Hello and welcome if you’ve stumbled across my blog.
I have no idea how these things work so you’ll have to bear with me while I figure it out.
The idea of this is so I can keep on top of my reviews mainly, and maybe I’ll appear a bit more “proper” when it comes to me providing a synopsis and opinion of any book I read.
I love reading. I’ve gone through half of the genres already…………ok I’m including baby books here, but I did it so it is a thing ok! Adult genres, I started on Danielle Steel (not she’s a genre perse but…….) jumped headlong into horror (I got into Richard Laymon just about the time he died, honest, not my fault) loved King. Then it was thrillers which kind of overlapped with mystery, crime, law (yes John Grisham obviously…………….actually, mostly) Scattered in amongst those I like a good fantasy (read Terry Pratchett) (yes another late author, do I need a lawyer?) Now included in amongst those I’m chucking in a bit of humour (Loved Fat Vampire – Jonny B Truant) and I’m currently working my way through the Bad Mother books by Suzy K Quinn…………..think I need a middle initial with my humour authors!
So, put your feet up………………seriously, please do because I’m the procrastination queen and this might be all you get for months (don’t get me started on Pinterest – please – there’s a day gone)
I was kindly given this by Netgalley and the publisher in return for an honest review.
Trouble was the formatting was all over the place and I found it impossible to read. Others had written similar reviews stating they couldn’t make head nor tail of the story because it was such a muddle.
As I mention in my review I don’t expect pre-published copies to be perfect but (note to all publishers) please make them at least readable. I have in the past refused to review books I cannot read (ok, I refused one) and I am not sure actually giving the book a one star is entirely fair, though how can you give more? (yes this is question, feel free to reply – especially any authors out there who could give me an idea of what to do when this happens)
Here’s a preview of part of the book and, yes, these are paragraphs as they appear in the book – and my official review below:-
ply warehouse, a few auto mechanics, and an unmarked warehouse before reaching the final
building, just short of a chain- dows. above assertive lettering. Marquee bulbs rimmed the sign. Some were still working.
marked bronze Impala, a white Ford LTD that I recognized as Moe Reed’s current ride, another Ford, maroon, that I couldn’t identify , a gray Chevy.
I too had one of the copies where the paragraphs were all over the place. I tried to figure it out and almost had it but the story didn't seem to flow (maybe because I couldn't read it continuously) and I just couldn't get into it.
I have had books that have warned the reader that they haven't been proof-read or aren't publish-ready so please don't judge on that alone and as a Netgalley member I don't expect my advance read copies to be flawless but this was just a mess.
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC and I am sorry I can't give a proper review, though it is honest.
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers who gave me the chance to read an ARC in return for an honest review.
I usually avoid dystopianesque novels as I feel they're usually too politcal and politics isn't my thing, but something about the description drew me in, and I'm glad it did. I was completely hooked.
The book is written as a day to day type diary from the perpective of Jon, and is very dark and thought provoking. (there is implication bubbling under the surface that this apocolyptic nuclear war was the reaction of a handful of egotistical leaders from certain countries)
The story revolves around Jon who escaped his marital issues by taking off to Switzerland. He and his course colleagues stayed in the Sixiemme hotel and when the bombing hit he was the only one who stayed, thinking it may be the best thing.
Pretty soon the small group left at the hotel naturaly split into leaders and followers and Jon fell into a more leadership role. Dylan and Nathan were the ones who took charge.
I enjoyed the way it was written and found it easy to read. The story drew me in easily and, although as pointed out by other reviewers, the actual story lacked substance it did cover the more psychological issues of facing the end of world and very possibly being the last people on earth.
I have read a few Amanda Prowse novels to date and I have to say I absolutely love her books. She can turn a day in the life of her protagonist into a story that tugs at your heart and warms it at the same time. Her writing gets under your skin and sweeps you along and you can’t do a thing about it because you’re hooked.
Rae-Valentine is the girl in the corner. You get drawn into her life, you like her – you think her best friend Dolly is pure madness in a dress. Rae marries Howard, Dolly’s brother. Dolly Marries her brother’s best friend Vincent. They double date so regularly that to lose one of the group would be unthinkable. Rae thinks her marriage is fine until the day she finds it isn’t and everything written from therein is very relatable and tugs at your heart strings and opens your tear ducts. Then it seems to get a little better……….then a lot worse. I can’t say much more as it would spoil your experience of the book, and I do do recommend you read it.
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read an ARC in return for an honest review.
This is a short story and you could easily read it in one sitting. Also, being a short story it doesn’t waste time with any waffle – it gets right down to it and gives you the story without the trimmings.
Vincent lives on his own. He is retired, rich and his Wife and Duaghter are no longer there. He like trinkets and buys a curious model phone…………..it looks like a phone but has no working parts that make it a usable phone. So when it rings Vinvent is beyond shocked.
The phone tells him to look into his finances and what he finds when he does is alarming.
The second call directs him to look into a neighbour’s basement – what he finds there is sickening. (this part part put me in mind of Clive Barker’s Coldheart Canyon)
At this point Vincent thinks that at some stage there is going to be some kind of payback and sure enough the next call starts him recalling things from his chequered past that he would rather stayed forgotten.
It was an easy read, the story keeps your interest and it is short enough to be able to read whilst reading something else and not taking over.
Oh, and the warning from the author at the end was wonderfully creepy.
Totally loved the way this was written. It started going from Alfie to Claire in alternate chapters, then incorporated others.
Alfie and Claire have the perfect marriage…..or do they? They want children but are struggling to make it happen, and you find out why in Alfie’s chapter. He doesn’t want children and more than that he doesn’t really want Claire………just her money. He cheats using online hook-up sites and a false identity – until he meets with a friend of a friend of Claires and his downfall starts from there (gaining momentum when Claire starts to investigate, having been given the tip-off that things aren’t quite right.
There are many twists and turns. To be fair I figured out the Henry story early on but it was still a joy to read how it unfolded.
I would definitely recommend this to readers who don’t like stories of happy marriages!
Many thanks to #Netgalley and the punlisher for the chance to read an ARC in return for an honest review.
Alex Lake is a pseudonym and as such it is difficult to find much online about him (I did find an American website that said he had a wife and 3 sons)