SERIES REVIEW : VERONICA SPEEDWELL #(1-4)

A Victorian mystery series about “a natural historian with a specialty in lepidoptery which makes her a butterfly hunter and world traveler who is always up for adventure.”

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Veronica Speedwell is a free-spirited lepidopterist (one who studies or collects butterflies) who always gets thrust into adventures with Stoker, a taxidermist ( one who preserves animal’s bodies).

First things first, I had to google a lot of words while reading this series. Well at least, my vocabulary has become more enriched because of this series!

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The Strong Points

Premise

The books have all a Shelock Holmes vibe to them, with each book based on a different crime. There is a lot of initial mystery regarding Veronica and Stoker’s past life. Although much of it has been resolved, a few questions are yet to be answered. Veronica and Stoker are natural historians, but they might as well be detectives with how they easily get embroiled into solving criminal cases.

Protagonist

Veronica is an extraordinary heroine. She is quite advanced for her era, and abhors all things domestic, marriage and children. She’s intent on traveling the world and finding more adventures. a headstrong, straightforward intelligent and adventurous girl, quite advanced for the era. She is not afraid to admit about having had sex with men. She reminds me a lot of Brennan from Bones.

Hero

Stoker is reserved, broody, smart, impulsive and a slightly damaged. He has a scarred face from an encounter in the wild with a jaguar. The mental scars from his family and ex-wife, though, are the most damaging. He’s my kind of hero. His evolution from the recluse resigned to his fate, to the gentleman slowly finding his feet back in the society, over the series, was a delight to read!

The couple

We start off with Veronica and Stoker being reluctant companions, then see them develop into work partners, then to close friends and ultimately to something more. I loved both of them together. While they are quite similar in terms of their profession, intelligence, love for adventure and of course family secrets, they’re also very different. Veronica loves provoking and teasing Stoker who is an easy victim.

Stoker starts off as a disgruntled man, expecting Veronica to be disgusted by him. But she, being the mischievous and frank girl she is, has no qualms in expressing her attraction towards him. It’s him who blushes at her initiating talks of sexual encounters! Their teasing and bantering eventually turns into a defense mechanism whenever things too get intense between them. It was their relationship more than anything else that had me turning the pages.

Secrets

Both Veronica and Stoker have deep secrets. We learn about Veronica’s birth secrets and family ties quite early in the series, but Stoker’s is a more complex story with many layers. He’s been burned in love. While Veronica has never been in love, she and Stoke share a kindred spirit. Each of them grew up thinking that it was them versus the world. It was amazing to see them slowly open up to each other about their scars and bond even more over it.

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One thing that bothered me in the first book was the nonchalance of both Veronica and Stoker in taking lives of animals. But as the series went on, I was pleased to see a change in temperament for both of them. I went into this series for the mystery, but stayed because of the characters.

This series is supposed to have 5 books, with the final book being scheduled for next year. I’m already excited with the clues we have gotten about the next book. Hope it ends with a bang!

Below are my mini-reviews of the books with their ratings!

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A Curious Beginning: ★★★★☆
I wasn’t very drawn towards the mystery in the first book and rather was more interested in Stoker and Veronica’s equation. The start was alright but it was the introduction of Stoker’s mysterious personality that won me over. There were circus hijinks and attempts at abduction. I liked the ending too.

A Perilous Undertaking: ★★★★★
I liked the second book the best in terms of a being satisfied with both the case and the progression of the overall. I think it’s my favorite because I liked the case and it was the strongest in terms of characters introduced in relation to the crime.

A Treacherous Curse: ★★★★☆
We finally got a case which gave us the answers to all our questions about Stoker’s past. This book would’ve been my favorite if not for the ending. I wasn’t satisfied with the explanations and resolution in the end.

A Dangerous Collaboration: ★★★★☆
This one had the weakest case in my opinion. But the progression of the relationship between Stoker and Veronica was the most satisfactory. We finally see a reversal with Stoker being the one playing games and provoking Veronica instead of the usual opposite.

BOOK REVIEW : STARFISH

Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.


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Two pages into the book, I thought to myself ‘The writing is so fluid and effortless!” And it was. I come across my fair share of pieces of writing that I find disjointed and forced, so I know when to appreciate and enjoy it when reading masterful writing such as this.

Let’s backtrack to how I discovered this book. A few weeks ago, when reading entries of Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly blog meme, with the week’s theme being being characters we could relate to, I saw the protagonist Kiko from Starfish in quite a few lists. The description had me curious although I wasn’t too drawn by the blurb when I googled the book. I’m so glad that I ultimately picked the book up!

It would be unfair of me to say that I relate to Kiko. I don’t quite share her form of social-anxiety. Rather, I suffer from some sort of post-social anxiety. That is, I find social encounters taxing because I feel exhausted after the encounters instead of feeling nervous before them. I spend a large amount of time dissecting and analyzing the things I did and said, and suffering from embarrassment. Unlike Kiko, I am impulsive and just say whatever comes to my mind. That is why, whenever Kiko would think one thing and say another thing, letting others overpower her, I kept getting frustrated wanting her to speak her mind and go all guns blazing!

Kiko wishes she could look like everyone else. She wishes she could be effortlessly social like her peers. She wishes she could have her mother’s attention and love. Most of all, she wishes she could get into her desired art school Prism. But Kiko is a product of emotionally abusive parenting. And she suffers from serious self-esteem issues.

I might not relate to Kiko, but I felt for her big time! I just wanted to hug her and tell her that she’s loved. Her loneliness and helplessness jumped out of the book and engulfed me. The mother seemed past the point of redemption the moment I realized that she didn’t believe her daughter in her most vulnerable state. I found her to be a hateful character!

I was mad at the father because he left Kiko and his two sons in the hands of a woman who he knows to be manipulative. He is also partly to blame for the identity crisis that Kiko faces as a half-Japanese because he didn’t try hard enough to get her acquainted to his culture. His being a passive and acquiescent makes him no less guilty than the mother in my eyes.

I could totally understand Kiko’s crush on Jamie. Who wouldn’t crush over this adorable boy? There is a bit of a mystery over why he didn’t contact her after moving away back when they were 11 when they were such best friends. I didn’t expect the revelation that came at the end. I liked it even though it made me only hate certain characters even more.

If I could point out a few complaints I had about the book, it would be how things seem to fall a little too conveniently into places  for Kiko, after she goes to California. I also wished the author took a different approach rather than using romance initially to bring in a transformation for her. Having said that, I loved how she understood her dependence on Jamie and wanted to come on to her own without using him as a crutch.

But these are only little things. I can say that the author’s writing was beautiful and makes me want to pick her second book asap. I felt strongly for the book – the story and the characters. Kiko will definitely with me for a long time. And as a reader, that’s all I can hope for – the story to leave a mark on me.


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★★★★★

TOP TEN TUESDAY : Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years


Top Ten Tuesday! And this will be really very tough to just select one favorite book from a year for the last 10 years. Let me attempt it to my very best effort anyway.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl.


2009 : UNSTICKY

Okay. I really liked the book when it got out. Sara Manning was a favorite author back then and this one had a broody, silent, mysterious hero which was a thing for me back then. It’s also a modern day equivalent of Pretty Woman. It’s not perfect but I really enjoyed the hell out of it.

2010 : THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

I didn’t read the book in 2010. But it’s definitely my favorite of the year. It was only after I finished the book that I discovered that the author had passed away after writing this book and there would be no more books in the series. You can’t imagine the despair I felt!

2011 : DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE

A book set in the world of chimeras and angels, with the captivating writing by Laini Taylor. There’s no doubt about how much I adore this book!

2012 : DIVERGENT

I was absolutely blown away by this book. I remember how crazily I was anticipating the sequels. If only I’d known what a train-wreck the third and final book in the trilogy would be!

