Stacking The Shelves [26] November 18th

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Hello, everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely weekend so far.

Last week I requested one book in Netgalley and got it. I am still Kindle-less, so I am not sure when I will be able to read it, but it sounds really interesting.


Netgalley

This is a love story. This is a tragedy. This is a book about a break up so bad that when you put the pieces of the love story back together, what you get is MURDER …

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Mike knows that most of us travel through the world as one half of a whole, desperately searching for that missing person to make us complete.

But he and Verity are different. They have found each other and nothing and no one will tear them apart.

It doesn’t matter that Verity is marrying another man.

You see, Verity and Mike play a game together, a secret game they call ‘the crave’, the aim being to demonstrate what they both know: that Verity needs Mike, and only Mike.

Verity’s upcoming marriage is the biggest game she and Mike have ever played. And it’s for the highest stakes.

Except this time in order for Mike and Verity to be together someone has to die …

This blurb makes me think the main character is demented but maybe there’s something more to it and I am looking forward to finding out.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

Please comment below and if you have a STS post please post it in comments.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Title: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Author: Claire North

Genres: Science Fiction | Speculative Fiction

Length: 405 pages

Source: Book Depository

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5

Premise:

Harry is a kalachakra – he is reborn after he dies, over and over again.
While trying to figure out how to deal with this, he receives an unexpected visit towards the end of his 11th life that will change everything.

Review:

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August started well enough. I was intrigued by the concept and this character, born in 1919.

The book grasped my attention and held it but after a while the narrative grew tiresome. It jumped a lot between Harry’s different lives and I found myself often confused as to what belong in which life.

There were some twists and turns that perked my interest again but not enough to want to pick the book back up. Also, if the book’s concept involves both time travel and parallel realities, I could not see how it would be possible for the narrative to unfold the way it did. And finally, I cannot believe that Harry would be able to maintain such farce for so long without a single slip-up.

Once you have such issues with a book, it’s difficult for it to hold your attention and make you stick to it, so at times I found it quite difficult to pick it back up, as you can see by the time it took me to go through it. I do believe the book is unnecessarily long, particularly the middle, and could have had more impact if it had been more edited.

Still, it is enjoyable as a ‘what if’ work that makes you think and wonder about several issues.

Read from Oct 22nd to November 11th, 2017
GR Review

October 2017 Wrap-Up

Dear all

This post is long overdue, apologies for posting it so late. A lot has been going on, including having my Kindle lost, so not a fun month! Good news is I may be getting it back but it’s been weeks now so… I’ll believe it when I see it.

I have moved to paperbacks while that doesn’t happen, but my current read is taking forever so, alas, only 2 books this month. Let’s hope November goes better!


Summary:

Total Books Read: 2

Longest Read: The Blind (400 pages)

Shortest Read: A Child Called “It” (Dave Pelzer #1)/i> (184 pages)

Book of the Month: A Child Called “It” (Dave Pelzer #1)

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 55/52

British Books Challenge: 22/12

2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 47/35


October Books:

 

A Child Called “It” (Dave Pelzer #1) by Dave Pelzer is a very disturbing account of the abuse and torture the author suffered as a small child. I believe this first book covers David’s life until his 12 years of age and the others in the trilogy will relate the years after.

I would have liked to see a more coherent story, the narrative felt disjointed at it was mostly composed of the odd account of abuse and so I just felt very distant.

I rated it 3/5 stars.

 

The Blind by A.F. Brady was supposed to be the first book I finished in the month but I was so irritated by it that I had to pick up another one before I gave it another try.

I just couldn’t take to the main character. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt but I just could not understand her thoughts or actions and they ended up just making me really annoyed. There was so much focus on her and so little on the mystery of a patient who no one is able to get to open up that I was just immensely disappointed.

I rated it 2/5 stars.

 

 


Where I got the books:

Book Depository

  • A Child Called “It” (Dave Pelzer #1)

Netgalley

  • The Blind

 

Features:

 


How was October for you?
Do you have a Wrap-up post? Please link it below!