The Hunger Games by Suzzane Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzzane Collins

Title - The Hunger Games
Author - Suzzane Collins 
Published - Dec '11
Publisher - Scholastic 
Genre - #Young Adult #Romance #Dystopian #Science Fiction #Fantasy
Pages - 448
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £5.87 Kindle - £5.46
ISBN - 1407132083

This book is set in the future where reality TV has taken a dark and terrifying turn. There are twelve towns known as districts and the main city which is known as the Capital. 

Every year one boy and one girl from each district are chosen to participate in The Hunger Games. All participants are taken away from there districts and their families, they are taken to the Capital, where they are prepared to take part in the televised Hunger Games. 

The Hunger Games has only one rule, Kill or be killed. 24 contestants enter The Hunger Games but only one can leave there alive and therefore victorious. 




Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

Title - Eclipse 
Author - Stephanie Meyer
Published - July '18
Publisher - Atom
Genre - #Fantasy #Young Adult #Romance #Supernatural #Horror
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £7.22 Kindle - £5.49
Pages - 576
ISBN - 1904233910

Seattle is being terrorised by a string of mysterious killings. It's not long before Bella and the Cullens figure out its newborn vampires doing the killing, but who is behind it all and why are they coming for Bella and the Cullens? 

With graduation approaching Bella has a choice to make, stay human or become a vampire and be with Edward forever. On top of all this Bella needs to decide who she wants to be with, who she loves, her werewolf best friend Jacob or her vampire boyfriend Edward.

This is the third book in the Twilight Saga. I had honestly forgotten how good this series is. I really enjoyed rereading it again. I love the love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob. To have two people madly in love with you must be so overwhelming. 

Jacob is my favourite character. I just love everything about him, he's sweet and loving, protective and fun. I think Jacob and Bella would make a beautiful couple, I find myself really rooting for Jacob to be the one to win Bella's heart even though I know he won't. 

Stephanie Meyer is a wonderful writer, this book is really well written, with fantastic characters and amazing descriptive writing. The pace is perfect, building you up throughout the whole story, leading you into the excitement.

The plot is interesting, captivations and gripping. It keeps you hooked throughout and once you've finished your desperate to read the next book in the series. A fantastic book and a 5-star series. 


Rating - Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
My Blogs at http://www.readingbeyondobsession.co.uk/

Links to this review can be found at:
Twitter: @lusreviews
Facebook: @lucyluisbookreviews
Instagram: lucyluisreviews







Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Stalking Jack The Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
First Published: May '18
Publisher: Little Brown US
Genre: #Young Adult #Horror #Mystery #Thriller
Pages: 360
Price on Amazon: Paperback £7.72 Kindle: £3.49
ISBN: 1538761181

Stalking Jack The Ripper is based on the heinous crimes of Jack The Ripper in Whitechapel, London. Audrey goes against her father's wishes and takes up an apprenticeship under her uncle in his laboratory to study forensic medicine. 

When their work leads them to work a string of terrible murders, Audrey is dragged into the search for an answer which leads her a little to close to home. 

I was excited to read this book, it sounded good and I do love stories about Jack The Ripper. Unfortunately, this book was very slow and I found the more I read, I didn't really have a clue what was going on. I found it to be a bit all over the place. I was about 15 chapters in and no idea what the storyline was. 

I found Audrey to be a really annoying and unrealistic character. Making it even harder for me to enjoy the book. So I did eventually give up on this book and I don't think I will be going back to it. 

Rating - One out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - No
Would I Recommend? - No
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
My Blogs at http://www.readingbeyondobsession.co.uk/

Links to this review can be found at:
Twitter: @lusreviews
Facebook: @lucyluisbookreviews
Instagram: lucyluisreviews


New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

Title: New Moon
Author: Stephanie Meyer
First Published: Sept '17
Publisher: Atom
Genre:#Young Adult #Fantasy #Romance #Supernatural #Horror
Pages: 497
Price on Amazon: Paperback £7.29 Kindle: £4.99
ISBN: 9781904233886

New Moon is the second book in the Twilight saga. As Bella begins to prepare to celebrate her birthday, she is not in high spirits. She is now getting older than Edward. 