2013 : A DIFFERENT BLUE

Again, I didn’t read this back in 2013. The story of Blue and how she defeats all odds with her strength, was very profound and a little hard to read, but nonetheless, a favorite.

2014 : LANDLINE

It’s got a lot of mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it. It’s a not light and humorous like her other books, but it’s got plenty of heart in it. Plus, he themes of second chances and a do-over have always been a winner for me.

2015 : SIX OF CROWS

I don’t know what to say about this book. Except maybe that Kaz and his band of misfits (read criminals) are EVERYTHING.

2016 : A COURT OF MIST AND FURY

I always love it when a book subverts all expectations without compromising the storytelling, but rather elevating it into something more magical. The other books in this series could only wish to be as good as this one!

2017 : STRANGE THE DREAMER

2017 was a year of amazing releases, and I have plenty of favorites from that year. But Strange The Dreamer just had something that takes it over the edge for me. Maybe it’s the magnificent writing, or the characters, or the beautiful world building.

2018 : MUSE OF NIGHTMARES

Again, a lot of favorite releases to contend with. But I just have to go with what my hear says. Muse of Nightmares was even better than Strange the Dreamer. It was beautiful and lovely and terrific and just all things good!


It’s weird how I went from struggling to find books to call favorite in the early years to being confused which to choose as favorite among many in the later years! This makes me happy that I’ve only read more books as the years have gone by.

 

BOOK REVIEW : IF I’M BEING HONEST

High school senior Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: bitch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school—she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her cutting and brutal honesty. So when she puts her foot in her mouth in front of her crush, Andrew, she fears she may have lost him for good.

In an attempt to win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Katherine in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. First, she’ll have to make amends with those she’s wronged, which leads her to Brendan, the guy she labelled with an unfortunate nickname back in the sixth grade. At first, Brendan isn’t all that receptive to Cameron’s ploy. But slowly, he warms up to her when they connect over the computer game he’s developing. Now if only Andrew would notice…

But the closer Cameron gets to Brendan, the more she sees he appreciates her personality—honesty and all—and wonders if she’s compromising who she is for the guy she doesn’t even want.


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This could also be titled “Self-taming of a self-proclaimed shrew”.

Cameron Bright is a mean girl. She thinks her friend Andrew is the one for her. But when he sees her being unnecessarily harsh to a classmate of theirs, he calls her a ‘bitch’. Cameron can’t bear Andrew having such a low opinion of her and wants to get into his good books again.

A discussion on ‘Taming of the Shrew’ in her English class makes her decide to tame herself à la Katherine. First step is apologizing to people she’s wronged. However, at first, it’s all because she wants to get Andrew back. Eventually, though her intentions become genuine. She even finds good friends and a potential love interest along the way.

What I liked most about the story was that Katherine is very self-aware. She knows what she is and does not pretend to be something else. She also knows why she is the way she is. She’s got a deadbeat mother and a rich absent father who are unmarried. Although her father lives in another city and is busy looking after his empire, and too busy to say two words of kindness to his daughter, Katherine wants his approval.

It’s him who fixes the mess that her mom makes and will always send the money for their living. Katherine admits to herself that it’s her father’s honest and harsh way of dealing with her that makes her the way she is. Katherine also, although harsh, never shies away from the truth. She also is hell bent on getting her father’s approval, even if it means studying Maths to get into the top business school, rather than the subject appeals to her – pursuing graphic design and arts.

Despite understanding where the character was coming from, I was frustrated and did not agree with many of the things she did. I also had mixed feelings about some of the secondary characters. I just could not connect with them. Having said that, all the characters were really well-fleshed out. The romance started off with great potential but I was not happy with the direction it took in the end.

What won me over in the end, though, was the organic character growth of Katherine. Her self-reflections and transition were a pleasure to witness, despite my frustrations with certain decisions she took. Also, I really liked the honest discussions and discourse on the topic of The Taming of The Shrew by the characters. These intelligent and intuitive insights turned it into an engaging read, even if not a perfect YA by any stretch.


