Stacking the Shelves

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Yesterday I  went to the city with my mom and my cousin and when we picked up my cousin, the very first thing she said to me was that she had a surprise for me. She surprised me with books. One of them is signed and the other one she knew was on my wish list. 🙂

Books I Didn’t Get Myself:

I Bought At Goodwill:

 

 

Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

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Publication Date: February 23rd 2016
Details: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
ISBN: 9781476785622
Source: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 🙂

Caroline Kepnes:
Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Buy Hidden Bodies:
Amazon | Book Depository

Summary

In the compulsively readable follow-up to her widely acclaimed debut novel, You, Caroline Kepnes weaves a tale that Booklist calls “the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman.”

Hidden Bodies marks the return of a voice that Stephen King described as original and hypnotic, and through the divisive and charmingly sociopathic character of Joe Goldberg, Kepnes satirizes and dissects our culture, blending suspense with scathing wit.

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.

In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: truelove. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend—he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice…

Review

I want more. Can I please have more Joe? Please? This book was so good. When I first started reading it, I thought it was even better than You and that I would give five stars. After awhile I realized that I was just excited to have more. This time I knew Joe from the beginning. So even though I technically enjoyed the first book a bit more, I couldn’t give this one less than four stars. The two books together are five stars. I love them. I love Joe.

Everything about this book was amazing. 439 pages just wasn’t enough. I wanted more. I still want more. I need more.

If you haven’t read You yet, do it. If you have read it and you liked it, you wont be disappointed in this one. Unless you are looking for something new. If you just want more of the first book, you will be happy with Hidden Bodies. But seriously, can I have more?

4 out of 5 stars

Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

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Publication Date: September 30th 2014
Details: Hardcover, 422 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
ISBN: 9781476785592
Source: Either I bought it or my mom did. 🙂

Caroline Kepnes:
Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Buy You:
Amazon | Book Depository

Summary

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.

Review

I was incredibly excited but also nervous about this book. I’ve been wanting to read it for a very long time because it sounded like something I would really like and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it. Everyone seems to love this book. I was so worried that the hype would kill it for me. I am so happy to say that it didn’t. I wasn’t disappointed at all.

I knew going in that I might like Joe a bit. However, I wasn’t prepared for what actually happened. I kind of love Joe. He was the only character in the book that I actually liked. I couldn’t stand anyone else. There were so many times I just wanted to hop into the book and give him the biggest hug.

Overall I really enjoyed You (wow that sounds so weird), and I can’t wait to pick up the next book, Hidden Bodies. I really hope it’s just as good.

4 out of 5 stars

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Read Last Week: 

Hidden Bodies (You #2) Caroline Kepnes

Currently Reading:

Woodard_5.inddThe Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard

Synopsis: The untold story of a heroic band of Caribbean pirates whose defiance of imperial rule inspired revolt in colonial outposts across the world

In the early eighteenth century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, “Black Sam” Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates—former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves—this “Flying Gang” established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote. They cut off trade routes, sacked slave ships, and severed Europe from its New World empires, and for a brief, glorious period the Republic was a success.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Yet another slow week. I am still having trouble concentrating. Hopefully I can read more this week.

Read Last Week: 

Covenant with the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1) Jeanne Kalogridis

Currently Reading:

Hidden Bodies (You #2) Caroline KepnesHidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes

Synopsis: Charmingly murderous anti-hero Joe Goldberg continues his twisted quest for the perfect love in this thrilling follow-up to the “deeply dark yet mesmerizing” You. When Joe follows the woman he wants to marry to the West Coast, he never imagines that his obsession will lead him to such tragedy.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Read Last Week: 

A Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) Katie LaneYou Caroline KepnesVampires

Currently Reading:

Covenant with the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1) Jeanne KalogridisCovenant With the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1) by Jeanne Kalogridis

Synopsis: A sensual, terrifying, incredibly accomplished first novel, this fascinating prequel to the classic and most popular horror novel of all time, Dracula, focuses on Dracula’s great-nephew, who inherits the job of managing his great-uncle’s estate…and his appetite. Written in diary form as Dracula is, this compulsively readable book has revelations that will shock and delight readers of the original. More erotic than Anne Rice, Kalogridis is a major new voice in vampire fiction. The first chilling tale in an exciting new trilogy is a rich and terrifying historical novel set fifty years before the opening of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. At the castle of Prince Vlad Tsepesh, also known as Dracula, Vald’s great-nephew Arkady is honored to care for his beloved though strange great-uncle…until he beings to realize what is expected of him in his new role. It seems that either he provides his great-uncle with unsuspecting victims to satisfy his needs, or Vlad will kill those Arkady loves. He is trapped into becoming party to murder and sadistic torture. And it is in his blood. When Arkady learns that his newborn son is being groomed one day to follow in his footsteps, he knows that he must fight Dracula, even if it means death.

