Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

I would like to take the time to acknowledge how thrilling and well written Gillian Flynn’s debut novel is. Never in my life have I read a story that is this brilliantly sinister, it would be cruel to say this debut novel is fantastic because it is much much more than that. This book keeps you guessing and then you finally think you’ve unraveled this mystery and find out you’ve been all wrong.

The ending is unpredicable and genius. At times the story is quite disturbing and I could never have imagined writing a story like this myself but than again Mrs. Flynn is in a own category of her own. 

The back cover of the book gives a hint of what its about but does not disclose how twisted this novel really is:

“It’s been a while.. But Camille Preaker has finally gone home. 

Sent to investigate the disappearance of two little girls Camille finds herself reluctantly installed in the family mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and a precocious thirteen-year-old half sister she barely knows. Haunted by a family tragedy, troubled by the disquieting grip her young sister has on the town, Camille struggles with a familiar need to be accepted.

But as the clues turn into dead ends Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims and realises: she will have to unravel the puzzle of her own past if she’s to survive this homecoming. ” (Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects 2006) 

Okay let me get into some things I didn’t appreciate in this novel, very difficult to say something I didn’t like but yes one thing I missed in the novel.

SPOILERS!!!!!!
Don’t continue if you don’t want to ruin the surprise!!

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To start off I like having a sense of completion  after finilizing a novel, basically I like a happy end. Yes, super cliché but I enjoy a twisting sinister novel but then I expect a somewhat “happy end”. I didn’t really have this in this book. I wanted Camille to end up with the investigator or with someone. She didn’t seem to receive the happy end she deserved after so much hurt in her life. Maybe Mrs. Flynn will continue Camille’s story and one day she will have her well deserved happy end, but that was the only thing I wanted the novel to contain, otherwise it was a masterpiece.
Overall rating: 4/5 

Have a great week !

The Scorch Trails Book vs Movie

Okay let us talk about a very hot subject The Scorch Trails the second installment of the Maze Runner series written by James Dashner the series is like Divergent and the Hunger Games a dystopian sci-fi where teenagers have to more or less run for their lives. That’s basically how it is in all these book series except in Maze Runner the main character is a boy instead of a girl. I think by now everyone has read or watched anyone of these three series.

Let me get to the point here, which is my slight dislike for the interpretation of the book into a movie. Of course the movie is only BASED on the book but in this case the entire story line changed (in my opinion).

Be careful there are spoilers here!
Both of the movie and book!

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In the book Thomas and his friends are at this safe haven and in the middle of the night he and Theresa speak telepathically. In the morning they awake in the “dorm”(that the movie actually got right) and Theresa who slept in a separate dorm  is suddenly gone. Although in the movie Thomas finds her and takes her with him and his friends out into the Scorch (the scorch is basically a desert).

In the movie he also finds out they are experimenting with the kids and that’s why he suddenly wants to leave. Btw Aris was in the book a more handsome guy and in the movie he’s a loner. There are various other things which kept me cursing during the entire movie (to myself not out loud of course haha), why do they suddenly have a CAR??? So weird. Like for example in the book there were TWO mazes a boys one and one that was only girls and Aris, although in the movie it seems there are THREE mazes, being two with only guys and one the girls.

WHERE ARE THE TATTOOS?! Each person from both mazes get labeled behind their neck what they are, Thomas has “to be killed by team B” and Theresa has “traitor or betrayal” smth like that. This once again is completely left out of the film.

In the end of the book Theresa betrays Thomas with Aris and the whole book is about WICKED trying to get variables from these kids brains, making them do thing to attain these variables. I thought this story line was completely left out of the movie which made me quite disappointed. The other thing that really bothered me was the Right Arm being in movie whilst in the book series they only appear in the third installment.

Ohhhh almost forgot the thing that made me so extremely angry about the movie, Brenda is supposed to be immune and in the movie she catches the flare and Thomas can save her with his blood, but only for a couple of months then the virus continues to spread. Very strange theory here… But the flare in the book takes longer to spread than the one in the movie that after a couple of hours people are coughing up blood.

