Sunburn- Review!

Sunburn by Laura Lippman is about Polly who is running from her past, says that she is heading west, Adam a stranger she meets by chance in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. An unplanned relationship begins resulting in them both staying put. Despite their steamy relationship both are keeping secrets from one another causes tension to build. when someone in the small town dies, people question if it was an accident or on purpose. Adam and Polly are completely inseparable and tangled in each other’s lives and the lies they’ve told one another, putting their love to the test.

This is the first Laura Lippman book that I have read, I enjoyed the overall story. It left me wanting to know more, I felt strongly towards Adam, found him to be rather sweet. Didn’t connect that much will Polly, I couldn’t quite understand all of her motives, she was likable just not lovable in my opinion. This book also has mentions of domestic abuse and sexual assault, it’s mentioned but not discussed in great detail. Would have been nice to have some more explanation, see how it affected Polly. Might have helped to understand the motives and reasons for her behaviour and personality as an individual character, would have also liked to hear more about her past relationships, especially the one with Gregg and Jani.

The overall story left me guessing and trying to work out how it was going to end, I will admit I didn’t expect it to end how it did.
I do want to read more of Laura Lippman’s novels as I like her writing style,  it feels as though you are watching a Sunday afternoon film, just that lovely cozy feeling.
Overall I gave this novel 3.5*

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Tuesday: Thoughts Whilst Reading…

Currently, I am reading The Humans by Matt Haig. so far I am only 30% into the book, but I’m absolutely loving it!
The Humans revolves around an alien who comes to earth, he finds out customs and our society strange, questioning each and everything he sees. whilst impersonating a very important Cambridge college professor Andrew Martin, who has solved the greatest mathematical puzzle of all time.
I went into this book completely blind, I hadn’t even read the blurb the first page along just sucked me into the world and the story. In particular, this first quote just grabbed my attention ‘I know that some of you reading this are convinced humans are a myth, but I am here to state that they do actually exist
so far it has made me laugh and pulled on my heartstrings as it is set Cambridge, a very personal place. I can’t wait to see what else happens and where the story goes, the writing style is really beautiful as well.

If You Dare- Review

If You Dare is the first book the BDSM billionaire series and if I’m honest I didn’t plan on reading it at all. I was just flicking through my Kindle, clicked on it and ended up being halfway through the novel before I knew it, so I decided to finish it.
If You Dare focuses on Zoe a very bored and undervalued personal assistant for the Billionaire CEO Dawson. Zoe plans to quit in a very dramatized fashion to fulfill her dreams of traveling the world until she becomes sexually involved with Dawson her plans change.
Personally, sometimes these books can be really interesting to read, however, If You Dare was rather bland, I didn’t connect with the main character as much as I would have liked, and was rather predictable the further I read along, felt as though it had already been done and read many times before. Felt very similar to fifty shades of Grey, however with that book I was at least able to engage with the characters, and rather admittingly I pictured Mr. Grey to be rather handsome, whereas I couldn’t quite picture either of the main characters in this novel.  It was a rather short novel so I read it quite fast, I don’t plan on carrying on with the series though unfortunately.
Overall I gave this novel 2*

A Conjuring of Light- Review

Unfortunately, there is no reading wrap-up for the month of August, as I didn’t finish a book, a single book! Oh well, sometimes that happens! However, so far September has been my best reading month, as I’ve already read and completed 2 books. I recently finished A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab the final installment in the Darker Shade of Magic series.

A Conjuring of Light continues from where A Gathering of Shadows leaves off, I have to say that reading the whole series back to back was amazing, really believe that being so absorbed into such a vivid world of the different Londons for over a month was amazing. I don’t really want to explain the plot in that much detail, as I don’t want to ruin it for other readers who have yet to read this series.
However, A Conjuring of Light revolves around the fight to save London, preventing the Shadow King from the decaying London and stealing its power. Putting Kell, Lila, Rhy, Alucard, and Holland to the test.

I have to say A Conjuring of Light is my favorite book of the series, it was such a perfect ending, throughout the whole of the novel I was on the edge of my seat, torn between wanting to know what’s happening and not, scared in case my favorite characters get hurt or worst of all die. I found myself drawn to characters I didn’t very much care for, such as Holland, to learn more about Lila and Kell was really nice, however, I still have some questions. I would love to learn more about Lila, she is such a cool mystery. The tension/relationship between her and Kell, I loved! If I’m honest I loved all the characters Rhy and Alucard, just so great. Absolutely love it when there’s different sexual orientation to a novel it adds so much to the overall story and the way a reader can react to a character.
Overall V.E. Schwab has a way of ending books perfectly, every one I have ever read has always ended in a way that leaves you feeling satisfied, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect way to end this series, if you haven’t read it, do! I rate this novel 5* and if I was to give the series as a whole a rating it would be 5*.

July Wrap up – 2018

So July is over and August is here, can’t believe how quickly this year is going, seems to be flying by. However, in the month of July I read two books, both of them were a re-read, A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows so that I can finally read A Conjuring of Light.
I have to say I found re-reading the first two books to be great fun, I love that I’m now fully immersed within this world of mystic and magic. My love for the characters, especially Kell, Lila and Rhy still continues to grow. V. E. Schwab just has a way of creating perfect characters, worlds and stories that just make the reader wish they were real.
I’m about fifty pages into A Conjuring of Light and have a horrible it is going to break my heart, its been so tense, I’ve been on the edge of my seat I can’t put it down! I will have a full review for A Conjuring of Light once I’ve finished it as I already have a review for A Darker Shade of Magic on my page.
What were the books that you read in the month of July?

 

 

 

 

Mid-year Book FREAK out Tag

Once again it has been a while since I posted anything new on my blog. Life just seems to getting in the way, being rather stressful. I have been trying to find a job/career hopefully something within the field of my degree, I have just forgotten how stressful and long the whole “applying for jobs” process can be, but fingers and toes crossed, I’ll find something soon!
So I Thought I would do a Book Tag, it’s something I have never done before but saw this one all over youtube and thought why not?  So here is my Mid-year book freak out tag. Enjoy!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018
Obsidio
by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, is currently the best book I’ve read so far this year. Before the Illuminae Files I had yet to read any Science Fiction, but I just love the layout of the books, the way they were written in transcripts and confidential files was such a unique way of telling the story. I was hooked!  I actually marathon the whole series as I was just so OBSESSED! I just thought that Obsidio was a perfect ending to the whole series, I was so happy with the ending, although the whole time I was so scared that it was going to break my heart, and in a way it did a little bit as it’s now over. I gave Obsidio 5* and I think as a series all together its a 5* you have everything you could ask for, or at least I did. I definitely will be picking up the next novel which they are writing together!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. I loved the characters of Audrey Rose Wordsworth and Thomas Cresswell, also loved the deep gothic setting and the focus on forensic science in the victorian ear was really cool. But what Criminology graduate wouldn’t love a book around murders and autopsies! I gave it a rating of 4*

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
Linwood Barclay has recently released A Noise Downstairs, I absolutely love his work! I remember being 13 years old and reading No Time For Goodbye whilst on holiday, probably not the most suitable summer read, but I love thrillers! I find his novels are always so gripping, you think its going to end one way and then suddenly it changes and is always keeping you guessing! I can’t wait to get my hands on his new novel, I’m sure its going to just as fantastic as the others!
The Synopsis of A Noise Downstairs as stated on Amazon is this:

EVERY STEP…

Paul Davis forgets things – he gets confused, he has sudden panic attacks. But he wasn’t always like this.
TAKES YOU CLOSER…
Eight months ago, Paul found two dead bodies in the back of a co-worker’s car. He was attacked, left for dead, and has been slowly recovering ever since. His wife tries her best but fears the worst…
TO THE TRUTH…
Therapy helps during the days, but at night he hears things – impossible things – that no one else can. That nobody else believes. Either he’s losing his mind – or someone wants him to think he is.
Just because he’s paranoid doesn’t mean it’s not happening…

It sounds so good! I just need to get my hands on a copy and soon!! I have attached the link if you wish to buy the book on Amazon.

 4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
I’m really excited for the third instalment of The Jack the ripper series. The third book is called Hunting Houdini! Will definitely be picking it up as soon as its out!

5. Biggest disappointment
The Goldfinch by Donna Tart, I just couldn’t connect to any of the characters as much as I would have liked, However I do plan to pick up a few more of her books because I really enjoyed her writing style.
I also found Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie Mclemore to be a little disappointing, I can’t explain why, but I couldn’t find myself to be 100% invested in the book, I found the world beautiful and such an interesting concept but I just wasn’t as invest as I would have liked. I have another one of her books and I loved the writing style so I might enjoy The Weight of Feathers more.

6. Biggest surprise
Pet Sematary, I didn’t expect to find it as creepy as it was, I can’t get enough of the worlds that King creates! I think it also has to be my second favourite so far out of all the King novels I have read.

7. Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)
Samantha Shannon is my new favourite author, from reading The Bone Season I fell back in love with reading, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that series, I can’t wait for the rest of the books to see how it ends. Paige is my soul!

8. Newest fictional crush
As i’ve been re-reading A Darker Shade of magic again as I’ve forgotten bits, I’ve found myself really drawn to Kell! I don’t think I’m the only one but I just love his personality! Another fictional crush, that I find rather weird is Aidan from the Illuminae Files, he’s a computer but for some reason I found him so cute and crazy it was a perfect combo! I just wanted to give him a hug!

