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The Likeness by Tana French – Review

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Author – Tana French

Publisher-  Hodder and Stoughton (2008)

Genre – Crime  

Number in series – 2# (Dublin Murder Squad)

The Likeness is the second book in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series the first book In The Woods I have previously reviewed in this blog click here to check it out – Click Here

The book follows Detective Cassie Maddox still traumatized from the events in book one and trying to enjoy an easier life away from the Murder Squad; she is dragged back into the life she left behind when a young woman is murdered. The victim is not just another murder victim for Cassie though, the girl is Cassie’s exact doppelganger.

This is about as much as I can tell you with out get  all ‘spoiler-y’ so –

I am really starting to enjoy Tana French’s writing style she is a really suck you in and keep you kind of writer which I love, as far as I can tell the Murder Squad series focus’ on a new detective each book  which I am really starting to enjoy. Characters like our main girl Cassie who were secondary in book one but totally lovable get a whole book of their own in book two which is great. Book three is staring Frank Cassie’s boss who is witty and a right git so I am really excited to pick up book three.

Over all The Likeness was a good read but it wasn’t quite as good as book one and I’m only human so comparisons are inevitable. The Likeness is full of humor and relationships and a really tangled web which was really interesting to watch Cassie untangle.

For me though it was a little but longer than it needed to be and I guessed the killer and let me tell you I am no Sherlock Holmes! ;-p

Over all it was a good solid read and part of a series that I have every interest of continuing with.

Paint and Butterflies rating – butterflies  butterflies  butterflies  out of 5 Butterflies paint

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A to Z Bookish Survey Tag

A to Z Bookish Survey

Welcome to my first ever Tag! I decide to go ahead and give it ago after seeing the Tag on The Girl Who Read Too Much. I love reading other peoples Tag’s so I hope you enjoy mine…

A: Author you’ve read the most books from- 

I’m not really the type of reader who goes back to the same author again and again and I’m not even that great at continuing on with a series which is a great way to get through the back catalogue of one particular author. But thanks to my completely guilt free love of The Mortal instruments series/The Internal Devices Cassandra Clare is way up there closely followed by Jane Austen.

B: Best sequel ever

.Tough question, probably Up to Me by M. Leighton


C: Currently reading

The Likeness by Tana French

D: Drink of choice while reading

Tea, no sugar ta’ :-)

E: E-reader or physical book

I know that Bloggers and Vloggers love to debate over this Ebook of physical copy I think it’s just personal preference. For me I prefer for have the physical book to have something tangible to hold in my hand to go ‘ga ga’ over the cover (or not as the case may be). The smell, for me having a actual book in my hand is part of the whole reading experience.

F: Fictional character you probably would’ve dated in high school

Depressing but true- Ron Wesley

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G: Glad you gave this book a chance

.The Perks of Being a Wallflower I love this book it’s so beautifully written this book is definitely on my must re-read pile. Ja’dore!

H: A hidden gem book

A Summer in February by Jonathan I try and mention this book as much as possible because I just don’t think enough people have read it. It’s probably my all time fave. It’s tragic and beautiful and full of drama what more could you want?!

I: Important moment in your reading life

Reading P.S I Love You was a really important moment in my reading life I think I was about eighteen and it was the first book ever that had made me both laugh and cry. I always remember thinking how powerful that book was it’s definitely a book I will love forever and one I recommend constantly. (Movie did not do it justice!)

J: Just finished

The Martian by Any Weir – Gave it 3/5 Goodreads stars.

K: Kinds of books you won’t read

Scary books so Horror, and I don’t read a lot of non-fiction.

L: Longest book you’ve ever read

Three come to mind I’m not sure which is the Longest- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Order of the Phonix by J.K Rowling and and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

M: Major book hangover because of

Easy, Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes- Heart break hotel that one.

N: Number of bookcases you own

One. I’m now entering book over flow central need to consider purchasing more book space soon.

O: One book you’ve read multiple times

A Summer in February by Jonathan Smith.

P: Preferred place to read

Bedroom/Bed.

Q: Quote that inspires you or gives you all the feels

“I’ve learned that home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling

– Ceceila Ahern, Love Rosie

R: Reading regret

I want to say Twilight but I have no regrets…

S: Series that you’ve started and need to finish

Loads, I always dip off half way through a series but series that I actually care about finishing are-

Game of Thrones – George R.R Martin

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare book (5/6)

Book 2 and 3 of The Angel Fall Series by Susan Ee

There are so many I very rarely get passed book 1 in a series.

