I literally finished this by reading from 10:30 - 11:30 last night, woke up at 7 in the morning and finished off the rest of this in forty minutes. Yep, I’m proud.
I want to reach back into my history with a grade-school pink eraser, scrubbing away my decisions like mistakes on a math test. Too bad I drew my mistakes in ink.
Open Road Summer sounded like a fluffy read to me, and I was really happy when I found out that it was more than that. This story is really character driven! This story had a lot of things that a lot of YA contemporary doesn’t really have.
But, I am going to say that with Reagan, I liked her, but at times she just perceived things the way she wanted to and completely refused to listen to anyone or anything afterwards. At times I thought that she was plain rude and insensitive.
Dee lets out an impressive wolf whistle, which sets off the whole crowd even louder. I wish all the skanks would just sit down so I could see.
I understand that she is a girl who’s broken, but seriously? At some points, all I was reading was this: “I’m too good for all these skanks—sorry girls. Oh, wait, the only girl that matters is my best friend Dee.” Well, she didn’t really say it like that, she said it in a more different way . . .
They woo-hoo and clap like banshees on nitrous oxide. The people who scream for Dee are teenage girls and younger. But with Matt, the girls howl like a bunch of starving street cats about to get table scraps. It’s unseemly.
Get over yourself, Reagan.
But at the same time, if you look past Reagan (thankfully, the story moves from beyond her) you see so many things on Dee and Reagan’s friendship. It’s the best thing in this book. Not the relationship (although I wouldn’t mind Matt Finch being real) the friendship!
. . . being truly happy is an impossible puzzle, one I’m not meant to figure out. If you have a best friend you can laugh with and a few good songs, you’re more than halfway there.
Dee’s life is shown so realistically, and I thought that Emery Lord actually had some real life experiences with the entertainment world, but it’s just that this author has really put effort in this book. I really like the dedication that they showed she had in this book, and I can’t wait to read more by her! :D
Overall, Open Road Summer is a great summer read that makes you really feel and remember a lot of your close friends and has some great character development! I would recommend this to people who want to read something more character driven. If you are a person who can’t stand main characters that can get rude and annoying, then I guess you should give this a pass.
Thanks for reading my review everyone, and I hope you have a great day! :D
Published 24 February 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
Number of pages: 305
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ I really liked it
"Jo Atkins’ sixteenth year was disastrous: she lost her dad, was assaulted by a stranger, and then had her heart broken. For the last twenty-five years, she’s believed that nothing could ever be as bad again.
She was wrong.
Now, still smarting from her recent divorce, pretty, self-effacing Jo finally gathers the courage to enter the dating scene. She meets Claudio, whom she vaguely remembers from her youth, but after a few dates decides he’s creepy and politely tells him ‘thanks but no thanks’.
But Claudio has no intention of letting her go.
Instead of never seeing him again, Jo wakes up sick and terrified, handcuffed to her own bed. She is given a week to prove her love for Claudio—or he will kill her.
Claudio, it turns out, is a man with nothing left to lose.
The Venus Trap tackles the emotional impact of divorce, the perils of modern dating and the age-old powers of lust and obsession."
"The Venus Trap" is a tense psychological thriller by Louise Voss, and the blurb for this title says it all very accurately.
I utterly enjoyed this book and the tension and retrospective analysis the main character, Jo, goes through during her captivity.
The story is narrated through the point of view of Jo, in the present, and further explored through one of her old diaries and her recollections - all of the complex events that have led to her current situation, with Claudio.
It was very easy to identify with Jo; a flawed human being who is forced to evaluate her life, the mistakes she made and what she lost - hindsight is definitely 20/20!
Louise Voss's writing is impeccable and thoroughly engaging.
Louise Voss was born and raised in Salisbury, England.
She began her writing career in the mid-1990s when, while living in New York, she enrolled in a creative writing course. Her first novel, "To Be Someone", was published in 2001 by Transworld, and was the first book to come with its own CD soundtrack. This was followed by three more contemporary women’s fiction novels until she switched to writing thrillers with Mark Edwards in 2011.
She and Mark were the first UK self-published authors to reach #1 on the Amazon charts with "Catch Your Death". Their fifth co-written novel, "From the Cradle", was published last year (2014) by Thomas & Mercer.
Louise currently lives and writes near Hampton Court, UK.
She is an avid tennis player, knitter, singer, upcycler and jewellery-maker, and adds that she can stand on her head and write backwards. Although not at the same time.
Her website is www.vossandedwards.com
Published 3 February 2015 by DarkFuse
Number of pages: 235
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ I really liked it
Holland's a man who's good with death. Good at death.
When his daughter goes missing, he finds himself pitted in a deadly game against the Gods themselves. Powerful enemies surround him—a changeling, a mage, and a god who wants to destroy the world.
With silver bullets in his gun and death on his mind, Holland aims to set things right...or die trying.
For the captors of Holland’s daughter, death is not only on it’s way, it’s in their very possession as Holland's daughter isn't just a girl...in fact, she's barely mortal at all...
She's Ankou, Death's daughter, and she's not an easy mark.
The battleground has been set, the world’s at stake, and all Hell is about the break loose.
Masters of Blood and Bone is an epic clash between good and evil, life versus death, Gods against mortals, a timeless story of power and corruption and one man’s pursuit to protect what he loves at any cost."
Craig Saunders's "Masters of Blood and Bone" is a dark fantasy mystery thriller, where men, mages and Gods collide, and it had me captivated from the very first chapter:
"It's impossible to fake being a wizard. You can fake many, many things: Tans, orgasms, speeding car and fart noises for small children.
But true wizards are not prestidigitators, just as books are not lies. They are magic.
Greed, violence, love, compassion and innocence are weaved masterfully by the author in a gloomy, atmospheric, supernatural, magical and mysterious world.
The writing style is clean and crisp, with enough detail to set your imagination towards the right path, whilst allowing it to roam free and create its own detailed picture - which I find very effective.
No graphic guts and gore, but some strong language.
The chapters are short and snappy.
I found myself laughing out-loud on several occasions, thanks to the regular deadpan humour delivered through the main character, Holland.
An utterly enjoyable and memorable read, and an author to watch out for.
[ARC received via Netgalley]