It Will Just Be Us, Jo Kaplan – A Review. [SPOILERS].

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Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! I’m sharing my review of It Will Just Be Us by Jo Kaplan, which I received an advanced copy from Netgalley in return for an honest review on my blog and Netgalley. Publish date: 11th August 2020. 

Overall rating 4 out of 5 stars. 

I had a LOT of thoughts about this book throughout the time I was reading it so if this is a little long I apologise!

On the whole, I really enjoyed this book.

The setting for the book was perfect, it had this amazing gothic feel to it, I can only describe it as the same feeling I got from the Haunting of Hill House on Netflix, eerie but beautiful. Considering the majority of the book took place within the house and its close surroundings, it never once lost those eerie tones and feelings. The literary horror atmosphere was immense and really grabbed me.

Possibly one of my favourite parts was the idea that the house was ever growing, and towards the end, I felt like we were getting lost in the house, it was a really creepy feel and got me all in a tizzy.

The characters, I loved Sam and Elizabeth so much, I thought they were excellent characters and their interactions were so well written. However, I wish we had a bit more expansion on Elizabeth’s husband and their Mom, they didn’t seem to have much backstory, which I feel would have lent itself to the story.

Once or twice, I did feel a little lost and confused with the storyline and as though there were too many aspects to it. However, once we hit the last few chapters it all made sense and I loved how the ending brought everything together and tied up some of the larger loose ends of the plot.

And I certainly did NOT expect that ending! I haven’t been shocked like this by a book for a very long time and I will certainly remember this book for a long time to come.

If you’ve read It Will Just Be Us let me know so we can discuss it!

Em xxx

Top Ten Tuesday – Characters I would follow on social media📚

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Hello my lovely followers! I’m back this week with another TTT (I missed out last week just because there was so much going on 😦 but I have returned). This weeks TTT, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is book characters I would follow on social media…

And here we GOOOOOOOOOOO! (I decided to do my top 5 and then a lil explanation of why instead of 10).

1 – Dr Hannibal Lecter. HELLO, the man is literally a wealth of knowledge, why would I not want to follow him to enlighten my life with info…

2 – Percy Jackson. I love Percy, I think his character is hilarious and we all need a good laugh in our lives.

3 – Luna Lovegood. I think Luna is a mix of the two above, she’s full of useless knowledge (which is great for quizzes lmao) but she’s also so innocently funny.

4 – Oliver Wood. OKAY, I am a massive football fan and I feel like Oliver is the kinda guy I can get behind and support on social media lmao.

5 – Robert Langdon. Again, the knowledge, the things you would learn, the beautiful places he visits! It’s all very history-esque and I love that vibe.

Who would you guys follow on social media? I know mine is quite a mix but that’s similar to my actual follow list!

Till next time, Em xxx

Before You Wake, Adam Nevill – A Review. [SPOILERS].

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Aloha and welcome to my blog! I have another review here for you that (shock horror) has been sat here since January 5th when I actually read this book – I’m a review hoarder soz. If you hadn’t guessed from the title I’m reviewing Before You Wake by Adam Nevill which is a collection of 3 short stories.

Overall rating 4 out of 5 stars.

Short story number 1 and 2 were what pushed me to give this book such a high rating, whereas short story 3 was a bit meh.

The Angels of London (short story 1) creeped me out so badly, I felt like I was being watched when I read it. As the tension grew you started to feel more and more sorry for the main character, only be to thrown a HUGE curveball at the end… Oh and it reminded me of that Dr Who episode with the weeping angels, GRIM.

Short story 2 was Always in our Hearts. I thought I’d figured out this one as I was going along, feeling a bit smug with myself, only to be completely wrong. Another twist was coming our way and I did not expect this one – it shocked me.

Lastly, Hippocampus was my least favourite and the reason why this book didn’t get 5 stars. I felt compared to the other two short stories this one was meh. I get it was a short story so wasn’t going to be super long but it felt rushed and I felt there could have been more.

On the whole, with books like this I like to be scared, or shocked, or creeped out and this certainly ticked all of those boxes for me. Whilst I would have liked a deeper aspect to the third story, they all certainly had a disturbing edge to them.

If you’ve read Before You Wake let me know so we can discuss it!

Em xxx

Camp Leanpe, Timothy R Baldwin – A Review. [SPOILERS].

What Em's Reading (4)WOOP welcome back to my blog ladies and gentlemen! I’ve got another review coming your way, this time Camp Lenape by Timothy R Baldwin. This was published on 5th May 2019. 

I received an ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review both on NetGalley and my blog. 

Overall rating – 4 out of 5 stars. 