T: Three of your all time favorite books

Always difficult to choose just three because my favourite books change all the time but the first that come to mind are-

Pride and Prejuidice – Jane Austen

You had me at Hello – Mhairi Mcfarlane

Me Before You – Jo Jo Moyes

(and because I couldn’t just have three) Summer in February – Jonathan Smith

U: Unapologetic fan girl for

Me Before You By Jo Jo Moyes love this book, read it in a day.

V: Very excited for this release

After You by JoJo Moyes sequel to Me Before You.

W: Worst bookish habit

Reading in the bath it destroys my paper backs.

X: X marks the spot pick the 27 book on your shelf

The Portable Door by Tom Holt I am actually yet to read this.

Y: Your latest book purchase

Just bought this after seeing the BBC adaptation and it was brilliant Stonemouth by Iain Banks.Stonemouth 2

Z: ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)

Love Rosie By Cecelia Ahern such a cute and unusually written story

Will and Lou at their adorable best.

Me Before You – Movie Up Date

Anyone who follows my blog knows that I love the book Me Before by JoJo Moyes and as promised here are some updates ( in picture form ) from the up coming film. To check out my original review just click here – https://goo.gl/EIF577

New picture of Lou and Patrick

New picture of Lou and Patrick

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Any Home and Away fans may spot Brax pushing Will’s luggage here as Nathan. Great casting choice for the trio and it will be really interesting to see how the film develops.

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Will and Lou at their adorable best.

Will and Lou at their adorable best.

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The first look at Lou wearing the notorious yellow tights and clutching Will’s letter (my heart just broke a little.) For more Me Before You up dates keep checking back and I will do my best to keep you updated. The sequel After You  is due to be released in September 24th, can’t wait.

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Books that I come back to again and again…

I have been hearing a lot recently about books that have made a big impact on us, books that means somethings too us and books we come back to again and again and one name I keep hearing again and again is Harry Potter. Now, I have seen the films and I guess when I was growing up I somehow missed the Harry Potter boat but after hearing what I was missing out on I decided to read the books which before you start guys yes I loved. But this isn’t about what everyone else loves I wanted write about the books that have stayed with me throughout my life and the ones I want to go back to again.

Goosebumps by R.L Stine

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I remember being a child and loving the Goosebumps books scaring my self silly and thumbing the pages again and again. If for some Harry Potter ignited there love of reading the Goosebumps series definitely helped my fire grow into a roaring blaze.

P.S I Love You by Cecila Ahern

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 I love, love, love this novel which I later found out was Ceceila Ahern’s debut written at the age of twenty-one. It is the story of Holly and Gerry two people who were just meant for each other that is until Gerry dies of cancer (not a spoiler), and the series of love letters he leaves behind.  This book is the first book I ever read where I both laughed and cried and I mean real sobbing; it’s beautiful and is still (it has been some years since I first read it) the first book I recommend to people who are after a romance. When the movie came out (sigh) and I know it happens to all of us when our favourite books are adapted into movies but Hilary Swank was just not how I picture Holly and to top it off my favourite, belly laugh moment and tear jerker moment had both been cut from the movie. All I’m saying guys is that the film does not do the book justice read it trust me it will stay with you forever.

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Hilary Swank as Holly

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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My favourite of all Austen’s novel but for me it was the character of Elizabeth Bennett who stayed with me- a strong, independent and free willed woman she is one of my favourite fictional women of all time. I couldn’t mention Pride and prejudice with out at least mentioning Mr Darcy (sigh) I love a good Austen adaptation as much as the next gal but Mathew McFadden will always be Darcy too me. (Sorry Colin)

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Elizabeth and Mr Darcy (2005)

You Had Me At Hello

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This book is a classic case of the blurb does not do it justice and I fear I won’t be able to either but the feels guys oh the feels… You Had Me at Hello is about two best friends who meet at university (boy/girl situation you know the deal) anyway in their last days of university there is some mis-communication leading them to lead very separate lives. Ten years later they are reunited… The story is told in both the past and the present leading up to what separates them and the now. I have read this book so many times, every time my heart is broken and every time I come back for me. It’s probably my favourite contemporary romance novel of all time.

Summer in February by Jonathan Smith

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One of things I love about Summer in February is that it is a true story adapted by Jonathan Smith from the diaries of the main character Captain Gilbert Evans. The book follows a famous colony of artists which included A.J Munnings and Laura and Harold Night. This tragic tale follows the love triangle between A.J Munnings, Captain Evans and A.J’s wife Florence. The books is full of love and art and tragedy and whats more it all true. It been adapted to film starring Dan Stevens and Emily Browning.

