Allegiant: a review

In case you want to read this, be aware of possible *spoiler alerts*

I was as attached to Allegiant as the first two books and couldn’t put it down. Following Tris’ journey through the factions, the factionless and then then outside world was brilliant.<br><br>I really liked that there was a split point of view in the last book. Giving the reader an insight into what was happening for Tobias was good and it meant that we were left wondering what was going on with Tris. Seeing Tris and Tobias at war over their opinions and personalities worked well throughout. It showed how different they were but they always came back together, as if they were magnetised, despite some wrong and misguided choices throughout. The two were meant to be together and  I could feel that from the very start.<br><br>I did find that the story was a little drawn out and perhaps could have been wrapped up sooner. I think the deaths that occurred within the novel were quite important to the narrative but the lead up to it and Caleb who was supposed to open the doors because he was the most hated, I found this bit quite unnerving. It was almost like he was forced into making the decision without much choice and not given a lot of thought around it. It was a big decision and I think one that perhaps he wouldn’t have made if not pressured to do it.<br><br>However, it was a good book all round and one that I enjoyed. There were a lot of good themes within this and think it would be a good read for anyone who likes YA.

Divergent: A Review

<a href=”; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img alt=”Divergent (Divergent, #1)” border=”0″ src=”; /></a><a href=””>Divergent</a&gt; by <a href=””>Veronica Roth</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I have to say that from the moment I picked this book up, I found it so hard to put down. I was immediately sucked into the world of the Factions. I went along the journey with Beatrice as she went to the Choosing Ceremony and picked the Faction she would spend the rest of her life with. I was with her when she changed her name to Tris and became tougher and fought the Abnegation thoughts that kept creeping back. Despite the fact that Tris had a lot of self-doubt, she was a smart girl and she did what she thought was right. She’s a very strong, independent woman and I like that about her.<br><br>The budding relationship growing between her and Four moves at a great pace and left me in anticipation for them to finally get together. Their relations were described brilliantly and the author let the reader into Tris’ mind so we could understand where she was coming from the whole time.<br><br>The world of the Factions is built really well. Everything has been considered and I found myself immersed in the factions wondering which one I would have chosen.<br><br>A brilliant book. I can’t wait to start the next one!
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Review of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Niki Slobodian, #1)Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by J.L. Murray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I picked up this book, I didn’t know what to expect but I was immediately hustled into the world of Niki Slobidian. She is an Abnormal living in a world where Normals persecute those who have abilities and powers seen as unnatural. She’s put on the registry to be watched closely but when a case opens after a Dark is released from a portal to Hell, she regains her normal life back and begins this mission to find out why and how the portal was opened.

This first novel of the series had me intrigued from the beginning. I was drawn to Niki as a very strong, female lead. She was fiercely independent and passionately caring about, Sofi, the woman who brought her up, she knows she must solve the mystery and find out why her dad is involved. It’s very clear there’s a lot of story of Niki that we don’t know yet but I have to say I’m looking forward to finding out.

The novel moved at a very quick pace, full of action and intrigue that kept me guessing and wanting more. I’ll be back for more from this girl!

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Review of Horns by Joe Hill

HornsHorns by Joe Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was both recommended and sent to me by a good friend of mine. It’s one of those where unfortunately I had seen the film first so I knew the storyline, but that didn’t stop my enjoyment of the novel.

Ig is suspected of raping and killing his girlfriend Merrin after a huge argument in the local diner. While he can’t prove his innocence, he falls into a black hole of despair while hoping that one day her killer will be brought to justice.

When Ig wakes the morning after the night before with horns growing from his head, his first instinct is to panic. He goes to the doctors and as the day goes on it becomes abundantly clear that the horns are more than just protrusions from his skull, they have given him abilities to see what others truly desire and see fragments of their past.

It’s through this that he learns the true identity of the killer and plans to murder him.

Horns is a great read that had me hooked right the way through. The relationship between Ig and Merrin is really well developed and idealised throughout and the reader truly sees what soulmates are in them.

There is an unexpected twist at the end of this that left me shocked, but it was well done. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good horror!

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 8 trips to carry that many people.

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What an awesome way to be able to look back on the previous year to consider certain things, themes, people, writing, blogging. I had no idea I had posted that many times, in fact, I thought it was much lower as my normal blogging pattern is pretty bad. But it appears that I did quite well! Hopefully 2015 will be even more productive and with the determination I have, I know I’m going to achieve it!

The Motel Room: A review

So I just finished reading The Motel Room, a novella written by Alyssa Cooper . It’s described as ghost story and it’s just that, with a twist that I didn’t expect! I found myself sinking into the world of the motel room as the narrator did and I saw it just the way he did, including all the people that passed through and the way the motel room changed over time. Alyssa is brilliant at creating an atmosphere and I wasn’t disappointed here.

The novella is a great narrative that takes the reader through a myriad of emotion including heart ache, hope and frustration and I found that my curiosity was piqued throughout. The novella would be well read in a gloomy room or perhaps on a rainy day as it sucks the reader into the motel room itself and would reflect the setting. I would recommend this as a good read!

I felt myself really feeling for the main character. It seems he’s had a troubled life since going to the motel room and as the story moves on and unfolds, we find out about his background, his own story.

When asked where the inspiration for The Motel Room came from, Alyssa told me:

The inspiration for this one came from the two years I spent working summers as a hotel housekeeper. I spent every day washing away any trace that my guests ever existed – and it made me wonder a lot, about those people, their day to day lives, and really, just about life in general.


The Motel Room was born of that introspection, although it took me a while to get it down on paper.


Alyssa’s biography:

A lifelong lover of literature, Alyssa Cooper was first published at the age of eighteen. Her passion for the written word started early, and as a child she would carry her mother’s novels as part of her wardrobe. She has dedicated her life to developing her voice and pushing the limits of her craft. She is the author of three traditionally published books, Salvation, Benjamin, and Cold Breath of Life. The Motel Room and Whispering Peak are her first forays into independent publishing. She currently resides in Belleville, Ontario, where she lives with her typewriters and a personal library.


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Pinehurst: A Novel Review

I’ve just finished reading the first novel in the Young Adult Pinehurst series and I have to say, I really enjoyed it! I read this novel within around three days and read half of that in one sitting.

Pinehurst, written by Nicole Grane, was a great novel that kept me hooked throughout. I found that I loved Evie’s carefree, rebellious attitude and even though she realised her magical abilities were above average, she wasn’t one to brag. The reader gets a really clear insight into her thoughts and emotions on several things including school, family, magic and the most important thing, guys! It’s written from a first person perspective which allows the reader to get very close and I have to say, I really liked the girl.


*Spoiler Alert!*

The reader follows Evie, the protagonist who has a problem with authority and constantly rebels against her dad using her magical abilities. When she’s shipped off to Pinehurst she thinks things will go just as she wants them as she always has, but she soon finds out her dad won’t budge an inch. As she finally begins to settle into life at her new magic school she makes some friends, learns a lot about her dad that she never knew and finds out that she must travel to the Underworld in a bid to save him. All of this is done with her mentor, and complete hotty, Antonio.

I’d give this novel 4.5 stars out of 5. Why minus the half star? Towards the end of the novel I noticed a few typos etc that distracted me a little and therefore upset the flow. That’s the only reason. Looking forward to the next one!


Where to find it


I got the Kindle edition of this novel from Amazon: