Read // 2


Before I Go To Sleep // S.J Watson (not pictured)
One word: Uh-may-zing.  This book kept me guessing, had loads of twists and turns and despite pretty much figuring out what was what near the beginning, it was no less shocking when my theory turned out to be true.  A really gripping book that I'll be recommending to everyone.  I just hope the film does it justice.
Rating: 5/5

More Than This // Patrick Ness
This book felt a little slow to begin with and wasn't really what I expected. Without giving too much away, I didn't enjoy "Part 1", where the main character is alone and there's no real dialogue but as soon as other characters cropped up the story gained momentum and I found it much more interesting.  It's a teenage fiction book (but doesn't feel overly so), and despite having nearly 500 pages it was really quick to read.  It's quite a philosophical book which I enjoyed at the time, but I can imagine I'll easily forget it.
Rating: 2.5/5

The Mother's Tale // Camilla Noli
I'm struggling slightly to gather my thoughts on this one.  It's a story about a new mum struggling to adjust to life post-babies, and the dark thoughts she has.  At first I really disliked the short, staccato sentences, but perhaps I stopped noticing them after a while because it all became really easy to read.  It's a shocking story, made even more disturbing by the detached way it's narrated.  For the most part, I was impressed by how it didn't go down the usual unrealistically-shocking-just-for-impact route, but felt the ending was rushed, out of character and let the whole book down.
Rating: 3/5

The Goddess and The Thief // Essie Fox
I hate to admit it, but I didn't manage to get on with this!  It was a heavy read, set in the Victorian era as Elijah's Mermaid was, but it just didn't get me hooked.  I feel like this is one to get out again during school holidays when I can dedicate more time to getting into it.
Rating: tbc

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children // Ransom Riggs
So I've just learnt that a film adaptation of this is in development, and I think it'll translate well to the big screen.  It's more of a fantasy novel than I thought it would be and because of that it was really my cup of tea.  It reminded me of More Than This in the sense that it was written from an teenage boy's point of view and had similar elements within.  I found myself skim reading towards the end, and it's another one I'll easily forget.  An interesting concept let down by the storyline and a really unsatisfying ending.
Rating: 2.5/5


  1. That's a shame about Miss Peregrine's... I'd heard really good things about it :/

    Definitely putting Before I Go To Sleep on my list though! xx

    Little Miss Katy | Lifestyle, Fashion & Beauty

  2. Ooh, interesting to see some not-positive things about some popular books!
    Clearly need to pick up Before I go to Sleep.
    Imogen’s Typewriter. <3


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