I really wonder how they will keep Brenda because (sorry spoiler of book 3 here)

She and Thomas are supposed to be TOGETHER! I hope they still end up together because after reading Scorch Trails I was so disgusted by Theresa that I could never picture her and Thomas being together again.

I hope they don’t ruin the third movie/book adaptation for me.

My overall rating for the book is: 4/5

My rating for the movie after having read the book is: 2/5 due to the story line changes

My rating of the movie if I hadn’t read the book:  4/5

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.

The Burning Room – Michael Connelly

My previous book review was also on a Michael Connelly book, but well I love this author so much and read all his books so his most recent book is also on my book list of this year. This books was the very first book I read in 2015.

One of the best Bosch Novels although the previous one “The Black Box” was even better. What I find interesting is that even after this character having been in more than 19 books, this story hasn’t gotten boring. Harry Bosch is still as interesting and intriguing as in Michael Connelly’s first book. I love how old school Harry Bosch is. It’s funny how the book actually makes inside jokes that only addictive Michael Connelly reader will understand.

Harry Bosch is working in the cold case division, he stumbles across a case in which a man dies almost a decade after the crime. It is a action packed thriller with new characters such as Harry’s new partner newbie Detective Lucia Soto. This book is for anyone who loves reading crime and I highly recommend it.

SPOILERS!!!!!

Be careful!!!!

Don’t spoil the surprise!!!

I have been dreading this time since Michael first talked about pulling the plug on Bosch’s career. Although I never really thought about him actually doing it because Bosch is his main character. But the time has come!  This novel keeps you guessing “what will happen to Bosch?!?!”, I can’t wait for the next novel to find out what will happen to this amazing character.
Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.

Angels and Demons – Dan Brown

This book I’m about to review is one of my all time favorites. I think it’s quite strange that this book which was the first one Dan Brown ever published wasn’t immediately a sucess, for the level of research, level of story telling, level of writing and its breath taking plot this book definitely deserved to be number one bestseller when it came out. But no it wasn’t until Da Vinci Code came about and then people discovered his previous book as well.

To be honest I read the Da Vinci Code and thought it was so amazing I couldn’t imagine a better book but along came

  Angels and Demons which made my 5 star rating for Da Vinci Code seem exaggerated. Made me feeling the need to downgrade the Da Vinci Code to a 4 1/2 instead of the 5. But the thing is you rate a book right after you read it, so at the time I finished it that book was worth 5 stars to me so no point in changing it now.

Let’s talk more about the book. This is the book we first get to know Robert Langdon. Which is one of my all time favorite characters (my all time favorite is Harry Bosch from Michael Connelly).

This book is mind blowing the end is so extremly unexpected! I love the storyline and the vatican and all the conspiracys surrounding the vatican. It’s all just so real and Dan Brown researches so much and makes it all so realistic you really ask yourself what is real and what is made up.

SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!

Be careful ruin the surprise!!!!!

This book is too good for you to ruin the surprise!!!

Spoilers!!!

Okay so here we are the spoilers, common the Pope was MURDERED no one saw that coming! Wow wow!

 

 

 

Overall I loved this book and it is definitely in my top 10 favorites of all time.

Overall Rating : 5/5

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

Welcome back everyone, today I’d like to review the first book I ever read from Dan Brown which is his international bestseller “The Da Vinci Code”. I must confess I was very skeptical to read any Dan Brown book because he was mainstream and everyone was reading his books and later watching the movies based upon the books.

Finally this summer I was in a used book store and happen to stumble across a little book called “The Da Vinci Code” which intrigued me. I picked up the book and started reading it the first week of summer. ️I devoured this book like a hungry person devours a plate of food. It was such an amazing book, one of the best I have read in a long time. I became fascinated with symbols, the holy grail, Priory Secret Society, the hidden messages and most of all it made me want to visit the Louvre again.

I recommend this masterpiece to anyone who is interested in action packed thrillers.

