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Hippie – Book Review

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“You already bought what you were looking for—stars are much more beautiful than flags. If you want, I can help you put them on in the shape of an Egyptian cross or the peace sign.”

Hippie is part biographical story of hippie lifestyle in the 1970s. Paulo Coelho writes such beautiful descriptions which show the reader moments in the story and gives philosophical asides along the way. 

This is an interesting part travelogue collection of events that happened to the author during the 70’s.  It felt, to me, more of an autobiography than fiction as it felt so real. It did jump around a bit, like a persons thought process and once you get used to that it flows well.

An interesting and absorbing read. 

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Lethal White – Book Review

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Lethal White

The 4th in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, aka JK Rowling.

This has Cormoran and Robin investigating a dodgy doc, blackmail of a government minister and possible murders. 

There’s the personal side in that Robin’s marriage is troubled, with Matthew still hating her job and Strike. 

Strike’s new relationship with Lorelei is also heading in a direction he doesn’t want.

Then the professional side and the agency is doing well, they have a couple of new employees, so the tale is more involved with various cases. The details of the Socialist meetings and the members rings so true, you feel you’ve seen these people at some time, great characters. Billy is especially well written and I felt real sympathy for him. The affectations of the ‘upper’ class is cleverly done too showing the gap between the so called haves and have nots. 

A thoroughly satisfying end too, that I didn’t see coming. As always this novel keeps you gripped all the way through and events happen which almost make you cheer out loud and some that will make you well up…brilliant storytelling and I’m so sorry I’ve finished it.

 

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Notes From An Exhibition- Review

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From the beginning I thought this novel was going to be just story of a mixed up family and the grownup children return home after the death of a parent play happy families to keep the pace. But this was not the case and was in no way predictable.

The story is of Rachel Kelly, a successful artist who is bipolar. The tale jumps back and forward in time and from several points of view, Rachel , her husband Anthony, a devout Quaker, their children and others known to them.

Each chapter begins with a gallery description of a piece of Rachel’s art, which adds a touch of realism.

It’s a moving tale of family and their struggles with their mothers condition and gives an insight into religion, mental illness and creativity.

I found this to be an absorbing and compelling read right from the beginning and while it has a difficult subject matter Patrick Gale has been gentle and sympathetic with it. A truly original novel and I enjoyed immensely.

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Avian -Review

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Avian is the sequel to Skeletal in this series and while it can be read as a stand-alone, it will take a while to catch up with who and what are who.

Skyla is wanted by several factions, the government and gangs, after events in the previous book and which are covered in this sequel. There is a reward for her capture and she makes it to the desert, searching and hiding with companions Andia, Cara and Dove. 

In sheer desperation Skyla joins a gang completing their initiation and meets Mutils, some of  the most disgusting creatures you will ever meet.  There are also flesh eating crows, a Kraken, skinned animals, cannibalism and just evil people..

Avian is full of lies, secrets and lots of blood and gore. If you like dark,  dark dystopian fiction then this is for you. A truly original tale. Loved it.

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The Essex Serpent – Review

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Set in 1890’s Victorian England and tells the tale of love, between friends, husband and wife and other acquaintances. Cora, a widow who had a miserable, cruel marriage and her ‘odd’ son, Will, a parson with a beautiful, ill wife who has an obsession with the colour blue, Luke, Spencer, Katherine and Charles, all a mix from vastly different backgrounds. This is such a beautifully written novel and while there is no great plot, there is the Essex Serpent and the hysteria it caused. Sarah Perry has written a tale of people, life and love in its many forms. I loved it and it’s one of those books that touch your soul a little

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Cara’s Asylum-Review

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Cara is a troubled young girl who is left at Calm Springs by her father. She is then in the care of Alex, a caring intern only a few years older than she is. Alex fights his feelings of attraction to Cara and strives to provide psychological analysis to help her. She doesn’t make it easy and brings his own deeply buried trauma to the surface, forcing him to come to terms, with not only Cara’s problems, but his own.

Elsa Harrow’s novel is about two damaged people meeting as doctor and patient and gives an insight into the world in an mental health institution.

This is quite fast-paced, and the chemistry between Cara and Alex is well written, but it is a little unbelievable for such an unprofessional relationship to develop in such an environment. However, it’s still an enjoyable read.

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The Power that Preserves- Review

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The 3rd in the trilogy and first published in the UK in 1978. This ties up the  loose ends from the first two books, bringing the stories of the troubled Lena, Trell, Triock and Saltheart Foamfollower to their conclusions. The tale of the Giants is some of the best of the whole series. As always it repeatedly throws Covenant’s earlier failings back at him as Lord Foul tries to bring him to the  ultimate despair. Such great storytelling

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The Illearth War – Review

C911703D-E276-41BE-B0AC-ECF15D3FC112First published in the UK in 1978. Thomas Convenant returns to the Land and finds 40 years have past. He finds the powers of evil, under Lord Foul the Despiser, fully unleashed and he takes the responsibility of finding a way to defeat Lord Foul.The Illearth War is a brilliant follow up to the first book, Lord Foul’s Bane,  in the trilogy, with, in my opinion, one of the great tragic heroes in the genre. Excellent read

 

 

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Lord Foul’s Bane – review

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First published in 1977.The story of Thomas Covenant, leper. He is transported to another world, The Land. There’s Orcs, Ur-Viles, magic, a white gold ring and even a bad guy, Lord Foul. There are similarities to The Lord of the Rings, but this is set in modern day and so much easier to read. I have re-read this many times and love it. It’s part one of the First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever

 

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The Silence Of The Girls – Review

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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker is a retelling of the Illiad through the eyes of Briseis.. Briseis was the mythical queen of Lyrnessus at the time of the Trojan War. She was trapped in the city as the Greeks ransacked the city. She saw Achilles, the most brutal of men, kill her husband and sons. She is taken prisoner and given to Achilles as a prize by The Army for the victory.

