Hold Me

Hold Me

by Talia Ellison

This book has a very dark underlying theme, starting out quite romantic and turning into something much darker and disturbing as the story progresses. I find myself caring greatly about Caleb and concerned for the eventual outcome. I also started to question my own thoughts and feelings as i enjoyed the blossoming ‘relationship’ in the beginning only to find out the dark truth – I felt really quite disturbed that i had “liked” something that turned out to be so evil and unimaginable.

Rating: *****

Three Days Breathing

Three Days Breathing

by Mike Maguire

 

Three Days Breathing started off strongly and got even better as it went along. A lot of books in this genre are quite predictable in their outcomes, but this book delivered some very satisfying and interesting changes in plot along the way. The writing style is very vivid and economical, never meandering and bogging us down in unnecessary details.

 

The plot itself is riveting and I enjoyed every moment as it came; the ending left me wanting ┬ámore. As the plot unravelled, we find out more about the upper orders and the meaning of Corim’s life. If I was to write a plot outline here (which i won’t as i don’t want to spoil it) then it’d look incredibly bleak and dark, yet the author manages to broach the subject in a way which overall ends up being something positive and swiftly moving to a great conclusion. Don’t fear this book if you have read about it being dark, it isn’t scary in that sense, I found a lot to be hopeful for in the story and the fight of ‘good’ against ‘evil’.

 

Rating: *****

 

The Breeders

The Breeders

Katie French

 

There are a number of grammatical/spelling errors in the kindle version which would benefit from proof-reading. As other reviewers have mentioned, it’s a shame so much of the plot was revealed in the description, it really did spoil the best bits for me! The characters were interesting, and mostly believable. The image on the front cover confuses me – is this meant to be a picture of the Breeders facility? If so, this was portrayed in the novel as being very clinical and sterile. Or maybe it’s meant to be somewhere they stayed along the way, though they rarely slept in beds? The romance element in my opinion could have been implemented much better and didn’t make much sense, especially in the early stages. Having said that, the rest of the story moved at a good pace and did keep me hooked right to the (satisfying) end which is why I am giving this 4 stars.

Rating: ****

More Than This by Patrick Ness

More Than This by Patrick Ness

 

This story follows our main character, Seth, as he wakes up in a familiar yet surprisingly different world following his death. We get to see him explore this new world and discover some surprising secrets, which continue to develop at a good pace (without being overwhelming) throughout the course of the book.

This is a very well crafted story, both in terms of plot and character development. There are no dead zones here at all; I was gripped from the first sentence right through to the very satisfying and intriguing end. After having a run of bad books which I simply couldn’t finish this was a very good feeling to say the least!

Rating: *****

 

Madness by Roald Dahl

Madness by Roald Dahl
This was my first time reading Roald Dahl’s adult fiction after being an avid reader of his children’s books many years ago. I was very pleasantly surprised by the depth of these stories, very much written for a very adult audience and every single one had a great twist which made me stop and think afterwards. The stories are surprisingly dark and grim, but not gory for the sake of it; simply grimly satisfying. If you haven’t read any of Roald Dahl’s adult fiction… read this!
Rating: *****