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Top 5 Books I Read This Spring! | 2018

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Hey Guys!
I thought I would start doing seasonally favourites, where I talk about the best 5 books I’ve read during that season. These are in no particular order, I don’t think I could actually rank them as they’re all great in completely different ways.
There were a few books that ended up really surprising me, I don’t tend to read outside of my comfort zone (fantasy) but I managed to branch out and found some new favourites!


1) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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This is surprising to me – I am not usually a dystopian fan – I usually prefer sci-fi in a space setting. However, The Handmaid’s Tale is a really interesting and powerful read. The plot is so intriguing, fascinating and quite frankly terrifying as a woman.
Full review here. 

2) Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell

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Well… I knew this would be in my top 5. I loved the first two books in this series and the third book, Charmcaster, did not disappoint. I love Sebastien De Castell’s writing, it’s so humorous and entertaining! I cannot wait for the next book!
Full Review here.

 

 3) Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan

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This was another surprising one, I picked on the audiobook as it was free using my library and I ended up adoring it. I’m not usually a fan of romance-heavy books but with the sci-fi/space setting, I found I really enjoyed it.
Full Review here

4) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Probably the biggest surprise – a mystery novel. I never ever read mystery, however, I heard this one had a sci-fi twist and had such great reviews I couldn’t pass when I saw it on my library’s audiobook list!
Full Review here

5) The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

39127492I received this as an eArc from NetGalley, I requested it on a whim, didn’t really know much about it other than it was YA fantasy. I ended up really enjoying it, it’s a great start to a series with a great cast of characters! I’m looking forward to the next book, sadly I’ll have to wait a while. 
Full Review here



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Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

dsc_0504.jpgBefore we get into the actual review can we take a moment to appreciate this edition of The Handmaid’s Tale?

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I MEAN LOOK AT IT. IT’S BEAUTIFUL 

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It has red sprayed pages too. This book is just divine.

Okay, okay. Onto the review:


Synopsis: The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.


Plot: The Handmaid’s Tale has a slow but intriguing plot. Not a lot goes on, it’s a fairly short book but the interest of the world kept me hooked. The world is terrifying in this novel, women have been stripped of the rights and reduced to be baby-making machines for other people. I can see some 1984 vibes throughout the novel, however, I enjoyed this book so much more! I found the world interesting and eerie.
I would really have liked to know more about the world, like why the population was going down, what was causing infertility? Did this just happen in America?
I can’t say it was an ‘enjoyable’ story, as it is a sad story, but it is a very good book. It’s definitely one to get you thinking.

Characters: Offred – I did like Offred, her real name is unknown, the handmaids are stripped of their identity and name in order to further dehumanise them. I really felt for Offred, I could definitely sympathise with her. I don’t know what I’d do in her position. I did root for her, she deserved to be happy. I hate that there is no sequel!

One of the side characters I really enjoyed was Moira, she was pretty cool. She’s feisty, brave and doesn’t take crap. I wish I could’ve known what happened to her.

Overall: I think this is a really great book but I wish it was a series. I just hate not knowing. The book is a standalone novel, yet ends on a cliffhanger. It’s so frustrating! I so wish this was a series, the ending really made it feel that way.The ended is the reason I gave it a 4-star rating if it had a sequel or had Offred’s full story I would’ve given 5/5.

I did hear a rumour there may be a sequel, I’m praying it’s true,  Margaret Atwood recently changed the ending to this book for the audiobook. I am so so hoping there will be a sequel!!

Rating: 4/5 Stars


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