February Wrap – Up 2017

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of post recently I haven’t been feeling up to posting and decided to take a bit of a break to get some motivation back for blogging and I think it has worked. I am planning on blogging through out March at least once a week and if I am have other ideas it could be more so stay tuned for that.

This post is my February wrap up, I didn’t read as much as I did in January. I wouldn’t say that I was in a slump I just was busy with other things. Here are the six books I read this month.

Image result for the dare by john boyne The Dare by John Boyne – 4 stars

Image result for the ezrats elevator by lemony snicket The Ersatz Elevator – 5 Stars

Image result for british monsters vol one by robert keller   Related image   Related image 4 Stars each

Image result for a head full of ghosts by paul tremblay A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay – 4 Stars

So there you have it, all the books I read in February. Not as many as I would have liked but I have also got a few current reads that I am about halfway through on each of them so it will boost my March Wrap Up. I will put in that post which ones I read over February and March.

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A Head Full of Ghosts Review

A Head Full of Ghosts

Title – A Head Full of Ghosts

Author – Paul Tremblay

Publisher/Published – Titan Books / September 2016

Genre – Horror, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Summary From Goodreads

The lives of the Barretts, a suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents despair, the doctors are unable to halt Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls the terrifying events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories begin to surface and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed.

 

My thoughts

4 0ut of 5 stars

When I was asked by the publisher if I would like a review copy I looked at the press release and saw that Stephen King was quoted on the front of the book saying that this scared him and I knew I just had to give it a shot. Horror isn’t my  usual genre but I am trying to branch out and try new genres rather than sticking to my comfort zone. I did really enjoy this book and found it thrilling and unexpected. It was scary but not too scary if you know what I mean. All the way through I didn’t know what to expect and I was always questioning what was happening and if it was real or made up by the characters and the TV crew. The main character Merry told the story of what happened to her and her family, there was also blog posts that dissected the TV show that was described in the book. throughout the story you start to realise there is a secret and it is revealed at the end of the book and I must say I was not expecting the book to end the way it did which made it more thrilling. Over all I really enjoyed this and I look forward to delving more into the horror genre and seeing where it leads me.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy to review. This does not affect my opinions about the book and the opinions are my own.

 

Crystal Magic Review

Crystal Magic (Clearwater Witches #1)

 

Title – Crystal Magic

Author – Madeline Freeman

Publisher / Published – Kindle / March 2014

Genre – Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Summary from Goodreads.

Nothing is safe around Kristyl Barnette. Windows break. Books rocket across the room. Lights flicker. Strange occurrences follow the sixteen-year-old everywhere.

When tragedy forces her to move to the small town of Clearwater, Michigan, with her estranged aunt Jodi, Kristyl tries to leave her past behind. But Clearwater has secrets of its own—a mystical history that intersects with Kristyl’s life and might shed light on the inexplicable events that plague her.

When a mysterious illness threatens her aunt’s life, Kristyl will do anything to cure her. Enlisting the help of witches could save Jodi, but is dealing in magic worth the consequences?

My thoughts

3.5 out of 5 stars.

Well where do I begin. I think this is the lowest rated book out of all my reviews on my blog. When I first started reading the book it was okay but it was a bit like the TV series Secret Circle (which is also a book series). I found it a bit boring and predictable and the main character annoyed me so much. She did this thing where she would bit her bottom lip when she was nervous or whatever. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind characters having little habits but it got to the point she was always biting her lip, like every so many pages I’m surprised she had a lip left but the end of the book. The other characters weren’t very memorable, I like Owen a lot and Fox was cool but I don’t really remember the others.

When I started reading this book I expected that I was going to love it, however I felt really disappointed. I gave 3.5 stars however because the ending really made up for the book, it ended on a cliff hanger and as much as I didn’t really enjoy the start of the book the ending actually made me want to read more of the series and see where it goes. I am still in two minds about whether or not I will continue with the series.