Last year I loved My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry. It was an incredible read, probably one of my favourites of the year so I was stoked to get a proo
Last year I loved My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry. It was an incredible read, probably one of my favourites of the year so I was stoked to get a proof of Blood Sisters in the mail. I actually thought I'd lost my copy - you know when you put a book on your shelf and you have too many books and can't remember where it is? Yeah, that was me trying to find this book. Now I have to be honest - I didn't love Blood Sisters as much as I loved My Husband's Wife, but it was still a pretty great read.
Jane Corry writes *so* well. You get so caught up in her narrative, in the stories she's weaving and the pages really do fly by.
I loved the dual perspectives - first person narrative for Alison, an artist clearly suffering from some kind of past trauma; and the third person narrative from Kitty, who's in a care home, unable to speak, and we don't know why or what connects the two. There's an aura around both their stories of something tragic happening and I actually think I preferred Kitty's narrative to Alison's, only because we got to see that just because Kitty didn't speak, didn't mean she didn't understand or wasn't speaking in her head. Her in-head narrative was fantastic.
I loved the whole creepy aspect to the plot - Alison starts getting notes and feeling like she's being followed, even receiving creepy notes at the prison where she's an artist in residence and how that plot came together really surprised me, in a good way. I didn't see it coming at all.
There was nothing necessarily bad about Blood Sisters, I just personally preferred Corry's first thriller. But this was another solid thriller. I had no idea what the actual catalyst of the accident was - and the story behind Lead Man left me gasping in surprise.
Jane Corry has done fantastically well with her first two thrillers. Both kept me wanting more, both I devoured in just a few sittings and I'm already looking forward to a third book from Jane. She's got such a good talent for leaving you surprised and amazed and I really, really enjoyed Blood Sisters.
What an outstanding read! I read fantasy, but it's usually YA fantasy, and it's few and far between, and I've yet to read a Grimdark novel, but GodbliWhat an outstanding read! I read fantasy, but it's usually YA fantasy, and it's few and far between, and I've yet to read a Grimdark novel, but Godblind intrigued me. And it was, in fact, a pretty brilliant start to what I've come to learn is a trilogy (isn't it a pain, when you come to the end of the book, having searched fruitlessly online and on the book itself to see if it's part of a series, to get to the end and realise... Yes, it is). It's a bit infuriating, but I'm also kind of glad there'll be more books because I was properly into the story. A few bits left me confused - I don't quite understand why the Red Gods were banished, but overall, this was a pretty intriguing read.
I will also say that before you read this, be warned there is a ton of characters to keep up with, a ton of places, just loads of information. I didn't personally find it overwhelming - I thought I might, I thought it might be too much for me to read something with so much scope, but once you get the characters straight and you start to re-visit characters, you get used to them. I would, however, have loved both a) a character list in the beginning of the book and b) a pronunciation guide, because I hate trying to pronounce a word that I have no idea how to pronounce. If you're going to write a novel with strange names/places, at least have the decency to have a pronunciation guide.
Overall, I'm stoked to read more in this series - I liked getting to know (most of the) characters, I liked the world Anna Stephens built and it kept me hooked from start to finish. ...more
What an incredible read! I had no idea what this book was really about, how it was written, and I was so surprised how quickly I got into it! I lovedWhat an incredible read! I had no idea what this book was really about, how it was written, and I was so surprised how quickly I got into it! I loved the writing style, which surprised me. It's written in interview format, with some mysterious fella asking the characters all these questions about how the hand was found, about incidents that occurred; it was like getting an account of everything, second hand kind of. But it worked! It worked SO WELL. I've never read a book in this style before, but man, does it work, at least for Sleeping Giants.
This was such a good read. I'm so excited to see where this series is going. I'm so glad I took a punt on this book because it was a brilliant read. ...more
Stunt Double is a brand new Young Adult series from Tamsin Cooke, and I was so intrigued to read it as soon as I heard about it - film sets! Stunt dou
Stunt Double is a brand new Young Adult series from Tamsin Cooke, and I was so intrigued to read it as soon as I heard about it - film sets! Stunt doubles! Hi-jinks! I WAS IN. And this was actually a pretty amazing read, and I’m even more excited that Finn’s back with more adventures in January 2018 (why so far away, though?! *Weeps*). It could probably be read by 12+, because there’s not a lot of swearing or mature content, although there’s a bit of violence, to put it mildly.
STUNT DOUBLES! I love the movie industry, I loved getting that peek behind the scenes, how actors do their jobs, how other people *DO* the actor’s jobs because actors are too fragile (ahem) to perform their own stunts. So it was even more interesting that this featured a teenage stunt double, and while it never quite sat right with me, probably stunt doubles (especially teenage ones) likely have to go through rigorous training and stuff to be able to actually do it, it was still fun.
Papua New Guinea. Okay so I had to Google where Papua New Guinea actually was, what a stunning location! A lot of the book is set there, and it just sounded magical. I loved the sound of the hotel Finn and the crew stayed in *Dreams of lagoon-style-pools*
Finn. Finn is adorable. He seems quite young for fourteen, all things considered, but he’s pretty good at the stunts he does and I liked his narrative, it’s the kind of voice you remember, that isn’t intrusive, but is firmly there and it’s a voice you like. I liked that it was narrated in first-person, too, so we really got to know Finn!
It’s just a pretty fun adventure! I love adventures and this was right up there. The travelling, the film stuff, the stunts themselves (which seem terrifying with, or without, the jerk shirt thing), it was all pretty fast-paced and frantic and I lapped it up!
Not bad, but the book did seem to take an unrealistic turn. It kind of hit this point like three quarters through the book where it like took a turn?!??!?! And I kinda didn’t know if it was all part of some Punk’d style stunt? Where everyone would jump out and be like GOTCHA. And I kept waiting for it to happen and it didn’t?!?!?! I still don’t quite know how I felt about where the book went. How it seemed to be this harmless story of a lad becoming a stunt double and then it became…. Like crazy. Like WHAT. Like where you wonder if you’ve missed a few pages or been drugged, basically.
Overall, I loved Stunt Double. I’m excited to see where Finn’s story takes him, especially after all the crazy stuff that happened at the end of this first book. Plus there was a bit of an excerpt from book two where there was *another* crazy reveal and it’s like SLOW DOWN. Finn can hardly have recovered from this book, never mind more shocks! But I’M INTRIGUED. So it did its job! I am very excited for book two, and this was a brilliant start to a fantastic new series!
What a brilliant duology. I love Simone Elkeles' books, although I've only read two of them. She just taps into teenagers' heads perfectly, and I loveWhat a brilliant duology. I love Simone Elkeles' books, although I've only read two of them. She just taps into teenagers' heads perfectly, and I loved Maggie, and I loved Caleb, and I loved how they tried to not talk to each other, since Caleb ran Maggie over with his car (it was an accident - probably), but they couldn't fight their feelings and I just nearly dissolved into a puddle of happy goo.
It just made me so happy. That's what I love about these light YA contemporaries, you can lose yourself in a book for a while without thinking *too* hard, and you just know it's going to make you smile and laugh and be happy.
I need to read the rest of Simone's books ASAP and hope she's working on new stuff, because reading Paradise reminded me of how much I *love* her books and her writing....more