The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Reviewed by Sophie:
(Contains spoilers)

I was disappointed with this book. It was full of excellent plot ideas and the author could have chosen to go down anyone of them and it would have been interesting. However, I felt that they were poorly mashed together; none of them explore well enough to make it a good read. I wanted to become close to the protagonist but dispute feeling some sympathy this was quickly dropped.

Pros:
I did enjoy the lack of speech marks l, which created an inner monologue style of writing. This was the only real part I enjoyed. Continue reading “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender”

Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin by Hannah Lynn

Reviewed by Sophie:

Let me set the scene… I started this book in the middle of the night with a newborn, feeding. I wanted to read but wanted something easy to keep coming back to as feeding time is reading time.

I have had Hannah Lynn’s books on myself for many years and have felt guilty of not being able to read before now. I’m so glad this was the first read of her books.

The humour is seen throughout the book not only in the encounters and events that happen to the protagonist but also in the conversations had and the tone of the book.

The amount of things that can happen in an allotment.

The characters were light-hearted and relatable.

Looking forward to reading more in this series

Author: Hannah Lynn
Publisher: Self-Published
Release date: 4 October 2018

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Reviewed by Sophie:

This was my first time reading a proper fantasy book.

I’ll be honest with you, it took me a long time to get into the plot and there were just so many names to remember!! I eventually got the hang of them.

I loved the structure and how each chapter was written from the point of view of the central characters.

The plot also became better as the story progressed and by the last 100 pages I didn’t want to put the book down. Definitely glad I tried it.

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Release date: 29 September 2015

180 Seconds by Jessica Park

Reviewed by Sophie:

A rare a wonderful find.

I picked up this book as it was free on kindle unlimited. It also had a free audio version that I was able to sync up, so I could listen in my car.

I found the first 5 chapters quite slow and struggled to initially get into it but then from when the main protagonist meets ‘the boy’ this book becomes magical.

I laughed and cried at this book. An easy read and if not at times predictable but one I wanted to continue to read …just incase my guessing was wrong. Definitely a hidden gem.

Author: Jessica Park
Publisher: Skyscape
Release date: 25 April 2017

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Reviewed by Sophie:

I’m really glad that I have read this book. It’s been a while since a book has gripped me. Don’t get me wrong…it has its floors, but overall I enjoyed it.

I felt I bonded with the main character and wanted to continue reading, (at all costs), to find out what had really happened.

I liked the way the story went back and forth from 1950 to ‘present day’. Its little snippets from the past made the reader understand the plot more rather than bringing up more questions.

I found the ‘ghost’ link tedious though. It didn’t really need it. The book could have worked well without it, but it didn’t hinder the book as a whole.

Overall, it was something different and that was so nice to read.

Author: Simone St. James
Publisher: Berkley
Release date: 20 March 2018