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Karsyn's Kickass Jocoserious, Kooky, Jannock book blog: TBR List ~ Dec Review ~ New Year Island

Saturday, December 27, 2014

TBR List ~ Dec Review ~ New Year Island

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At the beginning of December, I posted 3 books I was interested in reading, for you all to pick ONE for me to read and review. For the first time in a few months, there wasn't a tie.

The book chosen for me was ~

New Year Island is a book about 10 strangers who are brought together for a reality tv show. They don't know at first, that they are all survivors of something major in their lives and they must use their survivor skills for the competition.

This book was quite interesting. There were a lot of twists and turns to the story, most of which I'm sad to say that I did see coming, but there were still enough things that I didn't, so that was good. Even with knowing some things coming, it was still enjoyable to read. It was quite a long book (725 pages) and it was really detailed with the lives of the different people on the island.

The contests weren't anything extraordinary, they were a tad different from what we think of when we think of reality shows today, but that made it more enjoyable. There were a few things I thought they were all dumb about, but it created drama, so I guess that's a good thing.

The main thing I didn't enjoy was a part of the book which focused on some people off the island. While it all pulled around together, it felt like it was taking it away from the main story. Stuff would be going on, some action or some suspense building and then it would take a chapter with the other people and it all halted for a few minutes, before getting back to it. I think the book would have been stronger without them at all.

Overall this book was really enjoyable. I love reality or game type books and this one was pretty good. It was different with the tasks that they needed to do, it wasn't the same old thing, so I really liked that. The stuff that was meant to be twists were all good, even though some of them were really obvious, other things weren't. I was still surprised at times, and it's really hard to surprise me.

I highly recommend the book to any one who is interested in any kind of reality or game being played books, books with action and with good character building. I'm glad that I read it, and glad that you all chose it for me, it was great!

Thanks to everyone who voted for books in December TBR List Poll. Come back next week to vote for books for January!


  1. Sounds like an interesting one but I think the size is a bit I am not real big on books over 400-500 pages. :(

  2. Sometiems they really can time pov switches so it takes away from the story. Certainly a long book with over the 700 pages, I can't remember the last time I read a book that long. I prefer shorter books, although I guess for some books the long lenght works and is necessary. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  3. POV switches can be rough to a good story especially one that is +700 Pages. I am glad you enjoyed it. Great Review!!!

  4. I love reality shows and love the sound of this one. I do think 10 characters is a lot to keep track of though so I can understand why the off island stuff on top of that would be annoying. Glad you enjoyed overall though :)

  5. It's great that your followers didn't steer you wrong with their pick for you to read in December. Then again, it helps when you limit their choices. Hehe! Lovely review, Karsyn!

  6. I'm glad you enjoyed this one overall! It does sound pretty good even if you did see many of the twists coming. I think I too would have felt it unnecessary to focus on people off the island but at least the author had it all make sense. Great review!