Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Read between: 2nd-6th April 2020
Format: Paperback
Published: July 30th, 2015
Publisher: Orion
Synopsis: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

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Review: This is the first adult contemporary from Rainbow Rowell that I have read, and her writing style is still so beautiful and I really enjoyed it. I think one of the main reasons I liked it is because Georgie is going through some emotional turmoil, but instead of moping around, she tries to focus on her work and her family instead.

All of the characters in this book have backstories, and it was good to get to know not just Georgie, but also her husband, her mother, her sister, and her best friend. The more I read the more I felt like I actually knew them.

It all starts when Georgie stays behind in LA to work, and Neal takes the children to his mother’s in Omaha. They keep missing each others calls, and its hard. So when Georgie realises she can call his landline from an old phone in her old bedroom she takes the opportunity.

And she gets through to him- but not her Neal, Neal from 1998. What she says to him could change her current life. Does she risk it?

The idea of a magic phone was interesting, but sometimes it let the story down because to start with, Georgie spoke to him like he was in the same time and nearly spoiled things for him- thankfully that didn’t happen.

But she got so close!

There was a lot more going on in the story than just the phone conversation and I think this is why I enjoyed it a lot more. The reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars is because her friend, Seth, had no boundaries and could be really mean to her.

I loved the ending.

It worked out so well, as I was really worried it wasn’t. But it’s Rainbow, and she never has a sad ending.

4/5 stars.

Another great book from Rainbow Rowell.

Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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Book Review: The Nightmare of Black Island by Mike Tucker

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Read between: 28th March- 1st April 2020
Format: Hardcover
Published: 21st September 2006
Publisher: BBC Books
Synopsis: On a lonely stretch of Welsh coastline, a fisherman is killed by a hideous creature from beneath the waves. When the Doctor and Rose arrive, they discover a village where the children are plagued by nightmares, and the nights are ruled by monsters. The villagers suspect that ancient industrialist Nathanial Morton is to blame, but the Doctor has suspicions of his own. Who are the ancient figures that sleep in the old priory? What are the monsters that prowl the woods after sunset? What is the light that glows in the disused lighthouse on Black Island? As the children’s nightmares get worse, the Doctor and Rose discover an alien plot to resurrect an ancient evil…
Rating: 9dbae-4-52bstars

Review:
It’s been a while since I’ve rewatched any of Doctor Who with Ten and Rose, so when I pulled this book out of my TBR jar I was excited to read it, and excited to find out what the mystery was. However, it’s set in Wales. I’ve got nothing against Wales but to start with I was a little put off.

However, it was great! There were so many unexpected little twists, the Doctor and Rose split off to do their own investigating, and the town in danger realised what was happening and joined together to help stop it. Small town unity is great to read about.

I really liked how Rose worked with the local children to find out what was happening, as a character, we know that Rose is in her early twenties, so it was good to see her communicating with children in a way that showed she understood and didn’t see them as lesser due to their age. The Doctor was just The Doctor- Tucker writes the Tenth Doctor really well that I could picture David Tennant speaking the words as I read them.

Overall, it’s an interesting story, with lots going on to keep the story going. You want to know what’s happening as much as The Doctor and Rose do! I really enjoyed this story and it was nice to fall back into the Doctor Who world. I’ve missed Ten and Rose.

4/5 stars.

I’d recommend!

Thanks for reading.
~Katie

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February and March Wrap Up.

Both months were slow for me, so I thought I’d put both months in one Wrap-Up!

I read two books in February:
Artemis by Andy Weir, although I started it in January, and I gave this 4/5 stars.
Review: Book Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer– This was a surprise, and I also gave it 4/5 stars.
Review: Book Review: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

I read four books in March:
Demelza by Winston Graham– 3/5 stars.
Review: Book Review: Demelza (Poldark #2) 

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig- 4/5 stars
Review: The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

The Woman Who Fought an Empire by Gregory J Wallace- 3/5 stars
Review: This book was a really interesting look into a woman I didn’t know much about. Sarah Aaronsohn was a very important woman during World War 1 as leader of a Jewish spy ring, from starting up, to her tragic death.

However, although this book is about Sarah, there is a big focus on the male members of the spy ring and the effect they have on Sarah’s life.

It was interesting to find out about her, she was definite important and its a shame there isn’t more out there about her.

