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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-04 10:43
Some Secrets just can't stay buried
You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes
Hidden Bodies - Caroline Kepnes

Have now read  You twice now  and have to say it is just as good and fun the second time around as it was the first.Have only read Hidden Bodies once so far but will be honest though and say  I am glad she changed to the third person point of view in the sequel.  I was both a fan and not a fan of the second person perspective in You.Though maybe she changed it because well the "You" is now dead  in the sequel so can't really use that "You" again now can she? Now don't get me wrong when done correctly, especially in You, is jarring and just makes you feel slightly weird reading it . Think the jarring nature of it was what made reading You so much fun. Thing is the jarring nature of it also takes you out of the story at times. That and well second person usually for me only works really well in choose your own adventure sort of novels . It works in those sort of novels because the YOU they are referring to there is actually you. Descriptions of the you in them is none existent because  well the point is  that the reader is supposed to be so lost in the story they actual feel they are along for the adventure and the second the writer adds any descriptions the more people that will not match that description and thus not be able to see the themselves in the story any longer. The thing that makes You different is that the You Joe describes is not you the reader but a character in the story and you are more or less sort of living in her body for the story I guess is the best way to put it. I think You works and is way creepier , least to me, when he does mention the character he is stalking by name. Course get why he does because well she is a character in the story so unless the you was actual the reader be strange if not mentioning her name but again the effect is way better when the character's name is not mentioned.


Then came to the sequel , which if anything I think is even better than the first one.I am a bit sad she changed the title from love to Hidden Bodies since I think Love is a far better title and just  feel would have been better if all the books in this series had one word titles. Just like the first  novel, the sequel makes you root for Joe even though he is a horrible person who does some really horrible things.Will mention if books have to have likeable characters that you can relate to in order for you to like them will say to stay far away from You and Hidden Bodies. I personally like unlikeable characters and have no issues liking characters even if certain things about their personalities or things they do are really messed up. Just found myself  tons of times while reading it found myself not wanting him to get caught even though by now he should clearly be in prison or if not on death row.

 

Will admit I took my ratings down a bit for both mostly for the fact I thought he fell into the just too damn lucky camp . Now I realize there are tons of real life serial killers who get away with horrible things , go uncaught even though when they are caught everyone is just confused how they were not caught earlier since when caught it seemed so obvious it was them or how could anyone believe the lies and shit they feed to them.  Realize too there are real life causes where strange luck or whatever you want to call it factors in and people go uncaught far longer then they should(Cops miss clues because they are human, witness don't want to come forward, etc).  Even with that in mind though I still thing there were a few cases especially in Hidden bodies where just he surpassed luck in my opinion. The most notable example is when he admits everything to Love, his now new obsession and love interest. Now we as the reader don't know if he actually told her everything thing that happened as it happened. We sort of have to take his word for it that he did.I for one think he told her his version of events , leaving out details and such. Then again he is also our eyes so who is to say we know all of the truth either.  Now Love is again not a completely likeable character and even if she was say one of the many women that fall in love with serial killers , who I think if faced with someone like that for real and not just in a fantasy would head for the hills since the fantasy of being in love and helping a killer is not as scary as the reality, I just don't think she would be able to process that as fast as she did and even go so far as being totally down to just go help him gather evidence that he left behind Not saying that she wouldn't help at some point since there are tons of examples of serial killer couples or least lovers that help out a spouse that kills I  just  still think she would have a bit more time to fully process all she told her and have more a reaction to what he had than she did. Now after saying that even if was sort of forced to further the plot still happy she did just so he stayed free for longer in the novel.

Can sadly also  see the way she helped him working in real life since so many people even now would be like Peach's parents and rather bury a gay child in secret(After Joe kills Peach on a beach and throws her body out to sea her parents now in this one believe it was not suicide . It is shown in the first book that most likely Peach is a lesbian in love with her best friend . In this book her parents have a feeling it was not suicide and  decide to reopen the case but when love burst in acting like her lesbian lover they tell the cops to close the case again to hide the fact that their daughter was a lesbian and avoid family scandal.) than admit to the public that their child was gay and start some sort of a family scandal, which as someone who lgbt myself I find fucked up to all hell but just like in real life it is still a sad reality for so many families. So again Joe is not the only messed up character since the people he kills, encounters , etc include a Psychologist who cheats on his wife with patients , well least the main character of You, Peach , a lesbian who comes on to her best when she is more or a bit passed out , Love's brother who is more or less a walking flesh suit pumped full every drug he can get his hands on, and course Love who has her own issues.Will say too if you dislike semigraphic sex scenes in your mystery/suspense novels would avoid these books as well.  I think though if you can get over the unlikable characters, if that is usually not your thing, the books are full with enough twists and turns to keep you reading.

