Book Review (#104): Duchess by Night by Eloisa James

Title: Duchess by Night

Author: Eloisa James

Published: 24 June 2008

Publisher: Avon

Rating: 3/5

One night’s disguise could lead to a lifetime of passion…

A Mischievous Charade…

Harriet, Duchess of Berrow, is tired of her title and the responsibilities that come along with it. Enough with proper tea parties and elegant balls; what Harriet really wants is to attend an outrageous soiree where she can unleash her wildest whims and desires. But to attend such an event—especially if the event in question is Lord Justinian Strange’s rollicking fete, filled with noble rogues and rotters, risqué ladies and illicit lovers—would be certain scandal. That’s why she must disguise herself . . .

Looking forward to a night of uninhibited pleasure, Lord Strange is shocked to discover that beneath the clothes of a no-good rake is the most beautiful woman in the room. Why is a woman like her risking her reputation at his notorious affair? And can he possibly entice her to stay . . . forever?

I WAS BORED WITLESS BY THIS BOOK

Thus, I don’t think Eloisa James’s books are for me especially if its audiobook, I think hardcopy would be a different matter, the reason I say this is due to the fact that to me this book dragged on forever for me and I MEAN FOREVER!

THERE WAS TOO MUCH TALKING ABOUT INCESSANT THINGS IN THIS GOD DAMNED BOOK… IT WAS SO MENTALLY TAXING…

Also, I don’t understand why Harriet had to dress as a man to join in the party, Villiers said its due to Tem (Justinian strange, hero of the book) having a disdain for nobility but it was never shown why he has such a disdain for them. I wish there was a better reason that Harriet had to dress as a man, perhaps a good prank? She wanted to feel the freedom that a man has… something more substantial instead of just wanting entry to Tem’s infamous parties.

I say this because eventually most of the characters figure out Harriet is a woman so what was the point? Like what you wanted to have some queerbaiting ala Coffee Prince? or Midsummers Nights? What?

Another issue I have or don’t understand is Harriet’s feelings for Tem’s parties. First, she says she enjoys it and loves it and the freedom she has but then soon after she says she hates it, she hates how there are strangers in Tem’s house constantly and how it is unsafe for his daughter and such and then she wants Tem to change his life. Like, you can’t have it both ways, you can’t love his parties yet also hate it, because if you did that wouldn’t that make you a hypocrite?

Also, this turn to hating his parties felt so rushed. They were having fun and enjoying themselves and then suddenly she just ups and hates it. This change truly felt like it came out of nowhere. Like, okay chill girl.

My last point that made me disappointed in the book was how tame Tem’s parties were. I was fully expecting a sex orgy ala Eyes Wide Shut but what I read was just boring plays and boring dinners. Had the author also explored other aspects of worldbuilding in the book, I felt like the book would have been far more interesting to listen to.

Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book although the premise was so promising.

Book Review (#103): Rogues Rush In by Tessa Dare and Christi Caldwell

Title: Rogues Rush In

Author: Tessa Dare & Christi Caldwell

Published: 22 May 2018

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Rating: 3/5

Two scandalous brides…
Two rogues who won’t be denied…

His Bride for the Taking by New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Dare
It’s the first rule of friendship among gentlemen: Don’t even think about touching your best friend’s sister. But Sebastian, Lord Byrne, has never been one for rules. He’s thought about touching Mary Clayton—a lot—and struggled to resist temptation. But when Mary’s bridegroom leaves her waiting the altar, only Sebastian can save her from ruin. By marrying her himself.

In eleven years, he’s never laid a finger on his best friend’s sister. Now he’s going to take her with both hands. To have, to hold…and to love.

His Duchess for a Day by USA Today Bestseller Christi Caldwell
It was never meant to be…
That’s what Elizabeth Terry has told herself while trying to forget the man she married–her once best friend. Passing herself off as a widow, Elizabeth has since built a life for herself as an instructor at a finishing school, far away from that greatest of mistakes. But the past has a way of finding you, and now that her husband has found her, Elizabeth must face the man she’s tried to forget.

It was time to right a wrong…
Crispin Ferguson, the Duke of Huntington, has spent the past years living with regret. The young woman he married left without a by-your-leave, and his hasty elopement had devastating repercussions. Despite everything, Crispin never stopped thinking about Elizabeth. Now that he’s found her, he has one request—be his duchess, publicly, just for a day.

