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A short atmospheric read entwining themes of grief

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-19

A short atmospheric read entwining themes of grief and friendship with the supernatural.

Enter into The Narrows, an otherworld, at your own risk. Will whatever lays beyond this world ever let you leave? Well, you won't find out unless you try, and our protagonist Oliver isn't above having a go in order to get the answers that he feels he needs since experiencing the loss of an old friend.

Riddle successfully builds the world of The Narrows, and the small Texas town brilliantly, the writing flows naturally and immerses you deep into the story, giving great descriptions that lend well to the imagination, especially important I find when listening to books. The depth and description of food alone will make your mouth water.

In this short novel, I didn’t find myself connecting to the characters, I was fairly indifferent to all of them, but I still appreciated them together as a group. Having returned to their old hometown having reunited after an old friend has passed away, a lot of the deeper discussions about friendship and moving on are very relevant and real. Our antagonist, The Knave, is a gross well written villain that resides in The Narrows. Meet him at your peril. He's not the scariest of supernatural beings, but he sure is grotesque.

This story for me however, lacked any gut-punching horror. The supernatural elements are there, but if you're after something that is going to scare you/ slash you/ ruin you in any which way, then this probably isn't going to do that. If you like your horror fairly subtle or want an introduction to the genre however, this one is a decent shout. Does it feel completely unique? Not really, but it certainly has wonderful ideas and a different take on how they are presented.

Having finished this audiobook and processing my thoughts for this review, I think it gets 3 gems from me. I think this would make for a decent movie too.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Brilliant narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-19

I absolutely adored the narration of this book!

I think the book itself is probably a bit 'marmite', but I was pleasantly surprised by the story and it was just what I needed to listen to at the time.

a LOT of characters to keep track of!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-19

Do you ever come to write a review for a book and your tapping your fingers against the keys with absolutely no idea where to start? It's kind of where I am here for this one. They Thirst ain't no Boy's Life, and it ain't no Swan Song either.

I don’t know what it was about this one, but it just didn’t connect with me the way I really thought it would. McCammon has the ability to weave such beautiful stories, but I felt little connection here and I tried. This one also took me what felt like 2 months to listen to. It was just unnecessarily long in places and could definitely have been cut down by at least half, removing some of the nonsense and making it an all in all more pleasurable experience for the reader. Did I want to rush home in the evening to read it? Maybe at first, but after half way it was a slog. It also seemed all kinds of familiar…

The novel follows Andy, now LAPD detective, who as a boy ran away with his mother one night after his father came home from a hunted trip 'different'. Andy is now trying to track down a rapist serial murderer named The Roach, so named as he leaves cockroaches in the mouth of his victims (ew, gross). But who (or WHAT) is controlling the Roach?

It felt to me there were hundreds of characters in this, and I lost track on multiple occasions. Perhaps this is a better and more enjoyable reading experience than it was a listening one, and a part of me wishes I had maybe done a combination of both just to find out. Hindsight however, is a fine thing, and that's why this only gets 2 fangs from me.

Do I recommend this McCammon? Maybe, your opinion could quite easily be different from mine. Would I stop reading McCammon because of this one novel? Hell no, and I plan on giving The Wolf's Hour a go as my next one.

fast paced story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-19

This story was sold to me as a horror, and I definitely think it has been mislabeled, it is more of a thriller than a horror!

Overall, a fairly quick read that amused me; I was incredibly skeptical about it due to the title and content matter of this book. Does it feel like a dig to reviewers that honestly reflect their opinions of books? Kind of, but more so if you're getting personal, which I guess is fair. I did LOL at the One Star review that was written in here though.

My advise to Lana would have been, "reviews are for readers, not for authors".

I listened to this at speed 1.6x

I was given this free copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

A blood and guts soaked twisted tale of revenge

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-19

A blood and guts soaked twisted tale of revenge, set among the beautifully descriptive backdrop of 18th Century Constanta.

This was unlike any werewolf story I have read previously, and for that I was pumped. It sucker punched me straight in the guts with the gore, being pretty violent and intense on the action from the very beginning, and continuing on that journey throughout. Serafini weaves the violence bewitchingly into the landscape, creating such vivid imagery to make you feel as if you are nowhere else but there, getting blood splatter and the occasional piece of intestine all over your fresh and clean clothes.

Some scenes for me felt way more memorable than others, in particular a scene that involved a witch which was my ABSOLUTE favourite part of the whole book, the most notable thing about the book, and probably the one thing I will forever remember about this book. So, so good and gross and delightfully ick. Just what the doctor ordered. I was horrendously repulsed and here for it all with a big grin (or maybe a grimace) on my face.

Characters remain a bit of a blur however, I didn’t really have any favourites or feel like I was necessarily rooting for anyone, maybe I was to swept up or preoccupied with the action that it distracted me from what I normally focus upon when listening to audiobooks, and the main reason that I didn’t give this more stars. I don't really remember any of the characters names barring Elizabeth. Although if anything, I found her the most relatable and couldn’t help feeling a little sorry for her.

A brief pause for cover appreciation, I love that grizzly paw on the front cover!

