Review: The Lock In by Phoebe Luckhurst

Challenge prompt: A locked-in mystery

Blurb:

Ellen and Alexa have survived hangovers, dodgy landlords and most of their twenties together.

But can they survive this?

One Saturday morning, while nursing The Hangover from Hell, a flooded kitchen leads best mates Ellen and Alexa, and hapless housemate Jack, into their attic to turn off the water supply.

But when Ben – Alexa’s date from the night before – walks in, the door slams, the handle breaks and all four of them are trapped.

Cue The Worst morning-after-the-night before.

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Review: Queenie by Candice Carty Williams

Challenge prompt: A book whose title starts with Q, X, or Z.

Blurb:

Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.

Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.

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Review: The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

Challenge prompt: A book published in 2021

Blurb:

Have you ever imagined running away from your life?

Well Birdy Finch didn’t just imagine it. She did it. Which might’ve been an error. And the life she’s run into? Her best friend, Heather’s.

The only problem is, she hasn’t told Heather. Actually there are a few other problems…

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Review: Pretending by Holly Bourne

This book did not fit any of my challenge prompts.

Blurb:

He said he was looking for a ‘partner in crime’ which everyone knows is shorthand for ‘a woman who isn’t real’.

April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal – yet she can’t seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she’s found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry.

If only April could be more like Gretel.

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Ten to Talk Through: Ella Allbright

Today’s post is another instalment in my new Ten to Talk Through series, and this is a super timely one.

Today I’ve sat down for a chat with the lovely Ella Allbright. Ella’s book The Last Charm is published today. So, what better time to sit back and grab a cuppa while we chat dream book destinations, how Ella likes to relax, and her thoughts on NaNoWriMo.

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