Saturday, 23 September 2017

More Mini Reviews

This weekend I'm hoping to catch up on some of my reviews so what better way to do that then to do some more mini reviews. A few of the books I've read over the past couple of weeks have also been continuations of series so by doing mini reviews I won't spoil anything for you. So without further ado here are 3 mini reviews of books I've read recently. 

 Arcadia by Iain Pears
Published June 2nd 2016 by Faber & Faber
Star Rating - ***
Goodreads Challenge - 55/50

What I liked: The world of Anterworld and the idea of the Storytellers, the way the plots weaved together and the focus on the writing. 

What I didn't like: The sciencey bits of the story were quite dense, the story was quite slow paced and I would of liked a little bit more to the plot. 

Full Goodreads review can be found here

Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitvh
Published 21st June 2012 by Gollancz
Star Rating - ***
Goodreads Challenge - 62/50 

What I liked: The interesting take on a usual detective story, the humor, Leslie's return and how capable she is and the exploration of the magical aspects of London with the story looking at the London Under Ground.  

What I didn't like: The conclusion of the murder mystery felt a bit rushed and lacking in explanation and I would of liked some more development in some of the magical plot lines. 

Full Goodreads review can be found here.

The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Sailsbury
Published 2nd March 2017 by Scholastic Press
Star Rating - ****.5
Goodreads Challenge - 64/50 

What I liked: The pacing of the story, the relationship between Twylla and Merek and how it developed slowly I also liked how their relationship ended, Twylla's character development from book one too this one, how strong Errin is as a character, the ending was great although I did have an issue with this (see below). 

What I didn't like: The ending was too quick. I loved the ideas and the concepts and how things came about but I would of loved some more detail. 

Full Goodreads review can be found here

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let me know. 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Blog Tour Review - The Secrets You Keep by Kate White

Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on The Secrets You Keep blog tour. I was really excited to be asked to take part in this and I'm pleased to say I really enjoyed the story. So without further ado lets jump into the review. 

The Secrets You Keep by Kate White
Published September 11th 2017 by Canelo
Genre - Suspense, Mystery, Thriller 
Star Rating - ****
Goodreads Challenge - 63/50

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


You’ve lost your memory. A woman has been murdered. Your husband is keeping secrets. How do you know who to trust?
Months after a being involved in a terrible car crash, Bryn Harper is physically healed but her emotional scars remain raw. She has no memory of the accident and is plagued with bad dreams.
When Bryn and her husband, Guy, host a dinner party Bryn swears money has been stolen while Guy seems unfazed. Bryn confronts the caterer that night and is horrified to discover the woman’s brutally slain body the next day. 

As the case is investigated, Bryn is dragged into a fresh nightmare and learns that Guy is keeping things from her. Another murder occurs and Bryn realises the danger is getting ever closer to home. How well does Bryn really know the man she loves? 

For fans of psychological suspense and compulsive mysteries, don’t miss this tense and page-turning novel. Before I Go to Sleep meets The Husband’s Secret.

My Thoughts

This is the story of Bryn Harper, a self help author who was involved in a car crash which results in her loosing her memory. She moves from the city into a more rural area so she can spend time with her husband who, up until now, she has had a commuter relationship with and to make an attempt to work on her next book. Whilst there Bryn becomes involved in some strange occurrences and brutal murders. It quickly becomes down to her to discover just how related all of these things are and just how well does she know the people around her. I really enjoyed this story. I thought it was full of twists and turns and kept me guessing right until the very end. 

In the synopsis above it mentions that this novel is recommended for fans on Before I Go to Sleep and I can definitely relate to that. There are several themes, including the memory loss and the unreliability of the husband, that are comparable across both stories. So because of this I did think near the beginning of the book that it may be too similar and this would therefore hinder my enjoyment of the story but it soon became clear that this was not the case. Although there were lots of common mystery/thriller themes running through this book they were handled in a very different way and to me this was particularly evident in the way Bryn handled things as the main character. 

I found Bryn to be a very rational character. She didn't jump head first into situations and often talked through her actions and the consequences of those. I found this to be quite refreshing as often characters in thriller novels can be quite reckless and I find I can often be left thinking what are you doing! Bryn's memory loss also made her a bit unreliable and I really enjoy unreliable narrators. This coupled with how untrustworthy the other characters were meant I was constantly questioning what was happening. 

Overall I really enjoyed this story. It was page turning and kept me hooked throughout. We were fed a lot of red herrings and the ending was completely unexpected, I did not guess who the murderer was. I also really enjoyed the way the characters were portrayed and the unreliability of them kept me guessing and always wanting more. This is one I would recommend to thriller fans. 
Overall Rating 
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Author Bio


Kate White is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve works of fiction: seven Bailey Weggins mysteries and five stand-alone psychological thrillers, including most recently, The Secrets You Keep. For fourteen years she was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, and though she loved the job (and the Cosmo beauty closet!), she decided to leave in late 2013 to concentrate on being a full-time author and speaker.

Website: Kate White      Twitter: @katemwhite

Thank you all for stopping by and checking out my Review of The Secrets You Keep by Kate White. If your interested in this book and fancy checking out some more reviews as well as giveaways, author interviews or excerpts then check out the rest of the tour stops below.