The City of Mirrors (The Passage Trilogy) by Justin Cronin 5/5
If you haven't started reading The Passage trilogy: start. The City of Mirrors is the third part of three books, following the stories of survivors of a viral epidemic that overruns America turning those infected into vampires. Ignore the fact that it's vampires, and what you're left with is a gripping page turner that jumps from A.V (anno virus) back to where it all began, with the mysterious child Amy at the centre of it all. If you're going on holiday, this trilogy has got you covered - but download them on Kindle because each book is hu-uge.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 5/5
I have a feeling this will be the book that I will tell anyone to read if they ask me for recommendations for ever and ever. It follows 3 individuals in the second world war: a young blind French girl, Marie-Laure, and a boy who grows up to be a Hitler Youth, Werner. It's one of those books where you know their lives are intertwined and you don't quite know how, but the story will keep you enticed until you find out. Giving an insight into the visionless world of Marie-Laure, and the tragedies that Werner has to go through, this really is a very special book.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 3/5
I'll admit it was the movie posters that persuaded me to read this book - I hate reading the original book once I've seen the film... (Except Harry Potter). But to me this book was just that: a story that could be watched in a film, losing no emotion or depth in the process. Louisa Clark accepts the job of looking after quadriplegic Will Traynor out of desperation, and after the initial difficulties of his condition and also his stubbornness, they develop a friendship and more. I'll admit it is a tear jerker towards the end (I had to stop reading it on a packed train to work one morning), but as literature goes it's average bordering on good.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 5/5
When Theodore Decker escapes the ruins of a demolished Met Museum in New York after an explosion, he doesn't think twice about the little painting that he takes with him. And yet The Goldfinch dictates his life in more ways that he could imagine. Motherless and alone, this book follows Theodore's life as he sparks friendships with unlikely people - the wealthy family of an old friend, an elderly antique dealer - and draws you into the dramas, the misfortunes, and most importantly the vivid characters he encounters. Incredibly well-written, a great read.
In Your Shoes by Tamara Mellon 3.5/5
I'm not normally one for autobiographies, but who wouldn't want to read about the life and career of Jimmy Choo's co-founder, Tamara Mellon? From the cruel glamour of Vogue to the battle of creating her own boutique shoe brand with the eponymous shoemaker himself, to the bright lights of the Oscars, I found it fascinating to learn the true story about the evolution of one of the most well-known names in the world. But it is still an autobiography, so for me it lacked the emotion and suspense I tend to like in books. A good read, just not my taste.
The Muse by Jessie Burton 4/5
Following the success of The Miniaturist it took no convincing me at all to download The Muse. The book follows two story lines only 30 years (but what could be a world) apart: that of Odelle Bastien, a Trinidadian living in 1960s London and working at an art gallery, and Olive Schloss, the daughter of a wealthy art dealer living in 1930s rural Spain. I must have a thing for books with paintings, because yet again the thread between the two stories is the painting Rufina and the Lion, but along with it come questions about identity, love and deception, and also just a really gripping story. Another one for the summer holiday!
I'm always looking for more books to read, so please leave any recommendations for me in the comments!