For that fact alone would recommend them since they are probably some of the fastest reads. You keep wanting to flip the pages want to find out if Joe will get caught or what other messed up crap is going to happen. Then with much frustration, there is one hell of a cliff hanger for Hidden Bodies, which makes me want a third book like now even though have seen the author saying several times will be awhile til ten.Will admit was surprised when Joe walks out of the restaurant with the place surrounded by the cops  and Love is gone that she was not part of a set up to catch him. Was sure one of the cops got to her, fed her lies to give to Joe and that she lead him on til they could strike. Even Joe was certain of this for a bit. Now maybe she still is and it will be brought to light in the next  book of the series.Am still also on the fence whether her being pregnant is true on not so guess will have to see about that too. Think though it seems like so far she is not involved in helping him get caught and again it was just one of those terrible mistakes that got people questioning and digging too much. Course with the way Joe is able to pretty much talk himself out of anything and not sure he will face any jail time as of yet. Besides that is no fun for the killer , least to me, to get caught too early and have a feeling this is going to be more than a three book series. Had the same feeling when reading the first few Dexter books along with the Showtime show of the same name, a book series I would highly recommend if you at all enjoyed these books since those have very similar vibe to those .

So in short if you like high paced, readable books in which characters and most importantly a narrator are very very unlikeable , don't mind quite a bit of in semidetail sexual content in your mysteries , and books that have enough twists and turns to keep you guessing   would highly recommend both of these books. 

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text 2017-08-19 02:04
The Reading Quest
The Underground Railroad: A Novel - Colson Whitehead
In Other Lands - Sarah Rees Brennan,Carolyn Nowak
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Nature Abhors a Vacuum (The Aielund Saga) - Stephen L. Nowland

I totally missed the official signup for this, but I'm going to go ahead and do it anyway.

 

The Reading Quest

 

I found it on Habitica, actually (apparently I am weak and will do anything for XP, including actual adulting), and it seemed very neat. Currently I am three and a half books in, working on the Rogue path, and quite enjoying the fact that I am working off a vague plan for my reading. We will see how long that lasts, since I am weak and easily distracted by random books, but the quest for experience points may keep me on my chosen path.

 

I'm going to need to do some major cleaning around here, since I may have gotten distracted from Booklikes for a bit.

 

Has anyone else seen this? Anyone manage to sign up in a timely manner and thus be eligible for prizes? Anyone else just going to do it anyway?

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text 2016-09-03 22:20
Ramblings Regarding August Reading
An Old-Fashioned Unicorn's Guide to Cour... An Old-Fashioned Unicorn's Guide to Courtship - Sarah Rees Brennan
World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal - Aaron Rosenberg,Christie Golden

Favorite book of the month: An Old-Fashioned Unicorn's Guide to Courtship by Sarah Rees Brennan, who is basically like magic for me all the time.

Longest in pagesWorld of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal by Aaron Rosenberg and Christie Golden, at 436 pages

 

Total books read: 14

Total pages read: 1,851

Re-reads: 1

Average pages per book: 132

Average pages per day: 59

  

Scores:

1: 0

2: 0

3: 13

4: 1

5: 0

Did not finish: 0

 

Average: 3.07

 

 

So this month was clearly "dark fantasy short story" month for some reason. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that I could read those in short burst on WoW loading screens. The fact that the longest book I read all month was World of Warcraft related is also connected to this, I'm quite sure. 

 

At any rate, it was a slow month. I will cheerfully read any short story Rosamund Hodge writes, though, and I enjoyed the crop of them I sucked down this month. Well-done short stories are a weakness of mine, and it's nice to find someone who manages them so consistently without them reading too similarly. 

 

September, though, is gearing up into a very solid reading month--the Halloween Bingo is going to be loads of fun, and I can't wait to scare myself senseless and watch everyone else doing so as well! 

 

How did everyone's August reading go? Anyone else super ready for weather where curling up with a good book in front of a fireplace will be valid? Who else is doing the Halloween Bingo? 

 

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text 2016-08-23 02:25
Ramblings Regarding July Reading
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne
Ensnared - A.G. Howard

Favorite book of the monthHarry Potter and the Cursed Child 

Re-read that changed the rating: Splintered by A.G. Howard, which dropped from a four to a three, quite possibly due entirely to having to suffer through Jeb again.

