May has been another good month of reading. I've read seven books this month four of which are short reads and one I've not featured as I'm involved in the book tour for it in June. There is also a good mix of genres.

The Night Country by Melissa Albert
This is the sequel to The Hazel Wood which I've read quite a few years ago. It's a fantasy following Alice Proserpine and Ellery Finch as they come to learn that The Hazel Wood was just the beginning of worlds beyond, “a place where stories and real life convene, where magic contains truth, and the world as it appears false, and where just about anything can happen, particularly in the pages of a good book.

One False Move by Dreda Say Mitchell 
This is a quick read that I'd say is a crime story. Hayley is a women released from prison who wants to turn her life around. But it's not easy finding a job when you have a criminal record. She thinks she has found a middle ground helping collect cash from people who can't get loans any other way. One night she gets mugged and is given 24 hours to get the cash or her boss will come for her and her 3 year old daughter Lily.

Dead man talking by Roddy Doyle
I found this to be a simple but strange read and confusing at times.

Pat had been best friends with Joe Murphy since they were kids. But years ago they had a fight. A big one, and they haven’t spoken since --- till the day before Joe’s funeral. What? On the day before his funeral Joe would be dead, wouldn’t he?

Yes, he would… ...

Paris for one by Jojo Moyes
Jojo Moyes is one of my favourite authors and Paris for one is a great chic lit style read. Nell isn't at all impulsive however she books to go away for a few nights to Paris with her boyfriend Pete who doesn't show so she ends up going by herself. She ends up wanting  to prove to her friends that she can be adventurous and spontaneous. 

Hello Mum by Bernardine Evaristo 
It's a hot summer afternoon. Tension is in the air. A gang of youths on bikes gather outside a chip shop. A teenage boy is stabbed and left bleeding on the street. The boy's mother wonders how this could have happened to her son. She is full of questions, but when the answers lie so close to home, are they really what she wants to hear? This quick read is the teenage boy writing his mum a letter explaining what led up to the moment he was stabbed.

Where the river runs gold by Sita Brahmachar

In a time when the bees have long gone and artificial pollination prevails, two children must risk everything to expose the truth. The freedom of a nation and the future of the natural world depend on it ...

A powerful and timely story of hope, love, friendship and the importance of protecting our natural world.

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