January Reads

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

I feel like January has gone by awfully fast, so much has happened but it's all such a blur! I've read some pretty good books this month and I'm very excited to share them with you! I won't give away too much because I don't want to spoil it for you but I hope I'll inspire you to read more 😉

The Case of Nina Frank - Katarzyna Bonda

Nina Frank is the complete opposite of the character she plays in a sitcom. Her life full of scandal has cost her, her life. Hubert Meyer, a police profiler is on a quest to find the actress' murderer by getting to know who she really was. What he discovers, makes him analyse his own life resulting in his memories and secrets coming back to haunt him. 

The first book of the month, the first book of the year. I haven't read a book in Polish for quite some time so it was quite a nice change to read in my native language. Although, I found it hard to picture the story in my head, which never occurs when I read in English. The book is written fantasically; it's full of intrigue and mystery. The detail is brilliant but if you're not used to reading long books then you might find the number of characters a bit overwhelming. Also, the last few chapters were unnecessary and the identity of the murderer is not at all satisfying. From what I gather by reading other reviews is that this book is definitely one of Bonda's weakest works but that doesn't put me off and I'm pretty excited to read more of her books! 

3/5 stars

Burned and Broken - Mark Hardie

DS Frank Pearson and DC Cat Russell of the Essex Police Major Investigation Team uncover dark secrets as a burned body of a policeman is found on the Southend seafront. A young woman is searching for the truth regarding her best friend's death. The two cases seem unrelated, but are they?

I had the utmost pleasure to review this book on my blog this month so make sure to find my in depth review here. The work relationship between DS Pearson and DC Russell is a pleasure to follow and I can't wait to read another book with them. The different perspectives in narrative really set this novel apart from other crime stories and I genuinely recommend reading this.

4.5/5 stars

Everything Beautiful - Simmone Howell

Being tricked into spending a week at Spirit Ranch (a Christian Camp) is not bound to end well for Riley Rose, atheist and trouble-maker. Prepare to be taken on a rollercoaster of emotions.

"I believe in Chloe and chocolate.

I believe the best part is always before. 
I believe that most girls are shifty and most guys are dumb. 
I believe the more you spill, the less you are. 
I don’t believe in life after death or diuretics or happy endings. 
I don’t believe anything good can come from this."

I have to tell you, I whizzed through this book! It honestly made me lose track of time. I was a bit hesitant on reading it at first as I'm an atheist and thought it would be overly religious but I ended up being pleasantly surprised! I found it impossible to put down this book because it was written so well, the story just flowed well and the characters of Riley and Dylan were developed so well. The ending was a bit disappointing as I'd like to know what happens next! It's a young adult book but it covers some pretty deep topics. We follow the journey of Riley working out who she is and I just found it beautiful. I can't recommend this book enough! It's full of honesty and humour and it's not to be missed!

4.5/5 stars

Lies - TM Logan

Joe's life is about to be turned upside down. The perfect family is about to be ripped apart. And why? Joe makes a decision which will have major repercussions. All is not as it seems. Joe will find out that the internet is everyone's friend, but it can also be their worst enemy. 

Lies is a psychological thriller full of secrets; it has affected me the most out of all the books from this list. It has really made me open my eyes to how it's nearly impossible to stay private on social media, it's made me realise that I should be more wary! The story is just amazing and the twist at the end is very unexpected! I really like the way it's written, it has a very modern feel to it. The characters have been written so well, I feel like I know them in real life because they've been written in such a genuine way! I read this book on The Pigeonhole where you can read some free books and discuss them with others! The books are made out of 'staves' which are basically installments of the story which disappear after a day! I honestly recommend this site (and app). Let me know if you fancy reading a book with me, we can also make our own private book club on there! 😉

5/5 stars

Have you read any of these books?


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