Favorite Books

I thought I would do something different this week and share some of my favorite books so far this year. And maybe you all will share yours too!

The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. I REALLY enjoyed this series!! If you haven’t read it, you really should, especially if you like YA or books set in other lands with kings, queens, thieves, etc. There are four books (so far): The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings. The last book had a good ending, but according to Goodreads, there may be 2 more books in the series, so I don’t know.

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Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Four (Divergent 0.1 – 0.4) by Veronica Roth

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The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy #3) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Evening Stars (Blackberry Island #3) by Susan Mallery. It’s kind of a mixture of women’s fiction and romance, really good and I needed some tissues.

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Once in a Lifetime, It’s in His Kiss, He’s So Fine, and One in a Million (Lucky Harbor #9, #10, #11, & #12) by Jill Shalvis – the final books in this contemporary romance series. All of them are awesome, funny, and sweet.

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When We Met and Before We Kiss (Fool’s Gold #13 & #14) by Susan Mallery. Another great contemporary romance series!

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Louisiana Longshot and Lethal Bayou Beauty (Miss Fortune Mystery #1 & #2) by Jana DeLeon. Hilarious mystery series!

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Thirty-One and A Half Regrets (Rose Gardner Mysteries #4) by Denise Grover Swank. Fun romantic mystery series!

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Fearless in High Heels, Danger in High Heels, and Homicide in High Heels (High Heels #6, #7, & #8) by Gemma Halliday. Another fun romantic mystery series!

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Soldier On by Sydney Logan. Incredibly sweet and realistic romance book by a fairly new author! I think this one required a lot of tissues, LOL!!

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So, those are some of my favorite reads so far this year.  I apparently read a lot of series, a lot of YA, a lot of romance, and a lot of “fun” type mysteries. LOL. What are some of your favorite books this year?

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Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

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From Goodreads:

Enter the complete saga of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth’s magic. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever.

 

Review…

The whole series is told by Rose Hathaway’s POV and yes, this make the books more interesting because Rose is such a funny, stubborn and bad-ass heroine! I honestly love how that girl thinks. If someone would ask me to pick a Fictional bestie, I would pick Rose in a heartbeat. I know that it’s not right but I can’t help but compare Rose from Bella. Maybe it’s the fact that before I started VA I just finished reading Book1 of Twilight.

Now Lissa on the other hand annoys me sometimes,she just seems so innocent and whiney at the first few books but I loved how she evolved on through the whole series. She became more independent and she finally got a few snarky traits just like Rose. Plus! I’m totally loving her relationship with Christian. Ooohhh Christian! Love love love him, there are times that I loved him more than Dimitri. But of course I’m still Dimitri’s girl all the way.

“If I let myself love you, I won’t throw myself in front of her. I’ll throw myself in front of you.” – Dimitri to Rose

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Dimitri is just so likeable! Yes there are times that he lets us (and Rose) be confused about what he truly feels because he’s just so mysterious, but I think that’s why he become more appealing to Rose (and of course to me). Dimitri angered me, humored me, made me swoon, and got me all flaily *sigh* I also love how the Author managed Rose and Dimitri’s relationship. There’s no hurry.. but! the intensity,the sweetness is there.

Frostbite is a lot more intense than Vampire Academy. New characters are introduced and another plot is about to begin!  Rose grew up a lot in this book. It was wonderful to see her maturity at the end. I could feel her hurt. I wanted to hug her. On the brighter side, Adrian was introduced to us on this book (heaven knows how I love that guy!!)

Shadow Kiss is the third book and wow! So far this is my favorite from the whole series. So much happened in this book, and it’s just really hard to even form into words how it made me feel. I guess because it took me on the entire spectrum of emotions. I went from being confused to being scared to being on top of the world to… being destroyed, essentially. In general, the plot of this book was fascinating. The novices playing guardians, the guardians playing Strigoi… loved every second of it.

Now Blood Promise, this is where I say ‘Rose.. You are the man! (I mean woman)’ Seriously, Rose is incredible! Her adventure is just so heartbreaking and painful that I’m so honored that I went along with her. Not gonna comment on Lissa (or any of the other characters) because everyone annoyed me immensely.

Spirit Bound is where Adrian and Rose got pretty hot and heavy. and also about other things! Lol :D The ending most certainly threw me for a loop. Had I been reading these as they were released I might’ve been frustrated, because this sort of felt cliff-hanging at the end, unlike the others for me, but I was able to jump straight into the next, so not biggie.

