Review: Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

Own the book: No
Source: Library
Format: Hardback
Price: N/A
Date Read: 30th May 2014

Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs is a new book in the Sherlock Holmes series which was originally written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The authors Steve Hayes and David Whitehead, have teamed up to write a number of books, this being the latest and the third of their Sherlock Holmes set. It was published at the end of April 2014, so only a month old at the time of reading.

I am a great fan of Sherlock Holmes, speeding through the books when I was younger and nowadays enjoy the occasional perusal and watching Benedict Cumberbatch in the latest TV offering. This new book (the first I have read by the authors) was an interesting find and one I have generally enjoyed. In a way, I found the storyline – set just before the outbreak of World War 1 – to be a little too ‘real’. That is, throwing Holmes and Watson into situations and meeting people who had really lived, and weren’t just part of a fictional world. I like that Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character. But anyhow… I did like the character of Houdini, it was very interesting finding out more about him but whether Houdini’s character was true to life, I couldn’t say. The same with Freud.

The most difficult part of reading the book came from bad proof-reading – the capital S’s in the middle of words and the subsequent missing periods were a challenge, a few plot hole’s and the sentence ‘dark eyes seemed dark’ – which could have been fixed before printing but may be changed in future reprints.

Overall, a good addition to the Sherlock Holmes set but not quite at the level of the original works. I would certainly read previous books in the series by the same authors.

Rating: ♥♥♥

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Own the book: Yes
Format: Paperback
Price: Unknown
Date Re-Read: 2nd May 2014

‘Fallen’ is the 1st book in the Fallen series by the author Lauren Kate. This book was a re-read after a number of years. I came rather early to the series and unfortunately lost interest before the second book ‘Torment’ was published.

This is a teen paranormal romance book and certainly lives up to this genre. It is chock-full of angst, end-of-the-world love and high-paced changes of emotion. Yet I still gobbled it up. The book centres around the characters of Luce and Daniel and their friends / enemies in the reform school Sword and Cross in deepest dingiest America. Luce, the beautiful heroine and Daniel, the handsome hero have apparently never met but Luce remembers and dreams of times past, situations with Daniel which have never happened. Why? Of course Daniel can’t tell her and this is the main storyline of the book and, it seems, the series. The book reads as many other teen romances but does bring up a number of plot twists which are completely unexpected.

If you don’t mind highly emotional teens, this is the paranormal romance for you. It is very readable and pulls you in with believable characters and is a well-written book. I look forward to book 2, Torment.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Review: Mountain Angel by Suzie O’Connell

Own the book: Yes
Format: Kindle e-Book
Price: Free
Date Read: 30th April 2014

‘Mountain Angel’ by Suzie O’Connell is part of the Mountain Angels series, though where exactly it comes in I’m not entirely sure. I found this book on Amazon UK for free and having tried this book, I would definitely look for others in the series.

The story centres around the characters Aelissm (who’s name I spent the book trying to work out how to pronounce and ended up using the shortened version of Aeli), her best friend June and the love interest of Aelissm’s, Pat. Aelissm is being stalked by the best friend of her dead boyfriend and, on orders from Aeli’s uncle, Patrick ‘Pat’ O’Neill turns up to keep an eye on her… with a little matchmaking on the side. Pat of course has his own demons and is torn between his past and his interest in Aeli. The setting of Northstar, Montana sounds amazing and would only be better for a few pictures for those who don’t know the valleys and mountains of Montana as the author does – as a Brit I found it difficult to keep a mental picture.

Overall it was a very good and easy to read book.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