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Storm in the Stacks

Psychological thrillers will always have my heart - but I like to branch out, 'genre' shouldn't get in the way of a good story. I'm the one who tells it like it is. If I like it, I'll shout it from the rooftops...if I don't, well you're sure gonna know about that too!

The film will soon be out... a look back at what I thought of the book

Fifty Shades Trilogy - E.L. James

The irony of rating these as a 1 star (the author could spell) and yet having read all 3 books is not lost on me. However, being hit bestsellers, you find yourself willing them to get better and anticipating that you will indeed be rewarded for sticking with them...well it turns out I'm never going to get those days back!

The leading (ahem) 'lady', Anastasia Whatsherface, wasn't the best modern role model for young women - and no I don't mean because she liked it rough in the bedroom! Fill your boots love! - but because she was probably the most pathetic lead character I've ever come across; needy, snivelling, and presumably with a very sore bottom lip.
And Christian Grey was spoilt, childish and manipulative - hardly charming or sexy in my opinion.

I suspect James had a word count quota beyond her capabilities - hence the ridiculous amount of repetition, for example 'Oh my!' showed its face perhaps every other paragraph. And Anastasia biting her lower lip in order to seduce Mr Grey at every opportunity was my own personal torture!

I don't like to give such negative reviews, and kudos to James for making a huge buck out of essentially one page of writing and some extensive copy and pasting, but I just cannot comprehend the success, and am even embarrassed to say that yes I've read 'those' books - and not in a naughty, flushed face kind of way.

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Twists and Surprises...

Gone - Rebecca Muddiman To The Edge of Shadows - Joanne Graham Precious Thing - Colette Mcbeth Someone Else's Wedding - Tamar Cohen What It Takes - Terry Tyler Before I Go to Sleep - S.J.  Watson




The ‘twist in the tale’ is almost always a sure fire way to get on my good side.


A lot of the time I do see these coming sooner than I am supposed to, and that can be a dampener.

But every now and then I come across the genius author who grabs my book from me and whacks me over the head with it!



Here is a collection of some of my favourite twists and surprises… Find my reviews for these at Storm in the Stacks


before i go to sleep               WhatitTakes

someoneelsewedding     Precious Thing

edge shadows                gone

look closer  


So there you have it.


Not a terribly huge list, I know. Like I said, I more often than not will foresee these things. But I desperately want this list to grow.

I am always looking for something that will shock me – but it has to work fluidly within the story and not be there for shock value’s sake.


So if you are an author who would like to challenge me, or you are a reader with a great recommendation then please do give me a shout.



In the meantime, here’s a top plot twist… SPOILER ALERT!!!  


Hehe. Happy reading y’all x

Best Reads in January

Last Kiss - Louise Phillips Three Amazing Things About You - Jill Mansell Gone - Rebecca Muddiman


So February crept up on us all of a sudden didn't it?!


But it means I get to look back on the reads I enjoyed the most in January. 


So here they are:-


Last Kiss - Louise Phillips 



Three Amazing Things About You - Jill Mansell



Gone - Rebecca Muddiman



Afraid - Mandasue Heller 



Do click on the links to find my reviews at 'Storm in the Stacks' and see why I liked these ones so much... Remember it takes a LOT to impress me ;-)