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About linglee84

An amateur writer chasing a dream that may forever be just out of reach. But if I don't try then I will never succeed. My writing leaks from my heart felt words, bursting from my soul. I become the characters envisioned on these pages. I feel every ache, every tear and every pain, along with every smile, every laugh and every touch. Please join me on my journey and see how I develop as a writer. Hopefully one day in the near future I can add my name upon those shelves with a book of my own and finally be able to call myself an author and writer by profession.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (Book Review #281)

Lily and Ted meet one another on a flight one day. They end up sitting next to each other and discussing life’s ups and downs. Ted tells Lily about his cheating wife. He mentions thoughts of killing her as a joke. But then Lily’s reply is “I’d like to help”

Everyone dies eventually. Some people might be worth killing though. Is it justifiable to help someone die if they are bad for the world? Bad people who hurt people intentionally.

Lily and Ted continue to make plans. But planning and doing have such different outcomes. Lily has an immensely dark secret past that Ted has no idea of. He suspects she has taken a life or two before but he has no idea what he is getting himself into.

With deaths occuring and a detective on the chase. How many people are worth killing and how many murders can be gotten away with?

***SPOILER ALERT***

I would have absolutely loved this book more if there were less killers. I love how the murders were so carefully thought out and how they were not even close enough to catching up.

I love the plotting, I love the twists. I love the thought of the kind of people worth killing.

I was disappointed when someone unexpectedly died and it didn’t end up with the strangest happily ever after.

I would definitely recommend this book and I am highly looking forward to more books by Peter Swanson.

Written by Ling Lee

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The Medici Secret by Michael White (Book Review #280)

I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars.

Edie is a scientist who is part of a team who are trying to glean information on some mummified bodies from famous beings of renaissance Italy.

Her findings are proving to be more and more complicated as she suspects at least one of the bodies do not seem to be who everyone else believes it to be.

A huge secret lies within an item that is buried with one of the mummies. As soon as the item is found, people surrounding the team begin to die.

A multi generation hunt begins as people are killing and dying to find out this huge secret and no one has any idea what they will discover.

***SPOILER ALERT***

The book opener was immensely captivating, then from there it was all downhill. The characters were bland and nothing really gave them body to read with, there was a random sudden relationship that had build up or clue as to how or why it happened.

The book was choppy and randomly put together without any effort of blending or smoothing of the jumps in time. Maybe I would have found it a lot more appealing if we followed on from the start and stayed in that era in the 1400s.

There are many more books out there with secret legacies, generation long secrets to uncover, religious content full of conspiracies etc. This one felt like a draft of a story rather than an actual novel.

Hugely disappointed and unfortunately I would definitely not recommend this book and I would go as far as to say, don’t bother with this one. Many apologies to the author though. The plot sounded great though.

Written by Ling Lee (07/08/2020)

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The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton (Book Review #279)

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Joe, Beth and Frannie are brothers and sisters. They have just moved house and there is an enchanted wood nearby. When they are allowed to go out to play the find the Faraway Tree. When you climb it there are many wonderful and mysterious mini worlds above the branches and clouds. However not all the worlds are full of goodness.

The trio find themselves surprised, scared, excited, astonished, happy, sad, cold… They also make many friends along the way and experience many adventurous days out in the woods and through the tree branches.

***SPOILER ALERT***

What a wonderful find. I have only ever known Enid Blyton for her Famous Five books that I never got round to reading as a child. My children and I found this book magical, entertaining and interesting at each new chapter. Never a dull moment and plenty of mischief and fun.

Highly recommended as a family read or as a book for a young audience. We as a family are looking forward to reading the Faraway Tree next (next part of the series maybe?)

Written by Ling Lee (09/07/2020)

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The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner (Book Review #278)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Tess’ husband is a psychopath. He has killed 10 people and Tess helped put him behind bars. He has escaped from prison, he has promised to kill Tess. Now she is on the run with their 4 year old daughter. If he finds her, she will be dead.

