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2022 Wrap Up!

Happy Friday bookish people! My goodness the end of the year has arrived very quickly and it is time to do my yearly wrap up. For this year I am going to show a picture of the book cover of every book I have read this year all broken down into categories determined by the star rating I gave the book.

overall, this year I have only managed to read 49 books, compared to over 100 last year.

2 star

This year I read no books that I disliked so much that I gave them one star, it was close but I eventually decided the books in the two star category are:

In my 3 star category are:

4 star ratings

and finally… my two books I read this year that I rated five stars are…..

blog tours

Five Survive by Holly Jackson Book/Blog Tour!

Happy Thursday bookish people! I hope you’re all having a good first day of December! I am very excited today to be taking part in the book blog tour for Holly Jackson’s new book, Five Survive. Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours for sending me a netgalley version of this book to read and review. I love Holly Jackson’s books, her Good Girl’s Guide To Murder series are some of my favourite mystery novels. For my spot on the tour I am posting a book review and then a playlist of songs that I think would be great to match the atmosphere of the book.

As usual with my book reviews I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little bit about each one, I will do my best to not include spoilers.

I hope you enjoy my book review!

Five Survive Plot:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The premise of this book was very exciting for me from the start. Six people all with dark secrets trapped in an RV they can’t get out of because of a sniper. I will admit that the beginning was a little slow for my taste, while waiting for the van to breakdown – when you know it is going to happen already it felt like it took a while to get to that point but I get that Jackson was using this time to introduce the characters and the tensions between them already. Once the story really got into the action I was hooked. It was atmospheric and exciting and I could feel my heart beating right alongside the characters. It has a much darker feel in my opinion to the Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series but I quite liked that, it was different in a good way. The ending really had me surprised and I think if you read this you will be too (you’ll have to let me know if you were!)

Five Survive Characters:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This part was the most interesting for me to rate here, simply because I couldn’t say I liked any of these characters but I was so intrigued by their motivations and I can tell you I was dying to know what all their secrets were and for me that worked for this story, I didn’t need to like them or trust them that was the point – they didn’t know who they could trust and as readers neither can we.

Five Survive Writing and Dialogue:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

As I have already said I love Holly Jackson’s books and her writing and this book was no different.

Five Survive Overall:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I gave this book four stars overall because I really enjoyed the mystery and surprisingly the dark atmosphere.

Playlist!

For the playlist I would say that this book warrants some dark powerful songs to go with the tone and the plot.

This won’t be in order by the way but here are some of the songs I would put with this book:

Run Boy Run by Woodkid

I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift

I’m A Mess by Avril Lavigne and Yungblud

Darkside by Neoni

My Heart’s Grave by Faouzia

Avalanche by Avril Lavigne

Book Synopsis:

The brand new unmissable crime thriller from Holly Jackson, best-selling, award-winning author of the Good Girl’s Guide to Murder trilogy.

Eight hours.
Six friends.
One sniper . . .

Eighteen year old Red and her friends are on a road trip in an RV, heading to the beach for Spring Break. It’s a long drive but spirits are high. Until the RV breaks down in the middle of nowhere. There’s no mobile phone reception and nobody around to help. And as the wheels are shot out, one by one, the friends realise that this is no accident. There’s a sniper out there in the dark watching them and he knows exactly who they are. One of the group has a secret that the sniper is willing to kill for.

A game of cat-and-mouse plays out as the group desperately tries to get help and to work out which member of the group is the target. Buried secrets are forced to light in the cramped, claustrophobic setting of the RV, and tensions within the group will reach deadly levels. Not everyone will survive the night.

Buy From:

Whsmiths:https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/five-survive/holly-jackson/hardback/9780755504404.html?utm_campaign=eq_whs_259955&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_source=awin&awc=3017_1669827694_7d2a2b91431cacda22304e1c9cf2b0a8

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/HJ-Book-4-Holly-Jackson/dp/0755504402/ref=asc_df_0755504402/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=606802419329&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8652349781391532879&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045311&hvtargid=pla-1671842202934&psc=1&th=1&psc=1

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/five-survive/holly-jackson//9780008507237?awaid=3787&utm_source=redbrain&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=css&gclid=Cj0KCQiAm5ycBhCXARIsAPldzoU6ZgQbwnQKo2JjZXBSz-YqO7rFKNwMrJUluufIxeBaa4iDuyVqUOUaArgTEALw_wcB&awc=3787_1669827693_f5ab7e88f5c6d884c7358d712f031e68

Here is a link to the tour schedule: https://tbrandbeyondtours.com/2022/10/26/tour-schedule-five-survive-by-holly-jackson/