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Book Review – The Miserable Mill

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Title: The Miserable Mill [A Series of Unfortunate Events 4]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 169

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, THE MISERABLE MILL might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumbermill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log.

The pages of this book, I’m sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.

I have promised to write down the entire story of these three poor children, but you haven’t, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I think this was the scariest of the books thus far.

The children head on to a lumbermill where they are forced to work in exchange for their new guardian keeping Count Olaf away from the children. Of course this doesn’t happen and the children fall into more troubling events. Klaus gets hypnotised and is forced to commit horrible actions. I was freaking out when Klaus got hypnotised. It is bad enough that bad events keep happening to them and all around them but it is another to force them to join in the bad activity.

Entertainment wise though I think this is probably the one I have had the most issue with thus far.

One of the first things I had issues with, though not really that big a deal, is the fact that the place was obsessed with gum, that the children had to eat it, and it was stuck basically everywhere. You can’t eat gum. It doesn’t digest properly. And ew. I think the only reason why it was such a big deal in this book is because Klaus required gum to do something at the end of the book.

Also, I know the whole point to these stories is that they are supposed to be sad, but there was never any happy moment in the book. There wasn’t really any contrast so it was all the same and kind of dull. Even the part where someone I liked was being threatened by an electric saw, the event seemed to last an exceptionally long time so I no longer really gave a damn if they got chopped up or not because I was tired of hearing about it.

I think the thing I found most ridiculous however was at the end where Sunny, a baby who cannot even walk, had a sword fight with a fully grown woman. Oh, and Sunny didn’t even had a sword, she used her teeth instead. And apparently not being able to move or be as tall and only using the 4 teeth in her mouth she was able to be evenly matched for the woman. She didn’t even get a scratch on her face. I had to picture Sunny as baby vampire pretty much the entire time, being able to float and move quickly, and have super strength and healing otherwise it didn’t work. I know its middle grade but you don’t have to be stupid about these things!

I will say that the book had some good lines though:

Raisins are healthy, and they are inexpensive, and some people may even find them delicious. But they are rarely considered helpful.

So yes, if you are reading this series I hope you find more enjoyment from this book than I did. The more I read the more I seem not to like it. I don’t think these books are a good thing for me to marathon.

 

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Book Review – The Wide Window

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Title: The Wide Window [A Series of Unfortunate Events 3]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 183

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all.If you haven’t got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair.I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Though I liked this one I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first two.

In this book the orphans travel to their Aunt Josephine’s house which is atop a hill off the edge of the cliff over the lake. The setting of this book was quite exciting. It was interesting to get a story based around a lake that is filled with leeches that eat you all up if they even sniff a crumb on you. They will even sink a boat to get to you, which is a hardship the children must survive thanks to Josephine. It was all very exciting really.

However, Aunt Josephine is the very reason why I didn’t like this book quite as much. I want at least one side character to like other than the children. Aunt Josephine is such a horrible person. She is terrified of just about everything and will not do or let the children do a great many things that would make life easier or just plain comfortable because she is terrified about something horrible happening. For example, she is afraid to cook hot food despite how cold the house is because the stove might burst into flames. While all this could be forgiven, she does look after the children despite the stupid challenges she invents. She also actually teaches them things like grammar cause she thinks it the most important thing ever. None of this though makes up for what she does at the end of the book so if you have not read this book skip the next paragraph.

Her fear of Count Olaf, which is understandable I suppose since he tried to get her to kill herself, makes her offer the children over to him even though she knows he will make them suffer for their money, in exchange for her own life. I was so mad. A part of me was happy she got eaten by the leaches because she created all the issues herself. I did feel bad for the orphans when that happened though because someone else that was suppose to love and look after them had died and this time they had to watch it.

I don’t really know what else to say because the overall structure of the stories seems to be the same. Find new home, some bad but not so bad things, Count Olaf appears in a new outfit and tricks everyone because he has shoes on, some bad things happen, children solve issues, Count Olaf is discovered and disappears again, children move into the next home and book.

I continue on reading for I want more substance and I hope that I shall get more the more I read/listen.

 

Till Next Time…

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Book Reviews – Of Scars And Stardust

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Title: Of Scars And Stardust

Author: Andrea Hannah

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Length: 336

Rating: 3.5 rounded down to 3 Star

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After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she’s been dying to leave behind.

But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her “delusions,” Claire can’t seem to escape the wolf’s eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she’s ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella’s trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.

Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister’s disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella’s past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was lucky enough to receive this book early from the publishers via NetGalley for an honest review.

