October 09, 2017

Sorry we've been away for a while, we've been on holiday recently (if you follow us on Instagram, you probably already know this) which means we've been doing a lot of reading and relaxing by a pool! We had a fabulous time and are both very reluctant to come back to reality. Having said that, we are SO ready for Autumn and the cosy knits, and candlelit evenings it bring - perfect reading time!
We read some amazing books over the week so we thought we'd show you a few of our favourites! Let us know if you like to hear our book recommendations because these five are just a tiny handful, we have a lot more to give!

I See You - Clare Mackintosh

"When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there.

There's no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make..."
This book is a thrilling, edge of your seat kind of book. It's a psychological thriller that we just couldn't put down; with a few jaw dropping moments, and an amazing shock ending full of action and surprises. The book is perfectly sinister and dark, and makes you very aware of your surroundings whilst on your journey to work. Which actually makes it so much more real and tense, especially while your sat on the tube wondering whether anyone is watching you right now! As long as you remember that this is just a book and that actually you're most likely not being followed then you will really enjoy this book.

I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh

"A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. 

She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? 
In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. 
Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. 
Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating ..."
This is another super gripping crime and thriller book, and is our fave book out of the two from Clare Mackintosh. This book is all about the twist, it was an astonishing, brilliant twist that we just couldn't believe. We re-read parts of the book again to find out how on earth we had missed it! The first half of the book has a much slower pace but you just have to trust in the book and soon you will be thrust in a fast-paced, heart-hammering story that will have you gripped. We literally couldn't put it down, even on the 30 minute commute to work both walking and on the tube, our eyes could not be torn away. Even if you are not into crimes or thrillers, we would really recommend this book and you never know it could be the start of something new for you. It really is an extraordinary read, we can promise you it is as compelling and clever as they come! 

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

"Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of.

A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet.

Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.
There's a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining...And Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city."
We've been fans of Neil Gaiman's work for a while now, having read a couple of his books and being huge fans of the film adaptation of Stardust, but for some reason we hadn't read some of his most popular books! We absolutely loved Neverwhere, the world of London Below is amazingly imaginative and full of bizarre characters, creatures and settings, the book was over far too soon! Neil has such an entertaining way of writing, he takes us on a whimsical journey following Richard and his journey through London Below, meeting all manner of eccentric characters and getting into some ridiculous situations. We finished this story absolutely dying for more, which apparently we're going to get as Neil is apparently writing a sequel, yay! If you like fantasy or have enjoyed any of Neil Gaiman's other books, you should definitely give this a read!

The Girls - Emma Cline

"If you're lost, they'll find you...

Evie Boyd is fourteen and desperate to be noticed. It's 1969 and everywhere the heat of a Californian summer beats down and restless, empty days stretch ahead.

Until she sees them. The girls. Hair long and uncombed, jewelry catching the sun. A scattering of young women who are everything she is not, each utterly sure and at one with everything seemingly beyond Evie’s reach. And at their centre, Suzanne, black-haired and beautiful.
Willingly, she begins to drop into their tranquilised circle, oblivious of the danger that sits so cruelly at its centre. If not for Suzanne, she might not have gone. But, intoxicated by her and the life she promises, Evie follows the girls back to the decaying ranch where they live.
Was there a warning? A sign of what was coming? Or did Evie know already that there was no way back?"
This book took us by surprise - we don't know what we were really expecting but we don't think it was this. It is about fourteen year old Evie, and is a coming of age kinda story unlike any you will have ever read. The story uses real-life elements taken from the true story of the American cult of the 60s known as The Mansons - and their unthinkable, violent killings. We didn't know this when we were reading and feel like had we known more about The Mansons before reading it probably would have changed the way we read it, or at least how we felt and pictured the story while reading it. The book doesn't have the quickest pace and doesn't even seem to have that much action, but once your hooked that is it and you just HAVE to know what happens and all of the details. Emma Cline perfectly captures the vulnerability of young girls in this book, with the most intense imagery and a extremely fragile but powerful story.

All the Birds in the Sky - Charlie Jane Anders

"Patricia is a witch who can communicate with animals. Laurence is a mad scientist and inventor of the two-second time machine. As teenagers they gravitate towards one another, sharing in the horrors of growing up weird, but their lives take different paths...When they meet again as adults, Laurence is an engineering genius trying to save the world-and live up to his reputation-in near-future San Francisco. Meanwhile, Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the magically gifted, working hard to prove herself to her fellow magicians and secretly repair the earth's ever growing ailments. As they attempt to save our future, Laurence and Patricia's shared past pulls them back together. And though they come from different worlds, when they collide, the witch and the scientist will discover that maybe they understand each other better than anyone."

This book was really, really weird, but in the best way possible. It's a crazy mix of Sci-fi and Fantasy and is definitely not for everyone, but if you're a fan of those two genres then we'd say its worth a read! From reading the blurb we weren't really sure what this book would be like but once we started reading we were soon charmed by the characters and the tone of the story and ended up finishing it pretty quickly! Its a completely unique and very entertaining story following the lives of Patricia and Lawrence and their experiences with magic, science and saving humanity!

Thanks so so much for reading this post, we really hope you liked it!
Please let us know if you have read any good books lately, we are always on the lookout for more to read! As we said earlier, we have a list as long as our arm (probably longer) of incredible books which we want to share with you, so let us know if you enjoy these kind of posts. Autumn is the perfect time for reading, so go grab yourself a cup of tea, light some candles and snuggle down with a book.

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