With the Winston Brothers series, Penny Reid has skillfully introduced characters in each of her books, giving us glimpses of personalities and made us hope for that character to have a separate book. In all honesty, I wondered how she would make Beau interesting. And she did it again with abandon. I had no regrets reading about Beau.
We get a glimpse of Beau and Shelly's chemistry in Beard Science but it is very vague. I totally wondered how Shelly and Beau would work it out.
Not only did Penny Reid showcase how beautiful Beau is on the inside, but she made Shelly an powerful character too. I didn't find Shelly to carry a baggage or draining. She was simply who she was. I love how Penny Reid doesn't shy away from writing characters that are flawed at best. We all are flawed in our own way.
There is so much to learn from her stories and so many new things to learn from. Shelly and her OCD were eye-opening. This book, like all other Penny Reid books is going to carve a place in your heart, mind and soul. A place from where these stories and characters will never let you go.
I loved every word, every sentence and every part of it.
Thank you so much Penny Reid for writing such as wonderful story.
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series throwing your morals out of the window (at least I did).
It's not a hidden fact that Malachi and I is about reincarnation. Again, a concept many have read about. I could totally understand the concept because in India (where I am from), this concept is the core of every living being existence in Hindus and Buddhists. I can tell that J.J. McAvoywent through a lot of research and the stories she's added as flashbacks have actually taken place, because again, I've read a few of them. I am a sucker for tragic love stories and torture myself from time to time.
But, thank J.J. McAvoy, this book didn't end like one. With Malachi and I, J.J. McAvoy has definitely tapped into an uncharacteristically unknown genre which you'll have to explore to understand. This is the first time she's executed concepts of spirituality or spiritual being that may sit well with some and can get totally ignored by others. It's a major risk to write something so unique and different without deviating from the plot.
I personally felt that the story ended too soon. I didn't want to stretch, but I did have questions when I finished reading it. Let me know if you have them too. I'll be happy to discuss.
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The Orphans is a heartbreaking read that left me feeling extremely sad and sorry for these characters. I didn't pity them. My feelings were just somewhere in between.
Both characters are fragile and flawed. It was very different to what grief-loss books are these days. My sadness also came from a place where Ro thought his sister has moved on. Whereas, in reality, Jess was still the eight-year-old on the beach. She had just put a mask on of moving on which slipped from time to time throughout the book. She was right there with Ro, only she masked it.
Ro was a fresh, deep and his unpredictability gave me a glimpse at how his mind worked. It was thrilling to read his POVs as much as it was heartbreaking to feel his pain. I didn't expect the story to end the way it did which left me in unexpected tears and sadness.
The Orphans is a book you will cherish if ever abandonment and grief has accompanied you.
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You are going to fall off laughing with the dialogues, narratives and excellent-timed sequences. They're just going to make you giddy as a a child high on sugar. I laughed like a maniac in public and am not embarrassed one bit.
In a signature Caimh McDonnell style, this book will take you on a ride. I shall not give away any spoilers here. But, you'll get to see a side ofBunny McGarry like you've never seen before.
Caimh's writing is as if you've tasted blood and are not willing to settle for anything less. With sharp and witty dialogues to intriguing plots, sub-plots and exceptionally colorful characters, you are bound to finish his books in one sitting. Also, I love the fact that he presents dark humor so beautifully. No everyone will appreciate what this writer has to offer, but give him a chance and you shall not be disappointed.
Caimh McDonnell, why did you have to play with my heart with Bunny?
I've already bought my copy of Angels in the Moonlight. It's time you get introduced to the world of Caimh McDonnell too.
The characters of Mark and Anna were well-developed and their intricate narratives offered me the right amount of insight I needed to know where their actions and decisions were coming from. Nothing was too much. Every word had a meaning which made me bawl on instances.
Usually, the endings in a book are meant to make you bawl your eyes out. But in The Man I Thought You Were, I teared up right from the beginning. It was a smacked-in-your-face kind of emotions that made me cry and feel so much dread.
The initial premise is cleverly written from Anna's perspective making the reader take sides with her. But when Mark's narrative began, I bawled like a baby.
