E-book haul!

Ah…Amazon you lured me in with your bargains and, of course, I couldn’t resist. Buuuuut, everything cost me under £1.20! 😀 😀

Most of them I got in the half terms bargains, but one or two were recommendations, along with 1 pre-order.

Well, let’s get started! \o/

1. Stolen ink by Holly Evans – This was a pre-order for the small price of 99p! It’s urban fantasy and I’m really interested in discovering what exactly a tattoo magician is!

Stolen Ink (Ink Born Book 1) by [Evans, Holly]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

2. Wool by Hugh Howey, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Jimmy Broxton – I got this in the sale. It’s a dystopian graphic novel. Apparently, it’s also a novel, but I’ve not read it. Perhaps, I’ll pick it up if enjoy this.

Wool: The Graphic Novel by [Howey, Hugh, Palmiotti, Jimmy, Gray, Justin]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

3. The Person Controller by David Baddiel – Another sale buy. I’d seen this in the bookshop, but never picked it up. I’d say it’s children, fantasy genre. Looks super cool.

The Person Controller by [Baddiel, David]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Ah, this is a rare beast. I don’t tend to be interested in this type of book, particularly not the romance that will most likely happen, but I think many book lovers on social media will read the blurb and think, must read!

Fangirl: Special Edition by [Rowell, Rainbow]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

5. Rotters by Carl R. Cart – Another sale buy. I grabbed this because it’s apocalyptic and that is my weakness. Otherwise, I’m not sure I would’ve got it. This book cover is a bit meh. However, the goodreads one is a bit better.

Rotters: A Zombie Novel by [Cart, Carl R.]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

6. Little dead man by Jake Bible– Another apocalyptic one, (get ready for a few of these). This…has a really out there synopsis. This book will either go really right or really…really wrong.

Little Dead Man by [Bible, Jake]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

7. Threshold by Jeff Olah – Another apocalyptic one in the sale. I’m very excited to read this one.

The Dead Years - THRESHOLD - Book 1 (A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller) by [Olah, Jeff]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

 8. Awakening by Jeff Olah – I actually didn’t notice these were by the same author. I saw post apocalyptic and that was enough for me. I really like the cover for this one.

The Last Outbreak - AWAKENING - Book 1 (A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller) by [Olah, Jeff]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

9. Howl’s moving castle by Diana Wynne Jones – I love this book and I love the movie too. I actually own a physical copy, but, hey, for 99p, why not?

Howl's Moving Castle by [Jones, Diana Wynne]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

10. Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell – The cover looks awesome! Looks like its going to be a spooky read.

Frozen Charlotte (Red Eye) by [Bell, Alex]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

Last two, I promise!

OK, next two were brought to my attention by other bloggers and this is the part I admit I lied. Not all the books cost me under £1.20. The next two were under £2.00.

I know, such an ungodly amount. I can hear your gasps of shocks from here, but it isn’t my fault! I shall inform you whose it was!

11. The wizard’s gambit by Kylie Betzner – This seems to be a comedic fantasy, which if anyone knows my love of Terry Pratchett, will know this is right up my street. This buy is all Holly Evans’ fault. She happened to tweet about the 2nd book and it caught my interest. Bad Holly.

The Wizard's Gambit (The Six-Er-Seven Kingdoms Book 1) by [Betzner, Kylie]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

12. The castoffs #1 by Brian Smith, MK Reed and Molly Ostertag – A graphic novel, (comic?), that I discovered through mybookjacket, (and several others books, but I’ve resisted…for now.) So, yeah, it’s Vicky’s fault. Bad Vicky.

The Castoffs #1 by [Smith, Brian, Reed, MK]

Goodreads / Amazon UK


Alright, that’s it! A crazy amount, I know, but it didn’t cost me much in total. I’m really excited to get stuck into all of them.

Have you gotten any bargains lately? Any of these books interest you?

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The girl with all the gifts by M. R. Carey book review

Note: This is a spoiler free review!

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Initial thoughts

This blurb immediately had my attention. Short, sweet and hooked. Along with the fact, that the bookish community loved this book!

Writing

The beginning of the book was crammed with telling me stuff, I remember thinking, “I hope it isn’t like this all the time.”

Thankfully, it wasn’t. The book got into its rhythm and showed instead of told me. I liked the switches of POV between the main characters. Although, I’d preferred more in Melanie’s POV because I believed her to be the MAIN character.

The sciencey bits went over my head and some of the words choices were unnecessarily complicated.

Plot

This book is labelled as a thriller all over the book, but it didn’t read that way to me. It’s a familiar post-apocalyptic plot, told differently. I kind of wanted it to delve further into what was presented at the beginning and tension from the beginning dwindled away by the middle. 

This is most definitely a stand alone, it’s all wrapped up by the end, and it seems unlikely of a sequel, but there are a few plot threads I wanted to learn more about. The ending was excellent though.

Characters

The characters are the best thing about the novel. They are incredibly well-rounded. A few started almost like ‘cliche’ characters, but were revealed not to be. (Their story arcs were predictable though.)

By far, my favourite character was Parks. 

Overall thoughts

*Sigh* Me and Standalone’s have a love/hate relationship. I wanted MOAR. But, I find standalone’s always tell a story in a unique way with a message that always has me quiet and thinking when I finished it. 

I was disappointed that a few things were never addressed or used after being introduced, but I enjoyed the plot, the ending and the characters.


Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 4 grey


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The Kraken wakes by John Wyndham book review

Note: All my reviews a spoiler free!

