Review: The Rose Killer – Gary Pearson

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I received this book for free thanks to Story Cartel in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

This short story or novella, is about a serial killer, was has been strangling blonde women for the past three years, yet he is only known to the police and the public as The Rose Killer, for the single red rose that he leaves on the his victims. He is yet to be caught, there have’t been any leads or clues and there hasn’t been a new body in eight months. Now that’s about to change. The Rose Killer has decided he wants to play a game with Detective Ian Harlow! Can Detective Harlow catch The Rose Killer before it’s too late? And why the sudden interest in Harlow?

This novella wasn’t that long, being only roughly 115 pages, yet I was still able to get fully gripped and emensend into this story. There were some great characters that were developed in such a short space of pages, including a great story and a plot. It was also greatly written and the killer took me by surprise and it all seemed well thought out and developed brilliantly. I was gripped by mystery of it all. Why the sudden change of the murder, by taunting the police? What was his plan? Was he going to get caught? Why his interest in Harlow? Then with me asking myself all of these questions, I never saw the end coming, taking me by shock, which I loved.

The reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars, instead of 5 stars (which I wanted to), is because this seems like a brilliant outline, and even though this was executed great, I would have loved it if this was longer and was a 300+ page book. It has everything it needs to make it happen and it would have just made it that extra bit perfect.

I would definitely recommend this book!! Especially if you love mystery, thriller and crime books. How you read this book? What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Comment below 😀

Review: Lilith’s Garden of Clarity (Unforeseen Beings Book 2) – N.L. Johnson

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I received a free digital unedited ARC of Lilith’s Garden of Clarity from the author in exchange for a honest and unbiased review of this book.

This is the second book in the Unforeseen Beings Novella Series and this is by far my favourite book in the series so far. This novella continues on from Lilith’s Garden of Madness and picks up from where it left off, so you will definitely have to read the first one before deciding to read this one. Now how do I give you a little description of this book without giving any or too many spoilers of the first book in this series? I think I’ll leave that to the author herself and give you the Goodreads description, that way I’m limiting the risk of giving away too may spoilers.
“The world of the patient locked in Room 102 is falling apart as she knew it. While searching for Hannah and trying to figure out how she will save the former young Kelton nurse, she begins to discover what she can do but will she ever figure out who she really is? With the help of others at Kelton, the patient once forgotten will unlock more answers and even more questions. Enter back through the doors of Kelton Mental Institution and continue to uncover the truth of what has been hidden away down the South Hall of untreatables. Join the madness.”

I have read and reviewed the first book in this series, if you would like to check it out and you will see that I wasn’t a massive fan of it, only rating it 3 out of 5 stars, but this book was massively better. I had some of my questions answered from the first book, I have started understanding the storyline, the characters and I’m even connecting with one of the characters, in a weird way. I feel, as a reader, like one of the characters, who is slowly learning everything about the world she is living in from other characters in this book. So has she is slowly discovering more and more about everything, me, or us as the reader, will also learn more and more about the world that we are reading about. It’s this way that I feel connected to her, both discovering everything with brand new eyes.

It’s so brilliant and unique, plus not overly chucked in your face that it’s like a perfect balance. There are still questions, but now they are questions that make me want to keep reading to discover and find everything out, not questions out of frustration, which I’m loving. There is a darkness to the book when reading it, a darkness from different perspectives, which is fantastic when you think that light and darkness is one of the topics of this series. There was one point which actually did give me chills, which was a first for me when reading and I’ve been looking for books to do that, that’s how engrossed this book got me.

I did receive an unedited ARC version of this book, so of course there were editing mistakes and issues which I was expecting and warned about, so these problems are not even going to be thought about when it comes to me deciding my rating of this book. I simply bypassed them all as I was so engrossed in the story in front of me.

With how this book has been ended, it just left me screaming “Noooo!!!” and wanting more, needing to read book 3 in this series straight away, which is a completely different reaction to the first book. I am giving this second novella in the series an improved 4 out of 5 stars, compared to the first book, with a definite recommendation! You do have to read the first book to understand this one, as they are not stand alone books, but I’m actually enjoying this series, which if you’ve read my review of the first book is a complete turn around. I’m saving my 5 stars because this series is getting better and I’m only on book 2 and now I’m understanding this series. Roll on book 3 ☺

Review: Nina Is Not Ok – Shappi Khorsandi

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I would first like to thank NetGalley, the author and the publisher for a digital ARC of this book to read in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book. I have also received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway Win!

