BOOK REVIEW: The Kings Of Cool – by Don Winslow

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Title: The Kings Of Cool
(Savages #1)
Author: Don Winslow
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
First published: June 19th 2012
Finished reading: August 15th 2015
Pages: 320
Rating 4

“Smart people sometimes get stupid, but stupid people never get smart. Never. Ever. ‘You can come down the evolutionary ladder,’ Chon has observed to Ben and O; ‘you can’t climb up.”

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The Kings Of Cool was my TBR jar pick back in June, but I’ve only just came around actually reading it. Which is basically almost two months of neglecting this read, shame on me! I still don’t know why it took me so long to pick up this prequel novel by Don Winslow, because I ended up really enjoying this read. I’ve done some War On Drugs courses back in Uni, so the drugs theme was a bonus. The character development is really well done and I like the fact that the story takes you on a journey through various decades to explain how Ben, Chon and O became the people they are. The Kings Of Cool has a fast pace and is very well written: humor is mixed with action and I was able to finish this book in no time at all. Not every character is exactly likeable, but they feel authentic so I wasn’t really bothered by it. Definitely recommended if you are looking for a witty and fast-paced mystery/thriller read!

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This prequel tells the story of how Ben, Chon and O became the people they are. The chapters switch between the past and present where we learn more about their parents and their own lives. In the present, the three friends battle with drug dealers and crooked cops. They soon find out their current situation is related to their parent’s history… As they say: the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. A series of unfortunate events will lead to a collision where the past meets the present in a showdown… And they will be forced to choose where their loyalty really lies.

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The Kings Of Cool is fast-paced, full of action and plenty of funny moments and well written dialogue. The past and the present are slowly mixed together and the character development is brilliantly done. This novel will not only entertain you, but also makes you think about the current War On Drugs situation and the society in general. A very interesting read and recommended! I will definitely try to read more of his work in the future.

WWW Wednesdays #53 – August 19th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I just started The Death Cure by James Dashner yesterday and I’m not too far into the story yet. I’m not sure what to think of it, but at least I will be closer to finishing one more series… I’m about halfway with Fairest by Marissa Meyer and I still stand by my comment that it’s not as good as the main series. Levana just isn’t a very likeable character! I made some progress with The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt before the read-a-thon started, but I’ve temporarily put it on hold until next Monday.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Wait a minute; I’ve read EIGHT books since last WWW?! I checked twice, but apparently I’ve been reading like a monster for the last seven days haha.
The first book I’ve read is Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas; such a great read and the ending seriously messed with my mind!
I’ve had some start up problems with The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh; it took me a while to get used to the many foreign names and characters but I enjoyed it afterwards.
I had no such luck with Landline by Rainbow Rowell: I love her YA fiction, but I was seriously disappointed by Landline.
I then finally picked up The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow, a TBR jar pick I have been posponing for the last I-don’t-know-how-many weeks. It was actually really good and I regret now waiting so long!
I’ve also read The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, a book that has been on my TBR for ages and I enjoyed it just as much as I’ve hoped. I really need to get a copy of the sequels soon though!
I continued with Rarity From The Hollow by Robert Eggleton, an ARC I ended up enjoying despite some problems I had with the plot, characters and prose.
I then read Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, a quite short and entertaining read that ends with a very painful cliffhanger! I will have to read part two soon and cross my fingers it won’t have such a big cliffhanger as the first…
The last book I finished was The Martian by Andy Weir, by far one of the best reads so far this month. The main character, plot, prose… It really shows why this book was picked as one of the Goodreads Choice winners.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I will probably try to read The Kill Order by James Dashner so I can finish yet another series… Although it will probably depend on how much I enjoy The Death Cure. I’m also looking forward to both My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga and The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. I guess it will depend on my mood which one I decide to read first. The last one on this list is my new TBR jar pick: The Geography Of You And Me by Jennifer E. Smith. I’m normally not a big fan of romance, but this title has been recommended to me various times so I will give it a try very soon.

WWW Wednesdays #52 – August 12th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below. This week I’m trying out a slightly different format! 😀

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I started Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas on a whim yesterday because I wasn’t happy with my other current reads. So far I’m definitely enjoying it better than the rest of the titles… It’s actually the second time I’ve started The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and somehow I cannot seem to get a proper feel for the story. It’s not that I don’t like it, so maybe I’m just not in the mood for it right now. I’ve also started The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, a book I’ve been wanting to read for ages. I’m not sure what to think of the prose, but the plot is interesting so far. And as far as The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt goes… No progress at all this week. I really have to stop starting new books and read at least a few chapters! Currently I’ve only read about a third and I really want to finish it this month.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

