Top Ten Favourite Villains

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s prompt is all about villains. We could talk about the best, worst, most lovable etc. I decided to talk about my favourite villains. Those that I love to hate!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles- Marissa Meyer

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

I feel Fairest made me understand Queen Levana more, but I still love to hate her!

President Snow- The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

President Snow just irritates me! But I love that.

Dolores Umbridge, Lucius Malfoy and Voldemort- Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I think I dislike Dolores even more than Voldemort, but all three of these characters are pretty bad! (But awesome villains!)

The Darkling- The Grisha Trilogy- Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)

I love The Darkling’s character. Such a great villain!

The Grand High Witch- The Witches- Roald Dahl

The Witches

This is one of my favourite Roald Dahl books. I love to hate The Grand High Witch!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

The worst headteacher ever! Love to hate Miss Trunchbull.

Amy- Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

The characters in this book are so messed up!

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca

Mrs Danvers is incredible creepy!

Who are your favourite villains? Do we share any? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Dark Places

Dark Places

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Sharp Objects
Gone Girl

Synopsis:

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

Thoughts:

I had heard that Dark Places was one of Gillian Flynn’s best books. It definitely didn’t beat Gone Girl for me which is a book that chilled and shocked me. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy Dark Places, Gillian Flynn is amazing at creating such unlikeable characters that keep you turning the pages, despite being angry, frustrated or annoyed with them. It just didn’t quite match Gone Girl for me.

Dark Places centres around Libby Day. When Libby was younger, her mother and sisters were killed. Libby’s evidence put her 15 year old brother in prison. Libby has been getting by in life, but not really doing anything much with her life. Libby comes across the Kill Club which is a secret society obsessed with crimes. They find Libby and want her to give loads of details to them about her brother, Ben. They are convinced that they can get proof that Ben didn’t kill his family. Libby starts to question things that she’d never questioned before which leads her onto a hunt to find out the truth once and for all.

Gillian Flynn really is an incredible writer. I really think her books stand out in the genre because her stories are so dark. She’s also great at keeping you guessing. I really enjoyed the use of flashbacks in this story. I thought they were well crafted and incredibly gritty. Be prepared for some strong language and violence. Dark Places is absolutely littered with that!

I didn’t guess what had happened in Dark Places. However, I have to admit to feeling a little disappointed by the ending. I felt like the story dragged on a little bit in places and the ending just left me thinking ‘Oh..’ rather than being shocked.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Despite some disappointment, Dark Places didn’t take me long to read at all. Perfect to read if you’re into dark thrillers.

This Week In Books #72

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Dark Places Heartless The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)

NOW Dark PlacesGillian Flynn– I’m hoping to get stuck into this book today when I’ve finished some planning for school!

THENHeartlessMarissa Meyer– I finally read this book and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! I hope to get out a review tomorrow.

NEXTThe Reptile Room- Lemony Snicket– This is the kid-lit choice for July! 🙂 My review will be out at the weekend!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

 

Books I Want To Get To This Summer

As a teacher, I get six weeks off in the summer. I say off, but I’ve already been into school for half a day and expect to do the same for the rest of the week. However, I do get more reading time! I’ve decided to give myself a list of books that I desperately want to get to. Here they are…

(Book images go to Goodreads!)

Dark Places- Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

The Girls- Emma Cline

The Girls

Gone Without A Trace- Mary Torjussen

Gone Without a Trace

Her Husband’s Lover- Julia Crouch

Her Husband's Lover

He Said, She Said- Erin Kelly

He Said/She Said

By Your Side- Kasie West

By Your Side

The Scarecrow’s Queen- Melinda Salisbury

The Scarecrow Queen (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #3)

Empire Of Storms- Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Close To Me- Amanda Reynolds

Close To Me

The Trophy Wife- Paula Daly

The Trophy Child

As you can see, there’s loads of thrillers here. I’m looking forward to these! Have you read any of them? Do you recommend I ‘bump’ any up my TBR to read sooner? Let me know!

Ten Books From The Thriller Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books from any given genre that we’ve recently added to our TBR list. I was going to go with contemporary, but then I realised it would be a similar list to last weeks! So I’ve decided to go with thrillers. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I do love a good thriller as well.

