Sunday, 31 March 2013

March Wrap Up

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This month saw me read 7 books which were the following;
The Uglies - Scott Westerfield
Just One Day - Gayle Forman
Gabriels Inferno 1 & 2 - Sylvian Reynard
Oh Dear Sylvia - Dawn French
Sleeping Around - Catherine Townsend

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Exit Strategy - L.F Falconer.(*)

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Genre; Unsure

Synopsis

If a train leaves Boston, does it ever stop screaming? Caught in a web of sex, lies, and murder, Jonas Dumar wants out, and finds himself running for his life in a journey of desperation from Massachusetts, to Newfoundland, to Greenland, and finally to the Shetland Islands. But are Gabe and Izzy, the tormenters who seem hell-bent on driving him insane, assassins? Angels? Or something else altogether? Take a wild voyage across the North Atlantic with a man in possession of too many secrets as Jonas soon comes to discover that a man really can learn more about himself than he ever wants to know. What is, isn't always what it seems.

Review
Do you ever read something and think what the heck is going on? This was just that, a completely uncomparable book to any other that had me hooked to the end. Mainly because i couldnt quite grasp were it was going and what was happening. I turned out to actually like Jonas in the end, whilst my feelings towards Gabe & Izzy were constantly thrown around. Telling the story of Jonas on the run, he meets two passengers & this details there adventure, all i can say is not what i expected!

Rating 8/10

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Monday, 25 March 2013

Oh Dear Sylvia - Dawn French

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Genre ; Humor

Synopsis
Who is in Coma Suite Number 5? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife? All of these. For this is Silvia Shute who has always done exactly what she wants. Until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops. Her past holds a dark and terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. And she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers. Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again..

Review
I enjoyed this, i love Dawn french, but sometimes when actors branch out into other fields it kind of works or doesnt. This did! The book tells the story of Sylvia who falls off a balcony & ends in a coma, it tells of her nearest expressing their true feelings about sylvia and their life as for once she cannot answer back. Written with emotion and great humor this was a great book.

Rating; 8/10

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Gabriel's Rapture (Gabriel's Inferno, #2) by Sylvain Reynard

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Synopsis
Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student, Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante's fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever? In Gabriel's Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel's Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the reader's mind, body, and soul, forever

Review
I liked this book but equally found the characters so frustrating in this novel, again another long book with lots of anticipation and at some points stupidity, however in the end i enjoyed it. I found it took me longer to read this book than the first, and i kind of felt deflated mid way through, but trust me , stick with it - i cannot wait for the third book!!

Rating;6/10

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Friday, 15 March 2013

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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Gabriel's Inferno (Gabriel's Inferno #1) by Sylvain Reynard

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Genre; Adult/Erotica/Romance

Synopsis

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide. An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, "Gabriel's Inferno" is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man's escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible...forgiveness and love.

Review
This book is basically fifty shades without the heavy sex scenes. Simple as. Its passionate, and hot in a way, this book is long - 700 bloody pages!! And let me tell you there is nothing but anticipation throughout the novel. However - the characters were likeable, for a change, Gabriel (as all men in all these books, is tormented by his past)& Juila (likewise!!) have to deal with their own demons, and limit their relationship, but non the less, i found myself hooked from the very beginning with this book!

Rating ; 8/10

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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Just One Day - Gayle Forman

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Genre; Romance/Young Adult

Synopsis

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Review
This book for me, is perfect, seriously. A lovely novel of real love, travel, and finding who you truely are. Based on the concept that Allyson and Willem go to paris to spend just one day together, it tells of the day itself, the aftermath and the lasting effects of that one day. I find it is written beautifully that even though there is not "grand gestures" that we expect from love stories, it still touched a raw nerve and made me want to travel, adventure and experience life (although, i am not sure i would dare venture to paris with a stranger) I cannot wait for the sequel and to tackle other Gayle Forman books that hopefully are just as beautiful.

Rating 10/10

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Saturday, 2 March 2013

Lone Wolf - Jodi Picoult/ A review.

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Genre; Adult

Synopsis

On an icy winter night, a terrible accident forces a family divided to come together and make a fateful decision. Cara, once protected by her father, Luke, is tormented by a secret that nobody knows. Her brother, Edward, has secrets of his own. He has kept them hidden, but now they may come to light, and if they do, Cara will be devastated. Their mother, Georgie, was never able to compete with her ex-husband’s obsessions, and now, his fate hangs in the balance and in the hands of her children. With conflicting motivations and emotions, what will this family decide? And will they be able to live with that decision, after the truth has been revealed? What happens when the hope that should sustain a family is the very thing tearing it apart?

Review
This was up there with been one of my favourite books of the month. I love Jodi Picoult although some of her novels are not me, when i first realised this book contained almost another story based on wolfs i was secptic, turns out - no reason to be. The novel tells the story of Cara, Luke, Edward & Georgia, flitting between each of their views and the hardships they face based around the decision they face. The characters are very well written and i found myself caring about them, alongside that - the other story based on Lukes life living with wolves was fantastic and apprently something i am interested in.

Rating; 9/10

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