With Bella's party in full swing, a simple papercut sends everything into chaos. After the disastrous party Edward decides its in Bella's best interest if he and his family left Forks and Bella behind for good. 

Unable to cope, Bella seeks comfort in friend Jacob, can Bella survive the Cullens leaving? What secret is Jacob hiding?

After reading the first book in this saga for the first time in years I was excited to jump straight into the next book. I read the whole book in one sitting, I really enjoyed it. 

Wonderfully written, with great characters and I was really happy I was able to imagine my own characters and not picture the actor/actresses of the films. The plot was fast paced and kept me hooked throughout, a captivating plot with some great twists and turns. Also a great take on Werewolves and Vampires, not your usual take on them which makes the story even more interesting. 

Overall a really good book, so much so that the films haven't been able to ruin them for me. 

Rating - Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
My Blogs at http://www.readingbeyondobsession.co.uk/

Links to this review can be found at:
Twitter: @lusreviews
Facebook: @lucyluisbookreviews
Instagram: lusreviews


Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Title - Twilight 
Author - Stephanie Meyer 
Published - March '07
Publisher - Atom 
Genre - #Young Adult #Fantasy #Romance #Horror #Supernatural
Pages - 464
 Price on Amazon - Paperback - £6.47 Kindle - £3.99
ISBN - 9781904233657

Bella Swan is seventeen and she has just moved to Forks, Washington. The world coldest and wettest place in the USA. She has gone to live with her father who is the police chief in Forks. 

Despite being socially awkward, Bella's fellow classmates seem drawn to her. Everyone that is except the Cullens. Particularly Edward Cullen who can't get away from her fast enough. The problem is Bella feels a strong attraction towards Edward. 

Edwards seems determined to avoid Bella and push her away. That is until he saves her life. Soon Bella discovers why the Cullens keep their distance - There all vampires. 

It has been years since I've read this book. I went off the series when the whole world became obsessed with it when they turned it into a movie. 

Last week, I sat and watched all the films which made me really want to read the books again, as the films were okay but I remembered the books being much better and wanted to reread them. I am so glad I did.

I really enjoyed reading this book again, after all these years, I really had forgotten how good it was. It is so well written and I like how your not like your usual vampires. It's different which makes it even more interesting. 

The characters are really well described so you can imagine what they look like without having to refer to the actors and actresses in the films as I don't like the people that are in the film.


The plot is fast paced, entertaining and captivating. It keeps you hooked throughout. Overall a really good book.  

Rating -  Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? -  Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
My Blogs at http://www.readingbeyondobsession.co.uk/

Links to this review can be found at:
Twitter: @lusreviews
Facebook: @lucyluisbookreviews
Instagram: lusreviews


Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards

Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards

Title - Because She Loves Me
Author - Mark Edwards
Published - Sept '14
Publisher - Thomas and Mercer
Genre - #Psychological Thriller #Mystery #Thriller #Crime 
Pages - 348
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £4.99 Kindle - £3.98
ISBN - 177824863

Andrew Sumner was at the hospital when he met a beautiful and unique women names Charlotte. As Andrew and Charlie as she prefers to be called, begin on an intense and passionate relationship Andrew starts to notice things, someone is following him, things keep being moved round in his flat, this strangeness then starts to not only affect him but his friends and family too. 

Is Andrew losing his grip on reality? Is Charlie really the women of his dreams or the stuff of nightmares?

Mark Edwards has done it again, a truly wonderful book. Full of twists and turns you do not see coming. I was so sure I knew who was behind all the strange occurrences affecting Andrew but boy was I wrong, I wasn't even close. I listened to the audiobook version of this book and even my wife who isn't a big reader found herself staying awake at night to listen to it with me. 

This book was so well written which of course I wouldn't expect anything less from Mark Edwards, he's such an amazing author and is definitely my all time favourite author this year. 

