Recent‌ ‌Reads‌ ‌October‌ ‌18th‌ ‌-‌ ‌30th‌ ‌

Hi hello! Welcome back to my blog! Today I have a lot of books to talk about with this recent reads wrap up! So let’s just get into these book reviews! 

The Same Ledge By Daniel James – 3 Stars

Synopsis: Behind the postcard imagery of London, the darkest parts of the city house some of the saddest

stories.

When Michael met Cameron, they were two boys who shared a bond and a ledge, an escape from

their turbulent and violent home lives. But when Michael leaves, their lives drift apart into

dramatically different directions until the events of the past bring them back together. They are no

longer boys, but the ledge remains. Can they save themselves? Can they save one another?

This raw debut from Daniel James is a literary fiction that delves into fragile friendships, social

inequality and mental health.

My thoughts: This was a really tough and raw read surrounding two men who grew up together, how they separated through life and how their lives ended up. This was a really tough read! For more of my thoughts check out my review of The Same Ledge. 

The Twin By Natasha Preston – 3 Stars 

Synopsis: Ivy and Iris haven;t lived together for years – when their mother and father divorced, each parent got custody of one twin. But after a tragic accident takes their mom’s life, the devastated sisters are reunited, and Iris moves in with Ivy and their dad. Iris takes their mom’s death especially hard. She barely talks, spending hours alone in her room. Ivy can’t stand to see Iris so sad. She promised Iris that she can share her life now. After all, they’re sisters. Twins.

It’s a promise that Iris takes seriously. And before long, Ivy’s friends, her teachers, and even her boyfriend fall under Iris’s spell. Soon Ivy begins to think there’s something wrong with her twin. It’s almost like Iris is out to get her. Ivy tells herself she’s being paranoid. It’s not like she’s in any danger from her twin…

My thoughts: I have heard really good things about this story so I was happy when I saw it in my library. This was a very intense read about twins who are struggling to get along. We only follow through one twins perspective who was Ivy. I did find Ivy to be quite annoying. Some of the things she was doing didn’t really make any sense to me. 

This story was also just never ending high school drama between Ivy and her friends, her boyfriend and other people all because of her sister which got quite annoying. 

This was definitely a quick read and very fast paced but it wasn’t perfect to me. I found myself getting very confused between both Ivy and Iris and nothing really caught me by surprise. This is quite a forgettable ya thriller for me but that may be because I read a lot more adult thrillers and this wasn’t as dark as those. This would definitely be a great starter thriller for those who want to get into this story. 

In a Dark Dark Wood By Ruth Ware – 5 Stars

Synopsis: In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room….

Some things can’t stay secret for ever. 

My thoughts: My favourite Ruth Ware book to date! I absolutely loved this story. A small group of characters isolated in a house surrounded by woods? Yes please!! We follow one main character who is a very isolated person after some trauma from her past that is unknown to the reader. All of a sudden she gets an invite to a friend of hers from school who she hasn’t seen in 10 years for her hen party. She decides to go and things get a little out of hand. 

This is a very dark and twisty book with some triggering content that may upset some people so please look up trigger warnings for this story. Everyone becomes a suspect and you never know what the heck is going on or who is doing all of this. We don’t find out who it is right until the end which leads to a huge confrontation which I loved! This is such an amazing story that I highly recommend. 

All things we never said By Yasmin Rahman – 3 Stars 

Synopsis: 16-year-old Mehreen Miah’s anxiety and depression, or ‘Chaos’, as she calls it, has taken over her life, to the point where she can’t bear it any more. So she joins MementoMori, a website that matches people with partners and allocates them a date and method of death, ‘the pact’. Mehreen is paired with Cara Saunders and Olivia Castleton, two strangers dealing with their own serious issues.

As they secretly meet over the coming days, Mehreen develops a strong bond with Cara and Olivia, the only people who seem to understand what she’s going through. But ironically, the thing that brought them together to commit suicide has also created a mutually supportive friendship that makes them realise that, with the right help, life is worth living. It’s not long before all three want out of the pact. But in a terrifying twist of fate, the website won’t let them stop, and an increasingly sinister game begins, with MementoMori playing the girls off against each other.

A pact is a pact, after all.

In this powerful debut written in three points of view, Yasmin Rahman has created a moving, poignant novel celebrating life. ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER SAID is about friendship, strength and survival.

My Thoughts: This was an intriguing book to me. This is a story about a world where you can sign up to get a suicide buddy. In this story we follow three girls with their own perspective who are going through such difficult times. We see three girls from three different walks of life come together to commit suicide.

I enjoyed the message behind this story, friends and people can help you get through tough times when you ask for help. Although I did enjoy this story there were some problematic things within this story.

One of the main characters is disabled and in a wheelchair but this character started making comments about invisible disabilities and how that isn’t true and seems to make fun of it which didn’t sit well with me.

This story is very diverse and also very dark to read at times due to the mental states of these young girls.

A Court of Wings and Ruin By Sarah J Maas – 5 Stars

Synopsis: This is book three 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 absolutely adore this series and had such a fun time reading the finale. I really loved our main characters face off against the big bad, see relationships develop more and get all the answers I wanted  from book two! This is a stunning series that I highly recommend people read!! Please please please check it out if you haven’t already. 

