Friday 31 December 2021

Top 12 Books of 2021 | prettylittlerwriter

 Hello everyone! 

As we say goodbye to another year that has been incredibly difficult for a lot of people, I thought I'd share a roundup of the top 12 books that I've read that helped me get through 2021!

I've put them in no particular order below, as I never really like to compare if I've enjoyed them all and given them all 5 stars, however, I will say, that the book that I still constantly think about and recommend to EVERYONE is The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward. So I'd say that is definitely my favourite of the year!

1. The Inheritance by Gabriel Bergmoser

A brilliantly dark and unforgettable novel full of twists and turns that keep you captivated until the very last page! With an incredibly badass MC.

2. King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St Clair

A very sexy enemies to lovers dark fantasy romance!

3. The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

A feel good easy read! It felt like Gilmore Girls collided with Practical Magic, set in a quaint and autumnal town, with a little bit of spice!

4. The Whistling by Rebecca Netley

A wonderful historic ghost story with many creepy gothic elements.

5. Afterlove by Tanya Byrne

A beautiful paranormal love story with a tragic ending.

6. Have You Seen Me? by Alexandria Weis

Teen slasher set in an elite boarding school; a murder mystery filled with passion, drama and a whole lot of murder.

7. Near the Bone by Christina Henry

A chilling, suspenseful novel, full of grit, horror and supernatural elements.

8. Five Minds by Guy Morpuss

An incredibly well written, thought-provoking and inspiring debut novel from Guy, it absolutely blew my mind!

9. The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

Mindblowing, intense, thought-provoking and heartwrenching. I will never stop recommending this to people.

10. The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

A gory and intense story about female repression and their journey to empowerment whilst tackling a vampire like never seen before.

11. The Crowns of Croswald 1&2 by D.E. Night

A magical and wonderful story about a young girl who has grown up with nothing, realising that she is actually royalty and has a gift.

12. The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

An atmospheric and creepy thriller that keeps you guessing right until the very end!

I've managed to read 63 books this year, which is the most I think I've ever read in one year, so I'm quite proud of myself!

Here's to 2022, and the many more wonderful books that I cannot wait to read!

Wednesday 22 December 2021

Book Review | Hide by Nell Pattison | prettylittlewriter

 A thrilling and encapsulating ride from start to finish. 


‘Seven friends. One killer. You can run, but you can’t hide…

The winter hike is meant to bring their nature group together.
Emily, the sister who never lets her hearing loss hold her back.
Lauren, the sister who always feels a step behind.
Morna, who doesn’t get on with Lauren.
Ben, whose feelings for Emily border on obsession.
Dan, the quiet newcomer to the group.
Kai, who isn’t just on the hike to enjoy the wildlife.
And Alec, the one who knows all their secrets.

As the sun sets, a gunshot rings out on the nature reserve.
One of the seven is dead. And one of their number killed them…’

Nell has impressed me yet again. I’ve previously read The Silent Suspect, which is a book within a series, and really enjoyed it, and now Hide has become a firm favourite also!

One thing I absolutely love within Nell’s books is that she always includes a deaf character. I’ve learnt a lot from her through these characters, specifically in Hide around cochlear implants. Any diversity within a novel is brilliant in my opinion, and we certainly do need to see more of it!

Each chapter changes to a different character’s perspective, which I really enjoyed, as you find out their secrets through their thoughts and you are honestly kept guessing as to who the baddie might be throughout. Each night I kept telling myself ‘just one more chapter’ as they all ended on a cliff-hanger!

I also really loved the location that this was based in, a nature reserve, as I haven’t seen this done before! A lot of the time in these ‘trapped in one location’ novels, they are either in a cabin in the woods or on a mountain somewhere, so I thought this was brilliant!

The ending was a shocker to me, and really unexpected. I guessed a couple of things towards the end of the novel, but THAT revelation, really did surprise me!

I really liked the characters Emily and Kai, and was very shocked at the type of character Ben ended up being as I thought he was a sweetheart to start.

Overall, if you like cliff-hangers and an ‘on the edge of your seat’ read, I highly recommend!

4/5 stars