Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Review: The Moral Line

The Moral Line The Moral Line by Vanessa Bogenholm
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well this was a ride!

This was a ride for Alexandria too the main character in this book in more ways than one *wink*

I was approached by the author to ask if I would like to read this book. Its books I will read in and out [forgive the pun] if they are written well, this one is written well, all except the CAPITALS that sometimes the author uses, its just not needed. Emphasis can come without the CAPITAL SHOUTINGS, just one annoying thing that I got from it. Its minor, but annoying.

Alexandria has nowhere to turn really once her relationship hits rock bottom. We can see who she ends up down the wrong path.
Sometimes she hates it, and at other times she seems to love what she does.

We get to meet lots of different types of men who 'use' her business.

I personally found it a straight forward read, no really bad moments of me wanting to put the book down. I did feel I was in a brothel at times and I did get bored with the sex.......here we go again.... type of thing but, I reminded myself of why this was in the book soooooo much because its what this character did. It was her wages, her bread and butter.

The ending was pretty cool.

*My thanks to the author for allowing me to read and give my POV on*

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Review: Hope: Stories from a Women's Refuge

Hope: Stories from a Women's Refuge Hope: Stories from a Women's Refuge by Rosy Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was approached by the author who asked if I wanted to read and give an honest review of this book.
I agreed as it appealed to me and I have read many books relating to topics such as this.
They are not very nice topics I agree, but they are 'real' and it does happen. I never bury my head in the sand as you cannot deal with things around you otherwise.

Its not a long paged book so I was happy to fit it in between reads.

The layout of the book is very well presented as it deals with a different person each time and with different dilemmas and situations.

What pulls it together is Sue, the person who runs the refuge.
The connection with a Police officer and later, someone connected with a story line in the book itself.

Its lovely to get "happy endings" to life, but sometimes it doesn't happen as much as we would love it too and just once I would have liked to see that one of the stories didn't pan out as a happy every after. Am I morbid?
I am not sure, but I am simply down to earth and know that life isn't all what its cracked out to be or that everyone 'gets what they deserve' be it Police wise with CPS or criminals.
Some do, unfortunately ::::get away:::: with it.

I suppose that was my only critical point with it. I think I am a realist!

Happy smiling faces after an awful time isn't always the way.

Its very well written though and I enjoyed the way the author made each character realistic. However, in among the awful situations, abuse and those needing refuge, there was always that feel that Sue would sort it out.

For me I think it needs some tweaking to be more real. BUT that is just my thoughts on it and may not reflect on others reviews.

*My thanks to the author for allowing me to read this, as always, I do write honestly how a book makes me feel*

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Review: Good Girls Don't Die

Good Girls Don't Die Good Girls Don't Die by Isabelle Grey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I loved Isabelle Grey books.
But this one turned out to be quite slow for me, the pace was very tedious at times and I tried to make myself stay with it because I respect this author so much.

For some reason it just didn't pull me in like the others she has written.

Grace joins a team that are looking for Polly throughout this book. Shes missing, taken or ran off, no one quite knows and although there are many suspects, you never get to know for sure which one it could be.

Grace is in disgrace for dobbing in another officer from her previous location [we get to learn what as time goes on] so now is in another part of town in another division.

Another person is found dead.

There are leads that are not to be told to the public but it gets leaked out and Grace is looking like shes in the firing line.

It makes for a huge enormous brilliant story, but just something was lacking. I can't put my finger on it.

Although Polly was referred to in the book, it was like sometimes she had vanished from the pages of the book to and poked back in as an after thought.

Its MY opinion and I am not being a critic, I just found it very difficult to keep with it.

Like I said, I finished it because I respected the authors previous work. I will still be reading any other subsequent books she writes this won't put me off.

*My thanks to Quercus Books via Net Galley for my copy*

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Review: Slip of the Tongue

Slip of the Tongue Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is definitely worth your time and trouble to read this if you don't mind partners cheating.

