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Truly Madly DISAPPOINTED

I have recently finished reading Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I am sorry to say that I did not enjoy it at all. I stuck with it till the very end just so I will have the satisfaction of finishing a novel, something that I have not been doing as often as I would like due to time constraint. The only reason that I picked this particular book to read was after seeing that it won the fiction category in Goodreads Choice Awards (2016). Very disappointed. The story and the characters were so dull!!

The book was too long, weak storyline, and very dull characters. I guess I was expecting more, may be a faster pace and a more interesting story.

I still cannot believe that this book was picked as a winner of all the fiction books released in 2016!!

Truly Madly Unbelievable!

However, there was one thing that I really liked, the title, of course! 😉

 

Book Reviews

Book Review #2: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn [SPOILER]

Gone Girl cover

I should start off saying a HUGE thanks to IndianHumor for recommending it to me. Thank you so much girl!! (To my readers (if I have any for that matter): Please, if you have any sense of humor, do visit her site. If you are in the mood to read something light and funny, then you should definitely go visit her. You wouldn’t regret it.)

First of all, this is a very good book and I recommend it everyone who haven’t read it yet to pick it up and get blown away by Gillian Flynn’s craft! I am telling, go buy it NOW! I am not forcing you but really, do it this instant! This is me just stalling…okay fine, here I go.

Genre: Fiction – Thriller!! (Now you see my point in forcing you to read this one? Good! If not, I can’t help you.)

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

– Copied from the author’s website

I will try my best to not give away any spoilers okay? Now If I do (not at all intentional), please don’t frown. It is so hard giving a review on this one without giving away some spoilers…You will understand my problem once you have read the book. So bear with me now, don’t go away.

The book is divided into three parts…

The first part alternates between Nick’s point of view on current affairs and Amy’s dairy starting from the past and slowly creeping into the present. As you can tell from the plagiarized info above, Amy goes missing…deliberately to teach Nick a lesson or two. It is her way of getting back to those who have in a way or other offended her – proven by the “friends” of Amy’s past. Here, you will tend to hate Nick for being calm and impassive to the situation…not at all worried by his wife’s missing. It made me a little annoyed at him but I don’t blame him as the author and Amy’s diary made it seem like that. I actually thought he was responsible for whatever happened to Amy but in the second part, I was totally taken by surprise! I was not at all expecting that. Hats off to Amy and the author!

Now to the second part…

I hated Nick in the previous part and was sympathizing with Amy. However, after the first part, I was confused as to who should I like or hate. It all got confusing!

Amy’s diary plays a very crucial part in the story as it was the one she uses to frame Nick for something he hadn’t done. You wouldn’t pay much attention to it in the first part…well, actually you would, but you will know the importance of it when you get to the second part. This part of all parts is my favorite! It was brilliant! This is where the story picks up speed. This is where you wouldn’t want to put that book down. I am not at all exaggerating it, I am just telling you guys the truth. I want to reveal more about this part but I am afraid if I let any word come from my lips about it that I will just spoil that thrilling emotion you will feel when you read it…

Amy is fucking (excuse my language) clever! She had set every piece of evidence against him and the police believed it.

Now comes the last part…

I feel very sorry for Nick…

To be honest, I was very disappointed with this one. It just didn’t feel right. After reading the middle, I was expecting a little more satisfying ending but no. The speed that was in the second part dropped right down to zero abruptly in the end. I just hate it! It felt like as if the author was tired with the story and just wanted to end it as soon as possible. It felt like she was rushing to finish it. It just didn’t feel right. It doesn’t add up to what she has written…She could have done better. I absolutely hate the ending, there is no doubt!

Actually, the story began to lose my interest in the second part itself…it began I think during the last part of the second part.

What I liked the most: 1.) Needless to say, the “false” diary. 2.) The way Amy wrote her diary with multiple choice questions.

I am looking forward to the movie version and I heard they changed the ending!! I can’t wait to see it when it comes out!

Happy writing and reading, y’all!

Book Reviews

Book Review #1

This is my first book review and I hope you find it useful or at least, entertaining ! 😉

Title: The Collector

Author: Nora Roberts

Genre: Romance

I completed reading this on Saturday like I promised I would, so the story is still fresh in my mind. I thought I wouldn’t get to finish it as it was very late in the night but I did. For that, I am proud!