Longest in pagesEnsnared by A.J. Howard at 420 pages (ouch)

 

Total books ingested: 26

Re-reads/listens: 7

 

Total books read: 25

Total pages read: 6548

Average pages per book: 261

Average pages per day: 211

 

Audiobooks ingested: 1 (I have been lousy about this lately)

Minutes spent listening: 734

Average minutes per day: 23

 

Scores:

1: 0

2: 3

3: 18

4: 5

5: 0

Did not finish: 0

 

Average: 3.07, so about average.

 

I want to start this by saying that this month was a strange month, but since it actually did not differ greatly from the few months proceeding it, I'm a little concerned that this is actually the new normal. :x

 

I may possibly have pulled the "reviews written" section because if I actually calculated it, this post was going to be even later than it already is out of sorrow. My bad, guys; I've been remarkably lazy lately, and I genuinely need to find a new groove for things before I fall off the boat completely (Metaphor mixed, messy, and probably unnecessary--a sure sign I am not writing enough. Yeesh.)

 

At any rate, I did generally enjoy what I read this month, so there is that! I picked up some rather quirky stuff, which was interesting. David Sedaris is rather alarmingly hilarious, and the Origami Yoda series, which I picked up on a whim because it was on the shelf in my favorite coffee shop, was utterly adorable. Both are what I'd consider "rather unlike me" in terms of taste, which probably sums up my month pretty well.

 

I did finally finish the Splintered series, and I'm thinking of figuring out how many other series I have unfinished (A list, perhaps? Or even--gasp!--a challenge?) and actually sitting down to finish them. I can't quite explain my tendency to let them sit for so long, even when I own the entire series. I'm extraordinarily easily distracted (and finishing things is sometimes sad) in terms of books, though, which probably has quite a bit to do with it.

 

On re-evaluating my reading goal for the year, I have a confession to make: I'm not going to make it. x_x I hate admitting it, but there it is. When I started this year, I was in a rather different place and doing an awful lot more reading (and an awful lot less other things) than I am now, and maintaining a book a day seemed quite feasible (I was running ahead for the entirety of January), but while I'm certainly reading every day, and even reading books every day (the Battlenet forums don't quite count, I know, but WoW addiction is real, guys), I'm not finishing something every day. So I'll be dropping that back down to a more manageable 300 (yes, I'm aware that is still a moderately insane number. I am comfortable with moderate insanity) in the hopes that not feeling behind all the time will remind me to actually login and post things again.

 

This was alarmingly rambling, even for my rambling tag. How did everyone else's July go, though? Does anyone else leave series unfinished? How are reading challenges going? Read anything amazing? Did everyone else accidentally devour Cursed Child the day of release while imbibing way too much coffee?

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text 2016-07-10 23:52
Ramblings Regarding June Reading
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli
Blue Lily, Lily Blue: Book 3 of the Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater,Will Patton,Scholastic Audio
City of Glass - Cassandra Clare

Favorite book of the monthSimon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli and Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (I am declaring co-winners, here. I'm okay with this.)

Longest in pagesCity of Glass by Cassandra Clare at 561 pages

 

Total books ingested: 30

Re-reads: 6

 

Audiobooks ingested: 1

Minutes spent listening: 603

Average minutes per day: 20

 

Total books read: 29

Total pages read: 6243

Average pages per book: 215

Average pages per day: 208

 

Scores:

1: 2

2: 4

3: 17

4: 7

5: 0

Did not finish: 0 (This number probably ought to have been higher, but I was feeling stubborn.)

 

Average: 2.96

 

This was a moderately strange month in a few ways. The number of short stories I read (and many of them were very short) did some curious things to the numbers and obviously made my page count much lower than it would have been. They were fun, though, so no regrets. Sometimes you just need something five pages long.

 

I completely fell off the boat of my monthly reading challenge (June was supposed to be "Adaptations," for reference. Which is a shame, since I have quite a few I am interested in reading. Not that that's going to stop me, clearly.), and I'm still behind on my yearly book number challenge, too.

 

did finally finish an audiobook again (go me!) and have made hefty inroads on a few more. 

 

Plans for July: actually write reviews, listen to more audiobooks, finish up The Raven Cycle (I'm just holding off because I'm not ready for it to be over), finally finish annotating A Feast for Crows so I can hand it off to my most-patient friend, who may have been waiting for it for at least a year now.

 

How was everyone else's June? Reading go well? How does it feel to be halfway through the year? Anyone else having trouble keeping up with their challenges?

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