Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart // Review & Discussion

If anything, Genuine Fraud is unique. It moves backwards in time so at the start, we’re reading what would be the end? And work towards what would be the start but is actually the end. Confused yet? Don’t worry, I’ll explain why I loved and hated this.

We follow Jule, a social butterfly (kinda) and Imogen a rich girl running away from her problems & parents. We get two perspectives into their friendship, the one Jule perceived and the one Imogen actually experienced.
Both different, both a bit confusing if I’m totally honest. As we move through the book it becomes more and more obvious what’s happening, but I was still invested and managed to read this in 3 days.

Genuine Fraud is branded as a mystery/ thriller but I don’t think I’d really use those words to describe it? It’s really interesting and I was hooked from the get-go but once I reached the midpoint I was pretty sure what was happening and the suspense died a bit.

The end (actually the start) was a bit of a let down for me, I was underwhelmed and disappointed that everything happened because Jule needed rent. I was annoyed because the entire plot is written like there is a bigger purpose to Jule’s story, but if there was I failed to miss it.

The last thing I really have to say about it is that I loved the layout, and I liked the back in time thing we had going on, but I paid no attention to the time-stamp at the top of each chapter. So if you’re like me & skip on details, maybe try and pay a tad more attention to the chapter heads of this one!

I’m super interested to see if you have read this book if you want to read it & what you thought!

If you wan to purchase Genuine Fraud you can here!

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October Book Haul

I don’t know what got into me this month, but I was like lets buy some books. & it started off with me just downloading one book onto my Kindle. Which was Warcross by Marie Lu and I loved it! So once I had finished that, I was on a YA kick. More specifically a Marie Lu kick! I downloaded Legend, read it in like 2 days then downloaded Prodigy which I’m currently reading.

Prodigy is a bit slower for me than Legend for some reason. I have read half of Prodigy before and just never really got into it. This time I’m a bit more invested in the characters and I’m following the plot a bit better so I’m making more progress but it’s still slow. I keep thinking I’ve read over half of it but then look at the percentage I’ve read and it’s only 28%.

Since I had bought all Kindle books, I went to Dymocks and decided to pick up Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman. Which is fucking HUGE. But I’m excited to read it because I completely missed all the hype around it last year. Along with Illuminae I bought Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart. I read We Were Liars by Lockhart a good few years ago but I remember loving it so much I recommended it to everyone that would listen. So I’ve been eyeing it up for a while and decided to finally buy it!

Because I bought Illuminae and Genuine Fraud before I’m finished Prodigy I really, really just want to start one of them! But because this happened with Prodigy before I’m trying to push through and just get past the boring formalities that come along with the second book in a trilogy. Especially dystopian series, you know that world building part where we see how the dystopia came to be? But in an unusually drawn out way? Yeah. You know what I mean.

Annnnyway! They’re they books I purchased in October! & the ones I’m planning on reading into the start of November! I had wanted to focus on some Halloween inspired reads but I got distracted by Marie Lu and her amazing worlds. & Dymocks and their amazing sales.

What will you be reading to finish off October?

Warcross, Marie Lu // Review & Spoilers

I’m not one for doing plot recaps and book introductions, so if you don’t know what Warcross is about, here’s the brief rundown.
Set in the future, a virtual reality ‘game’ has taken over the world and is so popular it’s essentially a way of life. The creator Hideo is a billionaire and enlists the help of Emika, a young hacker/ bounty hunter to help him find a hacker that’s glitching out the VR world of Warcross and trying to sabotage the final games.

The hackers online name is Zero & that’s what we’ll call them for now! Zero is elusive; from the very start we are lead to question everyone that Emika meets because she’s suspicious at everyone. Until she narrows it down a bit and eliminates some options I was convinced it was the wrong person. Which was great because it kept me guessing and I didn’t get bored! (I’ll talk more about the people later)

The world that Lu created was AMAZING to me because it’s just scary that that’s where we are heading! When I stop and think of all the companies fighting to bring out the next big move in virtual reality, how long will it take for us to actually live in a virtual world?Where we sit at home and can work in a virtual office with virtual people from all over the world? It kinda fascinates me & Warcross just captured the world perfectly.

