September 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! I hope you’ve all had a great reading month! I managed to read nine books and one graphic novel this month which I am very pleased with. Funny thing, I didn’t realise until I actually sat down to write this post that the graphic novel was the only young adult novel that I read. The rest were all crime thrillers and for the most part, I really enjoyed them! Here’s what I read:

The Devil Upstairs by Anthony O’Neill: I haven’t come across Anthony O’Neill before but after reading this I’ll certainly be on the lookout for more of his books. It was a really intriguing and sometimes creepy story and I thought the setting (Edinburgh) was perfect. I also really liked the cast of characters, especially Cat. She was intelligent, confident and career driven. I loved how dark the plot was at times and how Cat believed she was living below the Devil! It was the ending that completely threw me, though. It took such a dark turn and was really unexpected. This was a great thriller and I’d love to read more books by this author!

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh: I was not prepared for how much of a rollercoaster this book was going to be! I thought it was about a mother overcoming the death of her son and the guilt she felt for letting his hand go, hence the title I Let You Go. Turns out it was about something completely different and it really threw me. The first half was incredibly sad and focused on the death of a little boy but then the second half took a really wild turn. I was disorientated and confused but once it hit, wow. This story was incredibly impactful and I was flitting through all these different emotions while reading it. I haven’t come across a book with such a shocking twist in a while. Clare did a fantastic job with this.

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REVIEW: A Shroud of Leaves by Sage Westfield

40BB6962-79E1-44A7-AF65-9717D4474BE0Title: A Shroud of Leaves by Rebecca Alexander
Pages: 400
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 9th July 2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

Archaeologist Sage Westfield has her first forensics case: investigating the murder of a teenage girl. Hidden by holly leaves, the girl’s body has been discovered on the grounds of a stately home, where another teenage girl went missing twenty years ago – but her body was never found. The police suspect the reclusive owner, Alistair Chorleigh, who was questioned but never charged. But when Sage investigates a nearby burial mound – and uncovers rumours of an ancient – she discovers the story of another mysterious disappearance over a hundred years ago. Sage will need both her modern forensics skills and her archaeological knowledge to unearth the devastating truth.

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December 2018 TBR!

Hey guys! December is off to a great start for me! I’ve finished two books this month already so now I only need to read five more to hit my target of 70 books which is insane! So that gives me four weeks to read five books. I’m literally racing through them as fast as I can and I hope the week off I have at Christmas will help! I only have three more weeks left in work, yay! Here’s what I want to read this month:

Fall From Grace by Tim Weaver: This is the fifth book in the David Raker series and I have not read this one before so I am excited to be going in blind! It’s the usual: a man goes missing, he practically vanishes into thin air and nine months later he is still missing. The police have nothing so David Raker is called in to investigate and he will most likely uncover some messed up stuff! This is one hell of a book as it’s nearly 600 pages so it’ll keep me occupied for the rest of the week!

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza: This is the fourth book in the Detective Erika Foster series and I am HOOKED! These books are so freaking good! I haven’t gotten this addicted to a crime thriller series in a while. I quickly fell in love with the characters and the plot for each book has been really engrossing so far. Dark Water (book number three) is definitely my favourite but this series seems to go from strength to strength so book four might end up being my new favourite, we’ll see! I thought the second book was good but then I read the third. Damn, this author is good!

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November 2018 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! So I tried to do an experiment this month and wing my reading in the hopes that I’d read more but I actually ended up failing miserably. Normally I set myself a TBR and even though I don’t end up following it most of the time, I do read the number of books I’ve set myself. But this month because I didn’t have a goal, it ended up giving me a reason not to read! I felt less motivated to pick up a book each night and I also partly blame Spyro for that!

Spyro reignited trilogy came out this month and I’ve spent almost every night after work playing it! A great game but very distracting because I should be reading! I only ended up reading four books this month which is disappointing but at least now I know that I need to set a TBR for December! Here’s what I managed to read:

Hallowdene by George Mann: This is the second book in a series (first book is Wychwood) but I think you can easily read it as a standalone. It makes very little references to the first one and it doesn’t continue on from it, so it’s quite easy to pick this one up if you think it sounds better than the first one. Personally I thought it was more interesting plot wise and it was a good choice to read for Halloween. It’s about the grave of a local witch, killed three hundred years ago, being excavated. She was buried under an immense stone to prevent her spirit from ever rising again and once they uncover her grave, people start to die in mysterious circumstances. Alongside that, we had more minor storylines revolving around everyday problems such as Elspeth’s career and where she wanted to go next. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I liked the supernatural and other-worldly elements mixed in with the mundane.

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October 2018 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! I fully embraced this spooky month by reading some very creepy crime thriller/murder mystery books! Admittedly, I completely failed by October TBR as I just ended up not being in the mood for the majority of them. Instead I picked these ones out and I’m really glad I read them as I enjoyed nearly every one! Quite a successful month for me! Here’s what I read:

Strange Ink by Gary Kemble: I really enjoyed this book and thought it was an appropriate read for Halloween, especially because it has freaking ghosts! It was really intense at times and I loved how there was just so much crammed into this one book. It was very fast paced and corruption was right at the core of this story. I can’t believe it is the author’s debut novel! I look forward to seeing what he writes in the future!

Vanished by Tim Weaver: Got another book ticked off the David Raker thriller series! I’m really enjoying these books, they are incredibly action packed and the plots are really dark and creepy! The third book did not disappoint and that ending! It was intense and had such an insane cliffhanger!

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