A Gathering of Shadows review

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. This is the second book to the A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy which I did read about a month or so ago (read my review here). I did give that book an average rating and I had hoped that the trilogy would get better. So…did it? Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress, Instagram and YouTube; that way you don’t miss any of my review in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

It has been four months since Lilah Bard and Kell have traveled to White London in order to save the world from destruction. But now Lilah is back, just in time for the Elemental Games. While Lilah and Kell dance around their feelings for each other a known enemy is back and more powerful than ever.

My biggest issue with the last book was the writing style. There was a lot of over-explaining and purple prose but I think that’s just how Schwab writes and it’s something that I have to get use to. I do like the fact that we got some more POVs. I believe in the last book the book was from Lilah and Kell’s perspective and now we have a perspective from Rhy, the prince and Kell’s younger brother, as well as another character from White London. I liked how the book started off with Lilah’s POV this time. It opened up with Lilah performing some kind of scheme which was so on brand for her and the book did pick up once she returned to Red London. I think this book was better than the last because in the last book most of the action and the plot took place towards the end with a big showdown between Kell, Lilah and the antagonists. But in A Gathering of Shadows, because of the Elemental Games the stakes were higher and the plot became interesting the more we saw the participants competing with each other. In terms of romance, we do get to see some progression with Kell and Lilah’s relationship which I appreciate.

Overall, I did enjoy this book better the last. I did contemplate DNFing it because it was a little slow in the beginning but I’m glad I didn’t because it was an enjoyable read and I do have somewhat high hopes for the next installment. I didn’t want to give this book a 4/5 because although I enjoyed it I’m still waiting on that intensity, that shocking moment that I hope the next book can provide.

Overall, I give it a 3.5/5.

Until next time!

Film Adaptation: Where The Crawdads Sing

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on the film adaptation of Where The Crawdads Sing. I read the book last year and it was one of my favorites; I gave it a 4/5. I re-read the story about a week ago in anticipation of the movie. So…did it do the book justice? Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress, Instagram and YouTube; that way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

Just to recap, the story is set in two different timelines. In 1969, Chase Andrews has been murdered and Kya, the Marsh Girl, is the main suspect. Then 1952 takes us to when Kya was a young girl living on her own in said marsh. Where The Crawdads Sing is a coming-of-age story combined with a murder mystery.

For this review, I will be focusing on three things: characterization, plot and my overall general thoughts.

The characterization was *mwah*. Chef’s kiss. I thought the actors accurately portrayed the characters from the book. Daisy Edgar-Jones did a great job of portraying Kya. Because of her looks and mannerisms she reminds me a little bit of Anne Hathaway. I will say Kya wasn’t as childlike in the movie like she was in the book. Kya had no parents or family to raise her so growing up she wasn’t aware of social cues or how society worked in general. In the movie, Kya was pretty aware and she was portrayed as a normal teenager although she was still a bit naive; but she wasn’t stupid. Taylor John-Smith plays Tate and I do feel as though he could’ve been a little bit blonder but that’s a minor issue. He was very sincere in the role and I thought him and Edgar-Jones had good chemistry. Harris Dickinson plays Chase and his portrayal was spot-on. He was arrogant, hot-headed, selfish and just an overall ass. I think Dickinson did a pretty great job. David Strathairn who plays Tom Milton was more fragile than I pictured him to be. Milton is Kya’s lawyer and he is written as being an older man but I wasn’t picturing him to look like that. Nonetheless he gave a great performance. Garret Dillahunt plays Kya’s father and, again, I wasn’t expecting him to be a burly man. I was picturing him to be on the leaner side. Although Dillahunt wasn’t a huge presence in the movie he still played his role well.

The plot was pretty much the same as the book. They did rearrange some scenes. Instead of Kya being arrested and the trial taking place towards the end, Kya is arrested in the beginning and as the trial is progressing we get flashbacks to Kya’s childhood and her upbringing. I thought this was creative way of filming and I had no issues with it especially considering the scenes were exactly the same as the ones in the book. There were two things that were slightly different. When Kya finds out she needs to pay back taxes on her property, that is what propels her to send her pictures in to a publisher in the first place, whereas, in the book she already had the money and she paid right on the spot. Another thing that was different was how Tate found the shell necklace. In the book it was hidden in a box behind some wooden boards, whereas, in the movie he was reading through Kya’s journal and found the necklace in a cutout in the back. Again, minor details because the ending was still the same.

