June was not a great month for reading. I got stuck in another reading slump about half way through the month and didn’t really get out of it until the beginning of this month. I found it hard to pick up a book and make myself read, so this month I have hopefully gone with some easier books that won’t be too taxing. I have also added a book that I didnt get round to reading last month because I need to review it.
A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth . . . ?
I love a good mystery book and A Good Girls Guide to Murder sounds like it’s going to be a very intriguing read. I have heard some really positive reviews about this book, and I am itching to get started and to see what all the fuss is about. Just going by the synopsis I am already hooked!
The Passengers by John Marrs
Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide. When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. The passengers are- a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?
I have read one book by John Marrs before, The One, a couple of years ago and it quickly became one of my favourite books of the year. I loved the story, the writing and the complex characters, so I am hoping for more of the same from this book, The Passengers. It sound sound just as good as the other book, so I have some high expectations.
Scars like Wings by Erin Stewart
16-year-old Ava Lee is heading back to school one year after a house fire left her severely disfigured. She’s used to the names, the stares, the discomfort, but there’s one name she hates most of all: Survivor. What do you call someone who didn’t mean to survive? Who sometimes wishes she hadn’t?
When she meets a fellow survivor named Piper at therapy, Ava begins to feel like she’s not facing the nightmare alone. Piper helps Ava reclaim the pieces of Ava Before the Fire, a normal girl who kissed boys and sang on stage. But Piper is fighting her own battle for survival, and when Ava almost loses her best friend, she must decide if the new normal she’s chasing has more to do with the girl in the glass—or the people by her side.
I was sent Scars like Wings for review from the publisher and I think this is going to be one thought provoking read. I haven’t read a book like this for some time so I am a little excited to get stuck into it. It’s not released for a couple of months but I have already seen some really positive buzz for this book.
The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt
All her life, Alice has been haunted by visions of birds. But when the mysterious Crowley appears at Alice’s door, he reveals she’s been seeing nightjars – the miraculous birds which guard our souls. And a shadowy faction wants to use her rare gift to hunt the magically gifted. Forced to go on the run, Alice follows Crowley to an incredible alternate London, to hone her talents. But can she trust him? Alice must risk everything as she navigates a dangerous world of magic, marvels and death cults.
The Nightjar is another book that was sent to me from the publisher for review and I think this is one book that will probably be a firm favourite for book readers when its released in a few months. I have not heard much about this book but just reading the synopsis has gotten me excited to start reading.
Lily’s just fine by Gill Stewart
Lily couldn’t have planned life better herself. She lives in the best house in town and she’s dating the most popular boy in school. Everything else she can fix. Mum’s apathy? On it! The stuffy gala committee? Watch this space! Tom has enough on his plate without trying to drag Newton St Cuthbert into the 21st Century. His sister is sick and there’s nothing anyone can do. Not doctors, not his parents, and certainly not Lily Hildebrand.
I was offered the opportunity to read and review Lily’s Just Fine a few weeks back and after reading the synopsis I couldn’t wait because it sounded like the perfect read to start in the summer. I always love to read contemporary books in the summer months because for me its the perfect time, and I sure reading this book this month will be just as perfect.
Have you read any of the books on my TBR?
What do you plan on reading this month?