Book Review | Enola Holmes #1 (The Case of the Missing Marquess) by Nancy Springer

Enola Holmes’ mother is missing. After her older brothers, the famous Sherlock and Mycroft, arrive back at Enola’s childhood home, much is destined to change. And Enola cannot let it. Her brothers do not seem concerned about her mother, so it is up to Enola to take matters into her own hands.

I read this book after watching Netflix’s film adaptation, but let me tell you: you should definitely read the book first. Why? Because it’s actually a bit disappointing in comparison to Millie Bobby Brown’s incredible adaption!

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Book Review | The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale

In 1938, Alma Fielding had a problem. Objects were being thrown; scratches were appearing on her body; her family began to fear for their lives. Alma Fielding had a poltergeist, a manic spirit that was keen to cause havoc. As war approaches and the haunting gets worse, Nandor Fodor, a Jewish-Hungarian ghost hunter, intervenes to try and help her. But is Alma Fielding all that she seems?

I am a bit fan of true crime, and as this book was advertised as a true crime/true ghost story, I snapped it up! I had also read Summerscale’s The Suspicions of Mr Whicher which I loved, so I had high hopes for this book. It did not disappoint.

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BLOG TOUR | Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton | including Author Interview!

Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton hosted by MTMC Tours! Kill or Cure is the gut-wrenching first book in the Kill or Cure post-apocalyptic dystopian teen fiction series. If you like feisty young heroines, struggles against chaos, and teenage love, then you’ll adore Pixie Britton’s action-packed trilogy! The ebook is ON SALE for 99p during the tour!

Thank you so much to MTMC Tours for inviting me to take part!

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Week 25 in Books | 2020 | Mini-Reviews

This week I decided to complete the entire #MakeYourMythTaker readathon by MythTake Reads! The readathon is based around you choosing your mythical/medieval path and choosing books to fit the prompts. I chose to become a witch, and luckily all of my books were somewhat magical. They also all featured strong, powerful women, which I greatly enjoyed.

Hauled

  • The Circle by Dave Eggers – I’ve wanted to read this for a while and bought it second hand!
  • Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
  • The Truants by Kate Weinberg (kindle)
  • 40-love by Olivia Dade (kindle)
  • The Guest List by Lucy Foley (kindle)

Read

  • The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin
  • All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle
  • The Familiars by Stacey Halls
  • As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

Reviews

The Wicked Cometh

Rating: 4/5

This book had a pretty slow start, and for the first third of it I was just waiting for the action to begin. I was even worried that the beginning would become redundant later on; luckily it was basically just set up for the rest of the 2/3s of the book. I do therefore think the beginning could have been shorter, but…

…wow. The rest of the book: just, wow. I don’t want to give too much away but I bloody loved it. It was crimey and mysterious with a speckle of romance and some angst to pull on my heart strings. I thought the plot was paced and accelerated really well and the plot twists! Ah.

I really enjoyed the main character, Hester, and how spunky she was. She did sort of go-with-the-flow sometimes, but she knew who she was and what she wanted. Not only that, but she developed the whole way through. She was a little underhand at times, but that just made me love her more!

Overall, despite not being 5/5, this book is a new favourite of mine, and I definitely recommend it.

All the Bad Apples

Rating: 3/5

This is the third Moira Fowley-Doyle novel I’ve read, but I have to admit: it wasn’t my favourite so far. The premise here is that our main character’s sister is assumed dead by suicide, but the main character believes she’s still alive. Letters start turning up with addresses on and she and her friends go on a 36 hour hunt to try and reach the end of the chain.

Throughout the novel there were a couple of big plot twists that literally made my jaw drop. I thought the cast of characters was really interesting, and I loved that it was a story centered around women and women’s rights.

The reason my rating for this is so low is because, for me, the ending really let the entire book down. I thought the beginning and middle were really good, with just the right amount of magical realism and mystery Fowley-Doyle always presents, but in the last 20 or so pages, I was so confused. I kept batting back and forth, trying to catch up with who was where and speaking to whom, and then there was one whole chapter in which a character gave a speech that sounded incredibly well-rehearsed and not at all like natural speech. It really disappointed me, although I could feel the author’s well-placed anger coming through the text.

Book Reviews | The House at Sea’s End (#3) and A Room Full of Bones (#4) by Elly Griffiths

My continuation of this series, well, continues!

I am somewhat enjoying it. I wrote a review for book 2 here, and had a long Twitter rant about book 1. Let’s get into the mini reviews.

#3: The House at Sea’s End

I thought the plot of this one was the most fascinating yet. It involves a Second World War mystery, and how far people will go to cover up their crimes. I really enjoyed the secondary characters who had a big part in this novel, and the history behind it seemed really well researched and well done. It comes just after I watched most of Dad’s Army, so it was perfect timing for me.

Slight spoilers for book 2 here, but at the end Ruth has a baby, and I thought her struggles to cope with both motherhood and archaeology were well put together. She seems to have a lot of trouble keeping things straight, and as someone who is juggling a lot right now (admittedly not a baby, though!) I really enjoyed it.

Overall, I think this one was better than the last. I’m starting to get more familiar with the characters which I think really helped, as it meant that I understood a little more of what was happening. Also, I really like Second World War history.

#4 A Room Full of Bones

Probably my least favourite of the series so far, because the death just seemed to random. The actual resolution at the end was a bit ‘meh’ for me, and yet also the strangest one I think I’ve ever read in a novel??

SPOILER PARAGRAPH: Basically, Nelson falls into a coma. Cathbad, the Druid, takes a lot of drugs and somehow joins him in said coma. Whilst I’d believed that these books weren’t supernatural, the ending of this novel seems to have crossed over, and then the actual resolution of the murder didn’t quite fit in place as it had a very mundane reasoning behind it. Just… what?

Not only that, but Ruth and Nelson both acted really out of character in this novel. There were decisions made that I just didn’t agree with, and I don’t think really fit in with what we’ve learnt over the past 3 books. They were both really selfish, and I think if it continues we’re gonna fall out.

The mystery, like I said, ends badly, and to be honest there didn’t seem to be much sympathy or worry over the victim, which I was both sad and disappointed at. Just a flop for me, this one, although I did still eat it up, hence having 2 stars!

Have you read these novels? What did you think of them?

Let’s Talk Midnight Sun

You’ve got to admire Stephenie Meyer. She’s managed to make an entire empire out of her books, like JK Rowling or George RR Martin. And her empire is still growing.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer | Waterstones

Before we begin, I must admit that, like many other readers now in their 20s, I had a Twilight phase. My favourite characters were Jasper and Alice, although I could never decide who I wanted to date more. I poured over Edward’s brooding. The films were cinematic masterpieces to me (and let’s face it, that colour scheme is glorious). But nowadays, to be honest, the only thing that I still really, truly love about the Twilight series is that oft-laughed at description of Bella’s depression in New Moon, where the months drifted by one-per-page.

Alice Cullen and Jasper Hale | Twilight Saga Wiki | Fandom
My babes ❤ ❤

I thought I’d moved past the weird stalkerishness of Edward, and Bella’s reliance on a man, but no. It’s back. *hisses like a vampire in sunlight* (Side note: sparkly vampires are still one of my favourite things.)

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#StayHomeReadingRush Wrap-Up | Mini Book Reviews

The #StayHomeReadingRush was an event hosted by The Reading Rush (Ariel and Raeleen) from the 16th – 19th April 2020 to bring together people to both read and stay at home. I had a great time reading the books I chose to fit in with the Reading Rush’s challenges, and I thought I would share my wrap-up and mini-reviews with you here.

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