Monthly Archives: December 2018

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (Book Review #208)

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 27/12/18

My 64th book this year)

Emma was in her teens when she went to summer camp. The year three girls went missing. All three bunked in her room. She was the last to see them. Fifteen years later the mystery is still unsolved.

All these years later, camp is reopened for the first time since the incident happened. Emma is persuaded to return by the site owner. She’s not sure it is such a good idea. But with so many thoughts haunting her mind she needs to go back. She needs to conquer her past and maybe even try to find out what really happened to those girls.

The clues are vague and misleading. Camp is as eerie as it has always been. Emma feels like she is being watched. One of the girls, Vivian, still haunts her thoughts. It seems she is on the right track, yet the closer she gets to finding out the truth the more she feels her life is being threatened.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I enjoyed most of this book although I dislike creepy, dark and eerie subject matters. The final twist was a bit too much for this novel. Less is more in this case in my opinion. So the ending was what let the book down.

I loved how Emma would confuse her past and the present. I understand why she was consumed with guilt and was continuously haunted by Vivian.

Vivian’s character was great. We all know of a girl like her from the good old school days. Emma was too unstable for my liking. However I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it to other readers. Well done to Riley Sager! I am excited that there are more books to explore by this author. I will definitely be picking up another book by Riley.

Written by Ling Lee (28/12/18).

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Fairest by Marissa Meyer (Book Review #207)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 14/12/18

My 63rd book this year)

Book 3.5 of the Lunar Chronicles. Everyone has a past, everyone has experienced things that help shape them into who they are. Queen Levana, the “Fairest” in Luna has had a dramatic, traumatic, unstable start to life. Emotions run riot as we start from her younger years and see her past through her eyes.

So much sadness, the need for love and affection. Wanting to be someone important to the people of Luna. Trying to fight the injustice and unfairness in life. Her sister Channery has it all, Levana is just a shadow in the palace, but she wants more.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I didn’t realise this was a bridge book until I started reading. Other than the disappointment in the length of this book, it was a lovely read.

I felt sorry for Levana, I understood why she did the things that she did, I see how she became such a fearsome ruler up to the present day. I admire her will in love but it was such a sad story to read. The worst part is knowing what parts of her past helped build her character to be so dark in her adult years.

This book was just as good as the others in the Lunar Chronicle Series. It could have been extended and fit into the series as a full book. A highly recommended read for fairy tale lovers. Well done to Marissa Meyer. I am very much looking forward to the 4th book of the series.

Written by Ling Lee (15/12/18).

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The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (Book Review #206)

I rate this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 12/12/18

My 62nd book this year)

Locke Lamora is dying from poison, too close to death to hope for recovery. Jean refuses to give up, using every penny, every trick, every idea he can think of to get all the doctors in town to help him.

Just in time a bondsmage appears and makes an irresistible offer. In return for purging the poison from Locke, the duo must help win the upcoming magi elections. The catch is they will be up against the woman of Locke’s life, Sabetha. They grew up together, learnt to survive, learnt to fight, learnt their skills, their thievery, their tricks, all as a team once known as Gentlemen Bastards. Sabetha was the only female in their group, she left them behind. Now fate brings them together once again as rivals but can either of the three put the past behind them and fight for their designated sides?

***SPOILER ALERT***

Unfortunately highly disappointed in this 3rd book of the series. Not even close to what I expected in comparison to book 1 & 2 of the Gentleman Bastard Series.

An excessively long winded book with at least 30% of such boring events I almost gave up. The first 10% and the last 20% picked up the rating a little. Otherwise this book felt like it was written by a complete different author.

I really enjoyed Locke and Sabetha’s relationship. Jean is still forever loyal. I am still confused as to why the trio were ever sent out to become troupe members.

There wasn’t enough of the usual ups and downs. The book didn’t flow well. The interludes and breaks between past and present were terrible.

Apologies to Scott Lynch. I have been a massive fan of your series up until now. I would only recommend the first 2 books of this series. This third book was almost a complete waste of time. However, I am interested to find out what bondsmage Falconer will be up to next. There is a chance I might continue this series but I am totally lacking enthusiasm for book 4 at the moment.

Written by Ling Lee (12/12/18).

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