Book Review: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Title: The Poppy War
Author: R.F. Kuang
Genre: Adult Fantasy / Historical Fiction
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“A brilliantly imaginative talent makes her exciting debut with this epic historical military fantasy, inspired by the bloody history of China’s twentieth century and filled with treachery and magic, in the tradition of Ken Liu’s Grace of Kings and N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy.

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.” (Goodreads)

Edit: I have finished my reread and still enjoyed it just as much! Even though I knew there would be some harsh things to read about (CW: Rape/Gore/Violence) I didn’t realize how much it would still cause me to cringe.

I don’t usually read much adult fantasy because its hard for me to find ones that I actually enjoy. I have heard mixed reviews for this book but I went with my gut and went for it! It was the best decision because it blew my expectations out of the water and left me needing more.

Rin comes from a troubled past. She is an orphan of war, helps her foster family with their drug business, and now they want to marry her off. She is determined to not make that her fate and starts studying for a test that if she passes will lead her to a military academy. There, she meets some really interesting characters and gets swept away into war, hatred, and power not from this world.

Rin doesn’t want to be like the other girls in her village. She doesn’t want to marry and instead forges her own path. As she becomes a woman, there is talk of her menstruating and a lot of books are doing this which is great because it is a natural function of the body and makes the characters more relatable. Because of her menstruation she also makes a decision which has some consequences later down the road.

One of my favorite characters from this book was Jiang the master of lore at the military academy. He was a bit on the weird/crazy side and did drugs which at times made him hilarious. Although he added comedic relief at times, he was a very important character and tried to ground Rin when her emotions would get the best of her.

The plot was nothing I had imagined and at times I wondered why it was fantasy. There wasn’t much talk of the gods they used to worship or magic in general but as I kept reading it finally appeared and we are introduced to shamans. It was refreshing to see them as there aren’t many books with shamans that I have personally read. There is also political issues and even the social hierarchy were poor is deemed as bad. This book is filled with war and it doesn’t shy from the gruesome reality of it. A times it was hard to read about what the soldiers did to villages and cities but it is supposed to make you uncomfortable and realize that although this is fiction, things that can happen in the real world.

Overall, I loved this book. It is gripping and full of humor, loss, and the tragedies of war. Rin is a strong and emotional character and I can’t wait to see where her story leads in the next book.

Audiobook Review: DEV1AT3 (Truelife #2) by Jay Kristoff

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Title: DEV1AT3 (Lifelike #2)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Publication Date: June 25th, 2019
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers

“Lemon Fresh has seen better days.

After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herself separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon’s abilities to manipulate electricity mark her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelus Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates—a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past.

Meanwhile, Cricket finds himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana.

And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world.” (Goodreads)

Reread Finished on 12/23/20

I do feel the same about this book since I read it back in 2019. It was such a great sequel and the ending has me hyped for the final one which I have already rented from the library as an audiobook.

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Let me tell you about this book. It was crazy! Plot twists came out of nowhere and literally ripped me a part!

The beginning is great as it reintroduces the reader to the characters once again and goes over what happened to them during book one. You don’t see this often but it’s always awesome to have a refresher.

When it comes to this series, you can expect that the writing style will always be unique with the choice of words the author uses which adds a touch of pizzazz and makes the characters pop. Lemon Fresh is a good example of this and is literally my number one!

The main characters are all pretty much struggling with their identity/feelings in some way. This is always nice to see and makes it easier to connect with the them on a deeper level. Caring for the ones you love is hard when obstacles are thrown in your way whether you are a robot or human.

Lemon Fresh has a lot going on and I was here for her story! She is at the top of favorite characters because she is fierce and loyal. I just want to squeeze her but I know she wouldn’t like that, ha. I hope everything works out for her because right now I am not okay with how this book ended.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and the heartbreak that came with it. I will be impatiently waiting for book three and trying to cope with my feelings. If you haven’t read this series yet, get on it! Jay Kristoff never disappoints.