Briseis is now a slave and life is not pleasant in the camp. There is rape, humiliation and brutality as women are treated as worthless possessions and once the ‘owner’ is tired of them they are passed around the soldier. It is an atmospheric, and at times brutal, read and brings to life the miserable existence of women of that time. I can thoroughly recommend it.

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The Body on the Shore – review

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This is the second of Nick Louth’s novels to feature DCI Craig Gillard of the Surrey police.

DCI Gillard is investigating the shooting of architect Peter Young. He had been shot in his office from outside the building. Then another body is found also shot on a remote Lincolnshire beach with similarities to Peter Young’s death to link them both. 

The Body on the Shore which is a fast paced thriller with never a dull moment and a few twists to keep it interesting.

Gillard is a well rounded character and Is married to the understanding Sam and he the time and ability to work alongside the Chief Constable, Alison Rigby, albeit with as lightly strained relationship. He puts his heart and soul into investigating the case and at times puts himself in danger. Exhilarating stuff..

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The Incendiaries- By R O Kwon – Book Review

D213BAF6-4520-48B4-9DCA-4EAE5CB7532C.jpegThe Incendiaries follows the lives of Will, Phoebe and John. It is written in the third person, in short sharp sentences and chapters, which I must admit to finding hard to get to ‘flow’.

Will is American and studying at Edwards University in New York, he had transferred there after dropping out from his Bible College after losing his faith.

Phoebe who is also a student and she is from South Korea and moved to The US with her mum as a baby. She is also struggling with her faith, after losing her mum in an accident. John is the leader of a cult called Jejah. He had been through awful experiences in China and South Korea and had aided people fleeing North Korea.

This is a tale of lost faith, how it must feel to believe that your whole life has been some kind of lie. The often complex plot looks at how the loss of a persons faith can affect their well-being, both mentally and physically. A good debut novel from R O Kwon and I feel a person of faith may enjoy this more.

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Tempests and Slaughter- Tamora Pierce – review

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Tempests and Slaughter

You have a destiny. You aren’t allowed to know it.

Arram Draper is a mage, learning his craft with is friends Orzorne and Varice. This is a magical tale of a school for mages in a time of Gladiators , Slaves and Princes.

This tells of the terms in a magic boarding school, but while there will be comparisons to Harry Potter and Hogwarts, this is very different, with less saving the world adventures.

Arram, and his two friends, Varice and Prince Ozorne, move through the terms of the Imperial University of Carthak, attending classes, making more friends and some enemies, and learning from powerful mages. Arram’s day-to-day life makes up the most of the book and Tamora Pierce has created a World ready for adventure and it feels as if some real drama is around the next corner or the next book….
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The Last Children of Tokyo- book review

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This is a unique tale where children have many health issue, such as soft boiled me and teeth as they do not absorb calcium, but the already aged population are still healthy and spry at over a 100 years old and expect to live forever.

It tells about the relationship between Mumei and his great grandfather, Yoshiro, who looks after him and clearly dotes on him. He often weeps to see poor Mumei struggle, but he always reassures Yoshiro, that he can manage.

I found the insights into Japanese culture fascinating from foods, the interaction between people and even the Japanese style towels.

The story does jump from different perspectives and times but I didn’t find it confusing and it just built the story and characters well. Yoko Tawada, has written an almost poetic tale and she made Mumei and Yoshiro so real I felt for them both and the atmosphere she built stayed with me for some time. I will be reading this again, probably several times. I loved it.

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YOU – Caroline Kepnes- review

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YOU by Caroline Kepnes
Joe works in a bookshop…..Beck comes in to buy a book…..
Beck is clearly troubled, Peach is rich and obsessed with Beck, Joe, now Joe is a worry and he has a cage!
What follows is a story of absolute obsession, manipulation and sheer twisted emotions. It will make you look at how much personal information is shared on social media. A truly scary read. Brilliant
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The Lost – Review

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The Lost – Mari Hannah

As the investigation unfolds, they realise the family’s betrayal goes deeper than anyone suspected. This isn’t just a missing persons case. Stone and Oliver are hunting a killer.
Frank Oliver is a third generation cop, a Detective Sargent.David Stone is her boss, but this is not a buddy buddy cop story, it’s full of twists, suspects left right and centre, but it keeps you guessing to the end. Mari Hannah has built great character s and the story glides along effortlessly, keeping you hooked all the way. I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
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You Were Made For This – Review

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You Were Made For This – Michelle Sacks

 

Well, what a disturbing read. Sam, Merry, Frank, Karl and Elsa in Sweden. Sam and Merry move from the US to live an idyllic life in a rural area of Sweden. Little baby Connor much loved but also resented in some ways. It all goes horrible wrong and the tension builds right to the very end. I can’t say I ‘enjoyed’ it but also I couldn’t put it down. Thoroughly engrossing due to the great writing and the atmosphere created by the author and a great read.

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review