May Round-Up – The Books I Read In May 2017

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I had a very busy month in May where I managed to read and review nine books! Here is what I said about them…

The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett (Alma Books) – My first review for May was for the book featured in February’s Shakespearean Mystery box from Ninja Book Box. The Bookman’s Tale is an intriguing read which I am sure would appeal to anyone interested in the mysteries surrounding rare and historic books. It is a story filled with mystery, romance and conflicts inspired by the golden age of Shakespeare.

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips (Doubleday) – Following the story of a woman and her young son who find themselves in danger when a trip to the zoo becomes a fight for survival, Fierce Kingdom is a gripping and tense thriller which represents the strength of human nature and maternal bonds in the most perilous of situations.

The Things We Thought We Knew by Mahsuda Snaith (Doubleday) – This tells the story of a young woman who has been suffering from chronic pain since the day her best friend disappeared. I thoroughly enjoyed The Things We Thought We Knew and found it to be an impressive debut. It is a story that is heartbreaking and warm, surprising and amusing. And most importantly it is a story that vividly portrays the life of a young woman and her struggle to come to terms with her past.

Leopard At The Door by Jennifer McVeigh (Penguin) – I reviewed Leopard at the Door as part of the blog tour and found it to be a compelling story which provides fascinating insight into a time of great unrest in Kenya. It is also a story of a young woman, Rachel, and her return home, and how she must try to hold on to those she loves the most, against the odds.

We All Begin As Strangers by Harriet Cummings (Orion)We All Begin As Strangers follows the lives of a group of villagers who are plagued by the presence of a mysterious man known as ‘the fox’ who knows their darkest secrets. It is an enjoyable novel filled with mystery and intrigue surrounding the lives of ordinary people. It is a story that kept me gripped as I waited to discover the truth, and to uncover the secrets as they creep to the surface.

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel (Penguin Michael Joseph) – The second instalment in the Themis Files series, Waking Gods was an enjoyable and fascinating science fiction novel that kept my interest throughout with its action packed plot and excellent characters. And as for the ending, I am now desperate to read the next one in the series to find out where this series will go next!

The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney (John Murray) – Following on from the events of her prize winning debut novel The Glorious Heresies, Lisa McInerney is back telling the story of troubled protagonist Ryan Cusack. The Blood Miracles to be an enjoyable read and an honest and unflinching portrayal of the complex world of a young man negotiating a difficult life.

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett (Penguin) – In this harrowing novel we delve into the lives of a family affected by mental illness told from the perspectives of various family members. Whilst I did not enjoy Imagine Me Gone as much as I had hoped, I feel it is a well written story which explores one family’s past and how they must work together to save their future.

Making Space by Sarah Tierney (Sandstone Press) – Making Space is an impressive debut novel and an enjoyable read which tells the story of a 29 year old woman and her hopes for a fresh start who finds employment helping a man clear out his home and let go of the past. I was intrigued by their stories throughout and enjoyed finding out how two strangers join together to shape a new future. I also featured a guest post from Sarah Tierney as part of the blog tour.

To find out more about any of these books you can read full reviews of my May reads by clicking the links in the titles above and they can also be found in my May 2017/Book Reviews archives. Also this month, I unboxed two bookish subscription boxes, the May Fairy Loot (Warriors and Legends) and the May Ninja Book Box (Magical Lands)

Also this month I joined instagram! Check out my latest bookish photos at: https://www.instagram.com/theowlonthebookstagram/

As always, I would like to thank everyone who has read and shared my blog posts this month, and anyone who has followed and liked my first bookstagram photos. I really appreciate the support and hope that you enjoy the blog!

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