|the barbizon hotel 2016|
The Look of Love | I picked this book solely because it popped up on my library page and I liked the cover and the author sounded familiar. I saw that it was available and the synopsis (a woman finds out she has a gift to literally see love) sounded fun... I did not like this at all. First it was the writing- there was too much I did this, I did that, then I did this... there was also a lot of dialogue that I found obnoxious/pointless. Every character used the term of endearment honey so many times that I stopped reading to do a search to see how many times the word was used. Each chapter was set up with a random address at the beginning- this would have been fine, but the location changed many times within the chapter, so I didn't see the point, and found that aspect to be distracting more than anything else... I could go on, but I imagine you get the point. Wasn't for me.
The Dollhouse | This story follows a girl from the Barbizon Hotel in New York in the 50s, but flips between a present day story of someone who now lives in the building. I would categorize this as something of a mix of historical fiction and chick lit with a good suspense element to it. The POV switches between decades each chapter, and it definitely worked really well at building the suspense, because as soon as you'd get really invested in one storyline the chapter would change-- the further into the book you get, the more the stories start to connect, making it really interesting. I'm not sure if it's because I had a galley copy, but I was hoping there would be more at the end about how Davis researched the book, it definitely left me curious to explore more about that time in New York and at the Barbizon. //this book was provided to me by penguin random house - first to read in exchange for an honest review.
The Woman in Cabin 10 | I'm torn on this one because it was definitely a book I couldn't put down and it had a much better suspense element than In a Dark, Dark Wood, I thought the setting and premise of the story was unique and different, but the main character was highly frustrating. Which often seems to be the trend with psychological thrillers? It felt a bit overdone to have a female appear as unreliable because she has mental health issues and abuses alcohol. There was also one pretty big component to the story (borrowing a stranger's mascara) that bugged me a lot because it seemed so unrealistic. With all my gripes, if you're in the mood for something suspenseful, I'd recommend it.
Things I Would Say | If you read Alyssa's blog you already know how amazing of a writer she is, if you're not reading it yet, you should be. I mistakenly thought it was going to be a book I would breeze through because of the length... instead I found myself reading one or two essays at a time to take in their depth.
The Wrath & The Dawn | Fantasy usually isn't my jam, but I was in the mood for something different and I remember Kristen (& just about everyone on Goodreads) raving about this book, so I figured it was worth checking out. My understanding of the premise was that a boy-king takes a new bride every night and then kills her (inspired by arabian nights). I had a really hard time getting into this book- girlfriend is possibly going to die the next day, but she's just totally calm and collected hanging out with the people who are going to kill her? That's to say I was really skeptical at first, but I ended up loving it for so many reasons. The romance completely sucked me in, combined with a great suspense element and a really rich setting in the middle-east. So excited for the sequel!
What great books have you read lately?