Anna Recommends

 

Firstly, I can’t believe I have finished reading A Song of Ice and Fire – all five/seven books (a couple of my books are split into two parts)!

Secondly, I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS!! I really hope George R.R. Martin releases the last two books soon. I need to know what happens!

Like its predecessors, this book was AMAZING. The entire series is amazingly epic and utterly addictive. I highly recommend A Song of Ice and Fire.

5/5

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I know that I have been a bit useless with reading lately. It feels as though it has taken me ages to finish this book. But, you know, life happens. Anyway, I am going to get my arse into gear because I want to conquer my first ever Goodreads Reading Challenge.

Aside from my being useless, this book was really good. I liked how George split the character’s perspectives into two books, otherwise it would have been a tad overwhelming to read. However, I am loving the evolution of characters such as Tyrion Lannister.

As always, I highly recommend all of the books in A Song of Ice and Fire. They are all brilliant. I am sad that the next book I read will be the last in the series (until George finishes and releases the last two books in the series).

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Since I began reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series, I have developed a sort of pre-reading ritual. It is this: before I even start reading the book, I flick through the pages a couple of times to see whose perspectives are featured.

Prior to reading A Feast for Crows, I flicked through the pages and was taken aback to see that some of my favourite characters weren’t featured in this installment. It is safe to say that I was concerned as to how the book would cope without some of the most central and beloved and hated characters.

I am happy to say that I was proved wrong. A Feast for Crows is as addictive as its predecessors.

A Song of Ice and Fire is a series that you can immerse yourself in. It is epic. It is enthralling, addictive, and magical. I love it.

A solid 5/5 stars.

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This is an amazingly epic series. All of the characters – even the antagonists – are fantastic. 

George R.R. Martin’s writing is simply perfect and incredible.

The cliff-hangers in this book had me reading so fast I felt like a mouse in a microwave. I even had to re-read some parts to make sure I read them correctly. In my brain I said “Did that really happen?!”

Anyway, this book gets a solid, shimmering, glistening, 5/5!!

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This series keeps on getting better and better! I love how the story is written from several different perspectives – Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Samwell Tarly, Tyrion Lannister – just to name a few. Each character’s perspective keeps the whole story interesting and hard to put down.

The characters are multi-dimensional; you love some, you hate some, but all of them hold a place in your heart.

I will admit that the reading of some character’s stories/perspectives does become tiresome, but I remind myself that every single part and point of view of each character is central to the story’s fullness and growth.

Although this is the only high-fantasy series I have read, it is most certainly the best.

I’m going to start reading “A Storm of Swords – 2: Blood and Gold” as soon as I have finished writing this and posting it on social media.

Anyway, as always this book gets a solid 5/5.

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The plot thickens deliciously with A Clash of Kings. The fight for the Iron Throne is as red hot as ever.

Allegiances between houses have been broken and new ones have been formed. 

Winterfell has been decimated by a usurper and another evil person.

We see characters killed to make space for new characters and plot lines.

The Game of Thrones is a fickle one that few know how to play. However, those that know how to play, play cunning and smart.

Although this book was long (close to 900 pages), George R.R. Martin’s brilliant writing and characters made it fantastic to read. 

This has to be one of the best fantasy series ever! 

5/5 stars. Love it!

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After watching the first three seasons of Game of Thrones, and hearing all the rave reviews of the show and the books alike, I caved in and read the first book. I wasn’t too sure if I would enjoy reading it because I’ve never really been a high fantasy fan, so I issued the book from my local library. Midway through the book, I was hooked and purchased the box set from Mightyape. 

A Game of Thrones was definitely not what I thought it was going to be; it was better.

I can’t fault it. I’m going to begin reading the second book straight after I finish writing this review.

A Game of Thrones gets a hugely, massively, shimmering 5/5.

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If you have heard about the myth that became the online horror sensation that is Slender Man, then you definitely need to read this book. Actually, even if you haven’t heard of Slender Man, then you should read this book.

