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Monday, 24 November 2014

Nessa by M. Brennan

Nessa (Broken Sisters #1 )Nessa by M. Brennan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I was approached to see if I would like to read and review this, I jumped at the chance. I was just finishing a book and I was told this is her first book and it goes live on the 30th of this month, so I read it straight away. I didn't realize how powerful, fast paced and captivating this book would be.

I had started reading it toward the latter part of the evening and when I went to bed, I picked it up again, trouble was, I couldn't put it down as it a real page turner. I did try to settle down to go to sleep, but the story had my mind racing. I wanted to see what happened next so couldn't relax.

I loved it that much I spoke to my book buddy Philomena on the phone about it, she has it to read, told her she is going to LOVE it.

I can't believe this is Maureen Brennan's first book. I know she said she read a lot, and maybe by that she realizes that we need fast paced, turn the pages, good plots with real characters.

For all the books I have read this year this one surely is unforgettable. I can't wait to read book 2.

I can't fault this author at all, it delivered.

Nessa is a troubled twenty-six year old whose life came crashing down when she was only sixteen. With the death of her mother and growing up with a non-existent Father, Nessa thinks she can never be loved.
After losing her boyfriend, her job, and feeling like life couldn't possibly deal her anymore heartache she quickly learns it can get a lot worse when her past comes back to haunt her.
When Nessa first meets billionaire Taylor it’s hate at first sight, but it doesn't take long for her to realise she's falling hard for him. Is Taylor her knight in shining armor or is he the devil in disguise?

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Deep Down Things by Tamara Linse

Deep Down ThingsDeep Down Things by Tamara Linse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was kindly given this book to read and review by the author. I would like to thank her for that.

We have a great story, its her debut novel I understand and she's done well on it. The only reason I have given it a 3 star rating is that I became confused at times on who was speaking.

Its written from several people's POV which I have always found this new approach confusing at times, it has to be cleverly done for someone like me to follow it.

I have been reading since the age of 16 and I am now in my 50's so I have seen several changes on the homefront of the developing book world, especially since introducing the e-reader. Some of it is for the good and some for the bad. There are many books out there with chapters of characters POV or another book written for another character to be developed, but not all work for me. I did struggle a bit.

However, the concept of the story was captivating and I did finish it.

I am sure many newer readers who have taken up reading now will enjoy this avenue but I for one just felt in the middle of a room of strangers at time. :(

Deep Down Things, Tamara Linse’s debut novel, is the emotionally riveting story of three siblings torn apart by a charismatic bullrider-turned-writer and the love that triumphs despite tragedy. From the death of her parents at sixteen, Maggie Jordan yearns for lost family, while sister CJ drowns in alcohol and brother Tibs withdraws. When Maggie and an idealistic young writer named Jackdaw fall in love, she is certain that she’s found what she’s looking for. As she helps him write a novel, she gets pregnant, and they marry. But after Maggie gives birth to a darling boy, Jes, she struggles to cope with Jes’s severe birth defect, while Jackdaw struggles to overcome writer’s block brought on by memories of his abusive father. Ambitious, but never seeming so, Deep Down Things may remind you of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong and Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper.

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Trash: An Innocent Girl. A Shocking Story of Squalor and Neglect. by Britney Fuller

Trash: An Innocent Girl. A Shocking Story of Squalor and Neglect.Trash: An Innocent Girl. A Shocking Story of Squalor and Neglect. by Britney Fuller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was granted this book to read from Random House UK, Ebury Publishing via Net Galley

I love books such as Cathy Glass and Casey Watson so I just had to read this one. Its totally different from a child who was sexual abused or the usual type of reads like this.

This is a story about a little girl who grew up with a Mom who was messy, dirty and well, certainly unusual and eccentric. She tended to have mood swings too.

As the child grew she came across the word 'hoarder' and realized that was describing her Mom! The appalling way she had to live was upsetting to read.

I've seen the program 'hoarders' on TV and always wondered how a person could live like that. But this is a knock on effect to the daughter who lived along side her. Who was treated like some sort of slave and then on the other hand, treated nicely which was confusing not only for me but for the little girl!

I have to say that I read this book within a day, its compulsive reading.

Its well written, great details, graphic in that you can imagine all the rubbish surrounding you....urrggghhh and the smells.

I won't tell you any more, if you like books such as this, then I recommend it.

Britney Fuller has done a great job in writing this book.

I would definitely buy it for a friend.