The characters are likeable, well written and realistic. They fit the storyline perfectly. The plot was captivating, unpredictable and kept me totally hooked. I couldn't stop listening. I now have the audiobook and the Kindle version and it won't be long before I buy the paperback to add to my collection.

Rating - Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
My Blogs at http://www.readingbeyondobsession.co.uk/

Links to this review can be found at:
Twitter: @lusreviews
Facebook: @lucyluisbookreviews
Instagram: lusreviews


The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth

The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth

Title - The Light Between Worlds
Author - Laura Weymouth
Published - Nov '18
Publisher - Chicken House 
Genre - #Young Adult #Fantasy
Pages - 416
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £7.74 Kindle - £4.74
ISBN - 1911490036

It's been six years since Phillipa, Evelyn and their older brother were all swept away from a war-torn London and taken to a magical woodland kingdom. Phillipa is relieved to be home but Evelyn is heartbroken and has spent the last six years mourning the woodlands kingdom. 

When Evelyn goes missing, Phillipa must face up to what happened to them six years ago and the fact that Evelyn would go to extreme lengths to return to the woodlands. 

This book was part of my October Book Box Club subscription (See October Reveal Post) so I was very interested in reading it, it has also been a while since I'd read a fantasy book based on another world. 

Unfortunately, I found this book to be rather boring, I thought it was very slow going and it didn't seem to speed up or get going at all. It never seemed to get interesting either, this made me lose interest very quickly. 

I found I couldn't get on with the characters either. I found Evelyn to be annoying and whiny which also stopped me enjoying the book. 

For all these reasons I was unable to finish the book. I have chosen to give it a single star.

Rating - One out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - No
Would I Recommend? - No
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
My Blogs at http://www.readingbeyondobsession.co.uk/

Links to this review can be found at:
Twitter: @lusreviews
Facebook: @lucyluisbookreviews
Instagram: lusreviews






Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title - Fangirl
Author - Rainbow Rowell
Published - Jan '14
Publisher - Macmillian Children's Book
Genre - #Young Adult #Romance #Contempory
Pages - 480
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £5.75 Kindle - £4.74
ISBN - 1447263227

Cath and Wren are identical twins, who until recently couldn't be separated, they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to college and Wren thinks it will be good for them to live in separate dorms and meet new friends of their own. Cath, on the other hand, overwhelmed by anxiety hates the idea but agrees for Wren's sake. 

Wren wants to have the full college experience, parties, boys and to just let her hair down. Cath is the total opposite, all she wants to do is focus on her studies and her fanfiction and the thought of parties and meeting new people terrifies her. 

College starts and Cath has a lot on her plate, her roommate whom she sure hates her, her roommate's boyfriend who she's starting to fancy. She worried sick about her dad and his mental health since she and Wren moved out to college and to top it all off her mother who walked out on them as children wants to be back in their lives. 

How is Cath going to survive college?

Several people have recommended this book to me in the past, so when I saw it for sale in a charity shop I just had to have it. Now I understand why so many people told me to read it. 

I've been in a bit of a reading slump till this book, not really enjoying much I've read, this book, however, changed all of that. I spent the whole day and night reading it as I just couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing in one sitting. It is such an amazing book. 

To say I couldn't put it down would be an understatement. I love how every now and then you get snippets from the Simon Snow books and also from Cath's fanfiction version of Simon Snow. I had never read anything by Rainbow Rowell before this book and I can now say I think she is one of my favourite authors just based on this book alone. 

The characters were wonderfully written, I felt like I was able to personally get to know each and every one of them through the writing. I also found I could really relate to Cath, with her love for writing but also her social anxiety and her difficulty socializing as I too have issues with this due to my anxiety. 

I loved the romance which was injected into the book, I mean who doesn't love a romance storyline right? I also love how Cath took Simon and Baz and made them gay. I loved her fanfiction so much I have now gone and brought Rainbow Rowell's Simon Snow book. 

The plot was brilliant, never got boring, with an easy, comfortable and captivating flow. It really hooked me in and I was desperate to read on. 

