Final Girls by Riley Sager is out TODAY


I LOVED THIS BOOK.

If you’re a fan of thrillers, romance, drama, mystery, or any literature that’s well written, you should read this novel.

You should also read my original review if you want some more concrete reasons as to why it’s awesome.

Buy it, buy it now.

Amazon US, Amazon UK and Goodreads 🙂

Gingernut x

 

The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott – Book Review


Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Story

“Where you are is home…”

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change…

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime. 

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness. 

The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever. 

The Review

My first impressions about this book were wrong. It didn’t grab me, like so many other books do, and I couldn’t work out why. I love the idea of a graphic novel writer for the main character, and the criminal past of her only friend in New York was a great backstory, but I just couldn’t get into it. Well, until the second half, that is. 

I cried in the lunchroom, I cried on the train. I cried in the street. This book just got me. What’s worse, it wasn’t sadness that made the tears flow. There is a rightness to this story, one of those rare tales where you could have guessed what would happen, but the fact of it happening tugged at your emotions all the same. The feelings evoked are akin to those experienced by purveyors of viral videos, where love and charity seem to know no bounds. They drag tears from even the hardest of hearts. 

This book shows the complexities of forgiveness, the thought of which can seem impossible, but the act of which can be your redemption. And not just forgiveness of others, but forgiveness of yourself.

It also explores the idea of good and evil – when does a desire for vengeance against evil become evil itself? Does an evil act make you an evil person? What about if you could have prevented evil, but didn’t? Are you good if you regret an evil act?

What I like about this novel is that even though these themes are clear, they aren’t shoved in your face. If all your looking for is a will-they-won’t-they with a bit more heart than your average romance, this book is perfect. At the same time, if you want something which takes a close look at the human condition, crime and punishment, this would also be a great choice for you.

Scott has managed to find the perfect balance of all these elements in this novel, and I would highly recommend her to any bookworm out there.

The Butterfly Project is out now, and you can buy it here. You can connect with Emma Scott on Twitter and Facebook

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira – Book Review


Rating: 5 out of 5

The Story

In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. 

But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

The Review

Chick lit is hard to write.  Well, let me rephrase. Good chick lit is hard to write. Love stories, for all of their excitement, can be a little predictable to say the least. 

A tall handsome man is lusted after by the quirky self -conscious girl. After some awkward but sexy encounters, they both realise they were meant to be together and they then live happily ever after. 

For a writer to come up with not only a novel twist, but an interesting twist on this ancient recipe is a pretty hard task, particularly when the subject matter is one (I hope) everyone has had at least a little experience of. 

Therefore it gives me great pleasure to introduce Isabel Bandeira and her new novel, Bookishly Ever After… it’s a GOOD chick lit book!! 

As a not-so-secret bookworm, Phoebe grabbed my interest straight away. She loses herself in novels every day, and romance will do no good unless it comes straight off the pages of the latest paperback. You can’t really argue with that – men in books are the very best.

By creating a character I instantly connected with, Bandeira quickly drew me in. I love Phoebe’s independent, I-don’t-care-what-you-think attitude. Although she does fit in with the classic personality of many women in romantic novels, she has enough about her that she still feels like a tangible person. 

We’ve also got a really charming love interest, a great cast of supporting characters, and most importantly a plot which is perfectly paced and teases just enough in all the right places. 

You’ll not find any x-rated bedroom scenes, but it doesn’t need them to keep things exciting.  A tastefully written story that keeps you turning pages, and one that I would highly recommend. 

Yesterday by Felicia Yap – Book Review


Rating: 4 out of 5

The Story

How do you solve a murder when you can only remember yesterday?

There are two types of people in the world. Those who can only remember yesterday, and those who can also recall the day before.

You have just one lifeline to the past: your diary. Each night, you write down the things that matter. Each morning, your diary tells you where you were, who you loved and what you did.

Today, the police are at your door. They say that the body of your husband’s mistress has been found in the River Cam. They think your husband killed her two days ago.

Can you trust the police? Can you trust your husband? Can you trust yourself? 

The Review
People are calling this the thriller of the summer. I have to admit, I can see where they are coming from. A brilliant premise sets up the foundations for a mystery the reader can’t get out of their head. In a world where you could only remember yesterday, you can’t help but wonder how you would live your life.  Yap seamlessly intertwines this dystopian reality with our world, allowing the reader to fully engross themselves within this captivating thriller. 

Yap’s characters are strong, with clear motives and beliefs. I am a firm believer that if you have good characters, you have a good story, but Yap goes one step further and gives us great plot as well. Our antagonist is both sympathetic and disagreeable, and her revenge plot is totally believable. I can’t give too much away, but the heart of this tale is in it’s cast. A vile and arrogant author is particularly interesting. 

As with all great thrillers, Yesterday has many unexpected twists. The latter end of the novel is chock full of them, but unfortunately this is also where the story falls down. Complex plots inevitably lead to plot holes, and there is one I’m finding difficult to ignore. I can’t say what it is, but if you read the book give me a message and we can discuss it.  

If you’re a fan of character -driven drama that keeps you on your toes, this is one for you. 

Yesterday is released for sale on 10th August 2017, and you can contact Yap on Twitter

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern – Book Review


Flawed was an incredibly original, sometimes harrowing but often uplifting novel looking at some of the deepest flaws in human nature. Perfect, the sequel, I feel has suffered as many sequels do, by having too successful an origin story. Whilst flawed was surprising and heart-wrenching, there were few such moments in Perfect. It was certainly an enjoyable read, with an engaging main character, but it lacked the suspense of its predecessor. I never had any doubt that good would win out – but sometimes a bit of uncertainty makes more for exciting reading.

 

Perfect is out now on kindle and paperback.