“Jailbirds” by Mim Skinner

Thanks to Seven Dials and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

Although I am not teaching the subject currently, I started my teaching career as a Modern Studies teacher. By far my favourite topic to teach was Crime and the Law and I always found that resources and information relating specifically to women’s incarceration were thin on the ground. If only I’d had this book available then. Stats are one thing, but real stories and perspectives are invaluable. I have moved on from Modern Studies teaching, but I’ll be sure to recommend this book to the Modern Studies teachers in my school.

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“The Bride Test” by Helen Hoang

Thanks to Atlantic Books and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is apparently the second book in a series but there was no need for me to have had to read the first book in order to make sense of this one. Saying that, I’ll probably be checking out the first one soon because I really enjoyed the author’s writing style.

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“We, The Survivors” by Tash Aw

Thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly wasn’t really in the mood to read a fiction book as I’ve got a bunch of work related books to get through at the moment but, with a huge backlog to get through since being unwell, I grudgingly picked this up and….basically didn’t move again until I finished it.

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“The Secret Runners of New York” by Matthew Reilly

Thanks to Hot Key Books and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review

As a rule I tend to review books by female authors. It’s not a fully conscious decision as such but I just tend to gel better with female perspectives, particularly when it comes to YA. When I read the premise for this book though, I was intrigued.

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“The Runaways” by Fatima Bhutto

Thanks to Penguin Books UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I seem to be reading a lot of novels with multiple points of view lately so…here’s another one. The Runaways follows three members of the Pakistani community. Anita Rose, a resident of the Karachi slums, Monty, a jet setting rich kid and Sunny a second generation immigrant living in England. Unlike a number of multiple points of view novels I’ve read recently, the different points of view are distinct and I never had to force myself to remember who I was reading about. Similarly to other novels of this type, one character voice was stronger than that of the others, in this case that of Anita.

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