My Review of Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger

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 Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris

Finished on: 20th June 2013

Rating: 5 stars

Reading Challenge Book: 37

It’s been so nice to work my way back into reading and relax whilst reading with a bit of music on without having to worry about revision, exams or deadlines.

Now for those of you who know me or read a lot of my reviews, you’ll know that I love a bit of gory writing and horror, especially within the realm of crime/criminal psychology. My favourite series ever is McDermid’s ‘Wire in the Blood’, revolving around criminal psychologist Tony Hill. So it would make sense that I would enjoy reading Hannibal Lecter books and watching the many programmes and films based on him. Weirdly, it had never occurred to me to read the books until recently. 

I decided to read Hannibal Rising first, as although it’s the last book published, it acts as a prequel to the others in terms of chronology. You begin to understand what has driven him to become this psychopathic killer who kills without remorse or regret, and it does almost give you a sense of sympathy for him. I think that’s important with books and characters such as these as ‘monsters’ are simply not born that way, they have to be created through trauma, and although this does not excuse the crimes they go on to commit, it helps your understanding. 

I was blown away by how true the movie actually was to the book, as in I could recall individual lines from the book that were used pretty much as is in the film. Only a few minor details are skipped over, but this does not detract from the story that Harris has created! Brilliant!

Overall, I found this quite an enjoyable read, and a lot less gruesome I would imagine than the ones to come as it shows how he becomes this notorious killer on a learning curve rather than showing him at his murderous peaks.