Review of The Last Second by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

3 STAR REVIEW

Thank you so much to Gallery books and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This was my first novel by Catherine Coulter and who knows what number by J.T. Ellison. I honestly couldn’t get into this novel. I think if I had read the first books in this series it would have helped but this one was way too “out there” for me. Also I feel if I had read the previous novels before this I wouldn’t have been so confused and struggled to figure out who was who and who was doing what at the beginning. That slowed down my reading a lot as I had to keep re-reading certain parts I was confused on to figure out what was going on. Once I got further in the book it made more sense but I feel as someone coming into this series as a newbie I was completely lost and didn’t have a grasp on the characters.

The beginning of the book seemed to drag on and on to the point where I was getting bored. All that was talked about was Nevaeh and her whining and complaining and then finally about halfway through it started to get a little more interesting but still not enough for me to enjoy it. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi but everything seemed so far fetched to me to the point I wanted to roll my eyes. The suspense parts of this novel didn’t really thrill me or leave me gasping wanting to know what would happen next.

One thing I did enjoy about this book was the characters and their humor and banter with each other once I figured out who everyone was and what role they played in this book. That alone makes me want to read the other books in the series but this one was a flop for me. I prefer J.T. Ellison as a mystery writer and will continue to read her books and might pick up Catherine Coulter’s as well.

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Review of Bird Box by Josh Malerman

4 out of 5 stars

Holy creepy book. I had never heard of this book until it basically exploded when the movie based on the book premiered on Netflix. I broke my own rules and watched the movie before I read the book (I know, bad me) which I really shouldn’t have done because the book was so much better than the movie. It was almost like reading the Harry Potter books and then watching the movies and being so disappointed because they left out so many details. Also in the movie scenes were completely moved around so it was almost a little confusing reading the book because it wasn’t in the same order.

If you like apocalypse type, end of the world books this one is definitely for you. The things these people had to see and do just to stay alive is insane and you will sit there praying it never actually happens to you. It was so off the wall and the insanity of some of the characters added so much to this. I almost did feel like I was reading something by Hitchcock and I enjoyed it so much.