Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: All These Beautiful Strangers (Elizabeth Klehfoth)

Klehfoth, Elizabeth - All These Beautiful Strangers

★★★★★☆☆

Title: All These Beautiful Strangers
Author: Elizabeth Klehfoth
Genre: Fiction/YA/Mystery   Pages: 504
First published: 2018
Edition: Paperback, published by Penguin in 2018

Like all Calloways, Charlie’s been taught that she’s different, special – better. So when her school’s super-exclusive secret society extends a mysterious invitation. But their secrets go deeper than she knows. Charlie finds herself thrust into the centre of a decades-old mystery – one that implicates her family in not one terrible crime, but two.

This is a very well written YA mystery that I enjoyed quite a bit.

The story is pretty drama-filled, but that did not bother me that much. The writing is pretty solid, uncomplicated and very readable. I have to say that the mystery is not that mysterious, there are no shocking reveals in my opinion, but I still lapped it up. I liked the characters, even if they could be a bit over the top at times.

This is the kind of book that reads away easily and it is a perfect summer read.

Now, this definitely has echoes of TV shows like Pretty Little Liars with its wealthy cast of teenage characters and deceit and family secrets, so if that is not your bag, don’t pick this up. If you do like that kind of thing, I don’t think you will be disappointed.  

5 out of 7 stars

 

 

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My Poetry

From my notebook: Soundwaves

I never post anything I write, because, well, it’s not very good… But I came across this bit of poetry that I wrote a while back. I kind of like it, so why not post it? I have no idea what it is about. I think I just liked the words. 

Don’t worry, this won’t happen too often!

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SOUNDWAVES

Ladylike abandon
Lipstick masquerades
Masterly we crafted
Invisible barricades

Acquiesce the voices
Marauder of my soul
Conspicuous as ever
Into infinity we fall

Fight against the masses
Lift up your netted wings
Waltz into tomorrow
On broken cello strings

Envelope the dusk
A labyrinth of twilight
Then triumph over silence
So mysteriously light

Lungs open wide in rapture
Sound permeates the skies
Hurricanes defeated
Screams turn into sighs

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Let me know what you think!

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: The Bees (Laline Paull)

Paull, Laline - The Bees

★★★★★☆☆

Title: The Bees
Author: Laline Paull
Genre: Fiction/Animal Fiction/Fantasy   Pages: 346
First published: 2014
Edition: Paperback, published by Fourth Estate in 2015

Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen.

This book had been on my shelves for a couple of years, but I finally decided to pick it up. I am glad I did.

We follow the story of worker bee Flora 717, who is different from other bees. We see the workings of the hive from her perspective. It makes The Bees a unusual book, but I did find it very readable.

I am partial to animal fiction and this one was pretty well done. I was not blown away by the narrative and the plot did not really surprise me, but I did enjoy it quite a bit.

The writing is fine. The author clearly researched their subject very well and managed to spin what science knows about honeybees into a plausible story.

If you like your novels a bit more relatable, this may not be the book for you, but if the idea of a book about bees appeals to you or you just fancy something a bit different, I would highly recommend you give this a try. It’s a good buzz.

5 out of 7 stars

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 10 July 2019

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WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?

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Paull, Laline - The BeesWhat am I currently reading?

I have 50 pages to go of The Bees by Laline Paull. It is a book that I bought in July 2017 and I really wanted to read it back then, but never got round to it. So, I decided to read it in July 2019 and it is a very unusual book. You don’t often read books with a bee as the main character! I don’t LOVE it, but it is definitely a good read. I am expecting to finish it today.

What did I recently finish reading?

Since last week I have finished Singletini by Amanda Trimble, which really wasn’t very good, and Crashing The A-List by Summer Heacock. The latter was a NetGalley eARC and though a tad predictable it was a fun read.

What do I think I will read next?

I am not 100% sure yet. I may read All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth to change things up a bit. I will probably also start The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young, which was given to me by my mother-in-law in July last year.