The thing is, agree with it or not [and most of us will definitely say NOT] you can understand it in this book where Sadie veers off the straight and narrow of married life.
After all, if you were treated like a Queen, loved and lusted over and suddenly one day it stopped, your husband didn't even look your way you would be hurt, devastated feelings of anguish, lack of sex appeal and all the emotions that would run deep within her.

Most people would take to their partners about it right? But maybe some won't.

This lead Sadie down a slippery slope.

I didn't much like Sadie, she didn't appeal to me, but I understood her.

This made for a nice change in my reading habits and found I flicked through this book in no time. Its very well written.


* I received my copy from Jessica Hawkins via Net Galley*

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Saturday, 13 February 2016

Review: The Passenger

The Passenger The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The thought of reading this left me yearning to get to it as soon as I could.

But I am afraid I was just intrigued with the character at the start, but with her ever increasing 'disguises' it got a little boring for me at time.

It did pick up at the end.

It was an OK read for me, but I see other enjoyed it heaps, others did not.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: Beneath The Surface

Beneath The Surface Beneath The Surface by Heidi Perks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I am a Mom of two adult children. Any mother would find it hard to choose which child to take and which to leave behind, let alone if there were more than two.

Why would a Mom abandon one child and take her other two? Leaving a child in despair?

You are sixteen and you arrive home. Only to find emptiness. Your Mother is gone and your siblings.
Imagine the effect it would have on you.
Abbi's therapist suggest she writes letters to come to terms with her feelings. Write them down and see how she feels, her emotions, her love for her family and Mother who abandoned her. Her disbelief.

So some of the chapters are written from Abbi's letters. They are heartfelt.

There are secrets and lies woven into this story.

This is not a thriller of sorts, but it does have mystery.

I had to admit that the second half of the story made me cry. The tears flowed at the end.


This is a well written book that if made into a drama on TV would get everyone glues to the TV I assure you.

Brilliantly played out.

My thanks to the author for the chance to read and review this it was certainly MY pleasure.

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Review: The Beauty of the End

The Beauty of the End The Beauty of the End by Debbie Howells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This authors other book The Bones of You was one of my all time favorites so when I was contacted to see if I would like to read her latest novel I certainly didn't hesitate one iota.

Just like her other book kept me up all night, so did this one. I blame this author for dark bags under my eyes.

The plot, the twist, the misguided routes I went down was endless, but worth my travel.
She writes with such beguile that I cannot fault her penmanship.

Noah....
April is a murder??

NO NO NO

So he goes down the road to prove that she is innocent.

Doing so, this only forces Noah's hand to confront the part he has played in April's life.

This is an awesome read.

I really didn't want this to end, I wanted to keep the excitement going on and on but for the climax to be revealed.

*I would like to thank Kensington Books Via Net Galley for my early copy to read and review*

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Review: You Were Here

You Were Here You Were Here by Cori McCarthy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jaycee's brother Jake was a bit of a dare devil, he always walked on the wild side of life and liked nothing better than to take chances. Except, his last chance ran out and he fell to his death.

Jaycee obviously is devastated and at a loss, she blames her brother, but she also grieves for him.

Dare to drink and create stunts and do them, and you have one lethal concoction.

Why is Jaycee walking around with her brother's clothes on?
Why is she acting the same way her brother did whose last stunt created his death?
Hasn't she learnt from this?

People are afraid of her.

Jaycee is grieving.

If anyone knows about grief, you can act in the most unexpected ways.

Her friends need to take action before its too late.


This was a very moving story. There is therapy, grief, secrets, and coming to an enlightenment of the truth.

Its a well written thought out and thought provoking read.

I thoroughly enjoyed my reading journey with this one.

*Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire via Net Galley for my copy*

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Review: Don't You Cry

Don't You Cry Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Mary Kubica is an author I accidentally came across. First time was on Net Galley.
Her secound book was sent to me via her Publicist.
Both books I thoroughly enjoyed so when I was sent an invitational widget to download this book, did I wait? Did I heck.

I had to download this and as I was reading this I thought this was a slow burner, what's happening.

