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#Scarathlon Bingo cards.

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380 points @StayCurious #TeamCreepinItReal

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PuddleJumper Amazing! 8mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
44 | Jools Sinclair
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I first read this about 10 years ago so thought it was time for a re-read. I'm not as easily impressed as I was back then, so I'd probably rate this at a 3.5🌟 now. There's not much backstory given (there is a reason for that that the reader finds out later) & it makes the narrative a bit disorientating as the reader works out what is happening. The twist is still good though.

2015 review: A promising start to what looks to be a good YA series.

OutsmartYourShelf Kept me interested in reading it and had a nice twist at the end. Liked it so much I've just bought the rest of the series.

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/809933624
Read 31st Oct 2023

Readathons 150 pts
Post 1pt
Words 870 pts
Genre 20 pts

Total 1041 pts

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OutsmartYourShelf
Hamlet, Prince of Robots | M. Darusha Wehm
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Elsinore Robotics maker of humanoid androids powered by true artificial intelligence are continually in competition with their rival, Norwegian Technologies. The last public contest was between their model, Fortinbras, and Elsinore‘s HAM(let) v.1 & Hamlet was victorious. Shortly afterwards he was found deactivated at Elsinore, possibly by rogue malware. Hamlet v.2 mourns the loss of his progenitor, & he becomes obsessed by thoughts of revenge.

OutsmartYourShelf A retelling of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' with the lead character an android rather than flesh & blood. The book looks at what is means to be human, about free will & choice. It mostly works quite well. I haven't read the original play but, like Cher Horowitz in Clueless, I've seen the Mel Gibson film version, so I knew what was coming & who the characters were. 8mo
OutsmartYourShelf It's a quick read at just under 170 pages for the Kindle version so it doesn't outstay its welcome. An intriguing take. 3.5🌟

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5721280995
Read 30th-31st Oct 2023

Readathons 210 pts
Post 1pt
Words 220 pts
Genre 10 pts

Total 441 pts

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OutsmartYourShelf
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Hannah has some misgivings as she leaves for a luxury weekend away with her husband, her brother Mako & his wife, & best friend Cricket & new squeeze. As the six friends arrive, the weather changes & the group are stuck in the isolated cabin. Furthermore there's something a bit off with their rental owner & the house has a tragic backstory. As the weather cools outside, inside tempers heat up, & it seems someone has a deadly agenda. (continued)

OutsmartYourShelf This author's books seem to be a bit hit & miss for me: I really liked Under My Skin but wasn't keen on Last Girl Ghosted. This one sits in the middle, it's quite good but I didn't really like it much. The characters are necessarily mostly unlikeable & the reader experiences most events through Hannah's eyes but the second strand of the story which is told by a character called Henry takes you out of the secret-filled cabin which dilutes the 8mo
OutsmartYourShelf tension. The stories do eventually dovetail but it only partly works. 3⭐

TWs: self-harm, infidelity, miscarriage, drug use, violence, animal cruelty/death.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4804684971
Read 27th-30th Oct 2023

Readathons 600 pts
Post 1pt
Words 2370 pts
Genre 10 pts

Total 2981 pts

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TheSpineView Fantastic! 8mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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Following the loss of a lucrative contract due to internal rivalries, a group of seven feuding office workers are sent on a team-building weekend by their boss. On the way there the private plane develops engine trouble & the group wake up marooned on a deserted tropical island. There the rivalries become magnified as the group struggle to locate water, food, & shelter plus look for a way off the island.
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OutsmartYourShelf The synopsis to this sounded great but it never really got going for me. The tensions were pretty petty & became annoying really quickly. It's quite a short book at just over 200 pages & I think the characters weren't really given time to develop so the reader isn't really invested in what happens to them & the conclusion was very quick. It was OK but I think many things could have been improved on if it had been slightly longer. 3⭐ (edited) 8mo
OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to #NetGalley & publisher, BooksGoSocial, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5876804406
Read: 27th Oct 2023

Readathons 192 pts
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Words 290 pts
Genre 10 pts

Total 493 pts

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The Dark | Linda Cargill
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Bianca wakes up in hospital & is confused as to how she got there. She is told that she was babysitting, someone broke in & killed the maid, Mrs Ingersoll, & tried to kidnap baby Katie. Bianca grabbed Katie & ran to get help but can't remember any of this. Now she is terrified of the dark but when her memory starts to return, the killer is worried that Bianca will be able to identify them & decides to shut her up for good. (Continued)

