As I don't like just posting meme after meme to fill in the blanks, I thought I'd post some of the older reviews that I wrote for Goodreads before I started blogging. When I started looking back I was really surprised at how much my thoughts on books and writing reviews has evolved over the last four or so months since I started up this blog. My first reaction was, 'well I can't use that on my blog - it's awful!' Then I thought it'd be fun to show you a couple anyway, just so you can see what I mean. Look how short they are and how little information is given.
I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME by Lisa Schroeder
I Heart You, You Haunt Me is the story of Ava, a teenager who lost her boyfriend, Jackson in a tragic accident. The book starts with Jackson’s funeral and runs through about a year of Ava’s life, with sections looking back to when Jackson was still alive. With Jackson making it know he’s still around, Ava finds it hard to move on with her own life.
I wasn’t at all sure I’d like this book, but with it being so short and the fact that I’d heard good things about it, I thought I’d give it a go. I Heart You, You Haunt Me took me about 2 hours to read and I did like it. It’s written in verse which took a bit of getting used to as I’ve never read a book in verse before, but then I began to enjoy the story. I give I Heart You, You Haunt Me 3 stars.
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FAR CRY by John Harvey
Ruth is just a normal woman apart from the fact that her daughter Heather disappeared at the age of 10 and was later found dead. Accident or not? Ruth remarried in time and had another daughter who, also aged 10, disappeared after a music lesson. How could this happen to the same woman twice?
This book is enjoyable, although rather long and drawn out at 500+ pages when really it could have been told in 150 pages less. On occasions I found it slightly irritating with all the jumping to conclusions and 'gut instinct' involved, but a good story non the less.
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Did you cringe like I did? When you look back on your own reviews from maybe before you started your blog, or early on in your book blogging life, are you surprised by how much your style has changed too?