Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Review: Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart

The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

                                                                                                     Teen author E. Lockhart is known for her suspenseful twists, thrilling plots, and often unreliable narrators. I still get the feels when I think about her best-selling 2014 novel, We Were Liars. It was fast-paced, unpredictable, and heartbreaking. Her newest teen novel, Genuine Fraud, is most of these things. The novel starts out with an obviously unreliable narrator, Jule, lounging in a Mexican resort. Unobservant readers might not realize that the story starts out with Chapter 18 as the plot moves backwards in time. Step by step you discover more about Jule, her seemingly glamorous life, her perfect best friend, and the boy she regrets leaving behind.

I had a little trouble connecting with Jule. Her character was a little lacking, and I'm still left wondering about her motivation and upbringing. Because of this I didn't feel the heartbreak and grief I experienced when reading We Were Liars. However, I was still captivated by the story, pulled along by Lockhart's twists and turns, and of course blown away by the mystery's big reveal. I totally didn't see that coming!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Covers

I won't lie to you. I often/almost always just a book by it's cover. I can't help it. I've tried, but I just don't gravitate towards books with ugly covers. So if I read a book, it probably has a pretty cover. But here are ten of my favorites! 

 1. Jackaby by William Ritter

 2. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

 3. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

 4. Every Breath by Ellie Marney

 5. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

 6. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

 7. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

 8. Love, Lies, & Spies by Cindy Anstey

 9. Prudence by Gail Carriger

10. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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