As I read though, it was like someone had light a bomb on a huge line......it was sizzling undercurrent and slowly moving along. Then.....
BANG

I am not going to tell you much about the storyline because some is in the blurb and some in reviews, so to say more will only make for spoilers.

How did this make me feel?
Well at first......I wondered where this was leading as it seemed a little slow.
Then the story began to rise, like yeast in bread. Leave it long enough and it will overspill. This was just like it, the excitement building up in me with eagerness of wanted to shout "C'mon I need to know".

I loved all of her books, this one just has the edge.


*My thanks to Harlequin (US & Canada) via Net Galley for my copy to read and review*

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Review: The Promise

The Promise The Promise by Alison Bruce
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Although this is book 6 in the series, I was wondering how I would fair reading it as I may have missed out on such a lot.

I think I would have been better prepared if I had read the others in the series but it wasn't that bad actually.

I, of course, didn't know about this Gary Goodhew and his last case, it does infringe on several bits outlining it so that the reader is reminded, but seeing that I hadn't read prior to this, it didn't complete the bigger picture of course.

Did this matter at the end of the day?
Well, yes and no. Yes because for me I like to read books in order, but for story, really, I think you can get into it quite well and by the time you are halfway through, it really doesn't matter one iota. But, after saying this, it leaves you in a bit of an abyss. Because the story goes back and forth you tend to be wandering in a mist.

So would I honestly say read the others? Yes I would.

There is a past to Gary Goodhew that is about to come out which keeps you biting your nails.

Its hard for me to comment objectively as I REALLY do feel I have missed out on a great impact somewhere along the line.

I requested this from Net Galley via Little, Brown Book Group UK

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Review: On a Slippery Slope

On a Slippery Slope On a Slippery Slope by Melody Fitzpatrick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hannah is in her new town and about to start Middle school. Some of the other children are not very nice to her at all.
The next door neighbor's kid, brother and sister, her new friends persuade her to get involved in the middle school ski and snowboarding club hoping this may help her.

Because Hannah has moved from Vermont to here, they automatically assume that Hannah can ski.
Therein lies Hannah's problem, secret and dilemma.

This is a beautifully written book for young middle grade children which I as an adult enjoyed reading.


*My thanks to Children's Fiction, Travel via Net Galley for my copy*

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Review: Exposure

Exposure Exposure by Helen Dunmore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Set yourself in a time zone of the 1960's when the Cold war was at its peak. Then you are in the mindset of how to read this story.

You don't know if your friend can be trusted or neighbour is who they say they are.
This has a spy 'taste' about it because of its era and time zone.

A file goes missing. Its Top Secret.
Lilly's husband Simon is blamed for this.
Here starts not only the nightmare for Simon, but for his wife and children and all those that know him.

Helen Dunmore is a brilliant author that focuses more on people and the interwoven effects of that rather than the plot. The plot is excellent, but the people involved are more the peak of the excellence of this her story telling.

I would like to thank Random House UK, Cornerstone for my review copy

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Review: Summit Lake

Summit Lake Summit Lake by Charlie Donlea
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Setting the scene:

This is set in North Carolina, a beautiful place in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The author describes this so well that you can see it in your minds eye.
Then you see Summit Lake.

The opening of the story is quite horrific, blood curdling and so well written that you are gasping at the sentences.

Becca is brutally raped and killed in her parents summer home.

The decriptions the author uses makes your eyes widen as you read them.

There was the bit about how Becca never left eye contact with her attacker.

The story then reverts back before this savage attack and how Becca's life was.

Before she was murdered

This is a breathtaking, gasping, jaw dropping read.

I would happily recommend this to my book buddies who love 'getting their teeth' into something 'good'


Thank you to Kensington Books via Net Galley for my copy to read, enjoy and review *

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Review: Beautiful Broken Things

Beautiful Broken Things Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



You know when you start one of those books that you just know, you have an inner gut feeling "This is gonna be a good 'un?"
Well, let me tell you, this surely is.

This brings out emotions in you constantly from laughter to tears of sadness.