I’m glad I got this book from Netgalley as I learnt something new. I just wish there had been more on Sarah (although the author was using her letters for research).

It’s quite a quick read, and has lots of well researched information. If you’re a fan of women’s history of WW1, then pick it up!

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare– 3/5 stars.
No review for this one, but I enjoyed it!

And thats everything that I read in the months of February and March. How many have you read? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

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Read between: 10th-21st March 2020
Format: Paperback
Published: 20th July 2015
Publisher: Voyager
Rating: 5521e-4stars

Review:
In a near distant future, twins are born. Both seem perfectly normal but one is different. That child is an Omega. Alphas and Omegas are split. Twins are split and their lives become vastly different.

When Cass is split from Zach, she finds out just how hard being an Omega is.

I really liked Cass, she got stronger as she grew and came to accept her brand. Even when she discovers what her brother has become, she is determined to find the island and find safety.

It’d a really interesting premise and I liked that it didn’t start with the split. It made it more emotional when the time came.

I really enjoyed the first book. There were moments where it was slow, but for the most part there was always something happening. I’m interested in continuing the series. I want to see if Cass and Zach’s current relationship is going to change.

It just goes to show how important family is.

4/5 stars.

I’d recommend it!

Thanks for reading.
~Katie

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Book Review: Demelza (Poldark #2)

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Read between: 14th February-10th March 2020
Format: Paperback
Published: 12th February 2015
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Rating: Image result for 3 stars

Review:
The second book in the Poldark series continues the story but with a focus on Demelza, Ross’ wife. Although the other characters are involved  and feature just as much, we get to know Demelza better.

I did enjoy this book.  There were some moments I found quite slow and I feel that I needed time to sit and read it properly.

I’m going to continue with the rest of the series as I’m curious to see how the TV show compares to the novels.

3/5 stars.

Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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Book Review: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

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Read between: 4th-14th February 2020
Format: Paperback
Published: 27th June 2017
Publisher: Sphere
Synopsis: She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

In this tautly plotted novel, Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors.

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Review:

Apart from the element of Stockholm Syndrome, this book was surprisingly good! Having only read Meyer’s YA novels I wasn’t sure how she was going to write for adults. The answer? She does it well!

This book follows an ex-doctor who now completes torture missions on people for the CIA.

Until her mark ends up being innocent. It’s then that her life and her work end up getting turned upside down.

The main character was great because she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty- but she also has a human side. She can feel guilt, which made her character a lot easier to like.

Once I got into this book (it started slow, but a lot of things happen straight away) I really enjoyed it. I really liked the developing relationship that went on throughout the book. Not only that, but something was always going on, which kept the pages turning.

The romance didn’t feel forced either, which helped to enjoy the thriller aspect of the book. It’s very well done.

I’m glad I picked this up, as it’s so different from Twilight. I’d forgotten how good a writer Stephenie Meyer is. I’d definitely recommend this book!

4/5 stars!

It was a thrill!

Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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Book Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

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Read between: 24th January- 3rd February 2020
Published: 14th November 2017
Publisher: Crown
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.
Rating: 5521e-4stars

Review:

I’ve not read The Martian but its raved about so I was really excited to start this book by the same author. I really enjoyed it!

Artemis is a world, on the moon, inhabited by humans and an avid tourist spot. It’s also, however, rife with crime, something that our protagonist, Jazz Bashara knows about all too well (or is she the main antagonist?)

She’s a smuggler, and she’s good at it.

Then she gets offered a job that may pay handsomely- but it may also get her in huge trouble. She still decides to take it.

I really enjoyed this book- the world building, the character development, and especially Jazz’s no nonsense attitude. It was not what I expected from a sci-fi as it’s set in space rather than space travel (which I’ve been used to reading) but it was fantastic!

Sometimes there were elements to Jazz’s character that I wasn’t keen on, but she did redeem herself. I really liked Jazz as a character.

It’s an interesting premise, a colony on the moon, it feels very Doctor Who!

I really enjoyed the book and I’m really interesting in picking up The Martian now as I really like Andy Weir’s writing style. Having mainly read YA Sci-fi books it was great reading one written for an adult audience.

4/5 stars.

I’d recommend, it’s got so much to enjoy!

Thanks for reading
~Katie

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