# Three Wishes – Liane Moriarty
Three wishes is about triplets Lyn, Cat and Gemma. They are about to turn 33 and all have huge things happening in their lives. The story basically follows them in the lead up to their birthday and tells us of the struggles, the secrets and the rivalry. I particularly liked the way it started, but only actually appreciated it towards the end of the book. You’ll understand if you’ve read it! It begins with a scene that sort of introduces the triplets, but not really. Then we get right into the story, and at the end of the book we come back to the first scene. So it all linked up in the end. Anyway, it’s sort of a typical chick lit book, but I really enjoyed the different ‘storylines’ if you will.
# Eve Green – Susan Fletcher
This is one of the books that I found in The Works, and I paid either 50p or 25p… I would definitely pay full price for it!
Eve Green tells us about her childhood, recalling her mother’s death and the struggles she went through at eight years old. Eve didn’t know her father and she tells us about the first year when she moved to her Grandparents’, making new friends and trying to find out more about her father. I admit, it took me a fair bit to get into the book, but I think once I was halfway I just couldn’t put it down. It has mystery and romance, but the real story is Eve growing and learning in her new environment. It shows the innocence of a child, with an older Eve asking questions and mulling over regrets. The writing is beautiful and made the countryside setting feel real. This is definitely worth a read.
# Ruby Red – Linzi Glass
This was also one that I found at a cheap price! Ruby Red is set in South Africa and is based around the Soweto Riots.Ruby is a white teenage girl, whose father is a lawyer defending the rich and the poor black activists. Her mother is the owner of an art gallery, who helps up and coming black artists. This is all wrong in the eyes of the government, and Ruby must keep her family’s life secret. Ruby doesn’t think about a person’s race or colour, and falling in love with an Afrikaans boy was not supposed to happen! Her family gets caught up in the riots and everything changes. I think this book has a very serious topic, seemingly written for young teens. At times, I did feel like it was a ‘young’ book, if that makes sense. That said, I really enjoyed it and it was an interesting topic! It’s good to see books like this, with actual real problems!
# Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
This one was given to me as part of the secret valentine swap that I took part in. I loved it. Beautiful Disaster gives us Abby – a good girl who stays away from drinking and anything bad. She has a dark past, of which we learn about at some point in the book. She meets Travis, a boy who drinks, swears, gambles and sleeps with a ton of girls. He is exactly what she doesn’t want. Tricked into a bet, Abby ends up having to stay with him at his apartment for a month. It has all the basics for a typical teenage romance, except it isn’t one of those… I just cannot even begin to describe it. I laughed, I cried, I hated the characters and I loved them. I became involved in their lives. I can barely put it down to actually get on with my own life! Thank you so much to the person who sent it to me, and I definitely recommend.
# Otter Country – Miriam Darlington
So I had high hopes for this one! A nature book about otters, and trying to find them.Miriam Darlington writes about her hunt for the otter, talking about her experiences in nature, meeting other otter enthusiasts and also talking about a few books she had read. I have to say it was a little disappointing. The describing was brilliant, and so was the writing, but I just got a little bored! I suppose it did make me want to get out and explore in the countryside, but it just didn’t completely hook me.
I don’t know what else to say – it did get more interesting in the last quarter though.
# The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Not quite finished – hopefully finished by the end of today! I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, and when I spotted it in The Works it was a must-buy. (25p!) I have vidid recollections of playing a Wind in the Willows board game when younger, and although I hadn’t read the book I was fond of the story. The Wind in the Willows tells us about the adventures of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. The characters all have their own quirks and character. It’s a classic, and you can tell. I’ve never managed to love a classic book. The writing is just so different. I’ve never managed to like a book about talking animals either! That said, I have been enjoying it. It has just taken me a lot longer to read than I expected. My favourite character is Badger.