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July Reads Round Up

MONTHLY READS ROUNDUP

A quick summary of my July reads with a link to the full reviews:

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

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I gave this book 5/5. Fast paced, action packed, and a perfect follow on from book one, Ink and Bone. Wonderful world building and character development. Caine has an effortless skill for constructing raw, unique relationships.

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

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I gave this book 4/5. Well thought out narrative, and suspense created with multiple POVs. One well crafted, complex character, and a character I couldn’t warm to. An ending to blow your socks off.

 

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

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I gave this book 4/5. Important narrative about refugees in detention centres in Australia. Fraillon captures the voice of 9 year old Subhi perfectly. Slow progressing read, but powerful message, and well developed characters.

 

Demon Seed by Dean Koontz

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I gave this book 3.5/5. Not one of Koontz’s best. A great concept that freaked me out more than a little, but not enough. Koontz captured the narcissitic, psychotic voice of ‘Proteus’, an highly intelligent AI system. Quick, easy read.

 

A Strange Little Place by Brennan Storr

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I gave this book 3/5. Some stories gave me goosebumps, others were not so believable. A documentary style book, covering a plethora of goings on in Revelstoke. The author’s research and time spent on this novel is commendable. Probably more interesting for those who live in Revelstoke, or who know of the area

Dancing in the Rain by Lynn Joseph

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I gave this book 4/5. Narrative about loss, grief, and healing is handled sensitively and with love. An important read for older children and teens, highlighting the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks through the eyes of two children. A book for the next generation.

Looking For Alaska by John Green

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I gave this book 3.5/5. Slow starter and the main conflict was over fairly quickly. The before and after design for the narrative was interesting and worked. Alaska’s character was refreshing in context with other more introverted characters. A YA read that can transcend age, but took a little getting in to.

 


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Review: A Strange Little Place by Brennan Storr

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A Strange Little Place by Brenna Storr 3/5

13689680_1225475884170493_1555835858_nRevelstoke: Where the worlds of the living, dead, and extraordinary collide

Embark on a fascinating journey into Revelstoke, Canada, a world-renowned ski destination with a well-kept secret: it has a long and active paranormal history just as breathtaking as its mountain views. Packed with stories of hauntings, UFOs, Sasquatch, missing time, and much more, A Strange Little Place takes you into a small town full of thrilling secrets and bizarre encounters.

Chronicling over seventy years of unusual occurrences in his hometown, Brennan Storr provides exciting, first-hand accounts of unexplainable phenomena. Discover the sinister mysteries of Rogers Pass, the strange craft and spectral music of the Arrow Lakes, and generations of hauntings in the infamous Holten House. As a magnet for the supernatural, Revelstoke invites you to experience things you never thought possible.

Thanks go to Llewellyn WorldWide Ltd and Netgalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

A Strange Little Place is due for release on August 8th 2016.

Review:

Okay, let me put this out there before I continue with this review: I’m a scaredy cat, and some of the various tales of hauntings, UFOs etc, had me freaked out. The fact that they are tales the author has gathered from reputable sources around the town of Revelstoke, scared me all the more. There was some historical bumf to give background, and not all the stories were like typical ghost stories, some were actually quiet nice. It wasn’t a book set out to scare you, more to delve into the mystery of Revelstoke. If you live in the area, or know the area, then this may be more appealing to you.

It’s not my normal type of read and took me a little while to get into it, but the author has done a good job of retelling the tales to add to the mystery. There are some unique stories, and some situations that I found hard to believe, but as the author states, he is not out to make the reader believe.

A good deal of research would have gone into this book. If you like to read some mysterious, freaky, unexplainable real life stories, then this is the book for you. It was a fun, easy read.


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