thevanishingyearTitle: The Vanishing Year
Author: Kate Moretti
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Release Day: September 27th 2016
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.

2 stars! 

This book lost me from the first chapter. The book starts with a formal event which Zoe organized and it goes into so much detail, so much detail that I got a headache and I just didn’t care enough to skip through it afterwards. There’s only so much I can take as a reader but to be honest, I don’t care about a room’s color, or the tablecloth’s color and how well it compliments the wall color and all that. I. Don’t. Care.

Zoe is married to Henry, a wall street dude and I can’t say her life with him is charming; the dude was needy and creepy and overall not ideal. Her past isn’t all that awful, like the blurb made me think and there is never a sense of what the hell, I usually get from thrillers. It was tough, sad, but nothing to threaten her future. Or I just didn’t care at that point.

Throughout the book the tone remained the same, endless descriptions of colors and houses and decorations; it was like the book was written to be a movie, doing some weird slow motion description and different angles to describe stuff, it confused me and it was distracting, the pacing was awfully slow – especially for a thriller/mystery. When the book finally started getting somewhere, I was so over it. It took me almost a month to read it and that is just ridiculous and definitely not a good sign for the genre of the book. 

I really believe the issues I had with this were just personal, so it can be a great read for anyone who enjoys the genre.

glitterTitle: Glitter
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Day: October 25th 2016
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play… blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

2 stars!

Oh how much I wanted to like this book! First there’s the amazing cover and then there’s the Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette line, which, hello… it’s BB and Marie! How can you turn that down? You can’t.

Two things this book wasn’t:

  • Like Breaking Bad
  • With a touch of Marie Antoinette

I don’t know who writes book promos but, seriously? Breaking Bad is kickass and this one was plain dangerous and stupid. The Marie reference is basically just the clothes – for no reason at all?

Danica witnesses the King killing a girl – by accident? In a century where everything is controlled by M.A.R.I.E – a machine/software that has eyes everywhere? – and her mother blackmails the King into marrying her. So Danica needs money to escape but there’s a catch. In her “country” they have plenty – not all people are rich but those who are, they’re filthy rich – but in “Europe” her money are useless? So in order to get Euros, she finds a drug and puts it into a new makeup line and sells it to her rich not-friendsThere are enough plot holes in this story to mistake it for cheese to be honest. In a world where machines are everywhere, the King is a CEO and a King but someone like Danika – she says she’s a nobody in the rankings – can blackmail the King into marrying her. And then she just puts DRUGS into makeup and sells it so people can get hooked on it (God forbid a kid uses her mom’s make up for dress up!) and buy more. To make her rich. So she can escape from the King.

I have no problem with a character being evil – I really don’t – but nothing in this story made sense; the currency, the laws, the technology, everything seemed to be changing depending on what the plot needed. Excuse me while I…

Yay for first mini review! Is there something you can’t stand in books and it ruins the whole thing for you? Like I get with long descriptions (clothes, houses, people, etc.), let me know below ♥


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