Discussion: What other forms of storytelling do you read?

 

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Hello all you beautiful people! Welcome to my first discussion post ever! The extremely unpleasant summer weather has turned my brain into mush that I was able to think of a question. Today, my question is, are there any other forms of “books” that you guys read in addition to your genre novels?

Here’s some of my examples:

  1. Novels/Novellas (both self and trad published; physical, ebooks and audiobooks, and pretty much all genres)
  2. Manga (I read it via app, they’re too expensive physically lol)
  3. Manhwa/Webtoon (the Korean version of the one mentioned above)
  4. Comics/Graphic Novels (not a lot but I enjoy I Hate Fairyland!)
  5. Wattpad stories (this was my life in junior high, I’ve read some GREAT stories from here by the way)
  6. Web novels (i.e, Worm)
  7. Translated web novels (mostly east Asian ones, wuxia/xianxia novels that are a bazillion chapters long)

This will seem like a lot, but I really do try to read most of them. The only annoyance that I have with them is the lack of way to track them via Goodreads or any similar app. Reading can definitely get tedious sometimes so I love the fact that I can pretty much rotate between these seven mediums and find something that will catch my interest at the moment. I know I won’t be able to read all of these during my lifetime but I love the freedom I have to immerse myself with all these wonderful stories by awesome writers.

I personally consider all of these to be a form of reading. Book snobs will say that only proper novels can be considered right but that just discounts all the hard work that the authors/creators put into their work just because they didn’t go the traditional, publishing route. You won’t say a piece of artwork isn’t considered legit just because one painted it on a piece of cardboard.

There are so many materials out there that I really do feel like reading is for everyone. It’s just a matter of finding the right kind. Humans love stories, we crave good ones in fact. That’s the reason we turn to TV shows or movies or video games when we want stimulation. That’s one of the reasons we are gossips. Good stories make us feel, it riles us up, makes us weep, brings a smile to our faces. It’s about learning that other humans have been through obstacles and that they came through it, and in turn, we can too.

This has been my question for today because I’m curious how diverse each reader can really be. I haven’t seen any book blog that focuses on the other reading materials that I’ve mentioned above and want to know if people might be interested about them. Do you read any of those? Are there more kinds that I’m not aware of? Comment down below, let’s chat!

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Lots of love,

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Book Review: Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★

 

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Synopsis:

Meet Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, in the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that “blends the genres of romance, horror and adventure with stunning panache”(Diana Gabaldon).

Laurell K. Hamilton’s bestselling series has captured readers’ wildest imaginations and addicted them to a seductive world where supernatural hungers collide with the desires of the human heart, starring a heroine like no other…

Anita Blake is small, dark, and dangerous. Her turf is the city of St. Louis. Her job: re-animating the dead and killing the undead who take things too far. But when the city’s most powerful vampire asks her to solve a series of vicious slayings, Anita must confront her greatest fear—her undeniable attraction to master vampire Jean-Claude, one of the creatures she is sworn to destroy…

“What The Da Vinci Code did for the religious thriller, the Anita Blake series has done for the vampire novel.”—USA Today

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My thoughts:

Okay, so I’ve heard of this series for a long, long time now and I wasn’t interested because vampire books bored me (I binged on them for years) but I found the audiobook on Libby available so I decided to try it out.

It’s not a very long book, about 7 hours and since I listen at double speed, I was done in a few hours. This is good guys! For anyone who has read The Dresden Files, it definitely gave off that vibe except Anita Blake is one badass vampire slayer/necromancer/animator. She does not take crap from nobody and although she has the cliché angsty, mysterious past that makes her bitchy, she still has more personality than most heroines I’ve read so far in these kinds of series.

The writing is of course, nothing spectacular but the humor in the book is really good! I caught myself giggling or straight out laughing pretty hard in some parts of the story. The characters of Laurell are witty and they do grow on you. Not to spoil anything but there is one character in this book (clue: hot guy) that honestly made me feel all kinds of emotions since he was introduced until the end of the book. That makes for a good book in my opinion.

