He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

31393997He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

Published April 20th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton

416 Pages

Goodreads Summary: In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, it is not only the victim’s life that is changed forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear, and while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something, and someone, is always in the dark.

 

Review: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book frustrated me to no end. I really don’t understand all of the 4 & 5 star reviews on this one. I mean, to each their own but man. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I decided to DNF this book @68% so I feel like I gave it enough of a shot. I’m really not even sure what to rate this one so I’m not going to. Some minor spoilers ahead here so proceed at your own risk if you’re interested in reading this one. I do seem to be in the minority in my opinion so take my review with a grain of salt.
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The two main characters, especially Laura was just so naive and stubborn to the point of stupidity. Beth obviously had some issues and Kit could see that but for whatever reason Laura just refused to see it, which ended up putting both she and Kit in danger. There were so many clues that Laura did not pick on up that Beth was on the fast train to crazy town. And yet she continued to let her stay at their flat and hang out with her, feeling the need to apologize if they had a quarrel…. Not to mention that having her around has made Kit extremely uncomfortable and considering it’s his flat too it’s insane to me that she wouldn’t take his feelings into consideration until something dire happened. I also didn’t really get the whole eclipse chasing thing… Where on earth are these two getting the money to traipse all over the world chasing total eclipses? Just unrealistic. According to others’ reviews, there is a pretty epic twist towards the end but I found myself not even caring anymore to find out.

WWW Wednesday – May 24, 2017

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?


Recently FinishedI’ve been having a pretty good reading week since last Wednesday.  I’m finished The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon, book 3 of The Bone Season series.  It was shorter than the first two but so intense!  I’ve also been working on getting caught up on my ARCs.  I finished The Jane Austen Project which I reviewed on Monday, and Manderley Forever which I reviewed yesterday.

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Currently ReadingCurrently, I am doing a re-read of Nevernight via audiobook.  I also started an ARC of He Said/She Said yesterday.  Before I started my Nevernight re-read, I was listening to my re-read of An Echo in the Bone.  I will be continuing with that after I finish listening to Nevernight.

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Up NextUp next I have one more ARC I want to try and fit in before the end of the month. The ARC is of Woman No. 17.  I read the author’s other book, California, and really enjoyed it so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

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Manderley Forever by Tatiana de Rosnay

29958991Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier by Tatiana de Rosnay

Published April 18th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

448 Pages

Goodreads Summary: As a bilingual bestselling novelist with a mixed Franco-British bloodline and a host of eminent forebears, Tatiana de Rosnay is the perfect candidate to write a biography of Daphne du Maurier. As an eleven-year-old de Rosnay read and reread Rebecca, becoming a lifelong devotee of Du Maurier’s fiction. Now de Rosnay pays homage to the writer who influenced her so deeply, following Du Maurier from a shy seven-year-old, a rebellious sixteen-year-old, a twenty-something newlywed, and finally a cantankerous old lady. With a rhythm and intimacy to its prose characteristic of all de Rosnay’s works, Manderley Forever is a vividly compelling portrait and celebration of an intriguing, hugely popular and (at the time) critically underrated writer.

“It’s impressive how Tatiana was able to recreate the personality of my mother, including her sense of humor. It is very well written and very moving. I’m sure my mother would have loved this book.” ― Tessa Montgomery d’Alamein, daughter of Daphné du Maurier, as told to Pauline Sommelet in Point de Vue

