Cover of book The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

The Butterfly GardenTitle: The Butterfly Garden

Author: Dot Hutchison

Pub Date: June 1, 2016

Rating: ★★★★☆

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“You seem to have this strange image of me as a lost child, like I’ve just been thrown on the side of the road like garbage, or roadkill, but kids like me? We’re not lost. We may be the only ones who never are. We always know exactly where we are and where we can go. And where we can’t.”

‘The Butterfly Garden’ was a very disturbing and often uncomfortable read, but this doesn’t mean that it was not a great read. This book is not for everyone, a lot of triggers. I was engrossed in the book from the page one, it is written beautifully and made it all read so easily. For me, it was just the right kind of uncomfortable book.

Maya and a group of girls are rescued from The Garden – place where she was held captive by The Gardner. She was one of the precious Butterfly that The Gardner took, marked with a butterfly tattoo on the back, used whenever he wanted and kept them in a secluded garden. He is a brutal, twisted man that believes that was he is doing is showing love and care to those girls; he believes that he is a good person. He is obsessed with keeping his ‘butterflies’ beautiful and young – this is why all the girls have an expiry date… Continue reading

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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

all the missing girlsTitle: All the Missing Girls

Author: Megan Miranda

Pub Date: June 28th, 2016

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Rating: ★★★★☆

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Very exciting and fresh approach to the mystery novel. The story is told backwards – after the overall scene is set, we are starting at day 15 and going back to the day 1 of the story. It works perfectly here, as you read previous day’s events, and you realised that everything that you already knew was happening after that event, that the MC have known all about that certain thing, but still acted like that is nearly mind-blowing. The story is fresh and stands out among all of the “Gone Girl” and “Girl on a Train” wannabes (all the books with the word ‘Girl’ in the title).

The twist at the end leaves you angry because you’ve been fooled. You read all about what happened, and you made some decisions on who to believe, what happened, who is the ‘bad guy’ here. And then you find out that you can never trust characters in the suspense novels. All the people there are rarely trustworthy. I know that very well, but I was still angry and deceived by the plot. That makes this book worth reading! This is what I expect from a good mystery! Leave me angry, leave me fooled!

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The Girls by Emma Cline

9780812998603Title: The Girls

Author: Emma Cline

Pub Date: June 14th, 2016

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Rating: ★★★★★

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“That was part of being a girl–you were resigned to whatever feedback you’d get. If you got mad, you were crazy, and if you didn’t react, you were a bitch. The only thing you could do was smile from the corner they’d backed you into. Implicate yourself in the joke even if the joke was always on you.”
I rarely read book blurbs; I choose my reads mostly on intuition and cover (don’t judge a book by its cover? Please, my judging rarely disappointing me. And I think that if the cover is appealing to me, then it means that I’m the target audience for that book). So I had no idea what to expect when I started the book. I highly recommend reading books like this, when you find such an amazing book like this, not knowing anything about it is just the best! You can experience the book without any expectations, just knowing that you like the cover.
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All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

all is not forgottenTitle: All Is Not Forgotten

Author: Wendy Walker

Pub Date: July 12th, 2016

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Rating:  ★★★★☆

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Wow, this is the book to read right now! I suspect that this will be a new ‘Gone Girl’ in a sense that a lot of people will try to duplicate this story in a different way, will try to create this new kind of narrator.

The story starts with a mysterious narrator telling us a story that shattered lives of Kramer’s family and deeply disturbed life in a small town of Fairview. One night, during a party a teenage girl is brutally raped. And in hours after this attack, she is given a controversial new treatment – the treatment. Thanks to a pill she will forget all about the trauma, she won’t remember what happened to her, she won’t have to deal with possible PTSD of the attack, won’t have a flashback, she won’t have to deal with horrors of being a rape victim. She will forget it all. But the treatment doesn’t do its magic. She doesn’t remember what happened to her, but she still feels wrong, her body remembers the attack. She struggles emotionally and finally her problems are recognised, and she and her party start therapy. Therapy that will help Jenny remember what happened and eventually help her to deal with it, therapy that will hep Tom work out his obsession with finding the perpetrator, and Charlotte help deal with her secrets.  Continue reading

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The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang

9780544734098_aaf79Title: The Wangs vs. the World

Author: Jade Chang

Pub Date: October 4th, 2016

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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I thought I would really like this book. The blurb made the story sound so promising. It was supposed to be some hilarious novel, ‘hysterically funny from the first page’. I have a different sense of humour than guys at the book’s publishing house. It was ok, the humour in it was a bit embarrassing, not funny. The story was a bit too ‘jumpy’ for me, a lot was happening and the plot line was a bit blurry. And there is a lot of events packed into the story which are not necessary needed to be in the book… It just didn’t hold together very well.

It is a story of Wang family, a story of immigrants, of riches to rags. Charles Wang came to America and lived his American dream. He becomes a wealthy man building a cosmetic empire, married a pretty model and had three children. Charles remarried later, to Barbra (also immigrant, she named herself after Barbra Streisand), when his first wife died in a helicopter accident that he survived. Now he has to face bankruptcy. His whole cosmetic empire is being repossessed, and he has nothing left. So he packs his family and embarks on a road trip across the States to upstate New York where his oldest daughter is living. All this time he has the plan to come back to China and reclaim his ancestor land that was taken from them by Communists.

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REVIEW: In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch

9781503935242_86a53Title: In Twenty Years

Author: Allison Winn Scotch

Pub Date: July 1st, 2016

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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You might want to pretend you can reinvent yourself; you might want to give yourself that chance to wash it away into blank pace, but you can’t. The past doesn’t change. That history doesn’t change. You don’t change unless you swim so hard upstream that you’re lucky not to exhaust yourself into drowning. It’s no surprise that no one else changes neither. […]
The past is who you are. The future is what you do with that.

This is a reunion story. First, we meet a group of six friends on the last day of their college life – Bea, a leader of the group, is making them all to write up a letter to older self, a letter that they will read again in 20 years. Then we fast forward almost two decades from that day. Now everything is completely different than the life of twenty-something college students that thought that everything is possible and that they will be friends, a family forever.

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I DarkenAuthor: Kiersten White

Title: And I Darken

Pub Date: June 28th, 2016

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Rating: ★★★★☆


This book surprised me. I was expecting a fast-paced adventure filled with fights, wars and deaths. I got that, but it was not the core of the book, at least for me. It was more about the growing up and life with all the struggles of a sibling – Lada and Radu. They are total opposites; Lada says that she is ‘no woman’, she can and loves to fight. Radu is much more delicate, beautiful, loved by everyone, able to talk with everyone and be trusted by them. I love how this book explores the private lives of the characters. We are with them throughout the childhood and teenage years (that back then were considered adult years), and we get to see how they change. How they love each other changes.

The story is very realistic, all the decisions that are made by the characters are strongly backed by the previous life events, by this character’s personality and desires. There was not a single moment when I was thinking -‘Wait, why the hell are you doing this like that?’. It all made sense, and in a lot of books I read recently, the decisions characters made didn’t make sense for me.
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