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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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

Flames: Flame 2 grey


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

First off, Happy Father’s day to all the amazing father’s, (and father figures), out there! Keep on being awesome. 

OK, now onto the update!


What I read last week

The fireman by Joe Hill

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I think I’ve mentioned before how much of a chunker this book is. I read it for #tometopple. It’s good writing, I enjoyed it, but was also disappointed by it. In fact, along with the usual spoiler free review, I wrote a discussion post. (Warning: Spoilers.) I gave the book 4/6.

Redshirts by John Scalzi

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Another book that I enjoyed, but was also disappointed by. It had a Star trek humorous take, and I like Star trek and also like humorous tones too. I’d heard good things and had been excited to read it. Expectations was given a slimy fish slap by reality. 3/6

I’ve also read Do not disturb by A. R. Torre, and Life, the universe and everything by Douglas Adams. They’ll be reviewed this week on Wednesday and Saturday.

Wow, read a lot this week! (I am two away from having read 50 of my 100 goodreads goal!) Whoot! What have you read? 


What I’m reading this week

Fool moon, Lock in, and The deep are library books so they get priority. The deep and Earth abides are part of the SF Masterworks list which I’ve set a goal to read all of them. Whether I get all these read remains to be seen. I’m most looking forward to reading Lock in. 

It looks as if I’m in a apocalyptic/Dystopian reading mood. (Besides Fool moon which is urban fantasy).

Anyone else currently in a specific genre kind of reading mood?


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What I read last week

The girl in 6E by A. R. Torre

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This was a really interesting read. I liked the idea of a dark protagonist. It ended a little disappointingly. There was a little bit of a cop out with the MC, but there’s a sequel, and I’m hoping there’s going to be a twist there.

The night circus by Erin Morgenstern

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You know you’ve loved a book when you think back to reading it and it gives you warm fuzzies. It was such a beautiful book that I recommend pretty much everyone to give it a try. If you have the slightest interest, read it. I borrowed this book from the library, but I need a copy to gaze at on my shelf.


What I’m reading this week

The fireman by Joe Hill

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I’m nearly 200 pages in and it looks like I’ve barely started! Look at this sucker!

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I’m enjoying it so far, but I’m unsure whether I’m going to feel like it drags, so far it hasn’t, but it has the potential to be that way. (You know how heavy this book is?!!)

I was planning to read A game of thrones next, but I’m unsure if I want to jump straight into another huge book. 

I borrowed a few book from the library so I may dive into one of them. 

I also ordered Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, (along with the movie. I love old sci fi movies), so I may jump into that! Choices, choices. (Never mind all the unread books on my bookshelf.)


What have you read recently? Did you enjoy it?

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

Note: This is a spoiler free review!

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I haven’t touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it’s not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.

I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.

They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide… my lust for blood, my love of death.

Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets… one is bound to escape.

What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl’s life depending on you venturing into society?

Initial thoughts

I discovered this book through reading someone’s review, (can’t remember who. *Sobs*). The blurb caught my interest. A protagonist who fights the desire to murder? No goody two shoes in sight? Yes, please. 

Writing

It’s written in mainly first person, but there are a few, short chapters in perspectives other than the main characters, which are in third. It’s written in a simple descriptive way. I prefer this kind of writing style. It was well done, keeping a good pace so things didn’t feel like they were dragging along.

Plot

I enjoyed the plot. It built up tension until the moment everything sort of kicks off. Unfortunately, the climax happens very quick and I felt a little short changed. There is a big sexual element, often described in graphic detail,  so avoid if that isn’t for you. I enjoyed the chapters in other characters perspective, but felt they were too short and too shallow.

I found the ending a little bit of a let down, things felt unfinished, but I discovered the book has a sequel so I’m not as disappointed. 

Characters

The main focus is on the main character, (obviously), Deanna. The author really delves into her thought process and what makes her. It’s brilliant, I loved every bit. Again, with the other important characters, I think it could’ve delved into it a bit more. It would’ve helped build the tension and to really get you invested in the story. 

Overall thoughts

I enjoyed it. I think the build up was fine, but the climax didn’t match up to it. It was way too quick and made the build up seem long. All that waiting for just a short roller-coaster ride, exhilarating, but over too soon. This disappointment is softened by discovering it has a sequel or else I would’ve given it one less flame than I have.

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

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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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Dewey’s 24 hour readathon and Spring into horror readathon wrap up

So, I decided to partake in two readathons at the last minute because that’s how I roll.I’m a little tired after the 24 hour one, but #noregrets.

We’ll start with Spring into horror readathon. You can find more info in my original post, but the basic rule is to read at least one scary book. It ended to day and I’d call it a success.

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I read The kraken awakes by John Wyndham and Emma by Jane Austen, (because love is scary).

I was planning to read Maestra by L S Hilton as well, but, by then, the 24 hour readathon was starting and I wasn’t feeling it.

Now, onto Dewey’s 24 hour readathon! I’m going to do an hour by hour play by play through for your (dis)pleasure.

