Review: I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

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Title: I Am Watching You

Author: Teresa Driscoll

Published: 1st October 2017

Source: Library

Rating: 2/5

Goodreads summary

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.

A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her life.

Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night—and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.

Someone knows where Anna is—and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.

Review

It’s no wonder that my reading slump is just getting prolonged. I have been reading sub-par books after sub-par books that just slowly eat away at my enthusiasm and passion for reading as this year comes to an end.

As you guessed it, this book is also a sub-par book for me. The premise seemed interesting but what hooked me in was the cover, it’s so in your face and just reels your attention it that I decided to give this book a go and soon after regretted it.

The first problem for me was that the book had far too many POV’s. Far too many. You have ‘The Witness’ (Ella Longfield), ‘The Friend’ (Sarah bestfriend of Anna Ballard), ‘The Father’ (Anna’s dad), ‘The Private Investigator’ and ‘The Watcher’ (I can’t really remember the title given in the book) and because there were so many perspectives that you don’t have enough time to connect with them all which disables my feelings to empathize with what they’re going through making me not caring as to what is happening in their lives.

Also, it is annoying how there are a lot of POV’s yet they are almost indistinguishable from each other. They are all slow and dreary and utterly boring and what’s worse, repetitive. Each chapter always has a cliffhanger of what a character is hiding and it is repeated again and again and again yet the author prolongs the reveal that by the time it is actually revealed you are far too annoyed to even care.

Another point that annoyed me about this book is the pacing and the reveal of the antagonist. The pacing of this book is so slow which I am assuming supposed to be a slow burn or something yet towards the end suddenly the pacing went from a 2 to a 10 immediately that the reveal of the antagonist feels extremely rushed and not explained properly. What their motives were, why they had done so and so.

Plus, the reveal of the antagonist came completely out of nowhere that it is just mind boggling and leaves you confused as to how did the author even get this antagonist anyway? There were no clues, no nothing and suddenly I am expected to believe that this is the true antagonist and the reason for their motive was obsession? Where tell me where did it show?

Long story short this book was a dud and I am disappointed.

Review: Lethal White by Robert Gailbraith (Part 2)

This is a rant review.

It will be long.

It will be full of spoilers.

It will be filled to the brim with my feelings of angst and anger….

Read at your own risk… If you get butt-hurt by this rant honestly I did warn you…

I was so mother-friggin excited when this book came out okay bitches. I read all the other three books, I bought them too so when I knew Lethal White was out I was off the charts excited. OFF THE DAMN CHARTS YA FEEL?!

So, I got the book and I start reading thinking that maybe just maybe Robin will get her head out of her ass and divorce that son of a bitch Matthew. I mean fucks sake she got attacked, she even took a break from him man and what do I read in this book? I read that not only did she say yes to the bastard but she actually stayed married to him! WTF?!!!

This is not the worst part alright. The reason why I complained on the length of the book in part 1 of my review is because I had to sit down and just read to Robin complain incessantly… and I MEAN INCESSANTLY ABOUT HER GOD DAMNED MARRIAGE TO MATTHEW. FUCKS SAKE WOMAN. YOU’RE THE ONE WHO WANTED TO FUCKING STAY AND SO CALL “MAKE IT FUCKING WORK”.

It is bad enough I have to read to dull, boring, mind numbing complaints of Robin about her marriage I then had to read about Strike complain about his feelings towards Robin and her marriage to Matthew too!!!!! I want to read about murder, about mystery, about detective-ism. Not some complaining crap that goes on well for three fucking chapters of the damn book. Like if it was slotted in the plot here and there, it’s fine, whatever you know but this is not here and there and I am supposed to believe that Robin is intelligent when she absolutely refuses to see that Matthew is an ill fit for her not only as a husband but also a companion?

Like, she doesn’t even need to have a romantic partner you know. Why can’t the plot involving Robin be that she gets divorced and has to navigate the single life WITHOUT any romantic entanglements from Strike. Eventually yes maybe they can be together or maybe not. Like I said in Part 1, can’t their relationship be love but not being in love like Sherlock and Watson from Elementary. Must they pine for each other. WHY???! Why can’t men and women just be friends without romantic feelings be involved? I just don’t fucking get it.

And the whole reason Robin didn’t leave Matthew because they both thought he was on death’s door and she was guilt-tripped to say, I say that’s a load of bullshit! UGH! I was really rooting for Robin too man, I wanted her to grow… and mature… and something. I mean she only realizes and takes action against Matthew when she finds out he cheated on her. Like OMG. Can you not. It just makes her whole supposed growth towards independence feel so shallow and lackluster.  It undercuts her making the decision to leave him her own decision ya know. Instead the decision was made for her because how could she stay anymore with Matthew.

