[Book Review]: Three Wishes – Liane Moriarty

Three WishesGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Whenever they’re together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow. But apart, each is very much her own woman, dealing with her own share ofups and downs. Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, juggling the many balls of work, marriage, and motherhood with expert precision, but is she as together as her datebook would have her seem? Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage — can she bring another life into her very precarious world? And can free-spirited Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, ever hope to find lasting love?

In this wise, witty, hilarious new novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their thirty-third-year, as they struggle to survive their divorced parents’ dating each other, their technologically savvy grandmother, a cheating husband, champagne hangovers, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a threesome. A family comedy about sibling rivalry, “Three Wishes is an assured and warmhearted debut.


Another great novel by my favourite female author, Liane Moriarty!

This story is original, heartwarming and compelling all that the same time.

There were a few characters to get used to but by the end that was easy. It was the triplets names I had to think who was who a bit.

It makes me think – do twins and triplets really argue that much?

I don’t really have any negatives to say about this book, it hooked me in from the first page, I loved the way Liane began this story, it was quite original.

Highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a unique, good story.

❤ MeLzY

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[Book Review]: The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty

The Hypnotist's Love StoryGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk. 

Braced for the worst, Ellen is pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him. Ellen thinks, Actually, that’s kind of interesting. She’s dating someone worth stalking. She’s intrigued by the woman’s motives. In fact, she’d even love to meet her.

Ellen doesn’t know it, but she already has.


I love Liane Moriarty’s novels – she is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.

I have read all of her novels now and they have all been equally good.

When I read the synopsis for this book, I thought it might be a little on the thriller side considering there was a stalker involved but it was completely opposite to what I thought but in a good way. The stalker was more of a friendly stalker who just couldn’t get over her ex boyfriend, she meant no harm.

This novel was basically a romantic love story but with a friendly stalker in the middle of it.

What I love about Liane Moriarty’s books is that because she is an Australian author, all her stories are based in Australia too and I can relate to the areas she is mentioning – it’s a nice change to reading about American and England suburbs all the time and not being able to picture them.

A great read! The only negative thing I have about this book is probably the title – its a strange title.

❤ MeLzY

[Book Review]: Wreck – Fleur Ferris

WreckGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Tamara Bennett is going to be the first journalist to strictly report only good news. Finished with high school, Tamara is ready to say goodbye to her sleepy little town and part-time job at the local paper. O-weeks awaits, which means parties, cute boys and settling into student res with her best friend Relle. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when she arrives home to find her house ransacked and her life in danger. What is this mysterious note? And why does it mean so much to one of Australia’s most powerful media moguls? Caught between a bitter rivalry and dangerous family secret, who can Tamara trust? Or should she trust herself?


 

I love a book that gets straight into the story from the very first chapter and grips me in and this book did exactly that. From chapter one I was intrigued. The whole book can easily be read in one sitting (that’s what I did) because it’s just that good and easy to read.

The whole novel is spaced over 2 days in Tamara’s life and although some chapters do go back 5 years, it isn’t annoying or confusing like other novels.

Although this novel is fairly predictable, it is a nice easy read to break up the concentrating reads from time to time.

The only negative I have for this book is that the author (Fleur Ferris) made the characters repeat themselves constantly which was rather annoying but other than that I like this novel.

❤ MeLzY

[Book Review]: Friend Request – Laura Marshall

Friend RequestGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston is dead. Isn’t she?

1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything the girls Louise hangs out with aren’t. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Within just a few days, Maria and Louise are on their way to becoming fast friends.

2016. Louise receives a heart-stopping email: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface: those first days of their budding friendship; cruel decisions made and dark secrets kept; the night that would change all their lives forever.

Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria’s sudden reappearance threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone she’d severed ties with to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers there’s more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before what’s known to Maria–or whoever’s pretending to be her–is known to all.


From page one this book had me hooked and that’s what I love a book to do. Grip me from the get go. Although this book goes back to the past in some chapters and then back to the present again, there isn’t a lot in the past, most is told in the present and in first person by the main character – Louise. She is basically telling us her whole life story. From what happened as a teenager and how that has shaped who she is now and the past is finally catching up to her.

This is Laura Marshall’s debut book and she has written a doozy for a beginner BUT she has left a few unanswered questions for her readers. What exactly happened to Sam? Did Esther and Louise become friends again? Did she ever see Pete again? The problem this author did is not write an epilogue at the end of the novel. She simply wrote the last chapter in 2 weeks time after the event and that’s not long enough for us readers. We (well I do) like to know further down the track what happens to these characters. I need closure on a book.

The story is based around facebook and if I didn’t already not have an account, I definitely wouldn’t have one after reading this book because these actions can so easily be done by anyone.

Still a great novel with a great (sometimes predicable) story though.

❤ MeLzY

[Book Review]: Into the water – Paula Hawkins

Into the WaterGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.


