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Rapid Reviews #3

Rapid Reviews #3

Oh boy, it’s already been over a month since I last posted. I wish I could say that things were going to start getting more frequent on here, but I can’t guarantee it!

Throughout the last month I’ve continued binge reading NetGalley books from many moons back, as well as picking up a few more recent titles too, so I have another set of rapid reviews for you.

I’ve got a few more post ideas bubbling away in the back of my mind at the moment, so ideally I’ll be writing those and getting those up soon, but if you’ve been missing my normal posts I’d suggest checking out my Goodreads page because I’m finding it much easier to update that more regularly.

Anyway, let me stop babbling and get on with reviewing these titles…

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz – 1 star

I finished A History of Glitter and Blood yesterday and I’m still so exasperated that I wasted my time on it. I read an excerpt of this book about four years ago and I thought the writing style seemed so fun – it’s third person present tense, with regular interruptions as though the author is correcting themselves as they write – but after reading more than a couple of chapters it gets old very quickly. Gnomes eating chunks of fairy prostitutes, mysterious creatures called tightropers vomiting up ropes and trying to emancipate the fairies… Yeah, none of it makes sense, and it’s definitely not well written. The only good thing is that the pacing improves drastically in the second half of the book (I managed to read 50% in one day, after struggling through the first 50% over the course of a week or so).

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay – 3 stars

The Assassin Game was nothing like I’d expected, in particular because it’s set on an island in Wales and is written as though it’s taking part in a generic American boarding school. A gang of kids play a game called Killer, but one of them decides that they don’t want it to be a game anymore and suddenly the players lives are at risk. I enjoyed the concept, but the Killer was very predictable – a couple of the red herrings would have been far more interesting choices, but instead the most obvious suspect ends up being the culprit, which took the wind out of my sails a little bit.

Me, Myself and Them by Dan Mooney – 5 stars

It was my partner’s choice for us to read Me, Myself and Them, which is a book I probably wouldn’t have chosen on my own as I read far more YA than adult fiction. This was a case of right place, right time: it was EXACTLY the kind of book I needed to read, and it ticked absolutely every box. Denis lives with four roommates – a cat woman, a zombie professor, a controlling clown and a silent hairball – and he causes himself no end of trouble when he offers his spare room to his ex-girlfriend. This story tackles mental health in an interesting and unique way, and I’ve certainly read nothing else like it.

Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan – 4 stars

I’d heard so many amazing things about Needlework that I couldn’t resist picking up Perfectly Preventable Deaths when I spotted it on the new releases section of my library app. It’s not for the fainthearted – a scene at the end of the story is still haunting me despite the fact that I finished the book almost a month ago – and it certainly brings a gruesome element to witches and magic. The setting of Ballyfran is very atmospheric; you have to make sure you set aside a huge chunk of time when you pick this one up because it sucks you in and makes it impossible to put down.

This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow – 5 stars

I took my time reading This is What it Feels Like because I read Rebecca Barrow’s first novel, You Don’t Know Me But I Know You, in one sitting. Dia, Hanna and Jules were band mates and best friends, until Hanna’s alcoholism spiralled out of control and Dia found herself becoming a single mother following the death of her boyfriend. Sprinkled with flashbacks to their previous time in a band, in the present day the three girls are learning how to forgive each other to enter a competition to possibly support their favourite band of all time. I didn’t love This is What it Feels Like as much as Barrow’s debut, but I still loved it more than basically everything else I’ve ever read so it had to be a five star read to me. Friendship, grief, parenthood, addiction, sexuality and music… It’s hard to think of a better set of elements to blend together.

That’s it for this set of Rapid Reviews! Have you read any of these books yet, or are they still sitting on your TBRs?

Hopefully see you again sooner rather than later,

Alyce

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