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Monday, 26 June 2017

Book Review: UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

Caitlin Hendrix is a young detective drawn into investigating a brutal, relentless serial killer, known as the Prophet, who had previously terrorised her city and destroyed her family twenty years previous. Following in the footsteps of her father, who was the lead investigator all those years ago, Caitlin is quickly sucked into the case, determined to be the one to decipher his sick twisted messages and bring an end to his killing spree. But will she become blinded by her obsession to do what her father couldn't and bring down the Prophet?


"All Hope Abandon, Ye Who Enter Here"

I received this ARC from Dutton books in exchange for an honest review. As a huge fan of Criminal Minds, serial killers and criminal profiling, this book was right up my street. With its short, snappy chapters, it's relatively easy to just breeze through, and the pace of the story is pretty consistent with twists and turns constantly happening. I found the main character Caitlin quite likeable, along with her boyfriend Sean. Beyond that it's just a mish-mash of different detectives and investigators and it just felt like they all blurred together in my head.

The crimes themselves were gory and brutal, AND I LOVED IT. Some pretty interesting and creative methods of murdering and staging bodies in here... I don't want to spoil the overall arc of the story and how the murders are all "linked", but I thought it was brilliant! I was slow-clapping in my head.

Now....my issues. I think when you watch Criminal Minds or any tv show/movie related to this type of genre,  as well as reading the books, you have to just go with the fact that it's going to be pretty far-fetched and unbelievable. And I accept that - but it still bothers me slightly. Things always happen a bit too conveniently for me.

I'm quite intrigued by the fact that this will actually be a series, there's a high chance of me picking up the next book! It was a fun, addictive read, with lots of gore and chilling crime scenes. And I can't really complain about that. I think I'd give it 3.5 stars out of 5, but will round up to 4 for my goodreads ;)

So, if you enjoy Criminal Minds and detective work - this is the book for you! Released 27th June 2017.

Johann
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Nocturnal Reader's Subscription Box: All Hail The King

Finally - the box we've all been waiting for! Our Stephen King themed box. And it did not disappoint... We had been teased for so long with the alternate cover for King's latest release with Richard Chizmar, Gwendy's Button Box, and it is BEAUTIFUL. But first, here is the entirety of the box...



Look at all the awesome! I thought I'd take a few closer-up photos of the contents within this amazing, well-thought out box. First, the beautiful Gwendy cover, designed by the awesome Justin Wisniewski, and the really cool coin that we got with it - a key component of the story. That little sign for Castle Rock just gets me so excited!


Next up is the other book included within this box. A now out of print book by Peter Straub - who has written books with King before, of course. I have it on good authority from the guys at NRB that this is a great story - I'll have to get to it soon. It's also a beautiful edition, just from flicking through it.


We also got awesome Pennywise and Carrie stickers, with a Derry fridge magnet!!!! (not gonna lie, this is my favourite part of the box...), a Creepshow patch, cool Stephen King bookmarks including Molly the Thing of Evil, a Constant Reader pin (I'm torn over where to put mine!) and lastly Firestarter themed tea from Jasmine Pearl Tea Co.


Our print this month was based on the Bachman book, The Long Walk - I've yet to read this one, but if this artwork doesn't get me excited for it, I don't know what will!! The print is by Dan Charnley and I'm in love!


Lastly, this Dark Tower themed bandana... I had a huge Guns N' Roses phase when I was younger (who am I kidding, I'm still in this phase), but I used to wear a red bandana in the style of Axl Rose (I was a strange kid, but this was better than my Fred Durst phase). I might just have to bring that style back with this unreal bandana! I have to admit, I got a bit emotional reading all the quotes around the perimeter, it's making me want to revisit the Tower... but I can't! Too many other books to read.



So that's it for this month! NRB have a challenge on their hands to live up to this box - but I'm yet to be disappointed. Remember you can use my discount code DRJOBIS15 if you're ordering future boxes and want to save yourself some money. Next month's theme is The Feast and I can't wait to see how deliciously dark it's going to be...

Johann
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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Book Review: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

The first volume of the epic Lord of the Rings novel, The Fellowship of the Ring, basically focuses on the formation of the Fellowship - the group that will become responsible for the fate of the One Ring. After having been lost for centuries, the One Ring is passed from Bilbo Baggins to the young hobbit Frodo and as Ringbearer, the future of civilisation in Middle Earth rests upon his shoulders as he must travel to Mount Doom in order to destroy the ring in the fires in which it was forged.


"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."

Reading The Lord of the Rings is like coming home. I came late to the Harry Potter series, I wasn't one of those children who grew up with Harry and co., so often people will ask me, "What were you doing when everyone else was dreaming of going to Hogwarts?" and I will say, "I was dreaming of going on an adventure in Middle Earth".

I grew up with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, probably reading the latter at an age where I really didn't understand a lot of what was going on and yet I still fell in love with these books. Going to see the movies in the cinema with my brother and uncle became a tradition, even if my uncle was one of those annoying movie-goers, whispering in my ear at every opportunity, "In the book, they actually..." WELL, now I'm proud to say I'm one of those annoying people! So I have quite strong feelings for these books and have reread them numerous times. As is evident quite often in my stories on instagram, I watch these movies all the time as well - they are timeless classics to me.  It's been a while since my last reread, therefore I decided 2017 would be the year of my great Hobbit/LOTR reread, and it's been an absolute joy so far.

It's hard to write a review for one of the greatest series ever written. How dare I insult a genius like Tolkien by giving my meandering thoughts... In all honesty, I don't have many negative things to say about these books. My only criticism is the songs that are sometimes included that go on for too long. I quite enjoy these songs in the movies, but reading through them is an entirely different experience.

Reuniting with the Fellowship again is always a treat - Aragorn has always been and will always be my favourite member of the Fellowship. He is heroic, strong, determined, a leader, a King. Gandalf is also one of my main men. I remember when I read these books and watched these movies years ago, Samwise Gamgee was always just "Frodo's friend" to me, but over the years and as I grow older, it's only now that I can really see just how amazing Sam is. He is irreplaceable in terms of the support and friendship he provides for Frodo, he is so selfless and courageous. We all need to be a little more like Samwise Gamgee. His loyal traits only start to bear fruition in this first volume.

My favourite aspect of this book is the togetherness of the Fellowship, they move as one group, before splintering off in subsequent volumes. It's nice to see them all interact with each other, with one shared aim. I always considered this book to be my least favourite out of the three, and yet I still loved every minute of it. That says a lot for the books to follow. This is an epic fantasy tale, one that will continue to live on through the ages, and I'm really excited to delve into The Two Towers again (once I finish the monster that is IT). This one gets 5 stars out of 5 from me - Tolkien is a genius.

Johann
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