The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Spoiler Free Review

 

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Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Length: 400 pages (UK Paperback Edition)

Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Synopsis

“Reclusive Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant to write her story, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. 

Determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career, Monique listens in fascination. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s – and, of course, the seven husbands along the way – Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. But as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.”

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What I liked

I absolutely adored the characters in this book. Reid has created a diverse group of characters with complex characterisations and real struggles and discriminations. There was so much character development throughout the story in both the past and the present and I loved it.

I loved Evelyn Hugo as the protagonist because she presents a person with a perfect outward image, but a far from perfect reality.

Harry was my favourite character in the novel because he was so sweet and such a good friend. Harry is the kind of person that most people would want in their life.

There was a sense of mystery throughout the plot which made the book so gripping that I was physically unable to put the book down. I just needed to know why Evelyn Hugo hired Monique! My favourite part had to be the big reveal towards the end of the novel. It was dramatic and satisfying.

I felt that there was a great dynamic between the past and the present throughout this book and I loved reading about the contrasting settings of old Hollywood and present-day New York. I also really enjoyed reading about the very different, but still a bit similar, lifestyles of Evelyn and Monique.

This story made me feel so many emotions. It made me laugh, it made me sad and it made me frustrated. A sign of a truly good book.

Anything I Didn’t Like?

There wasn’t anything huge that I didn’t like, maybe just the way that Celia could be rather manipulative at times but I also think that this character trait was quite necessary for the plot and character development.

Conclusion

This is by far my favourite book that I have read so far this year. I think that this is the perfect book for people who read YA but want to dip their toes into adult fiction.

 

Let me know what your favourite historical fiction reads are on the comments. Thanks for reading!

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Royals Spoiler Free Review

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Author: Rachel Hawkins

Length: 296 pages (UK Paperback Edition)

Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarHalf StarNo Star

Synopsis

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

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Review

This book was so fun the whole way through that I almost finished it in one sitting. I especially loved the mix of characterisations and the large amount of character development written by Hawkins.

I adored the settings of Scottish castles, countryside and the idyllic town. I felt that the descriptions of the scenes and views were very well done, not too short or too drawn out. This book made me really want to visit Scotland!

I enjoyed the development of the relationships between Daisy and the other characters as her own character developed throughout the novel. I especially liked the relationship between Daisy and her sister, Ellie. I felt that, although there were strong romantic and friendship aspects to this story there was always enough of a focus on the Winters’ family relationships and dynamics. I have thought this about books a lot more recently!

There was one problem that I had with this book and it was the fact that there isn’t actually a Scottish Royal Family. I understand why Rachel Hawkins created a fictional royal family for her story as it is full of scandal, however, I would have liked a bit more context.

The romance in this novel was so mushy and happy and lovely that I just couldn’t get enough of it! (Honestly I could read a whole other book with this romance and be thoroughly content). *SLIGHT SPOILERS FOR THE ROMANCE AHEAD*

I thought that Daisy and Miles’ personalities contrasted each other so perfectly and whilst they argued a fair amount they were also very supportive of one another which I absolutely loved! Seriously give me more of this romance please!

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This book is perfect if you’re in the mood for a fluffy and fun story with the perfect dose of royalty, castles and scandal.

Let me know what your favourite feel-good book is in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

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Stalking Jack the Ripper Spoiler Review

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Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Length: 326 pages (Hardback Edition)

Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

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Review

This is the first five star book that I have read in a long while. The plot had the perfect pace as it wasn’t too dense with action or too drawn out. I feel that the romance was very well done in this book as it did not overshadow the main plot, but intertwined well with the mystery. Maniscalco made some changes to the real life mystery of Jack the Ripper and they made the story all the more intriguing (the locations and details of these changes were shown at the end of the book).

I loved the different characterisations and relationships in this book as the characters complimented and contrasted each other well. Audrey Rose was by far my favourite character as she defied unfair expectations of women in the Victorian era, for example: training for a job that was deemed ‘inappropriate for women’ and refusing an arranged marriage.

I felt that Audrey Rose’s relationship with Thomas Cresswell was realistic as there were both positive and negative aspects to it. Both characters could be difficult and stubborn at times but they both respected each other greatly and trusted one another’s opinions.

I liked the different types of relationships that Audrey Rose had with different members of her family. Her mother’s death caused some members of the family to become closer and created rifts between other members of the family as blame was passed around. Audrey Rose’s very close relationships with her brother and uncle contrast greatly with her very distant relationship with her father. I especially enjoyed the way in which Audrey Rose’s relationship with her uncle was both personal and professional.

I loved the mystery of this book as I didn’t guess who the murderer was until Nathaniel was revealed at the end. The use of red herrings was effective as my mind was changed so may times throughout the story as every red herring was realistic due to their personalities and motives.

Nathaniel being revealed as Jack the Ripper showed just how much of a complex character he was as he did it out of grief for his mother’s death and love for his family rather than pure malice.

Some parts of Stalking Jack the Ripper are quite gruesome and not for the squeamish, however, this book was absolutely brilliant and I would recommend this to anyone looking for an action-filled mystery.