Hideo the billionaire, he’s strange. This is where the spoilers kick in guys so if you don’t want to be ruined. Turn away!
He’s strange because he’s build up to be this restrained but lovely person. Like you can tell he has issues and it’s almost like..  So, you know when you find out a villain had a redeeming quality? It’s that but in reverse! You find out that Hideo’s brother disappeared while they played together one day & he takes it hard (obviously, I mean.. he lost his brother. I’d be messed up too) BUT that’s the reason why Hideo thinks he can roll out a new technology that will stop people from committing crime. A good gesture, but takes away people’s free will! A thing Emika has a problem with because she committed a crime, but it was in defence of a friend.

I should say, Hideo and Emika get it on a bit which isnt a surprise! BUT I’m calling it now, that Emika actually falls in love with Zero in the next books. & it will be a love triangle-ish. Oh yeah, it will be an awkward triangle because Zero is actually Hideo’s missing brother! & hacked the game to try and stop the mind control techniques that Hideo was planning!

& with that my friends, I’m off to download Legend. A book I read years ago but didn’t finish. Because a little bird told me that Warcross and Legend is set in the same world! & now I need to catch up.

Carve the Mark // Review

Oooookay. Let’s start by saying that Veronica Roth is one of my favourite authors and & I love her writing. Which is why I was super excited for Carve the Mark!

I wouldn’t say I was disappointed, but I was a bit lost.
In theory, this book had everything I wanted. It’s set in a different time & place as a dystopian fantasy & had hints at a lesbian romance without it being in your face, but just.. Normal. Which was so refreshing!

Basically everyone has a current gift, some have fates and the fated have been protected until now when there fates have been released to the public so they are in serious danger. Just go with it trust me, it will make sense soon.
Some people can also see into the future. Which is helpful but also not.

Through this story we swap chapters between Akos and Cyra. Yeah I have no idea how to say half of these names so the the sake of this review you should know how I read them in my head. Aa-cos & Ceri-ia, probably wring but hey my head read it and now thats how they will forever be known to me.
Doe anyone else do that? Like a book will say the character has brown hair and blue eyes but you think of them with blonde hair and a glass eye and it’s just how it is. No point in changing it 4 chapters in!

Anyway! Akos and Cyra are jumping through chapters, which I hate. Mainly because if I don’t pay attention I wonder why Akos is doing things Cyra shouldn’t,Processed with VSCO with t1 preset but then realise it’s her chapter not his.
The whole way through this book I struggled. Struggled to understand what was happening, struggling to see the point in things that were happening. Struggling to finish it at times. But I stuck with it because I had nothing else to read and paid 12.99 ON KINDLE for this book. Yeah, I know..

I couldn’t keep track of where they were, what plant was where, and was exhausted trying to keep up!

I guess the last thing to do is address the elephant in the room and talk about the controversy in this book. There were many many issues with book bloggers all over the world (except a choice few, who seemed to have been paid to love it). I don’t want to discuss too much about it because at this point it’s been a while since I read the book, and I’ve read more reviews since writing this one in my notebook where I think I’d be bias in talking about certain issues.
The issues raised won’t affect some people at all, and those people are lucky & will probably enjoy the book in it’s entirety.

 

& that’s all I have to say about this unless anyone wants to continue the discussion in the comments! I’ve had too much coffee today so need some friends to talk about this with!

 

The Cursed Child // Discussion

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, let’s start this by saying there’s spoilers galore in this post and I have a lot to say, so this may not be put together very well. Just roll with it.

