Some more bite-size reviews for your reading pleasure.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Where I Got It: Bought it for my Kindle Genre: Fiction, Thriller My Rating: 4 stars
I’ve been a Gillian Flynn fan since her first book, Sharp Objects, so I knew I was going to read Gone Girl before it started becoming a word-of-mouth hit. If you haven’t read it yet, you need to know three things. One: It is about a marriage that has some problems. (This is a bit of an understatement.) Two: What you think about Nick and Amy will change as you read. Three: Once you get going, you won’t be able to stop turning pages. This is a terrifically fun roller-coaster of a read, and I’m glad it is bringing new fans to Ms. Flynn’s twisted imagination.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides Where I Got It: A gift from Melissa at Avid Reader’s Musings Genre: Fiction, Literary My Rating: 4 stars
Well, it isn’t Middlesex, but it isn’t bad either. I was worried about reading this book after falling in love with Middlesex, but I shouldn’t have worried. Eugenides can write! This book just isn’t as brilliant, strange and amazing as Middlesex. It is a quieter book but much more relatable (especially if you went to college in the 1980s). Essentially, it is about a love triangle between three recent Brown graduates, Madeline, Leonard and Mitchell. As with most young women in their early 20s, Madeline picks the guy who is mysterious and brooding and not so good for her. (Lord knows I did the same thing at that age.) All the relationships develop in ways that felt satisfying and real. Plus you get the joys of reading Eugenides’s prose.
The 500 by Matthew Quirk Where I Got It: Bought it for my Kindle Genre: Fiction, Thriller My Rating: 2.5 stars
I got this book because Entertainment Weekly compared it to John Grisham’s The Firm. It is NOT like The Firm. The Firm was exciting and thrilling and I couldn’t tear myself away. The 500 was dull and predictable and I wanted to put it down every time I picked it up. In fact, I can barely recall the characters or the plot, other than thinking things got more and more preposterous and unbelievable as it went on. Perhaps I was expecting more because EW made it seem like it was going to be so awesome, but this book was very disappointing.
The Taker by Alma Katsu Where I Got It: Won it in a giveaway from Sandy’s blog, You’ve GOTTA Read This! Genre: Fiction, Historical, Paranormal My Rating: 3.5 stars
I had almost no idea what this book was about but Sandy wanted us all to read it so I entered her giveaway and won. Turns out, this is a depraved historical fiction paranormal thriller. I know that sounds kind of weird, but it works. If you enjoy historical fiction but like a bit of nasty sex and some paranormal stuff in the mix, this book is for you. This is the first book in a planned trilogy, and the second book, The Reckoning, is out now. I do plan to find out how our “heroine” Lanore is going to deal with some of the consequences arising from her actions in the first book. But beware … things get a little twisted along the way and this might not be everybody’s cup of tea.
Interested in winning my copy of The Marriage Plot or The Taker? Fill in the giveaway form below. I’ll pick the winners on October 14th.No more submissions accepted at this time.