Thursday, July 27, 2017

What happens after? - By Portia Moore

It was never supposed to happen. 'We' never should have happened.

He and I... Our constantly crossing paths changed the unthinkable to the inevitable.
It was magical, exhilarating, and life defining... despicable, and it ruined everything.

It destroyed me.
It destroyed us.
He and I is what happened before.
And everything else is what happened after…

I was originally interested in this book from the book cover and the title. I really wanted to know what happened after, and after what? Once I started I really got excited and pulled in with the prologue, something about the words really spoke to me. However After the first few chapters I got really bored. The only reason I pushed through it was because someone told me "sometimes you just have to push through it" and so I did.

It felt like it took forever to read this book, I kept putting it down for a few days and then starting again. Between the dull storyline, the flipping back and forth between past/present and different characters, and the most annoying part... the editing mistakes!! Oh. My. Gosh. I just cant with the editing in this book! How is she cooking scalloped potatoes one minute and when they sit down to eat it, it has magically turned into mashed potatoes!?! This is the most frustrating thing for me. 

The going back and forth between past and present, and going from Gwen, to Lisa, to William so many times made it confusing at times. until I finished the entire book certain things didn't connect for me. I mean it took me reading almost the entire book to figure out that William was the same guy Gwen "stole" from her sister Gia!

What Lisa did at the end of the book made me mad, I just don't understand how she could walk away like that. Seeing how strong of a woman Gwen is, is very empowering. To be able to forgive and love so unconditionally after such heartbreak takes a strong woman.

This book is a 1 star review for me. I wouldn't recommend reading it.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Cellar, by Minette Walters

From the internationally bestselling, award-winning crime writer Minette Walters, The Cellar is a harrowing, compulsively readable novel about a family of African immigrants, the Songolis, and the dark secret they keep hidden in the depths of their seemingly respectable British home.

On the day Mr. and Mrs. Songoli’s young son fails to come home from school, fourteen-year-old Muna’s fortunes change for the better. Until then, her bedroom was a dank windowless cellar, her activities confined to cooking and cleaning. Over the years, she had grown used to being abused by the Songoli family—to being their slave.

Now that Scotland Yard has swarmed the Songoli house to investigate the disappearance of the son, Muna is given a real bedroom, real clothing, and treated, at least nominally, as a daughter. But her world remains confined. She is not allowed to go outside, doesn’t know how to read or write, and cannot speak English. At least that’s what the Songolis believe. Before long it becomes clear that young Muna is far cleverer—and her plans more terrifying—than the Songolis, or anyone else, can ever imagine.

 So... I thought I would take a little break from reviewing romance books and throw myself into a mystery/thriller book, and I am very happy I did! This is my first Minette Walters book, and I can assure you it wont be my last! Minette Walters style of writing captured me from the very start, and she was able to draw me in with the picture she painted with her words.

The characters were also well delivered. Muna came across very smart, she always had quick answers to such important questions. She always knew how to cover her tracks, I guess observing everything all the those years while being held captive came in handy.

Yetunde (The "Mother") was the most awful character I've come across so far. She is so hateful, ignorant, and just an all around horrible person. The things she says and does makes me want to hurt her myself.

When it came to the two sons, Abiola & Olubayo, I thought the same thing of both... You are how you're raised. Seeing how their parents treat Muna made them feel it was okay to do the same. You don't find out much about Abiola, however the parts you do get made me have little to no sympathy for him. You get to know Olubayo throughout the book, which made me hate him that much more as the book progresses. I guess you cant blame the kids when they see their parents doing the same actions.

And finally Ebuka, the "father"... I had mixed feelings about him. At first I hated him just as much as the other characters, but I guess I'm a big softie because after seeing the way his wife spoke of/to him after his "accident" made me feel bad for him... but only slightly. Even the way he spoke to Muna in the last few chapters made my heart thaw towards him, but then again he really needed Muna so he said whatever he had to.

This book always kept me guessing, and wanting more. Especially the ending which leaves you with a poem... I mean poems are great and all but I wanted to know what was going to happen! Maybe that's just me being greedy. 4 star review from me, the poor ending is the only reason this book didn't get a higher rating from me. Its a must read if you like mystery/thriller type books and I look forward to reading more from Minette Walters in the future!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review - The Devil's Prayer, by Luke Garcias

A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?

Explicit Content Warning: "The Devil’s Prayer" is a historical horror thriller that contains brutality, rape, sex, drug abuse and murder. Readers may find its content offensive and confronting.

Two words

So Disappointing.

Another two words.

Info Dump.

All four words sum up this review. 

I stopped reading this at 53% because I could not adequately justify to myself to continue to waste another minute on this book. I just completely and utterly disliked it.

It wasn't because "it contains brutality, rape, sex, drug use and murder." It wasn't because I found "its content offensive or confronting".

It was simply because where it wasn't boring me to death with all kinds of information dumps, it was making me shake my head and laugh a little over how it lacked complete believability. I could not quite believe how Siobhan's mother committed some of her most heinous acts... the thought process as laid out in the book's pages just did not make sense to me and was very unrealistic. There was something lacking; that switch that turned and made her so cold and ruthless was absent... the pieces just didn't fit.

I read on hoping as the story developed it would get better.. but was disappointed to learn it was only getting worse. 

With over a thousand books in my 'to read' list... how could I continue to force myself to read even one more page... This book got a fair chance from me. It was time to stop the madness. I honestly don't understand the amount of raving reviews for this one.... I am at a loss.

A rare rating from me, and I don't like giving them out. Honesty is a bitch sometimes.

Monday, July 17, 2017


Thank you to everyone who entered the Giveaway for Book 1 & 2 of the Spirtfire trilogy, by Nicole French!

The winner (randomly selected by rafflecopter) is....


Congratulations Danielle!  I am sure you are going to love these books!!  We will be in touch soon.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Off Limits, By J.L. Paul

What was I supposed to do?
I desperately wanted to take that summer art class – one that would count toward my college credits come fall.

But it was far from home and the only option I really had was to stay with Jackson, my stepbrother – the very stepbrother who detested me and my mother.

Surly and sullen, he was still the sexiest man I’d ever seen. He wasn’t thrilled to have me invade his home or his life.

Slowly, though, he warmed toward me. Was it because of the electricity that crackled between us? The irresistible pull we both felt? Or maybe it was the searing kiss we’d shared that night…
Whatever it was, he was teaching me things that I’d never learned in art class – things I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone.
What would our parents say?

I could've fallen in love with this book, but unfortunately I was left wanting more from this book. The characters chemistry was good at some points and then fell flat at others. It was a emotional rollercoaster... and not in a good way! When India (the main female character)  and Jackson (the main male character) had their moments together it was intriguing and pulled you in, then they would fight or just avoided their feelings and it got a little boring and frustrating.

I couldn't relate to the characters at all, there were a few times where Jackson would say or do something to push India away and she would just suck it up and get over it way to fast with sometimes no apology. She seemed kind of immature and a bit of a push over. And Jackson... what an asshole at times! You just cant say certain things to people, its just not okay. I don't understand how they ended up together in the end... I wouldn't have continued that relationship.

This book definitely had an interesting story line, however there could've been more to this book. It felt extremely rushed, especially the end. It was almost as if J.L. Paul just wanted to wrap up the book and be done with it. The fact it was so rushed and choppy killed the little romance there was. I'm not saying this is the worst book ever, but it failed to meet my expectations. I am disappointed so this gets a 2 star review from me.


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