Book Review: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse. I am not a muse. I am the somebody.”

If I wasn’t convinced before (which I was from the very first book) I am absolutely convinced that Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favorite authors. Each book I read teaches me something new, makes me feel something I haven’t before, and forces me to empathize with characters I will probably never meet. Daisy Jones and The Six is no exception.

Just like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (if you haven’t read it yet, please do so – it is phenomenal) I had a hard time remembering that this book is fiction because Taylor makes it so damn real! I kept wanting to look up on Google “The Six” and “Daisy Jones,” while listening toa healthy dose 70’s rock. In this book, we get Daisy Jones, a girl born of the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, and the band The Six which is composed of Billy, Graham, Karen, Eddie, Warren, and Pete. It is evident in the book that although it is The Six, the stars of the show are Daisy and Billy and how the band falls apart in 1979.

The book is told in an interview style, with each of the band members having their say of what happened, now, in the present. That, right there, this telling of past events is what got to me. You can’t help but take notice that the past happened, yes, but it gets so convoluted the more time passes and the more people were involved. Everyone sees events differently, and it goes to show that the way you experienced something, will never be the same to another person, even if you are both looking at the same damn thing.

“You have these lines you won’t cross. But then you cross them. And suddenly you possess the very danger information that you can break the rule and the world won’t instantly come to an end. You’ve taken a big, black, bold line and you’ve made it a little bit gray. And now every time you cross it again, it gets grayer and grayer until one day you look around and you think,

There was a line here once. I think.”

There are a few specific events that happen, which I won’t go into extreme detail because:

  1. This book doesn’t come out until next year.
  2. This is a book you really should experience without knowing too much. The summary on Goodreads is excellent because it just gives you the general gist of the book. No spoilers. Well except that you know they split up, just not how.

But what I will say is thank you, Taylor, for not being afraid to write about things that most authors don’t like to write about. She writes human emotions in a way that the feelings become visceral. I cried, guys. I cried and I raged with every member of the band. I wasn’t just a reader, I was a participant reliving the emotions of fictional characters.

Daisy Jones and The Six comes out on March 3, 2019. Mark it on your calendar because the band will take you on a tour down memories filled with sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.*

Also, I vote to have all the song lyrics turned into actual songs by a singer! 🙋

“It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.”

 

*I might update my review once the book comes out so I can gush about all the things Taylor made me feel while reading it.*

 

 

Gisela’s review of War Storm (Red Queen, #4)

Disclaimer: As always with series such as these, I find myself writing more ranty-fangirl reviews instead of a super insightful literary-type review. Bare with me bookish friends.

I really tried to take my time to read this book, but about halfway through I gave in to desire and sped through to the finish line and I am suffering a serious book hangover right now. I always get this way after finishing a series. I’m always a little sad to see the characters I’ve read about for years just go. BUT…

That ending was super satisfying AND I hope I’m not reading into things wrongly (see what I did there-haha) but I think Victoria Aveyard left the ending a little open? And it might be the start of something new? Perhaps a spin-off?!

Now about the characters- I really like Mare, and I think that might be an unpopular opinion but I absolutely like her a lot. She’s gutsy, she stands up for what she believes in and doesn’t let her love life get too much into the way of that. She’s grown throughout the series and it is evident especially in the last book. Girl is making her own choices, keeping up with General Farley (another favorite of mine because she is completely bad-ass and I want to be her best friend), and not taking any crap from men.

really enjoyed Maven and Cal’s POVs. Maven’s mind is just as topsy-turvy as anyone could guess and Evangeline’s POV’s were pure gold! The only point of view I didn’t care too much for was Iris’s. They were fundamental to the story, I’ll give her that, but dear lord I couldn’t wait to get to Evangeline and Mare’s and anyone else’s POV fast enough.

There is so much more I want to say, but I’ll just be ranting on and on. Before I finish, I have to applaud Victoria Aveyard. The book as a whole was amazing, and I didn’t want to put it down- but what I really loved were the one-liners that put into perspective difficult situations that we must all face. I wrote so many down. So thank you Victoria Averyard, for having the courage to stick it to the man.

It’s actually 4.5 stars.

Gisela’s review of War Storm (Red Queen, #4)

“The years are long, but eventually, always, fortunes shift. The people rise. Such is the way of things. Either let change come willingly, help it along, or face the wrath of such force.” | I finished this book two days ago and I still have not been able to bring myself to write a review. The book hangover is real. ⚡️

#Bookhangover #Bookstagram #giselasbooked #Warstorm #LighteningGirl #RiseRedAsDawn #sendmehelp

Book hangovers are serious business- especially after finishing an epic fantasy series. My heart is still reeling but the cure might be some Netflix and a book in a completely different genre of the one I just read. Queue in Social Creatures. 🎭

#Bookhangover #Bookstagram #giselasbooked #someonesendhelp #SocialCreature

Gisela’s review of Everything I Never Told You

Trigger Warning: FYI this book deals with the topic of suicide.

“How had it begun? Like everything: with mothers and fathers. Because of Lydia’s mother and father, because of her mother’s and father’s mothers and fathers.”

There isn’t much I can say except my heart breaks. Celeste Ng writes about familial interactions exceptionally. Every thought the characters had, the words that they shared, the words that they didn’t- it all feels so close to home. There is nothing in the book that shouldn’t be there. It is all necessary.

Hearing about how people move on after the loss of a loved one is horribly sad, but it was the listening to the events that lead up to Lydia’s suicide (not a spoiler) that truly broke my heart because there is nothing you can do but watch the tragic events unfold. We learn all the situations- from the falling in love and marriage of Marilyn and James, an interracial couple (when interracial marriage was still illegal in places like Virginia!), the struggles of Nath and Lydia growing up as mixed children, to the youngest child Hannah being completely overshadowed by her brother and sister.

I cried so many different times in this book. This book was painful but needed. Please have a box of tissues or a friend to hug nearby. ❤

“What made something precious? Losing it and finding it.”

Gisela’s review of Everything I Never Told You

“The world we want to build has to outlive us.” ⚡️
Started this monster of a book today and I’m already hooked and I guess I’ll just say bye to my social life?
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#WarStorm #Imnotcryingyourecrying #bookstagram #RiseRedAsDawn #LighteningGirl

Gisela’s review of The Cafe by the Sea (Summer Seaside Kitchen, #1)

I was on the fence about giving it a 4 but I don’t really believe it deserves a 3, so just pretend that it is a 3.5. The first few chapters are a bit boring, and I couldn’t get through some of the details, BUT it definitely picks up and the rest of the book was a breeze to get through!

The Cafe by the Sea was the type of book I needed after reading many “serious” books (and currently listening to another serious read that is breaking my heart). We go on a journey with Flora, who is freaking hilarious, from her adopted home of London to her home on an island long off the coast of Scotland called Mure. What follows is a story about finding out where you belong, the ties that will forever bind us, and discovering long hidden passions. Seriously though, I wanted to eat everything Flora baked or cooked in the book!! Side Note: The author includes a few recipes in the back, which I’m super eager to try out!

I’m also a sucker for anything folklore or mythical related. This book had it’s fair share of selkie and sprite stories!

“You can live in many different places. I would like to think you will step into many different worlds, many different places, and feel happy in all of them.”

Gisela’s review of The Cafe by the Sea (Summer Seaside Kitchen, #1)