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Six for Sunday – November 24, 2019

#SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by Steph @ A Little But a Lot.

Books I’d Throw In the Fire

Guys always talk about crazy ex-girlfriends. Well, this girl outshines them all. She is the epitome of crazy: breaking into houses, a phantom dog, and attempted (and some successful) murders. And all of this for a “talking” house. Is any house worth that much? Especially since we only “hear” two words at the very end. I think not! I found it extremely odd that this house was more important than her sister and even her husband. “House” was the only thing worth living for in Elizabeth’s eyes (and we see this by her trying to commit suicide and arson at the same time). If she couldn’t have this house, then no one can.

I think some sections of the novel were long-winded and irrelevant to the story. If more focus was put on specific battles and the love between Murphy and Dona, or a little more backstory on some of the other natives of Guatemala experiencing these horrific events, I believe this could become a truly captivating story.

I felt like the author was trying to fit too many of today’s issues in one book. It just felt pushed and I didn’t really think that most issues added anything to the story. Aurora seems unrealistic in her approach and would be in extreme trouble with the law in real life. I just didn’t find the story believable.

I think this is a more relatable read for someone still in high school or middle school. For me, I was out of touch and didn’t relate to any of the characters, but I think that mainly has to do with age (I felt a little pedophily). Had I been a bit younger, I think this would’ve been a fun read.

Looking around Goodreads and other blogger’s websites, this novel wasn’t a fan favorite. And honestly, I did like it, not love it. I thought it was even-paced and kept the reader wanting more. It was nice to see the perspectives of the three potential heirs. However, the only downfall, to me, was that I felt it predictable. But, then again, I’m always good at figuring out mysteries. I would definitely read the sequel when it comes out (I want to see if my predictions are correct)!

I was really excited for something a little darker for once, but this fell flat for me. I didn’t care for any of the protagonists and for someone who is a big fan of villains, even these didn’t seem to hit the spot. Hopefully other people enjoyed this more than I did! The premise for the next installment seems promising? Maybe? Hopefully?

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Six for Sunday – November 10, 2019

#SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by Steph @ A Little But a Lot.

Books with Blue Covers

Maia is the epitome of a strong, female character. Just like in Mulan, with no eligible male heir able to assist the emperor, Maia takes it upon herself to represent her family and restore honor to their name. In a time where women hold no power, she takes it upon herself to swallow her pride, dress like her brother, and hide her true identity from everyone else.

In a story of deceit, death, peace, and most importantly, family, The Girl the Sea Gave Back doesn’t disappoint! This novel left me wanting more and I can see so many more spin-offs that Young can grace us with (please, pretty please!).

What I loved most about this novel is the ending! There were two things that threw me off guard, although one was kind of predictable. Loves of Twilight will love this, however, it is completely different than Twilight. More like lovers of Jacob Black will love this.

Craig introduces readers to a place where ghosts roam freely, death could be the next step you take, and nothing is truly as it appears. The author does a great job of creating the creepy murder mystery atmosphere, but adds a touch of paranormal into the picture.

The Wicked King gives readers the debauchery and treachery similar to that of George R.R. Martin’s works. The character development is phenomenal. I am pleasantly surprised by this second novel not being a fluffer and actually having a plot line. The last third of the book is sure to give readers a ride and leave them wanting more.

King is one of the best authors out there and it is apparent in this work. Misery takes readers into the psychological mind of King where obsession, addiction, and overcoming adversity rules.