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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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Published 9th Jan 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

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Summary: A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.

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WOW. What a ride!

I’m kind of iffy about “best thrillers” title, lest I be disappointed like Final Girls. But boy, oh boy, was I in for a show.

I asked for a thriller, and I definitely got myself a thriller. The best way to go into this book is to go into it blind. Don’t read too many of the reviews, don’t try and find out anything. Just go into it blindly.

I did exactly that, and what I got was an amazing thriller in return. Despite reading the summary that tells me not to make assumptions, I made my assumptions all throughout Part One and boy, was I completely wrong. I didn’t see any of it coming.

The book is divided into Part One and Part Two — part one mostly introduces the people involved and comes from different POVs, whereas part two, is the continuation of Part One told in only one POV. Having the different POVs really brings a different dynamic to the story because we get to see the same thing from different angles. We create different assumptions, there is greater suspense and when everything is revealed at the end of part one, you mind is completely blown.

Looking back on the story, there were a few hints about the twists and turns but it was so subtle that you could easily miss it. I think the way it was written is to make it seem as minute and as unimportant as possible so that you’d be surprised to the end.

I’m more impressed by Part One than Part Two, mostly because I expected more towards the end. The ending wasn’t as impactful as the ending of Part One. It was underwhelming and I wanted to see more happen to the characters. The ending does knock a few stars off the rating, but if I was honest, the majority of the book is too good for me to give it a 4 star rating.

More of a 4.5/5, but it leans more towards a 5 than a 4. Still, a perfectly good thriller about marriage that is unlike others and definitely one for the shelves.

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Final Girls By Riley Sager

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Published 11 July 2017 by Dutton

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Summary: “The Final Girls need you. . . .  The Final Girls are tough, everything survivors should be.  But the new threat is clever, ominous, even closer than you suspect. You are about to gasp. You might drop the book. You may have to look over your shoulder. But you must keep reading.  This is the best book of 2017.”—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

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Boy, do I have a lot to say about Final Girls.

I bought this book in the height of its hype and I’ve been tying to finish it for over 6 months. That’s how long it took me to finally finish this damn book.

It’s not that it’s no good, it’s just way too draggy and unnecessarily so. The idea and premise of this book is excellent. I mean, come on. The idea of a gang of final survivors from massacres is just fantastic! But I just couldn’t buy into Quincy’s character. I couldn’t picture her in my head; she felt so 2 dimensional and just didn’t seem like she could be a real person at all. There’s just something about her that I didn’t care for — something that screamed ‘boring’ and incredibly ‘first-world-problem’-y. (There’s pages and pages and pages about her professing her love for her boyfriend, but also not being into it and lusting over some other guy and yada yada yada. I want to be her friend, but I also don’t etc. So boring — I began speed reading at this point. Nobody is missing out anything anyway.).

3/4 of this book is incredibly slow and boring. At some point it even stopped making sense. Here comes another “Final Girl” Sam, let’s invite her into our home and start painting nails in the middle of this crisis aka A GIRL IN YOUR GROUP JUST DIED BUT LET’S FORGET ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND AND JUST MAKE A BONFIRE. Honestly. A lot of the baking scenes, the over-explaination of her feelings towards Sam (and everyone else) could have been done without.

The book travels back and forth in time, from the present day to the day of the attack but again, a lot of what is revealed from the past doesn’t come along to the very end and even then it was sort of a whut kind of moment for me. The book picks up the the last quarter, which is its only saving grace but I am sad to report that the ending didn’t wow me and I’m just left with more confusion than a conclusion. I just didn’t get the ending. I thought it was going one way and then suddenly a whole new story came about outta nowhere. Didn’t really see that one coming but I also don’t think it really gelled the story together, personally.

I really wanted to love this book. I heard nothing but good reviews about it and it was billed as one of the best thrillers of 2017. I wanted to be wowed, but I wasn’t. I just couldn’t be. A thriller that doesn’t grab you from the start, is pretty difficult to dive into, especially one that literally has nothing going for it for 3/4 of its entirety.

It could have been, but it wasn’t meant to be. Final Girls is not for me, but if you’re willing to push through and give it a shot, why not.

