When I started reading The Summer of You and Me, I wanted a fabulous summer read. I wanted my socks to be blown off with a delightful summer romance,When I started reading The Summer of You and Me, I wanted a fabulous summer read. I wanted my socks to be blown off with a delightful summer romance, but I actually didn't like the book as much as I expected or wanted to. For starters, from the beginning I didn't understand Lucy's "thing" with Connor. The novel just dives in to Lucy having feelings for Connor, with no explanation and I think a Prologue would have helped explain that massively. Considering the novel was based around the summer after whatever happened between Lucy and Connor, it would have provided context if we'd seen their incident beforehand.
I also didn't like the foreshadowing Lucy did about cheating - how she wasn't a cheater, would never cheat, etc. it seemed like you just knew where it was going to go and that her boyfriend Andrew was likely to get hurt. I mean, Lucy didn't cheat physically, don't get me wrong, but she did emotionally. Every time she thought about Connor and mentioned Connor while with Andrew was emotionally cheating and I didn't like it.
There were bits I liked, the Jersey setting was awesome, I liked Lucy when she wasn't dithering between boys, the whole clam aspect was amazing, but mostly I was just disappointed. I expected way more....more
The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) is a book I’ve had sitting on my Kindle for a while, but not actually got around to reading (an excuseThe Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) is a book I’ve had sitting on my Kindle for a while, but not actually got around to reading (an excuse I can use for ooooh hundreds of other books!), but I’ve finally managed it, and I’m glad because it’s a pretty fabulous read. I love books about dead girls. Ha, that sounds sooooo wrong. I mean, the afterlife. Especially humorous Chick Lit ones, add in an Irish author (or at least an Irish setting) and you’re in for a WILD RIDE.
Not a lot of Chick Lit tackles dead people, despite the very good scope for comic scenes, but a few that spring to mind are Heaven Can Wait by Cally Taylor (a particular favourite), Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella (also amazing) and The Dead Wife’s Handbook by Hannah Beckerman (with a more serious, emotional touch rather than comedic). If there’s any more, you must let me know because I love these sorts of books. LOVE THEM SO MUCH. The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) ranks up there with Heaven Can Wait, it was just SO MUCH FUN. I know! Who knew you could have so much fun when you’re dead?
I felt so bad for Rosie Potter. Imagine being cut down in the prime of your life and not having a clue how you ended up dead in your bed. But it isn’t all doom and gloom because Rosie’s determined to find out who did it, and after her room-mate Jenny accuses Rosie’s boyfriend, Jack, she’s sure it WAS him. (And has good reason to suspect him – he sounded like a right bloody creep.) What follows is some VERY, VERY amusing haunting. Seriously, I was giggling away like a loon. Oh, how I would love the opportunity to haunt some people.
Another bright spot was the obligatory one-person-can-see-Rosie thing. YAY! At first, I figured she was just going to be lonely the whole time, but never fear for Charlie’s here!!!!!! Also: SO FREAKING AMUSING. And so sweet. Sigh. Imagine what might have been… ;) Charlie and Rosie’s interactions were so great, and Rosie’s indignation about not knowing Charlie could see her right away was amusing as hell.
At no point was I ever depressed reading The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter. Yes, I may have had a glimmer of tears in my eyes during the end (and then been happily laughing again during the Epilogue…) but this was never a dull, depressing book. It was a short, fabulous read, that I could really lose myself in and not have to over-think things and it had some pretty sweet haunting. Being a ghost is clearly THE BEST. Kate Winter is a fab writer, with a great comedic turn and this was just the light-hearted read I was looking for!...more
I really, really enjoyed this. I don't have much to say about it - I loved the characters, I loved Reagan (I love a girl who stands out from the crowdI really, really enjoyed this. I don't have much to say about it - I loved the characters, I loved Reagan (I love a girl who stands out from the crowd and is snarky and awesome) and I adored Matt Finch.
