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Kenny Loves to Read

I'm an avid reader and I also love to write. Hopefully my reviews will help people find their next favourite book.

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The Blackhouse
Peter May
American Gods
Neil Gaiman
Don Quixote
John Ormsby, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Chauffeur: Urban Fantastic Shorts - Anton  Marks

Loved it!  This is an action packed urban sci-fi which grips you from the start. Think Robocop meets Shaft but set in London. I don’t want to say too much but the world building is very convincing and the story flows really well. It’s also a fairly quick read so you can get on with reading the author’s other works even quicker. I can’t wait for the next instalment (I really do hope there will be one).

World Without End - Ken Follett

When I began reading this, I was a little worried it wouldn't live up to the wonderful memories I have of Pillars of the Earth but it did! Follett has a way of taking the most mundane activities which go into running a town (albeit in a 14th century setting) and twisting them into rivetting storylines. I was so invested in the characters and their fates that I couldn't wait to finish it, yet I wanted more when it was over. All I can say is, it's a worthy sequel to Pillars and very highly recommended!

Dare Me - Megan Abbott

I was drawn into this story very quickly and strongly because of its dark and raw portrayal of adolescent passion. The dangerous habits the girls form in trying to be exceptional cheerleaders and in their individual clingy friendships, as well as their bizarre obsession with their coach kept me reading all the way to the end. And then I suddenly realised the book was over and I hadn't gained much from the story. I don't want to give away anything but I'm struggling to understand what was the point of all that angst and drama? Also I'm not usually one to care too much if characters are unlikable but these girls were all so selfish and mean that I genuinely didn't warm to any of them. Good read for the most of it but seriously, what did I miss?

The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty

Enjoyable, albeit a little predictable. Would recommend this though as it kept me reading.

Burning Moon - Jo Watson

Flighty, but rather sweet. I got pretty frustrated about halfway through but Watson managed to pull the story back...somewhat. If you're prepared to suspend reason, you'll really enjoy this.

Just Haven't Met You Yet - Cate Woods

Funny story that I should have loved but Percy was so confused and annoying (and arghh....why did she have to lie so much?) that I couldn't stop sighing with indignation at every other thing she did. I actually felt sorry for the person she ended up with but, on the up side, I wanted to see where the story went so it was a page turner of sorts. If you're easily annoyed by silly slightly aloof protagonists, brace yourself. If you're not, you'll love this book.

The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy) - Taran Matharu

A nonstop action and adventure fantasy story which drew me in quickly and held my attention all through. I thought the world was well thought out and the systems in place were easily relatable. Some characters were a bit predictable but not so much that they were unbearable.  Over all, a good one for fans of sword fights, spells and the underdog coming out on top.

Love & Gelato - Jenna Evans Welch

Very sweet story. Lina is not always practical but she can be forgiven for not finishing the journal quickly enough...only just.

Last Rituals - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Bernard Scudder

I found the story intriguing all through and really liked Thora and the way she dealt with life in general. It ended a bit too randomly though and I wasn't sure how I felt about her relationship with Matthew. A good read overall.

The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

Creepy, clever and oh so good!

The Jewel - Amy Ewing

I don't usually like to compare books in reviews but this one was undoubtedly a mix of The Selection and The Handmaid's Tale with occasional echoes of The Hunger Games. And that's pretty much it. If you've read all three of these books, you've pretty much sussed what the story is about. Not that it wasn't an enjoyable read, I really liked being able to get lost in the familiarity but I just wished it had taken a twist that would have taken the story up a level. I might still be tempted to carry on the series.

Joshua N'Gon:Last Prince of Alkebulahn (The Last Prince of Alkebulahn) (Volume 1) - Anthony Hewitt

The idea behind this young adult novel is pretty unique, it's not often you get to read sci-fi based around African extraterrestrial technology (yeah it actually works way more than you'd imagine it would). And one with a relatable protagonist and equally enjoyable secondary characters. The author writes with a seamless mastery of technology which made it easy for me to suspend belief and become engulfed in the action packed and often dangerous world young Joshua and his friends live in. Clever and fun at the same time, I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a little bit of an escape from the real world, with a lot of incredibly cool tech thrown in. It's the first in a series so I'll definitely be looking out for the next instalment.

Why Not Me? - B.J. Novak, Greg Daniels, Mindy Kaling, Mindy Kaling

I love Mindy Kaling! I really really do. And I must admit I started this book a little cautious because I read her last one with high expectations and felt a little let down at the end. This time I found myself laughing out loud almost all through and nodding like a crazy person when I agreed with her witty observations (thank goodness it was my bedside reading and not my commuting book). I'm sure her humour is not for everyone but it's certainly worth a read just for the text/email relayed love story close to the end. Loved it!

The Gift: The First Book of Pellinor - Alison Croggon

I really wanted to like this book a lot more as it’s an epic fantasy with a lot of elements I love - young female protagonist who is unaware of her role as “the one” and discovers her abilities through a number of confrontations with forces of evil – you get the gist. The story was interesting enough but dragged in so many places that I found myself skipping pages. The fact that I didn’t miss much by doing so says a lot. Overall, a good read, but I wish it held my interest more.

Bad Memory: A Jake Abraham Mystery Novella (Jake Abraham Mysteries Book 2) - Jim Cliff

I loved this fast paced novella which brings Jake Abraham back to us with a few good twists. Cliff packed a lot of information and characters into a short novella and yet it was all easy to follow, which is pretty impressive. Definitely a good taster for anyone looking to read more of Cliff's work, and a really good standalone story as well.

The Dateless Wonder - Anjali Mya Chadha

I know that this is a script for a one woman comedy play but it ended just as it finally started going. The script was funny and cleverly done but definitely needed more.