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September Round-Up – The Books I Read In September 2016

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In September I read seven books:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager) – My first read of the month was this highly anticipated fantasy novel. It tells the story of Mia Corvere, a girl who learnt her first lessons about death as a child and aged sixteen attends a school known as Red Church. This is a school where she must learn to be a killer, and where she seeks revenge for her family. Kristoff has built a fascinating, dark world and Mia herself is an interesting character – a powerful young woman with a troubled past. This was an enjoyable read and a promising start to a new fantasy series.

All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan (Doubleday) – A beautifully written book which tells the story of Melody Shee, a woman trapped in a difficult situation. Her husband walks out on her when he finds out she is expecting another man’s child – a much younger man who she happens to be teaching. With her marriage in tatters Melody is forced to reflect on her situation and begins her quest for redemption, something which she may find through her relationship with Mary Crothery, a young traveller who has demons of her own. A compelling, heart wrenching story.

Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford (Allison & Busby) – An insightful and enjoyable historical fiction novel, Radio Girls is inspired by the early development of the BBC. Canadian-American Maisie Musgraves lands a job as a secretary at the BBC and along with the extraordinary talks director Hilda Matheson she embarks on a mission to bring new voices and a new future for radio. But they face adversity from the people in charge and those who wish to utilise the BBC for their own propaganda and political gains. I was gripped by Maisie and Hilda’s journey to get their voices heard on and off the air.

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh (Vintage) – Recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Eileen is a tense psychological thriller. Eileen Dunlop leads a difficult life, juggling caring for her increasingly deranged father with her job at a boy’s prison. Then one day the glamorous Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene and Eileen is captivated by her, but she is not to know that under Rebecca’s spell she could fall further into danger. A dark story of one woman and her troubled mind, and the lengths people go to disappear.

The Graces by Laure Eve (Faber & Faber) – The first in a series, The Graces by Laure Eve is an enjoyable read about a fascinating family, and a little bit of magic. As the new girl at school, River finds it hard to fit in but she becomes friends with Summer Grace, the youngest daughter of a family with whom the whole school are obsessed. But just what makes the Graces so interesting? River is left to discover who the Graces really are, and whether they were witches, just like everyone thought they were.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) – A weird and wonderful story inspired by vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s is an exciting tale filled with fascinating characters. Jacob Portman travels to a remote Welsh island to find out more about his family’s past. There he discovers the crumbling orphanage known as Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, a place filled with mystery – and some more than peculiar inhabitants. And Jacob soon discovers just how frightening and fascinating life with Miss Peregrine can be, when he discovers the children’s powers, and that of the monsters that threaten them.

The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher Books) – An eerie murder mystery set in the 19th century, Alison Littlewood’s latest novel explores folklore and superstition in a Yorkshire village. The story is narrated by Albie Mirralls, a man who is left horrified when he learns that his cousin Lizzie was burned to death, suspected to be a changeling. As he delves deeper into the mystery to find out what really happened to Lizzie, he begins to hear more and more about the fairies and the ‘Hidden People that roam around Halfoak…

You can read full reviews of all of my September reads by clicking the links above and they can also be found in my September 2016/Book Reviews archives. Also on the blog in September I shared my unboxing of the latest Nerdy Bookworm Box which had the theme ‘Queens’ I also took part in the blog tours for The Girl From The Savoy by Hazel Gaynor and Men Like Air by Tom Connolly.

I would like to thank everyone who has read and shared my blog posts this month. I really appreciate the support and hope that you enjoy the blog – thanks for reading!

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