Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn


Summary: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
I read this book for two reasons: I wanted to see what all the fuss was about (everyone has been going on about how great it is for ages) and I wanted to see the movie (I didn't want to see it without having read the book). Honestly, I wasn't expecting to love it...but I sort of did. I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would.

I probably would've enjoyed it more had I not been partially spoiled for the ending--normally spoilers don't bother me, but this is one of those books where not knowing what's going on and what's going to happen plays a big part in the reading experience. For that reason, it's actually quite difficult to review the book because most of what I want to talk about would spoil it.

So... I'll have to keep this part brief: the plot and the characters are the most interesting I've read in a while. Amy was great, I liked her a lot--well, not liked in the sense that I'd ever want to be friends with someone even remotely like her, but she was a fascinating character and I enjoyed her POV the most. I liked reading about her, is what I'm trying to say really (saying I liked her isn't accurate).

Nick...well. I hated him. He's the kind of character I'd love to punch (and I really want to explain all the reasons why, but...but spoilers). I'm not sure if I was supposed to hate him as much as I did (consistently, right to the end) or if he was supposed to grow on me as certain things were revealed, but he just didn't. His early chapters frustrated me a lot, they got more interesting the more they focussed on Amy. Their relationship was the most interesting thing about him really.

The book did feel like it kind of dragged at times, like it was longer than it needed to be, but that may have just been down to being spoiled so it made it frustrating at times having to wait for stuff to happen.

But yeah...I think that's all I can say without spoilers. I'd rate the book 4 stars out of 5, and I'll probably check out some of the authors other books at some point too.

Later.


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up (16)

On the Blog

Friday: Lanna went on a bit of a roller coaster with COME BACK TO ME
Saturday:We have an excerpt and giveaway for Cora Carmack's newest, ALL BROKE DOWN

Julie

Book Haul


Owning Violet by Monica Murphy (egalley via Netgalley/publicist)
Luck on the Line by Zoraida Cordova (egalley via Netgalley/publicist)

I'm really intrigued to read my first Monica Murphy book, especially since I'm in a dry period for Christina Lauren books and they're compared. And Luck on the Line sounded like a really fun New Adult book.


Books Read


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 

Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little 

I LOVED An Ember in the Ashes. It featured morally gray characters in these impossible situations and everything was messy and felt so real despite the extremeness of the world. SO good. And I'm still figuring out my feelings on Forbidden, but it DID keep me up until 3 am one night when I had to be up very early so...I think that's a good sign.
 
Upcoming Reads


Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
+school reading

I'm in the midst of midterms this week. I've got two in class tomorrow and a third due in class Wednesday. So, I'm already halfway through Miss Mayhem and it's totally what I need in a stressful time. I'm not sure how much other reading I'll get done since I've got editing work + school work on high this week, but if I do turn to anything else, it'll probably be a romance novel of a NA book for some stress relief...maybe. I have too many good options to decide!

--Julie

Saturday, 25 October 2014

All Broke Down by Cora Carmack Excerpt and Giveaway


I'm an unashamed Cora Carmack fangirl so I'm always giddy and all over it when I see she's got another blog tour planned. And I LOVED All Broke Down, especially since I got to read it while watching Friday Night Lights. They really are such a perfect match.

And I'm thrilled today to be able to share an excerpt with you before it's release on Tuesday!


She stands and crosses toward me, and my kitchen feels too damn small with her this close. All I can see are all the surfaces I want to press her against to end this conversation.
She lays a soft hand on my forearm, and her touch burns.
“You’re not a charity case.”
I thought the night that we met that she was one of those “good girls” looking to take a bad boy and pretty him up to take home to Mom. I’ve had my fair share of those that I have gladly kicked to the curb. I’m not about to let someone else change and manipulate me to make me into something that makes them happy. Then I thought she was a nice girl looking to get a little wild, maybe freak her parents out.
But looking into her eyes, I don’t think that’s her anymore. She wants to help me for my sake, not for her own. I am her charity case, no matter what she says. But I’m not so sure I mind that.
“Maybe I want to be your charity case. Would you do that? If I asked?”
Her eyes widen. “Do what exactly?”
I drag my hands through my hair and pace away from her. “I don’t fucking know. Fix me.” She makes a noise almost like laughter, and I cross back to her and grip her shoulders. She swallows, and her eyes are serious on me now. “It sounds stupid, I know. But I’m so close to losing it all, Dylan. This life I have now . . . it’s everything to me. And Coach is ready to cut me if I don’t completely clean up my act. I’ve been doing it my way, and I’m failing. So I think I need to try something different.”
Maybe it’s not enough anymore to pretend that I belong here. I have to change.
“I’m just not sure what you’re asking of me, Silas.”
Goddamn it. Neither am I.
“You help people. That’s what you do. That’s what I’m asking for. I need to be better . . . be good. For the team. For me. I just need to get my shit together.”
“Just the fighting? Is that what you’re talking about?”
“All of it. The fighting. The partying. Booze. Pot.”
“Bad-boy rehab?” She still looks skeptical.
“I’m supposed to be a leader, Dylan. I’m supposed to make this team stronger, but right now I’m its biggest weakness.”
And God, I must look so fucking pitiful, because she bites her lip, her big eyes soft and sorry. “Okay.”
“Okay?”
“I’ll help.”
I want to fucking kiss her. Pull that bottom lip between my teeth, instead of hers. But I settle for pulling her against me and squeezing tight.
She makes a little squeak, and it takes her several long seconds before she rests her hands lightly against my bare chest.
“You have to actually listen to me, though.”
It’s distracting, feeling her breath against my skin, but I nod and say, “I will.”
“And you have to talk to me. Answer my questions. I can’t get to the root of your actions unless I know what you’re thinking, how you’re feeling.”
I stiffen. I know she’s right, but that doesn’t mean I relish the idea of talking about my shit . . . especially not with her.
When I don’t reply, she tries to pull back, but I keep my arms locked around her waist. So with her stomach still tight against mine, she leans back her shoulders and looks at me.
“If you want my help, that’s the price.”
I ask, “What if we worked out a trade? Like the other night.”
Pink floods her cheeks, and her tongue peeks out to wet her lips. “You want me to kiss you to get answers to my questions?”
“I was thinking more a question for a question, but I’m fine with your idea.”
She shakes her head quickly. “No, question for a question sounds good to me.”
I must be twisted because the more she tries to pull away, the more I want to kiss her. Maybe there’s something to that whole hard-to-get thing after all.



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About ALL BROKE DOWN:

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

About Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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--Julie

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