My overall general thoughts was that the setting was beautiful. I found out that the movie wasn’t even filmed in North Carolina but in Louisiana (which is pretty interesting). The marsh was teeming with life, it look peaceful and serene and it was a beautiful location which was Louisiana’s Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville. Which I watched the trailer months ago, someone made a comment about how Kya looked pretty clean for someone who loved in the marsh. Nad i thought this an interesting observation and when I saw the movie I thought “they have a point.” As a child you do see Kya with dirty feet, dirty skin and messy hair. But as she gets older you see less of that. To be honest, this is Hollywood, So she’s not going to be dirty 24/7. She going to look clean, healthy, beautiful, whatever, But I thought this an interesting observation.

In conclusion, I do think the movie did the book justice. The characterization was great, the plot was the same, the setting was beautiful. I don’t have bad things to say about this film, honestly.

Accuracy wise: 4/5

Overall: 4/5

Until next time!

The Paris Apartment review

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now and it was finally available at my library so I read it and did it meet my expectations? Maybe. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress, Instagram and YouTube; that way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

Being between jobs Jess asks her brother Ben if she could stay with him for a while at his Paris apartment. Although reluctant, Ben agrees. However, when Jess arrives Ben is nowhere to be found and Jess starts to investigate his disappearance. But his neighbors are acting really shady and creepy. It’s almost as if they don’t want Jess snooping around.

The book does get right to the point. There is a prologue in which we see what happens to Ben a few hours before Jess shows up. When she does, the concierge won’t let her through the gates, however, Jess manages to find her way into the building anyway. And this is where the story begins of Jess finding her missing brother. I did not expect multiple POVs. I thought majority of the book would be from Jess’ POV but you do get perspectives from the other neighbors: Nick, Mimi and Sophie. Every time their story came up they always mentioned how Ben disrupted their lives when he came to live in the building. So, any one of them could’ve had motive to hurt Ben. As I said before they were being very creepy and shady. It was giving Rear Window vibes. Even Mimi admitted she would watch Ben from her apartment window which brought up something that bugged me a lot; the layout of the building. Mimi says the building is shaped like a U and that she is situated at the end which gives her access to look through Ben’s window. But when Jess comes along she mentions that there is an apartment on each floor; there’s the first floor, go up the stairs, landing on the second floor, up the stairs, landing on the third and so on. So the question is are the apartments themselves shaped like a U? I mean…how does that work? Maybe something in my mind is not clicking but that is something that confused me.

The biggest reason why Jess needs to stay with Ben is because she was running from something and honestly…it wasn’t as bad as the book made it out to be. The book didn’t focus a huge amount of time on that situation but it could’ve been worst. There was one thing that bugged me about the plot that I could not put my finger on. Luckily, some reviewers on GoodReads mentioned it and I agreed; the intensity. The intensity was built up so much that it became redundant and annoying. There was no sense of normalcy or breaks. Each chapter just kept getting more and more intense and it was too much. I will say that the plot twist I did not see coming and it was different from some other mystery books I’ve read. I will say I wished the book ended on a different note. I wanted the villain to get their comeuppance. The ending was wrapped up a little too neatly for me.

So, did the book meet my expectations? Eh, not really. The pacing was ok and the characters weren’t really relatable. Jess was probably the most interesting character but I still couldn’t connect with her. The plot twists were different but I wanted the ending to be different. It wasn’t a bad book by any means.

Overall, I give it a 3.5/5

Until next time!

Least Favorites of the Year…so far

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Recently I did a post bout my favorite reads of the year so far. So, it’s only right that I do a list of my least favorite reads. I normally do one big wrap-up at the end of the year but we’re switching it up. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress, Instagram and YouTube; that way you don’t miss any of my content in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

For this list these are books that have a low rating or an average rating but they were disappointing, they didn’t meet my expectations or I just didn’t enjoy them.