Besides Anita Blake, there’s the smoking hot vampire who has the hots for her called Jean Claude. Kimberly Alexis (the audio narrator) did a great job with her accents and the attitudes with the characters really did set them apart that I was never confused who was talking. Jean Claude in particular has a very strong French accent and although it kind of irked me at first, it grew on me.

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The romance in the book is also done pretty well I’d say. There’s sexual content but it’s nothing too explicit, it just sets the sexy mood of the story. So far I’m on the third book of the series and this pattern does continue so if you’re not into too much erotica, I would recommend this series.

I give this book a whooping 4-stars because it’s a fairly fast read, the mystery/crime part is well done and the supernatural/magic aspect is good as well. It’s definitely geared towards adults more but if you’re younger and want to try this, go on ahead! Overall I’ve enjoyed this and will continue with the rest of the 23286247 books in the series haha

 

Have you guys read this series? What did you think about it? Also, any more long romance/supernatural book series you can recommend? Comment your thoughts down below, let’s chat!

 

Lots of love,

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag!

 

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It’s that time of the year again! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by already. I do think this has been one of the best years I’ve had in a while (probably because I’m not depressed anymore!) and reading wise? I’m killing it you guys!

Quick note: As of 07/03/18 I’ve read a total of 45 full length novels, 6 of them 5-star reads, 27 a hefty 4-stars, eight 3-stars, three 2-stars and one DNF. I have my Goodreads challenge set into 150 books aaand we’ll see if I can hit that hefty goal.

Now onto the questions!

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018?

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This book! I cannot stop gushing about this you guys! It’s dark and gritty and it does a good job at showing how f*cked up the human psyche can get and it’s just chilling. I know that reality is more bizarre than fiction and it probably is, but this book, it sounds like something someone out there would do or, is currently doing *chills*. To anyone who can stomach violence and gore and psychopathy, I highly HIGHLY recommend this book!

 

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018?

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I haven’t read that much sequels this year yet but so far this is my favorite, for this year and so far, out of all sequels I’ve read! Sarah J. Maas just outdid herself in this one, it’s fascinating and captivating and it holds a special place in my heart *swoons* ❤

 

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But You Want To?

Umm.. Children of Blood and Bone? I’m not really that updated with new releases lol. I try to keep up sometimes but I have so many books I have to work on already that I kind of avoid it to resist the temptation to pre-order stuff haha (I’m an impulse buyer; still working on it!)

 

4. Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of 2018?

refer to point above. I don’t have any you guys 😦 I’ll get a whiff of something off of the blogs and BookTube so I’ll get news… eventually.

 

5. Biggest Disappointment?

My first DNF of the year:

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This was PAINFULLY SLOW. I wanted to cry you guys. I was listening to this on audiobook, which was fantastic, because the narrator was good. But even at 2x speed and awesome voice acting, this was just a drag. It was disappointing because I’ve heard so much about Sarah Waters and this book had LGBTQ aspects to it buut it fell flat. I hope her other works get better though!

 

6. Biggest Surprise?

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This one! It was a review book I got from Blogging For Books (RIP) before they closed down and unfortunately I just finished it today. (I was bad at requesting ARCs and doing them okay). This was a hefty 5 STARS! ❤ It was inspiring and it gave me a new perspective to how the military life works and how amazing medicine is and how resilient humans can be if we choose to. I’ll post a book review for this one just because it’s absolutely wonderful to read.

It’s nonfiction by the way. Don’t let it scare you.

 

7. Favourite New Author?

KAREN freaking SLAUGHTER! I am now a hooked fan. I’m definitely planning on working my way through her books and buying them and collecting them and loving them and basking in their awesomeness. I love her.

 

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

RHYSAND my baby ❤ I don’t usually crush hard on fictional characters but my oh my, if he was real, I’d sell my soul to be his life mate.

 

9. Newest Favourite Character?

EHHHH.. none? Maybe Rhysand again? I need to read more books, probably.

 

10. Book That Made You Cry?

None so far, which is kind of surprising. I’m a cry baby guys, almost any emotion makes me cry. Happiness, sadness, anger, fear, anxiety, you name it. Movies make me cry, music too, any form of media my brain can comprehend has a high chance of making me bawl my eyes out. Maybe I just haven’t found the right book yet.