Matt, the main narrator in the book, lives in a posh area in New York with his lawyer parents. He is plagued by terrifying nightmares in which he wakes up screaming.

As Matt’s journal entries progress, Matt tells us that one of his close friends, Lauren Bailey, has gone missing.

Matt begins to see Lauren in his nightmares and dreams. He also has a feeling that Slender Man is watching him, and waiting. As Matt’s journal entries progress, we see the real magnitude of Slender Man’s chillingly terrifying legend.

This book was definitely better than I thought it would be. It is more of a psychological horror which I find scarier than the gore horror.

Slender Man is for sure a solid 5 star book. I highly recommend it!

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Weighing in at a little over 700 pages, Sleeping Beauties is the longest novel I have read this year (so far). Hence why this review is a week later than usual.

I thought that Sleeping Beauties was a good story with a solid plot. The concept of the cocoons that weave themselves over every woman as soon as she falls asleep, causing them to be unable to wake up, held my attention. I wanted to know what was happening, and why, and how it would all turn out.

There was also so much character growth throughout the story. Both female and male characters changed as the story went on. Some got along while some didn’t; others grew closer as others drifted apart.

The question on everyone’s lips, though: Stephen King and his son Owen King co-writing a novel together. How did it end up?

My opinion is this: As writers, they complemented each other very well. The writing and plot was great. The characters were superb; they were all different which added layers to the story.

What about the ending? Did I like it? I’m not gonna say either way. You will have to read Sleeping Beauties for yourself.

4/5

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Although Miss Marple only featured in the latter portion of The Moving Finger, I still really, thoroughly enjoyed reading the story. (Miss Marple is my favourite of Agatha Christie’s characters). 

I found the two main characters, Joanna and Jerry Burton (they are brother and sister), very easy to relate to. Joanna and Jerry were the type of characters that, after reading maybe three or four pages, you found yourself wanting to know more about them. And even after reading a few chapters, it felt as though I had known them for years!

As far as the crimes the story is (somewhat) centred around, I definitely had my suspicions as to who the culprit could be. I kind of went around in circles, being suspicious of three different people in turn. But when the  real killer was unmasked – thanks to Miss Marple and her detective work – I was shocked! I know it’s a cliche, but it wasn’t at all who I suspected; looking back, though, it does make awful sense.

This was a thrilling, unputdownable book from the great Agatha Christie. I loved it. 

5/5 stars.

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Stephen King can write a damn good story. I love how this story grows as the main protagonist, Jamie Morton, grows older. People change, and certain circumstances change, but unfortunately, some things, and some people are inevitable to you. 

If you really want to start reading Stephen King’s novels, but want to start with a book that doesn’t have too much horror in it, then this is the book I would recommend.

Revival is simply King at his storytelling best! 

4/5 stars.

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I must admit, it took me a while to really sink my teeth into A Murder is Announced. I think it was because it took a few chapters’ worth of reading before Miss Marple made her entrance into the fray. I am a huge Marple fan, and absolutely love the novels of Christie’s that Marple fully features in.

The only aspect of the book I struggled with, was with some of the characters and the use of their real names and nicknames. Sometimes a character would be addressed by their christian name, then other times it would be by their nickname. Once I got to know the characters a bit more, this didn’t happen. 

In saying that, A Murder is Announced is a strong crime/whodunnit story from Agatha Christie. 

4/5 stars.

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The Woman in the Window is absolutely one of the best books I have read this year (so far). A genius plot with great, multi-dimensional characters; combined with a good hint of noir, and references to classic films (such as Hitchcock’s, among others), and you have an EPIC book.

The book is written from the perspective of the main character, Anna Fox. Anna begins with telling us what is going on around her presently; but as she reveals more about herself and her family, she begins to tell us about past events that have now shaped her current life.