*Disclaimer: these are my personal opinions and feelings about these books. How I feel is not law.*

  • The Queen’s Assassin (2/5) and The Queen’s Secret (1/5) by Melissa de la Cruz- Apparently, if you are a fan of Throne of Glass or Victoria Aveyard then this is the duology for you. However…I wasn’t feeling it. The story follows Cal and Shadow. Cal is the queen’s assassin who is duty bound to serve her until he retrieves a particular item and Shadow wants to become a part of the Assassin’s Guild but her family won’t allow it. The two end up crosses paths and going on an adventure. In the second book, a secret is revealed about Shadow’s real identity and her and Cal have to meet in secret in order to be together. In addition, the demon King from the first book is back and the characters have to find a way to stop him. The pacing was slow and I did not believe in the relationship between Cal and Shadow. I felt as though there was no real chemistry between them. The second book was even worst. In my opinion some of the characters had Cal zipping around the country trying to be a detective which I don’t believe is a part of his job description AS AN ASSASSIN! Then the whole showdown with the Demon King was extremely anticlimactic and the ending between Cal, Shadow and the prince made absolutely no sense. I felt as though the author was rushing the story along just so we could get a happy ending. I didn’t have high expectations for this duology but I was still upset about it.
  • Witches Steeped in Gold (2/5) by Ciannon Smart- Black females characters and magic?! How could this not be a great book? Sadly, it was not. Iraya and Jazmyne are from rival witch clans but they put their difference aside in order to take down a common enemy. Again, witches, magic, black characters, turmoil; what could go wrong? The book as a whole was boring and honestly I should’ve DNF’d it. The pacing was slow, I didn’t connect with any of the characters and I did not believe the romance between two of the characters. The book has 500 pages but Iraya and Jazmyne don’t team up until around page 300. So, everything up to that point is a lot of talking and no action. It did get better once the two girls formed an alliance but it wasn’t enough. In addition, Jazmyne gets betrayed by a character not once but TWICE and the second reason was actually very hypocritical of this person. Some people absolutely loved this book, I did not.
  • The Awakening (Zodiac Academy) (2/5) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti- I know, I know. Y’all may hate me for this but I was not a fan. I saw this book on Amazon Prime Reading and I thought it was very interesting but it was too much for me to handle. Twins Darcy and Tori find out that they are not human but Fae and that their parents were the king and queen of Solaria. In order to reclaim their birthright they must graduate from Zodiac Academy. But the four sons of the four most powerful families don’t want to relinquish control and so they make Tori and Darcy’s life a living hell. At first I was into it but then it took a turn and there was an assault that Tori that made me upset. The fact that four guys are ganging up on two girl just doesn’t sit right with me. Furthermore, this is suppose to be a bully romance (which I didn’t even know was a thing) but the bullying was too excessive. And it wasn’t just the guys who were participating. It was essentially the entire student body as well as a few professors. I know some people will continue the series just to see each of the guys get their comeuppance but…I can’t do it. I don’t think I have the mental or emotional capacity to get through it. I had high hopes for this book and it let me down.
  • Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins- When I say…this was the BIGGEST disappointment of the year so far…*sigh*. Love Agatha Christie and Reckless Girls is suppose to be a re-imaging of And Then There Were None. Um…re-imagining where? Reckless Girls follows Lux and her boyfriend Nico who live on the island of Maui. Two women who are looking for an off-the-beathen-path kind of vacation pay Nico to take them to Meroe Island which is rumored to be a very mysterious and haunted place. Once there, the four characters meet a couple and they all vacation together. That is until one or their party goes missing and everyone starts to turn on each other. Concept was sound but the execution…wasn’t it. The book isn’t long, around 29 chapters but you don’t get a dead body until chapter 25, 26. So, everything up until that point is the characters just vacationing together and it was boring. The book also tried to make the island it’s own character. Because of the island’s creepy backstory, the book tried to make it seem like the island was responsible for everyone’s crazy thought which I get. But after a while, I realized the island has nothing to do with anything. It was the characters’ actions themselves; especially when the plot twist is revealed at the end. There was also an epilogue at the end which I thought was unnecessary. It should’ve been more open-ending. I was really looking forward to a thrilling, suspenseful read and again I was let down.
  • The Man in My Basement (2/5) by Walter Mosley- This was a recent read of mine and as with the rest of the books on this list…the disappointment was real. Charles Blakey is unemployed, broke and in danger of losing his home. A random stranger offers him $50,000 to rent out his basement and with no other option Charles takes the offer. However, the stranger quickly has the basement converted into a prison cell and sucks Charles into his web of lies and deceit. The title, the cover and the description all had the makings of being a good book. But it feel flat. I thought something more sinsiter was at play here and that the stranger was going to set Charles up in some way. However, this book was more of a philosophical, thick-piece rather than a thriller; which I was not antipicating. The pacing was good and even but the story as a whole was boring amd at times confusing. I enjoyed Devil in a Blue Dress and I wanted to enjoy this book as well but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.

And that is it you guys! That was my list of least favorite reads of the the year so far. Let me know in the comments if you agree with me on any of these books. Which books were your least favs?

Until next time!

The Man in My Basement review

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley. This was a part of my second book haul that I did a couple of weeks ago. The only other book I have read by Mosley was The Devil in a Blue Dress which I read for school and I enjoyed it. Because of the title, the cover and the description The Man in My Basement intrigued me but…it was disappointing. It wasn’t what I was expecting and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress, Instagram and YouTube; that way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

*Disclaimer: spoilers ahead*

The story follows Charles Blakey who is unemployed and is in danger of losing his childhood home. In comes Anniston Bennet who offers Charles $50,000 to rent out his basement. At first Charles is reluctant but eventually takes Bennet up on his offer. Once the deal is done, Bennet has transformed the basement into a prison cell where Charles then gets sucked into his philosophical theory about life.

The book was off to a good start. You meet Bennet within the first few pages and he offers Charles money to use his basement. At first Charles says no but with no job and no money he eventually does say yes. Things do get interesting once Charles starts to clean out the basement. He discovers a lot of furniture, toys, paintings and other antiques that has accumulated over the years. He does come into contact with a woman who is an art dealer/antiquities dealer and she ends up selling off some of the basement items. However, the money isn’t coming in fast enough which is one of the reasons why Charles needs Bennet’s money. I guess if it wasn’t for Bennet, Charles would have never cleaned out his basement and would have never found these items and profited off of them. So…I guess Bennet showing up became a good thing in the long run. However, that wasn’t enough to save the book.

When I saw the words “prison cell” in the description I was thinking the plot was going to be sinister; that Bennet was maybe holding someone hostage or that maybe he was going to frame Charles in some way. But that wasn’t the case. Charles and Bennet develop this relationship where Charles is allowed to ask three questions and for every three questions Bennet is allowed to ask one and both parties must answer honestly. Because of Bennet’s job he is considered a criminal and murderer (even though he claims he’s never murdered anybody in his life). But he needs to pay for his sins and instead of going to jail he decides to imprison himself in Charles’ basement; a black man’s basement at that. Even though the answer seems to be obvious Charles keeps asking why Bennet is there in the first place and Bennet keeps avoiding the question and so the story becomes this back and forth game of questions and…I got tired of it. Eventually Bennet does die and Charles buries him in the family cemetery.

My one question about this book was about the time period. Devil in a Blue Dress was set in the ’40s so I felt as though this book might be set in a similar period. However, the book felt a little bit more modern so I can’t be entirely sure. I do like Mosley’s writing. It’s simplistic yet descriptive and it did move the pacing along. The book only has 29 chapters and it’s under 300 pages. So, you can get through it in a few hours if you have the time.

Overall, this book was disappointing. I wanted more suspense but the book was more of a philosophical, think-piece. Some people loved the book but I personally didn’t. Unfortunately, I’m going to give it a low rating and it’s on my list of list of least favorite reads of 2022 so far.

Overall, I give it a 2/5.

Until next time!

Favorite Books of the Year…so far

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. I can’t believe the year is halfway over! Where has the time gone? But I thought it would be a good idea to give you guys a list of some of my favorite books of the year so far. I normally do this at the end of the year as one big wrap-up. But I decided to switch it up and here we are. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress, Instagram and YouTube; that way you don’t miss any of my content in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

For this list, these books have a high rating of at least a 4/5. And of course these books absolutely had me engaged, shocked, angry, sad, whatever the case may be. These books had me going through so many emotions and I love them.

  • A Psalm of Storms and Silence (4/5)- I liked the first book, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, but the second book had me in my feelings. In the first book Malik and Karina are both trying to figure out a way to save one of their family members and their feelings towards each other somehow get in the way of that. The second book deals with a big fallout where Karina has to leave her home and Malik is left under the tutelage of Karina’s betrayer. Even though there are two main characters I feel as though the second book was really Malik’s story. Malik suffers from really bad anxiety and that often leads him to self-harm. APOSAS really focused on Malik’s mental health and seeing a young black boy being so soft and vulnerable was a nice change. I also loved how the author put a trigger warning in the beginning of both books.
  • The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (4/5)- This book had me all types of confused! But in a good way. It follows a man, Aiden, who has to relive the same day in the body of a different host in order to find out who killed Evelyn Hardcastle. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book because the POV of the first host was annoying. But I found out that Aiden takes on the characteristics of each host he occupies no matter how annoying, shallow or cowardly they may be. Each time the host did something I often wondered what the point of that was. But as soon as Aiden went into a different host everything became clear and it made sense. This was marketed as Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day meets Quantum Leap. It included mystery and time travel and I think Stuart Turton did an amazing job with the story.
  • Gilded (4/5)- I am a fan of retellings and I think Marissa Meyer does a great job with retelling classic fairy tales. I absolutely loved the Lunar Chronicles; it’s one of my favorite book series ever. When Gilded came out I knew I HAD to read it regardless of what the story was about. It is actually a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. It’s about a young woman named Serilda who has a gift, or curse, for storytelling but nobody ever believes she is telling the truth. However, she uses her gift to get out of an awkward situation with the Erlking but it backfires and she ends up meeting a magical prince who she gets to help her. I will admit the middle did get slow and repetitive but I enjoyed the story regardless. I liked Serilda as a character and I liked her banter with the prince. The chapters were pretty short and it was easy to get through.
  • The Christie Affair (4.5/5)- I LOVE Agatha Christie so I was intrigued about the Christie Affair. It is a take on Christie’s real-life disappearance in 1926. The story is told from the POV of Nan O’Dea who is Archie Christie’s mistress. Once Agatha goes missing Nan decides to lay low but she has a plan that has been put in place from the very beginning. The biggest reason why I couldn’t give this book a 5/5 is because I wanted more from Agatha herself. As I said before, Nan is the narrator and she essentially is making educated guesses about things that are happening with Agatha and Archie and other characters in the story. She doesn’t know anything for sure because she wasn’t personally involved which I thought was a weird way to tell a story. But the story was nonetheless intriguing and fascinating and it kept me engaged the entire time. I would highly recommend it.

And that is it, you guys! Those were my favs of the year so far. I know the list is pretty short but honestly…I haven’t been really sold on many of the books I have read this year. What were some of your favorites? Let me know.

Until next time!

Film Adaptation: One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review of the film adaptation of One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I read the book back in 2019 so it has been a while (review here). So, I did have to go online to be reminded of the plot. The book did not impress me at the time, however, I will say the movie was more interesting which is a rare occasion. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress, Instagram and YouTube; that way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

Just to reiterate, the story takes place in an insane asylum in 1960s Oregon. R.P. McMurphy, the newest patient, fakes insanity in order to serve out a sentence at the asylum rather than a prison work farm. While he is there he creates chaos with the other patients.