Just a word of warning, need to talk about this book in detail so if you don’t want to be spoilt, go read it and then come back. PLEASE GO READ IT AND COME BACK! I need people to talk about this book with me. I need thoughts, because I am so so so confused.

Before I run off on a rant about the plot lets discuss the characters. I thought they were all well written and were not just random people you meet, they all serve a purpose. I did hate some though but that was on purpose I think. I despised Rae, and I hated her parents though by the end I didn’t hate them so much because more things made sense. I thought Claire was a developed character and the little side story of her and Grants love was just adorable. I loved Grant, I don’t know if I would date him but he was so what she needed.

Now onto the part that I actually want to talk about. The plot.

The first half of this book makes nearly complete sense if we exclude the obvious mystery of where on earth did Ella go and what on earth is with these wolves. Are they real? Or are they a representation of something darker? If we move past those things the events in this book make complete sense and are kind of logical. The more we read though the less things kind of make sense. The first half of this book was just amazing, I would give it a 4 star easy. But the further on we go the more confused Claire gets and so the more confused I got.

I hated Claire’s parents for sending her away and then never contacting her or inviting her home to see her sister recover and let her get some kind of closure of this stuff. But then we find out that she was actually the main suspect in her sisters accident and we work out that they actually sent her away for both sisters safety. Ella from Claire and Claire from getting put in the local loony bin. We also get multiple things that tell us that Ella left because she didn’t feel safe, not that she was taken by ‘wolves.’ Ella was (supposedly) running away from her dad because he is totally bonkers and killed someone. I didn’t see that coming at all! How that whole thing developed in the story was weird. Claire went from having a fear of him to partnering up with him pretty damn quick.

Then there is the whole reveal at the end that the wolves were all in her head, and she is kissing a tree that she thinks is Grant. WHAT?! Its this event that makes me question everything. Just before she was telling us how he was secretly calling her despite the no contact order his family put on her and then she thinks he showed up and it was actually a tree. Was he actually contacting her? Was the supposed letter that Ella had sent her saying she was coming to visit actually real? Is Ella even still bloody alive? Who the hell was setting everyone’s houses on fire and was the writing on their home really there?

The final ‘attack’ from the wolves we know was actually Claire being arrested. This puts the last moments between her and Grant  in a whole new light. Right before they run away from the hospital he asks Claire to promise to try and make sure that nothing happens to them before they leave Amble. Claire thinks this is all about wolves so she goes along with it, but with this ending information it brings it into a new light. He knew it was Claire who hurt him but she didn’t mean to and he was basically asker her not to have another episode before they left. But then we get questions like if Claire was supposedly talking to someone when he was injured, what the hell happened? Did that party even actually happen? Was their relationship even the way it seems AT ALL? All things I thought I knew are now opened for questioning.

This open ending is not really how I like my books which is what bumped it down to a 3 star to me. I was really really into the book before it gave me an ending that didn’t answer anything and make be question everything I had just read. I would suggest that if you like contemporary mysteries that you should read this book. If you have read this book already please for the love of god give me your thoughts. I really wish that I didn’t need to have this post up so soon after finishing it because I feel like I need to think about it again and again.

Share your thoughts!!!! I am sorry that this review doesn’t really make much sense, but it still doesn’t make sense to me.

 

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Book Review – The Reptile Room

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Title: The Reptile Room [A Series of Unfortunate Events 2]

Author: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 169

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

The story may seems cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I think this book was more heartbreaking than the first one.

We go into this section of the story into a lovely household with an Uncle that treats the kids amazingly. He tends to all their needs and desires and really rather spoils them rotten. I love Uncle Monty, though I couldn’t take him seriously in audio book form. The voice that was used for him was like a drunk British guy. I suggest this book in non-audio format for this one reason. Uncle Monty was not a drunk! He was lovely and had awesome animals.

Sadly, we are also told straight away that we shouldn’t expect these happy times to last very long because Uncle Monty was going to die and the children did not pick up on any of the clues or think of any way to stop the events in time to save him. My heart broke for the children. Again they kind of tried to stop the bad things from happening, but they couldn’t seem to get any help.

Poor kids.

The writing style though really good does have a downside to me. It was present in the first book as well but I didn’t want to mention it in that review, the story tends to break out of its rhythm to explain what a number of the words used mean. While I am sure this is good for younger readers, I find this quite annoying. Much like the children get frustrated that the adults in their lives are always explaining what words mean when they already know their meaning. The only thing that keeps it from driving me totally nuts was that sometimes the explaining of the words isn’t always straight out of the dictionary and were given a humorous twist to it.

