I enjoyed this book tremendously and I hope I can be forgiven for not realising that this was a work of non-fiction until about half way through. I goI enjoyed this book tremendously and I hope I can be forgiven for not realising that this was a work of non-fiction until about half way through. I got this for review as a pre-release and I originally requested it because, like Eden, I am Pug obsessed and I would love to have one.
This book is so much more than just a little girls quest for a pug but also about family, coming together and picking up the pieces and carrying on when you literally have lost everything but each other. The writer of this book is so much stronger than I could ever be and, though myself am an atheist, I was almost yearning for her faith purely because it lent her so much strength.
I think I most related to Eden in this novel purely because she reminds me of me when I was little. I too was capable of relentless campaigns and clever badgering :) But I also loved the fact that Eden is taught that she has to work for what she wants, these are good values and ones I was brought up with too. Massive respect to her parents.
Ultimately I think this is a short but deeply impacting story that has left me feeling a little better about the world and people in it and that it is possible to lose everything and start again and even the smallest and cutest little dog can make a difference. ...more
*I got this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
First of all, I didn't hate this book. It was an enjoyable, light and fluffy read. I*I got this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
First of all, I didn't hate this book. It was an enjoyable, light and fluffy read. I liked the main characters and I got drawn into their story.
However, It didn't blow me away. My main problem was how cliche it was. I love a good romance but there has to be a degree of reality there for me to buy into it. There was so much back and forth between them in such a short space of time. One minute there both getting hot and heavy and the next she wants more space to be sure. This seems to happen multiple times and it got a bit repetitive.
I got that she was unsure, but surely it's a good idea to be doing the thinking before you get into that sort of area.
But the ultimate negative for me was the second time they sleep together and how daft it was. I won't post a spoiler but it didn't make sense to me. If I made that sort of cock up i'd be at panic stations, especially given what had just happened a a little earlier in the book.
On a more positive note, the romance side was sweet for the most part and the side story of Mel's sister was really good too. There's a good message about acceptance and second chances that I really liked.
Even with the hurried love story, I still felt myself hoping for a happy ever after for them. Ultimately, I'm just a sucker for that kind of thing :) ...more
I wasn't sure about reading this originally purely because I don't usually read detective/mystery stories. I usually get a bit bored with the4.5 Stars
I wasn't sure about reading this originally purely because I don't usually read detective/mystery stories. I usually get a bit bored with the slow running plot. I chose to read this in the end though because I loved Rowling's writing style and the way she weaves a good story. I am so glad I chose to read this!
Admittedly it is a bit slow in parts but it is very character driven rather than action driven. The fact that I predicted the killer did not detract any enjoyment from reading it (I have a sixth sense bout these kinds of things).
Mr Strike, though a bit annoying at times, really grew on me as a person. Yes, he's not always nice and isn't drop-dead gorgeous, but he's real, gritty and pretty awesome at times.
Robin I couldn't fault at all. She was independent, smart and could stand up for herself. I did not like her judgy fiance. He is an ass!
I found the plot, though quite slow, to be engaging and intelligent. Yes, there's a bad language, innuendo's etc so if you're easily offended then don't pick this up. If your going to compare to harry potter, then again, don't pick this up.
This is JK Rowling writing as Robert and for Adults, not children and teens. I liked this a lot and I will definitely be reading the other books in the series....more
I wasn't sure what to make of this for the most part. Vampires have been overdone in literature and it takes something different to keep me interestedI wasn't sure what to make of this for the most part. Vampires have been overdone in literature and it takes something different to keep me interested in our fanged friends, and this was different!
The blood (vampires) are every bit the twisted vamp with a curse that they long to break. The catch? to break the curse the cold-hearted cruel vamps must show they are worthy of it. This is the part that threw me a bit.
I get Prince Graeme is nicer than the other vamps, but when Seri is chosen for him he was still pretty much an arrogant ass! He was also cold and stiff towards her which I found a bit annoying since she's the person whose supposed to help save his people.
With regards to Seri I had whiplash from watching her back and forth. Should she do this? should she do that? I have to say she makes some dumb choices but her character was a lot more relatable. and her reaction to her forced betrothal was very realistic,
I did also like some of the deeper messages regarding discrimination and also of compromise. There were some valuable lessons to be learned about how to go about finding what is right for both sides and it isn't always by fighting and war.