In terms of characterization, I think Jack Nicholson did a great job of portraying McMurphy. Nicholson has the right amount of crazy in him to pull it off (like with his character in The Shining). I also think Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched was a good match. I will say, as far as I can remember, in the book I believe Nurse Ratched was a little plum, more full-figured. Fletcher was average size in my opinion. However, the movie was made in the 70s and back then society did have different views on what was considered fat or skinny. So, that could’ve been a factor. But, honestly, it’s not that big of a deal.

The plot as a whole was pretty consistent. It was pretty much the same as the book in some ways. McMurphy’s character was a bit different, however. In the book, McMurphy was very carefree and encouraging towards the other patients. In the movie he was very impatient and somewhat mean to the others. In the book he was also very intentional with his actions while in the movie his actions were very random and spur-of-the-moment; like he was throwing at tantrum. The book also made it out to seem as though Nurse Ratched was this horrible woman but in the adaption she was very calm and, in my opinion, reasonable. This was a sharp contrast to McMurphy’s somewhat insufferable character. The ending was the same though.

My general thoughts was that the cast itself was pretty great as a whole. Christopher Lloyd, Danny DeVito, Brad Dourif and Vincent Schiavelli all co-starred in the movie and I think they worked well together. What was interesting was that the original story is from the POV of Chief, a gentle giant of a Native American man. But in the movie, he’s not really included in some of the big activities along with the other characters. He’s not really included until maybe halfway through the movie.

As I said before, this was one of those rare times where the adaptation was more compelling than the book. I did laugh out loud when Scatman Crothers cursed out everyone towards the end. That was entertaining.

Accuracy wise: 3/5

Overall: 3/5

Until next time!

Good girl Bad Blood review

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Hello everyone! Welcome or welcome back to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on Good Girl Bad Blood by Holly Jackson. I read the first book back in January (read review here) and I really enjoyed it. I gave it a high rating and this book was no different. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress, Instagram and YouTube; that way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

Pip has now made a podcast about the double homicide she solved months before. With her sleuthing days behind her Pip is ready to move on. But when her friend’s older brother goes missing, him and his mom seek out Pip’s help. Despite the promise she made to herself, Pip has no choice but to say yes. As time goes on, the case starts to reveal secrets about more than one person in town.

One of the things I loved about the first book was that it was interactive and this book was the same. We got to see Pip’s notes, her podcast transcripts, interview transcripts and photos. It wasn’t just a story that followed a step-by-step layout of everything. We actually got to see the case through Pip’s eyes and I loved that. The pacing was great. It was even from start to finish and it wasn’t a long read. It’s a little under 400 pages, so you can get through it in a day if you have the time. However, there were two things I found unrealistic in the story.

First, Pip made Facebook events and posts on social media asking for help in finding Jaime (the missing brother). And a lot of people were willing to help, which is great, but sometimes people can be apprehensive about this sort of thing because they don’t really want to get involved. Even when Pip went to speak with specific people they were weary but ultimately gave her what she wanted. I found this slightly unrealistic because people tend to shut down when asked certain questions; but maybe that’s just me. Second, Pip often carried around all her podcast equipment in the event that she might need them. This included two microphones, a laptop and headphones. So, anytime she wanted to conduct an interview she would pull out everything, hook it up and then start. In my mind the equipment is pretty heavy and cumbersome. So why lug it around when you can record on you’re phone and tweak it later? Again, slightly unrealistic.

I don’t have many bad things to say about this book. The pacing was great, the story-line was great and like in the last book you had not only one but two twists. I also like Pip and Ravi’s relationship. Like with the previous read, the romance was there but it was subtle and did not take precedent over the overall plot which I appreciated. I can see why this trilogy get say many positive reviews because it’s just that good!

Overall, I give it a 4/5.

Until next time!

A Darker Shade of Magic review

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This has been on my TBR list for years now. Unfortunately, neither one of the libraries I frequent have it. But…it was available on Amazon Prime Reading. So, I borrowed it and it was pretty ok. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress, Instagram and YouTube; that way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

In this world there are four Londons; Red, Black, White and Grey. The main character, Kell, is Antari which means he is one of the few beings that can travel back and forth between the Londons. He is also a smuggler which is illegal and considered treasonous. One day, a smuggling incident goes wrong and Kell ends up with a very dangerous magic stone known as Vitari. In addition, he crosses path with thief, Delilah Bard and as a result, Kell and Lilah team up in order to bring the stone back to where it came from.

