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The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig

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5.0

The Midnight Library is one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read.
I related strongly to Nora’s life and her character arc.
The feeling that you are insignificant in the world is a real and very upsetting feeling for a lot of people.
Mrs Elm, the librarian helps Nora and in turn the reader realise that life isn’t about all the regrets you have or all the mistakes you make.
Sometimes a different life isn’t always a better one, no matter the choices you make, a life is for living.
And this book embodies that belief. I’d recommend it to any having a hard time in their life right now.
It honestly helped me see my life in a different light.
It Ends with Us, by Colleen Hoover

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5.0

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is the first real romance book I’ve read in a long, long time and she didn’t disappoint.
This book makes you FEEL things, your heart breaks for Lily, she grows up in an abusive household as a child, her father would beat her mother a lot.
She meets a homeless boy called Atlas who her father beats up and she doesn’t see him again until he’s an adult when he was her first love!
She meets Ryle and falls for him, expecting him to be this amazing guy, but he in turn abuses her, and she forgives him and forgives him.
Lily realises that her mother was stupid, because as much as someone hurts you if you love them you’ll forgive them no matter how much it hurts.
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

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5.0

I won’t lie to you, when I decided to pick up Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, I wasn’t expecting to love it, if I’m being honest I came in with really low expectations. I’d say this is mostly due to the negative reviews I’ve seen and heard in the past about the book and about the film adaptation. The book however was a very nice surprise, of course it’s clearly aimed towards a younger audience than myself, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy it as an adult!
I found that Stephanie’s character development was pretty good and consistent throughout the book, especially Bella, she was very stuck in her ways and wouldn’t listen to Edward at all about how dangerous her life was with him in it. This book also shows that love can make us do stupid things to protect people. All in all, I throughly enjoyed it and I can’t wait to pick up New Moon.
Ugly Love, by Colleen Hoover

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3.0

First off, the past two books from Colleen Hoover, I really enjoyed them, but Ugly love? It just didn’t do it for me at all. The way that Miles’ POVs were written was annoying to read and seemed really pointless, it didn’t add anything. And just Miles in general! He seemed so obsessed with Rachel it was pretty unsettling to read, especially when they didn’t stop seeing each other once their parents got together it just seemed weird. He looked like he had absolutely no respect for Tate at all, walking all over her just so he could have sex! The only redeeming part of the book for him is the end when he admits he loves her and they move in together. Apart from that I really didn’t like his character.

Tate was pretty much the same for me, she didn’t seem to have any self-respect at all, and was borderline pathetic when it came to Miles, she knew she couldn’t deal with a friends with benefits type situation yet forced herself into it to see if she could change him. She should’ve just left it honestly. I again thought she had a bit of a better character at the end of the book.
I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t like reading about a lot of sex, as it made me a bit uncomfortable due to the amount of scenes like that.
Wranglestone, by Darren Charlton

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5.0

Wranglestone is a book you didn’t know you needed in your life, the author perfectly mixes horror, thriller and zombies with a teenage lgbt romance.
Our main character Peter, grew up in the protected refuge on Lake Wranglestone with his father. The zombies, known as “restless ones” couldn’t reach this gated community during the warmer months, but winter is a different story. When the lake freezes the dead come knocking. As we progress through the story there’s many a plot twist that you don’t expect as well as a dark secret held by those Peter thought he knew.
I'm Thinking of Ending Things, by Iain Reid

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5.0

I’m thinking of ending things by Iain Reid is a complete mindfuck. For all we know at the start it’s about Lucy, a girl who wants to end things with her boyfriend Jake, but is struggling to fully decide if that’s what she wants. She decides to visit Jake’s parents with him to see if that can help with her choice.

But once she gets there things are strange with his parents and their home, it’s old, with photos and paintings all over the walls of children, grandparents that Jake doesn’t even know. Lucy sees a photo that Jake says is himself but it’s actually her? So creepy.

The end completely caught me off guard, I thought that it was indeed about Lucy but it turns out it’s about Jake. He didn’t even know Lucy, she was just a girl he saw once at a pub trivia night. We don’t even know if Lucy is her name.

After each chapter we got to see some italic writing that looked like a conversation about someone killing themselves but we don’t know who. Until the end of the book, where we realise it’s Jake, he kills himself and leaves a story as his suicide note.

Overall I believe that Iain Reid did an amazing job with this book, it’s extremely creepy. It made me think about every little noise I heard while reading, I had a fear that someone was watching me, just like Lucy had.
Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn

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4.0

This book was so fucking wild what, there’s so many people who could’ve committed the murders and it ends up being the person I least expect?

With Camille’s mother it’s pretty obvious, she’s not a good parent you can tell! Unless her kids are sick, which says something about her as a person. It shows that she needs to be wanted.
Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn

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3.0

Dark places was a good book, it wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst, which is why I gave it what I’d consider the midway point of 3 stars.

I enjoyed finding out who the murderer was of the family, but I didn’t enjoy the ending. Patty deciding to get herself murdered for the insurance money just seemed stupid in my opinion, how would she know if they’d just kill her? And true to my point he also kills Debby.

Then we have Ben, the supposed murderer, he definitely wasn’t innocent in all of this, as much as that fanatic group says. He was a disturbed kid and I really didn’t like his character at all. I mean who lets their crazy girlfriend murder their sister? That’s fucked up??

I wanted to love this book I really did, but I couldn’t really stand any of the characters, I gave it three stars solely for the writing & the way the chapters were done. Not for the actually characters.
The Sun Down Motel, by Simone St. James

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4.0

Ghosts! The 80s! Disappearances and a Serial Killer? What more could you want? The Sun Down Motel had me gripped from the start and I absolutely loved the switch between modern day Carly and 80s Vivian! So interesting!

Books don’t usually freak me out like this with ghosts but I was creeped! Especially the little boy in the pool, talk about terrifying? I’d hate to catch any of them in a dark alley!

The ending was great and the story felt completely wrapped up, Simon is dead, Viv is alive and well, we find out why he’s dead, how it was hidden and we even get Vivian confessing to the murder and being jailed, which in turn helped the other cases of murdered girls be solved.
Tender Is the Flesh, by Agustina Bazterrica

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4.0

This book will absolutely destroy you and your brain, i went in thinking it would be disturbing and uncomfortable. I didn’t have the half of it.
I couldn’t recommend it more for those of you who love dystopian horror, but it would be best to check all trigger warnings for this novel as it’s truly disturbing.