Natalie spent some time in hospital being treated for a mental illness. Now that she is out she has decided to take part in the local production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. No one knows about her past except for Lucas who was also at the hospital. Whilst at the theatre Natalie starts seeing ghosts.
I really enjoyed this book. I think that the author dealt with mental illness in a really sensitive way. I felt that her portrayal of mental illness was realistic. The romance in this book was good. It wasn’t an insta-love story but was instead slowly developed throughout the book which is the type of romance that I like. I appreciated that the author did not try to use the romance as a cure as this is not realistic and it really annoys me when authors do this. I didn’t like the ghost story line. I thought that it was a little unnecessary and I think that the story would have worked without it. Overall I enjoyed this book and I will be looking to try more from the author in the future.
I received a copy via Net Galley.
Anna’s sister Kate has leukemia and Anna was created to be a perfect bone marrow match for Kate. During her life, Anna has had a number of surgeries to help Kate. Now Anna has decided that she does not want to be a donor anymore and wants to sue her parents.
I picked up this book as I had heard a lot of good things about it and I wanted to check it out. The plot is very unique and unlike anything else that I have ever read. I knew going into this that it was properly going to be an emotional read and there are a number of emotional points throughout the book. The book is told from multiple POVS so we get to see different people’s views on the situation and how they are feeling. Throughout the book, I didn’t know whose side I was on. I understand why Anna’s parents did what they did but I can also understand why Anna didn’t want to do it anymore. The ending was really emotional and shocking as it was not the ending I was expecting. I thought that this book was really well written as it sucked me in from the start. I am glad that I finally picked it up and I am looking forward to reading more from the author in the future.
The Last Anniversary
Big Little Lies
Sam and Clementine have a busy life with two young daughters. Sam has just started a new job and Clementine is preparing for a big music audition. Clementine’s oldest friend invites them to a BBQ at Tiffany and Vid’s house. But something happens at the BBQ that leaves them wondering if they should have ever gone to the BBQ.
Whilst I did enjoy this book I didn’t think it was as good as the other Liane Moriarty books that I have read. I am a huge fan of Liane Moriarty’s books and I will always check out what she brings out. I think that she is very good at creating realistic characters and writes a good mystery. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters in this book which is a shame as I usually think that Liane creates really good characters. Although there was a mystery in this book I found the reveal to be very anti-climatic and not as shocking as some of her other books. Once again Liane tackled some difficult topics including alcoholism, infertility, and hoarding and I think that she handles these topics really well. I think the synopsis is a little misleading as it makes out that the plot is more dramatic than it is. Overall I would give this a 3.5 as it didn’t live up to some of her other books.
I received from Net Galley.
Adam is part of a support group for teenagers suffering from OCD. When he meets Robyn he wants to be with her but he has a lot to deal with in his life and he is not sure if he can add a relationship to the mix.
I picked this book up from the library on a whim. I hadn’t heard anything about it but it sounded interesting as it deals with mental health and I am trying to read more books from this genre. It took me quite awhile to get into this book. Unfortunately, the romance plays a big part in the book and I wasn’t a fan of the relationship as it happened too quickly and didn’t seem very believable. I thought that the portrayal of OCD seemed quite realistic although I don’t know too much about it. It didn’t feel over dramatised as it often is in books. Although I did not like the romance I did like the main character Adam. He had to deal with so much and I felt sympathetic to his situation. The author did a good job of making the characters feel very realistic. Overall I liked this book but I do think that the relationship lets it down which is why I gave it 3 stars. I would like to check out some of the author’s books. I am interested in reading Beware That Girl as it is a YA thriller and that is a genre that I enjoy reading but haven’t read many books from it.
This week’s topic is authors that we want to read more from. This is authors that we have read a couple of books from and really want to see more from them. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.
Jodi Picoult- I really enjoyed My Sister’s Keeper I thought that it was really well written and I am looking forward to reading more from the author. I own quite a few of her books but the one I am most looking forward to is The Storyteller.
Kelley Armstrong- I have read quite a few of Kelley’s books but she has so many that I thought I would include her on this list as I have barely made a dent on her books. I would really like to finish the Women of the Otherworld series, the Darkest Powers trilogy and the Cainsville series. There are also a number of series and standalones that I would love to get to.
Maria V. Snyder- I read the Study trilogy last year which is part of the Chronicles of Ixia series which I would really like to finish. I also want to check out the Healer trilogy.
Amanda Prowse- I only recently read The Idea of You but I really enjoyed it. I thought that Amanda dealt with a difficult topic really well. Amanda has loads of books out and I can’t wait to check them out.
Jojo Moyes- I read Me Before You and After You and I really enjoyed them. I would love to read more from Jojo Moyes. I have her collection of short stories (Paris For One and Other stories), Sheltering Rain and The Ship of Brides and I am looking forward to checking them out.
What authors made it to your list?
The Sin Eater’s Daughter Review
Errin’s brother Lief disappeared and she is left to care for their sick mother. However, things are going to get even more difficult now that the Sleeping Prince is awake.
I thought that this was a really good continuation of the series. At first, I found it a little confusing as we follow a completely different character in this book. Once I had got used to it I did find it quite interesting to follow a new character. We did get to see Twylla who was the main character in the first book but not until towards the end of the book. I liked Errin as she was a strong character who had to take on a lot of responsibility. I really enjoy reading about the world that Melinda has created, I like how she draws inspiration from folklore. I thought that the Sleeping Prince was a really good villain as he was sinister. I am really looking forward to see how the story concludes in The Scarecrow Queen.
Today I am sharing with you the books that I plan to read in April. I’m not sure how much I will get read this month as it is a very busy month for me.
The Death Cure by James Dashner- This is the third book in The Maze Runner series. I really enjoyed the two previous books so I am looking forward to see how the story progresses. I was meant to read this in March but only got a couple of chapters in so I really hope that I can get it finished this month.
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord- This is Emery Lord’s latest novel and I am lucky enough to have received a copy from Net Galley. I read When We Collided last year which I was ok but I have really high hopes for this one.
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard- This is the third book in the Red Queen series. Whilst I didn’t love Glass Sword I am interested to see what will happen in this book.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- I managed to find the whole trilogy on Ebay for £3.79 so I had to pick it up. I am looking forward to reading this first book as I have heard so many good things about this trilogy.
Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris- I received this book for Christmas from my friend and I think it is about time that I read it. I believe this is is about vampires and I am really in the mood for a vampire book.
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie- I am trying to read a classic each month and I have selected Peter Pan for this month. I have only ever seen the Disney film so I am looking forward to reading the book.