Review: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (Queen JKR)

Career of EvilCareer of Evil by Robert Galbraith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cormoran is giving me a coronary . Hurry up with the book. I need it yesterday.

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Ok! Where to start?

Ok firstly I have to say that the third instalment in the Cormoran strike series is by far my favourite so far. In the previous installments I had a sense of where the story was going and who the murderer was but I couldn’t make head nor tail of anything in Career if Evil. Jo, you kept the suspense up that’s for sure.

Cormoran strikes assistant Robyn arrives to work one day to find a courier waiting with a package for her. She signs for it believing it to be something wedding related that she has ordered as she is due to marry her fiancé Matthew the following month. However she is in for a rude awakening when she opens the package and uncovers a severed leg . Cormoran believes that the culprit is one of three men he has history with, one being his former stepfather and the other two being former colleagues in his army life. Career of evil sees Cormoran attempt to uncover which of the men is involved in the crimes all while juggling his struggling business, his new flame and his confusing feelings towards his soon to be wedded assistant.– by the way, I loved the character development of Robyn even though it was tough to read.

One thing I will say is that in comparison to the rest of the novels , the extent of the violence and crimes committed were beyond gruesome. A couple of descriptions were hard to stomach.

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Review :Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings PlaybookThe Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is one instance where I’m going to bite the bullet and just say it…..

THE MOVIE WAS SHITLOADS BETTER THAN THE BOOK

Um, yeah, that is all.

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Review: Imaginary Girls

Imaginary Girls
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Right. Where do I start with this one?

To begin with you have to gather all your cop on and common sense, stuff it into an old rucksack, fill it with rocks and throw it in to a lake. Because you are about to read some freaky creepy happenings.

Our main character is Chloe. When we first meet her she is hanging out with her older sister Ruby and a group of Ruby’s friends at the local reservoir. Ruby has a way with people and story telling and enjoys creating high impact stories to relay to her friends. Ruby proclaims that Chloe is an extremely talented swimmer and wants to create a story for her friends. In the midst of completing a dare to swim across the reservoir Chloe stumbles across a disturbing discovery. A girl from school named London is laying dead in a boat within the reservoir.

2 years have passed by. Chloe is living away from Ruby with her stepfather. Unexpectedly Ruby comes back into Chloes life and provides her the means to get back home. As Chloe gets back home and bumps into her former friends and acquaintances all seems to be as it was before she left. Until she comes face to face with London at a party. Yes. The London. The dead in the boat London. Everyone acts like everything is normal and that Chloe is being the odd one out. Nobody questions Londons existence.

As time goes by parts of the story unravels and the reader- along with Chloe -discover the real Ruby. However Chloe doesnt want to believe the new evidence. She idolizes Ruby and sees no fault. She adores her sister for looking out for her and raising her. She cant put aside these feelings to question Rubys relationships, her lies and her link to Londons death and reappearance.

In the end when everything is out in the open only one sister survives.

Okay, this book was way odd, weird, macabre, strange, creepy…. gave me nightmares after I finished reading it.

I didn’t necessarily like the book, mostly because I didn’t like either sister for a multitude of reasons. However it was well written, highly descriptive, tense and mysterious.

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Review: Belle Epoque

Belle Epoque
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maude has run off from the poverty stricken countryside and from living under her father thumb to live in Paris. She was expecting to live a life of fun and excitement, glamour and extravagance. However she is finding it hard to earn a pittance and is living in a hovel.

One day she applies for a job and to her surprise is offered the position on the spot. A few moments later she is ushered into another room with the other workers and what she witnesses comes as a huge surprise. The job is to be a “Belle Epoque” which is described as being the paid plain or ugly companion of a wealthy society girl or woman whose position is intended to enhance the natural beauty of the girl or woman. Maude is horrified by the description of the position but inevitably decides to take it on.

However one strange caveat of Maudes first position is to act as just a friend to her companion and never mention that she is a Bell Epoque as she has been hired by the clients mother. Through this Muade is faced with many difficulties and hurdles to cross from her client, the clients mother and other family members and the employers at the Bell Epoque agency.

Comments: Beautiful imagery and description of fashion, society and Paris. Highly researched and descriptive with historic references and great detail surrounding the life of a Belle Epouque .

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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 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: 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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