​Book Review: Need You Dead by Peter James

Title: Need You Dead

Author: Peter James

Publisher: MacMillan

Series: Detective Superintendent Roy Grace (#13)

Genre: Crime Thriller, Murder Mystery

Pages: 410

Format: Paperback

Review also posted on: Goodreads

Book Synopsis: 

Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything for her.

When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalisingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.

This Book is about: 

The unintentional murder of the beautiful Lorna Belling and how DS Roy Grace and his team slowly rule out whether her death was by Suicide or by murder. They eventually start finding possible suspects, her abusive husband, a displeased buyer and a famous person. And they also found out a little later a possible lover. And things start to escalate pretty quickly each time they find a new suspect, a pursuit that ended terribly, another murder materialized, and a reveal that will leave you in shock (well it left me in shock) 

My Review:

Note: The Advance Reader Copy (ARC) was sent to me by Mr. Peter and Dani in exchange for an honest review.

The book cover doesn’t give away much of the plot, it just shows the suspect and I always love how Mr. Peter’s book covers have this mysterious and somewhat ominous vibe to it.

The book though, It was Bloody Brilliant! DS Roy Grace is back with another thrilling case that’ll keep you on the edge of you seat. I was so excited when I found out that Mr. Peter was already writing Need you Dead since last year and when he said that he’ll send me an ARC, I just couldn’t contain my happiness and this was also one of my most anticipated release this year. I’ve been reviewing contemporary romance and fantasy books lately and I was in dire need of a Murder Mystery book and Mr. Peter did not disappoint me. The story basically revolves on Lorna Belling’s death. In the beginning of the book you already find out how Lorna was murdered, but we don’t know much about the murder besides the fake identity he gave to Lorna. There are many other things happening in the book like Roy finding someone he didn’t see for a decade, and going through their past cases specifically the one with Jodie Bentley (Love You Dead), but even though they had many things going on in the book it wasn’t cluttered at all, it was written very smoothly and the transition for one scene to another was really good. And following DS Roy Grace’s Team in trying to solve the case is always one heck of a ride. There was also this particular scene that immensely impressed me. It literally gave me chills while reading each detail of that certain event (if you’ve read the book. I’m referring to SD’s scene) it was just so well written and I’ve never read and books that gave me chills before, but this one just gave me one and I’m still not over it.

Dialogues: I can’t really give my opinion on the typos since the ARC was still an uncorrected copy. But even if it was still an uncorrected copy It was a very well written book that I really enjoyed.

Characters: every character in the book has their own charms and I still do have my favorite one which is DS Roy Grace. We finally see his soft side since he’s with someone he hasn’t seen for a decade and you’ll follow how they slowly open up to each other, also I like this other character but I can’t really tell you anything about him for it’ll spoil the story. So if you find yourself gasping in the end chapters, yep! That’s the other character I liked and felt bad for liking that character haha.

Plot: Was brilliant! I gasped way too much after finding out who Lorna’s lover was. The book totally mislead me into thinking it was the other character who committed the crime and I just loved the surprising turn of events.

Detailing: was very good, precise and chilling at times.

Overall another amazing read for 2017. A gripping, shocking and spine tingling thriller. That murder mystery fans would probably enjoy and it makes me look forward to the 14th Detective Superintendent Roy Grace Novel.

As to the Question that’s been written on the cover of the book which is “ What makes a Killer?” I’d probably say: Circumstances.

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Rating : 5/5 

Book Review: The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt


Title: The Radius of Us

Author: Marie Marquardt

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Series: Standalone

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 289

Format: Hardcover

Review also posted on: Goodreads

Book Synopsis: 

What happens when you fall in love with someone everyone seems determined to fear?

Ninety seconds can change a life ― not just daily routine, but who you are as a person. Gretchen Asher knows this, because that’s how long a stranger held her body to the ground. When a car sped toward them and Gretchen’s attacker told her to run, she recognized a surprising terror in his eyes. And now she doesn’t even recognize herself.

Ninety seconds can change a life ― not just the place you live, but the person others think you are. Phoenix Flores Flores knows this, because months after setting off toward the U.S. / Mexico border in search of safety for his brother, he finally walked out of detention. But Phoenix didn’t just trade a perilous barrio in El Salvador for a leafy suburb in Atlanta. He became that person ― the one his new neighbors crossed the street to avoid.

Ninety seconds can change a life ― so how will the ninety seconds of Gretchen and Phoenix’s first encounter change theirs?

Told in alternating first person points of view, The Radius of Us is a story of love, sacrifice, and the journey from victim to survivor. It offers an intimate glimpse into the causes and devastating impact of Latino gang violence, both in the U.S. and in Central America, and explores the risks that victims take when they try to start over. Most importantly, Marie Marquardt’s The Radius of Us shows how people struggling to overcome trauma can find healing in love.

This Book is about:

A girl and a boy, both faced traumatic experiences in their lives and finds comfort with each other’s company. Poor Gretchen was assaulted by a gang member leaving her aching in pain on the sidewalk. Which is what traumatized her up to this day.  And one day while she was at the “Place without a soul”, she sees a boy who apparently looks like the gang member that assaulted her, and she fled the park and had a panic attack afterwards. The boy she saw though was Phoenix and he thought that he did something wrong to make her flee like that where in fact he was just walking Amanda’s fancy dog. Phoenix is currently living with a lesbian couple that takes care of him like he’s their own child. He has a brother named Ari who’s currently locked up in a facility, since both of them crossed the Mexican border. You’ll follow Gretchen’s slow recovery from the traumatic event she experienced with the help of Phoenix. And you’ll also find out what happened to Phoenix and Ari at Mexico that made them risk their lives just to cross the border… and find out that even in a 20 mile radius you’d still find a person to love.

My Review:

Note: This book was sent to me by the Author herself in exchange for an honest review.

I found out about The Radius of Us via Booktube on Christine Riccio a.k.a. Polandbananasbooks and I was curious as to why it’s called the “Radius” of us and also the synopsis is quite engaging for me. 

The book cover is really cute and you get a cute love story vibe from it and it just looks perfect for me.

The Radius of Us has a good plot, has a different approach in telling the story (specifically the last few chapters), and it also has some delightfully good illustrations. The story was really good, but I guess having exams and projects hindered me from enjoying the book. While reading the book I kept on asking why Gretchen is so jumpy and have these panic attacks. And why Phoenix is under the care of strangers… and why is it called the freaking “Radius” of us? But after reading it and finding out why it’s called that way was quite satisfying and urged me to find out what happens after Gretchen find’s out Phoenix’s past. I quite liked how vulnerable the two characters were at the begging and slowly start trusting each other and become a little more outgoing.

Dialogues: were good, since one of the main character is from Mexico you’ll find some Spanish words every now and then, some are explained some aren’t. I really like how Phoenix reacts with Spanish lingo. I didn’t find any typos and the dialogues weren’t confusing at all.

Characters:  I really like Phoenix’s character, he doesn’t abuse the kindness of his guardians. He’s loving and caring. I like how he slowly opens up to the possibility that he and Gretchen could be together despite his current situation. I also liked Gretchen’s development in the book, from being a total wreck after the traumatic assault she experienced into a girl that’s brave enough to follow he heart. I really like most of the characters they’re just so warm, welcoming and treats outsiders like family.

Plot: I quite like it, from having a traumatic experience, illegally crossing boarders and finally finding love when you least expect it… it just sucks you in.

Flow of the Story: was still good, the transition from one character to the other wasn’t confusing and everything was just right.

Detailing: was Excellent! Since the book has some illustrations it just adds to the book’s charms and the illustration’s details and even the description of the things they see, eat and touch was really good.

Overall a really good book, it’ll make you smile when you read it and interesting illustrations which is quite relevant to the plot of the story. This book though isn’t the favorite book of 2017 type but more of a book that I’ll pick up when I’m in a reading slump or if I want to refresh my memory of its sweet story.

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Book Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Series: Standalone

Genre: Romance, YA, Contemporary

Pages: 310

Format: Hardcover

Review Also Posted On: Goodreads

Book Synopsis: 

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller–soon to be a major motion picture! In theaters May 19, it stars Amandla Stenberg as Maddy and Nick Robinson as Olly.

Risk everything . . . for love.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. 

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. 
  
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. 
  
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. 

Everything, Everything will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It’s an innovative,  inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.

This Book is about:

A girl named Madeline who is allergic to almost everything so she can’t go outside, everything that goes inside her house needs decontaminating. So she has all the time to read books. And all the interactions she’s ever had are only between her nurse and her mum. Each day of Madeline’s life is just the same as the other. And everything changed when their new neighbors arrived. And she saw a boy, a boy that has this crazy thing for stunts and the first time she saw him she gasped at the stunt he performed. And since she can’t go out to introduce herself she just well… spied on the family, made schedules on what each of the family member are doing in specific hours of the day, she has a schedule on what her neighbors do except for the boy. Until one night through the suicide attempt of the cake the boy’s mother made… the boy gave Madeline his email and then they IM each other every night. Will Madeline risk her life to meet this boy? Will she break the rules or break her heart in this process? Is the life she’s living the truth or is it just an Illusion? This book literally has Everything!

