Monday, August 31, 2015

The Part-Time Vegetarian by Nicola Graimes

Title: The Part-Time Vegetarian: Flexible Recipes to go (Nearly) Meat-Free

Author: Nicola Graimes

Published: Duncan Baird Publishers, May 2015

Pages: 224

Summary: The popularity of the part-time vegetarian (flexitarian) diet—one that is largely vegetarian but occasionally includes poultry, meat and seafood—is growing. As meat and fish become more and more expensive and the health benefits of a vegetarian diet become better-known, The Part-Time Vegetarian taps into a growing trend of flexitarian eating. Rather than meat or fish taking center stage, the recipes in this book showcase under-used vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, eggs and dairy foods—and show just how delicious and varied this way of eating can be. 

Organized by meal type, the book features chapters on Breakfasts & Brunches, Light Meals, Weekday Dinners, Weekend Cooking, Food for Sharing, and Something Sweet. The recipes are all vegetarian, but the majority include a Part-Time Variation, showing you how to include meat or fish if the occasion calls for it. It’s the perfect book for the casual vegetarian looking for a nutritious and environmentally intelligent way to eat, for those who want to cater to a vegetarian, or the committed vegetarian who wants to try new recipes. The Part-Time Vegetarian makes vegetarian eating something anyone can do.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  Lately I have been interested in exploring new foods and one pathway has lead me into vegetarian meals.  I'm not a vegetarian but I would like to incorporate more vegetarian meals into my diet.  So when I spotted this book I thought it would be a good one to have a flick through.

One really good thing about this book is that while the base recipes are vegetarian, there are also alterations for dishes that include meat so that you can change things up depending on what you feel like as well as who you're cooking for.

There are so many amazing colour photos in this book that bring the recipes to life and just look so amazing.  Looking through this book made me so hungry because the pictures just look so good.

I will admit that sometimes I feel a bit weary about cookbooks just in case they're filled with a bunch of foods I'll never make because they look like something I wouldn't eat, or they have all these ingredients I've never heard of and don't expect to be able to find easily.  I feel as though The Part-Time Vegetarian contains mostly foods I want to eat with ingredients that I can actually find.  There are a couple of ingredients that sound odd but there are explanations about what these are and substitutions that can be made.

Overall, I thought The Part-Time Vegetarian was a good cookbook, filled with recipes that I definitely want to try out.  So I would definitely say that The Part-Time Vegetarian is a good cookbook to have in any collection.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Red Rain by R. L. Stine

Title: Red Rain

Author: R. L. Stine

Published: Touchstone, October 2012

Pages: 371

Summary: Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction through the island and Lea barely escapes with her life.

In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers two orphaned boys – twins. Filled with a desire to do something to help, to make something good of all she witnessed, Lea impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island – husband Mark, a child psychologist, and their two children, Ira and Elena – aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature – or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: After having read Goosebumps and Fear Street when I was younger I was interested in reading an adult novel by R. L. Stine.  I honestly didn't have the highest expectations for this book though because it was on clearance when I bought it and it was fairly new when I bought it too.

I feel as though this book was pretty dull for the most part.  I would read a few pages and then sit the book down because I was bored.  I felt like apart from the very beginning it took until almost 150 pages into the book to actually get to anything slightly gory.

If I wasn't reading this book, not only for entertainment but also as research into what horror novels are like and to get a feel for the genre I would have put this book down.  I have to say that this book gave me some ideas about how not to write a horror novel, or at least it told me what I didn't like in a horror novel, which is good.

There were so many cliches in this book that I had to keep rolling my eyes whenever something new came up.  I felt like the majority of the book was extremely predictable because of this.  I have to say that I did get one surprise as there was one thing I didn't see coming but to be fair that was probably because I kept losing my focus on the book because I found it to be pretty dull.

Sadly, this did not at all live up to the Goosebumps and Fear Street stories that used to scare me.  I don't like to be so hard on this book, but really it just wasn't that great.  I can see why I managed to get it so cheaply now.  It just was not a book for me.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir

Title: The Martian

Author: Andy Weir

Published: Crown, 2014

Pages: 369

Summary: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I have been interested in reading this book for a little while now and with the movie coming out soon, I figured that I should read the book before I see the movie.

The book starts off right in the action and the book pretty much stays in that mode of everything needs to be done, and done very carefully but accurately.  The whole book had this really intense vibe to it and the sense of urgency feels very real.

I enjoyed Mark Watney's voice, he's in this really crazy predicament yet he manages to sound humorous and can sometimes make light of the situation.  I think that's basically the best way to be able to cope in his situation and I felt as though Mark Watney's humour made me feel just that little bit better about his situation even though, it was pretty intense.

The book has quite a lot of technical speak and I thought this was really interesting, quite a big part of the book is Mark Watney doing calculations about how he can survive because in his case everything has to be accurate and there is no room for error.

Overall, I quite enjoyed The Martian, it was really entertaining and a highly intriguing read.  I don't want to say much more than that because really it's a book that people should read.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Title: The Hero of Ages

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Published: Gollancz, 2010

Pages: 724

Series: Book 3, Mistborn

Summary: May contain spoilers! Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I love Brandon Sanderson's writing and am working on reading all of his books. I have to say that the Mistborn series is my least favourite of his books' and this is just because it has more of a focus on politics than the others and I feel as though I have already heard so much about the magic system from other people that it just doesn't feel as special any more.

That being said, I am still thoroughly enjoying the Mistborn series.  I feel as though my thoughts on this book are going to be quite short as this is the third book and so it's the conclusion of this trilogy so I really don't want to give too much away.

This book has a lot more action scenes and while I don't usually like those scenes so much, I feel like Brandon Sanderson does a good job of making battle scenes being interesting and well worth reading.

In terms of the ending I felt like while I didn't guess who the ending would involve I did have some ideas that it would go that way.  Although I have to say, I would have preferred The Hero of Ages to be someone else but who it was, is also someone I was happy with.

The Hero of Ages was a good book and I always enjoy reading Brandon Sanderson's books.  I'm glad that the magic system did have more depth than what other people had described it to be and I am very much excited to continue on with the series.  I'm looking forward to reading The Alloy of Law in anticipation of the next book coming out later this year.

Friday, August 21, 2015

By Cook or by Crook by Maya Corrigan

Title: By Cook or by Crook

Author: Maya Corrigan

Published: Kensington, 2014

Pages: 310

Series: Book 1, A Five-Ingredient Mystery

Summary: Take one burned-out city girl. Add a crusty codger, a dash of romance, and a twist of humor. Stir in a generous helping of murder, and you’ve got the ingredients for one truly delicious mystery ...

Haunted by the car accident that ended her career as a cookbook publicist, Val Deniston has traded in the chaos of New York City for a quieter life near the Chesapeake Bay. Living with her curmudgeonly grandfather in the tourist town of Bayport is hardly glamorous, but she enjoys running the Cool Down Café at the local fitness club, and she finally has time to work on her long-planned cookbook. After a club patron is murdered, Val cooks up a scheme to find the killer who framed her best friend. While Val investigates five suspects and uncovers five key clues, Granddad takes up cooking, creating havoc in the kitchen even when trying recipes that have only five ingredients.   (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I am absolutely loving cosy mysteries right now and so I have been trying out different series' to see which ones I enjoy enough to keep reading.  I'm finding that I really love the cosy mysteries that have a food theme to go along with it.

I had a lot of fun reading By Cook or by Crook.  The food theme throughout the book was really good and it left me feeling pretty hungry by the end.  Luckily, there are recipes in the back for the foods mentioned in the book and I am definitely going to be trying a couple of them because they sound so good.

The mystery aspect of the book was really interesting and I was left flying through the pages trying to sift through the clues along with Val to try and get to the bottom of the mystery.  I felt like there were just so many clues and so many different angles at play here that I loved every minute of it.  There was never a dull moment and practically everyone was a suspect in some way.  I have to say that I didn't quite guess who the murderer was but I think in the end I had made a good effort.

Overall, I really loved reading By Cook or by Crook, I thought it was a really fun and interesting cosy mystery and I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett

Title: Bookmarked for Death

Author: Lorna Barrett

Published: Berkley Prime Crime, 2009

Pages: 297

Series: Book 2, Booktown Mystery

Summary: What do a stone book and a stabbed cake have to do with Zoë Carter's death?

Once a struggling town, Stoneham, New Hampshire is now enjoying a renaissance--thanks to booksellers like Tricia Miles, proprietor of Haven’t Got a Clue. It’s a great place to find a good mystery to read--or to solve ….
To celebrate her bookstore’s anniversary, Tricia Miles hosts a book signing for bestselling author Zoë Carter. But the event takes a terrible turn when the author is found dead in the washroom. Before long, both police and reporters are demanding the real story. So far, the author’s obnoxious assistant/niece is the only suspect. And with a sheriff who provides more obstacles than answers, Tricia will have to take matters into her own hands--and read between the lines to solve this mystery…  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I really loved the first book in this series and just had to continue on with the next book in the series as soon as I could.  Needless to say, I enjoyed this one just as much as the first one.

I loved the mystery aspect of the story.  It's always fun to follow along with Tricia to solve the mysteries and sort through the clues.  I have to say that there were quite a few red herrings in this book and it was very interesting trying to figure out who the culprit actually was.  I didn't end up guessing who the culprit was so I was surprised by the ending.

I felt as though there wasn't as much of a focus on Tricia's bookshop in this one but I still enjoyed the small amount of time that was spent in the bookstore.  The other thing I really love about these books, is the food aspect.  Tricia's sister just makes the nicest sounding food and each book has recipes in the back for the food that was mentioned in the book.  I felt as though they weren't as exciting or delicious sounding as the previous book but they still sounded pretty nice.

I really loved Bookmarked for Death, it was just such a fun mystery and something that I really enjoyed reading.  I think that the Booktown Mystery series may fast become one of my favourite cosy mystery series and as soon as I read a few more of my own books I might have to go and marathon the rest of the series because I'm really enjoying them.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

Title: Blood Rites

Author: Jim Butcher

Published: Orbit, 2005

Pages: 464

Series: Book 6, The Dresden Files

Summary: May Contain Spoilers! For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Dodging flaming monkey poo, for instance. Or going toe-to-leaf with a walking plant monster. Still, there is something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film's producer believes he's the target of a sinister entropy curse, but it's the women around him who are dying, in increasingly spectacular ways.

Harry is doubly frustrated because he got involved with this bizarre mystery only as a favor to Thomas, his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can't quite figure out, until his investigation leads him straight to Thomas' oversexed vampire family. Harry is about to discover that Thomas' family tree has been hiding a shocking secret; a revelation that will change Harry's life forever.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I'm still on a mystery kick and I absolutely love The Dresden Files, as they are great mysteries in an urban fantasy setting, so needless to say, it was time to pick this one up.

The book starts off in a really interesting way with Harry being chased by demon monkeys while grabbing puppies, so it was just a really fun start.

The mystery of the book was quite interesting as in this case Harry is playing protector for a film producer who believes he is cursed.  There are quite a few interesting aspects to the story as there are mysterious things happening in the book.

I really liked that in Blood Rites there were quite a few reveals about Dresden's mother and who she was and what she had done.  It was really intriguing and I always enjoy learning more about Harry's family history.

I did quite enjoy reading Blood Rites, it was a good addition to the Dresden Files series and another good mystery set in an urban fantasy setting.  I look forward to reading the next book in the series pretty soon.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Darkfever

Author: Karen Marie Moning

Published: Dell, 2008

Pages: 347

Series: Book 1, Fever

Summary: When MacKayla's sister was murdered, she left a single clue to her death, a cryptic message on Mac's cell phone. Journeying to Ireland in search of answers, Mac is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to master a power she had no idea she possessed - a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae.

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister's death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho...while at the same time, the ruthless V'lane - an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women - closes in on her. As the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac's true mission becomes clear: to find the elusive Sinsar Dubh
 before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book - because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control both worlds in their hands.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I've had this book for quite a while and I was interested in picking it up because I have been on a massive mystery binge lately.  This one isn't predominantly a mystery series but it still has mystery in an urban fantasy setting.

The book is told in an interesting way.  Basically Mac is telling the story some time later and so every now and then it will jump out of the here and now of the story and talk about how if only she'd known at the time or this would be the last time my life was normal.  I felt it took a way from the story a little bit.

I have to say that I did find this book to be a little odd at times.  There were some fae who made Mac just take off her clothes all over the place.  It was so weird, like there were times that she would be walking through the museum and just taking off her clothes without noticing.  I felt like it was a little unnecessary and really not something that I particularly cared about at all.

The mystery aspect was interesting as to who killed Mac's sister and why they did it.  I did feel that because this was the first book in a series it put more of a focus on developing who Mac is and the overarching goal of the series so I did feel as though she didn't really explore the mystery of who killed her sister.

I think that Jericho Barrons is supposed to be this really hot and mysterious guy but I got these creepy and strange vibe off him.  I just thought he didn't seem to be that great of a guy and in my head I kept thinking of him as this creepy, rough and dirty guy that you would want to steer clear of at all times.

Overall, I thought that Darkfever was an alright read.  It wasn't something I found to be amazing and because of that I feel as though I won't be continuing on with the series as this just wasn't really for me.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Title: Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Published: Feiwel and Friends, 2013

Pages: 452

Series: Book 2, The Lunar Chronicles

Summary: May contain spoilers! Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. 

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: It had been a while since I had read Cinder so I couldn't completely remember everything that had happened.  However, I did remember that I really enjoyed it.  I was a little nervous about reading Scarlet as I haven't really been getting into many young adult novels lately.  Thankfully, I found Scarlet to be a rare exception.

Scarlet was such a fun and interesting read.  In this book we're introduced to three new main characters, Scarlet, Wolf and Thorne.  I liked all three of them.  They were their own characters and all three of them had unique personalities.  I have to say that I really like how both Scarlet and Cinder can take care of themselves and don't require rescuing from all the guys.

Scarlet jumps between what Scarlet and Wolf are doing, and what Cinder and Thorne are doing.  I liked this as it kept me wanting to read to see how the other characters are doing.

I loved the parallels between Scarlet and the story of Little Red Riding Hood.  There were so many interesting little snippets that made the book all the more enjoyable.  I do find that I quite enjoy fairy tale retellings.  The science fiction addition also just makes it all the more unique and very enjoyable.

I have to say that I really did enjoy reading Scarlet and that I have picked these books up again at a pretty good time, given that the final book comes out later in the year.  I will definitely be picking up Cress sooner rather than later.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie

Title: Death Comes as the End

Author: Agatha Christie

Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 2012 (first published 1944)

Pages: 252

Summary:  It is Egypt in 2000 BC, where death gives meaning to life. At the foot of a cliff lies the broken, twisted body of Nofret, concubine to a ka-priest. Young, beautiful, and venomous, most agree that it was fate—she deserved to die like a snake!

But at her father's house on the banks of the Nile, the priest's daughter Renisenb believes that the woman's death is suspicious. Increasingly, she becomes convinced that the source of evil lurks within their household—and watches helplessly as the family's passions explode in murder. . . (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  After reading and really enjoying Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None a few years ago, I was pretty excited to read more by her.  I picked up Death Comes as the End not long after I finished And Then There Were None as this is supposedly the book that has the most murders.  It's also set in Ancient Egypt which is something that very much interests me.  While I wasn't really counting, I did feel as though there weren't that many murders but I could have just missed something somewhere.

I do have to say that it took me a little bit to get used to the names. They're all Egyptian names so it took me a little bit to figure out who was who but once I did I found myself quite enjoying the book.  This book is interesting as it has a personal/ kind of romance element to it, which I really wasn't expecting.  There are a few times where it is discussed who Renisenb should marry.  I honestly didn't think that part was too interesting to me as I was more interested in the mystery aspect.

There are so many suspects in this book that I really didn't manage to guess who the murderer was.  So it was quite a surprise once it had been revealed who it was.  I did have one theory that I thought to be a pretty good one, but unfortunately it wasn't that.

I thought that Death Comes as the End was quite interesting but it just wasn't on the same level as And Then There Were None.  That being said, it was a good mystery in itself.  I am definitely looking forward to reading more of Agatha Christie's books and I think that my next choice will be either a Poirot or Miss Marple mystery.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death by M. C. Beaton

Title: Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death

Author: M. C. Beaton

Published: Robinson Publishing, 2010 (First published 1998)

Pages: 265

Series: Book 7, Agatha Raisin

Summary: May contain spoilers! This time, the feisty sleuth stumbles upon the victim of an unnatural death in Cotswold village's famous natural spring. Who was the unlucky corpse? The Ancombe Parish Council chairman-and the only uncommitted member voting on whether to allow the Ancombe Water Company to tap into the town's spring. Add ex-fiance James, watery politicians, and slippery entrepreneurs to the mix, and you have Agatha up to her neck in a murky murder mystery.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: After just recently finishing the previous book in the series and being on a mystery binge I was quite interested in reading The Wellspring of Death.  I was also a little bit apprehensive because I wasn't a huge fan of the previous book, Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist.

In the Wellspring of Death Agatha is back at home in the Cotswolds so I was hoping that it would be a bit better than the previous book.  Thankfully, it was because there were more of the familiar characters that I like and so it just felt more familiar and a more comfortable setting.

Usually with this series it takes a while for the murder victim to show up, but in this instance it happened in the first few pages.  From there Agatha was off and running on her murder investigation.  I followed along with everything that was being presented and I had a specific person in mind for who the murderer was.  Unfortunately I was wrong with my suspicions.  I was a little disappointed with this just because I was really hoping that this one person had done it because I didn't particularly like their character.  I did also feel like there were a couple of loose ends with that character that made them seem more suspicious.

I did feel as though this book was quite a bit better than the previous one.  A lot of the things that annoyed me about the previous book were not in this one.  So, for now I think that I will pick up the next book in the future and see how I go from there.  Overall, I do find the Agatha Raisin series to be quite a fun and interesting mystery series.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Three Bedrooms, One Corpse by Charlaine Harris

Title: Three Bedrooms, One Corpse

Author: Charlaine Harris

Published: Gollancz, 2012 (First published 1994)

Pages: 215

Series: Book 3, Aurora Teagarden

Summary: An unexpected legacy has given former librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden some time on her hands, so she decides to try selling real estate. Her mother, after all, is Lawrenceton's premier real estate agent, giving Roe a head start on this new career. But at her first house showing, Roe discovers the naked corpse of a rival broker. It looks like there's a cool killer at large, one who knows a great deal about real estate- and maybe too much about Roe.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I've been really getting into the cosy mystery books lately so I was very much excited to pick up Three Bedrooms, One Corpse.

I do feel like the Aurora Teagarden books are a little less on the cosy side as quite a few of the mystery series I've been reading as these ones have a bit more detail about the actual murders.  This doesn't tend to bother me though.  I think the main thing is that there is a little bit of investigating by these amateur sleuths and that couples with luck get a mystery solved.

One thing I liked about this one is that it had Aurora out and doing more investigating.  The previous book didn't have so much of that but in this one it felt more like I was going along with Aurora and checking out different people's actions and getting more clues.  It was just really good.

I didn't actually guess who the murderer was.  I think in some ways this was because I was kind of more swept up in the story as a whole that I wasn't spending the time to think about who could have committed the crime and why.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Three Bedrooms, One Corpse.  I've already read the synopsis for the next book in the series and it sounds highly intriguing.