First of all, this book is nothing like ‘The girl on the train’, apart from being a type of thriller that keeps you guessing ‘ who did it’ up until the very end.

The way each chapter was written varied which got a little annoying. Jules’ chapters were all written in first person as if she was talking to her dead sister all the time and all the others were pretty much narrated by the author.

It took me a good few chapters to get into the story, it wasn’t a novel that grabbed me from the get go but once the story developed, it got very interesting and I enjoyed reading it.

And just when you think all is explained at the end of the book – think again!

❤ MeLzY

[Book Review]: The one who got away – Caroline Overington

The One Who Got AwayGOODREADS SYNOPSISPerfect couple; perfect lie. The not-to-be-missed new psychological thriller from Caroline Overington.

We all keep secrets. Some are deadly.

Loren Wynne-Estes appears to have it all: she’s the girl from the wrong side of the tracks who’s landed a handsome husband, a stunning home, a fleet of shiny cars and two beautiful daughters … 
Then one day a fellow parent taps Loren on the shoulder outside the grand school gate, hands her a note … and suddenly everything’s at stake. 
Loren’s Facebook-perfect marriage is spectacularly exposed – revealing an underbelly of lies and betrayal. What is uncovered will scandalise a small town, destroy lives and leave a family divided. But who is to be believed and who is to blame? Will the right person be brought to justice or is there one who got away? 
An unsettling psychological thriller for fans of Girl on a Train and Gone Girl.


Now now that I’ve read this book, I can safely say that the synopsis makes this story sound a lot more intriguing and thriller-like than it actually is.

It is a good book and I quite enjoyed it, but there’s no comparison to Girl on a train and Gone Girl. This book wasn’t much of a thriller at all. Yes someone goes missing and no one knows whose to blame (in that sense it is like the other titles mentioned), but the story around it is not as finger biting, edge of your seat reading thriller like the other two.

The very last chapter tells you who is the culprit and I must say I did have an inkling throughout the novel that this person was to blame, but how they did it is the mystery! I did enjoy the revelation.

This is quite an easy read and can easily be read in one day.

It has quite a lot of detailed sex scenes, more than I expected this kind of book to have and it seems the story revolved more around the affair than the actual missing person.

Have you read this book? I’d love to know what you thought of it!

❤ MeLzY

 

[Book Review]: The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte CristoGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: ‘On what slender threads do life and fortune hang.’

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. 


So I have been absent for a while and that is because I have been trying to finish reading this book and I have FINALLY finished reading the longest book ever written (well one of). It sure was the longest book I’ve ever read!

SO where do I begin..there’s so many individual stories within this one book and yet they all somehow tie in together.

Upon starting to read this book I was very bored. I was ready to stop before he was even imprisoned, but I’m not one to ever stop reading a book, so I persevered and it did get better – a lot better.

There were a few chapter’s which I thought were very unnecessary and didn’t need to be there at all, but maybe that was just me not understanding what the hell was going on!

This book has so many character’s, it was hard to keep up with them all and to remember who was who so I tried to only remember those who were the most important to the story.

For me the first half of the book was very boring, whereas the second half became more enjoyable to read because things were actually happening.

The thing I don’t understand with this book is why the author wrote in so many different stories within the one story. The main story is obviously Edmond Dantes goes to prison for 14 years because Danglars, Villefort & Fernandes set him up because they were jealous of him and wanted what he had, except for Villefort – he has other reason’s.
So the object then became for Dantes to escape prison and get his revenge on them all, which the movie is based only on this area because that’s the main story, but with the book, there’s so much more going on that he doesn’t actually get his revenge on them until almost the end of the novel which was really annoying! Why didn’t the author just stick to the main story, like the movie does? It would’ve been a hell of a lot shorter to read!

I had to read through so many useless things before the revenge even begins to take shape, so it left me thinking – was Monte Cristo slowly plotting his revenge within all these stories or did the author just want to give us a big insight to what was happening within each culprit’s lives at the time?

So as soon as I finished reading this book, I watched the movie (as I always do) and it felt like I was reading the book in fast forward. The book took me over a month to read and the movie was done in 2 hours. I knew the movie wouldn’t have half of what the book had because the movie would be 8 hours long if it did, but because the book leaves the revenge to take place toward the very end and the movie is solely based around him getting revenge on them, it felt like the movie started and finished at the same time.

Also the movie was hardly anything like the book, so it’s clear that I didn’t enjoy the movie at all – from the actor’s to how the story takes shape. It’s all over the place.

So in conclusion, because the book had so many stories within the one main story, it did make the book more interesting, but because the main story is meant to focus around him getting his revenge and that not taking place until the end, the book could have done without all the other little stories.

So if you don’t mind reading such long novels that can take up to a month or more to read, then this book is a good read for you.

What did you think of this book or movie?

❤ MeLzY