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Not Just a Fan of Fantasy, but of Thrillers

My taste is books may have altered over the years. After all, everything in our lives does. Our taste buds reject foods we once craved, seeking something new and exciting to our palettes. We learn to take risks with our likes and dislikes and to appreciate what we're familiar with.

My bookish taste buds have begun to lead me (increasingly so) toward the Thriller genre. Maybe it's the deliciously dark moments fuelled by surprise or the constant sense of wonder and mystery I get from these books, but I've become an adrenaline junky, looking for my next quick fix of thrilling literature.

I find myself longing for pitch-black corridors and failing flashlights while exploring dangerous locales. Don't get me wrong, I am still infatuated with mythic creatures, magic, and ancient folklore. These things will forever form a part of my heart and soul, but give me a dark, sadistic serial killer to analyze and I am completely hooked.

Just A Drop in the Ocean (A Review)

From Grant Leishman comes A Drop in the Ocean, a charming tale of romance, deceit, and accountability for one's actions. Set between the Philippines and New Zealand, we follow the journeys of Teresa and Nick, two long lost pen-pals.

Having lost the contact they craved as adolescents, both try to move on and find romance, but neither finds what they need in their partners. There is a recurring theme of emotional manipulation that sees both Teresa and Nick desperately cling to unhealthy relationships. This story warns potential readers of the signs of emotional manipulation, both in men and women.

At first, I disliked Teresa as she allowed herself to be used not only as a sexual object but as a fall-guy for people in political power. I suppose that I also felt a similar way about Nick's character when he first marries. He allows his hopes and aspirations to disappear, clinging to the company of his new wife, no matter how dire his financial situation gets.

I enjoyed the author'…

Chameleon, by Zoe Kalo (Review)

A Young Adult / Paranormal tale that visits the theme of human psychology.

After being kicked out of her last high school, Paloma finds herself stuck in a convent/boarding school where nuns teach more than just biology and languages. Cruelty runs amock, but not

everything (or indeed everyone) is as it seems.

I found this to be a chilling read full of unique mysteries that spiraled together, forming a complete picture at the very end. It's hard to tell who can be trusted in this YA Paranormal journey. Can Paloma trust her own mind when things start to look bleak? I wasn't sure of the answer at first.

True deception is an art form, as I soon found out through reading Chameleon. As the saying goes, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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Recommended for lovers of the paranormal and abnormal psychology.

Rated 5 stars.