My Secret Self By Julia Fulford-Kirby

 

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“I hold back my tears – an effort doomed to fail as I walk, head down, battling against the driving rain and my own emotions. How could this happen? How could I not have seen this happening? My life, my fiancé, my Jack. Have I really lost him?”

Kim Carter is in a situation usually reserved for clichéd romantic comedies. She’s just discovered her fiancé Jack in bed with her friend Kate a week before the wedding. Clichéd? Maybe. What’s not clichéd, however, is the mood of the moment. With a lack of guilt, remorse or even sympathy from the cheating pair, Kim is left feeling like the naïve intruder whose unannounced presence has ruined a romantic and cosy morning. Continue reading

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Fracture – Megan Miranda

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“A lot can happen in eleven minutes. Decker can run two miles easily in eleven minutes. I once wrote an English essay in ten. No lie … Eleven minutes might as well be eternity underwater. “

The first title I read by Megan Miranda was Soulprint her third book released. So when I happened to spot Fracture in my local library I snatched it up and scurried home to read it. Okay, so I may have read the blurb first… and a couple of sentences to get an idea of tone… and I may have stayed at the library looking at other books… but that doesn’t sound nearly as dramatic, does it? I was curious to see what her first book would be like up against Soulprint. Would it be as strong? Would I be drawn to the characters? Would the plot be lacking or would it leave an impression? Clearly the only way I was going to get answers was by reading it. And that’s what I did. In one sitting. Continue reading

The Savages – Matt Whyman

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The first thing I noticed about Matt Whyman’s The Savages was the cover: a vibrant family portrait with a lot of personality. It may sound simple and judgemental to go by the cover alone but it was powerful enough to get me to read it and, after all, isn’t that the point of a book cover? Continue reading

I Take You – Eliza Kennedy

I Take You

“Because I should love Will. He’s such a wonderful person. So very lovable. He possesses so many wonderful, lovable, admirable qualities. There’s only one quality that he lacks. The quality to be more than one man.”

 
Lily Wilder is getting married. Will is a sweet, unassuming museum curator
with great charm who would make a perfectly caring and loyal husband. It’s
just a shame that Lily, on the other hand, is what her family calls “a free spirit”,“a live wire” and “a brazen slut” who has a tendency to be drawn to trouble. Continue reading

Once You Read A Stephanie Plum Novel (or anything by Janet Evanovich) There’s No Going Back

Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter who relies on dumb luck, sass and spunk to get her through the day as she tracks down bail jumpers and tries to bring them in with often hilarious results. It’s not her dream job but it pays the bills and keeps her pet hamster, Rex, fed.

There’s something about the narrative and characters that drags you in and has you laughing out loud before you’ve even finished the first Continue reading

SoulPrint – Megan Miranda

“Most souls are free of their pasts. Of their crimes and transgressions, their love and hate. Because a soul has no memory, and that’s a scientific fact. Still, most people agree it’s better not to find out who you once were. And if you do find out, it’s best to keep that knowledge to yourself. Because while the soul has no memory, the world does, and that is usually enough (pg. 7).”

If knowledge of your past life had the power to change or destroy you, would you want to know it? What if that decision was stripped from you at birth? What if you had no choice but to be forever reminded of who you once were? For Alina Chase this is a grim reality. From birth her life is not her own and her soul is denied a fresh start. When her parents try to fight for her privacy they are removed from her life entirely and she is placed into government care. From then on she is kept in a house on an island and raised by staff who are rotated on a regular basis to avoid attachment. Continue reading

Shutterspeed – Erwin Mortier

Joris Alderweireldt is a young Flemish boy struggling to fit in and find his place in the world. His father died when he was little and his mother moved to Spain leaving Joris in the care of Aunt Laura and Uncle Werner. Obsessed with getting to know his father (Uncle Werner’s twin) and forge his own special relationship with the past, Joris pours over old photos of his parents and clings to his own limited memories, and those retold by his aunt and uncle, as if they were key to bringing his father back to life. In this way the story is not plot driven or chronological but instead meanders throughout time, piecing together a glimpse of family history and creating a fractured picture of loss, confusion, indifference and naivety all associated with growing up. Continue reading

Thirst – Lizzie Wilcock

“Karanda gazed out the window at the flat, crimson desert speeding by. The sun was setting. An arrowhead of white birds flitted across the sky. A mob of kangaroos bounded toward the distant hills (pg. 1).”

Karanda, a fourteen year old girl with abandonment and trust issues, is on her way from Darwin to Alice Springs to yet another foster home. With her is fellow foster kid Solomon, an eight year old boy with puppy dog brown eyes and blonde hair who hasn’t spoken much on their two day drive. When their car crashes (no thanks to Karanda’s attitude) and they are stranded in the harsh Australian desert they are left with a choice; stay and wait for help or traipse off into the desert and find a way to start a new life. Continue reading

The Divergent Trilogy – Veronica Roth

I have become one of those people who watch the movie first and then read the books later. Although, that’s usually a result of not knowing about the book until the movie’s release. Still, there is something to the logic of watching the movie first. By participating in the reverse order I find I can appreciate both versions for what they are – separate works that tie in with one another. It also avoids major disappointment in the movie, having not become fiercely attached to the book version (for that reason I disliked Girl with a Pearl Earring and One for The Money with a passion).

Ok, so I am a little late to the bandwagon, but I have just recently finished reading the hugely popular Divergent trilogy of books by author Veronica Roth and I must say, I am a fan. This is largely due to the fact that I have seen Divergent and Insurgent at the cinemas so I was able to visualise the cinematic version of the people and the world.

I found the books to be an easy yet engaging read with each novel taking Continue reading