Can spending time together as husband and wife rekindle the bond they once shared? Or will a shocking discovery tear them apart…this time, forever?

His Bride for the Taking by Tessa Dare (Rating: 3/5)

No complaints about this book honestly. It was short and sweet.

His duchess for a Day by Christi Caldwell (Rating: 2/5)

His Duchess for a Day INFURIATED ME!!! Truly.

9 years… 9 years that stupid bimbo ran away and hid from her husband and so-called bestfriend. Over what? A simple misunderstanding? She says they used to be bestfriends yet were they really because if a simple misunderstanding can cause such a rift it is logical to think that they had the worst communication ever for supposed bestfriends.

I can come to understand why she did not want to confront Crispin but then it is not fair to feel resentment and disdain for Crispin when the man doesn’t even know why you left for FUCKING NINE YEARS. You were the one who left without any explanation and yet you feel you have every right to be pissed at Crispin.

Couldn’t you guys talk it out? Then, you’re telling me within one day that 9 years didn’t matter, that you still had feelings for him. Honestly, the 9 years bothers me so much. IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE WHATSOEVER.

Yeah, I hated this novella. It was absolutely stupid.

Book Review (#102): The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding by Stacy Reid

Title: The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding

Author: Stacy Reid

Published: May 2017

Publisher: Entangled Scandalous

Rating: 3/5

Victorian Era England…
 As far as rash decisions go, it was formidable. But Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne’s will remains strong. If the only way to save her family’s estate and reputation is by aiming a small pistol at the Duke of Calydon, then so be it. For Lady Jocelyn demands satisfaction – and she will have it at any cost. Even if it means demanding the hand of the intense and foreboding Duke himself… But she’s made the first move against a very dangerous opponent… For Sebastian Thornton is no stripling to be trifled with. The lady has played her hand. Now it’s his turn. For Sebastian is in need of a wife. And to find a wife with spirit and fire – even if she means to only marry for his money – would be a great prize indeed. And he intends to thoroughly take his pleasure with her… and demands his own satisfaction in return.

I genuinely enjoyed reading A Duke’s Shotgun Wedding as it had the a few main things I enjoyed in historical romance:

  • Smut
  • Independent woman who knows what she wants and who she wants

The only problem I have with this book is just that the pacing of the book was too fast which made everything felt very instantaneous, very insta-lovey, but it is a novella length book so I am not too sure if its fair to judge it so. But, the book would have definitely been far better had the book been given more time to pace everything out properly.

Overall, still an enjoyable book.

Book Review (#101): The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard

Title: The Beast of Beswick

Author: Amalie Howard

Published: 26 November 2019

Publisher: Entangled (Amara)

Rating: 4/5

Lord Nathaniel Harte, the disagreeable Duke of Beswick, spends his days smashing porcelain, antagonizing his servants, and snarling at anyone who gets too close. With a ruined face like his, it’s hard to like much about the world. Especially smart-mouthed harpies—with lips better suited to kissing than speaking—who brave his castle with indecent proposals.

But Lady Astrid Everleigh will stop at nothing to see her younger sister safe from a notorious scoundrel, even if it means offering herself up on a silver platter to the forbidding Beast of Beswick himself. And by offer, she means what no highborn lady of sound and sensible mind would ever dream of—a tender of marriage with her as his bride.

I have no major qualms with this book and overall immensely enjoyed reading it. I loved how Astrid just came barging in and demanded a job from Nathaniel and when he didn’t give her a job, she just came anyway and basically flung herself into his life whether he liked it or not.

The only minor issue I have with this book which to be honest is a bit nitpicky was the fact that Nathaniel keeps running away from Astrid. I understand it is due to his insecurities over his looks and the like but I must say after the hundredth time he pushes Astrid away, it does get overbearingly tedious.

Like, come on man! What else is the woman supposed to do to show the depth of her affections for you????

Another point I have to make is how unrealistic the pain that Nathaniel suffers through due to his war injury. I say unrealistic because the pain he felt at the start of the book is completely forgotten by the end of the end. Not to mention his sexual stamina is still intact…

But I get it, its a historical romance so yeah. Definitely, recommend this book, its a fun read, was it perfect? Nah but hey still good.

