Hello all! So, I’m here with another collaboration with Irina @ I Drink And Watch Anime. This would have happened sooner but my creative juices just cannot compete with Irina’s. After many drafts, re-drafts and re-thinking on my part, we settled on a semi-list, semi-discussion post on a topic I’ve been giving a great deal of […]
I received this book from Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a classic British Murder Mystery (complete with a butler, a tremendous moustache, and a veritable drawing room of hidden skeletons just waiting to be uncovered) – with the slightest fantasy twist that allows us to see this fateful day from eight different perspectives.
This is one of those books that you simply cannot explain in any amount of detail without many hand gestures, diagrams and spoilers – I’ve tried. It requires a decent amount of concentration and there are a lot of moving parts but the end product is nothing short of genius.
If you figure it out more than a second before the tell-all, you’re a greater detective than I could ever hope to be. Absolutely nothing and nobody in this house is what they appear to be and there is a surprise around every corner.
I did disagree / take issue with the forgiveness arc, simply because I feel there are crimes deserving of eternal punishment in retribution and this was one of them, for me at least. Otherwise, a very satisfying ending though I still have questions that may never be answered.
Overall, this is the first mystery novel that’s ever really engaged me and may have made me open to more books in the genre.
I saw this post first over at Aurora @ Aurora Librialis‘s blog and thought it was such a cool, neat post idea that I asked Aurora if she would kindly let me steal pay homage to with my own post. At first, I thought would be a good fill-in for weeks I didn’t have anything […]
I received this book from the publisher, Hot Key Books, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I was completely hooked on the Phobos series after reading Ascension earlier this year and falling headfirst into the space opera Dixen has created, described as Love Island in space for this new British audience, this series is fun, compelling and full of suspense.
Whilst the first book read more like a dystopian/YA novel, this sequel is more of a classic space adventure with the same YA drama thrown in for good measure and it totally lives up to its predecessor.
In this instalment we see the Mars Pioneers landing on their new home and the inevitable drama that was bound to ensue on their first meeting. Much like most reality shows, this allows us to get a much more in-depth look at the characters and reveals much about their past and personality in the way they interact with one another.
New layers are revealed as the book continues, especially in terms of the boys, who we didn’t get a lot of interaction within the first novel and it certainly keeps you on your toes, with unmasking around every corner. Alexei, in my humble opinion, is revealed to be something of a chauvinist pig; Mozart is not as reformed as he might have you believe and Marcus hides a multitude of sins under all those beautiful tattoos – and those are just the start.
Andrew may well be my new favourite (and he forms an unlikely alliance, but I won’t spoil it) and Serena’s deception truly knows no bounds. The characters all feel so much more fleshed out (with the exception of a few but I’m hoping to see more of them as the series progresses).
My one complaint, however, would have to be Serena. I’m not sure if it is how I am reading it personally but she can sometimes come off as slightly caricature-ish. This isn’t necessarily a detrimental comment, as much of the series is somewhat melodramatic (there are a long of !’s that I feel come from the original French text), just an observation as though she continues to give reasons for her actions, I don’t quite believe her and can’t seem to understand what she is gaining from all this. Surely, surely, she would become richer, more powerful, in general, benefit more if the Pioneers continue to live long and happy lives? Why not just help them? She is quickly losing everything to this scheme and I can’t help but wonder if it’s worth it. I will say, despite her odd cartoon-y moments she isn’t half a clever villain. Of course, Leonor can see what she’s doing, being our heroine, but Serena’s general approach to this whole plot is a clever one – though I can’t help but be disappointed the bulk of the Pioneers don’t see through her too, they’re generally very clever.
Fair warning, this book ends on yet another blasted cliff-hanger, somewhat similar to the first, though I assimilate this to the ‘duff-duff’ at the end of Eastenders in this Space Opera.
I look forward to the next book – this is well on the way to becoming a favourite sci-fi series for me.
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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl at the start of this year. This week’s prompt was ‘Longest Books I’ve Ever Read’ which is a pretty easy list to put together, especially since I predicted most of them. Kinda […]
First, a thank you to Edelweiss and DC Comics for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Review This book introduces a new character to the DC mythology, one Mr Ethan “Elvis” Avery who for one hour every day turns into a hulking, huge, living weapon of mass destruction controlled […]
I would like to say a huge thank you to Deekay @ Daily Dose of Reading for nominating me for this award – I was so pleased when I saw it! If you aren’t already familiar with Deekay and her blog, get on over there and check it out, it’s great! On with the award […]
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl at the start of this year. This week’s prompt was ‘Authors I’d Love To Meet’. This was a tricky one for me because I feel that it’s good practice to never meet […]
First, a thank you to the author, Jason Pittman for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Review The War for Kaleb is a brilliant and heartfelt snapshot into the mind and life of someone who suffers with an anxiety disorder. This book explores anxiety as a mental illness and […]
The State of the ARC meme was created by Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks. Okay, last changes to my layout for a while – I just decided I liked this one better. This is coming to you a lot little late this month as I have been awfully busy and I also wanted to get the reviews […]