So yes, I enjoyed this book very much despite the annoyances. I feel so sorry for the children and things are not going to get better for them. If you liked the first read this one because for the small moment which Uncle Monty was alive in this book it was very nice to see them have those moments. I worry about what other things they will have to face.

 

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Book Review – The Bad Beginning

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Title: The Bad Beginning [A Series of Unfortunate Events 1]

Author: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 141

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

The description of this book is very apt.

This book though holding a middle grade title it holds the deeper meaning within is sad sad pages. This is a book that will teach children that not all stories have a happy endings. Even though the events are out there, the events in real life do not always end well even if you are just three very cute and interesting children. It breaks the unrealistic idea that all stories have happy endings. Though I like this story and the fact it isn’t happy (I like it in a sad way) I don’t really think that children need to be learning this lesson. I hope the idea kind of goes over their heads. The nice part about being a child is that you have those beliefs that everyone has a happy ending, its growing up and having our own unfortunate events that kill that idea. Better leave things hopeful as long as you can.

Following this train of thought, I kind of wish that this book wasn’t middle grade and had more depth to is in its contents. Another part of me of course didn’t feel this way though because if it was YA or Adult it might completely destroy what a lovely sad story it is at heart.

I loved our three main characters. They each have their own identify and accept those aspects as a definer of who they are. They are really very well together and confident children. Even Sunny, though I hope Sunny’s definer of biting kind of changes as she gets older in the series. Its cute now, but it wont be when she is bigger. I wonder how much the children will age during the course of the books? I love how the children stick together even though I don’t know how realistic that is. Even though they have gone through something horrible, children generally will not get along as much as these, but I suppose that is part of their charms. Their love for each other.

I found our villains greatly dislikeable, which is a good thing. They are very realistic in ways that children going to a new home with people/persons that they have no idea about are truly scary. They are also very realistic in the sense that children going into a new home do not always end up in a good home or even a safe place to live. The other adults that are not ‘the bad guys’ are also dislikeable and frustrating in a realistic way because no matter how often the kids tried to tell people about their sufferings they got dismissed because the adults wouldn’t take what they were saying seriously because of their ages.

The ending of this book was very sad but we already know that it was going to happen. There was never any chance of happiness in these books. The woes of the children are never ending and exaggerated. When the kids think back about all their hardships and include ‘Itchy Shirts’ in the mix with all the other, vastly worst struggles, I had to have a little giggle because that was such a thing children would count as a hardship.

So yes, don’t pick it up if you don’t want lots of suffering and no happy endings. But if you are willing to experience a different kind of middle grade book I think you should give it a go because its enjoyable.

 

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Book Review – The Truth of the Matter

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Title: The Truth of the Matter

Author: Andrew Klavan

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Adventure

Length: 336

Rating: 3.5 Star (rounded down to 3)

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

“Never give in.”

Ever since he woke up in a terrorist torture chamber–with a year of his life erased from his mind–Charlie West has been on the run. He has one desperate hope of getting his life back: track down the mysterious agent named Waterman. But in fact, reaching Waterman–and recovering the secrets lost in his own memory–will only increase his danger. Because a team of ruthless killers is rapidly closing in on him, determined to stop him from finding the answers. And the truth of the matter is more incredible…and more deadly…than he could ever imagine.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Yaaayyyy!!!! In this book we finally really get some answers. At the beginning our boy gets shot with a drug that will restore his memory, but at a price. He will be in serious pain when he remembers stuff. I got more pleasure from these moments than I think is normal. Finally, something gets the better of our goodie goodie main character called Charlie West. You have magiced your way out of too many things, now something you can’t get passed has happened and I am happy. Though, he does seem to be able to control it to a certain extent and that made me annoyed.

In terms of plot we seem to do a little dance of gaining some ground then we loose some , gain some, loose some. Charlie finds Waterman, which I found confusing because he found him cause of picture but as far as I remember that picture didn’t reveal where he was, just who he was, and somehow we start the book with him knowing where he is… Oh the magic of Charlie. So he finds him and doesn’t trust him and gets shot with the drug for his memory, then Waterman dies and he is trying to escape from the terrorists again. And then the police. Which he does, cause he is Charlie.

But finally he comes across some people that aren’t trying to arrest him or kill him. Just a random mother and son that hide him from the police in their house while he gets over being sick (hahahaha suck it Charlie, about time the elements nearly kill you) despite knowing everything about him. I think this part was my favourite part of the book. Though I don’t like Charlie and he is awfully endowed with magical main character powers it was a nice break to have someone treat him like the child he pretty much is.

