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November Wrap Up 2017

It’s a big one this month! I had a 2 week break in Tenerife and we literally stayed in a villa in the middle of nowhere, so with nothing else to do, I had no choice but to read, read, read!

Ive read 32 books this month, totalling 10,979 Pages.

Midnight Crossroad, Day Shift and Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/midnight-crossroad-by-charlaine-harris-review/

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/day-shift-by-charlaine-harris-review/

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/night-shift-by-charlaine-harris-review/

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/into-the-water-by-paula-hawkins-review/

Pieces of You by Ella Harper

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/pieces-of-you-by-ella-harper-review/

Peggy and Me by Miranda Hart

Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/tess-of-the-dubervilles-by-thomas-hardy-review/

Into the Thinnest of Air by Simon R Green

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/into-the-thinnest-of-air-by-simon-r-green-review/

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/the-lie-tree-by-frances-hardinge-review/

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/the-cruel-prince-by-holly-black-review/

The Girl You Lost and The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/the-girl-with-no-past-by-kathryn-croft-review/

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/the-girl-you-lost-by-kathryn-croft-review/

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/the-hate-u-give-by-angie-thomas-review/

The Girls by Emma Cline

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/the-girls-by-emma-cline-review/

Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/truth-or-dare-by-non-pratt-review/

A Very British Christmas by Rhodri Marsden

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/the-blade-itself-by-joe-abercrombie-review/

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/see-what-i-have-done-by-sarah-schmidt-review/

Faking Friends by Jane Fallon

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/faking-friends-by-jane-fallon-review/

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the illustrated edition by JK Rowling

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/look-for-me-by-lisa-gardner-review/

A Journey Through The History of Magic by The British Library

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/a-journey-through-a-history-of-magic-review/

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/04/the-sacrifice-box-by-martin-stewart-review/

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/a-knight-of-the-seven-kingdoms-by-george-rr-martin-review/

Across the Wall by Garth Nix

Lips Touch, Three Times by Laini Taylor

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/lips-touch-three-times-by-laini-taylor-review/

Contagion by Teri Terry

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/contagion-by-teri-terry-review/

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/american-gods-by-neil-gaiman-review/

Cold Christmas by Alastair Gunn

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/29/cold-christmas-by-alastair-gunn-review/

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Truth or Dare by Non Pratt. Review

Claire is simply trying to get on with her life without forever being branded ‘milk tits’ after her bikini slip was caught on film. As part of her volunteering work, she reads to Kam, a boy from her school who had a terrible accident which has left him with a neurological disability.

Sef is Kam’s brother and he’s struggling with the accident which he partially blames himself for. When he discovers that Kam needs thousands of pounds to be able to stay in his current care facility, he decides to set up a YouTube channel to help raise the money. Somehow, Claire ends up helping him and their worlds collide.

Truth or Dare is has an unusual USP, from page 1-181 we hear the story from Claire’s point of view, then, we flip the book over and start reading Sef’s point of view from the back of the book, until they meet again in the middle. I really liked this feature, it reminded me a little of the books where you used to be able to choose the ending.

I sort of loved and hated the relationship between Sef and Claire, but I can’t really say why without spoiling it! If you’ve read it though, please feel free to post your opinion in the comments as I’d love to discuss it further with someone!

Truth or Dare explored many issues from the obvious ones of Neurological disabilities and the way people (in particular teenagers) deal with guilt and grief when a family member or friend is injured, but also issues like sexuality, consent, emotions, and the difference between a beautiful heart and a beautiful face.

All in all a thought provoking and excellent read.

The Girls by Emma Cline. Review

It’s the heart of summer in Northern California. 1969 and the decade of free love and peace for all is coming to an end. Evie Boyd is a bored, lonely teenager, her crush has run off with his pregnant girlfriend, her best friend has fallen out with her and her parents have got divorced. Then she meets The Girls. Unable to recognise her new found friends as a cult, Evie is drawn into the world of free love, a ranch house, dirty and crumbling, The Girls always tripping on acid, and the charismatic leader Russell who is quick to envelope the needy Evie into what she perceives to be a ready made family.

Evie’s home life hasn’t been great since her dad left, and she sees the opportunity afforded to her by the beautiful Suzanne. Spurred on by her idealisation of the Girl, she is willing to do anything to remain part of the group.

The story is based on the Manson murders although I didn’t actually know this when reading it and know nothing about the Manson murders although I’ll be sure to look them up now. What this novel did do however was personify a utterly charismatic leader and the ease with which young people can be drawn into the circle. Convinced to commit violent crimes beyond human comprehension.

Well written, evocative and provocative, The Girls is a masterpiece of a novel. Truly unforgettable.

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner. Review

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Lisa Gardner for my ARC of Look for Me.

Four members of a family are brutally murdered, shot to death in their own home. The fifth member of the family, a teenage girl, and her two blind spaniels are missing. Detective D.D Warren is one of the first on the scene, and she unravels a complex world of drugs, teenage gangs, bullying and abuse.

Is the missing girl a victim or a killer? A target or the one targeting victims? We are also reunited with Flora Dane the main character in Lisa’s previous novel Find Her still a vigilante, Flora is determined she can help in this investigation. One victim to another. She’s essentially like a female version of Liam Neeson in Taken.

I must say that I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I usually do with Lisa’s novels. The storyline felt a little bit weak and the split perspectives meant that I didn’t feel I got enough D.D as I would have liked. There was far more focus on Flora and I think Lisa intends to develop her further as a character in future books based on what I’ve read in Look For Me. I think this story would have worked better with less Flora and more D.D, she’s the feisty detective we all know and love but it felt like she barely did anything in this novel because Flora did everything instead.

However, the storyline was interesting although not my complete cup of tea in a crime novel, I don’t generally like action packed, drugs or gangs. Slow burners are more my thing but I love Lisa Gardner’s novels and being a bit disappointed with this one won’t put me off reading more from her in future.

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. Review

The Book of Life is the third and final book in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy. Pleased be warned going forward that while there are no spoilers for The Book of Life here, there will be some from the first two books; A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night.

After returning from their adventures in the 16th century, Matthew and Diana are immediately roped into a new drama. Not only is Diana now a powerful weaver (a witch who can create her own spells), she is also pregnant with twins and against all odds, Matthew is the father. Some people (mostly their friends and family) are overjoyed by this news, but others like their old adversaries Gebert and Peter Knox are really not! Meanwhile, there’s some new and old faces arriving on the scene, and more than a few surprises in store.

The Book of Life really got me back into the story of Diana and Matthew, I loved that it gave so many answers, reintroduced some much loved characters and also a bond worthy villain. It really reached the series for me and I was sad when it ended!!

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. Review 

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Chloe Benjamin for my ARC of The Immortalists. 

In 1969 a mysterious woman arrives in New York, rumour has it that she can fortell the date of your death. 13 year old Varya goes to see her with her three younger siblings; Daniel, Klara and Simon. What they hear precedes the events which follow. What would you do if you knew when you were going to die? 


Simon runs away to San Francisco for a wild life of dancing, sex and a free life. Klara pursues her dreams to become a successful magician, Daniel continues medical school to become a doctor and Varya turns her studies to science. But each sibling is strongly influenced by the predictions the woman made. 

The story follows each of the children in their adult lives as their predicted dates of death grow closer. It is a story of family, not just the love shared between family but the dislike, the disapproval of others decisions, the selfishness, the selflessness and the actions which lead to consequences beyond others control. It is an interesting insight into the siblings interior lives and it reads like a Man Booker Prize nominee Book. I hope that makes sense! 
Thoroughly engaging, exploring several topics, something that will stay with me for a long time. 

Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart. Review 

Wowzer! Like many other people I loved We Were Liars but Genuine Fraud is something else! 

The first thing that strikes you about this book is that it starts at the end. Jule, an orphan is living it up in a posh hotel. She’s rich, alone and feisty. But also a little bit mysterious and deadly. Slowly, chapter by chapter the novel begins to go back in time and the reader finds out more about Jule and her friend Imogen and the plot gets even thicker. A friendship woven with secrets and lies and a couple of murders thrown in for good measure. 


I loved the way this novel worked backwards, it’s a very skilful way of writing and a great approach to keeping the intrigue going, we know the ending from the beginning and now it’s just a matter of finding out the how’s and why’s. 


There were definitely some ‘gotcha’ moments as well as that brilliant moment where pieces start fitting together and you’re sat there thinking ‘wow, you devious bitch.’ But I also loved that there is such a strong female presence in this book along with very blurred lines on who is the ‘good guy’ and who is the ‘bad guy’. 


Overall Genuine Fraud is an unputdownable novel with one of the best examples of an unreliable narrator that i have ever read.