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Book Review: The Favorite Sister

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The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll ~ 384 pages ~ published 5/15/18 by Simon & Schuster

 

Goodreads Synopsis:

When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…

Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her cast mates.

Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.

Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.

Lauren, the start-up world’s darling whose drinking has gotten out of control, is Goal Diggers’ recovery narrative—everyone loves a comeback story.

And Jen, made rich and famous through her cultishly popular vegan food line plays a holistic hippie for the cameras, but is perhaps the most ruthless of them all when the cameras are off.

What I Thought:

Let me preface this review by saying that I am generally not a huge fan of thrillers. I tend to stay in my YA/historical fiction bubble, but I have been trying to branch out and broaden my horizons lately. When I saw this book on NetGalley, I thought that it sounded interesting, so I requested it, and I got it!

I went into this book having already seen that it was not getting great reviews. However, I had an open mind because my tastes will sometimes vary wildly from others. That was not the case this time. From the very beginning, I was not a fan of this book. The characters were awful to one another. There was not one likable gal in the bunch. As the book went on, I kept hoping that one of them would have some sort of redemption arc…but, alas, they all just became worse and worse people as the story went along.

I understand that not every book can be all sunshine and rainbows, but these women were just the absolute worst! They were constantly catty with one another, constantly backstabbing, constantly spouting off the most awful opinions. The main focus of the book, Brett, was my front-runner for my favorite for a large portion of the book. By the end, I was disappointed with her as well, but I won’t tell you why because spoilers 😉

As far as the writing style goes, I wasn’t a big fan of the way that Knoll would hop from talking about the present to something that had happened in the past within the same paragraph. It was done with no warning, and was extremely confusing to figure out what was going on a lot of the time.

I did give this a higher rating than I would have otherwise because, by the end, I actually was hooked and wanting to figure out who the killer was. I was able to guess who it was, but not until close to the end. As that was a big part of the book, I had to give some kuddo points for that!

My Rating:

2.0/5.0

I gave this book 2 STARS. I really hated all of the characters, but it kept me intrigued enough to want to solve the mystery, so I felt that deserved slightly higher than the otherwise terrible rating I would have given.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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Jessica Knoll’s Website

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The Favorite Sister on Goodreads

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Book Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker

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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang ~ 288 pages ~ published 2/13/18 by First Second

Goodreads Synopsis:

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

What I Thought:

I picked up this book because I heard Liberty on the podcast All The Books rave about it. If Liberty likes it, that is generally enough for me 🙂 I had just gotten finished reading a fairly dry non-fiction book, and a book I wasn’t super crazy about before that, so I needed a light, somewhat fluffy novel. This delivered perfectly!!

I absolutely loved Sebastian. I wanted to squeeze his little cheeks! I also liked Frances, as I found her devotion and excitement for her craft to be admirable. Their relationship, although built on a very large secret, was sweet, innocent, and genuine. Even when the plot hit the inevitable point of crisis, their friendship was so heart-warming. *squeeeee*

The artwork in this graphic novel was just wonderful. I loved the rounded, cartoony style of Wang’s drawing. I’ve only read a couple of other graphic novels, and I really enjoyed the ease of reading with this one. The colors were slightly muted and beautiful. Here is an example:

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Excerpt from The Prince and the Dressmaker from http://jenwang.net/archives/939

Overall, this was such a wonderful look at friendship and being true to yourself. The journey was sweet and the ending was thoroughly satisfying. This is a great quick read if you happen to find yourself in a reading slump, or just needing something light and lovely to read.

Rating:

5.0/5.0

I gave this one 5 STARS! I thought it was precious and heart-warming. This is a great, quick read for when you need a pick-me-up kind of book!


Are you interested in learning more about this book? Check out the links below! 

Jen Wang’s Website

Jen Wang’s Twitter

The Prince and the Dressmaker on Goodreads

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