. I was so moved by that one part where Gansey and Blue was discussing about how they were both wealthy in love and yet Adam has nothing of it. It was really sad. My heart is breaking for Adam so despite my newfound and strengthened love for Ronan, I still cannot abandon Adam. Lol.

Gansey on the other hand stayed the same. I did not see a lot of character development on his part because his character has probably been worked on too much already even in the first book. I like his character – that is given. I love how he loves his friends unconditionally despite everything that’s been happening. No bad blood about him at all which, to my opinion is a bit boring. No flair, no spark, just the usual shining glory, it kinda hurts my eye (if you know what I mean).

I love Noah’s character and he surprised me in this book. That scene with Blue was so unexpected, I did not see that one coming. It was also really sad though. I just hoped he was given more exposure than that. I miss him in some chapters where I felt he could’ve been given a fair limelight.

**SPOILERS AT THIS POINT! 

One of the reason why I cannot give this a proper 5 star rating because I did not like Blue in this book. I love her in the first one so reading about her here is a bit disappointing to me. I just found her a little self-absorbed in this book and I’m seriously annoyed. I actually pause to gather up patience when the chapters are about her. I loved the part at the earlier chapter when she looked up at Adam and said that she is choosing him and fate cannot do a thing about it. Then, there was suddenly this scene with Kavinsky – like why are you f*cking concerned if he’s not hitting on you?! Oh Lord. I hate girls like this. And although I find that one part with kissing Noah so genuine and so sad, I was literally appalled with Blue there. She was there realizing she has a crush on Gansey and yet she goes on kissing Noah, while still (though not technically) involved with Adam. Whether your kissing a ghost or a bird or whatever, I still find it off. I don’t even like her humor here – it was a bit trying hard for me. I find quite a few scenes where she’s being too bossy and know it all around the boys, it’s probably just me? I don’t know. And that part after the fight with Adam and she called Gansey to take her somewhere. Ugh. It is not because I don’t ship them, I don’t even ship Blue with anyone of the boys (Ronan, get away from her!). I just hope I see a different light in Blue on the third book.

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I like the addition of the Gray Man in this book. This is complicated to be honest, I want to like the character but I also cannot forget the things he does/did. But it takes the story to a different level and I appreciate how his appearance involved more of Maura, Calla and Persephone. I even like Orla here too. Haha.

I also have to add that although the foreshadowing in this book is still freaking awesome, I find it a tiny bit slow in pacing. I just find it lacking the excitement it once had in TRB. The interesting things started to happen nearing towards the end and it somehow appeared rushed because of that. But still, the author is a great storyteller, no doubt about that. I love this book, I just liked the first book a little better! Still recommended!

Now off to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

Cheers!

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Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (1st book of The Raven Cycle)

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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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5/5 STARSSSSS!

I loved it! I cannot believe that I will, but I did! I actually cannot even believe I bought this boyband-ish cover. I was always skeptical towards buying it because I did not like the vibe it was giving me. Haha

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But boy, I had a change of hearts, I love seeing the boys on the cover now.

First of all, I find the whole plot line unique and interesting. Okay, who freaking dies when you kiss your true love?

Haven’t seen that since Julliette from The Shatter Me trilogy (which I also loved, but it’s not the same, not even close) so yeah, I was really looking forward to reading this one. This story is more like an urban fantasy, with paranormal, mystery and even ghosts! I love it all the more already.

I love how the author played with the characters. Others will be thinking it’s the same sh*tty group as freaking always, and to be freaking honest as well, I was thinking about that too initially (who would not by seeing that cover?). tumblr_n2hv9wDCaB1s0uxe3o1_500

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But no kidding, the characters are so good! Blue for instance is not the typical teenage heartthrob girl who always needs saving from the bastard effortlessly good-looking rich boys. No. She’s… uhm, well – sensible. Lol. I love how she DOES NOT have a long shiny hair and that she dresses like art. The boys are STRANGELY familiar. It’s real life guys.😂 I think the author knows my closest guy friends (tell me Maggie if you are stalking them, haha). The thing is, my best friend is Gansey, and he’s that one guy who makes others follow him head over heels everywhere without even making an effort to do so. He’s like a magnet. And if others are saying that this only happens in books, well, I’m sorry. IT DOES NOT. He’s that guy who makes sure everything is in order. I’m not developing any feelings for Gansey though, my heart is currently all for Adam, I like quiet, shy and smart boys just like that, I find him so adorably charming – too much adjective for saying something cute, I know, i’m sorry. Let me emphasize on the word “currently” though as I have an inkling that Ronan (oh good God Ronan) will MOST LIKELY take Adam’s place in my heart VERY SOON (like NOW?).tumblr_lnsqvim2uR1qhszxqo1_500 Come on, Ronan? who doesn’t fall for that name?😂  Seriously though, if that guy’s been given a little more exposure on this book I would’ve fallen more for him, I just wanted to see more. And Noah, oh Noah, he’s there but he’s not but I like it better when he’s there. It’s like having a company that you do not talk with but the presence makes everything comforting. That’s what Noah does – like a friend patting your spiky hair (literally). I also love the psychic friendship of Blue’s mother, Maura with Calla and Persephone. They are all funny in their own way.

It’s told in third person with alternating views which makes it a bit confusing from the start but it gets easier as you progress. I like that the exchanges between the characters are cute and funny without explicitly trying so hard. It’s undeniably relatable and unique at the same time. And I don’t know how much I’ve told you this but I PRAISE authors with the gift of foreseeing! I love it! I love the AHA moment they are giving me when something happens in the previous chapter and I found out about what it meant a few chapters after.tumblr_lta9x7SGws1r0gf7co1_500

I am literally amazed! I’m ecstatic when everything about the book makes perfect sense. I appreciate how the author knows her stuff by leaving out unnecessary details and jump off to what’s what matters. Totally digging that.

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Anyway, it’s not so obvious, why would it be? I do not see why you think I will recommend this. Because I flippin’ DO!  To everyone! Read it. It surprised me and I’m positive you will be too. Can’t wait to read the rest and hoping gravely that it’s as good as this one! Or better, please.

And lastly, can you forgive me with my koreanovela GIFs? Haha, I am without a doubt entertained, so sorry 😂.

Till next book!

Cheers!

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