Lauren G

Helpful votes received on reviews: 81% (121 of 150)
Location: UK
In My Own Words:
My favourite three books are "The Virgin Suicides" by Jeffrey Eugenides, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" by Steig Larsson and "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte.

reading, reading and more reading.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 13,318 - Total Helpful Votes: 121 of 150
The Blackhouse: Book One of the Lewis Trilogy by Peter May
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I have to be honest at the outset of this review that "The Blackhouse" failed to live up to my expectations. It certainly had elements that I enjoyed; the characterisation and the flow of the novel were very praise worthy however it didn't ignite any real interest.

Perhaps my main "gripe" was the level, extent and sheer volume of descriptive prose. I must admit that overly descriptive novels (especially of landscapes etcetera) are not my favourite as I think I must lack geographical imagination. For me, "The Blackhouse" went too far with the endless page of exactly how the scenery looked or where certain places were in relation to others. I found tension was lost during these… Read more
First Murder by Fred Limberg
First Murder by Fred Limberg
I seem to be the opposite of most of the other readers of "First Murder" by Fred Limberg.

During the novel, I felt that certain parts were well written however, much of the interaction between the colleagues fell quite flat; conversations didn't flow or come across as "real". The plot itself had merit yet there was something omitted that left me uninterested in the conclusion. There was no real suspense or mystery behind the murder; events were quite unbelievable at times and whilst I don't expect all the procedures to be realistic, I would hope they had a grain of truth and it seemed at many points, to be too far away from real life.

The protagonists were quite empty… Read more
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe the hype, 3 Jun 2013
After watching the Hunger Games film (and wanting to read the entire trilogy before Catching Fire was released in the cinema) I thought I would read the first book despite watching the film; I hadn't expected much more to be added than what the film had shown. But I was very very wrong.

The trilogy is written from a "first-person" perspective, a narrative structure I'm not usually keen on, but in this case it is utilised effortlessly and faultlessly. I cannot imagine the novels without Katniss' narration; Suzanne Collins writes perfectly of the emotional turbulence that the main protagonist feels throughout the novel; being written from Katniss' perspective adds to the reader… Read more

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