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text 2018-09-18 20:56
Sherlock Holmes Vs Dracula Review

 

I loved this book it was a brilliant story that I really enjoyed.

 

I read this is 2 sitting's which is rather quick for me because sometimes it take a week to finish a book if I do not enjoy it.

 

I was worried that i would not like this book because I love the original Sherlock Holmes stories, but it was a nice surprise that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Now I have not read Dracula but now I really want to because it has peaked my interest so I think its going to be on my list of classics that I need to get me hands on. It was good to see Sherlock and Watson to be written by a more modern writer and it was nice to see the clash that Sherlock and Watson had on their beliefs for the answer to mystery. 

 

I have learnt also that there is more to this collection and I do also plan on buying more of  them because the author was amazing and I loved his writing it had me hooked the entire book. 

 

I would recommend this to anyone that does like Sherlock Holmes because it is an amazing twist to the original set of stories. 

 

Sorry this is a short review I need to get back into the swing of things. 

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text 2018-09-08 18:58
Long Time No See

 

 

 

Hi Everyone 

 

Its been over a year since I last posted on here and so much has changed and I have been in and out of work but its all going back to normal as of Monday.

 

My reading habits have improved so much this past week I have reas Carrie (my first Stephen King), Lullaby,This is going to hurt which is alot for me to read straight after one another so I am happy with that because I missed reading so much and when I was thinking about the books I read I had this sudden urge to want to blog again so here I am back with my weekly (hopefully) reviews of things that have been going on and my progress on a book that I am reading.

 

My current read is Sherlock Holmes Vs Dracula, I am only a few chapters in so I cant really say what I think of it at the min its held my interest so far so its all good. 

 

I hope everyone is having an awesome weekend so far and I hope that whatever your reading is awesome.

 

I am always looking for new reads so comment below what your reading and what you think about it 

 

I am super excited to be back with al you guys I have missed this community and cant wait to be back in the swing of it all :) 

 

 

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text 2018-08-09 06:43
Dipping a toe in

 

Hi there!

 

I have just joined the BookLikes community and I'm looking forward to connecting with fellow booklovers, especially fellow crime-fiction addicts!

 

I've been hooked on crime fiction in books and on screen since about the age of six, thanks to some awesome mystery and adventure writers. It was about then that I decided I wanted to be a crime writer. It took a while...

 

Being a crime-fiction addict and lover of series books, you can expect lots of my reading to fall into these categories. You can also expect to only hear about the books I have enjoyed as reading enjoyment is subjective – but as I have honed my selections to my tastes over the years, I am rarely disappointed anyway. I rate books as I go and post my standouts in a “Good Reads” column each month on my website, including just a little blurb about each.

 

As for reviews of my books, I appreciate readers reading my works and sharing what you think. So, thank you.

 

I'd also love you to connect with me at my website, Instagram, Facebook or Amazon.

 

Happy reading!

Cheers,
Sandi

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review 2018-06-03 02:42
The Camelot Shadow - Sean Gibson [BOOK REVIEW]
The Camelot Shadow: A Novel - Sean Gibson

Full review can be found on my website: https://diaryofdifference.com/2018/06/03/the-camelot-shadow-sean-gibson-book-review/

 

‘’I can either tell you my tale, or I can respond to your feeble witticisms. I cannot, in my mildly inebriated state, do both.’’

 

This is not your usual story related to King Arthur, Merlin and Camelot. This will, in fact, be quite different story and not only unusual, but one of a kind.

 

We go back in time when Queen Victoria was ruling over England. In a time when the author really liked to point out the fact that the characters are using trains. It was pointed out so much, that I had to do a bit of research to see if trains existed in that time. They did – apparently England had the oldest rail transport in the world. And Queen Victoria was one of the first royals to use that form of transport too.

 

Now, I am not even sure why I kept going on about trains… Back to the story…

 

The Camelot Shadow covers the story of Lord Alfred Fitzwilliam, a man whose wife is ill from an incurable illness. When an opportunity arises, giving him the chance and hope that he might save the life of his lover, he goes on a mission to find an object from the time when King Arthur was the ruler of England, and Merlin was his companion.

With a help from a group of people, Alfred digs the history and the stories of the past, only to discover that not everything he believed in was true, and not everyone that he trusted is his ally.

 

A story that reminded me of Dan Brown’s work. Quite similar in the sense of clues, history, what is a myth and what is a fact, though also quite distinctive, as it covers people’s characters so well, describing their personalities in a powerful way.

 

‘’Wealth. Status. Happiness. A perfect life. All built on an ephemeral foundation, an impossibility masking a lie that, if exposed, if openly acknowledged, would bring it all crashing down around our heads.’’

 

When a great disappointment comes around, and all hope is gone, people change, and people feel things. A person starts to wonder what they did wrong, what could they have done differently, what if… Alfred is one of the people where we will see his change over the chapters. For better or for worse, I’ll let you decide.

 

‘’It was Guinevere’s infidelity that brought down Arthur’s Camelot’’ – he said, wiping a trickle of Scotch from his chin with the back of his sleeve. ‘’It was God’s cruelty that brought down mine.’’

 

A book that explains good and evil in the unusual way. I thought I could explain good and evil, but sometimes my evil can do you good, and your good can do harm to everyone. And power… oh what people are capable to do for power…

 

‘’Power, Arthur had taught him, was not something to covet, but rather something to treat in the same manner one might handle a wild mastiff – with considerable respect, constant vigilance, and a trace of fear. ‘’

 

If you are a fan of history fiction, and stories about Arthur and Merlin, you would definitely want to dive in into this book and get lost into the world. And that is not the only thing that this book covers… It covers hope, faith, loss, love, good, evil, power, guilt and everything in between. Get ready for an adventure. One full of bravery and magic. And maybe… maybe some hope.

 

A huge thank you to the author, Sean Gibson, who was kind enough to give me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Source: diaryofdifference.com/2018/06/03/the-camelot-shadow-sean-gibson-book-review
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-21 19:02
The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen
The Nightmare Room - Chris Sorensen

The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After a personal tragedy strikes Peter and Hannah Larson, they find themselves picking up their lives and moving house. Said house isn't what it seems - something lurks within, seeming to originate from the dark and gloomy basement. As the presence continues to focus upon the two, its determination only grows, causing obvious and damaging rifts between husband and wife. It appears to already know Peter in some intimate way, and shocking, deeply hidden secrets soon come to light.

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Chris Sorensen for giving me the opportunity!

This turned out to be an extremely difficult book for me to form a solid opinion on and subsequently rate. After a lot of thought, I came to the conclusion that I didn't really consider this one an outright horror novel, at least in regards to my own personal taste. When I instead thought of it as a supernatural tale with some horror elements, it made better sense in my mind. You see, in no way did I at all feel that uncomfortable, yet riveting unease that comes with something that ticks all the right boxes in the scary department. The typical tropes were there; the ghostly encounters, the ominous house, but something also felt missing and I had one hell of a time trying to figure out what. It could've been the absence of a sufficient build up, where time is given to properly establish a sense of dread, or maybe the haunting scenes merely didn't offer anything frightful. Essentially, it wasn't my sort of horror, I'd even go so far to say it was relatively tame in the scheme of things, yet I did appreciate the storytelling - twists included.

Peter and Hannah Larson were the sort of married couple you'd roll your eyes at - they were sickeningly perfect for each other. Their chemistry jumped out from the page, and despite dealing with the anguish of great loss, they found strength. They, of course, had their faults, which became evident throughout, but that only made them more relatable as people. I liked them, and I especially liked what Sorensen did with Peter. What revolved around Peter were secrets heavily linked to his past, and whilst the revelations kept coming, I too shared in Peter's shock. The two other characters that had a significant presence - that being Riggs and Ellen Marx, added a pleasant sprinkle of entertainment. I notably enjoyed Ellen's legitimacy at being an expert; she was no quack. If I could, I'd read a book all about her.

Despite the cleverness of some aspects, I can't deny that I felt that the story dragged at times. For me, there's nothing worse than feeling the onset of boredom, and there were moments that came dangerously close to that. I felt that the first half in particular could've used more time with the couple in the house, and less time in the Blind Rock bar for instance, which is where my interest really waned. I understand such scenes were for the benefit of character development, but my engagement primarily lay with Peter.

Sorensen's imagination certainly took me by surprise as I reached the end of Peter and Hannah's ordeal. Granted, the conclusion was all rather complicated, perhaps a little too complicated to understand right away, but it surely had a distinctive quality. It's rare that I come across an ending that changes everything so drastically, to the point where I need to pause and ponder over what I just read. I applaud the bold approach to implement such a memorable outcome.

In conclusion - Whilst the horror elements didn't do it for me, I mostly liked the story and background. It definitely had its ups and downs, but Sorensen is one author I'll be keeping my eye on.

Notable Scene:

The woman rushed toward him, and for a second he thought she was going to strike him him. Instead, she took his head in both of her hands and pressed her mouth over his. Peter felt her inhale abruptly - a reverse resuscitation.

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Source: redlace.reviews/2018/04/21/the-nightmare-room-by-chris-sorensen
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