See What I Have Done

Lizzie Borden took an axe,

And gave her mother forty whacks

When she saw what she had done,

She gave her father forty-one.

I feel like I’m the only person who had never heard of the Lizzie Borden case before reading this book. The poem gave it away a bit, but it was so intriguing I instantly wanted to know more.

For those people like me, who have never heard of the Lizzie Borden case, here a few things to get you started:

  • August 4th 1892 – Andrew and Abby Borden’s bodies were found by their daughter, Lizzie Borden. Both of them had been brutally murdered by an axe.
  • After some time, Lizzie Borden was arrested for their murders and her trial was one of the first nation-wide news sensations which was covered in America, she was then released in June 1893.
  • There was no murder weapon found.

Sarah Schmidt wrote a historical fiction of the case on true events of the Borden Murders. After I had read the book, I went straight to Google to do some research about the case because for this type of books, the facts NEED to be accurate. I’m glad to say that most of the events she wrote about were true to the real life story.

I think that Schmidt did an amazing job with writing this book, from the first page to the last I was completely engrossed and intrigued with the story. From the first page, she puts you right in the middle of the action, with the discovery of Andrew Borden’s body. However, I was instantly made aware that there was something not quite right.

It wasn’t until references’ to Lizzie’s age within the book, and especially when I finished the book that I realised her actual age: 32. I had thought she was MUCH younger than that because she acts very much like a young teenager. She continuously makes demands off of her parents and practically suffocates her older sister, who is in her forties. This also adds to what I said previously about being aware that there is something not quite right, it adds a sort of creepiness within the book.

At the time of this story, Lizzie should be married and have her own children, instead, she is still living at home with her father, step-mother and sister and she remains very childish. Maybe because the family was trapped in a time-warp, and even though they were all aging, they all stayed the same age at heart? Particularly Lizzie.

It is very clear throughout the book that Lizzie loves her family. She loves her sister Emma and looks up to her, she loves her father and she so badly wants to feel loved by him and make him proud of her. But could she really get angry enough to kill her own parents?

I know my opinion, what’s yours?

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13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher was a book that I had been wanting to read for a while. This was on my TBR pile for a while, and then when I heard that it was soon coming out as a Netflix series, I decided to read it as soon as possible. I read this book in two days, If I hadn’t had responsibilities such as going to work, then I would have 100% read this in one sitting. I had heard nothing but good things about this book and I was so excited to start reading it, and I also found it quite relatable.

This is a novel about friendship, sexuality and honesty, and as a teenager, (although now in my final year of being a teen) and with my final school years still fairly fresh in my memory, It was easy for me to think back, and also relate to how Hannah was feeling before she took her own life.

Hannah Baker killed herself two weeks ago, and Clay gets home from school finding a package on his bed, confused, but also interested in what is on these tapes, he straight away listens to them. There are 7 tapes in the package, and both sides have recordings on them, except for the 7th one. There are 13 recordings altogether. Each side is a story that belongs to someone at school, with Hannah explaining why that person was apart of the reason that she killed herself. The rule is that each person must listen to all of the tapes, and when they are done, pass them onto the next person in the list. If one of them does not do this, then there are a second version of the tapes, and not only the 13 people involved hear what is on them, but everyone does.

Hello, boys and girls. Hannah Baker here. Live and in stereo.

No return engagements. No encore. And this time, absolutely no regrets.

I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to these tapes, you’re one of the reasons why.

I’m not saying which tape brings you into the story. But fear not, if you received this lovely little box, your name will pop up . . . I promise.

Clay Jensen returns home to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. All through the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovered changes his life forever.

Asher cleverly allowed both Hannah’s and Clay’s point of view of everything on the tape and the same time, and it works very well. It allows us as the reader to know Hannah’s reasons, but also Clay’s perspective of it all.

At school, people can be so nasty, for absolutely no reason at all. I had some experience with this, along with so many other people. People would just take the piss out of others for little things, things that didn’t involve them in the slightest, and they knew they were hurting the other person, but did they care? of course not, because it was fun for them and they were bored, so why not make someone else feel shit? Some people do this intentionally, however, the message that Hannah brings, is a lot of the time, people don’t even realise that they are hurting other people, and their action affect so many things going on in someone’s life.

This book makes you think about what we can do everyday, to make people’s lives a little better, if we didn’t do that one thing, or say that one thing maybe we can save their lives. If we didn’t comment on someone’s hair or their appearance, but actually complimented their hair or their appearance, maybe we can make their day a little bit better. If we don’t say that one negative thing, someone else won’t do that one negative action and things will be better for that person. Therefore, I’m going to give this book 5 stars because it is relatable and it makes us think about how our actions and our words can affect other people both in a positive and negative way.

 

The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir was the type of book that I will read many times. My brother, sister and mum had all read this book and said good things so I thought I’d give it a read. I’ve never really read science-fiction books before, but I certainly will after reading this book.

I’m stranded on Mars.

I have no way to communicate with Earth.

