Sunday, 31 July 2011

Its called a book review: Full dark, no stars by Stephen King

I have only recently began to read Stephen King novels, mainly because my mother deems them to be 'really scary' and apparently you are too afraid to sleep after reading one, so I have always shied away from reading his novels. However I stumbled upon one book in my local library called Duma Key which from reading the blurb looked really interesting, and of course the book was bulky (do we expect anything other than a bulky book from Mr. King? No) which is my Favourite thing about books, so I jumped on the Stephen King bandwagon and read my first book by this author and never looked back. Though I didnt particulary enjoy this book there were parts i did like, just not the whole book...

Last year I read Under The Dome by Stephen King which was no at all scary, apart from the gory bits! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and fell back in love with his novels and was eagerly anticipating his new book Full Dark, No Stars.

Full Dark, No Stars is a collecting of three short stories , i was disappointed that he has wrote short stories as he is known for these bulky books he writes in great detail. So i was wondering how he might write a smaller novel and would he miss out those important details i as a reader love so much about with his previous novels. One word; No. He is able to compact his normal bulky writing to his normal high standard, which is one aspect that i loved about these novels; i could get the same thrill of reading small novels with smaller details, which is sometimes lost in these types of small story collections.

As I said previously Stephen King novels tend to be creepy and scary, however these short stories didn't scare me in the slightest...apart from the last one. It was more of a what would someone do in certain (creepy & scary) situations, which i really enjoyed because I don't think many people consider the 'other' options we have.

I really enjoyed reading these short stories, it made a change from getting into a really bulky Stephen King book and getting lost for a week, not having any human contact within that time as the books sucks you in...these do that also however because they are so much smaller it probably takes at a few hours to read just one! So you can have human contact AND a Stephen King novel at the same time, amazing!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Its called a book review: The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes

I finished The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes a few days ago, I was going to post a review the minute i finished but i finished it at 1am in the morning and i was too sleepy to switch on my laptop and write a review, but it just shows how much i enjoyed reading this book! I only had 100 pages left to read so before i went to bed i stayed up reading and reading AND reading until i had finished because i just had to know what the chapters were counting down too. And oh boy was i in for a surprise (I'm sure you will agree if you have read the book) about who the narrator is and what he/she is counting down to.

The book starts by introducing us to each of the main characters (Though more main characters come into play later) who live in 66 Star Street, we get to know each of the characters and their lifestyles, aspirations, and life outside of 66 Star Street. I found the book tended to centre on the issue of relationships (love, hate, etc) which was quite interesting to see how each character of different ages interact within these relationships (especially Maive poor thing!).

Its ending i will not spoil for you, but the build up to it is definitely worth it! At first i was completely confused and thought i must have misread it, so i re-read the last few pages again just to make sure i hadn't missed anything because it was slightly out of the blue, and i honestly would not have thought of a plot line like this before. I found guessing who the narrator was and what they were counting down to a really great aspect to the book, as the majority of books tell you the 'important event' at the start or middle to keep the reader from becoming bored, but this novel didnt require that, since the strong characters and mini plot lines within it keeps the readers attention and it made me personally want to know what would happen next. So its a book that involved you and sucks you in from the start, perfect!

This is the first book i have read by Marian Keyes and i will be looking out for her other books, because this book was so unique to others i have read, but if you have read/liked books such as One Day by David Nichols i think you will like this book too!

My rating: 5/5

Saturday, 9 July 2011


Firstly let me welcome you to my new blog; It's Called A Book!

Its going to be my place to write book reviews, write about new authors I have stumbled across, write about news in the world of books and above all just write my own opinions about books in general.

I am currently reading The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes (RRP £7.99), I am halfway through it on my kindle and its such a lovely story line so far. Its centred round tennants living at 66 Star Street (I want to live on Star Street <3) and their life stories, relationships with parents, flatmates, significant other, etc. Our narrator i personally at this moment think is either a fly or a ghost? The first chapter i was thinking why is a fly telling this story? And why are the chapters called 'Day 61...' then the next chapter is 'Day 60' so obviously something big is going to happen to these residents when it reaches Day 0? Well i'm hoping!

Currently im on Day 36 and 53% the way through it according to my Kindle and already so much has happened, I am very much looking forward to snuggling up later and reading it until late at night and i HAVE TO go to sleep, its very unputdownable!

Also does anyone know how to see what actual page your on when reading a book on a kindle rather than the % through. I hate when people ask me what page i'm on and i have to reply with a percentage instead of a page number!

Waterstones currently have an offer in store where you buy 2 and get the cheapest free, obviously i took advantage of this offer about bought some books I liked the sound of;
  • The Confession by Nick Grisham
  • Full Dark, No stars by Stephen King
  • The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson
They all sound really interesting reads, and would you believe that they are the first books i have bought this year because i tend to read books on my kindle now, so i never have actual books. Crazy right?!