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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.

Contest by Matthew Reilly (Book Review #150)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 17/01/18

My 6th book this year)

Seven contestants have been chosen from different realms, each with their own chosen warrior to represent their species. All of them have been teleported to the great library in New York, on Earth. An electrical forcefield has been set up around the perimeters to keep contestants in and everyone else out. The contest is to the death. Only one possible winner, the only one to survive through brute force, violence, stealth or intelligence, whatever it takes, the remaining survivor is the champion of this contest.

Dr Swain has been chosen to represent Earth but he has absolutely no idea what has just happened. One minute he is at home, the next he has teleported into the labyrinth and become a contender, with his young daughter still held in his arms.

He must find a way to save his daughter, save himself and be rid of all the other contestants. His only way back to safety and out of this terrifying game of death.

***SPOILER ALERT***

What a surprise of a book. I had no idea it was going to be packed with such violence, terrifying creatures, speed, shocking turns and be thrown in the deep end of all this trauma.

For those who like violence and other lifeforms, I guess this would be a 5 star read. I have never enjoyed reading about aliens but this book somehow captured my mind. I couldn’t stop reading but at the same time I felt immensely frustrated at the creature descriptions and somewhat lack of creativity. Some were based on possible mutated forms of Earth’s existing life forms which was a bit disappointing. I was hoping for more variety and maybe special abilities and weaknesses.

This book is definitely action packed and written for a high speed read. Every page has something big either about to happen or is already happening. I guess it is a more serious version of “Hunger games” yet more creative than “Battle Royale”. Lots of blood, guts and traumatic scenes. I never thought I would even remotely enjoy a book like this and somehow I have been taken in by Matthew Reilly. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy action, violence and other life forms. I would also like to try some of this authors other books sometime in the future.

Written by Ling Lee (17/01/18).

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Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter (Book Review #149)

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 15/01/18

My 5th book this year)

Sara is Grant Countys’ paediatrician and coroner. In a quiet town where everybody knows each other and have seen one another age over time, something drastic changes the residents usual routines. Sara is in the local diner when she comes across a horrific scene in the ladies toilet. A woman has been brutally wounded and left to die.

Then another girl goes missing with links to the first woman who has been murdered. Seemingly a religious person has done these terrible deeds and looks to be after their next victim as a new body shows up.

The towns’ only female police officer, Lena, has to deal with each victim as they are all related to the sensitive subject of rape alongside extreme violence. The first victim from the diner happens to be her blind twin sister.

Lena must find the disturbed person(s) behind these attacks and crimes both for her sister and for all the other potential victims to come. With an immensely dark secret of her own, Lena must decide whether she lets her darkest memory resurface to help solve this crime, or if she is going to keep her secret buried in the past until it catches up with her in the future.

***SPOILER ALERT***

A very detailed and descriptive novel of violence, rape, kidnapping with brutal murder scenes. This author is new to me and through this eye opening way of telling her story, I was captivated in a completely different manner. I wanted to get through the book, I needed to know what was going to happen next. On the edge of my seat desperately wanting the killer to be discovered before more victims are violated.

I loved how Sara and Jeffrey’s relationship was complicated and frustrating. I loved how Lena was such a strong minded character.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the killer and the reason behind the whole story. It would have been good to have a few last moments of Lena’s life as well.

I am very much excited to read more books by Karin Slaughter and would definitely recommend this book to other readers just as I was recommended this book by a fellow crime lover.

Written by Ling Lee (16/01/18).

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The Girl Before by JP Delaney (Book Review #148)

I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 11/01/18

My 4th book this year)

Jane has just dealt with something traumatic in her life and needs to find a new home for a fresh start. She needs to move on from the event and to stop being afraid.

She finds a wonderful minimalist place that is surprisingly within her budget however there is a catch. This beautiful home comes with many extensive rules that are to be taken seriously, such as no ornaments, no colour, no personal touches, no pets, no clutter, must be kept in pristine condition at all times… The house is built in with amazingly “futuristic” ideas including the ultimate security measures with the house identifying the occupier before admitting entry, intelligent “memory” for details such as desired water temperatures, lighting based on mood adjustments…

The mastermind behind this wonderful yet strange concept of a house finds a way into Jane’s life, just like he, Edward, found a way into the previous tenants’ life, Emma. There has also been tragic stories behind the building itself. So much darkness emanating from such a pure and serene living accommodation.

The similarities between Emma and Jane begin to show, life gets more confusing, gradually more creepy, suspicious information is gathered by the girls. Is Edward as crazy as his concepts and ideas or can there really be so many coincidences in life?

***SPOILER ALERT***

The idea behind this story could have been amazing. I wanted much more depth to the house itself, much more detail as to what the house has to offer in order to demand so much from it’s tenants.

So many points of the book felt wrong. It was extremely difficult to tell Emma and Jane apart without referring to the beginning of each chapter. There were too many similarities and too many scenarios where both women made the same choices leading to the same situations.

In this case, less is more. The author tried way too hard to twist and twist again the plot. It didn’t work for me. The characters didn’t come to life. We were told how we were supposed to feel and react to each new piece of information in the story.

