Monthly Wrap Up – May Edition!

Hello! Well May was not my best month for getting reviews done – I decided to catch up on some reading purely for fun, as I like not always having to review everything I read. A lot of May has involved blog tours which are always great to be a part of, so check them all out below:

The Swap by Fiona Mitchell was my first review of May and it was a brilliant read. It was an extremely emotional and touching look into what family can mean, with two brilliantly written main female characters.

I next reviewed Closer Than You Think by Darren O’Sullivan which was a very intriguing mystery, a very unusual motive and some really fascinating insights into the mind of the criminal. It also offered a very in-depth look into the main character Claire, so it’s definitely something a bit different to read.

They Call Me The Cat Lady by Amy Miller was the most fun I had reviewing a novel this month. This was such a touching, personal and lovely read, with a beautiful exploration into the growth of the main character. The descriptions in this book are truly gorgeous, and it’s a really heart wrenching read.

I then read The Manhatten Project by Paul McNeive, and this is genuinely quite a terrifying read, if only because of the stark reality it forces the reader to face. This is a very detailed book, showing the psychological consequences of events from our history in a fascinating political thriller with a terrorist plot.

Heartlands by Kerry Watts had some great characters and an emotional crime, but was slightly confusing at times. I found the vast amount of characters didn’t allow enough time to be spent on developing all of them, but it was still a good read with a great lead detective.

I next took part in a blog tour by Bookouture for Fierce Girl by Emma Tallon which has absolutely hooked me into this series. The main couple is completely awesome, totally badass, and I loved it. This was fast-paced, intriguing and really well written.

Finally is my review for the blog tour by Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers for The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor which is a completely emotional, fascinating and relevant story, with plenty of plot twists and a really emotive thread throughout. This book is pure brilliance, and I’d definitely recommend reading it.

Book of the Month
Okay, this month I’ve been seriously torn. I loved both The Swap and They Call Me The Cat Lady, but my absolute favourite was The Dangerous Kind. The whole story, the brilliantly written characters, the plot twist and the emotionally satisfying ending – it’s all amazing. I’ll be recommending this to everyone!

Monthly Wrap Up: April

Welcome to my first Monthly Wrap Up post!

This month I’ve read a lot of Lee Child, as the promise of his new paperback Past Tense arriving really got me in a nostalgic mood and made me want to re-read some of the early Jack Reacher novels. I’ve always really enjoyed re-reading novels, it’s never been a problem for me. I believe that I always notice something new when I re-read a book, and although it’s not as surprising or exciting the second time round, there’s instead a real fondness for the book and the knowledge that I know I’ll definitely like this book! When I’m really busy, I like to re-read, as it requires less focus and is more relaxing I think. So yes, I read some of Lee Child’s books for the second time and loved them.

I’ve done quite a few blog tours this month which have been fun! It’s nice being a part of a small group, even community, that are all reading, thinking and writing about the same book, even if we don’t necessarily interact directly with each other. I love reading the other reviews on the same blog tour, seeing opinions that differ or match mine, and reading their reasons for this. It’s always so interesting seeing how the same book provokes different reactions in people.

Some of my favourite books this month have been Past Tense, Dead Inside, The Girl in the Painting, My Best Friend’s Secret and If Only I Could Tell You. Looking back at these, I’m surprised that only half are crime/thrillers. This has always been my favourite genre, and I’m sure it always will be, but I’ve really loved getting out my comfort zone a bit more and appreciating other genres.

Check out all my posts from April, and find out which one I picked out as my Book of the Month!:

I kicked off April on the 6th with a Bookouture Blog Tour for My Best Friend’s Secret by Anna Mansell! I thought this was was a fascinating and in-depth look into the lives of 4 different women, showing how they interacted with each other, the complexity of their characters and their lives but it also had a great story linking them all together.

I then did my own review of Past Tense by Lee Child on the 13th, and I mean, I always love the Jack Reacher books, but this was a brilliant, fast-paced and yet slightly unusual story from Child. I really enjoyed this, and would probably read it again!

On the 14th I took part in the Bookouture Blog Tour for The Girl in the Painting by Renita D’Silva. and oh my gosh this was beautiful. It was truly emotive, and I loved the way it linked the past with the present and used the setting to compliment the feelings of the characters.

Next, on the 15th (wow I had a busy week…) I took part in the damppebbles Blog Tour for I Want You Gone by Miranda Rijks. I wouldn’t say this was my favourite book of the month – although the story was brilliantly creepy, and it moved pretty quickly, there were moments were it felt a bit far-fetched, but for a slightly different read I would recommend this!

I did yet another Blog Tour for Catch Your Death by Kierney Scott with Bookouture on the 20th! This book has convinced me I want to read the rest of the series – the main character was so stubborn and determined that she almost makes things more difficult for herself, but she’s also incredibly quick-thinking and intelligent, making this book a brilliant read!

I then reviewed Dead Inside by Noelle Holten on the 24th, which I honestly loved. With brilliantly written characters, a real sensitivity and emotion throughout the story, and a satisfying ending, this had it all. I’ll definitely be reading future books in this series.

On the 28th I reviewed If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman, which was a really poignant and moving story. The writing is truly beautiful, seriously emotional, and I thought that Beckerman added in just the right amount of suspense and intrigue without taking away from the story.

Finally, I finished off the month with another damppebbles Blog Tour for Fatal Fortune by Miranda Rijks, which I thought was a nicely written, fast-paced mystery with really interesting characters.

BOOK OF THE MONTH

I’ve loved a lot of the books I’ve read this month, which has been great! Although I’m tempted to pick either Past Tense or If Only I Could Tell You as my favourite book of the month I’m actually going to go for The Girl in the Painting! I honestly can’t express how much I loved this, and out of all the books I’ve read this month, it’s the one I’m still thinking about, despite reading it nearer the start of April.