So, this is my final wrap up for 2019 and I didn’t read as many books this month as I had hoped but I did read one massive book!
Murder at the Dolphin Hotel – Helena Dixon (3 stars)
This was an ARC I received from Bookouture and I was worried that maybe I had over-saturated myself with murder mysteries by the time I got to this book but thankfully this wasn’t the case. This book kept me wanting and with each chapter ending it drew me into the story more and more. That being said I don’t really think the main female protagonist was really framed as the main character and that author spent more time on our secondary male protagonist which was a bit disappointing.
The Eye of the World – Robert Jordan (5 stars)
This was a book that I put down to focus on the ARCs that I had been approved to read. Going into it I was worried that it was too out of my comfort zone, I had heard it compared to The Lord of the Rings which was not my favourite series so I was worried I would feel the same way which to be frank was boredom! But thankfully, that was not the case at all. What I found was an intricate world, layered characters and exciting plot that made me start theorising everything.
Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik (3 stars)
A loose re-telling of Rumpelstiltskin that drew me in with it’s beautiful imagery and varied female characters. While it drew me in from the beginning I can’t say that it remained that way, the writing was beautiful yet slow paced and the momentum I had gained at the beginning just fell away about 3/4 in. But I can’t deny that the female characters were amazing!
Hills Like White Elephants – Ernest Hemingway (3 stars)
I went for an average rating here as I have to be honest. I had no idea what this story was about. It was 4 pages of confusion! A weird way to end the year!