Phew a near save hear I think. The last book in this series was just terrible and I don't think I enjoyed one thing about it. This one has redeemed thPhew a near save hear I think. The last book in this series was just terrible and I don't think I enjoyed one thing about it. This one has redeemed the series in my eyes. I thought about giving up completely after the last instalment, I just thought that this series was just not going to be for me. However because I so enjoyed the first in the series and I still think the basic premise was so original I said I'd give it one last shot. I'm glad I did.
It started off a little slowly and I started to doubt that this series was ever going to get better but at about the quarter stage it started to pick up and then all of a sudden we had an exciting and fast paced book almost out of nowhere.
Sam wasn't quite as annoying as in the previous instalment but Astrid made up for that and was incredibly painful. However most of the less important characters were the true hero's of the book and I loved Edilio, Quinn and funnily enough Orc was also quite endearing. I really enjoyed the introduction of Sanjit and his little crew too and I look forward to seeing how he gets on in future books. Caine and his possy have definitely landed on their feet getting to the island and I wonder what will become of them out there.
Surprisingly to me I'm actually really looking forward to the next book. I'm glad this series has improved and redeemed itself with this instalment....more
This was like falling into a big soft book cushion. That makes no sense I realise but God it was so good to go back to the Wizarding World. I didn't eThis was like falling into a big soft book cushion. That makes no sense I realise but God it was so good to go back to the Wizarding World. I didn't even realise how much I missed it until I started reading.
So first of all the book is written in script form. I thought this was going to be a bigger issue for me than it ended up being. I got used to the dialogue within a few pages to the point where I didn't even notice it after the first scene or two. I also thought I'd miss Rowling's descriptions and backgrounds of situations a lot more than I did. As it's written in script form the whole book is based on dialogue between characters, there are only the barest descriptions of locations, surroundings, tones of voice, etc. I really thought that this might be where I'd find flaws but somehow it still worked so well. Maybe its because we are so familiar with the majority of the characters but I understood the tone or atmosphere of most scenes almost instantly with no issues.
The plotline was great I loved seeing Albus and Scorpius become friends and found it both funny and so unbelievably sweet that Draco Malfoys son turned out to not only be a total sweetheart but to also have a huge crush on Hermione and Rons daughter. I thought all the original characters were as loveable and not so lovable as they were in the previous seven novels. It was just so heartwarming to read all about them again and see how they had got on in life.
The book was exciting, fast paced, magical, wonderful, everything we have all come to expect from Rowling and it makes me pray that possibly this play will go on tour and might visit Ireland at some point but if it doesn't then it will be on my bucket list to see in the West End some day for sure....more
Oh my gosh... Where do I begin? This is like the book version of those really brilliantly terrible action movies. You know like The Expendables or TheOh my gosh... Where do I begin? This is like the book version of those really brilliantly terrible action movies. You know like The Expendables or The Fast and the Furious? I mean you know you're not sitting down to watch anything even mildly intelligent but you also know you're going to have the best time ever and giggle your way through the over the top dialogue and completely unrealistic stunts and action sequences.
I never thought that could be put into book form but guess what? It can! And Reilly actually did a pretty damn good job of it.
Of course it reads like a fanfic version of Jurassic Park except with dragons instead of dinosaurs but who the hell cares? Jurassic Park is one of my all time favourite films and I never mind and completely understand when someone wants to put a new twist on something that worked so well before.
Our main character is CJ who is the reptile expert brought in to give her opinion on Chinas Great Dragon Zoo for National Geographic. She's not your atypical beauty since she got into an unfortunate argument with a bull alligator a few years previous and has the scars to show it. However as crazy as it sounds the alligator actually came out the worst and that pretty much tells you all you need to know about the realism in this novel.
So when her and a group of other various important people arrive at the zoo everything appears to be picture perfect until the inevitable happens and it all goes to hell in a handbag. Its so fast paced that even though it was a long enough book I finished it within two days. The action doesn't let up at all and I actually nearly got a bit bored of it by the end there was just so bloody much of it. It probably could have been cut by a hundred pages or so without any major scenes having to be cut but I didnt mind as much as I might with another book as it stayed so exciting throughout.
Let's face it lads we're not working with anything groundbreaking here but if you're looking for something that's tons of fun then look no further....more
Yup this was it. This was the one that disappointed me. I knew it was coming. It's kind of inevitable, like the flu, you know it's going to get you buYup this was it. This was the one that disappointed me. I knew it was coming. It's kind of inevitable, like the flu, you know it's going to get you but you don't know when or where.
