Book Review

Book Review: The Chalk Man

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Rating: 3 Stars
Date Started: 30 October 2017
Date Finished: 5 November 2017
Pages: 288
Genre: Mystery Thriller

I have to admit, I’m a bit disappointed in this book. Maybe it’s because I read the reviews before reading the book, and they left me expecting more. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I didn’t have the expectation of it being “the best book of the year”.

Unfortunately, this fell far short of the best book of the year for me, but it was still an okay read. It had a good start, but I feel like I kind of lost steam halfway through. There was too much internal monologuing going on and not enough of anything actually happening.

The plot itself was pretty thin and not terribly interesting. I never found myself desperate to know what would happen next. The characters were a bit flat and generic, and the silly nicknames that the MC came up with and insisted calling them the whole time grated on my nerves after a while.

The overall writing was good enough to keep me reading though, and at the end it was satisfying to get to the conclusion. I guessed one of the twists only about 5 minutes before I actually read it, but the author also took some easy outs that felt a bit like cheating. I’m not judging though… I can only imagine how difficult it must be to write a novel. I think the author will probably only get better the more she writes, and I’ll look out for more of her work.

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Book Review

Book Review: Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare Children’s Story)

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Rating: 3 Stars
Date Started: 1 June 2017
Date Finished: 1 June 2017
Pages: 67
Genre: Drama (so much drama)

I’d be really sheltered if I’d never heard the story of Romeo and Juliet before, but believe it or not, I’ve never read the play or even seen the Leo diCaprio movie! This was the first time I’ve actually got a feel for the actual events of the story, and honestly it doesn’t inspire me to either read the original or finally watch a young Leonardo climb up a trellis.

Having said that, this is super easy to read and very to the point – which I appreciated. It would even be something I’d consider reading to my son, if I wasn’t so opposed to the message within… and if I thought he’d sit still long enough to listen.

Honestly, I don’t like the story and never thought it was so amazing. Even when I was a moody and over dramatic teenager, I thought they were being a teensy bit extreme. Also it looks like the only reason Romeo was at that party in the first place is because he was trying to get over someone else?! And then he marries Juliet the next day? Can someone say rebound…

Anyway, I’m glad I finally got more or less the whole story now, and I’m putting my dislike aside and suspending belief that people were this over dramatic knowing that this was supposed to shock audiences. What I choose to take from this is the fact that the Montague’s and the Capulets finally figured out that lifelong family feuds are dumb and causes unnecessary strife.

I’d say a solid Meh ¯\_(ツ)_/¯