Wow. So on the whole I really really loved this book because it was original, clever, had a wonderful supporting cast of characters and a likable lead...moreWow. So on the whole I really really loved this book because it was original, clever, had a wonderful supporting cast of characters and a likable lead who isn't a one dimension idiot (always a plus).
The main character Nym reminded me strongly of Yelena from Maria V Snyder's Poison study series, and I mean that as the best compliment ever because Yelena is kick-ass. Both women are strong and yet have suffered greatly and still learning a lot from life.
My only one flaw with the novel was the amount of new stuff thrust upon me as the reader. There's a lot of world building and so many new terms I got lost a few times. I think the book could have been a bit longer in order to be a bit more explanatory and it wouldn't have made the plot suffer.
The romance is artfully done and not over-powering like some romances are and it doesn't eclipse the main story-line. If you're a fan of a good cliff-hanger, sweeping fantasy, romance and magic (and you're not afraid to get your heart trampled on) then definitely ass this to your to-read list.
Big thanks to Netgalley and the author for allowing me a copy to review.(less)
I don't usually read psychological thrillers, I'm more of a fantasy/romance/sci-fi chick or anything with zombies in it but this had such rave reviews...moreI don't usually read psychological thrillers, I'm more of a fantasy/romance/sci-fi chick or anything with zombies in it but this had such rave reviews I thought I'd give it a shot.
I was blown away. This is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. At multiple times I thought I knew what was coming, only to be proved wrong. When the ending finally came I was left gobsmacked. There is no way I could have predicted the ending.
The best part about this book is that you're right along with Christine the whole time. She doesn't remember and therefore you as the reader doesn't remember, so each new revelation is a revelation to yourself. The only drawback is that as she reads her journal each day you get some stuff repeated, but that's no major issue.
On another note, I just watched the trailer to the movie based on this book and I think I'll save myself the torture. Why couldn't they leave it as a journal? why change it to a video diary?! For goodness sake, if it ain't broke don't fix it! Stupid producers.
Anyway, amazing amazing book. Can't wait to see what the author writes next.(less)
This was a creepy book to say the least. Gruesome but very confusing. I understood the reason why the manor was cursed but it was never explained as t...moreThis was a creepy book to say the least. Gruesome but very confusing. I understood the reason why the manor was cursed but it was never explained as to why the women were the key to the curse. I didn't get that part.
What I did like was the horror aspects and the father/son relationship. Cody was a cute character and a very sweet kid and I found myself hoping that he wouldn't be killed so I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book.
The descriptions of the horrors were well done, and not so graphic as to make anyone throw up (which is good). Sometimes I feel horror writers think the gorier the better but sometimes, subtle is best, as it is in this case.
I would have liked to know what becomes of Bruce and Cody after the events in the manor but In a way the way it's left leaves you to piece it together with your own imagination. I choose to believe there ok. What can I say, I have a twisted sense of optimism.
There's also a valuable lesson to be learned. If a house is struggling to be sold then question it! You never know what ghouls and creeps are lurking in it.(less)
This had a promising start and I was thoroughly creeped out (which I guess was kinda the point). The thing that bugged me was the ending. I kept think...moreThis had a promising start and I was thoroughly creeped out (which I guess was kinda the point). The thing that bugged me was the ending. I kept thinking there should be more. I guess that it was meant to end like that but I didn't like it.
I get that life does go on and it doesn't have a perfect ending but the lack of closure and explanation bugged me. Why were some people topping themselves and others just sitting down and dying peacefully? What caused it in the first place? I just didn't see the point to the story. Maybe I missed something.
However, I can't deny that despite the lack of closure and explanation the author is an exceptional writer. The book read fluently with no hiccups and I loved the atmosphere and descriptions, so I will happily read more of this books just to see what else he's written. I recognise a good writer when I read one, and this guy is talented.(less)
I wasn't sure what to make of this. In some respects it was a creepy horror story, in other respects it confused the hell out of me.
Even though at the...moreI wasn't sure what to make of this. In some respects it was a creepy horror story, in other respects it confused the hell out of me.
Even though at the end there seemed to be an ending I just felt there weren't any answers. Was (view spoiler)[he mentally ill and imagining it and killing those people himself(view spoiler)[ or was it someone unknown shadowy entity?
It could have been either in honesty. I remain confused. Though admittedly it's looking like it was something supernatural. Or maybe that's the point that it's open to interpretation?
Ah well. The horror is good and the writing was great. But why oh why did we need to know about the main character sweating all the time. Note: no one (especially women) like to read about sweaty testicles. We really don't. I gagged.
Wow. This was horrifying. It takes something epic in a horror book to make me feel physically sick, but I did by the end. The story was very original...moreWow. This was horrifying. It takes something epic in a horror book to make me feel physically sick, but I did by the end. The story was very original and the fact that all the loose ends aren't tied up just adds to the atmosphere in my opinion.
I loved the main character Jon, mainly because his reactions were so realistic. At the end of the day human instinct is survival but it was nice to have it made obvious that he was mourning those he's lost. The only thing I would have liked to have known was if it was a global event, I assume it was judging by the way it's written, but that's something You never find our for definite.