Let’s start with a quick breakdown of this plot. It’s set way after the last Harry Potter book, in fact, we’re following our favourite characters kid’s which should be a really special and significant experience. But I’m afraid for me it just wasn’t. For one main reason, that we’ll get to later.
Albus and Scorpus (Harry and Malfoy’s son’s respectively) steal a time turner from the ministry & go back in time to the Triwizard Tournament to save Cedric.
This stem’s from Albus’s serious daddy issues. He thinks his dad is being cruel by not going back to save his friend and stop all the pain his death caused his family.

Obviously it wouldn’t be much of a story if it worked, so the first time is a complete fail. They go back again to the mermaid lake to stop Cedric completing that task, which in theory will stop him advancing to his death. But as a result, he emerges embarrassed and humiliated from the lake and then becomes a deatheater. What the f….

The rest of the story is them trying to fix their previous mistakes & leads them to Godrics Hollow.
I should have mentioned before that the ‘cursed child’ in the title is hinted at being Scorpius the entire book. But dun dun dun, it’s not. Its this one character we know as Cedric’s cousin. But she’s not actually his cousin, she’s Voldemort’s love child with Bellatrix. The little bitch lied to Albus and Scorpius to get them to fuck up the future to make her dad king of the fucking world.

How this all gets’s resolved is quite well done though so I won’t ruin that. But I do need to address Albus and Scorpius’ relationship. & WHY THEY WERNT TOGETHER?! They had the kind of friendship that was well on it’s way to true love. & I shipped it so hard. But we were reminded constantly that Hermione’s daughter is only in this story to really drive home the fact that Scorpius isn’t gay. & doesn’t play any bigger role

I’d really like to know what you thought of this script. I enjoyed it, though the review may not make it seem like that, but I promise I did.

I’ve also already made a video about this, that I will leave right here for you’re viewing pleasure.

 

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee

Diane, the owner of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a literary cafe bookstore, faces tragedy, An accident claims the lives of her beloved husband Colin and her daughter Clara.
And that’s where they story lost me.

I want to start on the positives with this book because despite the theme’s and characters I didn’t like, there were many things I loved. The cover is beautiful it’s the first thing that drew me to the book after the title.
The setting, being both an idyllic village in the west of Ireland and a freaking bookstore cafe sounds like it was made to be read by me. The writing, especially when capturing the magic of Ireland was fantastic but I’m afraid this is when the book gets a bit lost on me.

The characters come across like selfish, arrogant hindrances to the actual plot. And take away from the meaning behind the story. To find yourself and pick yourself up from rock bottom.
Diane, we learn has been spoiled by her parents, she was handed the money for this cafe and admits herself that she was never a good worker. When presented with adversity her parents are shocked that she just doesn’t want to deal with it. She refuses to attend the funeral of her family. Forgetting that Colin had parents that are burying their child just like she is.
They continue to coddle her and have kept the cafe going while she squanders her life, buried under her dead husbands hoodies, smoking herself into a cloud of despair.
It is only when her best friend Felix, the exaggerated gay best friend annoys her she decided to get her act together, by moving to a place she know’s she will hate but feel’s bad that her husband never got to go. Ireland.

This brings us to Edward. The mysterious, brooding neighbour that doesn’t come across as the protective, masculine character he was supposed to, but more like the aggressive asshole who had no real justification of any of his violent actions. At one point Edwards grabs Diane’s wrists and pushes her angrily against a railing. I can imagine this particular scene was supposed to convey some sexual tension and passion but it comes across violent and makes me wonder why Diane ever speaks to him again. Let alone falls in love with him.
When he eventually get an insight into Edwards past, I was disappointed. He’s brought across to the reader as a goodman who is too kind to actually break up with his twisted, manipulative girlfriend. I don’t understand how that makes it okay for hi9781760291549m to be violent and aggressive throughout the whole book.

All my complaining aside, would I recommend this book? If you’re looking for an easy winter’s day read & not expecting much, then yes. The descriptions of Ireland are fantastic and made me homesick enough to imagine sitting in the pub with a Guinness on a blustery day.

https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/fiction/popular-fiction/Happy-People-Read-and-Drink-Coffee-Agnes-Martin-Lugand-9781760291549