Monday, 5 March 2018

2 Mini Book Reviews: BIG LITTLE LIES and THE ART OF FRENCH KISSING

BIG LITTLE LIES - Liane Moriarty
Published: Film Tie-In 2017 by Berkley Books
Pages: 460.
Genres: Adult / mystery / contemporary
Triggers/Content Advisory: Strong themes of bullying, mental illness, and violence and domestic abuse.
Format: Paperback.
Source: Won.

A murder...A tragic accident...Or just parents behaving badly? What is indisputable is that someone is dead. Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.


GUYS PLEASE READ THIS BOOK I CANNOT STRESS IT ENOUGH AND I CAN'T EVEN REVIEW PROPERLY BECAUSE I'M IN A STATE OF TWISTED EUPHORIA AND OH MY FREAKING WORD IT IS GOOD THIS BOOK IS LIKE MIND-BLOWINGLY GOOD DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND READ THIS BEAUTIFUL DARN THING.

I haven't seen the TV series yet (ALTHOUGH HECK AM I DYING TO) but I recently won a giveaway and I thought I'd choose this book as my prize, since I've heard so much about the TV show and it seemed like a story I'd enjoy.
AND DID I ENJOY IT.

Guys, everything that can be right done in a book is done right in this book. Impeccable, instantly vivid, three dimensional characters who are human, flawed, and compelling, and despite the large cast EVERY SINGLE PERSON is vivid and layered. Jane's probably my favourite, but I love everyone (except Perry. Duh).
And the relationships!! Ohmegosh! They are so well written and dynamic and AH SO REALISTIC AND PERFECT.

The story is absolutely un-put-downable. Not kidding. You cannot put it down. The tension never lets up, the secrets and lies keep mounting, and it's equally terrifying, irresistible, and horrifying. AND SO CLEVER. Oh my word the twists totally below me away and GOSH THAT ENDING. Flawless much?! Moriarty you are a wicked genius (get it get it get it???? Please tell me someone got that reference).

Some other random thoughts I had while reading: 
- Jane come here. I need to give you a hug and never let go.
- Celeste, girl, you are incredible. Join the hug.
- Ziggy my angel I was always on your side.
- Madeline OH MY WORD I can just see Reese in those heels, blonde hair flicked over her shoulder, ready to do battle, and it's giving me chills. Also, I wanna have a drink with you Maddy and we can gossip till we drop.
- BONNIE. HUGS.
- Ed your sass.
- Abigail oh my word. Child. Just...child.
- Perry I have no words. I don't swear.
- TOM AND JANE TOM AND JANE TOM AND JANE
- Renata go to France.
- This town is my aesthetic. I wanna live there. Although maybe not with all these peeps.
-  I'm getting drunk on this dialogue.
- IT'S NOT ALL DARK THERE'S ALSO HUMOUR.
- I wanna cry.

       



THE ART OF FRENCH KISSING - Brianna Shrum
Published: June 2018 - Sky Pony Press
Pages: 256.
Genres: Young adult / romance / contemporary
Triggers/Content Advisory: Mild sexual innuendo / infrequent bad language
Format: eBook.
Source: Netgalley.

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom's warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada. After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they're involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid's constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn't necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it. (


Want a fluffy contemporary romance that's as gorgeous as its cover? MAY I PRESENT THIS BOOK.

Why I loved it: 

 - The dialogue / Sass, sarcasm, wit, banter....gimme all. It's amazing.

- The diversity / Reid is Japanese and queer, Emily and Addie are lesbian, and Riya and Will are Indian.

 - The story / SO FREAKING CUTE. It's endlessly entertaining, fast-paced, and adorable.

- The characters / They're all so human and relatable and so lovable. And Will and Riya I SHIP, just FYI. Also, Reid and Carter get brilliant development. Yaaaass

- FOOD / FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD AND YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH A STORY ABOUT COOKING. I absolutely adore all the mouthwatering descriptions of food and yes I'm flipping hungry BUT FOOD IS AMAZING.

 - Female friendships / So much girl power and girls supporting girls. Carter is close with Emily, Riya, and her sister, and it's perfect.

- THE COVER. Oh my word I hate macaroons but I love looking at them. Every time I see that cover I melt and go all gooey inside. #aestheticfeels

 - The romance / Yes, it is insta-attraction, but hey it's still cute. I also love that they argue and fight so much, which sounds weird, but it's just because it's refreshing to see how realistically their relationship is portrayed. It's so honest, raw and human; they do argue a lot, but it's all totally in character and they're both flawed people. It's realistic! (And still smoking hot #thosemakeoutscenesthough )


         




Hope you liked these reviews! Have you read or heard of these books? What do you think of them? 

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