May Review Round-up – What I’ve Been Reading


You may remember that I recently posted about not focusing on reviewing anymore. Well this is still true, but I did say that I would post shorter reviews on Goodreads. As we are nearing the end of May (yes I know, where has the time gone!) here is what I’ve been reading recently.

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A Love Like Blood by Marcus Sedgwick

A Love like blood coverI absolutely loved A Love Like Blood. Marcus Sedgwick’s evolution from YA to adult fiction is effortless. The book’s protagonist is beautifully and tragically told. Sedgwick’s usual gothic tone is still here, albeit somewhat more intense, more debauched, more graphic – and I lapped it up.

The first person perspective really helps you to connect with Charles. As you follow his life – whether it is when he first witnesses the man drinking the blood of an innocent woman, his flirtations with Marian or his pursuit of the man who tries to ruin his life – you can’t help but feel for him. He never has it easy, and by the end of the book, my heart broke for him.

I’ve read that some people see this as an adult vampire novel, but I’m afraid they couldn’t be more wrong. There are no vampires in here. This book may be about blood, but it is the internal thoughts of a lost man, his questions about how his life should go and how events never turn out as you’d planned.

If you are looking for a dark thriller, you can’t go far wrong than this. It is eerie in atmosphere, yet sensual enough in all the right moments. One of the best books I’ve read this year.

Star Base - 5

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Jimmy Threepwood and the Elixir of Light by Rich Pitman

Jimmy Threepwood and the Elixir of Light CoverRich Pitman’s sequel in the Jimmy Threepwood series is very imaginative and well thought out. I particularly enjoyed the action scenes as they were absorbing and detailed in such a way that you could see it play out in front of you. In fact, the entire last third of the book hooked me and I couldn’t put the book down. Original and magical – Kids would live it.

I found that this book focuses less on Jimmy Threepwood and more of the entire events that happen. Switching from different characters’ POV, we get to see all the action pan out, creating for a most atmospheric and entertaining end, when all groups finally clash in their search for the Elixir of Light. It’s an evolution from the first book and a much more mature approach to telling the story. I loved following the events of Higuian and her band of brothers. Their side story was juicy and compelling.

The one main issue with the book however, has got to be in the editing. Missing words, missing grammar and misspelled names makes reading a little difficult at times. If this is sorted and corrected, It’d make for a fantastic follow up.

Star Base - 3

*click here for my review of Book One in the Jimmy Threewood series: Jimmy Threepwood and the Veil of Darkness
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Super Fred by Tony Gilbert
Super Fred coverI bought this for my daughter and she loved it! Think Monsters Inc meets The BFG and then you’re somewhere close to this original and colourful tale of a boy who befriends a monster. It is beautifully written; rhyming works a treat with children aged 5 and up and it helps the story stick within their memory long after the book has been closed.
Star Base - 5

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1 thought on “May Review Round-up – What I’ve Been Reading

  1. Excellent reviews here, Dan 🙂

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