Recently Read #24 | May

Recently Read #24 | May

I feel like I've been pretty slow with reading this month, but I've actually read 6 months during May which is really good for me as i usually average at about 3-4 books so I'm really happy with my progress. I'm smashing my Spring Challenge of reading 10 books before Summer starts at the end of June although, i have completely strayed from the TBR i set myself.

Recently Read #24 | May

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Five people enter detention but only four people leave. It's described as the Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars and i do think that is a pretty accurate description. Simon runs a gossip app and 24 hours before he can post some of the deepest darkest secrets of other students, he dies and investigators have concluded it's no accident. I don't want to say too much because it is a mystery style book and i don't want to ruin it for anyone who is planning to read it. This book really gripped me, i was so intrigued and so curious to find out the secrets, what had happened and who had done it - It's written in a way where you get a lot of questions before you get answers so the suspect constantly changes. That being said, the ending didn't shock me at all - it was unexpected but it actually makes a lot of sense and i think had i paid more attention i might have predicted the outcome. I did really enjoy this book though and definitely think it's worth reading, especially if you like mystery style stories.
Rating: 4/5

Disconnected by Sherry Ashworth
I don't really know how to describe this book because it focuses more on the main character rather than having a major plot line. As the title suggests Catherine is feeling very disconnected and unsure of who she is and has lost all interest in doing anything except drinking. There not an awful lot i can say about it, except that i didn't enjoy this book as much as i hoped because it felt kind of pointless and i felt quite disconnected with the story, it didn't grip me at all and i found it quite a drag to read but i do wonder if that was the intention of it?
Rating: 2/5

Recently Read #24 | May

All We Know of Love by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Natalie's mum walked out four years ago; mid sentence, before she finished what she was going to say. Now Natalie is travelling 24 hours on a bus to find her mother, to find herself and to find out what her mother was about to tell her about love. I feel like this story had the potential to be really good but i feel like it just fell a bit flat, it was an okay read but i found the main character to be rather annoying and selfish. Throughout the book, you get passages from the perspective of people that she meets and i found these to be pretty irrelevant to the story - i don't know if she was just trying to show that everyone has different things going on in relation to love but for me, they just wasn't needed.
Rating: 2/5

Something Wicked by Sherry Ashworth
Anna is a good student, she stays out of trouble and looks after her depressed mother but then she meets Craig Ritchie and everything changes. I did like this book but it annoyed me at the same time. After she befriends Craig she find herself caught up in his world and within crime and she somehow convinces herself that it's okay and it's the right things to do and it basically covers the lengths that she's willing to go to, to impress and keep this guy in her life. It was interesting and it was easy to read, but there was parts when you kind of just want to slap Anna and tell her to get a grip.
Rating: 3/5

Recently Read #24 | May

All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher
When i first heard of this plot i wasn't that blown away by it, but during a quiet shift in work i noticed we'd got this in stock (i work in a bookshop) so decided to read the first chapter or so and see what i think and whether to pick it up or not and i ended up reading a good 80 pages. I really enjoyed what i had read so far so naturally, i bought it and it didn't take me very long to finish the rest. All That She Can See follows a young girl called Cherry, who has a hidden talent - she can see things that other people can't, their feelings. Whilst running a bakery she decides to put her talent to use to help others until Chase turns up and threatens to undo all the good that Cherry has done. I think the concept of this book is really interesting, Carrie has personified feelings into beings that attach themselves to us and there is something about that, that just really intrigues me. I think this is Carrie's best book so far, the story was so fascinating and i really enjoyed it. I didn't love the ending, as i felt it was a little bit rushed but i really enjoyed the first 3/4s of the story, It was easy to read and such an unusual idea - i really enjoyed it.
Rating: 4/5

New Girl by Paige Harbison
I had major deja vu with the first half of this book, the story felt really familiar but i have no recollection of ever reading this book. I have since discovered that it's a retelling of the classic book Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, but i haven't read that either so I'm still completely baffled as to how this story felt to familiar to me. It's about the new girl at Manderley but she's not the name on everyone's lips, Becca Normandy is - Perfect, beautiful Becca who went missing at the end of last year and everyone is acting like its the new girl's fault and that's she trying to replace Becca. New girl finds herself falling for Max Holloway, the one boy she should avoid - Becca's ex and she can't help but feel like Becca's still out there somewhere, watching her and waiting to take it all back. It's told from the perspective of the new girl - you don't actually find out her name until the very end, I'm not entirely sure why maybe it's to make the reader feel estranged from her like the way she is treated at Manderley? Then we also hear Becca's perspective of her year at Manderley before she goes missing. I did enjoy this book, it was interesting but also frustrating - i feel like the ending was almost a bit lack lustre, there was such a build up in the story that i expected something big to happen and it was a little anti climatic. Becca's character is quite frustrating, she's a spoilt brat who loves to lie and cause drama and yet she has everyone completely obsessed with her, and i find it really bizarre that this new girl is blamed and accused of replacing someone she's never even met.

So that is everything that i read during May, what have you read recently?
Natalie xx

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