March releases I’m excited about

I’m starting a new series of posts where I will let you know every month’s book releases that I am excited about (you will probably find a lot of YA and Crime/Mystery books so if you love these genres, these posts might be for you).
March 6th: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer.
Genre: Contemporary YA Romance.

“When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected.”
The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

Genre: Mystery/ Crime/ Thriller

“A young schoolteacher falls for a man on Death Row whom she believes is falsely accused, only to begin wondering after their marriage – and his release.”
March 13th: Sometimes I lie by Alice Feeney

Genre: Thriller/ Mystery/ Psychological Thriller

“My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amy Kaufman/ Jay Kristoff.

Genre: YA Science Fiction

“From bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes the exciting finale in the trilogy that broke the mold and has been called “stylistically mesmerizing” and ‘out-of-this-world-awesome.'”
March 20th: The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

Genre: YA Fantasy/ Magical Realism

“Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a stunning and heartbreaking novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.”

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Thriller/ Crime/ Mystery Recommendations

JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, I don’t read only romance and YA. I also read detective novels, crime, thrillers and mystery and I’m gonna recommend you some of my favorites. Only 5 and 4 star ratings!

  1. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Nothing you have ever read prepared you for what you’re about to go through. It has time travel, a very smart plot and I don’t think that any writer could have written this tangled book but still make the reader understand what is going on. GO READ IT NOW!
  2. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. There are no mystery/ crime book lists without at least one Agatha Christie book so I thought of skipping the most popular And Then There Were None and recommend you Murder at the Vicarage. This one has been one of my first Agatha Christie books and it just made me realize how awesome Agatha was. Also, it was my first encounter with Miss Marple and she is totally one of my favorite book characters of all time!
  3. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. This is the book that will begin the Robert Langdon series, a must-read in my opinion. Angels & Demons so far has been the best book in this series (although I haven’t read The Lost Symbol and Origin yet). It’s a really good start and a pretty interesting concept behind it.
  4. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Should I even mention the Hannibal Lecter series?? It’s sooo good! Hannibal is one of my favorite villains ever. So smart and insane and unpredictable! If you like smart psychos, this one will be for you.
  5. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. I had to involve a non-fiction book in this list and In Cold Blood is the best option for me. I didn’t really know at first that this was based on a true story, I only found out by the end of it so you can imagine my shock! It’s moving, crazy and I can assure you that you won’t find any true crime book like this one. I actually searched for pictures of the family and the murder scene on crimearchives.net, don’t judge me. I had to see the real persons and that changed my perspective because I imagined them differently. I recommend you to search for them too! It’s a really interesting feeling that it gives you right after you finish it.
  6. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. If I added Miss Marple to this list, I have to add Hercule Poirot as well! You can’t have one without the other. I’m aware that this book got more popular since the movie came out and I kinda feel more attached to it after watching the movie, because the movie was perfect! The cinematography and the cast was sooo on point! And now back to the book, Hercule Poirot never ceases to impress and I barely put this book down. If you want a dash of andrenaline, go ahead and start reading this one.
  7. The Collector by John Fowles. This one’s that kind of book that gives you goosebumps. Frederick (the main character) is so sick minded, you can’t even comprehend it. Totally one of the creepiest books out there!
  8. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith ( J K Rowling). I’ve posted the review for this one already but come on I have to mention again that you have to give it a try! Cormoran is one of the coolest detectives and Robin and him make one of the best combos in the literature I have read so far!
  9. Psycho by Robert Bloch. Ah, good ole’ Norman Bates. Cool in Hitchcock’s movie and he is just as cool in the book. Again, one of my favorite villains. After watching the movie I’ve read the book but Bloch’s writing is so good that I felt like I didn’t even know what the story is about and I can say that I was amazed again by the plot twist. You don’t find this happening with any book that inspires movies.
  10. The Green Mile by Stephen King. Ain’t no thriller without the King. This one might be one of my favorite books written by him because I did not find this much emotion in any of his other books that I have read. I was NOT ready for it. It’s really worth it!

I hope I helped some of you find something to read. I really enjoyed all of these so I hope you will enjoy them too!

Has any of you already read one of these? Which one? What is your opinion?

Strike and Robin to the rescue!

Did somebody mention J K Rowling? Did somebody say she wrote a crime detective series under a pseudonym?

Yes, all of that is true and we’re talking about Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith *wink*.

Rating: 4/5.

This just became one of my favorite things that happened in the bookish world. I had this book “tucked” somewhere on my kindle completely forgetting anything about it. After a little research on Goodreads, I’ve seen that it’s been written by J K Rowling, so of course, I had some expectations.

First of all, Cormoran Strike has a cool name. It just gives you that mysterious vibe of a detective and I could not write this review without mentioning that I love his name, okay? At first he seemed to me like being clumsy and not that smart. Through all the events in his life he was able to stand up and do his job, not letting his private life interfere with his business. He knew what he had to do and he did not hesitate. I felt like to the world he just looked cool like he got his life together, but nobody expected him to live in his office, wearing a prosthetic leg after he lost his leg in Afghanistan, and all the pain he had to endure and the lack of money.

Second of all, his secretary couldn’t be better, for him and for the whole plot. She’s hard working, smart, intriguing and man she has some guts! I loved her! And when you see them on the scene together they’re the definition of a power couple. I hope they will end up together, I don’t care how and when but I need to know that they are together… some time… in the future.

What I didn’t like about this was the length of the book. It could’ve been a great book even if it would have been shorter but at the same time I liked the fact that it was pretty long because I got to attach myself to the characters and it was easier to make the difference between them and all the twists and turns (which many times is hard to keep up with).

It was interesting to see how everything connected in the end, that’s the best part of these books. I feel some kind of a relief every time the plot is untangled.

I recommend it if you’re a fan of detectives and mystery.

 

 

Monthly winner.

The winner of december is….

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I just love Michael Scott with all my heart

BORN A CRIME BY TREVOR NOAH!!

I haven’t read a lot of books in december but even if I did, I don’t think I would pick a better one than Trevor’s biography.
I promise you will fall in love with it. You don’t even have to know him or be a huge fan (I know I wasn’t… I didn’t even know who he is) but that book is one of my favorite nonfiction books.

Totally recommend. To read my review, click on the title of the book.

One of the worst.

Wasp Factory.
Ew. I’m writing this review just because I avoid writing reviews about the books that I hate but you gotta do it sometimes, you know…
Don’t touch this one, don’t look at it, don’t smell the pages, don’t even consider it. That’s how weird it is. And gross.

Rating: 1/5.

I know I ask this a lot but WHAT WAS WRONG WITH IAIN BANKS??

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I just finished it cause I was bored and actually I was going through a time when I actually gave second chances and thought I could find the beauty in it. I didn’t. Thank God it was pretty short cause otherwise I would’ve abandoned it.

If you don’t have the stomach for animal torture and heavy stuff like murdering children, then you really shouldn’t read it (pretty much you shouldn’t read it if you’re a normal person I guess). It was difficult to read and I’ve read some weird creepy things but this is just disgusting. 16 year old murderer going through a phase and if by going through a phase means you murder your relatives, no thanks.

I don’t think I have to mention that I don’t recommend it to anyone. EVER. EVER EVER. EVER EVER EVER.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/567678.The_Wasp_Factory?ac=1&from_search=true

Miss Marple strikes again

A Murder is Announced.

I love me some Agatha Christie from time to time, she’s always been special and always will be. You can recognize her out of 1000. This wasn’t my favorite nor a book that I would read again but it was an Agatha Christie book so that gives it value.

Rating: 2/5.

If I would have to choose between miss Marple and Poirot, I would go with the lovely lady Marple. She’s unique and her understanding of human character does a great
job when finding the murderer.
Agatha always knows how to play with the reader. I think everyone that reads a “whodunit” type of book tries to guess who the murderer is or sometimes even who the victim actually is and you just can’t guess it. After a while when you learn that you know nothing you just give up and go with the flow. You can’t win. The same goes for
this book, of course.

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I didn’t really like it a lot but I have a second reading goal (besides the first one which is to read all the Stephen King books), and that is to read all the Agatha Christie books so eventually I had to read this one too. It seemed interesting at the beginning, something I haven’t seen before. A murder was actually announced in the papers. Let’s face it, you don’t see that a lot in crime books. So that’s something that caught me and pushed me into reading it but the thing that didn’t let me enjoy it so much is all the dizzying twists and turns and rabbits out of the hat and too much talking that just didn’t let me make sense of them anymore probably because I’ve read better like And Then There Were None or Murder on the Orient Express, now those are favorites.

This one was just something to read because I was in the mood for a classic so I ran to Agatha cause I also want to complete my goal duh (tho I have a long long way to run).

I don’t really recommend this one, if you can read something else from her go for it but who knows, maybe you’ll like it. I’ve seen many people rating it a 5/5, it
depends on each and everyone’s taste.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16298.A_Murder_Is_Announced?ac=1&from_search=true

Murderous breakfast club

I was casually scrolling on Goodreads through my “asap” bookshelf and I saw this book that seemed interesting and I completely forgot why it was there in the first place. Turns out it got me at the first 3 words of the description which were “The breakfast club”. Apparently it’s a combination between the breakfast club and pretty little liars. I never watched PLL but I know it’s popular… does that count? So anyways I thought that if it has common elements with The breakfast club it should be good. And man it was awesome.

One of Us is Lying by Karen K. McManus.

rating: 4/5.

The story is pretty messed up and confusing at times but I really liked it. I can actually say it was addicting. The idea of the detention, again we have a few teenagers that weren’t even friends but they end up sticking together when there’s a tragic event (one of them died right in front of them). You can’t escape the love story, of course, between the rebel and the sweetheart which is pretty cool. Better than I expected actually.

One thing that I appreciated and I have to mention is that even though it’s a YA book, at times it really doesn’t feel like it. It seems to be a legit thriller/crime book that happens to involve teenagers. They’re all mature and know how to deal with the accusations and the drama revolving around them and that just makes me think of all the things I wouldn’t be able to do because social anxiety and fear of phone calls heh.
Anyways, a good idea would be to squeeze a TV show out of this. I think it would be really cool. It is complex enough and it wouldn’t even need a lot of seasons. Even
a single one but good would be enough to include the whole plot in it.
I can tell you that you won’t regret reading it if you’re into this kind of stuff (or if you liked The Breakfast Club which everybody does).

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32571395-one-of-us-is-lying?ac=1&from_search=true

🎈You’ll float too🎈

Alright I guess I don’t need any special introduction for this after you’ve read the title since it’s been everywhere and suddenly everyone wants It. I’m looking at you, weird psychotic clown lovers.

Rating: 5/5.

If you’re in the mood for a long good read, try It. Hehe. No, seriously, I’ve read a long Stephen King book before (like 800 pages) and it was really good (11/22/63). This time, I really wanted to skip the movie and read the book before I actually watch it tho I was pretty scared to watch it so I wait for it to come on DVD.

Stephen King’s It is over 1000 pages long and every page is awesome. I recommended it to every friend I talked to about it.

I find horror a difficult genre. If I would have to write a horror book I don’t know if I could do it. It’s hard to write something to actually creep out the reader but I can vote this one as the first book that gave me the creeps. I was literally mouthing “man that’s creepy” when reading a few scenes so get ready for some crazy stuff. I question King’s sanity.

BUT THE KIDS MAN! THOSE KIDS ARE THE COOLEST KIDS IN LITERATURE. I loved them as a group and individually too but when they were together they just made me think of the gang in Stranger Things. I’m glad Finn Wolfhard actually plays in both of them. He fits perfectly.

I loved the turtle idea that protects them and I loved their ambition to get rid of Pennywise once and for all.

I really hope the movie is good because the one from the ’90s was extremely lame and I don’t wanna think about it again.

Anyways, if you think about reading it, I can only say YYYEEESSSSS. 100% recommended.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/644173.It

Frankenstein is THE DOCTOR!

For halloween I saved a place for a creepy book that would suit this holiday and I decided to go for  Frankenstein. I couldn’t be more dissapointed, I’m serious. I ruined my halloween reading joy.

Rating: doesn’t even deserve a 1 but I will give it 1/5.

If there is someone out there considering this book a masterpiece and an awesome classic, please convince me or just let me know what makes you think that.

I know I’m not a fan of classics or whatever but some of them are really good. I wanted to be freaked out by a story written in that classic old style. Something like Poe. But I just forced myself to finish it just because I wanted to give it a bad rating so people that are like me can find out some bad reviews too, not only the good words about it.

Besides the fact that the descriptions were awful, a paragraph written only about how the wind blows and how Frankenstein feels it, the story isn’t scary, man. It doesn’t have a drop of darkness in it that you can call “creepy”. Some crimes commited by the monster are not enough to make this book a horror one. Look at Stephen King, if he would’ve written it some crazy stuff would’ve happened. Not just deaths of people Frankenstein knew.

I appreciate Mary’s ambition to write a creepy book at 18 years old but this was so bad and awfully boring, I don’t even have words. It took me 5 days to finish it and it doesn’t even have 200 pages.

If you haven’t read it yet, you can go for it but embrace yourself for major boredom.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18490.Frankenstein?ac=1&from_search=true

10 bucks per life

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote.

Rating: 4/5 stars.

This is not your typical crime book. It will rip your soul out and leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth.

Capote manages to cover everything with details(too many details in some parts), he just doesn’t tell the crime story quick…he lets you have some time to evolve feelings and get into it…and that’s exactly what happened to me: I felt empathy towards Perry. And that’s something I didn’t really want because I knew he’s gonna get what he deserves. He is the one that stands out because of his unusual behavior, accepting the responsibility of murdering all the 4 members of the Clutter family…or his apologize before he was hanged…and all his explanations actually kinda makes you feel like he deserves to be free.Their gain after the murders? 40 dollars and a death penalty.

The thing that shocked me was finding out at the end that this has been a real story, not a fictive one…left me in some kind of a shock…so I searched some pictures of the Clutter family (thanks crimearchives.net). I decided on uploading only the picture of the family and the murderers. If you’re interested into seeing the crime scene and other evidences I’ll leave the link under the pictures.

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Richard (left), Perry (right)
Portraits of Family Found Murdered
Herb and Bonnie Clutter, Nancy (16) and Kenyon (15).

http://www.crimearchives.net/1959_clutter/html/images.html

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/168642.In_Cold_Blood?ac=1&from_search=true