Monday, 11 March 2013

Elephant In The Room by Diana J. Febry

So here I am again, I don’t know how I have even managed to unearth the time to read another book what with redecorating and the everlasting shopping looking for furnishings and that ideal settee… the perfect reading couch that is.
Somehow though I managed to read Elephant In The Room by Diana J. Febry, a mystery based on a woman re-building her life after her marriage abruptly ended. If you remember, I reviewed Debts and Druids by Diana J. Febry in mid January 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed it, which is why I was so eager to read another of her books… and I was most definitely not dissatisfied!
Elephant In The Room by Diana J. Febry
Elephant In The Room by Diana J. Febry
 
Elephant In The Room by Diana J Febry was somehow even better than the last! It was rather extraordinary how Febry managed to further develop her writing and story telling abilities to create a book that is truly outstanding. All the characters were wonderfully told and by containing good use of descriptive words, the traits and surroundings were made clear and connectable. Some books take some time getting into, but not this – from the very beginning, I was captivated and got to know the main character, Penny, quite well. There was a lot of mystery implicated in this story which is what kept me wanting more and more with every turn of the page.
As the story went on the need to find out what all the secrets were was so strong I almost skipped to the end! Don’t worry though I waited it out and kept on reading.
The ending was brilliant and something I was just not expecting. I was blown away by how powerful the characters were in this book and would to find another story with Penny in.
 
The suspense was eternal, I mean Febry really did draw every last ounce of suspense as humanly possible and that is what I loved and respected most regarding this ultimate page-turner!
 
I recommend Elephant In The Room by Diana J. Febry if you love a character you can attach yourself to and a storyline that has you wanting more at every turn of the page.
Why don’t you go and buy it at our online shop and let me know what you think by leaving your comments underneath or by emailing your review to bookreview@uncle-book.com.
 
I would once again like to say a huge thank you to Diana J. Febry for sending me another of her astounding books to read and review… keep them coming!
 
Kind Regards,
Uncle Book

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Vicious by Bryan W. Alaspa

Hi Everyone! I have been going through a bit of trauma the last couple of weeks, I hate the dentist, I don’t know what it is or why I do, but I just do! So you can envisage my dismay when those dreaded words were spoken… ‘Root Canal’! I almost passed out just listening to those two little but frightening words.
To make my days slightly better, the next book to read and review on my pile was Vicious by Bryan W. Alaspa. Even though the cover was somewhat distasteful the synopsis was incredibly intriguing which is why I accepted to review the book after Alaspa put in a request and I was so happy that I did… the story was incredible!
Vicious by Bryan W. Alaspa
Vicious by Bryan W. Alaspa
 
Vicious by Bryan W. Alaspa was an astonishing, horrifying and exciting read! I knew I was in for a good quality story even from reading the foreword, where Alaspa spoke sincerely and referred to the Peter Benchley’s Jaws phenomenon and how it affected the Great White species in our non-fictional world – this gained my respect and I began to get excited to begin the story. I was in no way let down but rather even more on the edge of my seat with unadulterated and untainted exhilaration at what I was reading. The method of Alaspa’s writing was at a much higher standard than most new authors, having consistency and flow through the book which ultimately helped me connect with the book more or less instantaneously. The characters again were really well thought out and with the use of description words and dialogue, the qualities and very self being of the characters were made understandable.
As the story went on, it just got more menacing and gripping that I couldn’t bear to put the book down… my wife had to prize it out of my hands! I will say one thing though, Alaspa kept making a point throughout the book, through characters thoughts, that these dog’s weren’t bad and I kind of wished he would lay off a little as it was taking away everything the book was supposed to be… Jaws wouldn’t have been such a phenomenon if Brody and the others felt remorse for the shark. I think if you are going to go there, you need to go in head-first and with full force.
 
I purely appreciated how Alaspa used parts of the book to tell the story from the dog’s point of view. This was fairly unusual as I believe it can take the mystery and fearfulness away sometimes, but it worked well in this story.
 
