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review 2017-01-31 19:54
Not his best
Dead Girl Walking by Chris Brookmyre (2015-07-02) - Chris Brookmyre

Having recently read and enjoyed Want you Gone and Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre I was hoping for more of the same fast prose, good characters and enticing story line in Dead Girl Walking. Jack Parlabane, ace investigative reporter, is asked to help find the beautiful and talented Heike Gunn the mesmerizing band leader of the rock band Savage Earth Heart. What I did enjoy about this story was learning a little about Savage Earth Heart and travelling with them as they performed all over Europe in anticipation of the big American Tour. The author shows, in a colourful way, how the band lived and worked with each other on a day to day basis and the petty arguments and jealousies that frequently occurred as band members fought for self recognition. Monica Halcrow, classically trained violinist and the latest recruit, becomes besotted with Gunn at the expense of the relationship with her boyfriend Keith. This however could not sustain a story that was rather devoid of ideas as we waited to see if the charismatic Gunn could be found safe and well by our hero Parlabane.

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review 2016-09-25 22:45
Living Dead Girl
Living Dead Girl - Elizabeth Scott

I felt that this novel was okay. After reading the novel’s synopsis, I expected more emotions and more energy to occur within its pages but after reading it, I felt that the novel had more of an even tone and I have mixed feeling about this. I understand how the main character felt after being held all those years being locked in her current condition but things were changing, I thought that would change her too.  

The novel is told through the eyes of Alice who had been abducted when she was ten. Now five years later, Alice realizes that things are changing. Ray wants something else in his life and he expects Alice to help him achieve it.   I felt that Alice was numb as she told her story. She was living with Ray and people in their neighborhood kept to themselves so no one questioned her existence. When Ray tells Alice what he needs, I was shocked and then I wondered how she would respond. As the novel progressed, the lack of energy within it created a hardship for me. I wanted to know the ending but I also wanted to abandon the book. I liked how the novel finished out; I just wished it would have ended with some gusto.

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review 2016-08-26 20:20
fun fast read but nothing special
The Last Dead Girl - Harry Dolan

One night David Malone needs to have a break from his girlfriend Sophie when he finds out she has been unfaithful to him. He decides to go for a drive and meets by accident the beautiful and unpredictable Jane. There follows a steamy romantic interlude and when Jane is discovered dead Malone embarks on a course to reveal her killer and in so doing unleashes a spiders web of deceit, mayhem and murder. This is a fast fun read but with a list of characters I felt little sympathy for and a story line that is a little too pretentious and extreme to be taken seriously. I was pleased that I was able to require this book at a reduced "kindle" price (for a very limited period) as the present cost on Amazon is exorbitant (slightly under £12) and perhaps therefore a more appropriate description should be "highway robbery"

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review 2016-02-01 03:48
Living Dead Girl - Elizabeth Scott

...Yowza. This book is heavy and, despite what the blurb on the back says, pretty damn hopeless. It's the story of a girl kidnapped and held captive by a pedophile for five years. That should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect. It's graphic and hard to read. It's quite short, less than 200 sparse pages, but I had to put it down several times, just because it's so emotionally wracking. 

 

I actually read this once before, years ago for an Young Adult lit class. I picked it up again after seeing someone talking about it online. I was surprised that I had completely misremembered the ending. In my mind, I had rewritten a much more hopeful outcome, and maybe because of that, I felt myself more deeply affected by the story this time around.

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review 2016-01-27 15:57
Review: Walking Dead Girl (Vampireland #1) by Jessica Roscoe (DNF)
Walking Dead Girl (The Vampireland Series) - Jessica Roscoe
Walking Dead Girl 

 Vampireland #1  
 Jessica Roscoe  
 Young Adult - Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy  
 Indiana Ink Publishing  
 March 1st 2013  
 eBook  
 300  
 Review Copy: Part of Gathering Darkness: A Paranormal Romance Collection  

 

Mia Blake wasn’t the first girl to be taken by the vampires.

 

She had heard all about the girls who were missing, and even though they were only “missing”, she knew in her heart that those girls were dead. 

 

She felt sad for them, sure. But more than that, she felt glad that they had been strangers – not someone she knew, and certainly not her. Things like that didn’t happen to girls like her. 

 

They always happened to someone else, and that’s why she barely blinked as she made her way across an empty football field, through a deserted parking lot, to meet a fate she had arrogantly assumed was reserved for other people.

 

She was a stupid girl.

 

She paid for it.

 

 

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** Read as part of Gathering Darkness: A Paranormal Romance Collection **

 

~ DNF ~

 

Walking Dead Girl is book one in the Vampireland series by Jessica Roscoe. This is a young adult paranormal romance story.

 

I DNFed this at chapter 20. Something kept me going, but by this point I had had enough of Mia and her whining and feeling bad for herself and situation. Instead of learning, she just feels bad that she can’t go home. Also everyone including the adults and hundreds of year old vampires sounded like teenagers to me. As for Ryan, the one who kidnaps her and then turns her into a vampire, I could not understand why he cares or acts like her cares for Mia. The vampires in this story are dark. Their are a few good ones, but for the most part they seam like the bad guys.

 

This story was not my thing. I gave it a big try, but just too many other books to read to stick with one that does not work. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you.

 

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2016/01/review-walking-dead-girl-vampireland-1-by-jessica-roscoe-dnf
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