Book Review (#100): The Recovery of Rose gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Title: The Recovery of Rose Gold

Author: Stephanie Wrobel

Published: 5 March 2020

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Rating: 3/5

This book is very much inspired by the real life accounts of Dee Dee Blanchard and Gypsy Rose minus the matricide and because it is so that it intrigued me to read it. I wanted to know the motivations as to why the protagonist and abuse victim, Rose Gold, was willing to accept her mother back into her life as well as wanting to ascertain why her mother did such heinous things.

But, my hopes were sadly dashed because the book in my opinion not only did not delve deep into these complex issues but also I did not see the point of the book. I did not understand what the book was trying to tell me. What was the message?

Was I suppose to pity Rose Gold and her sad life?

Was I suppose to relate to Rose Gold’s mother?

What was the ending even all about?

I do admit that the book was still interesting to read because you read how Rose Gold went on with her life after her mother went to prison. You read at how she struggled to find a job, struggled to find friends, essentially struggled to fit in without having any therapy and such and one might say why did she not go to therapy? Well, most probably she couldn’t afford it.

I didn’t enjoy reading as to how Rose Gold’s father treated her though, I felt off about that section of the book because, here is a young woman who has been abused all her life so of course she wouldn’t fully comprehend that her actions are borderline psychotic if it meant that she would have somebody be with her and claim her as family.

The father expected that Rose Gold would be a perfectly sane and balanced individual and when she wasn’t, he immediately just wanted to cut her out again. Like dude. If you can’t take on the full responsibility of being a father to an abused daughter; yes I grant that he didn’t even know about Rose Gold’s existence until recently but still, then don’t even try you know?

Overall, the book had interesting aspects to it but lacked in providing the reader with a message or lesson. I would still recommend this book for a light read, just don’t expect too much from it.

Where Do I Get My Books From

Long gone are the days where my mother sponsored my book buying habits and thus I had to resort to multiple avenues to get my source of books! Mostly legal and one very very ILLEGAL way… Do I still do said illegal way… no of course not unless its a rich writer from 1st world country then perhaps I will take it into consideration but for the majority after finding out there are many other ways to get free or affordable books, I have renounced my life of crime.

  1. Library

The library one is pretty much self explanatory because duh library. I borrow from the two main libraries available in Miri which is Pustaka Miri and Dewan Suarah. Now to compare the two I would say that Pustaka has more selections of non-fiction as opposed to fiction and Dewan Suarah is the opposite. Some books I can’t find in Dewan Suarah I can occasionally find in Pustaka.

2. Scribd

I subscribed to Scribd after seeing a thread on twitter at how cheap the subscription is… its only $4 so about RM 13 a month and for a huge selection of books why not? Especially if the selection is both ebooks as well as audiobooks.

Although after I heard a snippet of the audiobooks on Audible… I am so tempted to try Audible because man it sounds like a movie! The snippet I heard was Neil Gaiman Sandman.

3. Netgalley

Netgalley is essentially a website where you can request for review copies for FREE! The crux of that is you have to give a review for every book request to boost your score which will allow you to request for more mainstream books. To be honest I haven’t logged into my Netgalley account in years not that it isn’t good its more towards my inclination for either hardcopy books or audiobooks. I only read eBooks if I have to or the fact that the book is really good and I only have eBook copy.

4. Bookstores

5. Review copy

This is different from my Netgalley avenue whereby this is the author contacts me personally to review their book… this rarely happens as I unfortunately am but a small book reviewer but I mean I always go for random hiatus so that makes sense… look at my blog I have yet to return…. I’m more into videos now be it on YouTube or Instagram (follow me if you want to listen to book rants!)

6. Libby

Libby is another avenue for free books and is an app where you can borrow library books in app! Its super great! If I’m not mistaken you download the Libby app and then you choose the library as national library of Malaysia and your card number you can choose between pnm001 to pnm999.

7. Google books

Yup! I get free books from google books too. Is it a good quality book? Depends.., but again free books who am I to complain kan? Also, Buku Fixi is super cheap if you buy the eBook, it’s less than RM 10 and they also provide you with FREE EBOOKS. Anything that’s free is always great in my eyes. Which reminds me, Buku Fixi has more free books so must download now!

8. Pirated Books

Okay okay I know this is a controversial issue and believe me I get it… I now don’t condone using this avenue when there are so many resources to get cheap heck even free books LEGALLY buttttttt I do remember being a young and broke young adult… thirsting to read but having no way to do so because I didn’t have transport to go to the library… my internet data was shit at best at the time… I didn’t even know Netgalley existed let alone the existence of Libby and so i resorted to downloading illegal copies of books… Since I have shared 7 other avenues how I got my books I don’t want yall to illegally download books now… 

So that’s it guys! Those are the few ways I get my books…I would say book swap with other bookish friends but ill be honest I don’t do that because my friends don’t read as much as I do and our genres don’t match hahahah.

Book Review (#99): The Scoundrel’s Honor by Christi Caldwell

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Title: The Scoundrel’s Honor

Author: Christi Caldwell

Published: 14 February 2017

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Rating: 4/5

Thanks to her older siblings, Lady Penelope Tidemore is no stranger to scandal. In order for her to make a good match, her secret longings for intrigue and romance must be quelled. Yet it is through terrible mischance that Penelope is caught in a compromising position—however innocent—with the darkly enigmatic viscount Ryker Black.

Mr. Black is no gentleman. Raised from the streets and proprietor of the most notorious gaming hell in London, Black lives in a world filled with debauchery and danger. Taking a Society wife from the very ton he despises is not part of his plan, even if the innocent Penelope turns his blood hot with desire.

But Penelope isn’t afraid of Mr. Black, and she soon discovers that his reputation as a scoundrel may be designed to hide a surprising vulnerability. As this unlikely husband and wife grow closer, they learn that what started as chance could end up sealing their fates.

This is going to be a fairly short review because I don’t have much to say about this book as I had mostly enjoyed it. 

The only thing that I disliked about the book was how Penelope was so naive in thinking that because she is born a Lady and knows proper etiquette she can just waltz into someones life and practically upends it to suit her needs and her wants without even consulting said someone, of which in this case her own husband, Ryker Black. 

Honestly, would it have killed her to think of what he would like and decorate his study to suit what he likes and needs. This annoys me because I wouldn’t appreciate nor like it if somebody came to my room and redecorated it without my permission. Essentially, what I disliked about this book was Penelope’s naivete which aggravated me because what else can you bring to the table Penelope? But she did redeem herself towards the end. Which was why the book got 4 stars because what she did in the end, you gotta respect that and also it’s my fav trope hehehhehe.

Another minor dislike is the ending, I felt it was too cheesy, I can’t imagine a man like Ryker Black doing something like that.

Book Review (#98): The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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Title: The Unhoneymooners

Author: Christina Lauren

Published: 14 May 2019

Publisher: Gallery Books

Rating: 2/5

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

This was my first book by Christina Lauren and it will probably be my last because this book did not leave a good impression.

At first it seemed to be okay, we get some friction between the two main leads but it was so easy to see that it was just some minor misunderstandings between the two that could have been settled with just some conversation. 

Why, Olive never bothered to ask Ethan what was his problem with her is beyond me. She just assumed he disliked her for some inane reasons which is just incredulous if you ask me. So with that assumption made about him she treats him like shit honestly then has the audacity to feel affronted when he treats her the same way. Like duh! You treat him like shit why on earth would he be nice to you. 

First half of the book I could still somewhat enjoyed it but towards the later half I really couldn’t because it just felt so mismatched where the first half was leading you to believe the book is some fun enemies to lovers chick-lit but the second half the plot veered off the mountainside and went into family drama of telenovela proportions.

Like what even…

To make matters worse, I can’t even see a speck of chemistry between Olive and Ethan. All I see are two horny people who just want to fuck each other because they’re hot and nothing of actual substance. If the authors actually gave us some good sex scened I could possibly let this slide because hey its a book but no. THERE WERE NO SEXY TIMES! So, I had to suffer reading (listening more likely because it was an audiobook) this book and reading to their incessant bickering that was supposed to be cute and show some banter but it wasn’t cute, it was just torturous and boring. Like, wtf man. 

Ya’ll supposed to be adults, you can’t talk shit out?

Then, you’re telling me in the later half of the book suddenly it became Olive wanting to find her true purpose in life and her finding out her brother in law is cheating and shit and nobody believed her because they think Olive is jealous of Ami’s success. Like whaaa???? WHERE IS THIS COMING FROM????

Towards the end I was just left unsatisfied because I felt like Olive didn’t learn anything or at the very least showed she learned something from her misbehaviour as well as again the no sex scene and the BORING AF non-chemistry between the two leads. 

I have to say I liked the book cover though, so bright and full of promises, lulling me to believe this book will be a cute book about enemies to lovers. That’s why don’t judge a book by its cover, just because its cute on the outside doesn’t mean its cute on the inside.