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Crazy Rich Asians By Kevin Kwan

16085481Crazy Rich Asians By Kevin Kwan
Crazy Rich Asians #1

Published 11 June 2013 by Doubleday

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Summary: Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.

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This book is over the top dramatic.

I had initially pinned this as an Asian version of Gossip Girl, and yes, it read like gossip, but it was just so over the top. I am a Singaporean, born and raised and we often hear about this top few percent of billionaires so it was quite intriguing at first.

What I hadn’t imagined was this entire cast of madness. I came in thinking this book would be about Nick and Rachel and how they navigate returning home to Singapore for the wedding of the year and surprise! Nick is crazy rich. Except… Rachel doesn’t know it, and quite frankly, Nick doesn’t seem to realise he’s extremely rich either. The book was flamboyant, irritating at times and just so unnecessarily complicated.

I kept reading for one reason only: I wanted to know what was this deep secret that everyone seemed to know about Rachel Chu. Her family background. And when I found out, I felt empty. The ending made me feel empty, like I’ve been working so hard chasing after nothing. I just wasn’t impressed. It left me hanging, thinking, huh, that’s it? After all that drama towards the end, all for it to end up like this, neatly wrapped and everything is okay. It just didn’t blow me over.

I initially started listening to the audiobook of this, read by Lynn Chen but I didn’t like the way it was read (too difficult to listen to, all the characters sound the same) and there were too many characters being introduced for me to properly catch on. So I switched to the book and eased myself into the story again. Fairly disappointed at the audiobook — considering people were raving about it but it just really wasn’t for me. As someone who lives in Asia and can differentiate different dialects very well, I just don’t think the narrator does any of it much justice or even has a clue. Too much switching, too many bad attempts at dialects and Singlish (Singaporean English). Overall would not recommend you getting the audiobook (I believe she’s the only narrator for Crazy Rich Asians) at all and opt for the book instead.

Enjoyed the book as a whole, but got lost in too many insane characters and felt that Nick and Rachel’s relationship got lost in the process, being completely overshadowed by other colourful characters. Reminds me of Gossip Girl meets Sarong Party Girls (by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, which I read and devoured this year — a total must read, especially if you’re living in Singapore or Asia!)

Still very excited to see the movie! Very curious to see how all this will be interpreted for the big screen!

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My Not So Perfect Life By Sophie Kinsella

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My Not So Perfect Life By Sophie Kinsella
Published 7 Feb 2017 By Bantam Press

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Summary: Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

I’ve been going on a Sophie Kinsella binge.

There’s just something that is so therapeutic about Kinsella’s writing that always manages to bring me out of my reading slump. I’ve been waiting for my local library to shelve the books, but I saw it in the small mass paperbacks and caved. I needed my dose of Sophie Kinsella.

I’ve read quite a bit of Kinsella, enough to know that her characters are always so punchy and clever. Of course, she delivers again in  My Not So Perfect Life. I’ve Got Your Number was one of my favourite Kinsella stand-alones, but I feel that My Not So Perfect Life has taken over that spot. My Not So Perfect Life is one of her more realistic books and touches base with the idea of being “Instagram perfect” and the harrows behind the perfect feed. Katie is a fantastic protagonist. She’s from a middle class family in the countryside, desperate to make a name for herself in the busyness of London. The premise largely revolves Katie’s job in a big name Marketing firm in London, and her quick downfall thanks to her unpleasant boss (who doesn’t even know who she is!)

My Not So Perfect Life is so relatable. Office conflict, gossip, a terrible higher up, a cute higher up (yeah, we’ve all been there!) and the nagging feeling of incompetence and desperation for success. My Not So Perfect Life is one of her better written works and I feel that in comparison to her other works, there are more things to talk and discuss about this.

And yes, in case you’re wondering, there is a lush and gorgeous male lead in this book. Equally as swoony as the other male leads.  Siiiiiigh.

I held on to this book for a longer time, trying not to rush through it and was so upset when it finally came to an end. I wanted more, I needed more.

I think I just need more Kinsella.

A hilarious page turner and definitely one for the shelves!

