Monday, 10 December 2012

Book Haul (10th December 2012)

Library Books:


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
(I have just finished this one last night and LOVED it, I will hopefully have a review up sometime this week!)


Eve & Adam - Michael Grant + Katherine Applegate


Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
(Current Read)


Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas


Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia + Margaret Stohl

Books I won:


Entice - Jessica Shirvington
(This is the sequel to Embrace. I do not own Embrace and have never read it, so I'm not sure if this series is any good, so if you've read this series please let me know if it's worth reading! Oh and also, this copy is signed :))


Ten - Gretchen McNeil
You might be wondering, doesn't he already own this? Yes, yes I do. BUT, I won this copy from Gretchen McNeil herself on Twitter. And guess what, THIS ONE IS SIGNED!


HOLY SH*T THAT'S AWESOME! :D

Books I bought:


Who Could That Be At This Hour? - Lemony Snicket


A Song of Ice and Fire box set - George R.R. Martin
Okay, so I have a little back story to this one. I'm pretty sure we all know what Black Friday is. We here in the UK don't have Black Friday unfortunately, however, Amazon does do a week of Black Friday deals and I thought I'd check back every now and then and I finally came across this box set about 2 hours before it went on sale! So I decided to wait for the sale to start so I could check the discounted price out just out of curiosity, turns out the box set was reduced from £49.99 to £18.99! DEAL! So yes, basically, as soon as I seen that, this set went straight into my basket! I haven't started this series as of yet but I really want to, if you've read the series let me know if you enjoyed it! :D

AND FINALLY:


Kindle Paperwhite 3G + WiFi
Woohoo! I'm so excited to finally have this. I have been waiting months to get my hands on one of these and it was worth the wait! I should be filming and uploading a review for this Kindle Paperwhite on my YouTube channel sometime this week so keep an eye out for that if you're interested!

Friday, 7 December 2012

The Diviners - Libba Bray


Publication Details

Published by Little Brown Books on September 19th 2012
578 pages
65 chapters

Synopsis

Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.

Review (SPOILER FREE)

Let's start with the writing style. Libba Bray's writing style is amazingly addictive! From the very first page I knew I was going to love this story and the way that it's written. Bray writes so fluently and majestically that you get so sucked into the story and become consumed in a way that enhances the experience and makes you want to keep reading and reading. I definitely felt like Bray's writing style is at a level that is both detailed and intricate yet simplistic and understandable so that you can easily paint a picture in your mind of the 1920's New York City that this book takes place in. Also, Libba's description of characters are extremely well done, I felt like I could easily picture each and every one of them in my mind whenever that appeared in the book, which is a definite bonus for me. Sometimes when a secondary character is introduced in a book near the beginning and they only appear here and there, I'll find myself going back and re-reading the description in order to re-create the image of that character that I had in my mind, whereas with The Diviners, I didn't need to do that because Libba's writing style and descriptions are so memorable that it's almost impossible to forget the minor details.

Now onto Evie O'Niell. I feel like this character is so relatable in some ways that it's kind of strange to read about a character that you can relate to so well, especially in comparison to past characters that you've read. Evie is such a 'normal' person in a lot of ways and that is the reason that I loved her as much as I did, it made her exciting to read about and interesting - you never really knew what decisions she would make, or what she would do next, she was unpredictable. She was also quite a funny character, there were several instances where I was laughing and giggling to myself at the things she would say - which definitely enhanced my love for her. Another unique factor to Evie's character was the fact that she had the ability to read people's deepest, darkest secrets just by holding an object that they own. This whole topic then goes on to be better developed as the book progresses.
So I want to talk about more characters, but I feel like I can only really discuss Evie in a way that will do the character some sort of justice. So I'm just going to say this about the rest of the characters: I loved them all, there are even characters in this book that I love to hate, which is always a huge bonus for me personally.

So one last thing I want to discuss before I wrap this up is that I did have one slight (very slight) issue with the plot of this book. Basically, the whole "Diviners" concept wasn't mentioned as much as I expected. Keeping in mind that I use the term 'issue' here extremely loosely. A huge part of this book is filled with mystery, which a lot of people might not suspect. I'm a huge lover of mystery so this if anything helped my experience with this book, however, it did take away a little from the "Diviners" concept - which you'll have to read to learn about yourself. Anyway, I feel like Libba Bray managed to balance these two concepts together extremely well in a way that kept the book enjoyable and exciting.

