Sunday, 12 February 2017

Read & Reviewed #3

I'm back again to talk about books; this time with my third Read and Reviewed! I've been reading so much recently, especially in January when I managed to read 11 books (how on earth did that happen!). Keep reading to find out what I thought of these 4 books - no spoilers included!

I Let You Go - by Clare Mackintosh: 4/5

In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows, to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life for ever. Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating...

Although I found the first hundred pages or so were a bit slow, overall this was a very compelling, clever and thrilling book. It was full of incredibly well-crafted twists; including one of the best "I never saw it coming" twists I can remember reading, so make sure you stick with it. I never saw the big twist coming, and I even had to re-read the paragraph a few times to make sure I had read it right! This was an extremely impressive debut novel and I highly recommend it.

Harvesting The Heart - by Jodi Picoult: 3/5

Paige has only a few vivid memories of her mother, who abandoned her when she was five. Now, having left home and her father for dreams of art school and marriage to an ambitious young doctor, Paige finds herself with a child of her own. Emotionally and physically exhausted, overwhelmed by the demands of her family, Paige cannot forget her mother's absence or the shameful memories from her own past. With doubts about her maternal ability creeping into her mind, Paige considers the unthinkable: is it possible her baby would be better of without her?

I am a big Jodi Picoult fan, but this one wasn't my favourite. I just didn't like or dislike it and I think it might be because I didn't fall in love with the characters like I normally do with her books. It felt a little bit long-winded and a little predictable so I would recommend reading her other books over this one.

Second Glance - by Jodi Picoult: 3.5/5

From the moment Ross's fiancĂ©e Aimee was killed in a car accident, he's been trying to die too. But life won't let him go. His only hope now is that Aimee will come to him. So when he hears of strange happenings at an ancient Indian burial ground near his sister's home, he heads to Comtosook - desperate for the rumours of a haunting to be true. What he finds there is not Aimee's ghost, but Lia, a very real woman whose life is filled with as many troubled secrets as his own...

A story abut ghosts and in true Jodi Picoult style, the situation isn't how it initially seems. This book introduces lots of characters to get your head around at the beginning, but once you know who's who then I found that I really enjoyed this book.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them - by J.K. Rowling

Explorer and Magizoologist Newt Scamander has just completed a round-the-globe trip in search of the most rare and unusual magical creatures. Arriving in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when Newt's case is misplaced and some of his fantastic beasts escape into the city, it spells trouble for everyone...

I'm really sad to say this, being a big Harry Potter fan, but I didn't like this screenplay or its movie that much. I found it to be quite predictable, a bit exaggerated and only published for commercial gain. However, I did like the design of the book; it looks great next to the Harry Potter series.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing what I've recently finished reading; even found a new book or two to get stuck into! What have you recently read? Thanks for reading,

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