Can you ever escape your parents? Roopa Farooki explores in The Good Children

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Sulaman, Jackie, Mia and Lana are brought up by a domineering mother and retreating father in Lahore, India. They escape through careers and marriage, each of them defying the strictures of their family and society – but find they are unable to leave the past totally behind. We follow the family through to their children in a journey of trying to move on, which proves harder than it seems.

I think this is probably one of the books my mother would annoyingly tell me I am too young for. And possibly after a week or so of sulking, internally protesting my maturity and thus proving it’s absence, I might agree.

Grippingly Good though not Overly Original – Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Darrow is a Red mining on Mars for the future of humanity. But when his wife sacrifices herself his worldview is shattered as he realises his people are slaves to the grandeur and luxury of the already-built Gold empire on Mars and beyond. The resistance movement saves his life then channel his anger to turn him into a Gold, sending him to the illustrious Institute which turns out to contain a year-long bloody battle of the Roman god inspired Houses, with the mandate to overthrow the system.

Though many (okay, most) elements of the world set-up and plot are familiar this book is gripping, pacy and thrilling as it races through a big, emotion and action-packed plot stuffed with intense characters, intriguing situations and a multi-layered world. I dashed through it in just two days.

How to get the very latest books free! (or very cheaply on kindle)

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Books, and especially the new ones, can be expensive! This week I’ve worked out a couple of ways to get the best and newest books at affordable prices – like, free. In short, I’ve signed up to a reviewing site and worked out a formula for kindle….