So overall, I loved this book so much! Keeping in mind that it is a huge book, I flew through this - it took me about 5/6 days to read it! I would have read it much quicker, but I had to put it down every so often because I was so surprised and overwhelmed at how amazing it was, that I had to take some time to absorb everything that was going on. I definitely recommend that you pick this book up! It has most definitely managed to get into my Favourites of 2012! Also, the sequel (unknown title) is released next year! WOOHOO!


5 out of 5 stars

Check out my YouTube video review of The Diviners!

Monday, 26 November 2012

LIGHT

Ok, so this isn't a review or a haul or anything but I absolutely HAD to share this with you guys! If you didn't already know, I'm a HUGE HUGE fan of the GONE series by Michael Grant, I mean, I love this series astronomically! And if you are a fan of this series also, you probably already know that the final book in the series LIGHT is coming out in April 2013 and if you aren't already a fan of this series well then... the final book in the series LIGHT is coming out in April 2013 AND ALL US FANS ARE SO EXCITED! After years of reading and loving this series and connecting with characters and losing them, the end is finally right around the corner. 
Anyway, not only the content of this series is epic but also, the UK covers (no no, not the US covers with the people on them, I personally think they suck) are completely AMAZING! They're plain, simple but so interesting and breathtaking that you just want to pick the series right up! ANYWAY, on top of the UK covers being amazing, the edges of the pages (yes I can rhyme) match the neon colour that surrounds the book title on the front of the cover, so each book has both a coloured title, and pages to match. So, when it was announced that the colour used for LIGHT is white my initial reaction was: wait, does that mean that the pages are going to be just plain white? And I believed this right up until today! Waterstones, which, if you're American and don't already know, is a bookstore chain here in the UK that can usually be pretty pricey but they have come in extremely successful in what has been announced that is being sold exclusively at Waterstones and it is this:

Yup, that my friends, is a first look at the edition of LIGHT that Waterstones is exclusively selling online and in stores. As you can see, they have the black edges around the sides of the pages, but wait, what's that down the side? You bet it is! It's a white lightning strike/crack that is printed on the sides of the pages! WHAT?! I personally have never seen a book with a page edge design as incredibly beautiful as this one! If you're in the UK, you can pre-order this exclusive copy of LIGHT from Waterstones TODAY FOR ONLY £10.39! I'll leave a link below so you can check it out if you wish! 
So yeah, sorry to anyone who has absolutely no interest in either the GONE series or this post whatsoever, but I just had to let out my excitement for this somewhere and you just happened to be the unfortunate victim of my excitement overload! :D
If you are completely and totally unsure of or have never even heard of the GONE series, I'll give you the description of the first book in this epic 6 part series here:

[In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents--unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers--that grow stronger by the day.

It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...]


Ryan

Light Waterstones Exclusive - http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/michael+grant/light+-+waterstones+exclusive/9471828/

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Book Haul (24th November 2012)

Sooo, I got some more books for review, and I bought some, so here ya go!

Books received for review:


Intertwined, Unraveled and Twisted - Gena Showalter
(So I actually requested these three books from Mira Ink and they accidentally sent me 2 copies of Intertwined, 1 copy of Twisted and 0 copies of Unraveled. However, being the amazingly kind people that they are, they are sending me a copy of Unraveled and have allowed me to keep the extra copy of Intertwined to do with as I wish, so I'll probably use it for a giveaway when I review the book hopefully in December so keep your eyes peeled!)

Books I bought:


One Shot (A Jack Reacher Novel) - Lee Child



The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R Tolkien
(I LOVE these new covers! I had to own them, impulse buy!)

Hope you enjoyed this book haul! If you've read or want to read any of these books let me know, I'd love to know what you guys think of them! :D

Ryan

Thursday, 22 November 2012

The Maze Runner Trilogy - James Dashner (Series Review!)


Publication Details

These UK editions were published between 2011 and 2012 by Chicken House.

The Maze Runner - 369 pages, 62 chapters
The Scorch Trials - 359 pages, 65 chapters
The Death Cure - 329 pages, 73 chapters

Synopsis (of The Maze Runner [spoiler free])

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside.

Review (SPOILER FREE)

**Note - because this is a series review, I highly doubt that this is going to be a long and detailed review so I can't really go into much detail because I'm talking about three books at once here people, what more can I do for you guys?!** :)

The main things that I'm going to talk about here is my opinion of this series overall and the writing style, how I felt about the main character etc... so yeah, lets get started!
I really love Dashner's writing style, it's quick, it's to the point and it's detailed. The author managed to first create this world in The Maze Runner in a way that was vivid and had me hooked from the very first page. As the series develops into The Scorch Trials, Dashner manages to develop this world on a grand scale that completely magnified my love for the series. Dashner is capable of writing such amazing action scenes - that are fast paced and realistic - that escape the page and consume you in a way that causes the story to feel so realistic and vivid that it makes you literally feel as though you are right in the middle  of everything that's going on; you feel like you're trapped in this Maze with these children, you're taking this journey with the children and experiencing the same emotions that you expect them to be feeling throughout the entirety of this book. Also, Dashner ends almost every chapter with a cliffhanger - something I LOVE in a book, and these ciffhangers were so excellently and logically executed and perfectly placed so that when you thought things were just about to slow down BAM! they pick right back up again!

The main character - Thomas - is so incredibly well written that I feel like finishing the series has caused me to lose a friend in some strange way. I connected with Thomas extremely well and sympathised for his character throughout all three instalments in this trilogy. When Thomas was in trouble, I was worried. When Thomas was scared, I was horrified. Everything was magnified to a level that made Thomas and the world he was living in so unbelievably realistic and creative that I both feared and loved the world I was entering every time I picked up each book.

So far this review has been totally positive, however, unfortunately, this is where that ends. The Death Cure was a disappointment for me - as well as (to my knowledge) for the vast majority of other fans of this trilogy. It's an amazing book that again is fantastically well written with incredible characters that you love to read about, but it just didn't live up to my expectations after the first two books. The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials  were so amazingly breath taking that The Death Cure had a lot to live up to and I totally understand that, but it just didn't stay up to standards with the first two books. I still really enjoyed the book though. Also, I'm not sure about anyone else, but I really wasn't satisfied with the way Dashner ended the trilogy in The Death Cure. It's one of the few last-in-a-series books that I've ever finished and felt unfulfilled - like the series hadn't really ended or didn't come to a proper conclusion, and that really disappointed me. The last book was also a little anti-climactic in some points, I just didn't feel like much was happening. Again though, the last book was still amazing.

Overall, I LOVED this trilogy and I highly recommend that you at least pick up the first book because you won't be disappointed! I will miss reading this series and following the characters in their journeys very much. HOWEVER, there is still The Kill Order - a prequel to The Maze Runner trilogy - that I got an Advanced Reader's Copy of recently from Chicken House so I'm extremely excited to read that one before it's UK release in January and see how it all began!

The Maze Runner - 5 out of 5 stars
The Scorch Trials - 5 out of 5 stars
The Death Cure - 4 out of 5 stars

Overall Series Rating - 5 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Book Haul (20th November 2012)

These are books that I have bought/received for review over the last while! I haven't posted a book haul in a while so there are quite a few books!

Books received for review:
























Flawless + Perfect - Sara Shepard (2nd and 3rd installments in the Pretty Little Liars series - sent to me by the publishers: Atom)


Operation Eiffel Tower - Elen Caldecott 
(Middlegrade novel sent to me by Bloomsbury)


The Kill Order - James Dashner
(prequel to the Maze Runner trilogy, sent to me by Chicken House)


The Diviners - Libba Bray
(Sent to me by Atom)

Books I bought myself:


Gerald's Game - Stephen King


Poirot's Early Cases + Poirot Investigates - Agatha Christie
(Cover could not be found for Poirot Investigates)


Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka

Robinson Crusoe - Daniel DeFoe

And finally:


Jane - Robin Maxwell
(I won this in a giveaway on TheBookRat's blog! Link below!)

TheBookRat - http://www.thebookrat.com/

Ryan

Sunday, 11 November 2012

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie


Publication Details:

Published by Harper - Mystery in April 2011
Originally published as "Ten Little Indians" in 1939/1940
300 pages
16 chapters (with separating sections)

Synopsis

First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal - and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

Review

**Like my review for Velveteen by Daniel Marks, I cannot for the life of me, make this a "proper" review as usual. Because this is a mystery book and I absolutely hate spoilers in any shape or form, I have decided to briefly discuss my thoughts on the writing style, but not as in depth as usual, so that I can avoid giving anyone spoilers. So in case you are reluctant to read on because you are worried about spoilers, I assure you now that this review will be 100% SPOILER FREE**

This is my first go at an Agatha Christie novel and I have to say I had a slight love/hate relationship with her writing style in this book. Her writing style is incredibly and detailed and I definitely found myself getting lost in the story because the writing was just so fluent and easy to understand. The way Agatha writes dialogue is really quite different from what I've ever experienced - she writes the dialogue and announces who is reading in a way that vaguely reminded me of a "play". 
Example:
"Mrs. Rogers was saying:
'I hope you've got everything you want, Miss?'"
I hope you can see what I mean by the dialogue being written in a very structured manner. I enjoyed this to an extent, after a while it began to get kind of irritating. Although, aside from that, Agatha's writing style was very descriptive, enthralling and addictive, so I definitely loved it more than I hated it.

Agatha creates a very vivid image in the mind of the reader of what is occurring in the book so I felt more like I was in the story, rather than sitting in my room reading it, which is a huge plus for me in any book. Feeling more involved in the story helps the book be much more enjoyable which will make for a more pleasant experience with the book and the story.

If you didn't grasp from the synopsis above what this book is about, it's basically telling the story of 10 strangers who are lured onto an island by a mysterious "U.N. Owen", all for different reasons. Once all the guests are on the island, they are each accused of murder, and then they begin to be killed, one by one. So the mystery part for the reader is trying to figure out who the anonymous killer is throughout the entirety of the book. Agatha is predominantly and famously known for being "The Queen of Mystery" and I can certainly see why after reading this novel. She creates an atmosphere within the story that is so strange, eery and somehow foreign to me in a way that makes for an incredibly written story. I certainly did not guess who the killer was. I tried to guess constantly who the culprit could have been and at by the time I had reached the final pages, I realised that I had accused everyone in my head as being the killer - but I still had NO idea as to who it really was. And that's what makes a good mystery - one that leaves you guessing until the very end.

If you are a fan of mystery novels, I highly recommend that you pick this book up and give it a go, it's definitely worth the time and money! I will most definitely be reading more of Christie's works in the future - one that I particularly want to read is "Murder on the Orient Express". 

**If you pick this book up and are one for sneaking a peek at the last page before you even start the book, I warn you now NOT to do that with this book as the last words announce who the killer is! This is not a spoiler but merely a warning as it will ruin the book if you looked!**

5 out of 5 stars

Friday, 2 November 2012

Velveteen - Daniel Marks

Velveteen (Velveteen, #1)

Publication Details:

Published by Delacorte Press on 9th October 2012
447 pages
27 chapters

Synopsis

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.

Bonesaw.

Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days. 

It’ll be brutal... and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules... or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

Review

So I've decided to insert the synopsis in this review, as you can see above, because I don't want to spoil anything about the storyline by trying to explain it myself. So now I can go on to talk about characters and the writing style and my overall thoughts without spoiling the storyline for anyone. 

The main character that I'll talk about is Velveteen Monroe - more commonly known as Velvet in the book. I liked Velvet's character overall, she was badass and strong. I loved how determined she was to get revenge at Bonesaw for killing her as horribly as he did. As much as I loved Velvet's character, there were a couple of moments where I thought she was showing examples of her being self-absorbed which I really disliked, I just felt like it didn't suit her character very much and kind of put me off her a little bit, but luckily she made up for it with her badass-ery.
Nick Russell is the other character I'm going to talk about - Velvet's romantic interest in the novel. I really liked Nick's character, I thought he was cool and he didn't really think too much of himself, apart from when it came to him trying to seduce Velvet, which was just hilarious to me. It was interesting to see Nick coming into Purgatory and having to come to terms with being dead. Again, I really enjoyed reading about Nick, he's just one of those characters that you love and love to read. He was funny, quirky and just an all-round awesome character.

