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Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #12)

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It’s been so long since I read a Sookie Stackhouse novel I had started to think that I actually didn’t really like them anymore as much as I did previously. Turns out I just needed a break. I think I just slightly overdosed on them as I tended to read one after another there for a while so thankfully this one made me fall in love with Sookie and her whole world all over again.

It had the slight issues that I remember the previous few books having but whether they had got a bit better or I just didn’t find them as annoying I’m not sure but they definitely didn’t bother me as much anyway. It took the story a little while to get going, sometimes Sookie did stupid things and sometimes I wanted to scream at the men in her life but these were all forgivable.

I enjoyed the storyline with the fae in Hooligans as I loved hearing about all these other types of creatures that we only learn little bits about from time to time. Claude and Dermot always amused me with their unpredictable antics and reactions. I especially like Dermot as he just is so sweet and loving towards Sookie. She needs someone who has no ulterior motive for loving her in her life.

The Eric storyline disappointed me though as we didn’t see too much of him and the bits we did see were just not altogether too nice. I was always a fan of Eric and was always rooting for him and Sookie to get together and stay together but now… not so much. I was leaning towards Bill but Sam is just such a sweetheart if only she would see sense and let Sam have a shot. The next book is the last book as far as I know so looking forward to it and going to be a little sad all at the same time. It’s always nice to reach a conclusion in a series but it’s always a little sad to say goodbye to characters you’ve been reading about for so long.

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Book Review

 

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1984 by George Orwell

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Hmm… Okay so I’m sure that many people have gone before me and wrote extremely intelligent reviews about how this book is so timeless and still relates to the present worlds politics and how it’s so well written for its time and basically just how wonderful it is but I’m not going to write a review like that. I was disappointed to be honest.

I found the characters to be lacking any interesting personality traits. The whole concept of the world they were living in was confusing a lot of the time and I hated the ending. The ending usually makes or breaks a book for me. I personally like things to be tied up nice and neatly with all subplots and major plots alike come to complete close. Only if the book is one in a series do I tolerate anything else. So I did not enjoy the ending of this book.

Of course there were good things about this book too, it wouldn’t make it onto dozens of best books lists if there weren’t some appealing things about it. I liked the fact that it was written in 1948 about the future, 1984 obviously, and how the author had come up with this possible world we could have all been living in. I’m not sure if you can call it a post-apocalyptic or dystopian future as there doesn’t seem to have been any major disaster or pandemic but it is a completely different world all the same so it’s definitely post-something.

I don’t know, I’m actually trying really hard to think of something else good to write about this novel but I’m failing miserably. I feel like because it’s such a classic that I should like it but I apologise to any Orwell fans out there as this was a brutal disappointment in my eyes. There were too many confusing twists, the whole Party ideal was ridiculous and also extremely confusing at the best of times (don’t get me started on DOUBLETHINK) and the characters lacked appeal.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Book Review

 

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Virginia Day Zero by Sean Cregan

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This is short but not so sweet. It’s a short story that the author was going to include in his novel named Day Zero showing a different point of view of the same day but he ended up leaving it out for pretty clear reasons. It wasn’t that interesting.

The two characters that the book centers around are Murphy and Rory, two brothers, who find themselves being attacked by alien creatures invading their town. We don’t learn too much about them and there’s no need because they die at the end. Sorry if I ruined it for you but my opinion is that I just saved you the bother of wasting twenty minutes of your life reading something you’ll regret. Trust me.

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Book Review

 

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (Forest of Hands and Teeth #1)

Cover of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth"

Cover of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Hmm… I’m kind of in two minds about this book to be honest. I read it pretty quickly which usually means I enjoyed it but I have to say I’m left feeling more than a little disappointed. I know there’s a follow up book but from what I can see it isn’t going to be centered around the same characters. This just annoys me. I hate when authors just tell half a story and leave the rest to your imagination. Don’t be lazy Ms Ryan finish your books properly!

There were good things about this book though, the main one being the world that the book is set in. It reminded me of that film by M Night Shyamalan, The Village, it had a very similar story actually with there being a village surrounded by a forest and none of the villagers were allowed to leave. I found that part interesting to learn how this little village ran and survived completely isolated from the rest of the world.

The part when the village was breached and Mary and her group had to escape down the path that no one was ever allowed to venture down before. I was really intrigued as to where the path would lead and how the story would develop but ultimately it all ends in disappointment. The author ends the book without telling us anything. Mary wakes up on a beach and gets to see the ocean. Big deal. Then there’s some random man killing the zombies who tells her pretty much nothing except that he lives in a lighthouse at the end of the beach. Oh and the ocean has tides. Shocker.

Also I didn’t like the main character.

Think my mind is fairly made up at this stage. I didn’t really like it.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Book Review

 

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