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

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June has been a busy month for me with a much needed holiday and a house move meaning I haven’t been able to read as much as I had hoped. However, I still managed to read and review eight books! Here is what I said about them…

Beartown by Fredrik Backman (Atria Books) – My first review for June was of a book I was very excited about as it featured ice hockey! It is set in the small town of Beartown in which the local junior hockey team plays a big part in the lives of its inhabitants. But then a shocking event takes place which has a big impact and raises uncomfortable issues within the town and its much loved team. I was gripped by the plot and the portrayal of a small community and its love for a sport that is important to me.

Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh (Hodder and Stoughton) – Inspired by Mulan, I enjoyed reading Flame in the Mist due to its intriguing plot and fascinating characters. It follows the story of Mariko, a young woman destined to become a wife whose journey takes a sudden turn when her life comes under threat. Disguising herself as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to find out who is responsible, and why they would want her dead. It is a story that weaves together Japanese mythology, action and romance and even a bit of magic and I am interested to find out what is in store for these characters next…

A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury) – The first in a trilogy, I had heard great things about A Court Of Thorns And Roses. In it we meet Feyre, a huntress living in the mortal lands who works hard to support her family. But when Feyre mistakenly takes the life of a magical creature, she ends up being captured and taken to the enchanted court. Here she adapts to an extraordinary way of life filled with mystery and magic and danger. I really enjoyed reading A Court Of Thorns And Roses and found it to be a promising start to an intriguing series. I am intending on picking up the rest of the trilogy to discover what is next for Feyre and life in the enchanted courts.

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce (Doubleday) – As a fan of Rachel Joyce’s writing I was looking forward to reading The Music Shop. It tells the story of Frank, a man who runs a record shop, and how his life changes when the mysterious Ilse Brauchmann walks into his life. The Music Shop is a well written and enjoyable read which explores music and companionship and how they can help provide a second chance, and to help come to terms with the past.

Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee (Hideaway Fall)Broken Branches is an enjoyable read about family relationships, love and loss, fear and grief. When a family tragedy leads Ian Perkins back to an isolated family cottage, the true extent of a family curse is revealed. Ian is determined to get to the bottom of the events that have caused heartbreak to his family for generations, and to try and stop such tragedy happening again. It is a story with a contemporary feel which has elements of a gothic, supernatural mystery.

Tin Man by Sarah Winman (Tinder Press) –  Telling the story of Ellis and Michael who meet as boys and become inseparable, Tin Man is a beautiful little book full of heart that tells a story of human love and companionship. It shows love at its most wonderful, and love at its most challenging. It shows friendship that can stand the test of time, and the bonds that can tie us together through the years, even when we are apart. I enjoyed this book very much, and felt privileged to spend a few hours in the company of these fascinating characters.

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (Picador) – I really enjoyed reading The Wonder, a book which tells the story of Anna O’Donnell, an eleven year old girl who survives despite not eating for the four months since her birthday. I became absorbed in this story as English nurse Lib tries to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Anna and what is behind her fasting. Emma Donoghue has written a gripping and atmospheric story of faith and family, superstition and corruption. And most importantly it is the story of a woman and her determination to find the truth, and the lengths she must go for the safety of a child.

Exquisite by Sarah Stovell (Orenda Books) – I thoroughly enjoyed Exquisite in which we see the relationship that develops between two women. Bo and Alice come from different walks of life, but are brought together through a shared love of writing. Their meeting is the start of a sinister relationship discovered through a tense plot that twists and turns. With its blend of dramatic writing, complex characters and dark and twisted secrets, Exquisite is a story of love and obsession which lingers on the mind long after you turn the final pages.

To find out more about any of these books you can read full reviews of my June reads by clicking the links in the titles above and they can also be found in my June 2017/Book Reviews archives. Also this month, I unboxed the June box from Fairy Loot (Elementalists) and I looked at my holiday reads (some of which are reviewed above!)

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 bookstagram photos. I really appreciate the support and hope that you enjoy the blog!

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