 

11. Book That Made You Happy?

All of them! I was in a bad place the whole of last year and it prevented me from enjoying the things I usually do so when I got better and my interest in reading started sparking again, it just made me happy that I have that to fall back unto again. Thank goodness for books right?

 

12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?

I have a confession to make. I’m one of those people who refuses to see a movie adaptation when I haven’t read the book yet. I know, I know. That puts me at a whopping… ZERO movies lol. I’ll get to one of them I promise!

 

13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year?

Can I pick two? I’ll pick two. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter and The Good Daughter by hers too. I thought I translated my hype for these books really well in writing so I’m pretty proud of that. Also, I just want to gush haha READ ITTTT

 

13. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year So Far?

I’m on a buying ban and I’m still going strong so I’d say NONE!

 

14. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

PLENTY. I just counted last night and my impulsive self accepted 100 review books alone. ONE. HUNDRED. I also have my regular TBR on top of that plus the physical books I own plus I have two Kindles I gotta use and I have library books and Scribd books and all the audible shit I bought.

Oh, and I also read Wattpad works and Manga and Webtoons and translated web novels. Yeah. I GOT PLENTY.

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How’s your year going so far? Any specific goals you’re tracking? Is it going well? (I hope it is). Please comment links to your tag if you’ve done this! I will browse through blogs but I might miss some. Happy Half of the Year guys! ❤

 

Lots of love,

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WWW Wednesday: June 20, 2018

 

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This meme is currently hosted by Taking on a World of Words and it’s an awesome way to do an update on what you’re currently reading and what you’re planning to read next.

What are the Three R’s?

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finished reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

 

Currently reading:

 

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa—a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants—life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the “clerk class,” the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life—or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

I actually have more books that are currently on my Currently Reading list but these seems to top it all for now. I’m listening to The Paying Guests in audiobook because I am loving that medium right now and I have a copy of Glass Sword on my Scribd so I’m reading that as well. It hasn’t been that much when it comes to reading but I’m also super glad that I’m finally enjoying the heck out of it already.

Now– if only I can stop procrastinating and actually write posts more frequently.

 

Recently finished:

 

 

Spark of Fire (The Phoenix Cycle #1) by Grace Anthony

Ember Moore, a Reaper, just wants to get through high school. She isn’t ready to save the world.

The Reapers are the police of the kindred races. They keep peace and law under the command of the Spirit Assembly. Until a dangerous cult, sworn to resurrect the last Phoenix, rises up to remove all opposition to their goal.

When a shocking betrayal rips Ember’s family apart, Ember, her brother Liam, and a mysterious girl named Billie must turn to their sworn enemy for protection. An unexpected alliance will be forged. And a dangerous path will chosen.

Will Ember and the people close to her survive the coming war?

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita Blake is small, dark, and dangerous. Her turf is the city of St. Louis. Her job: re-animating the dead and killing the undead who take things too far. But when the city’s most powerful vampire asks her to solve a series of vicious slayings, Anita must confront her greatest fear—her undeniable attraction to master vampire Jean-Claude, one of the creatures she is sworn to destroy…

This is the amazing part. I’ve already finished two books in the last three days when I’ve never been in the mood to read in the last couple of months. Cause for celebration?

I’ve read Spark of Fire, as mentioned above, and it’s another one I can cross off of my ARCs that I have yet to slowly work on. It was a fun read, really short, albeit with its minor flaws, but overall, it was enjoyable 🙂 Guilty Pleasures on the other hand was an exciting surprise! I’ve heard of this series before, especially as a recommendation when it comes to horror/supernatural/romance stuff. Boyy was I glad that I read this, it was soo fun! It made me miss the good old days when I used to be obsessed with everything vampire. Now, about 80+ more books to go lol.

 

Next read:

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In the high-stakes world of international gambling, where success is measured by the roll of a dice or the spin of a roulette wheel, the lives of two women will become entwined in ways neither could have imagined.

Privileged party-girl Savannah Hudson has everything she’s ever wanted – apart from the love of her cold and distant father, Michael. A self-made casino mogul in Las Vegas, he has little time for his daughter when competing with the other empires that line the famous strip.

