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Girl in the Mirror by Cecelia Ahern

This was short and sweet. At little less than one hundred pages for two short stories it didn’t give you much time to get into either of the tales but they were still enjoyable. 

The first story was about an enchanted mirror that was able to pull you into its world and replace you in the real world unless you gave it your eyes. A creepy enough fairytale by all means and I wouldn’t mind reading a longer version of it. 

The second was about a machine a man had made that could alter your memories and replace half forgotten ones with more detailed ones. This wasn’t as good as the first story but would probably make a better novel than the first one would if that makes any sense? She just didn’t have enough time to elaborate and so it was too harried and confusing. 

I think I may make a pact with myself to steer clear of short stories for awhile as they seem to just mostly annoy me. I’ll be just beginning to like the characters and get to know the surroundings when it’s all over. I think I’m just not a short story person.  

 

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

It’s always terribly hard to follow up on a book that’s so massively popular without disappointing your fans. Flynn tried really, really hard here and she almost did it. She was so close. I just needed a smidgen more from it. 

It was still a brilliant read. It just didn’t have that ‘Oh my god’, sit up straight, look around in shock, yep the world is still the same, wow factor that Gone Girl had. It nearly did though and I think If I wasn’t comparing it to its predecessor I’d probably think it’s the best thing since sliced Tolkien. 

Basically the story centres around Libby who at 7 years old witnessed the massacre of her two sisters and her mother, supposedly at the hands of her brother who she testified against and ultimately condemned to life in prison. Now at 30 years old she’s reexamining that night in her head and coming up with a lot of doubts and questions. So results in a lot of amateur detective work and trips around the back roads of Kansas. 

While we’re watching Libby discover the hard facts about that night we also get chapters from both the mother, Patty and the convicted brother, Ben that focus on the day leading up to the massacre. 

It’s all terribly exciting and I raced through the book like someone had nailed it to my hand. Flynn writes scary characters though. I mean there’s something truly terrifying about her characters. It’s not that they’re killers or that they’re evil but it’s the fact that they’re neither of these things but still they kill and they do evil things. She has an amazing ability to let you see into the mind of a person who does terrible things. The scariest thing is that you empathise with these people, you can almost understand why they did what they did. But you still know that it is SO wrong. 

This is truly gripping so when you pick it up make sure you’ve no important plans for the next day or two! 
 

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Look it wasn’t terrible, but it just wasn’t up my alley at all. First of all I’m not a huge lover of short stories and I definitely need to be in the mood for them which I probably wasn’t when I read this book. 

Secondly it’s the second book in a row I’ve read from a fairly obscure foreign writer whose story is based in a very different country from the ones I’m used to. This is a great thing most of the time because I’m getting to learn about different cultures and religions and such but two in a row might be a slight overdose. I need something I can relate to now because these last two books were so extreme. 

To be brutally honest with you this was a library book and because it was up for renewal I brought it back before I’d completely finished it. This is usually a pretty much sacrilegious thing to do in my eyes but because this was a bunch of short stories and they were all starting to blend in to one another I made the executive decision to give up with two stories to go. 

At least three of the stories ended the same with the main character making an indignant exit after being shown some intentional or unintentional disrespect. Some of the stories were better than others but I found myself unwilling or unable to truly invest my interest in them because I knew in only a few short pages we’d be moving on to someone else’s story. 

Ultimately it just wasn’t for me. 

 

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The Consequences of Love by Sulaiman Addonia

I don’t know whether it’s because I’m slowly going through the A section in my library and there’s a lot of authors from Muslim backgrounds with names beginning with A or my library has a secret Muslim fanatic but this is the fourth book I’ve read in the past six months that has a religious Muslim theme.

So far they’ve been very much hit and miss. It is nice to read about other peoples cultures and traditions especially when they’re so different from your own. However because they’re SO different sometimes they can be a little hard to enjoy or understand. 

This was by far the most enjoyable of all the Muslim books I’ve read. It was nice to see that a love story could still happen in a country where freedom and women’s rights are so repressed and forbidden. It was exciting too as you rooted for the couple to be together and not to be discovered by the religious police. 

It still shocks me that there are places like Saudi Arabia in the world where a woman cannot leave her house without being covered from head to toe. Where women are really treated like possessions that can be bought and sold. Where they have absolutely no rights or allowed opinions. It’s scary. I understand that there are different cultures and religions involved and obviously I respect that but I suppose because it seems so extreme to me its very hard to accept. 

Every time I read a book like this I thank my lucky stars that I was born where I was.  

 

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Innocence by Dean Koontz 

Usually when I’m finished a book I try to write a review as quick as possible before the feeling that I’m left with upon finishing it changes. This book was different because it confused me so much I felt like I needed to sleep on it so I could write a coherent review in the morning. It’s now the following afternoon and I still feel confused on my feelings for this novel. 

It’s not like it was terrible but it’s not like it was that good either. It was… Meh…

Meh isn’t good enough though is it? 

Okay so basically Addison seems to be a man with hideous deformities who brings out extreme violence in everyone who lays there eyes on him. Violence towards himself that is. Anyone who sees him tries to kill him basically. He finds someone similar to himself who has found a hidden recess in the city to live out a life in. A pretty dismal one though it must be said. 

After this father figure who has taught him how to live a life without drawing attention to himself dies in a brutal police attack Addison meets Gwyneth who seems to be a different type of outcast to him but an outcast all the same and so they strike up an unlikely friendship. 

That’s when it starts to get a bit weird. I liked where it was going at this stage as I thought it might become a good dystopian novel or at the very least a good thriller. It didn’t. It just got weird. Sure there was a plague and sure, there were thrills but there was also a lot of weird shite about possessed marionettes, angel like creatures sent from God and unlikely twists that just didn’t work. 

I still feel meh about this book. It didn’t grip me but it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever read either. Like I said, meh… 

 

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2015 in Uncategorized