Hello my loves,
Here’s August’s book reviews!
Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
After reading Gone Girl and really enjoying it, I’m slowly making my way through the rest of Gillian Flynn’s work. For some reason I thought it was Sharp Objects I had on my shelf the whole time until I went to read it and was like oh…it’s Dark Places instead.
Dark Places is about a girl called Libby, whose family was murdered when she was 7 years old. The only survivors were her and her 15 year old brother Ben, who got put in prison for the murders and has been there ever since. 25 years later, Libby gets pulled into looking deeper into the murders and finding out if Ben really was the person who killed her entire family, and we’re taken on a wild ride from there…
I didn’t like this as much as Gone Girl, purely because the ending seemed so unrealistic. I can’t go into detail because of course, spoilers, but the ending was just…such a let down. It was convenient, I would say. It was unpredictable in a way because Flynn isn’t the type of person to do something so convenient and obvious and then she did and I was like…oh? So I think the ending could have been much better, and that’s the only real downside I have to this book – definitely don’t let that stop you from reading it though.
The actual story and plot itself is really good though, it was a real page turner and I love Flynn’s ability to create and build such realistic characters, I could really picture them all in my mind as if this novel was based on a real story and real people. Excited to read Sharp Objects next!
On The Come Up – Angie Thomas
Queen Angie is back and I finally got around to reading On The Come Up. It’s been sat on my shelf for well over a year now and I can’t believe I only just got around to reading it but…procrastination is my best friend.
On The Come Up follows 16 year old Bri whose biggest dream is to one day become a world famous rapper and follow in the footsteps of her father, an underground rap legend who sadly passed away before he could reach his full potential. The novel is set in Garden Heights, the same place that The Hate U Give was set and we follow Bri’s struggle to try and make something of herself as she realises she not only has to do this for herself, but also for her family who are struggling to make ends meet.
I really enjoyed this book, Angie Thomas is such a great writer and I loved that this was different from anything I’d really read before. The whole novel is pretty much set around rap music which isn’t something I’ve read a plot surrounding before, I loved the little raps that were included and I’ve heard great things about the audio book for this – I think it’d be really great to listen to as it’d definitely get you inside Bri’s mind and transport you to that world considering the lyrics are actually rapped in the audio book. Angie Thomas knocks it out of the park yet again.
Wham! George & Me – Andrew Ridgeley
If you’ve been around for a while, you may (or may not) know that I might just be Wham!’s biggest fan and the biggest George Michael lover there ever was. I adore him. As soon as Andrew Ridgeley announced he was releasing this book I pre-ordered the (signed) version straight away. The book is of course written from Andrew’s perspective as we get an inside look into the worldwide sensation that was of course, Wham! It was so nice to read a first-hand account of their adventures, their song writing process, their friendship and how Wham! even came to be in the first place, and I definitely learned a lot that I didn’t already know before. I also absolutely loved all of the pictures included halfway through the book and they brought the biggest smile to my face. I definitely think I’ll re-read this in future and it’ll be something I refer back to whenever I need my Wham! fix.
Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare
If you’ve been following my book reviews for a while now you may get the feeling that YA fantasy is just…not my thing. And you’d be right. It’s not my thing. I’ve tried it. I’ve tried Throne of Glass, Red Queen, Shatter Me…Twilight…the list goes on, but it really just does not do it for me. It’s all the same. It’s all the same and every time we’re always thrown into a love triangle with stupid characters and the main protagonist usually sucks and the plot isn’t even based on the fantasy element that it’s being sold for, it usually just focuses on the ridiculous love triangle that I couldn’t care less about and so I think it’s fair to say that I’ve officially given up on YA fantasy. If I do read any more fantasy in future, it’ll be adult fantasy ’cause this is just not it for me.
So anyway, Clockwork Angel.
I had no intent on reading this but I saw it for £3 and thought I might as well, just to say I’d tried it. This story follows 16 year old Tessa Gray whose brother moves to England and mysteriously vanishes, so she makes her way over there to find out where he is and what happened to him. She’s kidnapped for having the rare ability to transform herself into other people and once she breaks free, takes refuge with a group of people called the Shadowhunters who agree to help her find her brother if she uses her ability in order to help them. She meets two Shadowhunters called Will and Jem who (surprise surprise) are best friends that get sucked into a love triangle with Tessa and well, the rest goes from there.
This book was so boring and predictable and I just DESPAIR. It’s pretty much the same as every other YA fantasy out there and I felt like it took me such a long time to get through it because I was so reluctant to pick it up and force myself to finish it. I hate these stupid love triangles and the fact that the author is clearly writing with the intent to make you choose between the two – you’re not supposed to like Will because he’s eDgY and mOoDy and mYsTeRiOus and dOeSn’T loVe aNyOnE but of course you’re supposed to find him attractive for being an asshole, and then there’s sweet lovely Jem who wouldn’t hurt a fly and has a good head on his shoulders but Will is better looking and so wHO ON EARTH SHOULD WE CHOOSE KIDDOS??? I just…stop it. Stop doing that.
This book was also like Twilight in the sense that everything was so overly described and Cassandra Clare just kept giving us these super obvious descriptions regarding character reactions and I just thought STOP TELLING US EVERYTHING.
“Tessa sensed there was something he wasn’t telling her”
“Tessa sensed something more lay beneath his eyes”
“Tessa sensed there was something harder behind the answer”
Clare would also include dialogue that otherwise would sound incredibly rude but she’d constantly accompany it with things such as “she said softly” / “there was no anger in his voice” / “he said mildly” – WE GET IT.
“He gave a shrug as if to say sorry, but Will was right”
“His eyes said I wish you were a Shadowhunter”
Like ok??? STOP TELLING US EVERYTHING. This book drove me mad. It still gets a 3 stars because I’m just fed up of YA fantasy now and so I’m not necessarily the target audience for this series but yeah, it’s fair to say I won’t be continuing on with this one.
Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
Long story short I bought this on my Kindle 7 years ago and never read it and thought now was the perfect timing considering the fact that The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes recently came out.
As always, The Hunger Games is such a good series. Fantasy novels aren’t really my thing but this type of fantasy along with the likes of, Maze Runner for example, are right up my street. I read the first book in the series around 8 years ago now and it makes me so happy to say that all this time later after I’ve grown and matured as a reader, these novels and the writing still sit really well with me. That’s the sign of a good book, in my opinion. I will say that things seemed to happen very fast which is something I did notice now as an older reader, it was like something happened and then it was over just as quick as it had started and therefore didn’t have as much impact as I think Suzanne Collins intended, but I also don’t know if that’s just because I’m was comparing it to the film at the same time and of course, the film spends longer on certain events – (downsides to watching the film before reading the book). It was so good to read the book though because there’s so many important extra details in there that are completely missed in the film that shouldn’t have been, and I really appreciated the extra knowledge.
And there we have it loves! Hope you enjoyed.
All my love,
Goodreads – ChloLuna