ARC Review: Break-Up Club by Lorelei Mathias

Break-Up Club
Break Up Club by Lorelei Mathias
Publisher: Maze
Published: May 2016
Format: Ebook
Pages: 377

Holly Braithwaite and loveable loser Lawrence have been together for five years. But the obvious cracks in their relationship can no longer be ignored and Holly soon finds herself saying ‘it’s not me, it’s you’.
In the shock aftermath of their break up, Holly finds unlikely companions in Olivia, Harry and Bella. Together, they form the Break-up Club, as they support each other through their mutual melancholy and find ways to love, laugh and function as human beings again.
Break-up Club meets every Sunday. Each week, as the comedy and drama unfolds, they discover a new BUC ‘rule’. And, one by one, the rules become vital markers on their journey to recovery . . .

My Thoughts:

Firstly, Thanks you to Netgalley and the publisher, Maze, for my copy in exchange for a review.

I hate writing poor/negative/bad reviews. I really really hate it. This book just dragged. It had moments where I thought it just wasn’t worth it. Nothing spectacular happened, it was just… Meh. This book had an enormous amount of potential but it flopped big time.  But, as I was reading it for review for Netgalley, I finished it. Eventually.

The characters were supposed to be sort of respectable adults but instead came across as teenagers – always drunk, on drugs, constantly complaining or whinging about something or other. I did not like them one bit.  They irritated me, and I mean irritated. I hardly ever get frustrated while reading and on numerous occasions I was given strange looks from the man-child because I would huff and puff and slam my kindle down on the sofa/bed. Then to take one of the main characters out of the storyline a bit made it even worse for me to read.

Fair enough, there were little moments or one line jokes that made me smirk but nothing special.  Other than that though, I struggled. Really struggled. I think that it could have been written better, had huge chunks of it taken away and it would have been a little more enjoyable. There were sections which were a bit pointless, they made chapters that little bit too long and boring.
I don’t think I’ll probably pick up anything else by this author but we shall see. One book isn’t enough to form an opinion of someone’s work if that make sense?

My Rating: 3/5. Reasons for this: while I didn’t enjoy the book, it had promise. It had the little moments I mentioned before: this cheesy one line jokes. They weren’t there often but it was enough to keep it going. That’s the only reason it’s got 3/5. It could have been worse and ended up on the “Did Not Finish” pile.


Book Review: The City’s Son by Tom Pollock

The City’s Son by Tom Pollock

Published: June 2013
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 454
ISBN: 1780870094 (ISBN13: 9781780870090)

Hidden under the surface of everyday London is a city of monsters and miracles, where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass-skinned dancers with glowing veins light the streets.

When a devastating betrayal drives her from her home, graffiti artist Beth Bradley stumbles into the secret city, where she finds Filius Viae, London’s ragged crown prince, just when he needs someone most. An ancient enemy has returned to the darkness under St Paul’s Cathedral, bent on reigniting a centuries-old war, and Beth and Fil find themselves in a desperate race through a bizarre urban wonderland, searching for a way to save the city they both love

My Thoughts:

I was determined to like this, really determined… I’m so disappointed that it didn’t live up to my expectations. Very disappointed. Still, I stuck with it. And got confused, baffled, discombobulated and everything else in between.
I didn’t feel any connection to the characters, nor any sort of emotions whilst reading it. They came across as a bit… Stiff? And Beth was just a pain in the backside. Filius needed a bit more work, but was by far the best character, and any other characters who made a random appearance were forgettable. And don’t even get me started on her Dad!!! Christ, that was a bit weird!! Oh, and what the hell?? Why did that even happen???  Not going into details but I don’t get why the thing I’m going on about even happened.. Was another disappointment right there!!

 For me, it was a brilliant idea for a story but was poorly executed.  There was a lot of promise, and the storyline may have improved immensely with the next 2 books but I keep debating if I even want to bother with them?

I can’t even decide if it was written well enough for it to flow, or just shifted along groggily. I’m very undecided. It was quick paced, I’ll give it that. There was some quiet action scenes, but not enough to even get me excited about it!

So, along with only saying it was quick paced, had promise but poorly executed and annoying stiff characters my rating: 3/5