The Cutting Season- Attica Locke

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I’m about 3 months late in posting my thoughts about this book and that’s because that’s how long it took me to read it. This is one of those book that you have to persevere. I’ve read 3 other books while I was trying to read this and only went back to it in between finding something else to read. nevertheless I pushed through and I’m glad I did.

 
I didn’t like Caren at the beginning of the book. she strike me as one of those high and mighty women and pretty much how her workers viewed her ‘apart’. When she destroyed the evidence I was thinking, oh ok this is definitely getting interesting and at that point I honesty thought, like the detective, that she had something to do with it. I like how with everything going on Caren find time to have sex with her Ex. lol. That throw me off especially since i thought there would have been more there, i guess the author truly just wanted to, throw that in there.
The mystery of Jason pulled me in but I feel as if that aspect of the story was not executed properly. I would have wanted more of his story since the whole cover up of the present murder was what reveal the true plot of the story, who actually owned Belle Vie.
I truly believe there was just too many things happening in this one novel. Is the author doing a story about Jason. Is she writing about the ownership of a plantation, is she giving us a lesson in single parenting (both Caren’s mom and Caren), these should have been major themes but reading the book i find these to be sub-plots with no real development.

 

I like this book in so far as something to read when there is nothing else on my Kindle or reading it for a review.

 

 

RATINGS: 4.5/10

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A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini

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A poignant story about two Afghan women with very different upbringing but whose path collided inevitably during the war years of first Afghanistan after the soviet departed and Al Qaeda. The book ended right at the Taliban reign.  Miriam and Laila stories will move you to tears. The suffering of these women in a society where their every move is determined by a male- whether be a Husband, a Brother, The Government or soldiers in the street, will allow you to be just a little bit grateful for the free society that you are able to live in and enjoy the glory of just taking a walk outside your home without a male supervision.  This book will make you angry too, angry at the world for standing by while women are persecuted under the guise of Religion. 

 

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A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON- The simplified version

Prior to this book I have read The Kite Runner by the same author but as all things go I remember being moved at the time but cannot recall what the book was about. I’ve read it some 5/6 years ago. It touches on Father/Son relations and about fleeing from the middle east to the great Savior that is America.  I remember reading A Thousand Splendid Suns and thinking of how Miriam or Laila would never have the luxury of escape because of the restriction of travel by women unsupervised under the ruling of Al Qaeda. How can you run from an abusive husband if your husband as by law your owner and ‘protector’.

In the late 1980’s When the Soviets were driven out of Afghanistan, the Muhajideen took over power and the people were overjoyed that their people are once again in Power and they will now witness a new flourishing nation. This was never to be. For one no set leadership could be established and rebellions become rife for without a true leader the nation was filled with anarchy and people were forced to be inside their homes which in itself was not safe since the Bombs find you wherever you are. Entire families in instances were killed as with that of Laila’s and her neighbors. You are living in a never ending nightmare. Then came the Al-Qaeda out of Pakistan and though he wasn’t mentioned by Hosseini in the book when the Al Qaeda rode into Kabul, Osama Bin Laden was very much its originator, his idea, to bring together a Global Jihad following the rules of Islam with absolutely no deviations. It was another nightmare for Miriam and Laila for under Al Qaeda, women must wear Burkas, is the property of their husbands and will be stoned to death for transgressions as proclaimed by men and the laws of Islam.

 

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This book more than anything else opened my eyes to a society that without stories such as these no one would have otherwise known about or even believe. It is real, it is happening. For though it is on the international news every day. No one cares anymore.

 

Id definitely recommend this book. its an eye opener. The writing itself  I wasn’t really very enthused about even as I liked the two perspective style that it was told from from. At one point Hosseini completely broke off from Miriam (the character whom he started with) and just jumped right into Laila being born, I was confused but decided to read on. I was glad I did.  A lot of themes jumped out at you in this book. Women in society for one, father/daughter relationships, Family relations , domestic violence, strength of women and the list goes on and on. Miriam and Laila are both remarkable women in very different ways. It seems all their lives they have been waiting; waiting for a father to return, waiting for a friend/lover to return/waiting for a war to end/waiting for a husband to die/waiting for a country that is not so harsh to women and yet it is only Laila that was able to see so much more than Miriam but only through the greatest of all sacrifice that Miriam made, her life. 

 

This review might sound very cryptic but I implore you. please just read the book.

 

 

RATINGS 8/10

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ATTACHMENTS- Rainbow Rowell

 

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This is a an endearing GEM. you’ll find yourself smiling goofily in many instances and laughing out loud to the girls dry humor on many occasions.

 

PLOT

Beth Freeman and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder work for a Newspaper on the cusp on the millennium, (yes, we’re talking December 1999) who is making preparations of changing to digital and ushering in the great computer age. Both ladies know the work email is being monitored (having received and signed company memo) but cannot seem to stop themselves from discussing personal matters ranging from from Jennifer’s husband and the state of her marriage to just about anything Beth can muster up to produce a laugh, including her ring-less relationship with longtime gorgeous rocker and band leader boyfriend.

Enter Lincoln O’Neill a serial student (you know, those people who could go to school forever) who lives with his mom and generally unhappy about his job of monitoring some company’s emails, that is until he comes across the back of forth emails between Jen and Beth. He knows that he should stop reading their emails cause you know, privacy and all, only problem is, its now his reason for existing and furthermore how can he stop reading the emails, how else will he know how the love of his life spend her weekends. Falling in love with Beth became his epiphany; Realizing just how wrong snooping in other people’s email is but, how will he communicate this to her without seeming like the creep he is?

 

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THOUGHTS

I’m deliberately keeping this light, just cause—GO read the book!

I loved reading this book. Its a witty, greatly written romantic comedy and Rowell was able to achieve what many author struggle to achieve, FUN READING.  Three people in their twenties in an average job discussing daily activities is just so relatable(when will oxford or whoever make this a word–seriously) that readers will find themselves falling in love just about the same time Lincoln realizes that he is.

This contemporary love story is so charming and sweet. Lincoln is the most laid-back character i have ever encountered which allow the reader to root for him even though what he is doing is totally creepy if your place yourself in that situation. 

 

 

I would recommend this book to any and everyone

RATINGS: 9/10

 

 

 

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Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

One word (Mind-Blown).

 

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“Nick is like a good stiff drink: He gives everything the correct perspective. Not a different perspective, the correct perspective.”

 

I put off reading this book for a long time thinking that it would have been another book about some missing person found later by loving husband happily ever after yaadi blah bah.  I was so dead wrong.  These are the craziest characters I’ve ever met (trust me, I’ve met plenty).  No two people ever deserve each other like these two. The ending was perfect.

 

Plot.

When Nick and Amy Dunne left New York for the small quiet river town in Missouri is should have been an opportunity to mend a dying marriage, a new beginning so to speak instead it was the beginning of a nightmare.  Nick walked in the day of their anniversary and found his wife GONE.  Amy disappeared in what appeared to be foal play and Nick, The husband became the suspect number 1. What followed next is piecing together of clues left behind by Amy and what Nick discovered shattered his very existence but in a way cemented what he had already known about his wife. Deep down inside. He marry a complete psycho bitch.

 

MY THOUGHTS.

The writing style is very expressive and at moment it felt as if Flynn literally wanted to paint you a picture from the bustling New York Lifestyle to the quiet, unhurried pace of the River state inhabitants.

“It was the best time of day, the July sky cloudless, the slowly setting sun a spotlight on the east, turning everything golden and lush, a Flemish painting.”

I felt as if i was in the moment, a part of the search party for Amy Dunne and when the second chapter of the book rolled around I felt genuine surprise at the plot twist and mentally gave Flynn a slow clap for her genius.  i seriously encourage the reading of this book before the movie. God knows what they gonna do with that. 

 

RATINGS: 9/10

 

The movie is out October 13,2014…cant wait to see how exactly they captured all the crazy!!!!

 

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Crazy Rich Asians- Kevin Kwan

Just the food descriptions alone made me want to hightail to Asia…

 

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SYNOPSIS 

 

When Singaporean Chinese “blue blood” Nick takes his American Chinese girlfriend Rachel home, his family is concerned that, yes, she might be a gold-digger, but their suspicions are heightened by the fact that she was – to their horror -an (ABC) born in mainland China, to a single mother.  Through undetected contacts beginning in New York and traveling through the grapevine to friends and family in Singapore, word gets out that Nick Young is bringing back  a girl. Nick’s family–and in particular his mother–immediately prepare themselves to defend the family honor against this presumed gold-digger. Rachel is thrown in a world where the first thing people ask you is who is your family and what do they own. Sprinkled between Nick and Rachel visit are various glimpse into the lives of some of the Chinese elite and how their wealth motivated and in some instances destroys their lives.

 

THOUGHTS

The class and racial  prejudices portrayed in this book are so shocking. I mean stopping someone from staying at your hotel because they are Asian is quite appalling. Imagine my joy (read; I did a -serve you right- chuckle) when said Asian guests bought the hotel and proceed to oust rude employee.  With western eyes these prejudices might seem common place but when it goes into the more intricate realm of class and who could marry who based on the magnitude of wealth and whether that wealth was acquired through old money, I mean, that’s where I was truly schooled.   The book shows how those prejudices are challenged as mainland Chinese grow richer and more influential, and the author sympathetically portrays both sides. Kwan satirized the crazy rich Asian world and at moments one is inclined to think that it is all make- believe because of the extravagance. I found it kinda odd though that in the year of dating Nick Rachel was so oblivious to actually who he was was, but then, this is fiction and romance and sme things should be mystifying to fut in the genre i suppose.  Through colorful descriptions, you get a sense of the vibrancy of the flavours and luxury of the world into which Nick introduces Rachel. The frequent use of cultural phrases and slang (note to readers: there are several instances of strong language and crudities throughout), together with humorously depicted scenes of Singaporean and Chinese family mannerisms, also help in painting the scene. By the end of it all, I’m left open-mouthed at the reality that yes, there really must be crazy, rich Asians out.

 

WRITING

At the beginning I had a hard time following the different names and who belonged to which family and who is the cousin of who and so on. a little hint– the family tree at the start of the book—you should use it. If you can, try running your hands over the names in the family tree as they are mentioned in the book. otherwise you might become confused as Kwan style of writing features different characters POV in most chapters.

Though the writing is fast-past paced, it can become dizzying for a while as the concept is so new. At times i found myself as confounded as Rachel as trying to keep up had me literally shaking the fuzz from my brain– wait, which family were we talking about again.  

 

RATING: 8.5/10

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