Nina is not ok and everyone can see that, except for Nina, of course!!. She’s recently been dumped by her boyfriend, who met someone on the plane to Hong Kong, only hours after saying goodbye to Nina and making plans together for their future. With unanswered phone calls, text messages, emails and numerous other ways to get in touch via social media, Nina is in a bad way. So what do most 17 year old teenage girls do? Party and turn to alcohol!. Only alcohol isn’t the right answer for Nina. In fact, with her family history, alcohol only makes things go from bad, to extremely worse….

I feel really bad giving this book only a two star rating, especially considering the topics that are discussed within this book, but I genuinely couldn’t sympathise with Nina, until towards the end of the book. I’m trying to write this review without giving away too many spoilers, but still explain and review, but its difficult. The way her character is put across in this book, and how she acts, which I know isn’t her fault technically speaking, but make her instantly unlikeable, to me anyway. She comes across mean, bitchy and really unlikeable, and then when we learn about her mum and family moving away to another country without her, again I don’t feel any sympathy towards her and it was at that point that realised that I haven’t connected to her character in the slightest bit. I know that should be due to her character and how she has a “problem”, so maybe I am not meant to connect to her in the same way I connect to other characters, but this is the first book I’ve read in a while where I’ve actually hated the main character. I hated the way she spoke to her mum, or shouted, the way she’d used people to get what she wants and the list can go on.

Towards the last third of the book, maybe a bit less, I did start to understand Nina a little bit better and a little bit clearer, but it was also a bit repetitive with the same thing being said over again, as if purposely trying to make the book a bit longer. There were silly editing mistakes throughout, with words missing, spelling mistakes and the wrong names being used in places at times and so on.

I understand that as part of the characters illness, that nobody really understood and even the other characters began hating her, including her family, so from that point of view, me hating her was an excellent job from the author. But I can’t personally enjoy a book where I hate the main character and when I am then supposed to suddenly feel sympathy and empathy towards her. In the end this book made me feel like a bad person because of my lack of emotions and empathy towards Nina and my only enjoyment was the end when her change occurred. The part that made me truly hate this book and still has me talking about it today, is because of how a sensitive issue is brought about, taking two thirds of the book for something that occurred within the first couple of chapters.

So overall, I didn’t enjoy this book and wanted to give up on it several times and I only continued reading it as I was given the chance to read it by NetGalley and I had to review it as part of the deal. Therefore, I have to give this book only 2 out of 5 stars. Therefore, for me personally, I don’t recommend this book whatsoever. Officially the worse book I’ve read this year.

Have you read this book? Do you agree or disagree? Comment below 😀

#DayAndNight Book Tag

This is the book tag where the beginning of each question spells out the words DAY AND NIGHT, hint the #DayAndNight Book Tag. I haven’t book tag to do this book tag, but it sounds good, so I wanted to give it a go and see what answer I choose and maybe I’ll even surprise myself. So lets begin…

D. Do you read more in the morning or at night?
Definitely at night. It’s quieter in my house at night which makes it a lot easier for me to read, with alot less distractions, all cwtched up in bed.
A. Are there any books that changed the way you thought about things?
Yes! If you’ve never been affected by anything that you’ve read, then you haven’t read the book proparly and taken away the full meaning of the book with you, even if it’s just the smallest part. Either that, or the book was poorly written.
Y. Young Adult or Not?
Young Adult is not my favourite genre , but I wouldn’t necessarily say no to YA books, as I love and enjoy reading book from all different genres.

A. Are there any characters that you believe are real?
The aim of a truly great author is to bring their characters to life and make them feel real to the readers. So from that point of view, yes, there have been characters that have had such a strong development that they have seemed real.
N. Nobody touches my books or I don’t mind loaning my books out?
Nobody touches my books!! I used to lend my books out all the time, but after lending out almost new books (brand new books that had only been read once), they kept being returned after months with damages and stained!!! When I say damages, I mean pages ripped out, covers ripped etc etc and stained with tea, coffee, pop and god knows what else.
D. Do you ever smell your books?
I do, on times. Especially when they are brand new books, the smell is so strong that you don’t even have to do it on purpose.

N. Not everyone loves books… is this a positive or a negative?
Negative. I live in a MASSIVE family and I am the only reader, which kinda sucks. I have nobody to discuss books with and nobody who understands my love of reading. All I get is “Why waste time reading… blah blah blah”, “All that money on books…”, “Why don’t you watch the film’s…” etc etc. So from that point of view, it is definitely a negative.
I. I keep my books in the best condition or maybe not? Which are you?
I absolutely try to keep my books in my best condition possible, or at least I try my best to anyways.
G. Gosh. I have too many books! True or False?
False! You can NEVER have too many books!
H. Have you ever spilled or stained your books before with something and if so how?
I personally haven’t. But like I said earlier, other people have! They’ve tipped tea, coffee, pop and even managed to stain my books with cheese products, such as Doritos and Cheese Puffs. I don’t know how they did it, either munching and drinking while eating, or leaving the book hanging around nearby. Unfortunately they weren’t drinking water!
T. Toned or untoned while reading? In other words… Do you read and workout at the same time?
I do try.  I have an exercise bike and start off well at first, until I really get into the book and realise that I haven’t moved in about an hour.

