Monday, April 21, 2014

Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Title: Dearly Devoted Dexter

Author: Jeff Lindsay

Published: Vintage, 2006

Pages: 304

Series: Book 2, Dexter

Summary: May Contain Spoilers! Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It's just not easy being an ethical serial killer - especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac...which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita, and her two children, sipping light beer and slowly becoming the world's first serial couch potato. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher? How long before his Dark Passenger forces him to drop the charade and let his inner monster run free?

In trying times, opportunity knocks. A particularly nasty psychopath is cutting a trail through Miami - a man whose twisted technique leaves even Dexter speechless. As Dexter's dark appetite is revived, his sister, Deborah (a newly minted, tough-as-nails Miami detective), is drawn headlong into the case. It quickly becomes clear that it will take a monster to catch a monster - but it isn't until his archnemesis is abducted that Dex can finally throw himself into the search for a new plaything. Unless, of course, his plaything finds him first...  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: This is the second book in the series and after I enjoyed reading the first book I decided to see what the second book was like.  I felt like it was a very interesting story and that it had the potential to be a really creepy book.

However, I felt like things were a bit rushed.  One minute something was just being introduced and the next minute things had gone full out insane and it was a little jarring.  It also made the book go by really fast, one minute we were introduced to the bad guy and the next thing the book was over.  I think that the first book suffered through a lack of details as well and I hope that it will get better as the series progresses.

The bad guy was very intriguing however, what he did to his victims was just so crazy.  I will admit that I felt a little ill reading about it, in fact, just picturing it in my mind makes me shudder a little bit.  I don’t want to go into detail but let’s just say that I have not read anything like that before.

Dearly Devoted Dexter is definitely interesting as Dexter’s point of view is emotionless so it makes for an interesting and unique angle but sometimes it makes it a little hard to read just because it makes it hard to figure out how characters are feeling.

Overall, I found Dearly Devoted Dexter to be quite an interesting story and I am quite interested in seeing how the rest of the series will progress.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne

Title: Still Waters

Author: Emma Carlson Berne

Published: Simon Pulse, 2011

Pages: 212

Summary: Hannah can't wait to sneak off for a romantic weekend with her boyfriend, Colin. He's leaving for college soon, and Hannah wants their trip to the lake house to be one they'll never forget.
But once Hannah and Colin get there, things start to seem a bit...off. They can't find the town on any map. The house they are staying in looks as if someone's been living there, even though it's been deserted for years. And Colin doesn't seem quite himself. As he grows more unstable, Hannah worries about Colin's dark side, and her own safety.
Nothing is as perfect as it seems, and what lies beneath may haunt her forever.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: Still Waters is an interesting book.  I liked the premise and how creepy it could be but at the same time I felt like the book kind of swept over so many details and lost its feeling of suspense.

The main time that I was reading Still Waters was on a grey day and I was sitting in my car in a car park by myself.  When I got to the creepy parts I started to get a little creeped out and I also found it a little hard to put down because I just had to know what would happen next.

I have to say the ending of this book was a little odd.  Just the reactions of some people were not what I would have thought would have happened and so I found it hard to suspend my disbelief at this point.

I don't have too much more to say about Still Waters other than that it is a quick, light mystery which I thought made for a good grey afternoon read.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Title: Elantris

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Published: Gollancz, 2005

Pages: 615

Summary: The capital of Arelon, the home to people transformed into magic-using demigods by the Shaod.

But then the magic failed, Elantris started to rot, and its inhabitants turned into powerless wrecks.

And in the new capital, Kae, close enough to Elantris for everyone to be reminded of what they have lost, a princess arrives. Sarene is to be married to unite Teod and Arelon against the religious imperialists of Fjordell. But she is told that Raoden, her husband to be, is dead.

Determined to carry on the fight for Teod and Arelon's freedom, Sarene clashes with the high priest Hrathen. If Hrathen can persuade the populace to convert, Fjordell will reign supreme.
But there are secrets in Elantris, the dead and the ruined may yet have a role to play in this new world. Magic lives.  (taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: After reading Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson last year I knew that I had to read more books written by Brandon Sanderson.  It took a long time for me to decide which book to start with and I decided that the best place to start would be with the first book published.  I am so glad that I read Elantris because it is so amazing.

I feel a little bit like the beginning was slow going but once the story got rolling I found myself glued to the pages just needing to know what happened next and hoping that certain events would work out.

There were quite a few surprised within Elantris which I really loved, Sanderson has this great way of revealing bits of information in such a way that just makes you want to read more.

I'm finding it hard to write anything more about this book because I feel like I'd just become a raving lunatic and start saying the same thing over and over.  Elantris is amazing and I loved it so much.  As soon as I finished the book I was thinking about which Sanderson book to read next as I seriously love his writing.