Review: Gone Girl

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first time I read a book after watching the movie. And I still enjoyed the book every bit. Yes, even when I knew all the twists and turns. The credit goes to the awesome writing and the well-developed characters. I absolutely loved the multiple layers, complexities and the nuances of the characters. Some of the cliches in a marriage were very well observed and written and sometimes actually hilarious.

A great read indeed.

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Review: Long Time Coming

Long Time ComingLong Time Coming by Edie Claire

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a good change of pace for me when it comes to romance/YA. It is one of the better books I have read recently.The main characters seemed mature (well, they were in their mid-thirties, so maybe that should be kind of expected), had their insecurities figured out bit better and overall likeable. The plot was good too. I enjoyed the writing style, especially all the spooky parts. I liked the supernatural element woven into the plot. It wasn’t the central theme but it helped in keeping it interesting.
Although it isn’t without flaws. The two things that annoyed me the most were that eighteen years seemed a bit of a stretch to still not be over the death of a close friend and the fact that Joy had practically no recollection of the events surrounding the incident and how she was dealing with it. I am no psychologist and I had to make peace with it. And the amount of build up to get to the part of what really happened was too dragged and not fully worth all the wait.

Overall, the book was nice light evening read.

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Review: The Mind Readers

The Mind Readers
The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would give 3.5. This is one of the better written YAs that I have read. The story was gripping, although a bit dragged at times, but still good enough pace to keep it interesting.

I liked Cameron, a 17-year old for being a 17 year old. Yes, she was immature many a times, made wrong decisions and was vulnerable. But she was also courageous, strong, kind and moralistic. She was a lot more realistic character(minus the mind-reading) than what I would expect in YA novels. The author delves very well into the psyche of a girl who has too much of contradicting information being thrown at her and who has been dealing with mysteries and unanswered questions all her life. I could feel her confusions and dilemmas.

Lewis, on the other hand, turned out to be a brain-washed kid. I almost felt sorry for him. More points to Cameron, for deciding to not to be with him anymore as their beliefs don’t match.

Characters were well-sketched. Each was given enough depth to expose their flaws as well as their good qualities. Although, I still want to know what are Caroline’s powers 🙂

At times, the plot was a bit silly and predictable but overall it was a good, fun read.

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Review: Private: #1 Suspect

Private:  #1 Suspect
Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was yet another disappointment from James Patterson. The book began with great promise, gripping plot and got me hooked to it, building up lots of high expectations. But when I realized nothing significant or interesting has happened in any of the initially exciting plots till almost 3/4th into the book, I knew this was just going to tank.
First of all, why there were 4 completely different and unrelated plots, I did not understand. Then the plots kept dragging on with unnecessary details and boring predictable twists and then, all of a sudden, they were rushed to closures as if suddenly the writers realized that this book needs to come to an end after all and now is the time to do it!! Too many loose ends, too convenient suspects and situations and almost nil character development. There was nothing brilliant about Jack Morgan. Del Rio and Cruz had lot more action going on than the protagonist. Other than the fact that Jack was a marine, owns a Lamborghini and a multi – million dollar private investigation business and has an evil twin (duh!), I did not get to know this guy. Anyway, all my hopes came crashing by and I just skimmed through the last 50 pages to get it done with.

Overall, not a keeper.

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Review: Journals

Journals
Journals by Kurt Cobain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book provided quite an intimate peep into the enigma -Kurt Cobain. I was quite amazed at how eloquently Kurt could express his weirdest, deepest and tumultuous of thoughts.
I don’t know if I should say this was inspiring or just plain scary to see how tormented Kurt was?
At times, it was innocently funny and I was actually laughing!
Overall, I am left with an eerie, sad feeling and even after 20 years of his death, it is still a bit hard to wrap my head around it.

PS: I noted down all the monologues and quotes from Journals here: part 1 and part 2

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Monologues And Quotes By Kurt Cobain – Part 2

kc1Monologues And Quotes By Kurt Cobain – Part 1 is here.

