Category Archives: Contemporary

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev, Dawnie Walton – Book Review

After Daisy Jones and the Six won me over last year, I was very excited to heat about this book. Another musical oral history set in the 1970s, this time following the rise of an Afro-punk duo? I was all in. But it’s worth getting this out of the way – this is a very different story to Daisy. I found it to be less about the band, the music and the people and more about the politics and racially-charged tension of America, both in the 1970s and present day.

The book begins in 2016, where we meet Sunny Shelton, who has recently gained the coveted position of editor at fictional music magazine, Aural. She’s writing a long-form book about Opal & Nev, a duo who shot to success in the 1970s with a controversial, unique style.

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Wish You Were Here, Jodi Picoult – Book Review

I’ve followed this author for a long time, and she’s definitely had some hits and misses over the years, but she’s on form with this one.

In her latest offering, Picoult tackles the Covid-19 crisis head on. I’m sure there’s lots of readers who will find this a bit too soon – I did on some occasions myself. But, on the other hand, this story is so timely that it works perfectly to read it right now, with the pandemic still fresh in our minds and still present in the world.

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Reprieve, James Han Mattson – Book Review

Oh hello, my unexpected winner horror debut of the year! I am so glad I took a chance on this unknown release when I saw it on Netgalley and so grateful to the publishers for giving me this chance. Because, for me, this was a stunning, mind-blowing, multi-layered read that I won’t forget.

This book hasn’t been out long, and it’s still got relatively few reviews on Goodreads but already it has a pretty average overall rating of 3.55, which makes me a little sad. I’m not sure if readers were maybe expecting something a little different, but for me this book delivers on all it promises and more.

Yes, this is promoted as a horror about a full-contact haunted escape room. And there’s not that much haunting, or even escape room, in this story. But it’s a lot more than that.

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Freckles, Cecelia Ahern – Book Review

I’ve been a fan of Cecelia Ahern for over ten years. Over that time, my taste in books has grown and changed and her writing style has matured too. But, while not quite a whimsical as her earlier stories, there’s always something comfortingly familiar about her writing, and she still finds a way to show the hope and love in the mundane and everyday.

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Beautiful World, Where Are You, Sally Rooney – Book Review

This has to be one of the most anticipated books of the year. And, for me, it delivered. I fell in love with Normal People last year, and BWWAY is like the next step from that. Instead of students losing their virginity, now Rooney explores adults her own age on the cusp of 30 and their complicated relationships both with friends and lovers.

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The Other Black Girl, Zakiya Dalila Harris – Book Review

Well, this was one crazy whirlwind of a debut! This author has created something truly original, a genre-spanning novel which tackles big issues and gives a new perspective on being a black woman in a modern, cut-throat and predominately white industry. But, it’s definitely a little out there – and it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

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Malibu Rising, Taylor Jenkins Reid – Book Review

This is only the second TJR book I’ve read after her smash hit Daisy Jones and The Six (which I loved). But, this novel does have a very different vibe. In Malibu Rising, Reid weaves a multi-generational family saga. It’s a genre I don’t usually opt for but in the hands of this capable author, set against the glamorous backdrop of Malibu spanning from the 1950s – 1980s, it really, really works.

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You Love Me, Caroline Kepnes – Book Review

Our third dalliance with Joe Goldberg has just hit the shelves, and it’s peppered with his trademark dark cynicism, obsessive internal monologues and unique way of looking at the world.

This time, he’s a few years older and wiser, he’s spent time in prison following his exploits with his ex Love and the Quinn family, and he’s just looking for the quiet life. He moves to a small town on the coast and starts volunteering at the local library. But drama and obsession follow Joe, and it’s not long before there’s a new lady in his life.

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The Midnight Library, Matt Haig – Book Review

I got this book for Christmas (on request) and I’ve been saving it for a while. I just knew Matt Haig wouldn’t disappoint – and I was right. This book was the heart-warming, life-affirming breath of fresh air I needed in my life right now. This is a book I think I could turn to time after time when I’m not sure where my life is going, and it’d bring some comfort and inspiration. And that’s a pretty special book.

After attempting to end her life, protagonist Nora finds herself suspended between life and death. She enters the Midnight Library, a magical place where she’s given a chance to experience how her life could have been, to undo her regrets and answer all those ‘what ifs?’

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