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Mini Reviews: Confessions of a Shopaholic (#5 & #6)

Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
Confessions of a Shopaholic #5
Published 27 Feb 2007 by Dial Press

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Summary: Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is pregnant! She couldn’t be more overjoyed-especially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery . . . to the latest, coolest pram . . . to the celebrity, must-have obstetrician.

But when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke’s glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky’s perfect world starts to crumble. She’s shopping for two . . . but are there three in her marriage?

Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Confessions of a Shopaholic #6
Published 21 Sept 2010 by Dial Press

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Summary: Sophie Kinsella has dazzled readers with her irresistible Shopaholic novels–sensational international bestsellers that have garnered millions of devoted fans and catapulted her into the first rank of contemporary storytellers. Now her beloved heroine Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) returns in a hilarious tale of married life, toddlerhood, and the perils of trying to give a fabulous surprise party–on a budget!

Becky Brandon thought motherhood would be a breeze and that having a daughter was a dream come true: a shopping friend for life! But it’s trickier than she thought. Two-year-old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping.

Minnie creates havoc everywhere she goes, from Harrods to her own christening. Her favorite word is “Mine!” and she’s even trying to get into eBay! On top of everything else, Becky and Luke are still living with her parents (the deal on house #4 has fallen through), when suddenly there’s a huge financial crisis.

With people having to “cut back,” Becky decides to throw a surprise party for Luke to cheer everyone up. But when costs start to spiral out of control, she must decide whether to accept help from an unexpected source–and therefore run the risk of hurting the person she loves.

Will Becky be able to pull off the celebration of the year? Will she and Luke ever find a home of their own? Will Minnie ever learn to behave? And . . . most important . . . will Becky’s secret wishes ever come true?

 

As the summaries suggests, Becky is now a mother of one tenacious little Minnie Brandon. I really really really loved the addition of Minnie. She’s such a hilarious little girl. Her favourite word is “mine”, and while its completely adorable, she gets a little bit bossy and demanding, kind of like Becky.

Becky does quite a bit of growing up in these two books. She learns how to deal with being a mother, learning how to deal with being told that she’s a shopaholic (yes, someone finally told her!) and dealing how to work with a budget. I feel that her character has definitely grown and developed, especially in book 6. She learns how to handle relationships more carefully and tries even harder to keep things together. She seems more responsible, even.

Again, I have to stress that this book or series isn’t going to be for everyone. Becky and her shopaholic problems may rub people off the wrong way, but this is just one of those books people either love or hate. Either way, this series is fairly simple to get into and its not very deep — they’re very straightforward and easy to digest.

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Mini Reviews: Confessions of a Shopaholic (#2 – #4) By Sophie Kinsella

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan By Sophie Kinsella
Confessions of a Shopaholic #2
Published 29 Jan 2002 By Dial Press Trade Paperback

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Summary: With her shopping excesses (somewhat) in check and her career as a TV financial guru thriving, Becky Bloomwood’s biggest problem seems to be tearing her entrepreneur boyfriend, Luke, away from work for a romantic country weekend. That is, until Luke announces he’s moving to New York for business—and he asks Becky to go with him! Before you can say “Prada sample sale,” Becky has landed in the Big Apple, home of Park Avenue penthouses and luxury department stores.

Surely it’s only a matter of time until Becky becomes an American celebrity. She and Luke will be the toast of Gotham society. Nothing can stand in their way, especially with Becky’s bills an ocean away in London. But then an unexpected disaster threatens her career prospects, her relationship with Luke, and her available credit line. Becky may have taken Manhattan—but will she have to return it?


Shopaholic Ties the Knot By Sophie Kinsella
Confessions of a Shopaholic #3
Published 31 Aug 2004 By Dell Publishing Company

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Summary: Life has been good for Becky Bloomwood: She’s become the best personal shopper at Barneys, she and her successful entrepreneurial boyfriend, Luke, are living happily in Manhattan’s West Village, and her new next-door neighbor is a fashion designer! But with her best friend, Suze, engaged, how can Becky fail to notice that her own ring finger is bare? Not that she’s been thinking of marriage (or diamonds) or anything . . . Then Luke proposes! Bridal registries dance in Becky’s head. Problem is, two other people are planning her wedding: Becky’s overjoyed mother has been waiting forever to host a backyard wedding, with the bride resplendent in Mum’s frilly old gown. While Luke’s high-society mother is insisting on a glamorous, all-expenses-paid affair at the Plaza. Both weddings for the same day. And Becky can’t seem to turn down either one. Can everyone’s favorite shopaholic tie the knot before everything unravels?

