Tag Thursday – The NOPE Book Tag

Hi there! Welcome to Tag Thursday where I scour the internet and all things bookish to find interesting ‘quizzes’ to answer so that you get to know more about me and my blog.

Today’s tag is The NOPE Book Tag. I found it @ Sincerely Karenjo, and it seems super fun!

Let’s dive in!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

NOPE. ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Does this count, cause even though I DNF’d, I still hunted to find out what happened at the end and NOPE, that was a disgustingly crappy ending.


The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

NOPE. protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy. Whatshername Avery is such a terrible and unbelievable main character. She meets two random guys, one who pulls a knife on her and tries to kidnap her, the other supposed ‘to be her savior’ whom she trusts after exchanging literally about five to ten sentences with. This ‘savior’ then tells her to go with the guy that pulled a knife on her to France. FRANCE. FRANCE! AND SHE WENT WITH HIM WITHOUT TELLING A SOUL! Until she got there, then she says (not a direct quote), “Oh, maybe I should have told Mom. Can I have a phone?”

NOPE. N. O. P. E.


The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
Map of Fates by Maggie Hall
The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall

NOPE. series: A series that turned out to be a huge pile of nope after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it. Well, I skipped book two, and went to book three to find out what happened. (why do I always have to know what happens?) The ending of it all was still a huge NOPE.


SYLO by D.J. MacHale

NOPE. pairing: A “ship” you don’t support. If I had to pick one, it would be Tucker and Olivia in SYLO by D.J. MacHale. They don’t mix. They can’t be together, no matter what. Tucker and Tori, I can swallow, but Tucker and Olivia is a railroad disaster. It’s riding an express train into a mountain on the fastest speed.


The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray

NOPE. plot twist: A twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like. The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray. That ending. It was a mess, and the ‘plot twist’ was, a mess?? Review here.


NOPE. genre: A genre you will never read. Romance. It’s not my cup of tea.


NOPE. book format: A book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition. Audiobooks. The few narrators that I’ve listened to were mostly awful in my opinion. I prefer Ebooks or Hardback.


NOPE. trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE. Love triangles. Why does this even exist?! Most of the time they are used awfully, and then there is romantic suspense that I could do without, and flipping back and forth between two people…… 😒


NOPE. recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read. I don’t know. Nobody’s recommending a book that I’m pushing away. It’s just that I’m not reading super hyped books or books that ‘everyone has read’.


NOPE. cliché: A cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes. The ‘two types’ of girls: one that is super girly, loves shopping, mani/pedicures or the kick-ass girl who wears all black, is allergic to girly stuff and all that. Oh, and the terrorist guys that have Arab names. That is wrong, not fair, and is used too many times.


Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel Fattah

NOPE. love interest: A love interest that’s not worthy of being one. Adam from Does My Head Look Big in This? He’s kind of rude, and I was seriously mad at him towards the end of the book when all of a sudden he didn’t understand Amal’s religion. That was really mean.


Rebels: City of Indra by Kendall and Kylie Jenner

NOPE. book: A book that shouldn’t have existed. Uh, I’m not sure so I’m going to pick the one that Karen Jo picked. I mean, hello???? When did THEY write a book? And a sci-fi dystopian novel no less. Oh, and it has a sequel! WHAT???!!!

Under what rock was I when this happened?


Brigands M.C. by Robert Muchamore

NOPE. villain: A villain you would hate to cross. The Führer from Brigands M.C. by Robert Muchamore. That guy is ruthless. He even uses the name Hitler used to call himself. He killed a whole family, minus two for his own selfish gains.

I do not want to face his wrath. Ever.


NOPE. death: A character death that still haunts you. Thankfully, I don’t think I’ve experienced a character die. Almost died, yes, but actual death of a character that I love, no.


All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

NOPE. author: An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit. Mary Higgins Clark. I really expected a book full of serious suspense since she is the ‘Queen of Suspense’, but the books didn’t live up to my expectations, so I’m putting any MHC books on the back burner for now.


That’s it friends! I tag:

Ashley | Kim | Ella | Umairah | Emily | Chaima | Meeghan | Jennifer | Sarah | Kym | Chris | Inga | Rachel | And You!

*If I’ve tagged you and you’ve already done the tag, I’m sorry I missed it but link up in the comments anyway so I can check it out! And you don’t have to do the tag if you don’t want to!

All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke – Review

Hey everybody! Hope you are having a great start to your week. Today’s review is of All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark, the ‘Queen of Suspense’ & Alafair Burke. I gave this one star, because I didn’t like it, I thought the mystery was flat, and I didn’t feel any suspense.

