Love. Art. Thieves.

Hey guys I’m sorry for my lack of posts, I just needed some time to recharge and now I will definitely try to get back on track… again!

Lately I fell in love with the Heist Society series by Ally Carter. I’m not gonna write about each book separately but I will give a review for them as a whole.

Overall rating: 4/5.

You know how you always judge books by their covers? Well this is exactly why I didn’t wanna read this series but they still kinda made me curious. I mean… look at this cover:

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You just can’t be attracted to a book that looks like this. And this is just the cover for the first book, I don’t think anyone needs any more details.

So because I can give second chances and a benefit of a doubt, I started reading the first one and could not stop. I love the characters and I love how mature they are. I forget they’re like 15-16 years old! Like how can a 15 year old rob a super safe and secured museum making up a really good plan in a super short time? Most of the 15 year olds play Fortnite so that was not very realistic.

I’m trying to keep this as much spoiler-free as I can but there’s also like a huge drama happening (of course) that might endanger Kat’s dad’s life (Kat is the main character). Of course she solves everything in the end with her squad and there’s a love story starting to sparkle between her and W. W. Hale, the rich and cool one.

In the second book Kat has been conned which was really dangerous because it involves the Cleopatra emerald, she basically steals it for the wrong people and she has to get it back from them but they know any tactic they could approach so it was pretty stressful for everyone (even myself). Long story short, there’s drama between Kat and Hale and a lot of suspense and them being smarter than everybody and we don’t know what Hale’s W. W. stand for!! I love how Kat is always trying to guess them.

Anyways, moving forward, Perfect Scoundrels (book 3) was SO GOOD!!!!This time it has to do with Hale’s family and there’s drama between Hale and Kat again because of course she wants to keep him out of it?! I didn’t like that part. It’s his family and he has all the right to know what’s going on, dear. Now they also have to rob the Henley (the museum from the first book which is even more secured) and a huge bank! I like that they make it a little bit more realistic involving the Interpol and all the travelling and talking about art just adds the perfect details. It involved a lot more complications and the most suspense so far. It has plot twists and a much more developed love story and now there’s family involved too! I think it had all the things I wanted like emotions, plot twists, love story, action and cool characters.

I can’t wait for the 4th book to come out!!

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From butterflies to persons.

The trophy for one of the creepiest books I’ve ever read goes to John Fowles’s The Collector.

The author created such a perfect sociopath character it’s unbelievable. The mind of a person is such a dangerous thing. Knowing what’s right and wrong is also fundamental because it’s not easy starting to collect butterflies and end up “collecting” a woman you’re obsessed with.

He just saw her as a collectible. He didn’t want to hurt her, he just wanted to have her at his place he specially bought for them and fall in love. He liked to “dominate” her tho’…but he’s a sociopath in case you forgot. She starts to pity him and every attempt to escape makes him laugh.

The story is told from their both points of view. He tells the story at first and then we find out the rest from the diary she writes and hides.

The ending is not something expected but at the same time you should’ve expected it (if you know what I mean…if not…you’ll get it if you read it).

I really recommend it. It’s not hard to read it, the plot is really simple so it won’t be difficult to follow the story and there aren’t many characters. The author concentrated a lot on their psychological nature.

Rating: 3,5/5

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/243705.The_Collector?ac=1&from_search=true

“I’m a neat monster”.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay.

Rating: 3/5.

If you wanna watch the show, I warn you: you will have to go on a binge because one episode of Dexter is never enough.

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This first book was just like watching again the first season, with a few more details. I thought it’s awesome to be in this lovely sociopath’s mind. I always loved his character, thoughts and comebacks.

If you’re a fan of the show tho’, stick to the show. It’s better. But just for your curiosity and if you want to have more Dexter in your life, go for the book too. It has only 280 pages so you can finish it up pretty quick and continue watching the show.

“Another beautiful Miami day, mutilated corpses with a chance of afternoon showers”.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17231.Darkly_Dreaming_Dexter?ac=1&from_search=true

“How I wish you were fear”

Possibly one of the best thrillers, Stephen King’s The Shining!

Rating: 5/5 (I don’t even know if it’s necessary to mention this).

Although King hates the movie version of Kubrick, the movie is really appreciated by a lot of people but anyways, we’re not here to talk about the movie (but you should watch it if you haven’t until now).

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King is funny and laid back and you can feel that through his writing. There’s a relaxed way of relating stories that immediately induces the reader in the same state. That’s pretty much how I was like when I started reading the book (too bad I read it after I’ve seen the movie a few times).

He creates suspsense without the need of some ghosts and different creepy creatures. He just has a Grudge (evil presence tied to a location) and the enemy of it is the kid that has “the shining” and apparently he is not the only one.

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The thing that makes Jack such an evil man is not the hotel’s Grudge. He’s been a bad person even before that if you will pay attention to why he’s been fired from his job and the time when he wanted to hit Wendy and Danny but had to drive around so he can calm down. After the hotel experience and being controlled by that presence, nothing is the same anymore. And if you thought that it ends there at the hotel, there’s also a sequel that I’m gonna write about.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11588.The_Shining?ac=1&from_search=true

Truth or dare…without dare.

Nerve is INSANE. I just watched it at the cinema and I loved it.

Rating: 5/5 stars

When I read the book I stayed up until I finished it because it’s that kind of book that you can’t put down. Everything was so intense and through the end I thought my heart was going to escape my chest.

I can say I missed reading a book that makes me  feel the suspense and how intense it is…and I started reading it after I watched the movie trailer so I was like “shit, this could be a book made for me”.

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The thing that keeps you going is the level of difficulty of the dares the Players get. They start with easy ones with an average payment like a few hundred dollars and they go on until they reach thousands and thousands. Now how could’ve I put it down when I was so eager to find out what could the next dare be and how extreme this whole thing could get?

And trust me, it’s getting out of control.

The movie has a great cast tho’…I mean…Dave Franco would fit any movie anyways and you can’t really go wrong with Emma Roberts so this whole thing turned out to be perfect. I wish there would be a sequel.

I started wondering how it would be like if such a thing would happen in real life…if they collect all of my data from the web and form dares for me. It’s awesome that Jeanne Ryan involved all these social networks we use daily in a fiction world. Somehow it brought out how vulnerable we all are in front of the men that make the rules in this society.

I can tell you for sure, Nerve is one crazy ride.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13088498-nerve?ac=1&from_search=true