Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus *spoiler-free*

Hello and welcome, fellow bookworms!

For any of my followers/regular readers of my blog, I apologise for my lack of posts! I’m back with one of my favourite reads of July: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus!

I purchased this book from Book Depository after reading the blurb on the site whilst browsing for new books. I initially started reading the blurb after spotting the words “recommended for fans of Gossip Girl” as I’m a big fan, although I’ve only seen the first two series!

I got a fab surprise when I opened my parcel…THE PAGE EDGES ARE RED! (see featured image of this post).

But onto the book itself…

The blurb of the book is below:

“Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.”

SOUNDS GREAT, RIGHT?

It was. This book definitely lived up to my expectations and more! I had so many theories from the beginning and most of them were wrong but I figured one thing out!

I don’t want to say too much for fear of ruining the book for any who are going to read it (you all should) but there were so many twists; it really kept me guessing! It was so good that I read it in a day, around being at work!

Rating: 5 Stars 

(I’ve also added to my favourites shelf on Goodreads – there are only 3 other books on there, so I think that says a lot)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review enough to read the book…trust me, it’s worth a read!

Until my next post.

Elanor 🙂

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Top 3 Tudor Fiction Books

Hi there, fellow bookworms!

If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, you may already know that I’m pretty interested in History. In particular, the Tudors.

I studied Tudor history (along with Luther and the German Reformation and the Witchcraze in Europe and North America) for 2 years at a-level (results day is getting closer and I’m getting nervous) and that’s when my obsession with historical fiction properly began; when one of my teachers recommended reading Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl. 

The vast majority of the historical fiction books I’ve read so far have been set in the Tudor period and written by Philippa Gregory, although I have quite a few historical fiction books that aren’t set in the Tudor period, that I haven’t gotten round to reading yet (surprise, surprise).

So here are my top 3 Tudor fiction books…happy reading!

1. The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory

I picked this up second hand from a charity book stall, last year, and was really excited to read it…I finished it in 9 days.

It is set between the years 1548 and 1558 and follows the story of a Jewish girl called Hannah Green who has the gift of the “Sight”, which allows her to foresee the future. She and her father are forced to flee Spain and come to England in order to escape the Inquisition. Robert Dudley brings her to court to be a “holy fool” for Queen Mary I…to spy on her. I really enjoyed this book it’s definitely one of the best that I’ve read!

Rating: 4 Stars

2. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir

I owned this book for several years before I actually read it (why am I like this?) but honestly, this book was amazing! It looks at the life of Elizabeth I, right from her childhood, when she noticed that people were no longer calling her “Lady Princess” but “Lady Elizabeth” (the book starts just after the execution of Anne Boleyn). The book looks at how the relationship between Elizabeth I and her older half-sister, Mary I, grew and changed throughout their lives – at the beginning of the book, Mary genuinely loves her younger sister and is the one to tell Elizabeth about the death of her mother, but begins to grow increasingly wary of her as she gets older. The book also looked at the relationship between Elizabeth I and Thomas Seymour, which I thought was interesting, although not necessarily accurate. But all in all, this was a really good read!

Rating: 4 Stars

3. The King’s Secret Matter by Jean Plaidy

This book follows the “King’s Great Matter” – Henry VIII’s desire for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, his desire for a male heir and his lust for Anne Boleyn. Henry is angry that his wife has been unable to provide him with a “suitable” heir (Mary was disregarded as this as she was female). Upon the arrival of Anne Boleyn and her refusal to become his mistress, Henry begins to secretly formulate a plan (with the help of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey) to divorce Catherine and make Mary illegitimate…but Catherine fights back. This was one of my favourite aspects of my Tudor course and so I enjoyed this book!

Rating: 3 Stars

I hope you found this interesting! Try reading one of these books (or another by one of these authors), they’re great!

Happy reading!

Elanor 🙂

If you’re looking for a book about friendship, fun and romance, try Milly Johnson!!

Hey again fellow bookworms!

A few years ago, my Mam picked up 3 of Milly Johnson’s books (The Yorkshire Pudding Club, Here Come the Girls A Summer Fling) at a secondhand book sale. I liked the covers and the sound of them but I somehow never read them until earlier this year (my Mam read them years ago).

When secondhand book shopping with my friends, earlier this year (we made very productive use of our free periods in college, obviously), I found a copy of Milly Johnson’s It’s Raining Men. Again, I liked the cover and was hooked by the sound of the blurb. I bought it for my Mam but read it as soon as she had finished it.

Since then, I’ve read 6 of her books, am currently reading The Queen of Wishful Thinking and have 2 more bought and ready to read. They’re so good – I always finish them in a few days because I can’t put them down!

Most of her books focus on one or more women (and their husbands/partners) or a group of women who are friends and the chapters vary between the perspectives of one of the main characters.

My current read (I finally finished reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Childen!) is her most recent book and I’ve almost finished it – I would definitely recommend! It’s about a woman called Bonnie who is stuck in a marriage with a man she doesn’t love and loses her job in the antiques shop where she has always worked. She finds a new job in a new antiques shop called the Pot of Gold. The owner of the Pot of Gold is called Lewis (Lew) Harley and he and Bonnie become friends. I won’t say more because I wouldn’t want to ruin it but so much has happened that I didn’t expect!

The books by Milly Johnson that I have read and 100% recommend are:

  • The Yorkshire Pudding Club
  • Here Come the Girls
  • A Spring Affair
  • A Summer Fling
  • White Wedding
  • It’s Raining Men
  • The Queen of Wishful Thinking (currently reading)

I really hope you take this recommendation and enjoy these books as much as I do!!

Bye for now,

Elanor 🙂