The Lying Game

The Lying Game By:Ruth Ware

 

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Summary


On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog along a beach known as the Reach. The dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be a human bone.

The next morning, three women; Fatima, Thea, and Isa receive a text from Kate, a friend that went to school with them back in Salten, that only said, “I need you.” That was all they needed to hear to come running back to Kate.

The four girls were best friends at Salten boarding school, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, with varying ranges from dangerous to playful. The lies were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The rules of the game are strict no lying to each other ever. But with their lies becoming unraveled before their eyes someone has broken the rule, someone is Lying to everyone in the group. The Lie that has been spun cannot go unanswered this time for someone will surely find out the truth fore the truth has already been spoken to someone outside the group, but who told and who did they tell. What really happened on that night fourteen years ago?

Review


 

First thoughts

So this book already has “Pretty Little Liars” written all over it, four friends coming together all because a human bone is found and they all know something about it. I had already written it off as a copycat in a way, I liked the PLL series so I thought I would just go ahead and read the rest of this book. My expectations while reading this were low very low in fact then I noticed something. The way this story is written there is not a certain answer, like while i’m reading this im solving the mystery in my head and she will give me pieces of information and just when I think I might know who it is, BAM she just kills it with the next chapter. This book is the Lying Game, the story makes you believe in what you’re being told and they spoon fed you little bits of information so you think you are on the right tack to knowing what really happened, then it’s like the lie is busted open and the answer is once again long gone. I love it! I hate when a mystery book gives away so much at like the middle of the book and you solve the case before the end is even near then you must suffer through so much filler just so you can confirm you were right all along. So far that has yet to happen and i’m exactly halfway into this book.

The character are not characters that you grow attached to, but they are real people who act in their own ways, each person has their own personalities. So far the characters are pretty normal story characters, I don’t hate anyone and i’m not attached to anyone either. They are just like a real person though I feel like if I looked these characters up on the internet I would find them, the author put thought into these characters and made them the way they are for a reason that I have not found out yet.

Kate seems to be closed off from the world and scared to leave her house. She seems to be the one character who doesn’t really stick out of the group, she acts like the victim of something the way she runs away from everything.

Thea is like the bodyguard of the group she is a girl that doesn’t take anything from anybody and she’ll shut them up quick, she can be hot headed and fly off the handle at the others, but she is quick to say sorry and protect her friends.

Fatima is the momma bear of the group, she had kids first and is a doctor so I just feel like she has a level head about her, she is not afraid to speak up to the other girls when they need a talking down to, and she is always there for advice, she is the first one to know what to say when no one else does.

Isa seems to be a normal love mother who will go out of her way to make sure her sweet baby is always safe. She tends to get a bit irritated rather quickly when it comes to the other girls, she knows how to bite her tongue in some cases and when to lash out in others.

Final Thoughts

Ruth Ware you beautiful writer you, I loved this book. It drew me so hard that I just kept telling myself one more page then I will stop, but I kept going, just like the story did. I was hooked everything she wanted me to think everything she led be to believe I believed it, I became part of the lying game just like all the other girls they fooled back in the day, I have now been added to their ranks. The book is full of twist and turns that always keep you on your toes, the friends you think are friends are not, the people you think you hate are the ones you love. The ending to the book was one I would never have been able to predict, it was just one that came out of nowhere but it also tied everything together nicely with no questions asked, that is what I loved so much about this book.

The main climax in the book is everything I could ever have asked for and even more, I thought the ending was going to fizzle out when I had about fifty pages left and had uncovered all the secrets but Ruth Ware, this woman knows how to write a mystery book is all I can say, the last part of this book was another joyride on the rollercoaster of life. She even takes the time to literally break down the ending, like the solving part incase you missed any of who did what along the way or who got what wrong, she covered it all, broke it down into a mere two paragraphs if that. If I was confused about anything if I didn’t understand the person point of view or if I got lost in the reasoning of who in the heck they found out who did the thing, no worries because she spelled it out in big bold letters.

I will more and likely read this book again at some point in time if I want to read a thriller/mystery without having to buy a new book. I really enjoyed reading this book and my first thoughts of a Pretty Little Liars spin off have been blown out of the water, and if this book were a series I think I might even like it more.

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The Gentlemen’s Guide to Bland & Boring

The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue By: Mackenzi Lee

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Summary


Henry “Monty” Montague wakes up in the bed next to his bestfriend Percy after a long night of partying, which seems to be a pretty common thing for them, and today is the day they set out on their year long trip before Percy leaves for school, but before they get to leave they must sit through breakfast with Monty’s family and Percy’s Aunt and Uncle, who are like Percy’s Mother and Father, this is where Monty’s father tells him that this trip he had planned will now be a trip to get sober and sex free and when he returns home he must help his father with business. Along with the fact that he must not come into any sexual contact with a boy on this trip or when he gets back or he will be kicked out of the family for good.

