‘The Smoke Thieves’ Review

‘The Smoke Thieves’ Review

I loooved Sally Green’s ‘Half Bad’ trilogy – I ended up finishing the last novel just before I started this blog, and Green took the series in a completely different direction to where I thought she was going with it. So I was really excited to find out she had a new series coming out! I grabbed my copy of ‘The Smoke Thieves’ not long after it came out – I’m also trying this new thing where I actually read new books I’ve bought rather than let them sit on my shelves for years.

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‘One’ Review

‘One’ Review

After hearing so much hype about this novel when it first came out, I bought it to add to my to-be-read pile. Where it has stayed for the past two years. Then when I was checking out the list of authors coming to the Hay Festival this year, I saw Sarah Crossan’s name on the list. She was also going to be there on the same day as my favs Derek Landy, Holly Bourne, and Jojo Moyes. It was fate – I had to finally pick up ‘One’ and give it a read so I had an excuse to go and see Crossan as well. Seeing as I now don’t live that far from Hay-On-Wye, I kind of had no excuse not to.

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‘The Silent Companions’ Review

‘The Silent Companions’ Review
My God, what a book! I’m a sucker for a beautiful cover – I do tend to judge a book by its cover, even though I know you shouldn’t. Though my eyes didn’t let me down in this stonker of a novel! So much about the horror genre nowadays seems to have been blurred with the words bloody and gory, but there is nothing like a creepy well paced story to set your nerves on edge. Laura Purcell excels at this with this phenomenal novel, ‘The Silent Companions’.

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‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ Review

‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ Review

I was sooo excited to read this book! After that fantastic finale at the end of ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’, I was eager to see where Sarah J Maas would take these characters next. Though this next instalment in the series was bittersweet, as I didn’t realise that this was only a novella. Which in hindsight makes sense, because the last book did seem to tie everything together nicely and felt like an appropriate place to end it. I was still going to read this book, though!
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‘The Lie Tree’ Review

‘The Lie Tree’ Review
I had heard so much hype about this book when it first came out, that I just had to give it a try. I bought ‘The Lie Tree’ not too long before I saw Francis Hardinge in YALC, but for some reason or other I haven’t gotten around to reading this fantastic novel until now. I had bought another one of her novels recently, ‘A Face Like Glass’, but thought that maybe I should read this one first seeing as it was the first book of Hardinge’s that I bought. I was not disappointed!

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‘How Do You Like Me Now?’ Review

‘How Do You Like Me Now?’ Review
I have been so damn excited to read this book! I’d preordered a signed copy from Waterstones, but then while I was at the Hay Festival I saw some copies stacked on a table. A whole two weeks before ‘How Do You Like Me Now?’ is officially released. And Holly Bourne was right there at the front of the line where I could get it signed. So I picked up a copy, and after Bourne had signed it saying that it was one of the first copies that she’s signed, I just had to read it next. It also seemed a little silly to waste this opportunity to get my review up on here before the book comes out on the 14th June. So I’ve broken with my little habit of posting these reviews up in the order in which I’ve read the books, to get this up here! I’m about 8 books behind in terms of what books I’ve read so this wouldn’t have made it up here for the next two months otherwise.

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‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ Review

‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ Review
I have heard no end of hype about this novel, and in complete contrast to disappointments such as ‘The Girl on the Train’ I do think this book really did live up to it. Gail Honeyman has truly found a winner in her character Eleanor – in some ways she struck me as being slightly autistic, as she didn’t quite the knack of social interaction and picking up on social cues. I knew virtually as soon as I slipped into this novel that I would absolutely love it! Eleanor’s narrative was hilarious; though the comedy was equally mixed with sorrow, and this was expertly weaved together to create such a wonderful story.

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