I have a rare afternoon off and it‘s a rare 77° in January so I‘m reading by the local reservoir.
I knew in Aug this would be my best read of 2022 😂 Dec was hard fought btwn The Real Valkyrie & Bone Rattler, but Bone Rattler was deadly slow moving & I can see it would turn some readers off. The Real Valkyrie was informative! That vs For the Wolf was another hard decision, but I really enjoyed the world building of For the Wolf.
I am OK with my top 4 books being Evelyn Hardcastle, For the Wolf, Once Upon a River, and The Real Valkyrie.
This is honestly the most over-hyped book I‘ve picked up this year and frankly, it was so bad! It‘s extremely slow, confused, and the author has tried too hard to build a plot but fails miserably at it. The characters are horrible and shallow, there‘s a lot of misogyny and fat phobia thrown in. Terrible book that‘s absolutely not worth the hype.
I just finish this book a few seconds ago and I‘m still high on that ending. I loooved this book, it had me on the edge of my seat with every chapter. I could say that it was a little heavy to keep up with the amount of characters but overall it was so good. I was also a fan of the writing, the different descriptions and metaphors made. In other words 5 out of 5 for me :)
Unpopular opinion, I know, but I just didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. There were a lot of characters, a lot of information to keep track of, and the timeline jumped back and forth somewhat. It was a fascinating storyline with a well-thought out plot, but just too much for me to focus on right now.
I read 4 books (loved 🦩 Flamingo!) and finished #pop22 and #pantone2022. I am sooo ready for next year‘s challenges, especially now that the #ToB23 longlist has been published as well as the #52books23 list. Still waiting for #pop24 but I am planning like crazy already!
What a ride this was! I think I missed at least half of the clues (so much is happening in the same day, happening over and over again) but I don‘t mind. I thoroughly enjoyed traveling with Aiden from one host to another in his race against the clock; he has to find out who murdered Evelyn Hardcastle to be freed from this repeating day. What an original and fun locked room mystery!
#pop22 #HugoAwardWinner #52Books #BookWithAnAlternateTitle
An unexpected day off for Hurricane Nicole means more time to read...
This book had a gripping plot that kept me hooked, and the premise was very unique. The story is deliberately confusing, but in a way that made me want to continue and figure out what was going. I especially loved the twist ending, as that was fresh and different. I also loved the Agatha Christie atmosphere of the book, which gave it a cosy mystery feel whilst also maintaining a lot of suspense.
Three more for finishing the challenges. I am listening to Golden Hill on audio which is rather challenging for me. And I started Half Blood Blues for #pop22, but am not far enough yet to know it it will be good. Next will be Evelyn Hardcastle, for #pop22 too!
Trying to finish this bc I like the plot. But I have to say it's tough to get through with how fat-phobic the writing is. The main character wakes up in a different body & literally says "I resemble some grotesque caricature of the human body," then goes ON about it for 10 chapters. I don't think describing a body as fat is an insult (I'm fat! btw). But to harp on about how gross, pathetic & humiliating it must be for a fat person IS insulting.
W h o a !
What a ride. This was long, and at (many) points confusing. But as you get to know the characters, this ‘who dunnit‘ is quite gripping, you just want to know more! It does get a little too complicated towards the end, but I was so into it, I didn‘t care. You‘ll find many twists here, but there‘s one in particular… that wow. Did not see it coming. And it‘s quite interesting, made me think of this book as a surrealist piece as well.So cool
#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter 14,608
HUGE uptick in points. mainly from False Witness &(especially) 7 1/2 Deaths being a treasure trove of word search points
Finished 4 books - False Witness #BuddyRead, Last Breath, 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, One of Us Is Dead.
Watched- The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window, NXT Halloween Havoc, Werewolf at Night, Halloween Baking Challenge
On to the FINAL week!
I almost bailed, I should have read reviews more closely bc I was expecting an Agatha Christie or Clue-esque whodunnit & then there was a time loop, supernatural elements & body switching & I was not mentally prepared for it to be how it was. But I persevered and it ended up all coming together & being purposeful. Twists on top of twists!
#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter #outstandingoctober #31by31 #spookoween
Wow, not what I was expecting! I was very intrigued with the “who-done-it“ premise. This book was filled with so many twists and turns. I was invested in figuring out WHO did it. I would spend hours at night and periods during my daily commute going over details of the story in my heard to try to figure out who the killer was. It is a perfect read for #spookyseason
That was a great murder mystery! Very Agatha Christie. I loved it, all of it!
It‘s been 3 years since I‘ve made my last post?! How did that happen?!
This mystery is full of twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. However, the story was very complex due to the extensive character list-- I counted 37 total, and I believe I missed a few. Due to the complexity of the plot, it is not a book that you can pick up and skim-- it requires concentration. . Full review: https://marybeth1583.wixsite.com/southernersreadtoo/post/the-murder-mystery-with...
This is a great book if you like intricate carefully-planned mysteries because this is that x 1000. There are multiple characters, timelines, & clues to track. The plotting is seriously impressive!
Alas, I'm not the right reader for this book. 🤦🤷 I 💯 can appreciate why it is so beloved, but heavily plotted books are not my jam. They feel like work. Still, will be good to discuss with book club as there are plot points I did not understand. 🤔
My Friday night date. It's already making me mad. 😆 #plotplotplot
Well, what a wild ride that was….
I love jumping into books without knowing much about them. So, for the 1st few chapters I was super confused as to what was happening, lol! But after that, it became a book unlike anything I‘ve ever read before.
Same day. Same murder. Different guests. Solve it.
But remember, nothing is ever as it seems!
…and while you try to figure out the murder, 20 other questions pop up in between.
I want to start a book club where we just read about women who have almost ten of things you‘re only supposed to have one of.
Aidan has eight chances to figure out who killed Evelyn Hardcastle. The catch is, he would relive the day of her death 8 times inside 8 different people who had gathered at her family‘s estate.
The twists and turns don‘t stop coming as Aidan discovers more about the people around him and about the prison he woke up in. I hadn‘t even finished reading the library‘s copy before I ordered one for myself. Read slowly and give in to the reread.
I listened to the audiobook, print would have been better. There was a need to flip back and recap people and events that I didn't get to do with the audio. That being said, the story was really in depth and well thought out. There are SO MANY moving parts; you unearth new information and plot devices regularly. I would have enjoyed a less complicated ending but it was still very good and I can see other readers enjoying it very much.
I don't quite get why this book is sometimes called the 7 1/2 deaths... Copyright stuff? Anyway, a very enjoyable read so far!