2020/09/27

BOOK HAUL:
SEPTEMBER

S P O N S O R E D  :  T W O  B O O K S  S E N T  F O R  F R E E
I N C L U D E S  A F F I L I A T E  L I N K S
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Autumn is in full swing and since this is my favorite time of year, I'd say it has definitely helped lift my spirits over the past few weeks! This year has been so stressful and weird, but having fall come around with its coziness and its beauty has been lovely.

September also always bring about my birthday which was nice; I went out for a lovely dinner with my sister and one of my best friends and it was great! We ate, laughed and had a good time, and what more can one really ask for.

I've also got a wonderful stack of books this month! Autumn always gives me a renewed sense of wanting to read everything I can get my hands on.














( a f f l i a t e  l i n k s  +  b o o k s  m a r k e d  *  s e n t  f o r  f r e e )
*Kongeriket by Jo Nesbø (English edition here)

Wish you all a lovely day!
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2020/09/26

BOOK REVIEW:
THE STRINGS OF MURDER BY OSCAR DE MURIEL

I N C L U D E S  A F F I L I A T E  L I N K S
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Title: The Strings of Murder
Author: Oscar de Muriel
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 407
Rating: 4/5

This is the first book in the Frey & McGrey series.


Summary:
Set in Edinburgh in 1888, Scotland Yard dispatches an inspector to investigate the mysterious murder of a violinist and finds himself partnered up with a superstitious and odd Scot.


Review:
I can't believe I've left this book sitting unread on my shelves for so long because this was so much fun!

I absolutely adore the time period and the setting of this; it's set at the height of the Jack the Ripper panic and historical Edinburgh is portrayed with great atmosphere. Our main characters are pretty interesting; we've got an insufferable uppity Englishman who loves working as an investigator because he feels it gives him purpose, despite what his family thinks of it, and we've got a slightly violent and chaotic Scot with a tragic backstory who isn't beyond truly believing in ghosts. They make quite an interesting and extremely entertaining pair.

The book is a bit over the top and on the verge of being ridiculous at times but it felt self aware enough to lean into it for just the perfect amount. Our main characters go about roaring and swearing at each other for the whole duration and even though it's a bit much, it just kind of works anyway.

The mystery in here was also incredibly intriguing and I was glued to the page. It's the perfect mix of so many things; murders in locked rooms, a cursed violin with possible ties to the devil and bodysnatching from graveyards, all mixed together with a dose of the occult.

The writing may not be perfect and it's not a very literary novel (I don't think everything needs to be), but this still made for a very exciting and entertaining story. It was just really fun to read and I will definitely be getting a copy of the next book in this series.
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2020/09/25

2020/09/23

BOOK REVIEW:
THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE BY SUJATA MASSEY

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Title: The Satapur Moonstone
Author: Sujata Massey
Published: 2019
Language: English
Pages: 384
Rating: 3/5

This is the second book in the Perveen Mistry series.


Summary:
Set in India in the 1920's, Perveen Mistry, one of India's first female lawyers, is called on to travel to the remote Satapur region to help settle a dispute within a royal family.


Review:
I adored the first book in this series (The Widows of Malabar Hill) and although I don't think this second novel quite lives up to the first, I enjoyed this one as well.

I do still love the time period this is set in, as well as the setting; it was fun to move out of Bombay a little bit and be introduced to this remote place and getting to see both palaces and villages. There's a lot of atmosphere being built up just by describing the setting and I thought that was fantastic. I like how this story discusses women and the many restrictions that were put on them during this time and I thought revisiting Perveen was great, I love reading about her.

I don't think this is as strong of a story as we saw in the first book though; I felt like this time we didn't get to dig as deep and a lot of the themes in this book are the same as in the first but it sometimes feels like parts of it are watered down versions of what we saw in the first book.

I did still really enjoy this book though and I'm already looking forward to the release of the third book in this series (which hasn't been confirmed yet but I'm hoping there's going to be another one).
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