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You by Caroline Kepnes – BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd.

Published: October 9th, 2014

Pages: 432 (hardback edition)

Audiobook length: 11 hrs and 6 mins

 

 

 

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Synopsis by the publisher:

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes

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The Review

"You mesmerised me and scared me at the same time. One of the scariest things
about this novel, is how it points out just how easily accessible all of our 
private information really is to anyone who's looking for it."


I was intrigued by the premise of this novel from the time it started to frequently appear on BookTube, a little over a year ago. I had it on my to-read list for a long time, and sort of forgot about it. Then I was asked by a fellow BookTuber if I wanted to buddy read it with him, and it had once again sparked my interest. I didn’t get my hands on a copy before my buddy had already finished his, so I was a bit late to the party once again. Better late than never though, and this is one party you don’t want to miss out on!

The story is written in a first person narrative through the character Joe. What was interesting about reading from the perspective of a stalker like Joe, is to see just how easily he justifies every move he makes. It’s such a wonderful and horrendous experience to be inside the mind of the bad guy!

Both Joe and Beck made for very interesting and relatable characters. None were too polished or unrealistic, and the friends that surrounded Beck (and made things difficult for Joe) made it all even more interesting.

You mesmerised me and scared me at the same time. One of the scariest things
about this novel, is how it points out just how easily accessible all of our
private information really is to anyone who’s looking for it. Makes you think about what it is that you actually want to share on today’s social media.

It was a very suspenseful ride, and one that I will not forget. Going into this, I was certain that this was a stand alone novel, but I’ve come to know that it is actually the first part of a series. The second book (Hidden Bodies) was published February 2016. I will be picking this one up sometime in 2017. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

That being said, You can easily be read as if it was a stand alone novel. It is just bloody brilliant in my opinion!

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Finders Keepers by Stephen King – VIDEO REVIEW

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Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll – REVIEW

luckiest-girl-alive-9781476789637Luckiest Girl Alive was sent to my by the publisher via Netgalley to read and give an honest review. 

Published: May 12th, 2015

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Pages: 352

 

 

Synopsis by the the publisher:

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Aliveexplores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?

And now, over to the review!

Luckiest Girl Alive is probably not a book that I would have picked up in the store. I was not really sold on the synopsis when I first came over it and I didn’t LOVE the cover. But after reading some really good (no spoiler) reviews, I decided to request it on Netgalley.

What it turned out to be, was nothing like I ever would have expected it to be.

This book is quite difficult to review without spoiling you guys so that’s why I’m doing it a little different this review, but it is for your own good. Haha!

The thing about this book is that it is brutal and it is uncomfortably honest at times. It takes a look on the pressure for women when it comes to looks, status and career. And what makes this book very thrilling and gripping is the secrets that unravel throughout the books.

It was well written and how it all come together was done really well. It took me a little while to get invested in the story mostly because Ani is not a character that I personally felt extremely connected to in the beginning.

I watched this video prior to reading the book so I was very prepared to not immediately like Ani:

Did Knoll make me care about Ani?

Definitely! I rooted for her even though I did not agree with all of her choices.

Did I see some of myself in her? Yeah, I did. The pressure she’s under is something that I think most women faces at some point.

She was a refreshingly honest character and I really liked that. It  made the story into something more than what I ever thought possible. It touches on some extremely heavy subjects that needs this kind of focus.

And the plot twist! Let’s just say that I had to stop reading the section, go back and read it again just to be sure that my eyes hadn’t tricked me.

Some parts I wished were gone even more into depths with and I really would have loved to get to know some of the side characters a little better. Especially Ben. I wish we could have heard more about him.

And I believe Knoll gave it the perfect ending!

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Highly recommend if you want to read something a little different, brutally honest and somewhat uncomfortable in a good way.

People are comparing it to Gone Girl. Since I haven’t read Gone Girl I can’t vouch for that, but maybe it helps you get more of a feel to what kind of story to expect of this book.

