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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Review: A Year and a Day

A Year and a Day A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This starts off with a woman going to throw herself off a bridge in Prague. Then......he arrives.

Next chapters take you back in time.

We have three different women, different times.

I found this a thought provoking intense read.
Absolutely super.

I have to check out more of this authors books.

My thanks to Penguin Uk via Net galley

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Review: Least Said

Least Said Least Said by Pamela Fudge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's lovely to get away from a thriller and read a woman's contemporary book full of emotions.

This reminded me of something I'd watch on Jeremy Kyle. Whose the daddy. I think that's what puts it into reality for me as 'stuff' like this does happen.
Gladly not to me!

The two people came together after a tragic event that happened.
They fell in love and all they wanted was a baby.
But tests proved that his sperm count was low.

Like many men it affects their manly ego pride so he felt more comfortable blaming his wife.

Then the worse happens, she comes across a text message on his phone from a female.
Believing the worse she thinks two can play this game!

Ending up pregnant.

But who is the daddy.

One mistaken night of passion with a stranger.

Out one day with her child she bumps into "him"

I found this an easy book to get into and read. Easy to digest and keep tabs on.

The mistakes we make, the secrets we keep, eventually come back and bite us.

My thanks to Endeavour Press for my copy to read via Net Galley

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Review: Freedom from Constipation: Natural Remedies for Digestive Health

Freedom from Constipation: Natural Remedies for Digestive Health Freedom from Constipation: Natural Remedies for Digestive Health by Christopher Vasey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I saw this book on Net Galley and because I suffered so badly with constipation after coming off painkillers I thought I'd have a read. See if there is anything in here new to me other than what I'd been told by my Doctor.

We all suffer at some stage in our lives.

It was interesting to me that I had three triggers.

Not drinking enough water

Stress in my life I can't do much about.
Medication I could.
Drinking more water I've increased.

At the beginning of the book it explains exactly how we are made inside, goes onto tell us how to examine our poohs (excuse me) describing how to have a more effective release of food waste without bulk by pass or tremendous strain and end up with piles!

The importance of knowing solvable fibre to not solvable fibre.

The difference in grains 'in' food as opposed to whole grains and how the help.

It was interesting to me how our plate should be more veg, less carbs and definitely less meat especially red meat.

How long foods take to reach the end of your colon.

If anyone suffers with constipation this is one of the best books I've read.
So much information.

My thanks to the publishers and Net Galley for my copy.

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Review: When The Dragon Roars

When The Dragon Roars When The Dragon Roars by Nesly Clerge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This author has continued from book one to book 2 of this series with great gusto.
This has been a book I have longed to read after reading book 1 by this author who to my mind has great talent. Hes managed to keep me completely emerged within the pages and feel emotions about characters that became so real to me.

He breathes life into them.

We met Frederick in the first book, he likes very much to be in control of everything, hes a business man, father and husband.

His life behind bars could go two ways, but the only way for Frederick is to be powerful and gain control. No weakness shown.

We saw him gain power over his inmates from the last book, but only a little insight to what really happens within the next installment.

Will the mighty fall.....
I absolutely love this authors style and his first book was a hooker for my attention, this one has equaled it.

I was kindly given a copy of this book if I would like to read it for my pleasure.

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Review: The Taste of Air

The Taste of Air The Taste of Air by Gail Cleare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had read one of this authors previous books so I am aware of her style, but this book surpassed the last read but in a different way.

It was written with sheer passion for the characters which shone through each page. The more I got to learn about this double life of the Mother the more I fell into the emotional trap of secrets.

Imagine 40 years of a families secret known only by the Mother.

Family secrets can go any two ways, crumble a family into a heaped emotional mess with anger, frustration and dysfunctional to pulling them closer together.
I couldn't help but wonder which way this would unfold.

A fantastic well written book which evokes many emotions of family life.

Makes me wonder, who is hiding secrets in my own family, because I am sure through the lineage of most families there are some.

My thanks for the invitation to read this from the author and connected to Red Adept Publishing, LLC via Net Galley

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Review: Good Me, Bad Me

Good Me, Bad Me Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG what a read this was. I am gasping for air right now.

