A Lovely Gem

The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

Suspense, drama, fiction, secrets, death

Rating 9/10

In a town full of people who unknowingly have history together, remember the death of this girl, Janie, Rachel’s daughter who was murdered. The murderer got away and there was no evidence or so what Rachel thought. Rachel had found a tape possibly showing Janie’s murderer. Cecilia has a happy marriage and three daughters with a man whom she loves very dearly. While cleaning, she comes across a letter her husband had written ‘in case’ he had died. Out of curiosity, she read the letter to find out her husband, Jean Paul, had murdered Janie. Tess finds out her husband is in love with her best friend, leaves with her child to her mothers for a while. During the two weeks, Tess thought that her husband was sleeping with her best friend but, he was just feeling the middle-aged blues and because of her assumption, she slept with an ex-boyfriend. Rachel find injustice and decided to act, who she thought the murderer of her baby girl, wasn’t him? In this misconception, Rachel accidentally injures Cecilia’s child in the process of gaining revenge. In the end, secrets can become a ticking time bomb and injure innocents in the process.

I had loved this compelling story and glad to have read this book. It is a bit sad but there is a somewhat happy ending. However, it was left on a cliff hanger and those aggravate me. I enjoyed the layered storytelling to bring the story full circle and complete.

Moriarty , Liane. The Husband’s Secret. Penguin Random House , 2013.

Worst Book Ever

Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

Time travel, fiction, repetitive, science fiction, war, aliens

Rating -10/10

Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five is about this Billy Pilgrim time traveling through decades and through wars. Then he is abducted by aliens as well as travels through space. He becomes traumatized by seeing deaths and goes insane. There is a lot of going back and forth, the past and present.

This is what I could only remember from reading this god-awful book in high school. I absolutely hate this book. It is confusing, repetitive, and depressing to read. Not sorry to give it an extreme negative review. I’d rather read Stephanie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn than this.

Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. Slaughterhouse Five: Kurt Vonnegut. Perma-Bound, 1989.

This Book Is Controversial?

Gone with The Wind – Margret Mitchell

Historical fiction, civil war, romance, action, adventure

Rating 10/10

In this historical fiction tale, “Gone with The Wind” by Margret Mitchell, tells a wind blowing story of how the old south was forever changed in the Civil War. Instead of hearing from the victor’s side, this novel tells a story of how a lifestyle was forever changed through eyes of southerners or as they call themselves, the Confederates. A large focus on the main protagonist, Scarlett O’Hara, goes through trials and tribulations. How to survive and thrive in a fast-changing world. Scarlett does what ever it takes to survive in this environment. Even as far as marrying a man who she does not love to stay rich. After having two husbands die, became a widow twice, her third husband walks out on her. She developed feelings for him and regrets not seeing how she truly loves him. This book left off as a cliff hanger, but the main purpose of this work is telling the other side of the story. Also, on that note this book is controversial for its themes and everyone is entitled to view this book in different opinions and viewpoints.

I had seen the movie during high school, and I thank my history teacher for showing us this movie. I sought out to read the novel. I loved the novel in a weird way. Hearing from the other side is good, not that I am saying what the south did was good, but it is vital to hear both sides of the stories rather than the victor’s side. Scarlett O’Hara is my favorite character and her determined personality is admirable.

Mitchell, Margaret. Margaret Mitchells Gone with the Wind. Avon Books, 1986.

Creepy YA Novel

Twilight – Stephanie Mayer

Young adult, fiction, romance, mythology, vampires, werewolves, teenagers, drama

Rating 2/10

This infamous book, “Twilight” by Stephanie Mayer, is about a teenager falling for a vampire. Bella Swan meets Edward Cullen at a high school and he is, at first, not intrigued by her. After an incident of a near death experience, Bella seeks out Edward to see what he is. Even when he reveals what he is, a vampire, she isn’t afraid of him. Family friend of her dad’s and childhood best friend both warn her about the Cullens but fail to take that advice. He introduces her to his family and they like her to a certain extent. Then, another coven of vampires’ trespass on the Cullen’s land one of them caught scent of Bella who is human and thus begins to hunt her down. It takes the entire Cullen coven to protect Bella. Bella gets nearly turned or killed by a vampire and she is rescued by Edward once again.

I never truly understood the whole hype of the Twilight series when it first came out. I only had read this because I was intrigued by mythological creatures such as werewolves and vampires. I didn’t like Mayer’s depiction of vampires because it goes against the lore. However, I had been a sucker for the series and read all of them in one swift binge reading fest. I was sort of hoping she would’ve fallen for her childhood best friend because he seemed normal. What creeped me out is that an older vampire, who is one hundred and seven-year-old, was in love with a seventeen-year-old. Talk about pedophilia. I had seen the movies and the movies could’ve been better if someone else played Bella Swan. Not sorry Kristen Stewart. Sadly I do not do movie reviews as I am not big on movies.

Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. Little, Brown and Co., 2007.

Twilight Was Better Than This..

50 Shades of Grey – E.L. James

Adult situations, romance, bdsm, drama, fiction, fantasy

Rating 1/10

“50 Shades of Grey” by E.L. James, it is about a rich man, Christian Grey, who has a dark side to him that prevents him from loving a woman the right and proper way due to his upbringing. Ana Steele is a woman who went for her best friend to interview this rich man and she is instantly captivated by Mr. Grey. Later on, they cross paths and eventually date. Not actually date but discus his dark pleasures. Ana is curious about said dark pleasures and he takes her to his room where his dark pleasures happen. His dark pleasures is bondage sexual activities. She signs to be his mistress and apart of his world. After regretting one taste of his darkness she runs away from him and he wants to reconcile. He goes groveling to her.

I have to say I hate this book because of the themes and ideas. Originally, I was curious as to what was the whole hype. I deeply regret ever reading this book. Terrible written porn and unless one is a bored house wife, one would find this thrilling. Never will reread this book. Not sorry.

James, E. L. Fifty Shades of Grey. Vintage Books, 2012.

A School for Good? Evil?

The School of Good and Evil – Soman Chainani

Children’s fiction, fantasy, good, evil, school, adventure, fairy tale,

Rating 10/10

In the children’s book, “The School of Good and Evil” by Soman Chainani, it’s not just any children’s fairy tale book. It starts off with Agatha and Sophie living in a village where they fear a monster that takes two children each year and those children are to never be seen again. These children are sent to The School of Good and Evil where boys and girls are separated into two categories. Good and evil. They are trained to succeed in the fairy tale they have to play out. Sophie wanted to be “kidnapped” due to possibly going to the School of Good as she sees that she is good and Agatha would go to the school of Evil. Agatha doesn’t feel nor agree with Sophie. Both of them are swiped up and to their surprise their fates are reverse. Agatha falls into the school of good while Sophie falls into the school of evil. Fearing that this is a mistake, they plead that they got the wrong fates. In the end, in order to succeed, they have to face their new fate by playing out their fairy tale.

I LOVE this book. I feel that any age audience would enjoy this book. Given that there are elements for everyone and has a lot of strong messages. I reread this book as many times as I had reread the Harry Potter series. Totally worth giving it a read.

Chaniani, Soman. The School for Good and Evil. HarperCollins Childrens Books, 2013.

Virtual Reality Future Predictions?

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

Young adult, science fiction, future, technology, nostalgic, gaming, virtual reality, romance, drama, action

10/10

In “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline, it is a tale of the future where all happens in a virtual world called OASIS. Wade Watts is a teenager on a mission to decipher these riddles that was proposed by the father of OASIS, James Halliday, who died and, in his wake, had left a competition to get ownership of the OASIS. Seems easy just decipher the riddles and collect the three keys. Wrong. They are hidden across the OASIS. In order to understand where Halliday hid the keys, Wade had studied James Halliday’s autobiography and history as well to possibly find the three keys. Wade isn’t the only one trying to find the keys. Everyone wants to own the OASIS. Even a money hungry corporation that threatens OASIS. With the help of his friends Aech, Shoto, Daito, and Art3mis, they successfully find all three keys.

I have to say this book is incredible and well written as well as well thought into. Very detailed and strong story line that keeps one on their toes. A real page turner at that. I continuously reread this book. Really loved how they explained in detail how society became after OASIS was integrated into daily life. Also with that thought, it gave an insight of how technology can become consuming. Even in the now, as I go out and about, I see people always on their phone. That is getting off topic but relates to the book’s theme.

