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Book Review: Can We Live Here? by Sarah Alderson

November 30, 2015

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Can We Live Here? by Sarah AldersonCan We Live Here? by Sarah Alderson
Published by Blink on 6th August 2015
Pages: 256
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars
Last week, I was sitting in seven layers (two of them thermal) next to a fire, with a blanket wrapped around me. Now, I am sleeping in kickers and a vest under a fan. Let the mosquitos bite me. They can have me ... Can we live here? ... If I don't become roadkill in the next few days, I'll let you know my thoughts.

In 2009, Sarah and John Alderson quit their full-time jobs in London and headed off, with Alula, their three-year-old daughter, on a global adventure to find a new home. For eight months, they travelled through Australia, the US and Asia navigating India with a toddler in a tutu, battling black magic curses in Indonesia and encountering bears in North America asking themselves one defining question: Can We Live Here?

Inspirational, hilarious and fascinating this is an unforgettable travel memoir and a unique guide to quitting your job, following your dreams and finding your home in a far-flung paradise

I generally don’t read non-fiction, but I couldn’t resist picking up Can We Live Here? by Sarah Alderson. I already follow her on Twitter, and have been meaning to read more of her books since Conspiracy Girl, so this was the perfect place for me to start.

I absolutely loved this book. It’s more like you’re having a chat with Sarah about her travels to Goa, Singapore and Bali (amongst other places) instead of reading her blog-turned-book. I loved the underlying theme of the book, the “fuck it, yes” mentality, as it’s something that we all secretly wish we could say to most things. It’s easy to daydream about quitting our jobs and travelling the world, but instead of daydreaming about it, Sarah Alderson actually did it, and that’s what made reading Can We Live Here? all the more entertaining.

And this book is hilarious. There were parts that had me giggling out loud, chuckling away to myself during my lunchbreak, parts that had me cringing at the sheer awkwardness of the situation, and parts that just made me feel obscenely jealous that Sarah had the balls to say “fuck it” and just go for what she wanted to do.

I would urge everyone to pick up this book, not just fans of Sarah Alderson, but those who feel they’re stuck in a rut, and want help in pushing themselves out of their comfort zones and dipping their toes into unknown waters.

Book Review: Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson

May 20, 2015

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Conspiracy Girl by Sarah AldersonConspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson
Published by Simon and Schuster Children's Books on 12th February 2015
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
four-stars
Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation.
There was only one survivor - a sixteen year-old girl.
And though the killers were caught they walked free.

Now eighteen, Nic Preston - the girl who survived - is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.

But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant.

Finn Carter - hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.

Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.

To survive she has to stay close to him.
To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.

I’m kicking myself so hard for not reading Conspiracy Girl sooner. Had I known such a fast-paced, high octane read was waiting for me, I would have definitely picked it up quicker! Conspiracy Girl is a total gem of a book, and one that I feel has been a little overlooked, but I don’t know why because it is absolutely fantastic.

I did have a few issues with the formatting, but honestly, because the book had such an incredible plot, I could easily overlook this as I blasted through the pages. I found myself absorbed into Nic’s story immediately, and really felt sorry for her when I learnt just how much trauma she’d gone through. And that trauma just kept on coming throughout Conspiracy Girl, I found myself reading and thinking ‘Nic cannot possibly go through ANYMORE. She’s dealt with too much already!’ but Nic was one tough cookie, and she wasn’t going to be destroyed without a fight. She was incredibly guarded but I enjoyed seeing her walls slowly come down, especially around Finn.

I thought the chemistry between Finn and Nic was amazing. I didn’t think I’d enjoy the romance in Conspiracy Girl, I thought it would be a little out of place but I actually loved it. I loved Finn’s character, seeing him wrestle with his feelings for Nic against his determination to keep her safe and not let the demons of his past come back to haunt him. I feel like because they were in such a highly charged situation their emotions were also highly charged and that just led to them being unable to fight the attraction they both felt.

There was a lot of mystery surrounding Conspiracy Girl which kept me guessing throughout the entire book, although I did cotton on who the FBI leak was pretty early, but I understood why Finn and Nic didn’t work it out straight away. I literally daren’t say any more because I really don’t want to give anything away accidentally!

Conspiracy Girl was an absolutely ace read that I enjoyed reading from start to finish, and I cannot wait to tear into the rest of Sarah Alderson’s back catalogue. I already have Out of Control waiting for me, and it certainly won’t be long before I pick it up!