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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Forty One by Lesia Daria

Forty OneForty One by Lesia Daria
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think this story would appeal to us middle aged bracket women who feel they are in a rut. You get to that age where all seems like drudgery and hard work and you forget about the rewards and achievements you have reached and what you have gains by experience and attained.

A "plan" is drawn up between herself and her husband, to work abroad and gain some financial security while she stays home rearing the kids and seeing to their home.

But as we know, all the best laid plans.............

I read the long blurb on this and was expecting more than what I got I think.

There is an awful lot in this book, maybe a little too much with her coming into contact with two of her exes?
One would have been enough for her to struggle over I thought.

You may enjoy it, so don't be put off with my review because on the whole is was well written but I just think with the long blurb I was expecting much more than I got.

My thanks go to Cameron Publicity & Marketing Ltd via Net Galley for my copy.

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Taking on Water by David Rawding

Taking on WaterTaking on Water by David Rawding
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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I hadn't heard anything about this book or author until I agreed to read it for Red Adept Publishing, and agreed to be on the tour.

Having read what the book was about it seemed I had a good chance of settling down and enjoying it.

I need to say though, its on a slow burner for me at the start and didn't start picking up and get my full attention until half way into the book.

I am not much into boats, fishermen and lobster catching, but I have to say, I did learn a lot along the way, so I guess that was a bonus.

When this book took off for me I really threw through the pages as it was then starting to get very very interesting.

James is married to Maya. James is a Social worker who used to be 'hands on' working for the abuse children protection side of things, now he is on the telephones and works mostly in the office. We learn about James past as we read along which was surprisingly heart rending due to him going back in his mind and we see how the author actually showed us readers the experience he had when young.
I really felt for James.

Maya works as a Detective for the Police force. She is strong, hard and needs to be all what she needs to be when working among her peers. Only James gets to see her "soft" side.

James gets to meet a lad named Kevin. He notices he has bruises in places and is concerned about him. But when he gets to meet Kevin's father and mother, his suspicions change as they seem a lovely couple so James relaxes. As time goes on the two couples bond and spend time together.

Maya has a big job going down, she is on the case of a drug related crime.

This story goes to an unexpected turn of events that really enthrall you. You then get to grasp all the characters involved.

The author David Rawding has really pulled some great characters out of the bag, so believable and as for the fishing? Well, let me say that I even got used to that and the lobster catching. Learnt a lot about the sea Police and the nets.

Secrets. Secrets and lies. Doe they really stayed buried? And if they did, should they? And if they didn't, do you wish they had!

I loved reading this despite the slow start and take off for me.

So my thanks to the author and Red Adept Publishing, LLC plus Net Galley for my copy.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

After You by Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)After You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*Do not read this unless you have read Me Before You, the first book in the series as you just will miss out on so much *

Oh no oh no oh no

I love Jojo Moyes books. I love her style, I love her writing and I love the stories she invents.
However, I have to say, in my opinion she should have left this one.

Me before you lived up to all its hype, and that is where she should have left it. This one was about Louisa after Wills suicide.

Even the unexpected appearance of an 'unknown' daughter didn't pull me in either.

That's the thing really. I feel authors like film producers should know when to leave on a high or they go on with book 1, book 2 then book 3 then 4 and before you know it, its spoiled the series.

I can only be honest with my review as I stand by my personal viewpoint

Someone else may love it, but for me.......
I wish I had just read book one as that book ME BEFORE YOU made such an impact on me.

*My thanks go to PENGUIN GROUP Viking on Net Galley for my advanced copy* I am sorry I couldn't be more positive.

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Saturday, 26 September 2015

The Vacancy by Cael Percy

The Vacancy by Cael Percy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book came directly from the author who kindly asked if I would give my review on the first installment of the series which I agreed to do

This is a short quick read leading into the next book in its series.

Alexa has found herself in a tight spot in life, she needs to get a job or she will loose everything, even the roof over her head.

This is where the apt title of the book comes into play The Vacancy
Alexa needs a job, this firm has a vacancy.

When she goes for her interview and learns she has to sign different papers she wonders why, but its explained to her that this is because of social media outlets ect and their firm values privacy. Nothing seems wrong with this.

Then she meets the boss...........

