Morning my loves.
Today I’m going to be giving you 3 mini reviews of the best books I read while I was on jollying in Spain at the beginning of the month. I read a total of 7 books while I was away for a week and the following books are my favourite of the bunch (though I don’t think I rated anything below a 3 stars, except for one which was a complete disaster and was lucky to even get 2 stars from me!)
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J. Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love. But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean? Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .
I won’t write a great whopping review here because I’ve already written a post declaring my love for this book, which you can find right here. What I will say though, is that you NEED this book. Total 5/5 star read and I wish everyone would pick up a copy!. You can get yours here
One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus
Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
Okay, so everyone had been raving about this book. A great new YA thriller that’s a cross between The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars. I mean come on, your sold on it already aren’t you? What I loved about this one is that its only about 360 odd pages but it really packs a punch in that time. So full of twists and turns its really hard to figure out whodunnit! Admittedly though, I did work out who it was just before the reveal, but thats probably due to the sheer amount of thrillers and mystery books I’ve read over the years. Some of the characters are likeable while some began to grate on me a little, but overall I found them all to be very believable. A great fast-faced YA thriller. Perfect for this time of the year! 5/5 stars. Get your copy here
The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
I listened to the audio book of this one and I love that I did that. Several reasons, firstly Christian Coulson’s voice is like butter and so so sexy. Secondly, I am a speed reader, which is helpful with my law degree but sometimes it doesn’t allow me to fully appreciate the book I am reading, by having it read TO me I got to completely immerse myself I the story and I loved it! I loved Monty, even though he was a bit of a douche at times, he was a loveable douche. And Percy, oh Percy you absolute darling. I loved the travel in this book, I loved the twists and turns, and above all I loved the diversity contained within its pages (Monty being bisexual and Percy being mixed-race). This is probably a contender for one of my favourite books of the year. 5/5 stars. If you haven’t got your copy already, get it here
And there we have it my loves, the top books I read while on holiday at the beginning of October. What are your favourite recent reads? I’m always on the hunt for great new reads so let me know your favourites in the comments down below!
Peace and pages