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review 2018-08-06 14:40
#44 - The disreputable history of Frankie Landau-Banks
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - Tanya Eby Sirois,E. Lockhart

This book was way better than I expected. I thought it would be a contemporary romance, but it was more than that.

 

I fell in love with the writing in this book. I read We Were Liars quite a long time ago and I did not remember the writing to be that good, even if I liked it. I really enjoyed it in this book.

 

The plot is not the best, honestly; not a lot happened in the book. But the idea behind it was really original.

 

The characters were complex and I really liked discovering more about all of them. Frankie is such an amazing character; I wanted to know more about her. She wants to belong and she would do anything for it. She really is determined to achiever her goals. That is something I liked about her. What I did not like that much was how she reacted to her boyfriend and to men in general. But I think it was important to the development of the book and it was well done in my opinion.

 

This book is full of interesting lessons, it made you think about a lot of different issues and I liked that. Like in We Were Liars, you expect something light and end up with quite a heavy book.

 

I totally recommend reading this. Also, it is not really long and I read it really quickly because I could not put it down, it was entertaining, fun but also really interesting!

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review 2018-08-05 12:46
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

 

 

"The four of us Liars, we have always been. We always will be."

 

 

*** ABOUT THE BOOK ***

 

Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Genre: Contemporary | Young Adult

 

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*** BOOK BLURB ***

 

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

 

*** REVIEW ***

 

If I had to summarize We Were Liars in one word, I think I'd pick boring. The whole thing felt rather pointless. I kept reading it only because this books became Goodreads Choice Winner in 2014, so I thought maybe I'm missing something.

 

The book didn't have much of a plot other than Cadence understanding what happened during Summer Fifteen. So, we stumble through this book to find out the big secret and... That's it. Here's the secret and here's the end of the book.

 

The writing was odd and felt disjointed. I didn't develop any sort of emotional attachment to any of the characters, so by the time the "big revel" happened... I didn't care.

 

I'm still not sure where the raving reviews for this book comes from. I'd suggest to better skip this one and find another book to enjoy.

 

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review 2018-07-28 19:23
3 Out Of 5 "I only read this so I could know what all the fuss is about" STARS
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

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~BOOK BLURB~

We Were Liars

E Lockhart

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A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.

A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

Lies upon lies.

True love.

The truth.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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If you go into this completely blind then it's possible you could have your mind blown by this story…maybe…and if you want to do that than you should stop reading this, or any other review for it.  Not that I really give anything away.  But, if you're part of a large number of people who've already read this or if you've already read some reviews like I had before I listened to this, then read on. 

 

I knew it had a twist, so when it came…I was like, oh, so that's where this is going, I've already been there and done that.  Ultimately, this is really a story of some rich, somewhat bratty, teens who try to fix a situation with drastic results.  Overall there is some substance to the story, I even felt some real emotions.  So if you're on the fence about reading this, I would say give it a try, it's a very quick read or listen and the audio for it is quite decently done.  At least then, like me, you'll know what all the fuss is about.

 

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~MY RATING~

3STARS - GRADE=C

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.7/5

Main Characters~ 3/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.8/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 2.8/5

Addictiveness~ 3.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.5/5

Ending~ 3/5

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Book Cover~ Kind of wishy washy…

Narration~ 4 for Ariande Meyers

Setting~ Beechwood Island

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-06-20 17:26
Rosecliff Manor Haunting by Cheryl Bradshaw
Rosecliff Manor Haunting (Addison Lockhart Book 2) - Cheryl Bradshaw

Rosecliff Manor Haunting is book 2 in the Addison Lockhart series by Cheryl Bradshaw. I have not read book 1 but will be very soon. I had no problems understanding book without reading book 1. There were references to things that happened in book 1 but there was also a very short explanation that brought me up to speed. 

 

Cheryl Bradshaw really drug me in on page one and left me wanting book 3. The book is short and I finished it in one afternoon. There were no rushed feelings to the book, it was a very complete and thrilling story, even though it was short.

 

In the book Addison Lockhart has a dream of 2 twin girls. She feels they are dead. Now it is up to her to find out what really happened the night of their deaths. Was it an accident as the Police investigtion concluded or was this really a murder. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2018-05-18 23:38
I'll never look at pickles the same way again
Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything - E. Lockhart

One of the drawbacks of reading so many books is that I have extremely high standards since I've read some truly excellent pieces of literature...and also some major duds. I say all of this because I read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 2 years ago and so I know she has the capability to write amazing young adult fiction. I chose Fly on the Wall specifically because the review that I heard on BookTube led me to believe that it was a retelling of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis and because I had enjoyed Lockhart's previous book. What I didn't expect was for it to be chock full of really explicit sexual content. Why on earth did she have to describe penises in such revealing detail? And why did she keep referring to them as gherkins?! (And if I ever hear someone call them that or  refer to breasts as biscuits I'm going to slap them across the face.) The main character and the person who we view the story from is named Gretchen Yee and she is the prototypical teenage girl filled with angst. She attends a high school that focuses on the arts and her specialty is drawing comic book style characters (hence the cover imagery). Her obsession with a boy in her school leads her to make a foolhardy wish to be a fly on the wall of the boys locker room so that she can find out how he really thinks about her. (And this is where she begins to ogle the boys as they undress for gym class.)  I guess the story is supposed to be a character study or a revelation that what we think we know about people can be turned on its head if we see them at their most vulnerable. However, for me it was a letdown and vaguely nauseating. This was a 0/10 for me and I'll have to give serious thought to reading anything else from this author in the future.

 

PS There were also a lot of plot holes in the storyline and the ending truly fell flat. 

 

Source: Amazon

 

What's Up Next: The Murderer's Ape by Jakob Wegelius

 

What I'm Currently Reading: The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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