Sorry this is late! For some reason my internet doesn’t like WordPress. 😛
Anyway, here are the books I read in December, and my reviews of them so I apologise for the length of this post. Let’s get started!
The first book I finished in December was Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman .
I gave it 4/5 stars, it was an enjoyable read.
The next book I read in December was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book was heartbreaking but oh so important and rightly so, I gave it a full 5 stars!
The next book I read in December was The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory and I gave this book 3/5 stars.
Review: This novel focuses on Margaret Pole, Countess of Sailsbury. Cousin of Elizabeth of York, niece of Edward IV and Richard III, governess to one of the most notorious Kings, Henry VIII, all with a claim to the English throne as a Plantagenet heir.
However, with the rise of the Tudor dynasty, can Margaret remain a friend to the throne?
I know a lot abut the Tudors, so I know what happened to Margaret. The thing I like about Gregory’s books is they give a voice to women in history.
As Margaret ages as the novel progresses, as does her voice, with the way she speaks about her losses, triumphs and emotions change, but not too much. Even though it changes, her voice is consistent.
I liked this book, I felt like I learnt new things and it was interesting to hear about Henry VIII through the eyes of someone who has known and cared for him her whole life. Even though it is fictional, the fact the story is based on real history meant it felt real.
So it hurt to see Henry turn against Margaret.
Overall its a good book if you like historical fiction and I would recommend it.
The final book I read in December is Phoenix Awakens by Eliza Nolan. I gave it 2.5/5 stars.
Review: Julia keeps having strange dreams- they seem to be real, but what do they mean? The answer comes when a new girl, Clara, and her older brother Graham, arrive at Julia’s school.
Obviously, Julia starts crushing on Graham.
I admit, despite the cliche and predictable moments, I found the story interesting, so I got through the book quite quickly so I could see how it ends, and also to see if there was an explanation about what happened to Julia.
It wasn’t the ending I was expecting but this is the first book in a series. As much as I enjoyed the book, it didn’t inspire me to pick up the other books in the series. Supernatural fiction isn’t really a genre I’m drawn to.
I did like the characters and the writing style, so this book was really easy to read. Overall, it was a good book with an interesting premise but I felt it follow a lot of similar tropes to other supernatural romance novels. At least other ones I have read. I wish there had been a bit more of a focus on Julia’s powers rather than her backstory.
And that is all I read in December!
Thanks for reading!