May 2022 wrap-up!

Hey guys! Today I’m bringing you a very late May wrap-up. I read ten books and the majority of them were review copies so I was trying to focus on getting the reviews published. Here’s what I read:

Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister: First up was this very interesting crime thriller mixed with time travel. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought the time travel would be a bit confusing but it’s actually brilliant and the timeline is easy to follow.

His Other Woman by Sarah Edghill: Next up I read this domestic thriller. I did enjoy the suspense and the toxic relationships between certain characters but the main character was quite irritating in the way she behaved and acted. I don’t want to spoil the plot but I thought she was responsible for a lot of what went wrong. Also, I wasn’t very satisfied with the ending and thought it was abrupt. I would have preferred a different ending.

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April 2022 wrap-up!

Hey guys! It’s time for another reading wrap-up. I read six books in April and it was a pretty good month for me as I enjoyed them all apart from one. Here’s what I read:

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse: I went into this with high hopes because I’ve seen so many people raving about it and saying that they were hooked almost immediately. Imagine my disappointment when I found myself not liking it all that much. The plot was okay and the writing was very good but the characters were just awful. I’m one of those people who can’t enjoy a book if I don’t like the characters. Elin is a terrible detective and I honestly felt like she worked stuff out mostly through sheer luck and not because she was good at her job. Also, she’s treated so horribly by her boyfriend and brother and she just puts to with it. I didn’t get it. I will read more books by this author, just not anymore about Elin.

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March 2022 wrap-up!

Hey guys! Today I’ll be sharing the books I read in March. This has been my best reading month so far as I read 9 books and two of them were five stars. Here’s what I read:

Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson: I was so excited to get an ARC of this as it was one of my most anticipated reads and it did not disappoint. It’s my first five star read this year and one I’ll be recommending to everyone. It’s a thriller but it mainly focuses on the music industry. The main character is a rising star but she’s also running from her past, which is quickly catching up to her. It’s a really fun read and I fell in love with the characters. I would love to read another book from Dolly and James in the future.

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February 2022 Wrap-Up!

Hey guys! Today I’ll be talking about the books I read in February. I read a great mix of books this month and I managed to read another two Illumicrate books from my 2021 stack! Here’s what I read:

The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino: I was so looking forward to this one as it’s dark academia but I found it really disappointing. It took so long for anything to happen and then when it did, it seemed to be more of a subplot than the actual main plot. It follows Tessa and Eliot who accidentally release a demon from his book-bound prison and they have to work together to re-trap him. I had a lot of issues with this book, the main one being Eliot’s magic. Eliot supposedly has magic but it’s never explored and it felt completely pointless for it to have been included in the story. All we’re told is that Eliot got his magic from his mother; we’re never told if anyone else knows about the magic or has it, or if there’s a magical society. He doesn’t even use the magic to take the demon down so, again, I’m not even sure why it was included because it seemed pretty pointless to me. The only thing I enjoyed about this story was what the demon does when it’s free. There was some really creepy scenes and I definitely think there’s potential for the author to write a proper horror story. Unfortunately, this wasn’t for me but maybe I’ll see what Bovalino writes next.

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January 2022 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I’ll be talking about the books I read in January and I actually had a great start to the year. I read seven books and three of them were Illumicrate books I’ve received in my monthly subscription. One of my reading goals this year is to read all of my Illumicrate books from 2021 so I’m happy that I was able to read three of them in January. Here are all the books I read:

Every Line of You by Naomi Gibson: This was the first book I read and I loved it. It’s a YA sci-fi thriller and the start is a bit slow, but it ramps up in the second half and I ended up racing through it. It gets a lot darker than I was expecting and has some brilliant twists that I didn’t see coming. It follows Lydia who creates an AI called Henry as a way to cope with the trauma she’s been through, but Henry soon becomes more powerful than Lydia predicted and he will do anything to protect her – including hurting and killing people. Lydia is definitely a morally grey character and I genuinely found myself torn between wanting her and Henry to succeed and wanting them to be stopped. I’m not sure if this is a standalone or not but I wouldn’t mind reading a sequel! I’d love to see what happens next with Lydia and Henry because that ending definitely left me wanting more.

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December 2021 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! I’m sharing my final wrap up of 2021. I didn’t read as many books compared to last year since I spent time doing other things, but I’m happy with the amount I’ve read.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: I did it! After DNFing this in 2018 I took it on holiday with me and finally finished it! I’m glad I kept it because I enjoyed it so much more this time. While I don’t love it as much as everyone else, I can see why is such a popular series.

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November 2021 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I’ll be sharing all the books I read in November. I read 12 books and quite a lot of them were five stars so lots of good books to shout about! Here’s what I read:

The Girl with the Green Eyes by J.M. Briscoe: First up was a sci-fi thriller and as I’ve said before, sci-fi books are a bit hit and miss for me but I really enjoyed this one. It’s the first in a trilogy and I’ll definitely be continuing the series. It explores science experiments and the favourable and unfavourable consequences. The main character, Bella, is born into a ‘designer baby’ eugenics programme and her parents paid for her to be beautiful; however, she’s also cruel and manipulative. Bella ends up being returned to the research centre where she ends up living permanently with the scientists who created the programme. We get to read about her time there while she’s growing up, and then an alternative timeline shows a much older Bella who’s on the run with her daughter. I thought it was a really compelling and thought-provoking story. I was eager to know why Bella was on the run and who from, and I was also questioning who was the real beast in this story: the scientists who create these programmes or the subjects who are born into them. It was a very interesting read and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for these characters.

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October 2021 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing my October wrap up with you and I honestly can’t believe we’re at the end of October already. I feel like I’ve blinked and the year is nearly over. I got off to a slow start in October but I picked up the pace towards the end and I managed to read five books in total. I loved all of them and a couple were so close to being five stars! Here’s what I read:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: I went on holiday at the beginning of the month and I decided to take Six of Crows with me because this duology has been unfinished for about three years and it’s about time I finished it. I actually ended up loving it a lot more this time round and appreciated the characters more. I’m looking forward to reading Crooked Kingdom and then hopefully King of Scars. I did watch the TV show and while I did enjoy it, I definitely prefer Kaz Brekker and his crew in the books. They just have a lot more to them and are a lot more intimidating in the books. Hopefully the show will build up to that side of them.

Seadogs & Criminals by Alex Fisher: Next up I read this treasure hunt story! I don’t normally read stories like this but this one sounded really fun and it seems like it will be a great series. It follows Joseph Winter, a criminal who is arrested after being caught breaking and entering a wealthy household. Desperate not to spend the rest of his life behind bars, he forms a partnership with a group of fellow prisoners and they work together to escape, hijack a ship and go on an adventure to search for undiscovered treasure known as the Lost Loot. Since it’s the first book in the series, it spends a lot of time setting the story up. It was fun though once it got going and hopefully we’ll see more of the treasure hunt in the second book.

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September 2021 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I’ll be going through the books that I read in September. Unfortunately, I was in a bit of a slump this month so I didn’t read as much as I wanted to. I did read a mixture of genres though and I loved them all, so it was quite a good month in terms of enjoyment. Here’s what I read:

The Unflinching Ash by Angela Armstrong: This is a really interesting fantasy read about Mystics (think magicians and illusionists). While men have the freedom to perform, women are hiding in the shadows since female Mystics are considered to be witches and killed for their crimes. This story follows seventeen-year-old Ash who is fighting for her freedom to perform as a Mystic without fearing for her life. To do this, she has to win the Queen’s Seal, which will grant her immunity. She has to evade capture and win over lords and ladies in order to be granted an audience with the Queen. It’s a very compelling read and one I’d recommend for fantasy fans.

The Broken Pane by Charlie Roy: This took me a while to get through because it’s such a hard-hitting and emotional story. It tackles troubling issues including suicide, abandonment, alcohol addiction, emotional and physical abuse, and self-harm. It follows Tam who struggles to come to terms with her brother’s suicide. She decides to revisit her childhood memories to understand why he committed suicide and also sets out to find her mother who abandoned them when they were young. It’s a heartbreaking story as Tam and her brother have quite a traumatic childhood, but it’s also incredible to see how strong Tam is. Even after all she has been through, she still picks herself back up and carries on. It’s a powerful story and really worth the read. 

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