The Perfect Stranger Review

Title – The Perfect Stranger

Author – Megan Miranda

Publisher / Published – Corvus / April 2017

Genre – Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Pages – 337

Summary from Goodreads
Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

My Thoughts

4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the premise of this plot and there were twists I didn’t see coming. I couldn’t guess where the plot was going which made the read more exciting. I’m not saying much more on the plot because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

Unfortunately for me I didn’t enjoy the main character Leah. There were parts at the start where I liked her character and I did feel sorry for her. However I found it strange she knew nothing about the girl that was meant to be her best friend, she didn’t even know her surname. Leah made a decision which made me lose respect for her. She is meant to be best friend with a girl but knows absolutely nothing about her and it never crossed her mind to ask. The other characters added a good dynamic to the story.

I enjoyed the writing style and it was a great read. The author did a great job with the plot and making the reader want to continue reading to find out what was going to happen.

I reccomend this to fans of thrillers.

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Time Shards Review

Title – Time Shards

Author – Dana Fredsti & David Fitzgerald

Publisher/Published – Titan Books / January 2018

Genre – Sci-fi, Fiction, Time Travel

Pages – 448

Summary from Goodreads

Time shatters into shards of the past, present, and future. A group of survivors dodges threats from across history to locate the source and repair the damage before it’s too late.
IT’S CALLED “THE EVENT,” AN UNIMAGINABLE CATACLYSM THAT SHATTERS 600 MILLION YEARS OF THE EARTH’S TIMELINE.
Our world is gone, instantly replaced by a new one made of scattered remnants of the past, present, and future, dropped alongside one another in a patchwork of “shards”. Monsters from Jurassic prehistory, ancient armies, and high-tech robots all coexist in this deadly post-apocalyptic landscape.
A desperate group of survivors sets out to locate the source of the disaster. They include 21st century Californian Amber Richardson, Cam, a young Celtic warrior from Roman Britannia, Alex Brice, a policewoman from 1985, and Blake, a British soldier from World War II. With other refugees from across time, they must learn the truth behind the Event, if they are to survive.

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 stars

Where do I begin?!? This was epic on so many levels. This is the first time in so long that I have finished a book and thought No! I need more. I simply didn’t want it to end.

At the start of the book there were different points of view and then as the chapters go on you find that the characters intertwine. I LOVED the plot, it was so well written and flowed perfectly. The Shards were intertwined and I loved reading and seeing all the different characters meet throughout the story. There were a lot of movie references that I loved.

I didn’t get confused by the different characters and found that I connected with some of the characters. Amber was a good character but she did annoy me at times. I enjoyed Cam and his progression was great. All the other characters made a great addition to the story.

I loved the time travel elements in this book and I can’t wait for the next book.

I highly recommend this well thought, well written awesome book that you not only devour but it leaves you wanting more!

Spare and Found Parts Review

Title – Spare and Found Parts

Author – Sarah Maria Griffin

Publisher/Published – Titan Books / February 2018

Genre – Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Pages – 416

Summary from Goodreads

Nell Crane has always been an outsider. In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts—an arm, a leg, an eye—her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs everyone now uses. But Nell is the only one whose mechanical piece is on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb. As her community rebuilds, everyone is expected to contribute to the society’s good . . . but how can Nell live up to her father’s revolutionary idea when she has none of her own?

Then she finds a mannequin hand while salvaging on the beach—the first boy’s hand she’s ever held—and inspiration strikes. Can Nell build her own companion in a world that fears advanced technology? The deeper she sinks into this plan, the more she learns about her city—and her father, who is hiding secret experiments of his own.

My thoughts

5 out of 5 stars

This was a fantastic read, I enjoyed every moment of it.

The book was so well written, I loved the authors writing style and how she developed the plot and characters. I loved the world this was set in and how it was built upon.

Nell was a really strong main character who could be a bit cooky at times but I loved her eccentric side. She was very head strong and when she had her idea she went with it. People told her she was crazy and her idea was impossible but she did it anyway and proved everyone wrong.

I loved her friend Ruby and Oliver was a good character as well but he did annoy me at times.

Io was another great character. The way the chapters were written was amazing and unique. I didn’t see the ending coming and it shocked me.

Over all this was a fantastic story and I would highly recommend it.

Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin Blog Tour.

