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Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica: Book Review

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Pretty  Baby

Authors: Mary Kubica

Pages: 370

Read: 4th July 2016

Rating: 3.98/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.


REVIEW:

Plot: 3.89/5

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 4/5

“Momma used to say, ‘We don’t have much, but at least we have each other.’ And then one day, we didn’t even have that much.”

I have never been more confused about a book, or what to even write in a review.

This novel has me completely dumbstruck on what to think upon finishing it, I mean, I finished it at 2am, it’s now 4pm and I still don’t know what to make of it.

What I do know is that I really enjoyed this book, what I’m not so sure of is the point of it? I don’t know if it was the fact that this book had no real climax, or perhaps in all my crazy theories I managed to guess most of the plot points and so it wasn’t surprising for me.

But was there really a point to it? I mean, was what happened with Heidi meant to be the crazy twist? Because I saw that coming from page 1, oh the confusion. I even searched online and read other reviews to try and see what other people made of the ending.

Anyway, despite all this, I still really enjoyed this book. It held my attention the entire time I was reading it, even if not much actually happened throughout the novel. In terms of plot development, was there even any? I’m not sure, oh no, not going back to the confusion…

Characters:
We really didn’t get closure on any of the characters at all, it simply felt like there was a depressing and abrupt end to every character arc. I kind of like that it didn’t turn out all sunshine and rainbows but I’m left guessing on so many levels.

Zoe: Why, whyyy, why did we not get a deeper look into this girls mind. She is the character that intrigued me perhaps the most, and I felt like there was so much more that could’ve been explored through Zoe, and about her struggles that were so evidently there.

Chris: I really liked this guy, I liked his POV, and just him in general. I loved his character development too, and the way that he kind of found a lot of meaning to his life towards the end.

Heidi: Ummm, yeah, not sure about where to go with this one without spoilers. I always thought she was weird, and definitely predicted her ending, I’ll just say that.

Willow: She and her story interested me, and learning all about her back-story and life was both intriguing and depressing. I don’t particularly like her though, and she kind of falls in the same bucket as Heidi for me. I can appreciate the horrible life she’s had though, oh how that would be just uh no.

Overall Thoughts:
I loved having the different POV chapters throughout the novel, I thought that was a great touch. To be honest, if I was in one of those characters heads for the entire book I would’ve gone crazy.

I saw everything and every character so vividly, and honestly it felt like the book was so short even with the 370 pages, and even though it took me a little while to read.

Although I’m still unsure of the point of this novel, as you may be aware of by now… I really really liked it. It was a great (and slightly strange) psychological thriller that I would recommend if you’re okay with enticing yet *looks up synonyms for confusing* perplexing stories.

I just know this one’s going to stay with me for a very long time, what a ride.

That’s all,

Kate :)

Where have I been? UPDATE

Date: 28th June, 2016

Ummm, hello lovely devoted blog reader who has obviously stuck by me through my extremely varying posts lately. I appreciate you, thank you.

It has now been 3 months since I drafted this post, yes 3 months since I was actually going to post my where have I been schpeal. That’s pretty ironic. But here it is…

First of all, I’d like to apologize for my lack of posts on this platform, even though there’s been around 1-2 posts a month, so I haven’t been completely awol, that’s not good enough to me. Basically, the reason I have been so absent from everything this year is because I’m in my last year of schooling! (cue the party) I’m so excited for that to be done with on November 9th when I finish my last exam (squeals), and then I’ll be annoying all of you with a lot more weird and whacky content. *5o people unfollow right now*

Please stay… hahaha

I miss being able to have the time to sit down and really focus on writing a blog post (the only reason I’m able to do it right now is because I’m on a 2 week break). I also miss having time to be able to take pictures for TheBookGram, which if you’re reading this, I’m guessing is probably where you came from. I haven’t been neglecting that as much as this, but still haven’t been putting out as much as I’d like.

One more thing, I really miss reading. Reading has been a rather foreign concept for me this year. Whenever I’m not super busy with study, I’m usually so tired that I end up watching TV shows, which is in no way a bad thing because that is hugely another passion of mine that has really grown this year. But I wish I read more. I guess it’s no

I guess it’s no ones fault but my own, maybe it’s  schools fault a little though, or a lot.  Reading rarely occurs now without stressful thoughts appearing in my mind that makes me unable to concentrate on what I’m reading. I think that’s why Harry Potter has been such a prominent thing in my life lately, I mean, reading the books for the first time in my last year of schooling is pretty cool.

I just can’t wait to be able to do things guilt free again, and never have to worry about school, or the things that come with it ever again. I’m also kinda excited to try and start creative writing more, and maybe share my stories with you guys.
I apologize for this being a sort of rant-filled update, but hey, if you read this far, I applaud you!

For now, I just want to say thank you so, so much to those of you who have stuck by me through my strange content schedule, etc. I appreciate you all so much, and honestly am so excited to be able to join in more with the community towards the end of the year.

November 9, 4:15 pm, I’m coming for you with everything I have.

Until next time,

Kate XOXO

 

Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Mistletoe and Mr Right

Author: Lyla Payne

Pages: 153

Read: December 16th, 2015

Rating: 2.75/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Jessica, (not Jessie), figures that nothing could be better than a trip to the Emerald Isle for Christmas break. So she takes a flying leap and follows her boyfriend home for the holidays, not only sure that he will finally agree they’re destined for each other, but also that Ireland will provide the perfect backdrop to the beginning of their happily-ever-after.

But it turns out his family–and his gorgeous ex-girlfriend–don’t feel the same way, and even the family goat seems to be conspiring against her well-laid plans. The only person making the trip worthwhile is the very last one she should be thinking about, but Grady, the local farmhand, has a way of showing up when Jessica needs him most…and least.


 

REVIEW:

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bloomsbury, for review. All opinions are my own**

Plot: 2/5

Characters: 2/5

Writing: 3/5

So this book started off feeling promising but, for me, it just fell flat, although I did still enjoy it to some extent.

Let’s talk about the characters shall we. Our main character, Jessica was both likeable and extremely annoying at the same time. Throughout parts of this book I found myself really liking her and then in others I was rolling my eyes. The boyfriend, Brennan, I never took a liking to throughout the whole novella, and I found their relationship to be quite boring and it just honestly didn’t even feel real which I think was resolved at the end. Grady was the most likeable character for me, he provided the humour in the book, but even still I didn’t become all that attached to him either.

The plot was very bland and didn’t really move anywhere at all, but I suppose it is difficult being a novella. I feel like we were just stuck in the same place throughout the entire thing, and nothing really happened in terms of story development, like at all.

The writing however, I quite enjoyed, and I think Payne has the potential to write a really great novel in the future. The description of the setting was written wonderfully, it even made me feel cold/ like drinking all the warm things, even though I’m actually dying of heat here in Australia.

Overall, it was enjoyable in the way that it brought feelings of christmas and cosiness, but fell quite flat in terms of actual story development and characters.

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂

November 9 by Colleen Hoover: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: November 9

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 307

Read: December 13th, 2015

Rating: 4.89/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.


REVIEW:

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 4/5

Writing: 5/5

This book absolutely blew me away, I can’t even tell you how much of a genius Colleen Hoover is. The way this story was told and interwoven is truly incredible. Hoover is a gift to the world of literature.

I recommend going into this story completely blind, because I knew nothing about it whatsoever and it was so cool to be able to figure out what was going on with the characters.

Lets start with the thoughts shall we… so this book literally had plot twist after plot twist, and I’m not one who gets fooled by books very easily but this one had some serious shocks! and I may have thrown the book a couple times.

The emotions and feels in this book are so high, and you honestly find yourself experiencing everything the characters are experiencing, my heart was both broken and fulfilled along with the characters.

Ben is such a complex and interesting character, with scars of his own, which unlike Fallon, are not visible. I found the back-story to Ben which we see in the end, to be so intense and interesting to read about. Whilst Fallon is this fiery, sometimes stubborn person, whom I also found quite interesting to read about, although at times she was sort-of irrational.

Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the Ugly Love reference/tie in!! Especially what we found out due to Miles and Tate’s appearance, it was so fun and such an awesome idea to add into the already abundant plot.

The concept of this story is so unique, and the way it is written goes along with that perfectly. As always, Hoover has some genius dialogue in her novels, and this one is no exception. The only thing I feel may have slightly been lacking in is the characters, however maybe that’s because the story was so focused on the love aspect, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing either.

I love how the whole story was woven together and tied up. This book sure was an emotional rollercoaster, one that had many dips and turns, but I’d go through it all again just to read this incredibly put together story of Fallon O’Neill and Benton James Kessler.

I can say with 100% certainty that November 9th will never be the same again.

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂

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