Not going to lie, when I first started reading this book I thought it was pretty boring. I was 13% into it when I thought “I don’t know if I’ll be able to get through this.” I think one of the biggest reasons for this feeling was because there was a lot of explaining and talking. And this was a thing that happened throughout the book. Kell comes from Red London which is flourishing with magic while Lilah comes from Grey London which essentially has no magic. So, throughout the book Kell is constantly explaining magic to Lilah and it comes off as boring. Things did pick up once the two main characters meet but, again, there was a lot of explaining and talking and traveling. There wasn’t a ton of action which is what I was expecting from this book.

There was also a lot of over-explaining in general. For example Kell has a magic coat that can be changed into multiple coats. So, one sentence will read “Kell switched to the Red London coat- made of red material with gold buttons- and put it on,” while another sentence will read “Barrow would be an anchor for Lilah when he needed her- which, if truth be told was more often than not- and that was ok with him.” And so on and so forth. So, if you can see what I’m trying to get at I thought all of the over-explaining was pretty unnecessary and at times annoying. I will say, I do like how the book ended. It was very open-ended and it led the way for us to see the progression of Kell and Lilah’s relationship in the next books to come.

Overall, I thought the book was a good set-up; a good first book in the trilogy. Other than the slowness at the beginning the pacing was pretty ok and the book as a whole was decent enough. I did put the second book on hold at the library. So, when that is available I will read it and do a review. So, be on the lookout for that in the future.

Overall, I give it a 3/5.

Until next time!

The Locked Door review

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on The Locked Door by Freida McFadden. Since I have read all of the books in my last book haul, I decided to go back and try to get through some of the books on my Amazon Reading List. I wanted to read this book because the premise reminded me of I Hunt Killers which I read many years ago. The Locked Door was just ok to me; it was a mediocre read. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress, Instagram and YouTube; that way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

Nora Davis the the daughter of a serial killer who is serving 18 consecutive life sentences in prison. Fast-forward 26 years later, Nora is a surgeon who is trying to distance herself from her father and his heinous crimes. However, someone is recreating her fathers’ murders and trying to pin them on Nora. Now Nora must figure out who is trying to set her up before news of her past gets out.

This book is a pretty quick read; it’s a little over 300 pages, 46 chapters and the chapters are pretty short. However, there was a lot of over-explaining happening; a lot of purple prose. And as a result the book came off a little boring at times. There were two things I found weird about Nora. First off, the book goes back and forth between the past when Nora is 11 and the present. Her father’s signature drink was an Old-Fashion and now that Nora is all grown up that has been her signature drink since she turned 21. So…she doesn’t want to be like her father and claims she is nothing like that man and yet she made his signature drink her signature drink? There may be some psychological issues there that Nora needs to work through but I thought that was interesting. Second, when the book goes back to the past we got to see just how similar Nora was to her father; to the point where she almost harms a classmate. However, she is able to snap out of it and claims that she doesn’t want to be like her old man. Again, I found it interesting that even though Nora was displaying some homicidal tendencies she was able to turn it off so quickly.

One big thing that bothered me was that when we find out who the killer was we don’t get to see just how they were able to pull off the murders. We get the why but we don’t get an explanation as to when they had time to commit the murders, how they were able to move the bodies, how they were able to mess with Nora’s head this entire time, etc. So, because we don’t get that explanation they were a couple of plot holes. Also, this is a minor issue, there were some intimate scenes with Nora and another character that I wanted more from. The scenes just faded to black and I wanted more details about that. But, again, minor problem.

I didn’t have high expectations for this book but regardless it didn’t deliver on the thrills and the suspense. The pacing was slow due to a lot of over-explaining, the killer’s big reveal should’ve revealed more and some things about Nora’s homicidal tendencies didn’t make sense. As I said before, this book was just ok.

Overall, I give it a 3/5.

Until next time!