Title: Kill the Boy Band

Author: Goldy Moldavsky

Pages: 320 Pages

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The Blurb

Fangirls get a bad rap all the time – people say we’re weird, hysterical, obsessed, certifiable. But those people don’t understand. 

Just because we’re fangirls, doesn’t mean we’re crazy. 

It’s important you know that up front. Because everything I’m about to tell you is going to seem . . . well, crazy. 

From thrilling debut author Goldy Moldavsky comes Kill The Boy Band, a pitch-black, hilarious take on modern fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make – or break – the people we call ‘celebrities’.

The Review

Oh how I laughed at this book.

Goldy Moldavsky’s debut novel Kill the Boy Band is hilarious. It is a novel about fandom and about the crazy lengths people will go to meet their idols. I’ve been there. For me, it was Busted. I get these characters.

The genius of this book lays with its main character – an unnamed narrator who opts to call herself various names throughout the book – her quips, witty one liners (god rest his soul) and 80s movie references were genius and made this book such a brilliant read. It made me feel nostalgic for a time when it was okay for your world to be consumed by a band.

I flippin’ loved this story.

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky is available now.

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Title: The Best Things

Author: Mel Giedroyc

Pages: 432 Pages

Publisher: Headline

The Blurb

Sally Parker is struggling to find the hero inside herself.

All she wants to do is lie down.

Her husband Frank has lost his business, their home and their savings, in one fell swoop. Their bank cards are being declined. The children are running wild. And now the bailiffs are at the door.

What does an ordinary woman do when the bottom falls out?

Sally Parker is about to surprise everybody. Most of all herself.

The Review

The Best Things is a family drama and the debut novel of Mel Giedroyc. It focuses on a well-to-do middle class family which is headed by Frank and Sally. Frank – the breadwinner – is having a crisis of health and wife Sally – the “homemaker” – is having a crisis of identity. When their financial stability comes under threat the family begins to topple like a house of cards.

Whilst I don’t think The Best Things had the most exciting storyline the way the story is delivered and the fully developed characters carry it along nicely. It is the characters and the humour that save the novel.

The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc is available now.

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Title: No One Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs

Author: Tracy Bloom

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Lawsome Books

The Blurb

Ben and Katy haven’t had sex since Ben found out about her one-night stand with her childhood sweetheart, Matthew. 

Not only that but the arrival of a new-born baby has blown their relationship apart like a hand grenade. 

Drastic measures are required, so they swap roles hoping that everyone will be happier… Only it’s not as easy as they thought. When a desperate Ben starts secretly accepting help to solve his childcare disasters – from Matthew’s wife – it could mean the end of everything. Can their relationship survive the lies and suspicions and will they ever have sex again?

The Review

Over the years my tastes in books have changed. I find that books I requested on NetGalley in *coughs* 2015 *coughs* are not reflective of what I would like in the books I would read today. However, No One Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs by Tracy Bloom is a really good story.

Sadly, I didn’t realise it was a sequel and started at book 2 but that didn’t hamper my enjoyment of the read because Bloom gives enough backstory for you to still follow and enjoy the story.

There were parts of the story that genuinely made me chuckle out loud. Bloom has a knack for being funny. And there were parts when I became frustrated with the characters but I think that is what you want in a rom-com.

No One Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs is a really good read.

No One Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs by Tracy Bloom is available now.

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Title: The Sentence

Author: Christina Dalcher

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: HQ

The Blurb

The one decision you can’t take back

Prosecutor, Justine Boucher has only asked for the death penalty once, in a brutal murder case.

In doing so, she put her own life on the line. Because, if the convicted are later found innocent, the lawyer who requested the execution will be sentenced to death.

Justine had no doubt that the man she sent to the chair was guilty.

Until now.

Presented with evidence that could prove his innocence, Justine must find out the truth before anyone else does.

Her life depends on it.

The Review

I absolutely love it when and author becomes a go to trusted author. Christina Dalcher has firmly plonked herself in that category. I have loved all of her books.

The Sentence tackles the very contentious topic of the death sentence. For a person to have the death sentence issued to them then the person who issues it must be 100% sure because if not they have to pay with their life.

Dalcher’s writing in The Sentence put me in mind of Jodi Picoult. She has taken a very divisive topic and makes you question your belief in it. I think when a writer can have you look at a topic in a different way and become empathetic to a characters situation then they have done a damn good job.

This is probably Christina Dalcher’s most powerful book to date and the tension I felt and the need to keep reading was immense. I could not put it down.

I cannot wait for Dalcher’s next book.

The Sentence by Christina Dalcher is available now.

For more information regarding Christina Dalcher (@CV_Dalcher) please visit www.christinadalcher.com.

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Title: Threadneedle

Author: Cari Thomas

Pages: 564 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

Within the boroughs of London, nestled among its streets, hides another city filled with magic.

Ever since Anna can remember, her aunt has warned her of the dangers of magic. She has taught her to fear how it twists and knots and turns into something dark and deadly.

It was, after all, magic that killed her parents and left her in her aunt’s care. It’s why she has been protected from the magical world and, in one year’s time, what little magic she has will be bound. She will join her aunt alongside the other Binders who believe magic is a sin not to be used, but denied. Only one more year and she will be free of the curse of magic, her aunt’s teachings and the disappointment of the little she is capable of.

Nothing – and no one – could change her mind before then. Could it?

The Review

Wow. Threadneedle was not what I was expecting.

I knew it was going to be a book that included magic but I had some misconceptions. I was not expecting it to be set in modern times and I did not expect it to be a campus novel. I thought I would like it but I didn’t know I would love it.

It focuses on the story of Anna who is having her magic restricted by her paranoid aunty. However, before she loses her magic forever Anna’s circle of friends try to save her.

At its heart, Threadneedle is the story of finding yourself, embracing that person and not letting anyone control you. I really loved it and now I am off to buy the sequel.

Threadneedle by Cari Thomas is available now.

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