New Monthly 5 Book Review

Hi Everyone, 

Welcome to my latest book review. This time, I'm looking at "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood. 

The book describes a dystopian world (good little phrase), where as a result of a war, it is determined to invoke a rule where women are made to be breeders (basically) and serve a master until they bear him a child then they are moved on to another until they can no longer bear children. Or at least that is the jist of it from what I could tell. 

There were a lot of flashbacks to what appeared to have been 60's/70's/80's America and what life was like for the main charcater of Offred before she was forced to become a handmaid. To be honest, the shifting back and forth between what was happening to her at the time and the flashbacks was just a little too much to keep track of and there were a few times when I considered putting the book down and not picking it back up. That said, the book is actually compulsive reading, especially when the action seems to pick up the pace and you get more of a handle on what it is that is happening. 

So, while I think the book has a slow start and takes its sweet time in getting going, the final pick up of pace and the action makes for a good book and I really wanted to know what happened next by the time I got to the end of the book. 

I would read the book again at some point, maybe in a few years, so for that reason, I give "The Handmaid's Tale" a 3 book score. If you haven't read it yet, do so. I haven't watched to TV programme as yet, but I might just do so now!

Enjoy, and always, keep reading!

 

Onto my third and final review for today - Phew!

This last review for today is "Carve the Mark" by Veronica Roth. You may know Veronica's work, especially fans of the 'Divergent' series of books (now all major movies). If you liked the 'Divergent' series, you will love this. 

I liked the concept of a separate galaxy and the planets and so on. This made the book interesting and one I could get stuck into. Veronica has a way of making some characters likeable, some downright despicable and all the way in between. 

I found myself drawn to the rituals and languages as this is something I find interesting in my day to day life. 

I don't want to say too much more and spoil the book for you, I will say that I am giving this book a 4 book score and I can't wait to read the next one!

Enjoy and as always, Keep Reading!

Hey Everyone, 

So my second review of the month (well today actually!) is "History of Wolves" by Emily Fridlund. 

This is Emily's debut novel and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2017.

Yes, the write up is good and the blurb on the back of the book made me interested enough to read it, but that is where the interest ended I'm afraid. 

 

The first part of the book was fine, set the scene, you understand what is going on, albeit with a slow pace, but then you move into the second section of the book anf the pace changes and you find yourself flicking back and forth between present and past, between what appears to be happening at the time and the main characters memories. To be fair, what the suddne change of pace and the action ending up all over the place, I was getting a headache. 

I spent the entire novel wondering if I liked the book enough to finish it, the second half of the novel trying to work out where I was and what was happening and that is not condusive to a good read. 

I'm sorry to say, I didn't enjoy this one at all. As always though, the review is my opinion and should only be used as a guide. I would give this book a 2 book score. I don't think I'll be reading it again. 

the first review for this month is "Damaged" by Martina Cole. This is one of the books suggested to me as a part of the recent compettition I ran (huge congratulations to the winners!).

I'll be honest, while I have heard of Martina Cole, I hadn't read any of her books before. I was surprised by how much I was able to get into the book and storyline, trying to work out the case at the same time as the characters and the twist at the end I'd suspected but it was still a good way to end the novel. 

 

This is the 4th book that features the character of Kate Burrows. I don't feel as though I need to go and read the others as there is enough character detail in this book to make me feel as though I know who the character is. 

Overall, this was a good crime novel, but one that I would say I don't need to read a second time (certainly not for a long while anyway). For this reason, I give this one a 3 book score. A good solid read, enjoyable and I'm glad I read it. 

As always, Enjoy and Keep Reading!

Hi Everyone! My first book this time is "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" by Agatha Christie. 

I love Agatha Christie novels and I have a particular love for all things Poirot. This novel is the one where we are first introduced to Belgian private detective Hercule Poriot. 

The story itself is recounted by Captain Hastings, Poirot's close friend (who I believe does for Poirot what Dr Watson does for Sherlock Holmes) and has bursts of humour that only Captain Hastings could deliver. 

I like the 'clean' writing, bearing in mind the novel was first published in 1920, so there's none of the swear words that can make more than one appearance in more 'modern' literature. The plot and story as a whole draws you in and keeps you wanting to read to the end, to hear Poirot talk to the gathered characters and describe his deduction of the crime and name the murderer! 

If you are fond of Crime stories, have read Agatha Christie before, or even if you haven't, I would urge you to read this (and closely follow it with the rest of Agatha Christie's novels!). You might be a Poirot fan, or a Miss Marple fan (I'm a fan of Poirot), but whoever your detective of choice is, you're in for a good, entertaining read from Mrs Christie. 

I'm giving this book a 4 book score, not only did I really enjoy reading it, I would be happy to read it again!

Enjoy!!