Monthly Archives: October 2017

Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards (Book Review #134)

I rate this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 10/10/17

My 27th book this year.)

Andrew has felt like his whole life has been filled with bad luck until the beautiful Charlie walks into his life. She turns his world upside down, bringing him love and hope for a better future. 

We all know nothing is perfect, not even Charlie. Andrew starts noticing strange outbursts of jealousy, then things start going missing. Then one after another, people in his life begin to get hurt, or die from numerous reasons. So many factors point to Charlie and now Andrew is beginning to have doubts. The seemingly sweet and innocent Charlie could never commit such crimes… could she?
***SPOILER ALERT***

I think the synopsis destroyed this book for me. Before we even begin this book, we are led to expect that someone loves Andrew, but they will also start doing creepy things in the name of love. The reader is “told” with every bit of information that Charlie is the one behind all this.

I hated the twist. It ruined the book even more. It was definitely unexpected by not in a positive way. Charlie felt too good to be true, but then her bad traits began to show. They were creepy and obsessive behaviour traits. I guess I was disappointed the book had such an unexpected end that wasn’t necessary. Sometimes a straightforward story probably would have been more satisfying to read.

A terribly frustrating read. Apologies to the author but I would not recommend this book, yet I might give one of his other books a chance.

Written by Ling Lee (10/10/17).

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Sometimes I lie by Alice Feeney (Book Review #133)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 05/10/17

My 26th book this year.)

Amber is in a coma, her body is still and lifeless but her mind is sometimes awake and aware of everything around her. The people coming in and out, ones she wants to see and also ones she doesn’t. She is trying to remember how she ended up this way but it’s difficult to tell the difference between reality and the consistant dream/nightmare state that she is floating in. She can knows the memories are trying to emerge but she can feel fear and pain, she knows something bad happened. She just needs to remember what. 

Right now all Amber knows is:

1. I am in a coma.

2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.

3. Sometimes I lie.
***SPOILER ALERT*** 

Thrilling story. I love not knowing what is real and what is dreamt up from her mind. It was eerie to be stuck with her in her body, aware yet unable to alert anyone she is indeed alive at least in her mind. I wonder if coma patients really have to suffer this ordeal. 

Her sister Claire is such a strangely perfect person of who she is insanely jealous of. But with her troubled mind, there are so many problems that stem from her thoughts and it is difficult to distinguish if they are truth or lies. You are always reminded by the title, anything that happens may be a lie, so you find yourself questioning each step of the book. You wait for a twist, wait for the turns and even though you expect something to happen you just cannot guess what it is and you are hit with more shocking news before you know it.

Towards the end, I felt confusion set in as Claire, Amber, Taylor, Paul, David and Edward become more disturbed, adding depth to every character as we progress in the story. 

The end was epic and it took a while to unjumble my thoughts as I had to think and rearrange everything in my own mind. Alice Feeney is amazing. All of a sudden you find out there is a book 2 and not all of the questions have been answered. I would recommend this book. I would possibly even re-read this one. 

Each character was clear in my mind and I felt the fear, felt the imprisonment and felt chilled in the middle of the night and had to wait for sunrise before I could finish off the book. 

Awesome book. Awesome author. Cannot wait for the next book for the very much needed answers.

Written by Ling Lee (06/10/17).

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The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (Book Review #132)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 03/10/17

My 25th book this year)

Boarding school at Salten, is where Kate, Thea, Fatima and Isa form their unbreakable friendship bond. Young teens exploring life, alcohol, cigarettes, sharing secrets and playing their game, the Lying Game. There are rules: the better the lie, the more points you get, only lie to ones who deserve it, never lie to each other and know when to stop lying. Notorious for their lying, you never know what you can or cannot believe when these girls speak. Breaking the rules at school, punishing those who are not in their favour. Then one day life is completely changed for them all when the school can no longer accept this behaviour.

Almost two decades laster, just three words “I need you” is all it takes for the girls to turn up for one another no matter the time, no matter the reason. Salten is the last place any of them want to be but “I need you” is their ultimate cry for help. It’s finally time to face up to their mistakes and decide if they want to lie once again or tell the truth for once, because the body has been found and they need to get their stories straight.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I very much enjoyed the idea of this book but I expected much more depth, detail and deceit considering the name of the book. 

I enjoyed most of the book until the twists and turns became quite sudden and unnecessary. For once I would have preferred the more obvious outcome for this story but the end became quite confusing and too dramatic. 

Still a worthy read. I would very much like to read another book by this author sometime. 

Written by Ling Lee (03/10/17)

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