Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Mini Reviews | 3

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Published May 17, 2017
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Review:
Honestly a little worried about reviewing this book because while a lot of people did enjoy it and while this book is a memoir of the author’s own childhood traumas, I don’t think this book was for me. I would also like to state that this review is not meant to criticize the author and her experiences in any sort of way because what she went through as a child was simply terrible. ☹

That being said, I did not enjoy this book. I found the way how the book was written to be disconcerting and this might also be because I listened to it via an audiobook which made it very confusing as well. 🤔 The author jumped back and forth between her own personal childhood and Ricky Langley’s childhood and then tried to connect the two together. I definitely understand where she was coming from but what I disliked the most was how she put narrative and thoughts into Ricky Langley’s own childhood. That made things a lot more fiction rather than sticking with the facts. I don’t know if I’m explaining it well but I hope it makes sense. 

I also probably would not have gone into this book at all if I had known the details of what the author had faced when she was a child. I went into thinking it was going to focus more about Ricky Langley’s case and her experience when she uncovered all of the transcripts and documents. Unfortunately for me, that wasn’t really the case. ☹
Rating:
🌟🌟

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What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Published September 12, 2017
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Review:
For a nonfiction novel on politics, I was pleasantly surprised by it. I mean, there were definitely aspects to it that I didn’t enjoy so much but overall, I did find it very interesting to see Hillary’s side of things especially when she discussed what was going on during the election itself. 

The two major parts that I didn’t enjoy so much was the fact that Hillary did a lot of justification. A lot of the book felt as if she was trying to say “if this didn’t happen then I would have won” or “if only this occurred…” and after a while, it felt very redundant and not at all what I was interested in listening to (p.s. I listened to this via an audiobook). Instead, I was mostly invested in her feelings and insight during that tumultuous time rather than her justifications. 

The other aspect that I thought was a bit annoying was how repetitive some areas were. Hillary tended to discuss a couple of main points together in an outline type of way and would then go into very descriptive details about each point. However, because she already discussed the points in the beginning, I found myself constantly listening to her repeat herself and over again as she went into the nitty gritty details. 

That being said, I would still consider this as a solid book because it was still fascinating to me to see what really went on during that controversial election especially since I didn’t follow every single thing during that time.
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟

WHAT DID YOU THINK DURING THE TRUMP VS. CLINTON ELECTION? DID YOU FOLLOW IT THOROUGHLY? LET ME KNOW 💕- Stephanie

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
Published August 14, 2018
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Review:
So I had this as an e-ARC but decided to listen to it via audiobook instead and honestly, can I just admit that I was confused for pretty much the entire audiobook specifically the first half? Maybe it was the accent or something but I couldn’t really focus 100% on the book. I probably only understood around 50% of what was going on and when the ultimate climax and what really happened was revealed, I somehow was still able to comprehend it despite being confused throughout the entire first half of the book. For me, I can’t decide if that’s a good thing or a negative thing? 🤔

And because I was pretty lost in the beginning, I was definitely surprised by what happened at the end. I feel like that is a no brainer LOL. This was also definitely a book where the author focused on the plot which is understandable rather than the characters. I didn’t get the impression that the characters were particularly well developed specifically Cat’s relationship with her father. 

Overall, as stated, the ending surprised me and for the most part, I did enjoy reading and finding out what ultimately happened all of those years ago, how Cat’s father played a role and how it all connected with the current case. I’m not sure if I would recommend this book, however, simply because the characters were meh and because the beginning was confusing.

Rating:
🌟🌟

ARE YOU A FAN OF CRIME THRILLER NOVELS?  IS THIS A BOOK THAT WOULD PIQUE YOUR INTEREST? LET ME KNOW 💕- Stephanie

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
Published January 3, 2012
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Review:
This was a cute book but the one thing that got to me was Hudson, the main character. There were just so many times when she pissed me off especially the second half of the book. At first, I liked her and even empathized with what she was going through especially since the whole figure skating was a sport that I could relate well with. As I was growing up, my two younger sisters became very much involved in the figure skating world and an older sister, I was constantly roped in. So there were a lot of references that I could relate with and so, I was able to understand where she was coming from. Unfortunately though, after a while, I started to find her very selfish to the point that I was pretty much just frustrated by her constantly. Her friendship with Dani, her relationship with her own mother and her family, as well as her relationship with the two boys, Josh and Will, all got under my skin in so many different ways. 

So because my dislike for Hudson became more and more prominent as the book continued, I found myself enjoying the book a lot less. There were just so much potential in this book but unfortunately Hudson just really brought the book down for me. I also found the romance to be just okay. In a way, it was adorable but the problem was that Josh, the guy I was rooting for, was so passive even to the very end and he wasn’t as well-developed as Will. So while there were so much emotion between the two of them, Josh’s lack of action and his under-developed character made it hard for me to truly ship the romance. 

Overall, it was cute but the characters and romance was lacking which is unfortunate because this is a chick-list novel at the end of the day. ☹
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟

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