Monday, 18 November 2013

Book Review: Cruel Summer by James Dawson

Cruel SummerTitle: Cruel Summer
Author: James Dawson
Series: Standalone
Pages: 324
Publisher: Indigo
Date of Publication: 1st August, 2013
Source: Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads: A year after Janey’s suicide, her friends reunite at a remote Spanish villa, desperate to put the past behind them. However, an unwelcome guest arrives claiming to have evidence that Jane was murdered. When she is found floating in the pool, it becomes clear one of them is a killer. Only one thing is for certain, surviving this holiday is going to be murder…

A compelling and psychological thriller - with a dash of romance.


My Thoughts:
I had high hopes for Cruel Summer after reading all the glowing reviews and also after reading and loving James' first novel, Hollow Pike, last year. I am delighted to say that Cruel Summer surpassed those expectations and I think I liked it even better than Hollow Pike.

Before reading, I'd heard that the story was told like a TV series and that it was a little confusing and difficult to get used to. I just want to emphasise that this was not the case for me, at all. Apart from the chapter titles and a few flashbacks, it read no differently to a 'normal' book. Even during Ryan's narrative it didn't read much like a TV show screenplay, as I kind of expected it to, it just seemed like he was fantasising that he was living in a TV show which is exactly what he was doing. So don't let that put you off!

On the whole, I really liked all of the characters (with the exception of Greg, perhaps). At first I found Ryan's narrative to be a little annoying and fake. Some of the things he says are so cliche and over the top that I couldn't take him seriously, although I did get over it pretty quickly once I just accepted him and it didn't bother me again. I still think that his treating Janey's death like just another twist in his imaginary TV show, centred around himself, to be a little inappropriate though... I really liked Alisha and her determination and dedication to turning her life around after her disastrous first try at Year 13. Ben was cool, Greg was a bit of a dick and Katie was really nice, if perhaps a little boring. I've purposely given my thoughts on the characters that I had before I found out who the killer was, so as not to give anything away. Make of that what you will, but I'm telling you nothing!

I really enjoyed the plot. It was so twisty! I haven't read a book with that many twists and turns that hasn't confused me completely for such a long time. It was great fun to read and to keep guessing who the killer was, and every time I thought I knew who it was, something significant would happen that would make me doubt myself. By the end of the book I'd suspected all of them for some reason or another, but I couldn't have guessed who the killer was and why they did what they did. It was brilliant and it all fit together so well. I kind of feel a little bit like I shouldn't have liked the final scene, but I really really did and it was definitely the best part of the novel. It was suspenseful yet fast paced and by that point I was so involved with the characters that I could not stop reading until I had turned the last page. It was epic.

I absolutely loved Cruel Summer and I definitely recommend that you give it a read! Perhaps not one for bedtime (I considered stopping reading more than once whenever I read it before I went to sleep - it's quite scary!), it is a fast paced thriller guaranteed to keep you enthralled until the very last page.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Book Review: Zom-B Baby by Darren Shan

Zom-B Baby (Zom-B, #5)Title: Zom-B Baby
Author: Darren Shan
Series:  Zom-B, #5
Pages:  215
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books
Date of Publication: 26th September 2013
Source: For review from publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads: B has spent the last few months bunking with the Angels, a group of teens dedicated to eradicating the evil dead from the face of the earth, beginning with the undead roaming the abandoned wreckage that was once London. But the Angels' mission is a bit more complicated than that, and B takes to the streets of a very changed London to decide: is it a mission really to be believed? But instead of answers, B finds a horror beyond imagining.


My Thoughts:
I think that Zom-B Baby is my favourite so far of the Zom-B series. I was so excited to read it that as soon as it dropped through my letterbox I quickly finished what I was reading so that I could get onto reading this. Sorry it's taken a little while to get my review out, but it's here now! I probably should get on with it...

We started to see B opening up a little more in Zom-B Angels, the previous book, and in Zom-B Baby she is even more open and you feel like you can really start to understand her as a character. Her loyalty and dedication to keeping the painter safe was admirable, even if was short lived. Everything that she did was very touching, and that is something that I never thought I would say about B Smith! It sounds kind of cheesy but I really like seeing her growing up and maturing, and I think that maybe she may even turn out to be a nice person one day :P

I really enjoyed the plot of this book, especially the London Eye scene. It was a lot of fun and it was great to see the characters doing something normal (or, something light hearted and for fun - for climbing up the London Eye is hardly normal) just to show that it's not all doom and gloom! I also think it was important to have that scene because the rest of the book's quite disturbing.

Disturbing. It's the best word I can think of to describe the zombie baby that the book is titled after. It's a mystery that I'm really looking forward to finding out more about later on in the series, and also it's just such a strange creature! It's like something out of Doctor Who, something more alien than zombie, so it'll be great to find out what the explanation for it is.

Overall, Zom-B Baby was a fantastic addition to the series and I'm sure that if you've been following the series you will think so too. And even if you haven't, you should definitely catch up quick, because it is definitely not a series to be missed and even more so as each book comes out.


*Huge thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending me this to me in exchange for an honest review. In no way has this affected my opinion of the book. 

Friday, 1 November 2013

October 2013 Wrap-Up

Hey everybody! Welcome to my wrap-up for October! Here are the books I read this month:

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)  Zom-B Baby (Zom-B, #5)  Fearsome Dreamer (Fearsome Dreamer, #1)

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (reread)
2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (reread)
3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (reread)
4. She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
5. Zom-B Angels by Darren Shan (reread)
6. Zom-B Baby by Darren Shan
7. Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve
8. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell (for school)

I started off this month with a reread of The Hunger Games series, as I thought it would be a good idea to reread Catching Fire at least before seeing the film which comes out in THREE WEEKS!! Very exciting indeed. Of course, they were great, just as they were last time I read them :) Then, on 17th October it was my birthday and I received She Is Not Invisible from my parents, and so I read that as quickly as I could and really, really enjoyed it. Then I reread Zom-B Angels so that I could review it before reading Zom-B Baby, and I thoroughly enjoyed them both, and I definitely recommend that series if you haven't already read them! Fearsome Dreamer started slowly but in the end was a really great read and a solid debut.

My favourite of this month was...

SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE by Marcus Sedgwick

She Is Not Invisible

It's exceptionally good, and you should all read it! For more information you can read my review here.

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So I finally decided to make a Facebook page for my blog! Please like it, it only has 9 likes... I'll be posting my blog posts on there, as well as current reads, and anything else interesting that I find. It'll be fun! You can like by going here.

REVIEWS AND POSTS
I'm a lot happier with the number of reviews I posted this month. Even though it's still not loads, it's a lot better compared to the last few months!

Weirdos Vs Quimboids by Natasha Desborough
Zom-B Angels by Darren Shan
She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve

I also posted one Top Ten Tuesday which you should definitely check out.


In November I'm looking forward to reading...

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)  Panic  Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1)

And finally here are some new releases to look forward to in November!

After Eden (After Eden, #1)  The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)  The Midnight Dress
Champion (Legend, #3)  Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2)
What did you read in October?
What are you looking forward to reading in November?
Any new releases you're looking forward to in November?

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