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YasmiNova

YasmiNova

Joined October 2018

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The Family by Louise Jensen
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The Mothers Lies | Joanne Sefton
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The twist was a little bit of a stretch but a good read overall

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The Aviary Gate | Katie Hickman
Mehso-so

Well researched historical fiction, just felt the story could have gone much further... and some of the dialogues in the modern day sections were a little irritating.

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What She Left: A Novel | T.R. Richmond
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It's a little hard to get into. The setup is interesting but the snippets of perspectives go back and forth in time, and it's not very easy to follow at first. Still a pick for me because I thought the author did a great job conveying the stifling feeling of loss that follows the death of a loved one, while in contrast showing just how much of us survives through our online profiles.

YasmiNova I should really tag this one for the #Booked2019 #socialmediafocus, although i have little hope of completing the challenge now! @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ah, you never know! 2mo
Cinfhen Agreeing with @BarbaraTheBibliophage and EVERY book counts for a chance to win!!!! 2mo
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The Night Visitor | Lucy Atkins
Mehso-so

First thought as I reached the end was: huh?? It felt like reading a well written essay that never answered the exam question. So many things (not least the title) promised a supernatural mystery. But the supernatural was incidental and the mystery didn't work well. It was a great psychological study though: the characterisation of the female leads, their relationship, and the atmosphere building were superb. Shame they were let down by the plot.

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The author has created an interesting world, pairing climate deterioration with the rise of repression in a familiar setting, which makes it all the more unsettling. Perhaps a slow start as the groundwork is being laid, but the pace does pick up, and I'm looking forward to books 2 and 3. I found myself skimming through some technical passages though, as I'm not exactly tech-savvy!

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The French Girl | Lexie Elliott
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I enjoyed this - the writing flows nicely, the characters are well fleshed out and the pace is good, though i was expecting a more unexpected outcome (so in a way, it was unexpectedly expected?) Anyway, a good read!
#Booked2019, #newtomeauthor
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Hahahahaha....surprise endings are surprise endings right!?!?! 7mo
YasmiNova Indeed 😁 7mo
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The French Girl | Lexie Elliott

"I spend the day refusing to get excited because it will all come to naught whilst also meticulously planning my sales pitch. It's an exercise in believing two mutually exclusive ideas; it's exhausting."

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Mehso-so

Subject is interesting but delivery wasn't. Found the writing repetitive, the tone exaggerated, the narrative simplistic. Overuse of redundant comments. It's a verbatim of the podcast- could have done with more editing to make it more reader friendly.Gets better as you read on, stories are spookier, writing flows better, but it doesn't quite forego the irritating banalities and moralistic quips.
#Booked2019 #Relatedtoapodcast

Cinfhen Lots of mixed reviews on this book. Most felt like the podcast was wayyyy better than book 7mo
YasmiNova I agree @Cinfhen - at least with the audio the narrator can bring the stories to life. The book just needed rewording and reorganising (and fewer comments about the terrible places and people in this world - the stories showcase that enough) and it would have been a much less grating read... 7mo
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Havent reviewed in a while! Been cracking on with the reading though... :)
Enjoyed this one, partly because of the local setting :) an interesting take on the alleged big cat sightings in the area. The depiction of family life after the arrival of a newborn is also spot on. Only downside perhaps is the padding around the story can sometimes go on a little.
#Booked2019 #night-oriented
@BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Sounds super informative 🌛nice title choice ✨✨✨✨ 7mo
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Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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French critical thinking & skepticism at its finest, studded with cultural winks and nudges. Funny & profound, poised & radical, an observation & rejection of human nature and its stereotypes. Its two narrators, female and highly intelligent, are pushed by society to the bottom of the influence hierarchy because one is a child, the other a concierge, but both somehow prevail. It mocks the taming of the shrew with all the elegance of the hedgehog.

Cinfhen Read this book earlier this year... so good! Really unexpected 9mo
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Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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"As always, I am saved by the inability of living creatures to believe anything that might cause the walls of their little mental assumptions to crumble."

Barely started and I'm loving this book already...

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Pleasant Light of Day | Philip Ceallaigh, Philip Ceallaigh, Ceallaigh Philip O
Panpan

Disappointed. It addressed issues i would have normally enjoyed, and the author's way of raising questions while showing the futility of it is interesting. But I couldn't look past the crude rambling style, despite good descriptions and funny strands here and there. As for the abrupt endings, with no particular punch or twist, though a message in themselves (perhaps reflecting on how most lives end?), they robbed the narrative of a memorable seal.

