There’s one good thing about the weather being less than pleasant at the moment – I’m really enjoying being snuggled up at home with a warm brew and a good book! I’ve had requests for me to also add the books that my girls have been reading so my monthly Reads series will also incorporate kids’ books too.
Now because I was behind at the start of the month, I only managed 3 of my intended reads – They were good though so well worth a try! We enjoyed a week at Center Parcs that gave me the opportunity to devour my first book of the month, while the rest of the Costello clan whizzed about on water slides accompanied by the Go-Pro.
Viral – Helen Fitzgerald
Oh wow, this book was a gripper right from the start. This is a must read for anyone who has a teenager, particularly if that teenager is ever likely to go on holiday with their mates – Be prepared though, it is uncomfortable viewing.
Su is not your ordinary teenage wild child so when a video of her in a very compromising situation appears all over the internet, it is a massive shock to her Mum. Su has disappeared and her mum starts the desperate search to find her.
Its not often I’m sad when a book ends, as normally I’m excited to start another, but I really whizzed through this and felt lost when it finished.
4 out of 5 stars
Kill Me Again – Rachel Abbott
Rachel Abbott is quickly becoming one of my most favourite authors. I would never have previously described myself as a fan of thrillers but cannot resist her stories. They are pure terrifying but scenarios that seem so realistic.
Maggie is on her way home from work when she gets a frightening phone call from her young son, saying him & his even younger sister had been left home alone by their Dad. Maggie starts on a desperate search to find out where her husband has gone to, why he had to disappear so quickly, leaving his small children to fend for themselves.
I loved the descriptions of Manchester and some parts of this book had me literally squeaking in terror. This is not a book to read in the house alone at night!
A very rare 5 out of 5 – Pure brilliance!
The Finding of Martha Lost – Caroline Wallace
I wanted to be able to give this a 5 star – The whole premise of a girl living in the depths of Lime Street Station and finding true friendships there was just lovely. I just found this book slower to read than I expected though but still good enough for a 4 star review. Martha Lost is described as a ‘foundling’. Discovered as a baby at Lime Street Station and taken in by ‘Mother’ leading to a lifetime of working in the station’s Lost Property Office. The descriptions of the tunnels underneath Lime Street are horrific, certainly not a place that I would ever want to visit. I will definitely be taking in all the architecture and the Lost Property office (is there one) at Lime Street next time I’m there though.
The friendships between Martha, Elisabeth, William and George are beautifully described. Even the cakes baked by Elisabeth sound delicious!
I wasn’t quite a grabbed by the story of Max Cole, searching for the remains of the 5th Beatle, Mal Evans. Max Cole is portrayed excellently as a horrible, mean and sly man but I found the search for the ashes just made my mind wander on occasions.
There was an element of mystery as Martha searched for her birth mother which definitely kept me going – You will want to know how Martha came to be abandoned at Lime Street.
I got this book on an advanced copy basis as part of my NetGalley membership – This was in exchange for a fair review.
4 out of 5 Stars
And so, what have the rest of the Costellos been reading?
Millie is currently reading Gervase Phinn – Up and Down in the Dales. I had it on my shelves and just wanted to see her read something. I’m the first to admit she doesn’t get a great deal of time to herself but we really need to work on getting her reading again for pleasure.
I find recommending books for her so difficult. I think when I was 13 teenage books were all about Sweet Valley High. I can’t say M is a SVH type of girl but yet struggles to get into popular books like The Hunger Games and definitely not Twilight! Any young teen book recommendations are most welcome!
Violet is still wading through Grandpa’s Great Escape – David Walliams. Its such a long book but she is too far in to give up now and is actually rather enjoying it.
We’ve reserved David Baddiel – The Parent Agency from the library as Vi’s request. I’m made up that she is interested enough in a book to look it up and ask for it!
We are currently reading 3 Biff, Chip & Kipper books per week from school. We do go through tons of other books with Tara though. We are frequent library users (taking 4 books out at a time or I’ll forget how many we have).
Our favourites this week have been Don’t Kick Up A Fuss, Gus by Adria Meserve and David Walliams (again) with The Bear That Went Boo!
Last month I invited readers who blog to add their links to their book review posts. Thank you so much to Sarah from Mum x 3 Blog who took part. I’ve discovered another book that I’ve seen recommended twice this past month: A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole. You can read Sarah’s review of it here. Sarah also highly recommends a book that I included in my Best Reads of 2015, I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
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