The Woman in the Window reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Rear Window (starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly) which I loved. Finn took the overarching idea of Rear Window, and gave it a modern makeover. Additionally, Anna Fox, the main character, is an avid classic film watcher which is very fitting, given the theme. 

The Woman in the Window is a page turner. It is hard to put down because you just want to know what’s going to happen, but then you don’t want it to end. Overall, it’s a brilliantly written book. The secrets (plot twists/revelations) aren’t given away all at once; they are all individually revealed at precisely the right time.

The Woman in the Window is simply amazing. 

It gets a solid 5/5.

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Contrary to what the reviewers said, I enjoyed reading Into The Water. Yes, it wasn’t as good as The Girl on the Train, but how can you compare two different books with two completely different plots?

The reviewers of Into The Water touched on the fact that the story was written from several different characters’ perspectives which, at times made it confusing to read. I do agree with that opinion. At times, I found the perspectives somewhat confusing; and at times wasn’t completely sure how some past events related to present ones. 

In saying that, the story was a compelling page-turner which is what I like in a book. And although I am left with a few questions (did Lena really Mark? Is Patrick really guilty? Why did all this happen?), it was still a good book.

Overall, I rate this book 3.5 stars.

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To be frank, after reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I am not a huge fan. My reasons are completely subjective as I know a number of people who rave about this book. 

Unfortunately, I am not one of them. 

I thought that Charlie sounded more like a eleven or twelve year old boy, rather than the fifteen year old teenager he actually was. That was the only aspect of the book that grated on me. 

Sam and Patrick were great characters, as were Charlie’s family. The different character dynamics worked very well. 

The book was very easy to read; not laborious at all. (It was a little over 230 pages which was sufficient). 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower just wasn’t the book for me. So…

3/5 Stars.

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“Only she knows what happened. Only I can make her speak.”

The Silent Patient is an amazing book. I absolutely loved the story. Alex Michaelides crafts the characters so beautifully, and their lives progress so naturally, that every development in the plot/characters’ lives makes perfect sense. The twists and turns are build up at the right sort of pace – not too fast and not painfully slow. 

And the plot twist at the end! Oh my goodness! I am literally still thinking about it now, even after finishing the book. lol. 

The Silent Patient is definitely one of the best thrillers of the year. 

Hands down a 5/5 star. 

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Basically everyone knows that I love a good Stephen King book, and Skeleton Crew started off with a hiss and a roar. Yes, I’m talking about The Mist, What a bloody fantastic novella! I couldn’t put it down. It was, for me, the highlight of Skeleton Crew by far. 

Just a side note: The Mist gets a solid 5/5.

Moving on to the rest of the short stories and poems…

The Monkey: a very clever and immersing story. It was one of my favourite short stories from Skeleton Crew.

The Wedding Gig: Old school, tough as nails gangsters and a jazz band that plays at the Head Gangster’s sister’s wedding. What is there not to love? Another of King’s subtle gems.

The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands: This is the type of story that starts off curiously, but as it goes on, it builds up quite a momentum. The idea is a bit out of the box, but is nonetheless, a gem.  

Nona: This story immediately reminded me of Bonnie and Clyde. The twist at the end will have you questioning everything you have just read. Another Stephen King gem. 

I found the remaining stories in Skeleton Crew okay/mediocre. 

Skeleton Crew gets a solid 3.5/5 stars. 

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“This book is one of my own special favourites,” writes Agatha Christie in the Author’s Note, before Crooked House begins. And I can see why Crooked House was one of her favourites to write; it was smart, clever, and subtle.

I love it when an author creates complicated yet interesting characters, who go from guilty, to not guilty, to guilty, and so on and so forth in the reader’s mind. The Leonides Family of Crooked House do not disappoint (thanks, Agatha!!). 

Although this book isn’t a Marple or Poirot outing, it is definitely one of Agatha’s best mystery stories. (And Then There Were None tops that list, always). 

