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review 2017-12-12 18:00
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

Lucy doesn’t like Joshua. Joshua doesn’t like Lucy. Whilst she is nice to everyone, except him, he appears nice to no one. The trouble is they both work in the same office. Across from each other. So the work days are spent playing games, the staring game, the HR game and the hating game. One day things take a turn. A new job has been announced and both Lucy and Joshua are candidates. Lucy has to either win the game or resign….

 

I picked this book up to take a quick look and I was soon caught up in the story. The writing style, humour from the outset and well drawn characters instantly appealed. I could tell that the book would be fun and it was. It’s the sign of a good book when the reader is sad that they have to say goodbye to the characters. Such was the case with The Hating Game.

 

Set in an unnamed city, and very much character based, the book is peppered with humour. I often found myself smiling and giggling throughout and often laughing out loud, or at least trying to contain those laughs whilst out in public. The banter between Lucy and Joshua is a pleasure to read.

 

The characters are all wonderfully portrayed, each one adding something to the story. Lucy is diminutive, a caring person with wild hair and the desire to make people like her. She is ultimately lonely, missing her parents, who also add witty scenes to the novel. Joshua is grumpy, tormenting and tactiturn and is fabulous to read. The reader is aware that there is more to the relationship between Lucy and Joshua than the characters would admit. As the story progresses it is highly entertaining to watch that relationship progress and alter.

 

Whilst it may be apparent to some how the story will end, for me it was not about the ending, it was about the journey there. I had immense fun reading The Hating Game. It is a book to just sit down with and enjoy.

 

Books are written for a variety of reasons and read for a variety more. Sometimes we want information, sometimes to be challenged. And sometimes we want to be entertained. To be caught up in a story for a short while and just have fun. And The Hating Game is such a book.

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text 2017-12-12 13:05
NEW Ozzie Novak Thriller Game ON by John W. Mefford | Author
Game ON (An Ozzie Novak Thriller, Book 2) (Redemption Thriller Series) (Volume 14) - John W. Mefford

NEW Ozzie Novak Thriller 
Game ON by John W. Mefford | Author
(Book 2) (Redemption Thriller Series) 

'Will Ozzie be able to save the daughter he never knew existed? This one will have you biting your nails waiting to find out.' reviews Miki's Hope​

'Ozzie will travel where ever he needs to in order to save his daughter. Plenty of twists and action going on. Pretty much an edge of your seats story. Another great addition to Mefford's saga.' reviews Espacular Aiesa​

NEW RELEASE....

A callous prank or a deadly test of conviction?

Ozzie has known one life -- his adoptive life. Until he received the letter.

Could there be another family member out there?

Ten years have passed. Too much has changed.

But blood runs deep.

It's a twisted game of riddles. And a girl's life is on the line.

Ozzie can't deny the connection. But is it all just a cold-blooded trick?

Ozzie won't stop…can't stop until he finds her.

The yakuza have made their mark. But what other forces are in play?

For Ozzie, it's a test unlike any other. Pass, and he saves a life he never knew existed. Fail, and death will swallow her whole.

Will cruelty finally win out?

And can Ozzie risk everything to trust Alex Troutt to help?

Blood will be spilled. Blood will be imbibed. But whose blood will it be?

Buy Game ON now

Find out more on the book, series and author here....
https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/game-on-ozzie-novak-thriller-book-2.html 

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text 2017-12-11 16:18
Reading progress update: I've read 138 out of 278 pages.
The Dying Game - Asa Avdic

reads like a dream, so I knocked off a big stack of pages this morning! the whole mood of the book is quite different than what I was expecting--two key mother/daughter relationships being explored, plus a friendship that had fizzled has taken awkward steps forward, as two people are reunited on the island where they and others face strange, psychological tests. the first murder has occurred---I say "first murder" because I would suspect another, more alarming, death may be coming. or, if not, we'll see where this goes. reminds me a bit of the films Mindhunters, and The Osterman Weekend, with some Agatha Christie thrown in. I like it.

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text 2017-12-10 16:44
Reading progress update: I've read 2 out of 278 pages.
The Dying Game - Asa Avdic

okay, I don't quite know what I'm getting myself into here...but it seems that aspects of this weird book are Espionage-related because the central characters are on an island competing for a position in a top-secret Intelligence organization. plus, this is going to be a Murder Mystery, when there's a--whaddayacallit--um, murder, on the island. plus it's Science Fiction because I am being transported to Sweden in the year 2037--a very different Sweden, affected by the fact that in the world presented, the Soviet Union did not fall. hmmm, a bit of everything, but at least a little of my Spy fixation this month should be satisfied!

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review 2017-12-10 06:45
Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Mad Hatter's Late Night Tea Party (manga, vol. 2) story by QuinRose, art by Riko Sakura, translated by Angela Liu
Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Mad Hatter's Late Night Tea Party, Vol. 02 - QuinRose,Riko Sakura

Alice comes back to find Blood threatening Julius. She refuses to go back to the mansion with him but does agree to visit. When she visits, she, Elliot, and the twins decide to have a picnic lunch together (Blood is too "tired" to go). Blood

deals with some rival mafia, but not before Alice is kidnapped as bait. She's sure she isn't important enough to Blood for him to come get her, but he does. After that, he finally explains who Vivaldi is to him. The volume ends with Alice trying to figure out what Blood's "type" is: she's worried she's too young-looking for him, not sexy enough.

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This was a vast improvement over volume 1, but it was still essentially a rehash of the first English-translated Alice in the Country of Hearts release and at least one other entry in the franchise that I can't currently recall.

This felt like someone looked at the first volume and said "we need a do-over." The beginning even recapped how Alice arrived in Wonderland. It was kind of weird, actually.

This had nicer artwork than the first volume, but story-wise it still crammed a lot into one volume. For example, there were little creepy bits that indicated that Peter and Nightmare were teaming up to keep Alice in Wonderland, steering her to the point of taking her ability to choose away from her. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough space to both include this stuff and also explain it, so I imagine it'd be terribly confusing to newbies. Actually, I'd only recommend this to Alice in the County of completists like myself.

Am I done with this franchise yet? I think I have a little more to go, but it'd be nice to know how much. I feel like I need a guide of some kind.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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