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Friday, 24 October 2014

Review: Gypsy Hunted


Gypsy Hunted
Gypsy Hunted by Andrea Drew

My rating: 1 of 5 stars



I received a copy of Gypsy Hunted via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

I was intrigued by the premise of this book but unfortunately I had to give up and add it to my DNF pile.

There is no flow to the writing and it's in bad need of proof reading and editing by someone who knows what they are doing. The grammar and punctuation, or lack of in places, make the sentences choppy in parts and too long in others. It was very frustrating as many sentences didn't make sense at all and it's virtually impossible to follow the storyline. There was also a lot of repetitive use of words too close together in one sentence, and starting multiple consecutive sentences with the same word.

The lack of punctuation created lots of the 'Let's eat Grandma!' effect. I had to reread sentences so many times just to try and understand what was being said or who was doing what.

A few examples of some of the problems mentioned above...

1. I spoke through flattened lips, past my neck in which a vein was pulsing and engorged.

2. Most likely here the doctors and nurse would be of goodwill, although not always.

3. I glanced at the redhead curling my fingers to scrape my hair back.

4. Her dark hair was just the same as it had always been, her hair part poking through amongst the mess her mouth set in a grimace, accepting all that was barely tolerable.

5. Long, straw-colored hair fell across her face, her wrists were tied, and through her mouth, gagged with duct tape, she was struggling to make some semblance of noise.

6. “Hey, Gyp, saw you get a business card. Geez doesn’t take you long, girl. Hope you wore matching undies tonight.” Rita swigged down half a glass of wine in one gulp. Her narrow face was mocking me. She rolled her eyes as she set her wine glass on the shelf, and then pushed her hands out to warm them at the open fire. “Piss off, Rita, jealousy makes you ugly.” I lowered my chin to look at her, my feet apart in a fighting stance. Then, letting it go, I turned to Chloe, who was struggling not to show her delight."

I hate to give up on a book but unfortunately, with all the problems I had with this one, I had to admit defeat. I don't understand the 5 star reviews this book has, after reading the book I can't justify their ratings, they really aren't doing the author any favours by not being honest about the problems in the book.





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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Review: Fog Warning


Fog Warning
Fog Warning by Edward Lorn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars




I received a copy of Fog Warning from the author in return for an honest review. I really enjoy Edwards books and I dropped everything else I was reading at the time in order to get to this one asap.

There is just something about the way Edward Lorn writes, it's very easy to read, to relate to and to enjoy. There's no effort to reading his work, the pages just grab you and you fly through them, you can just sit back and lose yourself in the story and enjoy it. The only words I can find to describe reading one of his books is... It's like sitting down with a friend, it's familiar, comfortable and good company no matter how scary or horrifying the plot of the book is.

Fog Warning has plenty of gory cringe worthy moments, creepy hair on the back of your neck moments and plenty sarcasm and wit that will have you chuckling. The dialogue was great, it feels natural, almost like you're overhearing a conversation. The story itself creates a creepy atmosphere and just when you think you know what's going on it throws in an unexpected twist, ones that I certainly didn't see coming. Edward does a great job of playing your emotions when it comes to the main character, at times you think he's an idiot and deserves all he gets, then he has you feeling for him and wanting him to succeed.

I have so many highlights in this book, I couldn't help but highlight many sentences and descriptions as they were impressively written and expressed. There was one short description of an event that happened that I read and reread, I was literally in awe with the way it was written. It made me catch my breath and I could feel the tension creep up on me. Even reading it now, it still has the same effect.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one, it's an easy 5 stars from me and it has earned a place on my favourite shelf.

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Review: The Burning Girl: A Whispers Story


The Burning Girl: A Whispers Story
The Burning Girl: A Whispers Story by Lisa Unger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars




I received a copy of The Burning Girl: A Whispers Story (The Whispers #2) from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Having loved The Whispers: A Whispers Story (The Whispers, #1) I jumped into part two immediately on finishing it.

Part two takes place 10 years further down the line from where the first one finishes. Eloise has moved on, as well as anyone can, from the devastation of losing her husband and oldest daughter. She's using her gift to help people but still finds herself struggling to come to terms with what is happening to her. As if things can't get any worse, the burning girl makes an appearance.

I must admit I feel like part two made a huge jump in time. I would have liked to have known a little more about what happened between the first book and the second. I would have loved to know how Eloise and her daughter came to terms with her gifts, how she started using them in the beginning. I also would have liked to have known a bit more about how her daughter moved on, how she got to be where she is part two.

