June Recap time already! Winter is definitely here in NZ and It’s perfect for curling up with a book in front of the fire with a glass of red which I’ve felt quite spoilt to be able to do this month. I’ve just finished Elizabeth’s Gilbert’s City of Girls (review coming soon!) and starting Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey next. Not a lot of books read for my June Recap but am pretty excited to read a lot more in July before my TBR gets out of control…
We’re counting down to Spiderman this week – Joe’s beside himself and attempting to avoid spoilers reasonable successfully. And super looking forward to The Rook adaptation coming out. So many great book adaptations lately! We’ve just started NOS4R2 with Zachary Quinto which we’re into so far and you can check out my review here for more info. And see this latest post for more adaptations coming soon. Here’s my June recap for some great reads:
Making my way through Ruth Ware’s back catalog and this one, while not as good as my favorite – The Death of Mrs. Westaway was pretty good! I liked the backdrop of flashbacks to boarding school with the girls and I enjoyed our protagonist and the way she balanced her past with her current life. Though I questioned her choices a lot it was a great thriller, though not one I’ll reread I think.
I’ve really enjoyed Miranda’s other novels so far but I found this one a little lacking. I didn’t really care about the characters enough and found the mystery surrounding everything a little annoying with the way she organised the flashbacks. However, that said I didn’t pick who was behind it all! And I did enjoy the twist, but unfortunately, it fell flat as I didn’t care by the end. Disappointing. Especially after her last novel which I LOVED.
The completion of Stephanie Garber’s trilogy, Caravel. With alternating viewpoints from Scarlett and Donatella, this was my least favourite novel. I felt that Garber identified with Donatella more and as such left Scarlett a bit behind. There were glaring plot holes and this one failed to capture my wholehearted attention. The story itself comes full circle and she does wrap everything up well (and leaves it open just a little for when/if she wants to return). But this felt a little rushed for me. Recommended to finish off the series but don’t hold your hopes too high.
I’m SO looking forward to this one. Sager is an auto-buy author for me and Lock Every Door will be one I will want to savor in an afternoon! I AM SO FREAKIN EXCITED. Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew is not what it seems as she digs into Bartholomew’s dark past when fellow apartment sitter, Ingrid goes missing. Racing against the clock to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past and escape the Batholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.
This sounds like the perfect book for summer – the novel follows Sophie, a struggling perfumer in Cannes whose chance encounter with Grace Kelly amidst her glamourous romance and wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco leads to a bond formed between the two women and sets in motion a chain of events that stretches across thirty years of friendship, love and tragedy.
Set in the publishing world in 1980’s New York. A coming of Age story Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer who lands a job as a research assistant to Henry Grey, the famed New Yorker writer. The Last Book Party shows what happens when youth and experience collide and what it takes to find your own voice. This just sounds like a whole lotta fun and I’m definitely into the title and that cover! So pretty.
It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. First, the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. That cover is so good – it certainly sold me first. Wilder Girls sounds a little Lord of the Flies-ish but I’m intrigued so far.
An FBI agent investigates a string of grisly murders on Long Island that raises the impossible question: What happens when the primary suspect is your father? I’ve heard some really great things so far and lots of posts on bookstagram! Initially, I wasn’t sure if this would be my cup of tea but keen to give it a go.