The relationship between Seri and Graeme annoyed me at first. It was very hot then very cold and extremely disorientating. But ultimately it turns out good and with a rather tidy ending (after much deception and lies on both sides....sigh)
My biggest issue was this though: If someone told you that only way to break a horrid curse was to be decent person and show love and remorse would you A) attempt to be a better person in hopes of breaking the curse or B) be a cold-hearted cruel twit? Option A? Yeah, me too. The vampires other than Graeme...not so much!...more
A friend of mine read the first in the series because we both like anything a bit weird and we laughed about it for ages. I decided to read this one.A friend of mine read the first in the series because we both like anything a bit weird and we laughed about it for ages. I decided to read this one. Well, it's funny. So bad it's hilarious. I mean sex with the annoying office assistant? Really! Badly written but in a funny way, short (unlike the huge bendable length of the paperclip) and plain daft.
Don't judge me. Please. I firmly blame my friend. ...more
I waited for a long time (or it feels like that lol) to read this, and though I loved it, I didn't love it as much as the previous books.
I loved readiI waited for a long time (or it feels like that lol) to read this, and though I loved it, I didn't love it as much as the previous books.
I loved reading about Yelena and Valek's development, watching there love go from strength to strength through the battle to defend sitia and also their unborn child. The book goes through many twists and turns and a lot of back and forth between characters, and though this gave a different insight to the story and from different POV, it became quite confusing.
Maybe it's because i'm a huge fan of Yelena/Valek from the original books, but i preferred their POV's although, I will say that Anora was an interesting mind to get inside, and her chapters were some of my favourites.
I enjoyed the main plot of the story regarding the Cartel, though I still feel like the conclusion was a little anti-climatic. The conclusion i enjoyed the most was Valek's confrontation with the commander (I'll not go into detail, I don't want to spoil anything), needless to say it wasn't what I was expecting.
Ultimately, it was the epilogue that probably brought the most joy to me because I'm a sucker for closure :) and babies!...more
review to come closer to release (and when I don't feel ill so can write something coherent) was amazing though!
I have to say I loved this ireview to come closer to release (and when I don't feel ill so can write something coherent) was amazing though!
I have to say I loved this installment even more that the last. Following on from the cliffhanger of last book (thankfully) as a reader you don't get dragged along for ages wondering about that will happen next and the plot quickly develops.
There is some incredible character development within this installment, most importantly concerning Valek (and I had to stop myself from yelling 'i knew it!' rather loudly as some of my long harbored suspicions were confirmed). He is by far one of my fave characters, other than Yelena, and his character is one of those rare ones that pulls you in and keeps you interested.
It was also great to continue seeing things from Janco and Leif's perspectives and they too have interesting character mindsets.
The plot development in this is intense and yet it didn't feel like an overload of information like some books do and it didn't end quite so cliffhanger-ish as the last book. Having said that it's still going to kill me to wait :)...more
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 leadWow. 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....more
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 reviewsI 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....more
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 tThis 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....more
This book is hilarious. In some chapters I was laughing out loud and in others I was cringing because I’d been through similar scenarios myself.
The oThis book is hilarious. In some chapters I was laughing out loud and in others I was cringing because I’d been through similar scenarios myself.
The only reason this book lost a star was due to some clashing issues I had with the characters. Mainly Ellie. For the most part she was nice but I found her a complete cow at times, and I sometimes found it hard to feel sorry for her or relate to her, but that was the limit of my gripes. This was only partly because I wanted to scream at her how daft she was being. I was still a Virgin at 21 (yeh I don’t care who knows) and so what? I wasn’t the only one.
The story itself was one of the funniest things I have ever read. I laughed out loud on several occasions, my favourite being a close run between the blow job learning scene and the bathtub incident near the beginning of the book. I also absolutely loved Paul and Emma and the Vlog idea, it was pure genius. On a more serious note, I wish this had been around when I was a teen. I mean I learned a few bits from this and I’m now 27. For example, I did not know that there were different types of Brazilian Wax. So least I know what to ask for if I ever get the bizarre urge to do it.
The main message in this book is to accept who you are though, and if you don’t want to do certain things it’s fine. Just because everyone else is out popping there cherry with every Tom, Dick and Harry, it doesn't mean you have to. I think this could be a good book for teens to read as part of Sex Ed because at least then if some of them make the choice to have sex they will do so more informed. Overall, though this is a light funny read, there are some serious issues dealt with in a fun, humorous way that I feel will appeal to teens and adults alike. ...more
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 thinkThis 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....more