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Book Review APRIL

Well … it is nearly the end of May and I am only just getting around to my review of books read in April. I would like to say that it’s because I’ve been slack and holidaying on a tropical island – but because I am still pasty, tired, and craving sleep, the truth is … I’ve just been busy.


So here are my thoughts of books that I have read in April:


Teardrop by Lauren Kate

I found Kate’s Fallen series a bit so-so in terms of maturity. I felt that in Teardrop Kate had become more mature and her characters had a life-like presence about them. I enjoyed the storyline and look forward to reading the next one in the series. I would give Fallen a 3 out of 5.


Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

I thoroughly recommend everyone to read this book. It has such a wonderful and page turning storyline and answers a lot of what ifs? I felt that it was very well written and regardless of the journey, the characters were consistent in how they would react. It was a definite page-turner. I would give this book a 4 out of 5 (don’t be put of by the Woman’s Weekly recommendation like I was).


The Risk in Crime by L.W Kennedy and K. G Van Brunschot

I felt that after a day of reading this book for my PhD introduction, I just had to put it down on my list to demonstrate that yes, I read non-fiction. It was informative and gave me a starting point of what I have been trying to say


Pirouette by Robyn Bavati

This was a quick read. I wouldn’t say it was aimed at YA, but a bit younger (primary school?). I think I saw it on a Facebook page and thought it would look like a good read. I would say it was a nice chill-out, relaxing and quick read. Don’t expect chills and thrills – it was very much a parent-trap type book. I would give this a 2.5 out of 5.


The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

This book wasn’t entirely what I was expecting and I found the storyline a bit dry. I struggled to maintain interest and found it very slow going, yet I know that someone else would thoroughly enjoy it. I would give this a 2 out of 5.


The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

I love the Vampire Academy series and this spin-off series. The storyline is enjoyable and I can’t wait until the next installment comes out just to know what happens to Sydney! I would give this a 3.5 out of 5 (it’s a great YA series).

Book Review: The Asylum by Johan Theorin

I found this book listed online somewhere (I can’t remember where exactly) and thought ‘yeah … looks like a creepy crime novel, why not?’ and put a hold on it at my local library (since I hadn’t heard of this author before, I didn’t want to part with money to buy it). When my hold came through, I picked it up and saw the recommendation on the top ‘If you like Stieg Larsson, try a much better Swedish writer’. Well, that’s a tough call – I haven’t got around to reading Larsson yet but everyone who I talk to highly recommends his work.

So with great trepidation I started reading The Asylum … and OH MY GOD! I was hooked from the get-go. I always forget how incredibly amazing Swedish crime is.The story follows Jan Hauger as he successfully secures a job at The Dell, which is the pre-school near St Patricia’s Regional Psychiatric Hospital (a way to keep children close to their parents who are patients). St Patricia’s has fondly been nicknamed St Psycho’s by the locals for a reason – including that it houses a notorious serial killer.

However, what makes this book such a page-turner is the little plots and twists. You have a couple of chapters in the present, then a snippet from Jan’s creepy little past. Just when you have it figured out, Theorin throws in another side plot that’s oh so crucial to understanding the present. What started off as a ‘something to read to take a break from my PhD work’ turned into such a gripping read that I had read the whole book in 24 hours – it was THAT thrilling.

I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially the crime readers – it won’t disappoint and will keep you hanging on until the very end. Slightly disappointed in the ending, but only because I felt sorry for Jan in regard to his quest (I don’t want to give anything away).

I also love that for my *first* online book review – I am giving this a 5/5 (and looking forward to reading more from Theorin)