I feel like I have a slight love/hate relationship with Daniel's writing style in this book, especially in the first half-ish of the book. There was a lot of description and little dialogue in the first half of the book but the dialogue gradually increased as the book went on which I'm very grateful for. I suppose with world building like this, a lot of description is required but I'm just not the super descriptive fan that some people may be and I'd have liked the dialogue to be more common in the beginning. Aside from the description overload, Daniel's writing style was very captivating and interesting.

I ended up loving this book, the action type scenes were awesome, the whole world that Daniel created was incredibly and imaginative. Something else that stood out to me was the funny parts of the book, I wasn't going into this book expecting it to be funny so when characters had these awesome comebacks and funny lines, I cracked up. And the funny parts weren't very frequent or crammed together, so when they came along, they were that much funnier. This is a stand alone novel as far as I know, but I definitely felt like Daniel has written it so that should he ever want to return to this world and write a sequel, he's left it open so that he could do it with ease. I'd definitely read the sequel if Daniel did decide to write one, but if he didn't, I'd be pretty satisfied with the action and all that good stuff that was in this book.

5 out of 5 stars! 

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Package from EmmaHeartsBooks!


Emma from EmmaHeartsBooks is someone that I've been talking to a lot recently and we've become super close through meeting each other on YouTube! She sent me this package!

In the package:

  • Hardcover copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling
  • Hardcover copy of A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • A Clockwork Orange DVD (movie based off the book)

I just wanted to send a HUGE thanks out to Emma! Originally she was only supposed to be sending me the A Clockwork Orange book but she also sent me the Harry Potter book (which I will be sending her a book for in return) and, being the amazingly kind person that she is, she threw in a copy of the A Clockwork Orange DVD! So nice of her! 
I'd really love and appreciate it if you could go check out her Blog and YouTube channel! She's an amazing person and book reviewer!

THANK YOU EMMA! <3

Saturday, 27 October 2012

[Mini] Book Haul! (27th October 2012)


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith (Kindle eBook)

(This eBook - at the time that I am writing this - is currently 99p/$1.58 on Amazon!)



The Race - Clive Cussler (+ Justin Scott)



Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle #4) - Christopher Paolini

I've been wanting to get started on The Inhertiance Cycle by Christopher Paolini for a long time. I've already got Eragon on my shelf and now I have Inheritance, so all I need is Eldest and Brisingr, but I really want to read Eragon and get into the series. If you've read this series I'd really love it if you could tell me what it's like and even try to convince me to start the series! Thanks :D

Also, let me know if you have read or want to read either of these books!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The Woman in Black - Susan Hill


Publication Details:

Published by Vintage Hammer in 2012 (first published in 1983)
200 pages
12 chapters

Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the sol inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until Arthur glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to speak of the woman in black - and her terrible purpose.

Sounds awesome and scary, right?! Unfortunately, that is not the case. First off, Susan's writing style; I hate to say I wasn't a fan of it. A huge bookish pet peeve of mine is when the author writes really long, unnecessary paragraphs. I can stand these types of paragraphs if they show up occasionally and are about 3/4's of a page-a page at a stretch. However, with this book, these long paragraphs popped up extremely often and were usually about a full page-a page and a half in length. The reason I hate this - especially in a horror/thriller/creepy novel - is because it slows the pace of the book away down and completely weakens the thrill that this novel is supposed to provide to the reader. I feel like I would have enjoyed this book a bit more if there were a lot less of these unnecessarily long paragraphs as it would have sped the book up a lot more and kept me in suspense. This alone took a star immediately off my final rating.

The only character that we really get a chance to get to know and connect with is the main character himself; Arthur Kipps. I'm unsure about how I feel about Arthur, I didn't dislike him, but I didn't really love him either, I felt like I didn't know him personally which is how I usually like to feel towards the main character of a book. I did feel sympathy towards Arthur in his times of fear whilst he became a temporary resident of Eel Marsh House. Being surrounded by something that his 'other-worldly' is something I'm sure nobody wants so I definitely felt like I wanted him to make it through this trip and finish the job as quick as possible. Unfortunately though, this is the only emotion I felt towards Arthur and didn't care much for his character for the rest of the book.