My rating for this book is: 5 Stars

 

SPOILERS!!!!!!!!

Turn back now if you don’t want to ruin the surprise!!!

I warned you didn’t I?!!!!

I am not a devoted religious person but this theory that Jesus had a child really made me wonder if maybe it is true ( could be possible). The Da Vinci last supper with the women next to jesus utterly surprised me I had never noticed it was a women. What a mind blowing book! Of course as I always do after reading a book that has a movie adaptation I go watch the movie and compare every detail. Must confess I dreaded the movie, the character Sophie not well cast (my opinion, as I had imagined someone else entirely. At least this wasn’t the worst casting mistake a movie could make…

Yes I’m talking about you Fifty Shades of Grey!

The main character Robert Langdon I thought was very well portrayed by Tom Hanks. Although I have one complaint about him HIS OUTFIT  where is the turtleneck?! He wears a turtleneck.

Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!

The Last Song

A movie you probably remember…

Well yes it was a movie, not really a good one. But I can guarantee you that the book was breath taking..

The Last Song, yes that movie with Miley Cyrus and that hot dude. Ok here it goes, this is the summary that’s on the back of the book, afterwards I’ll tell you what I thought of it.

Seventeen-year-old Veronica “Roonie” Miler’s life was turned upside down when her parents divorced an her father moved from New York to Wilmington, North Carolina. Since then she has remained angry and alienated from her parents, until her mother decides she should spend the summer with her father. Roonie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. What unfolds is an unforgettable story about love – first love and the love between parents and children – that demonstrates that many ways that relationships can break our hearts . . . and heal them

Did you like it? Would you read it? Right now just reading the summary?

Well I did and I didn’t even want to see the movie they made, but I did watch it later on.(not right after I read the book.) Well the story is like always very well written and very detailed, that’s one of the reasons movies piss me off so much because they kind of destroy the story the author originally wrote. Continuing, it’s an easy book to read and every passionate and, after you start you will not put down the book until you finish reading it. In this book it is not different there is a life lesson we learn reading it, which is “never reject you parents without hearing the entire story, listen , don’t be mad all the time. “ That’s at least what I got out of the book. Reading it you notice this Roonie girl is pretty miserable and lonely.

There are some really great parts of the book that were left out in the movie, so for that reason and many other you should read it totally recommended.

Peace out

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The Lucky one

Thank you all very much for reading my blog, it really means a lot to me. (like really)

So today I’ll be giving you my insight on  a book called The Lucky One (by of course Mr. Sparks) this is going to be a hot book in 2012, because they are going to release a movie based on it, so you can stay tuned for that( and I’ll put a link to the movie trailer in the end of the text).

Here’s the summary behind the book (I’ll give you what I thought after.)

Is there really such a thing as good as a good luck charm?

Ex-soldier Logan Thibault thinks he just might have found one. Haunted by memories of the friends he lost in Iraq, Logan believes that a photograph he carried with him, a picture of a smiling woman he’s never met, kept him safe.

Resolving to find her, Logan embarks on a journey of startling discovery. For Beth is struggling with problems of her own: her volatile ex-husband won’t accept their relationship is over and threatens anyone who gets too close to her. And, despite a growing attraction between them, Logan has kept one explosive secret from Beth: how he came across her photograph in the first place…

This was one of the most interesting Nicholas Sparks novels, because it starts off in Iraq with Logan finding this picture of a girl he has never seen before. He tried to give it back and even asked people if they knew to whom the picture belonged too, but he didn’t find anyone. So in the mean time people are dying around him and he’s not and he starts to believe it’s because of the picture he has in his pocket. I don’t know why he didn’t die but it’s a novel, of course he’s not gonna die before meeting the girl. Like I tell you guys every time I analyze a N.S. novel, it’s breath taking and a page turner. Took me about 1 day to read it and after I finished I wanted another one.

Well I hope you guys liked my tips. More book reviews/opinion soon so stay tuned J

Peace out..

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