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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel – Review

Title: The Roanoke Girls 

Author: Amy Engel

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Book Format: Paperback ARC 

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First of all, I want to thank Hodder and Stoughton for sending me an ARC of The Roanoke Girls, the ARC that I was sent was an absolutely studding edition of the book and this cover is so gorgeous with the roses and the slash across the cover tieing in so well with the story. But, now for the actual review… 

The Roanoke Girls is about a mysterious, rich family and their big mysterious house, each Roanoke Girl over the years either runs away from that house or dies. The story follows Lane Roanoke the daughter of one of the runways, when her mother dies she is sent to live with her grandparents at the grand Roanoke estate a place she has only heard about through the lips of her mother, a woman who ran away from that place as fast as a bullet from a gun.

The novel is told from two perspectives from teenage Lane and Lane ten years later, This book certainly has the ick factor and is not for the faint hearted! I know this book is being marketed as a mystery but really the story is not that mysterious. What is going on at Roanoke is revealed very early on it’s just the layers that get slowly peeled away.

This book certainly isn’t a fun ride it has the serious ick factor and certainly sent my moral compass into a right spin.

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It also has a narrative structure that felt reminiscent to books such as The Girls by Emma Cline and We Were Liars by E.Lockhart. I couldn’t help thinking have I been here before? Have I read this before? Which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing it just felt familiar and sadly I wouldn’t say, The Roanoke Girls wasn’t as good as either of these novels, it wasn’t bad, it just didn’t hit me right in the heart or in the head like some books do, nor did it leave a lasting impression.

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I know this book is being marketed as a mystery but really the story is not that mysterious. What is going on at Roanoke is revealed very early on it’s just the layers that get slowly peeled away.
The Roanoke Girls deals with complex and deeply troubling issues and it’s not self-serving of judgemental to the characters the writer just tells the story and allows the reader to make their minds up for themselves.

The novel has some interesting characters exploring the way we are all human and sometimes the people we think are perfect are the most flawed and the ones we think are the most flawed have the ability to be the most kind.
An interesting exploration of human relationships and the damage that one family can do to itself throughout the ages.

Worth a read.

3/5 Stars

I hope you enjoyed my review, I’ll see you next time!

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Outlander Book Tag!

Hi guys, it seems like it has been a long wait for the Outlander season finale  (which hits my screen as I am in the UK tomorrow).  This season has been full of drama and strife but I will get into all that when I do the season wrap, will we ever see Roger and Brianna anyone? I have my fingers crossed for the finale…

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For now, this is the Outlander book tag originally created by Sasha from abookutopia so let’s get into it!

1.You touch some standing stones and get transported back in time, what year would you hope to land in?

This is a difficult one because history tells us the past hasn’t been so kind to women but the clothes, they were fabulous if not slightly oppressive. So if I was like Claire and had some standing stones and I knew I could travel back through the other way AKA home, back to a tooth brush, the internet, my hair straighteners, then I would give the 1920’s a try, it looks fun, the clothes were cool and things were on the look up for us ladies.

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2. Claire is a very good nurse, what type of skill would you want to have that a fictional character excels at?

It would be cool to have some super sassy fighting skills!

3. Jamie and Claire are ultimate relationship goals, who is your favourite fictional couple?

I have been reading further on in the  Outlander series and Roger and Brianna are pretty cute also who can forget about Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy?

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4. The ending of Outlander was shocking, what is one book you read that totally blew your mind?

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse.

5. Scotland has lots of castles and we see quite a few in Outlander, what fictional kingdom would you want as your own (castle included)?

Westeros from A Song of Fire and Ice by George RR Martin as long as I don’t have to live there, because no sane person would want to live in Westeros would they?

6. Outlander has some very steamy scenes, what is your favourite romance novel?

On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves such a weepy and perfect for summer!

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7. The Jacobite Rising is a huge plot point in the Outlander series, what book has your favourite battle in it?

The whole of the Mortal Instruments series is chock full of great battle scenes that’s what you get with Shadowhunters I guess?

8. Jamie and Claire get married very unexpectedly, what fictional character would you want to marry on a whim?

Will Herondale hands down.. or Jem, or Will oh to be Tessa Grey…

9. Scotland is a beautiful place, what is one fictional world you would love to visit?

The Wizarding World is wayyyy up there, also Narnia so a close second.

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10. If you could change the past, would you?

It’s tempting isn’t it to go back fix your past mistakes bit I don’t think you can ever go back. The present makes us who we are and to go back and erase that would be to erase part of our selves.

11.Tag People!

Lauren@ Comma Hangover

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I hope you enjoyed the Outlander book tag, Happy reading everyone!

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Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – Review

E book provided by Netgalley in return for a honest review 

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Brooklyn is the story of Eillis Lacey a young woman in 1950’s Ireland Eillis  lives with her widowed mother and her much loved older sister Rose. Rose and her mother have high hopes for Eillis and when the only work she can find in her small home town is working behind a small shop counter for a nasty shop keeper Eillis’ mother and sister conspire for her to move to America to live and work. Sponsored by a local priest who now lives in Brooklyn Rose and Mrs Lacey are told about the great job prospects in Brooklyn for a girl like Eillis along with a thriving Irish community. Before she can protest or fight for her right to stay in the country she loves Eillis finds herself on a boat full of strangers with the worst sea sickness of her life sailing towards a life that had been picked out for her and one she never would have chosen for herself.