Through this book, Leah Mercer made me realize that there is so much more to the characters than their mere names in the black and white ink. The sub-plots made of their pasts are so much like us, the people in real life. Marks's guilt crashed through me making bullet holes through my heart. So much guilt and suffering that was so real I could almost touch it.
THE MAN I THOUGHT YOU WERE is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of a book for sure.
While I insist you buy The Man I Thought You Were, buy a box to tissues as well. Don't complain I didn't warn you!
Shane. Shane. Shane.
The man had the patience of a saint. I felt so bad for Whitney for how she was wronged on so many levels.
Best of all, the supporting characters were vibrant and equally intriguing for me to want to know more about their stories. It was a beautiful, shattering read.
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The prose of I Give You My Heart does have a certain level of sadness to it because the writing made me think how soon my son will grow up. Seeing Yuto move through the phases of his life and learning from his experiences is charismatic. Every word and device used in writing is symbolic and you have to dig deeper and think "Why was this added here? What does this signify?"
I did stare at the illustrations with awe, trying to relate them to words and believe me, this book will make you dive deeper into your conscience.
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language changes to sentence structures and word formations, this collection of heart-pumping stories are going to leave you feel like a completely different person in the end.
It is dizzying and haunting at the same time.
A common themes runs through all these stories and that is love. Through these stories, you will be taken to different parts of the world and experience emotions that are bound to make you question some or rather a lot of choices in your life. These stories are also bound to make you feel a little better about yourselves, because we are not perfect creatures. We're all flawed in our own way and it is heart-breaking to actually feel connected to the uncertainties and open questions with which Orlando Ortega-Medina ends each story.
Such a beautiful read which I will be reading again, and until the end of time!
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fooled into reading any one because you'll be confused as hell. Be sure to read the first book to understand what exactly is going on in Rowan Wood Legends.
I didn't see a couple of twists and turns coming my way. I can't say more because there were a couple of things I was seriously hoping for to happen, which did happen and it made me immensely happy. I won't be giving away any spoilers out here.
In Rowan Wood Legends, you'll see a more mature side to Catoriwhere she is learning and adapting. Again, I don't want to give out any spoilers, but this book pleased me immensely.
Olivia's writing is magnetic. Catori's monologues will not bore you to death. They are direct, eloquent and will make you feel everything. I love how this book had 'the' overall feels. There were times I shuddered, times I flew (hypothetically) and times I actually cheered for Catori for being such a strong female protagonist.
I will be definitely looking forward to reading the third installment because I simply can't get enough of this urban fantasy.
This story is different.
It is unique.
And I am hooked.
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I saw Ethan as a pure and deadly offspring of Liam & Melody. There were times he gave me chills and times he intrigued me. Ivy was a refreshing as well because she was nothing like the female leads I've read in J.J. McAvoy's books. She was an enigma. The more I knew her, the more I loved her. I would keep my fingers from typing any further because I don't want to give away spoilers.
As a self-declared greedy reader that I am, I want to know more about Ethan and Ivy.
Even after reading Ruthless People more than two years back, I remembered all the characters by their given names. This is how J.J. McAvoy's characters are.
In a true J.J. McAvoy flair, the cliffhanger just made me go SILENT. Yes, usually cliffhangers make me want to rip my hair out and feel itchy under the skin (you know what I mean), but with her books, I dread the day I'm going to read the next one - either to torture myself or to know the truth. It's hard to wait, but the next book is going to be torture, I can tell.
With Children of Vice, the cliffhanger just made me doubt and question the Callahan Family's Rules and made me wonder, what next?
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age' story would be an understatement and an insult.
The Red is so much more.
Through Mona's perspective you can live, breathe and experience everything that is going around. The Red is either going to leave you mortified (RED in the face and all *WINK*) or you will actually see a deeper meaning in it. I prefer to believe in the latter because every woman, like Mona, behaves and carries herself within the limitations that the society has set for her. But, in the back room, like a switch gets flipped inside of her that Malcolm teaches her and unleashes a very carnal part of hers.