There's always one book in every series that isn't the same. I suppose a series is lucky if it's only one book. At least it helps make the other books in the series seem even better than they actually were. See? Now my judgement is already beginning to get cloudy about this series. Maybe I was wrong, maybe they were all bad. However I'm pretty sure this might just be the bad egg. I hope so, I really do.
Freida is just in desperate form in this novel. I understand that she went through a really traumatic experience and is struggling with the repercussions and the various upheavals that are happening in her life but geez... I'm exhausted from reading about it. I want strong, fiercely independent, loyal, take-no-prisoners Frieda back. Like yesterday. She fritters from one location to another and from one disastrous situation to another. I could barely keep up.
The actual plotline is interesting enough but the subplot was too weird and the teeny tiny sentence that led Frieda to the discovery of not one but two serial killers was way too unrealistic.
There was still pluses, some of my favourite characters still had bit parts such as Josef and Reuben which was nice. I also do enjoy Karlsson more as the books continue and didn't mind him taking more of a leading role in this book since Frieda was a little derailed. Look it wasn't terrible but I'm hoping for the less is more approach in the next instalment, this was too long at 550 pages, so here's hoping!...more
So this is Aherns first foray into the Young Adult genre and I was a bit sceptical at first to be honest. I love some of her adult fiction but some diSo this is Aherns first foray into the Young Adult genre and I was a bit sceptical at first to be honest. I love some of her adult fiction but some didn't really work for me so I was apprehensive to say the least.
Let's just say it wasn't without its flaws (see what I did there) but overall I liked it. The main character Celestine is not instantly likeable and is a bit of a contradiction really. One minute she is a devout believer in the Guilds rules and the next she's the complete opposite standing up to them like no one has before. The huge change in her beliefs comes almost overnight and suddenly she is doing and saying things that her boyfriend and sister would never dream of. It was all a little too quick and I feel Aherns tries to justify this herself by saying Celestine has a logical mind and sees things in black and white. However she had that same mind her whole life and it never questioned anything so this doesn't really add up.
I liked how exciting the book was. I liked the whole premise of the Guild and people being Flawed and them being branded in different body parts depending on the type of mistake they made. I liked the possibility of some kind of uprising happening. I liked Carrick for the little we saw of him. However I really hope that it doesn't turn into the stereotypical teenage love triangle that's so loved by the vast majority of authors in this genre. I just think they're mostly unnecessary and makes the whole book feel unoriginal.
So overall there's a lot to like and I'll one hundred percent be buying Perfect when it comes out next March. Seems very far away right now....more
This took me ages to get into. I don't know whether it was because of my own personal life getting a little hectic or whether I can blame the book butThis took me ages to get into. I don't know whether it was because of my own personal life getting a little hectic or whether I can blame the book but it was tough going for awhile.
We meet Janet as a middle aged single mom who has moved herself and her teenage daughter back in with her recently retired father. The home life of the Manning family is anything but happy however as a tragedy that happened when Janet was only seven still haunts them. Janet's little brother Justin was taken from a nearby park and murdered in the woods close by. The man who was convicted has served his time and is out on parole. This brings up a load of new memories and questions surrounding the murder as the man still proclaims his innocence despite having served his sentence. Janet starts to probe into the case with the help of Detective Stynes who worked on the case originally.
The book is full of twists and turns and even though it took me so long to get into I did read the final 200 pages in a day. The first 200 took me over two weeks. So it definitely does pick up as the story develops. However I saw the final twist coming about 50 pages before it happened which is unfortunate as it would have been a great shock. Not a bad read at all and I definitely wouldn't avoid the author in the future but I may not actively search him out either....more
It had such a good premise that I was really looking forward to it but it just didn't live up to expectations at all. Not evenUgh. This left me cold.
It had such a good premise that I was really looking forward to it but it just didn't live up to expectations at all. Not even a little bit actually.
So the book centers around John who is imprisoned on Death Row awaiting execution for killing his girlfriend. He is freed by his father, one of the correction officers and two doctors by faking his death and giving him a new ID and life in Europe. Throughout the book he proclaims his innocence and although we don't hear the exact circumstances of the murder until the end it seems to be a given that he is telling the truth. In Sweden he has a monumental f*ck up moment where he decides he's going to kick some idiot in the face and ends up being arrested by Swedish police who obviously find out eventually who the heck he actually is. Cue the Swedish government hurrying to deport him back to the USA in case at all they might end up on unfriendly terms.
The whole book just disappointed me page after page. I wanted Grens, the Swedish policeman, to have more pull, to stop the deportation somehow, he didn't. I wanted to see more of his story and did he end up finding any happiness with Hermansson. I wanted John to try and fight. I wanted the Swedish government to stand up to the Americans. I didn't want the ending that we got.