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

Dark Places- Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

Another one I’ve been trying to get to for ages, but other books keep getting in the way! I must read it soon…

Gone Without A Trace- Mary Torjussen

Gone Without a Trace

Another recommendation from my sister! She says this book is great and I trust her judgment!

Her Husband’s Lover- Julia Crouch

Her Husband's Lover

I adore Julia Crouch’s thrillers, so I’m excited about this one! Thanks to Beth (again, my sister!) for the copy!

The Trophy Child- Paula Daly

The Trophy Child

Another writer I adore…

He Said, She Said- Erin Kelly

He Said/She Said

I have heard SO much about this book. My sister kindly gave me her copy to read, so I’m hoping to get to it soon!

The Sisters- Claire Douglas

The Sisters

I’ve had this book on my radar for a while now. I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet!

The Good Mother- Amy Bird

The Good Mother

I’m always sold on a book that mentions its a psychological thriller!

The Step Mother- Claire Seeber

The Stepmother

Lots of bloggers that I trust have enjoyed this book! I must read it!

The Sister- Louise Jensen

The Sister

More trusted bloggers have loved this one too!

When She Was Bad- Tammy Cohen

When She Was Bad

Ooooh, the synopsis of this book made me immediately add it to my TBR!

What books have you recently added to your TBR? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are Ten Books We Wish Had More…. I decided to go slightly off theme and go for Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels. I think some books are best as standalones but there are a few books that I grew very attached to that I desperately wanted more from.

I did this post back in 2013 and there are definitely some new additions to it!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

A Boy Made Of Blocks- Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks

This book has such a special place in my heart. I’d love to see how the story continued for the family.

The Lost Girl- Sangu Mandanna

The Lost Girl

When I read this book I thought it was a gem. It really surprised me and made me want more!

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight- Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Such a cute read. I’d love to see how their story continued.

Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

Just because! It’s my favourite Rainbow Rowell book.

Lola and The Boy Next Door- Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

I know that Lola isn’t a favourite of many bloggers, but it was my favourite in the companion series. I LOVED Lola as a character and would love to know more.

Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak

A very memorable read. I wish I could know more about how things progressed with the main protagonist.

The Distance Between Us- Kasie West

The Distance Between Us

Just a chance to read more about this cute relationship would be good enough for me!

Golden- Jessi Kirby

Golden

I adored this book. Such quotable moments and I’d love to see how life continued!

Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

I don’t know if a sequel would ruin this book but I find myself wondering what the characters would do next!

Saving June- Hannah Harrington

Saving June

I had this book on my list in 2013 and I’m still intrigued as to how Harper’s doing!

What have you done for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Gone Girl

Synopsis:

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

Thoughts:

I have been meaning to read Gillian Flynn’s previously released books after enjoying Gone Girl so much. I had high expectactions, especially when I heard they were amazing. I did really enjoy Sharp Objects but for me, it didn’t quite match up to the Gone Girl experience. I am, however, really excited about reading Dark Places. 

In Sharp Objects we follow Camille who is a reporter in Chicago. Camille is assigned to cover a suspected serial killer case in her old hometown. She knew she had to take it because Camille really needs the job. Camille knew that going home meant facing her mother who she was estranged from. Camille wants to report the case quickly and get back to Chicago, but it’s more complicated than that. Camille finds herself facing her past and confronting demons.

I really thought that Sharp Objects was going to be a bit of a crime book, but it’s much more than that. It does totally turn into a psyschological thriller where you’re left doubting most of the characters and their intentions. We explore mental health and unhealthy relationships. The reader gets to explore the possible motives behind the murders of two young girls. The town is really small, so the police aren’t used to handling such crimes. The trouble is, the secrets go much deeper than anyone might have imagined.

Sharp Objects is incredibly dark as you might expect from an author like Gillian Flynn. Everything has a much darker slant and I felt so uneasy throughout my reading experience. I always feel like Gillian Flynn creates female characters that are so easy to dislike. There were certainly several of them throughout this story. I love being pulled in by strong characters and Gillian Flynn really is a genius at creating such characters!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Strong characters and an uneasy atmosphere makes for a wonderful read!