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Dead Room by Heather Graham

Title: The Dead Room 

Author: Heather Graham

Published: Mira, 2007

Pages: 441

Series: Book 4, Harrison Investigations

Summary: A year ago, archaeologist Leslie MacIntyre barely survived the explosion that took the life of her fiance, Matt Connolly. In the long months since, she's slowly come to terms not only with her loss but with her unsettling new ability to communicate with ghosts, a dubious 'gift' received in the wake of her own brush with death.
Now she's returned to lower Manhattan's historic Hastings House, site of the explosion, to conquer her fears and investigate a newly discovered burial ground. In this place restless spirits hold the secrets not only of past injustice but of a very real and very contemporary conspiracy with deadly designs on the city's women--including Leslie herself.
By night Matt visits her in dreams, warning her and offering clues to the truth, while by day she finds herself helped by--and attracted to-- his flesh-and-blood cousin Joe. Torn by her feelings for both men, caught between the worlds of the living and the dead, Leslie struggles against the encroaching danger that threatens to overcome her. As she is drawn closer to the darkness at the heart of Hastings House, she must ultimately face the power of an evil mind, alone in a place where not even the men she loves can save her.  (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts:  It was a dark and stormy night when I decided to pick up this book and start reading it.  Some of the Harrison Investigation novels can have quite a creepy element to them and this one did a little bit but it didn't have that much of a sinister feel even with the events that were happening.
This one reads a little differently to the previous books in the series but I will say that in a good way.  The mystery was just that much more interesting, and the formulaic style of Heather Graham's writing wasn't as obvious.

The ending took a bit of an unexpected turn which I had not thought of at all.  I did feel as though it was lacking a little in emotion however, as it was a big thing to happen but however.  In terms of the mystery, I didn't manage to guess who the bad guy was but honestly, the book had so many red herrings that it could have been anyone that had done it.

Overall, I quite enjoyed The Dead Room.  I always like to read Heather Graham's novels when I'm looking for a light paranormal mystery.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

July Wrap-Up

July seemed to fly by for me and so I now have a little list of books that I managed to read this month.  I also wanted to just say that I'm going to be changing my scheduling up a little bit from now and instead of posting a review every Monday and Friday I am now going to be a little more ambitious and try and post up a review every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays I will try to post up some other kind of bookish post but we will see how we go.  Now, onto the books I managed to read this month.

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

At the beginning of the month I was still working on my thesis and I was using reading as a way to wind-down at the end of the day so I found reading Harry Potter was a really good way to make me feel good and relaxed at the end of the day.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire isn't my favourite book in the series but I felt as though I had a greater appreciation re-reading it this time.  It was just really what I needed at the time.

2. Rogue by Gina Damico

You can find my review of Rogue here.

3. Trouble with Lichen by John Wyndham

You can find my review for Trouble with Lichen here.

4. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

My review of Shadow Scale can be found here.

5. Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

My review for Speaking in Bones can be found here.

6. Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett

My review for Murder is Binding can be found here.

7. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

I have to say that I didn't find this book as enjoyable or convincing as what I would have hoped.  I felt as though Jonathan Safran Foer's writing style was kind of pretentious and I didn't like the way he outlined his argument.

8. Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist by M. C. Beaton

My review for Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist can be found here.

9. Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings

My review for Poltergeeks can be found here.

10. The Dead Room by Heather Graham

Review will be published in the future.

11. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse by Charlaine Harris

Review will be published in the future.

12. Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death by M. C. Beaton

Review will be published in the future.

13. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Review will be published in the future.

14. Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie

Review will be published in the future.

15. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Review will be published in the future.

16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

This is my least favourite book in the Harry Potter series but I did feel like this time around I was getting some really interesting and more detailed information that I couldn't recall the other few times I had read the book.

So those were the books I read in July and I am extremely happy with the amount of books I read.  I don't expect August to be as good of a reading month but I can be hopeful.