April has been a great month for book mail and the above are just some of the titles I have received from a variety of kind publishing peeps. I am hoping that over the bank holiday weekend I will be able to knock some more titles off my ever growing TBR pile. Please do let me know in the comments if you have read any of the above titles and which I should devour first.
April hasn’t been a great reading month for me as I have had a lot of other things occupying my mind/time. However, I did read a couple of great books that I would highly recommend.
What did I read this month?
Love Bomb is the second book in a series by Jenny McLachlan however, as I had not read the first, it can definitely be read as a stand alone. Love Bomb tells the story of Betty Plum, a teenage girl who has never been in love. She’s never even kissed a boy. So when ‘hottie’ Toby turns up at her school, Betty feels like she has been hit with a thousand of cupid’s arrows. Wishing her mother was still around, and needing her advice more than ever, Betty opens a letter which leads to a discovery in the attic that will change everything she thought she knew about love. This book is a cute easy read that teenage girls are sure to love.
On to something completely different, I also read Disclaimer, a debut mystery/thriller by Renee Knight. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this book and, although I loved 90% of it, I thought the ending was weak and a bit of a let down. The premise of this story is utterly compelling and has the reader desperate to find out what the protagonist’s (Catherine) big secret is. Finding a mysterious novel beside her bed, Catherine realises that the dark events portrayed within are about her. But who wrote the book and why is he so angry with Catherine? What has Catherine done that she is so desperate to hide from her family? This part of the story was thrilling and I couldn’t put the book down, desperate to discover the truth. However, when this ‘truth’ was finally revealed it was a bit of a ‘meh’ moment for me and the ending felt very rushed. Without giving away too many spoilers, this well-written debut from Renee Knight raises the question of trust. All too often we put our trust in others and fail to question the validity of what we read. Renee Knight has reignited the age old saying – DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ.
For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.
Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance? Although I didn’t love the plot line of ‘The Game of Love and Death’ I can’t deny that this book was beautifully written. Written in a similar style to The Book Thief and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, this story was full of lyrical language and rich imagery. If Historical Romance is your thing, be sure to check this one out!