- Non Fiction
Reviews by Jenny Found
This is one of only science fiction books that I have read, but it is truly brilliant. The story is increasingly clever and requires a lot of concentration to follow. The characters are formed brilliant with the main character, Max, being an interesting and lovable character. The whole idea of human experimentation is investigated in a fascinating way and having young kids with bird wings creates interesting results. The adults, Frannie and Kit are an odd but well made couple and every element, character and situation are easy to believe in, which is great for such a far fetched idea of scientific nature. The story is written brilliantly and is very compelling. A fantastic read and the sequel "The Lake House" is just as good.
A mystery series from the 1.5 million-selling author of the True Blood novels.
A good collection
I love all of the Charlaine Harris books I've read, and this is no exception. With 4 books in one, I thought maybe one or two would drag slightly but they all stood out in the own right for different reasons. The main character, Aurora Teagarden is a loveable person with a personality that makes the stories more interesting. As i got to know the inhabitants of her little town, it endeared the place to me. Each character has their own inportance and Aurora's dating history is amusing, until coming across the right man in weird circumstances. I enjoyed each and every story line and each murderer had great characteristics and motives. I would recommend this to anyone who likes gentle crime and a good mystery. I found it difficult to work out the murderers which I enjoyed. The only problem was that it was difficult to work out the time scale of each book but everything else outweighs this easily.
Proud and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black - and her terrible purpose.
Not My Usual Type
This is not my usual type of book, but having had it recommended to me, i read it. I'll admit that it took me a long time to get through it as I found the story quite slow until near the end. But since this was such a short book it didn't impact the book too much. I found it hard to read before sleeping as I found it quite disturbing but this might have something to do with the theatre production of this book I have seen. This has an interesting ending and it drew everything together well even if a little depressingly and spookily. The main character, Arther was an interesting man, mainly because of his determination and resolution to complete the job given to him, even when his life and sanity were at risk. There was nothing too complicated or confusing about the conclusion which I liked as sometimes I find authors try to be too clever and add one too many twists. The simplicity of this horror story is what gives it the edge that made me finally finish it.
From the internationally bestselling author of PS, I Love You and Where Rainbows End comes an enchanting novel -- with more than a little magic!
This was a heart-warming story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Elizabeth has a lot of painful history and she has suffered a lot in life. The author explains this background that endears Elizabeth to the reader. Luke & Ivan are both brilliant characters. Having Luke's (a child's) view on situations as well as the adult's view & the view of a fantasy character really adds sparkle & intrigue to the story. The way the characters lives develop really attaches you to them & I loved seeing how one person can flip another's life on it's head.
The ending, though incrediably sad, is lovely and shows the importance of friendship and the acceptance of certain things. This is a truly beatuiful story and incrediably well written. It tugged at my heartstrings and bought tears to my eyes. I loved it.
Sweet, bookish Neve Slater always plays by the rules. And the number one rule is that good-natured fat girls like her don’t get guys like gorgeous, handsome William, heir to Neve's heart since university. But William’s been in LA for three years, and Neve’s been slimming down and re-inventing herself so that when he returns, he’ll fall head over heels in love with the new, improved her. So she’s not that interested in other men. Until her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she's an experienced love-goddess and not the fumbling, awkward girl he left behind, then she’d better get some, well, experience. What Neve needs is someone to show her the ropes, someone like Celia’s colleague Max. Wicked, shallow, sexy Max. And since he’s such a man-slut, and so not Neve’s type, she certainly won’t fall for him. Because William is the man for her… right? Somewhere between losing weight and losing her inhibitions, Neve’s lost her heart – but to whom?
Something More than Standard
I truly loved this book. As soon as I started reading this I was hooked. The main character, Neve, is instantly loveable & endearing and I got pulled into her story. The classic "love interest" character, Max, is cocky, arrogant and full of himself whilst also being a strangely charming person. The twist in this story makes this different and more readable than some modern chick lit novels. The ending wasn't disappointing in any way; it was exactly how I had hope it would be.
This is a book I could easily read again, notice new things and enjoy just as much as the first time. I'll definitely be looking for more of Sarra Manning's books. She is able to add something more to the standard stereotypical romance novel.
Twilight tempted the imagination ...New Moon made readers thirsty for more ...Eclipse turned the saga into a worldwide phenomenon ...And now - the book that everyone has been waiting for ...Breaking Dawn. In the much anticipated fourth book in Stephenie Meyer's love story, questions will be answered and the fate of Bella and Edward will be revealed.
