Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Witness by Nora Roberts (Book Review #114)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 31/03/17

My 7th book this year)

Elizabeth lives a very controlled life. Her mother decides every move she makes, what she wears, where she goes, what she studies, who she can befriend, even what she eats. Elizabeth has always been well disciplined but it isn’t what she wants from life. The day she stands up for herself is the day that her world gets turned upside down.

Highly intelligent with computers and having a photographic memory, she uses her skills to break the law for the first time. Making a fake ID and finally having a real night out. Little does she know she has caught the eye of a high member of the mafia, she sees something no one is supposed to see. Now she is on the run for survival because they will stop for nothing until they hunt her down for being the only witness that can destroy them. 

***SPOILER ALERT***

I am a huge Nora Roberts fan. This book started off amazing as always but then after Elizabeth went on the run, everything fell apart. The suspense, the thrill, the trouble just died out. This book could have been stunningly amazing. 

Once Elizabeth went into hiding, everything became bland, out of place and felt like a complete different book. All the way up to the end this book was disappointing. I kept hoping for the quick pace to catch up with her and her past but the rush never came. 

I enjoyed Elizabeth’s character when she became Abigail. But Brooks was a whole other story. Mismatched and forcefully inputted for the adult scenes that weren’t necessary for this book. I would not recommend this book to other readers, but the beginning of the book was absolutely gripping if you want to read the first 15-20%.

Written by Ling Lee (31/03/17).

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The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry (Book Review #113)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 18/03/17

My 6th book this year)

The Knights of the templar are forever trying to find the Great Devise. Something of utmost importance in proving the truth behind everything that people believe in. But the bigger belief is that there is an immensely huge treasure hidden with the Great Devise. Everyone wants to find the treasure and the race is on.

The knights and their master want to prove that Jesus is not real therefore obliterating Christianity. The Church and their believers need this information to be destroyed or remain hidden forever. 

With both sides supposedly trying to minimalise bloodshed, in self defense there is violence, betrayal, love, faith, loyalty. Everything is put to the test when facing life and death choices.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I didn’t enjoy the way the story was told although the storyline itself was quite interesting. It feels like the author is teaching a first timer about history, religion and the conflicts between the Church and the Templar Brotherhood. I dislike being told the story. Then at every turn there is a very detailed explanation as to what is believed, what could have happened and what is actually happening. I much prefer books that make us readers feel like we are on a journey WITH the characters. 

I didn’t feel the suspense and the need to keep reading. I didn’t really connect with the characters. The book was average at most. It held my attention but didn’t keep me gripping the edge of my seat. I unfortunately would not recommend this book to other readers. I much prefered Dan Brown’s books. Especially the Da Vinci Code. 

Written by Ling Lee (18/03/17).

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Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (Book Review #112)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 02/03/17

My 5th book this year.)

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…” the New Mrs De Winter finds herself haunted by the house, the people and everything to do with Manderley. What a difficult role to step up to with the First Mrs De Winter being perfect in every way. Beautiful, graceful, charming, educated, talented and kind. Mrs Danvers, the head housekeeper, is forever reminding the New Mrs De Winter of her flaws and how she cannot even begin to compare with her First Mrs De Winter. 

Maxim De Winter is much older than his newly wedded wife. Such a contrast to his late wife, young, uneducated, poor and dull but he has decided to bring her to Manderley in hope to bring life back to his magnificent estate.

Mrs De Winter is scared to make changes, unsure of her place in the  household, doesn’t know how to socially interact with the rest of the Manderley community but she must find a way to step up and be free from the lingering past of Maxim’s first wife. To build their lives and to begin to live as a lady rather than as the maid she once was.
***SPOILER ALERT***

This book had the most beautiful scenes. Manderley’s magnificence, Maxim’s curt demeanor, the new Mrs De Winters insecurities, the cold and evil aura emanating from Mrs Danvers at every moment of her appearance in the book. Manderley was precisely perfectly decorated by the First Mrs De Winter. She left her impression upon every person she ever came across and her death had a huge impact on every character in the book.

I really enjoyed most of the story even though nothing much happens until quite far into the book. But the beauty of the scenery was perfectly captured and we could feel every emotion that we as the reader are supposed to feel. 

The twist in the story spoilt the whole book for me. It felt too random and unexpected that it didn’t quite fit with the rest of the book. If the story had a different ending I may have been able to rate this book a 5. All in all this is a book that I would recommend to others but I would like to clarify it is not a ghostly story even though many reviews including my own mention the haunting feeling cast throughout the book.

Written by Ling Lee (02/03/17).

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