Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
I picked up Dark Places this month as part of a buddy read with Chelsey from Chels and a Book! Texting with Chelsey back and forth while we read was a ton of fun, and certainly helped during the darkest parts of this story. The novel follows Libby Day, a 30-year-old woman whose mother and two sisters were murdered in their family home when she was just a child. The evidence, along with Libby’s testimony, pinned the murder on her older brother Ben. Years later, however, Libby is not so sure that the police caught the right guy. Re-investigating the murder for herself, Libby attempts to seek the truth behind the events of that tragic day. Flynn’s writing was intense, and I was certainly surprised by the direction that the novel took in the end. I usually love dark and creepy stories, but there was an “ick” factor to Dark Places that I just couldn’t get over.
Rating: 3 Stars
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
For the past year this book has been popping up all over the book blogging community, and I’m really glad that I finally picked it up for myself! Shadow and Bone is a YA Fantasy that takes place in a world where people known as Grisha possess immense powers. When Alina discovers that she is a Grisha, she is swept away by the world of this magical elite, especially the handsome Grisha leader. The result is a sweeping and irresistible story that I had trouble putting down! Shadow and Bone is definitely worthy of all the praise that it has been getting, and I can’t wait to pick up the next book!
Rating: 4.5 Stars
A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
As part of my job at work, I receive review journals to read so that I can familiarize myself with new and upcoming books. For the past few months, Sarah MacLean has been getting ALOT of praise in these journals for her Rules of Scoundrels series, so I decided I should check it out for myself! The first book, A Rogue By Any Other Name, opens with the Marquess of Bourne losing his land and fortune in a misguided game of cards. Destitute, Bourne spends the next ten years trying to reclaim everything that he lost. When Bourne discovers that his former house has been included in the dowry of his former friend Penelope, he jumps at the chance to get it back by forcing her into marriage. Unlike most romance novels, A Rogue By Any Other Name was actually pretty well written. The plot also had me really intrigued. The only place where the novel really failed was in the last 30-40 pages, which was slow and boring. Nonetheless, I’m definitely interested in checking out the next book in the series!
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Green Rider by Kristan Britain
This was my first re-read of the year! Green Rider is a high fantasy that is full of magic, combat, and adventure. After getting suspended from school, Karigan G’ladheon chooses to run away, and tries to decide whether or not to go home as she trudges along a forest path. Her thoughts are interrupted, however, by the sound of hooves, and a Green Rider suddenly comes bursting through the trees. Injured and dying, the Green Rider asks Karigan to continue his journey, and deliver an important message to the King. Karigan reluctantly agrees, and soon finds herself being chased by mercenaries, assassins, and a man cloaked by shadow. I loved this book when I first read it ten years ago, but I found it just okay the second time around. I think the fact that I have read a lot of really amazing Fantasy since I first picked up this book (like The Lies of Locke Lamora and The Name of the Wind), made Green Rider pale in comparison. It is still a really enjoyable read though, and full of magic!
Rating: 3.5 Stars