Overall, I hate to say it, but I didn't enjoy this book at all. It was such a disappointment for me. I only enjoyed about 20 pages of this book - of 200 pages! - at a stretch, which is just horrible. For the 180 pages I didn't really enjoy is because I felt like there was absolutely nothing happening. The majority of the book is about Arthur travelling back and forth between Eel Marsh House and the town of Cryhtin Gifford, and then it talked about how Arthur needed to sort through Mrs Alice Drablow's paperwork and sort everything out. That's it. Nothing else happened apart from the occasional appearance of The Woman in Black which got me excited for something to happen, but nothing ever did. This book is basically a constant build up for something that doesn't even happen. There is no climax and I didn't enjoy it at all. Even though Susan Hill does create an eery and creepy atmosphere with the way she describes locations and the woman in black herself, this book just didn't do it for me in any way.

This book was adapted into a film in 2012 starring Daniel Radcliffe (anyone heard of him?) and on this rare occasion, I would recommend you watch the movie and avoid the book. The movie was much more suspenseful and thrilling in comparison to the dull and uneventful book. Disappointing read unfortunately.

2 out of 5 stars!

Check out my YouTube video review of The Woman in Black!


Sunday, 21 October 2012

Cujo - Stephen King


Publication Details:
Published by MacDonald in 1982
345 pages
Unknown number of chapters

I want to start off by saying that this is my first ever Stephen King novel and I have to say, I'm not completely sold. 

King's writing style is interesting, it definitely made me want to keep reading if anything, although I am unsure about how this compares to his other books due to the fact that King was reportedly an alcoholic whilst he wrote this book - and I've even heard that he has claimed that he doesn't even remember writing this book at all. So I'm not too sure whether this decreased the quality of his writing or not, but I'm kind of hoping that it did, I'd like to read a better writing style in his other books I plan on reading in the future. 

So, the primary storyline/plot of this novel is this: Donna and Tad Trenton (a fully grown woman and her 4 year old son) take their car to get repaired by a man who lives miles out of town, in the middle of nowhere. When they arrive at the house, they just about make it before their car completely gives in and dies. They then discover that Joe Camber (the man they hoped would repair the car) and his wife and son have all left to go on separate trips for business and to visit family. The horror then begins when the recently rabid dog Cujo begins to torture Donna and Tad by constantly watching over them and waiting, ready to pounce and attack should they leave the vehicle. They are then trapped in their broken down car, in the middle of nowhere, with a rabid dog threatening to break its way into the car and chew the humans to death. 

This storyline was great and I really enjoyed reading it and hoping that both the mother and son would make it out alive. I was excited at the points where Cujo attempted to make his way into the car, and when Donna was contemplating getting out of the car and running for the possibly locked front door of the Camber household. This got me excited as I wanted to see what would happen had she attempted this. Putting this storyline aside, we also follow the story of when Vic Trenton (Donna's husband) goes on a business trip to New York with his friend/co-worker Roger. This storyline I didn't enjoy so much, I actually ended up skipping these sections of the book because they were just so boring and dull, there was nothing happening! And this doesn't affect the story of the book whatsoever, even skipping these sections, I still completely understood the main plot and wasn't confused by anything. We also follow the story of Charity and Brett Cambers (wife and 10 year old son of Joe Cambers) when they go on their trip to visit Charity's sister. This storyline didn't really interest me too much, but I still read it, it was far more interesting than the business chatter! Both of these storylines I felt were completely unnecessary, they were only there to explain why everyone wasn't at home and gone on trips. I feel like this could have easily been done within a couple of pages, maximum. They didn't need their own storylines. Without them, this 345 page novel could have easily been 100/150 pages shorter and a lot more fast paced and exciting.

As for the horror in this book, there is none. Sure there is a little bit of gore and a climax as you reach the end of the book, and there were a couple of gory bits that really made me gasp and become shocked, but that was about the height of it. There were moments when Donna and Tad were trapped in the car where I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to find out if they would survive or if something tragic was about to occur. 

I will be reading more of King's books in the future but this one just didn't do it for me.

2 out of 5 stars!

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Book Haul! (21st October 2012)

These are the books that I have received over the last couple of weeks! Enjoy!



Delirium + Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver!


A Series of Unfortunate Events #8: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket!


The Knife of Never Letting Go + The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness!



Inside Out + Outside In by Maria V. Snyder!


Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart!


Panic Room by James Ellison!



And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie!


Velveteen by Daniel Marks!

Let me know if you have read or want to read any of these books! 

Also, if you'd like, you can watch my video of this book haul from my YouTube channel below!



Ryan