Book Review

Sadie by Courtney Summers (Book Review #242)

I rate this book 3.5 stars out of 5.

(Finished Reading: 13/07/19

My 34th book this year)

Sadie has led such an awful life. Her mother is a drug addict and pretty much spends no time acknowledging Sadie. They are very poor, Sadie is always miserable and hungry. Then her mother has another child, Mattie. This is both terrible and a blessing depending whose point you view life from. Mattie brings hope, life and love into Sadie’s life. Sadie learns to live.

Then Mattie is murdered. Sadie’s life spirals out of control all over again. One day she has had enough and just packs a bag and gets out of the trailer. She has a mission. She has a switchblade knife. She is on the hunt for a very bad man.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I’m not sure that it was necessary to turn this book into a “TV series” format. The plot itself was compelling, yet the details just didn’t quite hit the spot. Although Sadie already has an almost unbearable life, the author could have zoned in on the details of her emotions more. Sadie was too detached leaving me as the reader feeling detached to her character too.

When I read the synopsis I was bracing myself for so much more detail, so much more pain, violence and disturbing material. What actually happened was extremely mild although the subject matter was highly disturbing.

I enjoyed “following” Sadie but I absolutely despise the ending. I felt it was “unfinished”. I felt cheated by this book.

Sadie was never really loveable. Her only reason to live was for her sister Mattie. It would have been nice to have a little more goodness in her life, even if it were just for a moment or two.

I wouldn’t dissuade anyone from reading this book yet I’m not quite wanting to recommend it either. So much more could have been done to make this book amazing. Maybe it would be better as a movie.

Written by Ling Lee (13/07/19)

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Kiss the Girls by James Patterson (Book Review #241)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 10/07/19

My 33rd book this year)

A serial killer who calls himself Casanova is on the loose. He only takes the most perfectly beautiful and intelligent girls out there. He keeps them captive, he gives them rules. If they disobey the rules they get punished, tortured or killed. Casanova loves the girls, they are all special in their own ways.

Alex Cross is a psychological profiling detective. His niece has disappeared. It is suspected she has been taken by Casanova. Now he is even more determined to break the case. Cross has even more motive to work faster in hope of finding his niece alive.

Things get worse when the detectives suspect there is more than one killer working alongside one another. The other is known as the Gentleman Caller. He is more brutal, more violent, they seem to be competing for body counts. They both have similar agendas. They take the beautiful ones. There are more and more missing girls, there are also more bodies appearing. The police need to act fast to save those who are possibly still out there, alive.

***SPOILER ALERT***

The plot was great and the story was great, however the language and the way the author uses his words has made this book less amazing. He has a difficult way with delivering character speech. He is trying too hard to street talk. This book felt like it was written by a totally different author compared with his first book of the Alex Cross Series “Along came a Spider”.

I hated how Kate had been through such an ordeal yet within such a short span of time she is able to feel anything emotional or sexual towards another person already.

I dislike how Alex seems to be in a complicated relationship with someone involved with the current case because this had already happened in the first book of the series. This could have happened to another character.

I loved the twist. I loved the end of the story. But the very final reveal was probable unnecessary because it is only there to remind us that this is a series and something else horrendous is possibly going to happen to Cross all over again.

I would recommend this series but would like to warn readers of the difficult processing of the language that James Patterson has chosen for this book. I cannot associate the characters with real people. But the plot itself is awesome enough to make up for this flaw. I am excited to pick up the next book in the series but definitely not straight away.

Written by Ling Lee (10/07/19).

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (Book Review #240)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 07/07/19

My 32nd book this year)

Laura Blackwood is a journalist who has been given the opportunity of her life. She has received an invite onto a new luxury cruise line. Her boss is expecting her to write up a great story alongside making new contacts for future use.

What should be the perfect “vacation” soon turns horribly wrong. Laura wakes in the middle of the night thinking she has been woken by a scream, as she runs to the balcony she is sure she sees a body gone overboard. She alerts security. Things get worse as they realise Laura was immensely drunk, on medication and has experienced something traumatic just before she boarded the cruise line.

Now security are brushing her off as she has no evidence, there is no reported missing persons. But Laura is determined to prove what she saw was real. Unless she is really losing her mind.

***SPOILER ALERT***

The book was pretty average up until the point where Carrie shows up. Then after that it became much too dramatic and over the top. Yet somehow I felt an adrenalin rush when Laura was running from her nightmare.

I would have loved to explore the cruise line in a more positive light. With more descriptives of the ship and all its’ finery, before everything started to go wrong. There was too much darkness in this story and not enough lightness to balance it out.

