I’ve managed to get through another great set of books this month. A couple were a little disappointing but the others were all incredible. I think I’ve found a couple of new favourites actually!
Books Read – 5
Pages Read – 1,802
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (Gifted by Tandem Collective) – 5/5 Stars
I’ve heard so much about this book over the last few years and I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to pick it up to be honest. I’m so glad that I finally got the opportunity to read it though with Tandem Collective. It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast (one of my fave Disney films) and the world and character building is incredible. It has magic, romance, fantasy and action – the perfect ingredients for a brilliant book.
Feyre gets taken to the Spring Court by a Fairie, after accidentally killing one of their kind. She spends her days around the court getting to know the mysterious master of the house and learning about all the Fairie’s way of life, which is drastically different to what she’s been brought up to believe about the Fae. She finds out that not all Fae are bad, but there is something evil lurking in the lands. I’m very lucky that I’m reading the whole series with Tandem Collective. We’re doing a book each month, so look out for the next installment in next month’s reading wrap up.
2. The Truants by Kate Weinberg (Gifted by Tandem Collective) – 3/5 Stars
Where do I start with this one? I didn’t mind this book but my main issue is that it was advertised as a thriller but it’s really not. It’s about a group of friends at university and what they get up to. Jess loves her teacher and ends up having a pretty close friendship with her too and it’s about what happens between them all. The blurb says that a tragedy happens but to be honest I’m still not sure what the tragedy was!
I think I was expecting it to be a proper thriller and was waiting for something big to happen and then when the big thing did happen it wasn’t half as good as what I was expecting, so I sort of missed it. It was an okay book and I did enjoy how it was written, but I think the description sets you up for disappointment unfortunately.
3. The Other Wife by Claire McGowan – 3.5/5 Stars
I found it really hard to make up my mind on this one. It sounds right up my street and like something that I would usually love. I found it a bit drawn out however. It had a good story but I feel like the writing wasn’t the best and there was a lot of unnecessary information in my opinion. I managed to guess one of the twists within the first 20% of the book, so it was very predictable.
I found myself just wanting to read it to get to the end if I’m honest. I was just trying to get it finished and even though it did have a good ending I found that it didn’t completely redeem itself.
4. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams – 5/5 Stars
I loved this book! It was such a refreshing story and it was a welcome change from the other books I’ve been reading lately. It’s described as a modern day Bridget Jones and I would tend to agree with that but it does address some darker issues than BJ. Queenie breaks up with her boyfriend and it sends her off on a downwards spiral. We get to see how her life takes shape after and what she does to cope with her heartbreak.
It’s a funny, light-hearted novel that also hits some dark places and brings attention to casual racism too. With the current state of affairs in the world, now is the perfect time to pick up this book as you will definitely learn some things while also reading an amazing story.
5. The Cerberus Affair by Charlotte Valentine (Gifted by the author for review) – 4/5 Stars
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I don’t think I would of picked this up if I’d seen it in a book shop to be honest, but I’m glad that I did get to read it. It’s about Catherine, who looks into the suspicious death of her friend and is pulled into the world of genetic research.
I loved the way that the story skips between Catherine and Clayton’s points of views and found that I couldn’t put it down as I always wanted to go back to the other person to see what was happening to them. I thought the politics was handled well and it wasn’t too political, which is a good thing for me. The pace was good and it kept the story going whilst always being intriguing. I also really enjoyed how Catherine and Clayton’s stories ended up coming together at the end too. I wasn’t a huge fan of the sex/romance scenes, as I just thought they were a bit too much and a little unrealistic, but I’m pleased to see that there will be another book in the series out later this year!