Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Fireman by Joe Hill . Review


The story begins after a virus has began spreading its way across the world supposedly let loose by a terror organisation. There are many suspected organisations but no one knows for sure but it is causing many horrific deaths The spores passing from person to person easily makes its spread very rapid . Harper is the main character , she is a school nurse and she has been infected and soon after realises she is pregnant too. This is an epic tale of survival against the odds and one woman's determination to do what she has to do for her unborn child no matter what . This is a must read for all Joe Hill fans . 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk 
This book is being published May 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then. 
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Trouble Makers by Catherine Barter . Review


Meet Alena , a fifteen year old girl living with her brother Danny and his partner Nick . Alena's mother died when she was a three and Danny has raised her since she was pretty much a baby. I felt for Alena, she did not have a conventional upbringing  with a mum and a dad and I think it did her no harm until her teenage years when she started to ask questions about how her mother died and her mother's lifestyle and choices she made , she is made even more curious about it all when her brother is adamant in not wanting to tell her anything . I loved Danny's character , not many brothers would do what he did and do it as well as he did , instilling good sense and morals into a much younger sister who is trying to find her roots and hold on to every bit of family she has . This is an awesome book for anyone who knows that being from a  "normal family " is all in how you look at it . 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids.co.uk
This book is being published June 2017 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores then.
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The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton . Review

This is the story about a young girl called Zoe who has a really strong bond with her grandmother . Zoe's granny has Alzheimer's and the worse it is getting the more Zoe is struggling to cope with the idea of her granny's future .  Under huge amounts of stress she undertakes a road trip with her granny in a bid to find her uncle who she believes will help save the day. This was such a touching story , anyone who has ever loved a grandparent will feel empathy for Zoe and the predicament she finds herself in , especially as her granny is her one true friend . My heart went out to Zoe , going through so much anguish and yet trying to make the best possible life for her sick grandmother and going above and beyond what a lot of kids would be willing to do . Zoe is an inspiring girl with a big heart and an even bigger set of values that are commendable. Loved her! Go read this immediately! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids.co.uk
This book is being published May 2017 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores then. Below please find a link to this book on the website:

Exquisite by Sarah Stovell . Review


This was an amazing story set in England  about two women writers called Alice and Bo. Bo is a very famous published  writer and is there at the retreat to teach and Alice is a writer in the making with real talent who is hoping to gain more knowledge of the whole process . What starts off as an innocent trip to a writers retreat quickly leads to a very dark , twisted, psychological tale full of danger and manipulation . The story was deeply disturbing ( in a good way) , the more I read the more apparent the mental health problems were with one of the ladies . The extent to which they were willing to go to for their own gain was eye opening and deeply unnerving . I started this book and did not put it down until the breathtaking end . I am really hoping this book will have a sequel as this was amazing and very cleverly written . Absolutely awesome !

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk 
This book is being published in June 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then .
Below please find a link to this book on the website:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein . Review


The story is set in the 1930's in England and is mostly centred around a wealthy family's  estate . The water around the estate is ripe with pearls and there is many keen on stealing them much to the frustration of the family . When Julie , the grandchild from the estate is on her way home for the summer to visit  she is met by a terrible accident , when she wakes in hospital she remembers little of any use and has made the most unlikely allies in a traveller family . The story was full of atmosphere , and Julie was a likeable  person who stands up for those she sees being treated bad , she has gumption and can be very tongue in cheek . I really enjoyed the story and the mystery surrounding her accident , this is definitely a book to add to your TBR list! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids. 
This book is being published May 2017 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores then.
Below please find a link to this book on the website:

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox today were these two awesome young adult books. I believe both are being published June 2017  . I was sent both books curtesy of Lovereading4kids.co.uk .

The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton
Trouble Makers by Catherine Barter

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Grantchester Mysteries . Sidney Chambers And The Shadow Of Death by James Runcie . Review

This was such a fun story set in a small village primarily and centred around clergyman Canon Sydney Chambers . Sydney is a likeable man , young , social and always finding himself in the centre of trouble , which makes for great reading! The story feels like a lot of short stories combined to make one large story about Sydney and his friends and it  takes place in London and the countryside . There is thievery, murder, deception , and all sorts of red herrings ! This was a fantastic read and I can't wait to read more in this series ! If you enjoy a satisfying mystery series like those of M.C Beaton then this is just the book for you. 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book has been published and the newest book in the series is being published May 2017 . Below please find a link:


Release by Patrick Ness. Review


The story begins after a murder has happened . Adam is the main character , he is young and in love and has mixed emotions about that and a family that might not agree with his choice of love interest . We also see the story from the side of the ghost of Katherine( murdered girl)  , this might sound confusing but it works perfectly in giving us more information about what happened and the circumstances around it .
 I liked Adam , his struggles with his family were heartbreaking , but I loved his gumption for admitting who he was so that he could live his life fully and truthfully even though he was taking the risk of losing those he loves most  . This is a must read for all Patrick Ness fans . This is aimed more for the slightly older reader  16+ .

