March Wrap Up

This month went faster than I expected it to! Unfortunately, I haven’t been very focused on reading this month due to an apprenticeship I have to revise for each month at my work, lots and lots of driving lessons (as my driving test is next week AH!) and quite a few family shindigs happened this month. So although in my last wrap up I said i’d want to read more than six books, I didn’t manage to achieve that goal and so i’m really hoping I can focus on that in April.

Then again April is going to be quite bad too as my birthday is next week, my stepdad is abseiling the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth towards the middle of the month and I have quite a few surprises that I (obviously) don’t know about to do with my 21st!

Now enough about my personal bits and bobs, let’s get onto the wrap up!

This month I have read three books, these were:

  • After Anna by Alex Lake
  • Crossed Stars by Christy Blow
  • From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw

All three of these books were received from Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. My favourite book of the month was definitely After Anna. It was such a thirlling story, I loved every twist and turn I came across. I did not expect the ending of the book to finish the way it did, I can tell you now that my jaw was probably a centimeter away from touching the ground (maybe a slight exaggeration but that’s what it felt like!). Unfortunately, I wasn’t a great lover of Crossed Stars but I really enjoyed the concept of the book, it was just a shame on how it was written. From Ashes Into Light was such an interesting story to read about as I haven’t read that many historical based fiction books so this one was a complete eye opener and drew me in almost instantaneously.

Yesterday I started reading Now Is Good by Jenny Downham, I love the movie adaptation to this book and finally i’m getting round to reading the book. Already just over 100 pages into the book and I love it so so much! I can definitely see differences in the book compared to the movie but i’m trying to not let it bother me as I just want to enjoy this book as much as I did the movie.

How many books did you manage to read this month? Why not let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading,

Claire 🙂

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From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw Book Review

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I have given From Ashes Into Light 3 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: From Ashes Into Light

Author: Gudrun Mouw

Genre: Historical fiction

Synopsis (from Goodreads)From Ashes into Light is a transpersonal tale of epic tragedy, spirituality, family, and personal redemption. It is told through three distinct voices: the hauntingly tragic story of Ruth, a Jewish adolescent during Kristallnacht in Austria, Saqapaya, a stalwart Native American from coastal California during the time of the Spanish conquest, and Friede Mai.

Friede is born during World War II to a Bavarian soldier and a East-Prussian mother. As those around her struggle with the inevitable chaos and paradox of war, Friede opens her heart to gruesome enemies, at times saving herself and family members from atrocities.

With war behind them, the Mai family immigrates to the US, where Friede, her veteran father and ex-refugee mother, struggle with the reverberations of trauma. Friede is unable to find inner freedom until she meets her spiritual guide, a Rabbi, who helps her see that the voices from the past are teachers and the horrors of history are also beacons of light.

The three electric characters weave a narrative of raw consciousness, a moving example of transforming the ripple of suffering through the incredible strength of vulnerability.

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Crossed Stars by Christy Blow Book Review

I have received this book through Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: Crossed Stars

Author: Christy Blow

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

“First fear then flutter.” Freedom seeking teen, Aurelia Winters, nearly drowns one cold October night. She awakens and finds herself in a strange world. In this place called Purgatory, Aurelia is entranced by the breathtaking beauty here, and by the fantastical adventures with her new friends, but she will soon find out that this world is no paradise for everyone who enters it. 

In this mysterious middle realm, the Angels dwell, and the Fallen lurk. The dark ones conspire against all of humanity to sentence humans and angels to ultimate fates of despair and hopelessness. Aurelia must embark on a journey through various realities of visiting souls to find her destiny and save those in danger.

The only one who can stop these destiny thieves is Aurelia, but what could a human possibly possess to defeat such evil? Read “Crossed Stars” and find out.

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After Anna by Alex Lake Book Review

I have received this book through Goodreads GiveawaAfter-Anna-EBys in exchange for an honest review.

I have given After Anna 5 out of 5 stars

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Title: After Anna

Author: Alex Lake

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Synopsis (from Goodreads)A girl is missing. Five years old, taken from outside her school. She has vanished, traceless. The police are at a loss; her parents are beyond grief. Their daughter is lost forever, perhaps dead, perhaps enslaved. But the biggest mystery is yet to come: one week after she was abducted, their daughter is returned. She has no memory of where she has been. And this, for her mother, is just the beginning of the nightmare.

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The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans Book Review

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I have received this book through Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

I have given The Butterfly Summer 4 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: The Butterfly Summer

Author: Harriet Evans

Genre: Mystery, Fiction

The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans is about a house in Cornwall, named Keepsake. Keepsake holds secrets, mystery and a legacy of the Parr family that is always passed down to generation after generation of females.

This story follows a young woman, Nina Parr, who meets a strange old lady in the London Library who seems to know parts of Nina’s life even though they have never met before. From that moment, Nina becomes unsure about the things her family have told her in the past have been true at all.

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