Changeling, Matt Wesolowski: Book Review

CHANGELING BY MATT WESOLOWSKI. WHAT A BOOK. I AM SO EXCITED TO TELL YOU ABOUT THIS ONE, I HONESTLY CANNOT COPE. WHAT A TWIST. WHAT A DELIGHT. MIND BLOWN. HELLA GOOD. HELLLLAAAAAAAAAA!

These, ladies and gentlemen, were my thoughts as soon as I finished the book. I’ve given it a week before writing the full review, so I could give you my thoughts once I’d calmed down. The verdict? STILL HELLA GOOD.

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Becoming the Supervet: Listening to the Animals, Noel Fitzpatrick: Book Review

It’s my first review of 2019, and we’re starting it off with a good’un. In case you missed it, Becoming the Supervet: Listening to the Animals by Noel Fitzpatrick made it into my Top Reads of 2018 list.

You may have watched the TV programme, The Supervet, or have heard of the man who works wonders with animals. Becoming the Supervet goes behind the scenes, and takes you on Fitzpatrick’s journey from his upbringing, to where he is now.

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Bookmark That’s Top Reads of 2018

Heck, I can’t believe it’s that time of year again. It feels like only yesterday (ok maybe like 2 months ago), that I was writing Bookmark That’s Top Reads of 2017, and now here we are – 2018!

I just want to say a big thank you to you, for joining me along my reading this year. It’s been full of laughs, tears, shocks and lots of wishing that I didn’t read horror at night – but that’s the fun about books! Every story is different and takes you on a different journey and thank you for reading along with me.

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7 short books you need to read…

As much as the next book lover, I find myself reading 300/400 pages books and then being a bit lost with what to do next. Since becoming a book blogger, I’ve found some absolute gems which are short books, so I thought I’d compile them all here in one handy place.

Short books: A) help you get out of a reading slump, B) fill in some time between reads, or C) bring enjoyment and themes in only a few pages (and that takes some skill!).

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Christmas gift ideas for your favourite bookworm!

It’s the 1st December! Which means it’s now “acceptable” to discuss Christmas (although I’ve totally been doing this for the past two months).

As Christmas Day is getting closer, you may be worrying what to get your favourite bookworm, but don’t worry, because Bookmark That have you covered with a variety of gift ideas ranging in price (affordable, though) – there’s something here for everyone.

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Overkill, Vanda Symon: Book Review

Overkill by Vanda Symon is one of those books where you’re just sat reading, minding your own business, and then all of a sudden you’ve read 130 pages and wondering where the time has gone.

When I was at a book launch back in May, I was talking to someone who had read this book earlier in the year, and she said this was her most anticipated book of the year so far and she loved it. She’d set the expectation so high for Overkill, and trust me, I was NOT disappointed.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Book and Play Review

The eighth story. Nineteen years later.

So I read the story when it first came out in 2016, and managed to get tickets in 2017 for a show in 2018. I wanted to wait until I saw the stage production before giving you the full review. As of Wednesday 6 June, I am all Harry Potter’ed up.

This review contains no spoilers of neither the play nor book of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, however the story itself does contain spoilers of the previous 7 Harry Potter books.

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The Moor, Sam Haysom

The Moor by Sam Haysom is something else. If I could insert fire emojis* into this post, I totally would.

For me, this book ticks all the boxes. It’s got the thrills, the chapters that make your skin crawl, and is so wonderfully written. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. No. Joke.

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The Development, Jackie Kabler

This. BOOK. I’m honestly so obsessed with The Development by Jackie Kabler. The characters. The story. The TENSION.

I didn’t have time to read this all in one sitting, but there were many occasions when I couldn’t stop thinking about this book, so had to make time to read a chapter. I even took it with me when cooking so I could read a page – although, I wouldn’t recommend this, as you’ll be too engrossed that you’ll burn your food (OPPS!).

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The Green Mile, Stephen King

So, I’m late to the party but I’ve finally read The Green Mile by Stephen King and I was amazed and devastated in equal measure – seriously, it took me nearly a week to pick up another book. This book is so incredibly well written and whilst it is a quick read, I could not read this book in one sitting because I just couldn’t take that much heartbreak in one go. Normally, I don’t get choked up when reading books but there were so many points in this book that brought me close!

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The House, Simon Lelic

Not sure if The House, Simon Lelic was that good or whether the creepiness kept me awake all night reading this. Either way, this is one of those books definitely worth losing sleep over.

Upon finishing The House, I just really wanted to shake Lelic’s hand. For me, this book is exactly what a psychological thriller should be.

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Good Me Bad Me, Ali Land

Whenever I went into my local Waterstones (basically twice weekly), I would pick Good Me Bad Me up and then put it back down.

One week, a lady in front of me picked it up as I was putting it down for the umpteenth time and saw she was purchasing it. Got huge FOMO (fear of missing out) and finally bought it.

My only regret is not purchasing Good Me Bad Me the first time around, because booooy is this a good book.

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I See You, Clare Mackintosh

Wouldn’t be lying if I said I read this all in one night, pals. Maybe because I was scared and just over-whelmed: who knows?

I’d heard such high praise for Clare Mackintosh, I knew I had to read this and give you the low-down. I was slightly worried, because some of my thriller recommendations end up being very predictable, but nope, not this one. Booooooooooooooy, are you guys in for a treat. Without further ado, I See You, Clare Mackintosh:

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Hot Milk, Deborah Levy

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016

I know I’m pretty late jumping on the band wagon here, but Hot Milk is a powerful, must-read novel. Better late than never, right?

Once you establish this isn’t a thriller, but in fact a story of truth, identity and realism, you will not be surprised why Hot Milk made the shortlist.

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Ragdoll, Daniel Cole

I was actually due to upload another review this week, but had to push it back because I needed to share Ragdoll, Daniel Cole with you as soon as possible.

Big shout-out to the tube again for providing me with top notch book ideas with their top notch marketing (I promise I’m not an affiliate for TFL).

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Hide and Seek, M. J. Arlidge

*CONTAINS SPOILERS OF PREQUEL*

Hide and Seek follows on from Little Boy Blue in M. J. Arlidge’s series of the DI Helen Grace novels. If you’ve yet to read Little Boy Blue (why?), please stop reading now otherwise SPOILERS.

I posted a review of Little Boy Blue three weeks ago, hopefully giving you enough time to read and get sucked in to everything DI Helen Grace.

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