I loved every role-play, every dialogue, every detail and everything that brought Mona to fully accept not who she was, but what she was capable of. It also made me appreciate how she tried, yet chose not to settle for anything less when her experience with Sebastian. I loved how her meekness turned to full-blown confidence and she finally accepted who she was and wanted to be.
Which made me think -
Why sacrifice something so innate, so carnal to human nature within us only because the society thinks its a taboo?
I simply couldn't see this book as a mockery of arts. Through Tiffany Reisz's writing, I saw something in those paintings that I never chose to see or rather had a limited perspective. I know, it's fiction and all, but there is no harm imagining the purpose of those paintings otherwise.
Aren't we all dreamers? Hell, I am. No shame in that.
Tiffany Reisz has a flair for word play, but there were some words which could've been replaced with better versions to make the prose less repetitive. There are some serious panty-combustion moments and you will not regret even if a mewl leaves your lips. I felt so much throughout this book that it's unbelievable that I'm even daring to write it in my review. Call it the Mona-effect/Malcolm-effect, if you please.
The Red is definitely going to be one of the most erotic books I'll read in this lifetime.
God help me!!!!! I've fallen in love with Malcolm, Mona & ahem!
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Tensley on the other hand was the kind of beast I was hoping for. R. Scarlett stepped up her game with each new book in this series.
I'm just too emotional to type because my heart and mind are at war right now. Which brings me to the reason why I didn't give this book five stars as there were many factors left out.
For instance, we don't know what happened to the group of hunters who tried to kill
Tensley and all the demons they came face to face with. I mean, they were equally challenging right?
Also, this book really made me miss other characters who'd made an impact in the previous books. Like Illya, the brooding Beau & soul-eating Lex, the prince and so on. Can we get stories for them too? I know, I know it's too much to ask, but when authors like R. Scarlett give you a taste of their writing, this is what happens. Readers like me don't want them to stop.
This is just the beginning of my love-affair for R. Scarlett's books and a mighty one at that. Do not miss out on this series. You're gonna love it.
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One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel is a raw and naked version of what many authors have glamorized and dressed-up to soften the blows of domestic abuse, child abuse (which is psychological and physical). It is rightly done because the narrator is a twelve-year-old boy who's speaking his mind through the prose of One of the Boys.
The narrative is simple yet powerful; moving and desperate and everything in between. Even when the main characters in the book had no names, the story caught my attention from the very first sentence. I could only compare the anonymity of the characters to those people in video recordings whose faces are blurred or they sit in darkness and narrate their heart-wrenching story. This anonymity had the same effect on me. I did feel connected even when there was no mention of names. It was a high-risk play by the author, but the story left me feeling too much of everything and had my heart beating with anxiety. I could connect to the boys on every level.
With the straight-forward narrative, there was no place left for the reader and observer in me to comment or offer a suggestion. As a twelve-year-old boy and his fourteen-year-old brother, they did come up with possibilities and solutions on their own.
How do you cope up with a lying, manipulative, drug-addict father?
How do you seek help from a mother who you've abandoned to be with your father?
How do the boys overcome the psychological and physical abuse suffered by the hands of both their parents?
I have no idea.
I swear to God, One of the Boys made me cry for all those children tangled in this chaotic mess of a life. They're helpless at the hands of their abusers, whom they trust the most. There were disturbing excerpts throughout the book which made me re-read the passages even when they disgusted me to the bone. These passages also made feel grateful for having parents who are such wonderful human beings.
Coming back to the feelings of the boys suffering at the hands of their narcissistic father. Daniel Magariel did a spectacular job of showing the feelings of the two brothers. The angst, the helplessness, isolation, feelings of denial and confusion, and the fear of the unpredictable behavior and punishment at the hands of their father kept the boys on their toes and me on edge.
I reserved my pity for the parents who being adults couldn't get a handle on their own problems and how the boys suffered at their incompetence. The family was dysfunctional at best from all angles, but I rooted for the brothers till the end.
The style in which the epilogue was written was a massive risk, a kind of jerky portrayal of 'what could've been' and it brought tears to my eyes. We don't know what happened to the boys or their father or their mother in the end. It kept me up all night thinking about the possibilities.
