Processions of the Dead

Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Horror
Publisher : Harper Voyager

Summary

darren-shan-large-354397D.B. Shan

Quick-witted and cocksure, young upstart Capac Raimi arrives in the City determined to make his mark. As he learns the tricks of his new trade from his Uncle Theo he’s soon on his way to becoming a promising new gangster. Then he crosses paths with The Cardinal, and his life changes forever.

Review

As a fan of Darren Shan books both the Demonata and the Saga of Darren Shan from the age of 14 there was no way I was going to pass on the chance to read one of his first Adult novels. Ive heard about the book coming out way before it did so as soon as it hit the shelves I was there to get it. Although I liked his books and writing style in the past, this book blew my mind. It still stands firmly as my all time favourite book by a mile.

Screenshot_20171022-173416.jpgThe level of twists and excitement is immense. There is more cliff hangers than you can imagine which makes it so much hander to put the book down. The story is interesting with a bit of a gangster edge, along with some science fiction future-esqe feel to it too. The city in the story reminds me of the likes of Gotham or Sin City. Let me just say that this book would make a great and exciting movie.

The characters are well written and not all is revealed about their personalities from the beginning which allows you to learn more as the story unfolds so do the characters at an equal pace which makes for a easy read. There is also an Inca angle in this book which I havnt come across before but found very interesting, its definitely a refreshing angle to take in this day and age.

The book is fast paced but clear to follow with a good flow. There is no slow parts to the book that would want you to skip ahead, but then again I always thought this about his works and main reason I became such a fan. The ending was different to what you might expect and to be honest could be left as the stand alone book for me, not that I didn’t enjoy the other 2 books of the trilogy (review to follow).

 

Conclusion

Im pretty sure I already made it quite clear just how much I loved this book. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone though, as I think only sci fi enthusiasts would truly enjoy this book. That said I think if this book did ever see the silver screen it would definitely gather a wider fan base if directed properly. A solid 5 out of 5.

5stars

Advertisements

The Girl in the Ice

Genre: Fiction / Mystery / Thriller
Publisher : Bookouture

Summary

Image result for robert bryndzaBy: Robert Bryndza

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.
The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.
As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

ReviewScreenshot_20170927-181414.jpg


This book came up as suggested for me on Goodreads. Brilliant feature of the website to be honest. I was excited to get my hands on it however when I ordered the book online I didn’t notice that the authors name was different and ended up picking the other The Girl in the Ice. Once I started readying it came to a quick conclusion that this is not the book I was intending to read. After a failed attempt I got my hands on this one and glad that I didn’t give up.

The character of Erika Foster is different I found. She is not easily liked but brilliant at the same time. We get some background on her but not too much to end up bored.

The storyline itself starts off intriguing, then draws out a little but picks back up in the end. I found the last few chapters very captivating and exciting. Although you have a feel that the killer is of the characters introduced to you throughout the story it still doesn’t give it away. No that is not a spoiler as its basically spelt out in the book description.

The author tidied up well at the end, which I found some others don’t do. Still leaving you in for more but finishing up all the loose lends in this book.

Conclusion

I really enjoyed this book despite the sometimes slow pace in the middle. I would definitely recommend this book to any mystery lover. I might look into reading some more of this series in the future. I give this a 4 out of 5.

4stars

The Widow

Genre: Fiction / Mystery / Thriller
Publisher : Transworld

Summary

Fiona BartonFiona Barton

We’ve all seen him: the man – the monster – staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.
But what about the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the woman who stands by him?

Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.
Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.
But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Review

I came across this book as one of those; if you liked The Girl on the Train then you will definitely like this one. Yes fell for that one ill admit. I feel like the book may have done better if it wasnt compared to those other books. Now its not a far fetch I guess but most similarities only lie in the layout of the book rather than the plot.

Screenshot_20170927-173630.jpgFirst of all the main thing that this book has in common with the girl on the train is that each chapter keeps jumping between characters and timelines. Felt a little jumbled up at some parts but for most of it fairly ok to follow. The desire to get on with it was huge with this one and dull at some parts too. A lot of eye rolling going on while reading this if you know what I mean.

The characters were described but not in enough detail to make you feel for them or enjoy reading about them to be honest. They were more like the second cast than the main characters.

