‘The Little Snake’ by A.L. Kennedy
4 out of 5 stars
This is the story of Mary, a young girl born in a beautiful city full of rose gardens and fluttering kites. When she is still very small, Mary meets Lanmo, a shining golden snake, who becomes her very best friend. The snake visits Mary many times, he sees her city change, become sadder as bombs drop and war creeps in. He sees Mary and her family leave their home, he sees her grow up and he sees her fall in love. But Lanmo knows that the day will come when he can no longer visit Mary, when his destiny will break them apart, and he wonders whether having a friend can possibly be worth the pain of knowing you will lose them.
This book was really enjoyable, and you can check out my full review of it here!
‘The Widow’ by Fiona Barton
4 out of 5 stars
When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen… But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore. There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything.
This book was really good. I couldn’t put it down and it definitely kept me in suspense. It’s not ideal if your looking for an easy read as the storyline is slightly disturbing, but if you’re into mystery/psychological thrillers then this would be a perfect read for you!
‘Godsend’ by John Wray
3.5 stars out of 5
Like many other eighteen-year-olds, Aden Sawyer is intently focused on a goal: escape from her hometown. Her plan will take her far from her mother’s claustrophobic house, where the family photos have all been turned to face the wall; far from the influence of her domineering father–a professor of Islamic studies–and his new wife. Aden’s dream, however, is worlds removed from conventional fantasies of teen rebellion: she is determined to travel to Peshawar, Pakistan, to study Islam at a madrasa. To do so, she takes on a new identity, disguising herself as a young man named Suleyman. Aden fully commits to this new life, even burning her passport to protect her secret. But once she is on the ground, she finds herself in greater danger than she could possibly have imagined. Faced with violence, disillusionment, and loss, Aden must make choices that will test not only her faith but also her most fundamental understanding of who she is, and that will set her on a wild, fateful course toward redemption by blood. John Wray’s Godsend is a coming-of-age novel like no other.
I had mixed feelings about this book, and I’m gonna post a full review to my blog in a week or two once I’ve figured out how I feel about it. It was really thought provoking however, so if you want a book that will change your perspective, give Godsend a try – Its out on the 24th of January!
‘Heaven’ by Christoph Marzi
3 out of 5 stars
David Pettyfer is taking a shortcut over the dark rooftops of London’s brooding houses, when he literally stumbles across Heaven: a strange, beautiful, distraught girl who says that bad men have stolen her heart. Yet she’s still alive… And so begins David and Heaven’s wild, exciting and mysterious adventure—to find Heaven’s heart, and to discover the incredible truth about her origins. Part thriller, part love story and part fairy tale, this brilliantly original novel from a bestselling German author will take your breath away…
Heaven was a really easy read, perfect for people who love YA as it 100% has that vibe, mixed in with fantasy e.g. fairies, zombies etc. It didn’t blow me away but I really enjoyed the read, and I finished it in a day or two.
‘Always and forever, Lara Jean’ by Jenny Han
4 out of 5 stars
And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends. Life couldn’t be more perfect! At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.
Like the others in the series, I really enjoyed this book, and I intend to do a review of the TATBILB series over the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled!
What did you read last month?