Friday, June 23, 2017

Blind Date With A Book: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn | Review

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Published: September 26, 2006
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Pages: 254
Received: borrowed from library
Find Online: Goodreads | Amazon

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.


This was my Blind Date With A Book that I picked up from my local library for Valentine's Day. Guess this is a little late being written, but it's not like the book was very romantic anyway. This is the second time I've borrowed a Blind Date Book over the last few years and I really love that you are really going in blind. 

The three little notes on the wrapping said: I will keep you guessing. I'm a thrill a minute and I'm a sharp read! 




I was pleasantly surprised to find a Gillian Flynn novel inside. I'd only seen Gone Girl as a movie and not read any of Flynn's work. 

Camille, a journalist, is sent to her hometown to cover breaking news regarding a missing girl. She is so hesitant to go back, because she does not get along with her messed up family, but she can't pass up the chance to prove herself in the journalism world. She recently had been released from the hospital and is pushing herself to move past the horrible things in her past. Sadly, going home makes her nervous because that's where many of her problems began.

Camille's mother is insanely messed up. She keeps her daughters at arms length and only shows them affection when it suits her. She's obviously suffering from some major mental issues. Her younger half sister, Amma, is a master manipulator and head of the mean girl squad at school, but portrays the perfect dutiful daughter in front of her parents. Camille starts out writing words on her body, but soon progresses to cutting the words into her skin to try to cope with the madness, just like she always has. This family is by far the most dysfunctional I've ever read about. There is also another sister that passed away when Camille was a young girl, which is one of the things that causes such a strained relationship between Camille and her mother.

While Camille is back home to cover the current events, she starts to uncover some horrible truths and details about the missing girl, a murder the previous year and her own family that make her want to run. She only stays in hopes to help solve the mystery and maybe just save Amma from this insane family dynamic.

It's filled with some disturbing scenes, shocking twists and the most unbalanced characters I've read about in some time. Be prepared for dark, creepy and graphic story.

About the Author:
Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.

Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.

In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master's degree from Northwestern University. -source

 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

HPMOTW: Favorite quote from Order of the Phoenix

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There are so many great quotes from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but this one just seems like the right one for right now. What is your favourite quote from this HP book?



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't

 



The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter - I loved The Heist Society series and even read a short story crossover, but still haven't started this series. I do have the first one on my Kindle app because it was one of those deal of the day specials a while back, but still haven't started reading it.

The Witchlands by Susan Dennard - I won the first book in the series last year, but it's still sitting on my bookshelf. In my defense, I won it just before I had my baby so it went on the back burner.

The Glass Series by Maria V Snyder - I bought the paperbacks for Storm Glass, Sea Glass and Spy Glass two years ago, but still haven't started them.

Jane Jameson Series by Molly Harper - I have all four books on my shelf and they have been there for years. I really need to get reading them. It was when I was going through a vampire phase.

Wondrous Strange Series by Lesley Livingston - I've had the first two in the series on my shelf for some time and they are signed! I just need the third book and then maybe I'll read them.  ;)

White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter - I have the first as an ebook and the second is an ARC I traded for a while back.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis - my BFF gave me the first two books in hardcover years ago, still haven't read them.

How To Series by Vicky Dreiling - another series by BFF sent to me. I have the complete series, just need to get in the mood for a good historical romance series.

NOLA Zombie Series by Gillian Zane - I bought the first three plus the prequel novella to support a fellow blogger, but haven't read them yet. I was in a very big zombie phase for a while too, but switched when I hit a slump. I hope to get to these soon as they sound amazing!

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard - During my pregnancy, my hubby and I started watching the TV series. We never finished, but plan to sometime. But I still really want to read this series, even though it looks long with 16 books and a few novellas.


What series have you been meaning to start but haven't yet? Have you read any of the ones I've listed, what did you think?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa | Review

In preparation for Father's Day, Spencer and I read this book that she'll be giving to Daddy. This year she's giving him this book and a handmade card.

Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa
Published: May 12, 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 32
Received: purchased
Find Online: Goodreads | Amazon

Because I'm your dad, you can have spaghetti for breakfast, French toast for dinner, and rocky road....




This is a fun board book for little ones to read with Daddy. It shows the silly side of hanging out with Daddy from eating spaghetti for breakfast to traveling to New York just for hot dogs. And it shows his love for his child with showing his support for their sports and giving snuggles for bedtime. And the colourful monster illustrations are adorable. Our little girl just loves flipping the pages and pointing out the little monster.

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