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What did I think of Brooklyn? (Some spoilers)

Brooklyn is a story with many layers but the more I think about it the more I think it is both Rose and Eillis’ story. Rose is described as being the sister who would have loved to travel – who was exciting and beautiful and wild and free. I think she did want Eillis to have a better life but I think she also gave Eillis the life she would have wanted for her self.

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If things had have turned out differently I think Eillis should have stayed in Ireland it is so much a part of who she is as a character and so much a part of the story she misses her home, her streets the people. Yes she is home sick, but for her it never really passed and when she get’s a chance to go home that is solidified for me.

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I did have some issues with this book predominately the writing style the way it was written made it hard to connect to the characters they seemed far off and distant some how. There are some characters in this novel (Tony Eillis boyfriend and his younger brother Frank) which I know are supposed be cheeky and funny and it’s more a case that I am being told they are funny rather than experiencing it for myself. This book lacks dialogue which I find problematic.

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Overall it was a good read, two great love interests all the time being tarnished by Eillis’s desire just to be a Irish girl in Ireland. When I finished it I felt sad, I still feel sad, I would recommended reading.

3/5 stars

Brooklyn is soon to be a motion picture to be released towards the end of this year definitely a must see!

The Emoji Book Tag!

Hi guys,

I have been tagged by the lovely Sara at Freadom Library this Tag consists of my favourite and most used Emoji’s and picking books that correspond with those Emoji’s.

So lets get started…

The Grinning Emoji

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I use this when I’m happy or find something funny. I don’t read a lot of happy books I read a lot of books with a serious under tone or a lot of drama going on in the sub plot. A book that made me happy is The Mortal Instruments – The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Any time Simon and Jace have any dialogue together pure comedy gold! To check out my original review click here

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The Angry Emoji

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Books don’t often make me angry, frustrated maybe or irritated but not angry but one comes to mind, Tyringham Park by Rosemary McLoughlin. It’s a Downton Abbey esk novel with the most annoying main character I have ever read, every decision she makes had me screaming why just why. I hated her in such a passionate way that I nearly put the book down several times. But I did finish it, and this book has stayed with me, for having one of the most frustrating main characters EVER! To read my original review just click

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The Crying Emoji

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For this emoji I have chosen a book I have read recently – Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes.  The touching story of Lou who becomes the carer for a suicidal Will who has recently become paralysed from the neck down. She makes it her mission to show him life is worth living and learns that maybe she has a lot to learn from Will as well. This book is one of my favourite reads this year I found it so touching and even shed a few tears, it is being adapted into a film staring Emilia Clark (Game of Thrones) and I can’t wait. To check out my original review just click.

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I am not amused emoji

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I don’t like to bash any book but I just really didn’t have a good time reading Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. At the time I read it this book it was really popular and I saw so many great reviews on Goodreads and Booktube and I’m not going to deny I was totally on board with the concept but… I just found the whole thing really boring and once I started reading found it all quite predictable DNF. I know this is quite a popular book but we all have different tastes but needless to say I won’t be continuing on with this series.

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The Kissing Emoji

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For the kissing emoji I have picked The Host by Stephanie Meyer I am currently reading this book and I am really enjoying the first love triangle I have ever read that includes only two bodies. I think Stephanie Meyer gets a bad rap because of the twilight novels but I am about half way through this Alien invasion, Dystopian love story and I am loving it! Review coming soon.

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So that’s it for this Tag! Thanks again Sara for this Tag now for my nominations-

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Thanks for reading x

 

Angelfall by Susan Ee Review

Some spoilers ahead

Angelfall is Susan Ee’s hugely successful self published young adult novel this book started off small but my god had it grown some wings and taken on a life of its own. This is what authors dream of, this is a real self publishing success now with print editions, a sequel and third book on the way AngelFall (Penryn and the end of days) really has made its mark.

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So Angelfall does exactly what it says on the tin, Angels have fallen and they are reeking havoc on earth – this is a real dystopian drama and at its heart is Penryn a teenage girl who is just trying to survive with her mum and younger sister, that is until she meets the angel Raffe.

So I loved this book, it was such a nice surprise to open a  young adult novel and not have to endure a predictable romance page after page, while reading Angelfall I was waiting for some kind of predictable Twilight esk romance to begin and it never  came which left me wanting which is the best feeling when at the start of a trilogy.  Penryn is an excellent leading lady, she is a kick ass, take no prisoners kind of chick and I like that, and I like that she can hold on to that part of herself when the world is literally falling around her ears. Not to mention that she has one mental mother to contain with, from the word go Penryn’s mum makes for some awkward reading but by the end of the book she is my favourite character and has a great story arch of her own.

I have read a few angel books recently most recently the Halo/Hades/Heaven series all which I have reviewed on my blog and all I can say is that this just smashes Halo right out of the park. I think Angelfall has allowed real scope for the series to develop and in in my opinion there is a love story there but building slowly like a beautiful Raffe shaped flame and although I am eager for more Raffe and Penryn Angelfall isn’t all about the love story which is really refreshing.

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The second book in the Angelfall series called World After and it’s out now and I will be picking it up ASAP I just need to know what happens next! I would defiantly recommend Angelfall to other readers it’s something different and a refreshing change in the young adult genre this book is a real page turner and I was well and truly blown away.