Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this weeks topic is “Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far”. Let’s get started!

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Holiday in the Hamptons

I like Sarah Morgan’s books but rarely do I give her books a 5 (Okay so what I only read 3 of her books including this one wasn’t my fault I was late to the party) but this book just ticked all the boxes in my checklist and I enjoyed it immensely and hey improvement as the previous book I only gave a 3.

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The Viscount Who Loved Me

I loved this book because it was just so funny! I couldn’t stop laughing reading the antics of the two lead characters with each other. It was just so absurd at how they are with each other.

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Because of Miss Bridgerton

While this book isn’t as funny as the book above it still had its comedic moments and a lot of historical romance are too serious that funny historical romance books is a welcome reprieve.

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Finding Kate

You can find my review here. I liked how the book changed my mind and consequently altered my perception of what was truly happening versus what I saw was happening.

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Evidence of Love

Here’s my review for the book and this book was just full of gore and injustice and lots of other things mixed into one that I just simply devoured it.

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The Radium Girls

Review for the book is here. This book is just feels manifested into words then put on paper. It was very informative whilst at the same time able to tear my soul apart with its heartbreaking story.

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Something Wonderful

This book I gave a 5 both because I truly enjoyed it and also because it had sentimental values. I read it ages so and re-reading it brought back fond memories of what happened in my life at the time.

Review: Geekerella

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Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Published: 4 April 2017

Publisher: Quirk Books

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 4/5

 

 

Goodreads summary

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Review

I didn’t wanna like this book because to be honest because, me and YA, we don’t gel.

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But I read it and DANG IT! I LIKED IT!

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I UNWILLINGLY enjoyed the book. The book was super predictable, sickeningly sweet and the ending cloyingly happy but I enjoyed it. God knows why. It was fun to read (I guess) because it didn’t deal with a lot of heavy matter and because the writing style was easy and straightforward plus the predictable plot, I could focus less on the technicality of the plot and more on the FEELS that I was experiencing.

The book also low key talks about POC and I liked that tactic because we (hey, I’m Asian technically I’m a POC too) are not some side show freak that needs to be announced with a microphone complete with trumpets. The author wrote a few lines here and there that insinuates that Darien Freeman is also a POC and due to that him taking over the role of Prince Carmindor wasn’t whitewashed.

There were two POV’s in this book which was Darien’s perspectives and also Danielle’s and I felt that this contributed to me enjoying this book because I can see how both of them analyse and decipher the same situation. This helps because they live in complete different worlds. Danielle is your average geeky girl surviving high school with an extremely irrational step-mother and a beast of a step-sister whilst Darien is the next hot-shot actor. With different lives comes different schedules and rules to play by and it was interesting to see how it pans out in both perspectives.

All the characters minus beast mom, Catherine and the kraken of a step-sister, Chloe, were very likable even doormat Danielle but hey she is a teenager living with an emotionally abusive family. She doesn’t have her own money or house and at the time she didn’t even have any friends. It’s no wonder that she is a doormat and doesn’t fight back. If she did she would probably be homeless.

I do have a favorite character though and her name is Sage. I like Sage because she is unabashedly herself. She is a loud proud lesbian with everchanging hair and I liked how the author again didn’t put the lesbian aspect in the spotlight.

I didn’t mind the instalove here actually because when you text someone anonymously, all your defenses are down and it is then that you can be honest about your fears and be truthful without ever revealing your true self and come on if there was a random dude texting me and we happened to like the same books, same movies same everything, I would give the guy the benefit of the doubt and continue talking up till he proves me that he is a perverted serial killer.

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All in all this book was adorable. I read it and was transported back to how it was back when I was still in high school, it gave me all the warm fuzzy feels and I also felt that the feels I was feeling was similar to how I felt when reading ‘To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before‘ by Jenny Han which consequently made me think maybe I am more into contemporary YA than other YA genres… maybe. Although, I have to put it out there that if you are looking for a book that has depth and lacks instalove and the like Geekerella is not the book for you and you might wanna steer clear of the book but if you like annoyingly sweet, adorable and predictable books then I say GO FOR IT!

 

 

Friday 56

Hello! Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. So the rules are reaaaaaally simple.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky (in Freda’s Voice blog btw). Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple

 

Final Girls

 

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“Quincy, I need to talk to you. It’s  extremely important. Please, please don’t ignore this”

Okay to be honest I wasn’t too keen on reading this because the first book cover that I have which I requested on Netgalley wasn’t too appealing BUT since the new cover is released and booktubers raving about this book, I am intrigued.

