Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
First off, Gone Girl is probably the best book I have read so far this year. I was hooked from page one and blew through it in about 24 hours, I just couldn’t put it down. I’m not usually one for mysteries, but I had it recommended to me last year sometime and bought it. I wish I had read it sooner because it was SO GOOD.
Gone Girl starts off with the disappearance of Amy Dunne, who seems to have been abducted from her home that she shares with husband, Nick Dunne. Now, Flynn has chosen an interesting way of telling this story. She doesn’t just alternate POVs between Amy and Nick, but actually between past Amy (pre-gone) and present Nick (post-gone). I thought this was an interesting way to develop the story because it gives insight into each person at different times of their life and makes their individual bias toward their relationship obvious to the reader.
That said, about half way through there is a huge, juicy plot twist that has everything to do with the alternating POVs. I was completely thrown off guard. I mean, I was expecting a twist because these types of mysteries usually have one, but SERIOUSLY. I’m pretty sure I gasped out loud. Not to give too much away, but the book (and the characters) take on a whole new identity which makes me think that Flynn is either a genius or a psychopath (or maybe a bit of both).
The Mortal Instruments series is finally over. I’m not sure how I feel about it. On the one hand, the series felt like it may have gone on too long and kept rehashing the same story, but on the other I just love the world and characters Cassandra Clare has created that I don’t want it to end.
One complaint I had with COHF was that too many characters had POVs that made the story seem to jump around a lot. Like we’d start off with Clary, then Simon, then Magnus, then Emma Carstairs. I felt like it would have been more consistent if she had stuck to just a couple characters. I know it’s probably to give more insight to characters like Magnus or Alec, but I could have done without it. Otherwise, I though COHF gave a good conclusion to the six book series, wrapping up loose ends (Sebastian/Jonathan gets a good farewell) and finally seems to give Clary and Jace a break from constantly being in danger.
The best part though: Jem is back! Oh, how I have missed Jem. I know a lot more happened in the book, but honestly the highlight for me was reading about Jem and Tessa again. In this book it is revealed why Jem is no longer a Silent Brother, which is only briefly touched on in Clockwork Princess. Even though he was only in COHF a small amount, the parts he was in I read with the most intensity. If Cassandra Clare wrote another book about Jem and Tessa, I would read it in a heartbeat!
I’ve been wanting to re-read this trilogy for some time now, so I figured I would give it a go. I last read these books about five years ago and I loved them. They’re a blend between historical, Victorian era fiction, and paranormal fiction, with just the right amount of Gothic writing thrown in to make it interesting.
This series follows Gemma Doyle, who, as her mother dies mysteriously, has a vision of it happening, which awakens paranormal powers she never knew she had. After her mother’s death, she’s then sent off to England to attend Spence, a finishing school, with the hopes that she will become a proper English Lady and attract a worthy husband. This however, does not go according to plan, as Gemma’s visions become stronger and lead her to uncover a diary written by a member of a mythical group called the Order. Through this diary, Gemma and her friends discover that she can travel to other-worldly realms where magic is possible. Though the magic in the realms is intoxicating and fantastic however, there are dark powers hidden within controlled by the ever ominous Circe who wishes to control all of the magic.
These were the first books I had read by Libba Bray and I would highly recommend any of her other books as well. She writes quite a diverse range of novels. They’re all YA, but they don’t really all fit into one genre which is one of the things that I love about her writing.