Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Goodreads Average Rating: 4.03 out of 5

Genre: Fiction, Adult, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Detective

Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy

“‘Wake up, Genius.’ Rothstein didn’t want to wake up. The Dream was too good. It featured his first wife months before she became his first wife, seventeen and perfect from head to toe. Naked and shimmering. Both of them naked.”

– Part 1 Buried Treasure, Finders Keepers by Stephen King

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Three different times.

1978: Morris Bellamy is a reader obsessed by America’s iconic author John Rothstein; so much so that he is willing to kill.

2009: Pete Saubers, a boy who discovers a buried trunk containing cash and notebooks written by Rothstein.

2014: Thirty-five years in prison and Morris is hell-bent on recovering his treasure. And Bill Hodges, who is running an investigative company called ‘Finders Keepers’, to rescue Pete from an ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris.

Finders Keepers is an another fantastic suspense novel. I found it hard to put it down from the very beginning. From the very first pages the story was a constant build of momentum.

One thing I have noticed when it comes to Stephen King’s work is that I can never get enough. Every book I pick up to read keeps me enthralled and wanting more. I simply can’t get enough.

In Finders Keepers the story jumps between the three different time periods but it isn’t hard to follow. The characters all go through their journey’s but end being brought together. The constant build of momentum of the story had me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. My favourite character was certainty Morris Bellamy though. He was such an interest yet weirdly obsessed character who would go to any length. The story was a comfortable pace but seemed to grow faster as faster as it unfolded.

I was glad that the ending wasn’t a disappointment. I have read many stories that have had such a good body. They built momentum and the characters were great, but once I reached the end the story would fall flat. This was not the case with Finders Keepers, it was great till the end.


So hello all!

The last few weeks have been crazy busy for me so I haven’t had to time to sit down and write. I also didn’t have time to complete Finder Keepers two weeks ago but I did finish it and finally got this review up for you.

Hopefully this week everything will go back to normal. I will have a post up on Friday.

I’ll see you then!

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

Goodreads Average Rating: 4.18 out of 5

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Alternative Universe, Dystopia

 ‘The first time I traveled to another dimension, I intended to take a life. Now I’m trying to save one. But I can’t do that unless I save myself. At the moment, I’m running through the winding streets of a near-medieval Rome, trying not to get burned at the stake.’

– Ten Thousand Skies Above You, Claudia Gray – Chapter 1

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Ten Thousand Skies Above You is the second book in the Firebird series by Claudia Gray. The story follows Marguerite Caine as she uses a device, called the Firebird, created by her parents to travel between alternative universes.

The sequel picks up not long after the end of the first installment, and trouble is just over the horizon. Marguerite is on a mission to save the man she loves after his soul was broken and put into multiple versions of himself. To save the man she loves Marguerite is torn between saving the man she loves and possibly ruining the lives of her family in other dimensions.

Reading the sequel straight after the first novel is one of the best feelings a reader can have. You don’t spend ages wanting to read the next one but you are unable to do so. However, now I have to wait until November until the third installment is released. And another great thing is when the sequel doesn’t let down your expectations from the first one. The story plot was interesting and I was excited to what would happen next, this series – so far – is a page turner. The characters were great and it was good to see them grow and see them experience new challenges to overcome.

Claudia Gray has done a wonderful job of creating new and exciting worlds to visit in the story and the small changes she makes were surprising but good. Not once did I get bored of reading this wonderful story and I am extremely excited for the third book.

This is defiantly a series that many people will enjoy.


Other Books in the Firebird Series:
– A Thousand Pieces of You – Book 1
– A Million Worlds With You – Book 3 (releases on 1 November, 2016)

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Goodreads Average Rating: 3.95 out of 5

Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Alternate Universe

‘My hand shakes as I brace myself against the brick wall. Rain falls cold and sharp against my skin, from a sky I’ve never seen before. It’s hard to catch my breath, to get any sense of where I am. All I know is that the Firebird worked. It hangs around my neck, still glowing with the heat of the journey.’

– Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You – Chapter 1

 

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray Book CoverA Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is the first book in the ‘Firebird’ series. The story follows Marguerite Caine who hunts the man that she believes is responsible for killing her father. Using a device, created by her parents, called the Firebird; Marguerite jumps into multiple alternative universes to chase her father’s murderer down. However, the truth is fair from what she expected.

The one thing that attracted my eye to this novel was the amazing cover design. The colours and image just screamed at me to pick it up off the shelf. I am so glad that I did.

From the beginning Claudia Gray kept me in the story. We jump straight in to Marguerite’s story and I spent the whole novel waiting to see what would happen. The characters in the novel kept me interested and intrigued, and they all felt real. One of the best things for me is to read a book and feel like the characters are real people. Claudia Gray did it well in this story.

The storyline was a quick and easy read, I didn’t have any trouble keeping up with the story and there was no confusion. The story didn’t fall flat and there was always something that would happen that you didn’t expect. It is a story that keeps you guessing what will happen next.

I loved the overall settings that the story took place in, an advanced futuristic London and an not so advanced past Russia. Even though these types of places are miles apart they fit together well.

One of my favourite things throughout the story was Marguerite’s love for her family, friends and romantic interest. There was never any part in the story where Marguerite would seem to forget them or be too interested in doing something else, everyone she cares for is constantly on her mind. It made her out to be such a loveable character, to me, that you can’t help but cheer for her to succeed.

I am so excited to jump right into the sequel, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, and see what will happen next.


Other Books in the Firebird Series:
– Ten Thousand Skies Above You – Book 2
– A Million Worlds With You – Book 3 (releases on 1 November, 2016)

 

Who’s Afraid by Maria Lewis

Goodreads Average Rating: 3.83 out of 5

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Shapeshifters

“I wasn’t sure how long I’d been running for or how much land I’d covered. When I felt the ground start to rise slowly uphill I knew it was a good sign. I was moving forward and not in circles. It was about the only thing that had gone right for me so far. The second I thought that, a red-hot stabbing pain burned along my spine. I yelled out and fell to my knees.”

