So today’s an exciting blog because I recently just purchased three new books (pictured above) and I’ll be going through my first impressions of each one. Hopefully inspire a few people to go out and purchase these to support the authors. I’ll also put the story synopsis in case you are interested in what these stories are about.
Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan
The first book I picked up was Dear Amy and I’ll have to be honest, the first thing that attracted me was the fact my name was in the title of the book but I wasn’t entirely sure about just buying it straight away so the next day I went back to have a proper look at it but unfortunately for me, they didn’t have any left on the shelf so I was quite frustrated. I left it for another two days and went back to the shop and luckily, they had just re-stocked it therefore I grabbed the last copy for a quick read.
The cover is definitely creative and interesting in itself as well, showcasing a gradient read effect along with the illusion that a note has been pinned on the front cover (which ties in with the context of the story). Both this one and another book I purchased were on ‘The Sunday Times Bestseller’ list which was mainly another reason I picked this up. Another reason that intrigued me was after I read the first page (which is something that I ALWAYS do) and it made me want to know more about the first girl that is introduced into the story.
“A local schoolgirl has been missing for weeks when Margot Lewis, agony aunt of the ‘Dear Amy’ advice column, receives a letter.
‘Dear Amy, I’ve been kidnapped by a strange man. I don’t know where I am. Please help me. Bethan Avery.’
This must be a hoax. Because Bethan Avery is another young girl, who went missing twenty years ago. As more letters arrive, Margot becomes consumed by finding the sender and – unlike the police – convinced that the girls’ disappearances are connected.
Solving this puzzle could save someone’s life – but could it also cost Margot her own?”
I am really excited to read this book. Mysteries and thrillers are definitely books that I enjoy reading and can’t seem to put down!
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
This was the other book on ‘The Sunday Times Bestseller’ list. But the main reason why I was fascinated with this book was definitely the weird and (for now) dissociated title to the context of the story. Along with the colour of the front cover, because as you probably all know, my favourite colour is blue and I tend to be more drawn to things that are blue. This is again another mystery that deeply intrigues me as it is set in Britain in the 1970s rather than a modern era or a fantasy era. The other thing that really persuaded me to purchase this book was the review on the back of the book from Paula Hawkins, who is the author of The Girl on the Train (fantastic book!).
“A quirky, moving and beautifully written tale of life in 1970s Britain… a delight from start to finish.”
My book preferences do tend to vary depending on my mood or whatever catches my eyes the most at the time but I definitely haven’t read any books that were both quirky and moving which is making me excited to get stuck into this one soon!
Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.
But as doors and mouths begin to open and the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find more than they could have imagined…”
The first page of the book is brilliant, you can instantly tell that it is the narrative of a ten-year-old girl which sometimes is quite hard to do without making the child seem too young at times. Plus it gives you a little map of the cul-de-sac along with which house belongs to who so that you picture it more in your head.
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
The last book I picked up was completely by chance because I was only planning on buying the two books mentioned above but as I was leaving, I saw this on one of the displays towards the side of the shop and immediately went over to have a look at it. The cover was the thing that definitely drew me in the most because of how fantasy-like and simplistic it was at the same time. Usually I’m a sucker for simplistic book covers because it makes me want to know more about the plot of the book. This is also the only one about the three that is hardback and usually I don’t tend to buy hardback copies of books because although they tend to last longer than paperback copies, the loose cover really does annoy me a little more. I don’t mind buying hardback copies if that’s the only copy they have but if they have both hardback and paperback, I lean more towards the paperback copies.
Reading any book’s synopsis is really important to me (as well as reading the first page) because I feel like it can really make or break my interest in wanting to purchase the book or really want to read it. But this synopsis didn’t disappoint because it immediately throws you into the action of two different worlds, both that have insurmountable animosity between the two for reasons you don’t know yet but are desperate to figure out. I just love it already and given how much I loved the ‘Divergent’ series, I really can’t wait to see whether Veronica Roth’s next unaffiliated book will meet my expectations!
“In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift…
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power – something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet and smarter than he knows.
Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive – no matter what the cost.
Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?
Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship – and love – in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.
This book really is interesting. I can’t wait to see the relationship between Cyra and Akos, and how that’s going to play out, whether or not Akos’ loyalty to his brother is enough to match Cyra’s mistreatment by her brother. And how on Earth it’ll all play out!
I hope you enjoyed reading through my first ever blog about my new purchases! And I’m sure I’ll get some more books in the future, who am I kidding… I already have a list a mile long of all the next ones I want to buy!
See you tomorrow for another exciting blog post I’ve been planning over the last two days!