Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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A beautiful new thriller that pays homage to the classic style yet bring something new to the genre.

The Girl on the Train 4.5/5🌟

I absolutely loved this book!

The characters especially made this book for me, they are incredibly real and flawed in a way that makes them kind of annoying but oh so believable. I know this sounds odd but I really enjoyed reading a novel that manages to make me loathe and love the character in equal measures.

The main mystery is exciting and paced nicely and when it all comes together beautifully in the end it was just so satisfying. The Girl on the Train has the feel classic thriller in terms of suspense and build-up but there is something new and exciting about the way Hawkins has portrayed the genre than already has me waiting at the edge of my seat for her next novel.

I also have to highlight the journal style writing (that I love so much), it’s done with shifting perspectives/narrators as well as flashbacks which just makes the book even harder to put down once you’ve started reading.

It wasn’t what I expected from the blurb but it was an thrilling and exciting read nonetheless! I did however figure out who the killer was a bit before I think the book meant me too so it looses half a star because of it.

– Christine

(I actually finished this several weeks ago and post my review on IG but I figured I might as well add it here too)

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Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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You’ve never seen read riding hood and the big bad wolf get quite so “cozy” before!

Scarlet 5/5 🌟

I just finished this beauty Sunday evening and I’m in love. Personally I liked Scarlet (the book) even better than the first book in the series, Cinder. I think Meyer has really found her style and tone with this.

Scarlet herself is an amazing character who stands up for what she believes in and you immediately know she doesn’t take shit from nobody. Scarlet cares deeply for her grandmother and won’t accept that police is closing the investigation into her disappearance, she doesn’t take no for an answer.
Scarlet fights for the underdog and tries to keep herself from passing judgement, in a perfect world we’d all be more like her, remembering to try and think before we pass judgement. A lesson Meyer passes to the reader when Scarlet stands up for Cinder before even meeting her in a truly magnificent way
Then we have Wolf, who is just my kinda bad-boy character, that tough yet sweet guy, who eventually fucks things up because he thinks he knows what’s best (again it’s possible I have questionable taste in book bf’s).

The added thrill of following Cinder and her new “friend” Thorne’s adventure on the side made the book even more of a page turner than Cinder had been (I didn’t think that would be possible). I am a huge fan of books with shifting perspectives/storylines, so I felt it gave the story a really great pace since I constantly wanted to return to the other story.

Another plus was the fact that I did not figure out the main twist before it was revealed (which I too often do), so it was very nice to be truly surprised by a book. Hence the 5 🌟’s.

– Christine

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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An amazing retelling of a classic fairytale

Cinder 4/5🌟

I really enjoyed this book, it has everything that I look for in a great ya fantasy novel; wonderful worldbuilding, compelling characters and a wirldwind romance.

I immediately fell in love with Cinder (the character), she has all the same loveable beaten but not defeated traits of the original Cinderella. Her android Iko is possibly the cutest sidekick I’ve read about, I simply loved her sassy and gossipy ways from the moment I met her.

I did however figure out the plot or “big reveal” by chapter 4, yet I wanted to get to know Cinder and the world better, which is a testament to how amazingly Meyer presents the world of New Beijing and it’s inhabitants and I kinda wish we got to explore the city more.

Also despite following a classic wirldwind romance narrative Cinder and Kay’s relationship is just beautiful and believable in a way I can’t quite describe, it just felt relatable.

This was my first fairytale retelling and I’m just loving style – it’s familiar yet new in the best possible way. It looses a star for the obviousness of the plot. Otherwise a brilliant ya read.

– Christine

Review: The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

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It’s a story about self discovery, about love, about what you really desire from life and what you are willing to do for you love.

The Love that Split the World 4/5 🌟

I absolutely loved this YA novel it’s a great mix of romance, fantasy, sci-fi, realism but it all works together it the most beautiful way. Combined with the passing and style of a mystery novel it was hard to put down once I’d started.

I immediately connected with the protagonist Natalie because I share some of the same hyper-emotional traits as her. Her struggle to find and understand herself might be a classic ya theme, however it was made more interesting by the addition of more serious themes such as adoption and Native American identity. This greatly helped separate the book from every other teen-finding-themself-narrative.

The romance between Natalie and Beau is typical ya wirldwind yet oddly paced in a way that makes it more believable and real than most (and I totally have a book crush on Beau now).

It looses a star due to the fact that I figured out the main mystery way before I think book meant to let the reader in on the secret. It is however a great story and a stunning example of well written ya, I’d definitely recommend this to everyone.

– Christine