This book was actually brilliant, I have to admit I didn’t expect it to be this good. I thought that the four main characters were brought to life on the page so well, I was really rooting for them! Alissa, Marcus, Janice and Nate and even some of the younger campers were really 3D and all acted typically to the age they were being portrayed as – which I really enjoyed.

The storyline itself wasn’t over-complicated, but that lent itself well to the development and allowed the reader to feel like we were going on the journey to discover what was going on.

At points, I felt like this book was a bit Goosebumps-esque which is likely why I enjoyed it so much, it had that level of thrill that makes you want to keep reading but at the same time makes you want to check under the bed for monsters.

Then, the development about two thirds of the way through made it feel more grown-up, which I think will go down well with YA fans.

On the whole, I really really enjoyed this and as it’s book 1 in the series then I’m really looking forward to reading later books!

Have you read Camp Lenape? Let me know if you have! 

Em xxx

The Night Vanishing, Dick Wybrow – A Review. [SPOILERS].

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I received an advanced copy from Netgalley in return for an honest review on my blog and Netgalley. 

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today I’m reviewing The Night Vanishing by Dick Wybrow which was published on 16th January 2020.

Overall rating – out of 5 stars. 

This is my first book of 2020 that I DNFR, I just didn’t really understand the book? As in the plot wasn’t clear to me, perhaps because I hadn’t read the first one. 

I really struggled with the constant swapping between Painter Mann and the Ghost Wranglers, I felt every time we hit a good plot line with one of them the next chapter immediately swapped over, it felt disjointed. 

I read this on my Kindle and I got 40% of the way through without this book really gripping me. It just wasn’t the book for me. 

Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought!

Em xxx

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella – A Review. [SPOILERS]

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Hey guys welcome back to my blog! Today (if you hadn’t guessed from the title) I’m reviewing Can You Keep a Secret? By Sophie Kinsella. 

Overall rating – 4 out of 5 stars. 

I loved this book, like really loved it. The book was just so much fun, I actually laughed outloud and snorted a few times! I felt it was so lighthearted, just what I needed as a bit of a chilled out read. 

One of my favourite parts of the book was the interactions between the flatmates, they were all so different to each other which made for some very interesting (and funny) conversations with each other. It felt like you were in the flat with them, you felt included.

I also LOVE a happy ending. And this book gave that to me, especially when I thought everything was going to come crumbling down (I thought Jack had another woman) but it was actually the sweetest reason. It actually melted my heart a lil bit. 

Whilst I found the Emma/Connor situation to be incredibly relatable (in terms of how she almost stuck with him because she felt like she should) I did think that the “few” little whites she told her were actually a lot of lies, which was problematic. 

And I did feel like it was problem, happy, problem, happy, it was like every time Emma got her wish or her happy ending she was thrown another curve ball. However, I can see (and appreciate) how this made the story into what it was.

On the whole, I really enjoyed this book, it was a light hearted read and I would definitely recommend it to someone looking for a quick chick flick. 

Em xxx

[Discussion Post] 📚Ways to get out of a reading slump📚

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“A reading slump is a time in which an avid or hobby reader fails to read and enjoy a book as much as they would like”.

Aloha and welcome to my blooooooog! I am writing today about the best ways I’ve found to get myself out of a reading slump – something I’m sure we’ve all experienced at some point.

1 – I write instead. Sometimes we can be in a slump because of something in our personal life and writing about that (you don’t have to publish it ovbs) can help you get your thoughts and feelings in order which can clear your mind.

2 – Reorganise your bookshelf. Clutter makes me so mad, and to see my books all untidy, stacked up on the bedside table, the bookcase and other random places really doesn’t look inviting. So I sort them out! Often I’ll find a book that I’ve been meaning to read for ages and crack it open with a brew once I’m tidied up.

3 – Check out new blogs or blogs I already follow. Okay, I admit, I go full stalker mode sometimes and I’ll be a year deep into someone’s blog making a list of books I’ve seen that they’ve reviewed that I want to read.

4 – Re-read an old favourite. Soz but HP isn’t included in my reading slump, I will read these books even when I’m dead and they are my go-to books. So whenever I’m feeling a bit meh about reading I grab my HP collection and crack on.

5 – Ride the slump out! It sounds hard, and when you’ve got ARC to review and an overflowing TBR list it can seem daunting to just go with it, but sometimes that’s the best thing to do. You’re usually in a reading slump for a reason and just like your body needs a rest from exercise it needs a break from other things too and that’s okay❤️

What are your best ways to get out of a reading slump? Let me know in the comments below!

Em xxx