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Bout of Books 11

So the Bout of Books readathon is over and I am sad, because I did not do half as well as I would’ve liked to do. For shame, life, for getting in the way!

So I managed to complete Slated and Shades of Milk & Honey, and really enjoyed both of them. Paradise Lost, I read a bit of but kind of just decided that it wasn’t really for me. Queen of the Tearling, however, I am loving. Didn’t get it finished before the readathon ended sadly, but am quite a way through it, and am really enjoying it.

There will be a Round-Up video on my channel, Something Like Lydia, tomorrow, where I will review the books I have read, and talk more about why me and Paradise Lost just didn’t mix, and will probably also fangirl over Queen of the Tearling. So be sure to SUBSCRIBE and check that out!

For those of you interested in taking part in any future Bout of Books readathons, be sure to check out their website. Bout of Books 12 runs from January 5th - 11th 2015. See you all then!



WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Camille Preaker is a Chicago-based reporter returning home to the suffocating town where she grew up, to her irrational mother who drove her away, and her fickle high school friends, whom she never fit in with. She has been sent there to report on the murder of a thirteen-year-old girl, the town’s second in a year, but after she fought so hard to escape, Camille soon becomes dogged by old wounds, both literally and figuratively.
After the great acclaim which Gillian Flynn received for Gone Girl, I had high hopes for this crime thriller. The writing is indeed up to the standard you would expect from such a writer and, from the get go, you are drawn into the story, and the world of small-town USA. 
Camille is an intriguing character, albeit perhaps not an overly likeable one, and her mother and step-sister, along with many of the town’s inhabitants, add spice and flavour to the proceedings. 
It is a very edgy, uncomfortable storyline and Flynn very much goes at it with a no-holds barred attitude, which suits the subject matter, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s an enjoyable read. 
My one grievance would be in it’s conclusion, which felt rushed in comparison to the rest of the book, and I actually had to reread one of the final pages because it all unraveled so quickly. That said, it caught me unawares and I well and truly fell for the red herrings along the way, which in my book is always a plus for a crime novel like this. 
Overall, a well-written edgy and ultimately brave thriller, that tackles issues many writers would shy away from. 
16+ advisory rating.
You will enjoy this if you enjoyed: The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart

Camille Preaker is a Chicago-based reporter returning home to the suffocating town where she grew up, to her irrational mother who drove her away, and her fickle high school friends, whom she never fit in with. She has been sent there to report on the murder of a thirteen-year-old girl, the town’s second in a year, but after she fought so hard to escape, Camille soon becomes dogged by old wounds, both literally and figuratively.

After the great acclaim which Gillian Flynn received for Gone Girl, I had high hopes for this crime thriller. The writing is indeed up to the standard you would expect from such a writer and, from the get go, you are drawn into the story, and the world of small-town USA. 

Camille is an intriguing character, albeit perhaps not an overly likeable one, and her mother and step-sister, along with many of the town’s inhabitants, add spice and flavour to the proceedings. 

It is a very edgy, uncomfortable storyline and Flynn very much goes at it with a no-holds barred attitude, which suits the subject matter, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s an enjoyable read. 

My one grievance would be in it’s conclusion, which felt rushed in comparison to the rest of the book, and I actually had to reread one of the final pages because it all unraveled so quickly. That said, it caught me unawares and I well and truly fell for the red herrings along the way, which in my book is always a plus for a crime novel like this. 

Overall, a well-written edgy and ultimately brave thriller, that tackles issues many writers would shy away from. 

16+ advisory rating.

You will enjoy this if you enjoyed: The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks



Bout of Books 11 - Day #5

Have started Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. It’s intriguing, think i’m going to enjoy it!



Bout of Books 11 - Day #4

No excuse today. I got distracted by RuPaul and Mary Berry (those two just go hand-in-hand, don’t they?!).

Started ‘Paradise Lost’ but “started” is all I did. Meant to also start ‘Queen of the Tearling’ but it was Bread Week, okay!



Bout of Books 11 - Day #3

Finished Shades of Milk & Honey. Finally!

Review to come next week along with the other titles i’ve read during this read-a-thon.

Thinking i’m going in a totally different direction with the next one, and although I really kind of want to read S., if i’m going to read more 4 this week, that’s probably not a good idea, so Paradise Lost it is. 




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