Review: Hearing Thoughts by Anthony Diffley

 

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Book Rate: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5)

Review:

I don’t know if it was the official synopsis that got my expectations so high, but the truth is I am really disappointed with Hearing Thoughts.

The first few chapters were fine, the story sounded promising but then, all of a sudden, Danny (the protagonist) started sounding like a child when he interacted with other characters. I gave him the benefit of the doubt in the beginning because the first time it happened he was under the effects of an alien spaceship, but it continued once he got back to Earth and through the rest of the book.

But I think I could’ve dealt with that and still enjoy the book. Until Danny met Alisha… and one week later they were deeply in love and one or two weeks after that planning to move in together and get married and have kinds and grand kids and planning where they will live after they retire. And the fact that we barely get to know them as individuals and even less as a couple just adds to the awkwardness that their relationships transmits to the reader.

Hearing Thoughts could still have been a 3-stars book for me if the story line was gripping and interesting. But it failed greatly there too in my opinion. As we read from the perspective of different characters, the plot barely holds and surprises and twists. We already know who are the traitors and their plans from the start and it’s very clear how the story will develop.

The only thing I mildly appreciated in Anthony Diffley’s book was his writing style and the pacing of the story itself.

To be very honest, this is not a book I recommend.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★☆☆☆
  • Characters ★☆☆☆☆
  • Writing ★★★☆☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Daniel Burke is a prosecutor in New York City who decided to take a short getaway vacation with two friends to their cabins up in Lake George. All is going well for him and his friends until he is suddenly and discreetly abducted by an alien vessel from outer space.

While on board of the vessel, Danny is given the ability to communicate with the aliens via thought transmission or, in other words, through the ability of hearing their thoughts. Just as they are returning Danny back to earth trouble hits their ship and interrupts the process of removing the thought hearing capability. Danny is safely returned but unintentionally left with the talent to hear other people’s thoughts. When he finally realizes this, he starts to question himself as to how he can put it to good use. Until the CIA contacts him and his life is changed forever.

Publisher: Page Publishing
Date of Publication: March 16th 2015
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Policial
Page Count: 208
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Why They Run The Way They Do by Susan Perabo

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

Why They Run The Way They Do captured my attetion because of its title and cover. I just had to find out what it was about!

This collection of short stories not only has an interesting aspect but also an interesting content. Susan Perabo’s writting makes you want to find out everything about the story you’re reading right from the first few lines, just like a short story is supposed to! Each of this characters has their own strenght and their situtations often captures your heart right from the beggining.

In Why They Run The Way They Do you can read about characters with very diverse ages and even though I could understand every story’s plot, I do want to come back to this book once I’m older because there where a few (adult) characters I was unable to relate as much as with others. Nevertheless, this was a book that got me thinking a lot since every situtation is so truthfully described and realistic.

All in all, this is quite a worthy read, speacially if you’re into brutally honest daily life stories that will make you think about your own.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★★☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

“Why They Run The Way They Do” presents the reader with twelve short stories celebrating the everyday truths of people facing unusual or challenging situations…often of their own making. Two young students try their hand at blackmail upon learning an illicit secret; a woman grapples with feelings of betrayal after discovering her spinster sister’s pregnancy test; the ghost of a couple’s past comes back to haunt them in the form of their toddler’s stuffed toy.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date of Publication: February 16th 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Drama, Short Story
Page Count: 208
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: The Screaming by David Graham

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Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

Go read the synopsis and then come back.

Ok, so what did you think? You’re expecting a scary thriller that will keep you awake at night until you finish this book and grab a romantic and cute contemporary to get it out of your mind, right? At least that’s what I thought when I read The Screaming‘s synopsis. And that’s what disappointed me mostly about this book.

David Graham’s characters are nice, so is his writting, the cover is appealing and the storyline is very different and starts off really well! We have this really scary first scene that got me super excited about this so-called thriller. But really The Screaming‘s plot just develops to become more of a policial book rather than a thriller… It’s not a bad, it just really disappoint whoever starts it expecting a good scary reading.

But moving on from that point, we had some interesting characters (the Queen of England included!) but with the way the plot develop I really think we could’ve seen more of some of them. For example, there’s a Kenyan kid called Jacob that solves the whole problem that the story revolves around but we only get to see him giving the answer to the problem and then getting a reward for it. I truly believe it would’ve made wonder for The Screaming if we could’ve seen him cracking the case! This is my biggest suggestion really!

Regarding the relationships between the characters, I really enjoyed them and their simplicity – I think this is really refreshing since most characters nowadays have super dramatic relationships. They are bit too much sex-centered though…

Now, if I would recommend this book? Well, maybe… But definitely only if you go into it expecting a policial with a scary start! David Graham’s The Screaming is something I would qualify as an out of the ordinary book. So, read it if you’re curious!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★☆☆
  • Characters ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★☆☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

What causes an adolescent – straight A student Brandon P Marshall – to walk downstairs naked, armed with a pair of Glocks, and go all Charles Manson on his family?

This is only one in the horrifying trail of incidents that brings together Detective Sergeant Dale Franklin of the Kansas City Police Department and his poster-boy rookie, Steve Abrams.

Meanwhile, across the pond, Dai Williams, in Battersea London, safe inside his improvised Faraday cage, is coming to terms with his special talents – talents that will take ‘getting-into-the-mind-of-the-killer’ to a whole new level.

Al-Qaeda? Drugs Cartels? Internet freaks? David Graham’s The Screaming leaves no possibility untouched as Dai enters a bizarre and horrifying world where kids scream.

Publisher: Frostbite Publishing
Date of Publication:  November 28th 2014
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Policial
Page Count: 272
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Double Down by Victoria Pratt


Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

This is a high 3 stars book.

Double Down made me go through 6 stages while reading it, here they are:

  • Ok, let’s start this!
  • Oh nooooo, this is going to be one of those books so focused on the erotica part that they stop making sense……
  • Ups, guess I was wrong, this is actually getting interesting in a policial way
  • I’m pretty sure I know what’s the twist and who’s the killer
  • Ok, maybe I’m not entirely sure… But it’s someone from this group of people!
  • OOOOH SO DID NOT SEE THAT COMING

As you can see the plot was very entertaining but at the end of the book I knew it wasn’t a story that would mark me. Would I read a sequel tough? Yes, very probably.

The strongest aspect of Double Down, however, were its characters. Cassidy seriously rocks and her relationship with her best friend Bobbie is amazing (I loved loved their interactions). Every other characters is explored equally, what contributes a lot to you never having enough character knowledge to be sure a certain character is or isn’t the murderer, what contributes for this to be an awesome reading!

What I felt was lacking in Double Down and could’ve made it much better would have been a more carefully done description of each scene, the addition of a few “useless” details and characters in order to make the suspect’s pool even bigger and the important hints even harder to pick up on before they were revealed by the author would’ve been great too. I also would’ve given a bit more of personality depth both to Cassidy and Lorenzo, it sometimes felt like they were a bit too perfect (specially Lorenzo).

With that being said: definitely read Double Down if you’re looking for a quick, fun, kickass and a bit unpredictable policial!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★☆☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★☆☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★★

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

She’s catching bad guys–one lap dance at a time…

Cassidy Jones, is a fast-driving, sharp-shooting, man-loving ball buster with a loud laugh and boundary issues. She’s also really great at her job–a fact that is completely irrelevant to the good ol’ boys at the station.

When a local mobster ends up dead, Cassidy is on the case. But if she wants to catch the killer, she’s going to have to do it in a G-string and five-inch heels. Oh, and there’s the little detail that she’s fallen hard for the mobster’s brother…

Cassidy has to save herself and her reputation or risk losing everything.

Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Date of Publication:  October 26th 2015
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Policial, Erotica
Page Count: 280
Source: I was approved on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Hooked by Allen Wolf


Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

This got me hooked! Such an interesting read!

Allen Wolf brings us a refreshing tale with two very peculiar characters. And we all know I’m all about characters… And these were just excellent! It was so amazing to see Shawn and Violet’s relationship develop as well as their interactions with the different worlds they lived in and eventually mashed together.

I had never read a book about an autist before and I found it to be immensely interesting. By reading Hooked I not only learned a bit more about what this people face daily but also about other situations I wasn’t as aware of as I might have thought: prostitution. I think Allen Wolf managed to address these subjects in a very clear and realistic way. I do, although, also believe both Shawn’s and Violet’s particular situtations could’ve been explored even further in order to turn Hooked into a not so light read.

The storyline itself was good, lacking only the character exploration I just referred and which would, therefore, darken the plot a bit too. But overall it was still gripping in the way that the reader really cares about the characters and wants to find out if they get their “happily ever after” (either together or not).

A little note, Hooked has a lot of Catholic Church’s references. I know most people don’t mind reading about a different religion from their own (or their non-existing religion, if they are atheists like in my case) but if for some reason this might bug you I just thought I should tell you guys since it’s not specified in the book’s description.

Now to wrap this review up I proudly announce that I recommend Allen Wolf’s Hooked for all of you looking for a fun and different story with very lovable characters and which addresses very relevant subjects.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Desperate to find a soulmate, Shawn experiences one awkward date after another until he encounters the alluring Violet. He asks her out, but his autism prevents him from understanding she’s actually a prostitute.

Drawn in by his kindness, Violet appreciates Shawn’s quirky nature but conceals what she does after dark. Shawn soon imagines Violet could be his perfect wife while Violet thinks Shawn could be her ticket to a new life.

This tale of two misfits takes a dramatic turn when they face an unexpected crisis and their only hope for a future is to discover the courage that comes from truly loving someone.

Publisher: Morning Star Publishing
Date of Publication:  February 10th 2015
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama, Contemporary, Adult
Page Count: 238
Source: I was approved on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Love Line by Penny Drop


Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

The last seven lines of Love Line were exactly what I needed to read.

Penny Drop wrote an enjoyable short story about a romance born on a daily train transfer to work. You get to know the main character as best as you can in a short story and find her quite relatable to. I personally found some of Catherine’s interactions with her friends pretty amusing too.

But then you read the synopsys (in the end of this post) and you’re waiting for the “suspense” bit… An you wait and you wait and then you think it’s coming and then you think it won’t not afterall. There’s only a few lines left to finish the book and you’re already thinking this has zero suspense, this is just the normal cutsie love story. AND THEN, in the last seven lines, BAM! You get the ending you wanted (or at least I needed) to nicely wrap up the storyline.

I do whish we had seen a tiny bit deeper into the romance development and there had been more suspense clues through the story for the reader to pick up on because that would’ve made Love Line‘s reading experience that much better. But that aside it was still a enjoyable read.

I recommend Love Line if you’re looking for a quick and amusing read!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★☆☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

When an accident on the London Underground throws Catherine into the arms of Marcus, a man that she has held a secret crush on for a year, a sensuous affair develops. 

Marcus appears to be the man of Catherine’s dreams until a shocking discovery threatens to destroy their relationship. Will their love endure or has Catherine unearthed more than she can bear?

Publisher: Penny Drop
Date of Publication:  September 17th 2015
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary, Thriller, Short Story
Page Count: 36
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.