Saturday, November 5

Holly Bourne - ...And a Happy New Year? (The Spinster Club #3.5)

It's the Year of the Spinster!

Evie, Amber and Lottie are having a new year party to remember.

For the first time since leaving college, all three girls are back together. It's time for fun and flirting, snogs and shots.

(And not tears or tantrums or terrible secrets)

Because everything's going great for these girls - Spinster Club for ever! Right?

Received in exchange for an honest review from Usborne Publishing.

The Spinster Club series follows the journey of Evie, Amber and Lottie in what's undoubtedly one of the most trying periods of their respective lives. We meet each of them in the three books as they deal with whatever life throws at them, while also being fiery advocates of feminism. In this novella, we meet these three girls as they get together for the first time since they leave college. Are things the same between them? Are they the same as before or have they changed beyond recognition? We find out all this and more in ...And A Happy New Year? as the Spinsters meet up at Amber's epic New Year party. 

The story is told in the POVs of Evie, Amber and Lottie, and if you thought they were each relatable and fan-freaking-tastic n their respective books, you have no idea just how awesome it is to read in alternating narratives of all three of them in one book. They each have very distinct voices, so it was a very welcome, refreshing change. Sitting down and picking this book was the best thing I did in so long- it made me feel instantly nostalgic and I absolutely loved being in their heads. 

We left Evie, Amber and Lottie in their books wanting to know more about what's in store for them in the future, and in this Spinster Club special, we get to know all about them. How Evie is coping with her OCD, how Amber is faring in her long distance relationship, how Lottie is managing to hold onto her feminist beliefs as she adapts to a new environment- we get to catch up that happened to this trio as we spend the time leading up to the New Year with them. The author's writing is as fabulous as ever and the intense, crisp narration helped the story to flow along at a comfortable pace. 

The characters are just the same as ever- but oh, how they've changed! Sprinkled with ample drama, secrets and twists, this book certainly had me glued to its pages. We meet Kyle, Oli and Will again, and they each surprise us in their own way. Not all the surprises were welcome though- I still haven't recovered from certain things which I will not mention but, oh, will you look at that. ONE OF MY SHIPS HAS SUNK!!! Let's just pretend my heart is not in pieces and have some cheesy snacks, shall we?

Apart from my sunken ship which we'll never mention again, this story was just perfect. We see how time takes its toll on even the strongest friendships, and we see how they get through everything together...OR DO THEY? This beautiful, beautiful book is simply a must read if you're a fan of the Spinster Club series, and if you haven't read this brilliant series already, what are you even doing with your life? 

This series will always be one of my most favorites. Evie, Amber and Lottie taught me a lot, they helped me grow as a person and were such fun people to be with. I'm just not ready to say goodbye to these fantastic characters yet and I downright refuse to accept this as an end to this series. I need more, more, MORE, please! 

Thank you for bringing these girls into my life, Holly Bourne! They will always be with me. Always.

The story idea: 4/5
The realization of the story: 5/5
The characters: 5/5
The cover: 5/5 (I simply adore the cover to bits!)
Enjoy factor: 5/5


  1. So happy you loved this Ruzaika! Sunken ships are the worst *sniffs* but at least the story keeps you interested! I so need to pick this series up soon!!

    1. They are really, truly the worst and authors seem to LOVE smashing our hearts. Ugh. You really should pick this series up soon, though! I'm sure you'd ADORE it!

  2. Yay, I'm so happy you loved this Ruzaika. I adore this series and I really am sad to see it end. But we can always enjoy it again by rereading them. Great review. :)

    1. Yes, of course, rereading is a blessing, but I do so wish this series didn't end so soon... *sniffs* Thank you!


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