When professional house-sitter Lila Emerson witnesses a murder/suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as she knows it takes a dramatic turn. Suddenly, the woman with no permanent ties finds herself almost wishing for one. . . .

Artist Ashton Archer knows his brother isn’t capable of violence—against himself or others. He recruits Lila, the only eyewitness, to help him uncover what happened. Ash longs to paint her as intensely as he hungers to touch her. But their investigation draws them into a rarified circle where priceless antiques are bought, sold, gambled away, and stolen, where what you possess is who you are, and where what you desire becomes a deadly obsession. . . .

Here is the summary (I’ll try not to give away the ending): Though there are four characters that played a significant role in the story, the story mainly revolved around only two of them (Lila Emerson and Ashton Archer). Lila Emerson is a house-sitter (yeah, much like a baby-sitter but more adventurous) and a writer (YAY for her!). She loves to explore new places and always curious to know more about people and their lives. This habit of hers made her a witness of two murders (a boy and a girl). On a good note, it also made her meet a person that she falls in love with very soon but takes her a long time to figure it out. That person is Ashton Archer, who is apparently a prolific and mind blowing artist. He happens to be the brother of the boy who got murdered for reasons…read the book please. I will tell you this though: valuable artifacts are in play. Lila and Ashton get together to solve the mystery behind these two murders, while falling in love with each other.

My opinion: I am gonna be honest with you all, I was disappointed on this one. As I am a very big fan of Nora Roberts, I was looking forward to reading it but unfortunately, it was not the way I expected it would be. It was confusing a little especially in the middle of the story, where she jumps into explaining the history behind the artifacts. The story and the setting weren’t structured like her other novels. First of all, I did not like the hero (Ashton) because he was way too controlling of people and situations alike. That was not needed. He felt the need that he had to be in control of everything as it was his habit at home because his father wasn’t there when he was needed. Ashton kept supporting his awareness of woman’s needs with stating that he had a big family, mostly consisting of ladies. In my opinion, that does not make him a reliable judge when it comes to dealing with woman and her needs. Not every woman is alike. The book’s secondary focus on was Lila in changing her way of thinking. In the beginning, she was portrayed as a strong person who was well equipped in taking care of herself. She was reluctant on holding on to others for support as a result of her childhood experiences. As the story gradually progressed, the readers and herself took note of her transformation from a strong person to more of a submissive kind. Ashton’s controlling nature was rather cute at fist but then it just got a bit annoying. Though he was being protective of his, it was way too much to tolerate. There was nothing that had to be fixed about Lila, she was perfect the way she was. Lastly, the story was way too long which was not at all necessary. Overall, I was not impressed. I am sorry, Nora!

  • What did I like? Oh, yes. There is one thing that I liked about Lila. She has a purse and it has many useful stuff in it, really. Not only does she have make up, it also contains many tools such as duct tape, sewing kit, screw drivers, etc. She knows how to use them and poor Ashton depends on others to fix his stuff. This quality of hers was one of the reasons that made him fall in love with her. But then, this gets me thinking: If he liked this quality of hers, then why did he felt the need to change Lila’s mentality? This quality of hers reflects her strength, self-reliance, and the ability to take care of herself. If he did like this side of hers, why did he want to make Lila to depend on him? It was a little inconsistent here. Another thing that I liked was the friendship between the heroine and her best friend (Julie). They were really close as it was the nature of close friendships, I guess. I have never experienced that kind so I was attracted by their closeness.

My favorite quote: “She’d tear them up, and she’d say what she’d written in them, face-to-face, because some words shouldn’t go unsaid. But she felt better knowing she’d written them, knowing the written word had power, and love would shine through it.”

My favorite scene: When Lila was saved by a teeny tiny dog. Earl Grey. She defended herself with the help of a teacup poodle. Lila was being kidnapped by someone at which point Earl Grey rescued her by jumping out of Lila’s purse, at which point Lila was able to punch the kidnapper in the face and run for her life as the kidnapper was taken by surprise of the dog’s movement. The kidnapper didn’t know that Lila had a dog in her purse.

My rating: 2 stars

I hope you found my review useful. Got any suggestions? Was I too vague? Please let me know. Thanks in advance.