Interesting but Anti-climatic
After reading the first three books of this series, it was interesting to read how the author finished the story off. Throughout the books, I found that I was really drawn into the story and started to understand and relate with the characters, but after reading this once, the main character, Bella, was quite a boring person, compared to other human main characters in similar series. The most interesting and enigmatic character, Jacob, plays an important part in this last book and without him, I think the conclusion of this series would not have been nearly as brilliant. There were a lot of elements to this book, making it move at a faster pace and ensuring that it is of superior quality than the three before it; it pulls together all the loose ends that have been left throughout the books before. The ending was a little disappointing as there was a lot of build-up to a thrilling end, but it was a bit of an anti-climax compared to the events throughout the rest of the book. In my opinion, Meyer is subordinate to the books of JK Rowling and Charlaine Harris, who, although writing about different fantasy worlds, overshadow the lengthy and drawn out progress of the Twilight Saga. I enjoyed this series and this book in particular but if you get bored of how long it takes to get to the point and the lack of excitement in this series, I recommend reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris as they are shorter, faster and more thrilling.
Can the future ever erase the past? Rose has a Cross mother and a nought father in a society where the pale-skinned noughts are treated as inferiors and those with dual heritage face a life-long battle against deep-rooted prejudices. Sephy, her mother, has told Rose virtually nothing about her father, but as Rose grows into a young adult, she unexpectedly discovers the truth about her parentage and becomes determined to find out more, to honour both sides of her heritage. But her father's family has a complicated history - one tied up with the fight for equality for the nought population. And as Rose takes her first steps away from Sephy and into this world, she finds herself drawn inexorably into more and more danger. Suddenly it's a game of very high stakes that can only have one winner...
This is the conclusion to a trilogy which has kept me gripped from the first page. The Lives of the characters have grown and you can easily relate to everyone's thoughts and feelings. Jude plays a very important part in this book. It is interesting to learn how important Callie Rose is to everyone in different ways. The ending is spectacular, leaving no questions unanswered. Though the ending is clear, some is left to your imagination. It is very dramatic, difficult to put down and intensley moving.
A razor-sharp and intensely moving novel, the second in the Noughts & Crosses trilogy.
A brilliant sequel to "Noughts and Crosses" which left a brilliant cliffhanger. This book develops that cliffhanger and launches a collection of new storylines. Each storyline, new character and twist draws you further into the life of Sephy and her new born daughter, Callie Rose. With old characters coming back we learn more about Jude, Maggie & Minerva which makes this book hard to put down. A few of the twists are hard to forsee and add an element of surprise. However a few events are a little far-fetched. A powereful story which is thought-provoking, moving and exciting.
Ever and Damen have travelled through countless past lives – and fought off the world’s darkest enemies – in search of each other. But just when their destiny seems finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon them. A single touch of their hands, a soft brush of their lips will mean death for Damen – cast into the darkness of the Shadowland. But as she seeks to break the curse, Ever meets Jude – a green-eyed, golden surfer boy who understands magick, and understands Ever better than she realises. And she begins to ask a terrifying question: even if you’re immortal, can true love really last forever?
Lacking Thrill & Direction
Another book following Ever & Darren's immortal trouble. The introduction of a new character (Jude) is the most interesting element of this book as the actual storyline is lacking excitement and direction. Some parts of the story don't fit in and others aren't explained properly, leaving you slightly confused. The very last chapter was the main reason why I picked up the next book in the series, as the last twist salvaged what was left of the original exciting idea for a series. Still, worth reading if you enjoyed the first two, but less interesting and thrilling than "Evermore" and "Blue Moon".
At twenty-seven, Libby thinks there's a lot to be said for a rich husband. So when Nick comes along - lovely, funny, handsome Nick, who has no money whatsoever, lives in a grotty bedsit and thinks the perfect night out consists of the pub and his mates - she decides he's only good for a fling. No strings attached. Investment banker Ed, on the other hand, could possibly be the answer. His house in Regent's Park makes up for his hideous moustache and she can probably overlook his irritating habits, and anyway, he's crazy about her. But does Libby really know what she needs? Is she just in love with being loved? Or is she loving the lifestyle, rather than the man?
A perfect chill-out chick lit novel. With funny elements, characters that are easy to connect with & a brilliant storyline, it's possible to read it all in one go. As Libby (the main character) is faced with awkward situations, hard decisions and family troubles, you find yourself guessing what she'll so, what she'll decided in the end. Not too hard to follow, very relaxing and there is no need for too much thinking. A predictable ending but a great read all the same.