Environmental Science student, book reader, big dreamer, Sailing/Kayak/Surf instructor, Film buff, Adventurer, Girl.
Sometimes a book comes along that is just made for you a book that you understand because it gets you and you get it. Mistwalker was that book for me. It is about a girl who loves her family and loves the sea. I could very easily be that girl.
I love the ocean. It is as much a part of me as my blood and bones are. I grew up on the water, I played in it, earned my money on it and taught others how to harness it. I understand its beauty and am fearful of its strength. It is not hard for me to relate to this book and it was not hard for me to fall in love with it.
I really liked this book. It wasn’t just that I related to it, it was the way it was written, the subtleness of its messages, the honest characters. It was a combination of many good things strung together to create something really great.
The story itself was brilliant and was something I was not expecting. The blurb and the cover suggested that this book was going to feature a windswept romances bursting full of angst and passion. But the reality was a different story. There is no romance here, no star crossed lovers. It is a story about a girl trying to atone for her mistakes and a man looking to escape from his. I had built myself up for the big romance (I was in one of those moods) but was not disappointed when it didn’t appear. I liked that it was absent and that this books wasn’t full of teenage drama.
The writing was great. Saundra Mitchell writes beautifully her writing it descriptive and poetic. The atmosphere she creates is eerie and interesting. She handed the supernatural element outstandingly well and it all fit in with the rest of the plot perfectly. Getting lost in this book was extremely easy.
The characters were well rounded and likeable. Willa is not a bubbly, friendly teen. She can come across a little cold but it is clear she cares greatly about many things. She made a stupid mistake that had tragic consequences but she doesn’t wallow in self-pity. She would do anything for her family and friends but it no dependant on them. One of the things I really loved about her was that she didn’t need a boy in her life. She wasn’t all smitten and obsessive over a guy which made a nice change.
Grey is completely the opposite of Willa. His personality is bigger, he is charming and funny but does have a temper on him and is prone to boats of self-pity. Like Willa he has made a mistake and has been paying for it for many years. He isn’t perfect (neither of them is) and despite his best effort Willa is never really taken with him.
Mistwalker is special to me for many reasons and I think I was always destined to love it. This book will not have the same effect on everyone but it is still a beautiful story that is beautifully written.
You’re not safe was a fairly good thriller that kept me interested but was a tad to long for me.
The plot itself was good and it kept me guessing. I thought I had it all figured out because some of the red herrings were pretty obvious but in the end Burton managed to surprise me with the reveal of the killer. Most murder mysteries, thriller romances I read suffer from a few inconsistences and You’re Not Safe was no exception. There were a few plot holes which had me questioning some things but for the most part it was ok.
My main problem with this book was its length. It really started to drag in the middle and there was quite a lot of unneeded information thrown in. I found a few of the characters povs to be pointless, for example the first victim’s brother has a couple of pages devoted to him. His pov doesn’t appear again in the whole book and it just served no purpose at all and interrupted the flow of the story. One thing I did like about this book was that the romance was secondary to the plot. It was in the background and was nicely done.
All in all the writing was good and the idea great. I liked the killer’s motive and style it was a little bit different which I appreciated. The characters were also good despite having awful names. Tec and Greer were likeable even though they were anti-social. They were a little moody and blunt but I kind of liked that about them. They also didn’t go around doing stupid things (normally female characters seem to throw themselves into dangerous situations in books like these). They didn’t fall in love at first sight either which is always a plus.
You’re Not Safe is not perfect, there are holes to be picked in it if you want to by fussy but overall it is an enjoyable and entertaining thriller romance that ticks all the boxes.
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I like war romances. The thought of two people finding love in a time of fear and danger really appeals to me so I was quite looking forward to reading this novella. Aiding the Enemy had an interesting premise and it was interesting enough but I couldn’t help feeling that there was wasted potential here.
This book is a short, fluffy romance that lacked some depth but for the most part it was fine and as a novella it ticked all the boxes. My problem with this book was that it could have been so much more. I would have really loved this as a full length historical romance novel, I think it is really what the story deserved. The fact that it is a story about a German Doctor and an English nurse who fall in love is enough to justify a longer length. On top of that there were so many other elements that really needed a little more space. It all felt a little condensed and rushed. A lot is pushed aside to get the romance in and a lot of the romance is underdeveloped to get the plot in. The romance also felt a little forced (again due to the length) and I failed to feel the chemistry between the characters.
The writing was of a good standard. Rowe has done a nice job with the descriptions and atmosphere of the story. She made the war time hospital sound horrific and some bits are definitely not for the faint hearted. The characters were alright. I liked both Rose and Herman but I didn’t love them. I found their voices to similar and I struggled to notice any cultural differences between them.
Aiding the Enemy is an entertaining enough novella that kept me interested but it had the potential to be a lot more.
<b>The publisher provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review</b>