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Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal – REVIEW

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You by Caroline Kepnes – BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd.

Published: October 9th, 2014

Pages: 432 (hardback edition)

Audiobook length: 11 hrs and 6 mins

 

 

 

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Synopsis by the publisher:

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes

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The Review

"You mesmerised me and scared me at the same time. One of the scariest things
about this novel, is how it points out just how easily accessible all of our 
private information really is to anyone who's looking for it."


I was intrigued by the premise of this novel from the time it started to frequently appear on BookTube, a little over a year ago. I had it on my to-read list for a long time, and sort of forgot about it. Then I was asked by a fellow BookTuber if I wanted to buddy read it with him, and it had once again sparked my interest. I didn’t get my hands on a copy before my buddy had already finished his, so I was a bit late to the party once again. Better late than never though, and this is one party you don’t want to miss out on!

The story is written in a first person narrative through the character Joe. What was interesting about reading from the perspective of a stalker like Joe, is to see just how easily he justifies every move he makes. It’s such a wonderful and horrendous experience to be inside the mind of the bad guy!

Both Joe and Beck made for very interesting and relatable characters. None were too polished or unrealistic, and the friends that surrounded Beck (and made things difficult for Joe) made it all even more interesting.

You mesmerised me and scared me at the same time. One of the scariest things
about this novel, is how it points out just how easily accessible all of our
private information really is to anyone who’s looking for it. Makes you think about what it is that you actually want to share on today’s social media.

It was a very suspenseful ride, and one that I will not forget. Going into this, I was certain that this was a stand alone novel, but I’ve come to know that it is actually the first part of a series. The second book (Hidden Bodies) was published February 2016. I will be picking this one up sometime in 2017. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

That being said, You can easily be read as if it was a stand alone novel. It is just bloody brilliant in my opinion!

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Krampus the Yule Lord by Brom – REVIEW

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The Spy by Paulo Coelho – BOOK REVIEW

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The Deep by Nick Cutter – REVIEW

I read a paperback edition of The Deep. 9781476717746

Genre: Horror 

Publisher: Gallery Books/Pocket Books

Published: July 28th, 2016

Pages: 512 (paperback edition)

Audiobook length: 12 hrs and 30 mins

 

 

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Synopsis by the publisher:

A strange plague called the ‘Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget—small things at first, like where they left their keys, then the not-so-small things, like how to drive or the letters of the alphabet. Their bodies forget how to function involuntarily. There is no cure.

But far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, a universal healer hailed as “ambrosia” has been discovered. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But when the station goes incommunicado, a brave few descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.

Nick Cutter

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The Review

"Any horror book that can bring forth all the spectre of feelings that The Deep did 
for me, has definitely earned a good amount of praise."

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I bought The Deep for two reasons:

1.  I read The Troop by him last year and thoroughly enjoyed it.

2. Stephen King blurbed it on his Facebook page.

Both of these reasons needless to say had my expectations set pretty high for this novel. And the potential for it to crash and fall with all that weight hanging on its cover was pretty big. Thankfully The Deep had the strength to carry at all straight through.

Nick Cutter does an amazing job with showing the reader all the different sides to his characters. They are complex and with a lot of depth and good backstory, which all makes them very interesting to follow. And all the more because we gradually get to know their past as the story progresses.

I especially enjoyed Luke, Al and little LB. I would’ve loved to have gotten to know Al even more, but I can definitely see that there weren’t really room for it in this book.

Now for anyone who loves the early works of Stephen King, The Deep will probably be a good match. It has that old school horror feel to it, and what makes it so good is the mystery of what is lurking down in the deep. The way you don’t really know what it is, what it looks like or how it will affect the characters. It makes the story interesting the whole way through.

The pace to was just perfect for my taste. It flowed so easily and had my wanting more throughout. I brought the book with me everywhere and had trouble putting it down. It’s been a while since I’ve felt like that about a current read.

I want to mention that The Deep is not the novel for you if you’re squeamish about blood and gore. It’s very graphic and morbid at times. But anyone who’s got a soft spot for the wonderful morbidity of good horror, I would say; go grab it!

I can’t remember the last time a horror book made me cry, but The Deep (very surprisingly) had me blinking like hell on the subway so that I wouldn’t have makeup all over my face before I got to work.

Any horror book that can bring forth all the spectre of feelings that The Deep did for me, has definitely earned a good amount of praise.

I loved The Deep for it’s story, it’s ending and it’s writing. It was just a pleasurable read from beginning till end and I can’t wait to read Nick Cutter’s next book.

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On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher – REVIEW

9780751563146I read On The Other Side in a hardback edition. 

Genre: Magical Realism

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

Published: July 14th, 2016

Pages: 352

Audiobook length: Not yet published as an audiobook.

 

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Synopsis by the publisher:

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.

Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .

Carrie Hope Fletcher

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The Review

“This story is one of romance and life choices, combined with beautiful and charming magic!”

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Funny enough, I had never heard of Carrie Hope Fletcher until this book started make it’s round around BookTube. It started with just being a cover I was constantly seeing on my feed, and then BookTubers that I subscribe to started to review it and they all had wonderful things to say about it. So I was intrigued and ended up ordering the novel of Bookdepository. And BOY am I glad I did!

There are some books that I wish I’d gone into blindly and others that I’m glad I was prepared for before diving in. On the Other Side is one that I got to be prepared for and I think that was the best way to go about it. I knew that this was magical realism. I was prepared for the magic when it showed up and if I hadn’t been it might have put me off a bit. But because I was prepared for it, it made for such a wonderful experience.

This story is one of romance and life choices, combined with beautiful and charming magic!

I loved the characters and how they evolved throughout the story. They were so relatable and cute, but not in a cheesy way. I fell in love with their story and was very much invested in the whole story.

Did it make me cry? No, I wan’t that invested, but the story had me smiling and shamelessly giggling on the subway while reading it. It left me warm and fuzzy when I was done reading and I already miss spending time with the characters.

A truly wonderful read if you’re looking for something lighthearted, thoughtful, cute and romantic literature. Fletcher writes about life choices in a very charming and witty way that I absolutely got a major crush on. I can’t wait to see whatever she publishes next!

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel – BOOK REVIEW

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9780718181697I read Sleeping Giants in a paperback edition. Sleeping Giants is the first book in the Themis Files series.

Genre: Science fiction

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd.

Published: April 21st, 2016

Pages: 320

Audiobook length: 8 hrs and 28 mins

 

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Synopsis by the publisher:

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

Sylvain Neuvel

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The Review

"Sleeping Giants is as much original as it is exciting and mysterious!" 

The Writing

The format of this book is one of the things that makes it so incredibly interesting. Almost the entire book is written in conversation logs, diary entries and files.

This makes for a very interesting reading experience. It reminded me a bit about Illuminae, but with a better story and without the pictures.

It was very fast paced and for those who want somewhat of a different reading experience, this is definitely a good choice.

The Characters

In this book you get to know all the characters through each others conversations and thoughts instead of an outside view.

There were very distinct written voices to the different characters which I really liked. I think Rose is one of my favorite characters so far in the series. And of course the mystery interviewer.

There are quite a few characters throughout this novel and I can’t wait to see who else will be introduced in the next book.

The Plot

The plot of Sleeping Giants is one that was very interesting and different. I was captured by the story at the very beginning when Rose fell into the ground and landed on a huge metal hand. Who wouldn’t want to find out more about that?

The storyline takes som major twists and turns throughout the book and sometimes it can almost feel like things are bit rushed. But all in all I really did enjoy the plot so far and I look forward to seeing where the series will go from here.

Additional Thoughts

Sleeping Giants is as much original as it is exciting and mysterious! It’s a very interesting reading experience with a good set of characters that develops throughout the story. I’ve been waiting to be swept away by a new science fiction series for quite some time, and the Themis Files might be the one. I guess we’ll have to wait until April 4th, 2017 when Walking Gods comes out to find out if my love for this series will still remain strong!

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang – Book Review

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May 2016 – Wrap Up

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March 2016 – Wrap Up

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