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Somewhere In Between by Ruth Gilligan

Oh dear… That’s two poor books in a row now I’m in a bad way. I need something with a lot of zombies or at the very least an apocalypse of some kind. Unfortunately I have an inability to quit reading a book once I’ve began unless it is an atrocity of epic proportions so alas I’ve had to finish out the last two books I’ve read even though sometimes I very much wanted to throw them at the wall.

The thing about this author is that I actually admire her as she is a young female writer from Ireland however her first two books were just not her best work. She wrote these when she was quite young and I feel that it really shows. I read this book along with her first novel when I was much younger and I really enjoyed them back then but with a slightly more mature outlook I see a lot of major flaws. The book is once again set in South Dublin, an extremely affluent area of Ireland. It is known in Ireland for producing quite arrogant spoilt teenagers who think themselves better than everyone just because of their address. I’m not saying all people who live there are like this but I have personally came across many who like to holiday where I live in Ireland and let’s just say they can be at best very very rude and at worst violent, dangerous thugs. This book does NOTHING to change anyone’s opinion about this area, if anything it solidifies this belief.

The characters are all spoilt teenagers who have just finished their final exams in secondary school and are embarking on their last summer of freedom before college starts. Mostly this consists of using mammy and daddy’s money to go drinking every weekend, go on holidays and then do some more drinking. I hate that Ireland has this awful drink culture and reading a book like this makes me angry. It glorifys being drunk and drinking until you are absolutely incoherent. This is NOT something that you HAVE to do on a night out ok? Shockingly it is possible to go out and have fun without being so drunk you can’t stand. Ughhhh I just hate this attitude towards drink in Ireland that a lot of people seem to have. It’s as if you have to drink to be part of the crowd. You don’t. Be different.

Rant over. Other than that major issue the storyline had it’s ups and downs. The anorexia issue was interesting in so far as you got to see how someone’s mind works with that condition but it was also frustrating as I struggled to sympathise much with Chloe she was so unlikeable. Most of the characters were not very nice people to be honest and I struggle to remember any that I felt some kind of empathy with. Sam, maybe.

I need something with zombies to cheer me up after this debacle…

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Posted by on March 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

The Jester by James Patterson

So this was totally, totally, TOTALLY NOT what I was expecting…

It was supposed to be (in my eyes) a good old fashioned crime thriller. Maybe a good cop gone bad or vice versa, a terrible killer and a nice hero thrown in for good measure but no…. The author decided to just throw a spanner in my reading track by deciding to write a book set back in the time of the Crusades. Yep that’s what I said the Crusades. The Jester wasn’t actually a code name for a serial killer but an actual real hat-with-bells-on Jester.

Granted he’s not your everyday Jester in fairness. He does go off fight in the Crusades, unknowingly finds the Lance that stabbed Christ on the Cross, go home to find his wife missing and his child murdered, leads an army of farmers and peasants in an uprising against the unjust lords of the areas, falls in love with a noble who turns out to be the King of France’s daughter aaaand after all that still finds time to live happily ever after.

Phew….

Sorry if there’s some spoilers in there but trust me I’ve just saved you the bother of actually having to read this book. It’s not that it was terrible it’s just that it was never bloody ending! It just seemed to drag on and on. And on. And on…

Maybe it’s because it was so not what I wanted or expected to be reading that stopped me from getting into it. I don’t know but whatever it was I’m just glad it’s over.

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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Unwind by Neal Schusterman (Unwind #1)

Unwind by Neal Schusterman (Unwind #1)

I know this sounds pretty strange but I was in bad need of a good dystopian read. Is there something wrong with me I often wonder? It seems to me that they are the type of book that draws you in and shows you a reality so different to your own that it can’t help but be terribly exciting!

This one was no exception. The premise of the book is basically abortion has been outlawed but parents can decide between the ages of 13 and 18 that they can have their child unwound. Which for all intents and purposes means that every part of that child is donated for use in other peoples bodies who are sick or injured.

Kinda sick right? Right.

You see the scariest thing about most of these dystopians is that they are sometimes like a window into a possible future. I’d like to think that this was a little too extreme an idea to actually ever come into practice but who knows? I am pro life so I personally think that abortion is pretty much just as bad as this unwinding process but that’s just my opinion. One thing I’m certain of and that’s that even though it was a horrible idea it made for a pretty good book.

The characters were all likeable and I look forward to reading more about them in follow ups to this book. An unusual story and in a world filled with so many dystopian novels and some pretty unoriginal ideas this stood out. Well done Neal!

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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Blue Monday by Nicci French (Freida Klein #1)

You know I was a little worried about this book. I’ve read two books by Nicci French before and one I enjoyed, the other not so much, so I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect with this. I need not have worried.

This was really really enjoyable. It was fast paced and exciting. It had good interesting characters. The bad guys were bad and the good guys were good. Sometimes it’s nice to read an honest to god thriller and I would class this as that. I see that it is the start of a series and I have to say I am excited to read more of these books. I loved the main character Frieda Klein and thought her life and job were so interesting. She definitely did not have any issues in carrying the story and I can see her becoming even more interesting I’m future instalments.

I did find the paragraphs from the little abducted boy hard to read. Even the thought of that happening to my little boy fills me with an overwhelming dread so strong it makes me want to never let him out of my sight ever again. Parents of missing children are people I feel the most sadness and empathy for out of all victims of crimes in this world. I don’t know how they function on a daily basis. I really don’t.

However because of this sadness and empathy you feel for the parents it does contribute to making you more engrossed in the story and you really long for the happy ending!

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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Storm of Swords Part One by George RR Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 3)

Storm of Swords Part One by George RR Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 3)

I just love this series! It happens pretty rarely in a book readers live that a series comes along that you love from the bottom of your heart. There’s plenty that are enjoyable, fun, that you might even say you love but there’s only a select few that become those series that you LOVE! I mean adore not “oh ya I love those books” but “oh my god they’re my favourite books ever” reaction when you see someone else reading them. I realise I’m only on the third book but I already know this is going to be one of those series. Just like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings before it.

This installment may not have had the exhilarating battle scenes that Clash of Kings had but it was just as gripping in different ways. Hmm who would I name my favourite chapters this time round? Probably still Tyrion and Dany anyway. I also really looked forward to Jaimes chapters surprisingly enough. The characters the started to annoy me were probably Catelyn, Bran and Sansa. However this is the joy of these books characters dip and rise in the readers eyes. You may love them at times and hate them at other times!

I missed reading about Theon as I kind of always felt a bit sorry for him and I’m eager to find out how he’s getting on. Another joy of these books is the bad guys become the good guys and vice versa. Although Tyrion is a Lannister and supposedly on the bad side I always find myself rooting for him regardless of what the situation is. I want Sansa to fall for him I really hope she can see past his superficial flaws and see that he is a good man at heart. A lot better than the little annoying prick Joffrey that she was due to marry anyway.

There’s almost too much to write about unless I want to write a review about a yard long so I’ll end it by saying that these books just keep getting better and better and I always look forward to the next one!

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Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Uncategorized