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My Week in Reading

Hi, I’m here with another update with what I’ve been reading this week. I’ve had such a busy week and I’ve been feeling ill the last few days so this won’t be that long of a post. I’ve really been struggling to find the time to read.

This week I’ve finished the fantastic spooky read The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge. I requested this book on NetGalley and was completely hooked the entire time reading it. I’ve posted the full review on my blog too!

Whilst reading this, I listened to the last two books in The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper. I really enjoyed this children’s fantasy and the use of Arthurian and Celtic myth.

At the minute, I’m currently reading Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas. I haven’t read as much of this book as I would have liked by now but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had the time. However, once again, I’m completely engaged and in love with this book. It’s so intense! I’m hoping to finish it at some point tomorrow as this was the last book on my October TBR.

Lastly, after finishing The Dark is Rising Sequence, I picked up The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. I was listening to this book before but stopped due to my reading list for class. I have less than two hours remaining and I’m obsessed. I’m hoping to finish it today. I’ll definitely be buying the physical copy of this book. It’s so filled with twists and intrigue. I can’t wait to find out the ending.

What’s are you hoping to finish before November starts?

Thanks for reading!

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Book Review of Valentine Act 1 by Elliott Morreau

This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. It was sent to me last month and after a massive reading slump with no motivation, I finally read it. I’m so thankful that I did.

I was sent the synopsis for the book and was immediately intrigued by the concept.

“Welcome to Coalfields. A Town where everyone fits in. From murderers to rapists to paedophiles. And you. Yes, you. What? You think you’re so much different from them? That’s what Jack and Lia thought too. After all, what do two high school lovebirds have in common with a place like that? Nothing. Until one of them commits murder.” Elliott Morreau, Valentine Act 1.

I have always been interested in psychology and the minds of criminals. It had me hooked completely. A town filled with the worst of criminals and they all live together? And, on top of that dangerous mix, two teenagers on the run from committing murder. I was sold straight away and couldn’t wait to read. It was a fascinating combination.

It didn’t disappoint!

The novel was graphic mature content with rape, abuse, violence and sex. However, all of this was extremely necessary to the plot and to the characters.

I was in awe of Elliott Morreau’s writing straight away. From the very first page, I was hooked into the story of Jack and Lia. I wanted to know what would happen to them. Morreau’s writing is flawless, he managed to write incredibly flawed characters yet he made them readable and more relatable than I thought was possible.

The narrative structure of the novel works brilliantly with the story. The switches in character allowed us readers to see all perspectives. One of the most individuals aspects that I loved was the narrator’s voice. Every so often, the narrator would speak to the characters, talked about being the writer behind their lives and hinted at something dark and unfortunate to come. I loved this part. It was a fresh and exciting way to tell the story.

Although, I didn’t have the actual paperback of the novel, I love the cover. I think it’s beautiful. I love the illustration and colours.

My favourite characters were the two female detectives; Claudia and Rich. I’m excited to see how their relationship progress and how they become more involved in the second act.

This was a compelling read with rich characters. I’m excited to read the next novel and to see how the story unfolds.

Thanks for reading!

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Heart of Glass Book Review

I was incredibly lucky to have been given this book by Ivy Ngeow before the initial release on June 30. After reading, Cry of the Flying Rhino, I was eagerly anticipating this second novel. I loved Ngeow’s unique and informative style of writing. So, I eagerly jumped at the opportunity to read and review Heart of Glass.

First of all I want to mention the cover of the book. I wasn’t expecting the cover of this book but I absolutely love it. It’s bright and colourful and mirrors the time and setting of the novel. It’s a wonderful cover.

This novel is another compelling read with an original and fast paced writing style. It keeps the story flowing and keeps you hooked on all the action. The twists and turns in the novel leave you shocked and desperately wanting to continue reading.

We follow the heroine, Li-An, as she begins her journey in Chicago during the 1980s. Li-An is a musician and finds herself playing the piano in Macau. However, this escape from her past leads Li-An down a dark spiral that leads to suffering, gambling, injuries and maybe even death?

Ngeow writes in such a talented way that you are completely immersed in the time and setting of her book. Once again I found myself learning about a time and place that I wouldn’t have learned about before. Its one of the many aspects of Ngeow’s writing that I adore. Her writing is incredibly informative but in a subtle way, it’s not over bearing on the reader.

The characters are incredibly flawed and are ultimately bad people, yet it makes such a fascinating read because you have to see what will happen. The heroine, Li-An, is an interesting character. She has a mixed heritage which makes her reading about her past enlightening. She is also incredible naive yet I found myself rooting for her, wanting her to be stronger and make the hard choices. I love reading about flawless characters because it’s more relatable to human life. No one is perfect. It made the book far more endearing to read.

This story is a fascinating literary thriller and incredibly original. I have never read anything quite like it before.

Ultimately, the story is about greed, desire and power.

You should read this book and find yourself back in the drama of the disco 80’s.

Here’s the link for the book trailer on YouTube:

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Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan Review

I’ve been a fan of Helen Callaghan’s since the release of Dear Amy, a psychological thriller that kept me completely hooked. I eagerly awaited for her second novel Everything Is Lies and quickly purchased the hardback when it was available.

Immediately, I found myself drawn into the character Sophia. I found her to be relatable and completely normal. It made her character far more endearing to me. She wasn’t exceptional but she knew what she had to do to find the truth. I loved and was inspired by her determination!

I wanted to enjoy this novel and made myself put it down after I read a hundred pages. I wanted to prolong it because I like to work the mystery out, to put the pieces of the puzzle together. I couldn’t. Every time I thought I knew what had happened or what was about to happen, I was completely thrown.

Callaghan managed to embed a narrative in the story containing Nina’s past, Sophia’s mother, that is pivotal to the plot. I loved the two narratives that linked together to show similarities between mother and daughter. It was these similarities, this connected link, that allowed us to be more sympathetic to Nina’s case.

The fascinating book is definitely a must read! I loved every second of it. Psychology is a major theme in this book and demonstrates flawlessly how easily manipulated and corrupted people can be.

Read this book!

Also read Dear Amy!