These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
“Sometimes the things that make one person sad are the same things that can make another person happy.”
Sour Candy by Kaelan Patrick Burke
“Sour candy trumps chocolate.”
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
“But you can’t kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that one thing you’ve never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope.”
The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
“When a man makes a promise, he makes it on his honor. When a witch makes a promise, they feel it in their bones.”
My Dearest Darkest by Kayla Cottingham
“Whatever the future might bring, whatever darkness might be lurking around the corner, she’d always have this.”
After years of avoiding each other, Daisy Darker’s entire family is assembling for Nana’s 80th birthday party in Nana’s crumbling gothic house on a tiny tidal island. Finally back together one last time, when the tide comes in, they will be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours. The family arrives, each of them harboring secrets. Then at the stroke of midnight, as a storm rages, Nana is found dead. And an hour later, the next family member follows…
I had no idea what to expect throughout the course of this book and I was honestly surprised at every turn. Daisy seemed like a bit of a ambivalent character, she didn’t really stand out in any way throughout the book and no one ever suspected her of being the one to commit the murders. I was definitely intrigued by her past and finding out about the dynamics within the Darker family.
I didn’t really find any of the other characters within the book particularly likeable which I think was the intention. The way that they all treated each other throughout the course of the night in retrospect makes sense when the big final twist happens. Nana definitely is my favourite out of all of them, though her favoritism towards Daisy when they were children is a little questionable.
I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the setting of the cottage. The isolation and the storm really ramps up the creepy tone of the plot and makes for a great backdrop as we try and figure out who is picking everyone off one by one. Even though the start was a little slower paced for me the build up of anticipation and intrigue kept me engaged.
When we eventually are told who the murderer is and why the Darker family was killed I struggled to accept that Daisy was already dead. I just thought there were so many scenes where she interacted with her family members but upon reflection and don’t think they ever responded back to her. I almost immediately wanted to restart the book and delve into every scene and see whether or not it made sense. I think that supernatural twist was unexpected and shocking and I think was ultimately necessary otherwise there wasn’t many options that would of been as shocking.
⭐️4/5 stars oh poor Daisy!
Its Top Ten Tuesday time once again friends! This week’s prompt is all about the debut’s I am excited about this year and tbh before I seen this prompt I had no debuts on my radar for 2023. So I did a little research and here are 5 books that have piqued my interest and I think I would really enjoy!
She is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran – A house with a terrifying appetite haunts a broken family
The Fraud Squad by Kyla Zhao – A working-class woman who infiltrates Singapore’s high society to fulfill her dreams risks losing everything in the process—including herself
She Started It by Sian Gilbert – a group of young women whose Caribbean bachelorette party takes a sinister turn
Missing Clarissa by Ripley Jones – two best friends start a true crime podcast—only to realize they may have helped a killer in the process
Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington – A Black teen desperate to regain her Ivy League acceptance enters an elite competition only to discover the stakes aren’t just high, they’re deadly
If you are unaware what the Buzzword Readathon/Challenge is see my prior post HERE. Last month the buzzword was life and death and I ended up completing Magic, Lies and Deadly Pies by Misha Popp which I really enjoyed!!
With February the buzzword is a book with a verb in the title and my options are:
Cambridge professor Emily Wilde is good at many things: She is the foremost expert on the study of faeries. She is a genius scholar and a meticulous researcher who is writing the world’s first encyclopaedia of faerie lore. But Emily Wilde is not good at people. She could never make small talk at a party–or even get invited to one. And she prefers the company of her books, her dog, Shadow, and the Fair Folk to other people. So when she arrives in the hardscrabble village of Hrafnsvik, Emily has no intention of befriending the gruff townsfolk. Nor does she care to spend time with another new arrival: her dashing and insufferably handsome academic rival Wendell Bambleby, who manages to charm the townsfolk, get in the middle of Emily’s research, and utterly confound and frustrate her.
I really enjoyed Emily as our main character. I think even though she is this academic genius she is still quite relatable in terms of her obliviousness and her inability to read other people. I think she could of done a better job trying to warm up to the townsfolk since she was a visitor and encroaching on their lives for months but I did think it was a little cruel of them to withhold their hospitality because of one little faux pas. Emily definitely has the tendency to jump into situations without a lot of thought and puts herself sometimes unnecessarily in danger but I can’t really fault her because this is why she came.
I did take me a minute to warm up to Wendell because I didn’t quite know the reasons behind him coming and wanting to help Emily. I thought at first he might be coming to undermine her and steal all her findings (which she herself believes) but as we learn more about him and discover that perhaps he isn’t what he has claimed to be I did become a lot more invested. I kind of wish we could of explored his relationship with Emily a little more and see them actually be a couple.
Normally books revolving around faeries don’t interest me but this kind of fae adjacent book was a nice compromise for me. This did have kind of a slower start and didn’t really pick up until around the half way point of the book. This just felt like a whimsical folk tale that didn’t shy away from getting a bit dark which I wasn’t really expecting. We learn a lot about the lore and the rules around dealing with the fae and the ruthlessness of their behavior mixed with the careless way they view humans.
⭐️4/5 stars Pleasantly surprised, this was great!