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All The Light We Cannot See, Book Review

all the light we cannot see book review

 

Let me tell about a book I’ve read last year that still pains me whenever I remember it. It’s not exactly the saddest book I’ve read, but for me, it’s quite a tearjerker. It’s hard for me to forget about this book because the story focuses during one of the hard times of our history. The story is about a blind French girl and a German boy with the plot set in occupied France during the World War II. The book’s title is “All The Light We Cannot See” by the American author, Anthony Doerr.

The book has won numerous awards, the biggest being the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and has spent several weeks in the New York Times Best Seller.

The book is written in the third person, classic style that really describes the hardship of the people living during the World War II. It’s sad to read about it, and it’s even more sad when a blind French girl named Marie-Laure LeBlanc had to flee Paris to seek refuge in a coastal town where her great-uncle lives. What would happen to her? Meanwhile, in Germany, an 8 year old orphan Werner Pfennig dreams of a much better life. But at what price he has to pay? Two kids from two different countries, from two different standpoints, they don’t know each other, but soon, their paths will cross.

I really like the story, it’s heartwarming yet sad, it’s melodramatic but somehow all’s well that ends well, but not so much because the characters have been through a lot and they’re never gonna be the same again. It’s quite a tough book to read, not only for its sad story, but also the first half of the book can be quite detailed that you might lose interest. I suggest that you stick with it because the book is an experience in itself. Also, if you listen to its audiobook via Amazon’s Audible, the experience is like complete immersion.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr indeed deserves all the awards it can get. Have read this? Did you like it?

You can buy the book HERE, or listen to its audiobook HERE.

 

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V.C. Andrews My Sweet Audrina Book Review

vc andrews my sweet audrina book review

There was something strange about the house where I grew up. Everywhere in our home photographs of the First and Best Audrina were scattered… – Excerpt from VC. Andrews novel, My Sweet Audrina.

 

If you’d ask me who’s my favorite author, I’d definitely say V.C. Andrews throughout this time. Her books were intriguing as well as inspiring for me and for all of her fans. Ever since the release of Flowers In The Attic a long long time ago, I became a huge V.C. Andrews fan. I probably had read most of her novels already, including the ones that were continued by her ghost writer. As we all know, Ms. Andrews died a long time ago, but her influence lives on. 

My Sweet Audrina is one of those books written earlier by Ms. Andrews herself. Published way back in 1982 and was a number 1 best selling novel in the entire North America. It’s a standalone book compared to most of V.C. Andrews’ books of family series. However, this particular book follows the same gothic, twisted, haunted, terrifying, shocking and emotionally-charged plots that tends to run on most V.C. Andrews novels. This book’s story is not only extraordinary, but sad and mystifying all at the same time.

 

my sweet audrina book review

 

It’s all about the girl named Audrina and the people around her. She seems to be living under the shadows of her dead older sister also named Audrina, which her father loves more than anything else. All that Audrina ever wanted was to have her father’s affection but the first (dead) Audrina is a force to reckon with 🙂  Also, this current and younger Audrina seems to have a memory lapse a la Girl On The Train. Oh the mystery you’ll uncover when you read this novel. Another plus, there’s the antagonist Vera who will make Audrina’s life miserable. Double the trouble, double the fun, indeed. No wonder I lurve this novel.

 

Lifetime just adapted the book into their film which was released earlier this year, and a sequel to the book written by V.C. Andrews’ ghostwriter is out now, it’s called Whitefern.

 

If you’ve read the book, lucky you, you didn’t miss 1/4 of your life, Haha! If you haven’t, you can buy the book HERE, or listen to the audiobook HERE. I suggest you read all of V.C. Andrews novels, starting with Flowers In The Attic so you won’t miss a quarter of your life 🙂

 

 

 

 

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In Cold Blood. Book Review.

in cold blood book review

 

Hi Bookworms! so I have this book that I bought a long long time ago but never get to read it. Lately, I have been browsing at my mini library and saw this book. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote. It’s a pretty chilling title, yet it’s an American classic and deemed as one of the first true crime book of its genre. 

Not really sure what made me forget about this book before, since it has a very compelling title, and shame on me for forgetting it, as I’m sure most of you guys had already read it. Well, finally, I did finish it eventually, and here’s my two cents on this book; Though I love the bone-chilling title and I love the Capote movie, I was actually surprised that the book was a snoozefest on me. I almost couldn’t stand it and I felt the need to stake my eyelids to keep it open 🙂 I guess it’s the “old style” of writing. It felt like a whole load of interviews and news reports all rolled into one and transformed into a novel. There was a lot of declaration going on that it seemed most of the time, just monotonous. 

As for the story, it’s really shocking and sad. Can you imagine what a news that must be in Holcomb, Kansas during that time? and as for the author, Truman Capote really had a way with words, but there’s some element of empathy towards the suspects in there, and perhaps some of the parts were fictionalized. It’s only close to the end of the book that it recaptured my interest and overall it’s not that bad. It’s just a different book written in a different time. It may not be that impressive now, but I can totally understand why it was popular before. 

 

If you haven’t read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, you can buy the book HERE or listen to the audiobook HERE.

 

Have fun reading guys!

 

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