Hidden Bodies By Caroline Kepnes

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It has taken me a long time to put my thoughts on paper about Caroline Kepnes’s Hidden Bodies. I am a huge fan of You. I love Joe, even though I should hate him. You was creepy, funny, and clever. So when I picked up Hidden Bodies I was expecting a certain level of creepiness, cleverness and some humor. Did I enjoy Hidden Bodies, YES but I have to say that some of the magic was lost. You introduced us to Joe, a very unique and charismatic sociopath that we should hate but end up loving. Now that I have read Hidden Bodies, I feel it would have been ok with me if the the story ending with You. The writing is still both beautiful and dynamic. It keeps you glued and turning the pages. Readers will come to this story already knowing Joe and what to expect, so there was no real sock or surprise. Joe is still dark and hysterical and his commentary on LA was fun to read but I still feel like this book fell flat for me. It was a fun read but really didn’t add much to the story.

Find Her by Lisa Gardner

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Published Date: February 9, 2016

Publisher: Dutton

Pages: 416

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis:

Seven years ago Flora was kidnap and held captive for 472 days. After surviving she is back in Boston trying to Build a normal life. As the story unfoldes you start to wonder is she a victim or a vigilante?

This is all I will say for a synopsis because I want to keep this spoiler free and trust me you want to go into this book knowing just a little bite.

Review

What an amazing and thrilling read. To say I enjoyed Find Her by Lisa Gardner is an understatement. This was a well written crime fiction novel that grips you from the very first page. What makes this novel so good is Flora and DD, our two main character. These women are both strong and complex. From the moment you start reading you experience so much. The story dives into the human mind and what we are capable of doing in order to survive. We see Flora broken down and struggling to find her way back to herself. Gardner did a great job with the pacing and the layering of this story. This is a fast pace, at the edge of your seat, gripping tale. There where moments I was anxious and I had to stop reading because I was so emotionally disturbed by what Flora went through. There is nothing pretty or cookie cutter perfect about this story. It’s raw, emotional, and gritty. It will leave you thinking and wondering long after you finish reading.

He Will Be My Ruin

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Published Date: February 2, 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Pages: 340

My Rating: three_star_rating

First let me start by saying that this is the first K.A. Tucker book I have read. I know she has written other books in the New Adult genre. I originally picked this book up because I was in the mood to read a mystery/thriller. Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me. If this book would have be marketed as a new adult I would have enjoyed it more but I was really looking for a thriller/mystery and this book didn’t meet my expectations.

He Will Be My Ruin is a story about a girl (Maggie) whose best friend (Celine) has committed suicide. Maggie arrives in NYC to settle Celine’s affairs and pack up her belongings. While doing so, Maggie discovers something in Celine’s apartment that leads her to believe her friend’s death isn’t a suicide and she starts digging into Celine’s life.

I was intrigued by the premise of this book. I was looking forward to reading about friendship and diving into the concept of the things we keep from our friends. How well do we know the people in our lives. This aspect of the story was done well however, as a mystery/thriller, the book started to fall flat for me and loose it’s effectiveness. I started to loose intrest in the story when the author started to add so many subplots. There is a lot going on in this story. We have a possible murder; a love story with a love triangle, art history and the search for lost relics and Internet hackers and criminals. All these subplots could be a book on its own and for me it didn’t work well with the story. This is a lot of subplot for a 340-page novel. The fun thing about reading mystery/thrillers is that you try and solve the mystery while you are reading and I couldn’t do that because there was a lot going on. The plot twist where a little predictable and I figured it out pretty easy.

This is a hard book for me to rate. Some parts of the book, I loved but it just didn’t work for me as a thriller. This book floats between 2.5 and 3 and I still plan to read other K.A. Tucker books because I really do love her writing style.

Frozen Tides Review (Spoiler Free)

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Publish Date: December 15, 2015

publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 413

series: Falling Kingdom

I didn’t think Frozen Tides could be as good as Rebel Springs but I’m happy to report that I enjoyed this read so much. It definitely surpass all my expectations and didn’t disappoint.

Frozen Tides begins where Gathering Darkness wrapped up. We see Magnus and Cleo dealing with what happened at the temple and knowing they are guilty of treason. Jonas and Lucia are in search of the kindreds.

There is great character development in this novel. It was amazing to see the growth in Cleo, Jonas and Magnus’s character. In this book we get two new perspective, Felix and Amara. I loved Felix’s character and I wish there were more chapters in his perspective. Then we have Amara, the character you would love to hate but can’t. This girl has guts and I can’t help but like her and root for her. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go for it. I still don’t know how I feel about Lucia in this book. I found myself a little annoyed by her at times. Overall the character development in this book was on point.

I’m not going to say much about the plot because I want to avoid spoilers but I read this book in a day and half and that is due to how great the pacing of plot was. I love where this story is going and all the big revels that are taking place. Things are starting to fall into place and I can’t wait till the next book. Morgan Rhodes is a fantastic writer. I love her writing style. This series only gets better and better.

