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My ratings:
❤️ = Loved it
😐 = It's okay
😝 = Hated it

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Alert (James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge)


New York has seen more than its fair share of horrific attacks, but the city is about to be shaken in a way it never has before.
Two devastating catastrophes hit in quick succession, putting everyone on edge. Detective Michael Bennett is given the near impossible task of hunting down the shadowy terror group responsible.
Then a shocking assassination makes it clear that these events are just the prelude to the biggest threat of all. Now Bennett is racing against the clock to save his beloved city - before the most destructive force he has ever faced tears it apart.


Like a flood or a hurricane, it was affecting multiple thousands of random innocent people. It was what insurance companies used to call an act of God. I wondered if that was what this was. Someone who believed he was God.

❤️ I had been feeling a little disappointed with James Patterson books lately, so this came as a nice surprise. I loved every minute of it. Perfectly timed ending. Villains who knew exactly what they wanted. And a plausible story.
It held my attention from start to finish.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves)


Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After losing his wife and son, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge their deaths.


Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller, Terry Notary, Ty Olsson, Michael Adamthwaite, Toby Kebbell, Judy Greer, Sara Canning, Devyn Dalton, Aleks Paunovic


❤️ The CGI is amazing and this is truly a technological marvel. Andy Serkis once again plays the ape ruler Caesar; he has gotten better with every film and this is definitely his best performance.
The story is great and well acted throughout. There are a lot of teary eyed moments and really good action sequences.
Woody Harrelson totally surprised me, since I am so used to seeing him in comedies, but he did such a great job! Wow!
I loved every part of the film. This is not just about guns and fire, it is also about the war that goes on inside a person, their emotional roller coaster during hard times. We see this concept with Caesar all the way through.
I felt for him, for what he was going through, and that is the point of a movie: to engage the audience, so that they end up feeling what the characters are feeling.
I also wanted to leave a note about Steve Zahn's character, Bad Ape, who was so funny and cute!
There was nothing about this film that I did not love! A must see!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Twisted (Lynda La Plante)


Where is Amy? She is with her mother, surely, or with her father, or at school, or with her best friend? She is with one of them, safe and sound... surely?
Then why has no one heard from her? It is only when Amy is reported missing from school that her mother Lena contacts the police. Fifteen-year-old Amy has not been seen for four days.
A family under constant police and press scrutiny, a father who is lying, a mother whose perfect world is crumbling, a detective under intense pressure...
Twisted... Who really knows the truth about Amy's disappearance?

Now I'm sure many of you in the room have been to some of the most horrendous and unimaginable crime scenes, and they can leave a lasting impression on your mind, especially if the victims are children. But how do you deal with it... how do you cope?

❤️ This was my first Lynda La Plante book and I was actually very impressed with the writing. It was very detailed, particularly with the numerous suspects and the various lines of enquiry that were taken by DI Reid and his team. An excellent read which raised many issues, including mental health and abuse. And let us not forget the unexpected plot twist.
I highly recommend it!