Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Book Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Published By: Quirk on June 7th, 2011

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Rating: ★★★

 

I had a really hard time getting into this book. It just wasn’t like the books I normally read so I don’t know if that is why it wasn’t my cup of tea or if it’s because it is a children’s book that I had way higher hopes for.

When first looking at this book I thought that there was no way it could be a children’s or YA book because of the freaky pictures on the covers and it just looked like something I wouldn’t pick up at a younger age. Well it turns out I shouldn’t have picked up at my current age either! It’s not that this book was terrible it was just so BLAH. There was no feeling of thinking I needed to finish it as soon as possible like most books I read. I could’ve cared less if I didn’t finish it. But, for the sake of a full book review I finished it and couldn’t believe that there are actually more books to this series. Just for info, I will not be reading the sequels to this book.

Now I feel like I need to explain, it’s not that the book is complete garbage. There are some sweet parts in it and the writing is great! It’s just the story line.. I think the thing taht really made me not like this book was that once they revealed the main character to be “older” I expected him to, I don’t know, grow up more?? That probably makes me sound like such an adult but seriously!! I just wasn’t feeling this one.

 

 

** I’m currently reading Outlander and Throne of Glass. Review on Behind Closed Doors By: B.A. Paris will be posted tomorrow. Follow this blog so you will be updated every time I post! Stay tuned for more book reviews, fitness tips, and a glimpse into my life!**

 

Review: The Kept Woman

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Book Title: The Kept Woman

Author: Karin Slaughter

Published By: William Morrow on September 20th, 2016

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Rating: ★★★★★

 

I honesty don’t know how I haven’t done a Karin Slaughter review, probably because she hasn’t released a new book since this one. But you know I have already pre-ordered “The Good Daughter” because if you can’t tell by now, I am a HUGE Slaughter fan!! I have read every single one of the Will Trent novels as well as all of her stand alone’s. I cannot rave about this author enough, she is the reason I started getting back into reading as much as I do now and just like Gillian Flynn, I too will “follow her anywhere”.

If you haven’t heard of or started to read the Will Trent series I would highly suggest starting with the first novel “Triptych”. All of her books in the series are written so that you can any of them up and be up to speed but I promise, if you start with the first one you will appreciate the story so much more. The way she has been able to connect all of these books together is my favorite thing about them. But, let’s get to the review of just this book before I write my life away talking about how wonderful Karin Slaughter is..

Okay, this book is mostly formed around Angie (ew), which I hated at first but I ended up loving the fact the KS finally bought the situation between her and Will to a head and forced them to duke it out. We have all seen Will angry but this book will show you a whole new side to him that will make you love him even more than you already did. i wish I could write what I disliked about this book but I honestly can’t think of one thing other than why hasn’t another book been released?! I’m so ready for the end of Angie but then again I’m like, “GIVE ME MORE!!!” This is the most spoiler free I can give you but if you have read feel free to message me on here or Instagram so that we can talk about how amazing this book is!!

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Also, for those who live in CA, Karin Slaughter will be in Corte Madera on August 29th for a book signing to promote “The Good Daughter” release. I will more than likely post about this again but mark your calendars because I can’t wait to meet my favorite author and some of my followers!!

 

“Reading is not just an escape. It is access to a better way of life.”

-Karin Slaughter

Review: Big Little Lies

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Book Title: Big Little Lies

Author: Liane Moriarty

Published By: Berkley on July 29th, 2014

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Rating: ★★★★★

 

**It seems as though my last three book reviews are all tied to the same type of genre being domestic abuse. This is a weird coincidence and not at all a theme I am trying to create.**

OMG, if you haven’t picked up a copy of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies you need to drive to your nearest book store or Target/Walmart and pick this up immediately! I read this in a day.. literally ONE day. BLL is one of those books where you keep saying, “One more chapter..” until its 2 am and you are finished and now counting the hours you have left to sleep until you have to wake up for work the next day. (I may or may not have done this..)

What helped me the most in understanding the book was knowing who played the character is the HBO series that was created for this book. So for those of you who don’t know let me tell you who plays who. Reese Witherspoon plays Madeline, Celeste is played by Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley as Jane. I loved this book for so many reasons but mostly because it kept me guessing up until the last couple chapters. I talk to my boyfriend (Colton) about all the books I’m reading to try to help me solve it before I get to the end and this one had us all the way to the end. This book deserves nothing less than 5 stars and I would recommend to anyone!!

** For those who haven’t read, spoilers in the following paragraphs**

I wish I could have written a spoiler free review but I just loved BLL and would love discussions about it so that I know your guy’s thoughts and opinions on this book. A couple chapters in and most of the book I totally thought this was going to be about Ziggy (Jane’s son) being a weird/ kid killer. I was way off (maybe next book idea, hmm) but I am so glad it wasn’t because the fact that the author took the most caring and innocent (although a little odd) character and made her the killer… I was SHOOK. I mean honestly, did anyone see that coming? I thought it was going to be Madeline because she was a fireball of a woman but Bonnie? Girl, yes! Liane Moriarty hit it out of the park with this book. I mean why else would it be turned into a short series on HBO, amiright? Can’t wait to pick another one of her books and let you guys know what I think!!

Review: It Ends With Us

Book Title: It Ends With Us

Author: Colleen Hoover

Published By: Atria Books on August 2nd, 2016

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Rating: ★★★★★

 

 

Over the last six months Colleen Hoover has made it into my top three favorite authors. She is currently the queen of my bookshelf especially after reading this book! You can tell how much writing this book meant to CoHo after reading the  Note / Acknowledgement at the end and if you don’t feel the need to cry after reading it all you probably aren’t human.

My initial thoughts were that the main character Lily was going to be the one with issues to tear them apart and while I wasn’t necessarily wrong, I definitely wasn’t right. this was such a good read for many reasons and I can’t say much without revealing a couple spoilers so I will just leave it at this; this book will make you view domestic violence victims in a whole new light as well as seeing the abusers thought process on the traumatic event that may have happened that causes them to think that what they are doing is okay. This is a must read!! (along with any other Colleen Hoover book)

 

“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”

-Colleen Hoover

Review: Behind Her Eyes

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Book Title: Behind Her Eyes

Author: Sarah Pinborough

Published By: Flatiron Books on January 31st, 2017

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Rating: ★★★★

 

This book took me exactly one day to finish. I literally couldn’t put it down!! Before choosing this book as my Book of the Month choice I did a lot of spoiler free research on it. Almost everything that I had read said that there a huge OMG/WTF moment at the end and boy, were they right!

I have to say I was very disappointed at the end of this book because I felt as though the author gave up and kinda just said, “Ok.. I’m tired of writing. BOOM, ending.” It was sudden and way to far fetched for me to ever want to pick up and read again. With a new ending this book would have been a 5 star rating but those last couple chapters absolutely destroyed a beautiful book.

When first reading this book you will think that it’s going to be about domestic violence, which always makes a good mystery/thriller novel, but be careful who you choose to take sides with in this book because it will keep you on your toes and always guessing. No matter if you love the ending or you throw your book across the room because you are angry (guilty) this book will be in the back of your thoughts for weeks after reading it. It is a must read just for the detail and character build up and I would recommend that anyone who likes to read mystery/thriller novels should go their nearest library or bookstore and read/buy this immediately. I will definitely be picking up another one of her books just for her writing style and ability to make her characters so realistic!