21st May 2017
I’ve been doing some thinking lately.
I am content with what God has given me: life, family, friends, church, pets, this blog, my job etc. But I’ve been doing some soul searching because I’ve been feeling restless lately, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I am ready to turn another chapter in my life. I am ready to do whatever it takes for me to achieve this goal.
It is time for me to fly once again.
I keep telling people to do what they love and it’s about time to do something else that I love.
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
I don’t know what to make of this book, but I’ll try to bring my points across nicely.
When I started reading the story, I fell for the lead protagonist. Journalist Camille Preaker immediately reminded me of the unique Lisbeth Salander (Stieg Larsson’s ‘Girl’ trilogy). Preaker comes from a wealthy, but an unstable background and she has problems (lots of them) and she is not perfect and she is a cutter. I like that in a character: imperfectness.
However, going deeper into the story, Camille eventually starts to turn me off… and every other character I met along the way especially her mother and sister. When the writer was trying to steer me off track with who the real killer was, I stayed on track because I’m in this reading game wayyy too long to be led astray. The author wrote every character to look suspicious (I give her props), and if you’re not familiar with thrillers, then you might fall into the author’s trap and believe that everyone is guilty.
All the characters were either weird, out of it, sex crazy or on their way to being one of the other. And everyone is nasty. Nasty as in perverted-twisted-little-teens-nasty. I kid you not. And all (almost) the females were needy, clingy, whiny petulant beings. I kid you not. In a way, all the characters – especially the females – were
Another thing I did not like was the constant drunkenness. I get why Camille turned to drinking, but she did not have to be drunk all the time.
The little town of Wind Gap was a dreadful turn off (Maybe I am repeating myself here, but yes, I was TURNED OFF). It was like a town out of the Twilight Zone, but creepier. I hated Camille for getting in the car with her 13-year-old sister and her friends. I hated Camille for being an adult with the teens in the car and instead of acting like one, she suddenly remembers that she had no childhood and belittled herself by indulging them and herself in taking drugs. I mean Amma is barely 13 and yes, I know that there are some sick twisted teens out here, but this book was just wrong.
Then there’s the mother who could only tolerate/love her children when they’re sick so she makes them sick to be able to take care of them. So yeah, dysfunctional at its best, but creepily so. The mother would’ve been wonderful for a Criminal Minds episode.
I admit, this novel is the dream of debut writers and it did not miss, given the plot and sex-crazed drug/alcohol bingeing/munching characters, and the pressure will definitely be on to deliver even greater quality every time (Gone Girl is all the rage now, but I vow not to read another book by this author), but I just don’t know what to think about it. All I can say, it was disgusting and disturbing, and I won’t even recommend it for the faint at heart.
This book is sick, unhealthy and depressing and there’s nothing to like about it … unless you’re a sadist and want to inflict pain upon your sick heart then feel free to read it. I wish I could take the razor blade on the front cover of this book and slash up every single page of this unpleasant story.
I’ve read better.
My first Danielle Steel book 🙂
When you started your blog, did you set any goals? Have you achieved them? Have they changed at all?
Another déjà vu question. *sighs* I’ve answered this question sometime… Anyway, when I first started La Petit Muse I did not really set any goals to be met as I just wanted to help upcoming writers, but somewhere along the line, that got lost, so I am just having fun with the blog now.
No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.
1 John 4:12
I see God… in the mountains and trees. In the rivers and seas. When we love each other as we ought to. When we keep His commandments. I see God in a baby’s smile. When it rains. When the sun rises and set. Everywhere I go, I see Him.
And the eagle flies
And the rivers run
I look through the night
I can see the risin’ sun
And everywhere I go I see you
Everywhere I go I see you
You receive a gift that is bittersweet and makes you nostalgic. What is it?
This is voodoo! I mean, déjà vu. I answered this question at some point in time. I just knew it!
WARNING: prepare for an onslaught of photos and GIFs. 🙂
A week ago, I touched on what the term shipping means for crazy fandoms. This post was supposed to get done since last week, but time ran away from me.
Whenever I see two people with insane SIZZLING chemistry crackling between them, I’m like, get married already and have some babies! Then I ship it.
Although I am not a crazy shipper, I do ship a few things.
I tuned into Riverdale for Cole Sprouse, but ended up staying for Bughead:
I don’t ship them that hard, but they’re the cutest thing in the show although I don’t think they’re going to last.
I appreciate Wonder Woman with Superman!
They’re kindred spirits and when they kiss, it’s more than what she’ll ever have with Batman and him with Lois because you can feel the passion around the crackling electricity.
WW is not your typical ‘damsel in distress’ as Lois Lane. Like her, Kal-El has the soul of a warrior. Some fans prefer to see them with humans, but Supes is a god and he deserves a goddess and there isn’t another goddess on Planet Comic that is better suited for him.
I honestly don’t care for 101 reasons why Supes and Diana shouldn’t be in a relationship. I don’t care how bland they appear because of their hotness (deal with it!), this is my ship and I like them together.
The universe was at peace. Superman had found his soulmate. (This bit is taken from my SM WW fan fiction story 🙂
And then there is Ilsa Faust and Ethan Hunt…
Faust and Hunt are both spies. They’re outrageously talented in their respective fields, cool and confident under pressure, capable of seemingly superhuman feats of espionage excellence.
Ethan Hunt and Ilsa Faust is my other favorite ship and I hope they end up together [somehow] in MI6.
It’s the way Ethan looks at her!
They should get married and have some babies.
And if this [‘The Mummy’] is good, I’ll ship it, because… chemistry!
So the question is: who do you ship?
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