There was one aspect of the book I questioned a little here and there. Now, I know this is stated once or twice in the book (that Charles is there to get an inside perspective), but why, specifically, is Charles there? The majority of the time it makes sense that Charles is there … but other times …

Aside from that, Crooked House was a solid, page turning book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery novel. 

4/5

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Sharp Objects is about a journalist, Camille Preaker, who is sent by her boss, to her old home town of Wind Gap to investigate some savage murders. Camille discovers is that the murders are much closer to home than she first thought.

To be honest, in the beginning, I was a bit skeptical about Sharp Objects. I’m not too sure why; maybe it was the synopsis. Then I heard they were making it into a television series which piqued my interest. Fast-forward a little, and I find a copy of Sharp Objects in a second-hand book shop for $2. 

Am I glad I bought it? Hell yes! 

Gillian Flynn is very quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. (The first book of Flynn’s I read was Gone Girl which was amazing).

Sharp Objects was a dark, twisting read full of disingenuous, evil, insane, disturbed, and shady characters. Flynn definitely knows how to write an amazing story with dark, addictive characters. 

Sharp Objects is amazing. I would highly recommend! 

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As soon as I found this book, I knew I had to read it; you know, being a massive fan of The Hunger Games, and all. 

The Running Man was first published in 1982, so it was pretty cool hearing the characters talking about the years 2005 (I think was mentioned once) 2020 and 2025, and knowing that that particular year had passed or would soon be upon us. Although it must have been unnerving reading about the years 2005, 2020 and 2025 in 1982. 

Throughout the story, I grew to admire and relate to, Ben Richards, the main character in the story. He fought for his family; he entered the Games for his family. He made it abundantly clear to the people behind the Network and the Games, that he hated them and their virulent souls and schemes. 

The ending of the book surprised me, but looking back in hindsight, it was really the only way for it to end. 

Richard Bachman AKA Stephen King is a master. 

4/5 stars for The Running Man.  

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I loved Anne Frank’s writing. She exhibited an intelligence and understanding of humanity, that was way beyond her thirteen/fourteen years. Her writing was witty, equally sad and funny, and informative. I found it funny how Anne would recount conversations involving Mrs Van Daan that she had overheard or had been a part of. The way she recounted these conversations added a humorous side to her diary.  Parts of her diary, such as these, and her conversations with Fritz Pfeffer (Dussel in her diary), showed Anne’s witty, sassy and honest side.

I found that Anne was a very easy person to relate to; she didn’t always see eye-to-eye with her sister, Margot, or her parents, Otto and Edith. I could relate to Anne’s frustrations with her parents and sister; and at life in general. (We can all remember what it was like to be a teenager). 

In Anne’s diary, she says that after the war, she wants to be a journalist and/or famous writer. If Anne only knew that her diary would be read by millions of people worldwide. And that she would be remembered as one of the greatest writers in history. 

Before I end this review, I would like to pay my respects to everyone who lived in the Annex, the people who helped them, and the millions of people who died in Concentration Camps. 

Anne Frank, Margot Frank, Otto Frank, and Edith Frank. 

Hermann van Pels, Auguste van Pels, and Peter van Pels. (Van Daan’s in Anne’s diary). 

Fritz Pfeffer (Dussel in Anne’s diary). 

Miep Gies, Jan Gies, Johannes Kleiman, Victor Kugler, Bep Voskuijl, and Johannes Hendrik Voskuijl, are the brave and selfless people who helped the equally brave and courageous Frank and van Pels families; as well as Fritz Pfeffer. 

 

 

This book is easily a 5/5. 

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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams isn’t one of my favourite short story collections of Stephen King’s, but it did contain some absolutely amazing stories that I loved reading. 

My favourites are as follows:

  • Mile 81; Premium Harmony; Batman and Robin Have an Altercation; The Dune; Bad Little Kid; A Death; Morality; Afterlife; Herman Wouk Is Still Alive; Under the Weather; Cookie Jar; That Bus is Another World; Mister Yummy, and Summer Thunder.