The main characters are Caddy, Rosie and Suzanne.
You know or remember, those feelings you had as a teenager, wanting, no...needing to be accepted by your peers. Wanting everyone to 'like' you.
All those confusing thoughts that go on inside your head and worrying about what others might think. Well, this is a story unlike any other I have read lately as its not a romance in the true sense of this. This is about mental health, this is about family, this is about friendship.

What happens when a best buddy breaks your heart?
Follow it, sense it, live it. It will make you cry.

Beautifully written and a fabulous debut novel from this author.
I cannot wait to see what else she writes.


*My thanks to Pan Macmillan via Net Galley for my copy to read and review*

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Review: Against the Wall

Against the Wall Against the Wall by Jill Sorenson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Now and again I will dive head first into a romance but with a twist, and after reading the blurb on this one, I thought, why not.

Jill Sorenson's books are ones that I have been familiar with and I like her style of writing. I have to add though, its been a while since I read one of hers and I can she she's gone from strength to strength as this held me captive. I actually read this in one day.

I personally like some [what I call "umff" in a romance, something that is 'different from boy meets girl'] and I certainly found that between the pages of this read.

Every Mother's nightmare is when your daughter gets with a lad who is not worthy of your daughters love and affection. Someone who has been on the wrong side of the law. Someone you know as a Mom will not be a suitable match.

This had all the taste of that.....and more.

Its written in such a way that you keep going from page to page, ignoring how many chapters you are reading, your eyes and thoughts are totally into the story.

This is definitely a book I would recommend to someone who likes romance, twists and doesn't mind missing out on a days chores *wink*


My thanks go to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via Net Galley for my copy to read and review

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Review: Torn

Torn Torn by Rosie Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



No matter what, I am always pulled to stories such as this.
One of my aunties used to Foster, her home was always packed not only with her own children but children that needed to be cared for until things were either sorted with the children's family and Social services worked out what was best for the children or maybe even at 3am be fetching down cots from the loft because of an urgent placement.
So maybe this is why I read such stories.

Its also for the huge resilience of children.

Its not until you get older and a Mother of grown children yourself you can understand that parental actions affect your kids. They do. Your actions as well as your decisions. Treatment of them, how you speak, what kind of speech you use. There is an awful lot into parenting your child to grow up the type of person you want them to be in society and life.

This is more so when you are a foster parent. More often than not a child or children come to you from backgrounds that you need to have special qualifications for to deal with the child and steer it in the correct path.

Then there is the loyalty they will have with their own Parents no matter how much they were treated badly.
Children love, children forgive.
But, children are not immune.

We can see this when Rosie takes in a brother and sister, Taylor and Reece. Reece is the younger brother and we experience the upsetting behavior of Taylor and how Rosie feels out of her depth at times. I remember my auntie feeling the same way. And as mentioned in here, its the ones that do worry about "doing the right thing" that do well, because they are aware of the children and their needs.

As we read, we learn more and more about the way the Mother has to live and the way they're father is with them, especially Taylor.

Taylor is 10 years old going on 18 which is a worrying issue.

Bailey their younger sibling needs to arrive later in the story which bounces off more issues we get to see and understand.

Rosie Lewis the author writes a brilliant story allowing us the insight into the Foster mother and her own children. And your integrity for the children she takes under her wing. The feelings towards staff of the Social services and how a relationship needs to be formed for the sake of the children. Her own set of rules also.

Its written very much in the style of Cathy Glass, so if you are a fan of hers you will love this one too.


* I would like to thank HarperCollins UK, Nonfiction and Net Galley for my copy*

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Review: Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


OMG

I have read some fantastic books so far this year. This year I have a feeling is going to be awesome. I finished last year on a high and this year has started on a high for just awesomeness in book material.

Jack & Grace

They seem the most perfect of couples. Surely you have experienced it. The typically "forever happy, never row, never have a cross word, smiley at each other, gooey eyed seemingly perfect couple".

Do you get envious?
Or do you think "hmm yeah yeah"

I am sure there are couples out there that get on very well, but the appearance of Jack and Grace and how they both conduct themselves in the public eye is nothing far from awesomeness. But behind closed doors...........