He gets executed. He actually dies at the end. The whole book centers around him and his innocence and his escape from the system and all the people who believe him and the few that don't but yet he still dies. And then we find out that Erikson, the correction officer who helped him escape in the first place, actually committed the murder he went to prison for in the first place. And then to add insult to injury in his final act he manages to frame the father of the murdered girl for his murder. He then ends up on Death Row himself. I admit that I didn't like Finnigan but come on! He found his daughter dying on his bedroom floor so I understand he was hateful, I understand he wanted someone to pay. Yes he took it to a vengeful extreme but hes a father who lost his only child. Not only does he have to deal with his daughter being murdered and taken from him too soon but also he ends up framed for a murder he didnt commit and awaiting execution on Death Row. All to show how the US justice system is flawed, how people end up on Death Row who have done nothing.
I can kind of see where the author was trying to go with this novel but it just didn't click for me at all. I didn't enjoy it and I really can't see myself reading this author again....more
I feel like Billingham nearly always delivers as a great crime thriller. There's only been one of his Thorne books that I didn't enjoy and one out ofI feel like Billingham nearly always delivers as a great crime thriller. There's only been one of his Thorne books that I didn't enjoy and one out of nine ain't too shabby is it? Tom Thorne is back in this instalment in all his miserable, defeated, tough-guy, soft-on-the-inside, seen-it-all, exhausted glory and he's as loveable as always.
The plot centers around a crime lord who faked his own death ten years ago and is hiding out in Spain enjoying the high life as only a crime lord can. Its an exciting story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing throughout.
Poor auld Tom is having it rough these days though and I think we've seen the beginning of the end with himself and Louise as a couple. They have never got past Louise having a miscarriage and seem to be stuck in a rut and basically not like each other all that much any more. Tom has a brief relationship with a young woman he meets in the investigation but it amounts to nothing other than helping him to see the faults in his relationship with Louise. I have a feeling the next book will begin with Thorne being alone once more. Come on Tom let's find you a happy ending!...more
So ya she did it... I'm not sure if I can really even write a review for this without spoilers so hey *spoiler alert* look away now!
This one doesn'tSo ya she did it... I'm not sure if I can really even write a review for this without spoilers so hey *spoiler alert* look away now!
This one doesn't have a happy ending. I know right? Shocker. Everyone else seemed to have got one but poor old Trez lucked out. I mean I am glad in a sense as it was getting a tad predictable with the happy ever afters everyone was getting dished out but still... There were tears. My husband was happily watching TV while I had a mental breakdown on the couch beside him. This is Wards effect on me.
However it didn't all end bad. This book was like a two for one kinda deal as although it mainly focused on Trez and Selena we also got to see iAms love story unfold. The problem with that was because it wasn't the main focus I feel like we didn't get enough time with iAm and Maichen to really embrace their whole story and enjoy it as wholly as we could or should have. Still I'm happy that iAm got his happy ending at least.
The subplots were super interesting and I was praying that the next instalment was going to be Layla and Xcors book but looks like it's actually Rhage which I'm also looking forward to but definitely not as much as I would have been had it been Xcor and Layla. I hope their subplot continues in Rhages book but i feel like maybe she'll leave that story until Layla gives birth to the twins as there's not a whole lot she can do with it while she's literally 12months pregnant is there? Rhage though... hmm I'm not entirely sure how I feel about where his storyline seems to be heading. At first I liked that she seems to be giving one of the brothers issues with anxiety and mental health problems as I have my own issues in that regard and its always nice to feel less alone. However I worry about his own book based on these problems as from a completely personal level I read these books mainly because they're such an escape from everyday life and everyday problems not because I need a reminder of what a panic attack feels like or how the mind works when its depressed. Reading the little subplot in this book was difficult enough to be honest so no, I'm not looking forward to Rhages book.
However this was amazing. Go check it out like yesterday....more
This was a suitable finish to a hit and miss series. I loved the first in this series, the Maze Runner, but the Scorch Trials left me wanting more soThis was a suitable finish to a hit and miss series. I loved the first in this series, the Maze Runner, but the Scorch Trials left me wanting more so I was a bit wary coming at this final instalment but it wasn't bad at all. It was definitely better than its predecessor but still didn't reach the heights of the Maze Runner unfortunately.
We meet Thomas locked up at WICKED in the beginning but that soon changes and him and his friends embark on an exciting mission to stop WICKED and basically save the world while they do it. It got a bit annoying at times with the amount of situations that ended up being 'variables' that WICKED had set up to test the Immunes. I was as confused as Thomas seemed to be at times but I suppose that was the point.
I'm not one hundred percent on whether I liked the ending or hated it but it I definitely think it was a tad predictable and a little disappointing. I was left wanting a little more closure and there was a few questions left unanswered and that always irritates me. However it was nice to see some of the characters get their happy endings. I say some because not all make it I'm afraid but I'd never ruin it on you so you'll have to read it yourself to find out......more
I do try to read a classic every now and then as I love to see if I can understand what the fuss is about particular books that have made them remainI do try to read a classic every now and then as I love to see if I can understand what the fuss is about particular books that have made them remain popular for so many years. Most of them I do really enjoy and can completely understand the attraction and longevity that the book inspires but some not so much. This was one of the some I'm afraid.
Sure it's sweet and its a nice story with lovely, appealing characters but is it groundbreaking? Is it something that was way beyond its years? I honestly don't think so. It's just a sweet story. It's not terribly exciting and it's definitely not a thrill ride or in any way haunting or anything. It's not a book that will stick with me for days as there's not a whole lot to remember.
The girls lived a fairly normal life. They're not as rich as they'd like to be but are not poor either. Actually the fact that they could still afford a housekeeper makes me think they weren't even as poor as the girls thought themselves to be. They endured a few trials in the way of illnesses and other mostly trivial problems but nothing they didn't overcome fairly easily. Basically it's just like a diary of these girls lives. Its interesting and you'd like to see them get their happy endings but it's not in any way gripping, edge-of-the-seat stuff so if that's what you're after you better look elsewhere!...more
I will admit that it took me a few days to get into this book. Maybe because it's been so long since I read the first in the series but I found it quiI will admit that it took me a few days to get into this book. Maybe because it's been so long since I read the first in the series but I found it quite hard to figure out who was who and all the different locations didn't help matters. However once I started to get to know all the different characters I started to really enjoy it.
The storyline was complicated enough as there were two sets of bad guys, the Twins and Cyrus and Otto. And also on top of that Cyrus and Otto liked to hire Russian mercenaries to do most of their dirty work. Then there was also some involvement with corrupt politicians so you had some government bad guys too. You see what I mean when I say it's a tad complicated?
Anyway the main plot was super interesting as it involved a crazy psychopath who was intent on doing some ethnic cleansing in the form of releasing pathogens into the water supply which would only affect certain races of people who he believed to be inferior. These pathogens would infect the victim with specific genetic diseases that would only spread within that victims community or race. Pretty cray-cray right?
Anyway Joe was there to save the day which he did in typical gung-ho fashion. The writing in this book isn't going to win any major literature awards but who cares? Its loads of fun and if you can withstand the cheesy one-liners and all-American stereotypical heroes without losing your mind then it's totally worth it. I just go with the flow with these books as they're just so much fun....more
Ugh.... I spent most of this book feeling extremely frustrated with both of the main characters. Brooke because she was so weak and stupid and never sUgh.... I spent most of this book feeling extremely frustrated with both of the main characters. Brooke because she was so weak and stupid and never said what she meant. Julian because he was so thoughtless and uncaring to his, albeit fairly stupid but previously very supportive, wife.
So Julian and Brooke are the average couple in the beginning of this book. Brooke works two jobs as a nutritionist to support Julian in his quest to become a successful musician. Eventually he actually gets his big break and becomes an overnight success. Instead of this being brilliant and amazing Brooke seems to resent all Julian's successes. And Julian doesn't do anyone any favours with how selfish he seems to be.
I don't know... Brooke had loads of opportunities to share her feelings with Julian and instead kept them bottled up and just became more and more resentful as a result. I didn't really understand their relationship it was so awkward and juvenile.
So anyway eventually they figure things out and live happily ever after. This was a really poor book and it has possibly put me off Lauren Weisberger for a long time. Although I only just realised there's a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada on the back of this book which I would be interested in. However it'll be a if it finds me job, I won't be going searching for it....more
Alboms books have definitely got that whole marmite thing going on. You either love them or hate them. I don't think you have to be a devoted church gAlboms books have definitely got that whole marmite thing going on. You either love them or hate them. I don't think you have to be a devoted church goer or very religious or anything to enjoy them but I think it sure would help. I'm not an overtly religious person even though I do have my own personal beliefs and God does exist in those beliefs. Just if you're a stout atheist or non-believer its probably not going to be your cup of tea OK?
So this novel tells the story of a small town in Michigan that becomes the center of the world's attention after some of its inhabitants begin receiving calls from their loved ones in heaven.
It was a good story and I'd say it will probably remain one of my favourite Albom novels. I liked that it was more dramatic and realistic than his other novels I've read.
I've said this before in a previous review for one of Alboms other books but if you've lost someone close then I think these books would be a real comfort to you. They give you hope in a life after life. And let's be honest there isn't many books you'll come away from with that mindset....more