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Monday, June 22, 2015

Review: The Girl on the Train


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

4 of 5 stars           
meh.... I liked it. I liked the writing style - felt it was solid. I didn't like the characters and suspected the killer. I felt the ending was too unavailing. But really, given Rachel's personality, I cannot see the story ending any other way. The story is plot-driven. There is not one likeable character in the book but sometimes that is okay. Sometimes, that's just life. Although, The Girl On the Train was a thrilling read, it had too much hype surrounding it and therefore, the book did not live up to my expectations.

Review: The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison  

's review
Jun 22, 15  ·                                
  The Silent Wife was not a “chilling psychological thriller” as the publisher advertises. I am not sure what this book was but I can tell you it was not good. The story (I use the term loosely) was boring, tedious and slow. I continued to read for some kind of pick up in the plot but nothing ever came. There were many pointless pages upon pages about Jodi and Todd’s mundane lives, and even a series of flashback scenes of Jodi with her own psychiatrist that, in my opinion, had zilch to do with anything else in the book. – these scenes were random and beyond dull and a good editor would have cut them at first glance. These characters were incredibly uninteresting. I cannot fathom why the author would ever want to write about them. In the end, what every reader, I suspect, thought would happen happened and I regret having been duped by the publisher, Penguin. This is a prime example of a publisher pumping up a book with paid reviews to make sales. Lie after Lie- this is nothing like Gone Girl, there was nothing suspenseful or thrilling. The praise that this book received from a string of New York Times bestselling authors boggles my mind. How much were these authors paid to lie?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Fangirl Review

Cat Mann rated a book 5 of 5 stars
read in June, 2015
Fangirl was intriguing. Rainbow Rowell is a clever girl. She has a kind of subtle genius in her writing that makes me jealous. He writing is honest and her characters are all wonderfully accurate. The story is character-driven and to me, it had a slow start. It wasn’t until I met all the characters and learned to appreciate them that I was hooked on the story. With a lot of character-driven books, the ending can be anti-climactic as there isn’t much of a resolve but rather all the loose ends are tied up nicely in pretty pink bows. Rowell created two universes in one book- the World of Mages and the World of Cath. Smart Lady, smart book, good read. I enjoy Rowell's writing style and cannot wait to read more. She's made a fan out of me.


Working... Kind of. Writing - in my head (does that still count?) I have plans to do more. Some plans are solid and some more like in a Jell-O kind of state but still good (red Jell-O in the shape of stars) 
I have a "to do" list that I can share to prove my good intentions.
1. Start finishing book 4.
2. Bother my editor and my beta reader and ask that they beat me up until I am black and blue and feel like an idiot for ever thinking I could write anything - my name included.
3. Share reviews I have written on books recently read - which I will start to do in posts on this blog, but you can always find my reviews on goodreads and you can keep up with everything I am reading on FB and on my instagram account -itsmecatmann.
4. I am working on a sort of "How To" for writers on getting started with the process, cover art, editing, beta readers, books, sites, publishing, blogs, bloggers and reviews - everything I used  to learn the craft of self publishing and the secrets I've learned along the way. Will post on blog.
5. Share  unedited writing laps and short stories on blog.  - I like to keep my worlds all to myself and I doubt that will ever help me go anywhere - so I'll start here - on the internet and possibly on wattpad.   I lack courage and tune - but lack for nothing in the excuses department.

Thanks to those of you who have stuck with me and the world of Ari and Ava.   I am happy that this upcoming book will be the end of them for a while or maybe even forever. I am excited to publish A Forsaken Fate and very ready to start the next chapter of my writing profile.  I have a lot of ideas and I cannot wait to see them come out on paper.

More soon.