I recommend Vicious by Bryan W. Alaspa to those who like a frightening story that has you on the edge of your seat and reluctant to put the book down!
Why don’t you go and buy it at our online shop and let me know what you think by leaving your comments underneath or by emailing your review to bookreview@uncle-book.com.
 
I would like to say a massive thank you to Bryan W. Alaspa for sending me this astounding book to read and review… I am officially a fan!
 
Kind Regards,
Uncle Book

Thursday, 21 February 2013

The Disappearance by T.V. LoCicero

I have had such a dazzling week, with a lot of encouraging comments and feedback from our beloved fans and much-loved authors. Mind you, I am saying this but I do have awful news… I lost my iPhone!!! I was on a trip to Hamburg with friends, which got somewhat out of control, and somehow lost my phone… Mrs Book wasn’t very pleased, but I am home safe now and that’s the main thing… right!?
Anyway, let’s get back to the point! If you remember, early on in January, I posted a review of The Obsession and the author, T.V. LoCicero, was kind enough to post me the second book in the trilogy to read and review. How could I decline when the first book was just so superior! The second book is The Disappearance and is just as excellent as the first, but the first was still the best in my eyes!
The Disappearance by T.V. LoCicero
The Disappearance by T.V. LoCicero
 
The Disappearance by T.V. LoCicero was such an ornate thriller and so fantastically told! The characters were just as sophisticated as in the last book, and it was very nice to catch-up with the previously met characters and to welcome the new. Again, I thought the writing had a tendency to disrupt the flow of the story so that I wasn’t 100% entrapped within the book. However don’t let this put you off you in any way as the story is still something any thriller fan will take pleasure in. The story started with such flavour and unwavering fortitude… setting the scene and describing characters is something that comes effortlessly to LoCicero.
As the story went on, I felt the suspense and anticipation had levelled out so that I could foresee what was going to occur next. I furthermore believe that the enthusiasm in the writing had dimmed too, but the characters qualities were still as strong.
It picked up pace again towards the end but the predictability was unfortunately not shaken off. However saying this, I can’t help but feel that the foundation of the story and the thought behind it was something that could truly ignite the mind and thrill your core.
 
I loved how there was a chase in this book involving several groups of people. How the innocent can be chased across a number of countries in unadulterated panic, and how acquaintances can gain a sense of needing to help in such unusual circumstances.
 
I recommend The Disappearance to all those who are looking to read a book that is suspenseful, cunningly designed and dissimilar to others.
Why don’t you go and buy it at our online shop and let me know what you think by leaving your comments underneath or by emailing your review to bookreview@uncle-book.com.
 
I would like to say a massive thank you to T.V. LoCicero for sending me The Disappearance to read and review!
 
Kind Regards,
Uncle Book

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Too Dark to Sleep by Dianne Gallagher

I have been mega busy the last week with work, but I did get a bit of good news… I was nominated for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!!! It’s good to know that people out there take pleasure in our website and like our reviews.
Today’s review is on a book called Too Dark to Sleep sent to me by the author Dianne Gallagher. I decided to accept this book to review as after reading the synopsis, I knew this would be something I would enjoy… a stressed and multifaceted mystery!
Too Dark to Sleep by Dianne Gallagher
Too Dark to Sleep by Dianna Gallagher
 
Too Dark to Sleep by Dianne Gallagher was deep, dark and downright jittery. It was a mystery that wrapped around every nerve-ending and played tricks with the mind. The technique of writing took some getting used to and broke the flow of the story in some places, but this evened out as the story continued. The start of the story told of the suffering past of the main character Maggie Quinn (who is an extremely astounding character by the way) and detailed the very being that she is, intelligent, troubled and commanding. As well as being introduced into Maggie’s life, the story got straight into the mystery, revealing frightening and ingeniously planned murders.
As the story went on, the plot thickened and the characters got more entwined and uncomforting. I would guess what was going to occur next but never got it right, one way or another Dianne Gallagher achieved the unexpected mystery!
The finale was stunning… hand on my heart; I did not have any idea how the ending was going to unfold! The main character Maggie Quinn, seemed to get more unpredictable and erratic towards the end, and even had me doubting my belief in her! I still nevertheless wanted so much to trust her, which is what I think Dianne Gallagher wanted readers to feel. I think I want to read it all over again!
 
