I finished the third book in the A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series by Holly Jackson. It was crazy and addicting and I have no one to talk to about it. So until my sisters get around to reading it, I’ve compiled a list of my burning questions full of many, many spoilers. Feel free to answer any of these in the comments or on your own blog! And if you are curious about my answers, you can find them below.
“Chronic overachiever Prudence Barnett is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her.”
Sorry Charles Dickens, this post is not actually about you… It’s about how the expectations we have going into books can drastically change our enjoyment of them. Sometimes we have such high expectations for a new release that it turns out to be a disappointment. Sometimes we have low expectations, so we’re pleasantly surprised. And sometimes, we’re able to go into a book with essentially no expectations at all. With that in mind, here are books I had high, low, and no expectations for and how that affected my enjoyment of them.
Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After solving the now famous Truly Devious case at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer. But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls -- the site of the notorious unsolved Box in the Woods case.
“For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice. The first was when her childhood crush, Dean, fell in love—with her older sister. The second was when the Crimson, a curse spread through eye contact, turned the majority of humanity into flesh-eating monsters.”
“‘He was a man, not a monster, as you imagine. He died the way all men die, one breath at a time.’” — Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
“Valeria Anson has always been one in a set, her and her twin brother sharing everything from clothing and toys to their mother's womb. But the one thing they didn't share was the searing image of their mother's brutal murder, one that haunts Valeria every night without fail. Almost a decade has passed since their mother's untimely demise, and despite their father's role as Viscount and Chief of the King's Imperial Force, the masked killer has never been caught, still free to roam the snowy streets of Nieve.”
“Atlanta 1890: By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, "Dear Miss Sweetie." When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society's ills, but she's not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender.“
In continuation of our exploration of the books that have made us who we are, I’ve created my list of (some of) the books that shaped me. I’ve read most of these books more times than I can remember and more recently than I may freely admit.
“Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother's love--and she's on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele's dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja's otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back... by stealing Gisele's life for herself.“