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Fellside by M.R. Carey – BOOK REVIEW

I listened to Fellside on Audible

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

Published: April 7th, 2016

Pages: 496 (hardback)

Audiobook length: 15 hrs and 35 mins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis by the publisher: 

Jess Moulson is convicted of murder. But it’s a murder she can’t remember committing. Nothing is quite clear from the drug-fuelled night when a blaze set in Jess’ apartment killed the little boy upstairs. But when the media brands her a child killer, she starts to believe it herself.

Now she’s on her way to Fellside, the biggest, most formidable women’s prison in Europe, standing in the bleak Yorkshire moors.

But Jess won’t be alone in her prison cell. Lurking in the shadows is an unexpected visitor…the ghost of the 10-year-old boy she killed. He says he needs her help – and he won’t take no for an answer.

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The Review

"This ghost story is one that stands out from a lot of other ghost stories I've 
read, just like The Girl with All the Gifts stands out from a lot of other 
zombie stories. It's a thrilling ride that had me curious and wondering." 

Back in 2015 I read The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey and I fell in love with the story and the writing style. So when I heard about Fellside coming out, I knew I had to pick that up as well. And even though I had it on my radar way before it was actually published, it took me way longer to get to it than planned. Better late than never, right?

Going into this novel I wasn’t really sure what to expect. It’s listed as a thriller, but the synopsis mentioned the ghost of a boy, so the appearance of something paranormal was very likely. Just the way I like it!

The writing style of Fellside was every bit as good as The Girl with All the Gifts. It’s a completely different kind of story, but the way that M.R. Carey gives insight into the minds of his characters really makes them come alive. And even though there were quite a lot of characters throughout the story, I never found myself confused as it shifted between them.

One of the things that I thought was brilliant about this story, was the fact that there were no saints here. This is a story set in a prison, and even though you have characters you like and ones that you’ll find outright horrendous, none of them are completely innocent. All the drama and corruption inside the Fellside prison adds another layer of depth to the story.

Jess was a character it took me a while to really feel connected to, but once the reader gets under her skin, she’s quite an interesting character indeed.

I thought the paranormal elements in Fellside were executed very well and made it easy to visualise what was going on. It’s not just a paranormal thriller, there’s  a bit of mystery in there as well!

Fellside held quite a steady pace for most of the story, and after a while it really did escalate. The ending as well was very satisfying and not what I expected.

This ghost story is one that stands out from a lot of other ghost stories I’ve read, just like The Girl with All the Gifts stands out from a lot of other zombie stories. It’s a thrilling ride that had me curious and wondering.

A really enjoyable read, and I can’t wait to see what M.R. Carey comes up with next!

 

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All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher – BOOK REVIEW

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BookTubeAThon 2017 – Day 6 and 7 + Wrap Up

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Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar – BOOK REVIEW

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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

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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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