June Wrap Up Part 2

Part two of my wrap up again had a wide variety of reads from YA to historical. I will again try my best to blog my reviews on these books.

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Convenience Store Woman

Keiko doesn’t fit in.

She’s thirty-six years old, she’s never had a boyfriend and she’s been working in the same convenience store for eighteen years.

Her parents wish she’d get a better job. Her friends wonder why she won’t get married.

But Keiko knows makes her happy, and she’s not going to let anyone take her away from her convenience store…..

Convenience Store Woman is published by Granta.

All That Impossible Space by Anna Morgan

Lara Laylor is doing her best to navigate the mysteries of Year 10; boys, enigmatic new students, and a drama queen friend who always takes centre stage.

When new history teacher Mr Grant gives her a special assignment to investigate the Somerton May mystery, Lara finally starts to feel like she’s standing in the spotlight. Found dead on an Adelaide beach in 1948, the labels cut out of his clothes, the Somerton Man has intrigued people for years. Was he a spy? A criminal?

And then Mr Grant goes missing…and Lara is convinced that his disappearance is part of a wider conspiracy. Has her obsession with the Somerton Man developed her powers of deduction? Or is Lara being led into a mystery darker than even she expects?

All That Impossible Space is published by Hachette Children.

Hive by A.J Betts

A. J. Betts: Hive: The Vault Book 1

All I can tell you is what I remember, in the words that I have.

Hayley tends to her bees and follows the rules in the only world she has ever known.

Until she witnesses the impossible: a drip from the ceiling.

A drip? It doesn’t make sense.

Yet she hears it, catches it. Tastes it.

Curiosity is a hook.

What starts as a drip leads to a lie, a death, a boy, a beast and too many awful questions.

Hive is published by Pan.

The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainwright

The Mummy Bloggers

Elle Campbell is a glossy, lycra-clad mum with washboard abs, a ten-year plan and a secret past.

Abi Black has quit sugar, moved to the country and is homeschooling her kids.

Leisel Adams slogs away at her office job each day before rushing home, steeped in guilt, to spend previous moments with her kids before bedtime.

All three share a label that they simultaneously relish and loathe; mummy blogger. And when they are nominated for an award with a hefty cash prize, the scene is set for a brutal and often hilarious battle for hearts, minds – and clicks. As the awards night gets closer, their lies get bigger; their stunts get crazier – and some mistakes from the past become harder and harder to hide.

The Mummy Bloggers is published by Legend Press.

The Five The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack The Ripper – Hallie Rubenhold

The Five

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year od their murders: 1888.

Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become more famous than any of these women.

The Five is published by Penguin.

I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

I'd Rather Be Reading

Reading isn’t just a way to pass the time – it’s a lifestyle. Books shape, define, and enchant us. They are part of who we are and we can’t imagine life without them. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads you to remember the book that first hooked you, the place where you first fell in love with reading, and all the books and moments afterward that helped make you the reader you are today.

I’d Rather Be Reading is published by Baker Books.

Annelies A Novel of Anne Frank by David Gillham


Anne Frank’s extraordinary diaries have captivated millions of people around the world. But what might have happened if she had survived the war?

It is 1945, and Anne Frank is sixteen years old. Having survived the concentration camps but lost her mother and sister, she reunited with her father, Pim, in newly liberated Amsterdam. But Anne is adrift, haunted by the ghost of her sister, Margot, and the atrocities they experienced. Her beloved diary is gone, and her dreams of becoming a writer seem distant and pointless now.

As Anne struggles to build a new life for herself, she grapples with overwhelming grief, heartbreak, and ultimately forgiveness. In this masterful story of trauma and redemption, David Gillham explores with breathtaking empathy the woman – and the writer – Anne Frank might have become.

Annelies is published by Penguin.

Rogue – A. J Betts

Rogue is the sequel to A.J. Betts amazing novel Hive. I have read both books, and I do believe it would be beneficial for readers to start with Hive as it really does set the scene for Rogue and you would have a clearer understanding around some of the characters mentioned.

We follow the story of Hayley who has gone Rogue. She has left her world and has come to the big wide world because she asked too many questions and her community had considered her to be “mad” when in fact she was curious and just asked questions which I felt her community members felt too uncomfortable to ever answer them. They obviously were hiding something and did not want any disruption through their community.

What you suddenly realise is Hayley does not know the simple words for objects or scenes like ocean, sky, horizon and people. She has to learn all of this herself until she meets a family who seem to embrace her eccentric behavior however, they may have better understanding about her backstory then she had ever anticipated and may be able to fill in the gaps that reside in her mind.

We are dropped into the future at this point and the world has certainly changed from what we see as it is today. Animals have died out and life has changed significantly. The countries have changed, how they are governed have changed and the people have. Although, the one thing that has not changed and simply cannot be raised is stories from the past and people’s memories.

You feel the community questioning whether the changes that have occurred with the world whether they could have been stopped due to changes in the past humans behavior and if they had anticipated such a dramatic change, steps could have been put in place to ensure this change does not happen. A.J Betts certainly covers topics that are in the forefront of most people’s minds and that is climate change and what can we do to stop this effecting future generations.

When I lived in the United Kingdom, I was aware of climate changes and made certain changes to my lifestyles to embrace the changes the government wanted to implement. However, since emigrated to Australia you can see the climate change and the impact on the land and the people with odd weather patterns, floods and animals and plants dying out. It is noticeable here and now I want to ensure my little family do as much as possible to play our part in ensuring the generations ahead of us have everything we have and more. A.J Betts also covers migration without really smacking you in the face with it. Rogue just covers all of the topics that need to be discussed, not just in Australia but all countries and how we treat migrants. All I can to A.J is bravo – I believe these topics being aimed at YA audience will hopefully make positive changes and sparks conversations.

Throughout Rogue we follow Hayley’s curiosity, but we also see an amazing event happen. That is she feels that she belongs. It was a beautiful moment when people seem to genuinely care and want her to be a part of the community, provide love and support even when they did not really know who she was. She felt safe and felt that she could talk about everything and anything without the fear of repercussions.

What I loved most about this book was the scene setting and atmosphere it was simply mind blowing the writing was perfection. This is an amazing series for all to read and one that did not disappoint. I am going to be keeping these books for my children when they are older and I will be reading these to them, I think they will adore them as much as I did.

Thank you A.J and keep up the amazing story-telling.


There was no going back; there was no choice, anymore. I’d chosen out and this was it; hot-cold, dry-wet, bright-dark and lonely.

Haley has gone rogue.

She’s left everything she’s ever known – her friends, her bees, her whole world – all because her curiosity was too big to fit within the walls of her underwater home.

But what is this new world she’s found? Is it somewhere she can belong?

Or will she have to keep running?

Rogue is published by Pan Macmillan