To be treated very badly by a parent is unbelievable, to be with a mother who treats other kids not only bad but torments them, torments then and kills them and a 15 your old daughter being aware of this is outstandingly shocking.

When Annie informs the police of this at the tender age of only 15 you can gasp and feel her emotions.

The last victim was the one that broke the camels back for Annie, she was very close to the victim, the author made you feel the emotionally pull between Annie and the mother's last victim.

The questioning she undergoes in court is astonishingly brought home how a child brought up with overbearing, mind turning parents can have an effect on your psychological mind when she is listening out behind a screen for just the breathing sounds of her mother.

Annie's name is changed to Milly to help protect her and Milly is trying hard to not let the bad overtake the good within her, she doesn't want to be like her mother.

This is a chilling book that will not only give you goosebumps but will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.

My thanks to Penguin UK - Michael Joseph via Net Galley for my early copy

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Review: Void

Void Void by David M. Staniforth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When the author invited me to read this book assuring me it would be 'right up my street'. I was a little unsure because I have had lots saying this lately even in genres I don't read, but something made me take the plunge.

I have to say I nose dived into the book not really knowing if I would like it.

I can gasp in horror now because if not for the author I may have just kept this book on my Kindle as I had purchased this some many months ago, hesitating to read it.

Just imagine yourself in a car, its freezing cold, you are in a street you don't recognize. Where are you? That would be enough right? Well no, its a case of who am I as well.

Memory. That's a minefield.

Our memories can play tricks on us, they can distort events, selective memories..

And as memories return, can they be trusted.

This is a very cleverly written book, I nose dived into it and it smothered me for hours where I forgot the world around me. Now that is mostly impossible for me to switch off from life,but this book did it.

It gave me tingles

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Friday, 21 October 2016

Review: Saving Sophie

Saving Sophie Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's taken me three days to read this book which is unusual for me. Something like this I would have read within a day or two.

I've fluctuated between loving it, hating it and having gasps of ' really?'
Just some things I found hard to swallow with ease.

I liked it.
I will remember it.
I would recommend to some, not to others on my reading list.

I could see this as a book buddy read as lots of things to discuss from within the pages.

I liked the plot, enjoyed the twist.

Sophie's been out with friends.
She's been brought home in a Police car totally incoherent

Sophie's mum things it may not just be drink but she's been drugged too.
Her Fathers quite exasperated by Sophie.

Something isn't right.

Then next we learn that one of her closest friends, Amy is missing.

When Sophie wakes the next day she remembers nothing.

Of course the plot thickens, and it thickens well.
It's a book that needs sticking with and sometimes reading between the lines.

The Mum with acrophobia is torn between her disabling illness and needing to be pract I felt her mental anguish and emotional fight.
Her husband got very exasperated with her too. He didn't seem to be the most understanding of partners at times and I wondered why. I found out at the end.

Saving Sophie was of course about Sophie, but I think it also saved her parents.

My most annoying problem itching at me was the way Sophie handled things, or, didn't handle things.

One minute scared so needing her Father to meet her after work, then another time seemingly to take chances. Or it maybe just me.

Because I did enjoy it, I'm happy to give it 4 stars because it evoked many thoughts and feelings in me.

My thanks to Harper Collins UK for my copy via Net Galley

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Review: Beneath the Ashes

Beneath the Ashes Beneath the Ashes by Jane Isaac
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always wait with bated breath for the next book that this authors brings out. I always think, ah I liked her last one, can she do better?
No matter how many ask me "did she do better?" my reply is, no, she did not, because each of her books are just as good as the last. And so far I have enjoyed my time reading each and every one of them, this is of no exception.

DI Will Jackman is the lead of this Investigation who throughout the book I have learnt a great deal about him. Nancy wakes up on a cold hard floor, she is dazed, she doesn't know where she is, as she blinks her eyes, pain shoots through her head. What has happened?

The house has been broken into, her boyfriend has vanished without trace.

There's a body burnt out in the barn. Is that Evan her boyfriend?

As you follow DI Will Jackson tearing off one strip of an onion at a time, your eyes water with the complexity of it all, you hear your brains cog wheels straining to keep up, your mind is all over the place thinking you know the answers, they are starring you in the face aren't they?

