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review 2015-04-13 07:50
The Yellow Wood
The Yellow Wood - Melanie Tem

This turned out to be a completely different novel than I expected. I somehow thought it would be a suspense novel, probably the wood thingy that gave me that impression. However, I never expected it to be a family saga.

 

Alexandra goes back to her father Alexander after 30-something years because he's dying and her siblings would like her to come. Then she finds out he's been experimenting on them since they were young children.

 

Although it was a fast and not unentertaining read, it did fell short for me. It was never really engaging, nor was I really curious to find out more about the family. I didn't like any of the family members. I was a little disappointed.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-01-08 23:06
The Yellow Wood by Melanie Tem
The Yellow Wood - Melanie Tem

 recieved this ARC from Netgalley and this is my honest review of it.

The maincharacter (Alexandra) returns to see her estranged father (Alexander.after her siblings nag her about it. She was always his favorite they tell her.

I cant really say more about what happens since ended up having to DNF this one.I just couldnt go on reading.


From the blurb I thought it would be more exciting.But I got a family drama with large passages of tedious internal monologuing.

It all felt so pretentious from the actual plot to the characters.

I had expected more magic-both in the story and in the Writing.

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text 2015-01-08 17:24
TBR Thursday #22
Storm Siren - Mary Weber
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book One - Paige McKenzie,Alyssa B. Sheinmel
The Dead Hamlets - Peter Roman
The Yellow Wood - Melanie Tem
1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover's Life List - Mimi Sheraton
Twenty Trillion Leagues Under The Sea - Mahendra Singh,Adam Roberts
Grimm Memories (Grimm Tales Book 2) - Janna Jennings,Erica Crouch
Henshin - J. M. Ken Niimura
Mind the Gap, Volume 1: Intimate Strangers - Rodin Esquejo (Artist), Jim McCann, Sonia Oback (Artist)
The Ghost of Sephera (Theodore Crane) (Volume 2) - J. D. Tew,Scott Spotson,J Caleb Clark

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...

 

Remember when I stated I didn't want to add new books to the TBR pile this year?

 

Well, there's something I need to admit. I failed miserably this week. So, here are some of the lousy excuses I've come up with to help myself feel better about it.

1) The publishers returned from their Christmas breaks and approved a lot of my older requests, so it's basically not THIS weeks mistake...

2) Some publishers just presented their new Netgalley books and there were a few books I just didn't want to miss out on...

3) I need to study all day (damn you bloody exams) and searching for/finding books is such a good way to come to rest afterwards (I'll worry later about when to read them).

 

Flawless argumentation! (But I really hope there will be less books next week or I'll never be able to read them all)

 

Reading has been great though. I've already finished 6 books this year and I think another one will follow tonight.

 

TBR pile currently stands at 275. (+12)

(Netgalley ARCs at 109 (+9))

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