I didn’t like “Ur” – I found it too manufactured. King’s tale at the beginning of this story explains why. 

“Blockade Billy” was another story I didn’t care for as I am not a fan of baseball.

“The Little Green God of Agony”, “Obits,” and “Drunken Fireworks” were okay stories but they weren’t as great as some of the others.

I also skipped the two poems because poetry isn’t my jam. 

Overall, Stephen King is a master. He will always be one of my favourite authors of all time. 

I give The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, 3.5/5 stars. 

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Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors of all time, and usually I am completely invested and enthralled by her stories. “Peril at End House” was, however, a miss for me. 

One aspect of this book I really did enjoy was that we see Hercule Poirot in more of a human light rather than the perfectly brilliant detective that he is. At certain points, he is literally quite stumped as to the very peculiar circumstances surrounding End House and its residents. Being able to see Poirot express more emotions such as frustration and humility was very refreshing. 

Okay, now we move on to what made “Peril at End House” a miss for me:

I couldn’t relate to the characters. Nor could I empathize with them. They weren’t as interesting as some of Christie’s characters in her many other novels. 

This is by no means a bad book; it just didn’t do it for me. 

“Peril at End House” = 3/5. 

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Jodi Picoult is hands down one of my favourite authors of all time. The way she writes is extraordinary; very few authors can craft a story and characters that you feel emotionally connected to, and want to hang out with. 

A Spark of Light was no exception. For me, it was a brilliantly written story that highlighted the polarizing issues of abortion – the pro-life advocates and the pro-choice advocates, and the terrifyingly real issue of gun violence. 

The timeline of the story was structured differently from any of Picoult’s other novels, with the beginning of the story being when the gunman is inside the clinic, holding people hostage, and then reversing back in time so the reader can see what led these people from completely different backgrounds, to be at the clinic. 

Considering we kind of know how the story ends after reading the first chapter, I found myself involved in all the characters’ lives, and wanted to know more about them, and how they came to be at the clinic. (I found myself relating to all of the characters – some more than others).

If you are a massive fan of Jodi Picoult, like I am, I would most definitely recommend this book. 

5/5

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I have always been fascinated by the Zodiac killer; primarily because he managed to evade capture during the height of his horrendous crimes throughout the sixties and seventies. He sent the police taunting, handwritten letters, he phoned the police dispatch from a pay phone directly opposite the police station; he even sent the police a piece of Paul Stine’s (one of his victim’s) bloodied shirt. And still, to this very day, the Zodiac’s true identity still remains a mystery.

I found Graysmith’s book very interesting. He brought forward more evidence – some via the police investigations and some through his own investigative work.

By the end of the book, you can clearly see why many of the investigators working the Zodiac case, and Graysmith himself, deduced that one man fit the Zodiac profile much more closely than the other suspects, and thus became (and still is) a prime suspect.

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus is a good, solid read. I really liked the idea of five students being in detention and only four come out alive, because as a reader (and writer), it doesn’t open the gate to a whole pool of suspects.

As I made my way through the book, I found my suspicions shifting from one character to another. Then I thought that maybe they could all be in on it together, but as you read on you get the feeling that that maybe isn’t the case.

I loved all the main characters in the book – Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper, and Addy because they all came across as human (rather than fictional characters). Maeve, Bronwyn’s younger sister would have to be one of the best characters – she’s got sass. Ashton, Addy’s older sister is also a good character.

Overall, I really liked this book. One of the key lessons it teaches us is this: After the incident that happened while they were in detention. Even though all four of the main characters came from different backgrounds and had completely different family dynamics, but when the rubber hit the road, they all stuck together.

We all have far more in common than we think we do. Sometimes it can be a catastrophe or a difficult situation that brings it to light.

I’m going to rate this book: 4/5.

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I’ll Be Gone In The Dark was recommended to me by someone I follow on Instagram. I rate their opinions and recommendations highly, so I purchased the book off the Book Depository. And boy, am I glad I did!

