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Monthly Reads: May 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 May 2020. The entirety of May was spent in lockdown here in the UK, so I got lots of reading done. I read a total of 6 books during May which I’m very happy with! So, keep reading to discover which books I read last month…

 

 


Villette by Charlotte Bronte.

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Lucy Snowe is a 14-year-old girl staying at the home of her godmother Mrs. Bretton in the clean and ancient town of Bretton. Also in residence are Mrs. Bretton’s son, John Graham, and Polly, a peculiar little girl whose visit is cut short when her father arrives to take her away.

Soon after Polly’s departure Lucy leaves Mrs. Bretton’s home and moves on. Some years pass, during which a family tragedy leaves Lucy without family, home, or means.

Lucy travels from her native England to Villette, a French-speaking town in Belgium, to teach at a girls’ school, where she is drawn into adventure and romance.

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One of my university lecturers recommended I read this a couple of years ago, stating that it was “much better” than Jane Eyre. I absolutely adore Jane Eyre so figured I needed to give this one a go. I really really wanted to love this book, but unfortunately it just fell flat for me. There were some good moments in it, and I did really like the protagonist – but mostly it was just dull and drab. Jane Eyre is so much better!

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Have You Seen Her by Lisa Hall.

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Bonfire Night. A missing girl.

Anna only takes her eyes off Laurel for a second. She thought Laurel was following her mum through the crowds. But in a heartbeat, Laurel is gone.

Laurel’s parents are frantic. As is Anna, their nanny. But as the hours pass, and Laurel isn’t found, suspicion grows.

Someone knows what happened to Laurel. And they’re not telling.

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I won’t say too much about this book now as I’ll be reviewing it in full soon – keep your eyes peeled for that. Wow, this book was incredible! The characters are fantastically-written, and there is plenty of suspense and mystery running throughout. There are loads of twists and turns, and a fantastic ending – I was completely hooked throughout! It did lack something (I can’t quite put my finger on what) to give it the full 5-stars, but it’s still an exceptional read. Highly recommended!

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Strangers by C.L. Taylor.

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Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.

Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

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(I received an ARC from Avon.) I was lucky enough to take part in the blog tour for this book – you can find that here. I will also be reviewing it in full, so look out for that! This was a good read, but I definitely think there was more focus on characters than plot here. The characters were fantastically-written, but the story just didn’t flow as well as her previous novels in my opinion and I got a bit bored. It’s definitely a good psychological thriller, but I’d recommend her earlier books over this one.

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How To Disappear by Gillian McAllister.

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You can run, you can hide, but can you disappear for good?

Lauren’s daughter Zara witnessed a terrible crime. But speaking up comes with a price, and when Zara’s identity is revealed online, it puts a target on her back.

The only choice is to disappear.

To keep Zara safe, Lauren will give up everything and everyone she loves, even her husband.

There will be no goodbyes. Their pasts will be rewritten. New names, new home, new lives.

The rules are strict for a reason. They are being hunted. One mistake – a text, an Instagram like – could bring their old lives crashing into the new.

They can never assume someone isn’t watching, waiting.

As Lauren will learn, disappearing is easy. Staying hidden is harder . . .

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(I was sent an ARC by Penguin.) I am due to take part in the blog tour for this book next month, so keep your eyes peeled for that! I really enjoyed this book, and thought the premise was very unique and interesting. It’s jam-packed full of mystery and suspense, and there are plenty of twists and turns. In my opinion, the characters weren’t as well-written or well-developed as some of McAllister’s previous novels, and a couple of the characters I thought actually fell a bit flat. But that being said, this is still an excellent read.

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The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry.

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Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.

But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature.

Hannah knows that Janie is manipulating Christopher and isolating him from her, despite Hannah’s attempts to bring them all together. But as Janie’s behavior threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie’s past may be enough to push them all over the edge.

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I plan to review this book in full, so keep your eyes out for that. Oh my gosh, I  adored this book – it is absolutely incredible! So well researched and fantastically addresses some really difficult topics/issues. The characters are extremely well-written and there is plenty of suspense and mystery throughout – I experienced a permanent feeling of dread whilst reading this book. I was obsessed with this book and raced through to the end (which is also brilliant). I urge you all to read this book – you won’t be disappointed!

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It’s Not OK To Feel Blue (And Other Lies) by Scarlett Curtis.

It's not OK to feel blue (and other lies)

It’s OK if everything might feel a bit overwhelming.
It’s OK to talk about it.
It’s OK to not want to talk about it.
It’s OK to find it funny.
It’s OK to be human.

Over 70 people have shared their powerful, funny and moving stories exploring their own mental health, including Sam Smith, Emilia Clarke, Candice Carty-Williams and Adam Kay.

One in four of us will experience a mental health issue. This book is here to tell you, or someone you care about, it’s OK.

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I’ve been reading this book on-and-off in the background since January and finally got round to finishing it – and I’m so glad I did. This book is a collection of essays, poems, stories and much more from inspiration people about mental health. This book is so refreshing and uplifting, and I truly believe it’s a must-read. Whether you suffer with mental health issues yourself or just wish to educate yourself, this book is so important. Please go out and read it!

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Happy reading 🙂

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