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.
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Review: The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
From the moment I read the synopsis of The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, I was intrigued. There was so much potential, and I was excited to see how the story played out. I went in with so many possibilities in my mind, yet no real expectations of what to expect – I just wanted to see if the story came together as well as I was hoping it would.
Although I did enjoy The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, I wasn’t as blown away by it as I had hoped to be. It is certainly a book worth read, one that is enjoyable, but it was not extraordinary. That is not a terrible attempt at a play on words – it’s just a reflection of what I had been expecting. I had expected extraordinary events, yet the events were rather ordinary in my mind. Even though I said I went in with no expectations of the specifics, I had still been anticipating some really mind-blowing events. What happened was ordinary – yet it was powerful.
You see, the book deals with many ordinary everyday aspects, but it brings to light the hardship experienced by our main character. We deal with so many issues throughout the story, with there being strong undercurrents throughout. It is heart-warming to watch how our main character deals with all the hardship in his life, it certainly strikes a chord, but I had wanted a few extraordinary moments thrown in there too. The title had me expecting out of the ordinary events, rather than a book that dealt with the hardships attached to ordinary life events. I’m not trying to lessen the impact of the book, because it was powerful, it simply wasn’t what I had expected.
Despite how this wasn’t quite what I had been hoping for, I’m positive many will enjoy this book.
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