  • The finest day I ever had was when tomorrow never came.
  • I am bad at what I do best.
  • You said that I remind you of yourself tomorrow.
  • And I swear that I don’t have a gun.
  • Thanks to un-encouraging parents everywhere for giving their children the will to show them up and to the white macho american male for reminding the small percent who are capable of recognizing injustice to fight you and earn from your sick sadistic  institutional ways. May you rot in the very reason you even bother to stay alive for.
  • Have you ever had a day when you were going to find a job then it was already two o’clock, so you just blew it off?
  • Yeah I know I am confused uneducated walking cliche but I don’t need to be inspired any longer, just supported.
  • I can’t wait to be back at home (wherever that is) in bed, neurotic and malnourished and complaining how the weather sucks and its whole reason for my misery. I miss you Bikini Kill. I totally love you.
  • No talent is fully organic. Yet the obviously superior talented have not only control of study but that extra special little gift at birth-fueled by passion. A built in, totally spiritual, unexplainable new age, fucking, cosmic energy busting love for passion. And yes, they are even small percent among the small percent. And they are special!
  • No matter what level of intelligence one is on, we all question love and lack of love and fear of love.
  • Its good to question authority and to fight it just to make things a bit less boring but I’ve always reverted back to the conclusion that man is not redeemable and words that don’t necessarily have their expected meanings can be used descriptively in a sentence as art.
  • And this little pit-stop we call life, that we so seriously worry about is nothing but a small over the weekend jail sentence compared to what will come with death.
  • Life isn’t nearly as sacred as the appreciation of passion.
  • It’s hard to decipher the difference between a sincere entertainer and an honest swindler.
  • If you think everything has been said and done then how come nothing has been solved and resolved?
  • After all the hype and ogling over us this past year, I’ve come to two conclusions: 1) We’ve made a better commercial record than Poison. 2) There are quadruple the amount of bad Rock journalists than there are bad rock bands.
  • I am not gay although I wish I were, just to piss off homophobes.
  • I wish there was someone I could ask for advice. Someone who wouldn’t make me feel like a creep for spilling my guts and trying to explain all the insecurities that have plagued me for oh, about 25 years now. I wish someone could explain to me why exactly I have no desire to learn anymore. Why I used to have so much energy and the need to search for miles and weeks for anything new and different. Excitement. I was once a magnet for attracting new offbeat personalities who would introduce me to music and books of the obscure and I would soak it into my system like a rabid sex crazed junkie, hyperactive mentally retarded toddler who just had the first taste of sugar.
  • I will fight to my death to keep the right to provide for my child. I’ll go out of my way to remind her that I love her more than I love myself, not because it is a father’s duty but because I want to out of love.
  • I’ve never taken sides with you or my mother because while I was growing up I had equal contempt for you both.kc2
  • Birds. Birds are and always have been reincarnated old men with Tourette’s syndrome having somehow managed to dupe the reproductive saga. They fuck each other and tend to their home repairs and children while never missing their true mission to scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at day break to warn us all of the truth. They know the truth. Screaming bloody murder all over the world in our ears but sadly we don’t speak bird.
  • The whales respond with their message for us in similar ways, by beaching themselves.
  • Theory is a waste of time.
  • I can’t sing or play or rhyme. I think that’s just fine.
  • I feel compelled to say fuck you, fuck you to those of you who have absolutely no regard for me as a person. You have raped me harder than you’ll ever know. So again I say fuck you although this phrase has totally lost its meaning. FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU.
  • If you die you’re completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I’m not afraid of dying. Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I’ve got.

[Didn’t come across the last quote in his Journals, but including it here because I liked it :)]

Review: Hooked on the Game

Hooked on the Game
Hooked on the Game by C.M. Owens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Got it as a free ebook from Amazon. It is pretty much the poor-girl-meets-rich-handsome-guy-falls-for-him story. But the writing was good and interesting. There were some funny moments and the author did a good job in keeping the reader hooked. Raya is likeable and relatable.
Kade’s character developed with sudden twists which felt too cliched. But I can live with it because the story is Raya’s POV and Kade is shown from her perspective. But Kade, except for two instances of jealousy and possessiveness, was a little too good to be true. But then, this is fiction 🙂

Overall a good easy read.

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