The book ends of a kind of cliff hanger so I will need to pick up the last book at some point to be satisfied. You can totally tell everything is going to be fine for Charlie though, so its not like I can’t see whats coming. Till next time…

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Book Review – On The Jellicoe Road

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Title: On The Jellicoe Road

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery

Length: 289

Rating: 5 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

I’m dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.

Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs – the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.

And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother – who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Ahh. I just don’t have the right words to explain how I feel about this book. I have read it so many times yet when I go to tell people they should read it, I can never find the words that will make them understand just how I feel about this book.

This is one of a few books that has made me cry my eyes out. Multiple times.

This is one of two books that once I finished it I found I wasn’t ready to stop yet and immediately turned back to the start and read it again.

Forget about the description, it doesn’t prepare you for what is hidden within this book. But I don’t know if I should try and explain it to you or not. I think perhaps you should go in blind and come out with new eyes.

All of this being said however I can see where some people might hate this book.Its depressing and there are very few happy moments, and so there is a lot of teen agnst. The structure might also annoy some, know the first time you read this you might be confused by its structure.

None of those things affected me though.

I love each and everyone of the characters, even the ones I hate I love. The angst doesn’t bother me at all. If I had been through the lives of some of characters within the book I would be angry or depressed too. I would find it unrealistic and less enjoyable if they were still so upbeat. However, the connection and love that develops between them all is just so beautiful and touching. It is probably wrong to say this, I would never want my life to be anywhere near as tragic as the ones they live, but I wish I could join in. I want to be part of that circle of friendship and family so badly, I kind of feel like I am though because of how I feel about them.

The structure and plot of the story is presented both in the present and the past, with the past story being presented to us in random segments. Part of the thing I loved about the structure was that I had to work out in what order those past events happened and understand how it relates to what we are living through in the present.

The writing is beautiful. Some of my favourite quotes of all time come from this book. If I was ever to get any tattoo, which I am so against, it would be a quote from this book. It is firmly placed in the top of my favourite books list. I am so glad I noticed the cover when it was on sale at Big W years ago. I don’t like to think about if I had of kept walking and decided I didn’t have enough money. It has gotten me through sad times despite its own sadness.

I will continue reading this book until the day I die. Its part of me.

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From Book to Movie – True Crime

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Title: True Crime

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rating: 4 Star

Book Review

Description/Synopsis:

Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate’s innocence just hours before his execution?

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

In terms of a book to movie adaptations this movie did a very good job at following along with the story that was given to us in the book.Of course a few things change, but they didn’t bother me at all.

For example our main character Steve’s child is a little girl instead of a boy. Im not quite sure why they changed this, perhaps it was to make it more emotional when he kind of lets the child down. Thats just a guess though because the whole movie seemed to be made more emotional than in the book. For example I found our main character much more likeable than in the books. I don’t know if this is because I really like the actor who plays him Clint Eastwood, despite the fact that the character is portrayed as just as much as an dick in the movie as he was in the book. Another slight changed they made that I didn’t mind was they made Ray’s child Grace have her meltdown about the green crayon at the prison and the Warden had his men go out to the car park to look for it. I think this was a good way to go cause you get the more of a feeling that the warden really cares about whats going on and that he is not completely happy about it.

They kept some moments in that I was really glad stayed the same. One of them was the relationship between Steven and his boss and the conversation they have about him sleeping with the editors wife. They were both such dicks in this scene with the things they were saying and the way they act, but you totally get the feeling of them being good friends and the scene was just as funny in the movie as I pictured it in my head while I was reading.

Now because its a movie they altered the ending to make it a bit more dramatic than it was in the book. In the book our guy doesn’t get injected with anything before the call that saves his life because our caring Warden delays giving the go ahead for the execution because he doesn’t feel right about it. But in the movie they made it more dramatic with the Warden giving the go ahead and the injection process is under way when the call comes through. This was to give the audience a moment of “is he going to die because of how much he was injected? Was it too late?” but then we see Steve and Ray’s final visual of each other at the shops at Christmas and we know that everything ended all happy and well. I think this was a good way to end with the movie. I think because of how much more emotional the movie kind of was the audience couldn’t really just have been left with the ending that was in the book. I think it would have been a bit anticlimactic.

So yes, it was a very good adaptation of the book. Really enjoyable to watch and seeing how well its done I don’t feel I would have missed anything or lost any feelings about the story if I had of just watched the movie and didn’t have the book to compare it to. The only reason it was a 4 star and not a 5 was because of my own personal preference for movies. If we are judging purely on how well they turned it into a movie its a 5 star for sure.