Lois, a tough, ruthlessly ambitious ex-cop, runs the security business of Michael’s greatest rival. She’s fought hard for everything she has in life and no one has been able to halt her rise through the glamour and wealth of the casinos . . . not even her young daughter.

As the lines between their lives become ever more blurred, will the two women realize what truly matters before the morally corrupt world of gambling consumes them forever?

This is just something I saw on my Libby app before but I already started it and I was enjoying it anyways so I refuse to remove it from my Currently Reading pile until I actually finish reading it. Nothing bad can happen right? I’m crossing my fingers that this is at least decent 🙂


 

Not a lot right? Or maybe I’m just getting excited about reading again. I’m trying not to outdo myself and burn out because this is a good thing. Does anybody know of looooong book series that I can start on? Don’t really care what genre it is because I read almost everything. Please recommend some to me! Let’s chat 😛

 

Lots of love,

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ARC Review: The Palm Reader (Jackson Walker, #2) by Christopher Bowron ★★★

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Synopsis:

Jackson Walker once again faces his demons in this haunting sequel to Devil in the Grass.

Now working as an investigative lawyer for Peter Robertson, Jack teams with Janie Callaghan to solve the disappearance of a sleazy client specializing in taboo pornography. Meanwhile the evil head of the Church of Satan weaves an intricate web to lure Walker as the sacrificial lamb in an Everglades Black Mass ritual.

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My thoughts:

As the title suggests, I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I admit, I failed to research that this was the sequel and so color me surprised while reading when I didn’t recognize a bit of the flashbacks that was happening in the story. It didn’t stop me from continuing though, do not fret. This is about Jackson Walker, the grandson of a Native American shaman and a lawyer, who is also gifted with the connection to the “spirit world”. He, of course, refuses to acknowledge that he has this gift and instead continues to deny it whilst gaining helpful hints and insights about the cases he is currently working on. This book has a lot to do with mysticism and visions and Satanists and cults and it can also be very graphically violent so I will leave that as a trigger warning for anyone interested.

The writing was very clear although I found that some times it got a little bit ramble-y but it worked out to be good and so it didn’t really matter. I wished there was more back story to some more of the characters (namely, Lolita, the other psychic/medium) because there was some information but it wasn’t enough for me to form any emotional attachment to her. For the other main characters, I won’t judge the amount of back story just yet because I have to read the first book first.

This was perfect for me when I read it because I was definitely in a thriller/mystery/crime binge after reading two Karin Slaughter novels (Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter) which had dark and gritty but also twist-y stories. If you are looking for something with a good mix of those and the paranormal then I highly recommend this book! Don’t forget to grab the first book, Devil in the Grass (Amazon CA/US) so you won’t miss a bit of the details of this next pursuit!

Again, huge thanks to the author, Christopher Bowron for the opportunity to review this!

So, what books are you binge reading right now? Any more gritty and psychotic books you can recommend to me? Let me hear your thoughts, let’s chat!

 

Lots of love,

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Book Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas ★★★

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Synopsis:

“Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin.”

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.

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My thoughts:

So yes, I am on a Sarah J. Maas binge right now. I treated myself to a brand new copy *gasp* of this book to celebrate the fact that I have been very good in my book buying ban for months now. I celebrated, a book buying ban, by buying a book? YEAH. Sound familiar? Anyways, I loved the book so let’s get to it!

Firstly, I was actually surprised that I didn’t love this as much as ACOTAR for a first book. Granted, I do take into account that first books are there to establish the storyline and the characters and the world and the seemingly slow start makes sense. I found that it didn’t have enough magic for my liking. I usually don’t mind that but the whole magic-is-banned part is not very interesting. ALSO, the freaking love triangle is getting to me guys! I really hope it doesn’t become worse in the following books because I hate that trope with. a. passion. Other than that, it just felt a little lacklustre to me but of course I am still more than willing to read the whole series.

