In A Dark Dark Wood

 

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‘In a dark dark wood’ by Ruth Ware. I picked this book up over a year ago but only got round to reading it last month.

‘Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen party arrives. A weekend in a remote cottage – the perfect opportunity for Nora to reconnect with her best friend, to put the past behind her. 

But something goes wrong.

Very wrong.

And secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.’

I have very mixed emotions towards this book. I couldn’t put the thing down from start to end, but I was continuously complaining about it!. It starts off quite slow, and then BANG!, WOLLOP! everything is suddenly turned upside down. It was an entertaining read, but if you are going to pick this one up, please be aware that you will become rather upset and angry by the end.

This book had me ranting to my partner about how upset it made me. I felt so sorry for certain characters! I don’t believe anyone would do such things unless they were mentally unstable. I don’t like including spoilers so I won’t drag on about it but the conclusion to the events in this book were a little bit over the top and just plain annoying. (The ending sentence didn’t really make sense to me too, I felt like it was a bit random and un-needed.) Some of the characters are seriously messed up! but I did really like Nina. She was the only character that didn’t annoy me..

Why? Why is this book so cruel?!

Basically, I felt a bit wounded after reading this one, but I will give it a good rating as I did find it to be quite a page turner.

3/5 stars ***

(Note to self: Start reading happier books)

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Black Eyed Susans

“That was my grandfather’s one survival tip if I ever found myself trapped in a fairy tale. Keep your promises. Bad things happen if you don’t.”

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‘Black Eyed Susans’ by Julia Heaberlin.

‘I am the star of screaming headlines and campfire ghost stories.
I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans.
The lucky one.’

This was such a page turner for me. The more you read, the harder it is to put it down! I don’t usually read Mystery – Thriller genres, but the cover of this one sold it to me. I ended up loving it! I would now consider reading more from this genre as I found it so exciting.

‘Left with three other girls in a grave shrouded by Black-eyed Susans, Tessa alone survived, her testimony helping to put a killer behind bars. Now, Sixteen years later, he is about to be executed, but Tessa feels no relief. Because someone is planting black-eyed Susans outside her window. Someone is sending her daughter sinister messages. And there’s a lawyer telling her the man about to be put to death is innocent.’

When I first started reading this, I couldn’t get used to the way in which it was written. Each chapter shifts backwards and forwards in time. But after a while I found this to be extremely well thought out. It helps to explain why some things happen and gives a better understanding of the characters. By the end, I was jumping up and down on my sofa as the secrets were unveiled.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story. It was not predictable (at least not to me) and has a great amount of suspense to keep you guessing!

4/5 stars!

Hope you pick this book up if you get the chance.

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The Light Between Oceans

“Putting down the burden of the lie has meant giving up the freedom of the dream.”

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‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M.L. Stedman. An emotional rollercoaster. This story had me on the edge of the seat, screaming at the pages. It’s been a long time since a book got me so worked up. I shouted, I cried.. I cannot recommend it enough.

The story is about a man named Tom Sherbourne, who returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. An isolated island, where he lives with his loving wife, Isabel. Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

A seriously moving tale which will make you laugh, cry, and burrow your head under the bed sheets because you can’t take the tension. Or is that just me? Whilst reading this, I did start to question myself. Some things seem so right but, can be so wrong. I can’t seem to talk about this book without having a mini breakdown. (Just deleted a whole line of emotional babble. Need to get a grip.) Basically, Everyone should read this book. I think it’s marvellous.

“You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.”

5/5 Stars (Wow, calm down, girl.)

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April Book Haul

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I visited my local book shop and treated myself to some new books for the new month of April! I am ecstatic with my new babies and can not wait to read them. All of these books were marked with ‘buy one get one half price’ stickers, so I saved some money too. If I’m honest, I chose most of these for the covers, My bookshelf is becoming more and more beautiful each month. Here we go…

Book number one: ‘Ink’ by Alice Broadway  

This book is officially the most beautiful that I own. The cover is black with a golden metallic pattern. It so SHINY! This book was only released in February and is the first of a new series called ‘The Skin Books’. Bit of a creepy name for a series.

‘Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.’

Book number two: ‘The Darkest Part Of The Forest’ by Holly Black

The blurb really caught my attention on this one. I love all things fae and this book involves faerie creatures. I don’t much about the book other than that, but sometimes its nice to just read something random and let it be a surprise.

‘Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does…’

Book number three: ‘The Girl Of Ink And Stars’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

This one has been sitting on my amazon list for quite a while, so I extremely happy to spot it sitting in the book shop. I much prefer buying books in a shop than online. The shopkeeper was extremely helpful and had a tiny dance with me over this book.

‘Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.
When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.
But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.
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Book number four: ‘The Island At The End Of Everything’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

I picked up to book along with ‘The Girl Of Ink And Stars’. They sat next to each other on the cutest little table. This is the newest book from the author and sounded quite interesting, so  I thought I would give it a go.

Ami lives with her mother on an island where the sea is as blue as the sky. It’s all she knows and loves, but the arrival of malicious government official Mr Zamora changes her world forever: her island is to be made into a colony for lepers. Taken from her mother and banished across the sea, Ami faces an uncertain future in an orphanage. There she meets a honey-eyed girl named for butterflies, and together they discover a secret that will lead her on an adventure home. Ami must go back to the island of no return, but will she make it in time?

I hope you enjoyed my little haul!

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The Lovely Bones

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. The story of a gruesome murder and a family’s need for peace and closure. This may sound unsettling but I somehow found this book to be quite calming at times. The book is written from Susie’s vantage point, which gives a rather unique perspective to the story.

The story is set in the 1970’s and begins with the murder of Susie Salmon, a teenage girl, then follows her to heaven. “Heaven is comfort, but it’s still not living.” Susie can’t break away from her family. She spends her days in heaven watching over her loved ones as they struggle to cope with a life that she is no longer a part of. This story really does play with a readers emotions. I kept finding myself smiling and celebrating along with Susie, and other times, Crying with her. This book was definitely a page turner for me. I couldn’t put the thing down.

I remember seeing the film ‘The Lovely Bones’ in the cinema back in 2009. I loved the story back then, but it’s nothing compared to the book. I decided to watch the film again straight after I had finished reading it. Disappointment.. The film is now a bore and a blunder. The book is far greater in comparison.

A character that has stuck with me since reading this book is the father, Jack Salmon. He is probably one of the most loving fathers in history. He never failed to stir my emotions and never wanted to give up on Susie. Another character which lingers in my mind is Ruth Connors, a quiet, misunderstood girl who accidentally touches Susie soul as she is leaving earth.

I don’t want to give too much away so I hope that you will pick this book up if you get the chance. I will definitely read this again in a couple of years. I Hope you enjoyed my tiny review.

“You look invincible,’ my mother said one night.
I loved these times, when we seemed to feel the same thing. I turned to her, wrapped in my thin gown, and said:
I am.”

5/5 Stars (I really liked this book!).

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The Chamber of Secrets

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“The chamber of secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir, beware.”

So, I have finally read the second book in the Harry Potter series! Obviously I know the entire story start to finish already, but reading the books only makes it better. The character’s qualities are a lot more understandable on paper and lets me get to know them a whole lot better. Gilderoy Lockhart, the new defence against the dark arts teacher, really is a funny fellow. His character was absolutely ridiculous (In a good way)! I could understand his character’s traits far better in the book than watching the film! The story wouldn’t be quite the same without him.

There were a few points in the book that I felt were not as good as the way the film portrayed them but this was obviously down to the amount of description needed to make up the film time. Basically, I would have liked more detail in certain scenario’s. Overall though, the book really does give you more of an insight into the plot line and the characters lives which the film could not possibly capture.

This is an extremely short review, but most people already know the story therefore I don’t feel the need to explain it. I would seriously recommend reading the books if you have not! as it really intensifies the overall story.

5/5 stars (Because I love Harry Potter)

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Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market

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‘Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market’. The third novel by Heidi Swain, but the first I have read. I wanted something christmassy to read so tracked this one down in Tesco and it only cost £2! It is a newly released title and was a joy to read.

The story follows Ruby, who has finished with University and is heading home to the small town of Wynbridge for Christmas to run a market stall for the cherry tree cafe. With the market under threat she devises plans to bring back joy to the town as well as having to work opposite her ex-boyfriend, Steve which is more complicated then she had expected. Especially when she still has feelings for him.

The cover of this book really did sell it too me as I don’t usually read books of this genre, but I am extremely glad that I did pick it up as I really enjoyed it! The story is very relaxing, easy to read and the characters really do come to life. There was a point where I got a bit restless as I felt that nothing exciting was happening, but that didn’t last long as I pushed on through the book and ended up not being able to put the thing down!

The ending. I didn’t feel that the ending was quite right.. It was okay, but I would have written the ending completely different as it seemed a bit rushed and unrealistic for the characters that were involved. The characters personalities seemed to have been chucked out of the nearest window just to create a last page.. I feel awful saying so but overall, I did really enjoy the book and might even pick up the other titles by this author in the future.

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