Apple Of My Eye

Apple of My Eye

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Avon Books UK

Synopsis:

Just how far is a mother willing to go?

When a mysterious note arrives for six months pregnant Dr Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.

As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.

Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother…

Thoughts:

This book is going to be ever so tricky to review, because it’s one where you don’t want to reveal too much about it before someone reads it. It’s definitely one to go into without knowing a lot about the plot. Trust me, you’ll find yourself fully immersed in this story before long. It’s fantastic.

Apple Of My Eye centres around Eliana who is seven months pregnant. Eliana is still suffering from horrendous sickness and she’s terrified that she’s not going to bond with her baby. She’s married to Martin and believes they have a happy marriage, until she starts receiving anonymous letters telling her that Martin is cheating on her. Eliana is close to her mother Angela. Angela is determined to protect her daughter no matter what. We also hear from a character Louise. We don’t really ever find out much about Louise but soon the story starts to come together. Eliana has to take maternity leave when an incident at the hospice she works at occurs. Life is become very intense for Eli…

That’s all I can really say without revealing what happens in this story. I really don’t want to ruin it for any potential reader. What I will say is, if you like your thrillers to be incredibly dark and twisted, then this might be one for you. I couldn’t believe how twisted some of it was. I have to admit, that I did guess a part of the twist, but I didn’t guess it too soon and it in no way affected my enjoyment as a whole. Apple Of My Eye is superbly written and so worth reading.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

An incredibly tense read. I couldn’t put it down!

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This Week In Books #141

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

The Fear

I’m currently working my way through this book. I haven’t really got into it yet but I think I’ll enjoy it!

THEN

The Alchemist

I have been meaning to get to this book for a while now. Whilst I enjoyed reading it, I wasn’t over blown away. I’ll hopefully get a review within the next week or so.

NEXT

Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread

I’m so intrigued to read this book! It’s the choice for our January edition of Banned Books! 🙂

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2018 But Didn’t Get Around To

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we’re looking at 10 books that we intended to read in 2018 but didn’t get around to. As ever, book images go to Goodreads.

When The Curtain Falls

I am intrigued by this book because I’ve heard really mixed reviews. Hopefully I’ll get around to it soon!

People Like Us

Oh my goodness. I’ve mentioned wanting to read this for so long now. I need to make it a priority really.

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

I really like David Levithan, so goodness knows why I haven’t got around to this yet.

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

I need to get to this book. I’ve had it for long enough…

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

This one is coming up soon for me! I have to do it.

The Visitor

I really need to start reading K.L. Slater. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this author.

Where the Missing Go

I love a good thriller and I intended to read this in December! I might get to it this month though.

The Fear

This is the only C.L. Taylor book that I haven’t read yet, I need to read it!

The Careful Undressing of Love

I adore this cover. I really liked the sound of this when I came across it in 2017, but I’m yet to read it.

Words on Bathroom Walls

This book really appealed me because I enjoy reading books about mental health. I hope to try and read it this year.

What did you intend to read in 2018 but didn’t get around to? Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

The Flower Girls

The Flower Girls

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing

Synopsis:

The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose. 

One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.

And The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…

Thoughts:

I have heard so much buzz surrounding this book and very rightly so. I was absolutely gripped by this thriller. I can imagine that it’s going to do very well when it releases next week. I believe it would be a good contender for a book club read as there’s so much to say about it. I’m going to keep this review as spoiler free as I can, but that’s definitely going to be tricky, so apologies if my review seems a little vague.

The Flower Girls centres around Laurel and Primrose. Laurel and Primrose were involved in an abduction and murder of a young child. One of them was convicted of the murder and the other was given a new identity. 19 years later, another young child goes missing. The Flower Girls hit the headlines again… but are they involved in the disappearance?

This isn’t a comfortable read by any means. An abduction and murder of any child is absolutely appalling. Yet there’s something about the writing and the plot that kept me compelled and turning the pages. It was really quite hard to put down once you got going. I loved how the action switched between the present and 1997- the time of the crime- it slowly revealed what had happened and I was definitely intrigued to know exactly what was going on.

I don’t want to spoil the plot, so I won’t go into it too much. Just know it’s an intense one with some very complex but interesting/fascinating characters. I am really impressed with Alice’s writing. I found it compelling, easy to read and the characters were so well developed.

The ending of the book is pretty incredible! It definitely made me feel uneasy and it has kept me thinking about the story, hours after I’d finished it. I think it’s going to stay with me for some time.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic read. I was super impressed with this book. Look out for it!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A VERY bookish week!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching 7-9 year olds. I have worked for two years with 6-7 years, 1 year with 7-9 and now I’m returning to my favourite age! My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

This week has been another great one! I’m so happy to be back! 🙂 I’m loving that I’m having a run of weeks at the moment that make me really thankful for the job I have.

Something very exciting happened this week! I run a book club with the older children in the school and we’ve been reading a 300 page book by a popular author (I can’t say who otherwise it will identify the school!) We finished the book and sent a video review to the author on Twitter. He acknowledged it and even sent them a tweet back. They were absolutely made up! I was super happy too. It was so lovely that he took the time to acknowledge my book club’s work. 🙂 See, the internet is great sometimes!

I’ve also (and I never thought I’d say this!) been super impressed with my writers this week. We’ve been writing letters and some of their work was incredible! My moaning and persistence has clearly paid off. Long may it continue!

I can’t believe that by the end of the coming week, I’ll be halfway through this half term. Spring goes by really quickly. I’m trying to make the most of my class because before I know it, they’ll be through Spring Term with only one remaining after. I do know that I need to be a bit harsher this week. I’m thinking of bringing back Class Dojo as that worked brilliantly for me over the past few years. I will just have it as a classroom incentive, rather than a communication tool with parents. Food for thought, for today!

Save The Date

Save the Date

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

Thoughts:

Hmmm… I’m usually a massive fan of this genre, but for some reason Save The Date didn’t seem to work for me. Don’t get me wrong, it was okay… but nothing exciting in my opinion and I didn’t find it overly memorable.

Save The Date is told over the weekend. Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married at the family home. Their family home is being sold so everything is moved forward. Charlie and her family have very strong relationships. It’s somewhat helped by the fact that Charlie and her sibling’s lives have been portrayed out in their mother’s cartoon strip Grant Central Station. However, Charlie’s mother goes too far at one point and shows too much of Mike’s life, causing a family rift. Mike comes back for the wedding, Danny (her favourite brother) brings an unexpected girlfriend home and nothing goes right at all! It all causes a LOT of drama for the Grant family.

I really enjoyed the Grant family dynamics. I loved the sibling relationships whether they were strained or close. I thought they were really realistic. I also totally got Mike’s point at being really annoyed with his mother. I can’t say I’d enjoy the sensitive parts of my life being broadcast to the world. So I totally got that. There were moments of this book that were totally wonderful to read. I really did enjoy Charlie as a main character. I was invested in what was going to happen to her.

I think all of the wedding drama got a little bit too much for me. It was so exaggerated and I found myself tiring of the plot line. It definitely made me eye roll and that’s not a good thing. However, there’s no denying that Morgan Matson is a talented writer. I do enjoy reading her books. It’s just in my opinion, this isn’t one of her better books.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I really liked the ending which is why I gave this book three stars. I think I just had a weird relationship with it! Fans of YA should enjoy it.

Fairy Tale/Folk Tale Friday- King Of The Forest

This is a short story intended for Chinese New Year. Tiger was prowling through the shadows when he came across Fox, sitting outside his den. Tiger smiled to himself and pounced on Fox’s tail, pinning him fast. Fox told him to get off of him because he was the King Of The Forest. Tiger was shocked and told Fox that he wasn’t the King Of The Forest. Fox insisted that he was because all of the animals were afraid of him. He said that Tiger should follow and see for himself. Tiger was incredibly curious but did so. (Anyone else getting The Gruffalo vibes?)

As they approached a herd of deer by the river, they were terrified and fled. They came to some pigs and when Fox appeared they squealed and thundered away. They came to some monkeys, who shrieked with fright and scrambled into the treetops.

Tiger was amazed and apologised to Fox for underestimating him. He agreed that Fox was the King Of The Forest and left the crafty Fox alone.

I can’t work out which one came first, but this definitely does remind me of the Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo! 

Next Fairy Tale/Folk Tale Friday- Rashie Coat