I'm not 100% sure what I just read but I know I enjoyed it because it was super weird and highly entertaining. Ed buys this machine at an auction andI'm not 100% sure what I just read but I know I enjoyed it because it was super weird and highly entertaining. Ed buys this machine at an auction and all of a sudden there are buttholes everywhere, body parts everywhere, body parts missing from everywhere, a ship the USS Eldridge that goes everywhere, a giant fetus that is quite indestructible, time travel to everywhere, the beginning of everything oh and waffles. In a nutshell the story has everything. Mostly buttholes though. ...more
While I felt it was easy to figure our where the book was heading The Mesmerised initially had me thinking this would be a zombie book similar to whatWhile I felt it was easy to figure our where the book was heading The Mesmerised initially had me thinking this would be a zombie book similar to what I had previously read by Rhiannon. I found myself quite taken with the second half of the book, not wanting to put it down. In fact I quite loved it and I think this is because of the ending which I thought was simply perfect. The beginning had a quite disturbing build up with more and more people becoming mindless drones all heading off together in the same direction after each attack. How does a woman with a husband now one of the affected and two small children to care for keep them all safe from harm when everyone around her is either heading transfixed into the desert or dead and the few who are still with it are not exactly the best allies one can have?
I liked Minji a great character capable and headstrong, the desert had something far more curious in store for her than I had originally thought it would and this pleased me a great deal. Entertaining and with characters one can get behind I felt The Mesmerised was another example of why it is I enjoy Rhiannons work....more
The Girl in 6E is a book I first saw it while out shopping, and though things are tight at the moment I so loved the blurb that I had to read it. ThanThe Girl in 6E is a book I first saw it while out shopping, and though things are tight at the moment I so loved the blurb that I had to read it. Thank you library for having it available.
Deanna or Jessica as she's better known is the most awesome character I've read in ages. Omg she is all that and a bag of chips. She has been avoiding contact with everyone for 3 years and using webcamming as a way to make a living. The reason she's avoiding human contact is she wants to kill and kill and kill. What does one do when they have a thirst for death and bloodshed well apparently live quite the unique life and become a character that I so wanted to read about I didn't want to put the book down. The author did an amazing job of creating her and the environment she lives in. She wants to kill meh we still cheer for her and want her to get it on with Jeremy her hot sexy delivery man who brings all the goods she orders to keep going while so isolated. Yes get it on, aside from murder there is sex in this book in such fascinating context I was enthralled. I can't recommend this book enough, murder, mystery, mayhem, sex, and damn fine entertaining writing.
A fantastic find. A new fave author. Can't wait to read more. Highly recommended....more
I thought this book sounded awesome and with all the hype around it I finally got to this one. I knowing what I know now would probably not have readI thought this book sounded awesome and with all the hype around it I finally got to this one. I knowing what I know now would probably not have read it. It's not horrible don't get me wrong it just didn't live up to the hubbub and that great blurb ohhh so cool sounding yeah it wasn't all that. A girl dies during birth and a girl lives, she lives and dies and lives and dies. The character of Ursula is what kept me reading it, I liked her and wanted to find out how her life where she ended up what she ended up doing how her life turned out and that of her family. She died many times and some of the lives she lived well I hated what happened to her, how she was treated and because of that I had at least a couple moments of wanting to put the book down and not read it anymore. When she was still a child and when she was a young woman I just thought you've got to be kidding me. Give her a break where is this going. Thats the problem I don't think it went anywhere and considering how many options the author had on where to take the story it felt like it floundered. Because of the many lives she lived frequently I had no clue who characters were I would have thought because some were repeated it would be obvious but often it was lets just add a new person into the mix and it wasn't clear and ugh I spent this time and could have been reading so many other books. Ursula was a nice woman and I had hoped for so much for her but the author didn't seem to know what the hell to do with this storyline she'd created. The ending made me sit there going wtf was that.
Was it good? No parts were though, but is it worth reading just for those sections? I wouldn't recommend this out as I think there are so many other great reads that would be better choices....more
I thought this book was wonderfully written. I grew quite attached to the protagonist Alia a fallen angel. This was a very interesting take on the timI thought this book was wonderfully written. I grew quite attached to the protagonist Alia a fallen angel. This was a very interesting take on the time it was set in ( during WW2 ) a time when there is so much death, hate and destruction how does a fallen angel feel alive? Feel anything. The sex in the book bothered some reviewers, an angel shouldn't be doing those kinds of things appears to be the opinion. I think it was vital to the story. It is the way she connects, the way she feels in touch with something, with someone. I can't imagine the story without it.
