I’ve had a bit of a book blitz over the last few weeks and as I haven’t blogged in a while, and my intention was to use this blog as a space for reviewing stuff, I thought I would review my latest three! I have always been a bit of a bookworm but lately I tend to go through phases of reading a few books and then I won’t pick one up for ages. But my feelings remain the same; there is nothing better than getting stuck into an amazing book that you just can’t put down.
I’m no literary expert, I have just reviewed a few easy reads that have been published over the last year and I found for sale in the supermarkets. Here they are!
Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher
This was the first Giovanna Fletcher book that I’ve read and I really did enjoy it. It didn’t have an ‘Oh my god, I need to recommend this to all of my friends’ kind of impact, but it’s one of those books that’s just lovely to read snuggled up in bed on a Sunday afternoon. It had a Marian Keys vibe to it.
In short, it is about a girl who splits from her partner of 10 years and her journey of reinventing herself and becoming all independent again. It is well written and warm, albeit slightly predictable in places. It’s easy to identify with some situations in this book and the heartache of an unforeseen breakup; it felt relatable and funny.
There were parts that I wanted to hurry along a little and I felt like I was waiting for something more to happen than what it did at times, but my favourite thing about this book was the characters and how I felt like I really KNEW them, something that can be lacking with rom com books. The main character Lizzy is very likeable and I felt myself wanting the best for her.
So would I recommend this? Yes I would, especially as a light-hearted holiday read. Would I read another book of Giovanna’s? Yes, probably! Overall I would rate this 3.5 stars out of 5.
Friend Request by Laura Marshall
This book is labelled as being ‘the most addictive thriller you’ll read this year’ which is what pushed me to buy this. It did not disappoint. The blurb sounds like your standard suspense thriller; girl goes missing during school years but people receive messages from her years later, so is she dead or alive? The story switches from the present day and then back to school years to link the past and present.
I wasn’t prepared for the twists and turns in this book and how it got me gripped right from the first couple of pages. My mind changed so many times as the plot thickened; Maria has to be dead. No, I’m sure she’s alive. I couldn’t make my mind up! I felt a little sorry for the main character, Louise, but at the same time wanted to give her a good shake. This book shows the importance of the decisions you make in your teenage years and how they can somehow come back to bite you. I felt like I got so drawn into this book and it’s short enough to be blasted through over a weekend.
It wasn’t scary as such, it was creepy and it was tense. The best thing about it is that it WASN’T predictable. Usually with this genre I find that after the suspense and the build up the ending is a bit of an anticlimax, but the ending still had a bit of shock factor. I loved it and would recommend it to anybody. I would rate this 5 stars out of 5!
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
I bought this book because it sounded unique and had won the Richard and Judy Reader’s Award. I didn’t really know how to feel about the story at times and I’m still a little unsure! I think I liked it. Sometimes I felt it was enchanting and other times I nearly felt a little bored.
It is about a lady called Laura who has the responsibility of finding the owners of several lost items that her old employer, Mr Peardew, had collected over the years following the death of his true love. Each of the lost objects also have a little story behind them which feature throughout the book. Some of the chapters follow a different story of a lady called Eunice, it weaves in and out between the two characters and links together beautifully at the end.
I just don’t know how to categorise this book at all. It’s very original and I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like it before. It was a love story but it was also a ghost story. It wasn’t meant to be scary but I did find parts of it a little creepy. I loved the characters, especially Sunshine, as she was quite literally like sunshine! I feel like her insights and superstitions could have been expanded though.
Although this wouldn’t have usually been my cup of tea is was still charming, imaginative and different. I wouldn’t rush to read it again however I appreciate that it was very well written. I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars.