New Monthly 5 Book Review

welcome to the 2nd review for the day. 

 

This one is for the book that inspired the HBO tv series, "Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty. 

I don't know about you, but I am one of those who likes to read the book before I watch the tv show. That is what I wanted to do with "Big Little Lies" and I'm glad I did. The book is based in Australia opposed to the tv show that has the story based in the US. 

The storyine jumps straight in with police interviews so you know somethiong has happened but not the what, before taking you back to how the whole thing started, something that I think makes for a clever plot line. 

I enjoyed the view to how the other half lives, but also the underlying sense that things were not all ok in paradise, something that is apparent with Celeste. 

If you haven't read this one, where have you been?? I would highly recommendt his one for the comedy, escapism and just general enjoyment. 

I give this book a 4 book score. Highly enjoyable and I would read it again!

I'm not going to go into too much detail due to the spoilers but read the book - you won't be disappointed. 

 

Enjoy, and as always, Keep Reading! x

Hi everyone! Welcome to the first of 2 reviews being posted this month - I'm finally catching up on my reading (feel like i've been falling behind). 

So, lets get started. The first book i want to talk to you about is "The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle" by Stuart Turton. I advise that there may be spoilers if you haven't already read the book.

This is Mr Turton's debut novel and i admit, I really enjoyed it. The book itself, to me, was a little hard going at first to get into as you're dropped straight into the action without any real explanation as to how you get there and so in the beginning it seems a little bewildering. my advice - stick with it. 

The book gets better and better the further into it you get, like Mr Turton has found his stride and is running along nicely. I'll be honest, this would not have ben my first choice of book to read, however, the blurb sounded great and I love the idea of the story. I had a shock when I saw the name of the house though; 'Blackheath'. I once used this myself in a draft of ghost story. Sadly the draft no longer exists as my old laptop that it was written on was stolen in 2010. 

 

Anyway, I digress. I loved the idea of this book, the constant change of character is a little trippy at first, at least until you understand what is meant to be happening in the book - I'm sad to say that this realisation doesn't really happen until you're maybe 5 or 6 chapters into the book, but like I said, stick with it. The more character swaps you see, the more the story knits together and the truth starts to come out. 

Overall, I enjoyed the book and would give it a 3 book score. The book is a good read once you get into it and I did enjoy it.

Enjoy! and as always, Keep Reading! 

 

 

 

Morning everyone! Welcome to my latest review. 

Other than the 'Poirot' series of books (and TV series starring David Suchet), "And Then There Were None" is my favourite Agatha Christie novel. 

Did you know that this has also been released with the slightly non-PC title of "Ten Little Indians"?? Wikipedia states "Ten Little Indians is an American children's counting out rhyme. The term "Indians" in this sense is referring to Native Americans. In 1868, songwriter, Septimus Winner adapted it as a song for a minstrel show."

You can also find movie adaptations bith titled "Ten Little Indians" (released in 1966) and also "And Then There Were None" - my favourite version stars the Late Oliver Reed and the Late Sir Richard Attenborough. Not to mention the amazing tv miniseries for BBC1 starring Charles Dance.

You get the idea - it has been on TV a lot. Book wise, I love the suspense of it, 7 strangers are invited to an island to stay by an unseen host, where it becomes clear that said host seems to know a lot that appears to incriminate the guests for things that happened in the past. 

I can't describe too much more without spoiling the book for those who haven't read it yet, but the twist at the end is one you just don't see coming, no matter how many times you read it - I've read this so many times and I am still surprised by the end even though I really should remember it by now!

If you haven't already read this one, I urge to you to as soon as possible. You'll be hooked. I give "And Then There Were None" a 5 book score. I love it. 

Enjoy, and as always, Keep Reading! x

 

 

 

Hi everyone, welcome back to my book review page. 

 

My review today is on "Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights" by Carole Matthews.

This book is the follow up to "The Cake Shop in the Garden" and follows the next part of the lives of Fay & Danny, Lija and Stan, along with Edie and new character, Rainbow. 

Much like with "The Cake Shop in the Garden", I found similarities between the events in the book and my own life. Sadly, in the first book (spoiler alert), the death and funeral of one of the characters was a little too close to home for me in that it reminded me a little too closely of that of my own mum. This made me feel sad, but also confused as to how the exact same circumstances could be reflected like that in a book of fiction. With this new book, one of the characters, Lija, her mannerisms and everything, just remind me perfectly of a lovely young woman I work with at my day job, right down to her pronuciations and all sorts. 

Only bad thing with this book is that I now feel like I'm torn between wanting to bake and wanting to trot to Milton Keynes, find this cafe and have a slice of cake, a cup of tea and a sandwich! 

I love the follow on story and the idea of the xmas eve wedding (another spoiler alert) made my heart melt - sounds just like the kind of thing I would plan for my own if I was getting married. 

Carole's books have a way of making the reader feels as though they are involved, not just sat somewhere comfy reading, and I like that, I like that I am made to feel like I am in the same room as the characters. 

