book review

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins|Book Review

Whooo I’m back with an awesome book review. For a while there I’ve not been choosing books to my taste and it’s been frustrating me, because if I stop enjoying reading…then I’d lose my mind.

Into The Water is a psychological suspense/thriller. Although it shares the same brilliant authorship as The Girl on The Train, it was an entirely different story. Paula Hawkins is awesome at taking you through many plot twists and characters’ personalities go up and down rapidly that you end up feeling sorry for the one you feel suspicious about. It’s really a psychological read.

I was surprised by the amount of negative reviews this book garnered on goodreads because I absolutely loved it and rated it five stars. I rarely rate five. In order for me to rate five, the book has to have me on the edge of my seat, losing sleep and just worked up with all sorts of theories.

Anyways, let’s get into the review….

The book starts with the death of Nel Abbott, allegedly drowned. We get the picture that Nel wasn’t liked very much by her community because she was dredging up all sorts of stories from the past, surrounding the deaths of the women who drowned at the drowning pool. It’s soon learned that a few weeks before, Katie Whittaker, a fifteen year old girl who was best friends with Nel’s daughter, Lena, had met a similar fate in the drowning pool.

Detectives Sean Townsend and Erin Morgan try to find out if there was any foul play in the deaths or if it was suicide, like the many who had died there before.

Past events are tied with current events and there’s themes of love, hate, jealously, abuse, all of the above. I finished this book very quickly and would recommend it to anyone who loves a murder mystery.

This book was also told in eleven different POVs which I thought was brilliant but a lot of people didn’t seem to care for. Some were first person, some where third but they were all relevant. I love the way the chapters are short and conveying without unnecessary clutter.

Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

xo Kat

American Gods by Neil Gaiman|Book Review

So I tried hard to like this book mainly because I think the author puts out great content but at fifty percent, I just couldn’t anymore. I like the protagonist and the concept of the story. Ex-con Shadow gets out of jail after three years, his wife is dead and he runs into Wednesday, who is supposed to be Odin. From what I understand so far, the old gods have to battle the new gods(media, tv etc). All well and good so far but what really threw me off the story is all the little stories in between that don’t seem to have a point. I kept reading about people and things with no wrap up. At fifty percent of the book, I would at least like to have an understanding of what is going on, not to be left more confused. Sorry to say but I must leave this book unfinished to get to my sky high TBR pile. Maybe one day I’ll return to it.

xo Kat

Note: As much as I don’t like leaving negative reviews, I do have my own preferences and tastes in books. I do read mostly at night when I am super tired from a busy day and I believe it impacts my will to stick with a book that hasn’t grasped my attention fully.

What Cats Do Book Tag

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As cats do this when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?

  • Oh my gosh, this is a hard one. I like books with plots and twists…maybe a Nora Roberts book or one of those indie books on Kindle. Predictable cheesy romances are sometimes relaxing after a long book.

SLEEP

What is a book that put you to sleep?

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I understand it was a book loved by many so don’t hate me for my opinion. I just felt it lacking. It was predictable and felt it was a huge build up. Even as part of a series, each book should have a proper ending. I did rave on the amazing writing though, I like the author’s style. That being said, it’s a very appealing book for younger readers.

TWITCH WHILE DREAMING

Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

  • I’ve dreamt of the heroes of the books I’ve read ๐Ÿ™‚

SEEMS TO PLAY NICE

….until the claws are out. ย Which book had the biggest plot twist?

  • Thrillers usually have great plots twists. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Dark Places and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

CUDDLES

Which books character would you give a hug to?

  • Jack, the little five year old boy from the book Room by Emma Donoghue.

CATNIP

What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

  • Most recently The Tycoon’s Revenge by Melody Anne. I like romances with family elements, they make me smile.

CAT BREEDS

What are your favorite books?

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak hit me right in the feels and it’s definitely one I’d read every few years. But I appreciate books in all genres, really. Thrillers, Horror, Romance, Fantasy, Children’s Literature.