Oh. The. Possibilities.
I'm open for discussion because this story/reality really stirred my soul.
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While reading Making Faces, I laughed, cried, cheered, swayed and even clutched the kindle to my heart with overflowing feelings. If you want to feel, read Making Face. Oh, I felt every word, every sentence, every thought and every character.
I specially loved Fern because readers like me are in a continuous search for (mentally) strong female protagonists. Fern in Making Faces in unforgettable and you will love her for her straight-forward, sometimes blunt and otherwise beautiful perspective of life and those around her.
Making Faces is filled with so much love, appreciation, grief, loss, admiration and is truly inspiring without even trying to sound like an inspirational novel.
Amy Harmon did justice to highlight each and every character with beautiful narratives and interlinked stories and sequences. It was a touching read and Making Faces will stay with me forever.
Tip: Sit with this book with a box of tissues. You're going to need lots of them for all the right reasons.
Love you so much, Amy Harmon! You have a beautiful soul!
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A special thank you to Kim Turrisi for pouring your heart out. I can't imagine what it must be like for you to write such raw emotions that I could so well relate to at every turn. There is nothing pretentious about your writing or this story. It's heart-breaking and beautiful at the same time. I lost my dearest cousin in an accident 9 years ago because he was speaking on the cell phone.
"Never getting to say goodbye is excruciating. One of the hardest things to get a grip on when you lose someone you love."
It still hurts. However, with your writing, I could relate to every smile, every tear, every heartbreak, every memory I have of him. It's not easy and I'm grateful for this beautiful story.
"What's important to take away is that you are the sufferer, you did not cause the suffering."
Getting back to Just a Normal Tuesday, this story seeped through to my bones. Although the story focuses on Kai's struggles to understand her sister's suicide, it also throws a light on other facets of death. In the Grief Camp scenarios, it was gut-wrenching and soothing (at the same time) to know that there are people going through grief and loss of a loved one in their own way.
"Be kind to you. Nothing happened was your fault. You could never have prevented any of these tragic events."
Just a Normal Tuesday sincerely focuses on how you are not alone in the process of moving forward after you've lost your loved one. And how even a smile a moment can randomly turn into a meltdown. This book brought forth the tangibility of grief like a 'new' normal.
"I guess you're never really ready to lose a loved one."
I have so much to say about Just a Normal Tuesday. But I'm afraid to give away spoilers. You need to read the book to understand the uncertain depths of grief and loss and how it can turn even the most sane person's world upside down.
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Needless to say, I loved both Tensley and Molly.
If you're looking for a comeback, Body of the Crime is seriously it. R. Scarlett's writing has been engaging and the proof is that I finished reading the second book in less than 24 hours. It was beautiful, eloquent, captivating and I really loved how Molly stepped it up. The factors that I didn't like in Tensley in Vein of Love were also taken care of in Body of the Crime. Their dialogues also showcased huge improvement.
Don't take this review to be vague because I'm seriously trying not to give away any spoilers. You need to read it all for yourself.
I just had one issue with the action scenes. Call me an unsatisfied reader, but I believe the action scenes could've been better because they ended within the blink of an eye. I didn't feel terrified for Tensley or Molly.
Overall, it was a much, much better read than the prequel. I can't wait to get my hands on A Vow of Thorns (Blackest Gold, #3).
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Rose Petal Graves starts with a rapt and freshening perspective of Cat, a 19-years-old medical student. Needless to say, I loved Cat. She is no damsel in distress and I've been really looking forward to novels where the female protagonist as a backbone. Cat sure does have one and I was amazed by her strength and right-mindedness. Of course, there were glimpses of her 19-year-old self because, hey, she's got have flaws. Don't we all have them as well?
But, I didn't care about her flaws as much as I admired her strength, courage and the honest perspective of the situations handled to her. Cat is one of those protagonists who knows when to use her brain and what to put her heart in.
I don't want to divulge more into Cat because Cruz, Ace, Lily, Kajika and Gwen had equally captured my attention and had unique personalities of their own.