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids.co.uk
This book is being published May 2017 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores then.
Below please find a link to this book on the Lovereading4kids website:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

In My Mailbox


The Fireman by Joe Hill
Excuisite by Sarah Stovell

The Grantchester Mysteries , Sidney Chambers And The Shadow Of Death by James Runcie

New Releases

There has been lots of lovely recent releases . Check them out below with links attached to these books on the Lovereading4kids website. 

A Berlin Love Song by Sarah Mathias

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

The State Of Grace by Rachael Lucas

Crimson Lake by Candice Fox
Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

After The Fire by Will Hill . Review

The story begins in a security facility after a serious incident has occurred . The main character is called Moonbeam and she appears to be at the centre of what happened but we soon learn there was a huge number of people involved because Moonbeam was part of a dangerous cult. The story was disturbing on many levels , the control over these people , the brainwashing and restrictions and flat out abuse , it was all deeply ingrained and horrifying . Father John was a despicable character and his behaviour was very unsettling so he made an excellent bad guy! 
It's quite a big book and I flew through it, the plot was exceptionally good and I could not put it down once I started it and as the plot pace really picked up speed as we went I had to stay up late to find out what had happened leading up to the climax of the story. It was awesome ! If you are a fan of this author you won't be disappointed if you are new to his writing  you are in for a treat! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids.co.uk
This book is being published June 2017 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores then. Below please find a link to this book on the website:

Encounters by Jason Wallace. Review.


The story is set in 1994 in Zimbabwe where a huge group of children tell the same story about a space ship arriving outside their school at break-time  . The story is told through the eyes of some of these children and the more you read the more you are convinced these children were telling the truth and it seemed to be a very bad omen. The characters are interesting and the plot was original , do we only believe what our eyes see,  or do we only believe what we know is possible . The story is thought provoking and a must read for all fans of UFO'S and unusual things happening to ordinary people . 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids.co.uk
This book is being published May 2017 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores then .
Below please find a link to this book on the Lovereading4kids website. 

Book Haul

I found a few bargains recently when I was in one of my favourite bookshops . I had a browse around for about forty minutes and came across these awesome looking books. I don't know about you , but seeing an interesting cover is the first thing that is going to attract me to a book before I know anything else about it . These had been shouting "PICK ME" from the shelves :0) 
As soon as I get a chance I will read and review these . If you have one in particular you would like reviewed please leave it in the comments section below . As always , have a lovely evening and I hope you have something awesome to read this Sunday evening . 
The House I Loved by Tatiana De Rosnay . 
The Little Bookshop Of Promises by Debbie Macomber 
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams 
The Cosy Teashop In The Castle by Caroline Roberts
Miss Carter's War by Sheila Hancock 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett. Review

 The story is centred around the grand Wychwood estate in the 1600's in England .
The house has a lot of staff and visitors and throughout the story you get glimpses of a lot of them . The story flicks back and forth in time and the different people who lived in the house and the magical and tragic events that happened there . This is a very mysterious house and every generation who lived there since its construction seemed to have had their own troubles and ghosts . An enchanting and haunting story for all fans of big old houses . 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published in May 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then . 
Below please find a link to this book on the Lovereading website . 

The Ice by Laline Paull . Review

The main plot of the story is set in the Arctic after the Arctic sea ice has melted. It has caused big business and not all of it is legal . Tom and Sean are two men in a crew who go to the Arctic to explore , friends and comrades , you need to really trust who you bring with you on this type of adventure . When tragedy occurs many questions are asked and they linger throughout the years leaving a sense of unease that will all have to finally be answered no matter how terrible the answers . The story was awesome , we see it primarily from Sean's perspective and it's not all black and white . The story does not give up its secrets straight away so there was a nice build up of tension leading to the end of the book . This is a book to read in one gulp! Awesome!
I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published May 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then.
Below please find a link to this book on the Lovereading website:

A Berlin Love Song by Sarah Matthias. Review

The story is told by Max and Lili at the beginning of the Second World War . Max is a German school boy and Lili is from a Romani Gypsy family , these two falling for each other would not be approved by anyone so they keep it secret . The story is beautiful and heartbreaking . Tragedy and hope linger throughout the story of this couples lives , each driven in opposite directions to an unknown future . This book had everything I wanted , very strong characters , hope , history , tragedy and love set in a troubled time .

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading4kids. 
This book is being published April 2017 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores then. 
Below please find a link to this book on the website:

Recent Releases

Recent Releases :

Check out all the awesome books that were recently released . There is some awfully good books in this list. All of them are worth adding to your TBR .
Links to all books included . You can also get free excerpts where available . 