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This was the one I got and compared with the new one, the new one just SCREAMS thriller.

 

 

 

Review: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

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Title: The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women

Author: Kate Moore

Published: 2 May 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

 

Goodreads synopsis

The incredible true story of the young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their brave struggle for justice…

As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” were considered the luckiest alive—until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.

A rich, historical narrative written in a sparkling voice, The Radium Girls is the first book that fully explores the strength of extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.

Review

This book was educational for me because I legit had no clue regarding the Radium girls. Heck, I didn’t even know they existed till this book! Worse of all, I never realized that people back in the 20th century thought Radium was this miracle substance able to cure anything from a toothache to cancer. I was horrified, legitimately H-O-R-R-I-F-I-E-D! The only thing that went through my mind reading the first few pages before the plot delved into the USRC (United States Radium Corporation) workers was, “Oh no. Please no. God no. Radium is radioactive!!! It will kill you! Please don’t even go near it!”. I had to put the book down a few times because the emotions I was feeling was too intense and when we started going into the plot regarding the female workers in USRC, my already unstable emotions plummeted straight to the 7th layer of Hell.

I can’t go into much detail for this review because if I do it will become a whole novel in itself but yeah like I said my emotions completely gave up fighting and fell into the pits of emotional hell because of what these brave young women had to go through. Through their pain, through people disbelieving them because they were women, through their fight for justice. The whole world was against them and I mean the whole world. The corporation they worked for threw them under the bus to the judges and scientists who stripped them of their credibility and to the people who sought to take advantage of them. If it were not because of their family members and the select few lawyers and doctors who believed them they would have been fighting this fight completely alone having no one else but themselves.

What made me shed tears was when the author described every single thing that the radium poisoning did to them. These young women first lost their teeth which then lead to them losing their jaw bone and then their bones were so fragile anything and everything could lead to breakage. One family member said to the author that her aunt was in so much pain that she didn’t even have energy to cry out. Can you imagine the amount of physical pain they went through and this is not even mental pain. These were young ladies who had their whole life ahead of them Some were planning to get married, some were already married and were planning for children, some were already pregnant and to know this can never be and worse of all knowing full well you will die a painful death. Knowing your days are numbered, that made me cry because it was all so heartbreaking knowing that nobody can help them and these girls know it too. At least with cancer, you had a chance no matter how small you still had a fighting chance but these girls with radiation poisoning there was no chance.

Their fight during the trial, reading it was like having my already broken heart being bulldozed, stabbed and doused with acid, one part of the fight against Radiant Dial Corporation that just pissed me off was when the company kept postponing the trial in hopes that the women would either be too sick to fight or had died and there would be no one left. These corporations (both USRC and Radiant Dial) had hearts of stone. They were ruthless and heartless especially Radiant Dial Corporation, at least with USRC they didn’t blatantly lie to their workers. They didn’t make their workers take radium tests and conceal the result. I hope these people rot in hell I tell you. I mean seriously, it has been 100 years-ish and their bones ARE STILL RADIOACTIVE! and mind you the half life of Radium is 1600 years. That is right, their bones and the surrounding areas of their graves will still be radioactive for the next 1500 years. This should be enough to piss one off in how could these people who knew the truth be so cruel they are like Satan pretending to be human beings.

Okay, emotions aside. I really loved how the author wrote the book from the perspective of the women involved because it allows me as a reader to feel a whole range of emotions from utter sadness and despair to just full-blown anger at how these women were treated, how they were branded as liars just because of their sex and lastly to bittersweet happiness that their pain, their fight allowed the US Labor Law to be changed to help other future workers work in a safe environment.

This book was just pure awesomeness because it touches upon sexism in the workplace, corruption and greed in corporations that allowed them to turn a blind eye to whatever that happened as long as money was still trickling in, the unconditional love that the family members and spouses had for these women who were suffering from radiation poisoning. It also makes you think of the implication regarding radium exposure not only to the people living in the area but also the environment

I highly recommend it and for once I will endeavor to buy this book once it is out at my local bookstore. I rarely buy any of the books I read through Netgalley unless it is so good that I MUST have a physical copy and this book is one of those books.