I love the morals of the story too, Friendship and Family as these are two of the most important things to me in life. Overall a totally fantastic book, I cannot wait to read Simon Snow and all off Rainbow Rowell's other books. 


Rating - Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes 
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
My Blogs at http://www.readingbeyondobsession.co.uk/

Links to this review can be found at:
Twitter: @lusreviews
Facebook: @lucyluisbookreviews
Instagram: lusreviews






The Rats by James Herbert

The Rats by James Herbert

Title - The Rats
Author - James Herbert
Published - May '14 
Publisher - Pan
Genre - #Horror #Thriller
Pages - 208
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £5.47 Kindle - £2.80
ISBN - 1447264509

There are rats in London, nothing unusual about that is there? These rats are not your normal sewage rats, these rats are huge, black rats and they have caught the taste of human flesh and blood. 

It's not long before London is overrun and people are being killed by these carnivorous rats. 

I was recommended this book by my father-in-law. I really enjoyed it. I hadn't read any of James Herbert's books before, I'm really glad I read this one as it was amazing. Really well written, with a fast-paced plot which keeps you hooked from start to end. The characters are fantastically written too. Which really helps you to feel a connection to them an therefore to the book, making the reading experience all the more enjoyable. 

The writing style was comfortable and captivating. The characters are likeable and realistic. A really great read, cannot wait to read the next one in the series, which is called Lair. 


Rating - Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
My Blogs at http://www.readingbeyondobsession.co.uk/

Links to this review can be found at:
Twitter: @lusreviews
Facebook: @lucyluisbookreviews
Instagram: lusreviews




The Lost Witch by Melvin Burgess

The Lost Witch by Melvin Burgess

Title - The Lost Witch
Author - Melvin Burgess
Published - July '19
Publisher - Andersen Press
Genre - #Young Adult #Fantasy #Supernatural 
Pages - 336
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £7.99 Kindle - £8.99
ISBN - 1783448350

Bea has started to hear and see things that nobody else can. It all started with rabbits and now she has no idea what is happening. Until one day when strangers appear and tell Bea she is special, different, she's a witch. A witch with very special powers.  The strangers also warn Bea she is being hunted. There are Witch hunters out there and they would kill to get their hands on her powers. 

Bea's parents think she is ill and needs psychiatric help. All Bea wants is to get on with her life and to be normal. But in the world of witches, Bea's destiny has already been decided and her help is needed. 

I got this book from my Book Box Club one month. (See July Reveal Post) I was unsure about this book as I found it very slow in the beginning and almost gave up on it. However, The more I read the more I enjoyed it and I am glad I stuck it out.


I found Bea to be a bit annoying at first but warmed up to her the more I read on. Although the fact that she couldn't see what was going on right in front of her was really annoying. I found the plot to be rather predictable as I was able to guess the whole Lok secret and it did annoy me how long it took Bea to click on. 

I found the plot to be a bit all over the place at times. But like I said earlier if you stick with it, it does get better. For all these reasons I have chosen to give this book three stars. 


Rating - Three out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - No
Would I Recommend? - Maybe
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
My Blogs at http://www.readingbeyondobsession.co.uk/

Links to this review can be found at:
Twitter: @lusreviews
Facebook: @lucyluisbookreviews
Instagram: lusreviews






Why Mummy Swears by Gill Simms

Why Mummy Swears by Gill Sims

Title - Why Mummy Swears
Author - Gill Sims
Published - July '18
Publisher - Harper Collins 
Genre - #Humour #Biographical Fiction
Pages - 362
Price on Amazon - Hardback - £3.99 Kindle - £4.99
ISBN- 0008284210

A mum, a dad and two kids. Dad's always away on fancy business trips, the son is permanently attached to his iPad and the daughter is determined to get an Instagram account and become an internet sensation. Meanwhile mum is trying to hold it all together and start a new job where she might have accidentally let people think she's a single party girl, rather than a married mother of two. How long can she keep up the facade? She has also taken on the PTA and the other parents are less than helpful. 

