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May 2016

Book Review: The Widow by Fiona Barton-4.5 Stars

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What would you do if your husband was accused of committing a heinous crime? Would you stand by him, proclaiming his innocence, even though at times there was a nagging feeling in the back of your mind that he might have done it? What about if both people in the relationship are psychologically disturbed? This was one of those books that keeps you guessing as to who the guilty party is. Is it the husband? The wife? Both? Who was the victim? The little girl who has gone missing? The spineless, timid, wife? All of the characters were very well thought out and developed.

Dawn, a young single mom, leaves her small child outside alone for just a few brief minutes, and she’s taken.  What follows is a whirlwind of accusations and revelations. Did Dawn deserve to lose Bella, for leaving her by herself? Who took her? Where is she? All of these questions continuously play out through the novel over four years.

The reason for marking this 4.5 stars as opposed to 5 when I really loved it is due to the chapters. They start with Glen getting hit by a bus, and traverse through four years, alternating between The Widow, The Detective, The Reporter, The Mother, and so on, but they were written in third person when it seemed like it should be first person. Not a big deal really, but sometimes easy to forget whose chapter I was reading.

Jeanie would love to have a baby of her own. Problem is, Glen. Jean has scrapbooks of babies from magazines, wishing they were hers. She loves children. So does Glen, but in a different way. These two characters are both deranged. Jeanie is a liar, as is Glen, but when you want something so bad, you have to keep the truth in so no one can take it from you.

I HIGHLY recommend this psychological thriller. It deals with disturbing issues, but I praise the author for writing it in a tasteful way. Nothing was ever explicit to the point I would have to stop reading.

Glen is a porn addict. He can’t “help it.” Jean turns a blind eye to her husband most of the time. Why? He is a pervert. He’s manipulative. But, is it possible, she’s also manipulative? Now, he’s dead, and there will be “no more of his nonsense.” But everyone wants The Widow’s story. What can she tell? What does she know?

She was the perfect wife. But now, her story has to come out. A twisted thriller that you won’t be able to put down until the last page!

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes-2.5 Stars

 

 

An active, life-loving, successful businessman named Will Traynor is now a quadrepligic confined to a wheelchair, who can do nothing but speak, turn his head, and wheel his chair with the limited use of one arm. He is grouchy, depressed, irritable, who has to be fed, bathed, and medicated all by someone else. Louisa Clark, eccentric, lovable, cheerful, recently unemployed, becomes a companion for Will. Not to tend solely to his medical needs, but, someone who can bring him friendship and contentment.

 

I’m acutely aware I will be in the minority regarding my thoughts towards this book. I simply did not enjoy it, well, it’s not meant to be an “enjoyable” book per say, but I found it boring. The only part I cared for was the epilogue. I found it redundant. I didn’t become emotionally invested in any of the characters. I only got watery-eyed while Lou was reading Will’s letter at the end. I respect Will’s decision and I applaud Louisa for stepping out of her comfort zone by traveling and going back to school. I can even appreciate the fact that while she was trying to help improve Will’s outlook life, he was, in turn, encouraging her to be stronger and more confident, even if she didn’t see it right off.

Louisa lives a comfortable life, with loving, albeit pesky, parents, and her granddad. Her sister annoyed me. She was a spoiled, know-it-all brat. I hated the fact that Louisa was expected to be the primary earner for the whole family. Will is understandably depressed, being confined to a chair and having to rely on someone for your every need. His father is a philanderer, his mother, spineless and rude, his sister, a snob. Nathan, Will’s medical aide, was someone I actually liked. He accepted Will’s decision but also appreciated Louisa for her efforts.

So while I respect Will’s decision, what irritated me is that he was so set in his choice, nothing, nor no one, could sway him, even when he had days of pure joy and happiness. I love Louisa for her “calendar of adventures,” for pushing Will to enjoy life and see that his wheelchair doesn’t define him. She was actually a likeable character, I just couldn’t get attached and relate to her. 2.5 Stars because the ending made it not completely horrible.

Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater-Book III in The Raven Cycle-5 Stars

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Man, this series is one wild ride. The story and world just keeps getting better book after book! Like the two books preceding it, Blue Lily, Lily Blue made me laugh, cry, terrified me, and enthralled me. I love this world Stiefvater has created, I love the raven boys, I adore Blue, and I fell in love with Mr. Gray and Jesse Dittley. In this novel, Blue accepts her non-psychic-ness more so than she had. It still stings to not be “special” like the rest of the women in her family, but she realizes that by being a “mirror” and amplifying paranormal aspects for others, she truly is special and can bend things essentially, to her will. She can cut energy suckers off, also.

I like to keep my reviews spoiler-free, but I will mention some things that happen without giving anything away. Blue’s mom has disappeared, She and Mr. Gray are in love, Greenmantle, (Mr. Gray’s previous employer) is the boy’s new Latin teacher….bad things happen, HUGE secrets are revealed, crazy things go on…this book is just a roller coaster! And it is seriously creepy and scary, but I can’t keep from reading. I devoured this one. I said it on the last review and I’ll say it again, I just love the relationship the boys and Blue have. I literally found myself crying at the emotional moments! Like Adam in the courtroom, Blue and Gansey’s almost pretend kiss. Ronan is still my favorite, I am liking Adam a bit better, and enjoying having Noah around more often!

I can not wait for the final installment in this series. My life is revolving around those raven boys, Blue, Glendower, and Cabeswater.

Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Book II of The Raven Cycle)-5 Stars

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If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

The Dream Thieves picks up right after The Raven Boys. This book is creepy, thrilling, romantic, and magical all at once.

Oh, Ronan. He’s my favorite. While I love Gansey, there’s just something about Ronan that I LOVE.

This book centered around Ronan and his ability to steal things from dreams. We find that he has a lot of secrets, and that made me love him all the more. Noah is still a sweet, sad boy. The moment between him and Blue was just wonderful, but sad. I’m disliking Adam more and more, and I’m desperately wanting Blue and Gansey to kiss. Even though I know terrible things would happen. Never has an author made a pretend kiss seem so magical and romantic though!!

I really love Blue and her crazy family. She doesn’t know her father, but has never once doubted her mother’s love. I find that in a lot of YA the protagonist is dealing with dysfunctional familial relationships so this is refreshing.

I thought book 2 was CRAZY, and I liked it better than book 1 because so many things happen, so many things are revealed, and this world the author has created is just spectacular.  Ronan’s night horrors are incredibly scary (don’t read this before bed!) and described in such detail they practically come through the pages!

This book is freaking hilarious too. The innuendos, sass, and sarcasm ooze from practically every other page, even when the situation is seriously creepy! I’m addicted to this series!

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