Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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The NightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars

I had been looking forward to this book for months! So no one is more disappointed than I am to be DNF-ing this one. Maybe I’ll come back to it at a later date.

The very first chapter was great and I thought it would be a hit, but I began to find parts that I thought were a bit confusing, if not contradicting:

– Vianne and her family were poor (or at least that was the impression), yet she lived what seemed to be a comfortable & lavish life. They lived in a home with acreage and drank fine wine. Doesn’t sound like they were struggling to me.

– When Vianne and Isabelle’s father abandoned them at a young age, based on how heart-broken Vianne was, it sounded like he left them for good and never returned. Yet, at the age of 18, Isabelle gets kicked out of school (again and from a refined school I might add) and ends up with her father? WTF??
Not to be insensitive, but if they had access to their father via their school this whole time, then why be so melodramatic??

And here’s where things started going downhill for me: unnecessary details!

She smoothed the silk stockings up her legs, fastened them to her garters, and then slipped into a belted cotton frock with squared yoke collar

-Um, is she getting ready for a date? to have sex? Cause in this scene she was going to see her husband off to the war. So why is this incredibly descriptive wardrobe important for what is supposed to be an emotional farewell?

-Sophie’s bear Bebe moving from the shelf back to her bed.

I pretty much lost focus where Isabelle learns to eat an orange with a fork & knife, but refuses and gets kicked out.

Sorry guys. I tried!! I really wanted to love this like everyone else!

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Book Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington BlackWashington Black by Esi Edugyan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is an incredibly rare instance where I have DNF’D and it had nothing to do with writing or storytelling.
To be honest, I didn’t think this was a particularly easy read. In fact, I thought it was a rather heavy read. A little too heavy for my liking.

The story is beautifully written (or at least the parts I have read up to are), but it’s just not for me.

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Book Review: Hocus Pocus The All-New Sequel by A. W. Jantha #OverhypedBooks #HocusPocusBook #Spookathon

Genre: YA, Paranormal

My Thoughts..

Part 1: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was THE most anticipated read, not just for Halloween, but of 2018! I enjoyed the first part, which for the most part was just like the movie. So for fans of the movie like myself, the first part of the book did not disappoint.

Part 2: ⭐⭐

This was the sad part..and believe me, I wish I felt differently because I absolutely LOVE the film and watch it every year (more than once).

While I appreciated the diversity, it felt very forced and like the author was trying too hard. The narration also felt completely different. To be honest, I felt like I was reading a Katie Kazoo book, which is a middle grade series.

As for the story..it just seemed to drag on and on.

Would I recommend it? No..save your money & borrow it from the library.

October is almost over anyway!

Find it at Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36244389-hocus-pocus-the-all-new-sequel

Have you read it? What did you think of the sequel? Everything you hoped for?

Book Review: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager #OverhypedBooks

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My rating: ⭐⭐ 1/2

What It’s About..

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.

And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.

My Thoughts..

DNF

Believe me when I say this, but no one was more disappointed than I was!!

In fact, I was totally bummed that I couldn’t snag an ARC from Netgalley, but it turns out, the publishers did me a favour.

I had this on my October TBR and wanted to get a head start.

I’m sorry, but this story was way too slow and failed to dazzle me. I made it half way through chapter 4 before skimming to the end and DNF’ing it.

Womp womp.

Have you read it? Anyone else fall in the same boat as me with this one??

The Next To Die by Sophie Hannah

The Next to Die: A NovelThe Next to Die: A Novel by Sophie Hannah

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A special thanks to the publishers for gifting me this eARC

DNF 😭

Womp, womp..

The premise of the story was great, and there were parts that actually weren’t bad..like Kim’s character. I liked her morbid sense of humor in the beginning, but I just couldn’t push through this one. It was mostly underwhelming. The argument and explanation of Billy Dead Mate’s nickname went on and on for majority of the chapter, that I just couldn’t take it anymore! Seriously?! That part only needed to be one quick summary (1 page) and was pretty self-explanatory the first time it was mentioned. There really wasn’t a need for the two detectives to argue about for a whole chapter! 🙄

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The Woman In The Window by A.J Finn

The Woman in the WindowThe Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After being #21 on the waitlist at the library, I was very excited to get my greedy hands on this one.

Let me start by saying that this book had its moments and most of these, I really had to push through to finish (which wasn’t a good thing). To be honest, I nearly gave up.

The good..

-Like I already mentioned, the first two chapters start off well. It’s a bit confusing, but it unravels as you read further and discover more about Anna.

-Anna is such an unreliable character that it only made me curious enough to want to skim to the end to see what happens.

The not-so great..

-The storytelling becomes repetitive and slow. I get it, Anna suffers from agoraphobia and has PTSD. But I feel like this book could have been cut down to 200-300 pages max. After chapter 3, it became long-winded. I actually felt exhausted by the time I got to chapter 7 and almost added this to my DNF pile.

Overall, it wasn’t a terrible read. Would I recommend it? Sure, but I would suggest finding it at your local library.

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Into The Water by Paula Hawkins #Overhypedbooks

Into the WaterInto the Water by Paula Hawkins

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars

This was just meh..

What I liked..
The Mystery: The first page starts off with a nice teaser that eases you into what you think is going to be a great mystery/crime thriller.

instead..

You get a mix of characters narrating the story, jumping back and forth between timelines making it confusing. Now don’t get me wrong, I happen to love multiple POV’s when it’s done well. But this just had too many all at once.

I also felt like the story was a bit repetitive each time a new character was introduced and just seemed to drag on and on.
There was a twist at the end, but in my opinion, it was nothing to get excited over.

Overall, this wasn’t for me 😦

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Have you read this? Did you enjoy it more than I did?