Reading Sanditon by Jane Austen sent me off on a week long reading and viewing journey. Firstly, Sanditon is only 12 chapters long (Austen died before finishing this book) which was not long enough for me. I loved what I read and I wanted more!
In 12 chapters a whole host of characters are introduced and already the book sparkled with Austen’s wit. At the heart of the book is Charlotte Heywood – a young woman who lives in a tiny country town with her many brothers and sisters. One day a gentleman and his wife, the Parkers, suffer a carriage mishap and the Heywoods take them in. Continue reading →
Twice in a Blue Moon tells the story of Sam and Tate. They fall for each other as teenagers staying at the same hotel when on holiday in London. Tate is the daughter of one of the world’s biggest movie stars. But she and her mum have been in hiding in a small town for years. She no longer sees her famous dad. On holiday with her grandma in London, Tate opens up to Sam (who is also on holiday with his adoptive grandpa), they fall in love and she reveals her big secret. But then Sam betrays her for reasons that she never finds out and shatters Tate’s heart. Continue reading →
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black is the third and final book in a YA fantasy series. I’ve been eagerly waiting to read this and devoured it within 24 hours of buying it. Because it’s the third book in a series, I’m going to do my best to write a non-spoiler review. If you’re keen to try this series for yourself start with The Cruel Princeand then The Wicked King. Continue reading →
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman is the sequel to Beartown. I read Beartown a few months ago and had a complicated reading relationship with it. The writing style really annoyed me at first (Backman loves using foreshadowing which I found very distracting as a reader). But by the end of the book I had gotten over this and fell in love with the story. So, I entered into reading Us Against You prepared for it to take a little while to get into the story. Luckily, it didn’t take too long as I was already acquainted with the many characters and their respective story lines. Continue reading →
Set in Aspen, Colorado, A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan tells the story of a British family. The White family, consisting of parents Maggie and Nick and big sister Katie, travel to America for the Christmas wedding of younger daughter Rosie. Rosie is getting married after a short, whirlwind relationship and her family is worried about the speed, especially Katie who is very protective of her younger sibling. Continue reading →
I’ve only ever read one John Green book before – The Fault in Our Stars – so when my husband found me a couple of John Green books second-hand, I was curious to try more. I picked up Looking for Alaska knowing absolutely nothing about it. I didn’t even read the blurb.
Looking for Alaska tells the story of a teenage boy named Miles who is intelligent but lacking in social graces. He goes away to Culver Creek Preparatory High School in Alabama. It’s a boarding school where there seems to be minimal adult supervision and the kids get up to all sorts of trouble in their spare time. Miles bonds with his new roommate Chip nicknamed The Colonel, Takumi, a hip-hop enthusiast, and a beautiful but troubled girl named Alaska. Continue reading →
This is a case of bookstagram made me do it! I’ve been seeing the debut novel Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin all over bookstagram and everyone is loving it. So, I had to give it a try myself. I don’t read a huge amount of YA fantasy but I’ve really enjoyed the books I have read like the Throne of Glassseries and ACOTARseries by Sarah J. Maas.
Serpent & Dove was a really enjoyable book that mixed romance, magic, intrigue and adventure. I devoured this over a day and can’t wait to read the sequel. It’s set in a fantasy world where witches are the enemy and hunted by the Church and a group of holy warriors named Chasseurs. Louise (Lou) is a witch hiding her identity on the streets of the city of Cesarine. She steals and does what is needed to survive because there’s something even more terrible than witch hunters after her. Reid Diggory is the Captain of the Chasseurs and the right-hand man of the Archbishop. He hates witches with a vengeance and lives a chaste and godly life. Continue reading →
Regular readers of my blog will know how much I love Candice Fox. I loved the crime fiction series I read of hers this year starting with Crimson Lake, then Redemption Point and Gone by Midnight. So I was excited to pick up Never Never at a recent book sale. It’s co-written by bestselling author James Patterson and Candice. It was also my first time reading a James Patterson novel.
Never Never introduces the character Detective Harriet Blue. She’s a boxing, swearing, tough Sydney cop who works in the sex crimes division. Or she did until her brother gets arrested for a string of brutal murders and her chief decides it’s best that she get out of town so she won’t hamper the investigation. So he sends her to a uranium mine in the West Australian desert where there has been a string of disappearances of young mine workers. Continue reading →