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Monthly Reads: February 2021

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 February 2021. I read 4 books during February, which I’m pretty pleased with as it was a busy month! So, keep reading to discover which books I read last month…

Final Cut by S.J. Watson.

Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to ordinary people.

It used to be a buzzing seaside destination. But now, ravaged by the effects of dwindling tourism and economic downturn, it’s a ghost town – and the perfect place for film-maker Alex to shoot her new documentary.

But the community is deeply suspicious of her intentions. After all, nothing exciting ever happens in Blackwood Bay – or does it?

Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to an extraordinary secret.

(I was sent an ARC by Black Swan.)

This book gets 2 stars simply due to the fact that I didn’t finish it. I really wanted to love this book and I gave it a good chance, but unfortunately I just didn’t enjoy it whatsoever. I couldn’t get into the story and found the characters to be very flat and dull. I just wasn’t invested in any aspect of this book, so ended up putting it down and moving on to something else. Very disappointing!

The Lies You Told by Harriet Tyce.

I won’t go into too much detail now as I’ve already reviewed this book in full – you can find that here. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. The plot was brilliant, there was plenty of suspense and tension throughout, and the characters were all fantastically-written. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the ending and found it too be far too dramatic and unbelievable; but other than that, this was a great read that I highly recommend!

Sleepless by Louise Mumford.

Don’t close your eyes. Don’t fall asleep. Don’t let them in.

Thea is an insomniac; she hasn’t slept more than three hours a night for years.

So when an ad for a sleep trial that promises to change her life pops up on her phone, Thea knows this is her last chance at finding any kind of normal life.

Soon Thea’s sleeping for longer than she has in a decade, and awakes feeling transformed. So much so that at first she’s willing to overlook the oddities of the trial – the lack of any phone signal; the way she can’t leave her bedroom without permission; the fact that all her personal possessions are locked away, even her shoes.

But it soon becomes clear that the trial doesn’t just want to help Thea sleep. It wants to control her sleep…

I won’t go into too much detail here as I have a full review coming soon – keep your eyes peeled for that! I had been desperate to read this book for months before the publication date, as the premise behind the novel was just utterly fascinating to me. I really enjoyed the first half of the novel, and the ideas and themes within the book were excellently explored and written. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the ending and felt that it all got a bit TOO far-fetched and outrageous; however, this was still a brilliant read that I urge you all to go out and buy!

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson.

After a whirlwind, fairytale romance, Abigail Baskin marries freshly-minted Silicon Valley millionaire Bruce Lamb.

For their honeymoon, he whisks her away to an exclusive retreat at a friend’s resort off the Maine coast on Heart Pond Island. But once there, Abigail’s perfect new life threatens to crash down around her as she recognises one of their fellow guests as the good looking, charismatic stranger who weeks earlier had seduced her at her own Bachelorette party…

(I was sent an ARC by Faber & Faber.)

Again, I won’t say too much about this book now as I have a full review coming soon – watch this space! I really really loved this book. The premise was original and unique, the characters were fantastically-written, and there was plenty of mystery and suspense throughout. I really was hooked whilst reading and couldn’t put it down! My only criticism is that I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the ending; but that being said, this was still a fantastic read that I would highly recommend to you all.

Happy reading 🙂

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