It was the perfect way to while away a day, and I can't wait for Emery's second novel, which is coincidentally releasing this month - yay! :)...more
I always love discovering new crime authors, especially as I am enjoying the genre more and more – the more new reads I find, the more new authors I dI always love discovering new crime authors, especially as I am enjoying the genre more and more – the more new reads I find, the more new authors I discover and there are some cracking crime writers around! I picked up Sarah Hilary’s novel Someone Else’s Skin when I spotted it in Tesco and it has a delicious looking cover (not in that way). I love how the title shows a body inside it. That’s so cool.
Something I really enjoy about reading crime novels is the fact the leading characters are usually women, and strong women at that. I love reading about a woman who knows how to handle herself and DI Marnie Rome can certainly do that, having suffered one of the worst losses a person can suffer. She knows her stuff and I think that what she went through five years previous has only made her stronger, and I liked the glimpses we got of what happened five years ago. I suspect there’s more to come as the series progresses, too. It’s a back story that’s nicely bubbling away.
The main plot is really clever, in fact it’s one or two plots that some how become linked. DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake are headed to a woman’s refuge to interview a girl about her brother, and the attack he and her brothers gave her, when they walk in on an attempted murder. What follows is a twisty, turn-y plot which will likely leave you with whiplash and which had me grinning when I realised where it was going. I guessed it, yes, but I was still shocked. I was still surprised. It took me a while to really get in to the book but once all the plots started coming together, and moves were made, and Marie and Noah and her team were put to the test, I was absorbed. I couldn’t wait to get to the end, and I finished the book in a couple of sittings over the course of a day.
Sarah Hilary is a top-notch writer. It just got to the point where I couldn’t stop reading and had to know how it all ended! I love books that just pull me in without me even noticing it, until I can’t give up until I’m done; in fact, I was so glad I was reading this during the day as there was no way I’d have been able to put it down at night time.
My copy above has lots and lots of praise on it, calling Someone Else’s Skin impressive, thrilling, disturbing and for once the book lives up the praise and is all of those things and more! I can’t wait to get stuck into No Other Darkness and be back with Marnie and her team again. They’ve immediately become one of my favourite crime solving teams and I’m dying to delve more into Marnie’s history!...more
When author Heather Wardell emailed me and asked me if I would like to review her novel Seven Exes Are Eight Too Many, I took myself off to her websitWhen author Heather Wardell emailed me and asked me if I would like to review her novel Seven Exes Are Eight Too Many, I took myself off to her website to check out more on the book and take a peek at the preview and I was intrigued. I absolutely LOVE books set in the reality world. I think there aren’t enough books set in the reality world (and any recommendations are WELCOME!!!!). I’m still waiting for a fictionalised Big Brother novel, which has not yet appeared despite the fact the show has been airing for donkey’s years by now, boo.
Seven Exes Are Eight Too Many is a little bit like the old T4 show Shipwrecked, where two islands compete to win a million dollar prize, but the twist is that all the contestants are actually exes of the two people chosen to be “Prince” and “Princess” of the island. In fact, I think MTV stole the idea and turned it in to Ex On The Beach. I hope Heather Wardell gets idea rights ;) It’s such a clever concept (Heather’s idea, not MTV’s ripoff) and I liked that not only did MC’s exes appear on her island, but it was another ex, Kent, who was her competitor.
I actually wasn’t sure which of MC’s exes I liked best. I think it was Sam, who was so sweet and so lovely and I was so disappointed when he left. That stupid bloody water run!!!! Aaron, too, was pretty funny. And Kent, of course! Although I always had high hopes for Sam. The rest I could have just left. Phillip and Dean were equally awful, and I didn’t like the way Michael was acting considering he was married and the other and I’ve forgotten the other two. I know one was called Greg. I have completely forgotten #7. OOPS. I’m sure it’ll come back to me eventually.
