*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
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
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 theI 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 originalWow. 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....more
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 toWell. 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"]>...more
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 PieI 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"]>...more
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 byI 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 :)...more
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 luYou 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"]>...more