Well, what to say about this book, other than the fact that I laughed all the way through from start to finish. This book was so wonderfully written and hilarious. All mothers should be made to read this book, in fact, I think all parents should be made to read this book. 

I don't think I have a single bad thing to say about this book, amazingly written, with fantastic characters and a wonderfully humorous plot. I couldn't put it down.  I cannot wait to read more by this author. In fact, I have Why Mummy Drinks on my TBR list. 

Thank You to Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating - Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
My Blogs at http://www.readingbeyondobsession.co.uk/

Links to this review can be found at:
Twitter: @lusreviews
Facebook: @lucyluisbookreviews
Instagram: lusreviews



Book Box Club - October Reveal

Book Box Club - October Reveal

It's that time again, Octobers Book Box Club reveal. This months theme was Fantasy Lands. Sounds amazing, doesn't it? Well, it is. So without further ado here's what I got. 

  • The Light Between Worlds Book by Laura Weymouth
  • My amazing clubhouse invite, to go and chat to Laura Weymouth. 
  • As Traveler Tote Bag, I love tote bags. The Artwork on this bag was done by Liana Kangas (www.lianakangas.co.uk) and Briana Mora (www.brianamora.co.uk
  • Mad Hatter Tea from The Tea People (www.teapeople.co.uk)
  • A Narnia beanie designed by the wonderful women over at The Book Box Club (www.bookboxclub.com)
  • Into The Fires of Mordor Soap, which just looks so good. By Pretty Suds UK (www.prettysuds.co.uk)
  • A Coraline inspired Shortbread Cookie from Gardners Cookies (www.gardnerscookies.co.uk)
  • And as usual, some amazing postcards and bookmarks advertising new books from Firefly Press and Transworld Books. 
These boxes never fail to impress me. I just love getting them every month. So where can you get yours you ask? That's simple. Head on over to www.bookboxclub.com where you can sign up. You have two choices of subscriptions. The first like mine is the full subscription where you get books and bookish goodies and if that's not your thing and you just prefer books then you can subscribe to the simple books subscription.

The Girls over at Book Box Club can also be found at:
Twitter: @bookboxclub
E-mail - thegirls@bookboxclub.com





 

Jinxed by Amy McCulloch

Jinxed by Amy McCulloch

Title - Jinxed
Author - Amy McCulloch
Published - Aug '18
Publisher -  Simon and Schuster Children's UK
Genre - #Young Adult #Science Fiction
Pages - 336
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £5.41 Kindle - £4.99
ISBN - 9781471169960

Lacy Chu dreams of working for the company behind the creations known as Baku's.  A Baku is a customisable metal pet, which has replaced mobile phones. Having just been rejected from Profectus Academy, the elite school for the best of the best, Lacy's world is turned upside down. Until she meets Jinx. Who is a cat Baku and Lacy's world is about to get a whole lot bigger. 

This book came as part of my book box club (see the previous post about Book Box Club) and  I thought it sounded really interesting. I really enjoyed this book. I found it really gripping and it kept me hooked from start to finish. 

The characters and the plot are so well written, you really feel like your part of that world. The pace of the book was fantastic, never letting you get bored. I found myself really invested in the characters an what was going to happen next. 

I loved this book so much that I brought the audiobook too. 
Cannot wait to see what else comes from this amazing author. 


Rating -  Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
My Blogs at http://www.readingbeyondobsession.co.uk/

Links to this review can be found at:
Twitter: @lusreviews
Facebook: @lucyluisbookreviews
Instagram: lusreviews


The Amber Room by Patrick Gooch

The Amber Room by Patrick Gooch

Title - The Amber Room
Author - Patrick Gooch
Published - Aug '18
Publisher - Independently Published 
Genre - #Historical Fiction #Mystery
Pages - 250
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £8.99 Kindle - £2.99
ISBN - 1719873445

The Amber Room Once considered the eighth wonder of the world. Which was lost during the second world war, never to be seen again after being moved from St Petersberg to Kaliningrad. 

