Mini Review x 2: Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin // Bleeding Heart by Lauren Bishop

Two reviews for the price of one! While Bleeding Heart missed the mark for me, I think I missed the mark for Fever Dream, I don’t know what the mark was or what the mark was suppose to be but it was all rather strange…

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Fever Dream - Samanta Schweblin

From the inside cover:

A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child.

The two seem anxious and, at David’s ever more insistent prompting, Amanda recounts a series of events from the apparently recent past. As David pushes her to recall whatever trauma has landed her in her terminal state, he unwittingly opens a chest of horrors, and suddenly the terrifying nature of their reality is brought into shocking focus.

One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange and deeply unsettling psychological menace in this cautionary tale of maternal love, broken souls and the power and desperation of family. Continue reading “Mini Review x 2: Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin // Bleeding Heart by Lauren Bishop”

Urbane Unboxed: Box 4 – May Books

The time has arrived to unbox another monthly offering from Urbane Book Club, May’s box aka MAY BOOKS – AND THE SUN IS OUT AT LAST! This month is possibly my favourite box I’ve received so far because of the six books received, I’m going to read every single one! And two of the books are hardcovers – what more could a girl want!? So let’s get right to it…

Death’s Silent Judgement by Anne Coates

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Mini Review x 2: When We Go Missing by Kristen Twardowski // Shepherd & the Professor by Dan Klefstad

Today, I bring you mini reviews for two books I’ve read recently, one I really enjoyed, the other – not so much. They’re also books that I found quite hard to review in great length due to fear of spoilers; so I opted for mini spoiler-free reviews instead.

When We Go Missing by Kristen Twardowski

When We Go Missing - Kristen Twardowski

Book Description:

Once, Alex Gardinier was a successful physical therapist and a happy wife. Now she is trapped in a crumbling hospital room. Seven years ago Alex’s ex-husband, Nathan, was convicted of murdering five girls, and he has been rotting in prison ever since. Except the doctors say that Nathan isn’t in prison. In fact, they don’t believe that he is a criminal at all. According to them, Nathan is a devoted husband who visits her every week. But Alex can’t recall ever seeing him at the hospital, and the last time they met he was holding her hostage on a boat.

Maybe the doctors are right – maybe these memories of his crimes are her own personal delusions – but if they are wrong, then Nathan somehow escaped from prison. If they are wrong, he has trapped Alex in a psychiatric ward.

If they are wrong, he is hunting her sister. Continue reading “Mini Review x 2: When We Go Missing by Kristen Twardowski // Shepherd & the Professor by Dan Klefstad”

May 2017 #WrapUp

Better late than never, lovely readers, it’s time to wrap up the month of May. In between long periods of procrastination, I submitted two 3,000 word coursework assignments, revised and sat a biology exam and still found time to read 13 books, so I’d say I had a productive month! I also bought a new car, which tops everything, I love it and will drive it for years to come, until it literally falls to pieces as I’m driving. Although, that does now mean I’m on a strict book buying ban, not even a 99p ebook, so if my fellow bloggers could hold back on their amazing reviews and book recommendations, I’d appreciate it – June’s book haul post shall be an interesting one.

That’s enough about me and my life, on to the books! I read some stellar books in May…

The Good:

The standout 5 star reads of the month were:

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#BookHaul: May 2017

This is my most loved and feared blog post to write each month – loved, because how could acquiring more books cause you anything by a feeling of love in your heart? And feared, because why is my TBR taller than me!? You know the drill, so let’s get right to it!

Review Copies:

Vile City by Jennifer Lee Thomson (Thick As Thieves Promo Services)

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