Bestsellers · suspense · thriller

Three Hours – Rosamund Lupton ★★★★

Blurb; Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.

It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.

It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.

It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for.

In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption.

My Review; This was one off my library pile, highly recommended by fellow readers and my first buddy read of the year with Mel from Melanie’s reads (link to her blog below the review). What a book! It’s a hard one to review…

It is about a school shooting and for a change it’s not in the US, it’s in the UK! Putting myself into those childrens and teachers shoes was terrifying. The stuff of nightmares. Petrifying. Especially for Basi and Rafi. My heart broke over it all. Some people can be so cruel, twisted and sick.

This book had me gasping for breathe. My heart was pounding. I was scared for the characters, sat on the edge of my seat. Tense. Gripping. Thrilling. It’s one of those books that you’re so into you could hear a pin drop. You’re their with the characters every step. You just want to scream at the gunmen and tell the characters what to do.

Three hours makes you realise just how powerful time is. Whether it’s three hours. An hour. Or even 10 minutes. A lot can change your life in that time. It also gave the message that love prevails all and I totally agree with that. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

As a buddy read why don’t you pop over to Mels blog and see her thoughts on Three Hours?

Melanies reads blog. ❤

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Bestsellers · fantasy

Circe – Madeline Miller ★★★★★

Blurb; In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

My Review; I should have read this as soon as I got it. However, I finally read it and oh my gosh. It was brilliant. I loved it. I’m wishing and hoping for more. I’ve already bought her previous book Song of Achilles which I am waiting for. This is so different from what I have been reading recently and I just enjoyed every minute of it. Also the cover is absolutely gorgeous.

I will admit I had to concentrate a lot while reading this especially at the beginning figuring out who is who etc. I would say it wasnt an easy for me but worth it all. Every page. The ending did get me a little mad though. I WANT MORE.

I just fell in love with Circe. All of her. Even the parts she did go about the wrong way. That was just her. I don’t even know what to say or what’s considered a spoiler here so I will keep it brief and just tell you to read it. I was transferred into a whole other world reading this. An island. The sea. Circe. Her animals. Gods and Goddesses. Evil and good. Perfection. But it’s not all bright and rosey… Evil and revenge lurk within this story too. A truelly magical read.

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend to you all if you haven’t read it yet as I know I’m late to the party on this one. Another book that will be going into my top 20 reads of the year. Still thinking about it now.

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Bestsellers · Emotional · Non-Fiction

Letters On Motherhood – Giovanna Fletcher. ★★★★★

Blurb; Letters on Motherhood is a collection of heartfelt and deeply poignant letters written by Giovanna to her three young sons Buzz, Buddy and Max, husband, Tom, and the family and friends who have inspired and supported her to become the mother that she is today.

In this beautiful book, she shares the funny and moving personal tales of her own family life, peppered throughout with her poignant family photos bringing her stories to life.

Never one to glamorise the idea of a perfect family, Giovanna writes about the priceless highs and the challenging lows as she talks about the deeper universal truths of parenting including:
· Coping with mum guilt
· Finding a work/family life balance
· Positive body image
· Rediscovering a sense of identity
· A parent’s hopes, fears and expectations for their child’s future

Honest, heartwarming and hilarious, Giovanna’s musings on motherhood are both a joy and a comfort. With stories parents everywhere can relate to, Letters on Motherhood is the perfect gift for mums.

My Review; What a beautiful book. I’d like to start by thanking Giovanna for sharing her thoughts, family and life with us all. As a mother of two myself I related to a lot of this. This book is inspiring, uplifting, powerful, honest, emotional, beautiful, funny and eye opening. You made me tear up, you made me smile and you made me laugh.

This is Giovanna sharing letters to her boys, husband, friends, herself, family and us. It includes lots of beautiful photos of herself and her family throughout adding the extra special touch. There are so many stories and adventures she talks about in this book. Including the tough and sad times we all face as parents. Giovanna has not missed anything out in this book. Utterly perfect.

It was like it opened my eyes. I kept putting it down just to watch my kids playing together, being cute, having cuddles and kisses with them. Arn’t kids just amazing? Then theres the part I had to put it down to catch sick in my hands not once… Twice. All part of motherhood!!

It was an easy read. I would recommend this to every single mother out there. You will not regret it. Sometimes you just need to know you’re doing okay and not alone. A well deserved five stars from me. It will also be going in my top twenty reads of the year.

Lastly I doubt she will see this but thank you Giovanna. You’ve made many mothers feel like they’re not alone. We are all winging it and learning as you say so yourself. Your a voice many can relate too regardless of age. You’re an amazing mother.

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