Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

DAISY JONES & THE SIX
Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publication date:
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical
Format: Hardcover (368 pgs)
Source: Library

GOODREADS  *  AMAZON












S Y N O P S I S

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

M Y   T H O U G H T S

Taylor Jenkins Reid has done it again. Daisy Jones & The Six just catapulted to my favorite read of 2019 and I’ll be surprised if it gets unseated.

Told in an unconventional format, the book is presented as an oral history of the rise and fall of Daisy Jones & The Six. The mystery author (who is eventually revealed - and was so perfect in the way it brought the story full-circle) gathered the input of members of The Six, Daisy Jones, their manager, friends, and others to tell the tale. There are conflicting details and the truth often depends on who is telling the story.

“We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn't get much more obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones.” 

Daisy was a hard-partying young woman who immersed herself in the L.A. music scene from a young age. Drinking, drugs, rock stars – she experienced it all. But she’s more than a pretty face and a good-time girl and she wants her songs heard. Billy was a hard-partying singer-songwriter who headed the up and coming rock band The Six. As a recovering addict, he had a lot to lose and struggled to balance his music and lifestyle with the family waiting for him at home. When his savvy manager suggested a collaboration with Daisy Jones, rock history was made, and a rock legend was born.

“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else's muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.”

I was sucked right into this captivating story from the very start. It was impossible not to draw comparisons between the fictional characters and real-life inspirations (Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, and other 70’s music icons come to mind as the story unfolds). Daisy is a character I loved and hated and pitied all while watching her collision course with disaster - because there was no doubt Daisy would crash and burn. Once Daisy joined The Six it felt like her own downward spiral slipped into high gear. Billy and Daisy’s relationship was equal parts intimate, explosive, and emotional, and the band’s dynamic shifted with every line that was crossed.

“We were two halves. We were the same. In that way that you’re only the same with a few other people. In that way that you don’t even feel like you have to say your own thoughts because you know the other person is already thinking them. How could I be around Daisy Jones and not be mesmerized be her?”

In Daisy Jones & The Six, Reid created so much more than the story of a rock band. It’s a time capsule. A snapshot of a period in time that, according to some, if you remember it you didn’t do it right. It’s a love story, it’s a character study, it’s an ode to the music and musicians of the 70’s, and it’s a mockumentary that at times had me totally convinced that The Six’s music was just a Google search away. I loved every minute of this fascinating, nostalgic, and engrossing novel.

5/5 STARS



WWW Wednesday #45 | March 20, 2019


WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.
Just answer three questions and share what you're reading.

Happy Wednesday, friends! My morning will be starting with a dental appointment so the day can only go up from there. Right??

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

    
The Girl He Used to Know - Tracey Garvis Graves
Only 20 pages in and I already feel like I understand Annika completely. And I want to know everything that happened between she and Jonathan now. I have a feeling I'm going to love this one.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

     
Gentleman Sinner - Jodi Ellen Malpas
This was my first by Malpas and I picked it up on a whim because the synopsis caught my eye. It ended up being an okay read, with a whole lotta Fifty Shades vibes going on. Not a bad read but nothing memorable and I'm not sure I'll be rushing out for more by Malpas. 

I was a little on the fence about this one at the start but I really had a change of heart once the story developed. Avett's background made her actions make sense and Quaid was a guy who felt different from Crownover's usual heroes but was every bit as compelling.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'LL READ NEXT?
      
  
This one releases in a couple weeks so I need to get on the ball and get the ARC read and reviewed. It'll be my first by Lorelei James so my fingers are crossed that it's a winner.

What are you currently reading?
I wanna know! :)

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: 
Books on My Spring 2019 TBR

I always giggle myself silly when I do these TBR posts because I never, ever stick to them. And I know that even as I create them. But it's fun to pretend so I'll continue to play along. So here's my Spring TBR (bahaha!) with a mix of backlist titles and new releases

Helen Hoang

Synopsis: Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.


Tracey Garvis Graves

Synopsis: Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people's behavior confusing, she'd rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game--and his heart--to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She's living the life she wanted as a librarian. He's a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.
 


Kandi Steiner

Synopsis: I never learn my lesson. 

And I always want what I can’t have. 

When Sarah Henderson walks into my life, I tell myself she’s off limits. She’s my student, sixteen years younger than me, and my boss’s niece. It doesn’t matter that I see the same pain reflected in her eyes that I have in my own, or that the dead organ better known as my heart kicks to life when she’s around. 

I’ve been here before, and I know how this ends. 

It’s been two years since I fell for the last woman I knew I couldn’t have, the one with the ring on her finger that I chose to ignore. 

Two years of trying to overcome that heartache when Sarah slides into my life. 

Another woman I can’t have. Another woman I can’t stop myself from wanting. 

I never learn my lesson, but with a constant reminder of how that last forbidden love burned, I think I’ve finally learned this one. 

This time, I won’t chase what’s off limits. 

This time, I’m staying away. 