Her writing as usual, is very clean and she is good at getting the point across. Of course I noticed her numerous mentions of stars and the night sky and it just made me smile every time because during my binge with ACOTAR, quotes about the night sky is very close to me now. Celaena Sardothien is definitely my favorite protagonist within the Sarah J. Maas world though because unlike Feyre, she is way smarter and more independent and all that even at the start of the book. They are both awesome lady heroes though but for now? Celaena: 1

So that’s what my thoughts were! So far, none of the characters except Celaena has caught my attention and care. I hope this will be fixed as I get to the next books. Which won’t be until waaay later because I’m behind on my review books. Adulting + running a book blog + reading to put stuff on the blog? HARD. Any thoughts and tips on how you guys manage and prioritize reading? It’ll be interesting to know how everyone manages.

So, for all of you guys that has read this, what did you think of it? ToG vs. ACOTAR? And for the others, did I convince you to read it? *eyebrow waggle* Comment down below, let’s chat!

 

Lots of love,

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It’s a Wrap!: April 2018

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Hello beautiful people! Another month has passed and everybody got older and the seasons have changed and here I am, still struggling with life. Just kidding. April wasn’t the most productive reading month for me because work has taken over my life as my boss went on holidays which made me responsible of doing a lot of her jobs. It has come to an end though! Albeit now I am left with this huge, looming cloud of stress. Ahh, how lovely is it to adult.

Before I digress too much, let me tell you guys what I’ve been up to this month. In total, I’ve read five books. Actually, not that bad as I thought.

 

As you can probably tell, I was in a bit of a mystery/crime/thriller binge and boy did Karin Slaughter fulfill that craving for me. She is hands down my newest favorite author and will then proceed to buy and collect all of her works wuahahaha. I have a review up and posted for Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter if you guys want to check it out! P. S. there’s quite a bit of restrained fangirling in there :’D

Besides those books, I mostly was listening to music (my newly re-found love for K-pop) and podcasts because I was just in such a shitty mood for the most part of the month. Nothing really new besides that. I’m also going to be accepting review books this month so let’s just hope that I’ll learn how to say no and actually manage not to over book myself and be totally drained lol.

Anyway, not the longest post but just want to let you guys know what I’ve been up to last month! How was your April? Any awesome goals you plan on achieving this month? Comment down below, let’s chat!

 

Lots of love,

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Book Review: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter ★★★★★

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The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author — a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

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My thoughts:

Can you guys tell how much I got hooked after trying out one of her books? It was intense and awesome and I couldn’t get enough of it so I decided to try some more! This book is another one of her standalones and I got it on my library’s hoopla app as an audiobook and since I wasn’t feeling like reading at all, I decided to give it a go.

My goodness guys, if you’ve read Pretty Girls and thought that that was intense? This one was too, although in a different way. This book gave me so much empathy to the main characters because I was among them throughout their whole life pretty much, before and after the terrible tragedy that happened to them. I felt their fear, anger, humiliation and grief. It even got a bit too much for me at one point that I had to stop listening for a bit to gather myself.

I think Karin Slaughter does a fantastic job at showing how tragedies can affect people, because as strong as we are, we’re also extremely, extremely fragile. Alas, it comes with being human. This book also shows how many different ways grief manifests in different people. Some become angry while others become hollow versions of themselves.

This story made me laugh, cry, worry, and feel a plethora of emotions, sometimes all at once. It makes my heart happy to see siblings with an awesome relationship being showcased in a narrative because I resonated with that deeply. It also made me solidify my belief not to take life for granted, instead, to be thankful of it every waking moment that I have.

As a last note, this has plenty of triggers. It mentions extreme violence, abuse, violence towards women, murder, and rape among others. If I have missed anything, my apologies, but you get the gist. This is not an easy book but if you can manage it, I highly recommend you to read it. Karin Slaughter will definitely be an auto-buy/auto-read author for me from now on.

 

Have you read any of her works? Do you have any other author/book suggestions similar to this? Please comment down below to let me know, let’s have a chat!

 

 

Lots of love,

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This or That Book Tag

This or ThatI wasn’t tagged by anyone but I thought it was interesting so I decided to do it! This tag is originally made by Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks 🙂

 

Reading on the couch or reading on the bed?

