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Little Darlings – Melanie Golding

*I was given advance access to the audiobook version of this book by the publisher*

I’ve been seeing publicity and marketing for Little Darlings on twitter for months. Very early proofs were carted around London in an old Silver Cross pram, and the aura of spookiness that surrounded the book was something I was quite excited to learn more about. So when an audiobook copy was available, I was very excited to sign up to listen to this story of a new mother, twins, stress, and possibly… magic?

Little Darlings – Melanie Golding

51qU4h+T9JL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg‘Chilling story, beautiful prose. Little Darlings is stunning’ Clare Mackintosh

Leila Slimani’s Lullaby meets Rosemary’s Baby in the most unsettling book of the year. THE TWINS ARE CRYING.
THE TWINS ARE HUNGRY.

LAUREN IS CRYING.
LAUREN IS EXHAUSTED.

Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . .

After a traumatic birth, Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her newborn twins. Her husband has gone home. The nurses are doing their rounds. She can’t stop thinking about every danger her babies now face. But all new mothers think like that. Don’t they?

A terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves Lauren convinced someone or something is trying to steal her children. But with every step she takes to keep her babies safe, Lauren sinks deeper and deeper into paranoia and fear. From the stark loneliness of returning home after birth, to the confines of a psychiatric unit, Lauren’s desperation increases as no one will listen to her. But here’s the question: is she mad, or does she know something we don’t?

Loosely inspired by the ghostly folktale The Brewery of Eggshells, where a mother becomes convinced her twins are in danger, Little Darlings offers a fresh perspective on modern motherhood, postnatal psychosis and the roles women play. It has always been thus: folk tales do not spring from whimsy; they warn us and teach us, and speak to the fear in us all.

I very much enjoyed this book. Lauren’s newborn exhaustion, more than doubled as she had twins, was so real, I felt every bit of sympathy for her. She’s stressed, overworked, confused, and trying to adjust to how massively life has changed. Her husband is… well, he’s something, anyway, And Lauren’s desperation and confusion and paranoia feels so very real. It was augmented by the audiobook, because you can hear the desperation in her voice as she thinks and talks and acts, so I think that really added to the atmosphere of the book.

On the topic of the audiobook – there was some really great sound recording in this one. Some of the chapters had quotes from old folk tales, and there was one character whose voice was creepily, eerily distorted, and I loved it. I felt like it added so much depth and excitement to the book in a way that my own brain wouldn’t be able to manage, because it can only just about create different voices for different characters.

I think the weakest parts of this book were probably the police procedural bits. The second main character, Harper, was conducting investigations off the books and off the cuff, trying to figure out what was going on, and hampered by her boss’s insistence that she stick to budget and to time. A lot of the time her characterisation felt a little bit false, and although there was a reason given for it, early on in the book, actually, and reiterated at the end, it didn’t really feel like it was a motivation sufficient for Harper’s actions.

And, actually, Lauren’s husband was a terribly dull character. Just your common or garden shit husband, I had no interest in him at all. What a knob. LTB.

The most interesting part of the book, though, was the eerie, supernatural elements which were woven throughout. Lauren is convinced that some kind of supernatural creature has come to change her babies for its own, and this theme of changelings seeps through the book. The creepy, unnatural elements of it are especially prevalent when we’re in Lauren’s head, and create a dark, chilling atmosphere which is terribly uneasy but utterly compelling.

The prologue of the book actually sets the scene for the climax of the action, so we know going in what we’re building up to, but the journey to that point is really what’s interesting as Lauren’s mind unravels and her actions become less and less predictable. You can see Lauren’s desperate actions and increasing paranoia, and totally understand and sympathise with her actions.

The dénouement of the book was excellent. Revelling in the uncertainty of all that came before it, it has the same lack of resolution that actually normally frustrates the hell out of me with magical realism. You never know if there was actually magic going on in these books, and this wrecks my head, because I like things to be concrete. But for Little Darlings, the ambiguity is actually wonderful. It’s the cherry on top of the dark and unsettling fairy tale/nightmare that is Lauren’s life.

Thoroughly enjoyable, creepy, dark, and engaging, Little Darlings is published this Thursday.

Four Stars
****

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Is It Me? Recent books I just didn’t get

Three books in this blog post, none of which I enjoyed AT ALL. I think it might have been me – something that just didn’t click with me about how or why these books were written? But they’re all two-star reads for me, and not ones I’ll be looking to keep hold of or re-read.

All the Beautiful Lies – Peter Swanson

39711850Harry Ackerson has always considered his step-mother Alice to be sexy and beautiful, in an “other worldly” way. She has always been kind and attentive, if a little aloof in the

last few years.

Days before his college graduation, Alice calls with shocking news. His father is dead and the police think it’s suicide. Devastated, he returns to his father’s home in Maine. There, he and Alice will help one another pick up of the pieces of their lives and uncover what happened to his father.

Shortly after he arrives, Harry meets a mysterious young woman named Grace McGowan
. Though she claims to be new to the area, Harry begins to suspect that Grace may not be a complete stranger to his family. But she isn’t the only attractive woman taking an interest in Harry. The sensual Alice is also growing closer, coming on to him in an enticing, clearly sexual way.

Mesmerized by these two women, Harry finds himself falling deeper under their spell. Yet the closer he gets to them, the more isolated he feels, disoriented by a growing fear that both women are hiding dangerous—even deadly—secrets . . . and that neither one is telling the truth.

As I mentioned in my March round-up, I was not impressed by this book. It really didn’t work for me. Not the plot, not the relationships, not the twists and turns. I will not be reading more by this author. I guess it could just have been me though – maybe someone else wouldn’t get as squicked out by the notions of the interpersonal relationships as I did?

Everything You Do Is Wrong – Amanda Coe

34200982Do You Know This Girl?

Harmony’s teenage craving for drama is answered when a body is discovered by her aunt Mel on Evensand beach. But the naked, lifeless young woman turns out – problematically – to be alive. Unable to speak or remember where she came from, the woman is named Storm by her nurses.

Surrounded by doctors, psychiatrists and policemen, Storm remains provocatively silent. Harmony is desperate to fill in the gaps in Storm’s story, while the responsibility Mel feels for the woman she rescued begins to skew the course of her own settled life. Their efforts to solve the mystery clash with the efforts of rookie constable Mason, assigned to the case and determined to help this damsel he feels to be very much in distress.

Will any of them be able to find out who Storm really is? And what if the distress belongs to everyone but her?

Everything You Do Is Wrong is a compelling exploration of how this enigma sets a family’s good and bad intentions crashing into each other, with unforgettable consequences.

Sinéad gave me this one for Christmas a few years ago. And I thought it looked really good – a mystery person showing up on a beach, and the rippling impact of that event. I was looking forward to it. But actually, I picked it up several times and never managed to get into it. Even when I read the first three or four chapters I put it down and read several other books in between. And, actually, when I did eventually read it, I didn’t think it was worth the effort. I didn’t care about any of the characters. I didn’t like the plot. I thought the ending was terrible. Definitely not for me. Perhaps someone else would enjoy the lyrical writing style and the mystery which permeates every aspect of the book, but it just made me miserable. And why didn’t the chapters have numbers??

The Attachment – Ailsa Piper & Tony Doherty

43895944Dear Ailsa, Sometimes I wonder whether the friendship that has caught us both-a most unlikely friendship I must confess-might find an echo in a far off Irish village somewhere in the wild, windy hills of old Donegal. Or am I allowing that uncontrollable imagination of mine too much slack?

This is the story of an unlikely friendship.

When priest and Sydneysider Tony Doherty emailed Melbourne-based writer and performer Ailsa Piper to say how much he had enjoyed her latest book, he was met with a swift reply from a similarly enquiring mind. Soon emails were flying back and forth and back again. They exchanged stories of their experiences as sweaty pilgrims and dissected dinner party menus. They shared their delight in Mary Oliver’s poetry and wrestled with what it means to love and to grieve. This energetic exchange of words, questions and ideas grew into an unexpected but treasured friendship.

Collected here is that correspondence, brimming with empathy, humour and a fierce curiosity about each other and the worlds, shoes and histories that they inhabit. Described by one reader as ‘a demonstration of how to have a conversation and a friendship’, The Attachment is an intriguing, entertaining and moving celebration of family, faith, connection-even the correct time of day to enjoy rhubarb.