Yep, that is when you see Jack for what he is.

This is not an upsetting brutal man in the full sense of the word as in beatings, so don't be mislead that this may turn your stomach, because it won't.

I knew right from the start that I didn't like Jack. I felt very strongly where I wanted to kick him to make it hurt and worse.

Grace I thought at times was shallow, but the more I read the more I could understand her situation.

Who is going to believe her?
And when will she get any time to herself and an opportunity to even do anything remotely like changing her life situation.

The author has written a strong plot, a plot that will keep you engrossed so well you definitely won't be able to stop reading, if you need to sleep, be aware that you may not be able to, or at the least, wake to find yourself reaching for your book/kindle before even breakfast!
I kid you not, this is one awesome read.

Its strong, its solid, no flaws, the pitch the power and pace is just right for any reading to be pulled along its path.

The conclusion was SUPER.

Would I recommend this book to you?
Would I hell......YES, go get it NOW.
You won't be sorry you read this one. Seriously.


* I need to say Harlequin (UK) Limited via Net Galley and of course the author B. A. Paris for my copy*

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Review: Journey to Death

Journey to Death Journey to Death by Leigh Russell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars




I have only just become acquainted with Leigh Russell and her books. This is the first book I have read by her as I have only just discovered her via Facebook and Net Galley. I think that was a good thing.

This is a story that slowly builds.

Picture this:

A man living on an Island, falls in love, but he has to leave the Island, not through choice, but because he is forced to leave. He has also to leave his woman behind with promises of his returning.

Many years later he returns with his wife and his grown daughter Lucy.

Lucy his daughter has been persuaded to go with her parents after the breakup of her cheating boyfriend.

Now that is the layout in short.

I was reading and I could feel the tension mounting as the author 'drops' in little nuggets of interest now and again that will keep you on the 'alert'.
A few times someone is mentioned and you think.....hmmmmmm

Its a slow build up to a climax of events that interlock with the past.

Its not an "on the edge of your seat" thriller, but its what I call 'a good 'un' because this just keeps you wondering with each page you flick.

Its surrounding with a family story, a kidnap and all sorts of things to keep you guessing.

I liked it that much that I will be looking at the authors other books.

*My thanks to the author Leigh Russell and Thomas & Mercer for my copy via Net Galley*

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Review: I Came to Find a Girl

I Came to Find a Girl I Came to Find a Girl by Jaq Hazell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars




I have had this book on my Kindle for some time and it must have gone further down my pile.
I was fascinated with the title of the book, it sounded very beguiling, intriguing and fascinating.

My honestly is that its a very well written book. I can't fault it there. And at times it kept my interest, at times it faltered and then peaked again.

Its left me feeling up and down with my experience of this read. I felt it more a poetic read than an intense thriller.
Words take on several meanings and they hold power to grip you, grasp you and not let you go, and this held me in a vice at times, and at other times I felt deflated. I wanted to LOVE this book, but I liked it. Its a good read. Its kinda different. But I can't explain how.
I thought the blurb was intense, that's held my interest to read it.

Others may love it, as its well written. I like the oddness of this read.

I'm sitting on the fence and that's not like me at all.

Thank you Jaq Hazell for allowing me to read and review your book.

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Review: Dead Secret

Dead Secret Dead Secret by Ava McCarthy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What and absolute crazy ride. This pulled me in and spat me out. I was so engrossed I didn't realize the clock ticking away and nothing was getting done at home.

This story had me literally sunk right into its pages.

There is nothing more thrilling than me to find a story of a child missing or kidnapped or whatever in a story because I just know there are going to be all kinds of emotions coming to the fore, not only for the characters but for me too and this surely happened whilst reading this.

The twist in its tail was spine chilling.

As you can see, I am certainly not going to write anything about the book that hasn't already been covers or spoil it for anyone.

The author is such a fab story teller I can't wait for more books from her.

My thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction/Blue Door via Net Galley for my copy.

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