 

Music · Music Monday

Music Monday: Street Spirit (Radiohead)

Music Monday is hosted by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek.

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Now, I don’t like Radiohead. Shock! Horror! I think they are pretentious as f**k (excuse the swearing, but much needed). The band is, their fans are, I just don’t like any of it. But… I have always loved this particualr song. It does something to my heart, like all the best music does. It’s the rhythm, gentle but urgent, and the momentum that slowly builds underneath.

Do you have songs you love by bands or artists you really don’t like?

 

 

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: Crashing The A-List (Summer Heacock)

Heacock, Summer - Crashing the A-List

★★★★★☆☆

Title: Crashing The A-List
Author: Summer Heacock
Genre: Fiction/Contemporary/Chicklit   Pages: 400
First published: to be published 9 July 2019 by Mira Books (Harlequin)
Edition: e-ARC courtesy of Netgalley and the publisher

After four months of unemployment, former book editor Clara Montgomery is officially stuck–stuck sleeping on her little brother’s ugly couch in Queens, stuck scrolling through job listings in search of a new editorial position…and just desperate enough to take on a temporary gig clearing out abandoned storage units.

Then Clara comes across a unit that was once owned by an escort service and finds the brothel “résumé” of a younger Caspian Tiddleswich, an astonishingly famous British actor. She has no intention of cashing in on her discovery, but her awkward attempts to reassure Caspian that his secret is safe go awry.

This is a classic hate to love story and I definitely had fun with it.

Our main character Clara is relatable and I loved her sassy friend CiCi. Their friendship really shines throughout the story. The love interest is a Hollywood actor, so if you are not into that type of thing, that might be a problem. I did not mind that. Though he was not my favourite love interest in the world, there definitely was chemistry and that is what counts in novels like these.

The plot was kind of predictable, but I do not think I enjoyed it any less for that. I enjoyed the writing and the dialogue felt pretty natural. It never got too soppy. The ending could have been a bit tighter; there was a bit of a monologue that felt a bit like overkill, but it could not ruin the novel for me.

The perfectly good book to snuggle up with to escape the world. If the synopsis sounds up your street I would definitely recommend it.

5 out of 7 stars

Book Haul · Books

June 2019 Book Haul

Oh yeah, I did buy some books in June. I did not go too crazy, but my shelves did gain some inmates.

I bought a bunch of new books and just a quartet of used ones.

So, let’s do new first…

NEW BOOKS

 

  • A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman) – I read the e-book and loved it so much I needed the physical copy in my life!
  • Albert Einstein (Ned Hartley & Tom Humberstone) – A Graphic History! How cool is that!
  • A Game of Thrones (George R R Martin) – A beautiful illustrated edition to replace my tatty mass paperback. I have read it before.
  • Birthday (Meredith Russo) – Read this not long after it arrived, loved it!

 

  • Autoboyography (Christina Lauren) – This cover has been calling my name for ages. It was on cheap and I could not resist. Now if only the content lives up to that cover!
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Seanan McGuire) – Now I liked Every Heart a Doorway, but did not love it like everyone else seemed to. Yet, I am curious enough to continue the series now.
  • Seeker (Veronica Rossi) – Totally a cover buy – who doesn’t like a smokey horse! I have the first book on my shelves. I should read that soon!
  • The Screaming Staircase (Jonathan Stroud) – I have heard such good things – I need to read it!

USED BOOKS

used books

  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
  • Four Letter Word (anthology) – All about love 🙂
  • Singletini (Amanda Trimble) – Already read it – it’s not great…
  • The Balance Thing (Margaret Dumas) – Because it is always handy to have some chick lit ready to go…

I was particularly happy with the Shakespeare collection. I have been meaning to get myself one for ages. Now I have one! Those four books cost me €2,75 in total.

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So that’s 12 books in total. 4 of which I have already read and one  (the Shakespeare) that is not meant for my TBR. So, that’s ‘only’ 7 books added to my TBR pile…