I feel like my review is incompetent and doesn’t cover much of what I want to say and if it did it the review will be never ending so I will also link a few reviews and articles that I feel shed more light to feels I feel regarding this issue.

The Radium Girls: Interview with Kate Moore by Avalinah’s Books

Why were they called The Girls With Radioactive Bones? by Avalinah’s Books

‘Radium Girls’ Remembered for Role in Shaping US Labor Law

Skin glowing from radium, ‘ghost girls’ died for a greater cause

*The book was kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review

 

WWW Wednesday

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words and you just answer three simple questions and BA-DA-BOOM! You are done.

So the three WWW’s are:

  • What are you currently reading
  • What did you recently finish
  • What do you think you’ll read next

Currently reading:

I am putting ‘An Offer From a Gentleman‘ on the back burner for now because my mind is getting kind of tired with the historical romance trope (see I do get tired of historical romance too ya know). Now, this is rare for me but I am SUPER STOKED to read ‘Holiday in the Hamptons‘ because the heroine in this book of Felicity Knight and I got a teaser of her romance in ‘New York Actually’ and I was beyond intrigued so when I knew it was on Netgalley I had to request for it and I JUST GOT APPROVED FOR IT TODAY!!!! ‘Murder on Black Swan Lane‘ will probs be my second read.

Recently finished:

Read ‘New York Actually‘ and ‘Lies Jane Austen Told Me‘ consecutively actually so both of them only took me two days and a half then I had to literally force myself to stop reading because including last weeks books I have been reading all of them consecutively and I can FEEEEELLL my eyeballs are straining to keep up and for a girl who already has glasses with the degree of 500 plus I better take the hint.

Reading next:

Huh. I tried making a TBR for myself and I tried to stick to it. It didn’t work. I lined up 6 books already set for me to read so I can reign in the beast that is my Netgalley books list but it completely went haywire and I only read 2 out of 6.

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Ezza’s Life Updates

Hello guys! A lot of shit has happened in past week and I thought it deserved to have its own blog post and the major shit that has happened was that I got fired from my English teacher tuition job. I don’t know how I feel about this both parts sad, relieved, happy and confused.

My ex-boss, Mrs. S, said that I wasn’t cut out for this job. She said it in nicer terms but the essence of the talk was that I wasn’t up to par with what she wanted, wasn’t suitable and thus I was given the boot. The reason why I am feeling confused was because one part of me is relieved and happy that I get my Saturdays back which gives me more time to focus on my book blog, bookstagram and booktube and also I was really struggling to teach my students. Don’t get me wrong I am good in English for a Malay but I completely suck at explaining the technicalities of English especially since I myself don’t even know these technicalities even existed. I have never heard of adjective phrases, adverbial phrases, gerunds, noun clauses and such so it was nothing short of a miracle that I was able to study the material myself days beforehand and teach it! But the thing that made me sad was aside from the money that I will be losing was that I will miss my kids. I grew attached to some of them and they became friends of mine (also probably why I had a supposed ‘discipline’ problem in my class, I was too nice).

Altogether, I was happy that I gave this job a shot. Even though I failed, I felt as if this failure is just a stepping stone to a new adventure. So what, I was fired from this job at least I gave my best and I learned from it. Now I know without a doubt that I am not a very good teacher, I’ve always known it but now with actual proof it is undeniable.

Mom is now making me call this other tuition center and I am here just thinking like jeez, woman give me a break. I have been non-stop working ever since I graduated. Barely two months after I finished my last class, I was forced to start work as a tea-lady then I was coerced to take on more classes than I can handle. I told her I cannot handle four classes especially if two of them is middle school, she didn’t believe me and so obviously that crashed and burned. I sometimes wished that mom saw how tired I am, physically and mentally. I am 24 and I really do feel like I am burnt out. She says that if she could do it why can’t I but she can’t see that I am not her. I am so sick and tired of my life being controlled from what course I take in uni to what jobs I get to what I can or cannot spend.

I just need a break you know. It doesn’t have to be a long ass holiday. Just a full weekend where I can vege out and just meditate and chill or whatever. Damn, this post went from optimistic to pessimistic fast. Better stop now before it becomes a whole downward spiral of gloom.

That’s all the updates I have for now.

Review: Ensnared by Rita Stradling

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Title: Ensnared

Author: Rita Stradling

Publisher: Kindle Press

Published: 23 May 2017

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads summary

A Near-Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

Review

Like I said in my May Wrap Up & June TBR video, I chose Ensnared because it is a Beauty & the Beast retelling and I already requested and was approved for Geekerella so I thought hey why not. I assumed the book was going to be YA because when I first requested it the book cover was this…

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But upon delving further and further into the book, it DEFINITELY WAS NOT.

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So, before I get ahead of myself let’s start with what I liked about the book shall we? God, I have to do this review in bullet points because I cannot explain well due to the confusion that is this book.

Abysmal plot flow

There was an instance in the book where Alainn was giving Lorccan a blowjob and I kid you not the next sentence was:

“She fell asleep halfway on top of him-“

and I am here like WTF?!!Image result for wtf gif How? How???? How can you fall asleep??? Where is the action? The explanation? The sensation that Lorccan might be feeling? I read historical romance like there is no tomorrow (who reads TWO historical romance books in a day? That’s not normal!) and occasionally I also read erotica and damn straight they explain or write down what happens in bed! You don’t just fall asleep!?! I am affronted!

And it’s not just that, the plot flow was so jumpy that when the author does semi-explain the background of the main characters, you barely understand what is going on. The author gives you a vague story of what happens and then goes along and continues with another plot element leaving you to try and complete this puzzle of a plot to gain an understanding of the overall plot.

Plus, the pacing of the plot doesn’t match. In the beginning it was a (very) slow pace where you get the feel for the predicament that Alainn is in and how Lorccan is just a weird quirky guy that has agoraphobic and mysophobia but towards the end it goes on a break-neck speed what with saving Lorccan, battling deranged robots and whatnot and then the ending is back to semi-slow.

Elements of plot, character quirks & world building not fully explained

Aside from the plot flow, I also felt that the world building is really lacking and this is coming from a person who doesn’t really give a shit about any world building at all. It wasn’t explained how robots are used in this world; are they slaves? are they companions? what types of robot are there? The author assumes we know everything about the world before pushing us in it.

Another thing that wasn’t explained well was character quirks and some plot elements. Towards the end of the book we meet Shelly, Lorccan’s good friend and also ex-girlfriend and it is there that you read that she has anxiety issues but the thing is there was no indication anywhere in the earlier sections of the book that she has an anxiety disorder. So, it was quite a shock to me that she comes and meets Alainn at the end of the book and verbally assaults her. There were quirks regarding Lorccan what with his mysophobia, Alainn with her hero complex, Colby with his need to cheat in his PhD, Connor Murphy with his gambling addiction that was not explained in detail like why do they have these disorders and compulsion. The author like I said at the top gives very vague background stories to semi-explain them but it is not enough. At least not for me. Like seriously I really want to know what happened with Alainn and her best friend? I only get the jist of it but I don’t understand the bigger picture.

It was great that the author included these disorders in the plot but it would have been even better had she explained them properly so it doesn’t feel like she is using some cheap gimmick just to make the plot more interesting.

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Also, when they disabled Rose (the sentient AI) they didn’t say what happened to her after she was disabled. Mind you they disabled her when they were in court so aren’t the people shocked that this robot is seemingly malfunctioning? what happened to her robot body? What was the reaction in court? What was the verdict? So many questions so little answers.

Questionable romance

I am on the fence regarding this issue, on one hand I think their romance is cute but at the same time I find it disturbing because Alainn and Lorccan lived in isolation for awhile where it’s just the two of them and a bunch of AI. It makes you wonder whether their romance is based on actual love or just the need to be with any other human within the area and you have to realize that Lorccan has never been around another actual human being in awhile aside from his parents.

I also felt that the sex between them was too soon. Alainn lived with Lorccan for a month-ish and suddenly out of nowhere (again with the plot jump) she starts liking him (I don’t know if this is due to her need to be with another human or its actual love) and starts making out with him then later that night, Lorccan has a nightmare and Alainn comforts him and BAM! They are already getting it on and once they started, they were getting it on like rabbits!

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Now now, I know what you all must think why did I give this book a 3/5 if everything I wrote was practically bashing it? I in all honesty still enjoyed the book and found that it showed promise and I liked the banter and the relationship between Lorccan and Alainn, if I don’t think about it being really questionable, I thought it to be quite sweet and endearing. I also liked how Rosebud and the monkeys are good AI and they were kind to Alainn (at least the monkeys were, Rosebud was kinda mean sometimes). I also liked how Colby (Alainn’s brother) pulled through at the end and tried his best to help Alainn help Lorccan. Also, it was cool to see how Connor Murphy is a brilliant inventor and scientist yet has gambling addiction.

 

 

Review: Finding Kate by Maryanne Fantalis

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Title: Finding Kate

Author: Maryanne Fantalis

Published: 5 March 2017

Publisher: City Owl Press

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

 

Goodreads summary

Kathryn’s strong will and sharp tongue have branded her a shrew in her small town. Now, not even the generous dowry offered by her wealthy father can tempt any man to court her. But when Sir William rides into town on his magnificent war horse, Kathryn’s world turns upside down.

William is like a burr in Kathryn’s side from the very beginning. Even the way he insists on calling her “Kate” irritates her thoroughly, yet she can’t keep from listening for his voice. Though he claims he is the only man for her, she is certain he only wants her rich dowry. When he proposes marriage, she accepts as a way out of her miserable home.

Freed from her cruel family and judgmental town, Kathryn must decide whether she will continue her battle of wills with the sometimes charming, often maddening Sir William. Will she remain the shrewish Kathryn or find a way to be Will’s Kate?

Review

Ever since I read some reviews on Goodreads saying that Kate changed to keep Sir William happy, I was dead set to hate this book with a vengeance! Because in my mind a woman shouldn’t change anything about herself due to the whims of a man, the feminist in me was practically screaming in protest but the more I read the book the more I saw that this wasn’t the case and I was gobsmacked!

Let me go back and explain from the start. The book is divided into three parts. The first part is before Kate met Sir William. Here she is this woman who is dubbed a shrew due to her spunk, extremely sharp tongue and inability to put up with utter nonsense which unfortunately repels people who does not understand where she is coming from. At first, I was very pro-Kate. I loved her spunk, her wit and her refusal to back down no matter what the cost and also the debates/banter she has with Sir William. I also loved her IDGAF attitude but the more the book progressed her attitude started to wear on my nerves. I don’t know how to say this but I started to realize that Kate is a very bitchy woman. Like I love the whole independent thing and the intelligence is what a woman needs thing but she doesn’t know how to apply them properly. She picks fights with everybody. She forces people to empathize with her yet she doesn’t reciprocate the gesture and when people try to help her by warning that there are a few suitors who are using deception to get closer to her sister Blanche, she completely shuts them down and refuses to listen because she thinks if she who is so intelligent can’t notice it then what do these people know. I felt that this is very selfish and condescending of her. Yes, her friend (her ONLY friend mind you) doesn’t have the book smarts that Kate has but that doesn’t mean she isn’t intelligent. So my earlier feeling of being pro-Kate slowly changed to anti-Kate and this woman was annoying me to no end. She doesn’t use her intelligence for the greater good, if she had used it properly she would get a lot more things done and honestly it wouldn’t kill her to be nice to people. She is just so nasty in some parts of the book I am not surprised why nobody likes her. I wouldn’t like a nasty and unkind person too.

So, we go to the next part where Sir William and Kate have already married and they are at his house. There the once sweet and understanding Sir William has a complete 180 degree change in personality and is nasty, mean, inconsiderate and sometimes irrational. Here, I saw that he is not trying to break her, he is just trying to change her perspective and he had to use brute force because Kate refuses to believe any sweet and kind words he says due to her insecurity that Blanche is better than her. Also, Kate keeps butting heads with Sir William and the part where she didn’t eat for days because Sir William kept changing his mind could have been prevented had she just been humble enough to ask whether she could eat. Humble not broken. There is a difference. Only through Sir William’s systematic pseudo-torture could Kate finally see the error of her ways and that instead of constantly fighting people to prove a point and subsequently acting how they thought she would act she could do the opposite and conform to societies rules yet at the same time still maintain her worth.

So, now we come to the last part and this was my favorite part because Blanche had eloped and her father was so shocked and could not believe that his favorite child defied him and yet Kate, the one who is the most rebellious and stubborn, had done exactly what he asked her to do and the win for Kate at that moment was so real and triumphant, I was there in my mind slow clapping for Kate. So, at the end Sir William proposes a game whereby Kate is the winner because the rules of the game was that whose wife follows the order of her husband to the T is a winner and Kate who knew this is a test won because she believed her husband to not do this with spite but just to show the townspeople that Kate could be nice and different if she wishes to.

