Sunday, October 18

Book Review:Sleep Donation

Title: Sleep Donation

Author: Karen Russell

Pages: Ebook 145

Summary: A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps’ reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish’s faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by “Baby A,” the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious “Donor Y.”

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was a quick, and eerie read. But overall, an enjoyable one. The idea behind it was rather creepy - sucking the sleep away from a baby to give to others. Disturbing, but well executed. It was different, but a good different.

Because it was a short read, there wasn't a lot of detail to the background and history of how society came to this point. Which was something I both liked and disliked about the book. I liked it because there was the mystery of the unknown, and it helped push the story on quickly. I disliked that aspect because there was that nagging part of me that wants to know a full detailed back story as to why things are the way they are. The characters were well written, but I wouldn't call the memorable. I don't have a favourite, or could say anyone of them pulled me into the book. The story was what made this book, not the characters, they weren't poorly written characters, by any stretch, they were just ones I didn't feel connected too.

Overall it was a great read.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was a quick read, creepy at times, but if you want a quick thriller to read, this one would be a good choice.

What to read next: The Positron E-Serial series by Margaret Atwood (or the Novel based off the eSeries)

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, Ebook Challenge, New Author Challenge

Book Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire

Title: The Girl Who Played with Fire

Author: Stieg Larsson

Pages: 724

Summary: Crusading publisher Mikael Blomkvist has decided to run an explosive exposé of a wide-ranging sex trafficking operation. Just before the piece is published, the two reporters responsible are murdered. The fingerprints on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled hacker genius Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Lisbeth herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, and is forced to face her dark past.

My Rating: 8.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed this one a lot, while it didn't move as fast as other thrillers, it worked for this book. I appreciated that the author took the time to explore the story, develop the characters which created a solid read - one that was hard to put down at times.

The plot had a few twists, although I was able to guess at a few of them, I think they were well played out and tied into the story as a whole nicely. There wasn't any issue of "where did that come from in the book - at least for me. There was a lot of pieces here and there and they all eventually came together in the end, setting the book up for the ending, and what I'm sure will be an incredible third book.

The characters are ones that stay with you, even after you've finished the book. Lisabeth us a well established character, and this book takes a good chunk of time to explore her and draw out her character. I'm not sure if I'd call her a likeable character, but she is one that you enjoy reading about .

The ending has me wanting to pick up the next book immediately, and I plan on reading it very soon. The cliff-hanger was a bit jaw dropping to say the least.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was a great second edition to the series and if you enjoyed the first, you'd likely enjoy this one. I also found this one to be less graphic then the first.

What to read next: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, Chunkster Challenge, Finish That Series Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge