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September 2018 Books
The Mermaid and Mrs. HancockLeaMichelle (2)
Annoyed

I'm annoyed with this book! It started off strong. The writing is very dense, very technical and VERY descriptive. If you want to read 1 entire chapter that describes a woman peeing in a bucket- this is your book. I kept read and reading and reading....hoping this book would go somewhere good and it never did. Sadly disappointed in this one. Not one magical element to it.

The Mermaid and Mrs. HancockJessM (7)
I Liked It, But Didn't LOVE It

POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!

I just finished "The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock" last night. It was very descriptive, and I enjoyed that, but I found that I had to look up more than a few terms that were from the era. This made reading pretty slow in some parts.

I think that there was a lot of character development, which I typically really enjoy, but I don't think the characters were "wrapped up" well. Polly, for instance. There was this really intense storyline involving her and Simeon, and it went NOWHERE. It was a really big scene when he went out of his way to make sure she had the information for people who could help her if she chose it, and that storyline is never really concluded well enough for me. All we get in the end of Polly's story is a little hint that she's still alive even after some of the reckless behaviors she's had to take up for money.

I really enjoyed learning more of Angelica's backstory, but it seemed in the end that her primary existence (at least in the overall of this novel) was to succeed in throwing a party. I can appreciate how far she had come in simplifying her life and truly showing examples of her love for her husband, family, and marriage...but the party wasn't exactly a stretch for her character. She was a party girl by profession for a decade!

I thoroughly enjoyed that backstabbing Mrs. Frost, however! She did live up to her name...that frosty meanie!

Overall, I did LIKE the novel. I can't say that I LOVED it. I think it was a very long book, and it would have maybe benefitted from a little more editing of certain storylines, and further explorations of others.

#FashionVictimsoundslikeliar (12)
This is Satire

I found this book a fun, entertaining read. It was like "Heathers" meets "Devil Wears Prada" meets "Ingrid Goes West". This book is not meant to be taken extremely seriously. As the author is someone who worked in the fashion industry for a while, its intention seems to be to poke fun at that high stakes world, while narrating through the eyes of a very psychotic girl. All of the characters are narcissistic, vaguely insane, and darkly comedic. Just because none of them were likable doesn't mean I didn't enjoy their antics -it sorta reminded me of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" in that way

LizAnderson (2)
Totally agree! I think a big problem is that the book was marketed as a "thriller" when it definitely was not. The entire point of the novel was to push and exaggerate the stereotypes that the author worked in when she was in the fashion industry. People seem not to understand her background. I totally thought of Ingrid Goes West when I was reading this! Nice comparison. :)
Hana (8)
I’m about halfway through and I agree. It’s very campy, but kind of the perfect book to zone out to after a long week. I mean, yes everyone is suppose to be awful and you’re not even rooting for the dead people. But that’s kind of the fun in it.
The Mermaid and Mrs. HancockLeaMichelle (2)
Just started this

This is my first BOTM club pick- so I am excited to dive in. So far so good. The writing is "dense" for lack of a better word. Very descriptive. So if you enjoy novels and descriptive prose you will enjoy the tone of this book. I'm only a few Chapters in and I am enjoying the characters so far. The mermaid is NOT a live, red haired, singing mermaid....it's the bones of a little creepy mermaid creature. So if you are looking for a fantasy, this is not that book. I'll review more further in....

AP (2)
I'm right there with you!... also welcome to BOTM! If you decide to grab a previous book I highly recommend Hearts Invisible Furies.. just based on your take of Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock so far :)
November RoadAilynHunter (7)
Loved it

Such a great book. So much more than I expected. I couldn't put it down and stayed up late to finish it. I felt my heart beating faster and faster and I just needed to know what would happen next. I was immediately able to relate to Charlotte as a loving mom who wonders what more there is to her life. She takes a risk without realizing the danger. She and the girls take off on a grand adventure. This story would make a great movie. Enjoyed the historical aspects.

ChristineDuane (38)
This book was much better than I expected. And I really liked the writing. Im having a hard time moving on to my next book because the writing in November Road was so much better. It definitely does play like a movie too.
GillianPhoenix (19)
I also loved the book. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it.
Cross Her HeartBriash26 (1)
Great Read!

