After what seemingly was a night of passion, with the gorgeous Jamie, Tilly aka Matilda feels that she may have found The One. However when he doesn’t call she thinks otherwise. That is until a chance encounter in the library she works at, when everything changes and love may well be back on the cards.Continue reading “Book Review – The One by Nerya McCabe”
This is another book I received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
So without further ado, let’s have a bit of a blurb:
From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one and Fern is the quirky one. But the sisters are devoted to one another and Rose has always been Fern’s protector from the time they were small.
Fern needed protecting because their mother was a true sociopath who hid her true nature from the world, and only Rose could see it. Fern always saw the good in everyone. Years ago, Fern did something very, very bad. And Rose has never told a soul. When Fern decides to help her sister achieve her heart’s desire of having a baby, Rose realizes with growing horror that Fern might make choices that can only have a terrible outcome. What Rose doesn’t realize is that Fern is growing more and more aware of the secrets Rose, herself, is keeping. And that their mother might have the last word after all.
The first thing that I loved about this book is that it has a dual narrative structure which in my opinion is a fantastic writer’s tool to bring the characters and story to life. The story is told by both sisters, Fern and Rose. The language used in the narratives is very clever in that the character’s voice clearly comes out and after a while you can tell which twin it is simply by the language.
Good Sister is a great story full of mystery, suspense, twists and turns. It is a beautiful, heartfelt tale of love, devotion, duty and how quickly things can turn dark. It follows the twin sister’s life with flashbacks to their life and to that one day which changed the course of many people’s lives.
This will keep you enthralled as you fall into the sister’s worlds. Fern is a wonderful character, who is loving, caring, generous and often awkward at times due to her social anxiety. She also has sensory sensitivities which has given her a more sheltered life as she is unable to go to crowded places such as restaurants and bars. However her safe place is also where she works, her local library. There she can be herself and as a complete bookworm is perfectly placed to help others find their big next read.
The whole story was a wonderful read and it will leave you on the edge of your seat until the end.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – thrilling, heart warming and dark all at the same time. A true joy to read,would highly recommend.
Much love 💘
I read this book almost straight after the Shadow and Bone trilogy which I loved. So I was on a bit of a book high and so there was a lot riding on the next grishaverse book series, Six of Crows.
This book takes us to the seedy, dark, criminal underworld of Ketterdam. We meet the charming trickster, Kaz Brekker, the gambling addict, Jesper, the silent but deadly, Inej and many other characters as they face challenge after challenge to survive and to also earn their next big payout.
Before I read this, I wasn’t sure how they were going to beat Shadow and Bone trilogy, as the fantasy, magic element along with the setting was superbly done.
However, she did it again. By changing scenery to a more raw, dingy, criminal area the writer has changed the theme and genre without changing the world.
I loved this book!! I found the characters so well written and the addition of their dark, dismal pasts make them more relatable and much more 3 dimensional. I actually preferred this book to Shadow and Bone trilogy which I didn’t think was the possible.
The whole book feels like the writer kicked it up a notch or two as the writing style has matured and become so much more substantial. Everything, from character development to scene setting feels so much more real and helped us as readers delve into this underworld of gambling, prostitution, smuggling and other criminal activities.
There several characters which stood out for me, in particular Kaz, due to his shocking, disturbing background and Inej, because she is strong, independent and deadly but still has her weaknesses.
In fact one of the highlights of this book is the writer showed us not only how tough,smart or scheming all these characters are but also their vulnerabilities which made them all the more realistic.
After this I couldn’t wait to jump into the next book and the review for that one is coming soon.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – definitely a 5 star, the story, characters, setting were superbly written to create this gritty, dark,criminal underworld.
This is another Netgalley book I was gifted in exchange for an honest review.
I was looking for something a bit more romantic and a bit more easy going to read and I came across this one. It initially grabbed me as it reminded me of the amazing song by The Fray which has the same title. If you don’t know it, look it up. Now I have said that I had to go straight to Spotify, so now it is the soundtrack to my review.
Without further ado let’s have a bit of a blurb:
In this heartfelt love story, three friends find out what it really means to save someone.
Kerry Smith is going to save lives–and so is her best friend, Tim Palmer. After years of working towards medical school, they are about to sit for their entrance exams. But on the eve of the new millennium, a classmate goes into cardiac arrest, changing everything.
For nearly eighteen minutes, rising soccer star Joel Greenaway is dead. For nearly eighteen minutes, Kerry performs CPR on her long-time crush. And for nearly eighteen minutes, Tim is too shocked to help. And though they don’t yet know it, those eighteen minutes will change the next eighteen years of their lives.
Because as it turns out, saving a life doesn’t always guarantee a happy ending.