THE VET’S OFFICE

Your least favorite book.

  • There are many books that I couldn’t get through but since I have short term memory, I’ll answer this based on my 2017 reads. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and Miss Peregrine’s.

BEING PLACES THEY SHOULDN’T

Least favorite cliche.

  • Love triangle.
  • The chosen one who has to save the world. How about a chosen lot? Like the power rangers.
  • Ohhh one I really dislike is the billionaire trend…can’t the less fortunate fall head over heels in love?

THE GOOD OLD CARDBOARD BOX

Most underrated book series.

As it so happens, two of my favorite series are underrated.

  • The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan. It’s based on Wicca and I absolutely loved it.
  • House of Night Series by PC & Kristin Cast. (Vampire and Wicca themed)

I tag anyone and everyone to do this tag.ย 

xo Kat

 

 

The Secret Life of A Book Blogger Tag|Book Tag

This is another tag that I stumbled upon recently and thought it’d be fun to do. Like always, I tag everyone and anyone to do this tag.

1. How long have you been a blogger?

Since 2013 or 2014 I think but I’ve only been doing it seriously for about six months now.

2. At what point do you think you’d stop blogging?

I honestly don’t think I can say. Blogging is my way of relaxing, offloading and I meet incredible people with the same interests on here.

3. ย What is the best thing about blogging?

It’s my hobby, something I love do to. I write stories and want to make a career in that but blogging gives me that unstructured writing, a way of off loading and I also interact with other awesome bloggers.

4. What is the worse thing? What do you do to make it okay?

The worse thing about blogging is that I don’t always have time to do it…how I make it okay is putting multiple posts out when I do sit down to write ๐Ÿ˜€

5. How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?

I don’t do all that fancy shmancy stuff like other super awesome bloggers, I just use pixabay.com for free images. But that’s because I don’t blog about travelling etc If your blog calls for it, I suggest you invest in good equipment and software.

6. Who is your book crush?

It changes so often that I don’t even know hehe. A decade ago, I liked Edward Cullen, before that, maybe Lestat and although he is an older character in Dan Brown books, I quite liked Professor Robert Langdon. Then there’s always the highlanders and dukes in historical romances.

7. What author would you like to have on your blog?

Stephen King, JK Rowling, Anne Rice

8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

As I don’t have a specific time to write and I do write in the comfort of my home, my attire ranges from pajamas to yoga pants to jeans.

9. How long does it take you to prepare?

It varies. It depends on when and how long my kids give me a minute.

10. How do you feel about the book community?

It’s awesome. I feel like I’ve finally found my tribe ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s great, and it’s a very accepting space. No hate, no drama, just books, books, books.

11. What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

I myself don’t even have a successful blog lol but I think one should just be consistent and write relatable content. Find your voice, whatever you want your blog to be about and just start. You should also be passionate about what you’re putting on your blog because believe me, some days you’re really fishing on what to write about.

Hope you enjoyed this tag as much as I did. Now go do it on your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

xo, Kat

Seven Bookish Sins Tag

I saw this tag on Instagram actually and thought it’d be fun to do on my blog, so here goes….I tag anyone and everyone to do this tag! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

1.Gluttony (A book you devoured)ย 

Ugh this is so difficult, I’ve devoured so many books in short spaces of time. If we’re talking recently, I really liked this book called The Nightbird by Brian Freeman.ย 

2. Greed (a book you don’t lend)

I’ve learned my lesson with lending books and as of date, I don’t trust anyone that much ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. Sloth (a book that has been on your shelf too long)

Eighty percent of the books I own is unread and it’s not because I don’t read a lot, I just keep adding to my pile. But if we’re talking physical book and not ebook, it’d have to be Innocence by Dean Koontz.ย 

4. Lust (A boxed set)

I don’t own any boxed sets but I have huge single volumes of The Lord of The Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.