On the couch. I always, with no fail, fall asleep when I try to do anything on my bed so I stopped trying haha. I also can’t study or do anything that is required any concentration there. It’s cool though! It’s the only place I can relax and fall asleep almost instantly.

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Main Character: Male or Female?

I don’t have a preference although I tend to read more books with female main characters. I have to diversify more! Any good books with bad ass male characters you recommend?

 

Sweet or Salty snacks while reading?

I don’t eat while reading! I can’t concentrate enough of the book when snacking so I refrain from doing it. Plus, I don’t like dirty fingers touching my books lol. I will however drink tea because tea is life ❤

 

Trilogies or Quartets?

Both? It’s not the book format that I’m into but the quality of the story and if the succeeding books is needed that I care more of. If I could read more books about a story though I prefer that!

 

First Person or Third Person POV?

First person. I feel more empathy with the story that way unless the author is particularly good at telling the story from a third person point of view then I’m in! I like to feel like the main character of the book sooo, yeah.

 

Night or Morning reader?

Night for sure. Although I can do a bit of reading during daytime as well if I’m particularly bored or if I don’t have anything else to do. I treat reading as an activity to wind down and relax so my brain is automatically triggered to feel all tired and sleepy when I start reading so I refrain from doing it in the mornings for the most part.

 

Libraries or bookstores?

IF I had to choose? Libraries because I can go ahead and read/borrow any book that catches my attention 🙂 If I had the money though, definitely the bookstore. At the end of the day, I love both places because they are filled with wonderful worlds in tomes ❤

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Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

If I’m feeling pretty stressed, I prefer books that will make me cry. Crying can be such a cathartic thing and it always leaves me refreshed and less stressed/anxious. It also clears my skin for some reason haha. I also love books that make me laugh of course but so far I haven’t found anything that really did that to me 😦

 

Black or white book covers?

Black. I always thought it looked better having color contrasted against a black background. OR just plain black also works haha.

 

Character driven or plot driven stories?

Character driven. Before, I used to prefer plot driven stories but I realize now that it irks me more than anything when the plot progresses but the character has no growth whatsoever because it’s such a frustrating thing to read. It mostly leads to scenes that could have been prevented or could have been cut out of the story line if the main character could have some more maturity out of the things that has happened to them. Anyway, I still enjoy plot driven stories, just not my first pick.


 

So there’s that! This was a fun tag to do, definitely helped me get out a little bit of my blogging slump 🙂

Do you prefer your libraries more or bookshops?

 

Lots of love,

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Book Review: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter ★★★★★

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Synopsis:

#1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

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My thoughts:

I am so happy I decided to try an audiobook in hopes of getting out of my still prevailing slump. I recently saw a review of this on YouTube and it made me interested to read it because a lot of people described it as a very gory/violently graphic novel. I love to be shocked with the stories that I read so I checked it out. This was incredible. I haven’t read any of Karin Slaughter’s books before and now I am sure that I will be reading her works from here on out.

The story had a lot of twists and turns and it really made me feel a lot of different things. Grief, despair, fear, disgust and the sweet, sweet joy of justice in the end. I think the execution of the relationship between Lydia and Claire was well done, especially regarding the circumstances that they have been through. I felt for their parents and them about the loss of their sister. I cried lots of times throughout the book because I was angry and I felt helpless. Admittedly it doesn’t take a lot to move me because I feel things deeply but this book still made a different impact and I’m glad I read it.

Karin Slaughter is such a great writer because a lot of her twists, I never even thought of. At the end of every chapter there is a new revelation, a new layer of sickness and psychopathy that just made my stomach turn. For the most part I don’t have any dislikes about the story. Maybe it dragged a bit at some point near the end with the ‘rescue’ scenes but it quickly righted itself in my opinion. And the end, oh my goodness, the end is super satisfying. I didn’t think of the direction it was gonna go in but I appreciate that it surprised me.

This is not for the faint of heart. IF you can read it, I highly recommend you to. Trigger warnings for rape and heavy violence but other than that this is a brilliantly written book that can mess with you.

Have you guys read this? Or any of Karin Slaughter’s other novels? Comment down below, let’s chat!

 

Lots of love,

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