A Novel Page reviews

A Novel Page reviews

AION’s resident book reviewer A Novel Page has read plenty this month, and here’s what she thinks of four of them. Follow ANovelPage on insta.

Donald Trump and Me by Jim G Sitch

Long story short: Jim G Sitch has compiled a diary over the course of Trump’s four year long presidence.

Thank you so much @theconradpressltd_ for this copy! I’m going to keep it short and sweet: this is brilliant.

I think Trump’s inauguration day is one that people will always remember. I was in my first year at university, sitting with some friends absolutely bewildered that this was genuinely happening. We were absolutely baffled, and that continued right up until he left office… Actually, it’s still continues today!

To keep a compelling and detailed daily record of his antics and idiocy is no mean feat. I would have smashed my head against a wall.

It’s incredibly easy to read due to the diary format, nor does it take very long despite being over 400 pages. It’s very witty and there were many moments where I laughed loudily and heartedly. Kudos to the amount of research and time that it took the author.

It was scary but weirdly funny? The fact that the leader of the United States advocated injecting bleach to get rid of COVID will always be a personal favourite. Or, his attempts to buy Greenland. Or, him throwing paper towels at hurricane survivors… Actually, the whole thing was just an absolute farce.

There were things about his presidency that I didn’t even know about until I read this, so thank you for enlightening me Sitch.

One word to describe it: masterpiece. Let’s just hope that a volume 2 isn’t required after the next elections…

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N.B.: I was kindly gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

A Novel page rates this book 9/10


This isn’t a Love Story. This is impossible by Sarah Lotz

Long story short: Nick accidentally sends an angry email, intended for someone else, to Bee. Thus begins their story, but there’s a huge obstacle in the way.

Thank you so much @harperfiction for sending me a proof of this – I absolutely loved it! It’s definitely one of my top reads of 2022 so far.

You all know, or should know, that I’m not a huge romance fan. I often find them too cringe and soppy, but this is not your usual romance novel at all! I don’t want to spoil it, but it really caught me off guard and took me a while to process what was happening! It was everything I thought it wouldn’t be!

When I say this book is genius, I’m talking Einstein level genius! It really did blow me away. I can safely say that I’ve never read a book like this and I highly doubt that I will again.

The writing style is excellent. The prose was easy to digest and incredibly engaging. I love the alternative perspectives and the way in which Lotz played around with the formatting of the novel.

There are a lot of characters so you do have to keep your head in the game to keep track. I genuinely really liked them all and I was really sad when I read the last page. Don’t get me wrong, the ending was absolutely perfect: it was exactly what I wanted BUT I wanted more chapters! However, that’s just a testament to the novel and the writing.

It’s such a thought-provoking and deep novel. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I finished it, and I don’t think I ever will! I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, it’s not your usual romance novel – it’s impossible to forget (get it?)

Also, I’m not even going to begin to express how much I love this holographic cover. That deserves a review of its own. Unfortunately, my picture doesn’t do it justice.

I know this review has been super vague, but the less you know, the better! Please pick this up and read it – you will not regret it if you do, but you will if you don’t!

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A Novel page rates this book 9/10

N.B.: I was kindly gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.


A Spoonful of Murder by J.M. Hall

Long story short: Every Thursday, a group of retired school teachers meet up for coffee. They’re joined by Topsy one week: she’s found dead shortly after… but how did she die?

I actually don’t have anything good to say about this book lol… I’ve seen so many positive reviews for this and I’m so confused. I genuinely do not get it, but here’s why it gets 1/10!

This genuinely was such a convoluted book. The writing and narrative are all over the place. I didn’t like the alternating perspectives becuase it just confusing. There were just too many side plots, too many characters and too much repetition. It wasn’t helped by the fact that the pacing was so slow.

I understand this was meant to be a cozy mystery – it was anything but! The plot was incredibly predictable which wouldn’t usually be an issue, if it weren’t for the fact that it is such a dry book. Yes, there are red herrings, but there’s red herrings every page – it was too much! There is no suspense, no tension, and it certainly wasn’t a fun read.

Honestly, it was a struggle to finish this. I wanted to DNF it so many times, however, Amrit is not a quitter! Also, I was really hoping that the ending would redeem it a little bit for me… it didn’t.

The thing that really soured my opinion was the way in which the author tackled a KEY theme of a sub-plot. I don’t want to ruin it, even though it is predictable, so all I’m going to say is that I’m disappointed in the anti-___ rhetoric. It’s 2022 and there’s just such a gross misunderstanding and ignorance in regards to this topic… Truthfully? It didn’t even need to be a sub-plot!

The only positive thing I have to say about this book is that it counts towards my monthly/yearly total. Wow, I do recognise how harsh I sound, but this is a page for honest reviews and I will always do that.

Personally, I wouldn’t waste my time, energy or money on this book! It’s a solid no from me, but let me know if you disagree.

A Novel page rates this book 1/10

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N.B.: I was kindly gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.


Reptile Memoirs by Silje Ulstein

Long story short: Mariam Lind’s daughter, Iben, goes missing and the police suspect her… But there’s more to this case than anyone initially realised.

So this is literally the weirdest book that I’ve read in months… There is no other way to describe it other than WEIRD. Obviously, in a good way!

So the narrative is told via multiple PoVs and through two distinct timelines. You do have to pay a little bit of attention to the dates, but as you read more, the clearer it becomes. I don’t want to say too much in regards to the actual plot because you have to go in blind with this book!

I do need to be honest and say that this is not a book for everyone. It’s quite dark and sick… there’s a few disturbing things that occur and some sensitive themes which some people might find a little bit too much! Feel free to message me for more information if you need it.

This is a translated novel and it’s one of the few times that I really wish I could read it in the original language. The writing was incredible – I felt so uncomfortable and creeped out at points which I absolutely loved. It was compelling and engaging; I did not want to put it down. There were events that happened where I was literally left looking like this: 🥴😨… again, I loved it! (I know, I’m a freak)

Anyway, the beginning of the novel does start off slow, but there is a lot of tension throughout. Once you hit that 35% mark, it all starts to come together. There are many twists and turns which are quite surprising. I was very happy with the ending, but, like with any good book, I wanted a few more chapters!

There are a lot of characters within the novel so you do need to have your head relatively switched on.

I do wish that there was a map that showed the areas of Ålesund and Kristiansund in Norway as I had no idea of their proximity. However, google maps did come in handy!

Genuinely such an incredibly haunting and bizarre piece of literary fiction. It’s not for everyone, but if you can stomach it, then pick it up and read it – it’s outstanding!

A Novel page rates this book 9/10

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N.B.: I was kindly gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

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