Review: Model Misfit

Model Misfit
Model Misfit by Holly Smale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Firstly I would like to take a moment to thank the author Holly Smale for the beautiful signed paperback copy and cute geek girl pins I received from her via a first reads giveaway.

In the follow-up to Geek Girl the reader is re-introduced to Ms. Harriet Manners and the rather barmy world she resides in. Things are changing rapidly for Harriet at home and in school, her best friend isn’t going to be around for the summer and worst of all her gorgeous boyfriend dumped her unceremoniously. So when given the opportunity to take on another modelling job that will send her gallivanting around yet another foreign country while living with other models, Harriet jumps at the chance. After finagling the details with her father Harriet is on her way to Japan.

However if her first trip abroad and photo shoot were anything to go by, things weren’t going to be simple. However all of the trouble that brews for Harriet may be more closer to home than she could have imagined.

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Review: The Dinner

The Dinner
The Dinner by Herman Koch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paul our narrator is dreading dinner. He and his wife Claire are getting ready to meet his brother and sister in law for dinner. He is dreading dinner because his brother is better off and more well known that he is. He is dreading eating at the restaurant his brother has chosen.

However this isn’t going to be any old dinner. Videos Paul has seen on his son Michels phone have shocked him to the core and there are further revelations to be heard at dinner.

Who did what? Who knew what? Who was keeping things from their other half? And what will they do to protect themselves and their own families…. You’ll find out in the coffee course.

Negatives: Took a while to get into the flow of the story as there were several flashbacks, something in the story-telling which may or not have been as a result of the novel being a translation was a bit stilted. Also almost every character in the novel were horrible examples of human beings for different reasons.

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Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Katniss Everdeen is just a regular teenage girl. Yeah, right, pffft. Instead of living a carefress life, Katniss is the one that is relied on to bring food and other essentials into the family home. Her mother is distant and aloof since the death of her father leaving Katniss to care for her and her younger sister Prim.

Katniss lives in District 12 of the nation Panem. It is the furthest district away from the Capitol where decisions are made and wealth is accrued. Leaving District 12 and it’s citizens poverty stricken.

We meet Katniss on the morning of the reaping. The reaping is the first stage in an extraordinary competition devised by the Capitol. It is designed to show all citizens of Panem that the Capitol is in control and it is also designed to remind the citizens of past sacrifices and atrocities. In the reaping one boy and one girl are chosen to represent their district. 24 “tributes” travel to the Capitol and enter “The Hunger Games” – Only one will leave the competition.

On the morning of the reaping, a name is chosen to represent district twelve that shocks Katniss to the core and puts her life on an entirely different path than she hoped.

Comments:

Violent, Bloody, Creepy dystopian with heart-warming, endearing characters that you will fall in love with straight away.

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Review: The Blonde

The Blonde
The Blonde by Anna Godbersen
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

edit : Dec 15th 2013
Holy Schmokes look at that COVER! #LOVE

New Anna Godbersen book???? YES PLEASE!

March 2014???

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Review: Vengeance Bound

Vengeance Bound
Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Corinne “Cory” Graff has recently moved into yet another new apartment in another new town to begin school at approximately her 9th high school in two years. As a young girl Corys worries should range from whether she will fit in to the right clique at her new school or whether she will be popular or whether she will be home in time before her Mom gets mad. However all is not as it seems.

Corys new friends at high school see a beautiful blonde girl that does well in her schoolwork and doesn’t seem to have a bad bone in her body. But Cory is only one side of the coin.

In reality the girl we meet is Amelie Ainsworth. A vengeance bound orphan intent on hunting down and destroying the Doctor that used her as a human guinea pig in experimental treatments. Amelie is deadly dangerous as she is one of The Furies. Three dark and deadly mythical creatures that aim to gain justice for victims of cruelty,hurt and abuse.

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In the beginning as the premise of the story was unfolding and I was learning about the events that led up to Cory hunting I was intrigued and excited to continue the adventure. However I felt as though the story was very drawn out in times. Some of the monologues Cory has in her head got repetitive and distracting. Towards the end I found myself skipping a lot of the text outside of dialogue. I didn’t like any of the other characters introduced as Corys new friend circle. The characters were all very irritating , childish and immature in their own ways and I constantly found myself wanting to give some of them a kick.

This book was a little bit of a let down as I believe the premise holds uch promise.

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Review: Allegiant

Allegiant
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Edit: Nov 3rd 2013

I am so disappointed with the final installment in the Divergent series. It is not just as a result of what happened to one of the characters towards the end of the book that irked me. It was the whole thing.  The arc of the story changed drastically. There was a lot of focus put on genes and genetics that had never been previously mentioned in the series. At first it almost seemed as though this was a standalone and not the final novel of a trilogy.

The story started off incredibly slow and at times nothing was holding my interest. I hated the narration in the novel as it was extremely difficult to know whether it was Tris or Four speaking as there were very little to distinguish the two. As a result of the two narrators in the novel some chapters were too short and there was also some jumping in the timeline that confused me.

However the one thing that really annoyed me was the end to the conflict in Chicago. There was no war, no armies, no major epic battles of will and blood and guts and gore. No, Four went and had a chat with his Mother and all was well and good in the world again because they love each other and all that Jazz. This is not Harry Potter Ms. Roth! The Mothers love and care deal didn’t work here.

#disappointed

EDIT: October 27 2013, 37%
Trying to read this slowly because (a) Its Allegiant (b) The multiple POV between Tris & Four is slightly on the confusing side & (c) I accidentally read a spoiler that I am not looking forward to getting to

october? arghhhhh

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Review: Dark Places

Dark Places
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading Flynns critically acclaimed novel Gone Girl I knew that Dark Places was entirely likely to be a dark creepy mystery novel. I wasn’t wrong.

Libby Day is a victim of a horrendous childhood. One dark night her Mother and her two older sisters were brutally murdered in a so-called ” Satanic Devil worshipping attack” their home on their farm. Libby escaped out a window and endured such a cold environment outside she had to have parts of her fingers and toes removed as a result of frostbite. Libby’s surly teenage brother was accused, charged and later jailed for the murders as a result of Libbys account of the night.

Years later and Libby hasn’t made much of her life. She finds it hard to get out of bed in the morning. She has been living for over 20 years on the donations given to her as a child victim of crime but her bank account has dwindled to less than 1000 dollars.

Out of the blue Libby receives a letter from Lyle. He is highly interested in the Day case and is involved in a Kill Club where enthusiasts share theories about serial killers, murders and unsolved crime cases. In exchange for payments – to supplement her miniscule bank account – Libby agrees to placate Lyles theory that Ben Day did not kill his siblings and mother that night. However what occurs isn’t exactly what Libby signed up for.

A slow burning eerie murder mystery that is a must read for crime, mystery, thriller fiction readers.

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