Review: Pop Goes The Weasel

Pop Goes The Weasel by M J Arlidge20170910_102737

Synopsis

DI Helen Grace returns in Pop Goes the Weasel, the electrifying new thriller from M. J. Arlidge.

The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton’s red-light district – horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.

Hours later – and barely cold – the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.

A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.

The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there’s a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs…

My Thoughts

Pop Goes The Weasel is the second book in the D I Helen Grace series and while I loved Eeny Meeny I was skeptical as to whether this book would live up to the first. When the killer is said to be like Jack The Ripper in reverse how can it not get my interest? Men get killed by a prostitute in very skilled but gruesome ways and while it’s awful it really held my interest and created a brilliant feel of tension that stayed with with until the end of the book. The book also has a few twists that actually kept me guessing what would happen all the way until the last few chapters. In parts it was even quite sad, especially given it does mention events in the first book.

Once again Helen Grace is a brilliant MC who whilst being strong is also capable of showing how people’s emotions really work even when she doesn’t want to show her emotions to anyone. Charlie also returned after her ordeal in the first book and is also a strong female character within the book that brings plenty of character and development after everything that happened in Eeny Meeny. This book was great and very tense throughout but I must admit I still prefer the first one but I still have the the five to read (depending on if more of published) and the series may just get even better than the first two entries and I can’t wait to carry on reading.

Awarded: 4 Stars


I honestly am really looking forward to continuing with this series because these are some of the best thriller books I’ve read and I can’t wait to see where else these books will go in terms of twisted imagination!

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

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Review: A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness20171204_123837

Synopsis

Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

My Thoughts

So I read this book at the end of November and I loved it even though it was the most heartbreaking book I have ever set my eyes on. I can relate to this book quite a lot and know what it’s like to feel the things that Conor does throughout this book, I’ve felt the fear and grief that death can cause but that’s why I adored this book, that’s why this book is so very important. This book is great for showing why it’s okay to grieve and cry and be angry when something bad is happening. The stories within the book explain how you feel when something as tragic as a family being ill is happening and I honestly believe that this book would an amazing tool for younger reading to learn about grief and the reactions that lots of people have to grief.

This book is a beautifully devastating read but the prose is so amazingly done that at times it’s heartwarming as well as scary and sad. If you haven’t read this book then I really recommend you do because the main story and the stories from the Monster are just so important and eye opening that it needs to be read.

Awarded: 5 Stars


I really hope that if you read or have read this book you can understand why this book is so important because as someone who has both lost family to cancer and lost my mum this book was such a significant read to me.

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

Review: Let’s Get Invisible

DSC_0316Let’s Get Invisible by R L Stine

Synopsis:

Disappearances can be deadly.

On Max’s birthday, he finds a sort of magic mirror in the attic. It can make him become invisible. So Max and his friends start playing now you see me, now you don’t. Until Max realizes that he’s losing control. Staying invisible a little too long. Having a harder time coming back. Getting invisible is turning into a very dangerous game. The next time Max gets invisible, will it be… forever?

My Thoughts:

This is the Goosebumps book that truly showed me how dark these books can be. I was not expected what happened towards the end but I was pleasantly surprised by it anyway. What would you expect from a mirror that can make you disappear? I should have guessed what would happen but I never did and the twist at the actually surprised me and creeped me out a little just because how strange and eerie a situation it was for a kids book. If you’re like I was last year and haven’t read any Goosebumps books yet then I wouldn’t definitely recommend it because even though they are for kids they’re still enjoyable in adulthood.

Awarded: 4 Stars


I may try and start posting twice a day again until I’ve reviewed all the books I read last year but I haven’t decided yet. I guess we’ll see next week.

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

Top 10 Books of 2017

This year I managed to read 40 books which I didn’t even think was possible for me given I’m usually a fairly slow reader but I still managed it. Now all I have to do is pick 10 of them as my favourites of the year.


1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgensten20170911_100816

I know there were mixed reviews over this book with a fair amount of people finding the story a little slow but personally I loved it. The magic of this book was undeniable magic that’s laced through the entirety of it. Besides the magic competition that creates Circus Tents that I would absolutely love to see in real life or maybe just in a film adaptation the book great and makes a beautifully thought out world with great characters, the Characters are so well developed that I can actually believe the love story between the two protagonists too which is rare especially given I usually don’t like love stories.


