REVIEW: Insatiable by Daisy Buchanan

In brief: Nothing is going to plan in Violet’s life until she meets the glamourous Lottie and Simon. Suddenly, everything is sorted – but for how long? The good: It’s honest about everything. The not-so-good: The ending was a little too neat for me. Why I chose it: Sounded interesting. Thanks to Hachette for the... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (Bridgerton #1)

In brief: The first book about the Bridgerton family in Regency England focuses on Daphne and her fake courtship with Simon, Duke of Hastings. The good: It’s deliciously fun. The not-so-good: Those expecting the TV series on paper may be disappointed – just remember that the book came first. Why I chose it: Loved the... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Luster by Raven Leilani

In brief: Edie’s life is a mess of wrong choices. When she meets Eric, it’s meant to be nothing but a hook-up but somehow she gets entangled with his whole family The good: It’s warts and all, no pretty Instagram filters here. The not-so-good: Sometimes the reader feels far removed from Edie and the action.... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

In brief: Jenny’s life is falling apart at the seams. The only thing good is Instagram…until it turns around to bite her too. The good: Some interesting ideas explored. The not-so-good: It really didn’t flow for me and it was difficult to feel for Jenny. Why I chose it: Really, really enjoyed Animals. Year: 2020... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Outlawed by Anna North

In brief: Ada’s life seemed great until she was unable to give her husband a child. Now she’s been thrown out of town and the only real option is to join the Hole in the Wall gang of bushrangers. The good: It’s wonderfully inventive, yet eerily familiar. The not-so-good: Just be aware this contains some... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Beach Read by Emily Henry

In brief: January’s happily ever after life has fallen apart. When she ends up living next to former rival Gus, they form a bet – write a novel in each other’s genre and get it sold first. But they could actually start to become friends or more… The good: Great premise. The not-so-good: I felt... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

In brief: In sixteenth century England, a girl falls ill and her brother runs for help. What happens over the next week will shape a marriage and many lives. The good: Some scenes are heartbreaking. The not-so-good: Took some time to get into, particularly the movement from past to present and back again. Why I... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

In brief: Nina’s life isn’t going completely to plan. While she’s successful at work and has great friends, a relationship has eluded her for years. But when she meets Max, things seem perfect – right? The good: Both fun and sad. The not-so-good: The subplot with the neighbour didn’t quite fall into place for me.... Continue Reading →

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