December: Book Reviews


    I must thank Kelsey, the publisher, for sending me this book by Jerry Kaczmarowski. It’s always interesting to read a book without having a notion what on earth it is about. Usually I read blog reviews on new releases and check out stars on goodreads before i even consider buying a book. This can set up a lot of expectations that does have quite an affect on the read. Having no expectations and just letting the story evolve without prejudgment is very refreshing.
     This 373 page novel had me bickering with myself on whether or not I liked it. It begins with testing animals. Straight away I had a bad feeling. Because it wasn’t like the book was supporting or opposing such testing. It made me wonder was stuff like this still going on. So my first impression was shock and almost disgust. However despite my own moral conflicts with that subject I found the story was really engaging. I didn’t want to like it yet I couldn’t help but really enjoy it. Basically its about a woman working in an animal test lab who has a autistic son and who becomes very involved with her work because she thinks what they develop will help her son. Its interesting to see the relationships between a mother and her son and between animals. The book develops into an incredible read while getting to know the autistic boy, the almost-smart dog and the highly intelligent rat. I’d recommend this book to anyone who isn’t too soft hearted. I surprised myself by really enjoying because it is actually a very good story. I give it 4 stars. ★ ★ ★ ★

Anna and the French Kiss

I bought this book on a whim, thinking it was going to be fantastic. I mean, almost ever blog out there raves about it. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone who doesn’t love it. However I didn’t. In fact I was very disappointed to find it was just another version of Eleanor and Park.Another romance book. A book only about boy meets girl – where is the plot? This wouldn’t be too bad if I liked the characters. But no. The characters didn’t appeal to me much. I should have guessed from the title “Anna and the French Kiss” and the pink cover. On the bright side it was a very easy read. There wasn’t too much information to remember and the writing style was lovely and simple. I also loved the setting, Paris. Yet I just feel that the book was missing something. Perhaps a story? Unfortunately I give it only 2 stars. ★ ★

We Were Liars

I received this book from Michelle of Tales Of Yesterday about a year ago. To my delight it is signed by the author. This book is like no other. As I was reading it I thought it was very good but nothing extraordinary. It seemed very weird. The story revolves around the Sinclair family. One of those old rich uptight families that own their own island. The writing is beautiful and very dramatic at times. It wasn’t until the end when you find out something that changes the whole book. I was in total shock – what had just happened? Everything I’d previously read was a lie and the whole world seemed to turn upside down. Just – asdfgh!!! I absolutely loved this book and hated it. Everyone has to read it. It will kill you! 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★

What did you think of these Books?
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Marian  ^_^


  • Sunny Smith December 14, 2015 at 5:37 am

    I read We Were Liars a few months ago, and I enjoyed it. However, I wish that nobody had told me that there was something big at the end. I didn't know the secret, but I knew that there was one, which kept me hyper vigilant the whole book.

    Glad to see you liked it! I might have to try Sapient; it sounds good too!

  • Kat December 20, 2015 at 2:14 am

    I loved We Were Liars! It was so well-structured, but you only realize it when you to that ending.
    It's a shame you didn't like Anna and the French Kiss, I was thinking about reading because of all the good reviews… maybe it just wasn't your cup of tea?

  • Amy-Anne Williams December 21, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read any of these >< But I've heard about We Were Liars, and I'd quite like to read it.

    Little Moon Elephant

  • Marian December 29, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Yeah, a spoiler alert even if you're not telling what it actually is can be very tormenting. Oops. I had no idea what to expect, luckily.
    Thank you ^_^
    Oh you should definitely read Sapient! I do recommend it! ^_^

  • Marian December 29, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Exactly! I'm so glad you enjoyed it too.
    Yes, it wasn't at all my cup of tea. My expectations were far too high anyway. There is nothing "wrong" with it, I just don't think it was for me. But you should definitely see for yourself. Each to their own! ^_^

  • Marian December 29, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    ….. *gasp* ….. hehehe, nah there are a million books in the universe, I forgive you ^_^ I think everyone should read We Were Liars at some point in their lives. But don't go reading book reviews anytime before you read it. Having expectations will impact your reading.
    Thanks Amy.

  • Emily January 7, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I recently bought We Were Liars and I'm going to read it vair vair soon. It seems like an absolute must for book bloggers, it's one of those essential books, I think. So I'd better get myself together and read it soon!

    ~cough~ I loved Anna ~cough cough~ She made some pretty crappy choices, like doN'T KISS HIM WHEN HE HAS A GIRLFRIEND, but I have to say I really enjoyed the book 😉

  • Marian January 7, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Excellent! I can't wait to see what you think. It is definitely one of those essential books.

    ….. hmm I guess doctors differ. I know she wasn't terrible and I probably would like her in real life but as a book – just not my favourite. AND WHY WOULD SHE DO THAT?!! *sigh*


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