Tess has a trail of bodies catching up with her as her husband kills more people on the journey of finding her. She knows the only way to be free is to kill him first. She finds a mercenary and forces him to train her. She doesn’t want to run anymore. She must be be strong.

***SPOILER ALERT***

What a great find. The only damper for me was the over the top abuse at all levels. So much violence combined with the same level of abuse was a bit too disturbing. However setting aside some of these horrifically dramatic scenes, the novel itself was packed full of adrenaline and action throughout.

The finale was a bit of a let down considering the highly over the top scenes leading up to it. The story overall was great. I would recommend this book and author with caution and warning. You must be able to tolerate reading gruesome scenes and plenty of abuse of all kinds.

I am looking forward to reading another book by Lisa Gardner but I probably need something a little less dramatic for my next read.

Written by Ling Lee (06/07/2020).

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas (Book Review #277)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars

Feyre is now High Lady of the night court. Her mate, Rhys, is the High Lord. Together they rule the night and lead with terror through their court. Or so they let half of their court believe. The rest of their court live in Velaris, the most perfect, most beautiful place in the world. Everyone live together in peace, harmony and joy.

Feyre has caused so much destruction in the Spring court, she has upset some of the others too. Her sisters were human, but an evil High Lord has gotten hold of an all powerful cauldron and turned them into Fey. Causing so much chaos between this family who have always been highly against the Fey and everything surrounding them.

Now war is upon them and both Feyre and Rhys need to find alliances in this war to have even a chance of winning. The Night court must also protect Feyre’s family and the other humans of the world from harm.

The mated pair will do anything for their family and their people. Even if it means sacrificing their own lives. They must win this war, otherwise chaos will be unleashed upon the whole world.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Most of this book was not quite as good as the others in the series. However I still felt the same sort of satisfaction once I reached the end of the story.

I absolutely hated how this book was based on war throughout. I would have enjoyed it much more if there was more content before the war, or even after the war to make up for all the sadness and destruction.

I still love the relationships between the characters of the Night court. I love how the outcasts somehow formed a family between them and made Velaris such a wonderful place to be. I love how they bicker and joke, fall out and forgive, work things out and would literally give their lives for one another.

I would love for this series to be much longer as I am sad to not have more to read of these wonderful characters. A highly recommended read. The whole series is. Now I need to try some of Sarah J Maas’ other book series.

Written by Ling Lee (23/06/2020).

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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (Book Review #276)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars

My 9 year old boy rates it 5 out of 5 stars
My 11 year old girl rates it 3.5 out of 5 stars

4 year old, James, lives with his terrible aunts. There is a tree in the garden but it bears no fruit. James is given something special that he drops near the tree. The next thing he knows a peach is growing. It gets bigger and bigger until it is big enough to live in. It rolls down the hill with James and some others alongside him. They all go on a huge adventure in the Giant Peach.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I know I enjoyed this book much more when I was younger. As a family we had a few giggles. As an adult I dislike some of the words used and the way the story seemed to drag on around the cloud men.

The story was great before the cloud men appear. Although on the first page James parents cease to exist. It was a bit of a shock for my two children. Maybe the book could have started when he already moved in with his Aunt’s.

I would still recommend this as a family book. As with many Roald Dahl books, there are strange words and strange things happening, but they all make you giggle at some point and are more enjoyable when the reader is younger.

Written by Ling Lee (23/06/2020).

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Demon Dentist by David Walliams (Book Review #275)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

My 10 year old boy rates it 3.5 out of 5 stars
My 11 year old girl rates it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Alfie is a boy who has not been to the dentist for a long time. His teeth are in a terrible state. When he finally makes it to the dentists’ the wrong tooth is taken out!!

A new dentist replaces him, Miss Root. She’s worse than the old one. Much worse. The more the children get to know her, the darker she appears to be.

Alfie and his friend Gabz must find a way to let everyone know before all the children in town fall into her chair and learn the hard way what a horrible person she is.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I didn’t particularly enjoy this book although there were parts that made us laugh out loud as a family and parts when none of us wanted to read the page due to the unpleasant content. My children enjoyed this book much more than I did so I guess that means it is a good recommendation for other readers of their age (10 & 11yrs).

It is a simple enough plot but for my first David Walliams it was a bit too much. I am hoping to pick up another of his books one day but our next choice for family reading will hopefully be more along the lines of Chronicles of Narnia or Roald Dahl.

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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (Book Review #274)

I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars.

Rowan is not happy with her current job at a nursery but soon finds a much better job offer. A much higher salary, a much better environment, a high tech geared up house. All she has to do is look after three children and she will be much better off than where she is right now in life.

Then the worst of the worst happens. One of the children dies and she has no idea how it happened. All she knows is she didn’t do it, but the authorities are adamant she did.

She is now in prison. No one believes she is innocent. She tries once more to tell her story all over again in hope of being freed.

***SPOILER ALERT***

What a difficult read throughout. None of it seemed feasible and I can’t work out how such a long winded story putting the creeps on the reader turns out to have a crazy twist with a ending just as terrible as the rest of the book.

This book only redeemed 1 star because I felt creeped out through parts of the book. But the story itself was just not for me. I can’t work out how anyone can take on this job with so many pointers of bad and dark things happening. I don’t understand how on day 1 she is harassed and she doesn’t just up and leave. I can’t tolerate how so many bad points the groundsman totals up, yet Rowan somehow feels “safe” around him.

The children are horrendous and the parents are even worse. I am finding it really difficult to find anything much positive to say about this book.

I would highly dissuade anyone from picking up this book. I am extremely disappointed as I quite enjoyed a few of Ruth Ware’s other books. I have definitely been put off books by this author for a long while now. Apologies to the author for not appreciating this piece of work.

Written by Ling Lee (27/05/2020)

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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (Book Review #273)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars

Reynie is a very intelligent orphan. He has stumbled across an advertisement looking for special children. He has managed to take the strange test only to be sent to another stranger test and so on. He meets others just like him along the way. Soon a small group of intelligent children are put together for the biggest and most important tasks of their lives.

To save the world! The task endangers their lives, tests their wits, knowledge, friendship, trust and much more. Together, together they might just find a way to save the world.

***SPOILER ALERT***

The plot sounded great. The first chunk of the book was highly entertaining and enticing enough to make me grab my daughter and tell her to get started on it. Then after the testing things began to get a bit tedious and a lot less fun than I had hoped. So all in all I can’t say much without spoiling the book so I will finish off here and say this book is so so. Not so much for adult reading but a much younger audience may appreciate it more than I did.

It would be an ok read for pre teens but I definitely wouldn’t recommend this for adults.

Written by Ling Lee (18/05/2020).

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The Other Woman by Sandie Jones (Book Review #272)

I rate this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Emily loves Adam, but Adam’s mum, Pammie, hates her.

Their relationship is tested over and over when obstacles of all sorts are thrown her way but Emily is determined their live is strong enough to conquer it all.

Then she stumbled across a dark secret believing Pammie has gone to the extent of killing someone in Adam’s past. Now she doesn’t know what to do because she still loves Adam but she fears for her life.

Adam has no idea and thinks his mum is the most wonderful mother ever. Yet how can you choose between your mother and your wife to be?

***SPOILER ALERT***

I absolutely hated the majority of this book. Adam didn’t prove his love or his loyalty to Emily, neither did he protect her from harm and upset. He was not understanding, seemed erratic and had difficulty controlling his emotions yet Emily loved him throughout it all without a doubt.

I cannot begin to think how Emily had to put up with Adam’s mother in such a way as to feel so threatened and unwelcome yet to let it happen time and time again.

Their so called love for one another was so badly flawed throughout that it didn’t make sense why either of them would make any more effort in staying together therefore this story just didn’t work for me.

The final twist seemed to make up for the flaws a tiny amount. Only because it was such a sudden turn of events that partially righted a few of the horrific wrongs of this story.

Apologies to the author but I am not recommending this book to other readers and would go as far to say it is not worth the read. I am also not interested in picking up another book by this author.

Written by Ling Lee (05/05/2020).

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