The Girls in the Snow By Stacy Green – 4 Stars 

Synopsis: In the remote forests of Stillwater, Minnesota, you can scream for days and no one will hear you. So when the bodies of two fifteen-year-old girls are discovered frozen in the snow, Special Agent Nikki Hunt is sure the killer is local: someone knew where to hide them and thought they’d never be found.

Home for the first time in twenty years, Nikki sees that the whole town had been frantically searching for missing best friends Madison and Kaylee, and when she finds out who Madison’s step-father is, she becomes desperate to lead the case. John was once the person she trusted most in the world, who stood by her when she was just sixteen and her parents were murdered. Who supported her when she identified their killer, Mark Todd.

But when Nikki arrives at the Sheriff’s office, she’s confronted by protesters eager to see Mark freed. With new evidence that could clear his name, Mark has appealed his conviction and his brother Rory begs Nikki to take a look at what they’ve found.

Nikki knows she must focus on the killer at large, but Rory makes her wonder if she put her trust in the right people all those years ago. Are Madison and Kaylee’s deaths connected to her parents’ murders? And can she face up to her past before another life is taken?

My Thoughts: I loved this book!! This is such a dark and intense read following an investigation trying to find a serial killer who is really hurting some girls. For my full thoughts and opinions check out my full book review. 

The Near Witch By V.E Schwab – 4 Stars 

Synopsis: The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger-a boy who seems to fade like smoke-appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know-about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget

My Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I have heard mixed things about The Near Witch but starting the audiobook I was entralled with this story. 

This was definitely a very atmospheric read, it gave me a lot of autumnal vibes because wind played a huge part within this story which was really different and unique. 

I found scenes involving the near witch to be  very creepy and gave me shivers. 

I really loved the main character, she was fierce, independent and took no shit from anyone especially a boy from the town and her uncle. 

The males in this story infiriated me to no end because they believed that women should stay at home and be domestic but our main character is having none of it!

I had so much fun reading this story and can’t wait to read more from her. 

The Surface Breaks By Louise O’Neill – 2 Stars 

Synopsis: Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbindinDeep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding. 

My Thoughts: Obviously from my rating of 2 stars I didn’t have a great time reading this book. 

In this story our main character is very opressed by her controlling and abusive father in a world where men rule and opress women. Throughout this story I felt beaten over the head with comments and mentions of how opressed women are, how these men are the rukers, how her father is the king and must be obeyed and every time it was mentioned whivh by the way is almost on every single page I was clenching my jaw so hard from frustration. 

I also guessed a main reveal at the end of the book right from the beginning of the story which annoyed me to no end. I wasn’t a huge fan of this story at all but I did like the retelling side of things. It was very dark and ominous from the start and I really enjoyed the character that is based around Ursula. 

Teen Killers Club By Lily Sparks – 5 Stars 

Synopsis: Framed for the murder of her best friend, a young girl joins a super-secret society of teenage assassins to avoid a lifetime behind bars–and discovers her own true self–in this mesmerizing debut novel.

Seventeen-year-old Signal Deere has raised eyebrows for years as an unhappy Goth misfit from the trailer park. When she’s convicted of her best friend Rose’s brutal murder, she’s designated a Class A–the most dangerous and manipulative criminal profile. To avoid prison, Signal signs on for a secret program for 18-and-under Class As and is whisked off to an abandoned sleep-away camp, where she and seven bunkmates will train as assassins. Yet even in the Teen Killers Club, Signal doesn’t fit in. She’s squeamish around blood. She’s kind and empathetic. And her optimistic attitude is threatening to turn a group of ragtag maniacs into a team of close-knit friends. Maybe that’s because Signal’s not really a killer. She was framed for Rose’s murder and only joined the program to escape, track down Rose’s real killer, and clear her name. But Signal never planned on the sinister technologies that keep the campers confined. She never planned on the mysterious man in the woods determined to pick them off one by one. And she certainly never planned on falling in love. Signal’s strategy is coming apart at the seams as the true killer prepares to strike again in Teen Killers Club. 

My Thoughts: A new favourite book! I really loved this story and had such a fun time with it! It was funny, gritty, gruesome and a whole lot of fun! For my full thoughts check out my full review here! 

The Last Time I lied By Riley Sager – 4 Stars 

Synopsis: Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she—or anyone—saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings—massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.

And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price. 

My Thoughts: My third Riley Sager book and unfortunately this didn’t get a 5 star book for me. Although this wasn’t a 5 star book this was still a really fun but dark read. 

As per all Riley Sager’s books we follow two timelines one in present day and one in the past. Our main character is returning to a camp that caused her a lot of trauma and she decides she wants closure and wants to close this door on this past. 

This was a really fun read because we are left in the dark throughout this novel and we are trying to figure out what the heck happened. Things start to go wrong and we can see how our main characters mental health slips and we are unsure whether these things are happening or is it her mental health. 

This is a fun and entertaining read and the reveals will shock you! 

So there you have it my recent reads from October 18th – 30th! 

What have you recently read? Let me know in the comments below! 

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