The Disappearances

The Disappearances

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Every seven years something goes missing in the remote town of Sterling: people’s reflections, the stars in the sky, the ability to dream. Aila realises that her mother may be to blame for the curse. But some mysteries are buried very deep and some secrets want to stay hidden – and one young woman’s desire to uncover the truth may not be enough to save Sterling from the past.

A beautifully told story of love, loss and finding the truth – no matter how difficult that might be.

Thoughts:

I had a really weird experience when I read this book. I started off really loving it and was wondering why I had took so long to get around to it. However, when I got deeper into the book, I started to lose a bit of interest in it. I don’t know whether that’s because it took me so long to read because work was super busy or whether it just didn’t capture my attention as much as I wanted. Either way, The Disappearances is an interesting book full of magical realism. I’m not disappointed that I read it.

The Disappearances is set in the 1940s. It’s about a town where Disappearances occur every seven years. The people living in the town have lost strange things though like their reflections or their sense of smell. Aila is desperate to find out what is going on in the town. Is it a curse? The town has something called Variants which help to counteract the Disappearances but they can take some time to make. Aila wants to discover the truth and uncovers many mysteries along the way.

As I mentioned, at first I found this book really intriguing. It didn’t necessarily read like historical fiction. It was however, filled to the brim with magical realism. I think if you enjoy magical realism then you’ll really like the idea of the Disappearances and Variants. There were constant nods to Shakespeare, which didn’t really do much for me, but if you’re into Shakespeare then that might delight you!

I loved Aila as a character. She was feisty and I always enjoy a strong female character. I feel like Emily Bain Murphy really brought her character to life.

I don’t want to come across as negative about this book, because it was good. It was light-hearted and easy to read. It just wasn’t the read I thought it was going to be! It is however, unique and worth checking out.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

I had mixed feelings about this book. It is well written and unique though!

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This Week In Books #102

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!

Ready to Fall The Disappearances Sky Chasers

NOWReady to FallMarcella Pixley– I started this book yesterday, but haven’t got very far yet. I think it’s going to be a sad one!

THENThe DisapperancesEmily Bain Murphy– I really enjoyed this book at the start but it didn’t keep me captivated until the very end.

NEXTSky ChasersEmma Carroll– I was supposed to start this book last week, but I wanted to get around to my current read first.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

This Week In Books #101

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!

The Disappearances A List of Cages Sky Chasers

NOWThe DisappearancesEmily Bain Murphy– I’m about 100 pages away from finishing this book. I absolutely adore it. It’s a very unusual but charming read.

THENA List of CagesRobin Roe– An intense read! SO GOOD though!

NEXTSky ChasersEmma Carroll– I’m so eager to read this book. I adore Emma Carroll’s writing.

What are you reading this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to a post that you do! 🙂

Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week is the last week that Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and I just want to thank them for hosting for so long. It really is a commitment and I’ll always be grateful to them for introducing me to so many blogs and in turn, so many books. Thank you ladies!

This week’s list is all about those books that we meant to read in 2017 but never got around to them. There are a few of these and most of them were debuts! It’s my goal this year to read more debut authors, so I’ve focused mainly on 2017 debuts.

A List of Cages

I was so excited about this book in 2016 when I heard about it, so goodness knows why I hadn’t read it yet. I’m hoping to read it ASAP!

Seven Days of You

I am excited that this is based in Tokyo. I don’t think I’ve read anything set there before. It looks like a fab contemporary read.

The Education of Margot Sánchez

This is another one that I had on my radar and never got around to!

The Disappearances

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book that it’s definitely become a priority for me to read in 2018.

It Started With Goodbye

Although I’ve heard mixed things about this book, I want to give it a try.

Girl Out of Water

I’m intrigued by the premise of this book and I’ve heard some good things.

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

I feel like this book was everywhere recently, yet I still didn’t get around to reading it! Sums me up really…

The Hidden Memory of Objects

I’m excited about this book. I want to read it ASAP! Love that cover.

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

I’m excited but nervous about this book. I’m worried the hype monster will get me.

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)

I want to get around to this book in 2018. I bought it a year ago!

What do you intend to read in 2018? Let me know. Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #179

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Presents:

They Both Die at the End

I have such high expectations of this book, I really hope I haven’t created a hype monster! I shall hopefully be reading this book soon.

Bad Romance

I have wanted to read this book for the longest time, so I was super happy to receive it as a gift!

Goodnight Mister Tom

This is one of my favourite children’s books and I didn’t have my own copy so Beth kindly bought me a copy alongside the previous two books for Christmas!

Bought:

Some Kind of Wonderful

I really enjoy Giovanna’s writing, so I’m excited to read her latest book.

The Disappearances

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book so I’m super excited to see what it’s like!

A List of Cages

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 so I knew I had to get it, to hopefully read ASAP in 2018!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is about the upcoming releases for the rest of this year. I feel like I’m behind on the releases in the first half of this year. I really need to sort that out!

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The Art of Feeling

Love the sound of this book! 🙂 I enjoy exploring books that centre around mental health and this one includes a character with depression.

The Nowhere Girls

This book sounds incredibly heavy-going as it explores rape culture.

Words on Bathroom Walls

I am so intrigued by this book, it centres around a character with schizophrenia.

Kaleidoscope Song

I am super excited about this books release! It sounds fantastic and I love the cover.

There's Someone Inside Your House

So intrigued by this one. I only know cutesy from Stephanie Perkins.

The Disappearances

I absolutely adore this cover and the synopsis has me very curious.

Little & Lion

Ooh, another mental health plot line. I enjoyed Pointe by Brandy Colbert, so I’m looking forward to this one!

Lucky in Love

I have to include a typical contemporary on this list, since it takes us over summer. Kasie West’s writing is adorable and so easy to read!

How To Disappear

I enjoyed this author’s debut novel, so I’m intrigued to pick up another book by her!

Bad Romance

This is one of my most anticipated releases this year! Let’s hope I haven’t hyped it too much!

This is another list that’ll make my TBR grow! Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten 2017 Debuts That I’m Excited For

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about debut releases in 2017. It’s been fun to look into it!

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

I’ve heard a lot about this book already and I’m excited for it to be released. It is inspired by The Black Lives Matter movement.

The Hidden Memory of Objects-

The Hidden Memory of Objects

I read emotional and thrilling in the synopis and I was pretty much sold! I love the cover of this one too.

One Of Us Is Lying- Karen M.McManus

One of Us Is Lying

I’m looking forward to this one mainly because I’ve judged it by its cover and I think it looks like it’s going to be awesome!

The Hundred Lives of Lizzie Lovett- Chelsea Sedoti

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

I have heard good things about this book too, so I’m looking forward to finally checking it out in 2017!

Girl Out Of Water- Laura Silverman

Girl Out of Water

This looks like another emotional read. I love the simple cover.

It Started With Goodbye- Christina June

It Started With Goodbye

A modern take on the Cinderella arc? I’m in!

The Disappearances- Emily Bain Murphy

The Disappearances

Oooh. I like the sound of this one. Love the cover, love the fantasy sound of it.

The Education of Margot Sanchez- Lilliam Rivera

The Education of Margot Sanchez

I think this sounds like such an important read! It’s billed as a coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families. Intrigued!

Seven Days Of You-

Seven Days of You

I can’t help but put a cute contemporary looking book on my list! 🙂 This one looks like it could be a bit of a heartbreaker too!

A List Of Cages- Robin Roe

A List of Cages

I love stories that include characters with ADHD. I have high hopes for this one!

What are you looking forward to reading in 2017? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!