Review: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Admittedly I have never read a book written by Daphne du Maurier even though Rebecca has been on my TBR forever. So I was a little nervous going in to this biography of her. The few biographies I have read in the past of other people have been kind of hard for me to get through. This book couldn’t have been more different. Almost from the beginning I was hooked onto the way the author decided to write the bio. It felt more like a novel than the standard repetition of names, places, dates, etc. The book is divided into sections based on where Daphne’s main place of residence was. Because Daphne put so much stock into the places she stayed and went I thought this was the perfect way to go about it. The author did a marvelous job of transporting me to the time and place she was writing about so I felt very close to Daphne throughout the book. I loved seeing all of the connections that I never knew about. For example, the du Maurier’s are cousins of the Llewellyn-Davies brothers that J.M. Barrie based Peter Pan on. I also did not know that Daphne is the original author of The Birds, which Alfred Hitchcock appeared to take several liberties with along with a few other pieces of Daphne’s work that he had adapted for the screen. There were so many things about this book that I loved that its hard to write about them all in one review. There were only a few times I found it to be a bit slow but overall I very much enjoyed reading this biography. I have since added many of Daphne’s works to my never ending TBR.

4 Stars

The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

31371280The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

Published May 2nd 2017 by Harper Perennial

384 Pages

Goodreads Summary: England, 1815: Two travelers—Rachel Katzman and Liam Finucane—arrive in a field, disheveled and weighed down with hidden money. They are not what they seem, but colleagues from a technologically advanced future, posing as a doctor and his spinster sister. While Rachel and Liam aren’t the first team of time travelers, their mission is the most audacious yet: meet, befriend, and steal from Jane Austen.

Carefully selected and rigorously trained by The Royal Institute for Special Topics in Physics, disaster-relief doctor Rachel and actor-turned-scholar Liam have little in common except their extraordinary circumstances. Circumstances that call for Rachel to stifle her independent nature and let Liam take the lead as they infiltrate Austen’s circle via her favorite brother, Henry.

But diagnosing Jane’s fatal illness and obtaining an unpublished novel hinted at in her letters pose enough of a challenge without the convolutions of living a lie. While her friendship with Jane deepens and her relationship with Liam grows complicated, Rachel fights to reconcile her true self with the constrictions of 19th century society. As their portal to the future prepares to close, Rachel and Liam struggle with their directive to leave history as they found it…however heartbreaking that proves.

Review: I received a copy of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and I love reimaginings of her books and pretty much anything that has to do with her so when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it! Add in the time traveling factor and you have the makings of a really fascinating book! The two main characters, Rachel and Liam travel back in time to England in 1815 with the mission of infiltrating Jane Austen’s circle, diagnosing her fatal illness and obtaining an unpublished novel. I loved the majority of this book. While they are in the past, the author does a fantastic job at recreating the time and setting. It’s really interesting to see two modern people attempt to fit in a time where things are so much different. I enjoyed seeing Rachel and Liam really struggle with not altering the past and leaving history unaltered. I feel like if I was to ever time travel, that would be something I would have a hard time leaving alone. The only part of this book I really struggled with was the author’s portrayal of the futuristic world where Rachel and Liam traveled from. It was really hard to get a clear image of what the world was like and how it got to be that way. But overall, I really enjoyed this book and will be interested to read any future books by this author.

4 Stars

Bout of Books 19 Wrap-Up

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Yesterday was a great final day of Bout of Books.  We got home from our trip around 3 pm so I had plenty of time to read and finish the readathon strong.  I ended up finishing A Conjuring of Light by 6:30 and decided to stray from the last book left on my TBR and finish off another trilogy by starting Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga, book 3 of the Jasper Dent trilogy.  It is so good I ended up blazing through the first 178 pages.

Day 7 Progress

Number of Pages Read: 359

Total BoB Pages Read: 1539/1500

Books Read:

  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (pg. 443-end)
  • Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga (pg. 1-178)

Overall this was a very successful readathon for me!  I had a lot of fun reading the books I chose and ended up meeting all of my goals!

GOALS

  • Read at least 1,500 pages
  • Read at least 30 minutes every day
  • Participate in at least 3 daily challenges

This is what I read throughout the week:

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GRAND TOTAL PAGES: 1,539


I had a great time participating in this round of Bout of Books and I can’t wait for the next round!!  BoB 20 will be from August 21st to August 27th!  If you’re interested in participating, definitely check out the BoB blog for more info!

Did you participate in this round?  What book(s) did you read?