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Book Review – Looking For Alibrandi

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Title: Looking For Alibrandi

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Coming of Age

Length: 261

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, its just been her, her mum, and her grandmother. Now its her final year at a wealthy Catholic high school. The nuns couldnt be any stricter but that doesnt seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life.

Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the no nonsense wisdom of her mum, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. This will be the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family’s past and the year she sets herself free.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

While reading this book I got flashback of school and I kind of try to avoid those at all times, but because this book is based on Australian school system it kind of held a place in my heart because it was relatable in that way. Oh HSC, you will forever have a stain upon my mind.

I kind of hated our main character Jose, but I think this was more of personal reason than she was a bad character. For the story she was telling, the time in her life, and the events that are going on I think her personality and character are spot on to how most if not all teenagers are. I think this is why I hate her so much, I know I acted like that at times and might still do Im sad to say. She points out the bad parts of me and the troubles that we have to go through.

Now it really wouldn’t be a teen coming of age HSC story if there wasn’t a suicide. Though I don’t think highly of it at all and have strong views which I wont mention because I will get hate mail. That being said I did tear up when I was reading about her feelings on the suicide. Its those feelings that I have such… negative opinions.

The rest of the characters were pretty full on except for the mother. I hated her Nonna for being such a cow, I thought her boyfriend Jacob was a tool, and I couldn’t believe on a totally that might happen to some people how her father treated her in the beginning. Why does everyone act like such… meanies? But remembering back then I often thought people were being intentionally mean when sometimes they weren’t, but the people in her life just seem nasty.

So anyway this was a very realistic portrayal of a teenage life in Australia, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was actually that age, a bit younger, or just out of school.

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Book Review – A Shade Of Vampire

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Title: A Shade of Vampire [A Shade of Vampire 1]

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Vampire

Length: 151

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.
A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.
She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.
Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.
Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.
Will she succeed? …or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book in exchanged for my honest review.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Vampire books have been done and done and done to death because of Twilight, and so really there isn’t much left to the genre. However I thought this book had a good new kind of twist to it.

The idea of them having a secret island of vampires and their slaves was pretty damn interesting, but when the idea that the highest ranking of them live in huge mansions in the trees that are all connected with glass walkways. Awesome.

There were a few things that annoyed me however. At one point our main character Sofia calls a vampire Pitchy in her head because of the sound of his voice and the lack of a name. But then later on in the story someone else calls him Pitchy also without Sofia having told them her nickname. His name would not have been Pitchy in real life, everyone else has normal names.

I liked the characters, I found them nice enough and I enjoyed it when they got close to each other and shared moments, but when bad things happened it didn’t really bother me that they were going through it. For the most part their dialogue was pretty good but there were moments when it bothered me. The love between them happened fast, but not so fast I wanted to rip my eyes out. Sofia was a bit too why me but thats her character. I thought Derek was a hunk but also why me but he was asleep most of his vamp life to he can kind of get away with it because he is not used to it fully yet. I look forward to more of him and his family so I can work out what on earth is going on between them all.

I feel if there had been more to the story it could have really been done well and had more room for development, but because it was short I felt like it didn’t have the room it needed to come to its own.

Anyway, I liked this book good enough and have added the next one to my reading list so give it a read and see what you think.

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Book Review – Risk Factor

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Title: Risk Factor

Author: Charles Atkins

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Length: 292

Rating: 3 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Dr. Molly Katz is a resident physician in a psychiatric unit for young adolescents. When a nurse on the unit is knifed to death, and the obvious perpetrator is the heretofore gentle Jonathan, Molly is badly shaken. How could she have missed the symptoms of such behavior? When the boy, now catatonic, is removed to a hospital for the criminally insane, Molly moonlights there in order to keep an eye on her former patient and his treatment.Then another nurse is murdered. Other patients in the unit are suspected. A hair-raising denouement puts Molly and her children near death and bares the crucial question — is the murderer irrevocably evil, born soulless, uncaring about any living thing?

Dr. Atkins is well equipped to dramatize the question that engages so many faced with heinous crime — the existence of pure evil.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I present to you the standard mystery/thriller/crime kind of book. I picked it up from a bargain bin for $3 at Big W (a bin I think last until all the books in it are gone so I would go check your closest one out) because I thought the story sounded good. Its been awhile since I have read a more… adult book I suppose. It was the part that it takes place around psychiatric hospital and patients that hooked me.

