Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Review: Baby Doll

Baby Doll Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!

I was a bit hesitant to read Baby Doll so soon after reading Room as they deal with similar subject matter, but I ended up being immediately sucked into this one.

Lily has been held in captivity for the last 8 years. The story starts with her and her young daughter's escape from their prison, and the trek home in frigid weather. This story follows the aftermath and reactions of Lily, her daughter, Lily's twin sister, their mother, and even Lily's captor. The format of the story felt fresh and different from what I've read lately, and I was really interested in the whole reintroduction process that Lily had to go through after missing 8 years of her life, unfortunately the second half of the novel failed to hold my attention as well as the first half.

I enjoyed that the characters didn't just suddenly recover from the trauma, but I felt that the overall characterisations felt a little too cable "crime drama" for my liking. I know I've said it before in my reviews, but I felt like I was watching a rerun of Criminal Minds.

Maybe it's time for me to take a break from mystery/thriller crime novels for a bit.

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Review: Descent

Descent Descent by Katie O'Sullivan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book.

I feel absolutely horrible for having to give this book such a low rating but I have to. I just can't justify giving it 3 stars. I was so excited to have this one on my shelves I put aside a couple I was already reading and started this one. I am incredibly disappointed.

The plot? In theory - so, so cool. A teenaged boy finds out that his mother he has never met is a mermaid princess. This could have been Percy Jackson meets The Little Mermaid (two things I adore), but it failed so miserably at being likeable. The execution was just so annoying and immature. Every main character, whether mermaid or human, had the most immature, overly formal, and petulant way of speaking I think I have ever read. Not once did I think "hey, that's the way actual humans speak." Exclamations such as "jumping jellyfish!" in serious situations had me wanting to throw my Kindle. I just don't understand how a story that was so "focused" on a war and murder still had such an incredibly immature feel to it. Maybe if I was 10, I'd be giving this book a bit of a pass.

It is stated repeatedly that the mermaids have to be careful of humans, as they need to stay as secret as possible to stay safe. At the end of the novel the mermaid love interest got upset because Shea (our lead) didn't want to tell his random human friend (a friend who is visiting who in no way, shape, or form had anything to do with any of the mermaid stuff) about his newfound merman status because he must be embarrassed of her. This basically sums up my issues with the book. Not actual conflict. Isn't needed. Doesn't quite make sense.

As much as I dislike this one, I still somehow find myself feeling bad for disliking it. I really wanted to like it. I didn't. I'm honestly not going to recommend this one.

Review: The Princess of Wales: An Illustrated Biography

The Princess of Wales An illustrated biography The Princess of Wales: An Illustrated Biography by Susan Maxwell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First things first: This book is extremely outdated. At the point of this being written Princess Diana and Prince Charles were seemingly still happily married (what we now know wasn't quite the case), and Princess Diana hadn't given birth to her eldest, Prince William, yet. Of course, this book was written many years before her death, and as most people know, a lot of information about Princess Diana was not public knowledge until tapes were released by her speech coach after her death. This book casually makes reference of her eating habits, when we now know she suffered from Bulimia in her adult years. And of course at the time she isn't yet known for her humanitarianism, and charitable causes, so this book focuses almost entirely on what she wore, how she acted with her husband and the other Royals, and her attitude towards the press.

Last but not least: the entire last section of the book focused solely on her future Queendom which made me both incredibly sad, and very uncomfortable.

All in all, an interesting view of what her public image was like at the time of publishing (1982), but overall knowing what we know now, an extremely flawed and naive "biography."

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