The Sleeper and The Spindle Review

Title – The Sleeper and The Spindle

Author – Neil Gaiman

Illustrations by Chris Riddell

Genre – Fantasy, Retelling, fairytale, Fiction, Young Adult

Publisher/Published – Bloomsbury / October 2013

Pages – 72

Summary from Goodreads

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 stars

I loved this. I’m a fan of retellings and I thought this was a well written one. I love Neil Gaiman’s writing and enjoyed his spin of this, then pair it with Chris Riddell’s illustrations and it was even more magical. This was a retelling of Snow white and Sleeping beauty and was so well written and I didn’t expect the twist at the end.

Just a quick review this time but more to come this week.

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Shattered Memories Review

Title: Shattered Memories

Author: Virginia Andrews 

Published/Publisher : November 1st 2017 by Simon & Schuster Ltd

Pages : 432

My Thoughts:

3 out of 5 Stars.

Well I’m just going to start this review by saying this book disappointed me beyond words and I had to sit down and think about what I was going to say.

Shattered Memories is book three in the Mirror Sisters Trilogy written by Virginia Andrews ghost writer. So I was eagerly anticipating the release of Shattered Memories as I really enjoyed the first two books. I had such high hopes that this book was going to be a great conclusion and wrap the trilogy up nicely. But oh boy was I wrong about that. To me it was such a disappointment and if I’m honest a waste of my time.

Kaylee frustrated me the whole way through this. I was with her all through book one and two and supported her fully and really felt sorry for her after what happened to her. Unfortunatey by the end of this book I really didn’t like her, she was annoying, far to forgiving of Haylee and some of her action were ridiculous and totally uncalled for. I was so disappointed in her.

I hated Haylee but I feel like the author couldn’t be bothered writing her in to the plot and forgot about her. In to help first two books she was such a well written villain and you just had to hate her. Where as this one she wasn’t in it much and when she was included in the story it was just boring. The author could have taken the plot with her so much but to me it just seems like they gave up and couldn’t be bothered giving her a proper story line.

Kaylees roommate was weird and I expect her to be plotting with Haylee but nope the roomate might as well of not been there, she added nothing to the plot or story.

Oh and the ending has to be the worst ending ever written. I hated the entire ending and wanted to rip the pages out and throw the book at a wall. It was so senseless and unrealistic. It’s like the author gave up writing and decided to chose the easy way out. I was so angry with this book and I don’ think I’ll be reading any more Virginia Andrews books that have been written by the ghost author.

I don’t recommend this book to anyone!

 

 

2018 Reading Goals 

Hey Guys, it’s been a while but it’s a new year and a new year for blogging. 

My reading goals are as follows:

  • Read 100 books – I managed to read 80 books in 2017 so I’m pushing myself to read 100 this year. 
  • Read the Game of Thrones series of books and watch all the tv episodes. I’ve only read book one and watch series one so far. 
  • Read all the Mortal Instruments series, I read the first two books. 
  • Read The Infernal Devices trilogy which I’ve still to read.
  • Read as many unread books that are on my shelves.
  • Read more thrillers, I discovered in 2017 that I love thrillers so I want to read more. 

That’s my top goals for 2018. Have you set any goals this year? Let me know. 

The Perfect Victim Review

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Title – The Perfect Victim

Author – Corrie Jackson

Publisher/Published – Zaffre / November 2017

Genre – Mystery, Crime, Thriller

Pages – 448

Summary from Goodreads :

Husband, friend, colleague . . . killer?

Charlie and Emily Swift are the Instagram-perfect couple: gorgeous, successful and in love. But then Charlie is named as the prime suspect in a gruesome murder and Emily’s world falls apart.

Desperate for answers, she turns to Charlie’s troubled best friend, London Herald journalist, Sophie Kent. Sophie knows police have the wrong man – she trusts Charlie with her life.

Then Charlie flees.