Now there wasn’t anything all that wrong so to say with this book that leaves it at a 3 star, its just that it was not as thrilling as I wanted it to be. Picture pretty much any kind of crime book and thats what you get. In a way I liked it for this because it was a god easy yet more adult read to some of the other things I have been reading lately. I got what I expected, thank you book.

In terms of plot and what mystery it actually has it tries to keep you on your toes. It presents you with a patient that cant even feed himself for a good chunk of it as the murder, but luckily our main character Molly is too clever to fall for such a thing and doesn’t buy it and soon as others thinking the same way too. We are then present with another patient who is super violent and not loved by our Doctor at all and most the people are screaming this guy did it! But its just so obviously trying to misdirect you that its no surprise when it turns out to be some random that isn’t mentioned all that much things considered. I don’t know how I would have felt if it had actually been the second one, it would have been a surprise but not a good one.

For the most part the characters are likeable. They are all very simple and straight forward, much like the rest of the book, but I personally liked them and didn’t want this person to die or this person to be found guilty or become more bonkers than they already were.

A romance is kind of thrown into the book, and though it didn’t hurt it it wasn’t really needed either. It was just a little side things thats there.

So there you go. Easy read, you read the description and look at the cover and you kind of know what you are in for. If you like mystery/thriller kind of books I think you will enjoy this one well enough.

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Book Review – Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa

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Title: Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa

Author: Benjamin Constable

Genre: Mystery

Length: 352

Rating: 3 Star

Description/Synopsis:

What writer Benjamin Constable needs is a real-life adventure wilder than his rampant imagination. And who better to shake up his comfortable Englishman-in-Paris routine than the enigmatic Tomomi “Butterfly” Ishikawa, who has just sent a cryptic suicide note?

She’s planted a slew of clues—in the pages of her journal, on the hard drive of her computer, tucked away in public places, under flowerpots, and behind statues. Heartbroken, confused, and accompanied by an imaginary cat, Ben embarks upon a scavenger hunt leading to charming and unexpected spaces, from the hidden alleys of Paris to the cobblestone streets of New York City.

But Butterfly’s posthumous messages are surprisingly well informed for the words of a dead person, and they’re full of confessions of a past darkened by insanity, betrayal, and murder. The treasures Ben is unearthing are installments of a gruesome memoir. Now he must draw a clear line between the real and surreal if he is to save himself, Butterfly, and what remains of their crazy and amazing friendship.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In terms of structure there were a lot of issues. I have found this to be the case with a lot of NetGalley books and because I like to believe that authors pay much more attention to what they are doing even in a first draft that these structural stuff ups are intentional. I don’t know if its to spot something if people publish leaks or something or to discourage that kind of thing it is greatly annoying. Its very hard to just focus on the story when different people speaking isn’t broken up into different sections or when just one person speaking starts a new line multiple times after a couple of words. It also went from bold and italics for apparently no reason all the time. Very very distracting. I know that leaks would be an issue, but when there is so much wrong with the structure of the book its really hard just to focus on the story and rate it justly.

Now for the story. This book confused the hell out of me. It started off not confusing at all but the more you read of it the more confused you get and you just question everyone’s sanity and yours because you got sucked into their madness. You start off with a friend telling another in a letter that they are committing suicide and that they have set up a treasure hunt for them to follow and receive things if they work out the clues. This starts off both cute and fun, though a little weird because you know that both these people are a little weird, buts that’s it. A weird fun little treasure hunt. One joke that happened though at was funny got carried out too long. A piece of paper gets referred as a shit of paper at one point and from then on that’s what they are always referred to as. The joke got old very quickly. I don’t know anyone who would have found it funny for as long as it was played out.

The first sign of weirdness that happens is that our main character has a much large than the normal house cat. But he’s imaginary. He can’t talk or anything, even though he’s an imaginary cat and could make him talk if he wished. He talks to the cat all the time though, and it follows him. I personally love this cat and his relationship. The cat is awesome. Its the only relationship I love in this whole book though. Everyone is is bloody nuts with everyone else.

The treasure hunt doesn’t really get weird until it leads him to do a different country. Its there that we seriously start to leave the land of cute and fun. Our dead friend keeps telling him stories about how she has killed a bunch of people and our main character just kinda goes along with it. Then we find out she isn’t dead and when our main character finally hunts her down she takes him captive and constantly threatens to kill him with a gun. Still our guy just goes along with it. In the end she kills herself and lets him go, and he still just goes along with it. In the end he says goodbye and makes a comment about it all being very strange. Well no hell. It was all very strange. Very very strange. What kind of a person would just roll with everything that happened? Like I said, I question everyones including mines sanity.