And now the conclusion, The Last Sacrifice. It was hard letting go… these characters are so special in so many ways. But Last Sacrifice was definitely a great ending to a wonderful series. I laughed. I swooned. I cried. I felt bad for Adrian, which I didn’t expect… caught me off guard how much he weaseled his way into my heart. This is the kind of “love triangle” that works… the kind where, you truly KNOW she belongs with one guy, but somehow, someway, the other guy manages to find that tiny void the first one doesn’t fill, and it’s a part of your heart that you realize was made for him. Does that make sense? PROBABLY NOT, BUT WHATEVER.

I did not gave 5 stars to every book in the series but I do believe that  Richelle Mead is a writing Godess. I love that she made a new world of Vampires and that she didn’t made anyone sparkle (ooppsss) Anyway, I haven’t watched the movie.. and I don’t think I will. The casting was just.. UGH. And from the movie review of other bloggers, I don’t I’ll like it anyway. I’ll just stay away and keep my own version of Rose and Dimitri.

I don’t think I’ll be reading the Spin-off: Bloodlines because even though Adrian is one of the main characters, I’m just not very fond of the female lead, Sydney. Rose is enough for me.

 

Have you guys read this series? Thoughts? Anyone here watched the movie? …uhm, WHY? Kidding! I wanna hear it!! :D

 

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Vampire Academy:

4 stars.

Frostbite:

5 stars.

Shadow Kiss:

3 stars.

Blood Promise:

3 stars:

Spirit Bound:

3 stars

Last Sacrifice:

5 stars

Series rating:

3halfstars

 

 

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The Maze Runner Movie

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A few weeks ago we discussed on the blog if the movie is ever better than the book. Well, in this case – yes. Definitely yes! While I liked The Maze Runner book by James Dashner, I didn’t love it. I had a few issues with it. I felt like the ending was kind of a let down after so much build up throughout the book (with the mystery of the maze, the group, etc) – if that makes any sense. Without spoiling for those that haven’t read the book or seen the movie, let’s just say that I didn’t quite “get” the ending, but I may be reading too much into it. I just felt there should have been more explanation. I had a lot of questions. However, my friend assures me that more is explained in the rest of the books in the series! So, I’ll have to check them out!

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Anyway, I had hoped the movie would be better. Some of the descriptions that almost bored me while reading, I thought would be better seen. I was right. The maze was fantastical and HUGE! With the book, you do get a sense of urgency and suspense with the action scenes, but with the movie – you REALLY feel it. The movie stayed pretty close to the book storyline, so I knew basically what all was going to happen and what to expect, but the movie was still way more exciting in my opinion. Definitely had me on the edge of my seat!

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Not only was the movie thrilling, but the special effects were pretty awesome too. The “Grievers” – way more disgusting and creepier than I pictured! I liked the casting as well, definitely good choices. Although, “Gally’s” eyebrows were almost their own character – seriously, something looked off, they just didn’t seem normal.

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 All in all, in this case the movie IS better than the book. The Maze Runner movie was pretty awesome, thrilling, and a little creepy (“Grievers”). Usually, I’m all about reading the book first, but if you can’t get through it, then just see the movie – it’s that good.

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Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

1402062251000-Heroes-Are-My-WeaknessFrom Goodreads:  The dead of winter.

An isolated island off the coast of Maine.

A man.

A woman.

A sinister house looming over the sea …

He’s a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She’s a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids’ puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.

But she’s not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they’re trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It’s going to be a long, hot winter.

 

Review:

This is the newest book from Susan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP). I’ve read a few other books of hers and really enjoyed them. I almost didn’t read this one and then almost didn’t finish it, but I’m glad I stuck with it and read it – turned out to be a really great book!! What almost turned me off the book was that it sounded (from summaries that I read) really dark and gothic, which is totally unlike SEP’s other books that I’ve read. The other issue was the main female character – Annie Hewitt – is a puppeteer or ventriloquist, and I’m not a fan. I mean, I like the Muppets, but that’s about it, LOL!

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Anyway, Annie is an out of work actress/puppeteer in a financial crisis, and has nowhere to go but the cottage she inherited from her mother. And it’s where her mother supposedly left her legacy. It’s winter, and the cottage is on an isolated island off the coast of Maine. So, fun times – NOT!! Then she finds out that the nemesis from her teen years, Theo Harp is staying at the main house (his family’s mansion). He writes horror novels and wanted to be alone to work on his next novel. He wants her gone, and she wants to get him back for all the times he tormented her back when they were teens.

 “You’re the one who’s not supposed to be here.” She hoped he didn’t hear the squeak in her normally reliable voice. “How am I supposed to snoop if you don’t leave when you say you’re going to?”

Yet they have chemistry, though neither wanted it. As the story progresses, they learn more about each other – hidden talents and secrets, and both start wondering if either is the same person they thought. Annie always thought Theo was a villain, but is he actually her hero?

 “His writer’s words poured over her like poetry, and she couldn’t find a single wisecrack to put up between them.”

This book was very slow at first, which was why I almost gave up. Probably about halfway through, it really picked up and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen. Another thing that took some getting used to was that sometimes Annie’s puppets’ voices (or character voices) would be in her head helping her with her thought process. I get it, but it just took some getting used to.

 “I’ll help you if you help me.”

“I’d be glad to except I have trouble cutting up dead bodies. All that bone.” Damn it. This is what happened when she spent too much time alone with her puppets. Their personalities took over.”

Besides the reacquainting between Annie and Theo, there are other things going on in the book, but not too much that it was too busy or distracting. Someone is trying to find Annie’s mother’s legacy or trying to get Annie to leave her cottage (which she has to stay there/on the island a certain amount of time or else she forfeits it), which makes her hard to trust anyone and makes everyone a suspect, even Theo at first. This brings about a protective streak for Annie in Theo. There’s also a small child that is mute, but she takes a shining to Annie’s puppets. So there’s some mysterious elements as well as romance.

All in all, I was glad I stuck with it because it turned out to be a great story! Really fascinating and different! Oh, and I sooo adored the epilogue!!

And because the male character’s name was Theo – this was what I kept picturing (even though he probably didn’t fit the description)!! You’re welcome.  ;-)

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The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5) by Diana Gabaldon

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The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’s certain knowledge. Claire’s unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.

Review…

I desperately wanted to give The Fiery Cross 4 glowing stars but I couldn’t.  When I say that I’m in love with this series, I mean it but this book failed in delivering the excitement we’ve come to expect from Diana Gabaldon.

DG is a talented and flawless writer but this book was mostly about the day-to-day minutiae that bored me to tears.  I kept reading because I’m invested in Jamie and Claire.  Their relationship is engaging and while these two have settled into daily life…the chemistry is still very much alive.

“Sorcha,” he whispered, and realized that he had called her so a moment before.  Now, that was odd; no wonder she had been surprised.  It was her name in Gaelic, but he never called her by it.  He liked the strangeness of her, the Englishness.  She was his Claire, his Sassenach.

However, there were things in the story I didn’t care about, Jemmy being one of them and Brianna’s lactating breasts were another. I simply did not care for Jemmy’s baby talk and I love kids in stories but I all I wanted to do was stick a pacifier in his mouth!  Don’t even get me started on Brianna’s hardening breasts. Yes, I said hardening. *eye-roll* I’m thinking DG must have been pregnant when she wrote this story.

It was so frustrating.  Frustrating because it was 1,400 pages!!!  Nothing was happening, so much trivial crap I didn’t care about was explained and I couldn’t figure out where the plot was hiding, it felt as though I was searching for Waldo!!! But it did get better.  The second half was slow to get going as well but that eventually changed around the 60’ish % mark.

With that being said, even though there were moments that I loved with great dialogue that only DG can deliver, the story still felt disjointed and boring. *heavy sigh* For those of you that want to read The Fiery Cross…hang in there because it is a tough book to finish but I’m glad I did and the last 10% of the book was AUH-MAZING!! That ending left me with so many questions but I think that’ll be answered in the next book.  And based on what I’ve heard, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander #6) makes up for what The Fiery Cross lacked.

3stars

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More or Less?

Do you read more or less now than you did 5 years ago? 10 years ago? Or did you read more as a child?

I read more now than I did 5 or 10 years ago. According to my Goodreads stats, I’ve read almost twice what I read 5 years ago. I didn’t read much at all 10 years ago, since I had a toddler and another one on the way. I have a little more time now, plus my kids are older so they don’t need my constant supervision. Also, I make it a point to read more because reading keeps me sane, LOL! Seriously, for me, reading is a way of winding down & relaxing, especially for the night. And when things are too busy and too stressed, and I don’t have time to read much, I have withdrawals now!! I definitely read more than I did years ago.

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I remember reading a lot as child, but I don’t remember exactly how much. It’s hard to hard to compare my childhood reading amount to now. I don’t think I read quite as much then, though. I definitely read more now than I did as a teen. Between school, homework, part time jobs, and spending time with friends and family, I didn’t have much free time for reading. I’d usually get bummed out by the school’s required reading, not as many fun books, LOL!!

So what about you – do you read more or less than before?

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Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

75576 From Goodreads: Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

Secrets from her boyfriend: I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur.

Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is.

Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.…Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her…

Review:

I will confess: I am a fan of chick lit. Chick lit is one of those guilty pleasures that I love reading curled up on my bed while it’s raining outside. That being said, Sophie Kinsella’s Can You Keep a Secret? is a chick lit book that you should read.

As with any Sophie Kinsella book, the premise is usually really difficult to wrap your head around. This book is no different: Emma, after having one too many drinks, finds herself confessing all of her secrets to a mysterious and attractive stranger that sits next to her on a plane back home. Suddenly he appears at her office and things are just horrible all around.

The fact that Kinsella managed to write such a hilarious book while still dealing with tough issues was wonderful.

Emma was the protagonist and I loved her. She was such a blabbermouth. She tried not to spill secrets but ended up ruining it even more. I love the fact that her thoughts are all over the place while we’re reading. It made the story all the more hilarious.

“Oh God. I’m losing it. Everyone knows this is how criminals get caught. They add too many details and trip themselves up.”

The fact that Emma spilled each and every one of her secrets to none other than her boss is more than enough for me to disappear from the face of the earth. But Emma stands strong! Although mortified, she decides not to let this affect her (all that much).

Jack is a wonderful and hilarious male protagonist. He was so cute and shy even if he already knew everything about Emma! I like how he could poke fun at her without being mean.

Speaking of, this book is HILARIOUS. I think the fact that Emma doesn’t know how to keep a secret attributes to this. Even when she’s being serious, something else would happen and I’d end up laughing all over again.

I love the way that the different subplots of this book were worked with, and I think that the book had a really great resolution (even if I secretly wish for more).

My only grief with the book was the fact that Jack and Emma didn’t have as much chemistry as I would’ve liked. There’s still chemistry there, trust me, but not as much as in I’ve Got Your Number, for example.

Overall, Can You Keep a Secret? is a chick-lit book filled with humor, romance, and secrets (lots and lots of secrets). Definitely pick this up for when you need a light book that’ll capture your attention for a while.

“Is your life ruined? Is it such a disaster for people to know the truth about you?”

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Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent 0.1 – 0.4) by Veronica Roth

Four_A_Divergent_Collection_cover From Goodreads:  Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling divergent series, told from the perspective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy.

 

 Review:

I absolutely LOVED this! I know there’s a lot of mixed reviews and feelings about this installment (and others) of the Divergent series, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. After the crazy emotional state Allegiant (the final book of the series) left me in, I needed this. Plus, I’ve wanted to know what all was going on in “Four’s” (Tobias Eaton’s) head from the beginning. He was such a mystery. While we get his POV a lot in Allegiant, this is different and better, in my opinion. This book contains 4 short stories about Four (The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor) and 3 scenes during Divergent with Tris (“First Jumper – Tris!”, “Careful Tris.”, and “You Look Good, Tris.”). We get to see how he was before he meets Tris, how Tobias Eaton became Four.

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 “That’s what I really want – to shed all the people who want to form and shape me, one by one, and learn instead to form and shape myself.”

From reading Divergent, we know kind of why and how Tobias Eaton transferred to Dauntless and became Four, but reading it from his POV, I thought, was heartbreaking and emotional. We get to see how the animosity between him and fellow Dauntless initiate/member Eric started. This books shows why Four was so suspicious of the Erudite and Dauntless, and how he mentally beat himself up trying to come up with a solution. His loyalty was torn between Dauntless and Abegnation. Despite his tumultuous relationship with his father, he was still protective of the Abegnation faction. He slowly starts being a little less untrusting of others and a little less of a loner by bonding somewhat with others – first his instructor Amar, then Zeke, Shauna, Tori, and finally Tris.

“Here, I’ve learned to defend myself, I’ve learned to be stronger, but one thing I haven’t learned, won’t let myself learn, is how to enjoy causing someone else pain. If I’m going to become Dauntless, I’m going to do it on my terms, even if that means that a part of me will always be a Stiff.”

 

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There’s several other things, mysteries unraveled and such, in the book but I don’t want to give too much away in case others haven’t read the series or this book yet. Ooh, I have to mention how I loved his thoughts of and interactions with Tris because it’s kind of awkwardly cute. Tris wasn’t just his first love, she was the first girl he ever liked. Plus, not only was he kind of shy and a loner, but Abegnation dating rules were very strict and very different from Dauntless. So, he really had no idea what to do. He’s so conflicted about her, and it’s endearing to me.

“When I’m around her I can’t control what I say the way I do around other people. I say vague things because that’s as close as I can get to stopping myself from saying anything, my mind addled by the feeling of her body through her shirt.”

 
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“I don’t want to be close to her anymore; it’s all I want to do.

I want to kiss her; now is not the time.

I touch my lips to her forehead, and neither of us moves.

No turning back now, not for me.”

 
All in all, I really enjoyed this!! Reading it after Allegiant made me feel better, but I would have loved reading it sooner – like right after reading Divergent. While some things may be reiterated, it still sheds some light on a lot of things and gives us insight into Four/Tobias Eaton and his busy over-worked brain!! In the series, this book is listed a prequel (0.1 – 0.4) to Divergent, but I really think it’s best to read it right after Divergent. Four was a mystery and one of my favorite characters from this series, so I just love this book!! Hope you enjoy it too!!

“One thing I know: For helping me forget how awful the world is, I prefer her to alcohol.”

 
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5stars

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Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

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From Goodreads:

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

 

Review…

 

This is me before reading Dangerous Girls:

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While reading it:

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When I finished it:

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The following week.. and probably the following years of my life:

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I wish that is enough but No, I’m not gonna stop there. You see, Abigail Haas is like a hidden gem for me. She’s this author who is not given the right  exposure. So until everyone has read this precious, I’ll continue recommending it.

Here’s a short summary. Okay, no, I’m not gonna write a short summary because I can’t do it without spoiling anything. It’s so haaard to review this book. You have no idea how I wanted to DNF it because it has something I do not want in a book: CHEATING. Ohhhh, I hate cheating with a passion. And I’m not sure I’m not the only one, so when this was first recommended to me, I avoided it! But then, the buzz about Dangerous Boys started and DG was recommended more and more to me. SO, I gave it a chance. And how glad am I that I did.

Haas’s writing is gripping and readable. She doesn’t use overly deep words or fill her sentences with metaphors but her writing is utterly compelling. I do not kid when I say I’ve finish this in 2 hours. I suddenly forgot about my bladder and my hunger at that time. DG is in a alternating present-past POV. And Anna narrates it. Oh this girl, this Anna. You will not help but give her sympathy. Her voice is real and authentic. Like everything she says is.. real. That’s why  every time I thought that I got it all figured out.. doubt creeps in. So I read more, and then realization comes in that I REALLY DON’T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON.

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DG is centered around Elise’s death. Who killed her? Why? When and how did it happen? And of course I got my own suspects as well but nothing prepared me for that ending. Look, I’ve thought of that while reading. But Haas just exploded it on my face! Slapped me with how much of a genius she is and how she got away with it. I did a back read.. a lot of times and yeah, all I can say is GIVE ME YOUR BRAIN ABIGAIL HAAS. I want it. Overall, Dangerous Girls is not a book to be missed. BELIEVE ME! You want a fantastic and well written murdery/thriller read? THIS IS IT.

 

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5stars

 

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Do You Sneak a Peek?

Before you start reading a book, or even while you’re reading it – do you sneak a peek at the last page or last chapter to see how it ends?

Me – nope, no way, not gonna do it!  My oldest daughter – pretty much always sneaks a peek at the end of a book.  She did it with Allegiant by Veronica Roth when she was just a few chapters into it.  I told her not to, but she did it anyway.  And then she put the book down for the rest of summer (those who have read Allegiant know why).  Recently, she finally picked up the book again to read and hopefully finish.  But she already knows how it ends, or at least how a part of it ends.  I told her that there’s so much more to it than just the ending though (not just with Allegiant, but with most books), so hopefully she’ll finish it.  She said she likes looking at the end of a book because she HAS to know how it ends and doesn’t really want to be surprised.
 
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We disagree on that.  I want to be surprised by a book.  Sneaking a peek at the last chapter or page of a book is a spoiler.  I don’t like it when people spoil books for me, so I certainly don’t want to spoil it for myself!!  Although, I admit, it is hard sometimes – especially if things are looking bleak for favorite characters – to not sneak a peek!!  While I want everything to work out nicely for the characters, I don’t want to jump ahead in the story to make sure.  I just feel like it’ll ruin the story for me.  I don’t even like checking the back of the book for extras or to see how many pages are left because I don’t want to chance seeing a spoiler!

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There’s so much more to a story than just how it ends.  If I read the ending first, then I might not read the rest of it – what’s the point?  Then I’d miss all the events and details that lead to the ending!  Think of all the great things we’d miss out on!!  Sure, we’d be able to skip all the conflict, tragedy, and anguish some books have (Allegiant), but that’s what helps make a story great and endears the characters to us.  So, while I’d love to know what happens at the end of book as soon as possible, I want to know HOW it got to that ending and WHY so much more!!!

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So, what about you – do you like being surprised by the ending or do you sneak a peek?

 

LoveTricia