Catwoman’s Book Review: The Halo Effect – M.J. Rose

Rating 7 out of 10

Taken from Goodreads description

Renowned sex therapist Morgan Snow is treating high-class prostitute Cleo Thane. After Cleo delivers a tell-all manuscript to Morgan, she disappears. Now Morgan and Detective Noah Jordain must use the manuscript to catch a killer.

 

My review:

One word to describe this book?… Enjoyable. I’ve read many a ‘crime’ book that involves serial killers, some shocking some not. This book does have a totally differnt slant to a genre that can very easily get quite stale. Morgan Snow is a Sex Therapist and not a novice sleuth that Jessica Flecter would go out to tea with, yet she does have her own ‘style’ of trying to find a killer and trying to find her missing client. I didnt think that Snow was a fully developed character and I would hope that a little bit of polishing would show in her second book. I did however like Cleo the missing Client. I found that chracter to be fascinating and one I could quite happily read more about.

There was a few issues I had with the book including the constant changing of character perspectives. But that was not a major issue and one that I’m sure would get better on the second book.

I’m not gonna talk about the actual storyline as I want it to be a surprise but it is anenjoyable easy bedtime read.

I have the second in the series ready for me to read.

 

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Catwoman’s Book Review: The StoneHenge Legacy – Sam Christler

Rating: 3.5 out of 10

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Eight days before the summer solstice, a man is butchered in a blood-freezing sacrifice on the ancient site of Stonehenge before a congregation of robed worshippers. Within hours, one of the world’s foremost treasure hunters has shot himself in his country mansion. And to his estranged son, young archaeologist Gideon Chase, he leaves a cryptic letter . . . Teaming up with an intrepid Wiltshire policewoman, Gideon soon exposes a secret society – an ancient international legion devoted for thousands of years to Stonehenge. With a charismatic and ruthless new leader at the helm, the cult is now performing ritual human sacrifices in a terrifying bid to unlock the secret of the stones. Packed with codes, symbology, relentless suspense, and fascinating detail about the history of one of the world’s most mysterious places, The Stonehenge Legacy is a blockbuster thriller to rival the very best of Dan Brown.

My Review:

I had this book on my bookshelf for a while, and was one that I had been wanting to read for a while, when my mojo was in a ‘Dan Brown’ mood, which is what I was in when I picked up this book. The problem was that this was not a a ‘Dan Brown’ Type book!

In this book there are two main characters; both of whom are one dimensional. Gideon Chase had the potential to be a fantastic and much loved character if the author had really wanted. But alias, this was not the case.

It starts off at Gideon’s Father house where he commits suicide. You find out that Gideon’s father had lots of Secrets hidden quite literally in his house. Gideon who (Which is the only bit Dan Brown) during his childhood was taught how to solve codes and cryptic messages.  This helps him solve the secret diaries his Father kept. Unlinke Dan Brown we done get involved in this process, we don’t feel like we are making a discovery at the same time. One minute he has sat down with his tea and cheese about to start this ‘great challenge’ Next we return to find that he has figured it all out and he knows what is going on. Great disappointment.

The rather short chapters flit between Gideon and the other one dimensional character a female Policewoman who was so boring that I have actually forgot her name! Anyway, she has to gave Gideon the bad news about his estranged father while at the same time is dragged into a murder and missing persons case. Are the two by chance or related!!!!??!!!

Overall it was more bland than the Magnola Wallpaper in my bedroom. Bland, average storyline, bland characters the only thing that wasn’t bland was the book cover.

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Catwoman Book Review: Criminal – Karin Slaughter

Rating 9 out of 10

 

The past will always find you A woman is found brutally murdered in a sordid Atlanta apartment Her blood-soaked body bears a startling similarity to a woman found dead almost 40 years earlier Soon Special Agent Will Trent finds himself returning to the home he grew up in And a past that could hold the clue to the killings …

My Review:

Karin Slaughter is one of my favourite authors and I got her début book when it first came out. Wow, it seems so long ago now. Throughout the years she has been able to make me laugh, cry, smile and even make me take a sharp intake a breath more times than I can remember. This book did not let me down. Karin Slaughter at her best.

Now I know one of the people who reads my blog is just starting to read Karin Slaughter’s books and she is on the Grant County Series so I’m going to be careful when mentioning the characters but this book stars two of my favourite characters, Sara Linton and Will Trent. I have a super soft spot for Will Trent and this book delves into Will’s past, which has been dipped to in and out due to his torrid relationship with his ‘wife’. This book answers may of the questions that I have wanted answered since Will first featured in Karin’s books. Because of this I really do recommend reading all her books prior to this book or the book really won’t be as good.

The Will Trent novel is set in Atlanta, Georgia just like the others. Written in two time periods (1974-5 and the present day) I found this not at all hard to keep up and follow. The       1970s storyline focuses on a young Amanda (Will’s boss) and her struggles being a female in a 1970s male dominant Workplace. With that she has a case about a woman who has been raped. All is not what it seems….

Back in the present, Will has been demoted to Airport duty, which he is not happy about, he then finds himself after watching a news report on TV that he is out of the loop on a case which normally Will be working on. Why is Amanda doing this. What is Amanda hiding…And Why?

A Crime book where the characters flourish. Story lines and plots beautifully interwoven to produce a fantastic book. My ownly complaints is that even though Will is the main character in the book I find I missed him being the detective and using his qwerky techniques to solve the case, also yet again Sara Linton has been put back to a sub-character and her brilliant personality has not been able to shine which is why it got the nine and not ten out of ten. However I hope Amanda has more of a role in the next book; which I cannot wait for the ending of Criminal has left me wanting more.

Karin Slaughter you better get the next book out quick!

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Catwoman Film Review: Magic Mike

Rating: 5 out of 10

About the film:

Set in the world of male strippers, Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. — (C) Warner Bros.

My Review:

Sometimes after you watch a film and you go home and you think about what to write you sometimes have a look on the net to see what other people think and sometimes a lot of people who have reviewed the same movie as you have a totally different view on it, so if you are thinking about watching this movie in the cinema, I recommend reading my review and then some more after. So here goes…

I watched this film in the cinema with some of my Girlfriends, I will be honest I was not the person who decided to choose this film, yet I was more than up for watching it and thought it would be the ideal film for a girly night out. Oh how I was wrong.

I imagine when the producers and film elite had a brainstorm with the words. How to get Women in the Cinema?… They put these words around the bubble. Strippers. Bare bums. Humour.  Sexy men. Oh did I mention bare bums. They then came up with “Magic Mike”.

“Magic Mike” is about a male strip club and the strippers that work there and the lifestyles that surround them. The lifestyle that male strippers lead involves women and drugs. Mike tries to stay out of that lifestyle. Mike played by Channing Tatum, only strips to help him fufill his life long goal This is where the other main character comes in Adam. Adam played by Alex Pettyfer is the opposite and embraces the hard-living style and laps it up. Causing problems, not just for him but for his sister and Mike.  This makes Mike think, about what his life is turning into and what he wants to do with the rest of his life and have a bit of a reality Check. Does he really want to carry on with Stripping?

I don’t think they knew what they wanted the film to be they just wanted to get bums on seats. There was the odd funny moment mainly when Matthew McConaughey (the only good thing about the film) was in the scene. His acting was the only saving grace and his tongue-and-cheek role was genius.  However the film is not a comedy… I don’t think?? The film had a serious plot running through the film yet the storyline ended with so many unanswered questions and sub plots that it just didn’t work.

As for the acting. Well there suppose to be romance in the film. There are more sparks in my sparkler that’s been left in the garden from last year than the sparks in the relationship between Mike and Adam’s sister. The actress who played Adam’s sister was so wooden and really didn’t look like she wanted to be there, constantly looked like she had a migraine and generally was just awful.

In all I was totally disappointed  and so were my friends, the film was nothing that I expected. I’m glad there was an offer on to see this film or I would have been more annoyed.

 

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Catwoman’s Book Review: Fifty Shades Freed – E.L James

9 out of 10

Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to turn Ana’s deepest fears into reality.

 

There were many moments in this book that made me laugh, made we gasp and I will be honest I did have a little tear in my eye at one point. I literally could not put this book down. To the point that I nearly banged into a lampost and was gutted that I had to go on a girly night out.

I’m not going to go into the plot, nor my feelings on the ending, other than. I like it. I doubt many people who have read the first two books will even read this review as they will be already have paper cuts reading the third.

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Catwoman’s Book Review: Fifty Shades Darker – E.L. James

Reviewed by Catwoman

 Daunted by Christian’s dark secrets and singular tastes, Ana has broken off their relationship to start a new career. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and while Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Ana is forced to make the most important decision of her life.

