Hiya Huns and welcome back to my bookshelf. It’s been a while since I’ve written a post for this series… though I haven’t read too much for a couple of weeks now because I’ve been on holiday (posts coming soon) before then I’d been making my way through books as usual, so I thought I’d share with you some mini reviews of the 3 books I’ve recently finished reading, and definitely turn this into a little series here on the blog. Of course I will still do regular stand alone book reviews, it just depends on what I’m feeling like at the time and of course, on the book. Some books neeeeed their own review, like Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. My review for that was pretty much a whole essay! Anyway, let’s jump into today’s post, and the reviews of the books I’ve read recently.
*POTENTIAL SPOILERS IN ALL REVIEWS*
I read the first book in the ‘I Heart’ series by Lindsey Kelk last year which is ‘I Heart New York’, and then I picked up the following book in the series sometime this year. I’ve been hooked ever since. ‘I Heart London’ is book number 5 in the series, and although I enjoyed it I think it was probably one of my least favourites in the series so far. I don’t know if it was because I was feeling a bit stressed in my own life at the time of reading this, but I found this book could be quite stressful and made me feel quite headach-y at the time of reading, I think the drama of the book and the stress in my own life obviously didn’t mix well together. I know you’ve got to have drama in books sometimes because there needs to be a storyline, but it just wasn’t fun at times. The characters were quite unlikeable in this part of main character Angela’s journey, with both Angela and Jenny (Angela’s best friend) acting super bratty at times it was almost unbearable and so annoying. Alex (Angela’s boyfriend) was also annoying at times, because he came across so patronising and I couldn’t help siding with Angela (despite her occasional brattiness) at certain points thinking ‘hey, Alex, you’re totally being unfair’ but at the same time, he is also such boyfriend goals, dedicating songs to Angela and generally being so supportive, loyal and generally just amazing, so I guess we can forgive him his one moment of patronising. He’s actually very patient with Angela and it’s evident he truly loves and adores her, so he definitely deserves some praise.
This book was jam packed with so much going on, and lots of wedding drama as Alex and Angela tried to cram a spontaneous wedding into a weeks travel back to Angela’s home in London, hence why I think I found it stressful and headache inducing to read at certain points because c’mon, in real life, that is totally an exhausting situation. However, good points are that this book was laugh out loud funny, especially towards the end and there were some super lovely moments, with even though the book being about Angela and Alex’s wedding, lots of gorgeous friendship growth and happy moments between the girls, with a lovely and happy heartwarming ending.
Overall, I’d give this book a 3.5 out of 5 because I did find it more stressful than enjoyable, though it still had its positives and of course, I will be contiuning on with Angela’s journey and reading Book 6 in the series ‘I Heart Christmas’ of course in just a few weeks time when Christmas rolls around. This will give me a chance to clear my head after ‘I Heart London’, so I don’t overdo it with the series and by the time Christmas is here I will definitely be looking forward to continuing with Angela’s story and hopefully, it’ll get me right in the mood for the festive period. I’m ready!
This is a random book which I believe I picked up at the pub (interesting place to find a new book I know) which I definitely enjoyed and considered to be a page turner. I got right into this book, always wanting to read on and on despite a couple of the characters once again being unlikeable, UH. What is it with these books I’m reading lately? Can I have a book soon please where I do like the characters… I’m sure the Universe will deliver.
The storyline between Anna and Oliver (two of the main characters) was very frustrating at times and unfortunately, these were the two characters I disliked the most. It wasn’t so much that Anna is an unlikeable character but her romantic relationship with Oliver was unbearable, I don’t know what she was doing with that man. Her behaviour whilst in this relationship was ridiculous (they do say love is blind), but thankfully, and oh so very thankfully, she fully experienced some wonderful character growth and developed beautifully by the end of the book. I love character growth and think it’s so important in a novel!!! So this is a major plus point for ‘Nice Girls Do’.
There were a good few twists in this story which like I said, definitely makes it a page turner. I enjoyed the garden themed settings of this book which made it really nice and different to read, as I haven’t read too many books revolved around gardens before. I definitely liked this eliment to the novel and do think the magical and fun scenery and descriptions of the gardens added so much to the book, giving it just a little special something.
Overall I’d rate ‘Nice Girls Do’ a 3.5 out of 5 and I would recommend as a casual, easy read.
I read this book for the first time a few years ago and it was the first Jackie Collins book I had ever read. I’ve wanted to re-read it for a while, so I decided to do so a few weeks ago and picked this book back up to read.
Jackie Collins was an incredibly talented writer, and her skills are evident in The Power Trip. She writes fantastically, with epic plot twists, and an abundance of diverse characters which she manages to tie in and bring together to create an exciting, action packed, page turner of a story. What an icon.
The Power Trip is an action packed adventure, even though once again I did find there to be a lot of unlikeable characters in this book. It makes sense though, considering this story is a massive scandal so, it’s only natural I wouldn’t like a lot of the characters. Thankfully, the dislike of certain characters was balanced out with a few of them being likeable plus some wonderful character growth experienced which was a joy to read (Ashley and Sierra experiencing great character growth especially).
With an abundance of scandal, interesting and luxurious locations, plenty of detail, and a diverse range of characters ‘The Power Trip’ is an exciting and enjoyable read which I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for an action packed adventure to get your teeth into. I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 and I’m looking forward to reading more of Jackie Collins work in the future. I have a lot of her books which I’ve read previously back on my to be read list as I’d like to re-read.
What books have you been reading recently? What’s your current favourite book you’d recommend? Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post? Be sure to let me know your answers and thoughts in the comments below.
As always thank you so much for reading, have a wonderful week!
Lot’s of love,