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review 2017-09-21 05:35
Spiders in Space
Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky

I bought the book based on the blurb thinking I had an idea of what the story was about. Well...I wasn't entirely wrong but had I known it was partly about a race of giant, intelligent spiders I probably wouldn't have picked it up because a) I really can't stand the beasts and b) it would have sounded too ridiculous for my taste. However, I started to read it and once I realised what was going on I somehow wanted to find it silly but I couldn't, I got entirely drawn in. The civilisation building was amazing - I'm always in awe of someone who can imagine something like that. It did drag a little in places but I think that was just because I wanted to find out what was going to happen. When it came to the show-down I couldn't decide who I wanted to win. It felt like a mixture of Doctor Who's Planet of the Spiders mixed with The Face of Evil episodes (yes, I am a Doctor Who fan) add some Rama to it and finish it all off with Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora and still it had a flavour all of its own. Fantastic!

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review 2017-09-05 02:54
Title: Prowl (Nothing Else Matters But Survival Book 2)
Prowl (Nothing Else Matters But Survival Book 2) - Stephanie Nicole Norris

Title: Prowl 2

Author:  Deidra D. S. Green & Stephanie Nicole Norris

Publisher: D.D.S & S.N.N.

Series: Nothing Else Matters But Survival Book 2

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"Prowl 2" by Deidra D. S. Green & Stephanie Nicole Norris


My Thoughts....


This series is getting more exciting as it is moving along at a good pace to keep you turning the pages to see what will happen next.  Believe me when I say these ladies...Brooklyn, Symone, Drew and Leah who are 'smart, sassy and strong'  know how to keep the readers interest. Will they be able to pull off this 'grand international heist' and remain undetected?  Well, I guess we will find out even more from the next series in this gripping story with some friendship/family relationship that seems off the chart in this intriguing, mystery thriller and suspenseful read.

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review 2017-08-22 20:47
Mildly amusing book.
Brit-Think, Ameri-Think: A Transatlantic Survival Guide - Jane Walmsley

Picked this book up on a whim since it was a bargain book. I've seen this book around and thought it would be a "cute" and different read but it's probably only for a very niche group of people. Supposedly author Walmsley wrote a whimsical, irreverent guide to the differences between how people in the US think and how British people think.


Everything from language to customs to pop culture are all covered. There are moments that are quite amusing and worth a giggle but it's mostly not incredibly funny or interesting. As other reviews note the book is out of date (or at least my version is) but I'd imagine that if you or someone you know has spent a good deal of time in either country you might recognize some of the bits here.


Might be a good book for a couple who is in a trans-Atlantic relationship or someone who is studying abroad, staying long term in one of the countries, etc. But it's not compelling and it wouldn't be on the top of my list as a good pick for a gift. Library if you're interested but I wouldn't make a huge effort to read it either.

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review 2017-08-18 17:08
Weathering the storm
Wonderstruck - Brian Selznick

I was totally charmed by Wonderstruck because I went into it totally blind as to what it contained. I had a clue from the bolt of lightning on the front cover but even that was just a tiny portion of this stellar novel. The reader follows a boy on a journey from his small town into the bustling metropolis of New York City as he tries to find a clue to his origin story. Once again we are treated to detailed illustrations of not only the New York of the 1970s but of the 1920s as well. And a large part of the novel takes place in one of my favorite places in NYC: The American Museum of Natural History. There's a description of early museums and cabinets of curiosities (look out for a post in the future about this in more detail) which entrance as well as educate. Selznick explores Deaf culture, survival against all odds, and how we are all connected to one another. There is a grounding in true historical events which lends an extra dimension to the narrative. 10/10


Source: Brain Pickings

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-07-31 11:48
Review: When I am Through With You
When I Am Through with You - Stephanie Kuehn

I received a copy from Penguin First To Read


I really loved the last book I read by this author, and was really looking forward to this new one. After reading it, initially I gave it a four star rating, I really liked the main character, but found the twist in the novel quite disappointing. And after thinking about how to review it for more than a week after I finished, I realised I just didn’t like it that much at all. So I’ve lowered the rating to a two star.


The main character Ben is in jail for killing his girlfriend Rose. There’s something really compelling about Ben’s voice. He makes no apologies for his actions. He’s quite blunt in some respects, but in others almost quite passive and pessimistic. Calls himself a realist, but it’s almost quite depressing. He’s from a small town he never sees himself getting out of. He spends most of his time taking care of his mother who suffers from injuries from a car wreck and depression. He doesn’t see much prospect of ever getting out of his small town, thinking he’ll be stuck taking care of his mom for the foreseeable future and being stuck with minimum wage jobs.  Though you do get the impression he could be quite intelligent if he puts his mind to it.


When he meets a girl called Rose who decides she’s going to be his girlfriend, things change for him. Can’t say I really liked Rose much. She’s a drama queen who has to have things her way. When this book started I had plenty of ideas for how he may have killed her and the why was almost understandable.


The bulk of the story is a camping trip gone wrong. Ben and a group of other students heading up to a local mountain range. Ben suffers from debilitating migraines as a result of the same car accident that injured his mom. There’s also hints of something he did to cause the accident, also that he killed his step-father. This is all explained in context as the novel progresses. It goes to explaining some of his pessimistic personality.


There’s a handful of other kids on the camping trip, two stoners/drinkers, Rose and her brother, a girl Ben is sort of friends with, a few others and a nice teacher who seems to be the only adult encouraging Ben to do something with his life. At some point while separated from the main group Ben, the other girl and the two stoner/drinkers stumble across another group of campus. A creepy old man and two weird women with him. Someone’s heard a story about escaped convicts and boat loads of hidden cash. The weather is getting worse.


And things start going wrong very quickly. But it takes an incredibly long time (or it seems like) for anything to actually happen. It’s very slow and when things finally start happening, it’s…like…eh. The actual killing of Rose was nothing like I had been picturing when thinking of the start of the novel. It felt rather anticlimactic.


Despite Ben’s shifting personality from pessimistic to passive aggressive, I did find his tone of voice incredibly compelling. Even though the story was gloomy and rather boring, there was something about Ben’s telling of it that made it a quick read to want to know what happened but in the end it was all rather disappointing.


Looking forward to the author’s next book, but didn’t really like this one much.

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