Book Review (#97): Amok by Anna Tan

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Title: Amok

Author: Anna Tan

Publisher: Teaspoon Publisher

Published: June 2021

Rating: 3/5

All Putera Mikal wants is to gain the Amok Strength, the supernatural power granted by Kudus to the Mahan royal family. No matter how religiously Mikal keeps his vows, Kudus still denies him the Strength—whilst his father, Sultan Simson, flaunts the Strength despite his blatant defiance of the Temple and the priests’ visions of coming doom.

Then the prophecies come true.

Taken captive, Mikal must find a way to liberate his people and restore his throne in Maha—and the key to this is the Amok Strength. But what does it take to gain Kudus’ favour?

I finally finished reading the book Amok by Anna Tan and I am ready to provide ya’ll with an in-depth and HOPEFULLY SPOILER FREE REVIEW.

Before we start, I would like to thank Anna Tan and Teaspoon Publishing for providing me with this ARC in return for an honest review. Let’s get started ladies and gents!

Amok tells the story of Prince Mikal, Prince of Maha, first city-state of Terang and his struggles in faith to their God Kudus due to the fact that he has yet to come into his Amok strength powers. The Amok strength is a legendary power that all royals can gain access to once they come of age (mind you Mikal is 15 at the start of the book). But no matter how much he keeps his vows and does what he is supposed to do nothing has changed and he still has yet to gain any Amok strength. 

Then some BAMBOOZLEMENT happens! Where Maha is invaded and destroyed by their enemies and the people of Maha, royalty included is thrown into a life rife with suffering and humiliation where one does not know who is friend nor foe. How will Mikal overcome this obstacle and gain back his honour, his pride and his rightful place in Maha as Maha’s royal Prince.

DUN DUN DUNNNNNN

If you follow me on my bookstagram (do follow me guys if you haven’t, links down in the description) you would kind of realize I took issue with one and ONLY ONE aspect of this book and that aspect was my utter disdain and annoyance with the main character Prince Mikal.

OMG I DONT EVEN KNOW WHEREEEE TO BEGIN WITH ANNOYANCE WITH HIM.

Ok ok I will chill and talk about other aspects of the book first.

Push my disdain for the main character aside, I actually really enjoyed this book. The writing is great and reeled me in like I was a fish on a hook, floundering around trying to understand my own roller-coaster of emotions as I was reading this book.

I liked the Malay phrases as well as the Malay elements used in the books makes me feel included you know, because duh I’m Malay (Sarawakian Malay but whatever still Malay). It was so much fun reading how the men practiced silat, they used keris and parang to fight, seeing how they used baju kebaya and samping along with calling people according to their titles such as Baginda Paduka, Laksamana etc because let’s be totally honest who uses those terms now in their daily life? (unless you work with the sultan I guess but for everyday people you dont really call people Laksamana do you?)

The plot was awesome… really kept you at the edge of your seat and when some characters that I liked died I did feel the pain of loss because you want them to survive. You want them to be able to overcome this enormous adversity and go home and be happy.

But alas, like I said previously, the enjoyment of this book I could not fully savour due to my problems with the main character. 

The main issue I have with Prince Mikal is the fact that he is mostly self-centered, entitled, privileged and the most whiny character I have ever read. Yes, you can make a defense saying that he is a child and whilst I agree 15 in our modern standards is still a baby but back then 15 you are already considered a man and mature plus he is a Prince. Mikal isn’t an ordinary boy, he is a Prince with responsibilities attached to that royal bloodline of his and yet because we read this book from his perspective all I saw was an entitled and spoiled Prince who needs to have everything given and delivered to him on a silver platter.

Not only that, my god, is he stupid. He is so absolutely idiotic. 

I say this because Prince Mikal has become a prisoner of war and is now a slave for his former servant Yosua. Not once did he ever think to pretend to be a slave/pretend to be broken and humble himself so he could learn the enemy’s routines and memorise the relative map of the enemy’s land which in turn could help him devise a way to escape. Something ya know, anything, but no all we read for pages on end is just Prince Mikal constantly… CONSTANTLY… complaining why me, why didn’t I get my Amok strength, why is this happening to me, this is not fair, always about him and his predicament.

First few weeks I get it man you’re in shock and you dont know whats going on what’s going to happen but as a Prince that must have had some sort of training like get your shit together man. Devise a plan. Like okay, right now you’re in this predicament how will you get yourself outside of said predicament which reminds me that Prince Mikal is a reactive character.

