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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.

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Artemis by Andy Weir. Review. 

Thank you to the lovely people at Ebury publishing for my review copy of Artemis. 

Artemis is the new novel by Andy Weir, best known for his debut novel The Martian which became a film featuring Matt Damon. Artemis continues the space theme but this time it’s on the moon. Jazz lives on Artemis, the first town on the moon, and has done since she was 6 years old. The worst thing imaginable for her would be deportation back to her native Saudi Arabia with nothing but gravity sickness to look forward to. But despite this, she’s running the biggest smuggling operation on Artemis because it’s really important that Jazz gets a certain amount of money for a certain something she wants to buy. Unfortunately, she just can’t seem to help getting into trouble. 


This novel is seriously fast paced, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump recently but Artemis brought me right back out of it. There’s excitement, a particular form of dry humour that I love, and some kickass feminism thrown in. Andy Weir certainly shows his skill writing a first person narrative from the perspective of someone of the opposite sex. 


The character of Jazz and, in fact the whole novel in general is really engaging and captivating, I laughed a lot and it’s clear that a lot of research was done to make the Moon town as ‘realistic’ as possible. A real modern day adventure novel! I loved it! 

Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Review 

Eeeeesh! This was so good. I love Wonder Woman and also Greek mythology so obviously a book about the Amazon Wonder Woman was always going to be on my TBR. Anyway, I finally got round to reading it today after buying it in September and here is my review! 

Wonder Woman is such a powerful novel. It’s the first book I’ve read by Leigh Bardugo although I have all her other novels on my tbr. I was expecting in all honesty for the storyline to follow that of the film (I never read synopsis’) but it was a little different and equally as brilliant! 

Diana lives on the island of Themyscira with her Amazon sisters, desperate to prove herself as a true Amazon she intends to win the annual race, but things go awray when she disobeys one of the fundamental rules of the Amazons and rescues a girl from a shipwreck. Soon she embarks on an adventure which takes her to New York and into the World of Man.


An epic journey unfolds as Diana discovers that Alia is a warbringer, descended from Helen of Troy and destined to bring war and destruction to the world. That is if Diana can’t get her to a sacred spring where her Warbringer tendencies can be cured. But first she gets dragged into New York society, parties, drugstores and dirty motel rooms. 


I love how Diana is portrayed as both incredibly fierce and incredibly vulnerable. I love that the main characters are not just female but fiesty, kick ass females with great attitude. Nim was easily one of my favourite characters. And of course Diana is extra badass when she discovers her own abilities. 


This is the first novel I’ve truly been engrossed in, in a while! I almost missed my stop on the train! 

September 2017 wrap up! 

It’s that time again! Yay! I really love doing the wrap up and getting the chance to look back on what I’ve read this month, what I’ve enjoyed etc. This month I read 22 books at a total of 8,149 pages which is less books but more pages than usual so still a win. I’m very competitive with myself in terms of how many books I read each month, but I seem to be averaging at around 20-25 books a month which is really good. Anyway, to the books! I won’t write a long post about each as there’s just too many but reviews for pretty much all of them can be found on my blog or goodreads if you’d like to know more. 

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden  












Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine. Review. 

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine is the third book in the Great Library series. It follows on from Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire and you can read my review of Paper and Fire here: https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/paper-fire-by-rachel-caine-review/

I don’t know why I didn’t do a review of Ink and Bone but anyway, the following review will contain spoilers of the first two books! But none for Ash and Quill. 


Ash and Quill picks up where Paper and Fire left off. I thought it was the final book in a trilogy, however, there are actually going to be 5 books in this series! Yay! Book 3 sees Jess and company arriving in the burner capital Philadelphia after they were betrayed by Jess’ father and brother and transported there. 

This book is a lot more ‘political’ than the first two, we start to see what’s really going on outside the world of the library and how other people outside of the little group of rebels view it. The burners are an interesting if complex group and I’m unsure where it’s been left with them and whether Jess and co will be able to rely on them as friends or face them as foes in the rest of the series. 


What was great about it? – I love the relationship between Jess and Thomas, it’s a real friendship with love between them and I also love that Jess has found a family in his friends after his own have treated him so badly. 

What wasn’t so great? – I’m still not really feeling the relationship between Jess and Morgan. I don’t feel like there are any sparks between them or that I really ship them as a couple. I also found this book was at a much slower pace than the last two although still very interesting. 

I’m excited for what the next two books will bring and to finally find out what the library has been hiding from the world. I think it’s going to be a lot more than just the black archives and the gang are now playing a very dangerous game. 

Nostalgic Reads Feature. The Sally Lockhart Series by Philip Pullman 

I remember oh too well receiving this 5 book series around my 10th or 11th birthday. It was the first series which really got me interested in crime and detective series’ and probably the first series which interested me in feminism as well. I’ve recently re-read the whole series and loved it just as much as the first time. 


Main Characters: 

Sally Lockhart – a young woman fighting for emancipation, a dab hand with a pistol and a brain for numbers. 

Fredrick Garland – a photographer and dear friend of Sally’s, who ends up assisting her in the adventures she gets wrapped up in. 

Jim Burrows –  a young man who started out as a porter’s boy in Sally’s father’s offices and ends up embroiled in the mystery with the rest of the gang. 

There are other minor and major characters of importance but I’m not going to name them all here as a) I don’t want to give away spoilers, and b) they don’t all feature heavily in every single book. 

Plot: 

The Ruby in the Smoke – following the death of her father, Sally becomes involved in a mystery which puts her life at risk. This is the novel where we find out all about Sally’s character and she meets her friends Frederick and Jim. 

The Shadow in the North – Sally is now set up with her own financial advisory business and is also a partner in Fred’s photographic business now named Garland and Lockhart. She is even more fiercely independent that in the first novel as she investigates financial corruption which leads her down a dark and dangerous path. 

The Tiger in the Well – Sally is still reeling from the devastating events of The Shadow in the North when she receives a court summons, someone is suing her for divorce and threatens to take everything she has built for herself, as well as something so precious she would never give it up. With her friends travelling the world Sally is truly alone, penniless and terrified for the first time. 

The Tin Princess – this is probably my least favourite because it doesn’t feature Sally very heavily, instead it is an adventure for Jim which takes him to a small and unknown country between Germany and Austria-Hungary. It’s still a very exciting book but I love Sally best! It often makes me wonder if Philip Pullman had planned to continue the series featuring Jim and some new characters but it never happened! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my feature and feel encouraged to give this rather awesome series a go! 

Unpopular Opinions Booktag 

So I’m reading two books at the moment. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard and Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra. Which means I’ll not be able to review for a while as the great Don alone is over 1,000 pages. So I’m going to be doing a couple of book tags in the meantime! 

This is one I should have done ages ago but never got round to, I found it on http://www.booklovingnut.com which has a host of fantastic book tags which you should check out! It was originally created by https://readatmidnight.com/ and it’s all about Unpopular Opinions! 

1. A popular book you didn’t like. 

Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith 


Loved the show, hated the books. Genuinely some of the worst books I have ever read. Poorly written, terrible characters and well, just poor altogether! 

2. A book series that everyone hates but you love. 

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James 


I’m not going as far as to say everyone hates this book but I’ve heard a lot of bad things about it. I really enjoyed it and I like the series. Fair enough the first book is pure smut but the second and third start to bring together a storyline which is really interesting. 

3. A love triangle where the main character ends up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with. 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 


Although Cathy’s heart always belonged to Heathcliffe I hate that she ended up married to Edgar. He was a sweet guy, I can’t speak ill of him, but Cathy and Heathcliffe should have been the couple! 

4. A popular genre you rarely reach for. 


Horror, I’m far too much of a scaredy cat! I’ve read a few but they scar me for days so I tend to avoid them! 

5. A popular character you didn’t like. 


Katniss Everdeen, I just find her a bit annoying. Also she treats her love interests like sh*t but they still love her. 

6. A popular author you can’t seem to get into. 


Saying that, I’m reading Glass Sword at the moment but I’m just really struggling to keep an interest in these books. 

7. A popular trope you’re tired of seeing. 

Lip biting. Seriously, who can bite their lip and look sexy? I’ve tried, I look like I’m attempting self cannabalism. Also who here bites their lip when they’re nervous/angry/scared? Nope, me neither. 

8. A popular series you have no interest in reading. 


The Discworld series by Terry Pritchett has just never appealed to me at all. 

9. The saying goes “the book is always better than the movie” but what movie do you prefer to the book?


I can’t think of a film but I’m enjoying the tv mini series of Cuckoo’s Calling much more than the book. 
I hope you enjoyed my unpopular opinions. Let me know what you think in the comments and have a go yourself if you haven’t already!