Monthly Archives: September 2018

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (Book Review #193)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 30/09/18

My 49th book this year)

Thomas finds himself with his team who made it through the Maze alive. He thinks all the hard times and terrible events are over. He is about to get the shock of his life when he realises phase two is about to begin and it is a whole lot worse than the maze was.

They must survive two weeks in the Scorch (desert), travel one hundred miles to the safe haven in order to receive the cure for a deadly virus, the flare, that they have all been given. Along the way there are treacherous climate changes, infected others who have been driven crazy and are ready to kill on sight.

Thomas and his group have no idea what has happened to them nor why it is happening to them. But they know they have been chosen and now they must work out how to survive another day.

***SPOILER ALERT***

What a crazy over the top book. The plot seemed so randomly put together with as much shock factor as possible, but it didn’t feel “wow”.

So much memory loss, then random resurfacing memories. Too much mistrust, too much violence and aggression. Lacking reason behind it all yet the answers all point to the final book of the series.

I didn’t like the characters but somehow I enjoyed the book despite its’ flaws. I think I have to read the third book of the series just to find out what it was all about. I guess this counts as a well done to the author as I am recommending this series for those who enjoy their share of violence. But be well prepared for random events and the frustration of realising we still have no answers!!

Written by Ling Lee (30/09/18).

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Die Trying by Lee Child (Book Review #192)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 19/09/18

My 48th book this year)

Jack Reacher, ex-military, has managed to get himself caught up in the kidnapping of Holly Johnson. She is an FBI agent and the FBI look after their own. With great urgency and utmost importance, full of action and violence, the team rush on to locate Holly and to try to rescue her.

Jack has just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. The FBI think he is one of the bad guys. His life is on the line, even though he is also putting his life at risk to save Holly.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Another action packed read full of over dramatic violence and adventure. This book started off quite exciting as we jump straight into action and the story quickly unfolds.

We soon learn Holly is more than just your average agent. It’s great before both Holly and Jack realise they are both with background training. Holly wants to protect the innocent Jack, and Jack wants to protect the captured woman, Holly.

Once the prisoners arrived at their destination the book took a massive turn putting too much focus on the new country and the new leadership plans. I very much dislike politics, law, leadership and war, so the book took the worst possible turn for me. However setting this aside, the rest of the book worked well.

Another job accomplished for Lee Child. Apologies but I think 2 books by this author is enough for me. Much too movie-like for me. I prefer the more subtle thrillers, suspense and mysteries. Highly recommended for your action loving audience (just not quite hit the spot for me).

Written by Ling Lee (19/09/18).

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Along Came A Spider by James Patterson (Book Review #191)

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 13/09/18

My 47th book this year)

An intelligent, cunning, deceiving, manipulative, psychopathic killer is on the loose. He has never even been suspected so far of his countless murders. Since the age of 12 he has been taking lives and getting away with it. Now he is ready for the big time, he wants to be known for his efforts, he “wants to be somebody”.

Two children from an exclusive school have been kidnapped. Alex Cross is a detective and psychologist on the case. As evidence is gathered, the truth appears to be more and more confusing. A potential suspect is caught but he claims to be innocent. He claims to have no recollection of how he has ended up in prison and denies the murders and kidnapping being pinned on him.

Alex Cross must discover the truth before it is too late. Even if it is too late, he still needs answers, he needs the truth.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Such a deeply disturbing book about the most psychotic killer I have come across so far. The epilogue was just enough to pull you in. The book wastes no time in diving straight into the deep end with its fast paced action.

I really enjoyed this book although at times I felt like the author had overdone it. I felt it highly unnecessary for the black male and white female relationship to be so focussed on. The whole relationship idea was completely out of place for this book.

I really enjoyed how the defence at court play with our minds. How can “Murphy” be jailed when “Soneji” committed the crimes? Such a great plot that was mostly well executed.

I would recommend this book but I feel that maybe this one book is enough. I have read the synopsis for book 2 of this series and it seems to be another version of this book i.e much more deaths, deceit, lies, manipulation and intellectual discussions to continue. Well done James Patterson on this great read, apologies but I am not enthusiastic about reading his next book.

Written by Ling Lee (13/09/18).

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The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances (Book Review #190)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 06/09/18

My 46th book this year)

Daniel and his mother, Laura, have such a wonderfully close relationship; endearing, loving, kind and happy. That is until Daniel falls for Cherry.

Laura sees through Cherry, knows her motives and makes her dislike for Cherry quite clear. Cherry is clever about it and feigns innocence which Daniel easily accepts. He believes his mother is obsessive over him, controlling and unwilling to share him with anyone else.

As the women discreetly fight over Daniel, they keep jabbing at one another and things quickly escalate. One tells an unforgivable lie. The other finds out and is set to destroy, eliminate and finally get rid of the other from Daniel’s life.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Parts of this book were great to read. Where other parts were overly dramatic and completely unbelievable. The build up to Daniel getting severely injured was great although the time frame probably needs to be adjusted. I hated how Laura tried to embrace Cherry although her son had only met her a week beforehand. I felt it was much too soon for them to be on holiday together.

I really enjoyed the divide between Cherry and Laura. I understand how many parents could possibly feel at their son being “taken” from them. Yet it is absolutely necessary for them to let go and let their children grow up and live their own lives.

I hated Cherry’s character and would have enjoyed the book more if there was more to like about her. Then there was the penny drop moment for Daniel which seemed too far fetched. This book could have been much more interesting. I wouldn’t classify this one as a thriller/suspense. An average read. Unfortunately I would not recommend this book to other readers as there are much more interesting reads out there. Apologies to the author.

Written by Ling Lee (06/09/18).

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