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Book Review – True Crime

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Title: True Crime

Author: Andrew Klavan

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Length: 384

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

True Crime is an edge-of-the-seat suspense novel that graphically portrays the final moments leading up to a condemned killer’s appointment with the executioner. The plot is familiar but convincing: An inmate, Frank Beachum, denies any involvement in the murder of a young pregnant woman. His only chance for survival lies in the hands of a reporter, Steven Everett. From the very first page, however, veteran suspense writer Andrew Klavan does everything possible to make this journalist unlikable–he drinks too much, he’s committed adultery. In fact, the incarcerated Beachum, who stands accused of a hideous crime, comes across as a much more decent person than Everett.

Foes of capital punishment will find in True Crime another buttress to the oft-expressed argument that state-sanctioned murder is not always just, that some police investigations are sloppy even when they’re not politically tinged or racially motivated, and that exonerating evidence is often overlooked. Here such evidence is so glaringly overlooked that it’s possible for a somewhat drunken reporter with plenty of other things on his mind (a wife who’s about to leave him and a boss who’s just discovered that Everett is cuckolding him) to spot the inconsistencies. He follows a hunch, discovers the identity of the real killer, and tries to clear Beachum’s name as the minutes tick away. The relentless pace and Klavan’s crisp, taut writing make the suspension of disbelief possible, and no doubt Clint Eastwood, who stars in the movie version, will make Steven Everett a more likely and likable hero.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I go into most crime books not expecting much about them. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one.

It took me a moment to get into what was happening. The beginning is a bit stuffy and I was wondering what I had gotten myself into by picking it up. Once the ball started rolling though the pace of the story gradually sped up and just kept getting faster and faster and better and better. Some moments had me wanting to chuck the book at the wall because of the suspense happening in the book. At one point I shut it and threw it to the end of my bed and just stared at the cover for ages because of something that happened. It wasn’t even confirmed in the book when I did this, it was just one of the titles hinting at something horrible happening. It was all very very painful for my poor hating of suspense body.

Let me just say I love our main character Steven. I think he is a disgusting pig most of the time and if I met someone like him in real life I would probably think as much of him as something on the bottom of my shoe. But as a character in a book I really liked him mainly because he is not perfect. He is really quite stuffed up. But as a character he is well developed and complete. I met a proper person upon reading him.  The only other character we really meet is Frank, the dude our main character is trying to save to save his own arse really. We don’t get a complete picture of Frank, but this doesn’t bother me because Frank is not a full human. He is a guy who has been in prison for 6 years and has only really been thinking about his death for something he didn’t do. He holds it together for his family, but once he thinks he wont see them again he looses it. The loosing it was good, very realistic. I also like what we get of the other characters too. They feel whole to me.

Since I found out that this book was transformed into a movie I look forward to seeing how that turned out!

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Book Review – Love Gone Mad

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Title: Love Gone Mad

Author: Mark Rubinstein

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Length: 348

Rating: 2 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

When heart surgeon Adrian Douglas and Megan Haggarty, RN, meet at the hospital where they work, neither has any idea of the scorpion’s nest into which they’ve stumbled. Strange and frightening events begin happening to each of them; someone is after them both–and the stalker is not only brilliant and crafty, but vows to exact revenge for the ultimate betrayal. As things spin out of control, Megan and Adrian fight for their lives.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was pleasantly reading through this book for about 30% of it. Then I realised that it was still going and I was only 30% through it. Things went downhill from their. It was not a good start to the 2014 reading of the year.

Like all NetGalley books this had random bits of structural and spelling failures so I am just going to move past it.

The dialogue in this book could have been better. At times it was staggered and unrealistic. I think if people talked liked that it would be just as hard to listen to it as it was to read. There was a line asking the bad guy how he smelt something on someone. It frustrated me greatly. Though the thing he said he could smell was that his daughter wasn’t his own, and thats not normally something you can smell (in this book it is) but the way the line was phrased got to me. How do people normally smell you idiot…

It repeats itself a lot, hypes things up that aren’t shocking or anything along those lines, and doesn’t stick to perspectives in a way that makes sense. It jumps from person to person sometimes without warning and quite often stays with the perspective I think that  was the more boring and outside the interesting parts. There are also moments which are seriously coincidental and the fact that there is more than one of them blew the chance of me accepting that it could actually happen. The book lost points here and It was hard for me to keep reading.

However when something action packed was happening, it did it very well. The description in these part was very captivating and had me sitting on the edge of my seat. My favourite section was when she was trapped in the elevator. I am horrified of elevators breaking on me and I am claustrophobic at times so her horror was my horror.