Book Review: A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir

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Title: A Reaper at the Gates
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 12th, 2018
Publisher:  Razorbill




Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. Yet danger lurks on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power—regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows that the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. During the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. However, in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender—even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.” (Goodreads)

Edit: I have now read this a second time and my feelings are still true when it comes to this review. I never knew I could cry again for a book I had already read. The last 100 pages were just torture to get through with my feelings! Haha.

*Spoilers* To be honest, I feel sorry for Marcus. He may have done some bad things but I think by the end he had good intentions when it came to being Emperor. I still hate Keris and I hope she gets what she deserves! *End of Spoilers*

A Reaper at the Gates begins where A Torch against the Night left off. There are threats to the Empire and Laia, Helene, and Elias will stop at nothing to do their jobs and fight against the destruction the Nightbringer is determine to bring.

Laia is as strong as ever and is doing anything in her power to save her people. She has already lost so much and yet she still fights no matter what. She has really grown from the first book and I am here for it. Her brother, Darin, hasn’t played too big of a role but I am sure that will change in the next book. As for Elias, I am still heartbroken from what happened in the second and now am even more heartbroken by the path he has taken and what he has left behind. When it comes to Helene, I didn’t really care for her in the first book and she got better in the second but she has now grown on me and I ship her and Harper!

The plot grows and there is no shortage of fighting and heartbreak. We learn more about the Nightbringer and the jinn and am curious to see how his plot plays out in the next book. He is a very curious individual and I need more of him!

When I thought the series couldn’t break me anymore, Sabaa Tahir just crushes whatever was left. I may have shed a few tears and now I am just at a loss for words and can’t wait to see what happens in the fourth book, hopefully my heart will manage. If you haven’t read the series go do it!

Audiobook Review: Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

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Title: Mark of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga #1)
Author: Morgan L. Busse
Genre: Fantasy / Christian Fiction
Publication Date: November 6th, 2018
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers




“Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy–a legacy that supports her people–or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.

Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen? (Goodreads)

I read this for the first time as an e-arc in 2018 and really liked the story but never continued on with the series because at times I am terrible at it!

I have been trying to get better and that is why I am revisiting this series, but as audiobooks this time.

My reviewing skills back in the day were okay but I have changed a lot since then, haha. So I am also updating my review.

I still enjoy the two main point-of-views and the one from Lady Selene’s mother, but that one only happens a few times.

There is a lot of character development for Lady Selene who must decide where her loyalty lies and what she is willing to lose in the process of it all. That also includes losing herself to the darkness which clearly clings to her mother.

It’s always hard to want to please your parents but not give up on who you are as a person. I can understand the struggle well. Selene is always doing a balancing act.

I think my favorite part out of the whole book is the relationship. I mean, it’s not really a relationship but by the end she marries for convenience to another house lord and I’m excited to see where the relationship between them goes.

There is magic found within each house as well and I thought the magic system was cool and fun to learn about. Selene has dream walking and although some people would like her to use it for evil, I think that she will really let her gift shine in the next book.

Overall, I still enjoyed this book the second time around and look forward to actually continuing this series.

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The cover and description is what drew me in but the plot and writing kept me glued. This book was so good that I read 80% of it in one day. Mark of the Ravens is filled with Assassins, murder, and twisted families. The main character, Lady Selene, is relatable as she struggles to not lose herself when the ones close to her ask for more. It also has multiple POVs which adds to any book and makes the development of the characters even better as you get to see their side. This book will leave you wanting more and I can’t wait for this series to continue! It is out now so go check it out!

E-Arc Review: The Great Gatsby: The Graphic Novel by by Fred Fordham (Adapted by), F. Scott Fitzgerald, Aya Morton (Illustrations)

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48590166Title: The Great Gatsby: The Graphic Novel
Author: Fred Fordham (Adapted by), F. Scott Fitzgerald, Aya Morton (Illustrations)
Genre: Graphic Novel / Classics
Publishing Date: June 30th, 2020
Publisher: Scribner

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own.

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A gorgeously illustrated, first-ever graphic novel adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved American classic.

First published in 1925, The Great Gatsby has been acclaimed by generations of readers and is now reimagined in stunning graphic novel form. Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, Daisy Buchanan, and the rest of the cast are captured in vivid and evocative illustrations by artist Aya Morton. The iconic text has been artfully distilled by Fred Fordham, who also adapted the graphic novel edition of To Kill a Mockingbird. Blake Hazard, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great-granddaughter, contributes a personal introduction.

