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Monthly Reads: April 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 April 2020. With the entirety of April being spent in lockdown here in the UK, I did a lot of reading! I read a total of 6 books during April. So, keep reading to discover which books I read last month…

 

 


The Runaway by Hollie Overton.

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ONCE YOU JOIN THE TRIBE, YOU’RE THERE FOR LIFE.

Becca Ortiz, Los Angeles Police Department psychologist, is fostering teenage runaway Ash.

But Ash can’t bring herself to trust a cop, not after what she’s been through. Her boyfriend Nate introduces her to the Tribe, his street-smart crew of delinquents and runaways, and Ash finally feels like she’s found a home among the homeless.

So one night, she disappears. And as Becca frantically searches for her missing foster daughter, Ash finds herself entangled in the shadows of a criminal underworld, beginning to realise that there may be no way to leave the Tribe without paying a deadly price.

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I won’t say too much about this book now, as I’ll be reviewing it in full – so keep your eyes out for that! Hollie Overton is one of my all-time favourite authors, and this book now sits on my “favourites” shelf, alongside her other two books. In fact, she’s the only author who has all her books on my favourites shelf! This book is absolutely incredible. The protagonist is fantastically-written, there is plenty of suspense and tension, and a spectacular ending. I couldn’t fault this book if I tried! Highly recommended.

 

 


Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King.

Good Vibes Good Life

Be the best version of you that YOU can be.

How can you learn to truly love yourself? How can you transform negative emotions into positive ones? Is it possible to find lasting happiness?

In this book, Instagram guru Vex King answers all of these questions and more. Vex overcame adversity to become a source of hope for thousands of young people, and now draws from his personal experience and his intuitive wisdom to inspire you to:

– practise self-care, overcome toxic energy and prioritize your wellbeing
– cultivate positive lifestyle habits, including mindfulness and meditation
– change your beliefs to invite great opportunities into your life
– manifest your goals using tried-and-tested techniques
– overcome fear and flow with the Universe
– find your higher purpose and become a shining light for others

In this book, Vex will show you that when you change the way you think, feel, speak and act, you begin to change the world.

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I felt like reading something a bit different to my usual psychological thrillers – I was gifted this book for my birthday earlier this year, so thought I’d give it a go. It was a little bit disappointing though, and I expected much more from this book. Some parts were interesting and contained some good points, but some sections were a bit too preachy and I found the writer to be quite patronising at times. In my opinion, the arguments he made were too simplistic and he didn’t really take into account the obstacles and difficulties that some individuals face when trying to improve their mindset.

 

 


Almost Love by Louise O’Neill.

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When Sarah falls for Matthew, she falls hard.

So it doesn’t matter that he’s twenty years older. That he sees her only in secret. That, slowly but surely, she’s sacrificing everything else in her life to be with him.

Sarah’s friends are worried. Her father can’t understand how she could allow herself to be used like this. And she’s on the verge of losing her job.

But Sarah can’t help it. She is addicted to being desired by Matthew.

And love is supposed to hurt.

Isn’t it?

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After reading other novels by O’Neill and loving them, I had high expectations for this book. But unfortunately, I was left feeling very disappointed. I didn’t warm to the protagonist whatsoever, and actually just found her quite annoying at times. But my biggest issue with this book is that it was just SO dull! Absolutely nothing happened in it. I forced myself to keep reading and find out what happened at the end, but the ending was also extremely underwhelming. A very disappointing read.

 

 


Who We Were by B.M. Carroll.

Who We Were

A KILLER TWENTY-YEAR REUNION.
AND YOU’RE INVITED…

Twenty years after they went their separate ways, friends and enemies are coming together for their school reunion. Katy, who is desperate to show that she’s no longer the shy wallflower. Annabel, who ruled the school until a spectacular fall from grace. Zach, popular and cruel, but who says he’s a changed man. And Robbie, always the victim, who never stood a chance.

As the reunion nears, a terrible event that binds the group together will resurface. Because someone is still holding a grudge, and will stop at nothing to reveal their darkest secrets…

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(I was sent an ARC by Viper.) I was lucky enough to take part in the blog tour for this book – you can find that here. I also plan to review this book in full, so keep your eyes peeled for that. I didn’t know what to expect going into this, and ended up being pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! The characters are all really well-written and there’s plenty of suspense and mystery throughout. There’s a fantastic twist towards the end that I never saw coming. My only criticism is that this book was too long, and I felt that some parts of the plot were unnecessary. But overall, a really good read!

 

 


How To Be Famous by Caitlin Moran.

How To Be Famous

I’m Johanna Morrigan. It’s 1995. I’m nineteen and I live in the epicentre of Britpop. Parklife!

My unrequited love, John Kite, is busy with a Number One album, world-tour, drugs, and a nervous breakdown.

So, I’ve started hanging out with hot young comedian Jerry Sharp. Big mistake.

“He’s a vampire,” my friend Suzanne warns. “One of those men who destroys bright young girls. Also, he’s a total dick.”

Unfortunately, I’ve already had sex with him. Bad sex. And now, I’m one of the girls he is trying to destroy.

I know I have to stop him. But how does one girl fight a famous, powerful man?

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I will be reviewing this book in full, so make sure you look out for that. Caitlin Moran has done it again! This is the sequel to her previous novel, ‘How To Build A Girl’, and I loved this just as much as the first. The protagonist is fantastically-written, with plenty of humour and wit included throughout the novel. The plot is really interesting, and the protagonist embarks upon lots of new adventures in this novel. I highly recommend this series if you want a laugh out loud read – you won’t be disappointed!

 

 


The Suspect by Fiona Barton.

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WHAT IF IT WAS SOMEONE YOU KNEW?

‘The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.’

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it’s personal.

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .

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I won’t go into too much detail here as I’ll be reviewing this book in full – keep your eyes peeled for that. This book was a really good, solid psychological thriller. The characters are well-written and the plot is very interesting, with lots of suspense and tension throughout. I kind of guessed the ending which is a little bit frustrating – I like the ending to completely take me by surprise! This book lacked the wow factor in my opinion so I can’t award it 5 stars – but that being said, this is still a very good read!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy reading 🙂

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