Looking for Alaska by John Green Review

Looking for Alaska by John Green book review
Looking for Alaska by John Green, ISBN 9780007523160, 272pp

I’ve only ever read one John Green book before – The Fault in Our Stars – so when my husband found me a couple of John Green books second-hand, I was curious to try more. I picked up Looking for Alaska knowing absolutely nothing about it. I didn’t even read the blurb.

Looking for Alaska tells the story of a teenage boy named Miles who is intelligent but lacking in social graces. He goes away to Culver Creek Preparatory High School in Alabama. It’s a boarding school where there seems to be minimal adult supervision and the kids get up to all sorts of trouble in their spare time. Miles bonds with his new roommate Chip nicknamed The Colonel, Takumi, a hip-hop enthusiast, and a beautiful but troubled girl named Alaska. Continue reading

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin Review

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin book review
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, ISBN 9780062971135, 519pp

This is a case of bookstagram made me do it! I’ve been seeing the debut novel Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin all over bookstagram and everyone is loving it. So, I had to give it a try myself. I don’t read a huge amount of YA fantasy but I’ve really enjoyed the books I have read like the Throne of Glass series and ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas.

Serpent & Dove was a really enjoyable book that mixed romance, magic, intrigue and adventure. I devoured this over a day and can’t wait to read the sequel. It’s set in a fantasy world where witches are the enemy and hunted by the Church and a group of holy warriors named Chasseurs. Louise (Lou) is a witch hiding her identity on the streets of the city of Cesarine. She steals and does what is needed to survive because there’s something even more terrible than witch hunters after her. Reid Diggory is the Captain of the Chasseurs and the right-hand man of the Archbishop. He hates witches with a vengeance and lives a chaste and godly life. Continue reading

Never Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox Review

Never Never by Candice Fox and James Patterson review
Never Never by Candice Fox and James Patterson, ISBN 9781925324938, 338pp

Regular readers of my blog will know how much I love Candice Fox. I loved the crime fiction series I read of hers this year starting with Crimson Lake, then Redemption Point and Gone by Midnight. So I was excited to pick up Never Never at a recent book sale. It’s co-written by bestselling author James Patterson and Candice. It was also my first time reading a James Patterson novel.

Never Never introduces the character Detective Harriet Blue. She’s a boxing, swearing, tough Sydney cop who works in the sex crimes division. Or she did until her brother gets arrested for a string of brutal murders and her chief decides it’s best that she get out of town so she won’t hamper the investigation. So he sends her to a uranium mine in the West Australian desert where there has been a string of disappearances of young mine workers. Continue reading

The Shining by Stephen King Review

The Shining by Stephen King book review
The Shining by Stephen King, ISBN 9780450032202, 447pp

The Shining by Stephen King was my third King read in October and the scariest! Things that go bump in the night and me don’t usually get along. I don’t like scary movies so I approached this book cautiously. And while I found it all kinds of scary, it was also a damn good book and a great example of suspense in a cabin fever setting.

The Shining is about a family of three: Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy and their extraordinary five-year-old son, Danny. Jack is a man with issues. He’s a writer and was a university teacher until his drinking and violent behaviour sees him lose his job. A friend pulls some strings and gets him a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, high in the Colorado Rockies. Jack and his family are to live in the empty hotel when it’s shut down over the winter. Empty of guests and employees, it’s just the three of them in a huge hotel that has a colourful and scary past. It’s a place where there have been many violent incidents over the years. It’s also a place that gets cut off from the world as the snow blocks all the roads allowing no one in or out.

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The Green Mile by Stephen King Review

The Green Mile by Stephen King book review
The Green Mile by Stephen King, ISBN 9780743210898, 399pp

The Green Mile by Stephen King was my fourth Stephen King read in October. It was also my favourite. Although I saw the movie long ago, I had forgotten what happened. So it was great to read the novel and rediscover the story.

The Green Mile was first released as six serial installments over 6 months in 1996 like Charles Dickens did back in the day. (You can see in the photo that my husband collected the originals). It was a huge publishing risk at the time as publishers didn’t know if readers would embrace the formats or want to keep buying the installments. Continue reading

Misery by Stephen King Review

Misery by Stephen King Review
Misery by Stephen King, ISBN 9780340920961, 368pp

My husband owns a huge Stephen King book collection and has been bugging me for ages to read some more King books. So, at the start of October I picked up the classic Misery to read. Misery is actually a good choice for a keen reader and writer like myself as the protagonist is a bestselling author who wakes up after a car accident to find himself with broken legs lying in the bedroom of his number one fan. This fan is Annie Wilkes, an ex-nurse who lives on a rural property and just loves author Paul Sheldon. Paul is known for his series of books about a character named Misery. Misery has made him a fortune, but in his last book he killed her off so he can move on in his writing. But Annie doesn’t like this one bit and she’s not going to let Paul leave until he writes a new book that brings Misery back to life. Continue reading

Carrie by Stephen King Book Review

Carrie by Stephen King book review
Carrie by Stephen King, I read an edition not pictured ISBN 9780340920947, 242pp

Carrie by Stephen King is one of those classic King books that everyone has heard about – or they’ve seen the movie. This month I decided to raid my husband’s Stephen King collection and try some of this author’s earlier books. Carrie was Stephen King’s very first published novel and it almost wasn’t published after Stephen threw his draft away. Luckily, his wife found it in the trash, dusted it off and urged him to keep working on it. And the rest is history. Continue reading

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes Review

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes Review
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes, ISBN 9780718183233, 440pp

Regular readers of my blog will know how much I love anything written by Jojo Moyes. So I was excited to get my hands on her latest release The Giver Of Stars. I pretty much devoured this historical fiction book set in 1930s Kentucky in a day. I just couldn’t put it down!

Set in Baileyville, Kentucky, during the Depression, it tells the story of a remarkable group of women who form part of the WPA’s horseback mobile librarian programme – bringing books and reading to people living in remote mountain areas.

Though the characters in this book are fictional, they are inspired by the real life women who took part in this scheme which ran from 1935 to 1943. Jojo weaves a fascinating tale of a small community where many welcome the spread of books and reading, while others oppose the idea of women promoting literacy. Continue reading