How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss

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Synopsis:

Hattie’s summer isn’t going as planned. Her two best friends have abandoned her: Reuben has run off to Europe to “find himself” and Kat’s in Edinburgh. Meanwhile Hattie is stuck babysitting her twin siblings and dealing with endless drama around her mum’s wedding.

Oh, and she’s also just discovered that she’s pregnant with Reuben’s baby…

Then Gloria, Hattie’s great-aunt who no one previously knew even existed comes crashing into her life. Gloria’s fiercely independent, rather too fond of a gin sling and is in the early stages of dementia.

Together the two of them set out on a road trip of self-discovery – Gloria to finally confront the secrets of her past before they are wiped from her memory forever and Hattie to face the hard choices that will determine her future.

Review:

This book will be the end of me, it was amazing! I feel rather guilty now having had The Year of the Rat on my shelf for almost a year now. I must get onto reading that right away. You know after I’m finished all three season of Sherlock that I’ve just started. Moriarty is my favourite character. Bad, I know.

I loved all the characters, except Reuben obviously. Hattie and Gloria’s stories were really great and engaging, especially when they were intertwined. Furniss convincingly made the characters relatable, and made me laugh at so many sad moments. The story had very good motifs, stringing the themes of feminism, family, love and self-exploration.

Both stories were both well detailed for the eras they were set in. Which is always a bonus. Historical errors sometimes bring the story down. Well done for not letting that happen. Not the much could ruin this book anyway.

The story carries great messages, has great characters, was brilliantly written and was heart wrenching to read. I recommend you all pick this book up when it comes out in January.

I give this book 5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thanks for reading,and don’t forget to leave a comment.
(P.S Whose your favourite Sherlock character?)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten books in my Beach Bag

Hello again! So I think I’ve only ever done a few Top Ten Tuesday before so forgive my bad prep skills. I’m only gonna do five though.

This is one about books in my beach bag but I don’t really go to the beach that often. Although I went to a really awesome barbeque yesterday with a load of my friends and I think I made new friends? I’m not entirely sure…

Here goes:

1. Since you’ve been Gone by Morgan Matson

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This book is the most amazing summer book ever. Its about a girl called Emily whose pretty shy and reclusive, the complete opposite of her best friend Sloane. Sloane goes missing at the start of summer and sends Emily a list of things to do that are completely put of her comfort zone. Kiss a stranger? Skinny Dipping? No way.

2. Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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Another Morgan Matson book? Yes, she’s my version of Sarah Dessen (who I don’t like.) Amy has to drive across America but she can’t, because she has a fear of driving after a crash. So she needs someone to drive for her, so meet Roger her estranged neighbour whose her age. This book is amazing and has playlists and receipts.

3. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

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Arrghh, this book, the only one in ages that I’ve felt I need to reread. This is positively amazing. It follows the story of a girl as the earth changes and starts to slow down. The nights get longer as well as the day until the daytime is a week long. It shows the effects of the world and the changes of the ecosystem.

4. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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This book is positively amazing, superpowers, dystopian rivalry and a revolution. What more could you want?

5.  The Distance between Us by Kasie West

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Any Kasiw West book is great. An easy, by the pool read!

Thanks for reading!

End Game by Alan Gibbons

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Bonjour! Third consecutive review! I’m on a roll!

How did I get it? The wonderful people at Indigo Fiction (division of Orion) So thank you 😉

Synopsis:

‘He was here again last night, the man with the dead eyes. He was in my room and in my head.’

There are not many things Nick Mallory knows for sure.

He knows there was a car crash. He knows he is in hospital. And he knows he feels furious with his father. What he doesn’t know is why.

As his memories start to return, Nick finds himself caught in a net of secrets and lies – where truth and perception collide and heroes and villains are not easy to tell apart.

Review:

This was my first ever Alan Gibbons read and I’m quite impressed. However I’ve read a review saying it’s not his best work so I’m exited to read Hate, apparently its really good.

The premise of this story really intrigued me and I was hooked from the first sentence. It was interesting to her all the thoughts and feeling inside of Nick’s head whilst he was in a coma. Especially when he was trying to piece all his memories back together. His voice was cynical and humorous even when he was deliberating life and living again.

I liked the flashbacks though it was hard to tell what tense he was using sometimes and you were unsure of whether they were flashbacks or not.

I liked his relationship with Maria and the fact that she stuck through him all that time and helped him. I liked the rocky relationship with his father and the way it was back and forth with the lies. His mother was lovely and his sister, always there and loving him, showing him everything from his childhood.

I really liked this book and give it 4/5 stars and really recommend you read this. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