I wouldn’t really recommend this book to others, nor would I dissuade anyone from reading it. An average book that didn’t have the wow factor, yet I would still pick up another book by Ruth Ware.

Written by Ling Lee (07/07/19).

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (Book Review #239)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 01/07/19

My 31st book this year)

Feyre has gotten exactly what she wanted; to be with Tamlin in his court with the curse from Aramantha finally broken. Except the nightmares from her imprisonment has broken her inside. She is still hanging on to the guilt of killing innocent Fae in order to save her Tamlin. The horrors she faced returns to her every night when she falls asleep. But on the bright side, Tamlin and Feyre are planning their wedding and everyone is ecstatic.

Everyone except Rhysand, Tamlin’s arch enemy of the Court of Night. On the day of the wedding he comes to claim Feyre. He previously made a promise with her, she is to spend one week a month with him for the rest of forever. Rhysand has impeccable timing and claims Feyre for the week, leaving Tamlin furious as she is winnowed (teleported) away.

Feyre begins to spend time in this other court. She learns new things, she learns what freedom feels like, she learns to be who she wants to be. She realises Tamlin may not be perfect for her after all. She is torn between courts and finds both High Lords wanting to claim her for very different reasons.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Wow. Another stunning book to this Court of Thorns and Roses series. The imagery is beautiful throughout the book. The stars, the night, the warmth, the darkness, every turn of the page brings us more emotion and depth to each character.

I fell for Rhysand. Fell for his tricks, fell for his cool demeanor, fell for his loyalty to his people and to those he is closest to. He would do literally anything for them. I love the development of the relationships and turns in each bond.

As with the first book, I felt that the mature content wasn’t necessary and maybe limited the audience as it is extremely too focused on the sexual scenes to be suitable for the younger teens. The book would have worked just as well with milder scenes, skipping over the mature content.

The plot was great, although maybe things flowed a bit too freely, a bit too easily. But all in all a great book with a slow start. Highly recommended all the same. I am definitely looking forward to the next book of this series. Well done again Sarah J Maas!!

Written by Ling Lee (01/07/19).

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E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton (Book Review #238)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 31/05/19

My 30th book this year)

Kinsey Millhone the private investigator has been asked to check out an insurance claim regarding a huge fire. Somehow she is pulled in on the case and is being set up to be a part of this fraudulent scheme. She finds herself getting deeper into the case as her job is suspended and she is likely to be arrested unless she begins to collect the evidence that she needs to prove her innocence, or at least to prove someone else’s guilty verdict.

Kinsey’s live gets more and more complicated as her life is threatened and people keep dying. She needs to find the culprit before they get to her.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Just a very average book told in a very average way. This series is losing its original spark for me. Maybe because I have found a few other authors of this genre who have managed a better job at delivering the story, creating suspense and with much more complicated plots that actually work.

Until the bomb scene, there was little excitement. It was like a narrated story watered down rather than an excited author creating an alluring story.

I disliked the characters and much preferred when Kinsey was just your normal private investor uncovering other people’s secrets.

I would not recommend this 5th book of the series however I will probably give the next book a try and hope for the best.

Written by Ling Lee (31/05/19).

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No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister (Book Review #237)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 18/05/19

My 29th book this year)

Becky is at court on trial for the murder of her sister, Martha’s, baby girl. The defense are arguing it was an accidental death, the prosecution have evidence pointing to a not so pleasant outcome.

Martha doesn’t know. She wants to believe Becky is innocent. With all her heart she wants to believe. But then as the trial continues Becky has another side to her that has been kept from her. Secrets are revealed in court. Not Martha doesn’t know what to believe. She just wants the trial to be over. She just needs to know the truth and find a way to move on.

***SPOILER ALERT***

The book was ok. A bland telling of a potentially gripping story. Imagine you daughter possibly being murdered by your sister. Even if it were accidental it would still be horrendous. But then evidence seems to show that the baby was smothered.

I didn’t feel the highs and lows of this book. Just a dreary pace, plodding through the pages. I was keen to find out the truth and I didn’t realise what the truth could be until I had almost finished. The ending worked really well.

I wouldn’t recommend this book. Nor would I disuade others from picking it up. Nothing special. I am not in a hurry to try another book by this author but I might give her another chance depending on the plot for any other books she might have published.

Written by Ling Lee (18/05/19).

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A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter (Book Review #236)

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 12/05/19

My 28th book this year)

Someone has possibly committed suicide on campus at college. Sara the medical examiner had been called in to check this out. Whilst tending to the body, a horrific knife attack takes place not far away. When two more suicides occur in a short space of time, the authorities grow more suspicious of the deaths.