This quintessential Jazz Age tale stands as the supreme achievement of Fitzgerald’s career and is a true classic of 20th-century literature. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy is exquisitely captured in this enchanting and unique edition.” (Goodreads)

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I wanted to read this one because I love the original and graphic novels. Combining the two was just a perfect combination!

This graphic novel is nicely done and follows the original story. The artwork is very reminiscent of the time period which I thought was a cool aspect but I just wanted a bit more from it. It just felt a bit underwhelming at times.

Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable read. It would be perfect for someone who wants to reread or someone who wants to dive into this classic with pictures. You can find my review for the original here.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

E-Arc Review: Don’t Go Stealing My Heart by Kelly Siskind

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49092076._SY475_Title: Don’t Go Stealing My Heart
Author: Kelly Siskind
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2020

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own.

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She wants to steal his Van Gogh. He wants to steal her heart.

Some people would call Clementine Abernathy a criminal. She considers herself a modern day Robin Hood, who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Not exactly on the up-and-up, but she knows what it’s like to lose everything. Her latest heist involves swiping a priceless Van Gogh from its owner, who’s supposed to be an egotistical trust-fund brat.

Turns out Jack David is a sexy, kind-hearted man…and Clementine is in trouble. Falling for her mark would make her the World’s Dumbest Conwoman, but Jack is charmingly persistent, always singing sweet songs in her ear.

And that earth-shattering kiss? She never stood a chance.

Now she’s imagining a fresh start with this dashing man, but that means telling Jack about her past. And other nefarious sorts are after the same painting. Too soon, Clementine learns what it means to risk it all for love.” (Goodreads)

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The yellow cover drew me in but the premise sold me. I mean who doesn’t want to read a romance with a real life catwoman? I definitely did and here we are. I had a good experience with this one overall. There were a couple things that made me go hmm but that’s okay.

Clementine was an interesting character to read about. She doesn’t have a great background and that is what has led her to the life of crime. She definitely isn’t your typical criminal though. She does everything with good intentions. It’s easy to see why she does it and feel for her.

Jack has a much better background and even though that’s the case, it’s easy to see why they would like one another. There is also common ground later on the book which definitely brings them even closer together. He is a very awkward, terrible flirt kind-of-guy and as an Elvis impersonator, that made for an interesting plot point. Haha.

I will say that this book may not be for someone who has dealt with suicide because it is mentioned.

A few things I didn’t like, but this is just personal taste, was one of the stories Jack told from his childhood, the sex jokes between them, and how quickly their relationship went. I’m not going to talk about the childhood besides that I am sure it was meant for humor but honestly it was more gross and weird than anything. I get the jokes because there was tension between them but again personal preference. As for their relationship, he was able to quickly forgive her and she also moved in pretty quickly but it was pretty slow-burn until that point so I let it slide a bit.

Overall, it was a pretty good read and liked the burglar aspect. It was definitely a unique plot and one i haven’t read before.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Mini Book Review: Nordic Tales

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43387395._SX318_Title: Nordic Tales: Folktales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark
Author: Chronicle Books, Ulla Thynell (Illustrator)
Genre: Fantasy/Mythology/Short Stories
Publication Date: August 13th, 2019

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“Trolls haunt the snowy forests, and terrifying monsters roam the open sea.

A young woman journeys to the end of the world, and a boy proves he knows no fear.

This collection of 16 traditional tales transports readers to the enchanting world of Nordic folklore. Translated and transcribed by folklorists in the 19th century, and presented here unabridged, the stories are by turns magical, hilarious, cozy, and chilling. They offer a fascinating view into Nordic culture and a comforting wintertime read. Ulla Thynell’s glowing contemporary illustrations accompany each tale, conjuring dragons, princesses, and the northern lights.” (Goodreads)

reviewheaderI love a good folktale every now and again. I love reading ones from different countries because they are all so unique when it comes to the characters even if the plots can sometimes be the same. I saw this one offered as an ebook from my library and knew that I needed to read it. Although it took a few weeks for it to come in I am glad I took a chance with it.

