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Reading Wrap Up #2

Hey lovelies! I’ve been trying my hardest to get through some books on my TBR pile but I feel like reading has to take a back seat when I have so many other things to be doing and then I feel guilty that I haven’t read as much as I think I should have, please tell me other people get this feeling and it’s not just me?

I currently have a TBR pile that is probably taller than me (I’m 5″11 so it’s by no means small) and I’m forever adding more books to it than I’m actually reading! I also have a tonne of books in my Netgalley to read as well so I definitely need to try and make more time to read as I do love it!

The past few weeks I’ve managed to get through 3 books which is quite good going for me but it’s only because I’ve had a week off work so have spent some days curled up with my book for hours on end!

Anyway enough of my rambling lets get into the reviews..

The Chosen Ones by Howard Linskey – 4∗

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I love a good crime thriller so this was right up my street, it’s actually Linskey’s 4th instalment in the ‘DC Ian Bradshaw’ series, I hadn’t read any of the other novels but you can definitely read this as a standalone and still understand it. I will be checking out the other books in the series though as this was such a good thriller!

Eva Dunbar wakes up in a metal box (kind of like a shipping container) and doesn’t know how she got there or why she is there, there have been a number of missing girls but there seems to be no evidence about what could have happened to them. Finally a body is found and this gives the police officer (and the journalists who are helping him to solve the case) something to go on but the story is far less than straightforward!

This novel was like the perfect crime thriller, the story line was like nothing I have ever read before, the plot twists weren’t easy to guess, you definitely didn’t see them coming and it kept you on your toes! The chapters were quite short which left you wanting to read even more and the ending to the book was one of the best I have ever read!

The only critique I have of this was that because it was written from 3 different perspectives, sometimes it would swap protagonists halfway through a chapter or after a few paragraphs instead of giving each of them a chapter each which sometimes left me confused. Other than that it was a great novel, highly recommend it!

Thankyou to Netgalley and the publishers Penguin UK for my ARC. The opinions in this review are all my own and unbiased!

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – 4∗

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Leah on the Offbeat is the second novel in the ‘Creekwood’ series by Becky Albertalli, the first one obviously being Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda or ‘Love, Simon’ which you can read a full review of here.

I LOVED Leah Burke! This novel focuses on her struggles of ‘coming out’ to her best friends as bisexual, you’d think having gay friends would make it easier but not for Leah. I found myself really rooting for Leah and her love interest in the book (don’t want to spoil it for those of you who haven’t read it yet) and it’s refreshing to read another F/F relationship novel as I know there aren’t many in the YA Fiction genre!

I think this novel portrayed your last year in high school perfectly, not knowing what is going to happen to your friendships/relationships when you all get separated, the problems when relationships in your friendship group break down, the stress that comes with finding the perfect prom dress and being able to control your teenage hormones on top of all of that!

Becky Albertalli does a fabulous job of normalising gay relationships in her stories; the witty comments and banter between all of the characters are one of the best things about her writing. LOVED this and really hope it follows in Simon’s footsteps and gets made into a film!

I Stop Somewhere – T. E. Carter – 5∗

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Trigger warnings: rape, sexual assault, murder.

I’d seen so much about this novel online and I knew I had to read it for myself, firstly yes this book may be about a horrible subject but people need to read this, to understand the struggles some girls and sometimes boys face. Did I like reading about rape and murder? Obviously not but this book was a real eye opener, novels that focus on these subjects will ALWAYS be important!

Ellie Frias was raped and murdered by her ex-boyfriend, she is trapped in the room where it happened to her and has to watch it happen to other girls over and over again. The novel then goes back and forth between the present day and the past to give us perspective into Ellie’s relationship, home life and what happened to lead up to her terrible death.

After 6 months of her being missing the police are still no closer to finding out what happened to her. When someone finally comes forward with information it seems to give the police the kick up their arses they needed to do something to try and find this poor girl and find out what happened to her.

This novel made me feel angry but not towards the story, it was because of the fact that this is reality, people all over the world are raped every day (UK statistics show that it’s roughly 11 adults being raped every hour) and then they are too scared to come forward because they know they won’t be believed/their rapist will get away with it by claiming they ‘wanted it’/’begged for it’.

This novel was heart breaking especially when reading about Ellie’s relationship with her father but it is so important and I’d recommend it to anyone!

That’s it for this reading wrap up! Have you read any of the books I’ve talked about? Let me know in the comments!

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28 thoughts on “Reading Wrap Up #2

  1. I’ve heard mixed reviews about Leah on the Offbeat, but I loved the first book so much that I’m definitely going to give it a read! I Stop Somewhere sounds really interesting. I love books which are able to portray such important themes and raise awareness. Great post! x

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk

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  2. I said at the beginning of this year I would read more but with my life being so hectic I’ve never had the chance to! Think I definitely need to rejig my nights to include even a tiny bit of reading but these look like good books, love the sound of The Chosen Ones.

    Heather | x Highland Beauty

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  3. Really great post! Love reading posts like this as it gives me inspiration for what books I need to read next. The last books sounds really interesting even though it’s so really and gritty , will have to give these books a read x

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  4. Great post, thankyou for sharing! I will be definitely adding these to my amazon basket and TBR.

    abbiejadewanders.co.uk

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  5. Well done for reading 3 books in the last few weeks Jess, that’s 3 more than me! He he 😄 I really like the sounds of Leah On The OffBeat, I would definitely enjoy the witty comments and banter. I like that it’s normalising gay relationships which is such a good thing. I’m going to add this to my list, thanks for the suggestions lovely 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  7. There is nothing better than a good book, I’ve read some amazing ones this year! I really need to read that I Start Somewhere – it must be good if it was in this post and your favourites!x

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      1. I know what you mean – I always save up a reading list for my holidays, but I should make more time for it in my day to day! Ah okay, that’s fine I like books that tackle brave subject matter – I think it’s all the more important to read them, as they educate us and honestly life isn’t always a happy ending (sadly, I wish everything was like Disney 😂)xx

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