Thursday 9th Janary 2020
Hello my lovelies, so this is my first weekly post to you guys now I am on WordPress! I am really excited to join this amazing community and hope to gain a great following in such a supportive community.
This week I’m getting organised for buddy reads, pen pals and journaling!! I’m super excited to be sending postcards to some lovely #bookstagrammers to bring back letters!
I also want to make a book journal (since I couldn’t get my hands on a @littleinklingsdesign journal 😢-they sold out in 1 minute!!!) as I absolutely love note pads and writing things down.
What things do you do to keep organised?
So, I think I may have been slightly ambitious this month as I have signed up to 6 buddy reads. I normally wouldn’t sign up for more than two, but I wanted to make a real dint in my TBR and they were all books that I already had on my shelves! I like to put tabs with the discussing dates on the pages where we have to read to for that chat to help me visualise how much I have left to read how long I have left to read it.
On to what you are all really here for, the book reviews. I only have three this week as the other books I read are part of blog tours so have their own dedicated posts, please check them out if you have time as there are some great reads!
The Grace Year – Kim Leggitt ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I picked this book up on January the 1st and flew through it. The story is of a group of girls who, at a certain age, have to survive a year to get rid of their ‘magic’.
It made me laugh in that sad understanding way,
“As far as I can tell, we all have hearts. We all have brains. There are only a few differences I can see, and most men seem to think with that part anyway.”
I felt like it was a combination of ‘The Lord of the Flies’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ but was a completely new story and it really hit home on some points,
“We hurt each other because it’s the only way we’re permitted to show our anger.
When our choices are taken from us, the fire builds within.
Sometimes I feel like we might burn down the world to cindery bits, with our love, our rage, and everything in between.”
This is a great young adult read which kept me turning the page and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was made into a series!
She Lies in Wait – Gytha Lodge ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I really enjoyed this police procedural that investigated the cold case of 14 year old Aurora Jackson who went camping in the summer of 1983 and never came home.
This book reminded me of All the Missing Girls but, for me, was so much better, the story was cohesive and kept you guessing, revealing snippets of information about different characters along side chapters set in the past to show what had happened.
This is not a fast paced thriller, it is so much better! It is methodical, clearly thought out and detailed, it slowly walks you through the unravelling of clues and characters. I loved the writing an it still had me on the edge of my seat wanting to know who had done it.
I cant wait to see what the characters are up against in the next book in the series.
Lost Girl – Holly Kammier ⭐⭐
So I started this book full of excitement as it had all the elements I usually love (strong female lead, murder, mystery etc) but I have been left disappointed.
I didn’t like the main character, I felt she came across as spoilt and childish. The book focuses more on her that the murder element and I was bored 90% of the time (I can’t not finish a book).
I think some may enjoy this, maybe young adult or even people in their early twenties but not for a working mother in her 30’s ( I just wanted to yell at her to grow up! )