Books.

Exciting title, I know, but time for book reviews! I’ve been reading a lot this past month.

The Girl With All The Gifts

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Synopsis:

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

I loved this book. So, so much. I was having love bursts for it as I was reading it. I read it on Paula‘s recommendation and I emailed her halfway through and just said “I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!” I didn’t want it to end, but the ending was so good! It is an interesting and different perspective on zombies, and completely unlike any zombie story I’ve read or watched before. I wish I could read it all over again for the first time. I think it might be up there in my list of all-time faves and I would give it all the stars if I could. Highly recommend.

Eleanor & Park

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Synopsis:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

I really liked this book too. I read it just after The Girl With The Gifts and I find that every time I finish a book that I really love I am a bit apprehensive for the next book because I don’t see how it will live up to it. It’s a dark time. But with this book I was right back into the swing of things. I loved their love! Eleanor’s family life made me sad, but what she found with Park made me so happy. The ending wasn’t my favourite, but what can ya do? I don’t know what else to say about it except read it. Five stars from me.

China Rich Girlfriend

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Synopsis:

On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiancé willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia’s most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it’s like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.

I didn’t love this book as much as the prequel, Crazy Rich Asians (which I reviewed in my last books post), but it was still entertaining. I didn’t really care for the Kitty Pong storyline; I felt like I wanted to just skim her parts, but I soldiered on. The last book did not make me want to be rich in the least, but this one, particularly when it was describing one of the character’s houses (mostly her bathroom that was basically a forest, and her personal spa), I was kind of longing to be a millionaire. Just so I can have an amazing bathroom. Anyway, I enjoyed living vicariously through the characters. I also enjoyed how much they described all the Chinese food they were eating. I wanted it all! I was hungry throughout the entire book and I cannot wait to eat China for HoH eats the world because of this book! And Hong Kong, and I might pretend Singapore is a country so I can eat more. I give a full star just for the food descriptions in here. Otherwise, solid book, and if you read and liked the first, I’d check it out.

Missing You

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Synopsis:

It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.

Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.

As the body count mounts and Kat’s hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.

Oh, Harlan Coben. I must admit I am a loyal Harlan Coben fan. I discovered his Myron Bolitar series back in high school and I have been reading him ever since. I liked this book a lot. The end didn’t catch me completely off guard, but I loved the little twists and turns this novel took. It was fast-paced and it left me wanting more. It wasn’t a literary masterpiece or anything, but Coben’s dry wit was definitely present and that always makes it enjoyable to me. I don’t understand why his books like this don’t get as much attention as say, The Girl On The Train. I am jealous of the way Coben can pump out these suspenseful and elaborately entwined stories once a year. Of course, they usually have a similar theme — the main character’s past always comes back to haunt them in some way, and it’s usually to do with a family or relationship secret.

The Stranger

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Synopsis:

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.

Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives—it will end them.

Also typical Harlan Coben style, same sort of thing, suspenseful with all the twists and such, but I didn’t like this book as much as Missing You. I also felt like Coben was a bit sexist in this book. I did not enjoy the way he described his female characters. I can’t remember noticing this in his books before but it left me questioning if maybe I am just more aware of sexism now. It’s possible… Otherwise it was a decent story, but nothing super memorable.

Have you read anything good lately? Evan and I are going away for a week in February so I definitely need some reading material! I am always up for recommendations.

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21 responses to “Books.

  1. Melissa Mekdeci

    Are you accepting friends on goodreads?

  2. Rachel van O

    You are in luck!! Singapore is a country! I remember doing a project on it in like Gr. 6 (Mr. Martin – remember that guy? he was so tall!). So yay for more eating!!!

    • YOU JUST MADE MY DAY.
      But wait, do you mean Mr. Maring? Gym teacher? I had Mr. Eddie in Grade 6 and he remains one of my faves to this day.

      • I knew Mr. Martin didn’t sound quite right! Maring! Yes! That guy. I think I once slipped up and called him ‘dad’. He let it slide like a pro. Yeah, I think Rebek had Mr. Eddie too! Such good teachers.

  3. Added a few of these to my to read list. thx. Have you read All The Light We Cannot see by Anthony Doerr? I just finished it and LOVED it. Also Everything I Never Told you, by Celeste Ng, and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes were pretty good.

    • Yes! I loved it too! I’ve also read Me Before You and thought yeah,it was pretty good. I actually think the movie might be better. I haven’t read Everything I Never Told You though, thanks for the rec, checking it out!

  4. Harlen Coben is the best. That stupid girl on the train book does not compare in any way. Have you read his YA series- with Mickey Bolitar? It is quite good. I definitely did not like The Stranger as much as his other books.

    I’m a huge fan of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, and David Baldacci’s Will Robie series and the John Puller series. All very similar to Harlen Coben

    Have you read the Cormoran Strike books- by JK Rowling under pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

    Try Bull Mountain- god I loved that book. Totally dark and grim, and horrifying (but not horror). A family with its history based in crime, based in the Georgia mountains. I could not put it down.

    Two more- I’m sorry I can talk for ages about books so long as its superficial not book club level.

    So the Ava Lee series- by Ian Hamilton. She’s a forensic accountant. Based in Toronto, but most of the stories are in Shanghai. I really enjoy her stories

    And finally, Vish Puri series by Tarquin Hall. Vish is a PI based in India. So good.

    • Haha “that stupid girl on the train book.” I hear that. I am looking forward to the movie though!
      I like the Mickey Bolitar series as well! At first I was just excited for it because my crush Myron made an appearance, but then I genuinely liked it.

      Thanks for the recommendations! I am super intrigued by Bull Mountain. That is going on my to-read list immediately.

  5. You’re in luck! Singapore is a country actually – mmm Singapore noodles…

  6. Im reading The Signature of All Things right now. Or rather, listening to it since my library app only lets me download audiobooks. Its soooo long, but I am enjoying it!

    I also recently read the Eleanor & Park too! I liked it a lot. the audiobook was good.

    Lastly, I just listened to If I Stay and the sequel Where She Went. Both so good. People who read the books liked the sequel more, but I cried like a baby during If I Stay. I think audiobooks are a very different experience 🙂

  7. As others have said, Singapore is definitely its own country (my parents used to live there) and the food is sooooo good. Try some hainanese chicken rice!

  8. Have you read Jonas Jonasson’s two books, ‘The Hundred Year Old Man Who Jumped Out of a Window’ and ‘The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden’ I have so much love for either of those books you should try them! 🙂

    I completely agree with Girl on a Train comments I only gave it 2 stars on Goodreads wasn’t great at all. For crime try Camilla Lackberg Patrik Hedstrom series absolutely incredible series IMO the first one is a little slow but the series builds and builds.

    Also The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi is very good, I read it as a stand alone but I think there are a couple of others that have been written since I’m going to check them out soon!

    H x

  9. I am so excited you loved GWATG as much as I did! I just loved everything about it. And in the beginning, I was like…WHAT IS GOING ON?! Then it kept getting better and better.