Challenge Criteria (Popsugar): Two Female Authors
Book: All Dressed in White
Author: Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Summary: Five years ago Amanda Pierce was excitedly preparing to marry her college sweetheart in a lavish ceremony at The Grand Victoria Hotel in Palm Beach. Then, with their guests and families on site, Amanda disappeared.

In present-day New York City, Laurie Moran realizes a missing bride is the perfect cold case for her investigative television series, Under Suspicion. She and her team set out to recreate the night of the disappearance at the Florida resort with Amanda’s friends and family in attendance, hoping to shed new light on the mystery as the series has done in past episodes. With a jealous sister, playboy groomsmen, Amanda’s former fiancé now married to a bridesmaid, and rumors about the “beloved” bride herself, Laurie and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley quickly realize everyone has a theory about why Amanda vanished into thin air.

One thing is certain: whoever was behind Amanda’s disappearance plans to keep the truth hidden “until death do they part…”

What I Liked:

*Nothing? Honestly, I didn’t care for the characters, the mystery was blah, and the writing style was not good in my opinion.

*Ok, the very end. The very end had me full of a little tension during the big showdown. I was a little surprised at who the bad guy was, but besides that, I didn’t like it.

What I Didn’t Like:

*Plot & Characters. The characters were nothing memorable. I’ve already forgotten most of their names. I didn’t really feel for Sandra (the mother of the disappeared bride) that much. Her daughter, one moment while I go find her name, Amanda went missing a day before her wedding, and five years later, the case is cold but Sandra still wants to find her. So she goes to a reality TV show called Under Suspicion to help her find out what happened to Amanda. Her ex, Walter, her other daughter Charlotte, the rest of the bridal and groom parties all agree and at 45% into the book, they are JUST about to fly down to the resort in Florida where the wedding was to take place. 45% into the book???? I’m not entirely sure why I didn’t DNF at that point.

*Writing Style.

She thought about the photographs Jeremy had given her. Did she finally know who killed Amanda?

Maybe.

That is literally the end of a chapter. It seriously grated on my nerves. Imagine your grandmother reading to you:

Grandma:She thought about the photographs Jeremy had given her. Did she finally know who killed Amanda? What do you think sweetheart?

(You tell her what you think)

She says: Maybe. Let’s read on to find out.

That’s how I felt. I didn’t like it. It didn’t work for me. And why would you end a chapter with “maybe”?!! I don’t feel suspense. I don’t feel thrilled. I feel frustrated!

*Queen of Suspense. Mary Higgins Clark is known as the Queen of Suspense. That means that she writes amazing books that have you turning pages into the wee hours of the morning. This book though, did not match my expectations. I wasn’t thrilled, there wasn’t any ‘suspense’, and it kind of felt like a Nancy Drew Files/Nancy Drew Girl Detective book without threats, high speed chases, and constant worry and fear. They flew down to the scene of the crime 45% into the book! They should have been there from like the second or third chapter, investigating, interrogating, and trying to pick out what happened. There are 74 chapters in this book with a pro and epilogue and they finally went to Florida in Chapter 32! I didn’t feel any suspense, and since she is the Queen of Suspense, I expected a lot more than what I got.

That’s the end of my little rant. I’m quite sorry to say that this was a one star. I did not like it. I will not recommend it. And I’m staying far away from any MHC books for a while.

Have you read All Dressed in White? What did you think? And have you read any other book by Ms. Clark? Did you enjoy it? Do you think I should try some of her other books? Let’s chat in the comments!

WWW Wednesday #6

Hey, whats up guys! Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post! Hope ya’ll are having a great day. I just realized that I had the questions wrong, so here is the real thing. WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

What I Just Finished:

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica


What I’m Currently Reading:

All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

I haven’t even started reading it yet, but I’m getting wedding-ish vibes, lol?


What I Want to Read Next:

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

That’s it for this Wednesday! What did you guys just finish reading? What are you guys reading now? What do you want to read next? Let’s chat!

Top Ten Tuesday – New-to-me Authors I Plan to Read in 2019

Hi friends and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and The Bookish, and is now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s topic is:

New-to-me Authors I Read in 2018.

But I’m twisting it up and doing: New-to-me Authors I Plan to Read in 2019. Since there are authors I didn’t get to read in 2018, here are the ten that I hope I get to in 2019.

Let’s get started!

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WWW Wednesday #3

Welcome to WWW Wednesday.

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words

The rules are simple. I’m going to list the books I’ve read in the past week, books I’m currently reading, and books that I plan to read.

Let’s get started!

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