Endless Night by Agatha Christie [The ending had me shook]

I have read very few Agatha Christie novels. This being the third one. So far, my rating of her novels has been ranging from 2-3 stars but this one was a 3.5.

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In Endless Night we follow the character named Michael Rogers. In want of better life, he’s been doing odd jobs all his life. But an accidental meet-up with an heiress ends up changing his entire life around. He marries her and builds the perfect home for the two of them.

Unfortunately for him, the land his home is built on is cursed and it all goes downhill soon enough.

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Spider’s Web: A play by Agatha Christie, novelized by Charles Osborne

If you’re like me a.k.a you’ve hardly read many Agatha Christie novels then it might come as a surprise to you that she used to write plays… and romance novels under a pseudonym, but I’m not interested in that.

Alibi was the first play to reach the stage. It was an adaptation of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd but it wasn’t written by her and she didn’t like it either. The first play that was written by her and staged was Black Coffee. She has a written a total of 19 plays, adding to her impressive list of 82 detective novels.

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie [Soon to be released as a movie]

I read this book a while ago but considering how a movie will be based on it soon, I thought it was high time that I post my review on it.

“The murderer is with us – on the train now…”

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We were liars by E. Lockhart [so am I]

(So so so sorry for the big absence we do other stuff sometimes? You can leave a Howler below.)

What started out as an easy and interesting read turned into the last chapter of shock.

We were liars, is about what goes on behind the scenes in the house of the Sinclair family.

Particularly, Cady.

The story is about four cousins who get together every summer and hence call themselves the liars.

And then there’s an accident.

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Twisted minds: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Eileen is the debutante novel by Ottessa Moshfegh, about the titular character Eileen, an outsider, a lonesome woman in the 1960’s living in a gloomy town in New England, a self-obsessed woman working as a secretary in a young boy’s juvenile correctional facility. The book follows Eileen a week before a looming life-altering incident through Eileen’s thoughts, her obsessions, behavior, her routine, and her relationship with her old alcoholic father, her fantasies regarding a handsome guard at work and towards the end, her obsession and friendship with the new and beautiful Rebecca, also from work.

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The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell

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Publication Date: April 14, 2016

Publisher: Bookouture

Targeted Audience: Adult

Genre: Paranormal/Crime/Psychological thriller

 

[Note: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]

I need to make it clear that I don’t read a lot of mystery novels, simply because they fail to interest me. (Maybe I haven’t found the right author yet, who knows?) This book felt the same. It didn’t intrigue as much as I had hoped it would.

While the writing had no issues, the plot felt dragged. We were constantly being led places and then being disappointed. The characters too were a roller coaster. At some point the finger points so glaringly at one person only to point at someone else the next minute.

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Tag, You’re dead by J.C. Lane

28210691Publication Date: July 05, 2016

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Adventure/Mystery/Thriller

 

This young adult thriller was an interesting read. It’s basically about a game of tag where if you happen to be the unfortunate person who is tagged, you’ll end up dead. Yep, just a tiny upgrade to a classic game.

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First Line Fridays: 8th of April

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (or your current read) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Peter Wyoming didn’t shake hands with people, he hit them with his presence like a rock fired from a slingshot.

Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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China Lake by Meg Gardiner

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Blurb: Evan Delaney is shocked to learn that her ex-sister-in-law, Tabitha, has joined the Remnant, a religion with a dangerous and fanatical following. What is more alarming is that the unstable young mother plans to regain custody of her son and disappear with him into the fold of the church. She has the Remnant on her side, and they’ll do anything it takes, including murder, to get what they want. But it’s another member of the Remnant who’s killed, and when Evan’s brother becomes a suspect, Evan is dragged even deeper into the nightmare.

We haven’t read this book yet but we’ve heard many things about it and look forward to reading it.

What are you guys reading? Tell us in the comments below!

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

 

Raven’s birthday post

So I celebrated my 19th birthday on January 25th and honestly I hadn’t had that much fun on my birthday in almost three years! I am being totally honest.

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My birthday honey cake

There is a tiny story behind why my honey cake doesn’t have ‘Happy Birthday’ written on it:

1. It’s too mainstream to write a simple ‘Happy Birthday’.

2. When Beez and I decide to do anything together it’s almost always crazy, like the time we mixed two drinks together with a bit of coke and made it taste like sour candy (this recipe is not recommended)

3. I had been listening to the song ‘Afraid’ by the Neighbourhood and this was the only line stuck in my head at the time (It’s a great song by the way) so when Beez suggested I write something unconventional on my cake that’s the first thing I could think of and the poop emoji is my aesthetic so it had to be there.

Now since my presents were all books this year I decided to make a post about it (Yay me!)

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My annoying yet amazing sister who is only 12 by the way, saved up her pocket money and gifted me The Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, the second book in the Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children series along with a cute colourful panda card.

If anyone remembers our tbr post you would know that this series is on our list of series-we-really-need-to-read.

