This Is The Water by Yannick Murphy
This is a novel about a woman. About a mother. About a marriage.
About a murder.
In the brightly lit public pool the killer swims and watches. Amongst the mothers cheering on their swim team daughters is Annie. Watching her two girls race, she’s thinking of other things. Her husband’s emotional distance. Her lost brother. The man she’s drawn to.
Then she learns a terrible secret. Now her everyday cares and concerns seem meaningless. Annie knows she has to act. Above all, she must protect her children.
I give it-5/5
Review- I truly loved this story. The design of the cover is amazing how parts of the story are on the cover. It had me interested by the first page. It's very different from any other story I have read this year, like how it's written. Yannick starts off nearly paragraph with "this is the-" and what she's about to describe in said paragraph or chapter. Also when she is talking about one of the characters she refers to said character as 'you' the reader. Which I thought was fantastic and really make you feel like you're part of the story whilst reading it. Even though the story is about a murderer I love how it goes into details about all the different families that swim at the pool and go for their children's swim meets. You have a mother whose marriage is not like it used to be and has a troubled past because of her brother. You have another mother who believes her husband is cheating on her and hiding things from her. It really shows that even if families look perfect on the outside they still deal with everyday problems and struggles.
One of my favourite parts of the story is the way Yannick describes the murderer. What he looks like, what he does for a job, what he thinks about and how he plans out the murders. There is a quote in the story which I love which says 'We could have wives and children. We could belong to the church. We could be the head of the church-' This quote goes on for the remaining of the page but the point behind the murderer thinking this is that anyone could be a murderer. You never really know until it happens.
I gave this story 5 out of 5 because it's a creepy story you just can't put down. It's so different in the writing technique to other stories that you just have to carry on reading to find out all about the characters and their backgrounds. I really do recommend this to everyone. As it really get's you thinking about people's relationships with their partner and children and also that you never really know who could be a murderer and what goes through people's minds.
Strings by Kat Green
The rise of the Black Eagles was meteoric, from band practice in the garage to global stars almost overnight. And Melissa Webb, the beautiful girlfriend of the front man, appeared to have it all. But when Luke Black disappears without a trace and Melissa wakes up in a hospital bed after a savage attack, her perfect world is shattered and their lives are plunged into a potentially deadly crisis. Where is Luke, and can he be found before it is too late?
I give it-5/5
Review (non spoiler)- I love, love, love this story! The first chapter had me hooked and it was fantastic. Kat is an amazing author and this story shows it. The story line is absolutely great! Ever since I finished reading it all I do is talk about it because I think everyone should read it! This story deserves so much more recognition then its got I believe this story could be as popular as The Fault In Our Stars! The story shows the relationship of two people going through loads of emotions such as love and heartbreak and how she deals with him being so famous and she captures those feelings so well! This story has became one of my favourites as it's so beautifully written and it's just fantastic! I didn't want the story to end at all but at the same time I had to know what was going to happen! My heart broke a few times reading this story but the ending made it all worth while and I really believe everyone should go out and get this book of Amazon because you won't be disappointed at all!
Ex Factor by Elisa Dane
Nevaeh Evan’s life is uprooted after her father’s death, when she moves in with her aunt and cousin, Livvie. Her plan to lay low at her new high school isn’t working. Her friend’s jerky boyfriend keeps asking her out, the guy she likes treats her like garbage, and the thought of tumbling again makes her want to hurl. So when her aunt pushes her into joining the elite X-FACTOR cheer leading squad, Navaeh goes along with it. But Nev feels she doesn’t deserve to be happy. Not after what happened the night her father died. Bodie Scott knows about grief all too well. Critically injured in an alcohol related accident the year before, Bodie struggles with the fact that he’ll never play football again, and he’s so far behind in credits he can’t see straight. That is, until he meets Nev. Haunted by their bloody pasts and wary of a shared future, Nev and Bodie turn to one another for comfort and support, and realize they’re not so alone after all. And when the party scene at school threatens the life of a loved one, the two stop at nothing to keep the past from repeating itself.
Ex-Factor is book 1 in the Diamond Girls series from Elisa Dane.
I give it - 5/5
My Review (non-spoiler)- Well this story really hit me in the emotions! When I first read the title I thought it would be about like a girls ex or something but then I started reading it and oh my! This story has so much depth in it, it will make you laugh and cry. It is such an amazing story and will open your eyes to what tragic things can happen to people also how it can bring people together. I love how Elisa has written Nev. Even though she is going through a really tough time and it's very heartbreaking! I love how with the power of her family and friends she can overcome it and start to live a happy life. This story really teaches you the values of friends and family, also to never drink and drive! I love the awareness in this story about D&D and how it can kill someone every 15 minutes and this story will get this out there. Not only is it an amazing story but it's also a story about awareness of drinking and driving and that's what I love about it.