What I purely admire about Olivia's writing is the concept of blurring the lines. She is one of those authors who can keep you tangled in your thoughts and in your bed sheets with restlessness because of the uncertainties that we feel as a reader just by imagining what the protagonist must be going through.
Apart from the psychological thrillers from Olivia , it was really refreshing to see her divulge my attention into the world of fantasy and paranormal romance. Her writing is flawless and captivating.
Thank God this is not another vampire story or I would've burst a vein.
The mysteries of Rowan, the Woods and everything in and beyond Rose Petal Graves made my jaw drop on the floor. Every new detail was engaging and made my heart beat faster. I won't be writing this review in detail because I hate to give away spoilers.
You need to read the book to find out the mystery yourself.
I can't wait to read what the next book would entail, but it surely is going to be mind-blowing.
That I can tell.
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George (through dialogues), Caitlin's husband and his insightful and wholesome character.
The story of Violet and Finn had me turning pages at a slower pace. I didn't want to miss out on tiny details. Jessica Strawser's writing is descriptive, yet captivating. I have come across books where descriptions have bored me to death. Almost Missed You is certainly not one of those books. The long passages of descriptions are perfectly detailed and inquisitive at the same time. The chapter endings were a delight because I kept looking forward to a new reveal.
There is a deeper meaning to Almost Missed You and you need to read it yourself to get acquainted with the characters and their minds. This story blurs the lines between womens' fiction and mystery-thrillers of our times.
I feel lucky to have received a copy of Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser's through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Her Husband's Lover is a real page-turner, with sharp and crisp writing by Julia Crouch. The pacing of the novel is perfect and there was not a dull moment. Every chapter had a new discovery and the characters were mind-blogging. The rivalry between two wronged women Lou/Louisa and Soph/Sophie was so strong that I couldn't guess what was happening and who should I believe in.
Every characters detail was so well thought-out that I must say Her Husband's Lover is a sure-shot masterpiece. It's clever, engaging and surprisingly refreshing because I would've snoozed if at all this would have been some idiotic novel based on Gone Girl. Yes, you would be shocked to know there are tons of books out there that lack creativity and the panache to be even listed under psychological thrillers.
I don't want to divulge into details because that would be giving away an innocent spoiler. But let me tell you, if you're out looking for crazy - I mean really crazy - female characters, you have to read this one. YOU MUST!!!!
Her Husband's Lover is one of those books that you'll be thinking on about on for days to come. I know I will reading it again just for kicks.
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Sugar is sexless and the best part about it that it focuses on career, relationships, and a drive to reach at the top that most of the millennial are after. It does focus on fame, recognition, and the sacrifices Charlie actually makes to get what she wants. However, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't see Charlie as a greedy, attention-grabbing protagonist. I saw a realistic portrayed of career-oriented women today and didn't think there was anything wrong in the way she was focused on her career.
Sugar is also a story about how people around us get affected because we're so focused on our way to the top that we sometimes neglect or take our loved ones for granted. This novel is also about how sometimes we get drafted into unfavourable situations. Through Charlie, I could see myself (when I was focussed on a high-paying career), the consequences and the price you have to pay.
Charlie is a super-strong female protagonist who I'll remember forever. She portrays all of us. I loved how Kimberly Stuart didn't make her a damsel in distress, waiting eagerly for a man to come and save her. On the other hand, she finds Kai, who not only supports her through her tedious schedule, but is also not offended or rattled by her success.
Do such men really exist? They do. My husband is one of them and it was so amazing to watch Charlie and Kai figure it out in the end. Other characters in the book like Manda, Jack and their kids, Avery, Margot and the others were equally engaging and not just fillers to the plot. They had a purpose. I know a few women like Margot, so I totally know they exist.
Final touchdown on Kimberly's writing. IT IS SENSATIONAL. Her storytelling is beyond imagination and her attention to details is engaging and doesn't bore you to death. If I'm prophesying, this could be one of those books that the upcoming generations might study in their curriculum maybe a hundred years from now like we've studied Austen to know what life and society was like in those days. Sugar is definitely a feminist novel.
I'm. A. New. Fan. Will definitely look forward to reading more of her works.
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Captivating, heart-pumping & brilliant!
Gosh, I had not yet come down from the "A Man With One Of Those Faces" high, when my favorite author, Caimh McDonnell, brought out yet another gripping and mind-blowing novel for me to read.
As surprising as the request to read and review the ARC of The Day That Never Comes was, this plot brought me so much joy!
Caimh's writing nearly tipped me over the edge of my seat because Bunny McGarry was missing until 70% of the book and I kept wondering if the book would fall flat this close to the ending. IT DID NOT! If anyone ever needs references on how to liven up a story at when there's only 30% left, Caimh's your man! Get inspired!
Backstories of Bunny's life were like a bone stuck in my throat which I couldn't swallow neither could I throw it out. Caimh, you do know how to torture poor readers like us. But, let me say-the torture was worth everything. I went through it all to know where the story was going....and I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT.
What I love about Caimh's stories is that they come to a full circle in the end. As a reader, I have high moments of conflict and agitation because I just have to read a few more pages to come closer to the truth even when my eyes are closing on their own accord. This only happens when the writing as well as the plot are f-ing good~!
I loved the fact how Bunny McGarry was the focus in The Day That Never Comes. We knew a fair share about Brigit and Paul from A Man With One Of Those Faces and it was so refreshing to read how wisely Caimh didn't divulge in too much of their details. However, Bunny being a prime focus (who has gone missing) in this book along with the other social f-ups and sub-plots happening around Brigit and Paul make The Day That Never Comes a truly interesting read.
Caimh hasn't just thrown in the sub-plots. They're cleverly placed and overlap the present events in pure magnificence. I can't even begin to imagine how Caimh must've aligned the sub-plots and tied them together for "all great things," but it worked. I couldn't figure the suspense out while I was reading. Now when I take a step back and retrace my steps, I can see the whole picture. Wow! Very clever of Caimh!
There were so many ways in which this plot could've been ruined by a simple slip, but thank God, it didn't.
Humor plays a huge part in The Day That Never Comes and I adored Maggie. Who wouldn't? Maggie was a brilliant addition to the plot. It just shows what a great observer Caimh is and how the canine was not an arm candy. Maggie had PERSONALITY!!! I want a SASSY DOG too!
Paul's sarcasm was his best in this book and I have no words left for dear Phil. There were moments I couldn't decide whether I should shake Phil's hand or grab him by his throat. He was seriously entertaining! Brigit did a great job and Bunny's dry humor throughout the book was worth every second.
With the reeling sub-plots and Maggie on my mind, I'm still wondering - "How does he do it?"
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There is not one mystery that Detective Karen Pirie is trying to solve.
Talk about women, and multi-tasking (wholehearted pun intended)!
I'm sure if you're an avid reader of Val McDermid's precious works, Detective Karen Pirie must not be new. To me, she was and nothing like any other detectives I've known before. I sincerely appreciated her sharpness, quick wit and the way she jumped the gun on countless occasions. If you've not been introduced to Detective Karen Pirie, here is your golden chance. I'm not just stopping here because I surely would be reading more to get a glimpse into her life. Nosy me, I know! But, that's how I've become a reader/reviewer.
I'll leave Detective Karen Pirie alone for now and focus my attention back on the plot.
My God! Out of Bounds left me speechless and kept me guessing! I loved the chase and thrill that accompanies reading such novels and lately, I had found some really lazy ones.
Here, Detective Karen Pirie is trying to solve two historic murder cases and one fresh case. Yet, nothing was messy about the writing. Everything was crisp and clear. The way Val McDermid's writing carefully faded in and out of these three cases was spectacular. It's not an easy feat to achieve this kind of skill. It displays the author's keen sense to detail and not making the reader have a whiplash by changing scenes abruptly.
Out of Bounds was a treat for the senses.
Although the book is not fast paced, it is paced well enough to keep the reader on its toes. I admired Val McDermid's red herrings and intelligent plot line. The clues were not shoved into the plot; they were carefully placed and now when I'm retracing my steps, I keep wondering "How did I miss that?"
