Goodreads roundup – Jan 2015

4 books this month. I did a lot of editing with my own writing, so not up to my usual numbers!

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Anne Rice – Prince Lestat (3 out of 5 stars) I love the Vampire Chronicles so much. My mum handed me INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE when I was nine or ten, and I’ve loved them ever since. It was so nice to be back with the gang but there was a hell of a lot of talking and not much conflict for me this time around.

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Jennifer DuBois – Cartwheel (3 out of 5 stars) The prose is beautiful. There were so many bits that I loved, and so many poignant paragraphs that I sort of wanted to rip out bits and plaster them on my walls. However, I had no idea going in that this was an Amanda Knox retelling, so I was expecting something very different. More my fault than the author, I suppose.

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Margaret Atwood – The Blind Assassin (3.5 out of 5 stars) Wow. This is a three/four star month, by the looks of things! As always, Atwood is fantastically outspoken about feminism and her writing is stunning. This tale is incredibly clever and it had me hooked in the first half. The story within a story within a story thing was very original. But I saw the twist coming a long time before the end, which made things drag slightly.

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E.Lockhart – We Were Liars (5 out of 5 stars. TEN out of five!) I cannot say enough good things about this book. The voice was beautiful and fragile and absolutely brilliant. The description was original and poetic. I didn’t see the twist coming at all (but the husband did – at an incredibly early point). The bonds of friendship were perfect. I really got the sense that these characters were real and they’d spent their entire lives together. I also finished reading this in Rotterdam when very sleep deprived so it made me cry in front of at least 50 people.

The book of the month was of course WE WERE LIARS.

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