New Monthly 5 Book Review

The fourth and final review of today is for "The Unseeing" by Anna Mazzola.

There is something to be said for reading a book on the bus on the way to work and as the voice on the bus announces the next stop, you just happen to reading about the body parts found along that same road...

Cue what happened to me whilst reading "The Unseeing". I gather from what I have read that this book is based on a true life case that occurred around the area I am currently living in London. I like the whole Fiction based on Fact thing, makes for a more interesting read. 

I'm not sure however, that the title of the book quite fits with the story within, but there is something to think about with regard to the possible meaning; as in someone being blind to another's faults perhaps. 

But I digress. This book promises to be a lot of things, and while it is a good read, and does make you wonder what is going on with the characters, I can't help but feel like there's something missing, I just can't quite put my finger on what. 

The slight twist ending when the truth does emerge is a little so-so and while in theory could be the explanation for the character's actions, I'm not entirely sure it fits properly. What is highlighted is the dreadful conditions of the prisons of the era and the way women were treated depending on the crime they were accused of committing. 

This book is one I finished with a sigh of disappointment if I'm honest. As I said, there were high hopes for this one and I can't 100% say it lived up to the promises it made. That being said, its a good book to read if you like fiction based on fact like this one. 

For me, another 2 book score I'm afraid. 

Enjoy and as always, Keep Reading! x

So, for the third installment of my book reviews today, I'm looking at "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern.

This book confused me. There, I've said it. Do I think the book is good? yes and no. I like the idea of it, but this book reads like two separate books that have been mushed together. I feel like there are too many plots all happening at once that are so intermingled with each other it is a wonder Ms Morgenstern could keep her ideas all straight in her mind. 

It may just be how I read the book. I love the descriptions of the various tents, makes me think of Cirque Du Soleil a little with the artistry and whimsical manner of it, and I like the characters but if I'm honest, I'm not sure the whole plot of the 'wager between old rivals and the so called duelling combatants that think they know who the other is, but aren't quite sure' is actually needed, and reads more as a filler to the stories surrounding the Circus, but even that doesn't quite hit the mark either - judging by the descriptions, you'd almost expect to see a Circus run by vampires and ghouls but of course, that isn't what you get and I'm almost disappointed in that. 

Sadly, I can only give this book a 2 book score. I know this seems a little harsh when you see the rave reviews the books has received, but I just don't see it. I can only say, read the book for yourselves and you decide. 

Enjoy, and as always, Keep Reading!

The long awaited second novel from Stuart Turton doesn't disappoint. Much like his debut, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, there is a quirkyness to the book that keeps you thinking one thing while something else entirely is going on. 

There are little guides throughout that make you believe not all is as it seems, and little character quirks that make you wonder, but then you're sucked back into the plot narrative and you keep guessing a little longer. 

When the truth comes out, it may come across a little far fetched, but it is clever and doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the book, I'd read it again, though part of me thinks the book couldv'e been a chapter or two shorter and still had the same affect. There are just some aspects of the plot that appear to be a little over stretched. This is purely my opinion though and I would urge to consider reading the book, it is a good read, time not wasted with this one. 

A 3 1/2 book score from me this time. 

Enjoy and as always, Keep Reading! 

Hi Everyone, 

Welcome back to my book reviews, "To Read...or Not". This review is a little bittersweet for me as this is the penultimate book in Matthew's 'Jack West Jnr' series and I'll be honest, I'm torn whether I want to read the last one in the series or not! But that's for another day.

Back to the book I'm reviewing here; "The Two Lost Mountains". Matthew has kept the routine going, counting down to the inevitable end of the series with this one. I won't lie, my heart was in my mouth at times because of the action going on and I absolutely got weepy eyed when I thought things had happened to characters that I've loved throughout the series - I don't want to give too many spoilers in case you've not had chance to read the book as yet. 

This book was just another prime example of how good a writer Matthew is, the book, just like the ones preceeding it sucks you in and doesn't want to let go. If you haven't had the chance to read Matthew - why not?! I can't say for sure that Matthew's books would be aimed so much at women as they are men but if you're a fan of fast paced adventure that (I know I've said this before) you feel like you're going to miss something if you put the book down - Matthew Reilly is for you. 

I Love the Indiana Jones vibes, the treasure hunt/trying to save the world from evil/keep yourself out of trouble just hooks you in and that's it. I know I rave about these books, but it isn't without cause, they're really that good. 

A 5 book score from me once again. I will absolutely read this one again (maybe I'll do the series from the start once I have the last one...hmm now there's a plan!) 

Enjoy, and as always, Keep Reading!

I'm doing a slight disservice to the book for the review this time. the full title wouldn't fit into my heading line!

The full title is "A Natural History of Dragons A Memoir by Lady Trent". 

I finished this one on the bus on the way to work this morning. I was absolutely gleeful when I bought this book because I loved the sound of it by the title alone. This book is a gem. 

I love that this reads like it truly is a memoir of the main character's adventures. The attitude that comes across makes me laugh at times, but the main character that I found to be very endearing and you actually feel like you want to sit down and have a conversation with her. 

It may be that I have a love of all things dragon that drew me to this one, but I truly enjoyed getting stuck into the adventure as it was told. I'd recommend this one if you are looking for something easy to read, comfortable and with a nice bit of action to boot. 

A solid 4 book score from me. 

As always, stay safe and Keep Reading!