My holiday reads

So I’m finally back from my holidays…over two weeks of being pretty much disconnected from the world and it’s been lovely. I have been pretty much disconnected from the Internet too bar the odd time I read the paper when I found free wi-fi and, even when I was connected, avoided all social media etc.

It was nice to take the break though I am starting to get itchy and looking forward to reviewing the books I read while I was away and visiting my favourite blogs. I’ll be writing reviews over the next few days for posting starting next week but in the meantime, here’s a taster of the books I read and will be writing about…

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs


This sequel to the first novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Killer on the Fens by Joy Ellis


DI Nikki Galena faces a personal challenge which will stretch her to the limit. She must fulfil her father’s dying wish and discover who the mysterious Eve is. Meanwhile a dead drug dealer is found on an abandoned airfield that the locals say is haunted. The trail of both mysteries will lead to the most shocking discovery of Nikki’s career and put her whole team in mortal danger.

The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne


A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives. But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity—that she, in fact, is Lydia—their world comes crashing down once again.

The Highway by C. J. Box


When two sisters set out across a remote stretch of Montana road to visit their friend, little do they know it will be the last time anyone might ever hear from them again. The girls–and their car–simply vanish. As former police investigator Cody Hoyt makes his way to the lonely stretch of Montana highway where they went missing, her discovers that they aren’t the first girls who have disappeared.

Blind Side by Jennie Ensor

imageGeorgie, wary of relationships after previous heartbreak, gives in and agrees to sleep with close friend Julian. She’s shocked when he reveals he’s loved her for a long time.  Despite misgivings, she can’t resist her attraction to Nikolai, a Russian former soldier. While Julian struggles to deal with rejection, Georgie begins to suspect the Russian is hiding something terrible.

All told, there were some good and some great books, plenty of intrigue and a few murders to keep me satisfied. Now down to the review writing. Any you are particularly keen to hear more about?





  1. I still need to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! The Ice Twins was a good mystery 😀

    1. It is well worth a read. I enjoyed the Ice Twins too, more than the Fire Child (which I read first).

  2. Welcome back! Was The Ice Twins as good as it sounds?

    1. Thank you. It was – or at least I enjoyed it – and I preferred it to The Fire Child.

  3. I can’t wait to see your reviews on them all. Though I still need to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar behind. 🙂

    1. It is definitely worth a read – as is Hollow City. A really good young adult read.

  4. I want to read Mis Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but I’m keen to know what you made of Hollow City. Welcome back from your hols by the way – it sounds idyllic:))

    1. Though not a fan of young adult I have to say I enjoyed this whole series.

      1. I really MUST get hold of this one – I think I’ll enjoy it.

  5. I’ve been swaying back and forwards on The Ice Twins since it came out. Looking forwards to seeing which way your review will push me… 🙂

    1. I don’t think it will be everyone’s cup of tea but I can see why it got such good reviews when it came out. It’s a different twist with a supernatural element so intriguing. Review to come next week I hope.

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