The ending was the good thing about it, wasnt an obvious one which is always a win with mystery thrillers. The actual act of crime was the interesting part in this book and although the idea was to look at the marriage and how the wife of a suspect, I think this book could have been just as good from the police investigation angle. Hence the marriage angle wasnt that deep to capture the reader.

 

Conclusion

Didnt really impress to be honest. Some parts were interesting and some were dull. The ending was good but i would hesitate to recommend this book to anyone. Thats 2 out of 5 for me.

2stars

Die of Shame

Genre: Fiction / Mystery / Thriller
Publisher :

Summary

Mark Billigham
Mark Billingham

Every Monday evening, six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about shame. A respected doctor, a well-heeled housewife, a young male prostitute . . . they could not be more different. All they have in common is a history of addiction. But when one of the group is murdered, it quickly becomes apparent that someone else in that circle is responsible. The investigation is hampered by the strict confidentiality that binds these individuals and their therapist together, which makes things difficult for Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner, a woman who can appreciate the desire to keep personal matters private. If she is to find the killer, she will need to use less obvious means. The question is: What could be shameful enough to cost someone their life? And how do you find the truth when secrets, lies, and denial are second nature to all of your suspects?

Review

Screenshot_20170901-191934.jpgI picked up this book at the airport on the way to sunny Tenerife. After enjoying his book In the Dark i was keen to pick up another one of his works. This was another stand alone book and the summary did catch my interest further.

The aspect of addiction as the main background of the story was new to me and interesting. Perhaps it would be of even more interest to others who can relate or who just enjoy studying it. Learned quite a bit about addiction and therapy despite it being a fiction book.

The book changes from the then to the now however it wasn’t hard to follow at all which can happen with some books. Main thing that I enjoyed was the characters, each so extremely different and well written. The books splits the chapters to each character so you keep switching between being in all their shoes but at the same time doesn’t get confusing as some books can.

The ending was a little bit of a let down, not in the way that you saw it coming but more so that it seemed too long at this stage to find out who done it. It also didn’t feel wrapped up, this was the intent I’m guessing however not really something I like too much.

 

Conclusion

Good read. Interesting plot and interesting characters. I would definitely recommend this book be in on a sun lounger or not. 4 out of 5 stars for me.

4stars

The Girls

Genre: Fiction / Mystery / Suspense
Publisher : Arrow Books

Summary

93504.jpg
By Lisa Jewell

Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbors for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really?

On a midsummer night, as a festive neighborhood party is
taking place, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

Dark secrets, a devastating mystery, and the games both children and adults play all swirl together in this gripping novel, packed with utterly believable characters and page-turning suspense.

Review

Screenshot_20170406-211718.jpgThis book was given to me by a friend in work. Reading the summary I was interested and decided to give it a shot. The first section does well to capture interest however this is where it ends for me. The “Before” section that starts then drags out way to long, going into detail that sometimes seem very irrelevant. I got to the stage where I was questioning what this book is really about because it didnt seem to lead in the direction of that gripping first section.

The “After” section I figured would be where the story really picks up. I was wrong. Just when you think that the story will finally start to get interesting and there will be more of that promised suspense. There was none. The book ends without even giving a clear ending, no ending for that matter. Its like the author got bored of writing and decided to half write an ending that doesnt even tie anything up. Ah just leave it at that.

The book has no suspense, nothing gripping, nothing intriguing. No mystery. The language is plain and even dull at times. The word flat comes to mind. There was potential for the story there but at every chance the potential was wasted.

 

Conclusion

Dont bother. I wish I hadnt. Zero stars.

rating-star0

Lady of the Shades

Genre: Fiction / Horror / Fantasy / Thriller / Crime
Publisher : Orion Books

Summary

darren-shan-large-354397.jpg
By Darren Shan

Ed, an American author on the hunt for a story for his next book, arrives in London looking for inspiration. A stranger in a strange city, he’s haunted by a deadly secret that refuses to stay buried, and no matter how hard he tries he cannot escape the manifest sins of his past.
What Ed wants is answers, what he finds is something he definitely didn’t bargain for: the beautiful and untouchable Andeanna Menderes. Andeanna is a woman who is dangerously bound to one of London’s most notorious crime lords, and if they are caught together it could mean death for them both.
Ensnared in an illicit affair that can only be conducted in the shadows, Ed’s world is turned upside down as a series of shattering revelations blurs the line between what’s real and what’s not.

