Having a wee resty!

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Hey guys, after the madness that was Horror October, I’m taking a little break until the end of November(ish).

I’m hoping to use that time to refresh, read anything I feel like, and although I’m not officially taking part in NaNo this year, I’m also hoping to do a bit of writing. Wish me luck.

I’m still going to post This Week in Books on Wednesdays and have one blog tour to honor, but other than that I will catch up with you all in December!

Be good  😉

Lipsy x

Lazy Saturday Review: Cruel Summer By James Dawson

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Title: Cruel Summer
Author: James Dawson
Series: N/A
Edition: Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Publication Details: August 1st 2013 by Orion
Genre(s): YA; Mystery
Disclosure? Nope, I bought it!

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A year after Janey’s suicide, her friends reunite at a remote Spanish villa, desperate to put the past behind them. However, an unwelcome guest arrives claiming to have evidence that Janey was murdered. When she is found floating in the pool, it becomes clear one of them is a killer. Only one thing is for certain, surviving this holiday is going to be murder…

Review

It took me so long to pick up a James Dawson book, and I won’t be leaving it so long the next time, promise! I liked Cruel Summer a lot!

In one respect it was exactly what I was expecting – a YA murder mystery with a few LGBTQ characters, but I wasn’t expecting it to remind me so much of 90’s gems like teen slasher movie I Know What You Did Last Summer, and the of likes the Point Horror books. I could tell that that was Dawson’s inspiration even before reading his acknowledgements.

It was a quick read that was so perfect for the beach, I can’t even tell you! I was disappointed with a few things though. Such as not really clicking with any of the characters – they all seemed a bit shallow and self-involved and the whole ‘life is a TV show’ did fit with Ryan’s personality, but I found it a bit annoying after a while.

That being said, I was pretty hooked and the pages seemed to turn themselves. I look forward to reading his other offerings.

On a side note, congratulations America – FINALLY! #EqualMarriage #LoveWins

unicorn rating 4

Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake by Sue Watson

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Title: Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake
Author: Sue Watson
Series: N/A
Edition: Digital ARC, 232 pages
Publication Details: October 17th 2014 by Bookouture
Genre(s): Romance; Christmas/Holiday
Disclosure? Yep! I received a copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an HONEST review. Many thanks to Bookouture.

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For Tamsin Angel, Christmas is always the biggest and best… chic parties and a little showbiz sparkle are a must. This year though, things aren’t going quite as planned…

With bailiffs suddenly at the door and her husband nowhere to be found, it looks like Christmas just got downsized. Moving into her sister’s one-bedroom flat, she wonders whether things will ever be the same again.

After losing her husband on Christmas Eve, Sam Angel has rebuilt her life around her son Jacob and her new business – The White Angel Bakery. She’s also found herself a very handsome, loving boyfriend, but is struggling to let go of the past.

Thrown together with a sprinkle of Christmas magic, Sam and Tamsin might just learn a little more about each other – and themselves. But when disaster strikes at the bakery, will they be able to save the day in time for Christmas?

Review

Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake is a humorous festive read about family, making the most of bad situations, and letting go. Queue a high-pitched rendition of Let It Go!

I wasn’t instantly hooked on this book, but after a few chapters of switching narratives between Tamsin and Sam, I became accustomed to the structure and started to enjoy it.

I thought the contrast between the sister’s personalities worked well, making this a realistic, enthralling story full of drama, sarcasm and just enough Christmas magic.

I liked Sam from the start. With her no-nonsense and sarcastic approach to life. She’s finding it hard to move in from the death of her husband, but she’s determined not to let it hold her back.

Tamsin was a little harder to warm to, being a designer-loving, party-planning, living-beyond-her-means type who is all about perfection and hiding her Northern accent and real self from her circle of fake (in every way) friends. But, as the story went on and Tamsin loses everything she thought she loved, apart from her sister, I definitely warmed up to her.

I also really loved the Cheshire setting as that’s my home county- although not the posh part, blates- so that was an extra bonus.

Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake felt like an honest, and often funny portrayal of two sisters who are trying to get through the bad times by creating a little bit of Christmas cheer.

unicorn rating 3

Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake is available in paperback from Waterstones now.