Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Published: July 20 2004 by Doubleday

Pages: 288

Summary: Dexter Morgan works as a blood splatter analyst by day and  serial killer by night! He has one rule and that is “he only kills bad people.” Dismembered body parts start to appear around Miami. Dexter visits the crime scene and discovers no blood and the body parts  wrapped in plastic. This is Dexter’s M.O. Dexter begins to feel that the killer is reaching out to him, like he’s trying to get Dexter to come out and play. 

My Thoughts: My cousin told me I should watch Dexter the television show – “It’s the best show in the world. You’ll love it!”. I looked up the television show and found out it was based off a series of books by Jeff Lindsay and I just had to read them! After I finish reading the series, I plan to watch the show. 

The whole idea of this book is amazing. You have Dexter, who works for the police, analyzing blood splatter, and then going out after work and killing the bad people. It’s so amazing and it’s really done right! Execution is truly amazing. I feel like it was an incredible start to the series and I hope the rest of them hold up as this one has. 

Loved the characters! I love how complex Dexter is. I love to hate Detective LaGuerta. Characters are so great.

I’m glad I started with the first in this series and didn’t jump to the 7th that is being released soon. This book gives a crucial back story for Dexter and if you’re considering reading this series, I suggest you start from the first. 

It’s a really great book. There are twists and it’s quite gripping! Also, serial killers, gore, mystery, crime, all of my favorite things!

I would suggest this to any crime/mystery lover. Anyone who loves the TV series, now that it was ended, it’s a perfect time to pick up the book series! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Goodreads Rating: 5/5.

Up Next: Either Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay or The Clearing by Dan Newman.  

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Antigoddess by Kendare Blake.

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Antigoddess by Kendare Blake 

Published: September 10, 2013 by Tor Teen

Pages: 333

Summary: “Old Gods never die… Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god. 

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning. 

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out. 

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.”

My Thoughts: Kendare Blake has done it again! I have been a fan of Kendare since 2011 when I read Anna Dressed in Blood. She is amazingly talented and she’s one of my favorite authors. I have yet to meet her, but when I tweet her, she always tweets back. When I heard about Antigoddess, I was so excited. I absolutely love everything she writes and I definitely was not disappointed.

First I want to talk about the plot. I usually write the “Summary” section of my reviews myself, but I just couldn’t do this one justice, so the summary is from the book jacket. The summary is so enticing! As soon as I read that summary, I knew I had to read it and I’m glad I did because it does not disappoint. There’s adventure, there’s a little romance, there’s suspense and gore. I loved this story!

There’s one thing that I love about Kendare’s writing that may seem odd to some. The following is a line from Antigoddess: “A human mouth that opened to reveal a second set of mandibles.” She uses technical terms! I love anatomy and refer to my bones with their proper names. My family hates it and never understands what I’m talking about. I just love that Kendare does that in her writing. Also, that line is a great example to show  how chilling the writing is! I love it! 

There is a reason I don’t normally read a book in a series until the entire series has been released, because if it’s a really great series I don’t want to have to wait a year for the next. With Antigoddess, I just couldn’t wait and now I’m sad because I have to wait a year for the next one!  It’s going to be the longest year of my life!

As you can see, there’s not one bad thing I can say about this book. I loved everything about this and I recommend everyone read this book. It’s Thriller done right! I could not put it down, and when I did have to put it down, for eating and sleeping, etc, I was cranky about it. 

Goodreads Rating: 5/5.

Up Next: I don’t know, but I will keep you updated. I’m currently suffering from a Book Hangover. 

The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison

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The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Published: June 25, 2013 by Penguin Books

Pages: 326

Summary: Todd and Jodi are at a bad place in their marriage. Todd is a committed cheater and Jodi is in denial. Todd decides to make cheating his lifestyle forcing Jodi to take action. 

My Thoughts: This book has been compared to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and it should not have been. As readers, we know that the book is always better than the movie adaption, so let us think of Gone Girl as the book and The Silent Wife as the movie. Gone Girl had you guessing till the very end and The Silent Wife told you everything and left nothing to be revealed. Definitely not a good comparison, in my opinion.

I found this book to be boring and predictable. It was an easy quick read, but it lacked a good story line. The story is told in alternating voices, switching between her and him. I feel like you were just reading each of their diaries. It was very plain and not interesting. 

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

There is a death in the book and it was written as if it were neither important nor significant. 

When you decide to read a thriller, you expect to feel a range of emotions, almost like riding the emotional roller coaster. With this book, that is not the case. It’s very bland and not exciting.

*END SPOILERS*

Maybe I was expecting too much going in? The Silent Wife being compared to Gone Girl is terrible and I think you should disregard that comparison. Unfortunately I did not like this book and I do not recommend it. 

My Goodreads Rating: 2/5. 

Up Next: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake.