Silent child by Sarah A. Denzil book review

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I found this book while perusing kindle unlimited. The blurb sounded interesting, so I grabbed it and gave it a read.

It doesn’t quite live up to its gripping synopsis, but it’s well written, though there’s a lack of tension. I didn’t feel worried for the characters.

And it was very obvious who had taken Aiden, (to me anyway and I always say everyone, but who it was). Along with a couple of cliches of the genre that you’ll guess if you read it.

I would’ve liked more tension and perhaps more interaction between mother, son and father. We’re too much in the mother’s mind. I didn’t really get to feel the after effects of what happened Aiden, how it affected him. However, I did like how Emma was portrayed, I found her realistic.

It did keep me up at night though, stewing over the terrible events that happened in the book.

Despite this, it was a good, quick read if you’re looking for something crime/thriller-like that isn’t too heavy writing wise. It’s available on kindle for 99p or free on unlimited and I consider it worth it.

Note: This book does have themes of child abuse. It is only mentioned and never described graphically.

Normally, this would be considered a spoiler, but I considered it worth mentioning and considering the blurb, it should be fairly obvious anyway.

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The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins book review

The girl in 6E by A. R. Torre book review

Four books I’ve recently DNF’d and why

It’s a rare thing for me to DNF a book, not because I feel bad about not finishing it, but because, even if I’m not enjoying it, I think, what if the ending is soooo good and worth it?! And I miss out?!

So, let’s start!

Zom-B by Darren Shan

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I listened to the audio of this. (Although, I did read a few pages too because I wanted to compare as it was my first time listening to an audio book.) I got 10 chapters in and decided that I couldn’t take anymore. Here are my reasons.

 x  I really couldn’t stand the main character. Yes, I got why he acted the way he did. He’s actually a very realistic character, but, ugh, I couldn’t put up with him for one book, let alone, from what I’ve read, a very long series. He was the main reason that I went, NOPE!

x I picked this up because I love me some zombies. There was prologue, but that was it for the next 10 chapters. This book, up to that point, focused on racism. It was awful. I couldn’t deal with the character behaviours in this and, as I said, picked it up for a zombie story.

I have read that, while this book isn’t too good, (I.E. Too much setting up for the rest of the series), that the next books are good. Leaves me torn. :/


The deep by John Crowley

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This is part of the SF masterworks list so I’m not 100% DNFing it, just putting it aside for a long, long…long time. I got about 40 odd pages into this 170 odd page book. And I never figured out who was who or what the heck was going on. Just thrown in to the deep end, unable to swim and no armbands.


The sandman by Lars Kepler

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It’s actually is and isn’t this books fault that I DNF’d it. Crime readers who love books that build up the tension will most likely LOVE this. I, however, have learnt that I am a scaredy cat. The suspense was too much for me and it read so real, that it scared the heck out of me. So, yah, really it was my fault.


Reckoning by Kerry Wilkinson

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I got to around 30 pages in this book and I’m pretty sure it’s over 300 pages and it managed to get me to roll my eyes so many times in so few pages. The main character was irritating as well, the love interest and the plot were obvious and cliche.

It’s YA dystopian which I like, but this seemed so much like a mash up of Divergent and The hunger games. I read the first of those book series and wasn’t particularly enthused so something that was heavily inspired by them was not something I was willing to give a try. So, those who like those books may like this.


Any books you’ve recently DNF’d? Or have you read and enjoyed any of these books?

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Do not disturb by A. R. Torre book review

Note:  This is a spoiler free review!

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1. Don’t leave the apartment.
2. Never let anyone in.
3. Don’t kill anyone.

The rules were simple and I broke them.
Now I must face the consequences.
Everyone else must face me.

Initial thoughts

I’d found the first book to be an OK read with an interesting main character. (Although, it was a let down in many ways). I was surprised there was a second book. It didn’t seem like the type to become a series, but I liked the writing enough and was intrigued and hopeful that it may shape up.

Writing

I found the book to be well written in simple, clear language. The switches between first POV and third for other characters worked well and gave a wider of view of goings on.

Plot

The Author is waaaaay too gentle with her characters. Honestly, I think the premise and the characters were pure love for the author, too much so, because it feels she won’t get really gritty with the plot because she loves them too much.

The plot is barely there. We spend three quarters of the book building up to the climax…which fizzles out as soon as it starts. I didn’t even have the energy to be annoyed. There’s no tension. At. All. It feels like the Author wanted to write this particular character, but had nowhere to go with her.

Characters

What can I say? All of them a pretty boring and cardboard-like. Deanna disappointed me the most. The idea of her is so interesting, a protagonist with dark desires to kill, but it doesn’t feel that way. I feel she wasn’t written to her full potential, that the author thought we may not like her.

Overall thoughts

The fact that the author is a good writer is the only thing that made me finish. The plot is non-existent. I think if you asked a writer who didn’t have an attachment and love for Deanna, the main character, then it would’ve have been written much more complex.

It was not worth finishing and I won’t be continuing the series, real shame because I was intrigued by a Dexter like character.

Was it worth the read? No

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? No

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I’m thinking of doing a discussion post for this book, (spoilers and all), is that something anyone would be interested in? It’s be like The fireman by Joe Hill discussion post I did recently.


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Weekly update

Finally the nice weather is here! I’ll enjoy it for five minutes and then start moaning because it’s too hot.

I’ve noticed in this kind of weather, I want to read lots of adventure like fantasy/sci fi novels. I’ll have to have a gander at my shelves.

What books does this weather make you want to read?

I’m currently reading The sandman by Lars Kepler, which is decidedly NOT adventure like.

In fact, it’s actually scaring me so much that I’m not sure if I can finish it! But I’ll try to persevere because I’m doing a buddy read of it with My book jacket.

After that, I’m not sure what I’m reading. I’m very much a, glance at my shelf and pick whatever I’m in the mood for kind of reader.

I am, (sort of), looking forward to the release of The last star by Rick Yancey. It’s the final book of a YA apocalyptic trilogy so I’m looking forward to finding out how everything ends. I’m not super excited about it because I found book two disappointing.

I’ve recently decided to put myself on a book buying ban. I’m allowing myself one new release a month so I gotta make it count!! (We’ll see how long this lasts.)

What new releases are you looking forward to this month?

I’ve also changed my review style!! I felt like the quality was deteriorating and I had no structure to my reviews. If you check them out, (there’s two in the new style), then, please, let me know what you think!

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The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins book review

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EVERY DAY THE SAME

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens.

She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

UNTIL TODAY

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become part of the live she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see: she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

I was completely absorbed while reading this book. I mean, I finished it in one night that was how desperate this book made me to find what had happened.

Yet..after I finished this book, I started to realize it wasn’t as good as when I was reading. Lots of issues starting coming to mind after I’d had time to mull over it.

The book throws a lot of brilliant red herrings your way. It had me accusing everyone. Yet, even though I was unsure who did it until near the end, on page 93 I had figured out who’d done it and this person was my number one suspect all through out.

It’s pretty obvious, (in a bad way), who did it when you think about it. (Coming from someone who watches a TON of murder mysteries and ALWAYS gets it wrong.)

And also, there is one particular piece of information that the police get a hold of and, while I think I know how, it isn’t explained well and felt a little convenient.

As soon as the book starts, you feel uneasy and that feeling continues to creep over your shoulder through the entire book. It’ll have checking your doors are locked.

We read the book from three different POV’s of three women who are all connected. This is great. I loved it, but unfortunately the strength of the POV’s were not all equal.

In fact, you could’ve cut one of the women’s POV out because, while interesting, she didn’t add much to the story. Either they should have all had the same impact or strength or the Author should have stuck to one or two of the POV’s.

Still, each character is brilliant, very realistic, and very flawed. I can believe there are people who react in such ways.

Another thing that disappointed me was the ending. It was very abrupt. I felt like it wrecked all the anticipation. It was very anti-climatic.

Still, even though my impression of the book has waned, I was enthralled by reading it. I couldn’t get to the next sentence quick which is the main thing. I enjoyed the heck out of it while reading.

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? No

Would I read the Author again? Yes

Stars: 4/6

Mystery in white by J. Jefferson Farjeon

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On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea – but no one is at home.

Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst.

Who the pooh says pooh, pooh? Evidently the characters in this book.

Speaking of them… Wow, I’ve never read such annoyingly boring, cardboard like characters. I didn’t like any of them.

OK, except one, but only because, for some unfair reason, none of the other characters liked him so I decided that he was favourite! >:p

At the start, it was very difficult to work out who is who and the main cast just happened to be the characters.

There is no mystery until 80% into the book and after that the characters inform us what happens with facts they seemed to have whipped out of thin air.

You’re not even aware of some of the characters until it’s all being summed up for us. There is no chance of attempting to figure out the mystery for yourself. No red herrings. They actually state who the murder is immediately.

You know how in an Agatha Christie novel, everyone could’ve done it and had a motive? Yeaaaah, this isn’t like that.

This is a dull, barely there murder mystery complete with a cast of irritating characters. I found the entire plot ridiculous.

To sum up, Boring, No mystery, Silly characters

Was it worth the read? No

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? No

Stars: 2/6

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The fat man: A tale of North pole noir by Ken Harmon

Weekly update

So, how is December treating everyone?

Have you been doing all kinds of festive stuff? Books, films, crafts, writing, outings and the like?

I’ve been reading Christmas-themed books and it’s really gotten me into the festive spirit. Unlike the Christmas film(s) I’ve seen at the cinema, so far, which haven’t been impressive.

Hopefully future releases will be better!

I think I’m going to start organizing my already watched films and put them into Genres to make it easier for people to find what they’re looking for. The list is getting a little long and probably annoying to root through.

It seems that this week’s reads are Elf themed AND Christmas themed and they are-

Wednesday:

Ember Skye is a fed up teenage Coal Elf with a big ashy chip on her shoulder. Having been torn away from a carefree life and forced into a world of dirt and darkness has started to get the best of her. And being the only girl-elf working as a coal miner at the North Pole doesn’t help much either!

Then there’s Sturd: a power-hungry, twisted elf with a checkered past and a serious grudge against Ember. Slowly but surely, his maniacal tendencies are revealed, leaving Ember with the sacred “Naughty List” literally in her lap.

When a mysterious illness threatens to decimate elves both Above and Underground, Ember is thrust into a journey that will see her confront the literal and figurative demons of her past and lead her to the head of the North Pole himself.

Yes! Santa is real. But this isn’t your childhood Christmas tale

I’ve already started this book, only a few pages, but I feel like I’m going to enjoy. The writing is good so far.

Sunday: 

Fired from his longtime job as captain of the Coal Patrol, two-foot-three inch 1,300-year-old elf Gumdrop Coal is angry. He’s one of Santa’s original elves, inspired by the fat man’s vision to bring joy to children on that one special day each year. But somewhere along the way things went sour for Gumdrop. Maybe it was delivering one too many lumps of coal for the Naughty List. Maybe it’s the conspiracy against Christmas that he’s starting to sense down every chimney. Either way, North Pole disillusionment is nothing new: Some elves brood with a bottle of nog, trying to forget their own wish list. Some get better. Some get bitter. Gumdrop Coal wants revenge. Justice is the only thing he knows, and so he decides to give a serious wakeup call to parents who can’t keep their vile offspring from landing on the Naughty List. But when one parent winds up dead, his eye shot out with a Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model BB gun, Gumdrop Coal must learn who framed him and why. Along the way he’ll escape the life-sucking plants of the Mistletoe Forrest, battle the infamous Tannenbomb Giant, and survive a close encounter with twelve very angry drummers and their violent friends. The horrible truth lurking behind the gingerbread doors of Kringle Town could spell the end of Christmas-and of the fat man himself. Holly Jolly!

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I’ll most likely be watching Krampus this week too. I’m not sure what else will have been released in the Cinema, but, as usual, I’ll probably be watching them!

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Black mass film review

UK release date: 25/11/15

Runtime: 122 minutes

Directed by: Scott Cooper

Starring: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Johnson

The true story of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, leader of the Irish-American Winter Hill Gang.

I went into this film knowing nothing about Whitey Bulger or his crimes. It’s a well made film that skips across the surface of events.

There are no high action, emotional scenes. You’re informed of the facts rather than experiencing them. There’s a lot of swearing in the film, but, while I usually don’t like that, it fit the tone of the film and wasn’t used for the sake of it.

The acting is brilliant in the film. It’s nice to see Johnny Depp playing a serious role. The get up they’ve put on his face and the eye contacts (?) are really distracting. I found myself paying more attention to that than what was happening.

It’s a good film and I enjoyed it while I watched it, but it isn’t memorable at all. The tension isn’t there and I didn’t feel emotionally connected to it.

To sum up, a good sum up of Whitey Bulger’s history, well made, low action/impact

Was it worth the watch? Yes, but wait for it to come out on TV

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 4/6

Horns film review

UK release date: 29/10/14

Runtime: 120 minutes

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Juno Temple, Kelli Garner,James Remar, Kathleen Quinlan, Heather Graham, David Morse, Sabrina Carpenter

This film is available on netflix at the time of this review

Based on The book of the same name by Joe Hill, which I haven’t read, but will consider adding to my to read list.

I think I’d recommend seeing if this is a book you’d might want to read. No idea if it’s good or not, but once the mystery of the film is over then you’ll unlikely want to read it and it’s probably better than the film.

I can sum this film up pretty quickly. Original plot, poor execution. I really like the plot, which makes me wish I’d read the book first, but I’d had no idea there was a book.

My problem was the ridiculously silly tone they went for. A black comedy that didn’t work. It got darker as it progressed, but never quite lost the silliness and by then it’d ruined the mood of the film. Not only that, but it dragged in parts with badly done flashback scenes.

Major shame because it could’ve been an excellent film.

Daniel Radcliffe does an amazing performance in this film and it was only him that stopped me from switching off this film.

Was it worth the watch? No

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 2/6