YasmiNova Almost forgot the tagging again! #Booked2019 #Irishauthor 10mo
Cinfhen Fantastic review!! Sorry the book was a disappointment and thanks for the tag 💛✅ 10mo
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Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery

This book came out when I was still living in Paris.
I remember all the hype around it, yet it has since remained on my to-read list. Time to do something about it! I am sure it will stir up memories of this very #happyplace
#Booked2019 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I recently read this book after putting it off for so long....I loved it!!! Hope you will too❣️ 11mo
YasmiNova I hope so too @Cinfhen ! The start is certainly very promising... 11mo
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Pleasant Light of Day | Philip Ceallaigh, Philip Ceallaigh, Ceallaigh Philip O

This one is for the #Booked2019 #IrishAuthor prompt. Halfway through it so far - very unusual style!
@BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen

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A pick, yes, but I would not rate all the stories equally. The spin on puss-in-boots is unique and entertaining, the descriptions in The Erl-King elegant and poetic. Other stories I found less compelling, like Blue Beard and Mr Lyon (a retelling of Beauty and the Beast), partly because they did not stray far enough from the originals (still had some notable variations though). The Erl-King was my favourite.

Cinfhen Did u use this for #FairytaleRetelling???? 11mo
YasmiNova Yes I did @Cinfhen , I mentioned it in a previous post. Does it not count? 11mo
Cinfhen We tend to go off of a review as marked! Lots of people start a book but don‘t necessarily finish it, so we don‘t mark it as complete until we see a review & we are tagged. Does that make sense?? 11mo
YasmiNova Perfect sense thanks for the tip! I'll go back and make sure I've tagged the other #Booked2019 books I've reviewed :) 11mo
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Brilliant! It has all the ingredients of a good thriller, I barely put it down than i wanted to pick it up again. Has lots in common with Swierczynski's Revolver (cold case, female lead, cop father, dysfunctional family, drinking and more drinking) but this one felt like an easier read.

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Diving into my #fairytaleretelling for #Booked2019. Struggled to pick one but in the end went for a classic that i have shamefully not read yet... It's a genre that I'm getting more and more into!
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Another Litten @jmofo just posted about this book!! She also read it for #Booked2019 ☺️ 11mo
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A light, entertaining read. Some bits were hilarious, others dragged out a little. Informative whichever side of the Atlantic you are, though it seemed to me more geared towards an American audience.

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Have signed up to the #Booked2019 challenge (too ambitious with two little ones at home?) Starting with The Last Place You Look for the #femaledetective one.
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage (did i tag everyone?)

BarbaraTheBibliophage Yay! Give it a try and have fun with whatever you can do. We‘re the low-stress, all-fun challenge! And, you got us all tagged. 👏🏻👏🏻📚📚 11mo
YasmiNova Thanks Barbara! 11mo
Cinfhen You‘re off to an excellent start ❣️❣️❣️ 11mo
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Confused? No, indeed.

CarolynM Too hard!😂 11mo
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The Fortune Hunter | Daisy Goodwin
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So well written, brilliantly researched, great pace throughout. Not one dull bit! And I loved the sprinkle of the quintessentially English quips here and there. Though I found Empress Sisi less likeable as I read it than when I first heard her life story years ago...

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The Fortune Hunter | Daisy Goodwin
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Captures the tragic side of Empress Sisi's persona quite well...

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The Fortune Hunter | Daisy Goodwin

"There was a moment of silence as the assembled company digested this revelation along with their turbot à la crème."

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What I loved about this book is how seemlessly the supernatural blends into the storyline, and how the quirky details about each character are revealed. It's all too human and super-human at the same time. Really comes together nicely. Looking forward to the Night Shift...

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Revolver | Duane Swierczynski
Mehso-so

There is enough intrigue in Revolver to keep you turning those pages. The characters are vividly painted. Yet I didn't fully enjoy the book because: 1) the pace felt slow but the ending rushed 2) I couldn't connect with the characters, and there was waaayyy too much focus on how much they drank (Stan tried to make it home alive every day - what so he could drink himself to death?) 3) the generation switching was a little distracting at first

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