A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys.

Rather Be The Devil by Ian Rankin

Jonathon unleashed by Meg Rosoff

The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan

A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde 

When The Sky Fell Apart by Caroline Lea

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough 

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

The Lauras by Sara Taylor . Review

Meet thirteen year old Alex . Him and his mother suddenly leave their home one day and his dad , with very little but his mother's car and a handful of belongings . Here starts a road trip to the unknown that is full of surprises and eye opening  realisations about his mother . 
Alex's mother is awesome , a free spirit , strong and independent with an admirable reliable nature and sense of adventure , she became a parent but never forgot the woman inside of her . Through the many miles and rest stops , brief stays and conversations with Alex we get to know the woman behind the mother .
This was a cool story about survival , relationships and unconventional life choices that altogether made one awesome story  ! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk. 
This book is being published April 2017 and will be available from Lovereading.co.ukand all other good bookstores then. 
Below please find a link to this book on the website:

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner. Review

This was a really emotional read . You have a teenage boy who loses his three best friends and he is blaming himself for what happened even though he was not there . The trouble is others are starting to blame him too leading to all sorts of stress and anxiety. There was so many times I tried to put myself in Carver's shoes , imagining what could happen or how I would react . The story has stayed with me since I read it which should tell you how memorable the plot was . Carver is a lovely kid , his heart is in the right place but one tiny moment in his life could wreck the rest of his life forever . This is one of those stories where something you do in a  split second can change your life and it really gets you thinking about the hooded you make and the people closest to you . Add this to your TBR pile immediately! You won't regret it! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at lovereading4kids.co.uk
This book is being published April 2017 and will be available from Lovereading4kids and all other good bookstores then. 
Below please find a link to this book on the Lovereading4kids website:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

An Unlikely Agent by Jane Menczer . Review


The story is set in 1905 and centres around a Mrs Trent . Margaret Trent lives in a boarding house in London with her mother and lives a very normal if somewhat dull and predictive life until one day she gets the opportunity to change all that . I love a story where a normal person for what ever reason has their life changed suddenly , goes on to do extraordinary things and experiences the most unexpected changes to their future . Mrs Trent is likeable and capable of much , her previous job did not bring out the most of her talents but this new job is an eye opener . Mixing with colourful people and learning new skills , this is a whole new world for Margaret which is great fun to read about. The fast paced plot and red herrings  keeps you from wanting to put it down so it was definitely a one sitting read for me . Loved it! 

I received this book to review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published in May 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then . Below please find a link to this book :

Monday, March 27, 2017

In My Mailbox

In my mailbox today and yesterday are these awesome books sent  curtesy of http://www.lovereading.co.uk



 The Ice by Laline Paul




Monday, March 20, 2017

The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan. Review

This is probably one of the best ghost stories that I have read in years . Set in modern day Ireland and the U.K. Artist Maggie moves to Ireland to start a new life while carrying on her career of painting pictures . Maggie has a close friendship and work relationship with Michel, an art dealer and they remain close even after her move to Ireland . After a housewarming party there in this very rural part of the south coast of Ireland , nothing would ever be the same again for those that came to that small seemingly harmless house . 
I had goosebumps reading this , the bleak setting , this mentally wounded woman left to her own devices far from other people , and a deeply unsettling house with far too much history and not enough love . I recommend this who like a story of a haunted house . This will stay with you ! 

I received this book to review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk 
This book is being published May 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then . Below please find a link to Lovereading.co.uk website :

In my Mailbox

Well if ever books were going to grab my attention to be read it is these two that arrived in my mailbox this morning . What fabulous covers! Books sent to me curtesy of Lovereading.co.uk
Encounters by Jason Wallace
The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan 

Rather Be The Devil by Ian Rankin . Review



This is book 21 in the Rebus series which features John Rebus as a now retired detective based in Edinburgh. The city is teeming with criminals and law breakers right now but it is not the modern crime that is interesting Rebus , no he is distracted in his retirement by an old case that won't move out of his head while now also being cursed ill health from his previous diabolical lifestyle. I like Rebus , he is very rough about the edges but there is that bit of vulnerability to him now that makes him all the more likeable. 
New and old crimes and criminals combine in this book with a woman at the helm in the police force in the form of DI Siobhan Clarke who is rightfully taking no crap from anyone . 
This is a book to read on your own where it's quiet with no distractions as there is a lot of characters and things going on but it is well worth it! A must read for all Rebus fans .