Alan Cleverden is set the impossible task of finding the amber room, along with help from private investigator Roger Tamworth, the pair set out with very little information and with the Russian Mafia on their trail. 

Can they do the impossible and find the lost amber room and all the riches it holds. 

I was interested to see how this book turned out, I liked the sound of the storyline and was excited to start reading it. Unfortunately, I couldn't get on with it. I found it didn't hold my attention and found myself getting distracted easily. 

I'm unsure why I didn't like it, I can't seem to put my finger on what was wrong. I just wasn't enjoying the plot or characters at all. I must admit I gave up. 

I'm beginning to think historical fiction is really not for me as I am yet t find a book that grabs me. Which is mad because I love history and I love fiction but apparently not together. 

I have chosen to give this book a single star as I couldn't finish it. 

Thank You to the author for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating - One out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - No
Would I Recommend? - No
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
My Blogs at http://www.readingbeyondobsession.co.uk/

Links to this review can be found at:
Twitter: @lusreviews
Facebook: @lucyluisbookreviews
Instagram: lusreviews


The Abbey Close by Steven Veerapen

The Abbey Close by Steven Veerapen

Title - The Abbey Close 
Author - Steven Veerapen
Published - June '18
Publisher - Independently Published 
Genre - #Historical Fiction #Thriller 
Pages - 314
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £6.64 Kindle - £1.99
ISBN - 1983298050

It's 1942 Henry VIII and James V are preparing for battle. Simon Danforth being a Catholic exile must decide where his loyalties lie. 

In a country at war, with the help of his colleague Arnaud Martin, Danforth uncovers murder and madness, including a sexual desire affecting everyone in the abbey and nearby town. Maybe some secrets are better left hidden. 

I thought this book sounded rather interesting, I am relatively new to the Historical Fiction genre and was looking forward to broadening my interests. Unfortunately, this book didn't impress me. I found it to be very slow and boring. I couldn't get on with the writing style. I found it just seemed to really drag the story out. I also found myself unable to invest in the characters, finding them annoying and unrealistic. 

I was unable to finish this book. It didn't grab my attention, it didn't make me want to read on and in fact, I found I wasn't really bothered about how it ended. 

For these reasons, I have chosen to give this book a single star rating. 

Thank You to the author for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating - One out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - No
Would I Recommend? - No
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
My Blogs at http://www.readingbeyondobsession.co.uk/

Links to this review can be found at:
Twitter: @lusreviews
Facebook: @lucyluisbookreviews
Instagram: lusreviews




Return to Wonderland (Looking Glass Saga #1) by Tanya Lisle

Return to Wonderland (Looking Glass Saga #1) by Tanya Lisle

Title - Return to Wonderland
Author - Tanya Lisle 
Published - Jan '17
Publisher - Scrap Paper Entertainment 
Genre - #Young Adult 
Pages - 227
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £11.49 Kindle - £2.26
ISBN - 9780991884674

It's been years since Alice fell down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Now Alice has moved on and is about to start at a prestigious school called Lucena Academy. 
One day a purple haired boy shows up at Alice's new school and reveals himself to be the Cheshire Cat. Speaking in his usual form of riddles he tells Alice that Wonderland is no longer what it used to be. It has fallen upon dark times. 

Alice has a choice to make; return to Wonderland or stay at school. She needs to decide fast before the Cheshire Cat decides for her. 


Anyone who knows me or reads my blog, knows I love all things Alice in Wonderland, including retellings. 
Lisle has done a wonderful job of retelling this beautiful classic story.
Her characters are fun and loveable and fantastically written. The plot is interesting and well paced. It kept m interested throughout and desperate to know what was going to happen next. I just couldn't put it down. 

Really fantastic job and a very well deserved four stars. 

Thank You to the author for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating - Four out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
My Blogs at http://www.readingbeyondobsession.co.uk/

Links to this review can be found at:
Twitter: @lusreviews
Facebook: @lucyluisbookreviews
Instagram: lusreview