Mega Best-Selling Authors…. Are They Worth Reading?

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For this post, I wanted to talk about the mega-best-selling authors, you know the ones that I’m talking about, the ones who seem to have 121626 books out and everyone of them has been on the NYT Bestseller list. I don’t know what wizardry these people are performing! We all know the authors I’m talking about: Danielle Steele, Stephen King, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Dan Brown and Wilbur Smith (who, fun fact, was born in what was then called Northern Rhodesia which is now called Zambia (my country!) and etc..

So now we’re at the reason I’m writing this post. I honestly have never read a single book by any of those authors. Why? Because all that fame kinda intimidated me. I mean there must be a reason why these authors are so popular and why their books seem to sell so well. Personally I feel like I wouldn’t even know where to start. Its like these authors have such huge followings and I feel like  I would start to question everything about my reading tastes if I read one of them and ended up hating them. What do you think?

Another reason I tend to shy away from these authors is the fact that they all seem to keep publishing the same type of books over again . I get sticking to what works  but mixing it up a little can’t hurt right? But I’m just talking from an outside perspective, I don’t know how I’d actually feel if I read these authors…

Anyway this entire post was basically an excuse to ask for recommendations. If you know good books that would introduce to to any of the authors I mentioned above, let me know in the comments!

Lets Talk!

Have you read any of the above mentioned authors? If so do they really deserve to be mega-best-sellers?

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may

 

The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

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The Infernal Devices Trilogy
Author: Cassandra Clare
Total Pages: 1518
Overall Trilogy Rating:

★★★★☆

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 ✨SERIES OVERVIEW

Prequel series to The Mortal Instruments

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother. Her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

This was my first foray into the Shadowhunter world. I was not disappointed. Cassandra Clare’s writing is utterly addictive and I marathoned the whole trilogy in a couple of days.

THE BREAK DOWN✨

Book #1: Clockwork Angel

Tessa Grey goes to England in search of her brother. There she discovers shocking secrets about the world [gasp Shadowhunters exist!] and herself.

Solid intro to this new series. I love how C. Clare still took the time to set up the world for those who may not have read the Mortal Instruments (people like me). The pacing may have been a little slow but the budding love triangle just about killed me with frustration. Ugh!

Pages: 448
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book #2: Clockwork Prince

With the help of her new shadowhunter friends, Tessa Grey discovers even more shocking secrets all the while going through a serious identity crisis.

Omg the plot literally thickens! (lol) As book two steams ahead more mysteries and plot twists are introduced to the story, making this a fantastic sequel. Was still very much annoyed by the love triangle which at this point was practically a living breathing thing yelling in my ear.

Pages: 508
Rating: ★★★★☆

Book #3: Clockwork Princess [aka the book that destroyed me]

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.
Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.
Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters (all the while the world’s greatest love triangle is played out!)

I can’t even.

Pages: 568
Rating★★★★★


OVERALL

The Infernal Devices

The very first thing I that comes to mind when I think of these books is: Love Triangles. Usually they’re frustrating as hell, and it this one started out that way but as the series neared the end  this one just blew my mind!

The start of the series was a little dull but I acredited that with the author setting up the story and the world. 1880s London is such a wonderful setting but the details of the world really impressed me. Cassandra Clare is an amazing world builder, she took this time period and somehow made it her own which is an incredible skill.

Getting into the second book the writing and story gets marginally better but the Will-Tessa-Jem love triangle still grates on the nerves a bit. Aside from that the pacing picks up as the gang tries to solve the mystery of Tessa and Mortmain and the Infernal Devices.

In the last book I finally come to terms with the fact that the Will-Tessa-Jem triangle would last till the end of the series. So it was about time to get over that and just enjoy the story. At first I was convinced Clockwork Princess wouldn’t affect me emotionally because I couldn’t seem to buy into the angst but then, like a brick wall slamming into me I broke.

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This book broke me so hard and put me back together. I don’t even know how it happened. One minute I was fine and the next I was a crying, blubbering mess.

To be honest the third book just completed the entire series for me. It was just such a satisfying finale, I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. It was almost too perfect the way everything wrapped up but I’m not complaining!

I’m not sure if Im ready to tackle The Mortal Instruments yet. Someday I probably will because I know at some point the two series imterwieve and then merge into Lady Midnight. It all seems so cool but 6 (?) book series is pretty intimidating…

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may

 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald [Yep, I’m actually doing this]

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genres: Romance, Drama, History
Pages: 180
First Published: 1925

Rating: tricky but I think I’ll go for:

★★★★☆

190px-thegreatgatsby_1925jacketTHE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career.

This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

 

 

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There is probably nothing I can say about The Great Gatsby that I bet you haven’t already heard, so why I am I doing this discussion? I don’t know… But! It’s my blog so I can whatever the bloodydamn (😉😉😉) I want. *moving on (lol)*

I picked up this book for the first time ever because I couldn’t excuse the fact that while Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite movies of all time, I had never read a page of this book. It was about time. While a bunch of people have analyzed this books structure, writing and historical significance I’m basically just going to fangirl and flail around. Where some ok most people see a book about American history, I see a tragic love story.

If I could describe this book in one word it would be timeless. I don’t know what I was expecting but this wasn’t it. The Great Gatsby is such an easy to enjoy. Well at least for me it was because I picked it up for the simple pleasure of reading it. The story is captivating, mostly because like Nick Carraway we spend the majority of the book trying to figure out the mystery of Gatsby.

Obviously the very idea of a man like Gatsby is very romantic but digging deep it’s really kinda sad that this man was so stuck in the past. He built this perfect fantasy of Daisy in his mind and in all their years apart it just kept building into something that didn’t resemble Daisy at all.  And we all know you can’t possibly compete with someone’s perfect fantasy of you.

“No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.” ― The Great Gatsby

In the beautiful words of John Green:

“You can love someone so much… But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.” ― John Green

I’m not American so obviously all the symbolism and historical stuff just flew over my head but overall I loved the surface story. Aside from the hints of racism which – I guess – was normal 90+ years ago, the book was interesting enough. I’m sucker for tragic love stories so of course I fell in love with one of the best in the history of literature.

“He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man.” – The Great Gatsby.

P.S. Don’t be mad at me for “not taking the book seriously” but enough people do that already. I wanted to talk about this like it was any other book because that’s just what it is in the end.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this review old sport!

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may

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

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The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
Pages344 
Released: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

synopsis

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.

Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.

As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

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Mind. Blown. Mindy McGinnis has blown my mind.

Before I try to articulate how I felt about this book I just want to say that before picking this book up the only thing I had seen was this quote: Continue reading “The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis”