Monday 26 April 2021

Reading Round Up 2021 #17

 Hey there bibliophiles, how goes it?

Last week was another one of those weeks where I just didn't seem to have an awful lot of time to read, because of that I focused my efforts on reading the novels that I had scheduled in for blog tours (so do look out for the full reviews in the coming weeks).

In other news, I did get a fantastic new book shelf - which I've pictured below - an excuse to buy some more books right.

On to the books I did read...

Screams From the Void by Anne Tibbets 4 out of 5 stars

For two years in deep space, the freighter Demeter and a small crew have collected botanical life from other planets. It's a lesson in patience and hell. Mechanics Ensign Reina is ready to jump ship, if only because her abusive ex is also aboard, as well as her overbearing boss. It's only after a foreign biological creature sneaks aboard and wreaks havoc on the ship and crew that Reina must find her grit - and maybe create a gadget or two - to survive...that is, if the crew members don't lose their sanity and turn on each other in the process. 


This is a story that is scary, suspenseful and scream worthy.

Told using past and present. Flashbacks that with each one go further back in time, giving details of certain characters that reveal traits that were missed.

There is action and plenty of gore.

With the main bulk of the story set over one day, it is fast paced (seriously I finished the book in less than 3 hours).

Perhaps not everyone's cup of tea, Screams From the Void is Sci-Fi mixed with horror which for me was a fantastic combo.

The Couple by Helly Acton 5 out of 5 stars

Millie is a perfectionist. She's happy, she's successful and, with a great support network of friends and family (and a very grumpy cat), she's never lonely. She loves working at a big tech firm and is on track be promoted to her dream role. The last thing she needs is romance messing up her perfectly organised world.

Besides, normal people just don't have romantic relationships. Everyone knows that being in a couple is a bit . . . well, odd. You know, like having a pet snake or referring to yourself in the third person. Why rely on another person for your own happiness? Why risk the humiliation of unrequited love or the agony of a break-up? No, Millie is more than happy with her conventional single life.

So, when Millie lands a new project at work, launching a pill that prevents you falling in love, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. That is, until she starts working with Ben. He's charming and funny, and Millie feels an instant connection to him.

Will Millie sacrifice everything she believes in for love?


This is a highly entertaining read.

A unique story with a brilliant concept. The author flips the world of dating on its head. The idea of being in a couple becomes strange and almost wrong in this novel, being single is the preferred option and is actually encouraged.

Millie, who is our main protagonist, is content with life. She has great friends, she's near to reaching her career goal, she is happy. 

Well that's what she thought, until Ben turns up. The more she works with him, the more she starts to feel.

Can love really be that bad?

This is a smart, engaging and though provoking novel. A romance, but not as we know it. A refreshing read with some hilarious dialogue and a storyline that gives us a new outlook on love.

I'm still slowly making my way through The Book of Longings (it's brilliant, just not a book that I want to speed read), what novels can you recommend this week?

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