– Who’s Afraid by Maria Lewis – Prologue

Book cover for a novel by Maria Lewis called Who's AfraidWho’s Afraid by Maria Lewis follows the story of Tommi, a young woman who has recently lost her mother and violently discovers her birthright as the world’s most powerful werewolf. The beginning of a new series is full of characters you will come to love.

This book was another birthday present this year from my sister. Compared to After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson, this book liked right up my alley. The front cover, to me, screamed supernatural badassery and I couldn’t wait to dive in.

The story is a smooth flowing and a very quick and easy read. The main character Tommi kept me interested from the very first pages and the more I learned about her the more I wanted to follow her. She is a unique character who is hard to forget with her bright blue hair and her strong will.

The overall story kept me waiting for what would happen next and anticipation was building up inside. I kept guessing when certain things would happen, since I like predicting how a story will go, but was completely surprised when I got it wrong. And the way the story ended shocked me completely, I didn’t at all expect it to end up like that.

There wasn’t really anything in the story that disappointed me, nothing I can complain about. It was a fun and interesting read that made me want more when it ended. Anyone who loves a good paranormal, or shifter, action packed romance story is in for a treat when they read this.

The sequel is due for released on the 17 January, 2017.

After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson

Goodreads Average Rating: 3.51 out of 5

‘He watched. Carefully. Paying attention to every detail as the rain sheeted the night-dark sky and streetlights reflected on the wet pavement.Two women were running, faster and faster, and he smiled as the first passed into the lamp’s pool of illumination. her face twisted in terror; her beautiful features distorted by fear.’

– Lisa Jackson, After She’s Gone – Prologue

Novel by Lisa Jackson, After She's Gone, Australian CoverAfter She’s Gone follows the story of Cassie Kramer and what happens after her younger sister and movie star, Allie, goes missing. Cassie deals with her own sanity while trying to find out what happened to her sister. The third instalment of Lisa Jackson’s Northwest series. This book brings a new mystery for readers to enjoy.

Much like Stephen King, I never heard of Lisa Jackson when I was given this novel. After She’s Gone was given to me, from my sister, for my birthday this year. At first glance I wasn’t sure what my sister had brought me, but as we are all told from a young age: ‘Never judge a book by its cover.’ Flipping over to inspect the book further, I couldn’t help but feel intrigued to read it soon as possible.

The opening to After She’s Gone is one of my favourite ways to open a story. Without giving it away, I was pleasantly surprised by how Lisa Jackson twisted the beginning to not confuse her readers, but surprise them. It filled me with excitement for the story to come and I wasn’t disappointed.

The overall story was filled with twists and turns that kept me guessing and I loved how Lisa Jackson wrapped the story up. I found it satisfying and was sad the book came to a end. The character interest me and I wanted to know more and more about them.

I feel the story has a bit of everything for most readers. If your not really interested in a mystery than you probably wouldn’t bother buying this novel, but there is plenty of stuff going on. There are family issue, sibling rivalry, mental issues, lover quarrels, etc. the list is endless. I like how the story touched on all these issues and they really made the characters feel like real people.

However, Lisa Jackson did spend a lot of time with Cassie’s internal dialogue. I felt like the story wasn’t balanced enough. It seemed like there was more time spent in Cassie’s head than experiencing the world around her. The pace also dragged a bit more than I would have liked.

The over all experience of After She’s Gone was interesting and an good read.

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King


Goodreads Average Rating: 
3.96 out of 5

“I’ve made some things for you, Constant Reader; you see them laid out before you in the moonlight. But before you look at the little handcrafted treasures I have for sale, let’s talk about them for a bit, shall we? It won’t take long. Here, sit down beside me. And do come a little closer. I don’t bite. Except…we’ve known each other for a very long time, and I suspect you know that’s not entirely true. Is it?” – Stephen King, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Introduction

51tR6+p5KSL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_I am new to the world of Stephen King but what I have read so far I have enjoyed. I first stepped into the world of the ‘King’ in 2015 when I read his novel Revival. The book was something that intrigued me from the first page and kept me flipping. When I found The Bazaar of Bad Dreams at my local Kmart I took it right off the shelf and brought it home with me. I didn’t bother a glance inside or at the blurb to see what it had to offer. All I knew was that I wanted to explore another world just like the one Stephen King had provided in Revival. (I didn’t even realise till I got home that the book was a collection of short stories.)

Some readers think that buying a book without looking it up or at least having a glance through to see if it is something that would interest you is silly. Normally I would agree with those readers, since I am a cautious reader. However, reading Revival introduced me to a whole knew author who I knew existed but had never explored. The end of Revival left me wanting more of Stephen King’s work and that desire came flooding back when The Bazaar of Bad Dreams appeared.

I am pleased to say that it didn’t disappoint. I wasn’t left sitting in my room at 2 am wondering why I wasted my money. I wasn’t thinking why didn’t I look it up first. I was left sitting on my train halfway between Laverton and Newport sad that it had come to an end. This collection of shorts stories sent me through a whirlwind of emotions from immensely intrigued to snorting with laughter. I loved Stephen King’s dark humour and plot twists; his cliff-hanger endings were exciting and left me with a fun cluster of built up curiosity.

Putting the book down at night to sleep, or closing the book and putting it away to get off the train was hard. I love it when a book pulls me in so much that I just can’t get enough of it. It is hard to find a book that keeps me wanting more. In this case it is an author I want more of and cannot wait to pick up more and more of Stephen King’s books.