Friday, 16 May 2014

Kindle Ninja Review: RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB Edition #7

Kindle Ninja Review Edition #7  featuring The Reunion, Dangled Carat, and It Lives In the Basement



4 / 5 ★★★★

The first chapter of the book introduces the characters – a whole lot of them. Although author A.A. Pencil created quite an ensemble, it’s a struggle to remember them all (but this is more of a reader’s shortcoming rather than a story flaw).

It’s a bit of a slow start, but the personality clashes and banters are enough to keep my interest. It’s not established who the core characters are so you’d be in the dark about 90% of the time, which means you’re speculating most of the time (a good thing!).

What started as shallow bickerings and embarrassing trips down memory lane, quickly turned into a gruesome murder spree from an unknown assailant. And this is where it gets maddeningly twisted. It’s reminiscent of slasher films of decades past, but more violent and bizarre. 

What’s really good about this book is that you will never get close to figuring “it” out – which really messes you up a little bit.

The events that lead up to the final scene cleverly tie up loose ends, but it was rather lengthy that it almost loses the momentum it had going.The ending is quite unexpected and  destroys all my theories.

You might need therapy after reading.


A.A. Pencil is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club.

The Reunion is the club's Book of the Month (May)


***

5 / 5 ★★★★


In Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman, we pretty much know where the story is heading because that’s the build-up (see the subtitle/blurb). This leaves us to expect more from the beginning and the middle part, which is tricky for a story based on real events. We can’t expect more from something that has already happened. It’s just not fair to do so.

The beginning is delightful because the conflict is established in a very restrained manner, then it slowly builds up until the conflict is strong enough that it can no longer be ignored, thereby causing chaos in the lives of Hilary and Marc. As the tension rises, all I wanted to know was how Hilary did it - how she converted the commitment-phobic Marc into a doting husband. Because that's all there is to it, really. But as the story moves along, I begin to care about Hilary's feelings. welfare, and state of mind.  And her mother too!

I have to praise the narrative structure because it feels like you’re part of the story, witnessing how their love evolved and progressed through the years.

The story is straightforward and rather predictable in some parts, but it never really weakens. 


Hilary Grossman is a member of the Rave Reviews Book Club.



***

5 / 5 ★★★★



 ‘It Lives in the Basement’ by Sahara Foley takes me back to the time when horror stories were all about creatures and monsters that go bump in the night. They don’t necessarily have to emerge from their dwelling, but the thought of their existence was enough to terrify.

The story begins (quite somberly) when the police investigates a case of missing persons and cats, believed to be killed without a trace. Lieutenant Flynn finds some clues from a written account of the male victim, pointing to a creature that lives in the basement.

The story has two distinct parts presented 4 years apart. At first, it feels disjointed, but as the story moves along, the link is revealed. And the mythical creature finally gets a name – Tescara.

The author masterfully describes how the Tescara attacks its prey, enough to instill fear and terror. The sheer power of the creature can only mean a brutal end to its victims.

This is the kind of storytelling that works because the author is a skillful wordsmith. He/She can be very subtle with words, but can easily shift gears and be very disgustingly graphic (perfect for this kind of story!).

The ending ends with a bang, but leaves the possibilities open.


Sahara Foley is a member of the Rave Reviews Book Club.

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