This is a cozy book and a really lovely read - even makes me want to go off on a canal in a narrowboat - even though I have claustrophobic tendancies! a clear 4 book score from me - I'll be reading this one again without a doubt. 

Enjoy and as always, Keep Reading!!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Welcome back to my book review!

As you have already noticed, this review is covering the "Twilight" saga by Stephanie Meyer. Did you know that "Twilight" was Stephanie's debut novel??

The "Twilight" series of novels, which also includes, "New Moon", "Eclipse" and "Breaking Dawn" has made Stephanie Meyer a best selling author for young adults. That is the key word, right there - young adults. 

So before anyone kicks off about what they liked, or didn't like about the books, remember who you are as an individual - do you count as a "Young Adult", i.e. a teenager?? odds are, probably not. This is often the case when it comes to books like this being reviewed. The books are read and reviewed by somebody far older than the intended readership and so the opinion given doesn't fit those that the novels were intended for and can be misleading.

The Saga, as it has come to be known is a teenage love story, albeit one between a human girl and a vampire. I like the story that has been written, and yes there are some flaws, but in the scheme of things, the flaws aren't bad. Yes there are times I'm sat reading the books and literally saying 'get a grip' or 'what were you thinking?' before I remember that this is fiction! That aside, you have to understand that the books are written from the point of view of the human girl - Bella. So while her reactions to things may not be the same as mine would be, or yours, this is a teenage girl experiencing her first love and we can all - irrespective of gender or age - relate to how that feels. Yes, it can be irrational and yes, it seems that Bella is ridiculously clingy at times, but she also shows that she'll fight for what she believes in and that can be an admirable quality to have. 

When Edward leaves Bella after an incident at the start of "New Moon", I actually get frustrated with Bella and her reaction - this is the part I generally will sit and say 'get a grip, pull yourself together' but of course, like I say, this is a story from her perspective, so yes, Edward's treatment could seem a little harsh. Either way, much like with first love, we can all relate to first heartbreak and understand that we would all react in different ways. (When I split up with my ex-fiance whom I had been with for 5 years, I binge ate and was single for a full decade before I met my current boyfriend but that's just me - I have self esteem issues). I do understand Bella's need for solitude, to try and understand herself why she has this gaping hole in her life - self imposed though - she is so tuned into Edward and hia family, that Bella forgets herself and her other friends, she forgets to maintain her own personality and her own being - this is why Edward leaving her feels so much worse than it perhaps was. Bella doesn't know who she is without Edward and this is evident from her actions in "New Moon" and why she is so fast to jump on a plane with Alice when Alice sees Edward going to the Volturi (spoiler alert for those who have not read the books yet). 

I think this is where Bella's realtionship with Jacob comes into it - Bella is trying to work out who she is on her own and whether she is actually anybody without Edward beside her and Jacob (at first) is the brother Bella doesn't have. Of course, things change and Jacob sees his relationship with Bella as something more, something that Bella isn't ready for. 

"Eclipse" is a book where you start to see a new side to Bella. She has come out of the other side of the whole Edward leaving thing and she's proven to herself that she has the fight in her to protect those that she loves. In declaring that she's 'switzerland' to Edward and Jacob, she's clearly saying that if they want to be with her, they treat her as neutral territory and not to fight around her - notice how quick they both listened to her?? I admit, the part in the movie, just after Bella punches Jacob and he's telling Charlie why it has nearly come to blows with Edward is hilarious - the straightfaced delivery and deadpan expressions make me laugh every time - but I digress. What I'm saying here is that you finally start to see a little more backbone with Bella, she's finding her own corner and defending it. 

Lastly, "Breaking Dawn" a book of 2 halves, pre vampire Bella and post vampire Bella. I admit, this book asked a few more questions that it answered, and the possibilty for spin offs in regard to the history of some of the other characters that appear to help as witnesses is amazing - but surely I am not the only one who really wants to know what happens with Jacob and Renesmee?? I had heard of another novel coming out to this affect, but It may have been a falsehood - I'm just not sure. I actually like to see Bella transformed - her character is much stronger and there just seems to be more to her than a clumsy teenager scared to get any older in case she ends up looking too much older than her boyfriend. The only question I ask is this - why does it take so long for a family of vampires to cotton on to what it is that's needed when Bella is pregnant, as in Blood? Am I the only one that would have thought this would have been an obvious thought from the beginning, or at least when Bella really started looking awful?? Just always seemed silly to me that you have a house full of vampires, a girl pregnant with the child of a vampire, and yet the one food source that nobody considers until it is a snide comment on Jacob's behalf is Blood. 

All this being said, I do like the books, they are an easy read and I do like the story and the characters. Heck, I wouldn't mind living in Forks myself!

I'm giving the series a 4 book score purely on the basis that I do like them a lot and I've read the books countless times (I am not a Young Adult either!). If I was to score them as individual books, I think the lowest score would go to "New Moon". I just don't like the Bella portrayed here, not in the first part of the book anyway. 

As always, this is purely a guide. Enjoy what time is left of your holidays and as always, stay safe, and Keep Reading!! xx