This book was simply really confusing and a bit mind boggling. It was an experience though, and I would recommend it to people for the experience. It was a bit hard to put a genre on it for this reason.

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Book Review – Endless Knight

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Title: Endless Knight [The Arcana Chronicles 2]

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 320

Rating: 3 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

Shocking Secrets

Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who’ve been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It’s kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Unexpected Allies

With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.

Gut-Wrenching Treachery

When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she’s drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can’t remember—but Death can’t forget.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Oh dear. I had such high hopes for this book and most of them all fell short. I LOVED Poison Princess and I cant express the same feelings for this second book.

A very large section of this book was slow paced. You get sections of action packedness here and there, but it is mostly restricted to the first section of the book. This I think happened because Evie ends up spending alot of time at Deaths place and nothing really happens while she is there. You just get her building relationships with people who live there and thats about it. The bits of action we did get though was great, I loved when they were with the Cannibals and I was really freaking out at certain parts.

And lets just touch on how annoyed I am about the introduction of a love triangle. WHY COLE WHY? I like Death, I think he is a really interesting character and would really like to view quite a lot of things from his perspective, but the fact that the triangle was introduce frustrated me. Now onto a SPOILER I also HATED the fact that Death has such mixed emotions about Evie is because surprise surprise they were married in a previous life and she killed him. I get the life and death are supposed to be together kinda thing but that just blew my mind that that was put in, and not in a good way END SPOILER. Both are left up in the air in a serious way. The ending of the book was not any good at all. Nothing resolved, its just all prolonged.

You get pretty much no Jackson in this book. Once Death comes in he goes. But before all that Jackson’s with Evie is pretty shit house because of things that happened in the book before, things get sorted out, but they take just too long to sort through their rubbish for my liking. Jackson when he is actually caring and being nice to Evie is pretty damn adorable. I also have a theory that I think a lot of people have come to as well. I think Jackson is the last Arcana, the one that is only revealed when they kill another Arcana. It has been set up perfectly. The past between him and the Lovers has been set up perfectly for him to off them and come into his powers, completely get over the differences between him and Evie because there wont be any really anymore (if Death is left out of the picture) and things will end fine and dandy. However there has been thought by others that he is meant to kill my Matthew, to which I think NOOOO! Im glad this seems less likely in my mind because then Evie wouldn’t like him anymore, and she would probably end up with Death instead.

I love the fact that Evie has come into her powers, I think it makes her a stronger person, but I also felt that some of her previous character was left out because of it and that wasn’t a good thing. The whole thing about this Evie is that she keeps her previous personality and thusly pretty much refuses to participate in the games, but then I found that it was lost which annoyed me. I didn’t laugh as much in this book, Evie lost some of her sass and quick wit/bright spirit. I don’t think this was intentional, other things just seemed to take over rather than keeping her character the way it was described to be. I do like though how Cole works through how when Evie uses her powers, she has a hard time remembering she doesn’t want to play the game and just wants to win. I like the struggle.

Though this book fell flat I still am eager for the next one. I hope that Cole has gotten over her malfunctions in this book and the level gets popped back up to its 5 star rating.

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Book Review – Dark Currents

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Title: Dark Currents [Agent of Hel 1]

Author: Jacqueline Carey

Genre: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy

Length: 356

Rating: 3 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

The Midwestern resort town of Pemkowet boasts a diverse population: eccentric locals, wealthy summer people, and tourists by the busload; not to mention fairies, sprites, vampires, naiads, ogres and a whole host of eldritch folk, presided over by Hel, a reclusive Norse goddess.

To Daisy Johanssen, fathered by an incubus and raised by a single mother, it’s home. And as Hel’s enforcer and the designated liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, it’s up to her to ensure relations between the mundane and eldritch communities run smoothly.

But when a young man from a nearby college drowns—and signs point to eldritch involvement—the town’s booming paranormal tourism trade is at stake. Teamed up with her childhood crush, Officer Cody Fairfax, a sexy werewolf on the down-low, Daisy must solve the crime—and keep a tight rein on the darker side of her nature. For if she’s ever tempted to invoke her demonic birthright, it could accidentally unleash nothing less than Armageddon.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book I started reading as part of my romance book club Vaginal Fantasy, and I feel it was a good book that I enjoyed but it did have a number of things in it that annoyed me. Though, for a romance group I don’t think there was really any romance in this book.

It took me longer to get into this book than it normally would to get into a book I rank 3 star. This I chalk up to how the beginning of the book was written. To me it was really messy, and that’s not including the spelling and grammatical mistakes that I notice throughout the book. I’m hoping and pray that they were just in the digital copy I had and that they didn’t make it into the hard copy, for some reason I can forgive it almost in a digital but never in a hard copy. The main character narration seemed to go off randomly to different places and details in the story telling were left out but I could not tell if this was done intentionally or not because it was written just to messily. Things were also repeated too much. Repetition can get on my nerves quickly.

The plot of the story was nice though I worked out some details a bit too early/easily for my liking. The second they kept going on about how the cards were being very literal and a card with a mermaid popped up you just had to know that everything was going to revolve around a mermaid. I did like though the twist they did with the mermaid. I would not have thought of them as using the pore thing as sex slave, and in a really sad and disturbing way I liked it because it wasn’t something I would have thought of right away. I just felt so damn sorry for that mermaid. She didn’t even really understand anything that was being said around her!

Then there were plot points that I didn’t really understand or think were very thought through. Like the theory the cops were working with when it came to thinking that parents had something to do with their son’s death. That one didn’t work in my head.

There was also times when things were said that I wondered why it was said or thought no one would ever say. Like:

“Kind of like my father slipped into my mother.”

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“In the days that followed, things happened.”

That last one almost blew my mind. I just though well no shit, I even made a note of it in my kindle. The character Al was a hard point for me also. At one point things he started saying were just way too frustrating for me. At no point in time no matter the influence would anyone speak that way unless they were under some strange mind control thing and people were making them say it. That being said though there were good writing ideas that kind of made up for stuff like that. At one point Daisey refers to a kid as ‘the booger-eating kid.’ I don’t know why exactly but I thought small things like that were a nice touch.

But I really liked the amount of lore that was in this book, it didn’t just stick to the normal vampires or werewolves. The fact that she seemed to have actually researched the creatures she was writing about was like icing on the cake for me.

Now onto the charcters. For the most part I really enjoyed most of them, I thought they were solid enough even though some of them lacked much depth, but you do meet quite a few so I let that go and decided that I had gotten enough.

Daisy I liked well enough, I actually felt a little sorry for her. The amount of things that she has to be careful about doing or watch out for are huge, its no wonder that her life would be so boring if you took out her duties to Hel. Its those duties that kept her interesting to me. As for her and her tail tucking, ew much. At one point she hints at being able to pleasure herself with it, too much information much! Also, for someone who says she is as good at tucking as a drag queen that bloody tail moved around pretty much all the time. I have no idea how she kept it hidden despite mostly wearing skirts or dresses.

Cody was a bit too boring for me, he would be big brother stern but loveable in his own dull kinda way, not a love interest. Also, his hotness was mentioned way too much. I didn’t mind this so much though when it came to Stafan I was more than happy to listen. Sexy sexy ghoul. I wish she would hurry up and end up with him, though I think he deserves better.

I loved Lurine, I think she is if not my favourite character she is in the top 3. Though, the fact that Daisey says she wants to have sex with her in her true form when she basically helped raise her as a child and that Lurine plays with this fact really disturbs me. Other than that I liked their relationship.

“Belphego, lesser demon and occasional incubus” was brought up every time she thought/talked about her dad. Drove me nuts. I likes Jen, and though I was sad when her sister Bethony went back to her vampire drug ways I liked it because that was a more believable ending. Not all things end happy. Casimir I felt was was a bit of a  Lafayette from True Blood rip off.

Well I spose I should stop yacking now hadn’t I? So in conclusion it was enjoyable despite things that annoyed me and I look forward to the next. I hope it improves.

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Book Review – Head Over Wheels

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Title: Head Over Wheels

Author: January Valentine

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Length: 391

Rating: 2.5 (Rounded up to 3)

Description/Synopsis:

Life is smooth sailing for Jewelia Delarosa, NYPD’s next super cop, or so she hopes. The twenty-one year old headstrong Latina from middle class Poughkeepsie has a lot to learn, and like it or not, James Ballou aka Indigo, is her designated teacher. The problem is, the wealthy and elusive med student has some baggage that’s preventing him from giving his heart to the woman who already has his mind. It’s one step forward, two steps back for the struggling Manhattan couple in this steamy New Adult romance.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Well I suppose I should start off this review by saying that I got this book after receiving an email from the author requesting a review and they sent it to me fresh off the press! It was all very exciting for me.

