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May Wrap Up

I’m posting my May Wrap up now, this is because I haven’t read a book throughout June. I wish I could say this wasn’t true but my mental health took a bad turn and I just couldn’t pick up a book.

So, in May I many to read twelve books. That’s not bad, compared to June it’s fantastic but let’s hope I can start reading again in July.

Let’s talk about these books shall we?

A Room With A View by E.M Foresster. This classic so not my usual kind of book, but a friend suggested it so I thought I’d give it a go. And I really enjoyed it. Especially the end. A short and sweet novel with fantastic characters.

The Hunted by Gabriel… This is a horror, so this again is not my usual type of book, but I actually really enjoyed it. It was genuinely creepy. Full of suspense and action. It would make the perfect film. This one is out August 6th

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore. This was another good book, full of some fantastic characters but I was left wanting a little more at the end. But it was really good. It’s out on June 16th.

Fall Out by C.G.Moore. I could feel this book trying so hard, but it just didn’t do it for me overall. There were some parts that I thought were handled well, but unfortunately it most of it wasn’t great. It’s out June 16th.

True Story by Kate Reed Petty. I really enjoyed this one, it started off fantastically. I was instantly intrigued and it was dealing with a difficult subject, but it definitely lost it for me towards the end. It became a bit silly almost, but it was enjoyable. It’s out June 11th.

Boy Queen by George Lester. Yaaaaaassss, this book was fantastic. I really, really loved this one. It was a great queer book, that I can’t recommend enough. A great story, great characters. I loved it. It’s out August 6th.

All Of My Friends Are Rich by Michael Sarais. Another fantastic book, this one is filthy, fun but packs an important message, that comes across in a great way. I highly recommend this one. A brilliant own voices novel. It’s out June 16th.

Tell Me How It Ends by V.B. Grey. I really enjoyed this one, I loved the period of time it was setting in. It just has that old Hollywood glamour. It had great characters and it was an enjoyable, easy read. It’s out July 9th.

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. Took me a little while to get into this one, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. It was heartbreaking in the end, with a character I don’t think I’ll ever forget. I loved it.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. I had such high hopes, but I unfortunately was disappointed. The ending was strange, the whole book was strange, and a bit dull. This is a hard one for me to take. It’s out now.

The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff. I really enjoyed this book, it was so powerful but had such a subtly too it that I haven’t read before. Full of fantastic characters and interesting dynamics, you definitely don’t want to miss this one. It’s out in July.

The Tuscan Contessa by Dinah Jefferies. I’m a huge fan of Dinah’s and I really enjoyed this book. Full of mystery and intrigue. Fantastic characters and a great historical setting. It was just a great book. It’s out July 23rd.

These are the books, I hope you’ve read some fantastic books in this time.

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: Only You by Kate Eberlen

Title: Only You

Author: Kate Eberlen

Length: 432 pages

Publisher: Mantle Books

Synopsis: Letty and Alf are the only English speakers at an Italian class in Rome, where they discover the language that really connects them is dance: Letty’s first love was ballet, while Alf was a junior ballroom champion. They come from different worlds until the moment they waltz around the Piazza Navona, and everything changes. But one moment can’t change the past, and it’s clear that Alf and Letty still have their secrets. What caused them to leave their lives in England behind? And who, or what, are they running from? As their relationship happens, it becomes harder and harder to tell the truth. When the unthinkable happens, Letty returns to London and Alf to Blackpool. Will they spend their lives apart, or discover future together?

I’ll start by saying I loved this book. It really was the perfect escape for these troubling times. I got lost in this book and it was a joy to do so.

Spilt into three sections, we find the two main characters Letty and Alf in Rome, both leaving behind things they’d rather forget, then we find out the reason why the came to be in Rome, and finally how it all ends.

I love the Rome section, I wanted to be in Rome with them. Kaye made it feel like I was. It had beautiful descriptions. I loved all the knowledge of the monuments and buildings put into the novel. You can tell an Kate did her research and for me it really added to the book. This Rome part wasn’t done in a silly way and I loved it. Sometimes it can feel like teens running away or just a summer fling, but it was done so well it made the love story incredibly believeable. I want my own summer in Rome.

I also loved the love story. It was so well done. Like really well done. It was organic and believeable and just beautiful. I was rooting for them. I got that feeling in my stomach, so that’s how I know it’s a good love story. But boy did it end on a cliffhanger.

Section two got darker than I expected, but I liked it. It dealt with some serious issues. It definitely gave the characters a lot of depth and explained somethings that happened in the ‘present’ section. Alf and Letty were just the best characters to follow. They were both sweet, kind, flawed, confused and loveable. I wanted them to have their happy ending.

Then the last section, the section I read so fast because I needed to know if all my questions would be answered. And I can safely say they were. Now, I won’t tell you how. You’ll find out when you read it. Because trust me you won’t want to miss this book.

I said it earlier and I’ll say it again, this book really was the perfect escape and I loved it. You’ll fall in love with the characters, the setting and the story. It’s a perfectly written, sweet story. It’ll make you believe in love, break your heart, but I think it might just put it back together again.

Thank you so much to Mantle Books for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. Its out now.

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: ‘In Five Years’ by Rebecca Serle

Title: ‘In Five Years ‘

Author: Rebecca Serle

Length: 272 pages

Publisher: Quercus

I was pleased when I was gifted a copy of this book from Quercus, it didn’t sit on my tbr long before I picked it up.

Synopsis: Where do you see yourself in five years? Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan has been in possession of her meticulously crafted answer since she understood the question. On the day that she nails the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man, she’s well on her way to fulfilling her life goals. That night Dannie falls asleep only to wake up in a different apartment with a different ring on her finger, and in the company of a very different man. The TV is on in the background, and she can just make out the date. It’s the same night – December 15th – but 2025, five years in the future. It was just a dream, she tells herself when she wakes, but it felt so real… Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind. That is, until four and a half years later, when Dannie turns down a street and there, standing on the corner, is the man from her dream…

Ohhh, I really enjoyed this book. A lot. Funny, intriguing and super emotional. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be and I loved that.

In ‘In Five Years’ we meet Dannie as she is close to getting the life she has always dreamed of. The job, the finance, the best friend. But when all that is thrown into question when Dannie sees what her life will be in five years and it’s nothing like she planned.

This was a love story but not the kind I expected. I have to say after reading the first few pages, I thought I knew how this book was going to end. But boy was I wrong. I even found myself smiling as I was reading. I was looking forward to finding out what was going to happen. How everything would unfold. It was so intriguing.

Then the twist came. Oh that twist. I didn’t see it coming and it broke my damn heart. Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil it for you. All I’ll say is get your tissues ready. Bring a few, trust me you’ll need more that just one. It’s been a while since a book has made me cry like that.

I have to be honest and say there are still a few things that I question about the book and the story. Why did Dannie see how her life would turn out? It was never explained. Also some of the choices Dannie made confused me, or the lack of reasoning behind the choice. But it didn’t take away my enjoyment, or my love for this book.

I read this around the two year anniversary of my mums death. The whole time I was reading it, all I could think was how much my mum would’ve loved this book. How I wish that I could share it with her. And I can’t really think of a higher compliment than that.

I can’t recommend this book enough. It a heartfelt, heartbreaking, emotional book that will remind you what’s important in life and the power of love and friendships. I’m so glad I read this book.

JUST REMEMBER TO HAVE SOME TISSUES WITH YOU WHEN YOU READ THIS BOOK. YOU WILL NEED THEM.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Thanks to Quercus books for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out March 5th.

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: ‘Yes No Maybe So’ by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Title: Yes No Maybe So

Authors: Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Length: 440 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I was lucky enough to be sent this book from Simon & Schuster and I added it to my TBR, but who am I kidding. I started it right away.

Synopsis: Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for local state candidate – as long as he’s behind the scenes. There’s no way he’d knock on people’s door to ask for their vote… until he meets Maya. Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is cancelled, her parents are separating and now her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing – with some awkward guy she hardly knows… Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all the polls are getting closer – and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural crush of the century is another thing entirely.

In ‘Yes No Maybe So’ we meet Jamie and Maya. Jamie, who is going to speak at his sisters bat mitzvah and Maya, who is facing the summer without her best friend. As the two get involved in local politics, they get to know each other and grow close.

This book has fantastic characters. Both Jamie and Maya are a joy to read. Each of them go on their own journey and I loved reading that. With Albertalli writing Jamie and Saeed writing Maya, it just works. It also has great side characters, like Jamie’s grandma and sister. A special shout out to Sophie (Jamie’s sister) because I loved her and she made me laugh.

Now as you all know, I loved a good slow burn romance. I’m not ashamed to admit it, and Ohhhh, ‘Yes No Maybe So’ has a good one. And it was a slow one (in a good way) I even began to wonder if it would happen. It was real, natural and super sweet. Of course once it happened it wasn’t any easy ride, but I loved it. It worked so well because they chemistry that Albertalli and Saeed created between Jamie and Maya was fantastic, because they bonded over something, the relationship was organic and that’s what made it work.

Okay, so here’s what I really loved about ‘Yes No Maybe So’ I loved it’s message. I think this book will inspire young adults. I really do. Albertalli and Saeed show that getting involved in politics can be fun (canvassing with a friend) but can also really make a difference. It’s such a important aspect of this book and it comes across great. I loved the political element, it feels so real.

The writing is sharp, witty and sweet. Full of inclusivity and diversity, with Jewish and Muslim religion being represented beautifully and more importantly honestly. It’s a book that’s educational and full of facts but it never feels like you’re just reading a list of facts, they’re woven well into the narrative of the story.

I highly recommend this book. Its a super quick read, and if you’re like me you won’t be able to put it down. It’s a sweet, funny romance with a political message. This book has something to say. I hope you get inspired by it.

Thank you to Olivia and Simon & Schuster for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out February 4th.

Until the next review

JTH