A Bookworm's Closet

Travelling the World Through Pages

Gone Girl

gone girl

Ms. Flynn hooked me with the first line and kept my attention riveted until the very end. I write without reservation that the author crafted the most suspenseful novel I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Gone Girl impressed me on every conceivable level. Continue reading “Gone Girl”

The Copper Gauntlet

the copper gauntlet

I absolutely adore this book. This book was so funny, and easy to read. This book was definitely better than the first book in the Magisterium series, The Iron Trial. We see Call and the gang grow as both characters and as a group. However, Jaspar’s character arc stood out to me the most. As we progress through the book, he grows (and matures) as a person, and especially since Call and Jaspar are arch rivals. It’s great to see them start to somewhat get along. There’s also the start of a romance that didn’t really makes sense to me, because the main characters are only thirteen. Besides, the romance, the element of friendship prevails throughout the book.
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The Cuckoo’s Calling

the cuckoos calling

For anyone who has read Harry Potter, it makes complete sense that J.K. Rowling would try her hand at detective fiction (of course no one would have guessed she would write under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith). With the earlier Harry Potter books having the overall structure of classic whodunits – the major arcs of the first three novels of the series involved finding a culprit with a limited amount of evidence – and the sheer amount of intricate plotting and laying down of clues throughout the seven books, Rowling has already proven that she is a master at mystery writing. Therefore, The Cuckoo’s Calling – the first in a series of a detective novels featuring detective Cormoran Strike and his temporary receptionist turned sidekick Robin – seems the natural progression in Rowling’s writing career. Continue reading “The Cuckoo’s Calling”

An Abundance of Katherines

an abundance of katherines

An Abundance of Katherines is the story of a child prodigy named Colin who has just graduated from high school and been dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine. After this latest and most devastating break up, he sets out to prove his Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability: a mathematical formula he designs that he believes can predict the outcome of any relationship. Continue reading “An Abundance of Katherines”

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

the girl with the dragon tattoo

I’m not sure what makes the perfect crime novel, but gripping writing, strong characters, and deeper themes must be a mix that comes close. The first in Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl” trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo seems to have all this. Continue reading “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

The Son of Neptune

the son of neptune
I had been saddened when the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series ended; then with The Heroes of Olympus series began, I read through the first book as quickly as I could in hopes that Percy would at least appear in the end, but alas! I has to wait for the second book. At least some of the familiar characters from Camp Half-Blood made me Percy a little less, but most of the story on The Lost Hero focuses on three new characters and a fairly “Percy-free” story line. Now, because it was established that the next book would be about him, I began waiting impatiently for Percy to make a comeback. Well I thought this book couldn’t have been a more fitting way to highlight Percy’s return. And yest, the cover is fantastic. Admittedly, I find the two characters introduced in this book more likable than the new characters in The Lost Hero, I thought their chemistry with Percy – and each other – was spot on.
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Ruby Red

ruby red

I’ve been excited about this book for awhile and I’m glad that I finally took the plunge. As the first book in the series, Ruby Red does a brilliant job at laying the groundwork. Gwen is as new to the world of traveling though time as we are and it’s great learning about how the gene works as Gwen learns herself. There are some amazing characters like Lesly who is an expert at using the internet, pop culture, and has Gwen’s back no matter what to Gwen’s eccentric and possibly psychic Great Aunt Maddie. I was impressed with the wealth of detail regarding the difference between the past and present as well as some of the difficulties one might face if thew were to go back in time. Another things I loved was the insufferable Gideon – gorgeous yet obnoxious. It’s great to have a potential love interest that the heroine isn’t head over heels for the moment she meets him. There’s some bickering and frustration that I found to be fantastic. Continue reading “Ruby Red”

The Raven Boys

the raven boys

The Raven Cycle is a book series I’ve been hearing so much about that it took me awhile to start it. I shouldn’t have been worried because I ended up loving this book. It has been some time since a book would really keep me thinking about it at night as I was reading it or from some time after finishing the book. Continue reading “The Raven Boys”

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

the girl of fire and thorns

For one reason or another, this book didn’t have much initial cover appeal to me, so I passed it over early on without taking the time to find out what it was about. Foolish I tell you. It wasn’t until I jump aboard the Throne of Glass bandwagon that I started noticing the many cross-references between the two series. Anyway, after a massive reading binge, I’ve decided The Girl of Fire and Thorns just might be among ┬ámy all-time favourites – I loved it.But for now let’s suffice to say I’m completely thrilled about how much I enjoyed book one. Continue reading “The Girl of Fire and Thorns”

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