Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Blog Tour: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan | Review

Blog Tour: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan | Review

Blog Tour: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan | ReviewDaughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
Published by Dutton on May 26, 2015
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.

In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.

Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.

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Daughter of Deep Silence is the first book I’ve read by Carrie Ryan but it will not be my last. If you’re looking for a suspenseful, mystery-filled novel, look no further.

I was a little thrown off by the beginning of the book. It takes place right after the attack on the cruise ship and Frances is hysterical. She’s also only 14 years old. For a while I thought that was how old she’d be for the whole book but it jumps to 4 years later after a couple chapters. I was also a little thrown off by the brevity of the relationships between Frances and Libby as well as Frances and Grey. From the synopsis I’d expected them to have been long time friends but it turns out they’d just met on the cruise. It didn’t really make a huge difference but it seemed a bit unrealistic that after such a short period of time Frances could take Libby’s place. Same with the romance. Not only were they just 14 years old but they had also just met each other. Yet they claimed they were in love. I was a little skeptical.

Daughter of Deep Silence clocks in at almost 400 pages but it takes no time at all to read. The chapters are short and the writing style is very simple and straightforward. The story is also extremely gripping, which helped the pace. There is quite a bit of mystery and I had no clue what was coming. The mystery behind the attack on the cruise ship was not at all what I expected.

The characters were not exactly easy to like. Frances (as Libby) was completely driven by vengeance. She had her sights set on the senator and his family and she would stop at nothing to take them down. It reminded me of the TV show Revenge and that is definitely not a complaint. Frances has emotions but they are buried very deep. She’s hard to connect with because of that but it’s not hard to understand where she is coming from. As for Grey, he was possibly a bit too perfect for my tasters. He was a total gentleman (which I loved) but only in private. I wanted to see him stand up to his father who was a complete asshole. I had no problem rooting for Frances to take him down. As for the romance between Frances and Grey, I could see why she had trouble not falling for him. They had great chemistry and their history together made things even harder for her. Grey was just such a sweetheart.

Overall, I was impressed with Daughter of Deep Silence in spite of its flaws. I look forward to reading more from Carrie Ryan, especially if she continues to write suspense novels as awesome as this one.

What others are saying about Daughter of Deep Silence: 

Midnight Bloom Reads’ review: “Delving into deeper psychological themes such as identity and grief, Carrie Ryan’sDaughter of Deep Silence is more than just an addictive revenge thriller.”

Carina’s Books’ review: “I would say that you should all read Daughter of Deep Silence.”

The Forest of Words and Pages’ review: “Daughter of Deep Silence is an addictive thriller you won’t regret picking up!”

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins | Review

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins | ReviewLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2
Published by Dutton on September 29, 2011
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 338
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
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5 Stars

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion...she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket—a gifted inventor—steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

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I didn’t think it was possible but I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door even more than Anna and the French Kiss.  It was cute, funny, heartbreaking, and so romantic.  Isla and the Happily Ever After can’t get here fast enough (and I hope there are cameos from Lola, Cricket, Anna, and Etienne in that one.)

Lola is a bit of a misfit.  She dresses in costume and nobody, not even her quirky dads or punk rocker boyfriend, know what she will look like from day to day.  It does tend to make her an outcast at school but she is okay with that because she still has her boyfriend Max and her best friend Lindsey.  Things heat up when the former love of her life, Cricket Bell, moves back in next door and Lola’s life goes topsy turvy.  Cricket is sweet, funny, quirky, smart, and ridiculously romantic.  He also broke Lola’s heart once but he is easy to forgive (at least to readers.)  And he just happens to be friends and dorm neighbors with Etienne St. Clair (squee!)  I loved the cast of characters in this book especially because Anna and Etienne were in it.  I really loved Andy and Nathan, Lola’s dads.  Everybody was just fabulous!

Normally I don’t like tons of descriptions about character’s wardrobes but in this case it was necessary and I thought it was fun.  Lola’s personality really shows through her sense of style and I loved her for her bravery.  Cricket’s sense of style was also a little out there but he made it work.  He is my kind of guy!

Overall, Lola and the Boy Next Door is a new favorite of mine.  I know my review is all gushing but please believe me when I say that you need to read this one!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Anna And The French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins | Review

Anna And The French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins | ReviewAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Published by Dutton on December 2, 2010
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 372
Format: ARC
Source: Gifted
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5 Stars

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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Anna and the French Kiss is one of those books that is surrounded by a lot of hype.  Normally it is hard for a book to live up to that hype. That was so not the case with this book.  I adored it!

For once, the characters weren’t my absolute favorite part of the book.  Don’t get me wrong, they were great but the setting was what really got me.  Anna and the French Kiss takes place in Paris and I am now dying to go there (even more than before.)  The descriptions were so rich and vivid.  Stephanie Perkins made Paris come alive and it was glorious.  The Pantheon, Notre Dame, the School of America in Paris.  Field trip, anyone?

Now like I said before, the characters were awesome.  Anna was a bit scared and insecure at first but she became confident and independent throughout the book.  Then there were her friends, Meredith, Josh, Rashmi, and Etienne St.Clair.  Oh gosh, St.Clair!  Swoon!  He definitely stole the show.  He was so sweet and romantic and he had a British accent.  Can I have him, please?  Josh was pretty comical and he and Rashmi together were hilarious. Meredith was okay but I would have liked to see more of a personality from her.

Overall, Anna and the French Kiss is fabulous.  If you haven’t already read it, do it now!  I can’t believe I waited so long!