Review
Screenshot_20160512-194125.jpgThis was the second time I came across Darren Shan’s adult books. I first picked up his teen books after I seen someone read one and the picture of an axe on the cover when I was only 13. Since then I’ve been a loyal fan of all his work. Don’t make the mistake to think that just because he writes teen books that the adult books wouldn’t be that good. This book is as adult as it gets.

The beginning isn’t gripping, so much so that i thought id hate the book before I even finished a single chapter. Even one of my favourite books is not without flaw and perhaps this is a major one to some.  The story slowly reveals itself. The slow pace is just right to build up to the mayhem that begins in the second half of the book. The fact that this is a standalone, you know the mayhem will be good and Shan doesn’t disappoint.

The characters aren’t overly developed but their story is described just enough for you to follow yet not get too deep. The story line it self is not difficult to follow dispute the twists and turns, and what twists they are!

The only downside for me is that Shan can go too far into the fantasy realm which shatters the illusion of any of this being real and someone looses a little of the appeal especially in books where fantasy of such is not necessary. Perhaps he is just drawn to it.

The ending wowed me to this day i remember how I felt reading that final epic reveal twist plot. My jaw did literally drop I gasped out loud and that’s no exaggeration. For the twists alone I give this book top marks.

Conclusion

If you are a lover of twists, this is the book for you. This book has the most twists and surprises than any thriller Ive ever read. Despite the minor flaws the book does make up for it in the end and sits firmly on my list of re-read and re-read and again. 5 out of 5.

5stars

The Book Thief

Genre: Historical Fiction/ Fiction
Publisher : Knopf Books

Summary

markus-zusak.jpg
By Markus Zusak


It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Review

Screenshot_20170319-144716The reason I picked up this book was purely from the initial interest in the title. A book about a book thief intrigued me, what I didnt realise at the time was that it was a historical fiction which I dont often read. Despite the fact that this was a book outside my norm I really enjoyed it.

One of the main things I liked about this book was that it was set during the Holocaust but it didnt revolve itself around that it kept the focus on the main character and what she was experiencing which made the historical part of it far more interesting.

The fact that the book is narrated by death was an interesting take but it also wasn’t as depressing and negative as you might think death would be at narrating. I found the book descriptive enough to set the picture in my mind without boring me with details which not every author can get the balance of right. Although its not a happy story I feel like you can get the happiness from the main characters love of books and to be fair if you know when/where the book is set I don’t see how you cant see how the end plays out.

Conclusion
I found the book interesting and a very easy read. I would recommend this book to friends, however I can also see how this might not be up to everyone’s liking either. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

4stars

Flash and Bones

Genre: Mystery / Fiction / Thriller
Publisher : Arrow Books`
download
By Kathy Reichs

Summary

A body is found in a barrel of asphalt next to Lowes Motor Speedway near Charlotte just as 200,000 fans are pouring into town for race week. The next day, a NASCAR crew member shares with Tempe a devastating story. Twelve years earlier his sister, Cyndi Gamble, then a high school senior who wanted to be a professional racecar driver, disappeared along with her boyfriend, Cale Lovette. Lovette kept company with a group of right wing extremists known as the Patriot Posse. Is the body Cyndi’s? Or Cale’s?

At the time of their disappearance, the FBI joined the investigation, but the search was quickly terminated. As Tempe is considering multiple theories, including an FBI cover-up, a surprising, secret substance is found with the body, leaving Tempe to wonder what exactly the government was up to. . . .

Review

The was one of the first Kathy Reichs books I had picked up, although its actually the 14th in the series. As I’ve mentioned in previous Kathy Reichs reviews, each book is its own story and just like I never started from the first book my reviews will follow the same (non) logic and be as jumbled up as the sequence of me reading them.Screenshot_20170319-144930

At the beginning of the book i found myself a little lost in the whole NASCAR world as I’m not familiar with any of it. My lack of interest in NASCAR also made me nearly dose off at parts. The first half of the book seemed a little dull, with very little forensic work described. If you had read her other books this one would seem more like a holiday book from that world, although still within the same theme it moved away from the main personal story of Temperance Brennan so it was refreshing in that sense.

Although it took me a while to get fully into this book, the second half of it was much more promising. This book was definitely one where I didn’t guess who the killer was and I find that’s what keeps me loyal to Kathy Reichs aside from the forensics of course.

