Book Review: The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

“Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.

But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature.”

As I was reading this book, I kept notes on my phone for this review because I just have so many feelings and thoughts. A few were good thoughts, but mostly it was just things that frustrated me.

I’ll start this review by mentioning my feelings towards one of the main characters, Christoper. Basically, Christopher sucks. If you want to read about a super naive, idiot then you’d probably love this book because that’s exactly how Christopher is. You’d think he would be smart with him being a surgeon but you’d be wrong. Throughout the whole book, Christoper repeatedly ignores red flags and ignores his wife. There’s a specific incident in the book regarding a lost phone and it actually made me want to scream and Christoper. It also made me feel sorry for his wife, Hannah.

Hannah’s character was much better than Christopher’s. Although Hannah had her flaws, it felt as though these added to her character’s likability rather than making me want to put the book down like I did with Christopher. I just wish Hannah’s character was slightly more developed. She felt a little bit flat and uninteresting.

Now, let’s get to the reason that this book was a flop for me. There wasn’t an ending.

That’s right, that book just completely cuts off and it feels like the author just couldn’t be bothered writing anymore. The Perfect Child actually had me gripped at first which is why this isn’t a one start book for me. However, I was very quickly disappointed with the end.

I didn’t expect the book to have a happy ending, but some kind of ending would have been good. The book left me with so many unanswered questions that it made me think we would be getting a second book. But according to google, we aren’t.

If you want to read The Perfect Child then I’d definitely recommend looking up trigger warnings because this book was extremely heavy and dark.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Have you read The Perfect Child? If you did, what did you think? Do you have any book recommendations for me that sound similar?

Too much yarn? Let’s Bust That Yarn Stash

I want to start this post by saying that there really is no such thing as too much yarn. I might have boxes full of it to the point that I’m running out of storage space, but it still isn’t enough and no one can convince me otherwise.

But sometimes you’ve had yarn sitting around for months that you just want to use up. That’s where I can help.

I wanted to use up quite a lot of my yarn collection so I could buy new yarn. So, I sat down and made a list of everything I could do/make to quickly use up my yarn stash.

Since I’m feeling in a sharing mood, I decided to share that list with you all so you can bust your yarn stash too.

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Book Review: I Am Ill With Hope by Gommie

In 2019, poet-artist Gommie created a project where he walked around the coast of England and Wales in 365 days with nothing but a tent, some basic supplies and some pens.

He wrote poems and sketched them in his Moleskine diary to share the stories and experiences based on conversations with locals.

Gommie did all this in the search for hope during increasingly hard times.

I was lucky enough to recieve an advance readers copy of this book.

I Am Ill With Hope is a beautiful book that’s full of poems, illustrations and art that really helps you feel connected to the people that Gommie meets along his travels. Each page feels like you get to really experience other people’s lives.

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Book Review: The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

“Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.”

I’m going to start this review off by telling you the one thing that made me drop everything to read this book. The Surface Breaks is a feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid. I repeat A FEMINIST RETELLING OF THE LITTLE MERMAID!

We probably all know the story of Ariel who is a sweet little mermaid who trades her voice for human legs. Well, forget about all of that because this retelling is so much darker and filled with patriarchy. Mermaids are expected to look pretty, be quiet and live just for men’s pleasure. However, our main character, Gaia has had enough and she tries to escape from this life.

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6 Things I’ve Learned From Reading Anne of Green Gables

I completely fell in love with Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. You’ve probably read the books, watched a film adaptation or watched the Netflix series, Anne with an E before. If not, you will probably have heard of Anne of Green Gables before. It’s a classic!

The whole series teaches us some inspiring life lessons that maybe we have already heard but never thought much about, or perhaps we have just never considered before. Anne of Green Gables is full of insightful life lessons and I thought it would be nice to share some of them.

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28 Cottagecore Aesthetic Movies

Searching for Cottagecore movies to watch? Here are some of my favourite cosy and whimsical recommendations.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

‘When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.’

Tuck Everlasting (2002)

‘Teenager Winnie Foster is growing up in a small rural town in 1914 with her loving but overprotective parents, but Winnie longs for a life of greater freedom and adventure.

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

“A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.”

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Places To Store Your Books Around Your Home (Other Than Your Bookshelves)

As a reader, I’m constantly adding new books to my collection. My shelves are getting full but that’s not going to stop me from visiting a local bookshop and grabbing some new books.

At this point, books are becoming more than just a fun hobby. Yes, I still buy my books to read them. But now they are becoming a part of my personality and therefore, they can have a double function and be used as interior decor.

If you’re like me and have too many books to fit your shelves, here are some other places to store your books around your home…

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