My favorite thing about folktales is the lessons we can learn from them. There was always a reason for sharing these stories and it makes me want to read them to my daughter.

I think the story I enjoyed the most was the beginning one because it was very captivating and follows the age old, “don’t judge a book by its cover”. It was a well thought out tale. It is one that grabs your attention and so its a good thing it was at the beginning!

Overall, if you are a fan of folktales then I would suggest checking out this collection!

 

E-Arc Review: Highfire

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44890077._SY475_Title: Highfire
Author: Eoin Colfer
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publication date: January 28th, 2020

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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“In the days of yore, he flew the skies and scorched angry mobs—now he hides from swamp tour boats and rises only with the greatest reluctance from his Laz-Z-Boy recliner. Laying low in the bayou, this once-magnificent fire breather has been reduced to lighting Marlboros with nose sparks, swilling Absolut in a Flashdance T-shirt, and binging Netflix in a fishing shack. For centuries, he struck fear in hearts far and wide as Wyvern, Lord Highfire of the Highfire Eyrie—now he goes by Vern. However…he has survived, unlike the rest. He is the last of his kind, the last dragon. Still, no amount of vodka can drown the loneliness in his molten core. Vern’s glory days are long gone. Or are they?

A canny Cajun swamp rat, young Everett “Squib” Moreau does what he can to survive, trying not to break the heart of his saintly single mother. He’s finally decided to work for a shady smuggler—but on his first night, he witnesses his boss murdered by a crooked constable.

Regence Hooke is not just a dirty cop, he’s a despicable human being—who happens to want Squib’s momma in the worst way. When Hooke goes after his hidden witness with a grenade launcher, Squib finds himself airlifted from certain death by…a dragon?

The swamp can make strange bedfellows, and rather than be fried alive so the dragon can keep his secret, Squib strikes a deal with the scaly apex predator. He can act as his go-between (aka familiar)—fetch his vodka, keep him company, etc.—in exchange for protection from Hooke. Soon the three of them are careening headlong toward a combustible confrontation. There’s about to be a fiery reckoning, in which either dragons finally go extinct—or Vern’s glory days are back.” (Goodreads)

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I was excited to be approved for this title. I did request it on a whim because the synopsis was just out of this world weird. I really didn’t know what to expect when picking this up to start. Although it sounded good, I had a hard time enjoying it. Not because there was anything wrong with it but because I just don’t think it was suited for me.

This book has multiple point-of-views that aren’t always separated by chapters. It wasn’t hard to follow along as it was all in third person. It made it easy to distinguish the views. Even with this, it was still hard to feel a connection to the characters. Maybe part of it was not finding most of the things they said funny. I also didn’t care for all the language that was used. I know this won’t bother others and that’s fine. I can deal with a word every now and again but each page had more than a few. I guess I should have known and it would have made me less inclined to request it.

Although the plot is unique in the way it portrays a dragon, I didn’t find myself enjoying reading about him. For the most part, he acted more human. The plot twists weren’t surprising and the action was just okay. It’s not that there wasn’t a lot of action but it did take a bit to get to. The book is definitely slower paced.

If it wasn’t for the fact it was an arc, I definitely would have dnfed this one. Again, I don’t think there is anything wrong with the book per say, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

 

Mini Book Review: Night Flights

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37825522._SY475_.jpgTitle: Night Flights (Mortal Engines Quartet #0.5)
Author: Philip Reeves
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Steampunk
Publication date: August 28th, 2018

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“In a dangerous future world where gigantic, motorized cities attack and devour each other, London hunts where no other predator dares. But Anna Fang — pilot, adventurer, spy — isn’t afraid.

The three stories show gripping, moving, exciting moments in Anna Fang’s life: her childhood as a slave aboard the moving city Arkangel, a showdown against a robotic Stalker that is terrifyingly out of control, and her free life as an intelligence agent for the Anti-Traction league …” (Goodreads)

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I finished the Mortal Engines Quartet last year and really enjoyed each book. All of my reviews can be found on here and Goodreads if you are interested.