Michelle delves deep into the horrendous crimes committed by the EAR/Golden Sate Killer over the span of ten years (1976-1986). She doesn’t focus on the brutality and gruesomeness of the crimes, but rather the facts surrounding said attack. Did someone witness a prowler hanging around the neighborhood?

It is rare to discover a writer that can write so informatively and brilliantly that they change your life. If you asked me a year or so ago if I thought that a True Crime writer would change my life, it is highly likely that I wouldn’t have believed you. Being primarily a fiction reader, the two writers that have changed my life the most would be: Stephen King and Jodi Picoult.

Now, I can say that the writers that have changed my life are: Jodi Picoult, Stephen King and Michelle McNamara.

This book is a solid 5/5.

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“The City of Mirrors” was a perfect but epic way to end The Passage Trilogy.

This review will be rather brief because I don’t want to give away too much. The parts I loved in this book involve major spoilers, so I’m not going to delve into those in much detail, if at all.

Anyway, I really liked how, in this book, we learn more about Tim Fanning (aka Subject Zero) and his background before the virus overtook him; how he met Jonas Lear and Lear’s girlfriend, Liz. As a reader, you really get a great insight into the way Tim’s mind worked in the beginning, and how, after meeting Jonas Lear and Liz, it changed.

In the first book, you (kind of) assume how Tim Fanning came to be on an expedition to research the virus with Jonas Lear (as they are both scientists). However, in the third book, Fanning tells the reader more about the events in his life, and how he wound up agreeing (reluctantly) to accompany Lear on the expedition.

Overall, I thought that “The City of Mirrors” was a great way for Cronin to end this epic trilogy. With some trilogies and books as epic this one, the endings can sometimes be rather disappointing. You have all of this climatic build up, and you get to the end of the book, and the ending sucks. But not with this book. The way in which Cronin ended the trilogy was appropriate and classy. I was not at all disappointed.

I give this book a solid 5/5 stars 🙂

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The Twelve, the second book in Justin Cronin’s epic, The Passage Trilogy, is a great read and a good follow-up to The Passage. It was fantastic to be reacquainted with characters from The Passage to see what they were up to, and in what directions their lives had taken them.

It was also very interesting to be introduced to completely new characters, especially people who had survived the plague/virals in the modern world as we know it (not one hundred years in the future – Amy and Peter’s era).

I would have liked Cronin to have given us a bit more time with Kittridge, April, Tim and Danny as they were very likable and interesting characters. I do, however, understand that skipping ahead a hundred years to Peter, Amy, Alicia and Co was necessary for the story to flow and not drag on slowly. The real crux of the story is about Amy, Peter, Alicia and the others in their group, and their fight to kill The Twelve primary virals.

As always, Cronin writes an epic antagonist in Horace Guilder. Guilder is the Deputy Director of Special Weapons who oversaw Project Noah. Over the course of the novel, you start to see how absolutely insane, murderous, power hungry and just downright evil he really, truly is.

If you loved reading The Passage, then you most definitely have to read The Twelve!

Overall, it was a great book, but I found it didn’t have the same full on spark as The Passage did.

The Twelve gets: 4/5 stars.

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“The Passage” is one epic book, that’s for sure! It runs 766 pages which is chunky to say the least.

At the beginning of the story, we are introduced to Jeanette Bellafonte who after a series of set backs, is forced in to prostitution to provide for herself and her daughter, Amy. Finding the struggle too much, Jeanette leaves Amy at a convent with a Lacey, a Nun, who they begin talking to.

We are then introduced to Brad Wolgast who is enlisted by the Military’s Special Weapons division to make the idea of being part of an experiment that could change the human race, to specific men on Death Row. They are serving on Death Row, so what do they have to lose? Well, a lot.

The experiment starts off okay, until Wolgast and his partner, Doyle, are told that they need to pick up their next “patient.” This new “patient” turns out to be six year old Amy Bellafonte. But Amy is different.