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Pre-readathon panic

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OK, I MEANT to put the last twenty minutes of the first hour. *Sigh* I got up at 7.30am and didn’t get home until just after 1pm (which was when the readathons started for me.)

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So after faffing on on twitter…

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I proceeded to then scoff my face while reading…

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This point I guess I’d finish this book within the next two hours.

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Almost finished!!

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So close!

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I guessed right! Finished the rest under two hours! Do androids dream of electric sheep? by Philip K Dick = 256 pages

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This book was made into a film of the same name starring Will Smith, except in that they were zombies so I was always interested to see how it differed.

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Started to get a headache by this time and achy eyes…

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Finished book two. Have to admit I’m impressed with myself. :’D = 160 pages

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By this time I was waning and soon after this I went to sleep. Zzzzzz!

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Next morning, and I was suffering from book hanger so I didn’t get much reading done in the last few hours…

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Soon to be last hour and I push through the book hangover…

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The last hour! I had such an amazing time with all the other participants! I’m not touching a book, at least, until tomorrow…

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So, in the end, I ended up reading a total of 462 pages = 2 and a bit books. I had so much fun and plan to do it again. Maybe when I can organize myself better by having a nap before the start time and stay up the entire time!

Did you take part in the readathons? If so, how did you do? If you have vlog/blog wrap up then leave me a link!

 

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Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon

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Spring into horror Read-a-Thon runs from the 18th April – 24th April. You can use the #SpringHorrorRAT on twitter to join in on the conversation!

You can find more information here, but the one main “rule” of Spring Into Horror is that you must read ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart). After that, you can read what you want.

I just heard of this today. I noticed it on a book blog I follow, (which one I’ve forgotten!! D:)

I considered not joining because it is a little last minute, but, meh, YOLO! Besides, how could I resist getting involved with something horror related?! The answer is, I couldn’t not!

So, without further ado, here’s the books I’ve chosen!

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The Kraken wakes by John Wyndham – I  technically started this before today, but I’m only 50 pages in and SHHHHHH! OK?!

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.

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Emma by Jane Austen – Love is scary, OK? (And I’m also dying to read it ASAP!)

Emma is young, rich, and independent. She has decided to never marry and instead spends her time organizing her acquaintances’ love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance.

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Maestra by L S Hilton – I got this book because I was intrigued by synopsis. I’ve since heard some negatives about it. It’s apparently raunchy too. I think it was described as being crossed with fifty shades of grey, but WORSE. I have no interest in fifty shades of grey, it’s just not my genre, so this was disappointing to hear. Still! Fingers crossed, it’ll be a good read!

Judith Rashleigh works as an assistant in a prestigious London auction house, but her dreams of breaking into the art world have been gradually dulled by the blunt forces of snobbery and corruption. To make ends meet she moonlights as a hostess in one of the West End’s less salubrious bars – although her work there pales against her activities on nights off.

When Judith stumbles across a conspiracy at her auction house, she is fired before she can expose the fraud. In desperation, she accepts an offer from one of the bar’s clients to accompany him to the French Riviera. But when an ill-advised attempt to slip him sedatives has momentous consequences, Judith finds herself fleeing for her life.

Now alone and in danger, all Judith has to rely on is her consummate ability to fake it amongst the rich and famous – and the inside track on the hugely lucrative art fraud that triggered her dismissal.

So, those are my choices. I considered choosing more, but I figured I’d be over estimating how many I could read in a week. (But never say never). Emma is quite a chunky book and I want to savour it as I read.

I’ll most likely tweet about it and then do a blog post at the end of the readathon mentioning how I did.

If you’re taking part let me know so I can check your posts out!

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Ex machina film review

UK release date: 21/1/15

Runtime: 108 minutes

Directed by: Alex Garland

Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac

Note: This film is available on Now TV at the time of this review.

It has an intriguing start, throwing you in the deep end, not telling you a thing and I was like, Oooooh, what’s happening?!!

Early one, even though nothing ‘bad’ has happened, I was fill with a sense of unease and thinking, Oh no, something bad’s going to happen at the end of all this. It had done well to build tension from the start.

The film is absolutely fascinating and I wish I’d have been able to see it in the cinema. I think the full effect of the big screen would have been amazing. You’re not going to get big, bang, thrilling action. This film creeps up on you insidiously. Something is wrong and it is not until the very, very end that you find closure on this.

Imagine me shocked when I discovered they made this film in just six weeks on a budget of $15 million.

The three main actors…WOW. All three were stunningly brilliant and I couldn’t say one surpasses the other. I mean, I’m not surprised. I know all three of these actors and love them.

But, I have to mention Alicia Vikander specifically because her portrayal of Ava was awe inspiring. I recently saw her in The Danish girl and she’d been my favourite in that. She’s an actress I’ll watch out for from now on. Domhnall Gleeson was also brilliant. I was completely captivated by their performances.

And that ending. It took my breath away!! The music further helped to get my heart racing and amped the tension throughout not just at the end.

To sum up, What an ending, Makes you think, Stunning acting

Was it worth the watch? Yes

Would I re-watch? Yes

Stars: 5/6

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