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★★★★☆

BOOK REVIEW : DANCING ON COALS

After escaping robbers intent on murder, Katherine Grant says, “I jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Before long I’ll be dancing on the coals.” The highwaymen were the frying pan; the handsome young Apache who saved her from them was the fire; and the coals? Gaetan.

Rage against the enemies of his people has consumed Gaetan from boyhood. The only use he ever found for any white was to test the sharpness of his knife. Forced by his brother to endure Katherine’s company, Gaetan tries to deny what he sees—the white woman has a man’s temper and a lion’s courage. She has an Apache heart.

In spite of hate, distrust and fear, surviving in the rugged country of southern Arizona and northern Mexico forges a strange bond between Katherine and Gaetan. When the bond turns to love, can they admit it? Can they bear the consequences?


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I came across this title when I was looking for a romance with a slow-burn. This book came out at 2011 and I had no idea it existed. But this book provided just what I needed.

It’s set in the Wild west in the year 1888. The hero Gaetan is Native American and Katherine is a ‘White’.

They meet when Katherine is traveling alone in a stagecoach to New York, amidst all men. They get robbed and her companions murdered. Katherine, who’s spent all her childhood traveling the world and going on adventures with 5 brothers and father who owns a ship business, successfully defends herself. But not long after, a group of Apaches including Gaetan and his younger brother find her.

Initially traveling with the group, Katherine is well aware that the Apaches are the leser of the two evils, and uses that to her advantage by being acquiescent with them. Soon after, situations force Katherine and Gaetan to survive alone together. For Katherine, Gaetan is the only one she can depend on for survival; And for Gaetan, he has a promise to his brother to keep.

Katherine is a hard headed and strong heroine. But she knows when to bow down and take it. Gaetan is a hero unlike any. He hates ‘Whites’ who had killed his parents when he was just a kid and forced him to go to their school. This is a guy who refuses to speak English despite knowing the language. His life’s mission is to kill as many White as he can. But Katherine poses to be a problem he never foresaw, thanks to his brother.

I absolutely loved the romance. It was slow and took its time to build. I loved Katherine, and felt for her. First she is forced to travel with a man who hates her kind and won’t even spare any words for her. Then she is forced to live amidst people who distrust her. But it was Gaetan who owned this book. Here’s a character who speaks very little, but you learn to empathize with him. He is honorable but also cynical and distrusting.

The slow blooming attraction between them was amazing to witness. The enemy-to-lover twist is done so well that it’s believable and solid. I loved seeing the growth in their individual characters and their relation with each other. But what I loved most was Gaetan’s transition. He does not become a softie or change his mindset just overnight. And I loved how he didn’t have to start waxing poetry or romantic dialogue for Katherine or the readers to know what he felt. It was a very subtle and finely done.

I don’t know enough about the context of the history of suffering of the Native Americans to judge the accuracy of the story. I know that the ending was definitely on the imaginative side. But I also felt that the author portrays the Apaches with respect and invokes empathy for their plight. The book did make me reflect more on how unjust and unfair history has been to the Native Americans. So that’s another plus point for the story!


ratings

★★★★★


 

BOOK REVIEW : THE UNHONEYMOONERS

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

reviewChristina Lauren are a pair of authors who you can not afford to lose your trust over after one bad release. They always come back stronger after a not-so-strong book.

I was not entirely happy with their previous release. But with this book, they go back to their hit formula of the quirky heroine and the serious broody hero, and my favorite enemies-to-lovers trope! I tell you, you can never go wrong with this combination.

The one thing the authors manage to get perfectly right with this book is the humor. Their books always have humor in them, but this might have been the funniest book that I’ve read by them. The pairing of Olive and Ethan also didn’t disappoint. They had oodles of chemistry. And so much steaminess! The build-up was also done perfectly. You could feel the tension between them. I always love it when romances deliver a lot of tension before getting the couple together.