The Fault In Our Stars - John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years. Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
I give it - 10000000000/5
My Review (Non spoiler) - John Green has ruined my life with his beautifully written book! From the first page I was captivated by Hazel Grace Lancaster and just oh my gosh what a story. I've cried and laughed and cried a lot reading this book. You know its a good book when you get all emotional over the characters! And quoting Time, John Green is a Damn Near Genius. For those who haven't read this book all I will say is go read it and make sure you have tone's of tissue by you! You will laugh and cry and smile stupidly at the book but it's all worth the heartache.
So this is a review by my friend, Rebecca King! I will be having other people beside myself reviewing books as I've got a job now and won't be able to review books every week!
So check out this review and check out the book if you haven't read it already!
‘Q: A Love Story’ – Evan Mandery
I’ll tell the truth, the factor of the novel that pulled me towards this book in waterstones was the front cover; a black background with a lovely big ‘Q’ on the front in floral print.
‘In Q, Evan Mandery has fashioned an epic love story on quantum foundations. The novel wears its philosophical and narrative sophistication lightly: with exuberant, direct and witty prose, Mandery brings an essayist’s poise to this fabulous romance. And, finally, Q has an ending that will melt even the darkest heart.’ – blurb.
The novel follows the unnamed protagonist and narrator opens to novel delving into his feelings for Quentina – Q – and is blissfully happy; until an unexpected visitor (to say the least) comes to our hero and tells him he must break things off with Q. He then begins his journey of self-discovery and confusion.
After reading this novel, I looked up reviews to gather other opinions, and one that stuck out to me was Carrie Hope Fletcher’s. She claims that to fully appreciate this novel you had to have a ‘fully philosophical mind’, which I half agree with. In my opinion, the genre of this book ranges from romance to sci-fi then back to romance again. I will not post any spoilers as I found that sometimes, reading this book, I stopped and thought; how does this relate to anything at all? Which you will understand if you give it a go.
One thing I will say about this novel though, is whilst reading Q, I was slightly unimpressed and bored, and it can be a little bit difficult to plough through at parts. But please do not put this book down because the ending will change your opinion completely. It transforms this general love story into an incredible soul-searching masterpiece that truly makes you stop and think. The review on the cover hints at this;
‘A word to the tear-prone: Don’t attempt to read the ending in public’ – New York Times
It is a beautiful, clever novel. It is a story about love but the love appears only briefly in the story; but somehow, his love for Q manages to remain a constant throughout. If you are looking for a read that will have you stop and think about life and fill you with a warm fuzzy feeling as you turn the final page, definitely give Q: A Love Story a go.
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
A QUICK DEATH
OR SLOW POISON...
Yelena has a choice-be executed for murder or become food taster to the Commander of Ixia. She leaps at the chance for survival, but her relief may be short-lived.
life in the palace is full of hazards and secrets. Wily and smart, Yelena must learn to identify poisons before they kill her, recognise whom she can trust and how to spy on those she can't. And who is the mysterious Southern sorceress who can reach into her head?
When Yelena realises she has extraordinary magical powers of her own, she faces a whole new problem, for using magic in Ixia is punishable by death...
I give it-5/5
My review (non spoiler)-This is one of my favourite books ever! I read it about 5 years ago and have re-read it ever since! The author actually came to my school at that time and talked about the books and that's where I heard about it and not many people now have heard of this book so in short; read this book! It has me hooked from the first page and going on the journey with Yelena makes you feel like you're actually there! The way Maria has made up this world and everything in it is magical! So well written and so amazing! I could actually go on for pages and pages praising this book as it was one of the first books I had ever read that got me so hooked that I got addicted to the entire trilogy and I didn't leave my house for a week reading it. I love Yelena she's such a strong character and I love that about females in books when they've been written as a strong and confident character! The whole story is breathtaking and it makes you wish you where in the story.
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Summary- Good Girl Abby Abernathy doesn't drink or swear and she works hard. Abby believes she has buried her dark past, but when she arrives at college, her dreams of a new beginning are quickly challenged by the university's walking one-night stand. Bad boy Travis Maddox, sexy, built and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs-and wants-to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight club, and his days as the notorious college Lothario. Imminent disaster? Intrigued by Abby's resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain celibate for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis's apartment for the same amount of time. Or the start of something beautiful? Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match. Or that this the start of an obsessive intense relationship that will lead them both into unimaginable territory...
I give it: 5/5
My review (non spoiler)- It's been a really long time since a book has kept me up all night reading to finish it and has captivated me from the first page. Beautiful Disaster has to be one of the best books I have ever read. I'm not usually a big fan of normal romances I usually love my supernatural books but oh boy did this book have my heart racing! Jamie sure knows how to keep the reader intrigued and addicted. Travis oh my! The way he's described and how his character is had my heart racing throughout the whole book! Also the connection between him and Abby is really different and I love it and there back stories! I have to admit the way she describes Travis is like woah boy! This story is fantastic and I recommend it to everyone if you haven't read it already!