I had went and seen the movie. I was gravely disappointed that they didn’t fully follow the story line of the book. However, movies tend to be that way especially if they were books at first. Damn you Steven Spielberg… We were rooting for you..

Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One: a Novel. Crown Publishers, 2011

Scared Of This Book..

The Marriage Pact – Michelle Richmond

Romance, suspense, drama, action, marriage, fiction

Rating 8/10

In this thrilling romance novel, “The Marriage Pact” by Michelle Richmond, it’s focused on marriage. These two adults, Alice and Jake freshly had gotten married got some fears about what happens after the honeymoon. After receiving a suspicious package labeled, THE PACT, both are highly interested and willing to try this out. It seemed easy, abide by simple rules of marriage and read all handbooks that helps the marriage stay happy and prosperous. This society helps it’s members if they see a marriage slightly gets rocky or uneasy. When they join, they start to regret ever joining this society. As they struggle to maintain a happy marriage, they see how dark this society truly is. Members in the THE PACT interfere in their marriage and purposely sabotage for personal interests. Between marriage prisons and demonic “focus” devices create chaos for the newlyweds. Alice and Jake hunt down information to get out of this dark society and succeeds with persuasion.

When I had saw this book at the book store, the title alone caught my attention. Usually I hardly read romance novels ever, but this storyline intrigued me to read more. Given that there are some morbid scenes and very adult like content I would recommend it to mature audiences. It is very fast paced and keep’s one on their toes as they read. I personally love this book but some of the content described such as a marriage prison and a focus mechanism disturb me greatly. Other than that, pretty good.

Richmond, Michelle. The Marriage Pact: a Novel. Penguin Books., 2018

Snow Falling- Always Romantic

Snow Falling – Jane Gloriana Villanueva

Romance, fantasy, historical time era, drama, fiction

Rating 8/10

This is a book from a telenovela, Jane the Virgin, “Snow Falling” by Jane Gloriana Villanueva, by the main protagonist. Jane wrote a love romance inspired by her love with Michael but in a romantic retelling historical view point. Josephine Galena Valencia wanted to write a novel and it was uncommon in her time era of the nineteen hundred. She was engaged to a detective, Martin Cadden, while working at this hotel. After one misunderstanding and getting a bit drunk, Jane makes a terrible mistake that changes her life forever. Now she is in love with another man by the name of Rake Solvino. Along with possibly being pregnant, her mysterious father whom her mother never mentioned comes into the picture, and a very threatening crime lord thrown into the mix. The drama continues as Josephine tries to manage her feelings and her life. She has to face a final decision of who she truly loves.

As my soul sister had introduced me the show Jane The Virgin, I was hooked on it. I was not expecting a telenovela to publish a book that a fictional character wrote yet alone expect this book to be decent. However, I was not expecting my soul sister to have another copy and gave the spare copy to me. I was thrilled and excited. I was a bit disappointed in the main character’s choices and petty misunderstandings, but it had to happen to ensure the plot to thrive. It is a decent book and I would give it another read.

Villanueva, Jane Gloriana. Snow Falling. Adams Media Corporation, 2017

Killing Dorothy? WHAT?!

Dorothy Must Die – Danielle Page

Young adult, fiction, fantasy, adventure, retelling, witches, flying monkeys

Rating 10/10

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page is an intriguing page turner that will ensure to keep one on edge. The title sort of tells all but its way more than that. In this epic retelling of our favorite place, Oz, comes a new girl from Kansas named Amy Gumm. She is carried off into Oz by a tornado. One would think, “This is going to be the same exact story as Wizard of Oz”. Wrong. Dorothy was corrupted by Oz magic and its up to Amy to undo what Dorothy had done. Meaning that she has to remove the Tin Man’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, then and only then, Dorothy must DIE. Amy must be prepped in all things Wicked from training fighting styles to dinner etiquette and lady like mannerisms.

When I saw this at the library on the book self I was intrigued by the mysterious title. Since I am a bibliophile (someone who really loves books) I always love to go on adventures with books. This book was an incredible trip. Just because it’s a young adult book doesn’t mean only for that age window. I would recommend it as a children’s book and for any adult who loves everything and anything that is related to Oz.

Paige, Danielle. Dorothy Must Die. (Dorothy Must Die Series, #1.). Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.