Sophie puts her reputation on the line to clear his name. But as she’s drawn deeper into Charlie and Emily’s unravelling marriage, she realises that there is nothing perfect about the Swifts.

As she begins to question Charlie’s innocence, something happens that blows the investigation – and their friendship – apart.

Now Sophie isn’t just fighting for justice, she’s fighting for her life.

My thoughts:

5 out of 5 stars

I won a copy of this book from Readers First.

When I started reading this I didn’t know it was book 2 of a series however I didn’t have any problem reading the story.

As I keep saying the thriller genre is becoming my favourite and this is another book to add to the great ones I’ve read. I loved the main character and I really enjoyed her narration and I found myself getting connected to her character. The story over all was so well written, it was such a good story. I love the fact that I would think I knew where the story was going and that I had figured out the plot but everytime that happened there was a twist and I was left shocked at each twist. The twists were really well written and left myself doubting what was going to happen. I loved this book so much and I am going to read the first book as soon as I can.

I cannot reccomend this highly enough. Go read it guys !!

The Hanging Girl Review

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Title – The Hanging Girl

Author – Eileen Cook

Publisher/Published – Hot Key Books / October 2017

Genre – Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

352 Pages.

My thoughts:

3 out of 5 stars

So after reading the Hanging Girl I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. There were parts I enjoyed more than others, I did like that there were a few twists in the story. However I wasn’t a fan of the main character Skye, I actually found her quite selfish. I really didn’t like Paige or Pluto’s character either. The book started really well and I was interested to see where the plot would go but because I wasn’t keen on the characters it dampened the story. I don’t want to spoil any part of the book for anyone reading this but I must say I was really disappointed by the ending of the book. The book started well, dipped and the was redeeming itself until the end which in my opinion ruined the book for me but that’s just my personal opinion

 

November 2017 TBR

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Hey guys so I have decided I am going to set myself a monthly TBR and if I read all the books on the list I will pick others as I please. This month I have picked seven books and if all goes well I will pick seven each month and then once the list is complete I will pick others. I’m also going to put a page count for each month and then I will let you know how I get on in a monthly Wrap Up.

So onto my November TBR

  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – 536 pages.
  2. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman – 399 pages.
  3. Runes by Ednah Walters – 245 pages.
  4. The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling (re-read) – 453 pages.
  5. Princess of Athelia byAya Ling – 111 pages.
  6. Prelude to Mayhem by Edward Aubry  (re-read) – 342 pages.
  7. Static Mayhem by Edward Aubry – 397 pages.

2,483 pages all together

I’ve set quite an ambitious TBR but I think I can do it.

Stay tuned for reviews and other posts this month.

 

 

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land Review

Good Me, Bad Me

Title – Good Me, Bad Me

Author – Ali Land

Publisher/Published – Penguin Books / January 2017

Pages – 338

Genre – Thriller, Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Thriller

Summary From Goodreads – Good Me Bad Me is dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense by debut author Ali Land.

How far does the apple really fall from the tree?

Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school.

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 Stars

I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Where do I even begin. This is the debut novel from the author Ali Land and I must say for it being her first book it is to me a great success. it was so well written and was one of the intense thrillers that takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. This was such a thrilling read that I could hardly put down and just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen.

The story is told from the POV of Annie who later becomes Millie. Annie is the daughter of a serial killer and decided after one of the children she was close to became a victim of her mother to tell the police what had been happening. From the first page this was epic, You get the feeling that Annie/Millie is not being completely truthful about something but just when you think you know what she is lying about a huge twist happens that makes you question everything you were thinking. I enjoyed the way the story was told, like it was the thoughts of Annie/Millie so sometimes the sentences were long and some were short one or two words.

This was an epic, thought provoking story that left you guessing right to the very end and the twist that happened at the end was so well done and made my jaw drop. I had to sit for a minute after I finished it to think about the ending.

I really hope the author will write more books because after reading this Ali Land has become one of my favourite authors. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a mind bending, full of twists thriller.