Are the things aliens that invade? If so where are they from and for how long have they been planning the invasion? I normally hate it when I'm left with so many questions, but in this case this increased the realism. After all, in this sort of circumstance, with people dying (in increasingly gruesome ways) what is the likelihood that you would somehow find out exactly what's going on in the world? Very unlikely. The stark reality of this is what makes this book so plausible and so terrifying.
Cos lets face it, if we were to be invaded, I doubt we would be lucky enough for the aliens to drop dead of their own accord. War of the worlds this book is not. In a good way.(less)
Well. There is so much wrong with this book I don't know where to start. The concept itself is a good idea but it all fell apart. I get authors like to...moreWell. There is so much wrong with this book I don't know where to start. The concept itself is a good idea but it all fell apart. I get authors like to write about taboo and shocking topics and when done correctly they make a hell of a book. This book? It's doesn't do it right and it also feels like an effort to cram every horror story into a single book.
Among the shocking horrific things I read, this book includes:(view spoiler)[male rape, cheating, blatant murder and cruelty, a man showing no remorse over his wife being torn apart, same bloke hinting that if he had to chose between his daughter and his lover he'd chose his lover (hide spoiler)] and a whole host of other things!
The main characters were selfish d***s (excuse my starred out swear word) I mean if Bastian loved Tressa so much he should have had the spine to stand up for himself instead of thinking with his manhood and a woman's lady cushions!
The plot was full of holes and the world building was sketchy at best. It's a shame because I read Anathema by the same author and I liked that. This book was needlessly graphic and poorly written and full of mistakes. Will not be reading the sequel. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I was torn with this one. On one hand I loved the romance but on the other I found myself irritated, which is a shame because I loved the Whoopie Pie...moreI was torn with this one. On one hand I loved the romance but on the other I found myself irritated, which is a shame because I loved the Whoopie Pie sister books and I love this author's writing usually.
It started off promising and to me didn't start going wrong until Alejandro and Amanda got back to Pennsylvania. The main issue I had was that a lot of things were repeated about the characters pasts and the area and Amish life style, and I don't mean once or twice. If I'm told something in a book I don't need to be told three or four times. I get the Amish are plain, and I get that Alejandro is Cuban, I didn't need to know multiple times.
The other thing that upset me was the same problem I come across when I do come across a problem in a religious book; the double standards. I can't say what without spoiling it. But I thought religion was about community, sticking together and helping each other. NOT about abandoning one of your own because other people get upset and annoyed. I'm sorry but that disgusted me. No one should be (view spoiler)[tossed out of their family home or blackmailed or threatened in to it (hide spoiler)] because things get a bit tough.
What I can say is I loved the romance. I loved the chemistry between Amanda and Alejandro and her ability to understand and not judge him for his past. I loved Amanda's open-mindedness and I will conclude with this: If the rest of the world were as open-minded as Amanda the world would be a much brighter place.
I'm pretty conflicted after this book. But I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I haven't written a review in a while since I don't blog anymore, but I decided this series more than deserved a five star review. I'll first start by...moreI haven't written a review in a while since I don't blog anymore, but I decided this series more than deserved a five star review. I'll first start by saying that I am not a religious person but for some reason the stories of the Amish give me a sense of peace that other books don't.
I've read Amish romances before, and I love them because of how beautiful they are and innocent to a certain extent. But this series was different, it was about family love and the bonds between sisters. I found each and every book absorbing and beautifully written and I could relate to each of the sisters and the issues they were dealing with (including Lydia, whom I felt sorry for and would love to know what becomes of her after the close of book three).
I Absolutely loved that moment of realisation when it clicked that they struggle to deal with the same complex issues as everyone else. yes, life is plainer and simpler and they have God to lean on and draw faith from, but they are still victim to storms, illnesses, betrayals and general human sin. I liked reading about the fact that even those with the best of intentions make mistakes and can be forgiven.
All four sisters go through hell, and yes, not everyone gets a conclusive happy ending (but isn't that real life?) but this is a very hopeful and uplifting novel about the bonds of family, community and of continuing on whatever life throws at you. Belief in god not needed to enjoy this novel, that I can promise you. So for any atheists who have stumbled upon this review, open your mind a bit and give this wonderful trilogy a read. Made my crappy week, so much more bearable :)(less)
You think I'd learn after reading Beautiful Malice that I would be thoroughly creeped out by one of Miss James' books, but nope, I can't resist the lu...moreYou think I'd learn after reading Beautiful Malice that I would be thoroughly creeped out by one of Miss James' books, but nope, I can't resist the lure of what I will know will be a good read.
Having said that, it wasn't as devastating as Beautiful Malice, which I was actually thankful for. I don't think I could have stood the trauma. That said, on a scale of one to ten on the creep factor it still hit a nine and I was horrified by the twists and turns even if (view spoiler)[it had rather a happy ever after ending kind of thing going on (hide spoiler)] and all the loose ends were wrapped up.
This was an amazing and absorbing read and has left me once again stunned by the depths to which people will sink. And boy can they be calculating and evil. I mean. really? Why?
I can't say much more without posting severe spoilers that will ruin the book. If your looking for a thriller, mystery and romance all rolled into one then this is definitely the book for you. Don't get too comfy though, you'll be on the edge of your seat!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Netgalley doesn't class this as horror. I disagree. It scared the crap out of me in more ways than one. I'm going to keep this review spoiler free so...moreNetgalley doesn't class this as horror. I disagree. It scared the crap out of me in more ways than one. I'm going to keep this review spoiler free so as not to ruin the affect for future readers because this is one short story you don't want to miss.
Is it really possible to ask the Cosmos for something and actually have it granted? well it does in this novel and with devastating consequences. This is so well written I was creeped out by every twist and turn and every time something unexpected happened I felt like the bottom of my stomach dropped about a foot.
I never thought that such a short novel could have such a huge impact, not only on my emotions but also on my ideas of God, the Universe and Fate. This is a thought provoker if ever there was one. Though be warned the main character is a bit erm annoying at first but I did warm to him.
Anyway read this when it's released. It's totally mind blowing.(less)
The main problem with writing this review will be doing so without spoiling the main secret within Pantomime, but I have to do so because I won't spoi...moreThe main problem with writing this review will be doing so without spoiling the main secret within Pantomime, but I have to do so because I won't spoil this book for anyone. This is so much more than a fantasy and it deals with issues that a lot of people won't even consider in there lives, let alone seriously think on or debate.
Having said that this book also struck a personal cord with me because I know someone who is pretty alike to Gene in more ways than one and this perhaps led me to think more deeply of the issues in this book than I more normally would have. Gene and Micah's journey is both harrowing, emotional and truly incredible. The magic of the circus comes to life in all it's beautiful brilliance, making the dark side seem even more shadowy in comparison.
Micah and Gene's story was beautiful told and I have been left longing for another book so I'm hoping to God that there's a sequel. There were so many twists, turns and unexpected events that I was left breathless and I wanted so much to be in that Circus swinging from the trapeze I've been left with so many questions. But most forward in my mind is this: What is inside those Penglass domes? I really want to know. It's killing me not knowing. Maybe that's the curious child in me :)
And what will become of Micah and Gene?! Ah why must I be tortured so? Maybe I'm being a bit dramatic. But go read this when it's out. Totally amazing. I am in awe of the author and her writing talent. She hasn't just written a book, she has a created a magical world, fascinating characters and broached subjects in this book that few have dared and she totally nailed it. Brilliant. (less)
When I first started reading this I was enjoying it immensely and then the Religion heavy content kicked in and it started overshadowing the Historica...moreWhen I first started reading this I was enjoying it immensely and then the Religion heavy content kicked in and it started overshadowing the Historical Romance side of the story. Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing against religion in novels or in general. In fact i read the Amish Romance stories but they are a lot less Religion heavy than this book (odd considering they are set in a religious community). I also think it prudent to point out that I am NOT an Atheist just to make it clear that this is not an anti-god splurge.
At the beginning of the story it is the peril and romance that takes center stage, followed swiftly by the threat of war and some fighting. But then the religious side creeps in, sneaky and not so there at first, but then it hits you like a hammer and I found it hard to focus on Gisela, John and there budding romance. One part that particularly annoyed me was that John seemed more alarmed at the thought of the church splitting than losing the woman he loves and the lives that would be lost during a war that would cause said split of church. Now I understand that this was a different time period but still, it bugged me a lot.
If you can get past that and focus on the romance and the complicated military plots and betrayals then there is a good story underneath it all. And I was thrilled with the ending. The idea that Love will conquer all has always been a big thing for me and I love the idea. So for that reason this book still gets three out of five, because it is, underneath it all, a compelling love story. It helped that the characters were well fleshed out and with personalities that could be related to. I could understand the reasoning for John and Gisela trying to avoid there feelings even if i didn't like there stubbornness.
Maybe I'm a good old fashioned romantic but if you love someone, really love someone, then they are most definitely worth the struggle to be with. (less)
This is a funny and very short snappy read that you can fit quite easily around your Facebook addiction and hopefully find a way to fit other things t...moreThis is a funny and very short snappy read that you can fit quite easily around your Facebook addiction and hopefully find a way to fit other things that aren't Facebook related into your life. How many of these cartoons did I relate too? Admittedly not many. This is because I go on Facebook to play a few games and chat to a few people rather than stalk ex's, however I do know a few people who popped into my head when reading this and I couldn't help but laugh.
The Cartoons were funny and slightly naughty in some cases and yet rung oddly true. How many people do you know who sneak off to the toilet just to check there Facebook feeds? I have to admit though, if you have a partner/wife/husband who is threatening to cut the power cord to your computer due to your Facebook addiction then you probably do need a trip to Facebookaholics Anonymous.
On a more serious note, and yes this book does have one, there are some helpful suggestions for things you could do instead of Facebook, some of which were honestly good advice. So if you know someone who spends more time writing on an imaginary wall than writing letters or who has started sticking post-it notes saying 'like' on people the maybe give them this book. They might find it useful. Failing that there's always the option of attacking that power cord with those scissors...(less)