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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Harry Potter Does Pink

 

Harry Potter Does Pink

Harry Potter Does Pink

 

Harry Potter Characters sing a Pink song.

 

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 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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