This ends hot and steamy and looks like there are lots more mysterious things that are going to come to the fore in book 2.

This is a great start to the series leaving me wondering what her boss is really like [he seems OK at the moment although a bit bossy [but with a smile on his face!] we shall see]

Alexa is totally smitten with her boss.......
Its like his hand reached out for her and she gripped it, hook, line and sinker....

I have to say this made a change from my usual reads at the moment. Its a sexy short mysterious dark read.....

Looking forward to more.

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James

Sister, PsychopathSister, Psychopath by Maggie James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was looking forward to getting to read this book for several reasons.

1. I like the author
2. I have read one of her other books and enjoyed it.
3. She lives near me and its based around places and my hometown which I am familiar with.
4. It has a great blurb which took my attention.

I wasn't wrong on any of these counts.

For you who follow my reviews will know that I do write honest and as tactfully as I can when something just wasn't 'there' just something that was missing for me personally.

The "only" thing was that it was so slow in the beginning.

Once it captured my attention I was a 'green' for 'go' and just stayed with this book last night until I finished it.

Megan and Chloe were half sisters. When they were small Megan adored Chloe however, that changed, that changed drastically as they grew up.
Chloe made some really horrible remarks to Megan which I would have slapped her for. I thought Megan was very calm in some aspects towards her sister.

There is a man involved in this tale. Its a good weave.

James Matthews is a wealthy businessman. Megan and Chloe's mother works for him and has an infatuation for James. Whilst Chloe also is wanted to reel him into her wicked digger!

Their Mother has a psychiatric illness which makes her act, shall we say...not sensible at times.

James is married.
James likes Tucker.
Megan is close to Tucker.
Chloe wants James.
Their mother wants James.

There are wicked sociopathic inroads in this story that lead us to how dangerous Chloe is. There are family dysfunctional epics, there are sister rivalry, there are conflicting love interests, there are questionable sexuality issues and acceptance.

But there is Chloe and she is one mad chick, she is one deranged female that has a lot going on.

When you get to about 1/2 way through this story you will not be able to stop thinking about it, you will need to sit with this until you see the conclusion.

Its a superbly well thought out plot that yes, it did start off slow for me, but that was OK in the end because it reached its climax. And the climax was breathtakingly good.

My thanks to the author and the authors publicist for allowing me the honor to read and review this book.

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Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni

Her Final Breath (Tracy Crosswhite, #2)Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was so taken with this authors first book I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one.
I was truly not disappointed at all.

Robert Dugoni. Yes......ROBERT DUGONI......remember his name because in my humble opinion is an author in the making. Flawless.

He writes well, his technique and thought processes throughout the tale of this thriller was just 'spot on'.
The main characters in this book 2 are even more pronounced than book 1 [if that is possible].

I ask myself, how can he better this! Because you just don't expect this class of penmanship from such a 'new' author. I am definitely down on his book stalker list. Waiting bated breathe for his next written work.


We met Tracy Crosswhite in book 1. Where we learn of her sisters death.

Tracy has now returned to the Police force where she is working on a complex case. I find Tracy a likable character that is growing from book 1 to book 2. I have more insight to her now and kinda getting how she ticks.

Tracy is in charge of a force of people who are hunting a Serial killer. The women are all connected by a 'job' that they do. The serial killer is named Cowboy.
You get to learn why that name is fitting as you read.

I liked how the author slowly moved up a notch at a time leading the reader to put all the learning processes into order, so much so, it kept me hanging on every written word. I had to read this book from start to finish as I found it slowly revealing things, there was no place to put it down because as one chapter ended you just had to start the next.

The reason [for me] why book 2 got my 5 stars was because although this is one ace of a book to read, it never had the full 'edge of me seat' moment like book 1 did. Maybe because I worked out the person responsible partway through.

Nevertheless, I can't rave about this author, this book, this series enough. And I certainly cannot wait for my next from Robert Dugoni.

Remember his name.

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Friday, 18 September 2015

The Reckoning Stones by Laura DiSilverio

The Reckoning StonesThe Reckoning Stones by Laura DiSilverio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a close knit religious community which has no local police force but an outside Sheriff that never gets involved.

Everyone goes to church and everyone knows each other.

Mercy is a 14 year old girl who gets raped by the Pastor Matt. No one believes her.