Dear Tony, Funny how our ears tune in to things. How our priorities shift based on who and what we know. How we come to care about such abstract or remote things through the experience of another. Lovely, somehow, but so serendipitous. All the other things we might care about. All that we might have missed had we not stopped to care for this person. I’m glad we stopped for each other.

‘To read this book is to be present at the unfurling of a tender friendship between two thoughtful, compassionate humans, and like all the best collections of letters it’s also a discursive wander through life’s big questions. It will make you grateful for what you have, while urging you to seize the day with the people you love… It will make you want to write letters: good ones. I will read this book again and again.’  Charlotte Wood, Stella Prize-winning author of The Natural Way of Things

‘…captures the intoxication of being swept into a new and deeply nourishing friendship. It fizzes with joy and humour, wrestles with agonising questions, always anchored in compassion and wisdom.’ Debra Oswald, author of Useful

‘The Attachment made me want to notice my world, love my world, shape it into words. It is a book about friendship but more than that, these two letter-writers–these unlikely friends–are mature enough to know the value of the moment, the value of friendship, how precious and fleeting life is… I was moved, and surprised, and completed the book in a veil of tears…The book enriched me, and inspired me.’ Sofie Laguna, Miles Franklin award-winning author of The Eye of the Sheep

‘From the first seed of recognition, the feverish exchange of ideas and confidences to a deep and abiding appreciation, The Attachment is a candid, illuminating journey into the heart of a profound and unexpected friendship, and a testament to the art of correspondence.’ Kat Stewart, actor

‘…the chronicle of an unlikely but beautiful friendship that will inspire you to value your own friendships more highly, and to nurture them more carefully.’ Hugh Mackay, author of Beyond Belief

I really, really did not get this book. Was it just me? It’s a collection of letters between two friends in Australia over the course of about two years. They muse on many topics, including religion, abuse, memory, family connections, and things like that. But … although their friendship may have been precious to them – why do I care? Why did it get published? What a strange decision to make. I don’t get why this was a thing. I don’t understand how people could find this valuable or interesting. I really felt like it was kind of a waste of my time. Perhaps I’m just too cynical for it. Dunno.

 

So those are three recent books that I’ve read, heartily disliked, and wondered if it was me, and if other people could really love these books. The Attachment, especially, has a rating of 4.02 – so high! But I found it so, so dull and inexplicable. Why did anyone care enough to print this, record it, or read it? What value is it to anyone other than the letter writers and recipients? Although, in fairness, why did I read it? I don’t know.

Perhaps I’m just the wrong kind of reader for these. I was surprised anyways, at how much I disliked these, and if it’s just me, or something that is repeated across other people. I’ve given Everything You Do Is Wrong to my sister, so hopefully she’ll read it and agree that it’s terrible. Is that schadenfreude? I’m not sure. But I know that misery loves company.

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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson

I received a copy of this book from the publisher

One of the only proofs at YALC last year that I was disappointed not to get was this one – A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. Electric Monkey had a really interesting marketing strategy for it, which involved finding the author. Actually, it often ended up in her being a bit mobbed, and I felt a little sorry for Jackson, but nonetheless, it drummed up my interest. Reading the sampler that was handed out, I also knew that this was one I wanted to read. So when a proof dropped in my door last month, I was excited to read it.

However, I also knew what trick Electric Monkey had pulled at YALC, by ripping out the last chapters of the book, so I was wise to that trick. For that reason, it took me a while to actually get around to reading this. Even still, I had to wait another few weeks to get the final chapters. While it was an interesting strategy which made me tweet about the book, it did lessen the impact of the final chapters, because it created a disjointed feeling.

Nonetheless. Very enjoyable!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson

40916679.jpgThe case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?

A debut YA crime thriller as addictive as Serial and as page-turning as One of Us Is Lying.

I loved the setup for this. A motivated student doing an EPQ over the summer, trying to solve a mystery that the rest of the town thinks was put to bed long before. Plus, I’ve never actually read a book with a murderboard before. And Pippa actually uses red string for it. How cliché. How amazing!

This is Holly Jackson’s debut, and it doesn’t read like it. Mixed media within the book adds an extra dimension of interest to a fun and quirky story, and really let the narrator’s voice shine through. She’s clever, insightful, but also mired in the most teenage of self-delusions – believing you’re invincible.