I was looking for a film one night, a thriller in fact as that is what I was really in the mood for. What I found myself doing however was looking for a film that had the same storyline as Too Dark to Sleep!?! I couldn’t find a film that compared with the book so settled for something close (which was still good), but I found myself thinking about it again the next day… if you have read this book, you will know why I think it would be good on the Big Screen!
 
I recommend Too Dark to Sleep to anyone who would enjoy a mystery with a lot of twists, warped characters, and a storyline that is so dominant, it will stay with you whilst you sleep at night.
Why don’t you go and buy it at our online shop and let me know what you think by leaving your comments underneath or by emailing your review to bookreview@uncle-book.com.
 
I would like to put forward my thanks to Dianne Gallagher for sending me the book to read and review… I really look forward to the next!
 
Kind Regards,
Uncle Book

Friday, 25 January 2013

Out of the Shadow by J.S. Winn

I am on fire lately, I told you I had a lot of time to read… I am doing a book review a week here!
I received a copy of Out of the Shadow by J.S. Winn following a request to read and review the book. I was more than happy to accept as even though the synopsis was somewhat disturbing, the story sounded exceptional and in-depth. I’m happy I decided to read it as the story wasn’t all about sinister acts like I thought it might have been, but it was in fact an extremely outstanding story.
Out of the Shadow by J.S. Winn
Out of the Shadow by J.S. Winn
 
Out of the Shadow by J.S. Winn was a story that leaped out at you! From the very first page, even from the very first word, I was hit with the tremendous defencelessness of the main character, Becca, and her most distressing situation. The only bad thing I would have to say about this book was that I felt the change between the story being told by Becca and the story being told by Sarah could have been more distinct. This could have been done with each new chapter, something that Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Series done. Apart from that small and easy-to-fix problem, the characters were wonderfully detailed so that the reader can soak up their entire being and qualities.
As the story continued and the plot got thicker and deeper, I found myself truly spellbound by what was happening and couldn’t bear to put the book down. The amount of mystery the author put into this was astonishing and just when you thought you had the answer, another twist was added to the mix.
 
I found that the perplexity and the mystification is what really made this book truly extraordinary. These characteristics of course turned this book into a page-turner and a book that you simply couldn’t put down.
 
I recommend Out of the Shadow to anyone who enjoys a true mystery, a book that will keep you guessing throughout.
Why don’t you go and buy it at our online shop and let me know what you think by leaving your comments underneath or by emailing your review to bookreview@uncle-book.com.
 
I would like to put forward my thanks to J.S. Winn for sending me the book to read and review, and I really look forward to the next!
 
Kind Regards,
Uncle Book

Friday, 18 January 2013

Debts and Druids by Diana J. Febry

I think I am now back into the swing of things following the frenzied period that is Christmas! I have had plenty of time on my hands to read and so you should expectantly see quite a few book reviews over the next few weeks.
I received a copy of Debts and Druids from Diana J. Febry after she contacted me asking to review her book. From what Diana told me about the book, the story popped out and knew this would be something I would enjoy, and I couldn’t have been more right about that. I do have to mention that this book is the definition of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’!
Debts and Druids by Diana J. Febry
Debts and Druids by Diana J. Febry
 
Debts and Druids by Diana J. Febry had me captivated from the get go, I don’t think I have ever read a book so rapid! Typically when I receive a book from self published authors or new authors, there is always something not quite right with the writing in terms of punctuation and flow… but Diana did a magnificent job with this book, a true talent and should be getting a lot more interest from readers! The characters were delicately designed and well detailed and the same goes for the storyline, the way Diana can set the scene with her writing is extraordinary… there really isn’t anything to fault with this. The first half of the story told me about each character, their past and their present circumstances whilst also building up tension and something sinister that you knew was going to disentangle… which is what kept me obsessed.
As the story went on, the suspense just grew and grew and I couldn’t help but feel like I wanted it all to work out well in the end for everybody as there was no one exacting ‘bad guy’ but a collection of people who have found themselves in a sticky situation and are in a state of desperation.
I was entirely stunned when it came to the end as Diana cunningly put in a final twist that shook the core… I am ready to read another of her books!
 
I most enjoyed the story when we revisited Sarah’s dim and menacing past as it really gave the plot an edge and pulled at my compassion. I was left puzzled as to whether I ought to feel revulsion towards this woman who has done disgusting and awful things or whether to feel sorrow for the same woman who has had appalling and foul things done to her… the chicken or the egg?
 
I recommend Debts and Druids to anybody who enjoys a realistic suspenseful story with a lot of anticipation and some shocking results.
Why don’t you go and buy it at our online shop and let me know what you think by leaving your comments underneath or by emailing your review to bookreview@uncle-book.com.
 
I would like to put forward my thanks to Diana J. Febry for sending me her book to read and review, and I truly look forward to the next… I am officially a fan!
 
Kind Regards,
Uncle Book

Friday, 11 January 2013

The Obsession by T.V. LoCicero

I haven’t posted a book review for a while as I have been ever so busy with work and Christmas, I did however manage to finish a copy of The Obsession which was kindly received by T.V. LoCicero.
I decided to review this book as when T.V. LoCicero initially contacted me telling me about his book the storyline stood out to me, so how could I say no? From the synopsis The Obsession sounded menacing, creepy and somewhat different to the common thriller. I was incredibly happy with my decision to read and review this as the story and characters had a way of gluing to the mind till the very end… and a short while after that!

The Obsession by T.V. LoCicero
The Obsession by T.V. LoCicero
 
The Obsession by T.V. LoCicero was a gripping and enthralling story based around wicked pestering, love affairs and killings. The only bad thing I would have to say is that the use of punctuation had a way of violating the flow of the story, and that the opening quarter of the book was a bit yo-yo-ish with moments of anticipation and a great pace, and then moments were the story lagged and the pace broken down. However please do not judge the entire book on that, as LocCicero went to great lengths detailing the surroundings and characters which ultimately helped me as a reader gain that correlation and experience each and every emotion and sensation that they did. Lina, the extraordinarily intelligent, stunning and elegant female professor was the one character that I mainly connected with due to her influential and kind personality.
As the story went on, the more I got completely devoured by the menacing plot, unforeseen romance and the use of descriptive words. I hated it every time my train was pulling up at my stop because I knew I had to discontinue reading and all I wanted was to keep my head in the book to discover what happened!
Now let me tell you… the ending was sudden and come as quite a surprise, so hold onto your horses people, you are in for a ride with this book.
 
There was one part in the book that I absolutely did not foresee, I yearn to enlighten you to which part I mean but I would ruin it, and I wouldn’t want to do that now would I? I will say however that this particular part resulted in me being outright stunned and chilled… I knew that from that point on the circumstances for the unfortunate Lina was going to get somewhat more severe and demoralizing.
 
I recommend The Obsession to anyone who likes a story with chase, aspiration, and an exciting and frightening journey.
Why don’t you go and buy it at our online shop and let me know what you think by leaving your comments beneath or by emailing your review to bookreview@uncle-book.com.
 
I would like to put across my gratitude to T.V. LoCicero for sending me his book to read and review, and I really look forward to his next…
 
Kind Regards,
Uncle Book