Conspiracy at the Post Office (The Crying of Lot 49 – A Book Review)

The Crying of Lot 49
Author: Thomas Pynchon
Published: 1965

Crying of Lot 49

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A conspiracy is abound involving the U.S. Postal service. That there were once two: Thurn and Taxis and Trystero. Oedipa Maas is determined to figure it out more after receiving a letter that she’s to be the executor of her late boss’s will and a clue to Trystero. As she goes about fulfilling her duties this Trystero appears everywhere and she follows the clues to figure it out. Going to a play, talking to strangers, and finding hidden symbols. Along this journey, Oedipa meets new people and finds herself in situations she never would in her day to day life.


I first read Thomas Pynchon in college. I’d read Vineland which followed characters’ times in the 60s, the war on drugs, and a federal agent is going psycho as he goes overboard on a case. The best thing I can say, is that he’s the hipster of fiction as his stories are of the post-modern fiction variety. He’s really in a league all of his own. The Crying of Lot 49 is his shortest novel and has appeared in a few magazines such as Esquire Magazine.

The language of this book is crazy! I laughed, squinted, and said, ‘what the hell’ many times. From the way Pynchon goes into detail to the names of his characters, this has so much originality to the point that it’s from a whole other planet. I mean come on! Dr. Hilarius (Oedipa’s psychotherapist), Mucho (her husband), and so many others. And then toss some LSD in the middle and you have fun. No seriously. There’s drugs in this books and the effects were really funny and oddly soul revealing for the characters.

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The tone of the book holds a lot of edge to it. I felt like i was on a great cusp of discovery. Every little clue, and you have to be paying REAL CLOSE ATTENTION, leads you on. Maybe it’s not super exciting like a super spy movie, but it does scratch away at the wallpaper of your mind and can make you question things. In this case, the thing in question is the postal service and how it ties to acts of rebellion against the government .

This story mostly takes place in San Narciso and the L.A. area in California. Oedipa is driving around a lot as she searches for answers. She stays in in a rundown hotel where a group of paranoids follow her and Metzger, the lawyer helping her execute the will, around. For the most part, setting isn’t one of the primary parts of the books. It’s the intricate details surrounding the plot. The focus here is more on the characters’ thoughts and the process of them. It’s extremely intricate.

I will say that there were many times that I had to backtrack because I got confused. Pynchon isn’t easy. Just in this story, I was follow Oedipa as she tracked small clues around to figure out a conspiracy theory involving the U.S. Postal service and the government. Let me bulletpoint it for, and trust me when I say it won’t reveal the book. I wouldn’t be able to spoil it if I could.

  • Trystero
  • W.A.S.T.E
  • Paranoids
  • A book of antique postal stamps
  • Godzilla II (A boat. I laughed too hard at this.)
  • The Scope (a bar that gets mail)
  • The Courier’s Tragedy (A Jacobean play)

See? Not understanding it are you? LOL. This is going to be one of those books I re-tackle. That’s not meaning it’s terrible. It just means that this book is difficult. I enjoy Pynchon. He’s way out of the box. He doesn’t even have a box. He’s got a flying saucer. It’s amazing! But, he’s tricky. I have V. lying around my apartment somewhere and I look forward to reading that one, too.


I do recommend reading Pynchon. Maybe this book isn’t for you. That’s cool. But the man is a genius. He’s so deep of thought and really good at twisting and connecting dots that will make your head explode.



“If I were to dissolve in here, be washed down the drain in to the Pacific, what you saw tonight would vanish too.” (Driblette to Oedipa, p. 79)

“What’s it like, Oedipa, being all alone in a nightmare like that?” (Fallopian to Oedipa, p. 88)

 “Hold it tightly by its little tentacle, don’t let the Freudians coax it away or pharmacists poison it out of you. Whatever it is, hold it dear, for when you lose it you go over by that much to the others. You begin to cease to be.” (Dr. Hilarius to Oedipas, p. 138)

“The songs, it’s not just that they say something, they are something, in the pure sound. Something new. And my dreams have changed.” (Mucho to Oedipa, p. 144)


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The Dream Job (Entrance – A Book Review)

Author: J J Sorell
Published: 2017


My Rating: Full boltFull bolt

Clarissa Moone is timid and shy and has a strong passion for art and the sixties. So when she gets a much coveted job for the bachelor, Mr. Aidan Thornhill who’s well-known for his charity and is an art enthusiast like herself, she’s ecstatic. A completely new wardrobe, personal cottage, and all the food you can eat along with flexible hours? Who doesn’t want this job! But, who is Mr. Thornhill? Everybody else has seemed to meet him except her.