I liked that the authors brought on the “He said, she said” conundrum into the mix. It’s not something we usually see being explored in romances. Olive’s Mexican family members were also very endearing. The relationship between Ami and Olive also surprised me. After reading the blurb, I thought that there would be bitterness and distance between them. But I loved how despite their differences, their bond was indisputable.

Now, let’s come to the unpleasant part. I always feel that including serious issues in a lighthearted story can be a tricky thing. You can’t let one overshadow the other. Here, the authors bring in issues of body image and cheating.

We get a big inner monologue at the beginning about Olive’s issues with her body and problematic relationship with eating. But the authors don’t do justice to this important subject in the end. I feel that they were  lazy with resolving it. Like another reviewer mentioned, she seemed to get over her issues pretty easily.

Then, there’s the cheating part. While the insertion of the whole ‘He said, she said’ debacle was a good tool to create conflict between the characters to provide for an interesting climax, I felt that it compromised with Ethan’s character. His moral compass bugged me a lot. Olive seemed to me to be too forgiving. I get what the authors were trying to do. But like I said, the thing with inculcating serious themes in a lighthearted story can compromise on the storytelling if not executed well. My enjoyment from the first half of the book was marred a little by what I felt was an unsatisfying resolution

Ultimately, though, I enjoyed the romance a lot. It was fun, cute, hilarious and steamy. If not for the issues I mention earlier, this would have been a 5-star read.


ratings

★★★★☆


 

ARC REVIEW : SUMMER AT FIREFLY BEACH

Hallie Flynn’s favorite place in the world is her great Aunt Clara’s beautiful beachside house, with its inviting wraparound porch and enchanting views across the sparkling turquoise ocean. For Hallie, going to Firefly Beach, filled with magical childhood memories, feels like coming home. But all that is about to change…

In one moment Hallie’s world is turned upside down. She’s left broken-hearted when her adored Aunt Clara passes away.

As always, Aunt Clara has thought of everything. In her last letter she included the bucket list Hallie wrote when she was twelve-years-old—and Clara’s final wish is for her to complete it. For once, Hallie decides not to hesitate. Stepping away from her dead-end job and predictable schedule, she embraces Aunt Clara’s words.

Spending the summer at Firefly Beach, Hallie encounters old friends and begins to remember the things that matter most to her. All the time her childhood friend Ben Murray is there, supporting her every step of the way. But following the bucket list isn’t an easy journey. And if that wasn’t all, a run in with wealthy Gavin Wilson, a newcomer to Firefly Beach, leaves her questioning her future, and facing something buried deep in her heart which she’d rather not admit to.

Update : So I just found out that this is the 50th ARC I’m reviewing for Netgalley. That makes me so happy!

 

review

I wonder which is better or worse – a book leaving you with feelings of anger and disappointment. Or leaving you with no feelings at all, just plain old indifference.

I guess it depends on whether we pick up a book in hopes to escape our own feelings, or to fill up a void of feelings we have in our own life.

But why am I thinking about these things right now, you ask? Because I didn’t feel anything from this book. This book was not good. It was not bad. It just was…

I don’t even feel like dissecting what was it about this book that has me so apathetic. I just want to move on. But since I’ve been so kindly provided an ARC by the publisher in exchange of an honest review, I’ll have to attempt at anyway.

So what was it about this book?

It might have been the odd place the book starts off. Hallie and her family are grieving their aunt Clara. But we don’t see her dying. We don’t see Hallie decide to stay back in the beach. It’s all already happened. It was a very weird introduction.

If you want to build a whole story based on a a family’s grief over one person’s death, I don’t know, but maybe try starting off by making us feel something for that person too? For example, I recently read A Lily in the Light. It was about a missing girl who only appeared initially in the beginning for only a couple of pages. But that was enough for me to feel an attachment towards the girl, and make me invested in the story. This book lacked that. There was no hook to capture my interest.

It might have been the central romance. I liked Ben well enough. But for lack of a better word, I found him boring. I did not feel any spark in the writing. There was no tension.

