New Monthly 5 Book Review

Onto my third and final review for today - Phew!

This last review for today is "Carve the Mark" by Veronica Roth. You may know Veronica's work, especially fans of the 'Divergent' series of books (now all major movies). If you liked the 'Divergent' series, you will love this. 

I liked the concept of a separate galaxy and the planets and so on. This made the book interesting and one I could get stuck into. Veronica has a way of making some characters likeable, some downright despicable and all the way in between. 

I found myself drawn to the rituals and languages as this is something I find interesting in my day to day life. 

I don't want to say too much more and spoil the book for you, I will say that I am giving this book a 4 book score and I can't wait to read the next one!

Enjoy and as always, Keep Reading!

Hey Everyone, 

So my second review of the month (well today actually!) is "History of Wolves" by Emily Fridlund. 

This is Emily's debut novel and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2017.

Yes, the write up is good and the blurb on the back of the book made me interested enough to read it, but that is where the interest ended I'm afraid. 


The first part of the book was fine, set the scene, you understand what is going on, albeit with a slow pace, but then you move into the second section of the book anf the pace changes and you find yourself flicking back and forth between present and past, between what appears to be happening at the time and the main characters memories. To be fair, what the suddne change of pace and the action ending up all over the place, I was getting a headache. 

I spent the entire novel wondering if I liked the book enough to finish it, the second half of the novel trying to work out where I was and what was happening and that is not condusive to a good read. 

I'm sorry to say, I didn't enjoy this one at all. As always though, the review is my opinion and should only be used as a guide. I would give this book a 2 book score. I don't think I'll be reading it again. 

the first review for this month is "Damaged" by Martina Cole. This is one of the books suggested to me as a part of the recent compettition I ran (huge congratulations to the winners!).

I'll be honest, while I have heard of Martina Cole, I hadn't read any of her books before. I was surprised by how much I was able to get into the book and storyline, trying to work out the case at the same time as the characters and the twist at the end I'd suspected but it was still a good way to end the novel. 


This is the 4th book that features the character of Kate Burrows. I don't feel as though I need to go and read the others as there is enough character detail in this book to make me feel as though I know who the character is. 

Overall, this was a good crime novel, but one that I would say I don't need to read a second time (certainly not for a long while anyway). For this reason, I give this one a 3 book score. A good solid read, enjoyable and I'm glad I read it. 

As always, Enjoy and Keep Reading!

Hi Everyone! My first book this time is "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" by Agatha Christie. 

I love Agatha Christie novels and I have a particular love for all things Poirot. This novel is the one where we are first introduced to Belgian private detective Hercule Poriot. 

The story itself is recounted by Captain Hastings, Poirot's close friend (who I believe does for Poirot what Dr Watson does for Sherlock Holmes) and has bursts of humour that only Captain Hastings could deliver. 

I like the 'clean' writing, bearing in mind the novel was first published in 1920, so there's none of the swear words that can make more than one appearance in more 'modern' literature. The plot and story as a whole draws you in and keeps you wanting to read to the end, to hear Poirot talk to the gathered characters and describe his deduction of the crime and name the murderer! 

If you are fond of Crime stories, have read Agatha Christie before, or even if you haven't, I would urge you to read this (and closely follow it with the rest of Agatha Christie's novels!). You might be a Poirot fan, or a Miss Marple fan (I'm a fan of Poirot), but whoever your detective of choice is, you're in for a good, entertaining read from Mrs Christie. 

I'm giving this book a 4 book score, not only did I really enjoy reading it, I would be happy to read it again!


Hey everyone, for my next review, I've chosen "With This Man" by Jodi Ellen Malpas.

This is the next book in the 'This Man' series, that I reviewed before and was only released this year. 

The best book of the series. The story picks up around 12 years after the end of the last one, with Ava and Jesse's twins now 11 years old. Jesse is still his usual controlling self, but life appears to have been good to him and Ava and things are going well, until a car accident sees Ava losing her memory of everything that has happened for the last 16 years - all of the time she has spent with Jesse is gone!

I actually enjoyed this book, seeing a different side to Jesse other than his commanding, controlling ways that made me want to reach into the book and slap him! You see a much more vulnerable side to Jesse and how he interacts with amnesiac Ava following the accident, how he does little things to try and help her to remember is really sweet. You feel his frustration that Ava is struggling to remember, but at the same time, you really feel for them both and can understand how Ava fell in love with Jesse in the first place, as she falls for him all over again. 

There are still some comedy moments, such as Jesse telling Ava to watch her mouth when she swears, but taking no notice of his own advice when he swears at her! 

Overall, this book is a good read and I give it a 4 book score, I will definitely read it again.