Shopaholic on Honeymoon By Sophie Kinsella
Confessions of a Shopaholic #3.5
Published 10 Dec 2014 by Transworld Digital

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Summary: The new Mr and Mrs Brandon are on honeymoon, and Becky has big plans! They’ve got a whole year to explore Venice, learn yoga in India, sleep in little wooden huts in South America… maybe even see penguins in the Arctic. And of course they’ll need to buy just a few essential souvenirs along the way (everyone needs a set of Murano glass goblets, after all).

 

They’re not just tourists, they’re travellers. Becky is sure it is just the thing that Luke needs – time to unwind. He’ll come back a changed man… with all the good bits still intact of course.

But it soon becomes clear that Luke has different plans entirely. Can Becky help him let go, or will this little disagreement threaten their whole honeymoon?

Shopaholic and Sister By Sophie Kinsella
Confessions of a Shopaholic #4
Published 30 Aug 2005 By Dial Press Trade Paperback

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Summary: Trouble between newly weds Luke and Becky Brandon started on their honeymoon, when Becky told a tiny fib about a shopping purchase. Luke put her on a budget and she’s struggling.

 

But things look up when, on her return, she finds out she’s got a long-lost sister. But Becky’s sister isn’t what she expects – her sister can’t, surely, hate shopping … ?

This series seems to get A LOT of flack from people. I don’t know why! OK, so maybe Becky Bloomwood is kind of silly and she doesn’t learn her lesson even after 4 books (let alone all 8…) but aside from her very obvious shopping problem, Becky is such a hilarious character. She’s so colourful, so silly yet so smart in her own right. We keep forgetting that she’s a former financial journalist and had a very popular television gig going for her before it all went to dust. She’s such a determined and strong character, a little ditzy, but she makes up for much of it with her other pleasant qualities. It’s so hard to hate Becky, personally. She’s such a charming character, its rather hard to put her off.

People say this book should have ended ages ago — she should have learnt her lesson by now. But, so what if she hasn’t? I think that’s the way people are. I personally have a bit of a spending problem myself, and sometimes its hard to accept that we have such problems and its even harder to kick the habit. I find that her character is quite realistic in that sense — it makes her quite human, although that can make her unlikeable to many. To each their own, I suppose.

The books are very fun in general. As the title suggests, Becky gets into all kinds of trouble, from moving to New York, to getting married, and finally meeting her long-lost sister. It’s a very quick and fun easy read, mindless almost. The books aren’t deep, they’re not supposed to be. They’re just very very fun and addictive. I read them one after another — and if you love the idea of following a shopaholic on a life journey through clothes and hidden bank statements, then pick these books up.

In fact, I’ve only just found out that Sophie Kinsella has written a #3.5 of what happens during Becky and Luke’s honeymoon. Its available to read for free on her website. Enjoy reading, folks!

 

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Viral By Helen Fitzpatrick

Viral By Helen Fitzpatrick
Published: 11 Aug 2016 by Faber Faber

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Summary: So far, twenty-three thousand and ninety-six people have seen me online.

Su has always been the successful sister. It’s Leah who is wild and often angry. But when they go to Magaluf to celebrate their exam results, Su disappears.

Su is on the run, humiliated and afraid. There’s an online video of her performing multiple sex acts in a nightclub. And everyone has seen it.

Their mother Ruth, a prominent court judge, is furious. Can she bring justice to the men who took advantage of her daughter, and what will it take to bring Su home?

‘Read it.’ Stylist

‘Gripping.’ Tammy Cohen, author of When She Was Bad

‘A real psychological roller-coaster.’ Scotsman

 

TW: Sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, attempted rape

OK. From the trigger warning alone, you probably might have guessed what this book is about. I couldn’t stop thinking about this book for days. Days. I kept thinking and thinking and thinking and I just — I can’t find the words to explain how I really feel about it.