Daunted by Christian’s dark secrets and singular tastes, Ana has broken off their relationship to start a new career. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and while Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Ana is forced to make the most important decision of her life.

Well what can I say, after the first book and then ending I instantly went and downloaded the second in the trilogy; thank god for Kindles!

This one is two weeks after the end of the first book and sees Ana trying to get over Christian and moving on in her life including her new job position. Without trying to give anything away they do get back together and you see any trying to help Christian fight his demons. I found this book to have more substance than the last, with more plot and storyline whilst trying to bring in some more characters some just as interesting as Christian.

I found the follow on book to be better than the first and found that maybe James had gotten into a flow when writing her books. Sure they are still not masterpieces but it made me yearning for more.

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Catwoman’s Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James

Reviewed by Catwoman

8 out of 10

 

When college student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly Ana realizes she wants this man, and Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian’s secrets and explores her own desires.

My Review

This had been a book that was so talked about in the school playground that it spark and interest in me. In the weekly coffee mornings all the mothers were raving about this ‘Raunchy’ book and their infatuations with Christian Grey, so even though I’m not a fan of romance books I decided to have a read so I could have some sort of opinion, which I thought would be a negative one.

First off I would like to add that I don’t think that this book is as some people said ‘Housewives porn’ I think it’s more of an alternative love story. The book twists and turns to show the different sides of both characters and how people change to different situations and people. To be honest I really didn’t like the two main characters at first and found them to be rather flat and one dimensional, but once I got into the book I found myself warming to them and being utterly sucked into their world. The so called ‘sex scenes’ for me were hyped. Yes of course there are some scenes that wouldn’t be in your normal Mills and Boons nor would you want to read to your Grandma, yet I didn’t not find them with distaste. They were wrote in a way that I found to repsectful of the reader. As the book develops so do the characters, with what can only be described as a ‘must continue with the series NOW’ Ending.

Is this a piece of wonderful literature. Goodness no! The writing style is awful, the dialogue is pretty naff and at times totally cringeworthy, but then I don’t think the author would hold her hands up and say that she is a literacy master up there with Bronte.

What she may lack in writing style she makes up with in story. I can’t put a finger on why I really liked this book. Should I have liked this book? No. I normally despise this sort of book, I hate relationship books with all there gooey eyes love passages. But this book had enough story behind the lust and love scenes to make me read on.

I loved the book so much that I read the next two in the sereis straight after, that on it’s own is a rarity for me to do so hats off to the woman!

Why do people like this book? I don’t think I can answer that. Why do I like this book? I don’t think I can answer that either. I just do.

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Kids’ Book Review: Skylanders The Machine of Doom

Rated by Jonafang and Kenobi

Book Review: Skylanders: The Machine of Doom (Kindle Version)

10 out of 10

Taken from Amazon.co.uk

When word reaches the Skylanders of a giant, ancient and deadly weapon, Spyro, Gill Grunt, Boomer and Eruptor set out to find it before the evil Kaos can get there first. Can Master Eon’s group of heroes use their Elemental powers to save Skylands from The Machine of Doom? Find out in this hilarious and exciting novel starring the characters from the smash hit video game ‘Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure’.

Our Review

I bought this Kindle version of the book on Amazon for £4.99. I know that’s quite steep especially for a kindle version but my kids really wanted it.

First off I know some people say that the book is quite short. It isn’t big, yet I think anymore and it would have dragged the story out. The story gave my kids the same humour and laughs that they get from the game with the same characters too. The only issue they had was that there wasn’t much of some of their favourite Characters including Trigger Happy. You get a little insight into the lives of the Skylanders and their characteristics made the kids chuckle. The plot from the kids point of view was great and there were nights where they begged me to read more.

The pictures in the kindle version were lovely, big page size pictures with some funny ‘scene’ moments with their favourite characters.

The ending of the book has made me think there are definitely more stories in the pipeline. I will definitely be reading them in the future.

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Angry Birds Trilogy coming to XBOX 360, PS3 and 3DS

 

Combining the original Angry Birds with Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons (but not the recently released Angry Birds Space), the trilogy will introduce features suited to each of its new platforms. The Xbox 360 edition will support Kinect motion controls, while the PS3 game will incorporate Move functionality and the 3DS version will include 3D visuals and StreetPass features. In all three cases, Angry Birds purists will be able to turn off the additional functionality.

 

Will you be rushing to get it when it comes to the UK? I know my kids are dying to try this game!

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