I can’t imagine how or why anyone would want to live with so many unreasonable rules in their “home” whether that be for a new beginning or not.

This book could have been mind blowing. Apologies to the author but I felt much disappointment as nothing felt remotely realistic to the real world.

Written by Ling Lee (11/01/18).

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The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales (Book Review #147)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 06/01/18

My 3rd book this year)

Gala is a magical creation in the form of a beautiful woman. Created by a genius sorcerer, Blaise, who wants whats best for all the people and not just for those with magical abilities.

The council do not agree with making magic available to the entire population. But Blaise has created an inhuman intelligence for this exact reason. She is pure, innocent, curious, quick minded and unable to control her mind and her powers.

Information has spread, others know about Gala. Most people want her to be destroyed. They fear her possible powers, her possible destruction to everything that exists and the possibility of duplicating her existence to create an army that no one can be prepared for.

Blaise is the only one who believes in her goodness. Who believes her existence is for the better. Now he must do everything he can to protect her. But Gala has a mind of her own and her curious nature is getting her into all sorts of trouble when her emotions make her lose control of her mind.

***SPOILER ALERT***

A magical artificial intelligence. What a creature to be mindful of. An interesting story but I don’t understand why it was necessary for Gala to be a perfect woman in terms of appearance. The lust factor was completely random and actually spoiled the book for me.

The story itself was eye opening as we discover the possibilities of the good and bad that can occur if Gala were a real existing thing. The innocence in learning, wanting to know everything, immediately, with the impatience of a young child which is essentially what she is.

This novel needs more time and detail to evolve. Everything happened too quickly and with not enough depth. I would recommend this book just because of the plot itself, however I would like to add that it felt like a draft of a story more than a finalised published edition.

Written by Ling Lee (06/01/18).

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Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly (Book Review #146)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 03/01/18

My 2nd book this year)

A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, where Belle has been held captive in the castle with Beast and his servants, hoping for a chance to break the curse that binds them.

Belle has accepted her fate. She lives, she survives with only thoughts of her father keeping her at peace. The Beast gifts her with his luxurious library for which Belle is eternally grateful for. A good book is a way to escape real life, if only for a while. She stumbles upon Nevermore, where the book comes to life, making her dreams and wishes come true. Belle is torn between reality and the extraordinary goodness that Nevermore offers. Belle soon learns there is more depth to what meets the eye for most things in life, both in the real world and life in Nevermore.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I really enjoyed this book and for those who appreciate Disney, the Princesses and magic in life will adore this book. If anything, it was too short and the last page turned much too quick for my liking. I wanted to wander through more of life between Belle and the Beast, I wanted to roam much more of Nevermore, I wanted to stay in both reality and the magical realm. This book was enchanting and I would very much recommend it to other readers. I absolutely love fairytale retellings. This one was fantastic.

Maybe Nevermore could be written again as a book in itself. It took away a little part of the Belle and Beast world which is what I love most about the original story. I like seeing their relationship bloom. From hatred to love, such powerful and opposite emotions, yet completely possible to go from one extreme to the other over time.

The characters were perfect and it is such a wonder to see Lumiere, Plumette, Chip, Mrs Potts and Cogsworth come to life once again through the cute descriptions of Jennifer Donnelly’s words. I am very much looking forward to reading more works by this author. Excited beyond words.

Written by Ling Lee (04/01/18)

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Book Review #145)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 01/01/18

My 1st book this year)

Scout and Jem are innocent kids who live back in the day when Negroes were still slaves and White people were the superior race.

When an innocent Negroe man is convicted of rape and put on death row, Atticus, is the only man to step forward to fight his case with the heart to free him.

Atticus is Jem and Scout’s father. He tries to instil good qualities in them, to bring up his children without racial prejudice and to grow up knowing what is right and wrong.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I didn’t understand which part of the book was so amazing to make it a classic. The story was simple and unfolded discreetly but it felt like it was ultimately dragged out. I felt there was a lack of depth and detail throughout the book. Almost like a vague plot outline for a bigger story to unfold.

The book however did cover a major subject on fairness and equality for ALL people. How innocent children know that no matter what colour, a life is a life and it should be equal for all.

I don’t really know what to say about this book but I do feel that most readers must overthink this story to write such passionate reviews and to rate it so highly considering not much actually happens. We don’t even get that insight as to how families used to live in the older days.

I would not recommend this book to other readers. As of most other classics that I have tried to read, this is also one of those I feel has nothing special about it. Apologies to the author and other fans of this story and other classics. I’ve yet to understand what it is about the classic books that people are so compelled to read.

Written by Ling Lee (01/01/18)

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The Gender Game by Bella Forrest (Book Review #144)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 26/12/17

My 37th book this year)

Matrus is ruled by women and Patrus is ruled by men. There is no in between.

Violet was born in Matrus but has been imprisoned and is awaiting a death sentence date. Her brother has gone missing and she doesn’t know what to do. The queen gives her a final choice to make, go to Patrus to retrieve something extremely important to their nation without being discovered, or die when her date has been set.