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk.
This book has now been published and is available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores now. Below please find a link to this book on the Lovereading website:

A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys. Review


The story is set in 1939 just before the beginning of the war . The main character is Lily Shepherd who is about to set sail for Australia for new work opportunities . The journey is going to be a long one but there are plenty of fascinating new people onboard to talk to and get to know as well as beautiful places to stop at on the way . If you love a mystery with a truly terrific retro feel to it then this is the perfect book for you. There is passengers with mysterious pasts , glamour with a darker side and more then one handsome man with a twinkle in his eye. Lily is a terrific character , outgoing and optimistic , but with a healthy amount of street smarts which is essential on a hot boat where no one can get away from each other when tempers are at their highest and sensibilities seem to have been forgotten . 
I loved this! Great setting, interesting characters and a satisfying plot! 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk.
This book is bring published March 2017 and  will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then .
Below please find a link to this book on the lovereading website:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Cows by Dawn O'Porter. Review

This was an extraordinary story about three women . Stella , Tara and Cam, they have very different lives and dreams for themselves yet they have a lot in common . Humiliation, loss , and freedom are some of the topics brought up in the story . Throughout it really made me think about the way we perceive the news we read every day and the consequences for doing things without thinking them through properly and the damage it can do. Each woman was going through her own her life difficulties , and it was terrific seeing how they coped with each of the situations they found themselves in . 
This was a deeply thought provoking and inspiring book with three strong women at the centre of it doing their best with what life dealt them . Read this with a box of tissues and your best friends number on speed dial . 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published April 2017 and will be available from Lovereading.co.uk and all other good bookstores then . Below please find a link to this book:

Mini Haul

The Inheritance by Katie Agnew
The Wings Of The Dove by Henry James

In My Mailbox

The Cows by Dawn O ' Porter
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

These books were sent in curtesy of lovereading.co.uk and lovereading4kids.co.uk.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Blue: A Memoir by John Sutherland. Review

Told in a matter of fact way this is a memoir of what it is like to live your life in the police force from a young age in England. From a humble beginning to marching up the ladder in his career John seems a very capable and likeable man with common sense and decency that must be applauded . Seeing what he does on a day to day basis where no two days are the same would not be everyone's cup of tea but he had the perfect manner for this job . Some of things he saw as a policeman would make you wonder how you come home from a job like that and separate  it from your every day life . This really makes you see people differently , those who make it their job to protect and take care of those in need and what goes through their head when they leave home every day not knowing what will face them and if thy themselves will get home in one piece back to their own loved ones. 

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published May 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then . 
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ahhhhh Lovely Books


Here are a few books I got recently . It was a rough start to the year and getting some books is always what I turn to when the road gets rocky and life gets tough.  Books are my drink and a bookshop is my Off - Licence 
The Library At The End Of The World by Felicity Hayes- McCoy
Mindfulness by Daisy Roth 
The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 

In My Mailbox

Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

In My Mailbox

In my mailbox today are these awesome sounding review books by Ian Rankin curtesy of www.lovereading.co.uk. These look like the perfect books for a back to back reading session .

The Naming Of The Dead by Ian Rankin 
Black And Blue  by Ian Rankin
There also  was Alison Weir's new book  Six Tudor Queens. AnneBoleyn   , A Kings Obsession .   

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Millstone by Margaret Drabble. Review

I first came across this book while listening to a podcast where the author describes this book. Needless to say it made enough of an impact on my imagination that I curiously ordered it from the library. I fell in love with the authors writing style immediately and the voice of the main character who finds herself unluckily pregnant at a time when it was most definitely frowned upon . Being from a comfortable background , and with a lot of gumption this helped her make the decisions she needed to make about her pregnancy . The book feels very personal reading it . It felt more like being whispered the inner most secrets of someone's head that was going through a lot of emotional turmoil ! I admired her so much and despite the obstacles she faced she did so with elegance and style . At first I was not sure I agreed with the ending but the more I have thought about it since ,the more I understand the main character , I am glad the author left it like that. It felt true to the main characters personality . A truly remarkable author and story!  I will now have to buy the book for my myself as It is going on my favourites shelf ! 

This was a library book, def check it out! :0) ( literally) . 
Goodreads

Don't Let Go by Michel Bussi. Review

I love stories set in holiday destinations and this one was a really gripping one that did not give up its secrets easily . The story is set in a picturesque resort on the island of La Reunion and is set around one family . Husband and wife Liane and Martial and their young daughter . While having a blissful holiday Liane suddenly vanishes under mysterious circumstances with suspicion falling at her husband's feet . This is definitely a book for those who have enjoyed books like Gone Girl as you can never be sure who to trust and who is really the bad guy. I really enjoyed this and it certainly kept me guessing to the very end of the book . I  recommend this book for all those who love a main character with a shady past and a plot that sped along , it will pull you along willingly to the end and will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning . 

I received this book for review from the lovely folks over at lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published April 2017 and will be available from Lovereading and all other good bookstores then . 
Below please find a link   this book on the Lovereading website: