Rapid Reviews #1

Welcome to my first instalment of Rapid Reviews. As the title suggests, you’ll find rapid reviews for books I’ve read recently, but for one reason or another decided against writing a full review. These reviews vary in length but they will all be rapid! And to make things easier, you can see if I’ve enjoyed a book, or not, at a glance – next to titles I’ve enjoyed, you’ll find a ✔️ and for those that didn’t work for me, you’ll see a ✖️.

On today’s rapid reviews:

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Blog Tour | Book Review: Do No Harm by L V Hay

Do No Harm - LV Hay

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Hay’s latest release, Do No Harm, I’m delighted to be sharing my review with you today.

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After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that’s when things start to go wrong…

Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives…

Chilling, dark and terrifying, Do No Harm is a taut psychological thriller and a study of obsession, with a killer twist that you will never see coming. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Do No Harm by L V Hay”

July 2018: #WrapUp

What a manic month July has been! Coming at you a few days late is my wrap up post, I worked nights this week so I was basically dead to the blogosphere, but I come with good news: only one more day (Monday) to go and then my clinical placement is finished and I can bask in six full weeks of nothing until uni resumes towards the end of September – when I embark on my final year of my Mental Health Nursing course.

Anyway, let’s get back to the bookish, I read 14 books last month, which I’m happy with. I always tend to wish I read more and there were so many books I wanted to read but just didn’t have the time to. But I’ve got some exciting planned reads ahead of me this month, namely my buddy with Beth @ bibliobeth – we buddy read a book every month, and so far all our selections have turned out to be five stars reads for both of us, so let’s hope that continues. Also, this month, I’m finally tackling The Stand by Stephen King in a five week readalong on Instagram. But before all that, let’s wrap up July….

The standout 5 star books of the month were: Continue reading “July 2018: #WrapUp”

#BookHaul: July 2018

It’s book haul time! You know the drill by now, enjoy!

Fiction

Review Copies:

The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech (Orenda Books)

The Lion Tamer Who Lost - Louise Beech

Be careful what you wish for…

Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn’t…
Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…
Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it?
What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?
A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story … with a tragic heart.

The Shrouded Path by Sarah Ward (Faber & Faber) Continue reading “#BookHaul: July 2018”

Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

If you haven’t already, read this book immediately. I’ll tell you right now, it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year. And I had the pleasure of buddy reading it with the amazing Beth @ Bibliobeth.

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Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways. Continue reading “Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid”