Stacking The Shelves #185

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!

Bought:

Far from the Tree

I enjoy Robin Benway’s writing and I’ve heard good things about this book!

NetGalley:

Super excited about this book! It sounds fabulous.

I love a thriller… as you can see. I’m intrigued by this one. I requested it on its description of disturbing…what does that say about me?

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post!

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Round Up of British Books Challenge 2017

The British Books Challenge is hosted by Michelle at Tales of Yesterday. Find out more about it HERE.

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. I smashed it once again this year by reading 63 books by British Authors.

Here are 2017’s efforts!

  1. The One Memory of Flora Banks– Emily Barr
  2. Paper Butterflies– Lisa Heathfield
  3. We Come Apart– Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
  4. How Hard Can Love Be?– Holly Bourne
  5. Disclaimer– Renee Knight
  6. Margot & Me– Juno Dawson
  7. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep– Joanna Cannon
  8. The Witchfinder’s Sister– Beth Underdown
  9. London Belongs To Us– Sarra Manning
  10. The Cuckoo Sister– Vivian Alcock
  11. The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time– Mark Haddon
  12. The One– John Marrs
  13. Mad Girl– Bryony Gordon
  14. Lie With Me– Sabine Durrant
  15. Pilot Jane and The Runaway Plane– Caroline Baxter
  16. Fish Boy- Chloe Daykin
  17. Awful Auntie– David Walliams
  18. The Last Beginning- Lauren James
  19. Girlhood– Cat Clarke
  20. One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton
  21. Release- Patrick Ness
  22. Unboxed- Non Pratt
  23. Follow Me– Angela Clarke
  24. Watch Me– Angela Clarke
  25. Trust Me– Angela Clarke
  26. Truth Or Dare– Non Pratt
  27. I See You- Clare Mackintosh
  28. Blood Sisters– Jane Corry
  29. The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross
  30. The Nearest Faraway Place– Hayley Long
  31. The Graces– Laure Eve
  32. Miss You– Kate Eberlen
  33. Damage– Eve Ainsworth
  34. Indigo Donut– Patrice Lawrence
  35. Gone Without A Trace– Mary Torjussen
  36. Her Husband’s Lover– Julia Crouch
  37. He Said/She Said– Erin Kelly
  38. Cartes Postales from Greece– Victoria Hislop
  39. Fortunately, The Milk– Neil Gaiman
  40. Good Me, Bad Me– Ali Land
  41. The Scarecrow Queen– Melinda Salisbury
  42. Charlotte Says– Alex Bell
  43. Close To Me– Amanda Reynolds
  44. Coraline- Neil Gaiman
  45. The House– Simon Lelic
  46. The Betrayals- Fiona Neill
  47. The Trophy Child– Paula Daly
  48. Saffy’s Angel– Hilary McKay
  49. Behind Closed Doors- B.A Paris
  50. No Virgin– Anne Cassidy
  51. No Shame– Anne Cassidy
  52. Then She Was Gone– Lisa Jewell
  53. The Treatment– C.L Taylor
  54. Letters From The Lighthouse– Emma Carroll
  55. Black Hearts In Battersea– Joan Aiken
  56. The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club- Alex Bell
  57. 13 Minutes– Sarah Pinborough
  58. The Hours Before Dawn– Celia Fremlin
  59. Noah Can’t Even– Simon James Green
  60. Witch Child- Celia Rees
  61. The Friend– Dorothy Koomson
  62. A Quiet Kind Of Thunder– Sara Barnard
  63. Finding Jennifer Jones– Anne Cassidy

Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters

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

Previously reviewed by the same author:
My Husband’s Wife

Synopsis:

Three little girls set off to school one sunny May morning.
Within an hour, one of them is dead.

Fifteen years later, Alison and Kitty are living separate lives. Kitty lives in a care home. She can’t speak, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here, or her life before it.

Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up she decides to take it – this is her chance to finally make things right.

But someone is watching Kitty and Alison.
Someone who wants revenge for what happened that day.
And only another life will do…

Thoughts:

After reading Jane Corry’s debut My Husband’s Wife, I was intrigued to read her next book. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to read Blood Sisters, which I found just as gripping as Jane’s debut.

Blood Sisters is told in dual narration from two sisters. They are half sisters and since childhood have not got on at all. An accident tears the sisters apart even more. Their lives become very different afterwards. One sister is left with a severe brain injury and the other sister is able to move on in her life although in very different directions than she first anticipated. There are secrets hidden from the accident and they’re not safe… the truth will out, eventually!

I enjoy reading stories where there’s sibling rivalries almost as much as I like reading about siblings that do get on. I thought this was an intriguing story because one of the sister’s severe disability. If you’re a regularly reader to my blog, you’ll know that I love diverse books and every type of person being represented, therefore I was super happy to read about a disabled character. I feel like Jane Corry must have researched brain injuries thoroughly in order to give such a detailed and what felt like a very realistic portrayal in this story. I was interested in reading both perspectives, I also really enjoyed how the narration switched from past to present tense.

I do think this book has some slower moments, which is why I didn’t rate it any higher than I did. Sometimes, I desperately wanted to know what was going to happen! It keeps you turning the pages and I think is a decent read for anyone into the thriller genre!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A page-turner of a thriller!

This Week In Books #68

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!

Blood Sisters

NOW Blood SistersJane Corry– I’m just about to start Blood Sisters, which looks like my sort of book!

The Girl in the Red Coat

THEN The Girl In The Coat- Kate Hamer– I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and almost fairy-tale esque in its nature.

Saga, Vol. 2 (Saga, #2)

NEXTSaga Volume 2Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples– This is the banned book for the feature that I do with my sister, Beth!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to a post that you do! Happy Reading!

My Husband’s Wife

My Husband's Wife

How did I get it?:
I received a copy for review consideration from Penguin Random House. This does not affect my opinion of the book!

Synopsis:

It’s the perfect love story.

Lily meets Ed at a party, and on their second date, he proposes. She’s a lawyer, he’s an up-and-coming artist. They own a small but beautiful flat in London and mix with all the right people.

But Lily has a secret. Something from her past, that is soon to collide with her present. And she thinks her new husband is hiding something too…

The vows they made will soon be tested to the very limits.

‘Till death us do part…’

Thoughts:

My Husband’s Wife immediately looked like my sort of book. I really enjoy thrillers, especially psychological thrillers, so when I was offered the chance to read this book I decided to go for it! It’s quite a big book, at over 500 pages, and I do personally think the pace suffered a little. However, if you’re into the genre then I do think this book is worth exploring. It’s not the most original thriller, but it is incredibly easy to read.

My Husband’s Wife is told in two parts. The first part is set 15 years prior to the current year. It is narrated by Lily and Carla. Lily is newly married to Ed, who she hasn’t know for very long but accepted his proposal. Lily is a defence lawyer and is nervous about going into prisons to defend people. She is hiding a secret about her brother’s death. Lily and Ed live in a flat above a neighbour Francesca and her daughter Carla. Carla is young and bullied at school. Carla, Ed and Lily’s lives become connected. The second part of the book gives the reader insight into grown up Carla’s life. Once more, their lives become entwined in a way in which no-one was expecting. This leads to lies, deceit, confusion and death…

This book has so much going on, yet at the same time, it felt very slow to start. I felt like its slow pace helped the reader get to know the characters well, however, my interest did start to wane slightly because the action took a while to get going. When it does pick up the pace, it is certainly hard to put down. My Husband’s Wife is a book where you don’t know who to trust or who to find some sympathy for. I found myself feeling frustrated but intrigued by so many of the characters.

I have to also mention the mention of the autistic spectrum in the book. I have worked with many children with Asperger’s/autism and it is fantastic to see it being represented so well within the story without it being overdone. Jane Corry clearly knows her stuff. I think My Husband’s Wife is a fantastic debut novel and I can see Jane Corry fitting very well into the thriller/psychological thriller genre.

The e-book for My Husband’s Wife is out now, with the ‘real’ book being published on 26th August by Penguin.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars.

A good psychological thriller which will lead you to think about morals!