A Simple Favor–Darcey Bell

The first for the new book club! (Check on instagram for @derangedbookclub where I post all about books and do a live book club at the end of each month.)

[Editors Note: DerangedBookClub has since been cancelled because I got too busy with schoolwork and trying to become a librarian. However. I stand by the choices for bookclub.]

I was excited to read this because they were turning it into a movie which is how I know something is really really great. Or that they are going to make better somehow. 

Well. Everything failed me. 

It was good. But it wasn’t great. And the movie had a weird ending. 

Not to mention one important thing that I could not let go of if my life depended on it.


Stephanie was boinking her stepbrother. 


And the fact that she kept saying he looks like her dad in his wedding photo, and she looks like her mom was a TURN ON?

*insert Exorcist level vomiting*

It could have been such a good book but once that was all mentioned I was OUT. 

It had very ‘Gone Girl’ vibes about it and I wasn’t really into that book either.

So ‘Gone Girl with Incest’?  I was super out. 

I didn’t like ANY of the characters. And sometimes you just need ONE person to like in a book to redeem the entire thing. 

Maybe that was the point though?

I don’t know anymore.

Constant vigilance.


The Sandcastle Empire–Kayla Olsen

I needed some young adult in my life after reading Lolita. 

WHOOOOOAAAA what a horrible way to phrase that.

And yet I left it so you could read it and be mortified with me and for me. 

You’re welcome.

Anyway: I love YA novels that have heart. And murder. Lots and lots of murder. And mystery. But mostly murder.

Is something wrong with me? Who knows. But this book was SO. DAMN. GOOD.

This book is about how Eden who had a pretty good life (talking good parents, nice house, just above middle class upbringing) until the revolution happened and then she was left with only a handful of relics and clues from her dad about where a secret island is. That which is a sanctuary to all those who reach it. Far from the horrible daily grind of living in a hellish world.

This book was part thriller, part female empowerment, and part suspense.

And I believe there was a hot ginger in there somewhere that had me happily trailing along through this book.

Read this if you were into The Hunger Games. Because it’s sort of like that but somehow more mature? I don’t know.

Can’t wait to read more! 

Constant vigilance!


Goodnight Nobody–Jennifer Weiner

I’m really enjoying these in between books I’ve been choosing to give myself a break from the Game of Thrones series.

This book was pretty decent, it’s about a bored New York mother who moved to the suburbs in order to keep her family safer and happier and the end result is that she is starting to lose herself and hates everything about where she is and what she’s doing.

And then there is a murder in the neighbourhood and she tries to solve it.

It was pretty interesting and good for a brain break and I felt like she was a real person that I would meet at the supermarket or the park. Run down, tired as all hell, and thinks that the other mothers are basically stepford wives.

It was an easy read and I really had no idea who had committed the murder until they gave the smallest hint of a hint of a hint. And looking back on the book, it made total sense as to who it was, but they were so well hidden that you wouldn’t suspect.

It was nice, I look forward to reading more of her books.


Three Blind Mice–Agatha Christie

I’m not going to lie to you: I don’t remember much of this book. I’m not a short story person. I’m just not. And when they have ridiculous murders and things like that I’m really not into it. Which is sad because I really thought that I would like Agatha Christie’s stuff.

            It’s kind of like meeting your hero and finding out they are a bit of a douchebag. I just found out that a writer that I thought I would love doesn’t inspire me much and isn’t a complete genius. Which really troubles me. I’m sure that I will find eventually one that I absolutely adore, but I’m not really into the “Whodunnit” kind of thing right now so I think that maybe in the future I’ll love something else of hers.

   This one starts out with a murder in a hotel, people are bitches, there’s a snowstorm, everyone thinks it was someone else and then it ….

Oh my God. Just as I’m writing about it I’m remembering what I read. THIS short story I liked because the ending blew my mind.

This just goes to show you that I shouldn’t review books months after reading them.

The rest of the short stories in there weren’t the greatest, but this one and the Tape Measure Murder one were pretty good.

I think I need to write “constant vigilance” on my bookshelf to remind myself to write these right after I read them.

But I can guarantee that things like Divergent and Stephen King books would just be a lot of screaming.

Fearless Fourteen–Janet Evanovich

Joe Morelli inherited his house from his aunt and apparently his cousin is a little more than miffed at him for it. There are rumours of hidden treasure in Joe’s house, yard, and surrounding area of roughly 9 million dollars.

 Hilarity ensues as always and I was happy to keep reading this next installation.

 I honestly don’t have much more to say on it than that because I left this review too long and I pretty well forget what it was about! (I’m the worst at keeping things updated. Seriously. I have a problem.)

 But my brain is already in Summer Mode, which means we’ve shucked away the guise that we’ll be reading serious books for the next few months as it’s just too damn hot and sunny to care about my brain becoming smarter.

Constant vigilance: No thank you.

