Brake Failure Review

2017, blog, May, REVIEW



Synopsis from Goodreads: 

“Is it too late to tell him you love him when you are looking down the barrel of his gun?”

An English debutante transforms from Miss-Perfectly-Correct to criminally insane as she breaks the bonds of her rigid upbringing. Sheriff Hank Gephart tries to reel her in – but she’s out of control and she’s not hitting the brakes.

What happened to the genteel lady in twin-set and pearls? And why did she shoot Mr Right?

Brake Failure is set in 1999 in the months leading up to Y2K “meltdown” when the US government was spending $150 billion preparing for Armageddon As Lionel Shriver says in her novel, We Have To Talk About Kevin: “1999, a year widely mooted beforehand as the end of the world.”

My Thoughts:

I started this book one night on my kindle and read it to around 25% on my kindle. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. The next night I picked it up and I didnt put it down until I finished it at 1:57am. I really liked the main character Ruby but I really really didn’t like her sister Claire. Some of Rubys choices really irritated me and sometimes I thought she was acting spoilt. 

I didn’t really have any feelings towards her relationship with her husband and this were one of the only tiny issue with the story line.

I really enjoyed the way that Alison Brodie writes and the way the story flowed when flipping through the events that had happened (past and present). The ending was just right for me although the other small little thing that I didnt understand (I dont want to explain any further due to spoilers) but don’t let this little niggle stop you from reading this book because I dont think it took anything away from the story itself. 

I cant wait to read more by Alison Brodie and will be waiting patiently for her next book to come out. In the meantime I will hunt for other books she has written. 

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone who wants a quick read.


Kindle Paperwhite vs Kindle Voyage

2017, blog, REVIEW

Kindle Paperwhite               |                Kindle Voyage

Screen: 6″                                                                    Screen: 6″
Anti Glare: Yes                                                           Anti-Glare: Yes
Built in Light: Yes                                                      Built in Light: Yes
Page turn: Touch Screen                                         Page Turn: Touch screen and PagePress
Resolution: 300ppi                                                   Resolution: 300ppi
Colour: Black and White                                        Colour: Black
Charging Cover: No                                                 Charging Cover: No
Weight Wifi: 205g                                                    Weight Wifi: 180g
Weight 3G: 217g                                                       Weight 3G: 188g
Battery: Weeks                                                         Battery: Weeks

My Thoughts:

Even though there is no difference in screen size, I have noticed that there is a different feel to the screen compared to the Voyage. The voyage has more of a smooth feel and the paper white has a “paper” feel to it. 

I did notice the a glare more on the voyage but it wasn’t anything to stop me reading in sunlight outside. 

The light on the voyage is lighter (whiter) but I never really used the auto brightness function. I found that I was still changing the brightness down because the brightness just wasn’t for me whilst reading. 

Page press is a really good function as I could read whilst holding the kindle in which ever hand I wanted but with the paper white I feel I am limited as only one side will turn the page on whilst the other will turn the page backwards.

The resolution is the same on both the voyage and the paper white have the same resolution but the paper white as a look of paper in the background. 

I have tested both regarding weight and I couldn’t really feel the difference between the two. 

The battery will last weeks. I only charge mine once every few weeks but I don’t tend to read on it every day. I don’t have the wifi switched on and I have the brightness low more often than not but the battery life can vary depending on how long you read for and how often you use it. 

I have had three kindles and never once lost battery whilst I have been out and about. 

For the price I am not really 100% positive that the voyage is worth the extra money. Although I do miss the page press function.

Horns by Joe Hill Review

2017, reading, REVIEW, updates


Author: Joe Hill 

Purchased: Amazon (ebook) 

Finished: Saturday 8th April 2017

Rating: ✪✪✪.5



Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.

Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more – he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.
Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone – raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances – with Ig the only suspect. He was never tried for the crime, but in the court of public opinion, Ig was and always would be guilty.
Now Ig is possessed with a terrible new power – with just a touch he can see peoples’ darkest desires – to go with his terrible new look, and he means to use it to find the man who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge; it’s time the devil had his due.

My Opinion:

Let me start my saying even though it took me over an entire month to read this book I did enjoy it, I just wasn’t up to reading so this is going to be a mini review because of how long it took me to read it I didn’t make notes on how I felt throughout the month reading it. 

I really like how the characters stories grew throughout and how you got to know them all a little better as everything progressed. I really enjoyed the writing style and will pick up some more of his books in the future. I also want to watch the movie now and see how it compares 

The ending really bothered me though and I think I am going to have to think about it some more and see whether it still bothers me it just didn’t end how I wanted it to end and I thought the ending wasn’t as satisfying as I wanted it to be. 

Once I get back into reading more books and getting back into things I may give this one a read to pad it out some more. 

I just wanted to know what happened too all the characters and I have been left wondering about what has happened to them more than I expected to this is my reason for the 3.5 star review rather than the 4 star review I wanted to give it. 


Reading Update

2017, blog, updates

Hi Everyone

I am currently on a training course for the apprenticeship I am doing through work and I had completely forgotten to schedule a post for my blog.

So in between dinner and another revision session I am quickly writing this post. I am determined to post something every Sunday.

I thought I’d tell you about the books I am currently reading.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer


Currently on page 343 (66%) – Hard Cover Edition 

Thoughts so far: I am actually really enjoying this book more than I thought I would do, I really want a day to sit and finish it all in one go but at the moment I am too busy 

The German Generals Talk by B H Liddell Hart 


Currently 7% through – Kinde Edition 

Thoughts so far: I am finding it very informative and I am learning a lot I didn’t know about especially before the war started. 

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning


Currently 53% through – Kindle Edition 

Thoughts so far: I have absolutely no idea why it is taking me so long to read this book. I am really enjoying it. I think it may have something to do with the main character as I am unsure of her.