As you can imagine, the world turns in to a catastrophe with the humans (Death Row inmates) who were a part of the experiment, have turned into Virals. The Virals end up killing the majority of humanity.

You’ve GOT TO read the book to find out what happens next!

Anyway, as far as the story, writing and characters go…

The story started off strong and continued to be strong until we hit the inhabitants of the Colony (relatives of people who had survived the Virals). I found it hard to adjust to the new characters in the Colony and the new world they now lived in. But it didn’t take me too long to adjust. Once I got to know the characters, the story was easier and simply fantastic to read.

The story reminded me of something in between Stephen King’s “The Stand” and Terry Hayes’s “I Am Pilgrim.”I loved the horror, post apocalyptic, dystopian, dramatic elements. Basically I loved everything about the story.

The writing was pretty much consistently great. I mean, writing 766 pages is a feat in itself 🙂

I loved all of the characters – even the nasty ones. (Gotta admit that they add to the story something wicked!)

I rate this book a FIVE OUT OF FIVE stars (5/5).

Now I’m gonna start reading the second book in the trilogy: “THE TWELVE.”

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This is going to be a short review as I don’t want to include spoilers.

“Moonraker” was a very well written story with some intriguing characters. The plot was unlike anything I have ever read before which is most definitely a positive. Ian Fleming expertly incorporated the technical aspects of aeronautics and science into “Moonraker” without turning the story into a textbook full of “foreign” words and meanings. He created the characters in such a way that you believed what they said – even if it was scientific jargon. It made sense for them to say certain things or speak in a certain way.

On the other hand, I found this novel to be rather predictable. However, Bond doesn’t always get the girl.

Overall it was a decent read, so I will give “Moonraker” 3/5 stars.

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After I finished reading this book, I went Googling to find out a bit more information. You know when you read a book that has so many different characters and individual scenarios, that you want to consult Google to make sure you aren’t wrong? Well, that was me. And while I was Googling, I found out that this was one of Agatha Christie’s earlier novels – published in 1924. I would not have guessed that! Agatha was definitely ahead of her time.

Getting back to the novel itself.

The story starts off with the main protagonist, Anne Beddingfeld, telling us about her early life, her thirst for adventure, and the death of her late father – a renowned archaeologist. It is not until Anne witnesses an accidental death whilst waiting for the Tube that the story starts to pick up speed and intrigue. The story takes the reader on a an exciting journey from London to South Africa.

Anne is a witty, strong-minded, strong-willed, articulate young woman who makes arbitrary decisions, and thrives on the adrenaline of an adventure. Couple all of this with bit of good luck and quick thinking, and you’ve got a top heroine.

All of the other characters were necessary in order to make the story flow and make sense. Even the antagonists were great!

Agatha Christie is undoubtedly the Queen of Mystery/Crime. She writes a page-turner of a story so beautifully.

Hence why I give this book 5/5 stars.

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I am a believer in the unknown – ghosts, aliens, ghouls. My reasoning is that the universe is too gigantic for us to be the only ones inhabiting its realm. There are too many strange and disturbing occurrences that we have no answers for; and what went down during the 28 days that the Lutz family lived inside 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville is full of them.

The book starts off with the Lutz’s viewing 112 Ocean Avenue and falling in love with it. The most appealing aspect to them was the price of the house, considering how grand the house was (three floors, a boat house and a pool), it was a bargain. It almost seemed too good to be true, so they asked the realtor why 112 Ocean Avenue was such a bargain. The realtor informed them that Ronald DeFeo killed his entire family inside the house. (Google the DeFeo case – it is very interesting). This didn’t phase the Lutz family, so they moved in.

As their time inside the house ticks by, the disturbing things George, Kathy, and their children, Christopher, Daniel and Missy experience exponentially – almost to the life threatening stage. The nasty encounters also reach people beyond their new home.