Someone has attacked Pastor Matt, he has been badly beaten near to death.
But who did it? No one believed her, did they?

Mercy runs.

Twenty years later, she is living far away from this community and trying to live her life. She creates Jewelry.
The author has written a great insight to the Jewelry that Mercy creates which added to the understanding of how sensitive this art is.

Mercy is now known as Iris, she changed her name and her surname.

What happened to the Pastor who raped her? Well he was left in a coma.
Twenty years later Iris comes across and a newspaper that tells the world that a miracle has happened and Paster Matt is now awake.

Iris wants to go back to settle things. Her father was put into prison accused of this crime, but Iris is not convinced that he did it, she visits him in prison.

Of course, her return is not met with a good old welcome home banner. She has a lot of people against her even after all this time.

We see how she meets up with different ones she used to play with, someone she used to love and her best friend and where that leads her now.

Can Iris [who was once known as Mercy] uncover the truth.

And what are these "reckoning stones"

I found this a pretty good paced read. Laura DiSilverio is a great story teller that kept my interest throughout and did keep me guessing until towards the end.
It wasn't shocking to find out but it was understandable and acceptable.

I really did enjoy this read and was breathing a sigh of relief that Mercy got to the bottom of it all.

* I want to thank Midnight Ink and net galley for my review copy*

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Girl Alone by Cathy Glass

Girl AloneGirl Alone by Cathy Glass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read Cathy Glass books since, well, it seems, forever. And each time she writes a heart touching story you get an insight to not only the little person she is talking about but she reveals more about herself.

Cathy is known by Social Services as an Experienced foster carer. You can see why in each book, but with each book she writes more and more I take away with my about the person behind these successful stories.


Yes I feel the frustration that Cathy must feel sometimes with the 'red tape' and how things may have worked better if they had........
and I must say, Cathy has utter self control and acts professional at all times. Although we get little glimpses of her frustration, her expertise and hands on not always being listened to. Most times yes, sometimes not and I feel that sometimes Cathy is holding back when speaking to the Foster caring team. And of course she must.

This little girl that came to her comes with a lot of anger and she is totally out of control for a thirteen year old. Knows too much [or thinks she does] out most nights, and found to have an older boyfriend who is very very wrong for her and she is known to drink, get drunk and use drugs.

Its not an easy ride for either of them, for this child in Foster care, for Cathy and for her own children.

How Cathy handles different things is a learning curve and a thoughtful one, sometimes a thankless one.

The Mother of this child married again after her husband had committed suicide. The father was found and this poor little lass saw her father hanging there.

But this thirteen year old does not get along with her step father. She runs.
Her Mother is beyond breaking point.

In comes Cathy.

Can Cathy help? can she alter anything, can she change the route of self destruction this child is on?

Another great read from Cathy.

I would like to thank HarperCollins UK, Nonfiction via net galley for my copy to read and review.

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The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

The Mistake I MadeThe Mistake I Made by Paula Daly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is portrayed as The Mistake I Made is the latest page-turner from one of the England’s most captivating new thriller writers. In her provocative and riveting third novel and they are not wrong.

We all make mistakes in life right? Some small tiny mistakes, some dirty great big ones and some we just cannot change.

Roz is now a single parent working as a Physiotherapist.
Her young son is in trouble at school, AGAIN.
Her business is failing, her finances at critical point.

She arrives home one day with an eviction notice at her door.

What can she do? This is serious stuff, they are soon to loose their home.

How can she make some money to pay the rent.

Roz goes off to her sister's 40th birthday bash to try to forget and just enjoy it then think about it later.

At the birthday party there a lovely man there who takes a liking to her but he is well and truly married and she won't go there....

Later though, he cannot forget her so he tracks her down and propositions her. How about spending a night with me for money.

This is not just a well thought out book but an insightful book. We can never judge other people until we walk a mile in their shoes, isn't that how the saying goes?
This is truly how I felt when reading this.

Its not as straight forward as it sounds and Paula Daly has done a fantastic job with this. It has its fun moments in it too which made me laugh out loud on more then one occassion.


My thanks go to the author and to Grove Atlantic from net galley for my chance to read and enjoy this lovely book.

