Review: Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan PoeManga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe by Stacy King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautifully illustrated telling of classic Poe tales.
I was previously familiar with all the tales depicted in this book and feel like the illustrations definitely do the stories justice.
If you’re a fan of manga or Poe then I’d definitely recommend you read this graphic novel.
Fantastic.

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book

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Review: The Doll House

The Doll HouseThe Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Where do I start with my review of The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan? What a fantastic read. As Morgan’s debut novel I went in with low expectations. Recently I have had a spate of bad luck when it comes to decent crime thrillers so didn’t want to get too excited before I started. However, right from the off I was completely and utterly hooked.

(Taken from Amazon) You never know who’s watching… Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign. But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house. How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for?

The author manages to pull her audience in from the beginning offering split times throughout the book and each chapter is told from the viewpoint of one of the characters involved. Although the description of the book focuses more on one person, I feel like this book definitely has multiple main characters, which in my opinion adds to the mystery.

I want to keep gushing about all the great things in this book but I don’t want to spoil it for everyone so I will stop there.

It can be purchased through Amazon UK on Kindle and is due for release on 14th September 2017: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Doll-House-g…

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the advanced reading copy of this book

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Review: Lie With Me

Lie With MeLie With Me by Sabine Durrant

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

700 pages of “Do I really have to read this?” and 200 pages of “Yep, That’s what I thought was going to happen!” That’s the best way for me to sum up this book. I really had figured out what was going to happen a long while before it happened.

As for the characters, the main character (and also the narrator) was awful. Whether that was intentional or not I’m not sure but he did not make me like him at all. He was conceited and treated women appallingly.
The rest of the characters were equally unlovable. Maybe Tina was the only one that I actually thought was ok. She intrigued me, but we didn’t get to find out much about her.

Set mostly abroad, I felt that many things about the evidence presented and the chain of events didn’t add up.

If you don’t figure out the ending by about halfway through then you’d probably get more out of it than I did. If like me, you do work it out then I wouldn’t recommend bothering because the payout was not worth slugging through 600-700 pages of drivel to get there.

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Review: Memory Man

Memory ManMemory Man by David Baldacci

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book fell into “firsts” for me. The first crime book I’ve read in a long long time (I used to read a lot of them) AND the first book by David Baldacci.

I found the story interesting and it kept me wanting more as I read further.

I will definitely be looking to read the next book in this particular series. I loved the main character, Amos, and totally loved the way he dealt with his condition.

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Review: Where The Teddy Bears Have Their Picnic

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Where The Teddy Bears Have Their Picnic by C M Adams

I purchased this book as an Amazon Freebie back on 11th January 2014. I finally got around to starting it. I chose it as part of my A to Z Challenge

A disturbed criminal has horrifically tortured and killed two people, leaving their bodies to be discovered without any evidence to lead back to him. When Agent Jack Leeson mysteriously disappears, leaving only his car and his phone behind, his team is sent on a hunt that has no trail. Time is running out and too many questions are left unanswered. What connection does he have to the other victims? Who would want to do this to him? The questions weighing heaviest, will they find him in time? And if they do, will he ever be the same?
Jack’s team is closely knit, each of them considering the others as family. Their leader, Agent Daniel Reid, carries a guilt so great around with him during the investigation, that every day tears him apart a little more. With each member of the team struggling to emotionally handle the fear of possibly losing their friend, the battle grows more and more difficult with each passing hour that he remains missing.
A single microscopic piece of evidence thrusts them into a frenzied chase that could lead them in the right direction. But it may be too late…

When I first started this book, I very nearly gave up. There were quite a high number of typos and formatting issues with the book that it made it quite unpleasant to read. As the story progressed, the typos and other issues became less noticeable, I felt myself being drawn into the world it was creating.

The main characters, of which there are a few, began to take on ‘real’ people personalities. The author managed to create characters that actually felt like they could have been someone you would meet in real life.

This is definitely not your average crime thriller, it starts off giving the impression that it will be but takes a (wonderful) turn around the 25% mark.

Considering this was a freebie from Amazon, I would happily recommend it is worth paying for. Also, I wish I had the pleasure of reading it sooner. Or do I, because then it would be nothing but a distant memory.

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