I’ve never read a Helen Fitzpatrick before. I came across this book randomly at a library and the first line got to me. I can’t share it here because it’s of very sexual nature but it gripped me. I’ve never read a book that’s so straightforward before. And just like its opening line, the book is pretty straightforward — it doesn’t hide away any of the gory bits, doesn’t shun away from the reality of what society could be like, the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, the real problem about recording and uploading videos — the idea of consent. This book really dives into the problems that our current society and youths of today are facing. Its raw, its real, its scary. It makes you keep reading in fear. You keep reading because its one of those books you just NEED to know the ending to.

This doesn’t mean the book doesn’t have flaws. I had a problem with the main character Su and I had a problem with her mother. Su isn’t a perfect main character. I don’t think Fitzpatrick intended for her to be. She’s a broken character, disguised behind a forced perfection. She doesn’t belong, she’s desperate. But — I couldn’t understand what came after. I couldn’t understand her sudden desperation to lose her virginity, I couldn’t understand her frame of mind that would make her consider that a top priority when she’s supposedly trying to run away from the problem: the sexual video. Maybe it’s just one of those things I don’t understand, but that’s okay. Su’s mother on the other hand, though I get that she’s reacting out of anger, there’s a lot about the chapters from her point of view that left me wondering. I didn’t quite understand if portions of it were flashbacks, or if she really went out of her way to dress up as someone else to seduce a man. Her chapters were kind of messy, it was hard to keep track of what she was doing. Is this Fitzpatrick’s intention? She’s a woman who is ruffled to the core, equally desperate, if not more, and trying to save her daughter. Is this why she’s messy? Or has this suddenly gone way too deep?

Well.

Truth is, Viral has been on my mind for weeks after I finished it. I couldn’t properly write a review because I just didn’t know how I felt. I wanted more, the ending, I wanted a proper revenge. I just felt that after all the trouble they went through, the closure they decided on was too little, too small. It didn’t end with a big impact as much as I had hoped and it was a little bit of a let down. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed Viral. I flew through it really quickly and its one of those books that’s really hard to put down. If you’re looking for a kind of quick thriller, try picking up Viral.

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Girls on Fire By Robin Wasserman

Girls on Fire By Robin Wasserman
Published 16 May 2016 By Harper

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Summary: Girls on Fire tells the story of Hannah and Lacey and their obsessive teenage female friendship so passionately violent it bloodies the very sunset its protagonists insist on riding into, together, at any cost. Opening with a suicide whose aftermath brings good girl Hannah together with the town’s bad girl, Lacey, the two bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and rebellion causes the inhabitants of their parochial small town, they think they are invulnerable.

But Lacey has a secret, about life before her better half, and it’s a secret that will change everything…

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Trigger Warning: mental, physical and sexual abuse + religious / cult elements

This book scared me.

The Virgin Suicides is one of my favourite books, and when I saw it on the blurb, I knew I had to read it. After reading the book description on Buzzfeed, I was intrigued.

The book opens with a suicide of a boy in Hannah Dexter’s class. He was a popular, well beloved golden boy who decided to shoot himself in the woods. Nobody understood why, but people were convinced: he joined a cult, brainwashed, messed with things bigger than all of us. The 90s setting of this book was amazing; Robin Wasserman did a great job setting everything up. Having been born in the 90s, it was interesting to read about how witchcraft, cults and Kurt Cobain became a great part of many people’s lives or how it affected them and their town.

In comes new girl Lacey, who decided to befriend Hannah, or now lovingly known as Dex, after being publicly humiliated by Nikki Drummond, the most popular girl in school.

Does the plot sound familiar to you? Good girl gets bullied, befriends mysterious new girl and transforms into someone else? Yeah, I thought so. But believe me when I say that Robin Wasserman makes the story her own. Her writing will draw you in, suck you up and force you to turn the pages.

The reality is, Girls on Fire is hella scary and hella good. Wasserman makes you get inside their heads, make them tell you the story, everything that they’re thinking. The chapters alternate between Dex, telling her story and Lacey, telling Dex her story. There are several chapters of “US” that’s just stories from outsiders, namely, their parents and how they’re just trying their best, but it gives you a glimpse of why things are the way they are.

Lacey is psychotic. There is something about her character and the way she mentally gets to you is extremely terrifying but you need to keep reading to know what she’s done, what she’s going to do, her train of thoughts.

While Lacey orchestrates the show, Hannah’s character serves to move Lacey’s ideologies. She is the typical average follower, but its so scary how much of Lacey is within her and how eventually her own ideologies are planted by Lacey herself. And Nikki, oh. Nikki, she isn’t so simple either. I wish there were more of her, and towards the end I wanted to hear more about her story.

Girls on Fire stands on its own. The familiar plot or typical characters doesn’t matter here. Robin Wasserman took something familiar, and spun it to the beat of her own drum.

You need to read this. This book will haunt me for years to come.

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Wedding Night By Sophie Kinsella

Wedding Night By Sophie Kinsella
Published 13 May 2014 By Dial Press

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Summary: Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad — not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse.

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Sophie Kinsella does it again! I fell in love with Sophie Kinsella after reading her first Shoppaholic book and decided to give her standalone book I’ve Got Your Number a try. I’ve said it before but Kinsella just has her way of making her characters feel so alive. They’re funny, witty, a little bit crazy, but they feel like people I could be friends with forever in real life. And that’s exactly how I felt reading Wedding Night.

Wedding Night is told in two different perspectives, Lottie (our main character) and her sister Fliss, who is Lottie’s big sister. Lottie is convinced that her boyfriend of three years is going to marry her, but when he has other plans for her, she finds herself in the arms of her summer love fifteen years ago, Ben, who proposes to her — and of course Lottie says yes! In comes Lottie who is desperately trying to stop Lottie and Ben from getting married and so is Lorcan, Ben’s well…. maybe best friend.

You can never go wrong with a Sophie Kinsella novel. Its fun, funny and simple. Perfect for lazy days and beach reads. Of course, like every other chick lit, it may not be everybody’s cup of tea and the plots may overlap with each other, but hey, if you’re going to read a chick lit, it might as well be from the queen of chick lits herself. Read this, laugh, and cry. You can thank me later.

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Love, Rosie By Cecilia Ahern

Love, Rosie By Cecilia Ahern
Published 1 Dec 2006 By Hachette Books

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Summary: Sometimes you have to look at life in a whole new way…

From the bestselling author of PS, I Love You comes a delightfully enchanting novel about what happens when two people who are meant to be together just can’t seem to get it right.

Rosie and Alex are destined for one another, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, their relationship gets closer by the day, until Alex gets the news that his family is leaving Dublin and moving to Boston. At 17, Rosie and Alex have just started to see each other in a more romantic light. Devastated, the two make plans for Rosie to apply to colleges in the U.S.

She gets into Boston University, Alex gets into Harvard, and everything is falling into place, when on the eve of her departure, Rosie gets news that will change their lives forever: She’s pregnant by a boy she’d gone out with while on the rebound from Alex.

Her dreams for college, Alex, and a glamorous career dashed, Rosie stays in Dublin to become a single mother, while Alex pursues a medical career and a new love in Boston. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel, structured as a series of clever e-mails, letters, notes, and a trail of missed opportunities, Alex and Rosie find out that fate isn’t done with them yet.

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Love, Rosie is absolutely adorable. I’ve been waiting ages to get my copy in the library but there’s always a million other people waiting for it. So I gave up, went on a short getaway to a neighbouring country, and bought the damn book. I flew through Love, Rosie so quickly, that I needed and wanted more. I have yet to see the movie but I worry that what I envisioned for Love, Rosie would be ruined.

Love, Rosie is told in a series of emails between Rosie and her best friend Alex. It starts from where they are merely kids and continued on as adults. Love, Rosie is your typical contemporary romance, but the email chains gives it a new twist. Its interesting, fascinating almost, kind of like you’re peeking into someone’s personal inbox. And it’s not just between Rosie and Alex — you get to see interactions between Rosie and her sisters, Alex and his brother, and so on. The story is absolutely heartbreaking, the ending sort of bittersweet.

Love, Rosie is something I would definitely recommend for those of you looking for a contemporary adult romance book that isn’t too cheesy but definitely a quick read!

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