‘To start: it was just me and my mom. I am an only child, and she is a single parent. My mother is a trash hoarder. Ever since I can remember the house was always messy and stunk. At around age 9ish I noticed that something was wrong. I started throwing bags of trash away every day, just to have my mom freak out when she got home. We didn’t eat at home anymore because the fridge was disgusting, and she used the sink as a trash can, so it got clogged. We always ate out, we never had a home-cooked meal, and I’ve never had a family dinner at a dinner table. I had a stool in the corner of the living room. That is what I sat on, and that alone. I kept that corner as clean as I could. Made sure there was foot space, and that there wasn’t dust on the walls. That was my corner, my space. It never seemed to matter though, eventually that spot would get overrun with trash too...’

Trash is Britney Fuller's shocking account of growing up in the house of a hoarder

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HIS SECRET DAUGHTER a romance novel you won't be able to put down by Emma Bennet

HIS SECRET DAUGHTER a romance novel you won't be able to put downHIS SECRET DAUGHTER a romance novel you won't be able to put down by Emma Bennet
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When the author approached me and asked me if I would like to read this. I took a look at the blurb and thought it sounded like something I might enjoy.

I did enjoy it. It doesn't take much effort to read, its free flowing and moves along well. I can't say its a story that hasn't been written about before time and again, but Emma Bennet made the books storyline her own and put her slant on it.

Of course, the books title gives it away HIS SECRET DAUGHTER, so you can imagine its a Father who didn't know he was a Dad to a daughter. Its not as straight forward a story as you would imagine and there are good reasons why he didn't know.

Like I say, its a free flowing story, nice easy Sunday afternoon read.

Iris is falling in love with the father of her child. The only problem is she never told him they had a daughter 
“What a great read! I loved this book and read the whole thing in one session.” Beth Boyd 

“Will Iris lose her daughter? Or will she find the love she’s always longed for?” Lucy Andrews 

“Iris, Sergio, and Paolo should be a great family, but she can’t trust him, and he’s too arrogant to ever back down over anything.” Sarah Chambers 

A romance novel that you won’t be able to put down 
Iris Brown is a single parent doing her best to raise her beautiful two-year-old daughter, Paola. But when Sergio, Paolo’s father, a dashing-but-arrogant Spanish businessman comes back on the scene everyone’s lives are thrown into chaos. She fears he may take Paola away from her. Iris must decide what’s best for her and her daughter, and whether she can ever trust Sergio again. 

He broke her heart once. Will she let him do it again? 

Emma Bennet is the author of “The Green Hills of Home” a stunning romance set in the beautiful Welsh countryside. It has received fantastic reviews averaging 4.7 stars on Amazon UK. 

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Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace, #1)Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been bumping up this book to read for ages. Finally I got to read it. I would like to thank GOODREADS first reads for my copy.

This was a cleverly written thriller. It starts off very good, nothing like a book I have ever read before anyway, kept my brain ticking over.

I can now see what all the hype is about this book by M J Arlidge as sometimes when things are hyped up you get excited and expect more than it can deliver, right? In this case, its a true hype, it is what it is.

Very clever, and I am glad I have got around to finally reading this.

There are police procedures in there that are done so well, its not yawn yawn material and then the ending....well.....the ending, I didn't expect that!

Great work.

Two hostages. One bullet. One lives. One dies.

They were going to spend the rest of their lives together. Soul mates. But when a young couple wakes up alone together, disorientated and trapped, they are yet to grasp the true horror of their situation. They have no food, no water. Instead there is a gun loaded with a single bullet and a mobile phone with enough power only to deliver a short message: ‘when one of you kills the other, the survivor will walk free’. For their captor it’s simple: set the scene, watch, wait and leave the victims to do the killing. Tortured by fear, desperation, starvation and thirst, there’s only one way to end their ordeal: one of them must die. 

DI Helen Grace and her team know they are hunting a complex predator whose broken survivors must endure their role as living calling cards. And killers. The victims - work colleagues, a mother and daughter, a pair of dancers - appear to be chosen at random and yet the planning is meticulous. There must be something driving the choice of victims, but until DI Grace can establish a connection, the killer is unreachable. A breakthrough is elusive and then, terrifyingly, the investigation begins to turn full circle...

In this startling highwire drama M.J. Arlidge throws us headlong into a chilling race to stop evil in its tracks. Dark, ingenious and bullet-paced, Eeny Meeny introduces a major new thriller writing talent.

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I'll Be Watching You by Beverly Barton

I'll Be Watching YouI'll Be Watching You by Beverly Barton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the very first time I have read a book by this well known author. I have always wanted to read one of her thrillers, she gets really good feedback, however, I think I chose the wrong one to start with :(

I thought, reading the blurb, that this was going to fast paced, exciting and keep my attention throughout. It didn't.

The thing for me is, I have read over 400 books this year and in all the thrillers I have chosen to read, this one doesn't stand out in a crowd at all, its actually similar to one I read not long ago by someone else. Its not exactly the same [let me clarify that] but it has a lot of similarities.

Its a well written book as you would expect from an experienced author, however, I expected more I guess.

I would like to thank HarperCollins UK, Avon via Net Galley for allowing me a copy for my Kindle and also to Goodreads First reads for my paperback version. I have to say though, my husband is reading it now and he's enjoying it.

So the point is, we all have different tastes and expectations.

Would I buy this for someone as a gift? Yes, if they liked the occasional thriller not too heavy.

Ella, sweet Ella, you were meant to be mine. You can’t begin to imagine all the things I want to do to you. When the time is right, I will come for you . . .

A series of hand-delivered letters leaves Ella scared for her life. Someone is watching her. Wanting her. Someone promising revenge.

Desperate for the nightmare to end, Ella will do anything to discover the truth. Even join forces with a man who comes with his own danger warning 

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Perfect Mother: A Novel by Nina Darnton

The Perfect Mother: A NovelThe Perfect Mother: A Novel by Nina Darnton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jennifer's daughter Emma is in terrible trouble, she is living in Spain and is subject to Spain's laws.

Jennifer's husband is a Lawyer but not adverse in Spanish law. He wants to be with Emma and Jennifer in Spain to support them but he cannot due to his pull of work to his clients. He has cases himself to see to, plus, he needs to keep making money now that its needed for his wife to remain in Spain to support their daughter.

Jennifer has always prided herself on being a good Mother, a Perfect Mother. She gave up her career to stay at home with the children. At the moment she knows that relatives are looking after her other two children at home and her husband when he is around.

The thing is, Jennifer has always taken charge of situations when its come to the children and she is no different now. Things unfold not only regards the alleged crime that their daughter has been suspected in but also the flaws in her relationship with her daughter, and her husband. Maybe she is not the Perfect Mother she thought she was?

All kinds of things come to light about Emma.

This is quite a page turner for me, and the ending was sharp, very sharp in that I didn't expect what happened.

The detectives, the law enforcement officers and all characters that Jennifer came in contact with became very real to me.

As for the style of writing this author has, I loved it. The story flowed so well, and like I say, it kept my interest from beginning right until the last word written.

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank PENGUIN GROUP Plume via Net Galley for allowing me a copy to read and review.

When an American exchange student is accused of murder, her mother will stop at nothing to save her

A midnight phone call shatters Jennifer Lewis’s carefully orchestrated life. Her daughter, Emma, who’s studying abroad in Spain, has been arrested after the brutal murder of nanother student. Jennifer rushes to her side, certain the arrest is a terrible mistake and determined to do whatever is necessary to bring Emma home. But as she begins to investigate the crime, she starts to wonder whether she ever really knew her daughter. The police charge Emma, and the press leaps on the story, exaggerating every sordid detail. One by one, Emma’s defense team, her father, and finally even Jennifer begin to have doubts.
  A novel of harrowing emotional suspense, The Perfect Mother probes the dark side of parenthood and the complicated bond between mothers and daughters.


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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Suffer by E.E. Borton

SufferSuffer by E.E. Borton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh my giddy aunt! I was so enthralled in this story.

We have a woman and her son Kate and Caleb. They are at the home whist her husband Paul is out on a boat trip with his 2 friends.

A caller comes to the door..............
The action then heats up.

I tell you, I was reading some of the sentences between the gaps of my fingers, some are really brutally horrid but vital to the story. The trouble with me is, I have a very vivid imagination and so I see things in my minds eye in technicolor!!! This was SO good though.

I didn't expect half of what happened in this book. I thought one thing, then the author came up with something else. I was walking down the path with this story when A BOMB BLEW UP IN MY FACE it was WOW, I was NOT expecting that to happen.

I just don't know where E E Borton got his idea for this story but man....keep them coming. I feel so tired today, I've been reading some awesome books lately that I have been unable to go to sleep without finishing and this is one of them.

You need a bit of a strong stomach in places, some of its madness, utter madness, but in a good way.

I am so glad that Amazon Publishing via Net Galley has given me free access to their books or I may have missed this one.

If you love a fantastic thriller, if you like to bite your nails, if you don't mind sleepless nights and don't mind your head being full of "what happens next" then this is the book for you. Trust me.

Kate Freeman opened the front door of her vacation villa to see a Florida State Trooper standing on the porch. A few moments later, 50,000 paralyzing volts shot through her body. Her world went dark after her head impacted the tile floor. 

