The Stranger

Title: The Stranger

Author: Harlan Coben

Publisher: The Orion Publishing Group

Imprint: Orion Books

Publication Year: 2015

Category: Thriller & Mystery

Rating: 3/5 stars

Hooked until the very end and unsure of where things are heading is what The Stranger is all about. It’s one of those storylines you can’t quite predict what’s going to happen as there are so many ways the story could turn.

Harlan Coben’s novel, The Stranger, revolves around family man Adam Price as he discovers a puzzling secret about his wife, Corrine. What the stranger tells him about her causes Adam to embark on a dangerous path of finding the truth. Does he delve deeper to find out what secret his wife has kept from him or does he ignore the information he has heard and continue with life as normal? All the answers lie in this mysterious novel.

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The Wise Man’s Fear

Title: The Wise Man’s Fear

Author: Patrick Rothfuss

Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two

Publisher: Gollancz

Imprint: Orion Publishing Group

Publication Year: 2012

Category: Adventure Fantasy

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Magic, mystery & adventure can be found in the second book of The Kingkiller Chronicle series. Patrick Rothfuss does it again, but this time provides new challenges for the heart of the story; the legendary, Kvothe.

The Wise Mans Fear has Kvothe dig deeper into his infamous story as he explains his adventures beyond university. We see him embark on a journey to understand his purpose in the world. He travels off to a far land, hoping to develop his reputation through the Maer’s powerful influence but finds trouble once he arrives. After some time, the Maer sends him out on a mission and is forced to get along with new and challenging characters. Along his journey he meets a beautiful mythical being from fables and learns new tricks which make him unearth the hidden power within him: The name of the wind.

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A Hidden Enemy

Title: A Hidden Enemy

Series: Survivors

Author: Erin Hunter

Publisher: Working Partners Limited

Imprint: Harper Collins Publishers

Publication Year: 2013

Category: Adventure

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Find double the adventure and suspense in Erin Hunter’s second novel of the Survivors series. A Hidden Enemy has plenty of on-the-edge-of-your-seat moments inside a story that’s beautifully written and structured.

The established Lucky embarks on a mission to help his pack mates survive. This mission has Lucky test his loyalty in the most dangerous of ways. He has to weave himself into the wild pack, learning their traditions, whilst skulking away to give information to Bella, leader of the Leashed Dogs. How long can he keep this up before someone notices?

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The Orchid Thief

Title: The Orchid Thief

Author: Susan Orlean

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Imprint: The Random House Publishing Group

Publication Year: 2008

Category: Journalistic story

Rating: 2/5 stars

For all those orchid lovers or people generally interested in flowers, The Orchid Thief is exactly what you are looking for.

Susan Orlean writers her story on an orchid obsessed man as he faces court over supposed illegal acts. He is known as John Laroche, a quirky and extroverted man who goes to extreme lengths to obtain his beloved orchids. Even going as far as pursuing an endangered flower, Susan tells his story and others within the setting of Florida.

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Contest

Title: Contest

Author: Matthew Reilly

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Limited

Publication Date: 2009

Category: Science Fiction

Rating: 4/5 stars

Source of Image: http://www.booktopia.com.au/contest-matthew-reilly/prod9781405039703.html

Aliens, monsters, a life or death scenario, what more could you ask for? Matthew Reilly, one of New York’s bestsellers combines all of this into one book. Contest.

Contest is a novel that is so action packed you won’t want to stop reading. The story revolves around Dr. Stephen Swain as he plummets into the labyrinth of the New York State Library. By accident his daughter is dragged with him into an ancient contest where they both realise it’s either do or die. Swain faces a range of monsters, some are large and brutal and some are small and ferocious. Together with his guardian and of course his daughter, they have to fight until one contestant is deemed the winner.

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The Name of the Wind

Title: The Name of the Wind

Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One

Author: Patrick Rothfuss

Publisher: Daw Books

Publication Date: April, 2008

Category: Adventure

Rating: 3/5 stars

Do you ever read adventure books that mention a character or series of characters that embark on a quest to find an object or thwart evil forces? How many of them are actually completely different from each other? Well, I’m here to tell you that there is a book which contains a unique adventure and keeps you entertained from the start to the end of the book.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is a captivating and fun read. It is told by Kvothe, a well-known hero who has built himself a worthy reputation.  He tells the story to his companions and paints flashbacks to his younger years, in how he made a name for himself. You hear about when he was a little boy, his struggles after a tragic event and his time at the University.

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The Devil Delivered and Other Tales Part 2

Title: The Devil Delivered and Other Tales

Story Title: Revolvo

Author: Steven Erikson

Publisher: Transworld Publishers

Imprint: Bantam Press / Bantam Books

Publication Year: 2014

Story Category: Fantasy/Miscellaneous

Rating: 2/5 stars

Weird and wacky is what this story is all about. With the ever changing point of views, there is no way you can predict what comes next.

