Monthly Archives: August 2017

He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly (Book Review #127)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 31/08/17

My 20th book this year)

Kit has always had a passion for chasing solar eclipses. His perfect other half, Laura, has the same interest so their lives revolve around it. 

One eclipse in particular changes more than just their own lives forever. Laura witnesses an awful event and calls the police. They thought the drama was over, but it became the beginning of all the problems they will ever face.

The victim, Beth, entwines herself into Laura’s life, which means Kit must put up with 2 emotional women in his life. 

Beth is becoming more and more drastic, straining the perfect pairs’ relationship. Kit wants her gone from their lives, but Laura is adamant to get her through this.

They get to the point where they fear Beth’s presence, change their names, flee from their home just to get away from her. But she knows how to find them, they both believe it’s just a matter of time.

***SPOILER ALERT***

A very clever twist in the story which was completely unexpected and made this book all the more enjoyable.

Laura, the weak woman who suffers severe anxiety attacks, who lives in fear from the victim she saved on the night of the Lizard Point eclipse.

Beth, the mentally unstable woman who wont leave Laura alone because she’s the only person who truely believes in the crime that took place. Beth needs both her friendship and support whether the couple want to help her or not.

Kit is just trying to protect Laura from anything and everything. With Laura’s weakness to helping every passing person in need, she has put her life at risk and Kit does everything he can to save them both.

A page turner. Written from different perspectives, in this situation we are reminded to listen to both sides of a story before making judgement. Sometimes things are not what they seem and this book gripped me as I sat waiting to find out what happens at every turn. 

I would definitely recommend this book to others who want something thrilling to read with an unexpected ending.

Written by Ling Lee (31/08/17).

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The Secret of Spellshadow Manor by Bella Forrest (Book Review #126)

I rate this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 26/08/17

My 19th book this year)

Spellshadow Manor, a school for ONLY those with magic in them. But those who are brought in by Finder are unwillingly enrolled. Once you are in the school grounds there is no way out. You must graduate or challenge a teacher and take their place among the members of Spellshadow Manor. Even graduation is a daunting thought. Every pupil who has tried to escape, or graduated, or taken from class, have never been seen again nor ever mentioned again. 

Natalie and Alex have ended up here. Alex cannot seem to muster up even a spark of magic but he is in class and must find a way to do something, anything. Whilst they struggle to keep up appearances and secretly plan their next to impossible escape, they make friends and adapt to their situation.

No one knows how to get out. But strange things have been seen and interesting things have been told. One of their friendship group is nearing graduation date, they are all desperate to find answers or the way out of SpellShadow Manor, alive.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I heard this was the next Harry Potter. Not even close. The ending was the only part of the book that got me excited to find out what’s next. 

I found this book quite dull. The ideas behind the story and the contents sound promising but somehow the whole book lacked excitement, intrigue and felt boring to read. I kept waiting for the “awesome” scene(s) but was hit with disappointment. Not enough depth and detail. 

I am willing to give book 2 of the series a chance, but I am not bursting with excitement. Nothing much to remember or to retell about this novel. Apologies to the author for not appreciating this book, but the 2nd in the series seems to be interesting so let’s see what happens next.

Written by Ling Lee (28/08/17).

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