These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.

Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.

Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Review: Psycho Analysis

Psycho Analysis Psycho Analysis by V.R. Stone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I won V. R. Stone’s Psycho Analysis through a Goodreads giveaway, and was super excited to read it. It sounded so unique, so much fun… Yet I believe my expectations were a little bit too high with this one.

Yes, it was a fun read; however, it wasn’t the super original read I’d been expecting.

I’ll admit that there were some unique aspects to the story, but by the end of it the story felt like many other in the genre. There are plenty of clichés to be seen throughout the story, which ultimately leave the handful of unique aspects dimming in comparison. It had such potential, it had real possibility, but in the end it didn’t quite live up to what I had been hoping for. I think this is why the book ended up with three stars from me – I wanted more than I was given, thus leaving me feeling a little bit disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad story. There were many interesting aspects throughout, many points that leave you questioning details. The usual big questions you have in such story are answered from the start – you know who the killer is, you’re watching the killer throughout the story – but there are smaller questions that you’re waiting to see answered. Mostly, these pertain to characters. You’re left with questions regarding the characters – questions of their past, their choices, and other such notions. Whilst it’s always fun for characters to have an air of mystery, with this one too much focus was on making sure the characters had an air of mystique instead of leaving you pulled into the story. After all, you knew from quite early on how things were going to end.

I admit that certain aspects of the ending were unexpected. Some of the characters made choices you didn’t see coming, allowing for some very late revelations. However, the overall ending was expected. There was no real shocking twist. Some characters survived, others died – all without there being the major showdown I’d been anticipating. As much as I enjoyed watching everything come together, nothing was really as explosive as I’d expected it to be.

Yes, it held my attention; however, it didn’t leave me breathless in anticipation.

I also found some inconsistencies within the book. One character seemed to work through the ranks of DC, DS, and DI throughout the story – a simple mistake that could have easily been corrected. It seemed a simple overlooked error, as we knew which rank the officer was, yet this went unnoticed and it bugged me quite a bit.

Overall, it was an okay read but it failed to blow my mind in the way I had hoped.

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