2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness20171204_123837

This book is absolutely amazing. It’s honestly such a charming story with the monster being a Yew tree that has seen a thousands lives and tells a young boy stories of when he came walking to help people who need the help. Admittedly this book is also incredibly sad and though I found it heartwarming it is heartbreaking too and it now has a special place in my heart just for how much I can relate to the story and the utter grief that is spread through the book, even in the funnier, more heartwarming parts.


3. Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge20170806_103604

I loved this book. I’ve read some really good Thrillers before, especially in 2017 but this was probably my favourite. It feels a little like you’re reading the plot of a Saw film but so much better and you get some genuinely great plot twists that you do figure out but it still sort of takes you off guard even if you do figure it out. This would also be a great book if you wanted to get into the Thriller genre but don’t know what to start with.

 


4. Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire SáenzIMG_20170829_113058_988

If you want to read a feel good, heartwarming and coming of age type of film with the two protagonists being gay then you should definitely read this. It’s a great book about coming to terms with your sexuality in a time when homosexuality was still seen as wrong, it doesn’t necessarily have a plot but it doesn’t need one because the characters are just so endearing.

 


5. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon20170410_175515

Everything Everything is not what I expected it to be and I was somewhat skeptical of all the hype around it but I was not disappointed at all because this book was heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once. It’s an unique love story that shows that sometimes love is enough to want to live even when you can’t go outside and I loved the reckless but strong character of Maddy when she decided staying inside wasn’t enough anymore. Yes her decision was very reckless and a massive risk but it makes you question what makes life truly worth living.


6. Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas20171007_162545

I was torn between ACOMAF and Throne Of Glass for this because I loved them both but I decided to go with ToG mainly because I prefer Celaena to Feyre with one seeming stronge and brave whereas the other just seemed to be made of weak and niave tropes that made her rather annoying. So yes, my choice is the Assassin who has to fight for her freedom even if it means working for the man who put her in the Salt Mines.

 


7. Heartless by Marissa Meyer20170504_093652

How did the Queen Of Hearts become so heartless? Well, read this book and you may find out. I loved this book, it has all the quirkiness of Alice In Wonderland but with a darker side to show how Catherine became so cold of heart. It’s a lovely book which will make you laugh and cry and feel angry on Catherine’s behalf. It’s a brilliant sequel that shows no villain has always been evil.


8. The Fireman by Joe Hill20170828_100120

I love Joe Hill books and this is no exception. I’m not usually one for reading books that are over around 600 pages but how could I resist this amazing Apocalyptic thriller from Hill. It’s brilliant book about survival and spans the time of around 9 months as a pregnant woman tries to survive after getting Dragonscale, a spore that makes you self-combust. There are some really great characters, one of the best being a young deaf boy but the Protagonist shows she can hold her own to protect herself and her unborn child.


9. Animal Farm by George Orwell20171112_140731

I haven’t much to say about Animal Farm but it is one of my favourite books of the year nevertheless. It’s a great political satire that shows how rebellion can become power and how power can corrupt those who used to how a clear course but have become blind to that course due to the power they have gained. The short novel is set over years and made me laugh but also made me angry because the book is still relevant today.

 


10. Filth by Irvine Welsh20170915_100224

I may not have given this book a massive score when I reviewed it and it did take me 2 months to read but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it. The utter randomness that is entwined through the actual plot makes you feel like you may just be tripping along with Bruce and you do not see the plot twist coming until it’s hit you in the face with a hammer. The characters are great but if you are offended easily then this book is definitely not for you because this book is packed with Sexism, Racism and Homophobia but all to satirical effect and somehow it all works.


So that’s my Top 20 for 2017, I hope you liked it and I hope you stick around to see what else is to come in the New Year. 2017 is over and I am definitely looking forward to reading more books in 2018. I hope you all have a great New Year and manage to read plenty of books in 2018.

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

Review: Animal Farm

Animal Farm by George Orwell20171112_140731

Synopsis

Mr. Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organized to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges…

My Thoughts

Animal Farm is a book intended as a Political Satire focusing on power and corruption and basic human or in this case animal rights. It’s a really good book that shows how revolution can turn into corruption once power is gained. The protagonist of the film is pig called Napoleon and gains power with the help of a well spoken pig called Snowball and fear created by 9 trained attack dogs.