However, she keeps running into a mysterious man around the estate. Feeling sparks every time they meet, she begins to wonder if it’s meant to be. Then she discovers that he’s Mr. Thornhill himself. Flames form from those sparks and, though she’s told she shouldn’t, she falls head over lust over love with her new boss. What could go wrong?

This book was given to me by the author via e-book in exchange for an honest review on my blog. So here we go.

This story started out so promising. I was super excited! This is a fairytale type of story for me. I mean come on! Girl falls in love with rich guy and the sex is great? Perfection. Clarissa gets the dream. She has the gorgeous body and gets her hot guy! As I kept reading though, this feeling dwindled. I don’t have any issues with the erotica genre. None whatsoever. I just didn’t get a lot out of this.

This book begins with a warning, which is incredibly thoughtful. There are readers who don’t prefer a lot of sex in their books, which is completely fine. As somebody who’s alright with it, I can say that I hoped for more. My toes didn’t curl and I didn’t get the warm shivers as I read. I didn’t get much of anything past utter intrigue. There was sadly no book-gasm.


The story didn’t appear very realistic to me. A lot of the setting of the estate and other places seemed too vague for me at times. There were moments that I felt were very interesting, but they were cut so short. There was a moment to linger in who Clarissa was and how she felt when it came to Aidan. I just didn’t get enough of a grasp for either. It wasn’t that is was fast paced, it was that it all felt rushed.

I struggled with some of the details, too. I was shaking my head a lot because certain bits and pieces just didn’t make sense to me. For example, (and this isn’t that spoilery in regard to the story, but this is so you understand what I’m getting at,) Clarissa was gifted a company credit card so that she could purchase some clothes for her work wardrobe and later on a few ball gowns for upcoming events. Now ball gowns are expensive, plus there are shoes and jewelry to account for in addition to the dresses. Your average dress run approx. (and depending on the amount of fancy, which from how these events were described, is uber fancy) $2,000-$5,000. Then with shoes you’re looking at $200-$1,000. Then with jewelry you may be looking at least north of $150 possibly. The limit on her card? $10,000. Doesn’t make sense to me, especially with Aidan Thornhill being a billionaire. I would’ve expected a much larger card limit.  This is only one example and I’ve gone over it with a few people I know because I was utterly stumped and disenchanted.

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The story came off repetitive and when that happens I tend to skip over parts. You’ve read it already, so why read it for a fifth time ten chapters later? I was really interested in the developing relationship between Aidan and Clarissa. When she and Aidan would interact it always felt the same every time nearly. They’d also repeat what the other person says and I didn’t understand why.

Ever read a story that throws you off because you can’t get a handle on the voice of the character? That happened for me here. There were times that Clarissa sounded like the up and coming young woman who was striking out on her own and then other times she came across as an eight year old girl. She’d switch between talking intensely about art and how she loved her new job and then she’d switch out and then she’d use words like tummy and yummy, coming off as baby-ish. It really threw me off trying to latch on to her voice and grasp onto what type of person she is.

The story itself was sweet and a dream. Everybody wants the perfect job and guy/girl and be able to make a good paycheck. They want everything Clarissa achieved. But it was just that. A dream to me because everything else around it didn’t really lift me up or stand out. I’m pretty sad about that. I felt deflated, which sucks because romances should yank you up into the fluffy clouds. I just had a really tough time with it. We didn’t click.

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I want to give this book so much love, but I just can’t get there. I know there are so many positive reviews on Goodreads about the book, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I couldn’t get attached. So I’m pretty sure I’m just one of those people who just didn’t get fulfilled here.

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Skulking in the Shadows (Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – A Book Review)

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Published: 1886


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If he be Mr. Hyde, I shall be Mr. Seek.

In Victorian London, Dr. Jekyll struggles with an experiment gone wrong. His life is turned upside down from a serum he created that brings a much more darker part of himself to the surface in the form of the disfigured Mr. Hyde. More and more often the doctor is locked away in his own body while the crazed and destructive Mr. Hyde is out on the streets at night terrorizing people and there’s nothing he can do about it. Dr. Jekyll turns to his trusted lawyer, Mr. Utterson, for help before it is too late.


I really got sucked into themes and ideas with this book. For a short story it was quite in-depth and was very dramatic. It was quite enjoyable and fast-paced. Dark is an understatement here. A good portion of this takes places at night and most of the characters’ nature match that darkness, which now I will propel deeper into.

This classic novel didn’t lean on the horror genre in my opinion. It felt like more of just a Gothic fictional piece. Mr. Utterson who is investigating this ordeal between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde goes about the story with great detail. He cares deeply for his friend which is why he can’t give up on the doctor and his troubles like many others seemed to do throughout the story. Much of what happened was just tragic, but not scary.

The theme is obvious to all of those that have read this story before: the duality of man-that there is both a good and a bad side to a person that cannot be avoided. (Yin-Yang, etc.)  Throughout the book it is pressed upon that the darker side of man is to be locked away and the key thrown away. This is one of the most common contemplations both in books and in the real world. Who are we? What kind of people are we? It’s a complex question with variables that blur the lines of black and white when you get nitty gritty. Life is never so simple.  There’s always that grey area.

Jekyll and Hyde

However, what about the idea that rumors are like wildfire? That one terrible incident can ruin a person’s life and consume them, forever making them this hideous creature according to other people for the rest of their life, with no hope of return? No amount of apology or repentance can fix this evil deed? Or what if this rumor isn’t even true? This debacle involving the doctor and his serum all starts with a story between Mr. Utterson and his friend about seeing a man who assaulted another person at night. In the dark it can be hard to see all of the features of a person and shadows can certainly morph those features. So while people assumed who it was, was it actually this person? Was it somebody else? While guilt does eat away at the person to blame, I know from personal experience that it can also it eat at a person blamed who is completely innocent. So, I find that


The style really moved me. It’s haunting and chilling with the description of shadows and how they lurk about in the night. Parts of this story are based around letters and stories rather than directly from what is happening at the time. I feel like I don’t get a full view of what may actually be happening; that it’s mostly hearsay from other characters rather than the man it’s actually happening to. When Dr. Jekyll really did get his moment it was too late. He was completely influenced by everyone around him. It was incredibly heavy on him. I found it very interesting.

The characters were very interesting, but not as people, but as in their purpose. I guess it’s tricky to understand. Like, the way they all circled around Dr. Jekyll like sharks. Even Mr. Hyde circled around him. There wasn’t a moment in which I was directly in Dr. Jekyll’s shoes, but he was the main character. He is what the story is all about, but I learned all about him from everybody else. Jekyll’s appearances were very few and in between. It added to my wonderings about if I could trust the information by these characters who professed to know him so well.

This was a great tale that really got me to think about the nature of man, but like I said, there wasn’t anything that really screamed horror like Frankenstein and Dracula. This was more thriller than anything. My anticipation to see Mr. Hyde was ever-growing the further I read. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it. It really got me thinking and from time to time I enjoy a good story that makes me question things in my life/in the world. That’s really what I gained from this.



“I swear to God I will never set eyes on him again. I bind my honour to you that I am done with him in this world. It is all at an end.” (Dr. Jekyll to Utterson, p. 29)

“With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to that truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck; that man is not truly one, but truly two.” (Dr. Jekyll, p. 60)


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I Laugh in the Face of Tragedy! (Fool – A Book Review)

Author: Christopher Moore
Published: 2009


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We all know Shakespeare and have a love, whether it be a deep-way deep down-love, or one that, like me, is always on the surface and has you geeking out, then get ready. Christopher Moore brings his own insane rendition of King Lear. The obnoxious, hysterical, and wild tale is spun from the point of view of The Fool who follows the moronic King and his deceitful daughters. With his own side stories, not heard until now, join the raucous adventure of revenge, war, outrageous passions …and there’s a ghost. Isn’t that the way it is with Shakespeare, though? Like Nicholas Sparks loves to kill off a character, Shakespeare loves to have a bloody ghost.

How do I begin to talk about this book? Hmm…

I’ll start with Christopher himself. If you’ve read my review on The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove then you can skip this mini geek-out. I discovered this man during my freshman year of college during a time that my free reading was beginning to grow scarce because of my assignments, which then fully cut out after finals because of how much work I got loaded up with. I only got to rekindle that reading bug after graduation, but anyway. Besides the point. The cover art of Lust Lizard had me curious and when I opened it to a random page my eyes bulged at a cult of naked people worshiping a big-ass lizard. I had to read it. From that moment on I was hooked. The comedy he writes is extreme and insane and I can’t get enough. It’s out of this world and perfectly placed. It is neither raunchy nor corny.  It literally gets you to beg the question—Did that really just happen?


This isn’t the ordinary recounting of a Shakespeare play. It’s not written in the same form, but from the POV of The Fool aka Pocket. Christopher Moore does keep up with defining certain terminology at the bottom of his pages much like what is found in the plays and has the cast list at the very beginning. So he doesn’t completely lose touch with the style of how plays are written. He melds it with his own. You also find yourself in flashbacks to when Pocket was a boy. I found those tidbits to be enlightening and a fun addition to the play.

Though, as a kind of warning: If you can’t handle language most foul then you might not be suited for this book. There is much fuckery.


There is even a map of Scotland, Wales, and Fucking France (no really, that’s what it says on the map) that not only furthers the hilarity, but gives you a good layout of the scenery in which the book takes place.

I was reeling with laughter from the characters and their dialogue as well as the plot twists. While this play is a tragedy, it’s flipped around to be more than that. It shows that something so dark can be turned into something full of humor. And doing that with Pocket is well placed. He represents the whole idea of humor and to get an in depth look at this character and his POV of the world was delightful.


I suggest this book for people who love comedy. It’s fun, hilarious, crazy, and I wasn’t able to put it down. I even got a copy for my mom. Everyone needs to laugh and Christopher Moore can make you laugh. And laughter is an important part of life if only to help us forget about our pathetic miseries. It’s one of a kind and I honestly believe you’ll find nothing like it anywhere else.


“Fuckstockings, truth is a surly shrew sometimes!” (Pocket, p. 84)

“You simple, sniveling old toss-beast. What did you expect to happen when you put the care of your half-rotted carcass in the talons of that carrion bird of a daughter? (I may have had some residual anger.)” (Pocket, p. 139)

“There’s always a bloody ghost.” (Laundress, p. 167)

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All Through the Night (Istanbul Days, Istanbul Nights – A Book Review)

Istanbul Days, Istanbul Nights
Author: Leonard Durso
Published: 2017

Istanbul Days

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Set in Istanbul, Turkey. A dear friend and fellow professor of a local university passes away unexpectedly from a heart attack and in his honor the theatre department, dance department and many others from the performing arts department come together to put on the most diverse and beautiful version of Romeo and Juliet. What none of them expected were the sudden feelings that began to erupt as they each grew closer.

While some come forward about their feelings and embrace them, others dance around them cautiously. Relationships form, relationships fall apart. Love gained. Love lost. A true trivial pursuit in which not everyone can win.

“Culture is like an ocean liner streaming its way across the sea and once on it, we have little choice but to ride along with it to wherever it takes us.” –Leonard Durso

Istanbul Days

This book was given to me by Smith Publicity in which I promised a review and Ta Da! here we are. I want to say thank you for the book. I greatly appreciate it. With that, let’s do this!

This book starts out with a cast list much like you’d find at the beginning of any play, and I’ll list them below for you.

Hasan – died tragically

Katja – Hasan’s wife, now a widow

Bekir – head of the university

Michael – Chair of the Theatre Department, always bringing up his age, debating his feelings for Irem

Ozge – Mustafa’s with of 25 years

Murat – married with three children, wishes he and his wife had the relationship they used to

Philip – British, a people watcher, the one you go to for advice, ponders over a drink about the book he is writing

Meric – teacher, director, actor, stud, drinker, passionate about women—not necessarily in that order

Gamze – costume designer

Simon – Head of English program, ready to go home to return to his college in Michigan

Jennifer – young, seeking adventure, madly in love with Meric

Meral – English Prep instructor

Elif – English Prep instructor

Ismigul – English Prep Instructor

Fersat – studies film, in love with Elena

Elena – top dancer in Katja’s class, in love with Berat and enjoys telling him what to do

Irem – Michael’s assistant, in love with him, cooks for him, hesitant to tell him how she feels

Deniz – costume designer, enjoys The Rolling Stones, loves to paint

Dave – a visiting professor from the US, tries for female companionship but just can’t quite get there

Brenda – from Britain, divorced, seeking adventure and intimacy to forget about her ex-husband who didn’t please her in and out of the bedroom

Sonmez – Murat’s wife, pays more attention to the kids than him

Mert – Chairman of the Board of Trustees, owner of the university

Metlem – student of theatre department, actress

Onur – Murat’s best friend

Mark – Brenda’s ex-husband

Pelin – Brenda’s protégé, sings with a trio of musician’s, in love with her professor-Meric

Naim – a waiter

Mermati a waiter

Osman – barman at The Belfast

Irem’s mom – widow

Brenda’s mom – tells Brenda not to divorce Mark

And not only does showcasing the cast, much like a play, amplify the style it was written in but the chapters, which were each month of the academic year, were titled as scenes. I loved the set-up. Even the sudden jumping around from character to character was nifty. I enjoyed the movie He’s Just Not That Into You and I want to read the book. The way the movie interweaves its characters is very close to how this book does it. They’re all interconnected. I do wish there had been page breaks, though. There were a couple times that I had no idea I’d swapped to a different character. One minute I’m reading about Dave and then suddenly I’m reading about Michael and didn’t realize it.

There is something I have to pick on and that’s the lack of detail. Sure, I read everything that was happening, but it moved so fast and I had no sensory detail to cling to that allowed me to see what was happening. So it felt stiff.

I found the instant romance between characters to be intriguing. There was no build-up between the characters. Being in their heads, I got to see that spark of knowing they liked a person light up like a firework. They just went for it and it surprised me. I was just, “Whoa, this is happening, and right now”.

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Which leads me to this. This book wasn’t just about gaining love, but also losing it or never even going after it. I got to view the several aspects that surround this strong emotion. It was powerful and it rocked me because I struggle in that department. I’m a shy human and I’m really careful about who I let into my life.

And just think, all of this was happening while pulling together a play that is bi-lingual, sings, dances, and also ends as a fun, uplifting comedy of people coming together instead of two young kids killing themselves (the play is a rendition of Romeo and Juliet, remember?). Very intricate. I got to see the bit by bit as the performance was being put together by each individual. And honestly? It stressed me-and writing that has me laughing right now. Nonetheless, it was impressive to see such an intense show get put together among the stress of love lives.

Overall, this book wasn’t half bad. I can’t give it my full love because I couldn’t see it. I forgot what these character looked like and I couldn’t get emotionally attached to them because everything was on the surface. Still, a decent piece on love and turmoil it riles up.


“She can do nothing. Only lie there. And wait for the end of the world.” (Katja, p. 28)

“Another day. Another Adventure.” (Dave, p. 36)

“Leave me to my new adventures and continue playing the misunderstood poet writing your sad, forlorn verses of lost love. She thinks he is only good at love on the page but could never quite make it work in bed. Words, she thinks. Love is just words for him and she craves action.” (Brenda, p. 59)

“You are a star to me.” (Irem to Michael, p. 69)

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Feathers of a Bird (Shattered Memories – A Book Review)

Shattered Memories
Author: V.C. Andrews
Published: 2017

Shattered Memories

My Rating: Full boltFull boltHalf bolt


They have and unbreakable bond…an inescapable bond.

Kaylee and Haylee have always done everything together whether in full agreement or not. That’s expected from them as identical twins. Alike in every single way imaginable. Even in their DNA. It keeps mother happy.

But now they are officially apart. After Haylee’s betrayal that led to horrendous events, Kaylee is given a chance to start anew at the private school of Littlefield. Trying to bloom a new life isn’t so simple, but she’s determined to make her dark past disappear even if that means pretending she never had a twin. With Haylee haunting Kaylee’s every step and thought, she knows that being truly free isn’t that easy and Haylee isn’t through with her. Not even close.

WARNING/DISCLAIMER: This trilogy wasn’t written by the original author, but from the notes she left behind. Also, this is the final book in the series, so you may be confused and feel spoiled by the following review, hence the warning. 

The conclusion of a trilogy is meant to be iconic and the high peak where the final showdown happens and a calm sea of closure follows. Secrets that were unknown to the narrator, and sometimes to the reader, come to light and the final battle is well on its way. I am sad that this isn’t the case with Shattered Memories. While the major battle did happen—Kaylee is battling her inner turmoil while overcoming her trauma from Andrew Cabot, her kidnapper, and her sister, Haylee—there is still so much missing and lacking for me. I had trouble diving into the book like I did with Broken Glass (full review here) and even The Mirror Sisters (full review here).

I couldn’t get into the book as much as I wanted to. While Kaylee sounded like a full-fledged adult when she spoke (which was constantly pointed out), her thoughts and other dialogue just didn’t click because it didn’t sound the same. I understand that Kaylee’s life has changed forever, but the story is from her POV. What is seen, heard, etc, from that POV should match to how she speaks. Well, I think so. It’s a tidbit that made me itch. It was like switching gears and that’s jarring.

Shattered Memories

Much like the previous two books, there was a streak of repetitive and I feel repetitive for mentioning it. From what Marcy saying the same thing again and again to Mason’s continued spite for Haylee, I was just put off whenever they graced the pages. I couldn’t hold on to the story. There was a lackluster. I just feel like there wasn’t enough in regard to dealing with her kidnapping and I just wasn’t fully convinced of how realistic this was for Kaylee. There was a flash here and a flash there, but I didn’t feel it. And for something this painful I needed to. Mason’s disowning of Haylee was disturbing, too. More than anything, I would believe a father who loved his children, while being upset, would want the best help for a child that is as disturbed as Haylee.

However, the new characters truly made this book worthwhile. Well, except for Marcy. Claudia, Troy and Marcy along with a couple others come onto the scene of Kaylee’s fresh start at Littlefield. Troy, the strong, holier-than-thou, intelligent, silent and sits alone type, and Claudia, the new, but has her own dark secrets, roommate really gave flare to this final chapter of The Mirror Sisters. Both of them were able to understand Kaylee on a level that didn’t make her feel judged or freak-like and that was a nice breath of fresh air. The three of them each went through something terrible and to watch how it affected how they let people into their lives was realistic and great. And then there’s Marcy. Dear, sweet, hyperactive, loud Marcy. The constant need to live through Kaylee was strange and over-dramatic. She makes the perfect teenage girl that doesn’t have a single problem in the world. But that didn’t make me like her all that much. I just hope I wasn’t like that when I was her age. Yet, I’m sure if I asked my mom she’d say I was very much like that.

Shattered Memories

I did have a few questions that kept coming up over and over again as I read. I will warn you, they are spoiler-y because they also reference Broken Glass. I don’t usually have questions, but I was scratching my head here and there.

What happened to Mr. Moccasin? Kaylee was desperate for the kitty at the very end of Broken Glass, but he’s never seen again. There wasn’t one single mention of him in Shattered Memories.

What happened to Andrew Cabot? I know the man was arrested for what he did to Kaylee, but that’s the last I heard about him. I honestly wanted to know about the trial/sentencing because that seems very important, but it’s as if his arrest was just it, that Kaylee needed to know nothing more. Also, I was quite peeved, with Broken Glass. As Kaylee came out on the gurney at the end, Andrew was nowhere in sight. The guy is psycho and there was no screaming or threatening? I just don’t believe it, not after everything he did to her. That man was unhinged, yet silent in the end? Queue creepy, and don’t forget peeved, shivers.

Okay, so my last question is in relation to Troy, who I adore if you couldn’t tell from above. As you know, if you’ve read it, Kaylee is dealing with not only psychological trauma, but physical trauma. She got her hair chopped off and is currently wearing a wig. I am really curious to know how Troy responded. I gave a thorough read-through and didn’t get an inkling of how he felt about it. Maybe it not getting mentioned showed that he was more than okay with it.


Overall, while I enjoyed the newly added characters, I felt deflated from beginning to end. There was too much clashing underneath the story and that can really mess up how I feel when I’m reading, and I read for nothing more than the sheer enjoyment. I dislike potholes in a story just as much as I dislike them on my street. The book was nothing like the two before it, which saddens me.



“You don’t look like me anymore, Kaylee. You’re prettier than I am now, but Mother can’t stand that, I’m sure. Did you forget how she wants us to be? You’re killing her by being so much prettier than me. You’re the one giving her the nervous breakdown now.” (Haylee to Kaylee, p. 55)

“Psychiatry is a form of voodoo.” (Mason to Kaylee, p.62)

“Weren’t you ever taught to put your disappointments in a bag of rocks and let them sink to the bottom of the sea?” (Kaylee to Marcy, p. 188)


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Different Shades of a Feather (Broken Glass – A Book Review)

Broken Glass
Author: V.C. Andrews
Published: 2017

Broken Glass

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Sisters until the end…which may come sooner than they think.

Kaylee and Haylee Fitzgerald have been together since birth, never apart and never alone. They could nearly be one person with how closely their mother watches over them so that they are in sync in every way. They are, after all, two halves of her perfect daughter.

One night at the movies, Haylee confesses that she was supposed to meet somebody, but feeling suddenly ill she asks Kaylee to go meet up with him. When the movie ends and she still hasn’t returned, her mother and father are frantic. Haylee, however, is ecstatic. For the first time ever, she’s alone, and more importantly free…or is she?

Broken Glass

This book was different from the first one, The Mirror Sisters, in many ways. (You can read the review here) Broken Glass hit the ground running and I don’t just mean that it started right where The Mirror Sisters ended, which if you haven’t read it then I’m sorry for this spoiler: Kaylee was kidnapped at the very end of the book. The momentum was nonstop and bone-chilling. Not only that, but the POV of this book wasn’t restricted to just Kaylee as in the previous book. Both Kaylee and Haylee were featured in alternating chapters, giving me the inside tour of both of the twins’ minds.

Sitting in the front seat with both young women really gave an edge to the story for me. Haylee is at home with her father who is trying to keep everything together in the household while her mother is  going crazy because one daughter is missing, which means that both daughters are missing since she sincerely believes that whatever happens to one girl happens to both girls. Getting the inside scoop of what it’s really like inside of Haylee’s mind is even scarier than I thought. She’s manipulative and deceptive and I think a sociopath. There isn’t a single moment that she’s concerned for where her sister could be, if she’s alright, or if she’ll get her back. Meanwhile, Kaylee is stuck in a dark place with no apparent way out and her captor is obviously psychologically unstable. However, she begins to discover that everything she’s learned from Haylee could save her.

The desperation that the girls share is my favorite thing out of the entire book. The reason behind that is because it’s expressed differently from the two of them. Haylee’s desperation derives from striving to be her own person and be only child, though her twin is still everywhere and in everything around her. Kaylee’s was based on her sheer will to survive being kidnapped. She goes to extreme lengths she never imagined, some of which surprised me.

The book was still repetitive in places, but it was worth pushing through that. The story had me on edge, waiting to see what would happen next. The only time I was disappointed was at the very end. The story stretched out so nicely and then the ending was rushed too fast, like a rubber band being stretched out and then let go, snapping back at light speed. It made me disgruntled to say the least.

I will be posting the review for the third and final book of this trilogy soon.


“I prefer looking through windows rather than looking into mirrors. That way, I don’t have to see you, too.” (Haylee to Kaylee, p. 180)

“The truth was, in this world, we couldn’t exist without lies.” (Haylee, p. 209)

More to come soon…


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