And the whole sexual tension between Strike and Robin just stresses me out. It feels so childish. You were the one who didn’t want to pursue anything with Strike Robin, so don’t blame the man if he wanted to have a fling or have sex with whomever he wants. You have no right to be jealous nor treat him unfairly because you’re a married woman and he is a single man. So fuck off Robin. Just fuck off.

Oh god the plot. The plot in this book was so fucking bloody weak. I am supposed to care about the insane stories from a schizophrenic guy all because Strike says his story is too detailed to not be true. Fuck no J. K. Rowling. If I have to read all 590 pages of this book I need a stronger plot than what you just gave me which was so full of fillers, I can’t even come close to imagine you’re the same writer for Harry Potter.

I don’t know what she was trying to achieve with the plot, first it was weak and second there were so many diversions to sub-plots that not only didn’t pan out but they were boring. I was bored reading this book and the ending and the reveal at the end was so what the fuck you’re just like how the hell did it even happen?

I liked the first book a lot because I felt like I too was putting the clues and puzzles together to solve the problem/mystery. It was fun. It made me as a reader feel involved but this book was so confusing, half the clues weren’t even shown to us and suddenly I am made to believe that the killer to that minister is his son Rafael who had daddy issues. I mean the ending could’ve been better had the fillers or sub-plots focused more on the why Rafael killed his father. Like I get his dad wasn’t kind to him and shit but I feel disconnected to his character. Had the author wrote more about Rafael’s backstory, shown him as an empathetic character that due to his upbringing did what he did he could’ve been a great villain but nooooooo I had to read pages upon fucking pages of Robin and Strike pining over each other. God just claw my eyes out already.

This book felt so tedious and boring to read. I can’t bring myself to be excited to read the next installment because I was ambivalent on the third book and now the fourth is a complete disaster for me. So yeah.

Sorry this post took forever, I was busy and sorry if my ramblings are all over the place. My emotions are all over the place too.

Review: Not The Duke’s Darling by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Title: Not The Duke’s Darling

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Forever

Published: 18 December 2018

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Summary

Freya de Moray is many things: a member of the secret order of Wise Women, the daughter of disgraced nobility, and a chaperone living under an assumed name. What she is not is forgiving. So when the Duke of Harlowe–the man who destroyed her brother and led to the downfall of her family–appears at the country house party she’s attending, she does what any Wise Woman would do: she starts planning her revenge.

Christopher Renshaw, the Duke of Harlowe, is being blackmailed. Intent on keeping his secrets safe, he agrees to attend a house party where he will put an end to this coercion once and for all. Until he recognizes Freya, masquerading amongst the party revelers, and realizes his troubles have just begun. Freya knows all about his sins. Sins he’d much rather forget. But she’s also fiery, bold, and sensuous-a temptation he can’t resist. When it becomes clear Freya is in grave danger, he’ll risk everything to keep her safe. But first, Harlowe will have to earn Freya’s trust-by whatever means necessary.

Review

This book left me shook and not in a good way….

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If you have been following my blog for awhile you may by now know that I just LOVE Elizabeth Hoyt with a burning passion! I have read three of her books (thank you Netgalley) and all of them has a rating no lower than a 4.

Don’t believe me.. here is a list of the books I read by her.

So, I had full expectations to love this book too and imagine my utter shock and disbelief that I did not like nor enjoy this book. How? How even? How did this happen? Did I read it wrong? This shouldn’t be happening… I legit had an identity crisis when I realized this book was just not doing it for me. I mean how? HOW.COULD.THIS.EVEN.HAPPEN???????

The main reason why I didn’t like the book was because the heroine was so unlikable for me. I felt that she was just so full of herself and I just wanted her to get off her high horse and get back down to Earth. Why I felt this way I myself am unsure.

The heroine, Freya de Moray, is the Macha in the secret society called the Wise Woman whereby the post essentially makes her a spy for them. At first, I was really into it because strong female characters are what I live for but the more I read the more I saw that nothing happened. At least no spying happened. Like at all. Elizabeth didn’t show us Freya’s past achievements or whatever for her to attain such a posting. She didn’t show how competent Freya was in being a Macha. I wanted to see and read and live and go through what Freya did in her espionage business but all I got was redundancy which I will explain below.

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The redundancy came in the interaction between Christopher and Freya. They keep playing tug of war with their feelings for each other and after awhile the interaction just bored me out of my mind. They keep going over the same argument of her unable to forgive him for what he did in the past and her fear of losing her independence by being committed to him. These fears are legitimate but how it was written honestly was so tedious to read.

SPOILER CENTRAL!!!