Conclusion

Although my review might come off as more negative then positive I did enjoy this book and was left surprised by the ending. I would recommend this book to any crime / mystery lover without a doubt. I would give this a 4 out of 5 as there were parts which could have been better.

4stars.PNG

Taboo

Genre: Crime / Mystery / Thriller
Publisher : Simon & Schuster
Image result for casey hill author
By Casey Hill (Melissa & Kevin)

Summary

Forensic Investigator Reilly Steel, Quantico-trained and California born and bred, imagined Dublin to be a far cry from San Francisco, a sleepy backwater where she can lay past ghosts to rest and start anew. She’s arrived in town to drag the Irish crime lab into the 21st century, plus keep tabs on her Irish-born father who’s increasingly seeking solace in the bottle after a family tragedy.

But a brutal serial killer soon puts paid to that. When a young man and woman are found dead in an apartment, the gunshot wounds on their naked bodies suggest a suicide pact. But Reilly’s instincts are screaming that something’s seriously amiss and, as more bodies are discovered, the team soon realise tht a twisted murderer is at work, one who seeks to upset society’s norms in the most sickening way imaginable….

 

Review

img_20170111_195756 I picked up this book in the book shop after reading the summary at the back. I was interested in a crime mystery set in Dublin because up to that point I was only familiar with Chick Lit romantic books set in Dublin. I guess I didn’t have huge expectations at the time and left it on my book shelf for a long time before deciding to get stuck into it.
I don’t know what I was thinking not reading this book sooner. The story is very interesting, the concept of the killer was very intriguing. The book was well written which I had doubts about since the only other book I had read by two authors before this was a disaster.
The story kept you in suspense in the “Ah just one more chapter” way which is always a great sign. The story line kept you guessing and I for one couldn’t have predicted the ending. Plenty of surprises along the way to keep this an exciting one till the very end. I felt like this book could do well as a t.v. series, I could picture it while I read how well it would work.
The Characters were well written, you weren’t overwhelmed with details which allowed you to make up your own details but enough to make the characters their own. The characters kept developing through out the story, the boring stiff was not as boring as you thought towards the end sort of way.

Conclusion

I had a great time reading this, it was an easy read too. After finishing the book I discovered there is 5 more in the series of Reilly Steel so I’m keen to get my hands on those too. I would give this book a  5 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this to any crime lover, its a great book but also easy to read. I would be definitely be looking at these two authors more in the future.

5stars

The Time of my Life

Genre: Woman’s Fiction/ Chick Lit
Publisher : Harper Collins
By Cecelia Ahern

Summary
Lucy Silchester has an appointment with her life. Lying on her carpet one day when she returns from work is a gold envelope. Inside is an invitation – to a meeting with Life. Her life. It turns out she’s been ignoring it. She’s read about the Life agency in a magazine and now her’s wanted to meet with her. But Lucy’s life isn’t what it seems. Some of the choices she’s made – and stories she’s told – aren’t what they seem either. From the moment she meets the man who introduces himself as her life, her stubborn half-truths are going to be revealed in all their glory – unless Lucy learns to tell the truth about what really matters to her.

 

Review
Screenshot_20160608-190504.jpg
The reason I picked up this book was because I’ve enjoyed the Authors previous works. After “One Hundred Names” I wasn’t too keen on picking up another of her books but I got this one before that read and figured its no use just sitting on my shelf.

The book is an easy read as her previous works. I decided given its easy style I was going to take it with me on holidays for the plane and the lounging in the sun. It has a great uplifting feel to it. The story is very similar to her “How to Fall in Love” where as well as a romantic story she incorporates a story of self exploration and even therapy.

I really felt a connection to the main character and now because I lie as much as she does but more so because she feels very real like a non polished person you would meet in real life. It is the most real character I have read in any of my books. As well as the main character the rest are also well developed and play their part in a very realistic way.

One of the nice things about this book is that it is set in Dublin, just like many of her others. As I am from Dublin this helps plaint a clearer picture of the story and once again makes it all the more real.

Although it is a romantic book it is not a soppy one. There is plenty of humor and jokes. I had plenty of out loud laughs myself while reading it, possibly looking crazy as a result.

There is plenty of suspense too, the exciting kind which leaves you on the edge of your seat.

Conclusion
This was one of my favorites from Cecelia. This was a lovely story with an exciting pace. I would recommend this book to any woman in my life. I’d rate it a 5 out of 5.

5stars