Book Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

Book: You by Caroline Kepnes – published by Simon & Schuster, hardcover edition, 422 pages.

Synopsis: When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

Let’s judge a book by it’s cover: I think the look they’re going for with this cover is “blood soaked obsessive love letter”, which I get and I dig. I like that the cover is kind of ambiguous as it helped me go into this book blind and I had no idea what to expect. This is the kind of book where that element of mystery really works.

My thoughts: This book was outstanding, and I would probably rate it as my favourite book of the year (so far). I had very little expectations going into this book which I think helped me to love it so much, so I’ll try not to hype it too much in this review. I loved this book for a few reasons, the number one reason being the main character Joe. He is extremely unique and fascinating, and I hated him but loved him at the same time. I don’t think I’ve ever read a character like Joe, I loved every second I had inside his twisted mind. The book is written from Joe’s perspective, and the stream of consciousness style is definitely not for everyone but I enjoyed it and I found the whole thing flowed really easily for me. I could not put this book down, and spent a long afternoon reading the majority of it. I was excited to see the sequel ‘Hidden Bodies’ is on it’s way, and will be out early next year. I cant wait.

Rating: 10/10

Would be a good read for: Anyone looking for a supremely dark and twisted thriller, and those who are not afraid to side with the bad guy…

Book Review: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

Book: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams – published by Berkley, paperback edition, 432 pages.

Synopsis: Memorial Day, 1938. Lily Dane has returned to Seaview, Rhode Island, where her family has summered for generations. It’s an escape not only from New York’s social scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Here, among the seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer.

But this summer is different. Budgie and Nick Greenwald—Lily’s former best friend and former fiancé—have arrived, too, and Seaview’s elite are abuzz. Under Budgie’s glamorous influence, Lily is seduced into a complicated web of renewed friendship and dangerous longing.

As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever…

Let’s judge a book by it’s cover: I really love this cover, it reminds me of a really old Sweet Valley High book that I read when I was younger and remember staring at because I thought it looked so lovely. I am obsessed with the styling of the ladies on this cover. Stunning.

My thoughts: I adored this book. The setting, the cast of characters, the love story, the drama. I found the romance that played out across the arc of the story to be completely believable, and there were a few twists and turns along the way that kept things exciting. It was the perfect book to curl up on the couch with on a particularly lazy day of my holidays. I actually ended up reading this whole book in one day, which says quite a lot as it’s over 400 pages long.

Rating: 8/10

Would be a good read for: Those looking for a captivating holiday read, something set at the beach with a healthy dose of romance and some drama on the side.

Book Review: A Time To Run by J.M. Peace

Book: A Time To Run by J.M. Peace – published by Pan Macmillan Australia, paperback edition, 240 pages.

Synopsis: The hunt is on.

A GRUESOME GAME. A madman is kidnapping women to hunt them for sport.

A FRANTIC SEARCH. Detective Janine Postlewaite leads the investigation into the disappearance of Samantha Willis, determined not to let another innocent die on her watch.

A SHOCKING TWIST. The killer’s newest prey isn’t like the others. Sammi is a cop. And she refuses to be his victim.

A RUN FOR YOUR LIFE. A stunning, tautly written thriller from police officer turned writer, J.M. Peace.

Let’s judge a book by it’s cover: This cover ties in with the story perfectly. An innocent glance at this cover makes you think of a young woman going for a peaceful run in the bush, but once you know the true intent behind the run it becomes extremely sinister.

My thoughts: I didn’t realise this book was set in Australia until I picked it up which was a pleasant surprise for me, and it was surprisingly refreshing to read a book that used Australian language. Although having said that, the book being set in Australia made the creepy factor all too real at times. I love a good police procedural, and what I liked about this was the healthy balance between Samantha and Janice’s parallel stories as they both played out. I also love a strong female protagonist and as you can imagine with both main characters being police officers, this book did not disappoint. J.M. Peace is an ex-police officer, which I helped put a unique spin on the story, and the details of the police work felt very true to life. I powered through this book pretty quickly, it was definitely thrilling and even brought a tear to my eye a few times.

Rating: 7/10

Would be a good read for: Fans of a good police procedural, and those who enjoy a book driven by strong female characters.

Book Review: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Book: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – published by Walker Books Ltd, paperback, 352 pages.

Synopsis: Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions…

Let’s judge a book by it’s cover: I think this is a really awesome book cover, it’s intriguing and it really ties in with the story within the book. I find sometimes ‘paranormal’ YA book covers can lean towards the cheesy, but one this is really unique and cool (much like the book itself). I love the colours, and the fonts… just everything about it really.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book, it was a lot of fun and it dealt with a lot of serious issues in a realistic way. I felt it had a truly unique spin on the old ‘paranormal events happening in a small town’ story, and I loved the range and diversity shown within the group of main characters. I enjoyed the glimpses we were shown of the ‘paranormal’ parallel story at the beginning of each chapter, and had a giggle at a few of the indie names that were used for the kids that were off involved in the paranormal elements and not the core story of the book.

Rating: 6/10

Would be a good read for: Fans of paranormal YA in general, and also those who are after a book with a bit of a twist on the tried and true formula.

November TBR

Well, I managed four out of eight books last month, which isn’t too bad. Unfortunately I’m going to have to park the idea of a book club for a little while, life is just too crazy for me to be able to keep on top of that. Sorry for anyone who was interested in participating, but hopefully next year I’ll be able to include something like that in the blog content. Here’s what I’m hoping to read in November: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, Abandon by Blake Crouch, The Killing Lessons by Saul Black, Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas, Sanctuary Bay by Laura J Burns & Melinda Metz, The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, and The Good Girls by Sara Shepard.