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review 2017-10-31 11:48
Review: There's Someone Inside Your House
There's Someone Inside Your House - Stephanie Perkins


I received a copy from Netgalley.


I was so excited for this book. It was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. I had pre ordered months in advance. I did a happy dance when my e arc request was approved early. Only to find this is one of my biggest disappointments of the year.


I really just didn’t like it much at all. Didn’t particularly care about the characters, wasn’t really that invested in the plot and the big reveal for the why of the whole thing was dull and anticlimactic.


It tells the story of Hawaiian teen Makani who has moved in with her Grandmother in a small town in Ohio. She has made some new friends, has a potential new relationship. She’s dealing with difficult parents who are in the middle of a bitter divorce, and is clearly hiding something bad that happened in Hawaii, the main reason she’s moved in with her grandmother.


A girl from the drama club has been viciously murdered, the small town is in shock and everyone’s gossiping about what could have happened and why. Before long another teen is murdered, a boy from the football team. So it continues. Random kids are dropping like flies in increasingly gory and violent murders. But there’s seemingly no connection between the victims. The novel focuses on Makani and her friends and her new love interest trying to figure out what’s going on, suspicions abound.


I just didn’t care. About any of it. I was bored. Teen slasher movies are one of my favourite things. Maybe I’m just jaded from having seen so many slasher movies raging from good to bad to what the fuck was that? It’s hard to compare not to compare this novel to a movie. That’s the feeling it gives.


Unfortunately, this book just didn’t work for me. Which sucks because this is one of my favourite authors.  


Thank you to Netgalley and Pan MacMillian for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2017-02-18 20:24
City of the Lost - A Review

Casey Duncan has three things in her life she cares about: being a detective, her best friend Diana and her no-strings-attached sometimes lover.  She also has one big secret.  When it seems like her past is catching up to her and Diana’s present is getting dangerous she realizes that they both have to disappear.  No place better than Rockton …

THE CITY OF THE LOST by Kelley Armstrong.
Rockton is a unique place.  It’s in the middle of nowhere and you will not find it on a map anywhere.  Somewhere in the Yukon, Rockton is filled with people who found it necessary to disappear from their lives … some for their own protection and some to evade the law.  Each must go through a vetting process and possess a significant amount of money to be accepted but only the Sheriff knows who is there and for what reason, yet even that information may not be trustworthy.  As each person arrives they are given tasks according to their particular skill set so Casey quickly becomes a deputy … just in time to help solve a gruesome murder.
In this, the first book of her new series, Ms. Armstrong once again does what she does so well – build a fictional world that is believable and unique.  Whether it’s her “Otherworld” or Rockton she takes us just far enough out of reality to make it ring possible.  An isolated town, a murder mystery and a little romance thrown in make “City of the Lost” an excellent read.  Originally published as six mini novellas I’m sure the reader was kept in suspense from one installment to the next.  I waited until all six parts came out in book form and am glad I did so.  Although, let’s face it, it’s a great marketing ploy but I would have found it frustrating to read it in bits and pieces.  Can’t wait for the next book in the series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR (from her website)
I’ve been telling stories since before I could write. My earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, mine would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to my teachers’ dismay. All efforts to make me produce “normal” stories failed. Today, I continue to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in my basement writing dungeon.
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review 2016-12-13 11:41
Review: Heartless
Heartless - Marissa Meyer

I received a copy from Netgalley.


I adored the Lunar Chronicles so naturally have been very excited for another Marissa Meyer novel. I had already pre ordered before I was lucky enough to get a Netgalley copy of Heartless. Though more than a week after finishing I’m still not sure what to make of it. I generally like fairy tale retellings. Though admittedly, my knowledge of Alice in Wonderland is limited to the first Disney movie. I never read the original.


The biggest issue I had with this one, is it’s the origin story of the Queen of Hearts, so no matter what, you know something is going to go hideously hideously wrong. Catherine Pinkerton is actually a fairly nice girl when the novel starts, with dreams of opening her own bakery with her best friend, her maid Mary Anne. Catherine is a fabulous baker full of delightful ideas, and Mary Anne is the more practical minded one of the two, good with money and logical thinking. Though Catherine knows her parents would never approve. Her mother is overbearing and bossy though puts it all in a “mother knows best” context and wants to see Catherine settled down with a rich husband.


Catherine isn’t interested in a husband, and becomes distressed by the fact that the King of Hearts clearly has a huge crush on her. He’s a big fan of her baking, her parents are thrilled, Cath, not so much. The King of Hearts is much older, nice, but as dumb as a bucket of rocks. Cath knows that if she marries, she’ll never get her bakery. She’s quite an interesting character, clearly with brains and a bit of a sassy attitude at times. And also stubborn, she can be very stubborn.


Wonderland has a fantastic cast of colourful characters, though the talking animals are a little weird to get used to, mixed with human characters. The setting is delightfully done, it’s very whimsical, very creative, though because of the fanciful nature, I did find it rather hard to picture.


As Catherine schemes to find ways to open her bakery and convince her parents that’s what she wants, as well as ducking the attention of the King, dealing with dances and parties and high society life, she finds herself drawn to the charms of Jest, the Court Joker. They hit it off immediately.


Which of course sends warning bells, at least to me, because as I said early, it’s obvious that something is going to go wrong. And on top of Cath falling more and more for Jest, who introduces her to the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, and other Wonderland characters, there’s a beast attacking the land of Hearts, the Jabberwock, which seems to attack at large gatherings, and the King of Hearts doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it.


It did feel a little long winded and kind of repetitive. A circle of Cath trying to deal with her feelings for Jest as well as dealing with her mother pushing her towards the king, and trying to find ways to open this bakery when the parents just are not budging. With a Jabberwock thrown in for a few good battle scenes. Though it was nearly 75% in before it got to a have to know what happens next. It did get quite dark and somewhat twisted just before the end. Beautifully written, but something was missing for me.


I didn’t love it, I liked it. A little predictable in parts, but still left an - ah, so that’s how it happened.


Thank you to Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for approving my request to view the title.

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text 2016-08-12 17:24
DNF: A Court of Mist and Fury
A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas

I made it to 400 pages and I'm now at the point where I'm cringing when I look at my paperback because I STILL have another 200 pages plus to finish. Not happening, its long winded and boring and I'm starting to loathe the main character. Calling it quits on this series. 

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review 2016-06-27 11:35
Review: The Problem with Forever
The Problem with Forever - Jennifer L. Armentrout

I received a copy from Netgalley.


I pre ordered this ages ago, but of course jumped at the chance when I saw the title pop up on Netgalley.


The novel tells the story of Mallory, who grew up in a terrible foster home with fellow foster child Ryder, after one really bad incident the authorities were involved and they were separated. Mallory was adopted by a couple of doctors who loved and cherished her. Though as a result of the terrible things that happened in foster care Mallory almost never talks. She’s gone through extensive therapy and is now in a good place with her new parents who adore her and after a few years of home schooling, she’s ready for high school.


It’s a gigantic step for Mallory who is only really comfortable with a small handful of people. She has a best friend Ainsley, who’s also home schooled and very supportive. I loved Mallory right off, there was something about her tone that was very real and very honest and so easy to understand. There was a big emotional impact in this book as well. I can’t even say what it was, the first 50 pages or so had me misty eyed immediately. When Mallory goes to school she is reunited with Ryder, the boy who protected her and looked after her in foster care.


The novel deals with some hard issues – the abuse Mallory and Ryder dealt with, the horrible foster parents and the event that lead to the authorities becoming involved and the aftermath. Also with Mallory’s trauma as she adjust to high school - speaking to people, dealing with mean girls, making friends, the cafeteria. And dealing with having to see Ryder again. Mallory has also challenged herself to take a public speaking class. Which has its ups and down and is a huge step for a girl who can hardly cope with speaking to people at the best of times.


It was all very good, very emotional. It was very easy to get lost in this story as Mallory and Ryder reconnect and work through their feelings for each other. Ryder believes he wasn’t so lucky as Mallory after they were separated, he wound up in a group home, which actually seems pretty decent. He’s made friends and the lady who is in charge is hardworking and nice. Though while Mallory is looking to college Ryder is still mixed with some pretty dark stuff and doesn’t see much prospects for himself after high school.


Mallory goes through some incredible character growth and transformations as she gets comfortable with high school and learns how to cope and deal with her own emotions from worry to romantic feels for Ryder to fear of dealing with Ryder’s former mean girl girlfriend.


Parental involvement from Mallory’s parents was pretty incredible. They talk regularly and openly, though they are not without their faults, Mallory like any other teenager has her indiscretions and arguments. Very realistic and nice to see some good parental involvement rather than absentee parents or one parent out of the picture like in so many YA novels.


My only particular issue with this which is why it was a four star rather than a five star was the whole Ryder/Mallory romance while as sweet as it was, it was rather preditcable and a little repetitive. Mallory’s parents had their own issues with Mallory seeing Ryder and Ryder’s college prospects (after he turns out to be a brilliant artist but still can’t see any future for himself) the same points came up more than a few times. The end did make me cry a bit.


Other than that, a very good, very moving and emotional read.


Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin UK for approving my request to view the title.


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