MINI REVIEW: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


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Gone Girl
by: Gillian Flynn

Marriage can be a real killer.


One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around

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Sell It In Sixty Seconds

Let’s just say that, when a book is hyped up as much as this one, I get nervous it will fail me.  This one right here, DESERVED the hype, the awards, the rave reviews.  A twist at every corner, a book that will keep you guessing til the very last page.  This is one in which you finish and you just sit there, almost startled, and thinking about it for a while.  There isn’t a book I can remember reading in recent times that kept me wanting to devour it more.  And MIND YOU I have read some five star reads lately! But thrillers are different, they take you to a place where many people’s minds don’t often travel.  I also think anyone who enjoys psychology, especially the psychology that goes into a relationship, will absolutely crave this one.  [ahem, yes, i was a psych major].  Don’t let the reviews scare you away, this is one that you need in your life.  A palette cleanser from contemporary, or romance, or holiday reads.  This author is now on my watch list.  For life.

Quick Comment:  If ever you’ve had a dilemma with how to feel about characters, especially main characters, this is it.  Nick and Amy are each likeable to a point, and hate-able to a point.  You’ll see.

Recommended For:  Thriller readers.  Those needing something different.  Those who love a good mind-fuck. [pardon my french]  Fans of: Lee Child, James Patterson, Harlen Coben
Rating: 5+/5 Yeah.  That’s right.  I rated it ABOVE the maximum.  That’s how invested I am in making you all read this one!

REVIEW: One Good Hustle

One Good Hustle 
by: Billie Livingston
Received: From the author 
The child of 2 con artists, 16-year-old Sammie Bell always prided herself on knowing the score. But now she finds herself backed into a corner. After a hustle gone dangerously wrong, her mother, Marlene, is sliding into an abyss of alcoholic depression, spending her days fantasizing aloud about death–a goal Sammie is tempted to help her accomplish. Horrified by the appeal of this, Sammie packs a bag and leaves her mother to her own devices.

With her father missing in action, she has nowhere else to go but the home of a friend with 2 parents who seem to actually love their daughter and each other–and who awkwardly try to extend some semblance of family to Sammie. Throughout a long summer of crisis among the normals, Sammie is torn between her longing for the approval of the con-man father she was named for and her desire for the “weird, spearmint-fresh feeling” of life in the straight world. Sammie wants to be normal but fears that where she comes from makes that beyond the realm of possibility.
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This review is relatively short for the sole purpose of not giving away spoilers.  If i speak too much, I will.  And no one likes a spoiler-y review.  That will be all.  A supremely HUGE thanks to Billie for giving me the pleasure of reading this novel! 

Summary:
So, as someone who has a huge liking for stories of an underdog, I had to read this.  I love stories where the girl/guy has it rough, and has to rise above the BS that surrounds them.  This literally, described Sammie’s life to a T.  
Sammie is raised by a hustler father and an alcoholic mother.  Cool life, right? Uh, no.  Poor Sammie just wants nothing more than to leave the shadows of her parents behind, but with a co-dependent mother.. this is way harder than it seems.  The life Sammie has been accustomed to, also seems to make her more closed off to real friendships, and even to love.  She has never really experienced what LOVE is, even from her parents.  This story chronicles her journey to what she hopes to be a normal life, and we get to see everything she encounters along the way.

Review:
I loved this.  Not because it was sent to me by Billie Livingston herself, not because Billie is WAY awesome, but just BECAUSE.  This is a book that I didn’t want to end, because I just wanted to keep following Sammie’s story.  I literally would LOVE a story of Sammie later in life, and may have to try my hardest to convince Billie to write that book!  [hehe].  But Sammie is just one of those characters.  You become attached to her, and feel for her.  And even at times want to shake her and be like “girl, snap back to reality!”.  But, the story ended where it did and… yeah.  I can’t say more because that would be giving things away, and I’m simply not going to do that!  This book was a five star read for me.  I adored it, and that was mostly because of the writing and the main character.  The hustles were pretty freakin’ great too!  I loved reading about cons and schemes and everything in that world, it was new to me, and I happen to know that Billie got one of the ideas from a real life NY hustler.  [way cool!].  

Who Should Read This?:
So, I reccommend this book to anyone who likes to watch someone who had it rough, grow up, and try to make it on their own.  And also to anyone who likes to fall in love with the main character.  ‘Cause, its an awesome read, and I can’t wait for more by Billie!
If you can get your hands on this, please do.  Its one of those that you 
won’t regret reading and will be uber happy you did.


MINI Book Haul!

Since I gave up my Youtube channel; I have been dying to share some book purchases with you guys!  I was informed by a fellow blogger that I can upload directly to blogger, so here I go!

Mini Haul!




Books Mentioned:
Gone Girl– Gillian Flynn
Unwind, UnWholly– Neal Shusterman
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares– Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Make Me Yours– Kendall Ryan

Tell me, what did you guys get this week?

MINI REVIEW: Tell the Wolves I’m Home; Carol Rifka Brunt

Tell the Wolves I’m Home


In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.

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Sell it In Sixty Seconds:
This is Brunt’s debut novel, and needless to say it leaves you yearning for more from June and her story. This whole book is told through the eyes of a shattered young girl, whom is wise beyond her years.  Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a story that will stay with you long after finishing the last page, because the characters truly become your friends.  Brunt delivers angst, pain, love, loss, and tragedy all in one beautifully packaged book.  This is a do not miss.  One worth reading, and definitely worth owning as well. 
Recommend for: Adult fiction fans, contemporary fans, YA contemporary lovers who can stand some tough subject matter 
Rating:  5/5