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. 

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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

 

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