What made me give this book a 5/5 was Kate’s character development. She went from this insecure, hostile woman to a woman who knows her worth regardless of what happens and also how she is finally humble enough to apologize to her only friend as to how shitty of a friend she has been. I also loved how at the end the dude who married Blanche is shocked at how cruel, unfeeling and bossy Blanche’s true personality is. I’d say serve you right for not using the intelligence that god gave you to see the truth. At the end, it was Kate who had the last laugh. she was married to Sir William who knew her. Who didn’t mind that she was intelligent or that she had a sharp tongue and is independent. He didn’t want to change her, he just wanted her to see and use said intelligence that benefits everybody.

 

*I received this book from the publishers via netgalley in return for an honest review

 

WWW Wednesday

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words and you just answer three simple questions and BA-DA-BOOM! You are done.

So the three WWW’s are:

  • What are you currently reading
  • What did you recently finish
  • What do you think you’ll read next

Currently reading:

Wow two Regency era-ish books and one contemporary but inspired by a woman who lived in the Regency era (correct me if I am wrong though).

Recently finished:

I went on a reading rampage, okay not really because the Sherlock Holmes books and Pride and Prejudice were audiobooks. With Julia Quinn’s books, that I really did went on a reading rampage. After I finished ‘Because of Miss Bridgerton‘ I immediately read ‘The Duke and I‘ and subsequently ‘The Viscount who loved me‘ (both of which I read and finished in the same day, how is my eyes still functioning is a mystery to me). Aside from ‘Ensnared‘, June proved to be a very good reading month and it isn’t over yet yeay!

Reading next:

All books by Julia Quinn especially the Bridgerton series. I will attempt to finish reading it all by the end of this week.

Review: Kill The Father by Sandrone Dazieri

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Title: Kill The Father

Author: Sandrone Dazieri

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Published: 9 May 2017

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

 

Goodreads synopsis

In this fascinatingly complex thriller, two people, each shattered by their past, team to solve a series of killings and abductions…

When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police unit assigned to the case sees an easy solution: they arrest the woman’s husband and await his confession. But the Chief of Rome’s  Major Crimes unit doubts things are so simple. Secretly, he lures to the case two of Italy’s top analytical minds: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed through the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself “The Father,” Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and hyper-observant capacities.

All evidence suggests that the Father is back and active after being dormant for decades. Indeed, he has left tell-tale signs that signal he’s looking forward to a reunion with Dante. But when Colomba and Dante begin following the ever-more-bizarre trail of clues, they grasp that what’s really going on is darker than they ever imagined.

Review

When I requested this book on Netgalley last year, I chose it because the cover was very interesting what with the black background and the read and grey colored fonts and especially with the boy dead center of the book. The cover gives a mysterious and dangerous vibe making you want to know more.

I, when I started reading the book, thought the book was going to be a typical murder mystery and while (I thought) it would be an enjoyable read like all other murder mystery that I like I did not expect the book to be a roller coaster ride where at the end my mind would be irrevocably blown. This book BLEW.MY.MIND. It was that good.

I say this because it started out like a simple straightforward murder mystery but the more you read the more you realize that there is more to the plot than meets the eye and said simple murder might not be so simple and that it is connected to something entirely different with motives devoid of any humanity.

The plot was also written in the way that every few chapters you get a different POV but you don’t know whose it is. I assumed it was the villain called the Father but then you start to wonder, is it? Like, with all the characters in this book that makes it so interesting is that you cannot trust anybody or anything at face value. Nobody is who they say they are not even people you knew for a very long time so the more you read the deeper you get sucked into this confusing yet brilliant maze.

I loved how both the lead characters are so flawed. Colomba with her PTSD and Dante with his acute claustrophobia and their flaw is not something that was swept under a rug or even miraculously cured by the end of the plot. The problems that they faced mentally truly affected them in real life and more than once hindered progress in their investigation. At the end of the book they did make some progress to tackle their inner demons but it was a nice change of pace to see these characters truly struggled with their fears and and are not completely over it. Gives a touch of realism.

But what blew my mind was not the characters not the majority of the plot. What got me was the ending of the book. It was so unexpected, so inconceivable for it to happen that it in all honesty left me shocked. If you read the book and the ending does not make you want to leap out and find the author and beg for the second book, I don’t know what will.

*I received this book from the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review.