Monday, 7 January 2013
This is my first review post for #50Books2013 and I will post a round-up of everyone's progress at the end of the month, and link to some of your reviews if you would like to email me links to them also (details on contact page). As I said before, there will be no set day to link up - just post & link as and when and then I will do a little monthly round-up and share your posts and anything else you would like to add. I aim to post the round-up around 28th-30th of the month so if you can get your posts to me by the 26th/27th at the latest that would be great. You don't even have to review the books if you don't want to, just write a list of what you've read if you like! It's up to you, there are no rules.
I won't be going into massive amounts of detail about the plot of the books because I would hate to spoil them for others who want to read them, so I will be keeping mostly to just sharing my opinion on them rather than describing what happens, for the benefit of others.
Book 1 - Perfect For You by Kate Perry
I downloaded this for my Kobo, in all honesty, because it was free. I figured, why not? However I am very glad I did because it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The first book in Kate Perry's Laurel Heights series, it's not a literary classic but if I wanted that I would be reading Dickens. Perfect For You is a romance, and I really liked how her lead female character Freya Godwin is strong and independent, something you don't always find in a romance novel. Light, airy and fun to read, and it has encouraged me to want to continue on and read the rest of the books in the series too.
Book 2 - Close To You by Kate Perry
As with Perfect For You, Kate Perry has created another strong female character who is taking charge of her own destiny. Eve Alexander owns her own business and knows her own mind and to be honest it is very refreshing not to have a meek damsel in distress fawning all over the 'big strong man' throughout.
This is not my usual style of book I have to admit. I would normally go for the heavy, thought provoking Jodi Picoult style of novel, but I am finding the Laurel Heights series to be rather engrossing (having finished both books in just a couple of days) and a nice change from my usual pick.
Book 3 - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Another book that wouldn't normally be my first choice, but I was intrigued by it and I am so glad I gave it a chance. Such a sad but beautiful story, intricately described making you feel like you are stood watching the tale unfold. I found myself choked with emotion on more than one occasion during the book and I developed real affection for the characters, especially Jack & Mabel. The author has brought this book to life with her wonderful storytelling and The Snow Child just gripped me from the very first page.