My Review:

I still found out about this book via twitter and I really didn’t know that this was literally one of the Best Selling Novel out there and It was on the top of my TBR list since then. And I tried saying Hi to the Author and she said Hi back (EEEEEEEEEEPPPP!!!!!!!!) anyway.

The book cover looks lovely. I just love it! It’s simple yet eye catching and pretty and I just love it so much.

I loved the book. Like I literally read it in seven hours no breaks whatsoever. And if you don’t know how I read, I’m relatively a slow reader like one book a week reader. But I just couldn’t put Everything Everything down. The book starts off with a girl that has SCID a rare sickness that makes a person allergic to almost everything. I like how Madeline escapes her bubble like house with books. but how she and Olly met via the suicide of a Budnt Cake was funny AF and the IMing of both the characters just made my heart flutter. They’re just the cutest couple ever! With Madeline she has her firsts in Everything and Olly will be the one that will make her experience Everything. But their first contact ever was sorta breath taking for me. This book just emits this heart warming vibe in it that I loved so much. And also the revelations in the ending chapters literally blew my mind. Like  I can’t even!  I wasn’t expecting it at all and I was really shocked by it. That was really an unexpected turn of events. And I loved every minute I spent reading this book.

Dialogues: Amazing, Lovely and most of the lines here made my heart flutter.

Characters: the characters in this book are Amazing. Madeline was scared to go out since she’s allergic to almost everything. But when Olly arrived she literally gambled her life just to meet Olly and her character development was the best that there is. Also the other characters were still great I also adored Olly’s character but there were certain characters in the book that shook my world and I’m still not over it.

Plot: was super good. It was tragic at first then it turned into a sweet and cute love story until the revelation that changes everything ab out the book. This book is complete and utterly Brilliant.

Flow of the Story: It was really smooth and it wasn’t cluttered at all, it was easy to read no hard to understand words and I just love it.

Detailing: was practically perfect.

Overall an amazing read and even though I’m quite disappointed with myself that I read this book in ebook form and not in the physical form. I’m still happy that I read this and it was everything that I expected it to be. You’ll feel emotional and feel EVERYTHING while reading this book and I’m super excited that this is going to be a movie very very soon. It’ll be starred by Amalda Stenberg and Nick Robinson
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Book Review: Silver and the White Lions: Children of the stars by Jenny Vassallo


Title: Silver and the White Lions: Children of the stars

Author: Jenny Vassallo

Publisher: Pegasus Publishers

Series: Standalone

Genre: fantasy, magical realism, 

Pages: 207

Format: Paperback

Review also posted on: Goodreads

Book Synopsis: 

Silver is a beautiful, large Maine Coon cat who remembers that in a previous life he was a white lion cub. 

He lives with several other cats who encouraged him to tell them the story of his past life.

He begins with his memories from his childhood as a cub, when his dad, King, told him how all the lions arrived at King Rock.

King had been born with a mission in life, which was to travel to a place where he would find a very special white lioness with blue eyes. She was destined to become his mate and together they would fulfill an ancient African prophecy.

This book is about:

A three legged Maine Coon cat named Silver, who apparently remembers being a special white lion cub in his past life and how he tells the story to Angel’s pride (well cat pride). A story where strangely everybody in Angel’s pride seems to be a character in Silver’s out of this world story. His story where every cat acts as one to help in fulfilling an African prophecy to help King find his mate, Mama. And starting their own pride which was already written on the stars years before they were even born. And as to what Silver said. You’ll find out soon enough why cats always seem to be lazy and always goes to sleep most of the days.

My Review:

Note: This book was sent to me by the Author’s publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The book cover really looks great. I get a Narnia feel to it and after reading it you’ll find out that the story revolves on the Lions and the prophecy written in the stars.

So the book, well it was interesting at first, I got quite excited on the adventures that the characters would embark in…. But. It kept on getting less interesting on the middle chapters, I basically had a reading slump and had to reread the whole half of the book to remember what happened in the first chapters and after finishing it. I was quite satisfied… since I already passed the reading slump phase. The book wasn’t an overwhelming OMG! This book is amazing! Type of book it’s more on a so-so level. I liked the idea of telling the readers why cats sleep most of the time and also how the cats helped each other in fulfilling the African prophecy… other that those two I found the story quite unfulfilling, maybe I was expecting something more exciting to happen on this particular book but I raised my expectation a little too much.

✅Dialogues: were fine, I found some typos with the grammar and even on the name of a character.

Characters: first X ever woot! This book has too many characters, since Silver’s story goes from present to the past you’ll encounter an overwhelming number of characters and it just felt quite cluttered and this is one of the reasons that hindered me from enjoying the story. The overall character count is 45 characters and even if some of the characters didn’t talk too much it was still quite confusing since the transition from one character to the other wasn’t very good. 

✅Plot: the Plot is good but it didn’t feel quite fulfilling. The main goal was to help King find his mate Mama and to have cubs and have those little lights go inside each one of the cubs to fulfill this African prophecy. Their journey was dull there wasn’t any adversary that could possibly stop them besides those hunters nothing much happened that tickled my fancy.

✅Flow of the story: is acceptable.

✅Detailing: quite okay, this book has good detailing on the surrounding and characters, etc.

Overall a book that would’ve been a super interesting story but missed it’s chance to expand and have good twist and turns in it. 

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Book Review: Unexpressed Feelings by Khadija Rupa

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Title: Unexpressed Feelings

Author: Khadija Rupa

Genre: Poetry

Pages: 185

Format: Paperback

Review also posted on: Goodreads

Book Synopsis from Goodreads:

Unexpressed Feelings is a book which begins with the unbearable melancholy that creeps under one’s skin, into the bones, when an unexpected heartbreak takes place. Priceless lessons, that only mistakes and sorrow can teach, leap out from the middle part of the book with the forethought to heal an inner wound that is still raw, still painful. This book of yearning, heartache and realizations gradually comes to a beautiful end in part three by unveiling how love is supposed to look like when it truly enters one’s life. By expressing some of the sweet feelings of falling in love and being consumed by it in this last section, with the right person this time, the aim of the book is one: to give hope to souls that propels them to the continuous search for Love. True Love. Throughout this book, loss, lessons and love have been portrayed in a brief, whimsical, poetic manner with meanings that are intensely deep.

My Review:

Note:  This book was sent to me by Khadija Rupa and her team in exchange for an honest review.

I found out about this book when I was scrolling through Facebook and I was instantly drawn to it since the sneak peeks of the poems were really good.

The book cover is really eye catching and it really goes well with the title. For me though the cover seems to show how or what Unexpressed feelings look like inside a person. But that’s just me haha.

I still haven’t got the chance to review any poetry books up until now. So this is quite new to me but I will give my honest thoughts and opinions about this book.

The book has tons of strong points. It has a mixture of heart break, moving on and trying to find love. Unexpressed Feelings is divided into three parts: “Crying is allowed here”, “School of lost souls”, and “Darling it’s me: Love.” I personally like part one: “Crying is allowed here” since it has more poems in it than the other two parts, the poems in part one are much more relatable to me and my life and it’s quite refreshing to read some of it. The book also has short stories along with the poems, the book covers almost everything about relationships and what you’ll encounter while you’re in one.

Here are some poems that I liked in this book:

“It’s Over

He cried that day.

All day,

All night.

She cried, too.

Sadly,

All her life.”

 

“Life

This Earth is a funny planet.

Life in it is nothing –

But a game.

We all are players.

Some play with toys.

Some—

With hearts.”

 

“Lack of Love

Some people understand,

Who you are,

Reaching to the bottom of your heart,

From a distance so far.

And surprisingly,

Some take a lifetime

To understand who you are not,

Despite being someone so close.”

 

The only issue I had with the book was that some of the poems were random. It would start up with engaging and relatable lines but would be really random at times in the end of the poem. I felt the same way with the short stories, even though the stories were told in somewhat a poetic way which I like by the way, it was the same with the other poems with having good lines at the begging and having random and unfulfilling lines in the end. But rest assured that you will enjoy this poetry book as much as I did.

Also, I do love poems that rhyme, since it’s much more fun to read than the ones that don’t, Unexpressed Feelings have tons of those poems. But there still are poems that rhyme in the end but is still quite unsatisfying.

Overall this was a really good poetry book, I would highly recommend that you get this book. To give you some reasons though…. This book has many relatable and lovely poems and short stories, this book was sold out in bookstores in Malaysia, and just look at the cover if ever you have a bookstagram here’s one of the books that you can take pictures with. It’s basically pretty inside and out.

 

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Book Review: The Princess of a Whorehouse by Mayank Sharma

 

Title: Princess of a Whorehouse

Author: Mayank Sharma

Publisher: NotionPress

Series: Standalone

Genre:  Fiction

Pages: 98

Format: Paperback

Review is also posted on: Goodreads

Book Synopsis:

Aparajita is a tenacious go-getter. Her name means unconquerable in Sanskrit, and she lives up to its meaning.

Just like any other ambitious girl, she desires to fulfil her dreams and become an independent individual. Far and wide, the shadow of her melancholy past chases her passage. The fact that her widowed mother is a former sex worker irks the community. Nonetheless, she is not ashamed to reveal her mother’s past.

Will she lose hope, or will she defy an enigma that is centuries-old? Will she ever conquer the hearts of a prestige-obsessed community?

See the world through Aparajita’s prism in a tale stirred by some real life events.

This book is about:

A girl names Aparajita who encountered a series of unfortunate events in her life. She lost her father in an accident and her mother was a school dropout and was so gullible that she absent mindedly signed a deed which she had no idea what was written on it. And desperate times calls for desperate measures, her mother became a sex slave to earn money which was not that much since they were somewhat a prisoner in that whorehouse. But her luck changed when her mum met Raj and you’ll follow Aparajita’s struggle in finding herself and in trying to fit in the society where her mother’s past wasn’t well accepted and a society where her kind isn’t welcome at all.

My Review:

Note: this book was sent to me by the Author himself and in exchange I’ll be giving my honest review.

I’m quite certain that it was on twitter where Mr. Mayank asked me to review his book before we discussed other matters concerning my review via email.

The book Title doesn’t look that engaging. I myself isn’t easily offended by these types of books but if you would consider the people who aren’t comfortable with abuse and stuff this would be unappealing to them and they won’t really try to look at it even though the title is just a phase of the character’s life.

The book was super short. The story is fast paced. And because of this it was quite hard for me to like develop any feeling whatsoever towards the book since it didn’t give that much exposure to certain parts of the main character’s story. Also the title was somehow misleading since it emits one of these two thoughts:

*Oh! So she’s a high ranked whore of some sort

*is she like the one who manages the whorehouse?

And none of those were inclined to the story. And the story’s main points were the women being sex slaves and how society perceives women who were held captive against their will and how their past will continuously haunt them for the rest of their life. And not only them but their offspring but the main point here I guess was that even the most damaged souls and the most abused people just needs hope that one day they’ll get up from the tragedies they faced.

✅Dialogues: quite okay. Except for the occasional typos I encountered.

✅Characters: the characters here were really good though even though they just had a small time to like expand or show more of themselves since the book was too short.  Raj was the nicest character I’ve read in this book. A person that’s willing to look past the flaws of the person he loves and accepting and taking responsibility for the child his lover has.

✅Plot: I’m not completely sold to the idea of the plot here since the title was really misleading.

✅Flow of the story: it wasn’t that smooth though. The transition from Aparajita being in primary school to college was too fast it didn’t really have the enough time to tackle more of the societal issues that was shown in this book.

✅Detailing: was okay.

It was an okay read. Not really that overwhelming but the message in the story is really good. Kinda mainstream but really good.

 

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Book Review: The Special Dead by Lin Anderson

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Title: The Special Dead

Author: Lin Anderson

Series: Rhona McLeod Mystery

Genre: Crime Thriller, Murder Mystery

Pages: 400

Format: Paperback

Review is also posted on: Goodreads

Synopsis:

When Mark is invited back to Leila’s flat and ordered to strip, he expects the experience of his life. Waking later to find Leila gone, he opens the wrong door and finds he’s entered a nightmare; behind the swaying Barbie dolls that hang from the ceiling is the body of the girl he just had sex with. Rhona Macleod’s investigation reveals the red silk cord used to hang Leila to be a cingulum, a Wiccan artifact used in sex magick. Sketches of sexual partners hidden in the dolls provide a link to nine men, but who are they? As the investigation continues, it looks likely that other witches will be targeted too. Also investigating is newly demoted DS Michael McNab, eager to stay sober and redeem himself with Rhona, but the case threatens his resolve. Soon McNab realizes Freya may hold the key to identifying the men linked to the dolls, but the Nine will do anything to keep their identities a secret.

This book is about:

The gruesome murder of Leila Hardy. Who was found in her flat lifeless, but the peculiar thing about her death is that she was surrounded by dolls that were hanging from the ceiling… and she was hanged as well. Dr. McLeod is on the case along with McNab to find out who murdered Leila Hardy and what was the significance of the dolls on the crime scene? and after their investigation they found out that Leila had an unusual hobby… practicing witch craft with her friend Shannon. Obviously it wasn’t really the real thing much more like a thing they do and they believe in. while the case is still being solved, Shannon was dead in her flat as well but it can’t be ruled out as suicide since she was sitting on a stool and was obviously drowned to death… another weird way to kill someone (the making her sit on a stool part.) the thing that comes to mind to these investigators are, to kill a witch you need to Hang her, Drown her or Burn her. Two of those happened already and as they were slowly finding out who the murderer was another body was found but it wasn’t a person deemed to be a witch but was also hard to identify since his face was disfigured. And now they have to hustle to find out who the killer is before he or she finds another victim.

My Review:

Note: this book was sent to me as a review copy by the Author herself in exchange for an honest review.

I found out about The Special Dead via Twitter… that’s not a surprise haha. And since I love Murder Mysteries I was instantly intrigued when I read the synopsis of this book.

When I saw the book cover though I was really drawn to it and the physical copy looks super good the cover is super clear and so lovely to look at. And I can really say that this would be a book that would grab my attention if I see it in a bookstore.

The synopsis was quite straight forward it was clear and not vague at all. Since there are some books that give synopsis that you’ll get nothing out of it whatsoever and the synopsis on this book gives a good flow on what will go on the book and what you’ll look forward to.

The book was satisfying in a Moderate way, not that amazingly breathtaking and not that dull or boring. The story is still the same as any mainstream murder mystery. With finding the victim and trying to find the murderer up until the last chapter of the book. The beginning of the book was quite interesting for me since Leila (the victim) did some sort of weird ritual while having sex with a guy… which you’ll soon understand why she did that… she’s a witch. (not in a literal sense more like a hobby type of witch) but when I reached the middle part of the book I sorta lost my interest, not sure why though but it took me forever to get pass the middle chapters. The book though had some romantic aspects in it but it didn’t seem to work for the book’s plot and it didn’t work for me. The detective’s investigation on the case interests me but the reoccurring romantic or cheesy parts lost my interest. Which is weird cause I’m usually not picky on what happens on these types of books but for some reason it just didn’t feel right on this book. And I’m still quite confused though this is the first Rhona McLeod book that I’ve read but it seems like McNab was the main character and not McLeod. And book got me quite worked up actually. So I’m guessing that the characters in this book had a case on the last book (book before this one) and if you’re like me (reading this series for the first time) you won’t understand what was so serious about that case and why it keeps popping up in their conversations. It would’ve been much better if it was part of a series but you can still read it and feel like it was a standalone novel. Anyways I did enjoy the book besides the frustrating things that happened in the book it was still fun in a way and it was like watching Criminal Minds in book form.

✅Dialogues: The dialogues here were okay for me, but I’m not quite sure for readers who are starting to get into reading novels. Some words and terminologies on this book are quite deep and highfalutin. If you don’t have a dictionary you won’t get the conversation they’re having and this goes on until the end of the book. It would’ve gone smoothly if the author used much more reader friendly words.

✅Characters: I like McNab’s character. He drinks coffee… a lot. Much like me if I feel like in a caffeine mood. I like how persistent his character is in solving the case. And how charming he is at some point. But my issue with the characters is that McNab seems to overshadow McLeod’s character and that really annoys me characters specially the main ones should have a balance in those aspects. So maybe I would’ve like McLeod’s character if McNab didn’t like steal the spotlight in the Rhona McLeod novel.

✅Plot: the plot was great. A girl is found dead in her flat, detectives do their best to find the murderer, the body count of murdered people rises, and the killer may or may not have escaped the authorities *wink*

✅Flow of the story: Good. The transition from one character’s POV to another was smooth and besides the issue on romantic parts, everything was peachy.

✅Detailing: was exquisite, everything that was being spoke of like meals and such had specific descriptions so you can imagine it with ease.

The ending though was really… really… reeeeaaaallllyyy. Dissatisfying for me it was a cliffhanger and stuff. I just didn’t like it. But maybe you will. Remember we’re entitled to our own opinions and it really depends on the reader if you would like or not.