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Untouchable by Ava Marsh

UntouchableUntouchable by Ava Marsh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First let me say this is an 'unputdownable' read.
Secondly let me say, you need to put time away because you won't be able to leave this book until you have read it from cover to cover.

Well, this was what it was like for me.

Stella [her real name is Grace, but in the escort business she likes to be called Stella] she pampers to the whims, needs and sexual appetites of her clients. For money.

It wasn't always like this for Stella, she was a respected member of society but something happened, and you will need to read this to find out.

One of the girls is found murdered and Stella finds herself enmeshed in this. And as Stella becomes near to the truth uncovering endless things, its starting to look very very dangerous for Stella.

Let me say, if you are adverse to sexual scenes and graphically written, then you may find this disturbing. I need to say though, they are vital to the writing of this book, the author doesn't keep back any punches and its realistic to the core. Not showing, not for tittilation its paramount for our understanding of the characters

This is a story with many layers, layers that are revealed in stages, its really really addictive reading.

I can't believe this is a debut novel. I really need to look out for her next one if this is anything to go by.


Thank you to the author and to Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for providing me with a fantastic read for me to review from Net Galley

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Yard War by Taylor Kitchings

Yard WarYard War by Taylor Kitchings
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was contacted by the author Taylor Kitchings to ask if I would be interested in giving my viewpoint on Yard War as it was up on Net Galley and seeing as I am a member, maybe I would like to 'give it a go'.

So I did.

I am really glad that my attention was brought to this book because its a very profound read.

Its set in the South in the 60's. Its paramount subject matter is racism.

We have two young youths named Trip and Dee, they form a good friendship. A bond.

Trips family employ a maid. This is quite common so not unusual at all. but her son is named Dee.

So this is where the problem lies.

This is also based around the time of the Civil war movement. So its a good history lesson for any YA who wants to become familiar with aspects and race hatred around that time.

Trip leads a privileged where he lives in Jackson, Mississippi. His father is a doctor and his Mother is of high standing in society from a well breed background.

Dee and Trip are kicking a ball around the yard, nothing wrong with that, but remember, this is in the South and the year is 1960's, there is everything wrong, one is white, one is black.

Neighbors looked down on this and lots of fuss and bother ensue.

But Dee and Trip's bond is not to be broken.

At times I found some things not to be realistic. Let me explain.

Tim had a teacher which was quite liberal in her teaching and her emotions and own personal thoughts did get in the way of teaching. Could she remain in that teaching profession unnoticed to be biased? I just wasn't sure.

The I could well imagine the segregation of the blacks from the whites, the prejudices that were so well documented.

I personally am not racist so at times found this hard to read, and I had to keep reminding myself that this is FACT and this is really how it was. And in some cases still is.

I thought this author did a superb job in keeping it inline with historical events as close as could be [this it to what I had read about and not from this book, or media news from the past]

I can imagine this book to be a good read for a book class to open a great discussion that could lead to great essays etc.

Thank you to the author for drawing my attention to your book. And my thanks to Random House Children's for sanctioning my the book to review.

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In the Drink by Allyson K. Abbott

In the Drink (Mack's Bar Mystery, #3)In the Drink by Allyson K. Abbott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the third book in this series [which I didn't realize at the time] but after saying that, I don't think it made a difference, well, not to me, I seemed to be able to pick the story up well. Maybe its one of those 'themed' series which have the same main characters but issue different story plots.

This is what you call a 'cozy mystery' its nothing too deep, bit like Miss Marples, or a 'whodunnit' you watch like a little drama on TV on daytime telly. The ending not being finished and you need to watch the next episode.

However, I read a lot of books and leaving cliff hangers can be awesome if you get the complete series at one purchase, however, realistically it may be a year before you get the next book, by that time, I would have read so many other books I would have forgotten and had to recap.

If you don't read many books, and just pick one up now and again on your bedside table to read lightly before going to bed, then I would say, go for it. By the time you read this then the next book may be released, but for an avid reader like me I was left hanging, and now I shall want to know who it was........until.....another book grabs me and this one will fade into distant memory.

I would gladly read books by this author again and again, but with cliff hangers like this and having to wait ages for the next book, I would have to refresh my memory!

A first class Cozy Mystery.

*Thanks to the author and to Kensington Books for my copy to read and review *

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