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Review: Celebrity Team Six (By Carl Farkwad)

Celebrity Team SixSource: Goodreads
Celebrity Team Six
Source: Goodreads

Length: 35 pages

My Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Celebrity Team Six is the introductory story of the people that are popularly known as celebrities. Lady Gaga, Mathew McConaughey, Tom Hanks, Justin Bieber and many other celebrities are in fact celebrities because that is the perfect guise for someone who has mutant powers of some kind and who goes crime fighting at random moments. It’s a team of supercelebrity superheroes whose real job is to fight off bad guys while pretending to be on tour.

My take:

CT6… WOW! (And Wow! not in a good sense but more along the lines of ‘Wow! What did I just read?”

Given the rave reviews and blurb, I expected this book to be funny, action packed and the kind that would poke (relatively) good natured fun at the celebrities that the world has come to love. What I got instead, was a (thankfully) short book that I could only wish was a lot shorter.

CT6 is not conventional, that’s for sure. And although unconventional can be great, this was not one of those cases. The writing style is not very smooth, making it quite a difficult and tedious task to actually read the book. You have to often go back and re-read lines just so that they make some kind of sense. The characters were ridiculous. Sure, everyone makes fun of the quirks that celebrities have, but this was taking it to a whole new level, and not in a good way. The celebrities were depicted in a confusing, and often stupid, manner that more often than not, wasn’t even necessary.
The action was just about bearable. A little too violent for some people, I thought the action sequences could have made more sense if the author put in just a little more effort. The comedy is, in one word, unfunny. There are very few parts that actually make you laugh out loud (I came across three) and the other attempts at comedy only serve to make the book more tedious.

If asked, I wouldn’t really recommend the book to anyone! It’s not funny, its action is uninteresting and there isn’t any other memorable aspect to warrant actually going through the effort of reading it. But if you have absolutely nothing to do and have run out of every book possible, including those that you could read four times, you could try your hand at CT6. But remember to do so with the understanding that this book is nothing more than someone’s crazy, unappetizing take on things – also read as ‘a real waste of time”.

– Rishika

Review: 72 Hours (By William Casey Morton)

72 HoursPhoto credit: Goodreads
72 Hours
Photo credit: Goodreads

Length: 299 pages

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thirty seconds on national television – that’s all it took for one insane man to get each and every one of the entire city’s criminal population to chase one woman. Lindsay Hammond had no idea how it happened or why. One minute, everything was normal – a regular day moving along at its regular pace. But the next minute, she and her kids are running for their lives. With no one to trust and nowhere to run to, Lindsay comes close to running out of options to keep her family and herself alive. Until Ryan Archer, ex FBI, ex Army officer and the only man who can take Lindsay and her kids as far as they need to be. It’s a mission that will last for 72 hours and one that will change the lives of everyone involved.

But what is it that the psychopath who sets the course of action truly wants? And why is Lindsay Hammond running for her life? These are the questions that William Casey Morton answers in his thriller, 72 Hours.

My Take:

72 Hours was an extremely fast paced, quick page turning read. I enjoyed the book and always tried to find time to keep returning to it. Although there were some drawbacks to the book, it made a very nice read with the good definitely overshadowing the bad. The good points include an interesting concept, gripping storytelling, action packed sequences and not too many dull moments. My favorite part was the beginning which was unpredictable and instantly gripping. I also loved the action sequences which were many and not far in between. The details were described exceptionally well, giving you a feel of being right there, watching it all unfold from a front row seat.
The bad points, though not too many, do require a brief mention. The first, mildly bothering drawback, was the typos. There were errors that, for some people, may hinder the flow. And given how quick the story moves, that can be a turn off. The second, and more glaring drawback, is the occasional lack of detailed character development. The protagonist seems altogether too ‘normal’. The blurb gives the impression of an experienced, never going wrong kind of protagonist who, in comparison, comes off as a little more normal than expected. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Heroes do not necessarily have to be impossible to fool, cheat or temporarily overcome. That would be unbelievable and maybe even boring because of the lack of conflict. But the knight in shining armor of 72 Hours, in my opinion, seemed too ‘normal’ for someone who comes from his background. Not that that makes him less likeable.
Maybe the small character faults are more glaring because of how well the other characters are developed, especially the antagonist, who really makes readers loathe him.
The end is a little rushed and I, personally, would have liked some more details.
But I can walk away from this book saying that it didn’t leave me with a feeling of hanging in the middle. The loose ends are all neatly tied up, even though it may be more hurried than some would like. Definitely a book that I would recommend for all action, thriller and crime readers.

– Rishika

Review: Friend Request (By David Wailing)

Friend RequestSource: Goodreads
Friend Request
Source: Goodreads

Length: 69 pages

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

It’s a party in celebration of Nick and Larissa’s tenth wedding anniversary and the purchase of their new house. But Nick can’t concentrate on anything other than his search for one man – one unknown man whose auto sent his auto a friend request, the man whose status said that he’s dating Nick’s wife. The story unfolds at a party in a futuristic world. And the question that everyone wants answered… Who is this stranger and why is the mask of fidelity slowly slipping from the face of the woman that Nick has always loved?

My take:

Good read. The entire concept of autos is fascinating and terrifying at the same time… something, I’m sure, that raises the neck hairs of all those who are afraid of machines taking over humans! The nature of human beings has been shown wonderfully – friendship, love, jealousy, secrets, anger, prestige and true nature displaying reactions!
The style of writing was a bit haphazard but not so much that it would hinder the flow of the story. Its short length makes it a quick and very enjoyable read.
All in all, an interesting concept and one on which I would read more books for sure.

– Rishika

Review: Disappear (By Iain Edward Henn)

DisappearSource: Goodreads
Source: Goodreads

Length: 322 pages

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

A good read. The large number of characters can get a bit confusing, but all in all, a good read. I found the entire concept intriguing and the book maintains the suspense very well. All in all, a good read for anyone who likes suspense, crime and thrillers.

– Rishika

Review: Accidental Meeting (By Susette Williams)

Accidental MeetingSource: Goodreads
Accidental Meeting
Source: Goodreads

Length: 79 pages

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

A quick read, but nothing spectacular. Characters are really likeable though and you can enjoy it if you’re looking for something short and cute. Could do with less abrupt jumps in the story line and a heroine who doesn’t cry so much, given how strong she’s portrayed as.

– Rishika

Review: A Spy for Christmas (By Kristen James)

A Spy for ChristmasSource: Goodreads
A Spy for Christmas
Source: Goodreads

The novella alternates between being really cute, funny and sweet and completely lost and confused. There’s too much background that’s not really explained and could do with more detail. It’s difficult to feel for the characters if you don’t know where they’re coming from. The story line was good, but could have been written in a better way.

– Rishika

…because I love reading!

I love reading – always have, always will. I’ve always been one of those who gets mad as hell if interrupted when reading something interesting. But then, I think most readers are like that!

Some of that characteristic trickled into my writing too. Of course, it makes more sense there since you actually have to be ‘in the flow’ when writing. But this is about my reading habits so let’s not digress.

After reading hundreds of books and recommending them to a gazillion people, I finally thought ‘why not write what I thought about it?’ Ii had to beat repeating the same thing to ten different people. Plus, I get to say what I want, people who want to know whether they will like the book can get some help and I’ll have fun!

And that is how the idea of including book reviews on my blog came about!