Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Genre: YA, Dystopia

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The darkest minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.

This book totally reminded me of Eleven’s story from Stranger Things. I really enjoyed this read and found it highly addictive, but there were a couple things that kinda bugged me which made it a 4 star, rather than a full 5.

What bothered me..

While I loved getting to know Ruby and what she was capable of, I also hated that she kept referring to herself as dangerous and a monster. There wasn’t anything she did throughout the book that made me feel like she was badass or particularly “dangerous”.

Yes, she had special abilities, but she was definitely no Jean Gray! You know..from X-men?? If anything, I thought Zu was more dangerous and powerful than her.

For someone deemed orange, I hated that Ruby was very self-loathing and weak-minded. I found it a bit annoying at times.

What I enjoyed..

The overall storyline was great. I really enjoyed the whole journey and action throughout the book.

Zu was so adorable! She was one of fave characters, along with Liam & Chubs.

Have you read it? Or seen the movie?

Add it to your TBR: Goodreads

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Book Review: The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle @Flatironbooks

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’m surprised I have the ability for words, because this is insane.  Maybe I’m dreaming.  Maybe this is some sort of mental breakdown.

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As part of a spirituality exercise back in college, Jessica asks Sabrina to write down 5 people (living or dead) she’d like to have dinner with. Coincidently, the 5 people she lists have all had an impact in her life.

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I had seen this cover pop up all over Instagram and after being on the waitlist for a month, I finally got a copy!

This was a story that explores the relationships, love and loss between Sabrina and her dinner guests.

I’m a sucker for true love, so the story of Sabrina and Tobias definitely pulled at my heartstrings.

Find it on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36399096-the-dinner-list

 

Book Review: Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding @ScoutPressBooks

Genre: Mystery, General Fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

My Thoughts..

She could never tell a therapist about these violent thoughts, at least not one who knew what she had done in the past.

Who is Amber Kunik?

I’m a huge fan of multiple POV’s, and this was done very well! The story is told through 3 different characters: Frances, Daisy & DJ and alternates between the present and past.

I have to say, I’m so glad this was described as a domestic drama. If I had walked into this one thinking it was a thriller, I would have been disappointed. Even though I had figured out the who part early on, I still second guessed myself at one point (which is rare). I really enjoyed the element of mystery and surprise.

The author does a great job at trying to keep you guessing and ends each voice at just the right moment.

Find it at Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36373379-her-pretty-face

Final Girls by Riley Sager @DuttonBooks @PenguinRandomHouse

Genre: Horror, Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This gave me total scream vibes.

I definitely enjoyed this one waay more than The Last Time I Lied!

I thought I knew who the suspect was THE WHOLE time, but I was oh-so wrong!!

It was the perfect selection for my October reads..one that will get your adrenaline pumping!

Find it & add it on Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32796253-final-girls

Have you read it? Which did you like better? Final Girls or The Last Time I Lied?

Book Review: A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay @doubledayca

QOTD: Do you believe in ghosts?

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

It was just after two in the morning when he heard the sounds.

Even though I kinda had things figured out, I still second guessed myself until the end. I loved Paul! He was such an unreliable character from his memory lapses, to the things he hears in the middle of night.

Different events took place along the way that threw you off track and made you think otherwise!

The end was such a big shocker!! I really didn’t see that part coming.

This was my first Linwood Barclay novel and definitely won’t be my last. 🙂

Find it at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36645012-a-noise-downstairs

Book Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

What it’s about..

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

My Thoughts..

Do you ever have a tune that automatically comes to mind when you’re reading?

This one had Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones written all over it!

Rape, Murder!

It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away.

I really enjoyed Gone Girl and got excited when I heard this was turned into a TV Series! So of course, I ran out to Costco and bought a copy. I usually don’t like film covers, but I happen to love Amy Adams and preferred this edition.
What I liked..

It was dark and twisted..Fucked up is the only way to describe this story! I love the way Gillian Flynn writes. It’s completely unfiltered (kinda like me, but I’ve learned to put a lid on it when needed).
What didn’t work..

Pacing – it was a tad slow at some parts. I found myself skimming quite a bit of the time.

Predictability – this is a big one for me. I don’t like predictable reads, even if it’s a really good story. I already had the major players of whodunit figured out in chapter 2, so brownie points get taken away for that.

Overall, it was still a very enjoyable read and I look forward to watching the HBO series.

Have you read it or watched the series?

Book Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows @HarperTeen @CynthiaHand @BrodiAshton

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What It’s About..
Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

My Thoughts..

Don’t eat the messenger.

I have to say, it’s hard to write this review without giving too much away! But I will warn you that I’m about to go in quote overdrive cause there were so many good ones!

Even though there were parts that were slow, this book was hilarious and a lot of fun to read. It was such a comedic take on Lady Jane & Kind Edward. If learning history back in high school was this entertaining, I would have definitely paid more attention!

At this point, G realized he’d just asked a ferret what the dog said

The Characters..

There were lots of strong female characters in this story! Made some of the men look weak
Jane

I love how strong-willed she was and her passion for reading!!

Who on earth could feel comfortable enough to sleep in a room with no books?

Edward

He was so innocent!

There was so much he wanted to do with his life. First off, he wanted to kiss a girl, a pretty girl, the right girl, possibly with tongue.

Bess (Elizabeth)

She was such a great sister! One with beauty and brains.
Gifford aka G

and by the way, the guy you’re marrying is actually a stud. Literally.

Horse by day, human at night. He was truly the perfect match for Jane. She liked books, he loved writing poetry.

Gracie

Omg..I loved her. From her black curls, to her fighting skills! She was my fave. 😊

THE VILLAINS

Of course, every good story has a great villain. In this case, there was more than one.
Mary

Her and the Queen of Hearts would make perfect besties.

The only time he ever saw Mary enjoy herself was when some traitor was beheaded or some poor Edian got burned at the stake.

Lord Dudley

He was such a two-faced bitch! I seriously wanted to chop his head off.

If you could be any animal (non-mythical), what would you be?

Have you read it? What did you think?