Quite good story. Something to pick up on a Murder Mystery reading mood.

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Book Review: Tortured Minds by Grant Leishman, Collin Griffiths and Rachel McGrath

Title: Tortured Minds

Authors: Grant Leishman, Collin Griffiths, Rachel McGrath

Series: Stand Alone

Genre: Supernatural, Psychological, Thriller

Pages: 289

Format: Paperback

Review Also Posted on: Goodreads

Book Synopsis: *insert here*

This book is about:

Three friends who are Adrenaline Junkies and decided that Parcour is the next thing on their list. And tragedy strikes when Daniel falls to his death on top of a building. And now Daniel is stuck in some sort of spirit limbo where he’s still in the human realm rather than spiritual one. You’ll follow Daniel in… Let’s say his Quest to find out if his Death was an accident or was it planned by one of his super close friends. You’ll be on the edge, getting curiouser and curiouser….. as to who was the master mind in Daniel’s unfortunate death. And you’ll eventually find out who has the Tortured Minds.

My Review:

*Note: This book was sent to me by Mr. Grant in exchange for an honest review*

So again almost all the books that I reviewed. I literally found out about them on twitter and I got a little curious since Mr. Grant lives in the Philippines and I’ve never reached out or found an author that resided in the Philippines, well maybe there are tons but I just haven’t discovered them yet. So the thing that I was curious about, since Mr. Grant wrote paranormal books. I’m curious if he used the mythical creatures in the Philippines’ folklore and stuff.

The book cover looks quite intimidating in a way. But any psychological thriller reader would probably pick it up and see what it’s about.

Actually when I read the synopsis I was quite intrigued since there were three authors that collaborated in writing this book. And each author had his/her character to write about and they wrote the book in a way that if the first author came up with this plot twist the other author has to go with the flow and add some spice in it in their own way.

So the books was great. Well I liked how the story progresses it was smooth even though three authors wrote it. The book was interesting at the begging but the story kinda lost me in the middle parts. I mean the transition from each point of view was really smooth but the story not so much. And this book also regained my interest in the last few chapters not the ending though. But the unexpected twist and turns contributed to the book’s charms. At first the paranormal stuff was really grabbing my attention but it was lost when the paranormal being gave too much contact to the other characters like as if he was still alive. And I’m a super fan of paranormal stuff and those things well this is a work of fiction after all. But the things that happened isn’t well possible unless possession was involved which is not.

Dialogues: Good, there were some grammar mistakes but not that overwhelming.

Characters: So I really like the characters in this book. Like first they are somewhat innocent in a way but flashbacks show how pretentious they are or how manipulating they are.

Plot: was nice, a ghost that tries to find out who killed him. But  the way he made too much contact lost me.

Flow of the Story: the transition from one point of view to the other was smooth but the story line seems to be off in some point since there are three authors writing the book. It’s understandable.

Detailing:  was good.

Overall a very good psychological thriller book. It has great twist and turns with the minor setbacks of parts getting way off the plot and the ending was not that shocking it was really random to be honest.

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Book Review: Reap Not The Dragon by Debra Kristi 



Title: Reap Not The Dragon

Author: Debra Kristi

Series: Age of the Hybrid Series (#2)

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 114

Format: Paperback 

Review Also Posted On: Goodreads

Book Synopsis:

This Book is about:

What happens after Kyra lost her memory and stuff. And the story is now told in Sebastian’s Point of View instead of Kyra’s. it’s how Kyra slowly regains her memories and how Marcus Starts collecting different kinds of dragons including Kyra’s Dragon. Marcus’ plan is to absorb each dragon’s power and become the Ultimate dragon. And even though Kyra lost her memory she still feels this strange connection with Sebastian and that’s why she takes the risks in meeting up with him. And Finally Kyra and Sebastian returns to The Mystic Carnival with an unexpected ending.

My Review:

*NOTE: This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. And if you haven’t read my first review of this series. I received a book compilation version of this series and I decided to read and review it separately*

The book cover of the book looks okay, not that grand but at least it shows you what the Author imagined her character to look like and I really like that.

The book was okay, I literally had a slow pace in reading this book. While reading the book I encountered chapters that were quite plain for me and since the story was now told in another POV it felt like I’m starting a new book and it seemed like a new world building book even though it was just told in Sebastian’s POV. But at least you can see Sebastian’s Character development in it. The book redeemed itself on the last seven chapters. It was action packed, exciting and thrilling. I would’ve thoroughly enjoyed the book this book if not only for those dull chapters in the middle of the book. Stories usually have this intense or captivating first chapters and will get dull and boring in the middle and gets its intensity back at the last few chapters. I just love Novels that constantly grabs your attention from the beginning until the end. This book was the first one.