Women must submit to men in Patrus. They don’t make any important decisions, they don’t work, they don’t even leave the house unaccompanied by a man. The rules are such an extreme difference in comparison to Matrus. If Violet succeeds in her mission she will have a chance to be reunited with her brother and to be freed from imprisonment.

Life gets complicated as Violent must try to abide by so many new rules. Especially because she has to “marry” a Patrus man in order to live in Patrus and to carry out her misson.

***SPOILER ALERT***

It’s difficult to review this book. The plot was a great idea however the story didn’t unravel the way I had hoped or expected.

With such extremes to Patrus and Matrus, I would have enjoyed much more comparison between the opposing societies. It should have been a much more difficult “transition” for Violet to be in Patrus considering her violent and strong natured character.

Somehow the latter part of the book became more interesting and made me feel like I am willing to give book 2 of the series a chance. I wouldn’t exactly recommend this book and I am reluctant to say anything else until I possibly get round to book 2 in the future. Not much help. I guess it was an “ok” book that possibly could have been told in more detail and depth.

Written by Ling Lee (26/12/17).

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Watching Over You by Mel Sherratt (Book Review #143)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 14/12/17

My 36th book this year)

Charley’s just moved in to a new flat with her landlady, Ella. Both women have been through traumatic events. Ella decides the two women need to look after one another and protect one another.

Over time, Ella becomes more persistent, erratic and unpredictable. Trying to wind her life with Charley’s, encouraging her to leave her past behind and to move on. But Ella gets angry when Charley doesn’t say yes to everything she suggests.

The darkness within Ella begins to spread, linger and surface more often. Charley is becoming concerned and doesn’t know if she should be avoiding Ella or getting her the help she seems to need.

Ella is fighting to stay in control before she does something really bad… again.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I enjoyed the build up of how Ella’s mind became darker as she gradually loses control of her thoughts. She wants to be a better person, she’s trying so hard. But nobody loves her, nobody cares about her, everyone just uses her and leaves.

Charley is trying to move on from her husband’s death. The more she finds her life returning to normal the more Ella seems to show her bad mood swings in her presence.

I love the build up, however arts of the plots were well over the top for my liking. Too much of the shock factor for me. I would recommend this book and would very much like to read more by this author in the future.

Written by Ling Lee (14/12/17).

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (Book Review #142)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 09/12/17

My 35th book this year)

Five students go into detention but one dies and four remain alive by the end.

Every student is completely different from the another. One is your school jock, your school nerd, your school beauty, the school bad boy and the outcast.

The outcast has so many secrets that he loves to share with the student body on an online app. The day after his death was the next date for more secrets to be exposed. The four who were in detention are the subjects of the stories to be shared. Now we need to work out who did it, was it one of the four? Or has someone else had enough of the outcast and his secret spilling ways?

***SPOILER ALERT***

The plot was great but the beginning jumped straight in making it difficult to get to know the characters before everything started happening. I had to keep checking back to make sure I had the right character in mind as I was reading.

I loved the ending. Unexpected, clever and very well executed. However there wasn’t enough of a dramatic build up. We know every student had a reason to take down the outcast, but to rule out so many other people felt a but too staged.

I would recommend this book to other readers but I wouldn’t say it was amazing as the whole story was told in such a relaxing manner. Somehow I felt calm rather than excited about what was going to happen next. I’d very much like to read more by this author.

Written by Ling Lee (09/12/17).

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The Stepmother by Claire Seeber (Book Review #141)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 07/12/17

My 34th book this year)

Jeanie and Matthew have the most beautiful courtship leading to a wonderful marriage about 6 months later. Both having children from previous marriages, they have to find a way to “blend” their family as one.

Jeanie is perfect and tries everything she can think of to win the hearts of her step children. But teenagers are so much work, yet Jeanie has no intention of giving up.

Life begins to fall apart as secrets from her past keep cropping up to haunt her. Someone is out to destroy her happiness but she doesn’t know if it is her past catching up with her or someone in her perfect present life. All she knows is dark things keep happening, she hears things, sees things and the uncertainty makes her doubt herself.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I enjoyed most of this book however the ending was a bit disappointing. Too much happened all at once and I felt the situation should have been “less is more”.

Scarlett, the stepdaughter, was a wonderful character who came across as unstable and confused through her teenage life. My favourite character in this story. Showing the irrational tendencies of your typical teenager adapting to change and trying to grow up.

Jeanie was timid, uncertain, fearful yet forgiving, loving and optimistic. Always trying to see the best in people but causing herself more stress and trouble in life. Doubting herself and being unable to let go of her past, her mental stability is challenged as she cannot distinguish between her thoughts and reality.

The relationship between characters were interesting and definitely confusing. Deliberately misleading to keep the reader on edge.

I felt the pull of this storyline, I was drawn and very much wanted to find out what was about to happen. I felt the suspense. I would recommend this book to other readers and I would very much like to read more of Claire Seeber’s books in the future.

Written by Ling Lee (07/12/17).

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