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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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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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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The Trees

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“…it’s survival of the fittest, not the strongest or the biggest.”

There is no warning. No chance to prepare. The trees arrive in the night: thundering up through the ground, transforming streets and towns into shadowy forest.

The Trees by Ali Shaw. The book itself was 488 pages and contained a font so small that when I first turned the pages I died a little on the inside.. The fact I challenged myself to look past the dreaded size of the book must prove something about the story, right? I am so glad I have read this book as it has truly opened my eyes to a world that seems almost realistic but with differences that we can only imagine in our nightmares.

The story begins in England, on the night when the trees came. Adrian sleeps alone whilst his wife is in Ireland on a business trip. Without any contact or any knowledge to how far the forest has spread, Adrian embarks on a journey to reach his wife with the help of unforgettable friends that he meets along the way.

I absolutely loved the main characters. A girl named Hiroko became my favourite, I am going to miss her! She was such a strong-minded character who saw the world in a different light. At first, some of the characters annoyed me slightly but by the end I began to see them as a team and wouldn’t change any of them one bit. Some parts of this book are unsettling, don’t get me wrong. At times I winced away from the pages wishing that I could un-read what I had just read, but this became easier as the pages went on as I started to understand that this is the world we live in..kind of.

I truly enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it to anyone out there who thinks that they can look past the gruesome parts. (Animal violence is included which did make me cry, so be warned). The ending was a little bit strange to me, I liked it better as it came to a close but then hit another ending which I disliked. It made me sad and angry at certain characters, but if you want to know what I am talking about then you will have to read the book as I don’t do spoilers here. Overall it was a dark and beautiful book which I will never forget.

4/5 stars.

 

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The Night Book

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I will remember this book for quite a while. ‘The Night Book’ by Richard Madeley is a story set in the Lake District back in the 1970’s, where beneath the depths of the lake waits danger and death. Murder, lies and love. All the ingredients for a disaster. I don’t want to give away too much information as when I first started reading it I really had no idea what it was about but that worked out better for me as I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if I had. I was pleasantly surprised. I also guessed completely wrong about the genre of this book. I suppose you could say it was crime/romance, I don’t usually pick up books that include this sort of story line but in the end I couldn’t put the thing down. I really would recommend this book if you want a simple, easy read which keeps you gripped till the end.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book is that the font was printed a bit large but to be honest that is a silly point so feel free to ignore that.

3/5

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Foxes and Watches

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After a stroll around my local waterstones and a bite of my favourite breakfast (avocados on toast with pine nuts and chilli oil, YUM!) I decided on two new books to add to my reading list. ‘The Trees’ by Ali Shaw and ‘The Watchmaker Of Filigree Street’ by Natasha Pulley. The illustration on the front cover of ‘The Trees’ really struck me and instantly got me to pick it up and read the blurb. The story sounds extremely unique and just utterly incredible. Let’s hope this book lives up to my expectations! The second book was more of a lottery buy as the blurb did not really explain the story but included reviews which hinted to the type of story that it possesses. The front cover is interesting to me and makes me feel incredibly curious to what the story might be about as well as the pages being green on the edges, I find this extremely cute.

I will review these books once I have read them and will bid you all farewell. (I should be in bed right now.)

 

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The Wolf Border

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The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall.

This Book was an easy and entertaining read. I am always a fan of a more relaxing book and I felt like this one was both interesting and informative. It made me think. The story follows a women monitoring wolves on an Idaho reservation but is summoned back home to the english countryside by an earl who wishes to re-introduce the grey wolf into the country. Throughout the book you get to know Rachel (The main character) and see how she progresses throughout changes with her family and motherhood.

I enjoyed this book very much but would say that if you are into action-packed plot lines or mind-blowing twists then this may not be the one for you. I would still recommend it though, if you want a heart warming story. I learnt a thing or two about wolves too!

3/4 Stars

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