The Devil’s Teardrop–Jeffery Deaver

Su-spense. This book starts out with someone taking a machine gun to a bunch of innocents in a mall. Quite obviously you realize this book is going to be a thriller and scare the hell out of you.

            Special Agent Margaret Lukas has to call on a retired FBI document examiner Parker Kincaid in order to help with the case against one calling his friend The Digger. This man comes up with some creepy names for his villains, eh? The Digger, The Coffindancer, The Watchmaker. Freaky deaky!

  Anyway, so the accomplice to the Diggers murders leaves them a note saying that The Digger will continue to kill mass amounts of people every four hours unless they give him a certain amount of money. Typical greedy villains.

This plot already gets my heart pumping just reading it and then the plot thickens and stuff gets really insane.

   Definitely read it if you are into intrigue and a real mystery. Not to mention a little love sparks, and the Mayor gets a little badass at one point.

Seven Up–Janet Evanovich

I love these books. Brooooken record! (I was singing that to you in case we’ve never met so you don’t know that I sing everything and that I ramble incessantly so that my sentences are no longer proper and my eighth grade teacher would be so annoyed that there is no punctuation in this sentence besides the upcoming period. Bam. Have I mentioned I’m insane?)

Okay. These are so funny. Half the time I don’t even remember what they are about after I’ve read them, but I know that I genuinely like the characters and the stories are interesting while I’m reading it.

This book is about an old retired mob guy who is smuggling some cigarettes. Or so it seems. Somehow Stephanies friends from high school (Dougie and Mooner) get involved with this and Dougie goes missing. (Kidnapping is thought to be the cause.)

This story has so many flips and turns it’ll keep you interested.

It was so good that I bought the next four! Worth the read, not just this one, but the whole series.

Psycho: Ed Gein–Paul Anthony Woods

It’s pretty much a given that when anyone talks about Ed Gein I get shivers up my spine. I have a strong aversion to murderers and serial killers.

But I have this sickness where I need to read about them. I need to know what makes these people tick…how to spot them…I think my subconscious is trying to make me into a criminal profiler.

I watch Bones too often and I have a thing for Dr. Sweets.

Where was I going with this?


Ed Gein, serial killer who made lampshades and belts out of body parts. Lived in filth (with bones and parts everywhere all over the floor) and was considered a simpleton by people in his town.

This is why I trust no one.

Thankfully this book was short, but there was something other than the obvious real life story that happened here that creeped me the hell out. It’s a picture that is in the books that really got to me. I can’t get it out of my head. It makes me pained and angry just to think about it.

It’s a picture of Bernice Worden. Just talking about it makes me want to cry.

Gein had strung her up upside down like a pig in his shed and cut her from vagina right down to her chest. It is understandably the most gruesome thing I’ve ever seen and I can’t believe that her living relatives (if there are any, even if they didn’t know her personally) would allow this to be put into a book.

I was just reading along and turned the page and was immediately traumatized by this image.

I’ll never get it out of my head and I so wish that I could. (I folded the paper over with a warning so if my siblings were to read this book they wouldn’t be shocked and would have time to prepare.)

I can’t tell you if you should read this book. It was well written, but the subject is grossly disturbing.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde–R.L. Stevenson

I’m going to start off by saying that I really did like this book. I’m a fan of Robert Louis Stevenson and really enjoy his writing style.

However, this was definitely not my favourite of his. I enjoyed reading the story about how this book came to be far more than the actual story. (He dreamt it and then spent days with pen to paper, then scrapped the entire thing and started again.)

We all know the premise of this book is that this man is two-sided, two-faced, one the kind and respectable Dr. Jekyll, the other the more sinister murderous Mr. Hyde. I really thought this book would keep my interest peaked longer than it did.

Guaranteed it was scary for the time, but it didn’t hold up to my warped brain and took awhile to get into.

I was pleased where it went and glad that I read it, but it didn’t really leave as big a mark as I thought it would.

Poppy Done to Death–Charlaine Harris

Holy infidelity Batman! Chockerbock FULL of skankiness this book was extremely well plotted and enjoyable.

  Aurora’s sister in law gets murdered and lucky her, she finds her dead body. After that Aurora finds out that Poppy and her husband John David basically have a horrendous marriage where they are consistently cheating on each other and mistreating one another…John David is missing when Poppy’s body is found and it’s a great concern to everyone.

 The only one thinking he is the murderer is Aurora though and she sets out to find him. This book brought in a bunch of new characters that were all enjoyable and it brought back a few old ones, that of Auroras brother Phillip and Robin Crusoe.

This book had me deeply confused as to who the killer could be! There were so many wounded spouses and girlfriends/boyfriends and people who are just self righteous and think their way is the only way to live, it was just spectacularly complicated and had me guessing through the whole thing.

  I’m hoping she writes more because this character isn’t done and there has to be more to the story!!!

 And I’m off to ‘google’ it. It was a great couple of weeks reading these and I’m happily  moving on to the new Sookie Stackhouse book, also by Charlaine Harris.