The House

The House

by Simon Lelic

 

This is one of those books that gets under your skin, definitely something I could describe as “unputdownable.”  As Syd and Jack’s story unfolds, I am drawn into an ever deeper, darker world, each scene vivid and alive in my mind as I read it. The plot is crafted with skill, manipulating me at every turn. There is no superfluous fluff, every detail counts and leads me towards the fantastic, unpredictable ending which makes me stop and re-evaluate everything I had read up until that point. A very satisfying read that will linger in my mind for some time!

 

Rating: *****

 

Icefall

Icefall

by Walt Stone and Mica Stone

 

This is a good, long read. The story moves at a fair pace and there were no dull moments where I felt bored or like I wanted to give up, which is saying something because it took me a long time to get through it due to personal circumstances, normally it’s hard to pick up a story after leaving it for a while- but not in this case!

The story itself is set in a post-apocalyptic ice age world; something unique to this genre that I haven’t seen before. The main characters are crafted vividly in my mind and I find myself really caring about what happens next to them (which is quite the adventure I have to say!)

Rating: *****

A Walk Across The Sun

A Walk Across The Sun

by Corban Addison

I picked this book up when i was in hospital and looking for something to read. I jumped into it without any idea of the content or context and not even having read the description on the back. I was shocked at first then with the subject matter and thought it might be a bit too much for me, but alas, i was already sucked in and so i continued.

The storyline is very good and it felt very realistic, at times I felt like i was reading a documentary rather than a work of fiction. The subject was never over-dramatised, the trafficking subject was handled with incredible sensitivity whilst not shying away from the horrors of what is involved.

Overall, a brilliant, but serious and ‘deep’ read that will leave you thinking for days afterward.

 

rating: *****

The Racketeer

The Racketeer

by John Grisham

 

Overall a great read, The Racketeer is very typically John Grisham so you know exactly what you are going to get with this one. Different elements of the story were woven together in perfect detail to a satisfying ending. I did get a little bored during the middle but definitely not enough to want to stop reading!

 

Rating: ****

You Don’t Know Me

You Don’t Know Me

by Imran Mahmood

 

An intense, gripping read, “You Don’t Know Me” consists almost entirely of one character speaking for himself in a court room, leaving us breathlessly following his story without pause to divert elsewhere. Not many authors could get away with such a story, but Mahmood pulls it off brilliantly.

Even more brilliant is the range of emotions this book created within me. All at once I felt bad for the main character, who has a very ‘disadvantaged’ background, yet I could never feel too bad due to his unique kind of in-eloquent intelligence. I felt conflicted and confused, was he a victim of his own environment and essentially a good person? But then again, he couldn’t be good if he did even half the things that he himself claimed that he did. This tugging back and forth with  my emotions went from beginning to end, where I STILL don’t have an answer.

In all, a very good read and one that makes you stop and think!

 

Rating: *****

Rise of the Archmage (Deathsworn Arc:4)

Rise of the Archmage (Deathsworn Arc:4)

by Martyn Stanley

 

In this 4th instalment of the Deathsworn Arc, our heroes battle through more adversities, rescuing people along the way. There are some fantastic gruesome scenes in this featuring torture devices, hanging, burning etc, something i’m coming to expect from this author and which he achieves very well without being overdone. I loved the character of Vexis, who I felt simultaneously sorry for and horrified by. One of my favourite characters, who I won’t name, seems to be being axed, but I hope this isn’t the last I hear from them as i’m incredibly attached by this point – the ending in particular left me very sad.

I can’t wait for the next book, will be buying it as soon as it’s released.

 

Rating: *****

All That Remains

All That Remains

by Al Barrera

 

Kyle and Sara battle through a dystopian nightmare to get to a high-tech hidey-hole that a little girl thinks exists. An interesting premise, and I wanted to like this story, but it was very hard to get into the book at all. I almost gave up at around 60% but ploughed on to the end. I found it very hard to follow what was going on; the story felt very stilted and was broken up by extremely frequent flashbacks/thoughts/scanning, etc, and it was hard to tell which character was experiencing what event at any one time – so much so that I only started to be able to piece it together when I got to about 90% of the way through. Unfortunately it was a frustrating and difficult read.

 

Rating: *