Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen (Book Review #139)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 28/11/17

My 32nd book this year)

1899, those high up in society, the rich, the beautiful and handsome all show off their best attributes. Acting as perfect wealthy individuals yet each and every one of them hold their own secrets that could cause their whole lives to crumble before them.

One of the elite has to choose between true love or duty to protect the household and family name.

One of them has to give up his freedom to keep the family name.

One of them is full of spite and wants to destroy the original elites and claim the title of “best lady” for herself.

The Luxe is all about glamour, glitz, scandal, gossip and the need to stay at the top of society, no matter what the cost may be.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Your typical rich people problems and rich people arguments until one Elite family has hit financial crisis and the only way to save the family name is to marry into another richer name.

There is jealousy, deceit, hate and gossip. Those who appear to be great friends can turn out to be your ultimate downfall. An easy read.

The ending was unexpected. Although the storyline was intended to be intriguing and captivating, it actually felt calm and very slowly delivered. I would have enjoyed more detail into the luxuries and better concealed secrets. The ending makes you want to pick up book 2 of the series just to find out the whole truth.

I would recommend this series only to a female audience and for those who enjoy an easy straightforward read. Book 2 is definitely on my to read list in the future.

Written by Ling Lee (29/11/17).

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My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni (Book Review #138)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 23/11/17

My 31st book this year)

Tracy Crosswhite’s sister has suddenly gone missing, no body has been found and minimal clues have been gathered. Everyone believes she is dead but Tracy still has hope.

Someone is eventually convicted but Tracy believes there’s more to the story. When Sarah’s body is stumbled upon, Tracy begins to fight to uncover the whole truth.

Sometimes the truth is better left unknown. But it’s human nature to be curious and to want to know, even if the truth is even more devastating than a half truth.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I quite enjoyed this book. I was compelled to keep reading through ridiculous hours of the night. The story flowed with ease and worked well. Telling the story from when Sarah was alive, then continuing with what was happening at present to uncover the secrets behind the story.

I appreciate how the author didn’t try to integrate more twists than necessary. Sometimes less is more. It’s great to have closure and the sense of peace at the end of a story. Not every story needs the epic twist to make it great. I would definitely recommend this book to others and I am very much looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Written by Ling Lee (23/11/17)

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Watching Edie by Camilla Way (Book Review #137)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 17/11/17

My 30th book this year)

Heather, the strange girl who is avoided at school but talked about behind her back. Then a new girl, Edie, comes along. Edie is stunningly beautiful and she is unaware of the rumours surrounding Heather. Such opposite girls in both appearance and character yet somehow they are becoming good friends. Edie is in with the wrong crowd, getting dragged deeper into the darker side of life, Heather is concerned and does everything she can to watch over Edie, to save her. Tragedy strikes, they lose touch, then decades later when Edie is at her lowest point in life, Heather is there, again, to save her. Heather is always there, watching, waiting, hoping and loving.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I quite enjoyed this book but would have preferred a much different ending.

I was drawn into the story and very much held in suspense at wanting to find out what happened on this tragic day all those years ago. But then there were not enough hints for the reader to make even the slightest guess as to what could have happened. I kept having to remind myself which voice was Edie and which was Heather.

I felt the cold creep through my body as events unfolded. I felt the discomfort at being watched, the fear of being followed, the paranoia at every sound in the house, then the sleepless nights as the terror of the bad times try to catch up with you.

I would have given a higher rating for a different ending as I enjoyed most of the book. I loved being able to feel what the girls felt as they grew up. I would recommend this book to other readers and would definitely like to try other books by this author.

Written by Ling Lee (18/11/17).

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (Book Review #136)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 14/11/17

My 29th book this year)

Charlie is in her early teens. She has witnessed a brutal and violent death, been through an extremely traumatic event and has had to run for her life, leaving behind the people who are most precious to her.

Now a few decades later, tragedy strikes again bringing back all the awful memories that she has mentally stored away. She needs to process the events all over again and find a way to let go of her past. She must live her life, not just survive. She owes it to her mother and sister who did everything they could to enable her escape all those years ago.

***SPOILER ALERT***

This book had an explosively dramatic beginning. All this trouble brought to their doorstep because of the girls’ father, Rusty. A lawyer who fights cases for the “low lives” and criminals of society. Rusty loses nearly everything in life, but he is still determined to play his role. Deep down he is a good man, but to everyone else in the community, he is the worst of the worst.

Most of the book was captivating and interesting. But then the twist felt unnecessary and in my opinion, spoiled the story altogether. There is no need for EVERY book to have twist upon twist to capture the reader. Sometimes less is more and this book definitely needed less complicity. I kept having to reassemble my thoughts to remember what was happening.

A very detailed book. With the violence and gory parts well described, leaving the image of “the day it happened” seared clear in my mind. All in all, I would recommend this author to other readers. I would have given a much higher rating for a less complicated end. But this opinion is mine and many others have provided much higher ratings for this particular book.

Written by Ling Lee (14/11/17).

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Book Review #135)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 09/11/17

My 28th book this year)

Kaz is once again full of fighting spirit, out for revenge for being cheated, fighting back for what he is owed on the previous job, redeeming what he owes for paying his crew. Too many reasons to fight, even more reasons why he should just cut his losses. But Kaz is determined to get back what he is owed and to destroy the one who led him on this path. 

With his crew, he once again plans something outrageous and his crew are crazy enough to help him every step of the way. 

***SPOILER ALERT***

Once again, a well written book full of wit, deceit, thievery, revenge, violence and love. A very enjoyable 2nd book to the series. The relationship between each crew member is heartfelt with everything they have endured. So much loss, pain and violence bringing them closer than they could ever imagine. Unknowingly forming a bond, a friendship, loyalties and somewhat trust between them. They fight together and they fight to the end. 

I did get a little lost in the planning and scheming but most of the story was extreme and over the top but somehow exciting to read. I guess the unbelievable and the impossible feats drew my rating for this book down a touch. But this series is still well worth reading and recommending. 

Written by Ling Lee (09/11/17).

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