While on the trip in Paris Monty, Percy, and Felicity are forced to go to a ball on behalf of Monty’s father where Monty is introduced to the Duke of Bourbon, they exchange some not so gentlemanly words and both are insulted. Monty finds a woman he wishes to bed and she takes him on a short tour which ends at her apartment which is actually the Duke’s apartment where Monty steals a box from his desk as revenge for the insults, but it is short lived when the Duke walks in on the two and Monty must now run away in nothing but his birthday suit.

After leaving Paris Lockwood agrees to drop Felicity off at school Monty will go home immediately and Percy will continue to Holland alone due to Monty’s actions, but it is cut short when the group is caught by some highwaymen who are looking for something and are willing to kill for it, the kids run into the woods and Lockwood is able to take the carriage. They walk to Marseilles  in hopes to find Lockwood but instead meet a traveling circus which help with a sick percy and hide them from the men trying to kill them. Monty explains the box he stole and two women in the group tell them the box belongs to Mateu Robles a alchemist who studies a pancreas a “cure-all”. Percy, Monty and Felicity decide to take the box back to Mateu in Barcelona, also with hope that he can help cure Percy.

Review


 

First thoughts

At the beginning of the book I thought I was not going to finish this book for two very simple reason, the first is I hate history never liked it and never will, the second is geography also a thing I hate. This book has a lot of both in it ue to the simple fact that it is a book set in Victorian era, now I like books set in different Eras if they have a lot of fantasy but this has none so you can see my problem here, but I still gave it a chance and they also put a map in the front of the book, I’m a weird person who likes a visual of the land is my characters are traveling a lot. Now I am going to tell you all the GOLDEN RULE OF READING 1. You cannot fully judge a book unless you have made it one-third of the way into the book, it’s like someone gave you a mystery candy and unwrap it just look at it then throw it away. You gave it no chance you didn’t even taste it, now if you taste it you will know if you like it, for instance if you don’t like mint and tasted mint you know you would hate it.

So I shoved on further into the book making it about 100 pages the story started to bigger than just some rich kid traveling the continent with friends, now there is a chance of someone being taken away forever, a chance they might all be killed, and a bigger meaning here. There are now stakes and life changing events happening and there is action and drama.

The characters i’m not hooked onto but I am hoping that will change. I think Monty is a spoiled brat and just needs to grow up a little bit and stop acting like everything is all about him, the sister is also a brat and only wants to do what she wants to do, it is she way or no way. Lastly Percy I guess I would have to like him the most he just seems the most down to earth here and takes nothing for granted, he is always the one with his head on his shoulders although he can act like a huge drama queen. I find these characters unattachable, boring, and very plain.

Final Thoughts

The plot in this book is one that takes time to build into, it starts out pretty simple, take a trip around the continent, don’t upset his father, and get Percy to love him a very simple and easy plot to follow is it not? Well that is what I also thought  but then it is like the camera zooms out and not only are we seeing just a flower but a flower in a whole field of flowers. Now they must travel to Barcelona to return a key to a man who maybe can fix Percy while running from a Duke who wants to kill them, then it develops even more into a betrayal by someone they thought they could trust, being taken hostage once again and still trying to help Percy all before they must go home. I will say the plot once you make it to about page 250 really picks up and is worth taking the time to read.

The characters in this book are still ones that I just do not fall in love with they aren’t real people to me they are just characters in a book, simple and plain. Monty is the only one that you really get to see evolve as a real person, he is the only one who learns from his mistakes and finds his true self the one he has been hiding throughout the book. I feel something for this character when I read about what his father did to him and all the pain he had to take just because he is who he is and he cannot help who he fancies.

Now for a book about the Victorian Era and Europe, I think this is a very good book, I was not bored to death while reading it even though it did take a little while to take off from the start. The ending was quite an okay ending I think it wrapped the book up well how everything played out and it was climactic but also flowed well with the rest of the book.

All in all these book was neither great nor terrible, I think maybe if I could relate to the characters a little more then maybe it would have been a better book. The plot and the story was very well put together but the characters I just found a little dull and not to my liking. This book is just an okay book, I might lend it to a friend or just put it up and maybe in a couple of years venture across it again or maybe not, it just didn’t make me love it.

I will say if you like books about different time periods and history, and queer love( as the author uses the term for her book) then I would say give this book a try.