NO its not as simple as that.

Everyone seems to be harboring one secret or another, at some time you even think Nancy may be 'in on it'.

Its a very well thought out clever plot that has a great pace to it.

I enjoyed this, a lot.

My thanks to Legend Press via Net Galley for my copy to read.

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Review: Never Let You Go

Never Let You Go Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a read that captured my attention from beginning to end, I have become quite a fan of this author [who for some reason I thought was a man! until I was corrected LOL]

She writes the most astounding reads that rivet you from one place to another as you read along.

Lindsey has managed to get out of the unhealthy abusive relationship she had with her ex-husband who is now in prison. She knows for the time being she is safe, but her and her daughter need to move away and make a new life themselves.

You know he is going to come back and try to find her, its inevitable once he is released from prison.

But what we don't know is if he succeeds.

He was very close to his daughter and although his daughter loves her Father too she is sometimes torn between her emotions, both her parents and her loyalty to her Mum, so she does something behind her Mothers back which has some consequences to.

Lindsey is sometimes walking on edge shells due to not only the secret she is hiding but also that she fears and feels that someone is around watching her. Waiting and baiting their next move.

The Police are called in on several occasions when something isn't right in her home, but there is no proof of a break in.

Is it her husband?

Lindsey has a new relationship.
Shes also quite attracted to someone else too.

There are many surprising events that happen in this book, enough to keep my reading apatite whet anyway. The finale I didn't actually see coming until it hit me...... BANG right between the eyes.

Great book.

My thanks to St. Martin's Press and via Net Galley for my early copy to read.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Review: Resthaven

Resthaven Resthaven by Erik Therme
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When the author approached me to see if this book might interest me, I looked at it and read the blurb. I realized I already had this book which I had purchased, so agreed to bring it forward for a review and my thoughts.

I tried all the way through to read this from the angle of a YA as its mostly pointed towards that age bracket.
After saying that, I think anyone can read this and enjoy it, remember, the YA has to be reflected in the book as to dialogue etc.

Keeping that in mind I read on. I found the slow pace at first a bit of a struggle, me personally I like to be 'thrown' inside the book at least by chapter 3. I didn't find that with this one, I got a bit confused on who was who too as a lot of characters in here that if they had more distinguishing features, flaws or made each to stand out more then my brain whilst reading would have acknowledged them more fully.

As the time went on though, this was rectified by the author and more in depth occurred.

Great story, great plot, some good jaw dropping moments which I am sure many YA would love.

Its a good read, makes for interesting time consumption. I don't think as an adult I could expect more for the category its placed in.

I do love the cover.

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Review: The Car Bomb

The Car Bomb The Car Bomb by T.V. LoCicero
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very fast paced thriller full of action and detail. Its very hard to put this book down its like having to leave a movie running whilst you go to make a coffee, you definitely need to pause it. You don't want to miss a thing.

Frank is not a character you can warm too although he gets his fair share or extra marital affairs!

His wife wants to file for divorce and I don't blame her.

Franks a TV anchor man so always after a story.
So when a car bomb goes off killing the occupants Frank puts out an announcement saying he will meet with Mr People's.

In this story we have drugs, crime, a Judge who is corrupt, and rival gangs. Toss that altogether and mix it up you get an explosive concoction.

Franks a womanizer, hes a drinker but he does take his job seriously, but so wrapped up in his work he doesn't 'see' around him.

I found this a surprise. I just wasn't sure what I would think quite honestly when I accepted this to read. Without seeming sexist, I thought maybe it was more of a man's read. I was mistaken.

My thanks to the author for this great read

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Review: The Girls Next Door

The Girls Next Door The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Since my very first book by this author I have been hooked on her style of writing. Each book I have subsequently read has made me feel the same way.

The realistic approach and the realism of her stories, plots and characters become so insightful and real that it plays out in my minds eye.

This one is of no exception.
This is a fabulous start to a new series. What I also loved was that she drew in The Estate which although isn't a carry on saga it added an indepth meaning because we already learnt about the 'area'.

So between the run down council estate and the 'upper class' [compared] you somehow feel you are in familiar surroundings. I loved that.