Her quest to protect her neighbour and the neighbours daughter brings danger in the form of a horrible sick nazi coming into her life. With lovers and love despite the hellish world during the holocaust Alia and her story is a great read. I enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed real life people such as Coco Chanel and Edith Piaff being entwined into the story. I was concerned that the story would be religious or preachy in some way because of it being about an Angel but this was not at all the case. It was about Alia and her time on earth. I liked it and recommend it....more
I was pleased to receive this book as I was lucky and won the second book in the series. I prefer to start with book one, unlike my mother who will reI was pleased to receive this book as I was lucky and won the second book in the series. I prefer to start with book one, unlike my mother who will read a book no matter where in the series it is :)
Book one starts with Cass who lives quite the reclusive lifestyle due to psychic ability that allows her the ability to experience a dead if she stands where the person died. Not exactly palm reading or staring into a crystal ball pleasant. As such she and her psychic family trio keep to themselves. When she comes to the point that its time to get out there and live life she volunteers to assist the police with their investigation of a woman who has died under mysterious circumstances.
I will say that I quite liked the book and the writing style. Though a formula plot it all works and works well. If one enjoys mysteries, thrillers, crime drama, psychics etc. you'll enjoy this book and an entertaining read it will be. It has a very wide audience appeal. Great one to take on a plane trip or road trip as the time will fly by, the one issue I have if you can call it that, more an observation really is the fact that its formula, that's not to say its not enjoyable it certainly is but nothing is unique in that I haven't read a ton of stories like this prior. The misunderstood loner, the cop who's had it rough, his tough female partner, their protective but decent boss, the crazy nut job you'll not know about till the end are all characters who we're all familiar with in some combination or another.
With an easy to read style Melanie has hit on something that works and as mentioned has a very wide audience appeal. I enjoyed it and while very familiar in so many ways I'll be reading her second book Craven to see more of where Cass and Ed's story goes.
It's a great read and if you want a consistent and familiar story that is sure to entertain Hindsight is the way to go.
Written by Melanie Casey and published by Pantera Press
I received this book from Samara Magazine in exchange for an honest review....more
I bought Gone Girl back when it first came out but for some reason it took me all this time to get to it. I did want to read it before the movie adaptI bought Gone Girl back when it first came out but for some reason it took me all this time to get to it. I did want to read it before the movie adaption came out, normally I shy away from movies adapted from books but at this stage its most of what Hollywood is releasing so to the book I went. Gone Girl is not my first Gillian Flynn novel, part of my interest in it was that there was so much hype about how good it was and how big the twist was that I thought okay let's give it a go. I've read her book Sharp Objects which was one that I loved, a really great read that one so I went and picked up her book Dark Places only to end up not being about to get into it. I read a ways in and just put it down. After having a good and bad experience with her work I thought were does Gone Girl fit, the oh this is great category or the omg my brain is mush category.
I'm not quite sure now how I feel about it and its hard to describe without giving anything away. It's brilliant yes, dark and a fine example of what psychotic nut jobs are like. Pathological liars, evil, devious and highly manipulative. The twist was one I actually figured out. I don't normally sit there with a must figure it out mindset but of course I'll wonder and usually what I'm wondering is wrong. This time I had it down and this disappointed me. I remember going oh so I am right and then I kind of backed off the story, perhaps wanting to be wrong, perhaps wanting it to not be so obvious. I then got wrapped up in the story again and the last 100 pages I just sat and read and read and ignored everything around me.
So what does one do when on your 5th anniversary your wife goes missing and suddenly you are thrust in the spotlight. All you do, say and even facial expressions judged and reviewed for guilt or innocence? An interesting psychological analysis of people. Those in the mix and those on the outside who all want in, want to be on tv and interviewed who stood in line with someone to buy milk but end up on tv saying yes we were best of friends. The relationships we have and if they are even what they appear to be to those who live it. A brilliant book but one that I wish I hadn't been able to figure out. Highly recommended to those who like thrillers, mysteries and books that analyse the human psyche....more
I commend the author for trying the effort was clear but I don't think the execution was quite there. A ghosts of Christmas past only really unpleasanI commend the author for trying the effort was clear but I don't think the execution was quite there. A ghosts of Christmas past only really unpleasant to say the least type story. While done differently this felt like it tried to do too much in a short span. Perhaps this should have been stretched to a novella ...more
I subscribe to the Soho Press newsletter and when I received an email letting me know about Last Winter We Parted I took notice. The premise was interI subscribe to the Soho Press newsletter and when I received an email letting me know about Last Winter We Parted I took notice. The premise was interesting so I decided to request a review copy from Edelweiss and I'm glad I did as this book had me hooked like no other in quite some time. Sure I've read great books but one that I have fallen asleep reading because I would not put it down, that is new.
