A holiday is always a good chance to sit back, relax and dive into the pages of a good book. My trip to Iceland was no exception. I read an excellent mix of books, each one introducing me to new characters, a new world and a new story. While away, I witnessed the start of the FBI’s serial crime unit, experienced the power of shamans, and watched characters rise and fall. It is impossible to compare the books I read as they were all so different, so here are the mini-reviews from my holiday.
For reference, the way I rate is as follows:
1-Unable to Finish ; 2-Did not enjoy ; 3-Liked ; 4-Really Liked ; 5-Loved
Mindhunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
Mindhunter recounts John Douglas’ career as he interviews serial killers, profiles murderers and builds the serial crime unit from the ground up. The book itself is a fascinating non-fiction read, especially where he discusses the interviews and then the application of what they have discovered to real cases. It is a touch repetitive in places, but on the whole was a really interesting read, especially when read alongside the Netflix adaptation of the book which explores the same content but from a slightly different, partially fictional perspective.
The Book Depository*: https://www.bookdepository.com/Mindhunter/9781787460614/?a_aid=rosienreads
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The Poppy War is a fantasy novel which follows orphan Rin as she makes her way into the most prestigious military school of the country and discovers the world of gods and shaman, all with a war lurking on the horizon. Inspired by Chinese history, this book contains a stunning cast of characters and magical lore. Rin makes for an intriguing main character who lurks in the grey where you’re never quite sure what path she will take. That being said, there are a number of plot points which are a bit predictable, yet the story is gripping to read and I cannot wait to see where it goes in the next book.
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Lily’s Just Fine by Gill Stewart
Lily, the titular character, cannot sit still – she loves organising, coming up with new ideas and being a part of things, so getting involved with her town’s gala seems to be perfect way to pass the summer. Toby gets dragged into her schemes and finds himself overwhelmed by Lily, in more ways than one. This book is a fun contemporary read – perfect for a holiday where you just want to relax. Lily was irritating and a touch stressful to read but calmed down over the course of the book; Toby’s PoV was far more relaxing. I am not the biggest contemporary fan, but this book was ideal for when I just want to switch off and I know that many people will connect with the characters within these pages.
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Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Pérez
Wild Savage Stars is the sequel to Dark Black Waves, a retelling of the legend of Tristan and Iseult, exploring a darker and more dangerous magic. After picking up the first book at YALC last year, I was entranced by the characters, the story and the world. Fortunately, ARCs of Wild Savage Stars were available at this years’ YALC and I was thrilled to be able to delve back in. It was the perfect sequel – building on the characters’ journeys and exploring more of the world in which it is set. Chapters set my heart pounding, characters’ choices were infuriating and heart-wrenching. It was a delight to read, but I am not looking forward to the wait until the third and final book in this trilogy comes out!
The Book Depository*: https://www.bookdepository.com/Wild-Savage-Stars-Kristina-Perez/9781250252845/?a_aid=rosienreads
Twisted by Steve Cavanagh
Steve Cavanagh first came to my attention with his novel Th1rt3en, which gripped me throughout. Twisted is another book in which Cavanagh shines. It surrounds an elusive thriller writer, a series of murders and a fatal secret. It is a book full of twists (as the title suggests), a few of which even made me exclaim aloud, and I ended up sitting and reading this in a day. With this author you know what you are going to get and that is brilliant thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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