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Red Queen The Substrate Wars by Jeb Kinnison – REVIEW

Red Queen is the first in The Substrate Wars series and was sent to me by the author for an honest review.

51t0jINt5uL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_This is a science fiction thriller set in the US in the not too distant future. The  country is run by a Unity Party, combining the worst of both the Democrats and the Republicans. The Bill of Rights is being ignored and people are being monitored by the government. Terrorist attacks results in more restrictions on people’s freedom and privacy.

The story follows a group of young people who are tired of their countries censor, stagnant economy and no jobs for young educated people. And when one of their favored professors suddenly disappears after being contacted by Homeland Security who suspects that he’s staying in touch with a former student who now runs a rebel group.

These young students discovers a new kind of technology that could ever free mankind or be the ultimate weapon to control or destroy us if it falls into the wrong hands. What are they to do with it? And they have to work fast before Homeland Security arrests them all and get their hands on the technology. Who can they trust? How do they know that they’re not being watched already?

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I was very intrigued by the synopsis when I was contacted about this book and it did not disappoint me. It was fast-paced and exciting. The characters were really well made but I would have loved to have gotten to know them a little bit better. In the beginning of the story some of the writing could get a bit too technical for my taste, but it definitely picked up and got easier to follow as the story progressed.

I can’t say that I’ve read anything quite like this before so I went into this with a very open mind and was definitely pleasantly surprised!

I’m really looking forward to seeing where this series goes and I definitely recommend this if you like political thrillers and science fiction.

4star

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Kill Your Boss by Shane Kuhn – REVIEW

9780751552348Kill Your Boss (published in the US as The Intern’s Handbook) tells the story of John Lago. John is an assassin working for HR inc. This book is part confessional, part how-to book for surviving as an assassin. HR inc. sends their assassins into corporations disguised as interns.

“Interns are invisible. You can tell executives your name a hundred times and they will never remember it because they have no respect for someone at the bottom of the barrel, working for free. The irony is that they will heap important duties on you with total abandon. The more of these duties you voluntarily accept, the more you will get, simultaneously acquiring TRUST AND ACCESS. Ultimately, your target will trust you with his life and that is when you will take it.”

Slowly gaining trust and getting access to their target they work as interns and work hard on not being remembered or noticed.

John Lago finds himself at the age of 25 (which is quite old in his line of work) and ready to retire from the life of an assassin. He just have to finish one last assignment and then he is free to live a normal life. This is the story of that last assignment and with it comes most of his tips and tricks for survival and succeeding. His last assignment turns about to be much harder and more difficult than any he’s experienced before.

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I must admit that I bought this one just as I buy my wine from time to time. “Ooo! That one’s pretty!” I’m a sucker for a pretty, unique or funny cover. My boyfriend and I had seen this cover (and mentioned that it was quite funny) a few times while browsing in some bookstores and one day I just had to get it without taking the trouble to find out anything about the story. Let’s just call it going into it with an open mind.

This story is just as fast paced as an action movie (might have something to do with Mr. Kuhn’s career as a movie producer) and it is a page turner for sure. Written as if it was a memoir/handbook and very witty as well it is a fast read and I enjoyed it very much. I was on the edge of my seat (sofa.. mostly sofa..) and I giggled loudly and even had to read out some quotes to my boyfriend as I was reading through this one.

It was funny, exciting and very different! Definitely a pleasant surprise when I went into it with no expectations 🙂

Highly recommend this book if you want something action packed and witty, but on the lighter side!

4star

One of my favorite quotes from Kill Your Boss:

“Above all, you must be humble. When you are humble, you are like a sponge, taking in the world and letting it fill you with the knowledge of what is real. Pride and arrogance are a dry sponge. You learn nothing. You think you know everything when it’s not even possible to know everything. And then you’re the dumbass with the surprised look on your face when someone puts a bullet in you.”

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Until next time, Toodles!

 

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