recentreadsaugust12th2015 I managed to read no less than 6! books since my last WWW post. I guess the fact that it has been raining for about every day means I have been having a lot of free time to read…
I first finished Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, a ‘heavy’ read with a very original dialogue between the main character and the girl on the tapes.
I then couldn’t resist any longer and read Blood Of My Blood by Barry Lyga. It’s the third book of the Jasper Dent series and I absolutely loved it! So many plot twists, awesome characters and brilliant prose! Barry Lyga is definitely one of my new favorite authors.
I started Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly on a whim afterwards, looking for a light read. I was mostly disappointed by it; boring characters, mediocre prose and a not so credible plot.
Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan was a lot better, although I have a feeling I would have enjoyed it even better during the Holiday season. But since it was a book club read, I didn’t have much choice picking the date. 😉
I’ve also read The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Finally! I’ve had this one on my TBR for ages… I enjoyed this read, especially the prose, but not as much as some others might have.
The last book I’ve managed to finish this week is You Are My Sunshine by Roberta Kagan. I wanted a proper historical fiction read after being disappointed by Masquerade a while back, but I wasn’t a fan of this novel either. Bland characters, a weak plot and the prose was not so great either. Such a shame, because I normally love WWII historical fiction!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I have Rarity From The Hollow, an ARC sent by the author Robert Eggleton, next on the list to read as soon as I finish my current reads. I also want to try and read The Death Cure by James Dashner so I can finish one more series (although I have a copy of The Kill Order as well)… And I’m looking forward to start The Martian by Andy Weir soon since I’ve heard great things about it. And I REALLY should read The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow soon, because it was my TBR jar pick ages ago and I still haven’t picked it up…

WWW Wednesdays #49 – July 22nd

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thegoldfinchImagonia’ve finally made progress on The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, and I’m definitely enjoying this read so far. Hopefully I will be able to finish it before the end of this month! I’m also finally reading Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley for The Book Club of the Opinionated Hufflepuffs…I’m not sure what to think of it so far though; I’m not convinced by the prose.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

314americosisI literally started and finished 314 by A.R. Wise on the same day. I was looking for another thriller/horror read after finishing Game by Barry Lyga on Sunday… I LOVED that book and needed another dose of scary. 314 is a fast read and surprisingly good; I wasn’t expecting too much after seeing it has quite a low Goodreads rating. Some parts are pretty messed up though! I’ve also finished reading Americosis by Haydn Wilks, a thriller/horror/sci-fi short story that was both disturbing and left me wanting for more…

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thirteenreasonswhythescorchtrialsWhat to read next? I seriously don’t know… Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier is still high on my list as well as the TBR jar pick The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow I got at the beginning of this month. But I will probably end up reading something completely different. Maybe Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher or even The Scorch Trials by James Dashner?

WWW Wednesdays #46 – July 1st

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

the100scarletI’ve started reading The 100 by Kass Morgan the other day for my Bookish Bingo challenge, but I was distracted by The Lunar Chronicles novellas and I didn’t make that much progress on it. I guess it ended up being a July read… I also couldn’t help myself and I’ve already read a few pages of Scarlet. I just have to know how the story continues!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

Icinderflux‘ve finished Cinder the other day and I absolutely loved it! This series by Marissa Meyer is brilliant and I need to read all books ASAP… I’ve already read the first three novellas as well (Glitches, The Little Android, The Queen’s Army). I managed to forget my kindle on my mini break, but I found a copy of Flux by Orson Scott Card browsing the hostel’s book exchange which I was able to finish before returning home. It’s actually a collection of seven short stories and quite good.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

the5thwavethekingsofcoolMy next TBR jar pick is still The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow… Although I will probably end up reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey first if I don’t decided to continue The Lunar Chronicles after I finish Scarlet. That series has me hooked!

WWW Wednesdays #45 – June 24th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

cinderwhatlieswithinI started Cinder by Marissa Meyer the other day and I while I love Cinder, Iko and their story so far, I wasn’t really in the mood for a fantasy read. So I decided to read What Lies Within by James Morris first; a mystery/thriller read about a girl who finds out she is adopted, has a brother who then dies just after repeating various times she is in danger. Really good so far!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

trustmeimlyingthedivinersI finished Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer the other day and I was really disappointed by it. It started off as an awesome read but things soon went downhill from there and I ended up being seriously frustrated by it. With The Diviners by Libba Bray it was the other way around; it started off a bit slow, but it actually turned out to be an exciting read and I loved the 1920s setting!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

the5thwavethekingsofcoolMy next TBR jar pick is The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow. It sounds like an interesting read, but I’m not sure I will be in the mood for it. I might read The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey first; I have been wanting to read this one for ages and it sounds like such a good read! 

Friday Finds #18 – December 12th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. I haven’t had much reading time this week and I won’t be having any at all the next few days as I will be painting and redecorating my home with my hubby. I found a bunch of interesting reads this week anyway, some added to my virtual TBR, others already owned. Below a selection:

My finds:

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