The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up The Handmaids Tale because it seems to be the hot new (old) book – and as Channel 4 are currently showing the Hulu series I figured book before TV show.
The book, first published in 1985 shares the story of what happens when people are categorized and women lose the freedom they previously had.
It took a while to understand why all of a sudden this has become so popular – but with the background to the storyline – set in America, the assassination of the president and a revolution it became clear.

We only follow the path of the main character – Offred, with the writing style blurring speech and thoughts seamlessly but not always obviously. The main plot is about a girl who is trying to get pregnant so in the new society she can help produce the future.

Its worth a read if you re looking for something a little serious, that you have to pay attention to – Im glad I read it, but I dont think its on the I’ll read again pile.

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My Sister’s Wedding by Vicky Pattison

My Sister's Wedding

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book had a Sophie Kinsella feel to it, I could feel myself cheering on both sisters all the way through.

There’s enough to keep your interest and make the characters relate-able whilst keeping the story-line flowing. definitely one for the beach / holiday reading list this year, but all in all its just a brilliant escape from reality for a couple of hours no matter where you are.

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Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

This book popped up on my to read list because I’ve read Girl on the Train. I can understand why they linked it, but it’s not the selling point for the book – there’s no real resemblance in writing style or plotline. I was then lucky enough to get a copy from NetGalley to read.  The title didn’t initially appeal to me, and not just because I have a friend who calls everyone babydoll!

I skimmed the promotional outline (below)  and jumped straight in. I am so glad that the title didn’t deter me.

Blurb Alert:

Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked.

This is what happens next…
…to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter…and to her captor’

.Theres not really any chapter breaks or definition making it was so easy to get lost in the story and not realize how much time has passed. It’s just engrossing.  I enjoyed the characters and the emotion the story conveyed. The story is told from varying Points of View which really makes some characters stand out as more interesting.

Theres a handful of little points in the book that didn’t quite sit right with me, either Lily’s behavior or lack of, which I wont spoil for you, but overall I enjoyed the read.

 

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The Girl with all the Gifts – M R Carey

Do you ever wander around a bookshop just because you can? I enjoy a Sunday morning stroll around Waterstones,  it’s just so wonderfully laid out.. And I enjoy the staff notes dotted around.

Anyway, one Sunday morning I was looking for my next read when I had this book thrust upon me by a stranger telling me I simply had to read it, so I brought the book ( the actual book not an Ebook!).

I’m not a fan of anything ‘zombie’ish! Which is how the film portrays the story ( by the way, I love the film) of Melanie, and her teacher, Miss Justineau.   The story is actually very simplistic and that’s one of the things that makes it great, you can get lost in the characters,  how they feel; the despair, the fear and the hope.  Melanie is smart and inquisitive and doesn’t really understand why

The story isn’t what kept my interest, it was the characters. It’s a must read for anyone looking for their next book!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I requested this book from NetGalley because it also ties into the new Netflix show, and I always prefer to read the book before I watch the show.

Thirteen reasons why is the story of a young girl who is ‘haunting’ her classmates’ by leaving an audio story for each person that helped her make the decision to carry out the act.  There’s a good amount of characters however we don’t really get to know them.
Although there are italics to differentiate the ‘audio’ from the main male character I found it hard to remember who’s voice it was I was reading. For me it would have been nice to have more of an insight into the other characters, to understand the impact the story had on them.

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A Court Of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, as usual SJM pulled me into her wonderful magical world of fantasy. although it often frustrates me to read a recap at the start of a book I think this would have benefited from one – just to remind me what we had discovered about who, it took several chapters for the recollection to kick in.
A Court of Wings and Ruin takes us back to the Spring Court – looking at the long game for to help defeat the King of Hybern.
As with any book SJM writes the characters draw you in, and make you stay.

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Nemesis (Project Nemesis, #1)

Nemesis (Project Nemesis, #1)Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One fast and action packed novel thats got to be the start of a new series. If I hadn’t known who the author was I think i would still have drawn parallels between Min ( Melinda J) and Tory Brennan from his Virals series. There’s a common theme between the two, strong female lead, potential boys wanting her attention and pharmaceuticals, but thats where it all ends, references to the modern day dystopian trend ( hunger games anyone) and pop culture fit in well, without trying to be relevant.
Great book, five stars

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Want You Gone by Christopher Brookmyre

Thanks to the people at Little, brown book group and NetGalley I got the next installment in the Jack Parlabane series as an Advance Read Copy. It was officially published for release on 20th April ( two days ago) so for me the Easter bunny delivered early! 

Let me start by admitting I am a huge fan of Brookmyres writing; It’s political, informative, and I share his obvious fan status when it comes to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

This is the eighth instalment in the Parlabane series – in which we follow a journalist who will do almost anything to get is story, whilst uncovering the truth. His accomplice is someone we have met before, but know little about, Buzzkill. The story is about Parlabanes return to journalism, but the main theme is hacking, and I’ll admit some parts really did make me question my own online security along with some OMG moments of realisation.

For me this book was perfect, even though there was a techy acronym or two that I had to refer to google for. It flowed well, and I couldn’t stop turning the pages. The real identity of Buzzkill should have been obvious early on, a little like the ending but I think because you get so involved in the story from the first chapter there isn’t the opportunity to think ahead and try to work it out which is good. I think whether you’re a fan of crime fiction, Brookmyre or just wanting a book to read this should be on your 2017 must read list.

Want You Gone is out now, so go and treat yourself to a new read today. 

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Two NightsTwo Nights by Kathy Reichs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Random House Uk for and advance copy of this book.
The story of Two Nights, Sunday and Gus, Sunnie an ex-cop playing private Investigator embarking on a mystery that has yet to be solved. I always feel like I’ve learnt something from Kathy Reich’s books and this was no exception, whilst less technical it was more about personal growth and acceptance.
There are similarities in the main characters personality to Reich’s Bone series, with Sunnie a likable lead and her internal dialogue flowing seamlessly to keep you interested. I was annoyed & pleased I missed what was suddenly an obvious misdirection – I hope this is the first of a new series as it feels like there’s still a lot to learn about the group.

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He Said/She Said

He Said/She SaidHe Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This took me a while to get into, and the jumping between then and now didn’t help. I think the end suddenly became obvious close to the end, there were clues there but I think the purpose of the book was more to try and decided if it was or wasn’t rape.
The storyline picks up pace as it goes through and I got more into it but i didn’t feel a connection with any of the characters.

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