5. Wrath (a disappointing book)

Okay, I know I’m going to attract some hate here, but I’m basing this tag off of 2017 reads and so far I couldn’t get through The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. There’s a huge hype around this book and although, I think the reviews on it was good enough for me to check the book out, it was just not my cup of tea, sorry.ย 

6. Pride (the prettiest book on your shelf)

That’s like asking me to choose between my two kids ๐Ÿ˜›

7. Envy (a world you’d like to live in)

I love bookish worlds but my choice would always boil down to Narnia ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d love to hear your answers to this tag!

xo Kat

 

 

 

Ruby by V.C. Andrews|Book Review

Ruby is the first installment in The Landry Series by V.C. Andrews. This is another series that I could not put down. It really interrupted my life when I picked it up.

Synopsis: Ruby Landry is a teenager who grew up with her grandmother, Catherine in the bayou. Her mother died in childbirth. Her grandfather, Jack is an alcoholic and lives in a shack outside. Ruby soon starts dating Paul Tate, a boy from a classy and wealthy family who doesn’t like Paul dating Ruby. When Ruby speaks to her grandmother about this, her grandmother tells her that Paul’s father is responsible for committing a heinous act against Ruby’s mother which resulted in Paul being born. Jack, the grandfather blackmailed Octavious Tate, Paul’s father which is why Paul grew up with his father and had no idea. Ruby’s views on dating Paul changes and after her grandmother’s death, she escapes being sold by her grandfather to a new life in the big city of New Orleans. She is told that she has a father there but what awaits Ruby is nothing even her wildest dreams could prepare her for.

Happy Reading!

xo Kat

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews|Book Review

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Flowers in the Attic is the first installment of The Dollanganger Series, followed by three books and one prequel. I’ve read all except the prequel which I plan to read and review some time.

Does anyone read V.C. Andrews? Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one hehe. I enjoy VC’s books quite a lot. Like I’ve said before, I don’t stick to one particular genre and I hardly read YA so my blog might sound a bit foreign.

If you’ve heard of the movie that came out on Lifetime a couple of years ago, then you’ll know about the taboo subjects explored in Flowers in the Attic as well as throughout the entire series.

Book one follows Corinne and her four children, who has just lost their father in an accident, leaving them in debt. Corinne shows up to her mother’s house with her two teenagers and younger twins, Cathy and Chris and Cory and Carrie respectively. Corinne hasn’t seen her mother in years due to a fallout in which it’s hinted at this time that it was something bad that Corinne did.

Soon after arriving at their grandmother, Olivia’s house, the book centers on the lives of the children who are treated with disdain and scorn. The children don’t quite understand the dynamics of their history yet and are in for a rude awakening when their grandmother locks them in the attic, blocking them off from society, and life.

Corinne rarely visits her children who are abused by their grandmother. They begin to mistrust their neglectful mother as she appears to care more about her wealthy inheritance than her own flesh and blood. Cathy and Chris transforms the attic into a place where their younger siblings can experience life between four walls. They read books and try to teach Cory and Carrie as well as make pretty paper flowers. I’m guessing that’s where the title plays in.

Olivia puts the notion of a romantic relationship in Cathy and Chris’ heads until both siblings’ romantic realizations are for each other. This was the first book I’ve ever read with any sort of incestual relations, but I quite liked the story.

What you’ll want to know before reading this book is, will they ever get out? How will the twins survive the ordeal being so young? And what’s next for Cathy and Chris in terms of their taboo feelings for one another?

Happy Reading!

To find out more what happens to the children and their mother, check out the rest in the series: Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, Garden of Shadows(Prequel-Corinne’s Story)

Leave me a comment if you’ve read this one. Did you like it or not?

xo Kat

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens|Book Review

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To begin with Oliver Twist is a very sad, heartbreaking and eye-opening story. I personally love the way Charles Dickens wrote. I connect with his language in a very deep way as a lot of the books I read as a child were written by English authors. I simply just love and enjoy the language of that era.

This is a very tough tale to stomach with a lot of twists and turns in the plot. It was hard for me to keep up with all the characters in the book so bear with me if my account seems jumbled.