Dialogues: were great, it was nice and I didn’t find any errors.

Characters: The good thing about this book is that if you like Sebastian you get to know him even more since everything is told in his perspective and you witness his character development. But that’s it. Good thing though is that Marcus is still a douche and there’s points for consistency.

Plot: was still okay, it was more on Sebastian’s search for Kyra – Finds her – gets beaten up by creatures – heals up in the fastest way possible…( fantasy books haha) and then rinse and repeat.

Flow of the Story: was great not that confusing or cluttered. But the middle chapters was really quite dull.

Detailing: was great as well.
Overall I still enjoyed this book not to the fullest degree but the ending is what got me really curious as to what happens next to Kyra and Sebastian. I hope that book three will redeem the whole series since in my experience even though books one and two doesn’t seem that special book three usually redeems the whole series and I want to find out if Plight of the Dragon will do that.

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Book Review: Finding Hope by Claire Merchant

Title: Finding Hope

Author: Claire Merchant

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Pegasus Publishers

Genre: Romance

Pages: 364

Format: Paperback

Review Also Posted On: Goodreads

Book Synopsis: 

What do you do when you lose the person dearest to you? How do you dare to live – let alone love, again? Hope Hadley’s answer to these questions is: you don’t. She returns reluctantly to her home town after five years of studying in another part of the country. Jensen, her uncle and only family, is relieved that she’s back but Hope has only one thing on her mind: to get through life one day at a time, with as little emotion as possible. Hope doesn’t take into account that life has a way of happening regardless of whether one is an active participant or not. Her strategy to keep all emotional attachments at arm’s length works for a while. That is, until she meets Damon.

This Book Is About: 

How a girl finds hope even when a certain tragic event happened to her when she was still young. Hope Hadley comes back to South Coast after five year. Five years of avoiding the memory of the person she loves the most. But she has to come back home to her only family left, her Uncle Jay. Eventually Hope got a job as a receptionist in a hospital where she happily busied herself with. Trying her hardest not to remember. But everything changed when she saw a guy with such alluring blue eyes, Damon. This guy is a wreck much like Hope but in a different level, will these two keep their promise to each other that they’ll only be “friends” nothing more and nothing less? Can Hope keep her promise to herself that she will not be happy again? 

My Review:

NOTE: This Book was sent to me by Pegasus Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

The book cover is still pretty simple much like the book cover of Christian and Layla. But as to what Ms. Claire said she likes to put relevant stuff on her book covers. And I seem to like that concept.
The book was nice, I really enjoyed it. Finding hope was easy to read and easy to get into the flow of the story. Although I have to say there were parts that felt too predictable and thus downscaling my excitement for that scene.  I felt quite disturbed on how damaged Hope was at the beginning of the story. But nonetheless the book made me curious. Curious as to how she got so damaged in a way and also how she would cope up with all the revelations in her life. I usually enjoy Romance books. But there was something preventing me on enjoying it. Well I enjoyed it but not to the fullest degree. Maybe because these type of story tend to end in a tragic way but somehow it turned out quite well so that’d be a thumbs up.  

Dialogues: were great, easy to read, I didn’t find any errors at all.

Characters: were awesome. Hope had this Character development where she started out to be damaged, depressed and a girl that considers herself not worthy to be happy in anyway. Into a girl that slowly accepts the fact that she can’t change the past and it’ll not help to wallow in sadness, and a girl that let’s herself fall in love again and finally found some hope. I also liked the diversity of each character in the book some are shy, abusive, too caring, etc. and even though there were other characters they don’t overshadow the main characters.

Plot: The plot was really great… actually. A girl that witnessed the death of a loved one. She didn’t have the will to cope up with that death so she left South Coast to distract herself with her studies. And then coming back after five years to make sure her uncle is happy and eventually finds a guy that made her realize that she can love again. GREAT right?!

Flow of the Story: it was okay, there were unexpected turns along the way which makes the story more interesting. But there were some predictable scenes that made me lose my interest at some point.

Detailing: was quite good. Specific and precise.

My overall though would be that this was a good romance novel not that gasp filled novel but still quite good. It make me happy that this was the first book I’ve read in 2017 and hope I keep reading amazing books throughout the year.

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