The Raven Cycle

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Publisher: Scholastic Press

Publication Date: September 18,2 014

Pages: 331

I came to The Raven Cycle late but nevertheless it has quickly become my favorite series.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is 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 has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, 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 never thought this would be a problem. But now, 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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First, I want to say that Maggie Stiefvater writing is amazing. All three books are so atmospheric, you get lost in the words. Stiefvater’s writing pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. Her writing set the tone and everything feels so dramatic, dark, and eerie. There were moments I was creeped out, moments I laughed and moment I cried.

Then we have the raven boys and I have to say, I love them all. I could not pick which to love more. Even though we start with Blue’s point of view, we really get a taste of all the characters. As the story progresses you fall in love with Gansey, Adam and Ronan. I loved the complexity of the boy’s relationship and how deeply they felt for each other.

The plot was slow but I really didn’t mind. I was too lost in the words and the world that Stiefvater built. One thing that was a surprise and I really enjoyed was how little the romance took center. Though it is there, it is not the man focal point and that was very refreshing to me. Once I started reading I became more interested in the boys and their quest, that the romance wasn’t my main interest.

I love this series. It has been a long time since a seris has captured my heart.

July Wrap Up

July turned out to be an amazing reading month. I read a total of eleven books. I’m proud that this month I read not only physical books but also eBooks and audio books. I have so many books in my e-reader that get neglected because I often reach for my physical books. Though I wish I could say that my TBR pile is getting smaller, the truth is, it’s not. I keep adding more books to the pile.

I kicked of July with a lighthearted contemporary

Kaleidoscope Heart by Claire Contreras 

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I thought this book was a cute contemporary book. This was an easy read for me and I read it in two days. I picked this book up after reading a lot of fantasy and I was looking for a break. I found all the character to be relatable. The plot was a little predictable but I was in the mood for a no fuss, fun and easy read and this book did the job.

Continuing with the theme of contemporary, I picked up Colleen Hoover and Tarry Fisher Never, Never pt. 1 and 2

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You could never go wrong with Colleen Hoover. I love these novellas and can’t wait for the third part to be released. I like books that are written in dual perspective and I loved being in Silas and Charlie’s head. I really liked part one much more than part two, even though I rated them the same. We didn’t get, as much of Charlie in part two and I really want a little more of hear story. I really wanted to be more in her head. I have never read anything from Tarryn Fisher and now I really want to pick up some of her books. Overall, I’m hooked on the mystery and I need to see how this story is going to end.

Another author I discovered this month and can’t wait to read her other book is Katie McGarry. I pick up Crash into You. Yes, I know, out of order but I heard this is the best book from the whole companion series.

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I liked everything about this book. The writing was good, the characters were interesting and the plot kept the story moving at a good pace. I loved the dual prospective and being in both Rachel and Isaiah head. I really felt for Rachel and found her character to be sympathetic. This book had all the feels and once again it was a good, easy and fun read.

After reading some fun and easy contemporary, I decided to pick up You by Caroline Kepnes

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This book was very creepy and fascinating all at the same time. It made me look at social media and what we put out there in a different way. Sometimes we really are careless with our personal information and lives when it comes to social media. This book grips you from the start and even though you don’t like Joe something about his character and being in his head is fascinating. I love that this book is told in second person. It felt different to me and I found that refreshing.

Another book I also found interesting was Black Iris by Leah Raeder

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I don’t always read dark novels, not because I don’t like them but because sometimes they are not written well. This is not the case for Black Iris. Once again our main character isn’t likable but I like that. She was interesting and complex. I had no clue how the story was going to unfold but I enjoyed the ride. This book is dark and twisted and might not be for everyone but I sure loved it.

Needing a break from the dark and twisted I decided to listen to I, Justine: An Analog Memoir by Justine Ezarik

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This was a light read for me. I picked this up while on vacation and listened to the audio version by the pool. I always find it hard to read non-fiction books and I’m hoping I can fix that problem by listing to non-fiction books more.

Following my audio book and being back from vacation I wasn’t ready yet to jump into anything heavy. At the suggestion of a co-worker I decided to pick up the Selection Series by Kiera Cass.

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At first I was annoyed by America but as the series went on she kind of grew on me. I read this series in three days. It was easy and fun. The writing or the series didn’t blow me away but I like the idea of “the selection” and how the story unfolded.

I ended July with a bang by reading Station Eleven by  Emily St. John Mandel

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My first post-apocalyptic novel and it has set the bar high for other books of its kind. The hype surrounding this book was well deserved. The writing is beautiful and the pacing of the plot was well done. I loved how everything comes together. There are multiple character perspectives but you are never loss. St. John Mandel did a wonderful job weaving each piece of the story together. In the end it all comes together beautifully.

Well there you have it guys, July was a pretty good reading month and I am hoping that I can keep the momentum going in August.  August because a very busy month with back to school and work but I’m hoping to read five to six books. Leave a comment below and tell me how you did in the month of July.

Happy Reading