Saturday, 19 April 2014

28 and a Half Wishes

Title: 28 and a Half Wishes
Author: Denise Grover Swank
Rating: 8/10

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'It all started when I saw myself dead.” For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect. Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen - do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty secrets of his own. Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.'

I read this book on my iPhone as it was free on the Apple book store! This book is actually free at the moment on Amazon Kindle, if you would like to purchase it! Now, onto the review!

I really enjoyed this book. Truth be told, I read the book within 2 or 3 days and then read the rest of the series within the 2 weeks after I'd finished it as I enjoyed it so much, and am now waiting for the next instalment to come out, which I really can't wait for!

This book is full of mystery, but it doesn't stray away from being a chick lit. Rose Gardner is stuck with having visions in connection to people that she knows, which are usually far from exciting. As the blurb says, Rose gets a vision one day whilst at work where she see's herself dead on her sofa. But, instead of her being dead on the sofa, she comes home to find her mother dead. After this, Rose creates a list of things that she wants to accomplish before she dies, believing that her vision is going to come true.

I liked this book because I found it really interesting. I really enjoy mysteries, but having a book that was also chick lit was something that I really liked. Plus I felt that I could connect with Rose well. Rose isn't an unrealistic character which I think is why I felt that I could connect well to her. Plus, the string of events and order in which things happened wasn't rushed but still kept you on edge.

This book really keeps you guessing and I couldn't figure out who the killer was until I actually got to the end! I do have to admit, I like mystery books that keep you guessing, however once I found out who the killer was, I wasn't overly surprised, whereas I know with other mystery books, the killer can be someone you never expected!

All in all, if you enjoy books that are mysterious with a hint of humour, combined with chick lit, then this book would be worth a read! I really did enjoy it (so much that I almost became addicted) and cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out!

Please let me know if you liked this review, and any positives/improvements!

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