Reading Round Up – February 2019

Out of nowhere, we’re almost finished with March (where is 2019 going???) and I thought it would be the perfect time to recap what I read last month. As usual, there was a true mix of books, ranging from children’s fiction aimed at 9-12 year olds, to really quite a disturbing thriller. I tend to pick up whatever interests me at the time, as well as reading things that I feel I should for work.

A TBR pile update for you – once again I bought more than I read this month so the pile is still going strong 😂😭

This month I read:

  • A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison

Blurb: Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse. Three magical objects with the power to change their fate. Will they be enough to break the curse? Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger?

Genre: Fiction, Children’s, Fantasy

This book was Waterstones’ Children’s BOTM and I always try to read what I’m recommending to customers. Despite being aimed at 9-12 year olds, I really enjoyed this story! It went along at a satisfying pace, the characters were well written (so much so that I could just imagine the cosy atmosphere of the Poacher’s Pocket on a windy night, surrounded by the Widdershins) and the description of the setting really added to the magical aspect of the story. I’d definitely recommend this book to any younger readers who are interested in magic (it’s a wonderful pre- (or post-) Harry Potter story) or even older readers who love a heartwarming story about sisterhood and magic!

  • The Truth About Lies by Tracy Darnton

Blurb: Jess Wilson remembers every single detail of every single day. She remembers the research programme that ruled her life. She remembers creating a fresh start for herself at a boarding school on Dartmoor. She remembers her roomate falling from the window. When Jess starts receiving cryptic messages she turns to new boy Dan for support and she’s forced to question her past. But when there’s so much information in your head, how do you sort the truth from the lies?

Genre: Fiction, YA, Thriller

So this book is on the Waterstones Children’s Prize shortlist for 2019 so I wanted to get a headstart of reading them before the winner is announced. This book is a perfect fit for teens who enjoy the idea of thrillers but aren’t big on the idea of gore or explicit violence. This book was really well written and I found the point of view of main character Jess, really interesting! I liked her dual narrative where she would say one thing but think the opposite. A great book but I must say that I wanted a bit more from the ending!

  • Keep Her Close by Erik Therme

Blurb: Someone took your daughter. And nobody believes you…
Then – three-year-old Ally was found alone in a parking lot. She was barefoot and dressed only in a yellow sundress. In the middle of winter. What kind of person would abandon their daughter?
Now – Fifteen years later and Ally has a new family. But her real father has sent her a letter. And now Ally is missing.

Genre: Fiction, Thriller

This book came to me in the form of a review request and I was pleasantly surprised! This was a well written thriller with that kept me interested, particularly with the introduction of the antagonist! The author jumps between points of view, revealing bits of information and hints to the main character’s situation slowly. This was a really interesting book but there were times when I wanted something a bit more in terms of plot/big reveals.

You can check out my full review of this book here!

  • Blingsighted by Karin Slaughter

Blurb: The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, paediatrician and medical examiner, finds Sibyl Adams dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. When a second victim is found, crucified, only a few days later, it becomes clear that Sibyl’s brutal murder wasn’t a one-off attack. What Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver are dealing with is a seasoned sexual predator. A violent serial killer…

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

This book was recommended to me by my nan (😂) who is a big fan of this author and is currently working her way through all of Slaughter’s books. This book should definitely come with a trigger warning if you don’t like to read about sexual assault or violence but if you don’t mind it then it was a really interesting read! I’ve never read anything quite like this kind of thriller before but did enjoy it and would definitely read something else by this author again. It was well written and thought out, revealing subtle hints to the identity of the killer just often enough to keep you guessing. The settings and actions were really well described which made them easy to visualise and made the plot even more intense. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a darker thriller and doesn’t have a problem with reading about violence.

What books did you read this month? Did you manage to work on getting through that TBR pile? What did you think of them? I’d love to know! 😌📚

You can always find me over on Instagram and Twitter if you’d like to discuss any of these books (or any others that I’ve featured) in more detail!

4 thoughts on “Reading Round Up – February 2019

  1. What a great and diverse combination of books you’ve got through this month! I thought I was having a slow reading month and then looked at my list and realised this was the most I had read this year! Aha. Great post.

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  2. This is an awesome reading list, Hannah! I love A Pinch of Magic’s cover so much 😍 And I reeeeally want to get my hands on Keep Her Close, it sounds super interesting! 💕

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