Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Book reviews

This is a quick review of the 1st 3 books in my 50 of 2013.

I would like to start by saying, this is the first time I have reviewed anything. Any opinions on my review, negative or positive, will be gratefully received. I don't mind how you send the opinions, there are links to my facebook page and my twitter name, currently on the side of this page. Also I shall be putting up an 'about me' page which will have my email address.
The views I give, about these books,  are personal. I have not been given any incentive to write them. Finally I would like to say everybody has different tastes, so please don't be put off trying a book simply because I didn't like it.
(All links to books can be found on my 50 books in 2013 tab at the top of the page.)

The 1st book of the year was Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne
The books main character is Jessica Blackwood. A former magician who joined the FBI. She is asked to aide on a case that seems supernatural. 'A body crawling out of a grave, A long lost plane turning up on the beach, An angel falling from the sky.'
I have to admit, the blurb about the book intrigued me, and I was far from disappointed. The character is well written, and the story is not as far fetched as it may seem. It is not over written, it is written so a layman can understand the 'magic tricks' being dissected, without treating the reader like a child. A bit of her history is spilled during the telling but not so much as to take away from the crime thriller aspect. The mysterious character that keeps appearing in her life life is fascinating. Overall I loved this book, I found it exciting to read, a real page turner, and I hope a follow up with the same character is planned.

The 2nd book was .One cold Night by Katia Lief
'New York police detective Dave Strauss is haunted by the one case he couldn't solve. Now the cold dark night has engulfed another young girl--but this time she is part of Dave's family.'
That is an edited snippet from the book synopsis in kindle store. It pretty much sums up the story and there's not much to add.
The detail in this book captured me and drew me in, the surroundings and characters were well written........except one. There is one female character who is so overwritten it actually annoyed me, and spoiled the book for me a little. I also found the beginning dragged a little, but saying that, I was half way through before realising. An interesting book with lots of lives being interwoven then explained in a not-to-farfetched way.

The 3rd was Kill&Cure (Varcy and Kendrick #1) by Stephen Davison
'David Stichell, a London Chiropractor, is an ordinary man plucked from the normality of his existence and thrown into hell.'
Sounds interesting, yes? Its not.....
This book is so full of medical jargon, code numbers, and characters! Its just overwhelming. Skipping back and forth, with just the main character Stich nearly always involved. I didn't find it hard to read, just boring.
When all the characters are finally pulled together and the truth is out, I kind of felt...........so what?
I don't think I will be purchasing the #2 in the series.

I hope everyone is enjoying their own books, reading is a great way to relax and wind down for me. I'm now reading 'The Hundred-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared'. If the reception for this review goes well, I will review the next 3 on completion.


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