Kate Morton – The Queen of Historical Fiction

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Today I found out that Kate Morton is publishing her sixth book in September (!!!) and, so I thought it was about time I did an appreciation post about all of the reasons why I absolutely love her books and why everyone should read them.

*yes.
I am staring at you from the other side of the screen.
yes.
I am silently urging you to read these books and judging you because you haven’t yet….*

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White Bodies by Jane Robins

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Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Year Of Publication: 28th December 2017
Publisher: HQ
Pages: 384 (Hardback)
My rating: 5/5

“Oh, everyone wants someone murdered”, she says.

White Bodies by Jane Robins is a psychological tale of an obsessive relationship between twin sisters – Callie and Tilda Farrow.

Callie is enamored by her famous sister Tilda- a successful actress,and idolizes her to the extent that all else around her becomes irrelevant. Callie’s obsession later manifests in disturbing ways that no one could have predicted but is crucial in understanding how she rationalizes with herself and how she justifies the steps taken later on in the story.

“I look at the pages and feel deeply satisfied, as though by writing about Tilda I’m less dominated by her.”

Tilda on the other hand feeds on the attention she gets and manipulates people in ways they never see coming. A true psychopath, she dons a personality to suit the role she plays in life and around the people she exploits.

“I see death as terrifying and mesmerising- I imagine the ecstasy of that total, ultimate release.”

With both sisters equally vindictive and insane the reader is caught in a whirlwind of deception and mystery when Felix – Tilda’s boyfriend,is mysteriously found dead in his hotel room. With no witnesses and no trace of drugs the police refuse to investigate the case.

Could it merely be a heart attack, or is there a far more sinister reason behind his death?

“I’m the most interesting”, Felix says.”I’m in the middle, and can go either way. Who knows what I’ll do?”.

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The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

 

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Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Year Of Publication: 18th May 2017
Publisher: HQ
Pages: 321 (Hardback)
My rating: 4/5

“There’s something about death that makes people want to live. We wanted to live that day, and I don’t blame us for it. Not anymore.”

Lucy meets Gabe as their world is falling apart.

Literally.

No one could have predicted that in the aftermath of 9/11 two seniors at Columbia University would find love in the most unconventional and unpredictable of circumstances.
But they do, and soon they’re falling for each other in ways they never knew possible… Continue reading “The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo”

The Unpredictability of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen

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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: 28th December 2017
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Pages: 272 (Paperback)
My rating: 2.5/5

“Because sometimes okay is enough.”

Malin is fifteen years old and she isn’t your average teenager.
She sees the world differently, but soon she’ll uncover things about herself and her family that’ll leave her speechless.
How will she cope with the harsh realities of life and death?
Will her innocent outlook on life be forever shattered or will it  help shield her from the dark realities that surround her… Continue reading “The Unpredictability of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen”

Rosehead by Ksenia Anske

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Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Fantasy.
Year Of Publication: 20th March 2014
Publisher: Ksenia Anske
Pages: 318 (Paperback)
My rating: 5/5

“Upon hearing a scary noise, most children typically scream and flee. Not Lilith. Excited by the prospect of solving a mystery, she ran after Panther, deeper and deeper into the sea of roses.”  (pg.24)

Lilith Bloom finds herself being dragged to her grandfather’s mansion in Berlin for a family reunion.
Little does she know about the things that await her in the gardens……  Continue reading “Rosehead by Ksenia Anske”

2017 : Yearly Recap

12017 was an Year of Achievements!

I reached my first 1K followers on Bookstagram, started a BookTube channel (work in progress), my Blog turned 1(!!!) and got featured in a local magazine, I had the pleasure of interviewing two wonderful authors and like always I bought a ton of books and tried reading as many of them as I could 🙂

My goal for The Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017 was 25 books and like always I exceeded my set goal by reading 34 books (there was one book that I had to DNF otherwise it would’ve been 35 books, but more on that below…). 

This year was particularly unique because I purely read actual physical copies – so that meant I didn’t read ebooks, or listen to audiobooks. While I did miss the convenience of the digital copies I realized that I quite liked the experience – you won’t believe the amount of random conversations I had and the new friends I made just because they were intrigued by the book they saw me reading!

So to bring 2017 officially to an end (even though it’s already the 13th of Jan.’18 as I write this…) I thought I’d do a brief recap of the books that made me CRINGE and the ones that were the ABSOLUTE BEST in 2017.

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A place called Perfect by Helena Duggan

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Genre: Young Adult.
Year Of Publication: 1st August 2017
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd.
Pages: 368 (Paperback)
My rating: 5/5

When Mr. Brown gets a job as an optician in the picturesque town of Perfect the Browns decide it’s too great an opportunity to miss out on and so they move their entire family to the little town.
Their ten year old daughter Violet isn’t happy with the move. She never wanted to leave her old life behind and doesn’t like the way everyone and everything in Perfect is … umm….well….perfect.
Soon her suspicions about the seedy town are confirmed when her family’s eyesight begins to weaken and soon they go blind. Luckily the Mr. Archers come to their rescue and  give them all a pair of rose-tinted glasses.
With their eyesight restored everything is back to normal.

Or is it? Continue reading “A place called Perfect by Helena Duggan”