If I had one complaint, it would be that it all wrapped up too fast in the end, and there was a severe over-reliance on the notion of GPS tracking. There were lots of threads to be untangled, and Pippa, smart as she is, seemed to be wildly impulsive in the final chapters of the book, a marked contrast to her slightly detached investigating in earlier chapters. The contrast could probably be explained by her fear/her excitement as she got closer to solving the mystery, but this wasn’t really clear from the text, and has only been my musings after I finished.
Still, a thoroughly enjoyable murder mystery, with stacks of potential suspects, and my list changed over and over as I raced through the pages. I look forward to more from Holly Jackson. She’s relatively young, so hopefully she’s got way more books in her yet.

Four Stars
****

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Sanctuary – VV James

I received a copy of this book on NetGalley from the publisher.

Sanctuary – VV James

41145734.jpgThe small Connecticut town of Sanctuary is rocked by the death of its star quarterback.

Daniel’s death looked like an accident, but everyone knows his ex-girlfriend Harper is the daughter of a witch – and she was there when he died.

Then the rumours start. When Harper insists Dan was guilty of a terrible act, the town turns on her. So was his death an accident, revenge – or something even darker?

As accusations fly and secrets are revealed, paranoia grips the town, culminating in a trial that the whole world is watching . . .

I heard about this book when I attended Gollancz’s blogger evening a few weeks ago, and Vic James came to speak to us. She spoke at length about her research trips, and the work that she put into writing this creepy, small-town story which echoes the hysteria which can grip any town, and seamlessly interweaves into that the rich magical lore which she has developed for her universe. There’s lots of fascinating stuff here, not least the relationship between the four women who make up Sarah’s coven, and how those bonds can fracture and break under stress. The addition of outsider Maggie, a detective investigating the possibility of foul play in Daniel’s death, adds a dimension of distance to the story (although I’m pretty sceptical of the likelihood of the coincidences in the story being in any way likely) which gives extra depth to how the town of Sanctuary interacts.
I was loving this book almost the whole way through. I devoured it, and was really interested to read the twists and turns that plagued the investigation. But then, really surprisingly, it all wrapped up incredibly quickly in the last chapter. We were in the middle of serious action, with fire and flames and witchcraft and revelations… but then we cut to an epilogue-type chapter, and we were all done.
There was just… nothing. No explanation of what happened between then and now, how the characters’ dilemmas resolved, how the remaining characters moved on… And I was left really disappointed. This is a self-contained story, and 99% of it is very good, albeit a little bit slow-paced. But the final 1% is a huge skip which leaves the reader to imagine a lot of really interesting things. And I found this really jarring and disappointing. I haven’t read anything else by Vic James (although I do own a copy of Gilded Cage) and I hope this isn’t how all of her books go, because I don’t think I could cope with that. It’s like walking up a flight of steps and thinking there’s one more stair than there actually is. That’s the kind of free-falling jarring response the final chapters of this book gave me. Very strange editorial and authorial choice, and basically the only reason why this isn’t a much more highly-rated book.

Three Stars
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The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary

I received a copy of this book from the publisher on NetGalley.

I remembered seeing the cover of this book months ago, reading the blurb, and going ‘huh, that looks interesting’, then forgetting about it completely. Then about three weeks ago, it popped back into my head, but I had forgotten the character names, author name, and name of the book. So I ended up frantically googling ‘share a bed, share a flat’ and not getting very many helpful results before I finally hit on what I was looking for. Disappointed to see it wouldn’t be out until 2019, I popped onto NetGalley, and was delighted when I saw that it was available for request. Then I was doubly delighted when I was approved! And triply delighted when I read it, and it was spectacular.

The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary

36478784Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey each have a problem and need a quick fix.

Tiffy’s been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and urgently needs a new flat. But earning minimum wage at a quirky publishing house means that her choices are limited in London.

Leon, a palliative care nurse, is more concerned with other people’s welfare than his own. Along with working night shifts looking after the terminally ill, his sole focus is on raising money to fight his brother’s unfair imprisonment.

Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed of course…

As Leon and Tiffy’s unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-It notes left for each other around the flat.

Can true love blossom even in the unlikeliest of situations?
Can true love blossom even if you never see one another?
Or does true love blossom when you are least expecting it?

I loved this book. Everything about it was great. From a slightly ridiculous starting point, of a shared flat which is used only at opposite times, the relationship between Tiffy and Leon really grew on me. I loved how distinct the two voices were, how clipped and sharp Leon’s internal monologue was, compared to Tiffy’s verbosity. The relationship between the two flatmates who have never met, but share a bed, was so gorgeously drawn, and the drawing in of their wider friend and family circles was gentle and subtle. Just getting over a bad breakup, Tiffy needs a place to live that’s cheap and easy, and Leon’s flat is the perfect option for her. Leon, working every hour he can get, and spending weekends with his girlfriend Kay, has the kind of space that Tiffy needs. As the two communicate through leftover food and extensive stacks of post-its, their relationship grew so beautifully that I fell in love with both of them as well.
I particularly loved Leon. While Irish characters aren’t unusual in many of the books I read (largely because I read so many Irish authors), mixed-race Irish characters with mixed backgrounds growing up are much rarer. I particularly appreciated that Leon was mixed-race but still Irish, and that certain Irish quirks made it into his speech. Plus the mix of Ireland and London is one which pulls at my heart strings particularly, so it was always going to be a winner for me.
Quirky, cute, unusual, and really well-drawn, this romance is more than just two strangers developing a relationship through notes, and doesn’t just cut off when the two of them meet. Instead, it continues on through their fledgling relationship, continuing Leon’s fractured family relationships, Tiffy’s struggle with her previous partner, and breaking the first rule of flatshares. Nuanced and developed, with a wonderful depth to it and so much heart, I raced through this book and can’t wait to see what Beth O’Leary comes up with next.

Five Stars
*****

The Flatshare published in eBook yesterday, so I heartily recommend you go out there and get a copy. The hard copy is released next week!

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Arctic Zoo – Robert Muchamore

I received a copy of this book on Netgalley. And I was pretty excited about it, actually – I like Robert Muchamore.

Arctic Zoo – Robert Muchamore

cover161534-medium.pngFrom London . . .
Georgia gets straight As at school, writes essays for fun, has been placed first in twenty-six drone races and has a serious addiction to buying Japanese stationery. She plans to follow her older sister Sophie and become a doctor, but her worldview is shattered when Sophie commits suicide.

To Lagos . . .
Julius lives in Ondo, a Nigerian state where half the population lives on less than a dollar a day. But he isn’t one of them. His uncle has been governor of Ondo for more than a decade and his mother is the power behind that throne. He finds refuge in a derelict zoo with best friend Duke, but as the two of them grow close, the world outside becomes more and more hostile.

Following two teenagers living very different lives, ARCTIC ZOO is a startling contemporary novel about protest, sexuality, mental heath and flawed leadership, from the bestselling author of CHERUB.

This is Robert Muchamore’s second book published with Hot Key Books, and both books show a marked departure from his Cherub and Henderson’s Boys style. I haven’t read Muchamore’s Rock War books, so I can’t really compare, but certainly, it’s a very different style of read to what I’m used to from Muchamore. That said, Arctic Zoo has many similarities to Killer T – and a brief easter egg in-text actually shows that they’re set in the same universe, which is fun. Muchamore’s universe is Brexit-agnostic, however, as more in-text references show. No mention of whether or not the political nonsense currently ongoing took place in Georgia and Julius’s worlds.

Anyways, with the preliminaries done. Arctic Zoo is another example of how engaging Muchamore’s writing is. I read this very quickly, over the course of perhaps two days, and found myself drawn back to it, wanting to see how it developed. Julius and Georgia are two very different main characters, living their lives on different continents, and seeing how they move towards each other and their lives end up intertwining is interesting. I’ve got a particular dislike of stories which don’t intertwine by the end of the book, but this one does, and it wraps everything up in a satisfying way which makes this a solid standalone novel.