I can’t wait to finally read what happens.

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The tiny little box is a gift from another friend

The second and last gift I received, was from Beez. It’s Stay where you are and then leave by John Boyne, a book that holds such a special place in my heart. I had read a library book but I had fallen so much in love with it that I had needed to own a physical copy of it and Beez finally gave it to me. I have a review of it and I’ll post it ASAP.

I love this book so much that I am planning on rereading it (something that I rarely do since there are so many other books that need my attention).

She also wrote the most sweetest letter in the world and I am so glad to have put up with her shenanigans because all of it is finally paying off.

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Do not judge my use of ketchup for blood!

Lastly I went to the amazing bookstore a.k.a Kinokuniya, here in Dubai and bought myself a book as a present to myself (any excuse to buy a book, I’ll take it). I have had I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga on my mind for as long as I can remember. I had read the first few pages and I have heard such good things about it that I really needed to get it, I mean the son of a killer getting together with cops to solve murder mysteries while also trying to fight his own killing impulses? Hell yeah!

So that’s all I have got to say for now. If you’ve got any opinions on the books mentioned here don’t forget to tell me about it (just keep it spoiler free). I hope you all have a great fun filled day.

Lots of love and pasta,

Raven~

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

 

raven boysPublication date: September 19th, 2012

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 421

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Supernatural/Welsh Mythology/Fantasy

Blurb: Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.

Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour.

Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?

{For those who are reading our reviews for the first time on this blog need to know that every line in Red is by Raven and every line in Blue is by Beez.}

I had never heard about this author before or this series but when I came across this book in our school library I just had to read it. The blurb was so exciting and the cover was absolutely beautiful! (And as you know I’m a sucker for covers) And as soon as I started this book I knew I was in love.

So this is me, trying to do justice to this wonderful book.

The story takes place in a fictional town named Henrietta where a girl named Blue comes from a clairvoyant family but she herself doesn’t have any powers. She can’t see the souls of the dead unlike her mother. So when she sees the spirit of a boy named Gansey at the crossroads on St. Marks Eve, Blue is a lot more than just surprised. 

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue. Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.”  

And hence begins the journey of Blue Sargent into the lives of the four boys from the school Aglionby- Adam Parrish, Richard Gansey, Ronan Lynch and Noah Czerny.

They go on a personal quest to uncover the ancient, lost and buried, Welsh King, with the sole knowledge that he is somewhere along the Ley lines and whoever finds him will be granted a favour.

You see how interesting this is?? Because it is absolutely the most beautifully written supernatural/fantasy novel in a long long time.

Maggie Stiefvater’s style of writing will sweep you away, her way of wording the surroundings will take you on a journey you never even imagined in your wildest dreams and her characters are bigger than life itself.

I don’t want to go into excess detail about the personalities of the characters because to me they actually exist. They have flaws and such distinct voices that I can’t make myself judge them. It just doesn’t feel right.

I’ve never been in love with every character in a book but Maggie has made me fall in a deep abyss of torture because I want these characters to be real. I wish it so badly. If I ever find the buried Welsh King, you know what my wish will be.

Maggie’s writing embodies the characters of these people so well that if you omitted their names or put black ink over them I’d still be able to tell them apart. With every thought, every line, every spoken word and every action they prove that they are individuals, different and so unique and so apart yet in perfect harmony with each other.

Even a person who has never read this book reads it for the first time with blank spaces instead of names, they’d still be able to identify the people.

Also, Noah is the smudgy one.

Adam breaks my heart.

Ronan kills me, in every way.

Gansey is like a slight wind. It touches you and takes your breath away.

And Blue is what every girl aspires to be.

The first half of the book has less happening because it’s building up the characters, introducing us to them, breathing life into them. It’s setting the scenery. It’s drawing up every crease and fold and line on the faces of these beautiful characters and the world.

So when you start the book, know that it is slightly slow-paced in the beginning but the characters and the mystery will keep you going forward. The book builds this beautiful atmosphere that makes you want to be one of the people in the books.

Maggie’s writing has an adult feel to it. The characters are not silly teenagers, they have this aura of purposefulness around them. Every character that was introduced in the book felt so real. I don’t understand how she does it. It’s not just the protagonists that are amazing, it is literally every bloody character.

Maggie plays with dark magic… that is the only possible answer to how this book is so fantastic.

And the plot! It’s so unique and amazing and so refreshingly new! After all the usual vampires, werewolves, fairies and magicians, Welsh mythology is just a wonderful change of atmosphere. She has explained everything about the ley lines and the Welsh King with just the right amount of mystery. 

As a last note, the last line of this book will haunt you forever… so will the first line… basically the whole book.

Recommendations?

Anyone who loves a great story with characters that seem to come alive before your eyes and become a part of your life.

Ratings:

Fabulous Unicorn

A fabulous unicorn for a fabulous book

Lots of love and mystery,
Raven and Beez~