I'm normally not into thrillers but this one left me at the edge of my seat, I simply could not put it down and from the guilt that she felt, I just knew that Lisa/Charlotte could not have killed Daniel.

LizAnderson (2)
Totally agree with the discussion about the "made for tv movie" feeling. I enjoyed this book, it was fun to read, but I didn't love it as much as others -- I think mainly because everything ended so neatly. The thing I enjoy about thrillers is putting them down and being like HOLY COW, I did not see that coming, and how the ending may not have end nice and neat. Gone Girl is a great example, The Woman in the Window, another amazing example.
bkharr (10)
I enjoyed this one; it ended plausibly but not too predictably or, as some have mentioned, too far afield. It was definitely a page turner (but on reflection now that I'm finished, is it any better than a made-for-TV movie?)
Kayla (100)
As I was reading this book, I was REALLY into it... Until I was nearing the end. Some things came together a little too easily. I agree that when all is said and done, it feels a little like a Lifetime Movie. I did find it entertaining so I would probably give this 3.5 stars out of 5. I am looking forward to jumping into a new book with a little more substance.
Hana (8)
I agree - I think part of my problem, though, was I had read a few reviews and had some clues going into the book. Once the overall backstory was solved, the rest felt a little more obvious. I think it's one that would be better going in with as little background knowledge as possible.
BWright (1)
Very cool! I am not normally into thrillers either. I usually read fantasy or literary fiction (Reading The Silence of the Girls ATM) I'll be sure to add it to my next box. Always good to branch out. I feel like BOTM selections are a good opportunity to do so.
#FashionVictimAmandaDonnelly (1)
Not Impressed

This book is so bad, I can’t stop reading it. It’s like a train wreck.

Kristen338 (1)
I completely agree. The body shaming and mild racism is enough to make me want to put it down but now I’m too invested and have to see how it ends.
MissMReads (3)
I’m having a hard time with this book, too. I’m hoping it gets better
Kakidee (5)
I just don't like the cattiness of the book and I'm debating if I should even finish it! I hate starting a book and not finishing it...
Cross Her HeartKayla (100)
Intrigued but hoping for a different ending!

I read 'Behind Her Eyes' and loved every minute of it ... up until the last 10 pages. It was so unrealistic and the body swapping plot simply ruined the book for me. I was skeptical to get this one, but the reviews online looked positive. I find that the market is saturated with thrillers yet most of them are predictable or feel unoriginal. I'm hoping this one is different!

RKAlexandropo (9)
In general, thrillers have a sort of conundrum, don't they? If you do something completely out of left-field, it feels unbelievable and makes the build-up pointless. However, if the author plays it safe, it's cliché. I think subtle foreshadowing is a big help; not giving it away, but definitely casting doubt on the situation if the author plans on having a surprise in the last chapter. That feeling that something is just not right or lining up. Plus, there are authors whose strength is developing the chase, and some who excel at brilliant climaxes. Rarely both.
Hana (8)
Agreed! I think it's such a delicate balance for clue dropping and avoiding cliches. And sometimes it seems like the ideas that were new and original a year ago become overdone so fast!
RachelWilhelm (1)
I picked this one. I haven't started it yet.
RKAlexandropo (9)
In general, thrillers have a sort of conundrum, don't they? If you do something completely out of left-field, it feels unbelievable and makes the build-up pointless. However, if the author plays it safe, it's cliché. I think subtle foreshadowing is a big help; not giving it away, but definitely casting doubt on the situation if the author plans on having a surprise in the last chapter. That feeling that something is just not right or lining up. Plus, there are authors whose strength is developing the chase, and some who excel at brilliant climaxes. Rarely both.
Kayla (100)
I agree with what you are saying. Ever since Gone Girl was published I feel that all books are trying to be the next Gone Girl. Unfortunately, this has opened up the floodgates for a lot of bad thrillers. I will report that I am about 80 pages into this book and while I'm pretty sure I've picked up on one of the twists, I really enjoy it so far. It is quick to get through with short chapters and I think this structure helps to keep the reader engaged.
RKAlexandropo (9)
BTW, Sorry about posting so many times, I think my browser messes things up lol
RKAlexandropo (9)
In general, thrillers have a sort of conundrum, don't they? If you do something completely out of left-field, it feels unbelievable and makes the build-up pointless. However, if the author plays it safe, it's cliché. I think subtle foreshadowing is a big help; not giving it away, but definitely casting doubt on the situation if the author plans on having a surprise in the last chapter. That feeling that something is just not right or lining up. Plus, there are authors whose strength is developing the chase, and some who excel at brilliant climaxes. Rarely both.
RKAlexandropo (9)
In general, thrillers have a sort of conundrum, don't they? If you do something completely out of left-field, it feels unbelievable and makes the build-up pointless. However, if the author plays it safe, it's cliché. I think subtle foreshadowing is a big help; not giving it away, but definitely casting doubt on the situation if the author plans on having a surprise in the last chapter. That feeling that something is just not right or lining up. Plus, there are authors whose strength is developing the chase, and some who excel at brilliant climaxes. Rarely both.
RKAlexandropo (9)
In general, thrillers have a sort of conundrum, don't they? If you do something completely out of left-field, it feels unbelievable and makes the build-up pointless. However, if the author plays it safe, it's cliché. I think subtle foreshadowing is a big help; not giving it away, but definitely casting doubt on the situation if the author plans on having a surprise in the last chapter. That feeling that something is just not right or lining up. Plus, there are authors whose strength is developing the chase, and some who excel at brilliant climaxes. Rarely both.
RKAlexandropo (9)
In general, thrillers have a sort of conundrum, don't they? If you do something completely out of left-field, it feels unbelievable and makes the build-up pointless. However, if the author plays it safe, it's cliché. I think subtle foreshadowing is a big help; not giving it away, but definitely casting doubt on the situation if the author plans on having a surprise in the last chapter. That feeling that something is just not right or lining up. Plus, there are authors whose strength is developing the chase, and some who excel at brilliant climaxes. Rarely both.
RKAlexandropo (9)
In general, thrillers have a sort of conundrum, don't they? If you do something completely out of left-field, it feels unbelievable and makes the build-up pointless. However, if the author plays it safe, it's cliché. I think subtle foreshadowing is a big help; not giving it away, but definitely casting doubt on the situation if the author plans on having a surprise in the last chapter. That feeling that something is just not right or lining up. Plus, there are authors whose strength is developing the chase, and some who excel at brilliant climaxes. Rarely both.
The Silence of the GirlsCerebroCaro (49)
Barker vs Miller

After reading Circe I then followed up by reading Madeline Miller's book the Song of Achilles (which was absolutely fantastic btw) so I definitely recognize the story of Briseis and Patroclus mentioned in the synopsis for The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. Since it's by a different author though I'm worried that it might not match up with Miller's backstory or will be confusing with the two stories mixing, but being different or clashing. Is anyone else worried about this?

AP (2)
My thoughts exactly!.. I did the same thing - read Circe then backtracked to Song of Achilles. I was IN LOVE with both books!! MM's writing is so lovely, I think it might be tough to read the same kind of story by someone else...
JacquelineSchultz (3)
I read both of Miller's books as well and am really excited to read "Silence of the Girls". I think it will be interesting to see the two different author's take on the same story. I think that the fact that Barker is writing through a feminine perspective will make it less confusing, but it will be very cool to compare the author's work.
The Silence of the GirlsJerriLyn (3)
The Silence of the Girls

Loved "Circe" and when I saw Barker's book, I was intrigued. I was also curious about "The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock" so will be eyeing the reviews! Added an extra from previous books - "The Philosophers Flight"- as it looks like a fun read!

AlyssaH (1)
Philosopher’s Flight is a very fun read! It’s quite imaginative. Hope you enjoy :)
CerebroCaro (49)
I was just going to mention this - after reading Circe I then followed up by reading Madeline Miller's book the Song of Achilles (which was absolutely fantastic btw) so I definitely recognize the story of Briseis and Patroclus. Since it's by a different author though I'm worried that it might not match up with Miller's backstory or will be confusing with the two stories mixing.
delfingirl121 (5)
I can not wait! Was super excited about the selections this month!
The Silence of the Girlsdelfingirl121 (5)
Can not wait

Add on for September! Going to be a busy month reading!

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancockdelfingirl121 (5)
Excitement!

Just ordered it for my September box! Can not wait!