Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart – Book Review [Blog Tour]

Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart – Book Review [Blog Tour]

Confession: sometimes I’m a really bad blogger. I’ve reviewed books in the past where I’ve read them the day before my review was supposed to go up, and I’ve struggled through them. This was especially the case if I didn’t get into a book as much as I’d hoped and it can feel like a real slog.

Today, I’m on the blog tour for Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart and I must admit, I did the same thing: I left it until a couple of days ago to start reading. I’ve been in such a huge reading slump recently and I really had to motivate myself to start reading. I literally finished the book about 30 minutes before I wrote this review.

The good thing, though? I LOVED IT.

Tom, single father to Hannah, is the manager of a tiny local theatre. On the same day each year, he and its colourful cast of part-time actors have staged a fantastical production just for his little girl, a moment of magic to make her childhood unforgettable.

But there is another reason behind these annual shows: the very first production followed Hannah’s diagnosis with a heart condition that will end her life early. And now, with Hannah a funny, tough girl of fifteen, that time is coming.

With the theatre under threat of closure, Hannah and Tom have more than one fight on their hands to stop the stories ending. But maybe, just maybe, one final day of wonder might just save them both.

Last year, I read A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart and it instantly became one of the best books I’d read that year. It was heartfelt, funny, raw, and made me feel every emotion I could possibly feel. So when I was asked to join the blog tour for Stuart’s second book, Days of Wonder, I couldn’t wait to get my copy!

OK, as I said above, I didn’t start reading it until the last minute. But when I did start reading it, I finished it within 48 hours. I stayed up until almost 1am because I couldn’t put it down. It’s one of those books where you get to a point where you want to go to bed and stop reading, but then something else happens, and then something else, and you find yourself still reading 50 pages later.

I loved how the book is split into two perspectives – Hannah, and her dad Tom. It gave a great insight into the minds of these two characters and how differently they react to Hannah’s situation.

When I read the synopsis, I hoped the whole book wouldn’t be filled with doom and gloom – but I knew that in A Boy Made of Blocks, Stuart did a great job of making the optimism shine through in any situation, no matter how rough. Days of Wonder, luckily, was the same.

The book really teaches you to be thankful for everything you have, no matter what is thrown your way. Hannah knows that one day she might die, whether it’s next week, next year, or in 5 years’ time. And meanwhile, Tom knows that he’ll lose his daughter long before her time should be up – which I can imagine would be any parent’s nightmare.

Even though this seems pretty bleak, especially being combined with the possible closure of the theatre that Tom has managed for 10 years, there were so many moments that made me laugh out loud. A book really has to be special to make me do that. (I’m usually an emotionless robot.)

Oh, and to top it all off, this book also has great mental health and LGBT representation. How could it be more perfect?!

I have absolutely nothing negative to say about Days of Wonder. If you want a book that makes you laugh, cry, tugs on your heartstrings, and makes you learn to see the positives even when everything seems bleak, read this book. I know you’ll love it.

Thank you to Little, Brown Book Group and Clara Diaz for sending me a review copy of Days of Wonder. The book comes out on June 7th in hardback, so don’t miss it! Click here to read about the book on Goodreads, or click here* to buy it on Amazon.

See some of the other bloggers taking part in the tour today, and for more of the action, follow the #DaysofWonder hashtag on Twitter!

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Artemis by Andy Weir – Book Review

Artemis by Andy Weir – Book Review

In case you don’t know, The Martian by Andy Weir is one of my favourite books of all time. When I found out that the author was releasing a second book called Artemis, this time set on the moon, I was EXCITED. More space nerdiness to add to my bookshelf!

I had tremendously high hopes for Artemis. Did I love it as much as The Martian? I don’t think so (but it’s hard to live up to when it’s one of my favourite books ever). Was it a worthy second book that blew my expectations out the water? YES. I loved it!

The Martian by Andy Weir is one of my favourite books ever, so I was excited (but nervous) to read his second book Artemis. Here's what I thought!

WELCOME TO ARTEMIS. The first city on the moon.
Population 2,000. Mostly tourists.
Some criminals.

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband onto the moon. But it’s not enough.

So when she’s offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it. But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it’s a lot more dangerous…

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The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion – Book Review

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion – Book Review

I recently read The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (well, I listened to the audiobooks). I loved them – the characters, the story, everything about them. That meant that I had high expectations for Simsion’s next book. I was so happy to get a copy of The Best of Adam Sharp from NetGalley and I read it as soon as I downloaded it. Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed!

I loved The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison, so I was excited to read The Best of Adam Sharp. It was very different, but I liked it! Here's my review.

On the cusp of turning fifty, Adam Sharp likes his life. He’s happy with his partner Claire, he excels in music trivia at quiz night at the local pub, he looks after his mother, and he does the occasional consulting job in IT.

But he can never quite shake off his nostalgia for what might have been: his blazing affair more than twenty years ago with an intelligent and strong-willed actress named Angelina Brown who taught him for the first time what it means to find—and then lose—love. How different might his life have been if he hadn’t let her walk away?

And then, out of nowhere, from the other side of the world, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously?

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Snippet Reviews: Flawed, One & The Snow Child

Snippet Reviews: Flawed, One & The Snow Child

Hihi! How are we all today? Today I’m going to start a new segment on my blog called Snippet Reviews. I only started book blogging in October 2015, and before that, I read tons of books. I really want to review them all, but with some of them, I read them so long ago. How am I meant to remember enough about them to write a whole review?! I wanted a way to review them and tell you my thoughts without having to go into too much depth. There’s no way I can re-read books either just to review them. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

So, I’m going to start writing Snippet Reviews! They’re going to be very short reviews of only a couple of hundred words, briefly explaining why I liked/disliked the book and why I recommend it (or don’t). In this post, I’m going to snippet review Flawed by Cecelia Ahern, One by Sarah Crossan, and The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

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