Sunday, 20 September 2015

Jackie Collins

The Santangelos
She was a great writer of dazzling romance. No one wrote like her because she lived in the world of celebrity, money and power from a very young age, if not all of her life. Her death makes me not want to regret writing more. Writing as much as I can, while I can. I don't want the books I've written to date, to be my only books. 

I really hate when an author dies because of course that means no one will ever again read books by them ever. Unless all the author's books were written for them, which JC's were not. But this isn't about authors who have their books ghost written just to make more money, this is about the loss of a great woman, a great writer indeed.

Sometimes loss helps us understand things, inadvertently. I was at the store last night and I feel like I looked at a Jackie Collins book for sale on the shelf at the exact moment of her death, when I found out this morning that she died. It was a facebook status I saw. I don't recall seeing a new JC novel on the shelf for ages, so it was just a profound feeling thinking that she was on my mind at the same moment her life was ending, even though I wasn't aware of it at the time.

I didn't know her personally, but I read her books when I was younger. So we blog about people important to us, even though we could never know them personally as the celebrated people they are. I do celebrate her life, in my own way. I celebrate the books she wrote. I celebrate her author voice. I don't celebrate the fact she's gone though, of course not. It's sad when a writer dies, for me. I feel the loss of them like I did know them, because I'm a writer too and that means I feel the loss of new words they would have used if they'd lived on longer.  

Of course, Terry Pratchett died this year too. It's been a tragic year of author loss 2015 has. I can never read all books by every author ever, but I'm grateful for what they did write while they could.

Friday, 18 September 2015

5 of 5 Stars to Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen

by Tess Gerritsen
In April came the rains. In August came the heat. In November came the horror. It’s paying a return visit. The small resort of Tranquillity, Maine, seems like the perfect spot for Dr Claire Elliot to shelter her adolescent son, Noah, from the temptations of the big city and the traumatic memory of his father's death. Claire's hopeful that she can earn the trust of the town as she builds a new practice. But all her plans unravel with the onset of winter, when an outbreak of teenage violence, far more deadly than anything she has encountered in the city, erupts in the local school. In trying to find a medical explanation for this murderous epidemic, Claire stumbles upon an insidious evil which has blighted the town's past and threatens its future. Terrified that Noah too is at risk, she must prove her theory before everything she loves is destroyed. 

Wow! This book was amazing! Really brilliant! Twists and turns everywhere and I never would have guessed the ending in a million years. So adventurous, mysterious and creepy. The first and only book I've ever read by this author. I should probably read more Tess Gerritsen novels if this one is anything to go by! I think her detective characters have a TV show or something. I really should do better Googling. Haha.

Anyway, this review is terrible if you like reviews where the reviewer just says what the book is about. I hate reviews like that and if you do too then you'll like this book review of mine because there's definitely no spoilers here! Just read this novel if you like biological intrigue and exciting suspense too!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey; The 5th Wave Trilogy Book 2 

For Cassie Sullivan and the rest of Earth's remaining human survivors, the situation was already desperate when the 5th Wave hit. It's about to get worse. No one yet knows the depths to which Earth's conquerors - the Others - will sink in order to rid the Earth of the human infestation, nor have they guessed the heights to which the human spirit can reach. Characters introduced in Book One will come to the fore - and others will face the ultimate test. 

I loved the first instalment, but I'm not going to rate this book because I'm a writer and I know how bad it feels to get a low rating. Basically, there's no point in giving a book a bad rating because you didn't write it. You didn't put all that effort into writing it, the author did. However much I hate a book, I'll never rate it badly because there's no point in bringing down the over all book rating when plenty of other readers might it.

This instalment was a bit slower-paced than the first book. Also, way more confusing. However, there are twists and turns involved in the grand scheme of whatever the 'aliens' are up to. At this point I don't even know if it's actually an 'alien' invasion. Maybe the main character is in a coma and she's going to wake at the end of book 3 to discover it was all a dream. That would majorly suck.

I've never known a book with such an ending to NOT piss off readers, in the extreme. But I'm just kidding, that's not what's going to happen in the end, or so I hope. Just trying to put across how confusing this read was. Kept me guessing though. Or frowning in wonderment; wondering like WTF is that supposed to mean? I don't want to include spoilers in this review, so I'll just say the dialogue between characters is all over the place. I don't think the players in this dystopia game know what's going on either. I think that's the point. The characters are confused and so am I!

Makes me also wonder if it will have a conclusion where the whole thing is a ploy to diminish the human population by humans themselves. Because of the impact humans make on the environment. So the aliens aren't even there, it's just a big scam to 'save' the planet. That would be a rubbish conclusion, but I get the feeling from this book that such an ending is where Yancy is headed. In which case I won't read the final instalment, I'll just imagine my own ending instead. This book was all messed up.

*spoilers ahead*

The romance between Cassie and Evan was destroyed by the end. In the first book he pushed his freaking 'soul' into her. I mean, that is profound stuff. Then in the 2nd book he's just gone from her life and we discover that might not have even happened? Like it was a mental trick, or something. I'm so pissed off with this book I want to forget about the impending movie and the 3rd instalment. Why do authors fuck up series books? Few get them right. Makes me not want to read series books ever again.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

5 of 5 Stars to The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book 1 in the Trilogy
Rick Yancey

The first wave took out half a million people. The second wave put that number to shame. The third wave lasted a little longer; twelve weeks, four billion dead. In the forth wave you can't trust that people are still people. And in the 5th wave? No one knows. But it's coming. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope. Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.


I was perusing Facebook, as you do, when I came across a link to a new movie preview. I watched the film trailer for The 5th Wave and was bummed out to see it's not in cinemas until next year. So I got the book instead! The ebook, to be exact.

What a great story. Death everywhere, by the billions. A dystopian future where the visiting aliens are not friendly. They want to wipe out humanity. They start to wipe out humanity, and are very successful at doing so, and then the 5th wave alien movement is another process for eliminating all humans.

I loved the full throttle excitement and adventure of this story. The pace was fast, but even when the characters stopped to genuflect, the pace didn't slow, I was hooked and read it straight through to the end. Well, while I had time to read I never wanted to stop. Basically right? I highly recommend this read. Can't wait to see the film next year too, but that probably won't be until summer because I'm a single mum with kids and I do NOT ever have time (or the money) to go to the cinema. DVD it is!

Don't know why I put in that bit at the end of this book review. Oh well, it's my blog, I can do whatever I want on it. lol

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Rhoda Baxter's Please Release Me

What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?

 Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it's taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up. That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question. In the following months, a small part of Sally's consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate. But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after ...


Amazon quick link to Please Release Me


The three main characters in Please Release Me are stuck in some way, therefore the theme of this post is being stuck. I'm stuck in my novel writing. If I could be stuck on a private island I'd take Bradley Cooper with me. However, I've decided on stickers. Wall decal stickers you can put up anywhere to give your lives an aesthetic boost.

Bon Appetit wall decal for your kitchen.

Love above the headboard!

Old library floor to ceiling wall to wall book shelf sticker!

Tree wall decal with towel hooks!