Review: Nicola May – Working it Out

nicola-may-working-it-outWell as much as I hate to confess it, this is another Kindle book, read on my iPad. After being forced into reading the Aurora Teagarden books on my iPad, I downloaded a few more books to see if I could get into it properly.

Now I’m not saying that I’m giving up my books (as much as Cameron might want me to), because that’s just not going to happen, but maybe it’s not too bad to read e-books as well. It is far more convenient for when I don’t particularly want to carry a book around with me, and it’s great for reading on my phone when I’m on the bike/treadmill at the gym – time goes much faster when you’re lost in a fictional world.

So anyway, onto this book. I downloaded it because it was free, it was near the top of the ‘free books’ chart on Amazon, and the cover caught my attention. The start of the book didn’t feel too promising, but it definitely grew on me, and by the end I was totally gripped. The book starts off with Ruby being laid off from her job. She reads this quote by Kahlil Gibran:

“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy”

Somehow, and this part was lost on me, she translates this quote into a new year’s resolution to try 12 different jobs over 12 months, so she can figure out what to do for the rest of her life. None of these jobs are conventional and include working in an old people’s residential home, working in a funeral parlour, and helping to organise a huge celebrity party for the star socialite of the moment.

Written into the storyline along the way is Ruby’s disastrous attempts at a love life, the star of which is her neighbour George. Neither of them will admit they like each other, so Ruby goes through a string of failed ‘relationships’ and George ends up engaged to someone else. The book introduces you to a whole host of characters who all help Ruby on her journey through these twelve jobs to discover what she really wants from life.

Now it wouldn’t be a chick-lit book without a big dramatic ending, and this book didn’t disappoint. It was slightly predictable, but still brilliant anyway.


Review: Charlaine Harris – Dead Over Heels

dead-over-heels-charlaine-harrisWell this is the first book I’ve ever read in digital instead of as an actual physical book, and it’s totally put me off buying a kindle. The actual book was going to cost £30, but the kindle version was only £9.99, so I bought it on kindle and read it on my phone/iPad. Yes, it was quite convenient because I always had my book with me, and yes, my bag was a lot lighter without carrying a book around all the time, and yes, it gave me something to do all the times I was sat waiting in my car. BUT, the experience of reading a book just isn’t the same when you don’t have an actual book. I love the feel and smell of a book, and I love being able to easily tell how far through the book I am. Location 3097 of 13807 means absolutely nothing to me, thank you kindle.

Anyway, enough of my book-obsessed ramblings and on to the book. Unfortunately, for the second book in a row by one of my favourite authors, I was disappointed again. Harris seems to have a tendency to repeat what’s happened in the previous books over and over again in subsequent books, especially near the start. The first couple of chapters always seem to be a reintroduction to Aurora and her family. Now I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’m reading a series of books, I tend to know what I’ve just read, so this gets a bit tedious.

This book (the 5th in the series), starts off with a body falling from a plane and landing in Aurora’s garden. Now most people might be extremely freaked out about this, but Aurora seems to take it in her stride, and after other odd attacks start happening (including on her friends), she obviously ends up starting her own little investigation. The middle part of the book did get quite interesting, but it wasn’t as good as the first omnibus that I read earlier this year. Not good enough to make me want to read the next one straight away, I’ve got something more exciting lined up.