April Coutts-Cliveden was the first person Hannah Jones met at Oxford. Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It girl, she quickly pulled Hannah into her dazzling orbit. Together, they developed a group of devoted and inseparable friends—Will, Hugh, Ryan, and Emily—during their first term. By the end of the second, April was dead.
I enjoyed Hannah as our main perspective. I found her to be pretty relatable in both the before and after settings and I liked the fact that her love for her friend but also her compassion for John Neville is what drives her to find out the truth. Had I have been in her situation I think I would of reacted exactly the same.
I also really enjoyed the rest of the friend group as well. At the start it was a little difficult to differentiate between them but as the story progressed I thought they were all easily distinguishable. April obviously isn’t a very likeable person but I can see how her lifestyle and energy would overwhelm Hannah and skew her perception of who April is. She is always making excuses for her and explaining away her pranks and is devastated that April’s personality has faded away from the notoriety.
I just thought Will’s reaction to everything was really weird and not explained enough for me. He kept trying to get Hannah to drop everything and even though his requests were reasonable he would just act strangely. When Hannah finally comes straight out and asks I don’t understand why he acted the way he did. He had to have known that she would come to that conclusion eventually so why would he just laugh?
The dual timelines definitely kept me engaged throughout the course of the book and the overarching mystery surrounding who did it had me turning the pages and eager to see what actually happened to April that night!
⭐️3/5 stars wasn’t anything spectacular but it was entertaining!
It’s Top Ten Tuesday time friends!
10 book setting I would love to visit are:
Well Matched by Jen DeLuca – I wanna go to this Ren Faire and see the wonderfulness for myself!
Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo – I would visit Ravka and see the Grishas!
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – I would love to go to Paris & the apartment building without the creepiness does sound amazing lol
Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins – a few days stranded on a tropic island sounds great right now
Siren Queen by Nghi Vo – Hollywood in the 30’s sounds magical!
The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager – a retreat at a quiet and peaceful lake house, sign me up!
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I would die to be on an old school pirate ship!
The Monarchs by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige – I never went to college or uni so I would love to visit a campus and a sorority house!
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – duh!
One by One by Ruth Ware – a rustic mountain chateau, yes please!
This is my final Quarterly Reading Recommendation post for 2021. I will be listing my top 5 favourite books I read during the last 3 months before I start compiling my lists and picking out my top ten overall of 2021 which I will post in a few days! If you want to check out my third quarterly reading recommendations click HERE!
My recommendations for October – November – December are:
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff
One by One by Ruth Ware
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
I am very happy with my reading selections this month as they were all books that I was highly anticipating and I pretty much loved them all! It was a nice mix of thriller, fantasy and a bit of sci-fi as well so a successful reading month for me.
In November I completed:
One by One by Ruth Ware – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin – ⭐️4/5 stars
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff – ⭐️5/5 stars
Aurora’s End by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman – ⭐️3/5 stars
These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!
Witchshadow by Susan Dennard
“Evil is not the enemy, for without it, there can be no good. Chaos, however, is unstoppable.”
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
“Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.”
One by One by Ruth Ware
“It’s not just the snow; it’s a hundredweight of unwelcome memories bearing down on me.”
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
“Being useful to others is not the same thing as being equal.”
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
“I think,” Hoa says slowly, “that if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.”