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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 House at the End of Hope Street
Menna van Praag
Don Quixote
John Ormsby, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han

Hmmm, I'm done but still don't know what the point of this third book in the series is. There wasn't really a definitive plot or real conflict or goal, not like the first two books which I really enjoyed. I feel disappointed but I guess my expectations were high and some people may like the way things played out just for the sake of having a trilogy. I still enjoyed reading about Lara Jean and Peter but I can't understand why this final book was needed at all. Ah well.

P.S. I Still Love You - Jenny Han

I was lost in a wonderfully cushy world of cuteness again. Love love love this series. Although I have to admit the story dragged a tiny bit in the middle but it got better closer to the end of the book. On to the next one!

Chances  - Jackie Collins

I probably shouldn't love this book because it's so crass and trashy and much longer than it really could have been, but I do love it and I have decided that is all I'm going to say. A great rollercoaster ride!

Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi

Really enjoyed this. Sometimes the three main characters were waffly and unreliable and I found it difficult to connect with them but I liked the flow of the story in general. Only one thing bothered me and it may seem petty but I couldnt stop thinking about it. I know it's meant to be fantasy and anything is possible in a mythical world but I was very distracted by mention of snow and autumn in a book based in the very tropical country of Nigeria where snow is pretty much non existent and seasons are dry or wet. Whatever happened to harmattan winds or torrential rainfall which could have been just as easily described? Other than that, if you like action packed YA fantasy with a little romance thrown in, you'll like this book.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before - JennyHan

I've had this book for a while and don't know why I never thought to read it. It's perfect in every single way! Cute, kept coming to mind, followed by me declaring to anyone in close proximity how much I love this book. I want to read it again this second but instead I've ordered the next two books in the series. Because I know whatever Han writes next about Lara Jean will be right up my street. If you're looking for dark, angsty, over the top teenage drama, stay away! This is just too cute for words!

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

I wanted to like this book, maybe even love it, but it just wasn't meant to be. Three months after starting it, I've finally forced myself to read it to the end. I've enjoyed Gaiman's books in the past and although I know that's no firm indication that I'd like everything he writes, I just wasn't expecting to be so thoroughly bored by American Gods. The story started off well enough and even ended much better than I'd expected, but getting to that end was a trudge and a half. I found I couldn't remember character names only a few chapters in or chunks of the storyline after a day or two. I suspect it'll translate better in the recent TV series adaptation so I may give it another chance there. Shame, I really did want to enjoy this.

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.