Title: Fantastic Mr Fox

Author: Roald Dahl

Pages: 112 Pages

Publisher: Puffin

The Blurb

Boggis is an enormously fat chicken farmer who only eats boiled chickens smothered in fat.

Bunce is a duck-and-goose farmer whose dinner gives him a beastly temper.

Bean is a turkey-and-apple farmer who only drinks gallons of strong cider.

Mr Fox is so clever that every evening he creeps down into the valley and helps himself to food from their farms – and those GHASTLY farmers can’t catch him!

Now the farmers have hatched a plan to BANG-BANG-BANG shoot Mr Fox dead! But, just when they think Mr Fox can’t possibly escape, he makes a FANTASTIC plan of his own . . .


The Review

Who doesn’t love Roald Dahl books? I felt I needed to revert to a childhood classic to break up the heavy books I had been reading lately. Fantastic Mr Fox was the perfect book to go for. It hasn’t aged and it equally as entertaining as it was when I read it as a child.

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl is available now.

Title: Hot Mess

Author: Lucy Vine

Pages: 304 Pages

Publisher: Orion

The Blurb

Hot Mess [n.] – someone who is attractive, but often in a state of disarray, repeatedly finding themselves in uncomfortable predicaments.

Ellie Knight is just like you. Her life isn’t turning out the way she thought it would. Some people might say she’s a hot mess but then who really has their s**t together before they’re thirty?

It’s Valentine’s Day and Ellie Knight finds herself eating Nutella in the bar stockroom after a no-show date.
But single doesn’t have to be the loneliest number, does it?
She goes back home to her flatshare and weird flatmates.
It’s ok there’s black mould everywhere, right?
With a hangover from hell, she goes to the office job she thought she would have quit by now.
Doesn’t everyone hate their job?

Maybe Ellie isn’t following the *official life plan* but perfect is overrated. For fans of Fleabag and Girls, this is a fresh and funny coming-of-age story with a single-girl heroine that everyone will relate to – a modern Carrie Bradshaw meets Bridget Jones.

The Review

It has been a long time since I have read a new adult book that has had me clutching my sides giggling but that was exactly my response to Lucy Vine’s Hot Mess. It is the story of soon-to-be-thirty Ellie who is dealing with the rules and expectations put on women by society and perpetuated by the people around them. And it is bloody brilliant.

It would be remiss of me to not say that Hot Mess did make me think of Fleabag meets My Dad Wrote a Porno. It has the same tone and a weirdly similar set up but since I also loved Fleabag I don’t see this as a bad thing and I think this was released first but just so there are no surprises I felt I should include it.

Ellie is the perfect heroine. Yes, she acts on her own terms later rather than sooner but she is a modern day heroine and I seriously wish that she had her own series of books rather than just a stand-alone novel.

Hot Mess by Lucy Vine is available now.

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Title: Final Draft

Author: Riley Redgate

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: ABRAMS Kids

The Blurb

The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he dies suddenly—and is replaced by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who is sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed.

At first, Nazarenko’s eccentric assignments seem absurd. But before long, Laila grows obsessed with gaining the woman’s approval. Soon Laila is hiking through the Catskills during a thunderstorm in March and discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, temporary flings, and instability. Dr. Nazarenko has led Laila to believe that she must choose between perfection and sanity—but rejecting her all-powerful mentor may be the only way for Laila to thrive.

The Review

Final Draft by Riley Redgate is a bit of a strange story. It hits all different themes – loss, ambition, lgbt awareness, academia but I just don’t feel that they necessarily married up to make a great story.

If I am honest, Final Draft isn’t been my favourite book by Riley Redgate. I think Laila’s insecurities became tiresome too quickly and then the story dragged for me. The best part of her story was the relationship with her writing teacher but even then the resolution for that relationship seemed to peter away and I felt that there was a lack of resolution.

Final Draft was a ‘pass the time’ book. It didn’t change my life but it entertained me for a few hours.

Final Draft by Riley Redgate is available now.

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Title: In the Crypt with a Candlestick

Author: Daisy Waugh

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

The Blurb

Sir Ecgbert Tode of Tode Hall has survived to a grand old age – much to the despair of his younger wife, Emma. But at ninety-three he has, at last, shuffled off the mortal coil.

Emma, Lady Tode, thoroughly fed up with being a dutiful Lady of the Manor, wants to leave the country to spend her remaining years in Capri. Unfortunately her three tiresome children are either unwilling or unable (too mad, too lefty or too happy in Australia) to take on management of their large and important home, so the mantle passes to a distant relative and his glamorous wife.

Not long after the new owners take over, Lady Tode is found dead in the mausoleum. Accident? Or is there more going on behind the scenes of Tode Hall than an outsider would ever guess….?

In the traditions of two great but very different British writers, Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse, Waugh’s hilarious and entirely original twist on the country house murder mystery comes complete with stiff upper lips, even stiffer drinks, and any stiffs that might embarrass the family getting smartly brushed under the carpet…

The Review

In the Crypt with a Candlestick by Daisy Waugh is a slapstick romp with a murder mystery at the heart of it. I don’t really think it was what I was expecting if I am truly honest. I think I was expecting a more Agatha Christie style murder mystery and what I got was a little bit of Carry On films meets Jilly Cooper novels.

That doesn’t mean that In the Crypt with a Candlestick wasn’t fun or that it wasn’t an enjoyable read. It had me giggling in the right parts and to be fair to Daisy Waugh it also had me guessing whodunit until the very last page.

So whilst I cannot say that I was prepared for the story that I read I can honestly say that it was a thoroughly entertaining read and is perfect if you want to read something that is light-hearted.

In the Crypt with a Candlestick by Daisy Waugh is available now.

For more information regarding Daisy Waugh (@dldwaugh) please visit www.daisywaugh.com.

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Title: In Five Years

Author: Rebecca Serle

Pages: 272 Pages

Publisher: Quercus Books

The Blurb

Perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day, this heart-breaking story of love, loss and life will have you questioning everything you thought you knew about destiny…
Where do you see yourself in five years?

Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan has been in possession of her meticulously crafted answer since she understood the question. On the day that she nails the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man, she’s well on her way to fulfilling her life goals.

That night Dannie falls asleep only to wake up in a different apartment with a different ring on her finger, and in the company of a very different man. The TV is on in the background, and she can just make out the date. It’s the same night – December 15th – but 2025, five years in the future.

It was just a dream, she tells herself when she wakes, but it felt so real… Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four and a half years later, when Dannie turns down a street and there, standing on the corner, is the man from her dream…

In Five Years is a love story, brimming with joy and heartbreak. But it is definitely not the love story you’re expecting.

The Review

I do love a good weepy story. Don’t get me wrong it doesn’t happen very often. I can probably count on one hand the amount of books that have managed to turn me into a quivering wreck. So when I read the blurb for In Five Years I was hopeful that this would be the next one to add to the list.

Alas, it didn’t make me crumble into a ball of tears but it was a very enjoyable read.

The protagonist Dannie Kohan was likeable in that weirdly neurotic driven sense. You admired her gumption and gusto for all things life and equally other characters were fleshed out and you found yourself fully immersed in this small New York contingent of friends. It was nice to be invited in to watch.

I really enjoyed this book. There was one questionable plot devices which didn’t quite sit as well with me as others would and I think that without them the book may have been slightly more enjoyable to read but when looking at the book as a whole this device didn’t stop me from thinking that the story was really well written (when you read it you will see what I mean).

The story seems to be marketed as a romance and in a sense it is romantic but for me it was the relationships between friends that solidified the story for me. Romance came in second place. It was this element that I enjoyed the most.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle is available now.

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