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Lies That Bind Us

28 May

I’m so excited!  I finally read and actually finished a book.  First time in a long time.  Well I guess that’s not entirely true, but first time I’ve read a book for the sheer entertainment value.

Lies That Bind Us by Andrew Hart sounded like the perfect read as I get ready to go on vacation soon.  This book was one of the Kindle First options for May 2018.  As I read the description I saw that the book was about a group of six friends going back to Crete for a reunion of sorts and it sounded like the perfect thing to get me into vacation mode.

 

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Lies That Bind Us is about six people (three couples) who originally met in Crete (Greece) in the year 1999.  During their initial vacation when they met Jan and Marcus, Simon and Melissa, and Brad and Kristin all decide that in 1999 days they would get together for a reunion of the first time they met.

We soon find out that Jan and Marcus are no longer dating but decide to go, separately, anyway.  When they show up in Crete there is a 7th wheel in the group, named Gretchen.

This book quickly turns from a fun vacation setting read into a mysterious who-done-it and why.  I love mysteries and found myself constantly trying to figure out who did what and why they did it throughout the book.

This book is one that is written in a way that different chapters are set in different times, past and present. I really enjoy reading books written like this because it adds to the suspense of trying to figure out the motive behind what is going on.

I won’t give too much away in my review but I will say I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  If you’re still reading this in May 2018 and you haven’t chosen your free Kindle First download yet, and you enjoy a good mystery/thriller, then I say you should give this one a shot.

Fifty Shades of Grey

1 May

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I just finished reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I’ve had so many of my Facebook friends reading this book in a matter of hours and giving it rave reviews. I hate to admit that I think I’m on the other side of the fence from the majority on this one. I started out knowing very little of what this book was about, only that it was popular, and someone did mention the fact that it was about dominates and submissives; bondage if you will.

The book starts out great, Anastasia Steele heads out to interview Christian Grey for her sick friend, the editor if the college paper. I love Anastasia’s inner voice, so much like my own. I love that she’s clumsy like me, nervous around boys, etc.

But, as the book progresses we read to find that Anastasia has been asked by Mr. Grey to become his submissive. What we the reader, and Mr. Grey, don’t know is that Anastasia is a virgin. Here is where the story gets unbelievable. I find it hard to believe that a virgin….one that has never even had a relationship with a boy/man would even consider signing a contract to obey every word, from a practically unknown man, or face being beaten for “not following the rules”.

As the book ends Anastasia has left Christian because she realizes just how “fifty shades of fucked up” he is and that he can never love her the way she loves him.

But, there are two more book to go in the series so I’m guessing she’s going to decide to give it another try…or possibly she’s just as fucked up as he is now with her hostile introduction into the world of sex.

As much as I didn’t love this book, I hate to admit that I’m curious to see what happens. I think Anastasia’s character is strong and I hope she stays that way, sticks to her guns and doesn’t give up on what she truly wants in life, someone to love her. Because, after all, that’s what we’re all looking for in this life.

The Wind Through the Keyhole

25 Apr

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Stephen King’s latest addition to the Dark Tower collection just became available for download to kindle on April 24th at midnight. I already had it on pre-order and I stayed up late specifically to download the book. Even though I was in the middle of King of Thrones I couldn’t help but start reading. Today, two days later, I finished the 320 page book (which we all know is extremely short for any King publication but especially for a Dark Tower book.

The setting for The Wind Through the Keyhole is to fall between books four and five, making this book 4.5 as some are calling it. We once again meet with our old friends Roland, Eddie, Suzanna, Jake, and one of my personal favorites Oy! Jaime DeCurry and a small boy named Tim play a large part of this book.

One portion of this book is about the search for the “skin man” and the other part is Roland retelling a story his mother used to tell him as a child, appropriately named “The Wind Through the Keyhole”.

I loved every minute of this book, but like any Dark Tower book it left me wanting more. In my opinion this was way too short. The entire book covers what would be a small tangent in the other books. The other thing that left me wanting more was the fact that most of the story is during Roland’s younger years so we don’t get to see much of the other characters we have grown to know over thousands of pages.

I don’t think I’ll ever be ready to stop reading about these characters or their quest for the dark tower. I can old hope that there will be more .5 books to come in the future! If you’re a Dark Tower junkie like I am, this is a must read!

Under the Dome

17 Apr

I just got done reading Under the Dome by Stephen King. King is by far my favorite author. Nothing I’ve read from him has been a disappointment….until now. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad read, but not something that I couldn’t put down, and to me the ending was just lame. There were parts that were good. Right about the middle I was just starting to feel like things were picking up, then they quickly died down again. I didn’t fall in love with any of the characters, didn’t cry when they died or almost died….there was one that I hated enough to want to plot his death, but that was it. When it was over it didn’t leave me wanting more….and I never want a boom to be over. I had read so many good reviews of this one too. It’s not enough to make me give up on King, not sure that anything could, but it does make me question this purchase. If you can borrow it from a friend or the library then I say give it a read. If you have to shell out money for it then wait until you find that free copy, seriously.

Now, hoping the next book in the Dark Tower series will boost my impression of King! Wind Through the Keyhole will be out at the end of this month. Until then I’ve started reading the King of Thrones series and it’s really good. Started watching Season 1 of the show too. So much more detail in the books, but that’s always the case.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

7 Feb

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I hate to say it, but compared to the other two books in this series, I liked this one the least.  I’m glad I finished it (because the end was the best part).  I would have been upset if I wouldn’t have finished all three. 

I think my main dislike was the fact that even though Lisbeth Salander (my favorite character in every one of the books) is mentioned throughout, she really isn’t playing a big part for most of it.  She does come out more towards the end which is what makes the end of the book better, in my opinion.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s worth reading if you enjoyed the other books, I just think it wasn’t as action-packed and suspenseful.

Then there’s the title of the book.  I really liked that the other two titles made no sense, but as you read along they did make sense.  I have no idea what they are talking about when they say “hornet’s nest”.  I mean, I guess it could be a metaphor for stirring up trouble or something like that.  It would make sense, but I still don’t like it so much.

I’m moving on to a new book which I’m excited to start either tonight or tomorrow called The Passage by Justin Cronin.  I had never heard of it but came across a blog talking about favorite books and it was on the list.  It sounds really good!  Supposed to be very scary and horrific, about zombies and the not far in the future world.  It’s 800 pages long so I don’t expect to finish it too soon, although many of the reviews said that the reader just could not put the book down and was up many sleepless nights reading.  We’ll see!

The Girl Who Played With Fire

28 Jan

This is my second attempt at writing this blog, which as I’m sure you can imagine, is annoying in itself. I uploaded the first one, it was there, and then it wasn’t. No idea what happened to it. But anyway, here’s my attempt at re-writing it.

I finished reading the second book in the “Girl Who” series last night! Such a good series so far. I even started right in on the third book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. It’s nice that it starts off right where book two left off.

I’m not sure which book I liked best, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, or The Girl Who Played With Fire. They are both really good. What I liked about the second one was that there wasn’t such a slow start. Pretty much action-packed the whole way through! The ending literally had me holding my breath. It’s that good. I hope number three is as good or even better, and I really hope that the story gets wrapped up in some way. Since the original author died it would be impossible for someone to take over writing these stories. It just wouldn’t be the same.

I’m still a total fan of Lisbeth Salander! I want to be her when I grow up. Except for the fact that she’s 4’11” and I’m already a foot taller than that and weigh forty more pounds than she does. She kicks so much butt. I mean, if you were to come across two motorcycle gang members would you fight or run? Yep, me too, I’d totally run. Not Lisbeth!

If you haven’t started the series yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. It’s so good! Start now…do it!

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

16 Jan

So, here I sit avoiding doing the homework that I know I need to do.  I just don’t even want to get started on it.  I’m dreading it especially because technically the quiz I need to take, I’ve already taken.  I know that sounds like it doesn’t make any sense, but the instructor screwed up and I’m the one that gets to pay for it.  Actually me and one other schmuck who gets things done too early too.  I managed to finish quiz two for my Crime, Grime, and Fear class last Monday.  Thursday night I got a message from the instructor (a “doctor”) who said that the link was screwed up and that it was the wrong quiz.  For my hour of effort he’s giving me one whole point!  Can you believe the luck?  Yeah, I’m totally being sarcastic if you couldn’t tell.  Total rip-off.  Anyway, onto the real story.

If you haven’t yet read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I totally recommend it!  I know it’s a best seller and some people stay away from those just because they are popular, but it really is a good read.  The hard part about the book is that it starts off so incredibly slow.  I even texted my mom after I had been reading for quite some time because I thought it was horrible and I couldn’t get into it.  She told me to keep reading because it gets better.  So true!  It gets way better.  I love the strong female main character, Lisbeth Salander.  She gets victimized but her revenge is better than you could even imagine, and I just love that.  That and the fact that she’s super smart but everyone thinks she’s a complete idiot, she’s got most people fooled!  She doesn’t let anything get her down for long or stop her from doing what she wants to do.  There are some real tense moments which keep you on the edge of your seat, and some very surprising twists and turns.  I never expected it to end the way it did, and that’s always nice when you can’t predict the outcome.  I just started The Girl Who Played With Fire!  I hope it’s as good or better!