Things happen to him, the plot moves him along instead of him making decisions that affect the plot. This happens for most of the book where shit just happens to Mikal and he would complain about it to no end. It is towards the end of the book, I would say the last 100-200 pages he changes into a more proactive character but by then it was too late for me. 

Also, kan, he keeps complaining Kudus left him la, doesn’t love him la, this and that… sikit-sikit lost faith… ITS SO FUCKING ANNOYING… I GET IT LIFE IS HARD BUT THIS IS A FUCKING TEST FROM GOD… You think God when he tests you he just gives something that you can easily overcome especially for a person like Mikal who follows everything by the book but doesn’t truly have faith. He says he does and he says he has an epiphany and he will change and have more faith and truly follow Kudus (which to be honest with you gave me hope for him I wanted to like him damn it!) but then some small shit happens and Mikal is back to being that whiny punk that doesn’t have two brain cells to rub together and is all like omg Kudus why you left me, how could you Kudus, are you even real? MALAS AKU EH ORG KDAK TOK… PADAH TEK CAYAK AN KUDUS TAPI IDUP SUSAH SIKIT ALU LOST FAITH BAGUS SIK PAYAH EH… BAGUS SIK PAYAHHHHHH… AISH SETAN BENA

I gotta calm down… I gotta chill.. This wasn’t supposed to be a rant review…I cannot delve further into this without going into spoilers so I will just continue to my next issue.

This issue isn’t so much a deal breaker, it’s just confusing and that is the loyalty that Yosua has for Mikal. I dont get it… sometimes its borderline romantic so I am not sure if the author is queer-baiting or I am just not used to this type of unexplainable loyalty. 

This is because you don’t get to see the why of the loyalty, Mikal says that they grew up together and are best friends but that’s the thing, you have to wholeheartedly believe what Mikal says. You don’t get to see it unfold. You don’t see other characters talk upon how close they are and the background for it. There is no concrete foundation that you as a reader can see and understand the why. 

I had a microscopic problem with the magic system of the book. It’s not bad, I just wanted more explanation on how it worked, who gets what etc because it was pretty loose so you have to use a lot of your imagination to fill in the blanks. 

Again, I have to reiterate, everything else in this book chefs kiss… the writing SUPERB! IF EVEN THE WRITING PUN I DON’T LIKE TRUST ME FAM I WOULD’VE DNF’ED THAT SHIT but I didn’t because the writing is genuinely good. Plot also BOMBASTIC! It’s just the main character that was meh for me, maybe it’s because I am 28 and had to be the breadwinner of my family for the longest time and had to hold that amount of responsibility that when I see a whiny character that doesn’t even try to improve their own situation by any means necessary I truly cannot empathise. 

Thus, concludes my review for the ARC Amok by Anna Tan and again my review is my own and is only focused on the book and NOT the author. 

Book Review (#96): The Guest List by Lucy Foley

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Title: The Guest List

Author: Lucy Foley

Publisher: William Morrow

Published: 2 June 2020

Rating: 3/5

The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?

The Guest List by Lucy Foley had potential to be a 5 star read for me to be quite honest with you. It had everything that I generally enjoyed in a murder mystery whodunnit… We have

  • Intense creepy atmosphere
  • Plenty of suspects with dubious backgrounds and motivations
  • Secrets galore!

But alas, it was not meant to be a 5 star read for me. 

First, there were no characters for me to relate to as most of them seem to be pretty unlikeable and when most of the characters are unlikeable it’s not much fun to read. The only reason I persevered was because writing kept me intrigued on who had died and who was the killer… was it somebody at the wedding? Somebody close? Why did they want said person to die? What is going on? Plus, the whole guessing game of whodunit is immense fun for somebody who loves murder mysteries.

But the thing that made me change my mind that this could be a solid 5 star read was how unbelievably convenient at how every main suspect for the murder was interlinked with one another. The first few interlinking of characters with said murder victim I can understand and see how it came to fruition but all of the main suspects? Are you for real? It just made the story less convincing ya know and when that happened I couldn’t suspend my belief any further. There’s only so much suspension of belief that one can take.

Had the ending did not end the way it did, I would’ve thoroughly enjoyed this book even more but what can you do. 

Would I still recommend this book? Most definitely, it was still a good read even though at first it was quite slow.