Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes – Book Review 


What a great idea for a novel. 50% one story, 50% lots of others. I think Moyes might be unparalleled in her ability to grab a reader and thrust them right into the centre of a narrative, no pretext or exposition required.
In just a few short pages she is able to take a reader right until the soul of her characters, where they discover the essence of that person. It’s a rare thing to see right into the heart of a person. Sure, you could argue that it works in a book because the characters aren’t real, but I wholeheartedly disagree. They are your mother, your sister, your best friend, your neighbour, the cranky old woman in the supermarket, the tired young parent in the library. 

Moyes is so successful because she writes about us. These short stories are no different. 

I would thoroughly recommend. 

Paris for One and Other Stories is available for purchase now. 

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Playing Her Cards Right by Rosa Temple – Book Review


The Story 

New year. New life. Fresh start.

Newly minted career girl Magenta Bright reluctantly finds herself growing up – she’s now a live-in girlfriend, a successful business owner, and an obsessive desirer of classic leather handbags.

But, fuelled by her creative talent, Magenta doesn’t seem to know when to stop. Between designing and launching a new range of bags, planning her parents’ second wedding, and whisky binges with scary international model and best friend Anya, something’s got to give, and it’s not long before her relationship with shy artist Anthony is in the firing line.

Will handbags lead to heartbreak for the unstoppable Magenta Bright?

The Review

I’m going to start this review with a little disclaimer: I find it very difficult to feel sympathy for upper-class rich people whose lives are very close to perfect.

I’ll be honest from the beginning. I didn’t really like this book. I’m actually struggling to remember the name of the main character. Interestingy I can recall the names of both her best friend and her boyfriend, so perhaps I’d rather hear a story about either of them. In a way, that’s probably true.

I found the protagonist very difficult to relate to. When hungover, she reaches for Dior sunglasses, and she calls her parents “mother and father”. She’s also her biggest problem. If she would simply talk to anybody about what was going on in her head she’d have very few things to be dealing with. I guess it would make for a very short book, but I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing anyway. Even towards the end when I think she’s finally going to get over herself, she runs away from her problems again. Just frikkin talk to him! 

Having said that, I will concede that she does suffer a true heartbreak during this story. It’s the sort of event that no amount of money or privelage can fight against, and we can truly feel her despair coming through the pages. Even that isn’t enough to turn this around for me though. 

She is spoiled, idiotic, unfunny and cowardly, and I really couldn’t care less what happens to her. 

The List by Patricia Forde is out TODAY


This is a great choice for fans of dystopian sci-fi novels who are looking for a unique concept.

To read a comprehensive review of the novel, take a look here.

You can get the novel from Amazon at this link.

Gingernut x

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