Yes. Tension! That’s the right word. There’s a clear lack of tension in the book. Hallie is left a bucket list to fulfill which she wrote back when she was 12. But I didn’t feel any excitement or sense of adventure from the existence of this list. It was all a very dull affair. There was this sub-plot about a potential criminal. But even that failed to engage me.

It might just have been the writing. It didn’t pack any real punch or emotions to draw me in.

Or maybe it’s just me. Maybe, I’ve read too many intense books in the recent past that a simple story as this just didn’t do it for me.

I’ll give it 3 stars, because going back to my first point, I’ve decided that right now I’m better off not feeling any anger or disappointment over this book.


ratings

★★★☆☆


Publication Date: 17th June, 2019.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)

Links – Amazon | Goodreads

 

ARC REVIEW : THE SECOND CHANCE SUPPER CLUB

Two estranged sisters reunite in an emotional novel of family, forgiveness, lost hope, and new beginnings.

They had a forever bond, until a sudden tragedy thrust them apart. Now, each at a crossroad in her own life, two sisters’ paths are about to intersect.

Broadcast journalist Julia Frank has it all: a career, an ambitious fiancé, and the hard-won respect of her peers. Until a ruinous decision destroys her reputation, puts her job at risk, and sends her reeling toward the only soul left to turn to: her estranged sister, Ginny.

The owner of a clandestine supper club hidden in the Arizona desert, Ginny Frank has a lot on her plate. The last thing she wants is more drama—or the burden of nursing her younger sister’s wounded ego. But family is family. Besides, Ginny can use the help in more ways than one, and she’s going to make sure Julia pulls her weight.

As a tenuous reunion reopens old wounds, Julia and Ginny have no choice but to confront the pain and betrayals of the past. Will working to keep the secret supper club running be just what they need to find common ground and a path toward forgiveness, or will the increasing stress push them even further apart?

review

I love stories about family and sisters. But it’s difficult to like the story when I can’t like either of the sisters and bring myself to care for them.

We start off with broadcast journalist Julia who’s overslept and has to rush to catch her morning news broadcast. She’s already in hot waters from her boss because of the low ratings.

Now, here was my first problem with the story. When her boss calls her to express displeasure about her not garnering enough ratings, she’s confused because she’s doing her job of what’s asked her. So she doesn’t get why she’d have to care about the ratings. Now, I could expect an inexperienced girl in her 20s to think like that. But Julia who’s apparently experienced and worked hard to reach this position, acting like that just didn’t sit well with me.

Julia acts like this confused, naive and pushover girl for the rest of the story. After she impulsively acts on a gossip she heard on a party and asks the mayor who’s guesting on the show thanks to her co-host about it. She’s of course suspended. And the first thing she does is leave the city and goes to her sister in Arizona without letting her know beforehand because she needs to escape, without having her husband know. And she justifies that having called her sister Ginny ONLY TWICE and not getting a response means she can just drop uninvited on her doorsteps. It’s the same sister who she apparently hasn’t had contact with in 3 years. Then she spends rest of the book ignoring the problem she left over at her job.

Ginny, on the other hand, is a divorced single mother. She had to pack everything up and leave her job as a premium chef in New York after her parents died. Julia who we now know to always escape her problems, refused to leave her important job  and stayed behind. That left the elder sister Ginny with a lot of bitterness about having been the one to sacrifice. She now runs a clandestine supper club at her own house with the help of her daughter who hates her and is closer to the dad.

I found Ginny even more unlikable than Julia. She’s unapologetically bitter and cold. I get that she’s having money problems, and is just not happy with her life, but the way she treated Julia and her daughter, just got on my nerves.

