My Review of Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger
Finished on: 6th July 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Reading Challenge Book Number: 43
I am a big fan of the original Devil Wears Prada book and the film. It’s not usually my sort of thing to want to read about the fashion world but I thought it would be nice to read something about the perspective of those lower in rank to the high fliers such as Miranda Priestly. I was not disappointed.
Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns follows on from it’s predecessor ten years down the line. Andy starts the book as an engaged woman on her wedding day and you see her progress through many roles and difficulties in her personal life (as any form of chick lit would). A decade after surviving her terrible year working at Runway, she is working for herself and her business partner Emily (the very same practically anorexic former runway assistant) on a high fashion wedding magazine of their own creation called ‘The Plunge’.
There is a sly quality to this book that I know is an essential element but it makes me feel very uncomfortable as Weisberger reveals a side of human nature that is there but few acknowledge. I feel eternally sorry for the character who becomes a victim of it as it must severely affect her ability to trust people.
Overall, a decent chick-lit sequel but nothing on the original glamour and drama
My Review of You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi Macfarlane
Finished on: 2nd July 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Reading Challenge Book: 41
Sorry for not posting this sooner, have been running around like a crazy fool for the past week! Have a review to write of Revenge Wears Prada (The Devil Returns) which I think I’ll write tomorrow whilst making the most of a long awaited rest day.
You Had Me At Hello, if you judge it on its title, is a romantic soppy novel reminiscent of Mills and Boon cringeworthy texts. But in my mind, this book is more than that, it has a beautiful depth and loveable characters.
This book follows Rachel, 10 years out of university and freshly split up from her fiancée Rhys. She bumps into an old university friend Ben at the Iibrary and begins to get to know him once again. What results is her being introduced to a top story for her work as a journalist, to see everything crumble in that respect, and to wonder what her feelings are and who she can trust.
I love how this book isn’t straight up romance, it has sweet little flashbacks of university life and the romance creeps in at the end, just a tad which makes oh smile and gives you a nice familiar ending. My most favourite character would have to be Rachel herself as she has that type of self deprecating charm that’s quite endearing. On the other side of the fence, I cannot stand the character of Simon, and if you ever read this book you will understand why. God what a whining little twat.
Here is my first review of the summer, Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie
Rating: 3 stars
Finished on: 19th June 2013
Reading Challenge Book: 36
It’s the story that so many children are familiar with, especially thanks to Disney; the tale of Peter Pan and Neverland.
Peter Pan is a boy who refuses to grow up, living with the Lost Boys and the fairy Tinkerbell in Neverland, enemies with the notorious Captain Hook. He appears in the bedroom of siblings Wendy, John and Michael Darling, and together they go to Neverland to go on an adventure. Wendy takes on a motherly role to the Lost Boys, something which they have lacked for so long.
After a fight in the past with enemy Captain Hook, Peter Pan severed his hand off, leaving him with a hook in its place. The hand is then fed to a crocodile, who loves the taste so much that he follows Hook around with the hope of tasting him some more. It provided such a cool little back story to the widely known fact from the film about why Hook is so afraid of the ticking crocodile who swallowed a clock.
Overall, it was lovely to reconnect with a bit of childhood nostalgia and go back to the original 🙂
Death Sentence follows Danish crime writer Frank Fons, who has a reputation for gritty, gory murder scenes in his books. When murders are committed exactly how he has written them, rather than sharing what he knows with the Police, he decides to track the killer down himself. As this story unfolds, you are presented with several flashbacks of Frank’s career, from losing his family, using writing as therapy and turning to alcohol.
This book wasn’t actually as bad as I was expecting it to be if I’m honest. The writing style leaves something to be desired but the storyline developed well, culminating in an explosive ending that you can’t help but question. It’s one of those moments where you half expected it to happen but half can’t understand how it ended up at this point. The way Frank was portrayed to me showed a certain darkness to his character with the twistedness of his writing and his state of mind in parts of the book. These character traits of his almost make the ending make sense as Frank is so irrational in places, a bizarre ending is the only way to finish up his story.
It bugs me that the killer is actually never revealed and you don’t find out their story, as for me that makes a crime novel slot together, where you understand their motives and piece together these motivations with events and subtle details within the book.
Overall, this book is probably not for everyone, but if you’re into crime fiction it’s worth a try.