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Monthly Reads: January 2020

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m posting my Monthly Reads for January – the first one of 2020! January was a really busy month for me, with the aftermath of Christmas, New Year and my 23rd birthday. I only managed to read 3 books during January. Keep reading to discover which books I read last month…



I Spy by Claire Kendal.


Someone is watching your every move…

Holly Lawrence always wanted to be a spy, but the experience proved more dangerous than anything she imagined.

Now, Holly lives in hiding under an assumed name. She avoids relationships and trusts no one. But Holly’s new life begins to unravel when she encounters a young mother and her two-year-old child… a child who reminds her of a past she has tried hard to forget.

This time, someone is spying on her, and Holly will need to decide how far she is willing to go to survive…

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I’d been after this book for a while as I was really intrigued by the blurb. I really enjoyed it at first – although it wasn’t my usual kind of read, there was plenty of suspense and mystery to keep me reading on. However, I felt that towards the end, the story just lost its way. There were loads of twists and turns, and I found it to be ridiculously unrealistic and unbelievable. The ending definitely let this book down. A disappointing read.



I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney.


Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from. But I know exactly who you are. I know what you’ve done. And I am watching you.

When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is – but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.

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I really enjoyed Feeney’s first novel, and just had to pick up her next book after spotting it in a charity shop. This was a great read. The protagonist, Aimee, is very interesting and well-written, and I felt that the two consecutive narratives worked fantastically together. However, the ending let it down for me, as I just thought it was really far-fetched and outrageous. I highly recommend this to all you psychological thriller lovers out there!



I Am Her Tribe by Danielle Doby.


#IAmHerTribe creator Danielle Doby shares her poetry for the first time in a collection long anticipated by her followers.

Positive and powerful, I Am Her Tribe is a collection of poetry drawing on the viral Instagram handle and online hashtag that serves to create moments of connection through empowerment and storytelling. Focusing on inspiration, Doby’s poetry invites its reader to “Come as you are. Your tribe has arrived.  Your breath can rest here.”

both soft
and fierce
can coexist and still be powerful

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This book was an impulse buy that I saw on sale at a fashion store. I’ve gotten quite into poetry recently, and thought this one looked really good. I was right! This poetry collection is fantastic – I love the style in which it was written, and the difficult topics it addresses. Doby’s poetry is written in a similar form to Rupi Kaur’s, and if I was to compare the two, I’d have to say that Kaur’s is much more powerful. But this is definitely worth a read if you’re looking for a new poetry collection!














Happy reading 🙂

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