Ok, I think my first miscommunication with this book was when I looked at the cover combined with the title. I feel it mislead me a little. By the title and the hot people kissing and the way it all just came together made me think that they were smoking hot people who rode motorbikes and were more on that side of things. Don’t get me wrong, motorbikes are mentioned and they do kinda ride them, but they aren’t in the story nearly as much just normal bikes are. Bikes just aren’t as steamy or hot as motorbikes. I did really really enjoy the little touch of putting simple character drawings at the beginning of the book though to kind of show were he characters tattoos are. As something that isn’t done that often it was nice to see.

Ok now onto the characters! I think they both suffer from just serious cases of PMS, and really I don’t know how they just didn’t kill each other or themselves. I would hate to be in that much emotional turmoil all the time over basically nothing.

Jewel I looked and was presented to be a strong character, but she just didn’t stand up for herself enough for my liking. After two weeks no contact she actually had every right to be all PMSy for a change but the second she looks at him she doesn’t even feel the need to discuss it anymore. I thought that was a bit of a draw back with her character.

Indigo just had too many names. I swear nearly everyone in the book had a different name for him. Though I can get people having nicknames, it just kind of felt like a solid name/nickname wasn’t chosen for him and thusly he just got every single name/nickname that could be thought of. That being said, I liked him. I mean really, who doesn’t like a bloody fine doctor? When it comes to romance novels things like that are generally going to draw people in because they want to place themselves with the smexy doctor who is all troubled and brooding. I can help him! Oh please oh please let me be the one to sooth his broken soul! Though the reason for his depression, though understandable, lasted way too long. The even happened years before he started seeing Jewel yet its the thing that creates all his PMS. The on the other end of the scale I feel that Jewel made him get over it way too quickly, Im sure her soothing powers are magical, but for something he has held onto so tightly for years, I find myself doubting she is that magical.

The Bitches as I dubbed them aka Indigo’s mother and his childhood friend Veronica, I liked. They served their purpose. They were trying to disrupt or break up our couple in a way that I thought was totally realistic and actually would probably happen in real life if someone was presented with the situations we are given in the book. I pleasantly hated them. Well done! Though, I didn’t like just how quickly our couple fell head over heels for each other. They had 5 dates, fought at least once each time, and then they were proclaiming love. I personally wouldn’t want to be in a situation like that.

The dialogue felt unrealistic to me however. Or at least in terms of how people talk where I live. Too many Babes and Babys being said.

In terms of theme not much happened until the end. SPOILER I didn’t like how Veronica turned out to be crazy and was framing Jewel for the robberies. Her character was realistic up until that point, and it was kind of random and didn’t really fit with the rest of the style and a strange way to bring the main characters closer together again.

I don’t know if it is because of the copy I got but there were some grammatical errors in there that bugged me.

I know sometimes it must seem like I just bitch about things are you must wonder why things get rated so high since I mainly say what bothered me. There are reasons! Despite anything I point out I still enjoyed it enough to rate it that high. I liked pretty much all the characters excluding moments of PMS and random character design changes, and I was more than happy to sit their and read about their lives.

 

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Book Review – A Fatal Likeness

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Title: A Fatal Likeness (Charles Maddox 2)

Author: Lynn Sheperd

Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction

Length: 384

Rating: 2.5 Star (Rounded up to 3)

Description/Synopsis:

A mystery that explores the dark lives and unexplained secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.

In the dying days of 1850 the young detective Charles Maddox takes on a new case. His client? The only surviving son of the long-dead poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.

Charles soon finds himself being drawn into the bitter battle being waged over the poet’s literary legacy, but then he makes a chance discovery that raises new doubts about the death of Shelley’s first wife, Harriet, and he starts to question whether she did indeed kill herself, or whether what really happened was far more sinister than suicide.

As he’s drawn deeper into the tangled web of the past, Charles discovers darker and more disturbing secrets, until he comes face to face with the terrible possibility that his own great-uncle is implicated in a conspiracy to conceal the truth that stretches back more than thirty years.

