Review Henry Wood Detective Agency by Brian Meeks

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This is what could be a really nice read if not for a sudden appearance of a time travel closet that delivers tools? Really? I mean, it distracted me immensely from the otherwise decent detective story. As if the author felt his book needed something more than the mob and a detective solving a case the ordinary way.

Don’t get me wrong, if you forget about the closet and the non-story related clues, this is an old-fashioned detective story. Think Philip Marlow or any fifties mob and detective movie kind of story, but instead of doing old-fashioned detective work, he gets clues, which aren’t really clues at all, from a closet.

Like I said if not for that, it would be a decent read. The characters are well set, dialogue works like a charm. I could imagine them having their discussions and see the scenes. Nothing wrong there, but that silly closet that doesn’t really have a purpose as I suspected from the start.

Review Who is Emily Dae? Volume 1 by Sarah LaFleur

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This short novella is a true YA. I guess that’s its strength and its weakness. Strength because it will most certainly appeal to the goal audience, and its weakness because adults will see the foolishness of it all. Which will allow them to see the overwhelming amount of sentences beginning with ‘I’.
Yes, it is written in first person POV and however much that works at times in the story, more often it does not and feels very self centred but most of all it reads very limited. But then again isn’t that a true young adult trait, being self centred? Still, even first person doesn’t need that amount of ‘I’.
There are a few typos and some misplaced punctuation, but that doesn’t really matter, since the story is captivating enough. Another gripe is that the story is cut in two while I can’t imagine why because the total is still not a very long one. And I am no fan of ‘forced’ series creating when one book would have been better.
A plus however is the fact that the author used ‘handwritten’ pages with drawings in the book to show the inner workings of the character.
All in all a decent read.

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Review Perfection Unleashed by Jade Kerrion

 

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***

This book is one that could be easily become reality in the not even too distance future and it freaked me out, in a good way though. Even the far fetched plot lines were brought in a way that made them believable.

The characters were all more than well developed and even the general, unimportant, minor ones had traits not uncommon to mankind; i.e. The whole population is a reflection of our current state of mind, and behaviour patterns. Even the mutants are what you expect, and do not stretch the suspension of disbelief. They are all fleshed out fully and alive. I rooted for them, all of them, even the scary ones made me feel sorry for them. It were the humans, bar a few exceptions, that were despicable.

Plot? Great! I’m not going to give anything away but I will say that the conspiracy lovers will have a ball reading this book.

My one and only gripe is that it’s the first in a series and I loath serialised novels, but on the other hand I’m glad that it doesn’t end with this book because there’s more to this story than just told in part one. I can imagine the whole complex woven tapestry with all its twists and turns couldn’t fit into one book. By the by, it ends in a perfect cliff-hanger and I can’t wait to read book two. Luckily it is available for download and I don’t have to wait any longer than it takes to press ‘buy now’.

Review The Perfect Player by Devon Winterson

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***

I love a good fantasy novel and it is obvious this author takes pride in not only writing a great story, a flawless great story, but she’s also very apt in creating a world you can fully believe is real. That said her creatures, character, major and minor, are all fully fleshed out. I rooted for them from the get go and really wished for good things to happen to the good.

I had trouble putting the book down just because I needed to know what happened next, would the heroine be able to …., could it be possible that the bad guy turns around and show the good that has to be in him? No, I’m not going to give any spoilers, but believe me, you will want to know and like me be in awe of how completely, utterly captivating this novel is. How every word is in its proper place, how each and every sentence works and all the action, dialogue, and narration reads easy and feels real, even if it’s a fantasy novel.

You know what the most surprised me? How this author manages to rekindle my love for serialised fantasy novels, because I can’t wait for the next instalment to come available. Not that this one has one of those open ends that leaves you hanging, not at all. This novel is a full story with its own end, but there’s room for more and I want more!

Review – The Beholder by David Bishop

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***

It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a truly good, surprising police detective, murder story, and with a female heroine too!

This novel has twists, hints, and solutions that surprise at every turn, and I mean in a very good way. The characters are alive and breathing, easy to relate to, and the baddy …. Well, he’s the biggest surprise, I won’t say anymore about him, but you won’t see that one coming until it is too late, and I guess that will be the case in real life too.

It freaked me out how detailed this author describes a scene and makes you think it’s a recap of a true story. The research done by Mr. Bishop must have taken a huge amount of time and effort and I don’t mean watching a lot of episodes of police flicks on telly. He’s giving his readers an insight in police matters that feels real and can only come from talking to insiders. Even the details that give us a peek at the mind of the baddy feel ‘right’ if you can say that when talking about heinous crimes and the workings of the criminal mind.

The way he misleads the reader into believing the wrong person is the real killer is superb. I mean, every time you think they’re closing in on the killer and it doesn’t really fit, you never once get the idea it’s contrived. Not before the heroine realises who the killer is, the reader finds out and that is a very nerve-racking few pages to read. Great!

And then how it all ends, of course the killer come to justice. (How I will not divulge, you’ll have to read the book to find out, but I can tell you it’s a great way to end this book.)

Then there’s the love angle. Throughout the story the man character, Maddie, struggles with issues in her life besides the case. Not much different from what would be the case in real life, because police-officers have a life besides their job and the case at hand. She struggles with that and even though it doesn’t come to a final resolution, I felt things would work out fine for Maddie at the end of the book. A few loose ends, but nothing that detract from this being a great read, because the case is solved and the loose ends are left in a way that you know they will be solved even if we’re not there to read about them.