Thursday, 30 June 2011

One Day in May by Catherine Alliott

At first, I wasn't so sure this book was for me, but as I got into the story and I grew to love the main character, Hattie, I found myself really enjoying it. I liked her best friend, Maggie, and her family, some of which you got to know better during the chapters that described her past. I also really enjoyed the twist in the story towards the end of the book. The type of books I usually read are fairly predictable (which I actually love), but I was genuinly surprised by this revelation, and not in a bad way. I feel it really added to the story. I also liked how the story ended, as it almost had a moral message behind it and showed Hattie's development as a character. I give this book 8/10.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Recipe for Disaster by Miriam Morrison

I quite enjoyed this book. I really liked the character of Jake, who I felt I knew very well from the stories told from his past and all his thoughts and feelings. I don't usually like male narrators but this was done very well. The story was also told from the viewpoint of Harry and Kate at times. Harry was a brilliant character to hate, as all his thoughts corresponded with his evil actions, so it was easy to dislike him. However, I didn't feel as attached to Kate as I should have done. I couldn't really sympathise with her that much when she couldn't come clean to Jake about being a journalist instead of a waitress, and I felt he forgave her far too easily. Also, when he banged his head and temporarily forgot who she really was, it was difficult to tell when and exactly what he remembered. Other than that, I liked the storyline and the style of writing. I give it 8/10.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Making Your Mind Up by Jill Mansell

I can't really put my finger on it, but even though I did enjoy this book, it didn't grab my attention as much as some of Jill Mansell's other novels. I think the problem was that I didn't really love the main character, Lottie, or the main love interest, Tyler. However, I did really enjoy the sub-plot of Cressida's story, but I was disappointed because I felt that it was never properly concluded. I also liked the sub-plot of Lottie's ex-husband, Mario, and how he changed for the better because of his love for Amber. So even though I enjoyed this book to some extent, I didn't get the feeling that I couldn't put it down like with some books. I give it 6/10.