Slightly late again, I am terrible! Its namely as the past 2 weeks have been fairly busy for me. I will be posting Week 6 reviews later this week so I am back up to date – again for those who read my reviews I apologise.
Week 5 brings 2 books to the table that couldn’t be more different if they tried, although both of a supernatural nature one is a young adult book the other aimed at adults (Although not sexual in nature).
Here are the books I’ve reviewed for week 5….
Let’s get to the reviews!
When I first read the synopsis of this book I was totally intrigued and very excited to read it. However, then I made a mistake of reading some peoples reviews on the book. Many talked about a ‘disappointing’ ending and how it hadn’t met their expectations. This kind of clouded my judgement and with 80 pages to go I started to worry the book was going to end like many said it would, especially when I’d been enjoying it so much… I could not have been more wrong!
As I do not include spoilers in my reviews I will explain why the ending for some didn’t meet their expectations. If you read ‘Don’t Breathe a Word’ you will find in the last few chapters answers to many questions. Why things happened, what actually happened and some ‘uncomfortable’ situations (Although they don’t go into mass detail which I’m glad about). However, for the final scenes do not expect complete closure. Yes you are left on a slight cliffhanger with uncertainty for the characters. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? What is real? Do not expect answers, instead draw your own conclusions.
I can’t say whether I found the characters likeable or not really. When you are reading about Lisa the girl who disappeared when she was 12 to live with the fairy king you are reading from a younger person point of view. It isn’t hard going and although you want to throttle her at times for being so carefree and almost innocent, it does give you a very good perspective. I felt Lisa was a very well written character. I didn’t particularly like Sam her brother in the younger years, but found him more of a complex character in present time. I also felt his chemistry with Phoebe (Our heroine if you like) really well suited. Phoebe grew as a character and although the story started somewhat strangely with her I liked that we had ‘explanation’ as to why she was the way she was when younger and also how she became as she is in present time. She is probably as inquisitive as I am in real life and I understood her ‘need’ for answers.
The story has so many plot turns, twists and information that at times you wonder why Jennifer McMahon is telling you this. You may think is that relevant? Trust me when I say it will be, every bit of pre-thought information given in the build up and the flash backs is relevant to the story, so don’t skim! Even if you are tempted.
Although not the same kind of story, if you like classic eerie feeling horrors like, ‘The Devil Rides Out’ and ‘Rosemarys Baby’ that is how I felt reading Don’t Breathe A Word. There is a permanent undercurrent of a sinister nature. Its like one of those nasty true stories, you read it because you NEED to know but might not like what you read. This book is creepy, eerie and played on my mind and in my dreams. I found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it – that to me made this book great!
I gave Don’t Breathe A Word 4 stars out of 5. The reason it didn’t get 5 is because I was a little annoyed at the end, I wanted closure, I wanted more. Maybe Jennifer will write a sequel? Although I don’t feel it is likely. I am however really glad I read this book and found it a gripping read. Content wise, this book is for adults and is not for children. Sex, language and some adult subjects (Can’t say what don’t want to give the story away) are mentioned.
First things first, do not read the synopsis if you haven’t read Vesper (Deviants #1). The synopsis will tell you one MAJOR thing about Emily the main character than you don’t find out till the end and it will spoil the book. I am not going to go into a synopsis at all as it will completely ruin the series if you haven’t read Vesper.
However, I can tell you I really love Emily – her character has grown so much! I especially love ‘Nighttime’ Emily with her carefree nature. I find her an ease to read and not heavy. She is also much like me in the late 90′s in her likes and dislikes – especially her love of horror films!
The book is fast paced and the ‘clinical’ report data is also throughout this book, giving it a ‘climatic’ edge. The characters are so likeable even the ‘bitchy’ girls.
Over all, I am really enjoying the series. The ending had me in complete shock as it was a nice twist to the usual reports throughout. Although it also left me with many questions as usual. Jeff Sampson is an amazing writer and you can clearly see and feel his love of Buffy and Angel type programs without it being cliche and boring.
I look forward to book 3 of the Deviants series, I don’t believe there is a release date for it at present – but I am hoping Jeff won’t make us wait long. They are supernatural young adult books and I would say suitable for 14 upwards. There is minor language, no sex but some ‘contact’ and the humour is aimed at teamed at teens.
I gave Havoc 4 out of 5 stars, purely as it left me on a cliffhanger. I would have liked Emily’s love life to ‘got’ somewhere other than in her head.
That’s my book reviews for week 5. I’m sorry I wasn’t giving too much information away with Havoc but I don’t like too when its a follow up book and others may have not read the first in the series.
Promise to post week 6s book reviews later this week. Please let me know if there is a book you think I may enjoy! I’m averaging 1 every other day at present so could do with some new reading material,
Lots of Love,