Oliver is an orphan whose mother has died in childbirth. He lives in dreadful poverty under the care of Mrs. Mann at a baby farm, meaning Mrs. Mann received some sort of payment for housing Oliver. One day, he was plucked from the baby farm by Mr. Bumble, the parish beedle and taken to a workhouse where he was poorly treated, as he had been all of his life. Oliver is nine years old by the way. While at the workhouse, he was tricked into asking for more gruel…that’s where the famous line, “Please sir, I want some more,” came from. Well this ignited rage among the board of well-fed gentlemen, who then offers five pounds to anyone willing to take Oliver under their care.

Oliver is then sent to the Sowerberry’s. There Mr. Sowerberry treats him somewhat better than his care givers before, but Mr. Sowerberry’s wife looks down upon Oliver with passionate hate. Another incident occurs which leads to Oliver running away from the Sowerberry’s for a chance at a better life in London.

I don’t want to spoil the entire book so I’ll summarize from here that Oliver meets great misfortune as well as people who has come to genuinely care for him. And something optimistic to look forward to, he might just find out about his family.

Hope that was a good enough account of this well loved story. Do you like reading classics? Leave me a comment on which ones you’ve enjoyed and why.

Happy Reading!

xo Kat

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

*Contains minor spoilers*

Another book yet unfinished. Roughly three weeks ago I started this book because I didn’t want to look at the movie before I read it. It put me to sleep quickly every night and I also drifted off the pages and into other thoughts throughout. Basically I forced myself to read this book and I almost made it to the end. I felt like three weeks was a long time to keep forcing myself to read it through so I closed up this reading project and started another one.

Firstly, the story didn’t entice me in any sort of way, nor did the characters. Right off the bat I didn’t like the main character, the one who narrates the entire book. The whole story felt like a lay up to another story, and it just wasn’t as gripping as I thought it would be. I must say I’m quite disappointed as this book has gotten so much hype around it and a Tim Burton movie. For that fact alone I wanted to really like it but it just didn’t hit with me.

To summarize the story, it’s about a sixteen year old rich kid who has just lost his grandfather. His grandfather supposedly introduced him to pictures of his childhood which Jacob didn’t think were real. After his grandfather’s death, he traveled to an island where his grandfather lived at a boarding school for answers. This decision was backed by his therapist(who I smelled as a rat from day one).

Upon reaching the island, he sees living proof that his grandfather was telling the truth about peculiar children, children with mutant-like capabilities including his grandfather’s teenage sweetheart.

I don’t want to spoil the entire story if you haven’t read this book, but it wasn’t in the least bit gripping to me. Despite my views on the story the author’s voice and writing style is amazing. I’d love to try something else by this author one day. It isn’t a bad book but I don’t think it’s YA. I get the sense that’s it leans towards more of an elementary age group.

This is just my view. We all won’t enjoy every book even though the mass population loves it. Drop me a line if you’ve read this book and why you liked it.

xo Coffee Doll

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera|Book Review

At the end of this book, all I said was, “wow”. Again I am not a huge fan of YA fiction but this book was an emotional roller coaster ride coupled with enough wittiness to keep one engaged throughout.

To briefly summarize, seventeen year old Griffin’s ex-boyfriend and best friend, Theo has just died and it’s difficult for him to work through his grief, and loss. He turns to the unexpected Jackson, someone he thinks he hates, and also Theo’s current boyfriend atthe time of his death. They help each other work through it to a point but what I really love and appreciate about this book is how the author captured a completely messed up teenager, which is basically a normal teenager. Griffin has OCD, he suffers from anxiety. Told from first person POV it really took me back a decade ago, when I trusted too hard, loved too hard, felt too deeply. As the book progresses, we see that Griffin whines about a lot and you feel sorry for him but he is sort of the one making his own bed so to speak. He has a lot to account for and a lot to feel bad for. It’s a great read that encompasses family, friendship, love and coming of age.

xo Coffee Doll