Saturday, 2 January 2021
Friday, 1 January 2021
Author: Vincent Ralph
Publisher: Penguin paperback & ebook
Publishing: February 4th 2021
Rating: 5 out of 5
From the reverse of the book:
Home sweet home. Tom's family think they have moved into their dream home. His mum and new stepdad couldn't be happier - but Tom starts to notice strange messages on the walls, and traces of locks on the bedroom doors. On the outside.
The previous owners have moved round the corner and they seem like the perfect family. Convinced there is a secret to uncover, Tom befriends their daughter, Amy, at school, only to find himself falling for her instead. The more twists and turns Tom's investigation takes, the more determined he is to find the truth behind those locked doors.
I've been reading a lot of mysteries and crime books lately (not blogged though) and when a request came through for this I nearly passed on it - I'm so pleased I gave it a read. I couldn't put this down, and read it in two sittings! The mixture of characters and storyline along with the intrigue and plot twists kept me wanting to turn each and every page.
This is mainly based around young adults viewpoints and characters working together and then two family circles which have very different dynamics. I found the characters believable and enjoyed watching lives and stories unfold as Tom finds out more about the house and those around him. For me, the best books are those that take you on the journey with the characters seamlessly, and this book certainly did that. I couldn't see where the plot was going until the third section of the book, and by that time I was completely engrossed in the lives of the characters, what they had experienced and the baggage that came with them that was being unpacked with every turn of the page.
Lock the Doors addresses some very hard topics and does it well. I don't want to give any spoilers as the book wouldn't be the same if I told you about each of the characters and their lives - this is certainly one you need to read for yourself - I think everyone can relate to vulnerability and going through high school, acceptance, maturity, morality...the list would be a long one for all the elements this book encompasses. This is a thought provoking book and might make a good candidate for a book club to discuss on the variety of subjects it brings up.
Source - I received a review copy from the publisher to review this title.
Friday, 1 November 2019
Author: Melissa Albert
Think you're too old for fairy tales? Think again!
It's been a while since I blogged - life got in the way, although I have been reading....this one is worth a blog post!
This is Alice's story, a girl with the most phenomenal bad luck who tries to stay one step ahead...until her grandmother whom she's never met dies, and her mother is stolen away.
I couldn't put this book down! I found Alice to be a fiesty, spirited character, and I adore Finch her friend, who comes across as a sweet loyal fan boy in spite of his families wealth and obvious relationship neglect. I don't want to ruin the storyline, but this had me wondering where on earth the author was going and then realising that it was all as it was meant to be....although maybe my thought that Alice and Finch might be more than friends could have gone somewhere....I also felt that some actions should have consequences, but that everything worked out as best it could...
This was an absorbing read - I enjoy Andrew Lang's fairy stories, along with Grimm's Fairy Tales. I think Melissa Albert has managed to bring her own spin on fairy telling to life just as enjoyably.
Footnote; this particular book found its way into my hands thanks to the Open Access service of our local library - like a kid in a sweet shop!
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Title: Resurrection Bay
Author: Emma Viskic
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Published: 24th August 2017
This is a debut crime novel by an Australian author.
The main character is Caleb Zelic, his main characteristic is that he has hearing difficulties, which put an interesting dynamic on the story. When Caleb's best friend is murdered and Caleb is literally left holding the body, Caleb starts his quest to find who killed his friend with the aid of his business partner, Frankie, together they run a security and investigative business.
I found this to be an easy to follow and quick read. The story line doesn't give much away and the ending is not one I saw coming...the suspense was fairly well built throughout the book, but I felt it wasn't woven enough.. There weren't really that many suspects for Caleb's friends murder, but it still is a kick in the teeth when the sting in the tail comes (I really don't want to give the ending away...) For that reason alone I think its worth a read, and an author to keep tabs on.
Overall for a crime novel, it isn't that gritty or dark. It does give you insight of the characters throughout the book but I didn't really feel characters had much substance. I enjoyed the different stance on the sometimes seemingly shy and awkward investigator as Caleb tries to hide his disability which sometimes isn't helpful in finding the murderer.
Monday, 11 November 2013
Friday, 1 February 2013
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Welcome to the next stop on Shadow of Time's blog tour. Enter to win your own paper back copy (UK) or ebook (worldwide) after the review
But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?
Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.