The book is very good and I did enjoy it even if it did take me a few days to read all 95 pages. The Characters are all very well developed even though it’s only a short book especially Napoleon (the rebel turned dictator) and Boxer (the loyal but blind follower). Years are packed in to the short novel and so much happens between the animals from rebellion to realisation. I loved this book and how honest was and I definitely think you should read this book whether you’re political or not because it’s such a real and honest book and even though it’s satirical it does make a massive impact and make you think of things differently.

Awarded: 4 Stars


Last week I completely forgot to write up a review because I had a very busy week but better late than never and I’ve finally got around to writing my next review.

Disclaimer:

Okay, I’m not going to get all political in this review because while the issues in this book are still relevant today this blog is purely about books and bookish things so my political views will never be shared on here.

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

Review: A Darker Shade Of Magic

A Darker Shade Of Magic by V E SchwabIMG_20171116_101544_175

Synopsis

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

My Thoughts

I wasn’t blown away by this film like I thought I would be after all the hype I’d seen on Bookstagram. Although, saying that I still really enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to reading the next book. Why did I enjoy it? Well let me tell you.

I loved the way Kell and Lila bounced off each other, they worked so well together and Lila is so refreshing in the sea of stereotyped female characters that are naive and generally annoying. She’s sarcastic, funny, confident and brave and honestly one of my favourite female characters from the books I’ve read this year and probably over the last few years. Kell is good too, maybe a little egotistical but not overbearingly so which helps because he is a very good character even though he does make a few mistakes every now and then.

The book gives a new take on magic and of course the 4 Londons are very interesting, especially Black London. The idea of savage royals and dark magic that consumes you makes you want to read on and the characters are all good but I think the side characters all need a little development because the book mainly focuses on Kell and Lila so they’re the only ones who really get developed and I think that may be why I wasn’t completely wowed! Either way the story was good and the main characters were enjoyable but I hope there is more development for the other characters in the following books. I’m looking forward to reading AGOS and seeing what happens when Lila returns to Red London.

Awarded: 4.5 Stars


I really do hope the next book in this series is better but even if it’s of the same quality then I’m sure it will still be enjoyable.

Until next time, happy reading guys!

Rachel x

Review: Throne Of Glass

Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas20171007_162545

Synopsis

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

My Thoughts

I loved the complex character of Celaena and her background (which i can’t wait to find out more about when I get to The Assassin’s Blade) even though there is only very little detail about her past, mainly focusing on her time at the Salt Mines before being found by Dorian and Choal. Celaena’s confident and blunt character is refreshing compared to the naive and annoying Feyre, she’s never afraid to speak her mind even to royalty which some may find annoying but Dorian and Choal seem to find endearing. She’s a strong character who you root for throughout, especially given her success even at such a young age and against other talented criminals, assassins and soldiers.

The competition that Celaena has to participate in does remind me slightly of the Trials that Feyre had to endure but I prefer the Assassin’s competition, partly because it’s full of action and weaponry but also because it shows Celaena’s skills even when she’s try hold back, as well as that it shows her compassion and respect for the other competitor, especially Nox. The friendship between the two I like, it seems real and well thought out giving the two assassins more than just their skills and grounding them, showing them as real people instead of just ruthless assassins. SJM also successfully fits magic into the story  and plot which I thought may have been a little clunky and unneeded but how the magic ties into the actual plots makes it all just fit and flow together to great effect.

The book is intriguing and has some great and believable relationships mainly revolving around Celaena and how she is with other characters. Everyone has a place in this book and they all bring something to the story that gives it body and makes you want to carry on reading. Also, the book isn’t just from Celaena’s point of view so you get to see things from other people and you get to see even more parts of the plot being fleshed out, without the few chapters dedicated to other characters then is book could have been quite dull because it would have left some of the plot meaning it may have ended up confusing and just boring but SJM did this well and it all helps the plot along because you see that what’s happening in the palace isn’t also effecting the other characters as well Celaena.

I loved this book and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and see how he story develops through it.

Awarded: 4.5 Stars


I hope I’ll be able to read Crown Of Midnight this month (it’s already December?) and I hope it’s as good as ToG if not better!

Until next time, happy reading guys!

Rachel x