Review: Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

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*I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn’t sure quite what to expect from Seven Ways We Lie before I started reading it, given that I’m not usually drawn to contemporary books, but what I got was an absolutely fantastic, compelling story that I simply could not put down! I wholeheartedly recommend it to everybody without hesitation! In case my overenthusiastic use of exclamation points isn’t enough to persuade you, here are my thoughts in more detail. Continue reading

Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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*I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sitting down to read Salt to the Sea, I felt myself beginning to worry. I knew the book was being very well received, but my relationship with this particular period in history has always been rocky. After so many years studying the Second World War at school, what could it possibly offer me that I didn’t already know? Now I know the answer: a well-researched and much more moving account of a harrowing maritime disaster than I ever thought possible. Continue reading

Review: Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

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It seems as though I’ve been hearing nothing but praise for Wolf By Wolf lately, so I was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to read it for myself. The concept of an alternative history, especially one based on events I was already familiar with, had me incredibly excited and I was not left disappointed. Wolf By Wolf certainly lives up to the hype. Continue reading

Spoiler Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Everything, Everything had, on the face of it… well… everything. Cute romance, interesting and engrossing plot, humour, beautiful sketches. I had a good time reading this novel, but while the romance was sweet and I was rooting for the couple to get their happy ending, I sometimes felt the characters lacked a little bit of depth. Or maybe I’m just difficult to please? Continue reading

Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

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*This novel was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Emery Lord is an author whose works I’ve been looking to sample for a little while now, so it’s been great to have the chance to do just that. The cover is bright and eye-catching, and the chaotic canvas vibes feel particularly appropriate the further into the story you read. There was a lot to like about this book but also plenty that frustrated me, mostly towards the latter half of the novel. I’m aiming to avoid any spoilers but I’m warning you anyway, just in case.  Continue reading

Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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*This novel was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Ever since I read Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell has become synonymous in my mind with quirky YA contemporary romances. She writes diverse characters and teenage drama very well, and so when Carry On started to receive the hype that inevitably follows the release of one of her books I started to get excited, even more so knowing that the characters were the same ones that appeared so briefly in Fangirl.  Before I started reading this I was warned by several people that what I was about to read was NOT Cath’s fanfiction OR the original (imaginary) series from the original (imaginary) author, but rather Rowell’s take on the characters. And I’m glad I knew this going in, or else I might have felt even more disappointed than I eventually ended up being. Continue reading

Review: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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*This novel was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Girl From Everywhere seems to have been springing up all over the place as the release date draws nearer. There’s a lot of hype for Heidi Heilig’s debut novel and I can see why – the premise sounds magical and utterly intriguing. I dived right in and the story kicked off with a great deal of potential but unfortunately, much like the maps around which this book revolves, the whole thing proved somewhat difficult to navigate. Continue reading

Top 5 British Crime Dramas

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I love my television series, and I particularly love crime dramas; they’re ideal to sit and watch as a family, all of us trying to figure out ‘whodunnit’. Suffice to say I watch a LOT of them. Here is a brief list of my favourites – all ongoing and all British. It was tough to choose between them and there are several that just didn’t quite make the cut, and that’s with me narrowing it down by leaving out miniseries and specials. Let’s get straight to it, shall we?

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5 – Midsomer Murders
Long running series in which residents of one rather limited area of the Somerset countryside die in some increasingly outlandish ways. Well plotted if sometimes a bit bizarre. A review of series seventeen can be found on this blog.

Suspects4 – Suspects
Fairly dark and gritty series in which a team of police investigators solve shocking, often violent crimes. Dialogue between cast members is mostly improvised, making the show quite unique, however lines can sometimes feel a bit over-the-top.

Endeavour3 – Endeavour/Morse/Lewis
Based on a series of bestselling novels by Colin Dexter set primarily in Oxford, there have been several companion/spin-off series featuring the character of Inspector Morse and his once-sergeant Inspector Lewis. Character driven with a fairly serious tone.

Death In Paradise2 – Death in Paradise
Surprisingly funny series set on a small island in the Caribbean in which a British detective is begrudgingly sent to help the local police solve tricky murder cases. The humour is always on point but early series with Ben Miller in the leading role are probably the best.

sherlock titlecard1 – Sherlock
Hugely popular series in which the classic characters of Arthur Conan Doyle’s original series of Sherlock Holmes books are reimagined for the present day. Fantastic acting is guaranteed, as is some brilliant writing, but be prepared to wait… well… quite a long time between series.

And those are my top five British crime drama series. Were your favourites on the list? Or do you perhaps love a series that wasn’t featured above? Comment down below and let me know. See you next time everyone!

(Minor) Spoiler Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

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The second novel in the supernatural box set is Blue Bloods. The cover design is about a thousand percent less hideous than Marked, so points for that, and Melissa de la Cruz’s teenagers do at least act and sound somewhat like teenagers. Not that I’m an expert on how rich American vampire teenagers act and sound. Continue reading