It starts of simple with an author visiting a convicted killer to get the scoop so he can write a book on the killings, the killer a talented photographer who has been convicted of burning two women to death. A hard one to discuss without giving too much away but a mesmerising tale of not what it seems and who is who. As the writer delves deeper, the rabbit hole gets curious and curiouser. A dark and twisted tale that I simply did not want to put down. I was mesmerised. Brilliant read though there is a section in about the last third of the book where who's point of view we're getting is not at all clear. Part of the mystery yes but highly confusing. Did not matter though as I raced through this story till the heart stopping did not see that coming ending.
Highly recommended Japanese literary mystery. I shall be looking further into the authors other books....more
Lifeboat is a book that I look back on with a smile. I won this book in a giveaway and having read the authors second book a short story called The BeLifeboat is a book that I look back on with a smile. I won this book in a giveaway and having read the authors second book a short story called The Beacon which was whoa! I was eager to get to the authors first book and full length novel.
Having read it, its one I’ll think of fondly as I recall sitting on the train absorbed in the story only to have a guy a few seats over snoring like a bear in hibernation. Hard to focus on the book but I did, and from time to time sat there with a smile on my face because of this guy and his afternoon snooze.
The story is about a woman who you has had a hard time, to overcome or at least cope with her grief she starts wandering a field nearby and spots a UFO. This moment in her life changes the rest of it as she now has a focus, a direction, a passion. She meets fellow UFO spotters and this leads to a journey of little green men and sucks the reader in like you would not believe.
The characters are well written and while the alternating points of view and time line was slightly confusing I just went with it instead of sitting worrying about it. Cass our protagonist was one who you’ve gotten behind and I went wherever she took me. I liked that I was so absorbed by the story that I just let the story flow and the tight grip it had on me there was no way out till the end, which while I felt was a bit abrupt was so damn shocking you just sit there going oh no no no no wtf no she didn’t the author didn’t omg no why no what huh omg omg omg omg wtf wow wow geez really wow < surprise ending you don’t see coming
I won’t say its not the ending I expected as I didn’t plan it out or try and work it out ahead of time like one is will do with some books. Like I said I let the author and Cass just take me, so just running with the story and yet still being gobsmacked should say a lot about how amazing a job the author does. There is a point where I felt and its hard to get in to without giving a lot away that I felt the characters should have asked a ton of questions and had a confrontation which didn’t take place. After the endless questions earlier in the book which isn’t surprising considering the circumstances this later was to me a bit off.
Gripping, enthralling and highly entertaining. This book rocked. I highly recommend it....more
Bizarro is a genre where one can and should expect anything in fact its better not to expect anything in particular and just run with what the authorBizarro is a genre where one can and should expect anything in fact its better not to expect anything in particular and just run with what the author throws at you. There’s No Happy Ending is like that and can I say not wrong on the title. Yikes!
This world that Tiffany has created is crumbling to nothing and with a pair of lovers who are so much in love getting to your wedding is quite the predicament. Throw in the most horrible mother/mother in law to be who will go so far as to kidnap her son to lets just say change him and keep him from the woman she doesn’t approve of. Though, I doubt any woman for her little boy would do.
A good read and one worth the sample for those who are new to bizarro and certainly one to check out for those who frequently partake. ...more
The final book in the Leland Dragon series was a great ending to the series. A series that can be enjoyed by all ages. The beginning had me confused aThe final book in the Leland Dragon series was a great ending to the series. A series that can be enjoyed by all ages. The beginning had me confused as I hadn’t read book two in about a year so some moments had me wondering who was who and what was what, reading the series in order is recommended. That being said once I got beyond a certain point the familiar entertaining storyline that I had come to enjoy sucked me in and away it took me. I enjoyed Sela and her families story, her growth and discovery that she was more than dragon or human and spreading her wings actual and otherwise was such a pleasure to read, Jackie really makes you get behind the characters and you support them and cheer them on wishing them the right path to safety for themselves, for dragons and for Leland province. I enjoyed this book in the series as well as the previous two, I highly recommend this series to those who enjoy fantasy and coming of age stories....more