On The Bookshelf: February & March 2020

Unfortunately I didn’t get through quite as many books as I had hoped these past few months, but here is a round up of the ones I did read…

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus

29/01/2020 – 01/02/2020

This might be an unpopular opinion, but I think I enjoyed this more than One Of Us Is Lying. It was a great story with twists and turns, and I definitely didn’t guess who the kidnapper-slash-murderer was (although maybe I should have, it’s never really the boyfriend, is it?)
The last words of the book sent a shiver right through my heart, and although essentially all the plot lines were tied up into a bow like a stand-alone, I’d be fascinated to read a prequel/sequel where we find out the motive for Sarah’s disappearance.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

01/02/2020 – 15/02/2020

This was an incredible concept for a book, and looking back on it I think it was truly brilliant, but what in Wonderland was that ending supposed to be?? I suppose I should’ve known that’s how it would end, because it had to finish set for the original Alice In Wonderland, but it was still a shock and I feel like my heart just got ripped out.
I thought this book was great, with all the whimsy bakery dreams and how it gave the Queen Of Hearts a real human backstory. The ending though. I. Am. Crushed.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

16/02/2020 – 19/02/2020

Ten out of ten for concept, that was a pretty freaking cool idea to have a subspecies that can change how people look. And weave in a bit of mythology and gods too? You got me.
I did really like this book, but it didn’t grab me in the way that I couldn’t put it down. Looking forward to seeing the direction the story takes in the sequel, as I feel books like this tend to lose something as a series – but we’ll see!

The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

20/02/2020 – 04/03/2020

I have to admit that usually I can’t stand sequels where the main characters are on the run from the controlling authority, they all seem to be the same. Find a rebel group and then live underground for 80% of the book. I thought The Everlasting Rose would probably follow this formula, and to an extent it did – but it didn’t have the monotony that many sequels tend to have. I really enjoyed the continuation of the story, and the way it was carried out.
Surprised to find out there’s another book in this series coming out in future, as I felt this could have been a nice tidy ending… but I’m intrigued!!

Chain Of Gold by Cassandra Clare

04/03/2020 – 17/03/2020

A Cassie Clare book that didn’t end with me sobbing on my bedroom floor? Thanks for having mercy on my emotions for once. Although I do still feel like Cortana has been driven through my shippers heart, I can bear it.
It took me a while to get into the story this time and keep up with who all the characters were, but after a while you settle into the familiarity you have with the world and the families. Super excited for the next two books and the emotional destruction they will undoubtedly bring.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

17/03/2020 – 20/03/2020

Well, wow. I knew this book was going to be an emotional journey, but I could have cried at almost every page. I think we’ve all, in our minds, made a “hate list” or some sort of tally of all the people that have done us wrong thinking it was an innocent thing and that we were the victims, but for someone to take that list out of your hands and use it to determine who to target in a horrifically violent crime is something that would never cross your mind as a possibility. Was Valerie the victim? Was she to blame? Was she both? When you can see a situation from everyone’s perspective, is there even an answer?
There’s a lot to take away from this book, but, when you strip it right back, what it shows is that the world could use a little more kindness.

If you’ve got any recommendations of books that you think I should read, please leave me a comment or message me on Instagram – because you can never have enough things on your to-read list!

Love,

Amie


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