I did a few of these monthly wrap ups last year but I am determined to make them a regular feature in 2020 as they always seem to go down well, and they are also one of my favourite posts to read. Although it does mean my “books I want to read” list grow very, very quickly.. As we are FINALLY at the end of the month I thought I would share with you the books I read in January. I managed 7 books which I am very impressed with – I did 4 e-books (that I was kindly sent by publishers in exchange for reviews), 1 audiobook via Scribd and 2 physical books.
*CONTAINS BOOKS GIFTED IN EXCHANGE FOR HONEST REVIEWS.
BOOKS I READ IN JANUARY
1. THE PERFECT COUPLE* // JACKIE KABLER // DUE FOR RELEASE : 17TH APRIL 2020 (KINDLE) 25TH JUNE 2020 (PAPERBACK)
“A year and a half ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been like something out of a dream. But one Friday evening, Gemma returns home to find Danny is nowhere to be seen. After two days with no word from her husband, Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified with what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees the photos of the victims she is even more stunned…the victims all look just like Danny.
But, the detectives aren’t convinced by Gemma’s story. Why has no one apart from Gemma seen or heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or are there more secrets and lies in this marriage than meets the eye?”
My Thoughts; Loved this! It kept me hooked, had great twists & I just couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed the chapters flicking between the main character, Gemma & the detectives working the case. The characters are all really well written & believable in their roles. 4 STARS.
2. MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER // OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE // Paperback £6.20
“When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other.”
My Thoughts; Highly recommend the audio version of this book! It’s really short and quick to get through as it’s so addictive. The Sister’s relationship is so interesting/fucked up. It was a lot funnier than I expected and the ending isn’t at all what I expected! 4 STARS.
“Five Women. They meet at their NCT Group. The only thing they have in common is they’re all pregnant. Five Secrets. Three years later, they are all good friends. Aren’t they? One Missing Husband. Now the police have come knocking. Someone knows something. And the trouble with secrets is that someone always tells.“
My Thoughts; This book had great twists that I didn’t see coming! The characters were all incredibly written and likeable, you couldn’t help but sympathise with each of their vastly different situations. The chapters flipped between the past & present but it was really easy to keep up. 4.5 STARS.
“Ollie and Will were meant to be a summer fling—casual, fun, and done. But when Ollie’s aunt’s health takes a turn for the worse and his family decides to stay in North Carolina to take care of her, Ollie lets himself hope this fling can grow to something more. Dreams that are crushed when he sees Will at a school party and finds that the sweet and affectionate (and comfortably queer) guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High.
Will is more than a little shocked to see Ollie the evening of that first day of school. While his summer was spent being very much himself, back at school he’s simply known as one of the varsity basketball guys. Now Will is faced with the biggest challenge of his life: follow his heart and risk his friendships, or stay firmly in the closet and lose what he loves most.”
My Thoughts; Incredibly cute LGBT boy meets boy romance. I really liked all the characters and their friendship dynamics. A GREAT book for a young adult audience! Think.. Simon Vs The Homosapien Agenda meets Grease/High School Musical. A nice, easy read! 4 STARS!
“They were the new icons of rock and roll, fated to burn bright and not fade away – until it all came crashing down…
There was Daisy, rock and roll force of nature, brilliant songwriter and unapologetic drug addict, the half-feral child who rose to superstardom. There was Camila, the frontman’s wife, too strong-willed to let the band implode – and all too aware of the electric connection between her husband and Daisy. There was Karen, ice-cool keyboardist, a ferociously independent woman in a world that wasn’t ready for her.
And there were the men surrounding them: the feuding, egotistical Dunne brothers, the angry guitarist chafing on the sidelines, the drummer binge-drinking on his boat, the bassist trying to start a family amid a hedonistic world tour. They were creative minds striking sparks from each other, ready to go up in flames. It’s never just about the music…“
My Thoughts; My favourite book of the month! Absolutely loved it and i’m annoyed I put off reading it for so long. It is written in interview format so really quick to get through. I also completely forgot that the characters are completely fictional and I went to google them multiple times! So much better than I thought it was going to be. 5 STARS!
6. STRANGERS* // C.L.TAYLOR // DUE FOR RELEASE; 2ND APRIL 2020 (KINDLE) 3RD SEPTEMBER 2020 (PAPERBACK)
“Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life. Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards. And Alice is being stalked.
None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die. Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.“
My Thoughts; I found the plot of this quite slow but it definitely had me intrigued and I couldn’t wait to see how it ended. I really liked how we followed 3 separate perspectives, each with an entirely different story but still loosely linked and then we saw all their worlds collide. 3.5 STARS!
“Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. And a cold-blooded killer. His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good… and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.”
My Thoughts; I am a complete Witcher fan girl, the Netflix series is the best thing I’ve watched in a long time! Henry Cavill as Geralt is… perfection! I decided to start reading the book series and i’m hoping to have it finished by the time season 2 is released (2021 WHATTTT). I probably would have enjoyed this book more if I hadn’t have watched the tv series first, and didn’t know what was to come but I really liked it all the same! 3.5 STARS!
I’d love to know what you have read this month? I share regular reading updates on my Instagram stories, Twitter & Goodreads so i’d love it if you followed me on those!