Hawk : review

Hawk by James Patterson

*ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review!*

A story for a new generation of Maximum Ride fans! Max's 17-year-old daughter Hawk is growing up hard and fast in post-apocalyptic New York City . . . until a perilous destiny forces her to take flight.

Goodreads' link to the book!


Firstly I've never read any maximum ride books before, but wanted to give this a go. So if you want to know how it compares, or if it makes justice to the original - read someone else's review.

I think that there would've been plenty of Easter eggs for readers of the original series, but I wasn't confused - even though some things were written as if the reader already knew about it.

In the beginning I really wondered about the target audience and age group, and since the main character, Hawk, is a teen I went with that. When I started reading I agreed, with some "obvs" and even an emoji, in at least the ARC (advanced review copy), but as the book progressed I'm not so sure anymore. Maybe it has to do with the murders and swearing (at least insinuated swearing) - or maybe I'm getting old.

Stars: ✦✦✦
So as usual, I'll tell 4.0 things I liked about the book and 1.0 thing I didn't like.

+/- 0.5 | Believe-ability, but again taking into consideration the target audience.

+/- 0.5 | Characters, a whole variety (and lots!) of them.
And not to say I was overwhelmed with the amount of characters, but maybe if I'd read the previous books I wouldn't have felt like I needed more from some of them?

+1 | World and world building. Especially since it was a new one to me, I found it quite fascinating.

+1 | Writing, story arch and speed 

+1 | Plot and basically entertainment value. I can definitely see why his books are so popular, I feel like I just flew through it!

Read on lovelies,


Turn of the Key : Review

Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

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When she stumbles across the advert, she's looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious 'smart' home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.
What she doesn't know is that she's stepping into a nightmare - one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell awaiting trial for murder.

She knows she's made mistakes. But, she maintains, she's not guilty - at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Goodreads' link to the book!

I heard about it from Kayla @BooksAndLala, and was immediately intrigued when I heard what it's about!
So what did I think?

Stars: ✦✦✦✦.5
So as usual, I'll tell 4.5 things I liked about the book and 0.5 thing I didn't like.

+1 | The writing. Though done through letters to a lawyer,  I kept forgetting it. That's how immersed I was in the story telling. Also everything written is intertwined and for a reason, like a classic Agatha Christie

+0.75/-0.25 | The characters, an array of different characters. Keep in mind that the main character isn't exactly one you'd root for

+1 | The atmosphere. Partly due to writing, partly characters, but mostly the way things are planned out and happen. The pacing was also so well executed

+1 | Plot twists galore. And not just the basic who-done-it, but also even the fact that we don't know who dies for so long. Then there's the characters, reasons, meanings...

+0.75/-0.25 | The ending. It was wonderfully done, and I also think what happened was told brilliantly. But I would've loved to know a bit more after the end. Then again I enjoyed speculating myself.
Also the feeling of realization and thinking back with the thoughts of how did I not see that - that's the good one.

Read on lovelies,