2016 Book Review

SPOILER ALERTS In no particular order….

Unsticky by Sarra Manning
I was looking for some lighthearted chick lit last year and randomly though of a YA book I read in middle school called Guitar Girl. I checked what else that author had been working on and saw that she had published quite a few adult novels in the UK. It doesnt seem like shes achieved a huge amount of success in terms of numbers, but after I picked up Unsticky, I was hooked. Perfect romantic plot with a funny depreciating female protagonist with a massively huge shopping problem. I obviously found all her issues with emotional shopping and debt completely relatable. Now if only I could find a hunky rich art dealer with amazing skills in the bedroom to create a weird pseudo escort contract with…. Finding contemporary romance fiction that I enjoy is extremely difficult because when you search for newly released books they take you straight into the cheesy Romance genre meant for horny housewives. Finding Sarra Manning is like striking gold for me.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I actually listened to this on Audible. British audiobooks tend to have this one particular voice actress that I cannot stand. I listened to Girl on a Train with this actress and hated her weird melodramatic tone so much that I wont listen to anything else she has worked on. Luckily Me Before You had a different voice actress. This is one of those best sellers that is on every front facing Barnes and Noble fixture. It was also turned into a film adaptation starring Khaleesi and Finnick Odair that I thought did the story justice. Now to be frank, this book FUCKED ME UP. I binge listened to it until like 3am trying to finish it and then spent the next two hours tossing and turning and SOBBING over the ending. The idea that quadriplegic Will falls for his caretaker Luisa, but STILL actively chooses assisted suicide was too fucking heartbreaking for my sensitive self. God I love a love tragedy so much. You gotta love him so much that you have to let him go, even if it literally destroys you. Sound familiar?

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
This had been on my to read list for ages before I finally picked up a copy. The author is a former editor at one of my favorite magazines Cosmopolitan and her fashion humor was on point. Most of the story is spent dancing around this horrific episode that occurred in the protagonists highschool years. You spend all this time laughing at the ruthless quips of Ani until all of a sudden it turns in a Gus Van Sant movie. Reese Witherspoon is producing a film adaptation of Luckist Girl Alive and my personal pic for the director would be David Fincher since he does dark & morbid with an appealing seduction that perfectly fits this story, but I know I gotta dream on. I gave my copy to my work husband Robert to read after I had finished it. Highly reccommend.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
After reading so much heave, depressing stuff I needed something kind of silly and indulgent. Outlander is 100% a bodice ripper and 100% ridiculous. I loved the fantasy + historical fiction mash up but then it got really weird in the end when her love interest was raped repeatedly by her husbands doppleganger. Their relationship was not the same after that, and neither was my view of this series. I did buy the second one to read already but honestly you arent missing anything if you skip this one. Also I didnt love the casting choices for Jamie in the Stars tv show version.

Confess by Colleen Hoover
Full transparency, I bought this because I liked the cover art. I had already read Hopeless ages ago and knew Colleen Hoover was a melodramatic romance author. Like I said before its so hard to find a book with a love story that isnt utterly absurd and poorly written!! I wanted to like this; I really did. I kept picturing Owen as Christopher Abbot in Girls which was hot, but I still couldnt get on board with this supposedly awful secret life he lived protecting his opiate addicted father. Using the social stigma of addiction as a plot device to tear this couple apart was just not believable to me. Reminder to myself to stop reading Hoovers fluff as it has already disappointed me twice.

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
The synopsis for this drew me in with the below:

On Halloween, 1991, a popular high school basketball star ventures into the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, and disappears. Three days later, he’s found with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand—a discovery that sends tremors through this conservative community, already unnerved by growing rumors of Satanic worship in the region.

In the wake of this incident, bright but lonely Hannah Dexter is befriended by Lacey Champlain, a dark-eyed, Cobain-worshiping bad influence in lip gloss and Doc Martens.

There wasnt enough plot in this book. It was very well written but it was too much existential self questioning and not enough substance. Boo.

The Mazer Runner by James Dashner
Again, embarrassingly I picked this up because I thought the guys in the movie were really cute. But seriously, the storyline here is like a way better post apocalyptic mind fuck than Divergent or the Hunger Games. The latter of which straight ripped off the Japanese movie Battle Royale which came out 8 years prior. I also found the characters way more relatable then Katniss Everdeen (forever ruined by Jennifer Lawrence’s forced girl next door appeal). Im definitely going to read the whole series. Im not ashamed to admit I love YA. I worked for Delias for three years dammit! Im a juvenile delinquent at heart!!

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
I cant remember if I had already posted about this on my blog pre database corruption…. I was so excited for the fourth millenium book to come out. Anything that involves my beloved Lisbeth Salander is going to get my money! The fact that this was written by someone other than the original author was definitely noticeable. But that didn’t make it bad. It still had the dry simplistic journalist style and another ‘government using technology for evil’ conspiracy plot. I really liked it! Now can we please get Rooney Mara back into her emaciated, eyebrow-less, gotchic costume?!?

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