I really, really enjoyed Seven Exes Are Eight Too Many. I loved the reality setting (especially the islands), I loved the humour and warmth and I loved that MC was such a cool narrator. Anyone else would have just left the show immediately, 250k exit fee be damned, but I liked that she had her focus and her reasons for winning and just WENT for it. I loved getting to know her exes (as MC herself did) and I liked that most of her exes were pretty cool customers. Ex #7 was so cool I forgot his name! It was such a fun read and I’m so excited to have a new author to add to my list of authors I enjoy! I’m definitely going to be checking out Bad Will Hunting, which is the sequel (well, more like a companion as it’s not about MC again, but I’m sure we’ll see her again!). Seven Exes Are Eight Too Many is a great little read if you love funny books, or reality TV set books, or just books in general, I really, really enjoyed it....more
Last year I read, and really enjoyed Beth Thomas’s debut novel Carry You. So I was dead excited to read her new book His Other Life, especially afterLast year I read, and really enjoyed Beth Thomas’s debut novel Carry You. So I was dead excited to read her new book His Other Life, especially after I saw the gorgeous cover *points left* and while the cover accurately represents a scene in the novel, it actually seems like quite a light, fluffy cover compared to the insides of the book. This was a waaaaaaaaay different read to Carry You, and while it looks like a Chick Lit novel and has been packaged like one, it could also quite nicely fit in the mystery genre, because a lot of the novel revolves around Gracie trying to find out a) where Adam has gone and b) why he left all of a sudden, for no reason. Things are kept reasonably lightish, especially whenever Gracie’s best friend Ginger’s brother Matt is around, but it’s not your quintessential Chick Lit novel.
I was so surprised by His Other Life. I was captivated by page one (and dying for a bloody takeaway, every time it was mentioned I might add – not the perfect thing to read about when you’re on day one of a nine day cleanse and you’re not allowed to eat for the first two days) and very interested to know (as Gracie is) what had happened to Adam. Actually, first I was curious why Gracie had married Adam in the first place, because the first impression we get of Gracie is that she blatantly doesn’t trust him. She wants to check his phone, when it bleeps with a text message, and she’s dying to get him out of the way so she can look, just a peek. She checks his locked bedside cabinet “in case it was left open”; she’s comes across quite paranoid, and for a while I wondered why she had married him in the first place, considering she knew barely anything about him, at all. Can it really all be blamed on naivete? I don’t know. I’m fairly naive, people tell me, but even I wouldn’t go in to a marriage with a perfect stranger, and that’s what Adam and Gracie were to each other. I soon got over that, though, because sometimes you just have to read a book for reading’s sake and not think too much about logistics. What do I know about marriage or relationships? I’m single, never been married.
Adam disappears fairly sharpish (for that bloody takeaway!!!!!) and it was an interesting search to see Gracie try and figure out why he’d left and where he’d gone etc. I had no idea and it only clicked a certain way in to the novel what was going on which I assume will be the same for everyone because it becomes obvious from there on, but I take off my hat to Beth Thomas because I didn’t get it until it was blatantly obvious (and for a second or two, I was still taken by the first explanation, which made me feel as stupid as Gracie once the inaccuracy was pointed out).
I really enjoyed His Other Life. Once I got over myself with regards to wondering why Adam and Gracie had got married in the first place, it was such a compelling read. Gracie was a fairly compelling character, too. She annoyed me at times just because I wanted her to be a bit more of an adult, she seemed so young sometimes. I loved her interactions with Matt, and was not the slightest bit surprised she had no idea he had a crush on her. They teamed up very well together, and they could start solving crimes together if they were interested. I can’t wait to see what Beth Thomas does next – she’s quite the maverick writer, which I love! I love that she’s not afraid to write two novels more different to each other, it definitely keeps me intrigued and I’ll be waiting in the metaphorical Amazon line when book three is up for pre-order!...more
I’ve been meaning to read The DUFF for ages. It’s been sat on my kindle, I even went out and bought the paperback to see if I could get that read quicI’ve been meaning to read The DUFF for ages. It’s been sat on my kindle, I even went out and bought the paperback to see if I could get that read quicker, especially as the film is out which I’m dying to see! And now that I have read the book, I reckon everyone should read it – now. I feel so foolish for waiting for long because it was freaking awesome.
Usually I don’t like guys who sleep around – or girls, for that matter, it just sort of ruins the pure love story, I think, if the guy’s a slut. But I bloody loved Wesley Rush. Like so much that I want my own Wesley Rush, stat. Sigh. It took a while – probably as long as Bianca, but the night he stood up to Bianca’s dad followed by the note he sent (and not the second, long one; the first one “Wesley Rush does not chase girls. But I am chasing you.) made me melt into a puddle of goo. Everyone should have a Wesley Rush. I want oneeeeee!!!!
And Bianca!!!! I love a heroine who speaks her mind and doesn’t mind being snarky or real or honest, despite the consequences. I wish I was more like that. I have the sarcasm down pat, but I’m not into confrontation at all. I need Bianca to give me lessons, please. I could totally relate to Bianca, right down to the whole concept of the DUFF. And that’s want I liked so much about this book, Bianca might not have been the prettiest of her friends (I think that’s subjective) but she and Wesley had their thing, so even if she was the DUFF, it didn’t stop Wesley, did it?!?!?
I so wish I had read this book sooner, but I’m glad I finally did because it blew my mind. I read it in one sitting, I was enjoying it that much. Kody Keplinger is a brilliant writer and I’m dead curious how she tops The DUFF with her next couple of books which I’ll be downloading to my Kindle immediately. If you haven’t read The DUFF, you need to. It’s the perfect YA novel with one of the most amazing heroines I’ve ever met, and then there’s Wesley Rush. You need to meet Wesley Rush. But keep your hands off, because he’s mine!...more
I’ve really been getting in to crime thrillers lately, and trying out lots of new authors I wouldn’t usually try, but I find that I’m actually enjoyinI’ve really been getting in to crime thrillers lately, and trying out lots of new authors I wouldn’t usually try, but I find that I’m actually enjoying finding new authors to read. It’s opening up a whole new reading world for me, which is a good thing (except for my bank balance, obvs). One such new author is Mel Sherratt, a very, very successful crime author if the reviews are to be believed, and someone who started out self-publishing before being picked up by Amazon.
Taunting The Dead is Sherratt’s first “Allie Shenton” novel and it’s quite the novel to wrap your head around – there are literally loads of characters to keep track of, and at times, I did forget who certain people were. It all centers on the Ryder family. Terry and Steph Ryder are purportedly a happily married couple, but both keep secrets from each other; Terry has some dodgy dealings, and, Steph winds up dead. The question is who killed her, and there are A LOT OF SUSPECTS, folks. A LOT. In fact I was never quite sure who had done it.
I quite enjoyed Taunting The Dead. It’s a very long book, which means it does begin to lack in the middle, especially as it takes until the middle of the book for Steph to wind up dead (well, she’s dead in the Prologue, but then it spools backwards so we get the build up to her death) and then the second half focuses on who did it. I had rather mixed feelings about Allie Shenton, out lead character. I liked her, sure, but I never understood the whole attraction thing between herself and Terry. It was icky. She suspected him of doing bad things, he was under investigation of doing bad things, and yet there she was, flirting with him and thinking about him etc. Honestly, it was unprofessional. To be brought in to Terry’s mind games made me lose a bit of respect for her; she should have known better, and should have reacted better, too. Apart from that, it was a very entertaining read. I’ve never read a book with so many baddies before, and it was mildly amusing to see them all doing their gangsta thang. ;)
I’m very curious to see where the series goes. I have the next book Follow The Leader to read, and I’m very interested to learn more about Allie’s sister and her attack. The end of Taunting The Dead definitely teased that there’s a lot more to come from that end, so we will have to see....more