Books I Have Read Recently

Hi hello! Welcome back to my blog. I am so excited to be writing this post as I have some really awesome books I have recently read and want to talk about. Today I have 10 books to talk about. So let’s get into these books.

The Lost Boy By Camilla Lackberg – 4 Stars

Synopsis: A murder of a young man who everyone loved is very unexpected especially when his ex girlfriend arrives back in town and lives on the island known as the ghost isle. Detective Patrick is investigating what really happened and why Mats was murdered. 

My thoughts: I hadn’t heard of this book before until my mother in law gave it to me to read because she knew I enjoyed mysteries. This is a multiple perspective novel which had me very confused at the beginning because we had many perspective changes throughout a chapter. ‘But once I got the hang of it and got my head around who everyone is it was very easy to get into. 

We do follow a few story lines because this is a series but can be read as a standalone so some of the storylines didn’t really interest me because I haven’t read the other books so don’t love or care for the characters. 

This story was full of twists. Some of which I guessed and others I didn’t. This is definitely a really interesting book which I really enjoyed. 

The Death of Mrs Westaway By Ruth Ware – 4 Stars 

Synopsis: Hal receives a letter from a lawyer letting her know that her grandmother has passed away and bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. The thing is that it’s not her grandmother. Hal down on her look and decides to try and get some money by pretending to be this lady’s granddaughter but things aren’t what they seem.  

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this story. This is my third book from Ruth Ware and I am really enjoying my reading of Ruth Ware’s books. The Death Of Mrs Westaway is a very grim and bleak story. Our main character is not in a good place, she has been through a lot and is heading down a very dangerous road. This story really explores the extent of what people would do to survive. 

There was a lot of emphasis on Tarot cards and Tarot reading which I really enjoyed because I have never really read about it. I learned quite a bit and found it very interesting. The one complaint I do have about this book is that our main character is very plain and one dimensional. Hal is pretending to be someone else but while she is around the others she is the exact same person as she is when she is on her own.

This was really thrilling and very fast paced, Very quickly things start getting stranger and definitely a lot more tense and isolated. I really enjoyed the creepy out house and how isolated the characters were. It was just Hal and her new “family”. 

I definitely believe that this is my favourite Ruth Ware so far. 

The Egg By Andy Weir – 4 Stars

Synopsis: a three page short story about the universe. 

My Thoughts: I heard this on Emily Fox’s YouTube channel and quickly googled it and read it. I had no idea what I was getting into. Holy shit this is so mind blowing and thought provoking. I can’t believe how much this affected me IN JUST THREE SHORT PAGES. I can’t say a lot about this but I definitely recommend you do a quick google and have a read it will take you not even five minutes. 

Skin Dreams By Bret McCormick – 3 Stars

Synopsis: Sadie is ditching her hometown to make a life for herself and all of a sudden gets caught up by a cult and some dangerous situations.

My thoughts: I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into this story and this one honestly took me by surprise. I had a fun time reading this story although it ended up being very dark and very gruesome. Please check out my full review for my full thoughts and trigger warnings. 

Circe By Madeine Miller – 4 Stars 

Synopsis: Circe, daughter of Helios, god of the sun and the mightest of Titans is a strange child. Turning to mortals she discovers she may have powers, powers of witchcraft terrifying humans and being a menace to gods. Follow her journey. 

My thoughts: I have wanted to read this book for such a long time. It has so much hype and love within the book club. In September my bookclub chose this book to read and I was so happy! 

I absolutely loved this story. There is no real plot to this story we are just following Circe’s journey through life and understanding why she did what she did. This book was so beautifully written. 

Circe goes through a lot and there are trigger warnings so please be aware of those before you go into this book such as rape and violence. We do see Circe treated really bad but throughout this story we do watch her come into her own and learn not to take any shit. 

I really enjoyed getting mentions and cameos of other stories that I am familiar with. I had such a fun time reading this book. 

A Court of Mist and Fury By Madeline Miller – 5 Stars

Synopsis: This is book two in a series so I won’t give any spoilers but this series follows Feyre, a human girl who ends up being wrapped up in a world full of fae. 

My thoughts: I loved this book. Compared to book one A Court Of Thorns And Roses this book is so damn chunky but I flew through this book. Although I knew how some of this story went because of seeing spoilers online I had such a fun time. 

Feyre really struggles with her mental health in this story due to what happened in book one. I was really impressed with this representation. Depression and PTSD is definitely a huge aspect of this book which I really appreciated because in many fantasy stories our main characters just take everything into stride and never actually struggle with the terrible struggles they go through. Whereas in this one we truly see how the end of book one really effected not just Feyre but absolutely everyone. 

In this story the world does extend and I had a lot of fun exploring more of this world and meeting many new characters. 

I was definitely weary going into this book because of the spoilers I have seen and wasn’t sure if I would like the direction that this book went but omfg RHYSAND. I love him!! We explore a new side of him that we didn’t see in book one and he is one of my favourite characters of this series. 

I adore this book and Sarah J Maas is definitely becoming one of my favourite authors. 

Saga Volume 1 – 6 By Brian K Vaughan – 5 stars 

Synopsis: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. 

My thoughts: I really love this graphic novel series. Because this is a graphic novel and a very quick read I won’t be giving much information about this because I don’t want to spoil anything but this is such an action packed story. 

This is definitely an adult graphic novel and covers many mature themes such as sex and very graphic violence. The art style in this is absolutely stunning. 

Saga is very comedic and made me laugh throughout all six volumes I have read so far and can’t wait to read more in this series. 

Spellbook of Lost and Found by Moira Fowley Doyle – 2 stars 

Synopsis: One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.

Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets.

When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .

My thoughts: This is a book I read for the Paperback book club and we have done a live show discussing all of this if you want to get some spoilery thoughts and discussions. This is a book where when I finished this I was not sure if I actually enjoyed the book or not. After having the liveshow it turns out I had not very many good things to actually talk about. 

I found The Spellbook Of The Lost And Found very confusing. There were too many characters introduced in this story who were all quite similar and one dimensional. Unfortunately I didn’t even like many of the characters. The magic didn’t make much sense and nothing was really explained which I found frustrating to no end because I was left with so many questions and I am never going to get any of the answers for. 

Although I didn’t really enjoy this book I do really appreciate all the representation within this story such as LGBTQIA+, Deaf and POC rep. 

The Swap By Robyn Harding – 2 Stars

Synopsis: Low is an outsider in school and looking to get out of town once she graduates until Freya takes her under her wing. What happens when Jamie, a new woman in town desperate for a baby also gets taken under freya’s wing and after a boozy night they swap husbands. 

What will Low do when she is pushed back to the outside? 

My thoughts: Going into this I really thought  this was going to be a really fast paced, gritty thriller discussing obsession. This was not the case, this is definitely more of a domestic thriller involving two couples and a young girl. 

All our characters are not very nice and very morally grey which was interesting to see how all these people interacted and got on with each other. 

In all honesty I was very disappointed because of this. Robyn Harding’s writing is wonderful and very compelling which made me finish this book but I just feel like this book was quite unsatisfying. 

The Drop By Jacy Morris – 4 Stars

Synopsis: In a post apocalyptic world in which a boy band created the end of the world we follow a journalist who is trying to figure out why they have done this and how she can make sure it never happens again. 

My Thoughts: This is a really descriptive story that really sucked me in. From the beginning I had no idea what the heck was going on until quite a bit into the story. For my full thoughts and opinions check out my full review. 

So there you have it! Some of the books that I have recently read. Some books that I have loved and adored, a new all time favourite and some not so great books. 

With Love,

Anne xxx

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