I haven't read Feral, but it's one hundred percent being added to my TBR, alongside other works by Serafini!

3 full moons from me!

Disclaimer: I was given this free copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

aliens!!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-19

Future Tense is the third novel in the Time Will Tell series. (Note, this is more of a sequel to Time Will Tell than it is to Lonely Heroes). For that reason, we have the same narrator as in Book #1, and I enjoyed listening to this one. If I have a narrator that I enjoy listening to, I can speed up my pace of listening, which with so many books to read, is always a bonus for me!

Future Tense is the longest in the series so far, and without a doubt my favourite in the series so far. We have aliens! This for me, feels a lot more creative than the previous two, and you feel the heart a bit more, with a determination to save the human race and find the cure for cancer once and for all, it has up-beat feels.

Similar to the previous, this novel tells you what is happening as opposed to showing you, thus lacking in suspense and intrigue. For me this is the biggest let down for the novel and why it falls a bit flat, but I have gotten accustomed to it now that I am into the third of the series. The ideas are there, and the potential for character development and world building is getting there, it would be nice to see this developed and improved upon further throughout the rest of the series.

I listened to this on Audible at 1.75x speed.

For these reasons, I am giving this novel 2.75 stars, rounding to 3 stars.

Mysterious, intriguing and tension building

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-19

Mysterious, intriguing and tension building, what on Earth is happening in this little town called Wayward Pines?

Since watching 'Wayward Pines' the TV show back in 2015, I was so hooked to find out what was going on and intrigued for answers. Since then I have been hunting in charity shops for copies of the books (it gives me more of a thrill then going straight online) and years later, when I still hadn't manged to find any in the wild, I saw Pines in the Audible sale and with no question hit 'Buy Now'.

It's been a few years since then, but I always wanted to read it to get answers that I never felt were delivered at the end of the TV show, especially with its fairly unexpected cancellation. I didn’t go into this book with any idea of where it would get up to, but I am mostly content with what this book delivered. This book is filled with a tonne of descriptions that could feel pretty repetitive and to be honest, it was quite a slow burner. I love the concept of the story but it was a mix of things either happening too quickly or too slowly. Despite this, it is certainly a quick read. On your road to answers, the pages will fly by.

The sci-fi is fairly unbelievable and unrealistic, so if you're happy to be swept along in the fiction then this is definitely worth a go. The writing style is fairly fragmented, but I listened to this on Audible so for any listeners as opposed to readers, you shouldn't suffer from this if that style isn't your thing.

I think I feel slightly bias towards to the TV series, which is why normally I prefer going into books completely blind. Where I delved in here for answers, I found fairly shallow waters, but it certainly holds promise for how things might continue in the rest of the trilogy.

3 stars from me, I will definitely carry on with the series and see where things lead!

not enough shark!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-19

This is the first time I picked Jaws up to read, and I was expecting really big things. I'm sure I watched the movie when I was a kid but I don’t know if I ever saw it start to finish and I don’t remember any of it. So I was excited to read it and see if any of that danger and excitement was there that I do remember put me off the sea forever when I was a kid.

All in all I felt really let down, due to many reasons including: a lack of character development, a lack of plot explanation and the ending. Oh my. The ending really ruined this book for me, because, well, it didn’t really end? Jaws started off well, I felt the build-up of tension knowing that the town of Amity where this shark is 'hunting' is going to struggle financially by closing the beaches that they have really no choice but to try and do something about this dangerous shark. Pushed to such limits I expected quite a few more tragedies, drama and, well, sharks to be honest.

Then, for really no apparent reason, maybe a third into the book, storylines started to go off on a tangent for no apparent reason except to potentially just fill space? I thought there might be some repercussions or something at least, but absolutely not. The dialogue between any and all characters isn't great, due to the fact it just sounded wooden and hollow and dare I say, basic. Maybe this one just hasn’t stood the test of time very well. I didn’t much care for the drama behind the scenes, I just wanted as much about the shark as possible, so maybe that was just my bad for having unrealistic expectations.

I plan on watching the film again at some point. I feel like this might be one of those rare books where the movie might be better than the book, and I don’t say that often! But I guess I will watch it and see.

Overall it's not terrible, it is an easy read, it just didn’t really meet my expectations and I expected way more tension and drama around the great white.

3 measly fishy stars for entertaining me on an incredibly long commute. I listened to this on Audible and Erik Steele did a great job.

quick and easy to listen to

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I've almost come Full Circle with this series now! This was my favourite of them all in terms of the story-line. It's quick and easy to listen to, the narration is good, (not my favourite of all the series, but still enjoyable). This one also has my favourite front cover of the lot.
I listened to this at speed 1.8x.
I was given this free copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

great narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-19

There is action from the beginning, I enjoyed the first half of this book and thought this might have become my favourite in the series so far, but then I slowly went off it and felt it lost its momentum a bit, for me.

The narrator for The Immortality Blues is my favourite for the series so far, I enjoyed listening to the narration of this.

I listened to this at speed 1.8x.

I was given this free copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.