Hey Guys. So I have a really exciting post for you all today. I am taking part in the blog tour for one of my favourite reads so far. Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin. This book was so good and was a 5 star read. I have an excerpt from the book to show you. So onto the excerpt

The grand dance floor split open before them, the ballroom a lush, gleaming treasure trove. Tobacco smoke hung in the air like something dangerous, something Nell couldn’t handle. The ceilings were high, dazzling with chandeliers made of old bottles. The walls were papered in a close floral pattern, and the floor was covered in a thick red carpet; each footfall landed with a quiet thud on the shag. It was lavish, and week after week this decadence seemed to grow. Every time she walked in there was a new fixture. A mirror with a gilded frame built to look like a whale, above the bar. A set of lights with a rotating filter that changed color every minute: pink, then purple, then yellow, then back to pink again. A set of pink flamingos, poised elegantly by the footlights on the stage. Bunting, miles and miles of it. All gifts, all offerings, all barters for more jars of that shining white peace or hoppy comfort in a shade of honey.
Nowhere else in the broken-down city looked like this. This was the
contribution that mattered most to the apprentices: this place to go to forget.
There must have been two hundred, maybe even three hundred people
crowded in there, at the bar and on the dance floor and scattered at the dozens of small circular tables at the edges of the room. Just about all the apprentices who lived in Black Water City. A whole squad from the monument construction. A janky, enthusiastic band of daytime plumbers and bakers and nurses huddled on a small platform stage, pulling old torch songs out of an accordion, a banjo, a fiddle, a bodhran, a double bass, and a heavily beaten piano.
The singer was belting something about churches into a handmade
microphone system hooked up to an amplifier made of an old crate and some metal scrap. It was tinny and distorted, but it worked. The dance floor oozed with life.
Nell’s ticking was so loud that it reverberated through her arms and
fingers, out of sync with the music, a misplaced metronome. Ruby was obviously eyeballing the span of the room for faces she knew.
“Do you want to dance with me?” asked Ruby, tentatively, knowing the
answer, already grateful for Nell’s permission to leave her alone, a grim buoy moored at the bar.
“No. I’m going to sit at the bar for a while, I think. Have a drink. Do you
want one?” Nell recited just what she thought Ruby wanted to hear.
“It’s fine. I’ll grab one once I’ve got the lay of the land!” Ruby flashed her a
grateful smile, kissed her cheek, then disappeared into the throng in what might as well have been a flash of lightning. She wouldn’t strike near Nell again that night.
Nell avoided bumping into any of the small clusters of her acquaintances
but offered thin smiles to the piques of “Hi, Nell!” and “Oh, look, Nell Crane is
here!” and squirmed her way across the room to one of the tall stools at the bar.
She lifted herself up onto the gilt and velvet seat and rested her elbows on the
dark wood of the countertop. The new whale mirror was surrounded by
decorative cabinets full of ornate handmade bottles of spirits and bitters and tinctures. Draft taps with hand-carved heads linked to fat kegs full
of beer stood in lines like faithful soldiers. Nell caught her reflection and
immediately regretted the eyeliner and painted freckles.
Nell made eye contact with Antoinette Fox, who was always behind the
bar on weekends; she was busy but gave Nell a nod. “The lady professor Crane, what’ll it be tonight?”
Antoinette was the very specific kind of wild gorgeous that implied she
woke up almost exactly in the shape she stood there. She made Nell’s throat want
to close over. An effortless arrangement of blond locks, wide eyes, impossibly
white teeth: she was too good to be true. Even her augmented limb, right arm
from the elbow down, was encased in white porcelain with tiny blue flowers
painted up the side. New, Nell noted. As she went to answer, she was suddenly
interrupted by the deep and affected tones of the absolute last person she
wanted to see. She’d spent too many afternoons trapped next to him at a work desk ever to want to sit next to him at a night out, but here he was. Here he always was.
“Drink, Crane?”
“Not half as much as you, Kelly.” Nell gritted her teeth. “But since you’re
offering, I’ll have a—”
He leaned over the bar to get the barmaid’s attention, cutting Nell off.
“She’ll have a bathtub gin with two wedges of lemon and a splash of —”
“Elderflower tonic,” snarled Nell. “Good evening, Oliver.”

There you go, and excerpt from Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin I hope you enjoyed it. Stay tuned for my review of the book which I will upload tomorrow.

 

January 2018 Wrap Up

Hey Folks, so I had quite a good reading month. I was able to read 9 books and listen to one audiobook so all in all I’m happy with my progress.

So I’m going to list the books I read, the number of pages they had and how many stars I gave them. Onto the books:

Rattle By Fiona Cummins – 352 Pages – 5 Stars

Shattered Memories by Virgina Andrews 432 Pages – 3 Stars

She’s not there by Joy Fielding – 368 Pages – 4 Stars

Shadow Man by Alan Drew – 340 pages – 5 Stars

The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman – 72 pages – 5 Stars

Animal Farm by George Orwell, read by Simon Callow – 109 pages – 5 Stars

Carrie by Stephen King – 222 pages – 5 Stars

Time Shards by Dana Fredsti & David Fitzgerald – 448 pages – 5 Stars

The text by Claire Douglas – 40 pages – 3 stars

There you have it, all the books I read in January. I read a total of 10 books coming in at 2735 pages and there were only two books i was dissappointed in. So overall a success.