The story of the Shelleys is one of love and death, of loss and betrayal. In this follow-up to the acclaimed Tom-All-Alone’s, Lynn Shepherd offers her own fictional version of that story, which suggests new and shocking answers to mysteries that still persist to this day, and have never yet been fully explained.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I got this book from the author or someone associated with publishing the book on NetGalley. I am a bit ashamed to say that though I recieved this book before the publication date which was 20-08-13 for an honest review, that date has come and gone. I appologize for the lateness of this review, but I spose I will let myself off the hook by saying better late than never. So, finally, here is my review.

This story is fictioned based on real people and events, which isn’t normally something I would go for when lookig for something to read. I have to say that the cover and the title are the main things that peaked my interest about the book, specially as by the time I started reading it I had no idea what kind of book it was. I know, and still really don’t know, anything about the topic or the people, so Im going to be doing most of the review in the context that it is all pure fiction because thats what it mostly was to me. I also didn’t realise that this is was a second book in a series until I looked it up on Goodreads. Though I can see how story came before this one, I didn’t feel like I was really missing out on things that may have come before, and I don’t think it will effect anyone to read it just by itself like I did.

Ok first I guess I shall talk about the structure of the book. I don’t know if it was because of how it was written (the style is like pride and prejudice) or because I had to keep putting it down, but I found myself being seriously lost at some points, totally confused as to what on earth I was reading. At first I had serious issues with names. a lot of people are introduced and I had difficulties keeping up with who was who and who wanted what and who was responsible for things and blaaahhhh. I actually got really furious at section because I just had zero idea what was going on, ande It wasn’t supposed ot be that confusing. I almost just totally gave up on the book and never picked it up again, only the fact that I said I would reviewit and that I missed the date kept me going. I have to say that I amn kind of glad that I did, I enjoyed it far more towards the end when I had more time to read larger sections and things began to make more sense. I feel like I have to go back an reread the book again to fully what was going on all the time, but If I hadn’t been so confused at sections it very well could have gotten a better rating.

In terms of characters I felt myself get caught up in their concerns and theories to what on earth happened and why people care (something I didn’t really do al that much, it took me ages to  really be concerned as to why we were even being told this story). However, on the indivudual character basis I didn’t really care about any of them. I felt storry for the ones that died, and I thought the main character was a bloody idiot to not notice that someone working for him was pregnant and thusly ended up dying when things went bad. For someone who is supposed to notice and connect things for a living, it just blew my mind that he could be that stupid and blind to things going on in his own house.

For the overal theme and plot, if you look passed that for a good part I didn’t get why the story was being told, and that I was greatly confused for sections, I actually got pretty hooke don what was happening towards the end. When people started dying or when deaths started getting looked into I was much more interested.

Then at the end of the book there was authors notes on where the facts came from and what was altered and so on. I found this was helpful in clearing up some sections which I became lost in. It was a good summary I thought, but I only took it with a grain of salt. I wouldnt consider all the things said good facts unless I wanted to read up on them myself.

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Book Review – Deadly Lode

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Title: Deadly Lode

Author: Randall Reneau

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Length: 304

Rating: 3 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Geologist Trace Brandon’s serendipitous discovery of the long forgotten Sullivan Mine comes with more than high grade uranium and gold ore. When ex-con and penny mining stock promoter, Cyrus”The Virus” McSweeny, finds out about Brandon’s new mining claims, he formulates an underhanded plan to gain an interest in the mine. To further complicate matters, one of Brandon’s shareholders, Richard Rosenburg, is into a New Orleans crime family for a cool million. And they want Rosy’s shares in Brandon’s new company; Montana Creek Mining. As Brandon begins to drill out the rich orebody, his shareholders start dying. And not from natural causes. The exotic nature of the murders catches the attention of FBI Special Agent Beau Monroe. But it’s the world class uranium grades that catch Hong Kong based Lei Chang’s eye. Chang wants the uranium reserves for his Chinese backed mining company. And he doesn’t care how he gets them. Brandon is forced to forge some rather unorthodox alliances to maintain control of the Sullivan Mine, and to stay alive.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book by winning it in goodreads, and to be honest it is not they type of book I would normally pick up at all and I don’t know what was going through my mind when I entered the contest. I was however, more impressed with it than I expected.

For a lot of the book I had no idea what on earth anyone was talking about. It goes into details and talks about shares, stock exchange, and procedures that one must go through to start a dig for gold or whatever they may be hoping for. I know nothing about any of this, and when these topics come up, and they come up alot, they kinda just went over my head. However, I feel that these types of discussions or topics were probably presented as simply as they could be and if I had been more interested in either of the topics I might have been able to understand what was going on. I did think the author did a good job at trying to make it so that anyone that picks up the book will have a fighting chance of understanding.