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 Gilbert and Florence A Summer in February 

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

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I have only just read and reviews this book so I don’t want to go on about it too much. The reason Me Before You makes it onto this list is that it has stayed with me every where I go Me Before You is in the back of my mind and every time I try to start something new I put it down again because nothing compares to the world I have left behind. Me Before You = Book Hang over.

These are all books that either mean something to me or have stayed with me over time I would love to hear about yours. x

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Me Before You – Review (Spoiler free-ish)

Book – Me Before You

Author- Jo Jo Moyes 

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Rating – 4/5 Stars

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Firstly I think I should say I don’t read a lot of ‘Chick Lit’ I do hate to give any book that label because lets be honest it’s just so god damn condescending but for the sake of time and throwing all morals all out the window lets just say that’s what Me Before is (it’s not it’s so much more).

When it comes to Contemporary fiction as a whole weather there is romance or not I am picky and reluctant to pick it up in the first place on the whole I find it all a bit predictable maybe that’s a stereotype (it definitely is!) But whatever.

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I have had this book on my TBR for a while but I guess it got forgotten amongst all my other books UNTIL I found out that it was going to be a film with Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones as a massive Game of Thrones fan I immediately picked it up and boy I was not disappointed. Having just just finished a high fantasy novel this book was the most terrific pallet cleanser I fell into the world of Will a quadriplegic and Lou his twenty- seven year old carer. This book his a love story but it is also a story of family and a beautiful two sided discussion about the right to die.

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First Look at Emilia Clarke as Lou

I loved this book, it was beautiful I finished it last night and I’m still thinking about Lou and Will and their own separate and mutual plight. Before reading many reviews told me I would cry- I did not cry so I was slightly disappointed on the tear jerker front of things. (But I feel this says slightly more about me than it does the book)

All the characters were totally three dimensional and I loved Lou and Will – his sarcasm made up a lot of the book humour for me – also Nathan his carer – Brilliant! He provided such a great third party perspective.

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Lou and her boyfriend Patrick (it’s only bloody Neville LongBottom!) 

I did not love Lou’s family they were well written I just didn’t like them I personally found them selfish and were so hard on Lou and expected her to provide for them including her sisters child. – But that is just one perceptive and they were still a loving family. (And just because I didn’t like them doesn’t mean that other reader won’t.) As you can see I could talk about this book forever, I loved it, please read it, let Lou and Will into your hearts and never let them go.

Great book/read it/NOW! 4/5 STARS

Station Eleven

Station Eleven- Review (& Bout of Books Rap up)

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel is in it’s most very basic form a group of Shakespeare actors who are performing King Lear and then… The End of The World happens! Truly though while the Shakespearean actors are one set of characters in this novel the book is about a group of characters including the actors -all linked by a character who dies in the beginning of the novel (don’t freak guys this is sooo not a spoiler).

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No doubt this is a great book BUT I personally have my issues with it. It’s brilliant and original no question but the narrative structure is such that it is really hard to fall in love with, root for, or hate/dislike a particular character. This being so I did sort of lose interest about 3/4 of the way though, but this is just my personal preference – I enjoy having a character to root for.

I would still recommend this book to a friend but the right friend. From afar I could appreciate this book for what it was (a superb piece of writing), up close I was just looking forward to my next read.

Over all I gave it a Goodreads rating of 3/5 stars.

While reading Station Eleven I was participating in bout of books 13.0 I think my reading list was a bit ambitious as I have had a busy week but I managed to get though Station Eleven and Saga Volume one which was brilliant! It was my first ever graphic novel and I was, before reading a bit unsure about the whole medium but I was so wrong. The art was fantastic, the story was so great, I was torn between flipping through the pages as fast as I could to find out what happened next and gazing at the amazing art work for as long as possible.                                                                                                                      515jeiadAzL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

I gave it a Goodreads rating of 5/5 stars! (Would definitely recommend to graphic novel newbies! But be aware of adult content.)

Overall I didn’t get though as much as I wanted too in bout of books 13.0 but there’s always the next read-a-thon :-)

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Top 5 Wednesday – Summery Book Covers

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @gingerreadslainey. The Goodreads group is run by Lainey and Mindy @mindyreads. There are a lot of people (including booktubers and bloggers) that participate weekly.

Here are my Top 5 Summer book covers!

1. Summer covers 1 There is No Light in the Darkness by Claire Contreras

2.Summer covers 2 Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Madson

3.16143347 We Were Liars by E.Lockhart – My We Were Liars Review –  https://goo.gl/lGkWwv

4.Summer 4 Alienated by Melissa Landers

5.Summer covers 5 On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves (I constantly recommend this book to people it’s a must read!)

Happy reading x