Now to the plot. The plot for me had too many things going on which distracted me from the main plot which was the Wise Woman plot and obviously the romance between Christopher and Freya. I mean you have the sub-plot of having Christopher being blackmailed, the Wise Woman vs the Dunkelders (attempted murder sub-plot), Wise Woman vs parliament (some act that allows witch hunting), mysterious death of the wife of the next door neighbor and what not. For me it felt like so many things are happening at once and you would expect a lot of action but there was just a lot of talk… so much talking.

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Indeed do tell me why I am not enjoying this book

Last but not least was the Wise Woman itself. Again, it felt like all talk no action with them. Maybe because it is just the first book that I felt like I had no idea who these people were and how they worked. It wasn’t fleshed out as much as I had hoped for.

The book for me wanted to be so many things at once yet were none of them at the same time. I am unsure had I read this at a later date I would have enjoyed it more, I don’t know. This book just wasn’t for me. Would I recommend it yeah definitely, Elizabeth is still a talented writer and would I read more books from this series? Absolutely! I need to know that this was just a fluke and will not be a usual occurrence.

But all hope is not lost. I did like one part of the book very very much and that was when Freya proposed to Christopher AFTER she had initially turned him down. I also liked how Christopher gave her space when she needed it to make up her mind about him. I thought that was nice.

*The book was given to me by the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review

Review: The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo

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Title: The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo

Author: Kerrigan Byrne

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Published: 28 August 2018

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Summary

The bravest of heroes. The brashest of rebels. The boldest of lovers. These are the men who risk their hearts and their souls—for the passionate women who dare to love them…

He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who finds him. Who nurses him back to health. And who calms the restless demons in his soul…

A LEGENDARY LOVE

Lorelei will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who’s been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?

Review

I have been busy with work and chatting up this guy from work although on this front it seems more like I am cornering myself into the dreaded friendzone which is such a shame because I would like to do the Devil’s tango with him if you get my drift so anyways back to the point, the point is that I just have been living life too much to be bothered to even read anything but when I received an email from a publisher asking me if I was interested in reading the next book from Kerrigan Byrne I was like…

“BITCH! You ain’t even gonna ask! It’s always YES to Kerrigan!”

Because girl, the last two books I read by her was just so bomb! I waited months to get the next book so as you can see my expectations are pretty high… pretttyyyy high so when I read it I was just so so confused by how disappointed I was.

The writing for this book felt so sub-par for me and the plot itself was flimsy AT BEST. Don’t even get me started on the atrocious dialogue present in this book. It

The first half of the book was great and I enjoyed the puppy love between Lorelai and Ash as it was so cute and innocent but towards the latter end of the book, the plot was borderline on non-existent and the dialogue/conversation happening between the two main characters were so repetitive and had no meaning nor resolution in sight.

Also, there were a lot of plot points in the book that in my opinion was written purely just for plot progression because honestly said plot point had no bearing whatsoever on the overall plot of the book one wonders why did the author even include it in the first place? One example for this is when Lorelai for some God damned reason fainted in a make out sesh with Ash and miraculously she never fainted again after that even though it was said that she does this FREQUENTLY as a way her body handles stress.

Another thing that annoyed me was how the author doesn’t show what happened to any of the characters and instead just tells us what happened as if that will satisfy our curiosity. By doing so, the author strips the readers empathy for the characters because I swear to God I could not give a shit about the characters whatsoever. I mean I can’t relate to Lorelai and her being a victim of abuse neither can I understand why Ash is so God damned pissed all the God damned time. Like bro, take a chill pill man. Jesus.

I think I was highly disappointed by the book because I waited months for it. MONTHS! Her other books were that good that I waited MONTHS! Will I continue to support the author, yeah definitely one disappointing book might just be a fluke because she is definitely talented.

* Book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review

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I was supposed to upload this review on the 21st but my internet was down and I had to go for TBOSIET training and completely forgot so here it is hahahaha.

Top Ten Tuesdays – Books I Hated But Am Really Glad I Read

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is “Books I Hated But Am Really Glad I Read It”

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I really hate this book at how cheesy it is, how Bella is such a Mary Sue, how Bella isn’t emotionally strong, how she is so dependent on Edward. It aggravates me that he is her whole world that she is nothing without him, it pisses me off because I feel that a woman doesn’t need a man to have worth and thus why I am also glad that I read this book because it serves as a marker of my own maturity and a reflection of what I don’t want a woman to be which is helpless without a man. I mean honestly you don’t see Joan of Arc withering away because of her obsessive love over a man.

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If I can survive reading all three of this dumpster fire, I can read anything

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Book makes me question if pharmaceutical companies ever do illegal human testing. Still hated how it lies saying the hero is a woman.

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Discovered a new bookish pet peeve due to said book