And I’ll keep telling myself that until I believe it.

Julie Buxbaum

Synopsis: Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a few smallish exceptions: her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, she has asthma, and sometimes people spontaneously burst into tears when they recognize her. Abbi has lived almost her entire life in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of September 11. On that fateful day, she was captured in what became an iconic photograph: in the picture, Abbi (aka "Baby Hope") wears a birthday crown and grasps a red balloon; just behind her, the South Tower of the World Trade Center is collapsing.

Now, fifteen years later, Abbi is desperate for anonymity and decides to spend the summer before her seventeenth birthday incognito as a counselor at Knights Day Camp two towns away. She's psyched for eight weeks in the company of four-year-olds, none of whom have ever heard of Baby Hope.

Too bad Noah Stern, whose own world was irrevocably shattered on that terrible day, has a similar summer plan. Noah believes his meeting Baby Hope is fate. Abbi is sure it's a disaster. Soon, though, the two team up to ask difficult questions about the history behind the Baby Hope photo. But is either of them ready to hear the answers?


Christina Lauren

Synopsis: Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancĂ© is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of... lucky.


Sarina Bowen

Synopsis: Skye Copeland is on paid leave from her broadcasting job after accidentally drawing a pecker on the traffic map. 

Let that sink in. Like it’s her fault the traffic pattern that day created a perfect schlong? 

Skye isn’t laughing. She needs this job. And that’s the only reason she’s agreed to chase down a story in her least favorite place—that hell on earth known as Vermont. 

A quick trip. In and out. Much like - never mind. Skye can sneak into the town that once tried to break her, get the story and get back into the good graces of her producer. Easy peasy. 

Except things go sideways even as she sets foot over the county line. Her step-sister is on the run from a violent drug dealer. And the cop on the case is none other than Benito Rossi, the man who broke her teenage heart. 

His dark brown eyes still tear her apart. And even as she steels herself to finally tell him off after twelve years, the old fireworks are still there. 

Things are about to go boom.


Pepper Winters

Synopsis: “Things you should know about me from the very beginning:
I was born to true love, witnessed the destruction it causes, and vowed never to let such agony happen to me. I am not a story-teller like my father. I am not a writer like my mother. I am just a son—their son.
I am happy being alone.
And that is all I ever want to be.”
 
JACOB
The day he was born, Jacob learned his hardest and longest lesson.
It wasn’t a lesson a boy should learn so young, but from his earliest memories he knew where happiness lives, so does tragedy. Where love exists, so does heartbreak. And where hope resides, so does sorrow.
That lesson carved him from the kid to the teen to the man.
And nothing and no one could change his mind.
 
HOPE
I first met him when he was fourteen at a movie premiere of all places. A movie based on his parent’s life.
He was stoic, strong, suspicious, and secretive.
I was only ten, but I felt something for him. A strange kind of sorrow that made me want to hug and heal him.
I was the daughter of the actor hired to play his father.
We shared similarities.
I recognized parts of him because they were parts of me.
But no matter how many times we met. No matter how many times I tried.
He stayed true to his vow to never fall.


Lorelei James

Synopsis: Former NHL star Jaxson Lund has returned to the Twin Cities, but he's at loose ends, unsure if he belongs at Lund Industries, or where he stands with Lucy, his ex-girlfriend and mother of his daughter, Mimi. Despite the signs she'd like to leave him in the penalty box, the attraction burning between them reinforces his determination to prove that he deserves a second chance...

Lucy Quade is in a good place with a steady job, a nice apartment, and a well-adjusted daughter, which is why she's hesitant when Jax insists on co-parenting. It's not that Lucy doesn't trust Jax...she's just unconvinced he can handle multiple responsibilities when he's been singularly focused on playing hockey. But when issues arise with Mimi, Lucy's shocked at how levelheaded and paternal he acts, giving her a glimpse of the Jax she used to know, the sexy, sweet man she fell for years ago.

Once Lucy lets her guard down, Jax goes all in to show her how good they are together, but will their past remain too large an obstacle to ever overcome?


Synopsis: Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time.

The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity, convinced the woman’s disappearance is connected to her own.

As tensions rise, Thomas joins the struggle for Ireland’s independence and Anne is drawn into the conflict beside him. Caught between history and her heart, she must decide whether she’s willing to let go of the life she knew for a love she never thought she’d find. But in the end, is the choice actually hers to make?
 
  

Restore Me
Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis: Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good? 


Are any of these books on your TBR?
What book tops your Spring TBR?

The Sunday Post #146


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

  • It's been a week and I feel like I'm still adjusting to the time change. Anyone else?
  • Yoga class #2 of 6 was this week and was a little more challenging. I love that it's something I'm sharing with The Husband and my mom and we're all enjoying it.
  • Friday night was a birthday dinner for my mom. It was her first birthday in 58 years without my dad. I know she was feeling the loss so I was so happy that the whole family was in attendance. We laughed and had a great time and kept it upbeat.
  • Discovered a new Greek restaurant last night. Yay! Our old place closed and it was awesome to find a new option. I was happily stuffed with tzatziki and pita.
  • Girl Plus Books turns 4 this week! I'll be celebrating with a giveaway so be on the lookout!