OutsmartYourShelf I think this is possibly the worst book in the Point Horror series. I've read most of them & I can't remember another that made me want to speedread through it like this did. Almost no characterisation, everyone was really shouty, prone to sudden violence, & really weird. Very much doubt I will bother with the sequel. 1⭐

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5937920166
Read 28th - 29th Oct 2023

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OutsmartYourShelf
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Maddie has had an inkling she may be a witch since she was little. She is able to see people's short-term future in a cup of coffee & she is shocked to see that one of the visitors to her coffee truck has a meeting with the grim reaper very soon. Colleague Suzanne talks her into warning customer, Joan, of her impending demise but they can't track her down. The next day they find out that Joan was found dead that morning so decide to investigate.

OutsmartYourShelf Now I wasn't expecting this to be Agatha Christie, but come on. The plot was far too simple & you can work out the killer in oh about three seconds. There was very little peril apart from a half-hearted warning note to stop investigating, & finally, the guilty party is caught in a flimsy lie & suddenly they're admitting to everything like Wonder Woman put the Lasso of Truth on them - not even to the police detective but a barista with no evidence. 8mo
OutsmartYourShelf Overall it's too cheesy even for me & the plot is way too obvious. If you like undemanding kinda twee cozy mysteries then you might like this. Best character - Trixie the persian cat. 2⭐

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4835342473
Read 28th Oct 2023

Readathons 160 pts
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Words 450 pts
Genre 20 pts

Total 631 pts

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OutsmartYourShelf
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1889 & it's the day of Kitty Gray's marriage to business owner Charles Maclean. Kitty wanted to attend university & become a doctor but her mother vetoes that & Kitty found herself hurriedly engaged to Charles. Things soon go sour & Kitty finds herself exiled to her husband's holiday home, Ardbray House, in the Scottish Highlands. This turns out to be a blessing in disguise as Kitty involves herself in the world of herbal medicine. (continued)

OutsmartYourShelf 2003 - Greer has been the caretaker at Ardbray House for as long as she can remember & her mother & grandmother were caretakers before her. She despairs of a new owner ever being found, when Caitlin Black, a young American woman looks around & decides she wants to restore it including the gardens. As the two women look into the history of the house & its former occupants, a double tragedy is uncovered. 8mo
OutsmartYourShelf I wasn't sure what to expect but this is a wonderful historical fiction read. It deals with some heavy subjects including the place of women in Victorian society, child death, & sexual assault but they are dealt with in a sensitive way. Kitty's story is by far the most interesting & I loved her as a main character. Greer was a little harder to like, she's more of a 'spiky' personality & it takes a while to warm to her. 8mo
OutsmartYourShelf The book also had a slightly paranormal edge with the appearance of a ghost or two. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a paranormal edge. 4.5🌟

TWs: child death, sexual assault, misogyny, suicide.

My thanks to #NetGalley & publisher, Storm Publishing, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5813770173
Read 20th-24th Oct 2023
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My Brother's Keeper | Tim Powers
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The Brontes & werewolves - even before starting it, I knew this would be either a triumph or a disaster. It's definitely going to polarise opinion as it's a required taste, but I loved it. I particularly like the way that the author wove actual events into the supernatural narrative, such as when Branwell paints over himself in the portrait of himself & his three sisters. (continued)

OutsmartYourShelf Branwell comes off the worst here as he comes across as petulant, cowardly, & self-centered & I really didn't like him. The others were as you would expect & I felt the author got Emily's character just right. Read it with no preconceptions & no expectations of what a book featuring the Brontës should be like & you may be pleasantly surprised. I thought it was extremely entertaining. 4.5🌟

8mo
OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to #NetGalley & publishers, Head of Zeus/AdAstra Books, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5722038873
Read 12th-14th Oct 2023

Readathons x Hours Read 902 pts
Post 1pt
Word Challenge 3160 pts
Genre 20 pts

Total 4083 pts

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OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to #NetGalley & publishers, Head of Zeus/AdAstra Books, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5722038873
Read 12th-14th Oct 2023

Readathons x Hours Read 902 pts
Post 1pt
Word Challenge 3160 pts
Genre 20 pts

Total 4083 pts

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