Monday, 14 August 2017

Review of Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

"Despite their differences, Erika and Clementine have been best friends since they were children. So when Erika needs help, Clementine should be the obvious person to turn to. Or so you'd think.

For Clementine, as a mother of a two desperately trying to practise for the audition of a lifetime, the last thing she needs is Erika asking for something, again.

But the barbecue should be the perfect way to forget their problems for a while. Especially when their hosts, Vid and Tiffany, are only too happy to distract them.

Which is how it all spirals out of control..."



This is the first book I have read by Liane and it definitely won't be my last. I loved the way that it built up to what actually happened at the barbecue and that the chapters skipped from the day of the barbecue to other days. I also enjoyed that the story was written from the perspectives of the different characters. 

It takes ages to find out what actually happened at the barbecue and it changed the lives of all the characters that were there. With there being such a build up to what happened it made me really frustrated but in a good way. The build up made me really think that what happened was going to be shocking but in a way I felt kind of let down. 

The character I loved the most was Erika and the IVF storyline really hit me hard. Some of the dialogue about this subject is so well written and it depicts the negative feelings associated with it. "There were probably times when I was complaining about the girls and you were thinking, Oh for God's sake, shut up Clementine, don't you know how lucky you are?" Erika lies in response to her friend to protect her feelings. 

The characters are so well written even with all the flaws. There are times when I loved the characters and times when I hated them. 

I did really enjoy this book and would definitely recommend this book to others. 

5/5 stars

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Review of The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

"Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy - a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men. But inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist mysteries: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. She knows that her family moved to the close-knit island of Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And she knows, when her father is discovered dead shortly thereafter, that he was murdered.

In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father's possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, delivers a hidden truth. The tree might hold the key to her father's murder - or it may lure the murderer directly to Faith herself."


Definitely shouldn't judge a book by its cover. I saw the posters in a local book store and fell in love with the gorgeous cover. So finally managed to borrow a copy and I wish I hadn't. Don't get me wrong. The story had so much promise and wasn't the worst book I have ever read but sometimes the writing left a lot to be desired and I found myself reading some lines repeatedly and even reading them out loud and asking my partner what things meant. When even he couldn't understand some parts I got annoyed with it. 


I got to the point where I would just put the book down and do anything other than carry on. I hate giving up on books so persisted till the end. In a way I'm glad I did as the story picked up within the last few chapters but then parts of it seemed really rushed.


2/5 stars

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Review of How the Cow Jumped Over the Moon by Sally Huss

"In this book you'll meet a very stubborn, bored, and uninspired cow. She is steadfast in her determination not to try something new. She is amusingly invited to join one animal after the next in an adventure with them, but sticks to her old habits. It is not until a chicken encourages her to jump over the moon that she decides to change her ways. 

All in rhyme, and all with a smile, this story is one to delight every child, and subtly spark the spirit of adventure within them. It emphasizes the importance of trying something new -- to be adventurous -- in the most whimsical way.

-- Charmingly illustrated in bright and happy colors. 
-- Your child will want to read along and encourage the young the cow to try something. Great fun!"

How the cow jumped over the moon is a story for children about trying something new. All the animals asked the cow to try something new but the cow just wanted to stay in his field and chew as that's all he thought he could do. Until the chicken persuaded him to try something new. 

The book also has a lot of repetition and rhymes which helps children to remember the story. Even though some of the rhymes didn't flow that well. 

3/5 stars

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Review of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

"You can’t stop the future. 
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. 

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever."

I've had this book on my to read list for years. I've even had a copy of this book for years but wasn't sure when to get around to it. As soon as Netflix advertised the series I knew I'd have to read it. It's only a quick read. I was expecting so much from this book but felt that it didn't really deliver.

Hannah's character seems to think she's the victim throughout the book but towards the end she's as bad as some of the people she blames. She also don't seem to care about how her actions affect others, especially as she uses people to get what she wants. She also annoyed me as she don't take responsibility for any of her actions.

I did like the ending with Skye. Even though it don't give you a reason as to why he wants to talk to her it gives readers the chance to come to their own conclusions.

I also liked the comparison to a snowball. How all the little things snowballed together.

3/5 stars

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Review of Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

"A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience."

It was an awesome book to end an awesome trilogy. There were times throughout when I put the book down to have a break and had to reread some parts I had already read as some parts were forgettable.

There were some parts throughout the book that were quite repetitive and didn't add much to the overall story. I did find myself getting bored a few times as the narrative did drag at times.

The photos are so beautiful, even if a little creepy. It is easy to picture the places without the pictures and found that sometimes the pictures I had of places were so different to what the pictures depicted.

The development of Jacob's character was well written and I hated the decision he had to make.

The ending was amazing and I now love the relationship between Jacob and Emma.

4/5 stars

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Review of Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

"This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises."

*Spoilers*

I already got book 3 ready to read next. I need to know what happens. The last few chapters are pretty awesome and left me wondering about Jacob's new found ability. Just confused as to how he seemed to learn it all through a dream. I still found the relationship between Jacob and Emma weird. But her telling him to go got me emotional which I didn't expect. There are parts of this book that seemed to drag and I would put the book down for a while. However there were parts that were amazing and that I was able to zoom through. The photos are also beautiful even if they are creepy. Definitely better than book one.

4/5 stars

Friday, 12 May 2017

Review of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

"A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive."

I'd heard so much about this book so when I saw it was on offer I had to get a copy. I like the uniqueness of this book. The photos add to the narrative and some of them are so beautiful, yet some of them are creepy.

The 'relationship' between Emma and Jacob is weird.

But for some reason the story fell short of my expectations. The writing was slow and the story was dragged on. However the last few chapters built up the story ready for the next book. I will finish the trilogy just to see what happens.

3/5 stars

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriartya

"Joni, Trina, Deb and Eden.

Best friends since the first day of school. Best friends, they liked to say, forever.

But now they are in their thirties and real life - husbands, children, work - has got in the way. So, resurrecting their annual trip away, Joni has an idea, something to help them reconnect.

Each woman will write an anonymous letter, sharing with their friends the things that are really going on in their lives.

But as the confessions come tumbling out, Joni starts to feel the certainty of their decades-long friendships slip from her fingers.

Anger. Accusations. Desires. Deceit.

And then she finds another letter. One that was never supposed to be read. A fifth letter. Containing a secret so big that its writer had tried to destroy it. And now Joni is starting to wonder, did she ever really know her friends at all?"


This is my first book I have read of Nicola's and didn't take too long to read. I could relate to Joni the most throughout the book and did feel sorry for her mid way through the book.

I did like the fact that she told the story in a confession as it was different and worked well even if it did seem to go on forever. Sometimes I found the speech to be rather basic and it sounded like teenagers talking and not women in their thirties. On occasion I found myself losing track of who was actually talking. I also found myself flicking back through the book so work out who was who. I sometimes got confused between Deb and Eden.

2/5 stars

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Review of Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks

"At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear...and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding—one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined."

OMGOSH!!! Where do I start???

As a huge fan Nicholas Sparks books I was looking forward to his latest novel. However I came away rather confused. It is so different from his earlier books. Sometimes a change is needed but I don't think it worked.

At times I did feel sorry for Russ but then found myself wanting to shout at him and tell him to stand up for himself when Vivian was always trying to get what she wanted. I hated her character so much, she was so manipulative.

There were so many inconsistencies that I threw the book down with annoyance quite a few times. for example;

"They've got some good programs for kids, including tennis. Its three days a week at nine in the morning." pg. 76

Then...

"And starting next week, tennis camp, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at eight" pg. 85

Seriously...what time is Tennis camp?

Also "On Monday, London's last day of school before winter break"

Next page "Tuesday, December twenty second was London's last day of school before winter break"

Really...

On the plus side I did love London and Marge. London seemed like such a sweet girl. I did question at times who was watching her though when Russ was out running and there was no one home with her when she was asleep.

I will admit I did cry when it came to Marge. She was such a witty character.

Credit to Sparks, he still knows how to pull at heartstrings. I think I must cry at all his books.

3/5 stars