I think my main problem with this book – and the reason why I, personally, couldn’t give it more than a three-star review – was how brutal it was. There is serious violence peppered throughout the book, often completely senselessly, and even our main characters, who are generally portrayed as sympathetic, likeable characters, are capable of truly shocking acts. Both characters are young when the book starts – only fourteen – and impulsive in the way which comes with feeling like an invincible teenager. But throughout the book, the narrator doesn’t look at any of this with a critical eye. Georgia and Julius make some seriously questionable moral decisions, and there isn’t really any assessment of how or why they came to make these decisions, whether there was an alternative, or anything like that.
I was also – in my own, extremely ignorant way – a little sketchy about the depictions of Nigeria. Julius, one of the main characters, is an immensely privileged son of a wealthy Nigerian family, and there is a lot of discussion of the corrupt nature of Nigerian society. But throughout the book the description felt pretty skeevy to me – a lot like a superior white man pointing out how terrible things are in Nigeria, and how they must work harder to make themselves more civilised. There was a lot of scope in Arctic Zoo to make critical comparisons with British society, where the rest of the book is set, and how attitudes of cronyism, nepotism, and corruption cross borders and cultures. Where Muchamore saves himself is by pointing out that White Saviours are not a trope that can fix any issues with this – change must come from within. His critical understanding and depiction of this in the latter parts of the book saves Arctic Zoo from being intensely condescending.

I’m not sure this book was really the right thing for me. Brutal violence and homophobia, a lack of critique of those things, and a disjointed story meant that it didn’t tick enough boxes to be a winner for me. But that said, I’m sure there are plenty of people it would really resonate with, and open their eyes to structures of power, protest, and change (as well as the intrinsically blinkered view of the media and their interest only in things which are edgy). So it’s not a terrible book. It’s just not for me.

Three Stars
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March Roundup

A quarter of the way through the year, and I’ve finished teaching until September. This leaves me some more time for research, admin, prepping next year’s teaching, and hopefully reading some books. Also panicking that I’m getting old, visiting my nieces and nephews, and eating lots of chocolate (because Easter, of course).

I read a lot this month, and I blogged an amount that I’m happy with, but I didn’t review a lot, and I’m a little disappointed in that. I actually only have two reviews posted at the moment for the books on this list. I’ll write some more reviews in the coming days, but I had a lot of content posts this month which weren’t actually reviews, and I don’t think I got the balance right.

Books

  1. With or Without You – Shari Low
  2. My Perfect Stranger – Kat French
  3. From Twinkle, With Love – Sandhya Menon
  4. The Way I Used to Be – Amber Smith
  5. Wolf-Light – Yaba Badoe
  6. The Rogue Queen (The Hundredth Queen #3) – Emily R King
  7. Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – Caroline Criado Perez
  8. Around the World in Eighty Days – Michael Palin
  9. The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken – The Secret Barrister
  10. Two Can Keep A Secret – Karen M McManus
  11. The Everlasting Rose (The Belles #2) – Dhonielle Clayton
  12. Let Sleeping Dragons Lie (Have Sword, Will Travel #2) – Garth Nix & Sean Williams
  13. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
  14. Arctic Zoo – Robert Muchamore
  15. What You Don’t Know – JoAnn Chaney
  16. All The Beautiful Lies – Peter Swanson
  17. Nasty Women: A Collection of Essays on What It Means to be A Woman in the 21st Century – 404 Ink,  lots of contributors

Short Stories/Novellas

  1. Nought Forever (Noughts and Crosses #4.5) – Malorie Blackman

Cover Art

 

Favourite Book This Month

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I absolutely LOVED Invisible Women. I read a Guardian article about it, preordered it, and started wittering on about it to anyone who would listen to me. I’ve brought it up in class, in social situations, in conversation with my family… it’s so, so interesting, fascinating, ENRAGING, and definitely my best book of this month.

Least Favourite Book This Month

All The Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson was just… a weird, weird book. Twisted relationships with no real development of characters or relationships and one person who slept with both their step-parent and their step-child. Not… at the same time, of course. But still. Left me with the ickiest of icky feelings.

Favourite cover art

Tough, tough choice. I loved the design of Invisible Women. The artwork for Let Sleeping Dragons Lie is adorable. The Rogue Queen is similarly fabulous to its predecessors. But I think this month’s favourite is Wolf Light. I didn’t love the book, but I did love the cover art. Spectacular.

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Other…

April is the publication month for The Flatshare, by Beth O’Leary. I read this late last year and it was one of my favourite books, but the publisher requested that reviews not be shared until closer to the pub date. So now that it’s only one week away, I can see that The Flatshare’s review is queued to publish , and I’m excited to share it with you guys!

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