Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Read: July, 2016

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

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Summary from Goodreads (link here):

It’s 1999 and the internet is still a novelty. At a newspaper office, two colleagues, Beth and Jennifer, e-mail back and forth, discussing their lives in hilarious details, from love troubles to family dramas. And Lincoln, a shy IT guy responsible for monitoring e-mails, spends his hours reading every exchange.

At first their e-mails offer a welcome diversion, but the more he reads, the more he finds himself falling for one of them. By the time Lincoln realises just how head-over-heels he is, it’s too late to introduce himself.

After a series of close encounters, Lincoln eventually decides he must follow his heart… and find out if there is such a thing as love before first sight.

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Review:

This book is fluffy kittens. It’s hot chocolate and freshly baked goods. It’s warm hugs.

In other words, Attachments is a whole heap of sugary sweet cuteness.

I’m not usually a contemporary reader, but I always make an exception for Rainbow Rowell books – they’re amazing. Her writing style is brilliant and endlessly humorous, especially in the email exchanges between Beth and Jennifer; these chapters feel like a realistic email conversation between friends, whilst at same time building up enough personality and backstory for each character in order to let the reader get to know and like them. I love how Rowell shows their friendship, how they’re always there for each other and supportive, forgiving of each other’s mistakes and willing to be honest about things.

This book was a fabulously quick read – honestly, I managed it in a day. I’ve been needing something lighthearted and fun lately, and this ticked all the boxes. It’s got a nice feeling of resolution at the end and the story never drags.

Also, I’m adding a little shout out to my favourite character, Doris. What a lady! Seriously, I want a Doris to share dinner with and give me useful life advice. She’s awesome.

So, yeah. I don’t really have much more to say…? Attachments is just a solid book, filled with adorable relationships and funny exchanges. It’s the perfect uplifting summer read.

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Best Quote/s:

“So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.”

“I’m too old to be lying to other people’s mothers,” Doris said.

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If you like this try:

Rainbow Rowell’s other books, Fangirl and Eleanor and Park.

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Has any one else read Attachments? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Wuthering Heights Book Review

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Author: Emily Bronte

Read: June, 2016

Genre: Romance, Gothic

 

 

Review:

“Wuthering Heights tells the story of a romance between two youngsters: Catherine Earnshaw and an orphan boy, Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a suitor from a better background, he develops a lost for revenge that takes over his life. Attempting to win her back, and then to destroy all whom he considers responsible for his loss, Heathcliff creates a living hell for those who inhabit his intimidating residence, Wuthering Heights. This tale of hauntings, passion and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.” (Summary from Goodreads)

I loved this book – it’s quickly earned its place on my favourites shelf. Wuthering Heights is a haunting tale about darker aspects of love, not once shying away from its depictions of cruelty and obsession.

The novel unfolds as a narrative tale told by the servant Ellen Dean. Ellen has been employed by the families concerned in the novel throughout Heathcliff’s life and, after the tenant Mr Lockwood has an unpleasant encounter at Wuthering Heights with Heathcliff, she recounts the tale to him. This interesting narrative grants added perspective to the story whilst still managing to pull in the reader – like Mr Lockwood, we grow strangely involved in the story of Heathcliff and Catherine, and the misery their doomed love inflicts upon those in their circle. By starting the story near its end, with Heathcliff alone and Catherine dead, their respective spouses gone also, Bronte creates the scene of a car crash and invites readers to replay the events which caused it. It’s horrible, and we know it is fated to end tragically, yet we can’t look away as we become sucked into the story.

Besides the narrative, Bronte also expertly manipulates the setting; Wuthering Heights is cold and gothic, stranded in the bitter climate of rural moorland. The weather is generally bleak, the winters cold and uncompromising. The isolation the location imposes adds a sense of claustrophobia to the novel, further emphasising the idea that the characters are trapped in their poisonous relationships and that the dark nature of love is inescapable for them.

And it is the novels dedication to this theme, the dark qualities of love, that renders the story so haunting. Every ghastly deed Heathcliff does, he does out of a twisted sense of love for Catherine. It’s a warning about letting love corrupt you, or, less dramatic sounding, impede your judgement. For though none of the other character relationships quite reach the intensity of that of Heathcliff and Catherine, there are also many examples of characters making less than sensible decisions out of feelings of love – take for instance when Cathy (Catherine’s daughter) sneaks out of the Grange to visit her ailing cousin Linton at Wuthering Heights, despite her father expressly forbidding and Ellen also warning against it. She has been told to avoid that place in order to avoid Heathcliff, who is as wicked as she has been told, and yet Cathy goes anyway out of love and worry for her cousin.

 Wuthering Heights is a warning about love, illustrating its unnerving and potentially corruptible power over people, the story haunting its readers long after its close. I thoroughly recommend it for everyone.

 

Favourite Quote:

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

If you like this try:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

The Night is darkening round me by Emily Bronte.

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A Court of Mist and Fury Book Review

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Read: May, 2016

 

 

 

 

Review:

So, first off – this is waaaaaaaaaaaay better than the first book. Not that I disliked A Court of Thorns and Roses, but it just didn’t feel as developed as Maas’ other series in terms of overall plot/world building. ACOMAF fixes this issue wonderfully.

Character development  (or regression in some cases) is also on point. I love how Maas explores how Feyre has changed as a result of her traumatic experiences in book one, and how this in turn impacts her relationships with other characters. I can’t really say much else here without entering spoiler territory, but Tamlin fans from book one might not be too pleased at the direction the book takes.

Another aspect of this book I adored was the introduction of more secondary characters as we get to explore other courts – they were all very distinct and Maas takes care with each back story, making sure that all of them are well developed and unique. This ties in with the greater sense of scale that begins to unfold in this instalment. Feyre’s world in ACOTAR felt rather constricted and the whole fairy court system that operated was never really elaborated upon sufficiently enough for my liking, but the plot of ACOMAF allows for Maas to explore an increased range of places, with especial focus on the mysterious Night Court.

Overall, I love the direction this book is taking the series. Whilst I liked ACOTAR, it was kind of meh compared Maas’ other books and I didn’t have nearly as high expectations for ACOMAF as I normally do for her Throne of Glass books. It’s nice to be surprised however, and ACOMAF has certainly elevated my opinion of this book series. I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes next.

Best Quote:

“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”

If you like this, try:

Sarah J. Maas’ other series, Throne of Glass.