Monthly Archives: July 2017

You by Caroline Kepnes (Book Review #125)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 30/07/17

My 18th book this year)

Joe has a very disturbed mind. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get it. He has found the one. Guinevere Beck, she stops by the bookstore where he works. From this day on he decides he wants her and will stop at nothing to make her belong to him, forever. 

Ms Beck loves attention, loves to share her life online, on Facebook, email, twitter. Joe has all the means to find out literally everything about her. He stalks her every move until he by “chance” bumps into her and merges their lives in his twisted mind.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I really enjoyed this book but most of it felt “off”. I get how Joe is disturbed and how he believes nothing is his own fault. But then Beck falls for every step of his plan. Surely a supposedly normal girl would have a better “danger radar”. 

It was odd to know Joe’s every thought and plan. To anticipate how the outcome would be and for him to justify to himself how it is always someone else at fault when things go askew. 

I did get the thrill of needing to find out what happens next, but everything happened too smoothly. It would have been amazing if there had been more obstacles in his way and more difficult solutions. 

The ending was nothing like how I expected. I don’t know what to think of it. But I guess it makes sense as it give the author an opportunity for book 2. A brilliant book from a stalkers mind, but nothing else was particularly stunning. 

Written by Ling Lee (30/07/17)

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Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (Book Review #124)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 24/07/17

My 17th book this year)

Grace and Jack, the perfect couple, a picture of wealth, intelligence, wit and many talents. Along comes the friends who are envious of their blissful romance and devotion to one another. Hosting dinner parties, home catered by the wonderful Grace, going on amazing holidays abroad. Is there really such thing as such perfection in any relationship? 

There’s a whole other story once the doors are closed and the rest of the world can no longer see. Grace’s life isn’t so picture perfect after all…
***SPOILER ALERT***

I found this book gripped me from about midway. I stayed up until 2.30am just to find out how it ends. The ending felt justified and acceptable and somehow made the story great. 

I would definitely recommend this book to others. Different scenes from the story kept popping into my mind and I felt some of Grace’s anxiety, fear and despair. 

It’s best not to read much into the reviews for this one and just dive right in to the book. It is so much more thrilling to have absolutely no idea what to expect. I love Jack’s intuitive mind and absolute mad obsession and enjoyment of fear. 

It’s strange how much a person can cope with in order to protect a loved one. Poor Grace, it was thrilling at every turn and every attempt at escape.

Written by Ling Lee (24/07/17).

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Venom by Fiona Paul (Book Review #123)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 20/07/17

My 16th book this year)

Cassandra, one of the lucky elite young women, already engaged to marry a wealthy young gentleman, Lucas. Showered with luxuries, jewellery, maids and much more, everything except the freedom to follow her heart.

The streets and waters of Venice are full of beauty and mystery. Night brings secrecy, a world of courtesans, young women are found missing, some are waiting to be found.

Cassandra finds herself drawn into Falco’s world. A common artist full of secrets of his own. Appearing in the most unexpected places and capturing Cassandra’s heart. She finds herself torn between following her heart, or following the rules set out for their society, and being true to her fiancĂ©, Lucas.

***SPOILER ALERT***

This is the 1st book of the “Secrets of the Eternal Rose” series. Cassandra has always bent the rules and has been “different” to the other young women of Venice. She is a strong and curious character, full of fire and fight in her, she is determined to do the right thing when she discovers a dead body. But then Falco appears and turns her world upside down, showing her excitement and giving her the feel for freedom, all at the pretense of helping to discover who the murderer is.

I love the relationship between Falco and Cassandra, the pull of attraction but the uncertainties of how they feel for one another and what is expected of them from society.

Luca, Cassandra’s fiancĂ© is a whole different story. Bland and boring but then he makes an appearance in the book and turns out to be completely different to what we as the reader have been led to believe.

I love the descriptions of the landscape, the luxuries of their world and the mysterious nature of the book.

Something didn’t feel right when Lucas suddenly appears and the book just takes a tumble, it felt like a whole different story and a forced end to this wonderful 1st book of the series. I am very much intending to read book 2 yet I’m not bursting with excitement to recommend this book to other readers.

Written by Ling Lee (20/07/17).

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Book Review #122)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 04/07/17

My 15th book this year.)
Cath lives in the world that we know as Wonderland. She is known for her delicious baked treats and also for being the daughter of the Marchioness of Rock Turtle Cove. Having captured the interest of the King of Hearts she must choose between her dream of owning a bakery or to become the Queen of Hearts (every girls dream except her own). 

The King wants his Queen, but Cath’s eyes have wandered onto a very unlikely character, Jest the Joker. She battles her emotions and doesn’t know if she should follow her head or her heart. She wants the opposite of what everyone expects from her and life just keeps getting more complicated.

With magnificent characters brought to life, full of attitude, emotion, unexpected turns, malice, dishonesty, beauty and wonder, this book is a glimpse into “Alice’s Wonderland”. 
***SPOILER ALERT***

I absolutely loved this plot. Quite the unexpected ending which left much disappointment, but putting the ending aside, this book was full of life. 

Heartless made “Alice in Wonderland” all that much better. We get to know many characters such as the Mad Hatter, Jest the Joker, the Raven and many more. The first half of the book was magical and wonderful as we are pulled through wonderland, but then things began to change. The ending was too abrupt but it made sense as to the title of the book. 

I wish for the perfect fairytale ending and I kept believing it was going to happen. Even with what i saw as flaws, this book is well worth reading. I wish there was a follow on for this book. 

Written by Ling Lee (04/07/17).

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