ARC – 337, M Jonathan Lee – A Review.

Hello friends, I’m here with a review of 337 by M Jonathan Lee, this was an ARC that I very kindly received from NetGalley and BooksGoSocial – so thank you to them!

Overall rating – 5 out of 5 stars.

This is my second book by this author, and let me say I was really pleasantly surprised by this book, it was so good.

I found 337 very easy to read and get caught up in the storyline, I was completely sucked in by this book and the need to know what was going on. The author does a really good job of slowly building the suspense and creating this sense of foreboding that just grabs you and compels you to continue reading.

I think in one of my notes for this book I described it as a slow burn that keeps dropping these little breadcrumbs, like Hansel and Gretel, to keep you interested in the story. And this approach definitely worked.

The way 337 is written is what I got the most enjoyment from in this book. It was as if Sam was word vomiting onto the page, we see everything through Sam’s eyes and it kind of flits between different events and times, filling in those gaps and adding tonnes of value to the story.

The attention to detail within this book was absolutely INSANE.

The characters weren’t really expanded upon, but I feel this actually was a positive of the book, because it really felt like we were Sam, and seeing the world through his eyes only.

Despite the story only really centring on Sam and his Grandma it was packed full of plot and had plenty enough to keep us on the edge of our seat and interested.

I had goosebumps when I finished this book, it felt so poignant and I loved how everything fell into place in the end, it felt very much like fate. I don’t want to give too much away but I just closed this book and felt very fulfilled.

On the whole, I really enjoyed 337 by M Jonathan Lee.

Until next time, Em xxx

Drift Stumble Fall, M Jonathan Lee – A Review. [SPOILERS].

Hello cool cats & kittens, I’m here with another review for you all, one I read towards the end of April while I was getting over my slump.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review on my blog and NetGalley. Book title: Drift Stumble Fall by M Jonathan Lee. Publish date: 12th April 2018.

Let me start off by saying I regret reading this book after coming out my slump, because it was enough to put you back into one. I’m still none the wiser (after completing the whole book) as to what the actual story was, I felt the author didn’t really make that clear.

I did enjoy how the book flowed though, especially with us moving through the days and the little remarks at the top of the chapters gave it a different feel to other books. Almost as if we were reading Richard’s diary not a book.

The book was written mostly from Richard’s POV which I got quite frustrated with, he was very closed minded on how much he hated his life and he was unhappy with his family. We didn’t get to see much from anyone else and it made me feel resentful towards him, almost as if his dislike of his life was unnecessary.

In the snippets that we did see someone else’s POV it seemed unrealistic, Bill and his wife seemingly had this perfect life (from what Richard could tell from looking out the window at them every 5 bloody minutes) but in actual fact they didn’t. Their life seemed even worse than anyone could imagine and just made the book feel like such a slog.

Overall, I struggled so much to enjoy the majority of this book, it just felt like a slog and honestly, it would have put me back into the slump if I’d have read it at the wrong time!

Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for giving me an ARC of this book.

Until next time, Em xxx