That is why Out of Bounds deserves a standing ovation and Val McDermid to become one of my favorite crime/mystery/thriller authors.
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Caimh McDonnell gifted (us readers) A Man With One of Those Faces with spectacular, well-developed characters, each correct in their own way. I'd doubled over in fits of laughter after every alternate page because the humor just blended in with the theme even when it was poles apart. It temporarily lightened my mood, but also added a depth to each of the characters. For instance, Paul was sarcastic at his best, Brigit, is not Artemisia I of Caria, but equally intruding and captivating and I'm never going to forget Bunny MacGarry. EVER.
In addition to the three protagonists, there are other chaotic characters who I still remember by name even when I've finished reading the book, which is a feat in itself and a serious compliment for Caimh McDonnell .
Each character had a personality and they didn't crowd the story, just added value to the plot and the scenes. The dialogues were witty, catchy and I wouldn't even wish upon a few scenarios to fall on my enemies. They were hilarious, but left me completely red-faced with rejoicing at odd moments.
The final plot twist left me winded. I DID NOT SEE THAT ONE COMING! And guess what, Caimh McDonnell has written one of the best acknowledgements I've read in years.
Honestly, he's raised the bar so high with A Man With One of Those Faces, I'm beginning to think other authors trying to channel humor, crime and mystery together might feel a bit overwhelmed.
Hell, I kept thinking on so many occasions - "How does he do it?"
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I was deeply invested in not just George, but everything about him. Each and every relationship detailed in George Bailey Gets Saved in the End has a deeper meaning. The simple plot twists are so magnificently placed in the entire story that I marveled at Ken O'Neill’s imagination and how simplification only raised the story to another level.
This realization also brings me to a conclusion: I will be re-reading the novel for years to come because I truly feel like there is still so much more to discover.
Although the book has religious/spiritual motifs, they do not become the essence of George’s life or derail the plot. It is clear that the religious beliefs were a part of the protagonist's life and did not become him. It was refreshing to read the way George had a different perspective even when everything in his life was falling apart in chunks. I appreciate it a lot.
All the other characters in the story are well-developed as well. Even characters like Tara, Dennis and Luke, Fr. Sal, who make brief appearances in the story are placed in the plot for a reason. They are not buffers or act as word-fillers. They are meaningful characters with their individual perspectives.
Also, when I thought about George’s grandmother, Nan, I thought of my own grandmother who was very much similar to her. This makes George Bailey Gets Saved in the End extra special for me.
A special thanks to Ken O'Neill for writing George Bailey Gets Saved in the End. You wrote a book which will stay with me for a lifetime. I can't explain how heavily and emotionally I'm invested in your book and am grateful to you for bringing a beautiful story to life.
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This is the first novel that I'm reading by Jay Stringer and I enjoyed every page of it. The entire novel is based in Glasgow, another place on my to-visit list.
For me, the hero and the most enchanting character in this book was not the PI Samantha Ireland. It was Fergus, right from the beginning. And who wouldn't love a hit man for Christ's sake.
I loved reading about the mind and the workings of a contract killer/hit man through Fergus. He was entertaining, agile, cute and funny. Now, a girl like me threw my head back and laughed on his jokes and oddball takes on life. Honestly, the last time I enjoyed characters like Fergus was in Pulp Fiction - you know, the movie and a classic for my taste.
What made this book more interesting was not just the wide range of characters but the double journey narrative with three major plot lines. This literary technique is beautifully pinned down in How to Kill Friends and Implicate People, which I've only seen in movies so far. This is a very clever way to design a plot because all of a sudden I realized....I've got to pay attention, I can't skip a line or a word....I have to read it through.
I don't have to mention that all the characters are witty, smart, hilarious and most importantly, unique. The varied language dialects also adds to the charm of their narrative, not forgetting to mention - the colorful language.
I bet if they decide to make a movie out of How to Kill Friends and Implicate People, it will be a cultural classic for audiences everywhere.
Overall, it was a treat for my senses and I'm getting me a paperback.
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