Lena is an ex cop working on site. She also seems to be linked to each of the students. She is hiding something and the detectives need to find out what it is before more bodies appear.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Another suspenseful book in the Grant County Series by Karin Slaughter.

Lena has become a completely different person since she had to leave the police force after her most recent case left her broken both inside and out. She has been forever psychologically damaged since being held captive, nailed to the floor and raped by the last criminal she was working on.

I absolutely loved this book however the characters are getting destroyed in turn throughout the series. Maybe a little less destruction on the detectives and their lives would make this series even more enjoyable.

So much violence and brutality in this series. Yet it is an eye opening style of writing. Most of us are lucky enough not to ever encounter anything so horrific in our lives. Karin Slaughter gives us a glimpse of how badly things can be in life. That these things can and do happen.

I am very much looking forward to more of this series and highly recommend books by this author but it is not for those of you who dislike blood, guts and gore.

Written by Ling Lee (12/05/19).

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (Book Review #235)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 04/05/19

My 27th book this year)

Feyre and her family were used to riches and the good life. Their lives have been turned upside down now that they are poor. Feyre has taken on full responsibility for looking after her father and sisters. She must find a way to survive, to hunt, to kill.

One day out hunting, she kills a big wolf. But her biggest mistake was in breaking the treaty. She killed a fae. Her life now belongs to their world.

Once again her life has been flipped over. She sees things, hears things, fears things. But then she learns things, begins to see the beauty of the fae ways, lives the way they do, she even learns to love.

But there is a curse that has damned them all. Feyre unknowingly holds the answer. She must find a way to save the one she loves and to break the curse and to free them all.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I loved this book. But found the mature content absolutely unnecessary, therefore spoilt the story a bit.

I love how two worlds can come together. I love how there is good and evil in everything, everyone and I love the sacrifices people can make out of love.

The characters were great. I enjoyed seeing Feyre develop, I like Tamlin the High Lord, I loved Lucien’s devious ways. I adored Rhysand and his cunning nature. There was so much beauty and destruction in this book. So much goodness and darkness. The storyline was fun.

I would definitely recommend this book to other readers who enjoy fairy tales. I am very much looking forward to book two of this series.

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The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni (Book Review #234)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 11/04/19

My 26th book this year)

A body is found in a crab pot fishing trap. The police are trying to find out who it is, but it seems the woman went through a lot of effort to hide her true identity.

As evidence is found, she appears to be a missing person who is believed to have fallen off a cliff a few months earlier.

As the plot becomes more and more twisted, detective Tracy Crosswhite is determined to uncover the truth. But at every turn of events the story seems to become more confusing. Why was the woman running? Who was she running from? How did she end up being just a trapped body in the water?

***SPOILER ALERT***

I quite enjoyed this 4th book of the Tracy Crosswhite Series. As always Robert Dugoni has done an impressive job with his creativity, his imagination, his twists and his great ability in keeping the reader drawn into the story.

The only part I didn’t enjoy was the final twist. I felt it spoilt the story but the rest of the book made up for it.

I am highly looking forward to more books by this author and would definitely recommend every book of this series so far.

Written by Ling Lee (11/04/19).

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The Date by Louise Jensen (Book Review #233)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 02/04/19

My 25th book this year)

Ali and her husband have separated. She is encouraged to go on a date. She has found Ewan on an online dating site. She has finally agreed to go on a date with him.

The next morning Ali wakes up with multiple injuries, a big lump on her head and blood on her hands. She has no recollection of the night before. All she knows is she went out on the date. The worst part is, she doesn’t even recognise her own face as she stares at her reflection in the mirror.

She knows something is seriously out of place, but with her memory shattered she has no idea how bad last night was. Bad turns to worse when things start happening around her, sinister notes and messages for her. She is desperate to find out what happened that night before someone else gets hurt.

***SPOILER ALERT***

What a strange illness to have. No facial recognition meaning she cannot even recognise herself, let alone those around her. Friends, relatives, loved ones, nor her date from last night. Even if her tormentor were to stand in front of her she wouldn’t be able to verify them.

The story unfolded well and the twist was great and totally unexpected. However I didn’t like that Ali was able to put up with so much and not go to the police. Even though she supposedly fears what she may have done or not done that night. With such sinister threats in her life, she didn’t do enough to try to save herself and fix the problem.

I would definitely read another book by Louise Jensen, but I would neither recommend nor dissuade anyone from reading this book.

Written by Ling Lee (03/04/19).

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