Now these are my answers 🙂 What are yours ;)?! I tag anyone and everyone who wants to do this tag and hasn’t done it yet! I know it might be an oldie, but who cares, if you want to do it, do it 😀

My Goodreads Giveaway Win!!

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I can’t believe I wan again!!! I feel like I’m becoming really lucky. Before starting this blog I had never won anything, but to be honest with you all, I had never really entered that many things either, so… But now, this is my fourth Goodreads Giveaway book that I have won 😀 and even better yet, this is my fourth Uncorrected Proof Copy that I have won 😀

I received the email telling me that I had been a lucky winner of the Clockwork Phoenix 5 edited by Mike Allen on the 5th April, so of course I have been waiting with anticipation for this gorgeous arrival since then, with every postal delivery. This book took the longest out of all of my wins to be delievered and I discovered why when it finally arrived this morning. This book came all the way here, to Wales, United Kindom from Virginia, United States!!

This isn’t just one individual story, but it is a collection of twenty short stories by a variety of different authors, ranging from Sam Fleming, Jason Kimble, Marie Brenda and many, many more. This is the fifth book in the anthology series, but as it contains short stories by separate authors, I believe it’s a stand alone book. I shall let you know. I am really excited about this win and think that a review won’t be long to follow, so keep a look out.

Here is the description taken from Goodreads:
“The ground-breaking, boundary-pushing, award-nominated series of fantasy anthologies returns for a fifth incarnation, triumphantly risen from the ashes after another successful Kickstarter campaign. This is the largest installment yet, holding twenty new tales of beauty and strangeness. Each story leads you into unmapped territory, there to find shock and delight. With fiction from Jason Kimble, Rachael K. Jones, Patricia Russo, Marie Brennan, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Rob Cameron, A. C. Wise, Gray Rinehart, Sam Fleming, Sunil Patel, C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez, Holly Heisey, Barbara Krasnoff, Sonya Taaffe, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Shveta Thakrar, Cassandra Khaw, Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Rich Larson, and Beth Cato.”

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Review: Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

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**** (4.5 stars)

This is a book about a girl named Maddy, who has to live her life in a bubble, unable to leave the house as she is allergic to the world. She has classes taught to her online, reads, reads and reads some more and watches the world pass by her outside her bedroom window, a world that she can’t be apart of. The only people she is actually in contact with are her mum, her nurse Carla and her tutor, all whom which have to be tested first to ensure they have nothing that cane be passed along to Maddie and infect her, then they have to be decontamanated before entering the house. Even her house has special air fiers for Maddies own protection. Maddy had accepted this, until a new family moves in next door, then everything changes…

Let me first start off by saying that I really wanted to give this book a massive 5 star rating, but I sadly had to take off half a star because of how Nicola came about creating the ending which was a disappointment to me. And I emphasise to me because other people may enjoy and like the way this book ends. That is why I couldn’t give this book the 5 stars I so desperately wanted to and planned on giving it, before I got to that part.

I loved this book and it was a very easy and quick to read and also hard for me to put down. The way the chapters are all set up and written, the drawings and illustrations included, was why this book was so easy, fun and such an enjoyable book. The chapters are short and the layout of this book and how its presented is so different and unique. This is one of the few books that actually made me laugh out loud while reading it, while also being emotional at times.

There are spoilers to other books included so beware in case you want to read those books, as Maddy is a massive reader! What else is there to do when you’re stuck inside all the time? Kind of made me jealous of all the books she read. I know that’s bad right?. Anyways, she does a book review tumbler site where she post spoilers, so beware! It does say spoiler before it, so there is some warning.

I was just a little disappointed by the ending, which from other reviews, I can see that I am not the only one. It reminds me of a film I’ve seen, which I’m not going to say because it may spoil it for people and I hate spoilers. But other than that, I loved it. I even read the acknowledgment and thought it was amazing that Nicola wrote the book and that her husband David created the illustrations within this book, which is amazing :D!!

I definitely recommend this book and have already lent it out to friends!! 4.5 out of 5 stars, just short of being 5. I even argued with myself and even considered still giving this book 5 because of how much I enjoyed it, but then compromised by giving it 4.5, because it’s definitely better than four stars.

Have you read this book? What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Comment below 😀