Monday, November 3, 2014

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Title: Dark Places

Author: Gillian Flynn

Published: Phoenix, 2010

Pages: 424

Summary: Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she had been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben's innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother's? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day... especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.
Who did massacre the Day family?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: The premises of Gillian Flynn’s book sound amazing and while I was disappointed with Gone Girl I felt like reading Dark Places because it sounded very intriguing.  Dark Places is the Gillian Flynn novel that I have heard the least about.  Most people I encounter talk about Gone Girl and Sharp Objects more.

I feel as though Dark Places just clicked with me a lot more than Gone Girl.  I thought the premise sounded really good but also the actual story was so intriguing.  I really liked reading this one.  One reason I love this one so much is the mysterious element.  The entire time I found myself sucked into the story wondering who had killed most of the Day family.

One thing I loved about this book was that there were so many different complex ideas about what could have happened.  Every chapter revealed some sort of new information and it kept me reading because I just had to know what would happen.

I had some ideas about what would happen and I can say that some of them were kind of right but the ending was a bit of a surprise too.  I really liked that.  I have to say there were definitely a couple of people that I was sure had something to do with the deaths.

Overall, I thought Dark Places was such a great read.  I think that Gillian Flynn has a really good way of writing awful characters which I really enjoy.  I’m definitely keen to read Sharp Objects.  It will be interesting to see what I think of it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Title: Talon

Author: Julie Kagawa

Published: Harlequin Teen, 28 October 2014

Pages: 400

Series: Book one, Talon

Purchase: Book Depository

Summary: Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.
Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: Julie Kagawa is one of those authors who have made it to my automatic read list.  The Iron Fey books are all wonderful and The Blood of Eden trilogy is great.  So of course I jumped at the chance to read the latest book, this one all about dragons.

Generally when I start a Julie Kagawa book, I find them to start off slowly and they take a few pages to get into the action.  With Talon however, I found the book to be really interesting from the beginning. 

I found it so easy to just fly through this book because it read as though it was a summer contemporary story which I thought was pretty nice.  I had been reading a few heavy novels lately and thought this was a good, light change of pace. 

I’ve always been a person who didn’t like getting in trouble and so when characters get in situations where they are putting themselves at risk of getting caught and getting in trouble I get really squirmy and want to put the book down because I don’t want things to get intense.  But then I also really want to know what happens next.  The characters in Talon were all at risk of getting caught or doing things they really shouldn’t and I just had to keep reading because I needed to know what was going to happen.  About ¾ of the way through this book so many things started happening and it was just so intense.

In terms of the characters, I liked Ember; I thought she was pretty awesome.  The one thing I didn’t really like about her was that she was too trusting.  I have to say that I think Riley was my favourite character in the book because he was mysterious but he also seemed more like he knew what he was doing.  For the most part anyway, there was one thing he did that annoyed me a bit but I’m hoping to see some redemption in the next book.

So, Talon is such a great book and any fan of Julie Kagawa can proudly add Talon to their collection.  Will I be reading the next book in the series?  Definitely, especially with the way that the epilogue ended the book.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk

Title: Beautiful You

Author: Chuck Palahniuk

Published: Doubleday, 21 October 2014

Pages: 240

Purchase: Book Depository

Summary: Sisters will be doing it for themselves. And doing it. And doing it. And doing it some more . . . Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka "Climax-Well," a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What's not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You. So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out. Except for batteries. Maxwell's plan for erotically enabled world domination must be stopped. But how?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: This book starts off pretty intense.  If it had been a few years ago I feel like I would have just put the book down and run away.  However, I have now read five of his books so I kind of know what to expect with these books.  Well, when I say that, I mean, expect anything shocking.

Right off the bat, this book is very sexually explicit and not in the erotica novel kind of way.  I found myself screwing up my face and just thinking how gross some of the content was.  It didn’t deter me from reading it was just icky at times.

I think one of the main reasons I love reading Chuck Palahniuk’s books is that I can never tell in which direction the story is going to go.  Most of the time I like where the story goes and I’m so surprised by the ending.  In all honesty, I was kind of looking out for signs and hints in this book.  However, once again I was taken by surprise at the ending.  I seriously love the reveals of Palahniuk’s books.

I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey but I feel a little like Beautiful You, grabs some of the ideas of Fifty Shades of Grey and tips them on their head, throws them into a furnace and just goes all out with the sexual weirdness.

Beautiful You is a very weird book but I loved it.  I read the first two pages and then set the book aside.  When I was feeling more like I could read this book, I picked it back up again and devoured the thing in a few hours.  It’s just so interesting.  The premise is really unique and of course provides a very interesting way of providing a commentary on humans and how we are all ruled by basic desires.

Needless to say, I really enjoyed Beautiful You.  It’s just a very interesting story.