With his soccer career cut short, Joel lashes out and breaks Kerry’s heart by ending their burgeoning relationship with a cruelty that derails her future, while Tim struggles to reconcile his dream of becoming a doctor with the reality of failing to act. As each struggles to move on from the events of that fateful New Year’s Eve, their lives can’t seem to stop colliding year after year. Pulled by their shared histories and her big heart, Kerry soon finds herself picking up the pieces after both broken men. But when Kerry is the one who needs saving, will anyone be there for her?
This is another Netgalley arc I was given in exchange for an honest review. So here we go…
The Perfect Nanny initially attracted me as it sounded like an intriguing suburban thriller which I love. There is just something so satisfying reading about rich people getting karma, their just desserts, or maybe that’s just me. #I’mSaneIPromise
Kate Allen, author of Fear of Flying is on a virtual book tour to promote the release of her debut novel and I am honoured she chose this blog as one of her stops.
I loved this book, which you can read more about in my review of here.
As an extra special treat we have a special Q&A session with the author, which you can read below.
Enjoy!Continue reading “Fear of Flying Book Tour”
Ahead of Kate Allen’s book tour this week to celebrate the launch of her novel, Fear of Flying I was honoured to be given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
~ Libraries are lungs, books the fresh air breathed in to keep the heart beating, to keep the brain imagining, to keep hope alive.
I read this with a wonderful group of Bookstagrammers as part of a Tandem Collective read along. This was the 3rd one I had taken part in, the previous ones Hungry and Dostoevsky in Love were equally great fun!
Odile Souchet is obsessed with books, and her new job at the American Library in Paris – with its thriving community of students, writers and book lovers – is a dream come true. When war is declared, the Library is determined to remain open. But then the Nazis invade Paris, and everything changes.
In Occupied Paris, choices as black and white as the words on a page become a murky shade of grey – choices that will put many on the wrong side of history, and the consequences of which will echo for decades to come.
Lily is a lonely teenager desperate to escape small-town Montana. She grows close to her neighbour Odile, discovering they share the same love of language, the same longings. But as Lily uncovers more about Odile’s mysterious past, she discovers a dark secret, closely guarded and long hidden.
Based on the true Second World War story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable novel of romance, friendship, family, and of heroism found in the quietest of places.
I jumped at the chance to read this as I love reading about stories set in the world wars and of course, how could I resist a book about, well…books?
This book has a dual narrative as per the blurb and I love having multiple narratives as it gives so much more depth and makes the characters and the story much more 3 dimensional. But, this one did so much more than that.
The underlying story tella a tale of amazing courage by all the library staff to keep it open and to the preserve their wonderful collection of literature. The pure heroism in this book is undeniable and inspirational and reading at the end the true stories that this book was based upon made it all the more beautiful and emotional.
However, the main narrative of this book was Odile and Lily. Two characters both born in different eras, with different upbringings and different birthplaces. But, the writer painted us a picture of them which brought the two together in parallel. We were shown that different generations experience similar emotions and scenarios even if the physical situation is different.
This story shows us not only how damaging envy and jealousy can be, but also how to learn from our mistakes. Not only ours but other people’s. Lily grew as a character partly thanks to Odile’s advice which she only had from experiencing similar events and making the mistakes that Lily may have repeated had it not been for her.
It helps us realise that we have a lot to learn from the war time but not always what you expect it to be. Not necessarily the brutality, the fighting, not even particularly the comradery. Some of the lessons we can learn from war are much smaller; the importance of friendships, accepting other’s situations, thinking before you speak, not being too quick to judge someone.
This book was so much more than just a war time book about a library being kept open. It showed us that whilst the war raged on people still loved and lost, they still made friendships, they still argued. Their situations may have been more stressful due to rationing and due to the battles, but the emotions we feel today, were being felt back then.
There are so many lessons to take away from this book and I would recommend it to anyone. If I had to sum it up I would say it is a book of hope, courage, learning and grief. But at the core of it, it is about the importance of connections, relationships and friendships, and how these help us through even the hardest of times.
If you want to catch up with the prompts we had through the book, check out my Instagram below and look at the Paris Library story.
Have you read this book? Do you like stories set during WW1 or WW2? If you do, which were you favourite?
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a beautiful, emotional read from start to finish, highly recommend.
Let me know in the comments below.
Much love 💘
We made it! The final book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy. It has been such an adventure with Mal and Alina that I admit I never wanted it to end. But here we go…..
This is a book I was sent a while ago in exchange for an honest review and I finally got round to reading it recently.
The first instalment of the Liberate Me series. Follow the very different characters of Isaac, Colton, and Carl, who all live in the same broken piece of the world—but do not have to learn how to live with each other.
I will admit the beginning of the story didn’t grab me straight away. I felt it was slightly stunted in my eyes, like it took the writer a little bit of time to really get into the flow of the writing. But my advice is stick with it, because it gets a lot better. The writing flows a lot smoother, the narratives are brought to life and the action is exciting and immersive.