Monday, 13 February 2017

The End Of The Day by Claire North

Many thanks to Net Galley and to the publisher for allowing me to read an advance readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed my previous meeting with Claire North's writing when I read The Fifteen Lives Of Harry August, so much that I remember saying I would look out for more books by her in the future. Recently, I came across The End Of The Day and the blurb peaked my curiosity...a book about a human working as the Harbinger of Death. What's not to like?!

Unfortunately, quite a lot, it turns out. The story follows Charlie as he fulfills his responsibility of going before death as a courtesy or a warning, as he regularly reminds us. He travels the world, meeting all kinds of people from different walks of life and honours life. But there is no discernible plot, and it seems to be an homage to SJWs in many places.

I understand what North was trying, and maybe, in principle, it is a novel idea, but it just doesn't read well. To be honest, I was relieved to finish it. The predictable predicaments that Charlie gets into are just lame and, often, pointless.

On a positive, I did feel for Charlie a lot, and the writing was alright, and I'm sure some people will love this book but, at the end of the day, The End Of The Day was not for me.

Star rating: 2 from 5
This book is due to be published on 4th April 2017

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Dark Matters: Betrayal by Michael Dow

Many thanks to the author, Michael Dow, for sending me an advance readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Back in December 2015, I had the good fortune to discover Dark Matters on NetGalley (review here). I really enjoyed it and was immediately excited when I knew it was the first in a new trilogy. Now, the sequel has arrived and I have just read it...

Dark Matters: Betrayal begins straight after the events of Dark Matters, maybe only a few minutes different. It follows the same group of characters Monique Durrand, Pax, Jonas Hansson, etc.) as well as introducing two or three new ones. The plot has more twists than a corkscrew as it leads are characters on a chase to find one village in Iran while trying to stay one step ahead of the Consortium, a group of wealthy, influential business men who want to save the world,even at the expense of others. As time passes, Monique's powers grow, surprising herself and her friends. Only in the village will they find any answers to their questions...what is dark matter? Why do they have these strange powers? Just who is the Chairman?

I absolutely loved this book. The action,twists and turns all contribute to a fine piece of sci-fi which leaves us hanging, yet again, as we must wait for book 3. The characters appear more developed and you really start to feel for them. The new characters, as well, add something to the plot as their lives are changed dramatically by the Consortium. The style of writing is perfect for this book as it isn't heavy, but at the same time is full of drama. It reminded me a bit of the Bourne books by Robert Ludlum in that sense.

All in all, this is a great sequel, better than the first book in my opinion. I highly recommend reading the series and can't wait for book 3!

Star rating: 5 from 5