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I read a lot of books and I write about them on here. Mummy Geek is sometimes a guest blogger....people seem to love her.....Oh and you can find me on Twitter.....@book_geek_says. Shortlisted for Blog of the Year by the 2015 Love Stories Awards...THANK YOU!!

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Review: Adrenaline

Publisher: Self
Price: Mainly free

I read RY's first book Gatecrasher last year and thought it was a decent read. RY has returned and is back with this book and I tell you what it's rather good indeed.

Totally different to Gatecrasher as it is so so subtle, and the writing style is glorious. I enjoyed the use of split narrative voices in the first and 3rd person. It kept me on my toes and it kept me intrigued as you got to know two very different characters in very different ways. One very personally and the other as an outsider and the public eye see him. The REALLY short chapters did annoy me a tad but I was delighted that there wasn't a cliff hanger at the end of each one! HUZZAH!!

A really subtle and interesting story with some excellent twists, action and interpretations of what it means to be this particular type of being. Thoroughly enjoyable read and I think it'll appeal to blokes a fair bit...not 100% sure why though!

Happy Reading

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Review: Beyond His Years

Publisher: Self
Price: £ 3.01 (ebook)

This is the final installment of the train driver and rat trilogy. Read Above His Station and Before His Time, NOW! You will not regret reading any of these books as they are amazing and DC is a fantastic author and illustrator too!! YAY!

The humour is here again from the driver and rat. I love the characters completely and it's great to see a return of Astrid too as she is a total babe and I love her...have I mentioned that before?? The rat's film, music and TV references have returned and they are spiffing, remind me of Fickle Mate once again and it's always funny. Particularly enjoyed the Star Wars theme in this book! BRAVO!

The story keeps you turning the pages one again and the self referencing and self awareness of the story and novel writing and the narration is brilliant as it makes the whole thing SO personal and really does suck you in to the story. But don't worry, the whole thing is just as mental as ever and I am still in awe of DC's brain. I am one of his biggest fans I do believe!!!! 

The conclusion for the trilogy was 100% satisfactory and it was so so lovely and endearing but sad too. Sad as this means no more Rat and Driver especially. I've really loved this trilogy and am so so happy to have read all three, reviewed all three and to have been sucked in to this crazy narrative.

Do read them, they won't take long and if you don't love them and DC by the end, well, I'll eat my hat!

Happy Reading


Thursday, 19 December 2013

Review: Grave Descend

Publisher: Hard Case Crime/Titan Books
Price: £ 7.99

After reading Binary I was expected a recurrence of characters but there was no such thing. However, the style was still there and the set up was familiar also. McG is going on a dive, but all is a bit fishy (pun intended)!

Short and sweet read, once again, but still a fast moving, action packed page turner. Didn't feel dated, similarly to Binary which is a real skill. Transient writing, to me at least, is most impressive indeed. MC really did have one intelligent brain it seems! 

I loved Yeoman and McG in a big way. Spiffingly wonderful characters, sexy and buff and slightly odd with it. Cracking evil party too, also, a great play from the Jamaican police, just as chilled as the country's rep is. 

In a way, I would have liked these books to be a series, with the same characters. But, then again, tis always great to have a surprise and meet new people along the way.

A quick, fun, page turner that's totally easy to read. Another brill thing an defo looking forward to reading the next one. Btw, the cover of this one makes sense more than the Binary cover, as the book does indeed include in this case, scantily clad babes.

Happy Reading

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Monday, 16 December 2013

Review: Down Among The Dead Men

Publisher: Arrow Books
Price: £ 6.99

DCI Keane has a lot on his plate what with a shed load of murder and he only has his eyes on one person for the guilty party.

The book starts so so well. When set in Liverpool it's pretty decent indeed, creepy dodgey characters, some Liverpool fun thrown in. Love Em. Love her, she is great, and her and Frank make it even better. So yeah, the beginning is good, the beginning is intriguing, the beginning keeps you reading and keeps you guessing...then the location changes and it all gets rather silly and ridiculous from there.

I just couldn't accept the story after the location change, it was ridiculous, such a massive flip in proceedings and I'm afraid the ending is totally unacceptable and then ridiculous.


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Monday, 9 December 2013

Review: Baptism

Publisher: Quercus 
Price: £ 7.99

If you thought you were having a bad day then you just think about George, Maggie and Ed. They are really having a shit of a day!

Warnings and advice:
- Do not read this book in, on, around or near the tube.
- Always take water and nappies on the tube.
- Max Kinnings is evil!

Bloody hell, what a shit scary bok. Taking normal things and making them terrifying...why not do that hey MK and scare the crap out of all us tube riders?? Hmmmm?? Wahhhh! 

I loved Ed. He was bloody amazing, love him completely. Also, Simeon....wahhhhhh! Excellent characters all round. Belle and Tommy were perfectly warped and to such an extent that sometimes you just didn't know what to do with them at all! 

The whole book is a great spin on terrorism and the 'conventional' perceptions of perpetrators. Most refreshing indeed. A real page turner of a book. Action and emotion and adrenaline packed and I was a big fan of the real time feel of the chapters.

So, don't read this on the tube but do indeed give it a shot. Spiffing read and a very intelligent one at that I feel!

Happy Reading

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Monday, 2 December 2013

Review: Life After Death

Price: £ 12.99
Publisher: Atlantic Books

So, this was my 100th book of the year! And to be honest, I don't know how I felt about it.

I did some reading about the whole thing before I picked it up as I wanted to know exactly what was what. From what I read and from how DE has written I really don't know what to believe at all. I have no idea if I think he is innocent or guilty. I don't really believe that it was all a big conspiracy. I'm not 100% sure of that at all. He must have been a tad mentally unstable for people to certify him as so. I just don't know what I think.

I found the whole book a little bit odd too. Why was so much focused on his life and upbringing when the book is entitled Life AFTER Death. I would rather have read about his time on death row and dealing with the world once he was released. How he adjusted, what had changed, how people accepted and perceived him. All that stuff. I dunno, I'm just full of umms and ahhhs.

I would defo like to see the documentaries made about DE. I would like to see him in action, speaking etc for myself and I would like to see how other people interpret him.

Interesting to read, but not what I was expecting at all. Where do I stand on the whole thing? Not sure of that either.

Happy Reading

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