Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Review: Crash & Burn

  Crash & Burn by

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Review: Altar of Reality

 Altar of Reality by

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Review: The Cat's Maw

  The Cat's Maw by

I received a free copy of The Cat's Maw from the publisher in return for an honest review.

"The mountaintop exploded, sending plumes of stone and fire hurtling into the air. The clouds themselves fell, as if wounded by the burst, striking the horizon. They splashed and rolled and swept down the highway in a black, colossal wave."

Billy is accident prone, he's always getting hurt or into trouble. While out playing he follows a stray cat onto the road and is hit by car. Stuck inside after the accident his summer is ruined, till one day the stray cat turns up at his home. But this is no ordinary cat. Billy starts to have strange dreams now the cat has appeared, he learns through dreams that he's cursed and that in order to lift the curse he has to find a key. Who is this large feline in his dreams, and is the cat really here to help him? Can he find the key and lift the curse before all is lost?

Cats! Cats everywhere! Big ones, small ones, fat ones, thin ones, old ones, young ones, every kind of cat you can imagine, you'll find them in this story. The Cat's Maw will take you on an adventure. It's entertaining and full of imagination and vivid detail. The characters are well fleshed out, they're not all perfect, they're human, realistic and have flaws. The story is beautifully written, I found myself wanting to highlight so many wonderfully written passages while reading.

Although it's a childrens book, it's one that all ages will enjoy. It's quite dark in places but it's a lot of fun to read and one that cat lovers will enjoy especially.

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Monday, 16 February 2015

Review: Fifteen

  Fifteen by Jen Estes

  My rating: 4 of 5 Stars

I received a free copy of Fifteen from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Each night when 15 year old Ash falls asleep she is thrown 15 years into her future and witnesses her own execution. But one night her dream changes, rather than being a spectator, she finds herself inhabiting the body of her future self. Why is this happening? Who or what are the awful creatures she encounters in the future that have taken over her town and are intent on killing her? How can she prevent it from happening and save the town and herself?

I found this YA read refreshing, there was no angst at all in the story, huge plus for me! There was some nice twists and turns throughout the plot. I particularly liked how the story linked into the legends and helped to unravel what was going on.

I enjoyed the character of Ash, she was strong, sassy and not labelled as the pretty one that all the boys were after. The characters were well rounded and the plot moved at a nice pace. The writing style held my attention from start to finish and I enjoyed the book a great deal. I would have liked to have known more about why Ash was what she was, but perhaps that will come in books to follow. Although this is book one in a series, the book finishes well while still leaving lots of room for more to come story wise. And no cliffhanger, another plus.

I liked how the dreamwalking and time travel worked, it wasn't overly complicated and I liked how Ash's character approached each hurdle and the way each future altered. I'm looking forwards to the next book in the series and seeing where the story goes next.
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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Review: See You in Hell

    See You in Hell by David Thome

    My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of See You in Hell in return for an honest review.

Lucinda is a hard boss to work for, she's heartless and expects 100% from everyone, 100% of the time. But times are tough and Lucinda's company isn't making the profit she desires, lay-offs are being made and a disgruntled employee turns on Lucinda. Picture if you will, a man with a gun and nothing to lose, a woman who thinks she has complete control, and you have Hell, literally. You've heard I'm sure, that Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Lucinda is furious and upon her arrival in Hell, decides that she is going to be the one in control.

See You in Hell is full of satire, punchy one liners, tongue in cheek humour and was a fun read. Lucinda is a bit of a bitch but she grows on you and you have to admire her wit. I enjoyed the way that the author approached the whole religion and heaven and hell aspect of the story. It's a serious subject for most and it was a refreshing take on it. The story is narrated in the voice of Satan and he was a lot of fun. He was witty, smart and charming, I liked him, don't judge me!

The ending was a bit predictable but it was an interesting and fun read, one that I would recommend.

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Review: The Haunted Halls

The Haunted Halls
The Haunted Halls by Glenn Rolfe

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of The Haunted Halls in return for an honest review.

The Haunted Halls is Glenn Rolfe's debut novel and as his first book it's a pretty decent read. I have read more recent works from this author, and although I enjoyed this one, I have to say that I feel his newer books are better in regards to character building.

There were a few instances throughout the book where the words didn't feel right or the tense was off but it didn't spoil the book at all. I did have a bit of a problem at first with the amount of characters, they didn't stand out as individuals. I couldn't build a picture of them in my mind in order to make them more substantial than just a name on the page and as a result I struggled to remember who was who in the beginning.

The story is told from multiple POVs and it moves along at a really nice pace, there's always something happening. I would have preferred a little more time on each character and their own events before jumping to another POV. But I also think that because there wasn't as much time spent on each before moving on, that it kept me turning the pages to get to the continued story of the characters that I was enjoying the most.

I don't think I'll be visiting The Bruton Inn any time soon. Or ever!

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Review: Advent

Advent by James Treadwell

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I received a copy of Advent through a First Reads giveaway.

I was really looking forwards to reading Advent but in the end I felt rather disappointed. The story started off well but I quickly lost interest and found myself getting bored. There was an awful lot crammed into the book that honestly I felt would have been better left out.

The pacing is really slow and I found myself skimming a lot as there was nothing happening. The book is beautifully written but it's over written and overly descriptive. There was pages and pages used to describe events and things that really were not important to the story.

It felt like I was always waiting for something to happen and constantly checking my reading progress to see if I was actually getting anywhere with the book.

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