Currently reading 

Got 4 books on the go at the moment as I’m in a conflicted mood. 

Currently reading:

Started War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (I LOVED Anna K and so I have exceptionally high hopes for this one once I’m done blundering my way through understanding who is who and the complex Russian names.

Finders Keepers- Stephen King. Quite unusually this series is more thriller than horror and I am enjoying this better than the first one but not as great as his horror stuff in my opinion but we will see.

Bazaar of Bad Dreams- Just finished reading the first story in this collection of short stories ‘Mile 81’ A promising start but I do prefer Kings novels ultimately.

The King Series-Tawdra Kandle. An urban fantasy series of sorts. My new favourite obsession / genre as you’ll have seen from a previous post. Is very good reading so far!

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The Shadowland by Elizabeth Kostova- Review

I can’t find the words to describe how disappointed in this book I am so suffice to say, I am very, very disappointed.

Elizabeth Kostova is one of my favourite authors. Her book ‘The Historian’ is my ultimate and completely favourite book ever published and I also really really liked her follow up, ‘The Swan Thieves’

This book however, just does not compare to either of her previous works.

So the story tells of Alexandra who is in Bulgaria and comes across an Urn with a persons ashes in, it is her mission to get these back to the right people and so the story begins. It also shows flashbacks from her life which were interesting and then flashbacks to another persons life- Stoyan a violinist and not so interesting.

This book as the others are, is particularly well written, most of the characters are developed well enough but the pace was atrocious. I was last half way and virtually nothing has happened which surprised and disappointed me.

I picked it up to read tonight and I realised I wasn’t looking forward to it so I decided to DNF’d it.

Heartbroken. Totally heartbroken. This could have been an excellent book but just wasn’t.

1.5 stars.

Regarding Anna Review


Another freebie. Not a great one though. 2 Stars only. 

So the mystery that the author creates is reasonable and peaked my interest a bit. The story is about Grace, a PI who has a mystery of her own to solve. However i really didn’t like the protagonist. She was ditzy, boring and didn’t seem to know what she was doing even as an amateur PI.

I also didn’t like the other main character Minnie, she was just so unnecessarily ‘shouty’ or abrasive I guess that it just became old real quick.

The writing was okay, I could have kept reading but in the end the dislike for both characters made it so I just didn’t want to.

Lie with Me- Review


Loved this book and now love this author. This was a 5 star read for me. I absolutely loved it.

I loved the writing style mostly, that is what kept me turning the pages. It was addictive! The plot was great and kept me liking the book even though I wasn’t a massive fan of the main character who I don’t think we were ever seriously meant to like.

It also makes you think. Think about the consequences of even a little lie. I would say this book is fairly though provoking as well as being just awesome!

A perfect psychological thriller and I will be reading the rest of this authors work.

Clockwork Prince review

Started 2nd of April, finish date (well, DNF date 18th April), this is so slow for me so shows what a steaming pile of crap this book really was for me!
I love TMI series. It’s probably the best series I’ve ever read and so wanting to get hold of everything my newfound favourite author had written, I picked up this one. I read the clockwork angel in its entirety and wasn’t particularly keen on it, slow, unlikeable characters. I rated it 2 stars. As I bought the trilogy though, I thought I’d persevere and see whether it got any better I.e Tessa became more likeable (she didn’t and I didn’t like her at all), Will became nicer (nope, still the same asshole he was in the previous.l book) or whether the plot became better (it didn’t),
I just can’t find the words to describe how much I HATE this series compared to TMI. Makes my blood boil I wasted time on cardboard cutouts and thin plots which have no substance.
I’m binning them. Binning them all.

Sharp Objects- Gillian Flynn


Soooooooo I really wanted to like this one. I really did especially since Stephen King seemed to rate it and he is of course my favourite author. To be totally honest though, I got to a 106 pages in and no, I didn’t like it.
My problem with it was it was so incredibly slow. Nothing really seemed to be happening and it was just boring and a real chore to pick up. I also didn’t particularly like the characters and the main character with her history, seriously, what a weirdo!
The writing was fine, no problem with that and it was fairly readable apart from the bore factor which I describe above.
Not for me I’m afraid. I need faster paced books. This just didn’t get me turning the pages at all and wasn’t fast paced enough for me.

1 star.

Rise Headless and Ride- Richard Gleaves-Review

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Horror is my favourite genre of all (and Stephen King my favourite author)but I’ve not read too much of it recently. I’ve been sidetracked with quite a lot of paranormal romance fiction so when I picked this book up, it felt good to be back reading what I love most.

This book was a solid 4.5 stars. It was absolutely fantastic and another great example of self published work. I’m starting to love self published authors more and more each day!

The book has its roots in the lore of Sleepy Hollow, which I’m sure most horror fans are well aware of but then introduces an entirely new story and adds it to the mix. The story surrounds Jason Crane, a descendant of Ichabod Crane and follows him and his new life in Sleepy Hollow. I won’t describe any more of the plot as I’m sure it can be found in numerous places but I will say, the plot/ the place / the characters are 100% creepy.

I felt this was a page turner literally as I couldn’t put it down and finished it in two solid days. It was my book of choice of three I have on the go and it just got better and better.

I will definitely be continuing with this series and I’m sure it won’t disappoint!

4.5 Stars!

 

 

 

The Chemist-Stephenie Meyer- Review

So, I finally finished this tomb of a book. 

I was really looking forward to this when I heard it was coming out but it ended up just being a THREE star book for me.

This is totally different to Stephenie’s other books and she should be admired therefore for trying her hand at other genres. However I found it to be a rather average book. I liked it, I managed to finish it but it just wasn’t absolutely amazing as I expected initially it may be.

I won’t detail the plot in too much detail as I’m sure many people before me have, just sum up my thoughts. But it’s essentially a Bourne novel except the protagonist Alex is female.

The characterisation was well done, I liked Alex and Daniel, I thought they were great, I didn’t like Kevin though to be perfectly honest!

The plot moved enough to keep me reading but I wouldn’t say it was particularly fast paced and to the contrary, it really dragged in some places. I got a little bit bored towards the end and skim read a few of the pages, I think the problem with this book is it was too long and it just didn’t hold me interest the entire way through.

Good although average read. Nothing special.

Three stars 

Review-Bridget Jones’s Baby

I decided to pick up this series after having watched the films fairly recently (which I really enjoyed, unusual as I say, dont do chick lit or chick flicks). I’ve read all of them now and this was the final one in the series.

What can I say?  I don’t know where to begin apart from to say that I absolutely loved these books particularly this one although at times, I wanted it to hurry up -a bit and tell me who the Father was! (Secretly rooting for Mark Darcy). So, in all, Id say that the pace in this one was a bit slow but I enjoyed it still immensely.

Given that these books are written in diary form I was concerned that I wouldn’t get the character development and great plot you’d get from a novel written in the normal sort of way. That wasn’t the case however. All characters are wonderfully done by being fully developed and realised and virtually jumping off the pages for me (I’d even go so far as to say that Bridget is one of my favourite characters ever)and the plot was great. I love the fact there is so much going on at one time for Bridget, it adds depth to the plot.

I shall miss Bridget and her escapades. I will be reading more Helen Fielding though for sure.
Loved this book!