Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Honestly, I would never have picked this book from my endless to-be-read list if it wasn’t for the tv show. I still think about it every day so it only made sense to get myself the book and find out more about the characters to whom I attached myself so fiercely.

Synopsis

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mum Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbours secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realises how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

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Big Little Lies published by Amy Einhorn Books, 2014

Big Little Lies the book ended up being quite different from the tv adaptation. However, both versions are gripping, funny and clever. I was not disappointed but I did wish the ending had been exactly like the show’s.

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I should probably let a few days pass before I write this review. But it feels like I should do justice to the book and do it now.

My heart is gone. It hasn’t been broken; it has been turned to dust. Beauty has that kind of power. So do certain kinds of sadness. And, God, does this book have every kind of beauty and sadness there is in this world.

Synopsis

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

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A Monster Calls published by Walker Books (2012)

This is the sort of story that I can feed the monster inside of me with. It’s juicy and raw, with a sweet and sour sauce. I hope my monster enjoys it because all of my other parts have.

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Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

I’ve finished this book months ago but it’s like I haven’t. Not really and not permanently. In fact, I feel like I will be forever reading it. The words seem too reluctant to leave my mind and the characters… those will always stay.

Synopsis

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING.

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

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Clockwork Princess published by Simon & Schuster (2013)

I don’t really know what I was expecting from The Infernal Devices ending. The only thing I know is that I wasn’t expecting to finish it sobbing my lungs out for an hour or two.

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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the Lilith’s magic has bound Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

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City of Lost Souls published by Walker Books 2012

Loving a book is not hard. If you read books regularly, the probabilities of finding a book that you love are very high. You’ll probably find a book that will make you think of it when you’re waiting for the money to come out of the ATM for no apparent reason. You’ll find a book that will force you to stay up late when you have to be up and ready by 7a.m. the next morning. You’ll find that book and you know you really love it when you reach the last page and you think “Goddammit, why does this book have two blank pages after it ends when they could have more of the story for me?”

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clara had that effect on me, as every single one of the previous books of the series did. It made me feel guilty when I was too tired to keep my eyes open to continue reading. It made me want to cry, it made me laugh, it made me feel sick, upset, happy and broken. It made me feel everything a great book should make you feel.

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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Let’s talk about what’s in now: courts and thrones and badass girls.

Synopsis

After serving out a year of hard labour in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves, assassins, and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

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Throne of Glass published by Bloomsbury

Celaena Sardothien is an unexpected heroine. She is not a villain but that doesn’t stop her from being wicked. Her heart is good, her essence fierce. She is brave and smart and strong. But in her complexity, there is also arrogance and faithlessness. Not as much as a true heroine but more as an ordinary girl, sometimes she doesn’t know what she wants. And that, somehow, made me love her even more.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs

This book has grown in popularity ever since the screen adaptation by Tim Burton was announced. It has a huge fanbase and I’m sure that when the movie comes out, everyone will rush to the bookstores to get it. So it’s time to review it.

Synopsis

After his grandfather’s mysterious death, sixteen-year-old Jacob travels to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for a good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children published by Quirk Books (2013)

It hooked me from the very first sentence:

“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.”

I’m lucky to have thought “oh, I know that feeling” when I first read it. It is precisely because of this that I defend the idea that a book must have, mandatorily, a good opening line. But this book has way more than one great line. And that’s mainly the reason why I didn’t stop reading it when I got slightly bored with it after the leading mystery was solved.

Ransom Riggs has the kind of writing that makes you feel guilty of putting the book down before you’re officially finished with it. That’s why I don’t regret having stuck with his peculiar story until the very end. Even though it gets too weird at some point, his writing makes everything seem better, sound better, work better.

I won’t spoil anything. Instead, I will leave here one of my favourite passages from the book in an attempt to seduce you into his strange world:

“Stars, too, are time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours had collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize that we are not alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries – but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”

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Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals by Dan Abnett & Nik Vincent

“She was back on the island. On Yamatai. A hellish storm raged all around her.”

The Ten Thousand Immortals is a Tomb Raider novel released in 2014, written by Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent. It tells the story of Lara Croft coping with her life after returning from the island of Yamatai. The novel takes place right after the events of Tomb Raider (2013) and before the new Tomb Raider Comic Series.

Synopsis

Back in her London flat Lara and Sam try to get back to their old life. However, for Sam this proves to be too difficult. When a call from the hospital reaches Lara, she is informed that her friend has suffered an overdose of a substance, allegedly trying to end her own life. Sam has left a goodbye letter addressed to Lara in which she explain, that it’s all too much for her to deal with and that she believes that she cannot be saved from Himiko, the Shaman Sun Queen of Yamatai.

Desperate for a solution, Lara searches for anything that could help her. A wisp of hope arising from a myth gives Lara purpose: the story of an ancient and mysterious artifact that could heal her friend.

No matter how thin the trail may be at times, Lara is willing to go wherever she must to find something that will help her friend. The hunt drives Lara across Europe, in a voyage through a twisted web of conspiracy, suspicious contracts, and life-or-death intrigue, as she seeks salvation for her friend and the truth behind the legendary talisman.

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The Ten Thousand Immortals by DK Publishing (2014)

As expected from a Tomb Raider novel, we are offered an invitation into the world of archaeology, history and mythology. This is a fast paced book with plenty of action to go around. One of the things that I really enjoyed about it was getting to know more about Lara’s character. The reader sees through her eyes, knows how she thinks and acts in normal circumstances (like taking a train/subway or simply walking around the streets of London) as well as when she’s under stress or in danger.

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