Review: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommend: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime

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I have seen this book around for a while, and the description made me pick it up faster than I could say “but you have such a long TBR”. The story starts with Susan Ryeland, an editor who finds herself with the latest manuscript of the famous writer Alan Conway, and there is no indication that this book will be any different from his other bestseller crime novels. The manuscript follows detective Atticus Pünd as he sets to solve a murder in a sleepy English village. Continue reading

The Unpopular Opinions Tag

Hello!

Jo-Ann from Inspiration Pie has tagged me for the Unpopular Opinions Tag. Go check her blog out, it has such diverse and interesting content and she is a great person – you can read her answer to this tag here!

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE

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Lord of the Flies. I guess I was just not the right audience for this book – it seems that it’s very common for young Americans to read this in school and maybe I was too old already and had read too many books that were much more disturbing than this . I was not horrified by this book, but rather bored. Most of it was incredibly predictable and the ending just disappointing. But, most of all, the author excuses the lack of female characters (with NO girls at all) bt saying this story would absolutely not happen the same way with girls in it, and he wanted it to represent “society” and “not just as lovers or man and wife”, which to me sounds like a lazy excuse and also a sexualization of the girls that would have been somewhere from 5 to 10-year-olds. You can see an interview with the author here.

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Review: The Forever War

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Recommend: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Science fiction, Dystopia

This book was highly recommended by a friend, and it was initially written by the author to be a dystopia, but now that the 1990s (where the story starts) have come and gone, it has shifted into the science fiction category. I did put it in both categories, though. Yes, I gave it two stars. Yes, I recommend this book. See my review below to understand why.

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Review: Divergent #1-3 by Veronica Roth

divergentRating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction

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This series was lent to me by a friend who highly recommended it. Back when I read Divergent, I was hardly reading any fantasy/dystopia YAs, because I like changing up genres, lest I find boring and predictable a book I would otherwise have enjoyed more. So Divergent was like getting back into my comfort zone – I devoured the three books in about a week. Continue reading