Friday Finds #20 – January 9th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during, in this case, the last two weeks and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Somehow I never seem to be able to blog or read too much during summer, so there are not a lot of new titles on my TBR for now. I’m also trying not to buy any new books until I’ve managed to downsize my TBR pile… (Yes, the infamous book buying ban!) We’ll see how long that will last; for now here are the newest additions to my wishlist:

My finds:

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BOOK REVIEW: Innocence – by Dean Koontz

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Title: Innocence
Author: Dean Koontz
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery
First published: 2013
Finished reading: November 27th 2014
Pages: 338
Rating 4

“Each book is a mind alive, a life revealed, a world awaiting exploration, but living people are all those things, as well—and more, because their stories haven’t yet been completely told.”

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Innocence is one of those books you need to be in the right mood for in order to actually appreciate it. This novel by Dean Koontz is not an easy read and you really need to sit down to enjoy the beautiful prose and philosophical messages hidden in plain sight. With that said, except for the last part of the novel, I highly enjoyed reading Innocence. The first two parts build up a kind of mystery and tension around Addison and Gwynneth, the main characters, that makes you just want to keep on reading. Unfortunately the last and final part ends in a sort of anti-climax and I sincerly wish the story would have ended differently. Still, Innocence deserves its four stars and it is definitely recommendable to those who enjoy reading beautifully written prose and don’t mind philosophical and religious messages incorporated into the story. Warning: part of the story is actually quite dark!

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Addison Goodheart is different and people hate him for that. He spends his life beneath the city hidden from sight, because if he is ever seen by another human, they will destroy him without hesitance… He lives together with a man he calls Father, someone who is different like Addison and teaches him all about how to survive in this cruel world. But Father one day is forced to leave him, as did his real mother when she sent him away when he was eight.

On one of his nightly escapades, Addison meets Gwynneth, a fragil girl who dresses as a Goth and has social phobia. Against all odds they tolerate each other and soon become friends, their bond running deeper than the tragedies both have experienced. Someone is after Gwynneth; the same man that has killed her father. They are desperately trying to escape both him and protect others from getting harmed, but things are not easy and not only because of the heavy snow. Something big is about to happen, something that will change the world forever…

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It’s hard not to reveal too much in the summary without spoiling the plot twists and surprises Koontz incorporated in this novel. What I can say is that this is definitely an interesting read and worth your time if you enjoy a good fantasy thriller with well written prose. So many great and meaningful quotes! The end does disappoint slightly though.

WWW Wednesdays #19 – November 26th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

innocence6539I’m still reading Innocence by Dean Koontz and I’m glad I waited a bit before continuing with this book. I’m loving the beautiful prose Koontz uses in this novel! I will probably finish this one before the weekend if I can find some reading time… I’ve also started The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell, a crime novel I needed for my Bookish Bingo challenge. I’ve had a bad experience with this author in the past, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed this one ends up to be better.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

harrypotterandthegobletoffirethewitchesI finished reading the fourth book of the Harry Potter series: The Goblet Of Fire last week, as well as The Witches by Roald Dahl. I guess it seems like I needed some light reading before continuing with Innocence! Both were rereads and belong to my favorite childhood reads… They are just magical!

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Honestly? I don’t know. It will be a title that I can fit into the Bookish Bingo challenge, since I only have to fill in 7 more squares after finishing my current reads… Which is totally doable so I will try to actually complete this challenge. Which square and book to pick first though, I really can’t decide…

WWW Wednesdays #18 – November 19th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

innocenceharrypotterandthegobletoffireI’ve started Innocence by Dean Koontz the other day, and although I do like the story so far, I’m wondering if the ‘complicated’ prose Koontz uses in this novel is what I need right now… So I decided to finally reread the fourth book of the Harry Potter series first: The Goblet Of Fire. I’ve always loved this one and I’m really looking forward to read about the tournament again.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

clockworkangelinterviewwiththevampireI finished reading Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice, and unfortunately I couldn’t appreciate the prose Rice used to tell her story. A full review will be up before the weekend, but what I can say for now is that the slow pace almost caused me to DNF this novel… Maybe a case of not-for-me? I’ve also finished Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare recently, which I did love. A full review has already been posted!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

?I still have Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer lined up to fill the Green Cover square of the Bookish Bingo challenge… But it could also be a complete different title depending on my mood.

Teaser Tuesdays #21 – November 18th: Innocence

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I’ve just started with Innocence by Dean Koontz; yet another book for the Bookish Bingo challenge (Snow On Cover square). It’s too soon to have a proper opinion, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed this one is better than my last read…

innocence“One thing wrong with the darkness in the bedroom was the smell of it, which had been fresh and clean before. Now a spice cologne faintly seasoned the air. The Goth girl had not used or needed fragrances, and this was the very scent that I had first smelled the previous night at the library.”

 

What are you reading right now?

WWW Wednesdays #17 – November 12th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

interviewwiththevampireclockworkangelAfter reading the first few pages of Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice I decided I wasn’t in the mood for it… So I picked up my copy of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare first, a prequel triology to The Mortal Instruments series, first. Until now I’m enjoying Clockwork Angel, and I hope to finish this book later today.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

fahrenheit451theelectI’ve recently finished both the dystopian classic Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and the ARC The Elect by Elle Todd that was sent to me by Ethereal Book Reviews. I highly enjoyed both books and have posted my reviews recently. Hopefully I will keep getting lucky with my reading choices!

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

?innocenceAgain, I’m not sure yet what to read next. I do know it will be a book that I can fit in one of the empty squares in the Bookish Bingo challenge. Maybe Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer for the Green Cover square, or Innocence by Dean Koontz for the Snow On Cover square… Or a completely different title, who knows?