Stacking The Shelves

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Once again my mom has bought me books. We went to the mall on Tuesday and stopped by the bookstore. Of course I had to check out the table with all the bargain books and I found a bunch that were one my wish list. I somehow managed to get it down to four books and my amazing mom bought them for me. She is seriously the best. Here is what I got:

You Caroline KepnesThe Year of Shadows Claire LegrandThe Ice Dragon George R.R. Martin

The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister George R.R. Martin

R.eaders I.mbibing in P.eril X

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I know I’m a little late on this but I’ve been in a reading slump. If you want to know more about R.eaders I.mbibing in P.eril or you would like to sign up, just go here.

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Peril the First: Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) ofR.I.P. literature.

  1. The Troop by Nick Cutter – 4 Stars
  2. Carrie by Stephen King – 3 Stars
  3. Vlad: The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys – 4 Stars
  4. Christopher Pike’s Tales of Terror – 4 Stars
  5. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ghost Stories and Plays – 2 Stars

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Peril On the Screen: This is for those of us that like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year.

  1. Hocus Pocus – 5 Stars
  2. Halloweentown – 5 Stars
  3. Halloweentown II – 5 Stars
  4. Halloweentown High – 5 Stars
  5. Return to Halloweentown – 3 Stars
  6. Twitches – 4 Stars
  7. Twitches Too – 4 Stars
  8. My Babysitter’s a Vampire (The Movie) – 4 Stars
  9. My Babysitter’s a Vampire (The Show) – 4 Stars
  10. Halloween (Rob Zombies) – 4 Stars
  11. Night of the Creeps – 4 Stars
  12. Night of the Living Dead 3D – 2 Stars
  13. Urban Legends – 3 Stars
  14. Hatchet II – 3 Stars
  15. Texas Chainsaw – 2Stars
  16. A lot of Ghost Adventures – 4 Stars
  17. A lot of Ghost Hunters – 3 Stars
  18. Mask Maker – 2 Stars
  19. The Pit – 3 Stars
  20. Reaper (Season One) – 4 Stars
  21. Casper Meets Wendy – 3 Stars
  22. Into the Grizzly Maze – 3 Stars
  23. Poltergeist (2015) – 2 Stars
  24. Curse of Chucky – 4 Stars
  25. The Howling – 4 Stars
  26. Howling II: … Your Sister Is a Werewolf – 3 Stars
  27. From Dusk Till Dawn – 5 Stars

Review: Moonlight Becomes You by Mary Higgins Clark

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Details: Paperback, 339 pages
Published: May 1997 by Pocket Books
Source: I think I found it used and my mom bought it for me.
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 2 stars

Summary: At a party in Manhattan, Maggie Holloway–one of the fashion world’s most successful photographers–is thriller to be reunited with her beloved former stepmother. A widow now, Nuala Moore is equally delighted to see her long-lost stepdaughter, and invites Maggie to spend a few weeks at her home in Newport, Rhode Island.

But when Maggie arrives, she finds Nuala murdered, apparently by a burglar. Heartbroken, Maggie is stunned to learn she has inherited Nuala’s charming Victorian home…and horrified when she begins to suspect that Nuala’s death was not random, but part of a larger scheme conceived by a twisted mind. When Nuala’s dear old friend, Greta Shipley, dies suddenly of supposedly natural causes, Maggie is convinced that there’s a link between these two and other recent deaths among the wealthy older women of Newport. What she doesn’t realize is that she has now become a target for the killer as well, and that each clue she uncovers brings her closer to an unimaginable fate. In her most chillingly suspenseful novel yet, the Queen of Suspense delivers a tale of brilliantly sustained terror, woven with the skill and insight into human nature that have made all of Mary Higgins Clark’s books major bestsellers.

Review: I haven’t read a lot by Mary Higgins Clark but I have been reading her books since I was a kid. I have always really enjoyed the stories and I very rarely figure out the endings. So I had high expectations for this one and was somewhat disappointed.

It usually only takes me a few hours to get through her books, but this one took me days. It just didn’t seem like much was happening and it wasn’t that suspenseful. I still enjoyed it, but it’s probably my least favorite of the ones I’ve read by her. It might have something to do with the fact that I used to read her books when I was 10 – 13 years old. You know when you love a book or an author as a kid, and then go back as an adult and it’s just not the same? I hope that’s not what it is. I really hope it was just this one book and I enjoy whatever I read by her in the future.

Even though it was my least favorite by her, it is still worth a read if you are a fan of hers. If you’ve never read a Mary Higgins Clark book before, try one of her other books.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Moonlight Becomes You and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.