So as I said at the beginning of this review: I am a believer in these sort of strange and disturbing phenomena. I know that there are people out there that fiercely oppose my views on this because no one has found scientific proof. I believe that some things in this world are simply beyond our ability to explain or to fully understand.

This was a very, very interesting and intriguing story. I am definitely going to research 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville some more. The book was well written, but I found it annoying/silly when Anson placed exclamation marks after a shocking or scary encounter between a ghoul and the Lutz family. Let the spookiness speak of itself, man.

Aside from that nit-picky aspect, I found it very hard to stop reading this book.

Therefore I am going to rate it a solid 4/5.

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James Bond is a 007 Secret Agent with the Service – possibly one of the most famous Secret Agent’s in the fictional world, which is why I was curious to read “Casino Royale.” (James Bond #1).

I am going to be blunt. I was not as taken with James Bond as I thought I would be. I thought that it would be action-packed with action, and Bond taking on a couple of villains at once. This does show us that although Bond is a master at what he does, that he is still only human, and is susceptible to temporary defeat just like the rest of us.

I wasn’t completely sure as to why Bond was trying to bankrupt La Chaffre – I think it was because La Chaffre was doing some shady dealings somewhere, and was a traitor to his country.

I am going to rate this novel 3/5 stars.

It didn’t grab me like I thought it would, but it had a few tense and climatic moments that kept me reading. The way in which Fleming molds James Bond makes him a very iconic character – ruthless, cold and irate, but with a good heart; desirable, sexy.

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16/09/2018

I am a MASSIVE Stephen King fan so I was very eager to begin reading this book! I purchased it from a local second hand book store, and although the blurb didn’t immediately grab me, I thought that I would give it a go. I mean, you very rarely go wrong when you purchase one of King’s novels 🙂

As far as the story goes, it somewhat grabbed me at the beginning when the characters were being established. I found Thad’s situation as a youngster rather intriguing. From there, I was still intrigued, but had a feeling that the book may not fully have me hooked. Being a dedicated King fan, I continued reading and I did not regret it.

King’s ability to weave a psychological horror story is amazing. There are times when you think you pretty much know how the whole business will end up, but then King throws in something that makes you second guess your assumption. You begin to think: maybe Stark and Thad are the same person – like a split personality scenario. But then something happens and you realize that Thad couldn’t have done that because he was in a different town at the time. Stuff like that.

I also liked how King added in the subtle but prominent symbol of the sparrows. That probably doesn’t make an awful lot of sense. But basically, he made references to the sparrows but didn’t overkill it.

Overall, I rate this book a 5/5. The story was solid and brilliantly crafted.

(Stephen King really is the Master).

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02/09/2018

It is not unknown that Agatha Christie is the Queen of Crime, and a genius when it comes to plotting a great story. And this one is no exception.”The Murder at the Vicarage” is the very first Miss Marple novel that Agatha Christie released, and it is masterfully plotted with many twists and turns.

I love a good Miss Marple Murder Mystery, so I was very excited to sink my teeth into this book, so to speak. The story is written from the perspective of the local Vicar – Mr Leonard Clemet – who details the gossip and chaos his village is thrown into after the sudden murder of Colonel Protheroe.

As you read further through the book, your suspicions of certain characters will make sense. Then you keep reading further which makes you think that maybe your assumptions were wrong. But by the end of the book! Oh boy! Every little detail each character mentioned; each little hint or nuance will make sense; and by the end of the book, you will be thinking: “Wow. Just wow.”

“The Murder at the Vicarage” is ingeniously plotted and beautifully written.

5/5 Stars.

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26/08/2018

I have just finished reading “Wonder” by R J Palacio. 😊📚👌 I loved how the book was written from different perspectives – all of which you could understand.
August was a fantastic character – by the end of the book, it felt like August and I were friends.
It is a book that will make you think about how you treat people that are “different” from you.
I don’t want to give away too much, but this book is simply fantastic! ❤️📚😊👌

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