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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Review: I Am Sleepless: Sim 299 by Johan Twiss

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Book Rate:
 ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

I would like to start by saying I read this book in 3 days. “And why is this important?” you ask me. Because I’ve been on a reading slump since January (I guess it was my post-“the year is almost ending and I gotta finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge” exhaustion period) and it’s currently the 6th of April and no book had gripped as hard as this one did. So there you go, relevance.

If I had to describe I Am Sleepless without reading the synopsis I would say it is a mix between Ready Player One and The Darkest Minds Trilogy. It’s not as well-explored, not as detailed, not as unforgettable, true. But that may also be because I read those two first so this one didn’t come as much as a surprise to me. Nevertheless, I Am Sleepless managed to grab my attention very efficiently!

Johan Twiss’s characters are quite wonderful, very different and real, but I which I had gotten to know them better. The reader gets to see them all interact as a group a lot but we rarely learn about them as individuals – except for the main character, Aidan.

The story line was very consistent and interesting and then again, I wouldn’t change its structure a single bit, I only add more depth to it. I feel like a lot of the situations presented could’ve been better explored (as in more explored). The fights on the Pit, the Sim 299,  I think they would’ve won a lot if they had been more intense for the reader.

But apart from what I pointed out, I have to say I enjoyed everything else in I Am Sleepless. The book’s structure was charming, full of drawings of this world’s creature and relevant excerpts of old books. I was captured!

So if you’re wondering if I recommend it? Yes I do, specially if you’ve read Ready Player One and The Darkest Minds and you’re craving more of the kind. Personally, I’m really looking forward to the sequel!

Detailed Rating:

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

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

The planet Ethos is at war with an enemy known as the Splicers. Their only successful defense is the Prime Initiative. All newborn babies with the compatible genetic code are taken from their families and injected with the Prime Stimulus. Each child that survives the stimulus develops an extraordinary ability and is conscripted into the military for training.

After turning 12, Aidan is moved to the upper-class at the Mount Fegorio training complex. His special gifts allow him unprecedented success in the virtual training simulations, advancing him further than any prime cadet in history. No one knows what lies after sim 299, not even Director Tuskin, the reclusive ruler of their planet. But something, or someone, has been guiding Aidan there. If he can pass the final tests, he may discover the key to ending the Splicer War.

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of Publication:  October 28th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Page Count: 286
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author 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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Review: The Visitor by J. L. Pattison


Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

I have a big thing for characters. They are probably one of the most important aspects of a book to me, I need to know them and feel like they’re real in order to truly appreciate a book.

Not in The Visitor though. We barely get to really know Leroy, Theo and Quade but that doesn’t matter at all. The strong point of J. L. Pattison’s short story resides in its plot.

The Visitor won’t bring you a new story like we are used to read. It will mostly tell you historical events you already know of pretty damn well. But they will be presented intricated with a sotryline that will make you think twice about the world you are currently living in.

My reading experience resulted more in a reflective post-reading state of mind than a fangirling reaction while reading the book (also probably because since this is a short story it is pretty quick to read…).

The writing style wasn’t my favourite but that is just a detail since it was due to really really subjective reasons.

I recommend The Visitor if you would like to enjoy a quick story with a pinch of Science Fiction and which takes place in the USA between 1899 and 1963.

Detailed Rating:

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

Synopsis (from goodreads):

 On a rural Georgia farm in 1899, a lazy summer afternoon is interrupted by the arrival of a man claiming to be from the future. The stranger intended to provide the nation’s forefathers with a letter detailing future events that lead to the demise of America in the 21st Century, but ending up in the wrong place at the wrong time, he has no choice but to leave the letter with the farmer.

Although no one ever believed the farmer’s story about the visitor, he’s afforded one last opportunity to recount the event with Theodore Garfield, a reporter for a local newspaper. But like everyone else, Theodore rejects the farmer’s story and dismisses the letter’s ominous warnings, including the prediction that America’s gradual collapse will begin with the murder of a future American president named John F. Kennedy.

Years later, Theodore’s encounter with the farmer is all but forgotten until a young senator named Kennedy is elected president. With the old farmer and his letter now long gone, will Theodore Garfield be able to prevent one of the most tragic days in American history?

Publisher: J. L. Pattison
Date of Publication:  August 7th 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Short Story
Page Count: 31
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.