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Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth

Weirdo - Cathi Unsworth

Read on September 24, 2013

 

My lately favourite genres are southern gothic and its variant,stripped from any kind of spirituality or paranormal motifs, country noir.

 

Weirdo is the great example of the second genre (even if there was some hints of paranormal stuff), only with a much different setting - it's Norfolk, England.

 

The main character, Sam Ward, reinvestigates a cold case, twenty year old Satanic ritualised murder, supposing miscarriage of justice. The guilty one is Corrine Woodrow, imprisoned for life in the mental institution. As he digs, he sinks deeper in deeper in complicated web of small town's connections.

 

The writing is good, the split narrative doesn't confuse the reader (it happens a lot), the plot is very interesting. All of this makes Weirdo a real page turner. I've read it in one sitting.

ARC review: Gifts of Honor: Starting from Scratch / Hero's Homecoming Dualogy

Gifts of Honor: Starting from ScratchHero's Homecoming  - Stacy Gail,  Rebecca Crowley

My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher for an honest review.

 

I have no idea how to rate this book.I'll explain that later.

 

Sometimes I'm right in the kind of mood that makes me want to read a simple, angsty book and it has to be a quick read. I decided to give Gifts of Honor a try. There were two reason - the motif of damaged military hero coming back home, and southern setting.

 

The first story in this dualogy is Starting from Scratch by Stacy Gail and the plot follows the struggling of two protaginsts, Lucy Crabtree and Sullivan Jax, with coming to terms that they belong to each others. I will not provide spoilers, the story is simple and even the one detail would spoil the fun. But it's very good story and I've read it with pleasure. If the book of Stacy Gail was the standalone novel, I would give it 3.5 stars rounded up.

 

The second book is Hero's Homecoming by Rebecca Crowley. The main characters, Chris Walker and Beth Tate need to decide if they wanted be together or not after the breakup. I dare to say that the story surely had some potential, but it just seems shallow compared to the story of Stacy Gail. I would give it 2 stars.

 

So, that's why I had no idea how to rate it. I just calculated the average.

ARC review: In Retrospect by Ellen Larson

In Retrospect - Ellen Larson

My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher for an honest review.

 

Well, I had some problems with the worldbuilding. Not that it's all wrong or poorly developed. It's my imagination - I couldn't quite force it to cooperation in that matter. But hey, it's 3324 AD. Way to far..:)

 

I liked the plot and the main characters, their struggling with making a good choices and coming to terms with the decisions was truly Greek tragedy-style.

 

It's not an easy read - and that's good.

ARC review: PostApoc by Liz Worth

Postapoc - Liz Worth

My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher for an honest review.

 

WELCOME TO THE END OF THE WORLD

 

Outside, the dogs have all gone wild. Can you hear them? Can you feel them down there, voices shaking through loose skin?

 

First thing first-the cover is beautiful. The title is perfect. One word and so many meanings..

 

But that's not all. The most wonderful thing about this book is the writing. I've never read such beautiful, lyrical prose. I kept coming back to many paragraphs, just to contemplate their poetic brillance.

 

I won't write about the plot, it's all in the blurb provided by the publisher. And it's not about the plot at all. It's about the music (that's why I loved PostApoc), it's about the postapocaliptic world and its twisted beauty.

 

Be careful what you wish for.

About me

Name: Yuki

 

 

Joined: September 2013 (since Goodreads exodus)

 

What I like: reading, it's obvious, isn't it?

 

 

Genres: mystery/thrillers, dystopias, in romance area I prefer MM. Sue me.

 

 

 

 

 

Moving Your Books from GoodReads to BookLikes

Reblogging, this may help some people who are importing their lists from GR.

 

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