Steven Erikson’s ‘Revolvo’ from his novel The Devil Delivered and Other Tales is a story about multiple artists in a twisted reality. As they try and survive, battling for their audience’s attention, things become a little strange.

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The Empty City

Title: The Empty City

Author: Erin Hunter

Series: Survivors

Publisher: Working Partners Limited

Imprint: Harper / HarperCollins Publishers

Publication Year: 2012

Category: Adventure

Rating: 3/5 stars

Are you tired of reading the same ole story lines in Adventure series novels? The structure of an adventure novel can be boring you say? You see the repeated patterns of the main character/s being introduced, they find out they need to pursue some kind of mission, they go on that mission and either succeed or they don’t. It’s not all that surprising as you already predicted what would happen before you even got past 30 pages. What if I were to tell you, you can experience the adventure through not a humans’ eyes but a dogs’? Interested now? Well, here is why.

The Empty City by Erin Hunter is told through a lone dog called Lucky. A destructive event has occurred within his city that causes humans to leave their belongings and their pets behind. Lucky seeks survival but he meets old and new friends which shift his focus from looking after himself to looking after them. I’m not going to spoil anything which occurs in the novel so the only way you can understand what I’m talking about is by reading it yourself.  

What I will tell you though is how Erin Hunter is brilliant in seamlessly showing the world through a dog’s perspective. There’s language in there you have to think twice about. I almost wish there was a dictionary online I could check for these types of words I’ve never come across before. But whilst reading, you just have to attempt at putting two and two together.

If you’ve ever read Erin’s other series called the Warriors series which is based on the point of view of cats, than you will know what I’m referring to.

Back to the book, there are moments where you wish the story could progress a little faster, but once you really read further on into the novel, things start getting interesting. It’s definitely a different story than of her other series I mentioned. It is different in terms of the order of events which occur in the first novel. It feels like a prelude into how animals set up surviving in the wild, a prelude into the Warriors series. Well, that’s what I thought anyways.

So if you want to read something a bit extraordinary and gain another perspective, than The Empty City would be a great choice.

Fun fact about the author-

Erin Hunter is not just one person but 6. Experienced children’s book writers Victoria Holmes, Cherith Baldry, Kate Cary, Tui Sutherland, Gillian Philip and Inbali Iseries form the astounding pseudonym, Erin Hunter.

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The Devil Delivered and Other Tales Part 1

Title: The Devil Delivered and Other Tales

Story Title: Fishin’ with Grandma Matchie

Author: Steven Erikson

Publisher: Transworld Publishers

Imprint: Bantam Press / Bantam Books

Publication Year: 2014

Story Category: Adventure

Source: Bought it from a closing book store

Rating: 3/5 stars

Do you remember as a kid all those moments you let your imagination run wild? In your mind, the unseen figures like imaginary friends and supernatural monsters would come to life. As a kid, there were so many stories to discover just by playing around the house or in your backyard, and that’s what the third story ‘Fishin’ with Grandma Matchie’ is about.

Steven Erikson brings you back into the world of a child, one child alongside his grandma that sees things and goes on adventures. It’s amazing how Grandma Matchie becomes his best friend when they see evil arise and have to work together to stop it. From trekking in the forest to travelling across the seas, Grandma Matchie and Jock Junior come to face many challenges their enemies throw at them. With Grandma Matchie’s fearlessness and Jock Junior’s innovation, will evil be defeated and peace be restored amongst their hometown?

Guess you’ll have to read it to find out more about their adventures. And that’s what I liked about this story was the mini-adventures these two characters embarked upon. It was great to imagine myself a child again through Junior Jock. The way he imagined everything around him (maybe it was real) as everything came to life compelled me to keep on reading. It fitted perfectly as a short story, ending where it should, however when reading I felt like it was a longer story. And that’s how adventures should be; long, exciting and full of suspense.

So if you are the type of person who loves going on adventures, you will love reading this story. Sometimes we all need to re-live those moments as a child and escape within our own adventure. Start exploring now.

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Next Book I’m reviewing: A Pack Divided from the Gathering Darkness Survivors Series by Erin Hunter

Black Venus

Title: Black Venus

Author: James MacManus

Publisher: Duckworth Overlook originally Gerald Duckworth & Co.

Publication Date: February 27th 2014

Category: Historical Fiction

Source: Bought it from a closing book store

Rating: 3/5 stars

Source of Featured Image: goodreads.com

An intriguing story about love in Paris between a poet and cabaret singer but it’s not what you think.

‘Black Venus’ is a novel about a nineteenth century love affair between Charles Baudelaire, the scandalous poet and Jeanne Duval as the muse who captured his heart. It is however not your traditional love story where boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after. It is instead a book about how two different people cope within their relationship and the types of troubles caused because of it.

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