However, despite the above, I enjoyed this one. It isn't as emotional as the first but it does pull on the heart strings in places. You can feel and sympathise with how hectic and unsettling Eloise's life still is. The burning girl isn't what she seems and I really liked how the tension built around her character as the story progressed. I don't want to give any spoilers, so I'll just say I'm really keen to see where the story is going to go in part three in regards to Eloise's family.

Another great short in the Whispers collection. The only negative I can really say, is that it was finished before I knew it. I want part three!

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Review: The Whispers: A Whispers Story


The Whispers: A Whispers Story
The Whispers: A Whispers Story by Lisa Unger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars




I received a copy of The Whispers from the publisher in return for an honest review.

The Whispers is the first book by Lisa Unger that I have read and it won't be the last. This was such a great read, I was pulled in right from the first page.

The characters in this book are so easy to care for and their experiences tugs on your heart strings. I am not ashamed to admit I shed a few tears while reading this one. The main character Eloise, my heart broke for her. I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to go through losing your husband and oldest child, never mind both on the same day. The way Eloise's story is told is expressed so well, I could feel her pain. Not only the pain of losing two family members but the pain of watching her youngest try to deal with what happened.

In the aftermath of events when Eloise and her daughter are trying to recover and move forward with their life, Eloise starts to hear and see things she can't understand and isn't even sure are real. The confusion and doubt portrayed during and after these events adds to the emotional turmoil of her life. Is it real? Am I losing my mind? Do I tell someone? Can she really help these lost and hurt women who only she can see and hear?

I loved the premise of this book and was not disappointed on reading it. The Whispers was an emotional read, it was both heart-warming and heartbreaking, you'll smile, you'll shed a tear and you'll keep turning those pages.

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Review: Figures of Fear: An Anthology


Figures of Fear: An Anthology
Figures of Fear: An Anthology by Graham Masterton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars




I received a copy of Figures of Fear: An Anthology from the publisher in return for an honest review.

I originally planned to read this anthology one story at a time between my other books but once I started I couldn't stop. I enjoyed most of the stories but some more than others. My favourite has to be Beholder, closely followed by The Night Hider, my least favourite being The Battered Wife.

This is a great collection, it's dark, twisted, gruesome and well worth a read.

1: Ex-Voto - Short and to the point, with some squeamish cringe factor. I can't say it was great, just ok.

2: What the Dark Does - That was creepy. I was terrified of the dark as a kid and I remember my imagination runningaway with me convinced that things were coming alive in my room. This story creeped me out, don't read this one in thedark and don't leave it too late to turn that light on.

3: Saint Bronach's Shrift - You need to be a special kind of stupid to build this kind of hideout, seriously.

4: The Battered Wife - Hmm I wasn't so keen on this one at all.

5: The Night Hider - A nice spin on a classic tale. It was a pleasant surprise to see where the twist in this onewent. Great story!

6: Underbed - Well that was a story and a half, there's no end to what a childs imagination can come up with. Verycleverly done and full of imagination.

7: Night of the Wendigo - I enjoyed the lore behind this one but it felt a little short for everything it wastrying to say. Great story though.

8: Spirits of the Age - I wouldn't class this one as having any scares or fear factor at all, for me personally anyway.

9: Witch-Compass - Be careful what you wish for, what you have may not be perfect but things could be a lot worse.Boy did this guy show his true colours and get way more than he bargained for.

10: Resonant Evil - Curiosity can have devastating results. A dark and twisted story on how some ones senses can bemanipulated to see, feel and experience something that's not actually there.

11: Beholder - This has to be the most twisted and gruesome story in the collection. I was cringing at parts of this one. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but what if someone was to steal that beauty? How would you get it back?

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Review: Horns


Horns
Horns by Joe Hill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars




Horns is the first book by Joe Hill that I have read. With the film being released I wanted to read the book before watching the movie, because as everyone knows the book is always better than the movie. I went into this one blind, I had seen so many friends post positive reviews that I decided I would give it a go and not read the blurb before diving in.

I enjoyed Horns, the characters were easy to like and to dislike in the case of the bad guy. The picture Hill creates of small town life, of love, loss and revenge, pulls you into the story and plays on all sorts of emotions and fears.

Horns is a tale of good verses evil that is dark, twisted and original, one that I'm sure many horror fans will enjoy.

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Review: Crawlspace


Crawlspace
Crawlspace by Evans Light

My rating: 4 of 5 stars




Crawlspace was a great wee story. There was a couple of inconsistencies but they in no way ruined my enjoyment of the story itself.

Evans Light does a great job of expressing the fear and confinement experienced by the main character. You feel his terror and claustrophobia and are drawn into the story very quickly, eager to know what the outcome is going to be. And that ending! I'm not going say any more , so as not to spoil it, other than to say that it was perfect and unexpected.

Let this be a lesson, "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned"

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