Books I read last week…

I am bored of my current format of telling you about books I have read to mix it up a bit I shall tell you what I’ve read and my thoughts on those books since my last book review post.

After finishing the most enthralling Wayward, the second book in the Wayward Pines series I embarked on a sci-fy fantasy called The Twelve Stones by R.J Johnson.

Twenty two years ago, Alex McCray found the first of the Twelve Stones, a set of powerful artifacts left for Humanity to find and use to save Earth from certain destruction.

Returning to his hometown of Onyx, California, Alex reunites with his father who returns the stone Alex found so many years ago. Their reunion is cut short however after Alex’s father is murdered by billionaire industrialist Rupert Kline, a madman who will stop at nothing to collect all twelve stones for himself.

Driven by revenge, Alex McCray vows to bring his father’s killer to justice and keep the remaining Twelve Stones out of Kline’s hands.

A thrilling tale that mixes romance, cutting edge science, and oh yeah, the fate of human civilization.

Expecting to find something along the lines of the Ben Hope books by Scott Mariani, I was rather disappointed by the weak characterisations and dialogue in this book. The concept and story were interesting but the book missed the mark for me rather frustratingly. It did have some nice touches like a strong female character but this book needed an editor.

The next book I dove into was The Patient by Scott Griffin.

Jon wakes up alone in a hospital. Except he doesn’t remember that his name is Jon.

He doesn’t remember anything about who he is or how he ended up in hospital. Or why he no longer has the use of his legs.

He is completely isolated in his room – with only his nightmares to keep him company.

He is visited by the doctor and the nurse and even a detective. But no one will explain to him what happened or when he will be released.

Fitted with a back brace, Jon is shackled to his hospital bed.

He soon realises that without his memory he is powerless.

On top of everything, there are strangers in the dark, eerie noises and mysterious people walking the halls.

Are they all watching him?

Is he being held prisoner, or is he being paranoid?

And when he finally discover the truth about why he is in hospital, will he be able to handle it?

‘The Patient’ is a tense and suspenseful thriller with a twist that will leave you chilled.

I have not read anything from this author before and actually did like this short story very much. The Patient was a taut psychological thriller and had me on the edge of my seat from the go. The medicine sounded rather dubious to me which unfortunately tipped me off about what was to come but I still recommend this short read. I’m not a huge fan of short stories but I have read quite a few and this is one author who doesn’t need a lot of words to get you hooked.

Next up was Evolution by Kelly Carrero.

Seventeen year old Jade Sommers’ life is turned upside down the moment she sees the inch long cut across her face heal right before her eyes.

Jade thinks she is going insane, but her boyfriend, Aiden Scott, knows better. He knows what she is. And like him, she was born this way.

Now if finding out that people like her shouldn’t exist isn’t bad enough, Jade’s best friend is kidnapped by the psycho who terrorises her dreams. With the help of Aiden, Jade has to figure out how to save her before it’s to late.

But what Jade doesn’t know is not everything is what it seems. She is merely a puppet in a sadistic game to find out what she is truly capable of, and that game has only just begun.

This was the first book in a Young Adult fantasy thriller, from the cover I was expecting something along the lines of Vaccine Nation by David Lender but this book covered science in a very superficial way and was more of a teen romance. It did end on a good cliff hanger but just wasn’t stimulating enough for me in terms of the concept and actual science. The picture of DNA on the cover raised expectations the book did not meet. I’m not sure if I want to read any more of the series at this point.

Watch Over Me by Daniela Sacerdoti

Eilidh Lawson’s life has hit crisis point. Years of failed fertility treatments, a cheating husband and an oppressive family have pushed her to the limits. Desperate for relief, she seeks solace in the only place she’s ever felt at home – a small village in the Scottish Highlands. There, Eilidh slowly begins to mend her broken heart but soon learns she is not the only one in the village struggling to recover from a painful past. Jamie McAnena, Eilidh’s childhood friend, is trying to raise his daughter Maisie alone. After Maisie’s mother left to pursue a career in London and Jamie’s own mother, Elizabeth, passed away, he has resigned himself to being a family of two. But sometimes there is more to a story than meets the eye. Despite their reluctance, curious circumstances keep bringing Jamie and Eilidh together. For even when it seems all is lost, help can come from the most surprising places. But sometimes there is more to a story than meets the eye. Despite their reluctance, curious circumstances keep bringing Jamie and Eilidh together. For even when it seems all is lost, help can come from the most surprising places.

An interesting read, which I found a most unusual. Narrated from the point of view of Jaimie, Eilidh and Jaimie’s late mother Elizabeth this book was more about the journey than the destination. It was easy to predict what was going to happen but the way it happened was entertaining and quite uplifting. What sounds like a rather dark and negative book was actually quite a positive read and gave you food for thought. I do recommend this one, currently priced at 30 p in the Amazon Kindle store it’s a snip and will keep you out of mischief for more than 7 hours.

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