If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Habitat breaches, I’ll just kind of explode.

If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.

I’m Screwed.

What I loved about this book was the first sentence. “I’m pretty much fucked.” I think it was the perfect introduction to Mark Watney. He is stranded on Mars, there was some unfortunate events which led to his crew mates aborting the mission and evacuating Mars immediately, and believing Mark was dead, left him behind. So the first sentence, is the perfect introduction to Watney and his situation.

This is a story against all odds. Andy Weir uses humour and sarcasm throughout this book and he does it well. Watney is stranded on Mars, he has no way to communicate with Earth, to NASA or his crew mates and the next scheduled mission to mars is four years away. Watney’s food supplies allow him last just under a year, so he will starve to death.

However, Watney is at a bit of an advantage as an Astronaut stranded on Mars. He’s a botanist and a mechanical engineer trained by NASA for space missions to Mars. He uses his knowledge in these areas to prolong his chances of survival and lasting much longer  than expected.

I’m no science geek – science confuses the hell out of me, but Weir explained complex science in a simple and interesting way that even I could understand. This book is solely for those who are good at Maths and Chemistry, anyone can read this book and understand it.

This book is mostly a narration by Watney about his life on Mars and how he’s going to survive and all the problem he bumps into. But we are also told the story of what NASA are doing in an attempt to help Watney and how to allow Watney to survive for longer.

I was completely stuck into this book the entire way through. I was rooting for Mark Watney from the beginning to the end, and actually believed that he was a real Astronaut and this was real life, so for me, this book gets 5 stars.

My plan for today is to watch the film, so I’m sure this will be updated very soon.

 

Lie With Me

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant was an AMAZING book, i mean, just WOW. I borrowed this from my sister, you can find her blog here. This book had such an amazing twist. It left me needing to talk to someone about it. Thankfully, my mum had already read this book, so I ran straight downstairs to talk to her about it. I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by it.

Sabine Durrant is such a clever writer. The book starts off with Paul Morris, an unlikeable character right from the beginning. He is arrogant, pretentious and a womaniser. I hated him, and it made me so happy when he had to move back in with his mother and that he was so miserable, he deserved it, he was a horrible person. However, by the end of this book I was rooting for Paul and I felt so sorry for him.

Paul lied a lot, he did it for no other reason than to make himself look better than he actually was, but there was no proper reason behind it, as if to hide something from someone, but he certainly was not evil and did not deserve what happened to him. It was someone else who was evil, but because Paul had lied so much, who would believe him?

This book was so easy to read. There are some books, where you just pick it up and cannot put it down again, where you completely forget that you’re reading a book and you feel like you are part of the story, like you are right there, watching it in real life. This book was just so relatable. Everyone tells little white lies occasionally for no reason at all other than to make yourself feel or look better.

This is probably the best book I have read so far, not only for the plot, but the way it was written and I seriously recommend that everybody reads this book. This book is definitely 5 stars!

Her Darkest Nightmare

Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak was a book that I received from bookbrigr. I absolutely LOVED this book. From the moment I picked this book up, I just couldn’t put it down again. It was so gripping and intriguing and I was left wanting so much more!  It is so gut-gripping and it really does leave you breathless and wanting more, it is impossible to stop reading after a chapter has ended because it makes you want to find out what is happening now, and what is going to happen next.

Dr Evelyn Talbot has learnt to live with fear. When she was 16, she was targeted by her boyfriend, Jasper Moore, and survived days of torture. She escaped with her life, however, Jasper managed to disappear before he was caught. Now Evelyn lives in a world of psychopaths. As the head of the Hanover House institute in Alaska, she engages daily with killers who have no remorse, no conscience and a desire to murder her. All Evelyn wants to do is to try to figure out why they do what they do and how to stop them. But when a mutilated body is found in her Alaskan town she is forced to question herself, her inmates and whether her darkest nightmare has come back to taunt her.

This book completely kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. Novak was brilliant whilst writing this book. The plot was amazing, she used emotional intensity and she had true to life characters. This book was so satisfying, it’s such a great book to get lost in.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries, anyone who, like me, has a huge passion for books and loves to be left wanting more and really enjoys constant cliff hangers throughout a book. I can’t fault this book at all, therefore  I would give this book a big 5 stars.

Just Friends

I absolutely loved this book! This has been the best book that I have read in a while. It gives you such an emotional journey. I went from happy, to sad, to in tears and then back to happy.

This book is about a boy and a girl called Ethan and August. They first became friends at Ethan’s seventh birthday party and have been best friends for twelve years. fame, money and a tragic accident changes the way August looks at Ethan and she asks herself whether she wants to be “just friends” with Ethan.

I fell in love with this book right after the first chapter. There are moments in this book that I could relate to entirely. The characters were written so well and you can really get an understanding of what their lives must be like and how they are feeling.

I could not put this book down from the moment that I picked it up, I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot say a bad word against this book. Billy Taylor did an amazing job with this book. Therefore I would give this book 5 stars.