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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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Jackie Collins
American Gods
Neil Gaiman
Don Quixote
John Ormsby, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The Flirting Games - Stella Wilkinson

This was cute and short and mindless (in a good way). It's a little cheesy but exactly what I would have lapped up as a teenager so I can't knock it at all. A simple breath of fresh air from all the doom and gloom YA stories on offer nowadays.

Scared to Death - Rachel Amphlett

A good quick read. There were a few convenient tie ups but overall I enjoyed the story. It's part of a series so I'm guessing we'll get to know more about Detective Kay in the rest of the series and clear some things up.

The One You Really Want - Jill Mansell

Started off enjoying this but by the time I got half way through it was apparent that too many storylines were being crammed into the book. By the end everything was rushed to get the romantic storylines all tied up neatly and it just didn't work. Any connection I felt with the characters at the beginning evaporated into confusion. Shame though, it really did start off well.

The Little Lady Agency - Hester Browne

I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if every single woman in it wasn't trying to assist a man in both home and office roles. Where are all the high flying females in the author's world? The most shocking statement was when she suggested a man needs a woman to organise his diary and social life. What century are we meant to be in? Other than that, I enjoyed the story. It ended a bit abruptly though.

While My Eyes Were Closed - Gareth Bennett-Ryan, Emma Gregory, Quercus, Linda L. Green, Maggie Mash

I wasn't expecting to like this book but I ended up loving it! Even though it's fairly obvious what's going to happen in parts, the small twist at the end got me. And I couldn't help feeling awful for thr antagonist. It's more a drama than a thriller though so don't expect it to be one.

The Blackhouse - Peter  May

This book gave me chills in all the right ways. Not just because of the brilliant storyline but in the way the story unfolded and drew me in with every detailed scene. And that ending! I didn't see it coming at all, partly because I thought I'd figured it out a few chapters in and then, bam! It's just too good not to recommend. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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!