Reviews: A little of everything from May

Good Afternoon All!

Happy bank holiday/Memorial Day weekend to you all. I hope everyone has had an amazing weekend and enjoyed some serious QT either in the company of others or in the pleasure of ones own company. I’ve spent this weekend doing a lot of nothing and taken the opportunity for a re-charge and re-boot. I’ve had a manic month, so it’s been nice to take a moment.

As I’ve been so busy, I haven’t been able to post at all and it was this weekend when I realised that I haven’t written a review since mid-April. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been reading though. Rather than write a whole heap of reviews to catch up, I thought I’d do one big catch up post and write a short review (minus a synopsis) on each book. Hopefully I’ll then be able to fall back into line and get my act together!

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The SelloutThis book has been on my TBR shelf for so long so I was thrilled to finally get around to reading it. Disappointedly, I don’t think I chose the right time to read this book. There’s so much satire and hidden messaging in this book, I just didn’t have the attention span to follow it to the best of my ability. Therefore a lot of it was completely lost on me. Although I’ve moved this book to my read list, I think it may have to be one that I come back to at another time. For that reason, I’m not going to be unfair by rating this one.

 

 

The Defense (Eddie Flynn #1) by Steve Cavanagh

The DefenseI can’t remember for the life of me where I saw or read it, but I came across an amazing review of one of Steve Cavanagh’s books; Twisted and it sent me on a spree of adding his books to my TBR shelf. The Defense is the first book in a series based on con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn. A thriller/detective/action thriller series screamed audio book success to me so I downloaded them all and got to listening. This first one was awesome. the book had me hooked right from the very beginning and I couldn’t stop after that. The whole book covers only 48 hours of mayhem and I loved every minute of it. Lots of deceit, double crossing, twists and **gasp** moments. Would most definitely recommend this. 😍😍😍😍😫

The Plea (Eddie Flynn #2) by Steve Cavanagh

The PleaNaturally, after my first dose of Eddie Flynn, I moved straight on to book number 2; The Plea. There was no anti-climax and once again, the action all kicked off right from the very beginning. Although I don’t it’s necessary to have read the first book in order to understand the second, it certainly helps. There are carry over characters and having read The Defense, I felt like the relationships and dynamics between the characters just made sense right from the off. This second book seemed even more tense than the first for me. Eddie has so much more to lose and so much more to fight for in this one which added a whole heap of the depth to the story. By this point, I’d definitely say my Eddie Flynn addiction was well established. Fantastic book! 😍😍😍😍😫

The Liar (Eddie Flynn #3) by Steve Cavanagh

The LiarMy third dose of Eddie Flynn followed immediately on from the previous two books and I don’t know if it’s because I was going back to back, but I wasn’t as gripped by this one. The story had a little bit of a different feel to me. I felt like Eddie’s character played everything a little safer in this one and I loved the risk taking, not quite fully bad but a little bad, Eddie from the previous two. That said, the story is still awesome and still leaves you guessing right up until the very end. Lots of reveals and there were a lot of “Nooooo”s that I said out loud whilst listening. There was a new character in this book that interested me (the female detective working on the case) and I hope to hear more about her in the fourth and final book within the series. 😍😍😍😍😫

The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor

The Dangerous KindMy final review for this post is a book I received as an ARC (thank you Bonnier Zaffre). I failed miserably at getting this book finished prior to it’s release date, however a review is a review right? I didn’t know what to expect from this book, but I had already seen other book bloggers loving it on twitter so was intrigued. There were so many layers to this story but it was not at all difficult to follow. It’s written like all my favourite books are written; from many different perspectives. I always find that only the good writers can really nail this writing style and Deborah O’Connor is one of those. Lots of complex characters with interesting back stories with one big unravelling at the end. I look forward to adding more of O’Connor’s work to my TBR shelf. (As an aside, something I never comment on, but I love this book cover!) 😍😍😍😍😫

And there we are…May covered off in one swoop! Hopefully I can pull my finger out and get back to my usual review routine and style, however hope you’ve enjoyed this multi-book review post this time around.

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