I’m not sure why I pushed off reading the these short stories about Anna Fang as she was one of my favorite characters with little background. The short stories were enjoyable to read but my favorite was the first one about how she escaped being a slave and stole a ship to be free. Her background is sad but it made her who she was and that is the driving force for all her decisions in these short stories as well as the quartet.

This book also has illustrations included for each chapter and they are gorgeous! It also showed what a stalker looked like (it’s a robot/human hybrid) and honestly, it was more terrifying than what I had pictured in my head, haha.

Overall, it was a great read full of adventure and finding out what Anna Fang is all about!

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Book Review: The Great Gatsby

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17573408.jpgTitle: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genre: Classics/Historical Fiction
Publication Date: First Published in 1925

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“Jay Gatsby is the man who has everything. But one thing will always be out of his reach …

Everybody who is anybody is seen at his glittering parties. Day and night his Long Island mansion buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby – young, handsome, fabulously rich – always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, though no one knows what for. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.” (Goodreads)

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I told myself I wouldn’t read this book because I hated Daisy so much in the movie after watching it when it first came out. I decided this year that I would read one classic each month. It was only fitting I read this one for the first month of the roaring 20’s. Let’s just say I’m obsessed. The more I think about this book, the more I unravel how meaningful every little thing was and how it was all executed! This review may not make any sense but here we go.

Let’s start with Nick Carroway. For being the narrator he really wasn’t the star of the show and honestly, I’m okay with that. This wasn’t his story and we saw everything unfold through unbias eyes. I can’t say he didn’t play a role in anything because technically he was a catalyst for Daisy meeting Jay. He knew how Jay felt towards her after discussing it with Jordan. Even though it was such a minor thing, it had such a big impact overall. At least Nick was rational unlike some people.

Jordan Baker, another character with not a lot going on throughout the book but another catalyst for the meeting of Jay and Daisy as mentioned above. I can’t really say anything bad about her because she didn’t do anything wrong besides dwell in the past and push it forward with Nick’s help.

Tom Buchanan: a racist, cheat, and a man who beats women. What a winner! The only thing I liked about him was nothing. He was a real dillweed to everyone. He was such a hypocrite it made me laugh. He would mock Jay for trying to take his wife and yet he was out here taking someone else’s wife. What Tom? You don’t like it when someone else does it to you? Tom was the f* boy of the 1920’s. As the saying goes, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. I can’t fully blame Tom for the murder of Jay because at the end of the day he didn’t pull the trigger, but he was the catalyst for it. He was just mad that his woman on the side was now dead and felt it only right to remove Jay from Daisy’s side.

George and Myrtle Wilson: both too stupid to realize anything. George was so oblivious to what his wife was really up to. She wanted the finer things in life and Tom literally bought her what she wanted. Was it love between any of the men she had relationships with? Who knows. Personally, I don’t think Tom ever loved her. I mean, he never laid a hand on Daisy. Tom was never going to leave Daisy and I think she knew it which is why she had told George she was going to head west regardless. She had a tragic ending but when you play with fire you tend to get burned, or ran over by a car in her case.

George was just someone who kept getting hurt by people he thought he could trust. I feel bad for him. At the end of the day he did kill my old sport, Jay. I’m still sad about that. I knew it was coming but I could feel my eyes watering. George wanted revenge so bad he listened to the man who had backstabbed him to get it and didn’t even kill the right person. Tragic.

Jay Gatsby: eccentric, grand, my old sport. Unrequited love is a pain! He thought that him and Daisy could pick up where they left off. He did everything for her. What a grand gesture! I really feel for him. I do. As Lana Del Rey’s lyrics say in Born to Die, “Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough, I don’t know why”. No amount of love or money he through at her was ever going to be enough. Daisy had moved on and I think that she wanted to dwell in the past but I don’t think if Jay would have not died she would have been with him. She is perfect for Tom because they both play with people’s emotions.

Overall, I loved this book. I’m actually surprised by how much. This will be one that I can see myself rereading or listening to multiple times.

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Lana Del Rey is queen and so many of her songs (obviously the one she made for the soundtrack) are perfect for the relationships found in this book.

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Have you read The Great Gatsby? Is it on your tbr?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)