Tuesday, March 12
Top Ten Tuesday: 
I Want More (Standalone Books That Need a Sequel)

Wednesday, March 13
WWW Wednesday #44

Saturday, March 16
Review: Watching You by Lisa Jewell


WHAT I READ IN THE LAST WEEK:

Loved it. I loved being back in Velaris, the connection between Feyre and Rhys, the banter between the inner circle, and a peek at what's on the horizon while still enjoying a kind of slice-of-life look at the characters while they prepare to gather for Solstice. So glad I didn't listen to others and skip this one!

WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING: 

         
Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid
I am so into this one it's ridiculous. I think about it when I'm not reading it, I want to look up the music and articles about the band (reminder to self #872: they are fictional), and I don't want the story to end.

In my WWW Wednesday post, I was saying how I wasn't warming to main character Avett and I just wasn't sure how this one was going to go. After I don't know how many books, why do I not trust Jay Crownover? The woman consistently delivers characters and stories that I love so why would Charged be any different? Avett may be self-destructive (or was) but she actually has a heart of gold and will always do for others before herself. And Quaid is downright dreamy. :)


KINDLE BOOKS: 
Sarina released all three Ivy Years novellas in one bind-up. Yay!

eARC FOR REVIEW:
An arc of JLA's new series? 
A spin-off of the Dark Elements series?
Day. Made.






How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
I'd love to hear about it!

Review: Watching You by Lisa Jewell

WATCHING YOU 
Lisa Jewell
Publication date: December 26, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Adult
Format: Audio (10 hrs 50 min)
Source: OverDrive

GOODREADS  *  AMAZON












S Y N O P S I S

Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam…

M Y   T H O U G H T S

I seriously love Lisa Jewell’s brand of mystery/thriller. Maybe because they are less thriller and more domestic drama/character study with a mystery woven into the mix. And Jewell manages to combine all of those elements so well.

Watching You starts with a crime scene – a murder. Only we don’t know who was murdered, or who did it, or why. I love a thriller that starts with a murder and then takes the reader back and allows the events to slowly unfold. You know what’s coming and it adds this feeling of being on the edge of your seat with the tension mounting chapter after chapter.  

There’s a wide and varied cast of characters that we follow in Melville Heights. Among them:
Tom: The charismatic headmaster at the local school.
Nicola: Tom’s much younger wife.
Freddie: Tom’s teenage son who watches everyone from his bedroom window.
Joey: A disillusioned 20-something, newly married and living with her older brother.
Alfie: Joey’s husband.
Jack: a successful surgeon and Joey’s brother.
Rebecca: Jack’s pregnant wife.
Jenna: A student at Tom’s school.

Told from multiple points of view, each character brings pieces of information that moves the story forward. Just as I started to make assumptions and form theories more information would come to light, forcing my perspective to shift again and again. By the second half of the book my feelings about some characters had completely reversed. Police interviews interspersed throughout the book provide even more information and give clues about where the investigation is heading.

In Melville, there are eyes everywhere. Always watching. But things are not always how they seem – and people are not always who they appear to be. And you never know what’s going on behind closed doors. Or who is capable of murder. With hidden threads that formed unseen connections, the narrative was paced perfectly and delivered twists and turns that made for a totally addictive read. 

4.5/5 STARS


WWW Wednesday #44 | March 13, 2019


WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.
Just answer three questions and share what you're reading.

Happy Wednesday, friends. Is it just me or is this week moving at a snail's pace? I mean, it's seriously only Wednesday? I already feel the need for a weekend. Can't come soon enough!  How's your week going?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

    
Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid 
Loving this one! I know some people have taken issue with the format (it's told in a kind of oral history/interview style) but I find it perfectly suited for telling this story. I can already tell that I'm not going to want it to end.

I'm on the fence about this one so far. I was never a fan of Avett when she appeared in a few of the later Marked Men books so her getting her own book doesn't have me jumping for joy. Plus, her and Quaid Jackson together? That has to be the single unlikeliest pairing I've come across in a long time. I just *don't* see it. But, I'm only about 10% in so I need to give it a chance and see how it goes. 

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.1) - Sarah J. Maas
I enjoyed this one so, so much. Revisiting Feyre and Rhys, Cassian and Azriel, Mor and Amren... it was like checking in with old friends. I'm still not sure I'm ever going to warm to Nesta, but I really enjoyed the set up for the next book. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'LL READ NEXT?
      
     

I've read such a mix lately - contemporary romance, urban fantasy, young adult, fantasy, mystery/thriller - that I really have no idea what I'm going to feel like picking up next. But I have Gentleman Sinner out from the library and I Want You Back and The Girl He Used to Know are both arcs that release in April so all three are possibilities.

What are you currently reading?
I wanna know! :)