21 April 2016

Recently Read

I haven't been reading quite as much as I usually do recently because life is busy at the moment, however for today's post I thought I would put together some thoughts about the books I've read recently. A children's book that made me bawl my eyes out, an intriguing young adult fantasy, and a rather delightful book from my new favourite author.

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager* - I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, but I definitely didn't expect to get a rather significant emotional impact from it, considering it's middle-fiction. Do not let that deter you though, because I thought this was wonderful. Carol and her family go to stay with her grandfather at his ranch in the middle of the desert. He has dementia, and this is what Carol thinks is causing him to tell her seemingly impossible magical stories from his past. This is a touching book about family and remembering your roots. 4 Stars.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead* - This was on my 2016 most anticipated books list, as seen here. A countess with an established family poses as a servant to escape an arranged marriage and to explore what the world has to offer. She joins what is called The Glittering Court, a group of girls who are being trained to be well-to-do citizens and marry rich noblemen. While I loved the sound of this book, I don't think this completely lived up to my expectations, but I did still enjoy reading it. There was a lot that went on in this book, and at times it felt like about three different stories. There were some good moments in the book, but a few gaps in character relationship believability and plot line which meant a lower star rating for me. 3.5 Stars.

Who's That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane* - I received an uncorrected book proof from Harper Collins a while ago, and I had saved reading it until now because I felt like I knew I was going to like this. And I did! This book was just delightful. Mhairi McFarlane is such a talented writer, and I now need to go out and buy all her other books. Who's That Girl? is a book about a girl named Edie, who somehow ends up kissing the groom on someone else's wedding day. From then on, she's living a life she'd rather forget. Somehow, she ends up intertwined in the life of a celebrity, and adorable and heartbreaking moments ensue from there. I absolutely loved Edie as a character, and I feel as if it's one that reflects the author. Believable, hilarious and a really nice feel-good book. 5 Stars.

Would you read any of these?

*Review Copy

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