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It started with fireballs raining down from the sky and crashing into the oceans’ deeps. Then ships began sinking mysteriously and later ‘sea tanks’ emerged from the deeps to claim people . . .

For journalists Mike and Phyllis Watson, what at first appears to be a curiosity becomes a global calamity. Helpless, they watch as humanity struggles to survive now that water – one of the compounds upon which life depends – is turned against them. Finally, sea levels begin their inexorable rise . . .

The Kraken Wakes is a brilliant novel of how humankind responds to the threat of its own extinction and, ultimately, asks what we are prepared to do in order to survive.

This is an Author my Dad enjoyed in his younger days and who he recommended to me. I’d already read Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, (which I need to read again!), so I was very curious to read this one. I mean, that synopsis, people!

You know how some books are character driven and some are plot driven? This is most definitely plot driven.

It’s written in first person and, most importantly, written well. I feel first POV is the hardest to do well.  And it’s a good thing because the sequence of events is drawn out through the book. It has a no nonsense, undramatic way of telling the story. For the most part, I liked it, but did find myself wanting it to hurry up a little.

If I had to pin down this book, I’d call it logical sci fi. It’s written in such a sensible and believable and almost non-dramatic way that it seems completely believable.

Mike is one of our two main characters and who’s viewpoint is in and there’s Phyllis, his wife.

Can I just say how much I loved Phyllis because she is brilliant! I loved Mike too and the way their relationship is. None of this has a main focus because, as I said,plot driven, but the little glimpses are enjoyable.

In the end, while I enjoyed the book, I didn’t fall in love with it. Not because it’s bad, but I think it would suit other readers better than me. I think I wanted it to be a tiny bit more character driven.

Still, it’s an excellent book that,when you finish it, you’ll be sitting quietly for minute as you think about what would happen if you were in that situation.

To sum up, well written, Plot driven, Great main characters

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 4 grey

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The infinite sea by Rick Yancey book review

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How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

This is the sequel to The fifth wave. You can find the review for that book at the bottom of this one or in the read section.

I felt incredibly disconnected from this book. It was really hard to pick it up again after putting it down. Halfway through the book, I realized what it could be. There are no surprises left.

The first book revealed all about the aliens and their motivations and was full of action, so, unfortunately, this book couldn’t live up to the previous one. I had no anticipation. No mystery to look forward to. Supposedly.

This book should have started from about 3/4’s of the way through and continued from there, because, while it’s well written, 3/4’s of the book is pointless and is just rehashing over things.

There is a big reveal near the end, but because I waited so long for it, I was just incredibly frustrated, not to mention confused! It came out of nowhere! I am completely baffled.

Another frustration was the flowery prose, very philosophical. Some of it was well used, but there was too much of it in this and I felt it was just fluff to boost the word count. It got in the way of the characters and their personalities which I had so loved from the first book.

This book was, unfortunately, a huge let down on the plot front. I’ll read the next book because the reveal at the end has me needing to know what’s going on and how it’ll all end. But I’ll be approaching that book with annoyance instead of enthusiasm. If it hadn’t been so well written and had glimmers of good plot then I may have just walked away from this series.

To sum up, Good writing, Mainly filler, Big reveal out of nowhere

Was it worth the read? No

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Stars: 3/6

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Never let me sleep by Jennifer Brozek book review

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What would you do if you discovered that everyone–in your house, on your street, in your town–was dead? Then you discovered you weren’t alone–and whatever was out there was hunting you?

Melissa Allen, a troubled teen who was under house arrest, is the only person left alive in South Dakota. After discovering the mysterious deaths of her guardians and hearing of the massacre on the news, she realizes that there are monsters out there. They are pretending to be human, and they’ve have begun a door-to-door search–for her.

Melissa is unable to leave the quarantine zone, and has no help except for Homeland Security agent David Hood on the phone. Before the government takes drastic action, she must figure out what killed everyone and stop it from happening again. Or did Melissa herself, in a psychotic fit, murder her guardians–and the rest of the apocalypse is happening only inside her mind?

I had high hopes for this book. The blurb was brilliant and I’d read the prologue and was immediately hooked. I settled in for what I thought was going to be tense, book gripping, fear filled, adrenaline rising, ride. Unfortunately everything went downhill after the prologue.

It’s written in first person which isn’t my favourite viewpoint to read from. I think people mistake it to be easy to write from, but I think it’s the hardest and so easy to get wrong.

The writing itself is well written, but there’s so much unnecessary description, entire rooms are described for no reason and have no bearing on the plot. In fact, there are a lot of things that seem unnecessary to the plot. And what plot there is, which could have been a solid, excellent idea, has things in it that are never resolved or explained. The Author also has the habit of telling us what action the character is about to take and then the character does it.

The entire book seemed pointless. I’m aware that there are sequels and this feels like something that the Author has used to set up for the next books instead of being a great read in its own right. It needed to be longer and to have a more solid plot. It felt flimsy and unbelievable

I was constantly aware that this was a piece of fiction. I couldn’t immerse myself into the book and kept being jolted out of it.

The main Character, I couldn’t get on with and she didn’t read as the age she supposedly was. She also seemed too calm, ironically, and way too competent.

I felt Melissa could have been an excellent character and that her issues could have really made the book. I think that is what the Author was going for, but didn’t quite make it. She was way too nice to her character.

I’m unsure whether or not I’m willing to try the sequel as I mentioned the writing itself is good, but the execution is not. I may try a few chapters in the hopes that it’s an improvement.

Was it worth the read? No

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes, the writing is good, it’s the execution that’s not quite there.

Stars: 2/6