As for the murder mystery side of the story, I wouldn’t go far as to say I was surprised or in suspense for any part of it. The flow of the story, the theme, and even the characters I found myself pleasantly just going along with it all. To me it was all very simple, but not so boring that is wasn’t unenjoyable. The characters are very one dimensional and simple, and though I liked them well enough I wasn’t attached or in love with any of them or cared all that much if they were killed off. Same goes for the story line in general, when something that I assume was supposed to be a big deal happens I was in my head going Ok then. I think this happened because it was all put out and discussed a tad too much and I could see most of the things coming. Most things aren’t hidden or just happen, you know they are coming. The end was all wrapped up into a nice little bundle, and I felt the same about the story from start to finish. No spikes of suspense, but no mind numbing boredom either.

In terms of how the thing was put together and written, there were a few things that bugged me. There were a number of grammatical errors and mistakes in the copy I was given, and they really stood out to me. Things like that pull me from the story and that will effect the way I feel about it by the end of the story. Also, things tended to get repeated just way to much for my liking, Anyone who reads my reviews will see that this is an issue that I point out quite a bit. The most serious one was Cyrus the Virus. Just about every character in the story said that at least once. I get it, that’s everyone’s nickname for that character. Move on, I don’t need to hear it again.

So I enjoyed it despite I didn’t understand what was going on on the more technical terms and knew too much in plot terms.

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Book Review – The Heiresses

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Title: The Heiresses

Author: Allison Rushby

Genre: Young Adult Historical Romance

Length: 344

Rating: 3 Star

Description/Synopsis:

In Allison Rushby’s Heiresses, three triplets–estranged since birth–are thrust together in glittering 1926 London to fight for their inheritance, only to learn they can’t trust anyone–least of all each other.
When three teenage girls, Thalia, Erato and Clio, are summoned to the excitement of fast-paced London–a frivolous, heady city full of bright young things–by Hestia, an aunt they never knew they had, they are shocked to learn they are triplets and the rightful heiresses to their deceased mother’s fortune. All they need to do is find a way to claim the fortune from their greedy half-brother, Charles. But with the odds stacked against them, coming together as sisters may be harder than they think

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. For most of this book I felt… overwhelmed, or at least something close to it. What I mean by this is, a lot of ideas and details and plot twists are thrown into the book and they dont always mesh well together. I felt, though this may be completely wrong, that the author herself was at times a bit frazzled by the shear amount of different things she was trying to gather together. I felt this way because the writing was not always clear, and quite a lot I had to reread some pages. However, it seemed like most of these issues were worked out by the second half of the book.

The triplets themselves where kind of interesting. They were to me pretty much just three different sections of one person. The sweet and innocent, Clio, the logical and smart, Erato, and the complete bitch from hell with just too much self confidence, Thalia. As you can probably tell I didn’t like Thalia very much. Though I think this was intended, the author gave her a rape back story to try and lesson possible hate towards her, but it didnt work for me. Despite this, I feel she was the most defined of the three girls. There were times where Eratos logic completely failed and she was just… stupid really, which I dont believe would really happen for that character. Clio was more stable, but she didnt really hold up to her good nature, though this is kinda glossed over. All of the girls characters develop over the course of the book, but Thalias wasnt a really believable one for me. Her character grew just a little too much and I really wouldnt expect her to ever feel like that after such a short amount of time, regardless of the different things that happen. Clio’s end probably made me the happiest, I wanted her to end up with Edwin from the very first time they met. For her though, I felt maybe she was the authors favourite because she really got pretty much everything by the end, 3 separate loving families and a legal title, where as the other girls only got the one loving family a bit of self awareness.

I did feel like I missed out on my favourite characters though. I loved the very bits with Hestia, and wished I could have read more things through her eyes. I also loved Felix very quickly, and wished that we went into his life and his children more.

Though there were a number of things that annoyed me, like the endless need to justify each lie and secret every single one of them was always doing (its like it was some kind of disease they all had, the need to be so manipulative and lie), the actually story line didnt bother me in the slightest. Sure, it was hard to wade through and completely have a clear mind about it all for the first half, the author still did a pretty good job at telling a rather complicated story, and Im glad that I finally found the time to pick it up and give it a read.