She woke unable to move. Sitting only a few feet away bound to a chair, her six-year-old son sat quietly staring at her. It was just the beginning of their hellish nightmare.

150 miles away, Kate’s husband Paul was on his annual scuba trip in the Bahamas. Early the next morning, he pulled away from the dock and headed back to the villa on Sugar Loaf Key to be reunited with his family. He would be the first to find them – exactly as the killer planned.

“Suffer” is a crime thriller that shows what ordinary people are capable of doing when faced with unimaginable evil. Decisions have to be made that take them deeper into the darkness of a sociopath’s world. It’s a place they have to travel in order to hunt him down and make the punishment fit the crime.

Few expected her to survive. Nobody expected her to fight


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Monday, 17 November 2014

Early Daze by Jennifer Gilby Roberts

Early DazeEarly Daze by Jennifer Gilby Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jess little daughter is born early, very early, much too early and ends up in the neo natal unit.

We follow Jess as she learns all the emotions of becoming a Mom, not only that, she had a lot more weeks to go, so motherhood has come too early! She also has to bond with her baby via holes in a cot with a little baby who she cannot touch because of her delicate skin. The emotions that surround all of this are immense in her.

There are plenty of fun parts though especially when she is excreting some milk for the baby, of course the first parts are just dribble and have to be sucked up in a little syringe. When she asked her partner to help, he's reaction was truly a man!!!

Jess Mother I thought was very mean when she said that it was something that Jess has done to bring on the baby too early. Not a nice thing to say and we find Jess justifying herself to her Mom and giving her the statistics of babies who are born early.

This is not a doom and gloom book, its quite uplifing, but full of emotions along the way.

I would like to thank the author Jennifer Gilby Roberts for allowing me to read this book.

Thank you.

What happens when nine months suddenly becomes six?

Life has always gone smoothly for Jess Jackson, but then she got pregnant and it wasn't just her breakfast that started going down the pan. And now her baby has "fallen out" before she's even started ante-natal classes.

Suddenly, she's sucked into the bubble of the Neonatal Unit, where tensions run high and the real world feels very far away. She has a new home, new routines, new friends and even a new crush, just when she feels most distant from her old life and fiancé. Add in sleep deprivation, hormones, worry and the fact that she has more contact with her breast pump than her baby, and her neat little world is in grave danger of falling apart.

The third trimester is never easy, but it's a whole lot harder when your baby's no longer inside you.

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Black Rose by Kris Thompson

Black RoseBlack Rose by Kris Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was recommended by several book buddies. I gave in and pushed it up my never ending pile of TBR list. I am so glad I did. I was hooked. ALL night I stayed up to finish this book. I began reading it around 9pm, I couldn't leave it alone, so I stayed with it right until the end.

Some people will say.....can't read this about rape, abduction, torture
Some will start it and not want to finish it

Can I urge you to read it, get past that and see the strength of the girls involved, see how this experience has affected them, but together they became a unit of sisters.

What was so amazing and stands out to me is the court case at the end. I was WHAT, WHAT, WHAT IN THE HELL [you will need to read the book to find out what I mean] its amazing how much is in this book.

Many things stood out for me, I passed over the rape, the abduction, the torture to why........the motive. Why.....these girls.

Its a book that is so well written. The feelings the emotions of they guys looking for them, the family and friends involved, its all there.

The warped mind of someone who could do this.......its all in there.

Strength of character. That's what stood out to me. How we can get strength from inside ourselves when we least expect it. How we can overcome anything with help.

Brilliant book.

I have to emphasis its not nice to read about abduction, rape, torture, but see beyond this, see the girls, see how they manage, see how they cope. Its not easy on the stomach in parts, but its a good psychological thriller.

I would like to thank The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House via Net Galley for my copy

Lillian Locke had the perfect life in Boulder, Colorado. She had the boyfriend of her dreams, a wonderful family, awesome friends, and a spot on the track team at a great college. There wasn’t anything life could throw at her that she couldn’t get through . . . until he found her.

Lillian never could have imagined being abducted and chained up in the dark. Worse yet, being just one of many girls kidnapped and held captive by a madman. All she can do now is hope that she survives the brutality of their captor long enough to find a way to free herself and her new captive friends. 

When Richard Haines’ girlfriend goes missing, he makes it his personal mission to find the woman he loves and bring her home to the safety of their loved ones. Seeking the help of friends and family, Richard abandons everything except for his pursuit of Lillian. But when someone else close to Richard goes missing, and the bodies of the abducted girls start showing up in the hills outside Boulder, the only thing he can do is hope that he finds her before it is too late

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