9. Newest favourite character
Louis from Pet Sematary is 100% a new favourite character! As I found Louis to be an amazing character and normally with the King books I have read, I normally detest the male characters but Louis was just a loving father, and I loved that! Trying so hard to make his daughter and family happy again, but it went horribly wrong and I really felt for him. Also Jud the old man! I just thought he was a cutie too!

10. Book that made you cry
Pet Sematary made me cry a little, and I did not expect that. Just everything in that novel I was blown away, really reminded me of Salems Lot! Fully pulled on my heart strings at some points.
Obsidio also made me cry just because the series is over and it was concluded in such a great way, but throughout the whole book you’re on the edge of your seat until the very last page!

11. Book that made you happy
It’s not one that I’ve read this year, but I most likely will as its my all time favourite book and it just makes my heart happy, that is The Book Thief. I haven’t read it in a while and I just love everything about it!

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
The new IT film, I thought it was amazing! I loved the actors who all played the children, thought they were cast perfectly, and Pennywise was fantastic!

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year) 
I haven’t written any as of yet, this year has been so hetic and stressful, but I’m hoping that will change, as I’m currently re-reading A Gathering of Shadows so that I can just jump into the final book, so that once the Darker Shades series is complete I will leave a wrap up review.  I have feeling that my feels are going to put to the test in A Conjuring of Light.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I haven’t brought that many books this year, as lack of job means lack of funds, but it means I get to complete some books that have been sat on my selves for a while!

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I haven’t really got a set list of books to complete by the end of the year, but one is definitely the Darker Shades series. I still need to finish The Song Rising, the third book in the Bone Season but I can’t bring myself to finish it and be waiting until 2020 for the next book, is anyone else like that or is it just me?

There you have it, my first ever book tag, some of the books were used for multiple answers, but I Just loved them that much, and my reading goals are never that high, I had originally set it at just one book to see how many I would read without the pressure and so far have completed 15, and upped the goal to 20, only 5 books away! Hope you enjoyed this post, please tell me what have been your favourites this year, I’d love to hear them.

 

 

 

Mid-year update!

I haven’t been as active on my blog as I would have liked. I worked a job where all the free time I had I spent sleeping and doing some reading, but not as much as I would have liked, and forgetting to write reviews, that’s my bad!

I have recently moved to Liverpool in the hope to start a career within the field of my degree, which was criminology, criminal justice and sociology. I just wanted to pop in and say I haven’t forgotten about my blog, I’ll be posting some new reviews very soon! Thank you for all the patience! Much love to you all! X

My Most Anticipated Book of the Year!

So I currently have 74 pages left in my current read, A Thousand Splended Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Such a beautiful book!

However, recently released this month is Stephen King and Owen King’ co-authored novel Sleeping Beauties.  The other day I picked up a copy of the limited edition hidden cover illustration, and I got a Fox. It’s so cute!   I can’t wait to read this book, I’m excited to read some of Owen King’s work and it’s great that its a collaboration. This is 100% my next read.

The synopsis of Sleeping Beauties follows a small town in Dooling, West Virginia throughout a women’s prison the inmates are mysteriously falling asleep, apart from one woman, sending men into their own primal devises.436AE475-EDF0-40E6-B0CC-C1CC78B403D1EB286CAA-BD8D-4754-8FD1-7D787DB2520E

If you have a copy with an illustration, what one did you get?

Baby Doll Review!

I’ve not read many books that surround the topic of kidnap and being held hostage for years. So I was pleasantly surprised when I read Baby Doll by Hollie Overton, her first debut novel.
Baby Doll focuses around Lily the main character, who has been trapped and held in captivity for 8 years, since the age of 16. The novel follows Lily’s inner turmoil as she finally escapes and is reunited with her family. The novel is told through four perspectives, which I thought added another level of emotions to the novel, you read from the perspective of her mother and sister and also the hideous creep that kidnapped her. The use of these perspectives allowed for the reader to feel like a mother, who is devastated to have a child missing and the aftermath it had on the family life. You also feel as though your a twin sister who’s completely lost without her other half, and at some moments you see inside the twisted mind of the kidnapper. I throughly loved every single perspective explored within this novel, however I would have loved to have heard from Wes Lily’s boyfriend before she was taken, as it would have been nice to see his struggles with the disappearance of Lily but also then falling for her sister. The characters I thought had brilliant character progression throughout the novel because not only did they progress, the reader is always reminded of their struggles, you follow them on a twisted road of continuos down and ups, basically an emotional roller-coster.
At moments when reading, I thought I had predicted the way the novel was going to end and then suddenly Overton threw a spanner in the works and my idea of how it was going to play out was shattered but I loved that!

Overall I pleasantly enjoyed this novel, it was exactly what I need after reading a book that gained the lowest rating I’ve ever given and also sorta hate reading! Therefore I’m so grateful that is novel prevented me from falling into the dreaded reading slump!  I gave this book 4*

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