The only character I liked even a little was Olive. While I like character driven stories, I could not relate or empathize with any of the characters. Besides, it was very slow. Nothing seems to ever happen. This was a letdown because I genuinely liked the previous book of the author.


review

★★☆☆☆


Publication Date: 10th September, 2019.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)

Links – Amazon | Goodreads | Book Depository


TAG : TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE #2

Hello you all! I’m late to do this. Rebecca had tagged me to do this more than a month ago! I’ve been busy catching up with my ARCs in the last month, and got derailed on the tags. Anyways, this is a really fun tag and I’m more than happy to revisit it again! So, a big thank you to Rebecca. Do make sure to check out her lovely blog!

Rules

  • Create a post with your two bookish truths and one bookish lie – but be sure to keep it a secret so your readers can guess
  • Reveal the lie in a spoiler at the bottom of your post (you can use this HTML code:
    <details><Summary>Reveal the Lie</Summary>Lie Revealed</details>

    ) (just change the S in summary and D in detail to lower case!)

  • Tag 8 friends to play along
  • Link back to the original post (Kaleena wants to see ALL of your secrets)

Two Truths and A Lie

  • I’ve read the A Song of Ice & Fire series
  • I am more than ahead on track for my Goodreads reading challenge 2019 (100 books)
  • I’ve never visited a book or literary convention

 



I’ve read the A Song of Ice & Fire series

Reveal the Lie

So since this is my second time doing this, I’m gonna take the lazy way out and not tag anyone. But please feel free to do this if you find it fun!


But did you guess it right? Let me know!

TOP TEN TUESDAY : THE BOOKS WHOSE SCREEN ADAPTATIONS THAT I’D BE TERRIFIED TO WATCH

Happy Tuesday, y’all! Today’s TTT topic is Page to screen freebies. I’ve chosen to list down books whose screen adaptations I’d  be scared to watch. In other words, these are books which I absolutely adore and have potential to make for amazing screen adaptations. But I’m scared that they’re gonna be ruined in the hands of other people. (Case in point, Game of Thrones) So, I want to see the screen adaptation but also don’t want to see it, because I love the books too much!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


Fantasy Series

Lumatere Chronicles : My love for this series knows no bounds! But there are so many character and so many details in this series that would need a lot of care to be done justice to.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone : This is such a rich universe that I’d love to see come to life! But I’m sure different people would have different ideas. This is one imaginative world! Chimeras, angels, different worlds and what not! It would be a mammoth task to make it work. But if executed well, this would be a screen adaptation for the ages!

Kate Daniels : What I wouldn’t do to get a TV show on Kate Daniels. It would be like Buffy the Vampire Slayer! But again, the idea scares me as much as it thrills me. Because there’s a lot of characters, a lot of creatures and a lot of mythologies at play here. We’re talking about 10 books of plot here!

Strange the Dreamer : Another series by Laini Taylor! Laini Taylor creates and builds such amazing worlds that I doubt there’s anyone who wouldn’t want to see it all come to life. But again, the more imaginative the world, the trickier it becomes to adapt it!

Six of Crows : Who wouldn’t want to see Kaz and his crew on their screens? This would be magic on screen! But if not executed well, a disaster!

Standalones

Sadie : Sadie is just brilliant to read and listen to. I think that a movie based on it would do wonders! But since it’s written in a podcast form, making it into a movie might be not as straightforward as it seems. It would be easy to screw that up.

On the Jellicoe Road : I heard about a movie news of this book a long long time ago. I don’t know if it will ever materialize but there’s too many aspects to this book that would be tricky to adapt to screen.

The Hating Game : I absolutely love this romance. I hear that they’re already working on a movie based on this. The idea scares me to no end! Please please do justice to the chemistry between Josh and Lucy!

From Sand and Ash : When I was reading the book, I couldn’t help but wonder what a movie adaptation would be like. It would create waves if made well. But there’s a lot of factors to keep in mind! It’s about the world war after all. and has a very large scope. Can’t mess this up!

The Seven and a half deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle : How I would love to see this story in the screen! But, I don’t envy anyone having to bring such a complex and intricate plot to life! You know one person whose version of this book I probably wouldn’t be scared to watch? Christopher Nolan!