Deanna is the girl that was killed.
The wrong person is being detained.

The crimes and events that happen afterwards, are they connected?

The abduction of Jess, the person who did this, the entire character of him was so well portrayed that at the end I almost felt sorry for him. I certainly understood him [if that's not warped of me to say so]

As the author leaks out more and more of what the parents find out about their children is jaw droppingly good!

My favorite books is when there is a lot of dialogue going on as loads of narration seems to make me yawn and skip a few pages, so that is another reason I love books by this author.
The chit chat, the dialogue the intense feelings it brings about within me whilst reading one of Mel Sherratt's books.

I really cannot wait for book 2

I would like to give special thanks to Bookoutour, the author and Kim Nash.

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Review: Scare Me

Scare Me by Richard Jay Parker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One word Poppy
One name Poppy

The opening chapter was Amazeballs

This put a whole new view on "Lets Google it"

Will Frost is hunting for his kidnapped daughter somewhere around the world.
The daughters name is Libby.

He knows she's been kidnapped by a serial killer so time is of the essence.

The intriguing bit is where is is having to go to a website, his own website by Googling himself and bit by bit he is being lead......
to murder scenes and there he gets to pick up something left for him.

The killer however didn't turn out to be what I expected, no flaws and the motivation for the "crime" wasn't as intense as what I would have expected for a hyped up book.

As someone who doesn't usually read horror, I did expect more.

I do have to mention that the 3 stars means it was an OK book for me and I did read it and enjoy it, but just wasn't a wowser

I received this from Booklover Publicity

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Review: Broken

Broken Broken by Angela B. Chrysler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I have read some truly remarkable horrible stories based on facts over my time but this one is truly dark, full of mental and physical anguish, abuse and RAW emotions its tangible. You can feel it oozing out from its pages.

I am taking deep breathes here.

Its somewhat written as a memoir, but in other parts reads like a novel.
Except for the fact this was reality for the author.

There are advisory notes from the author:
If you yourself are disturbed by abuse and any of the violent abusive events in this story, she says, do not read unless you can survive it or it can lead YOU down a dark path:

If you have been abused, the same applies

Its interesting to me that she has not written this for a therapy as most do or a story to be told.

The mental state and dark places this author went to in writing this book is deeper than a very deep black hole.

She says how the book has not been edited and re edited so as to take the meaning and exact happenings out of this true story. It is how it is.

The woman that is broken and quite frankly mentally disturbed [and who wouldn't be by this] is different from the woman today.

This is not written as a memoir it is written more like a novel.

Do not think you can read this book for enjoyment, definitely not. Its a journey, its a learning curve, its a lesson.
Anyone can take something away from this read.

There is no way I can say its NOT distressing because it IS.

The author admits, she was insane when she wrote this, as an advocate for mental awareness, I would say, she definitely was emotionally distressed, disturbed and needed mental health care to cope.
Whichever way she managed to get all those pieces back together, my hat goes off to her as it would have been oh so easy to have departed in other ways.


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Saturday, 8 October 2016

Review: The Taken: A twisted, gripping crime thriller - not for the faint-hearted

The Taken: A twisted, gripping crime thriller - not for the faint-hearted The Taken: A twisted, gripping crime thriller - not for the faint-hearted by Casey Kelleher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having never read of this authors books before and coming across this one on Bookatour, also finding a blog tour taking place I decided it might be quite nice to branch out and read a different authors book. I was taken with the blurb and the book cover.

Saskia is the main character within the read however, there are other characters that she comes into contact with too, some bad, some good, some not so good.

Saskia's father had died and Saskia found out the hard way that he owed money. But not to some lender, not from a bank, no, from a more sinister means.

Her Father's home meant everything to him, so why?
She decided she wants his back.

This is where Saskia goes from quite innocent to growing up fast and learning things and doing things she would never have dreamed of in the normal world of things.

She meets Missy who becomes her mentor.

From Saskia being a ballet dancer to a pole dancer comes about in desperation and leads her to paths she doesn't want to cross, but, she has a good nature and when someone is in distress, what can she do except help.

When the write up says A TWISTED, GRIPPING CRIME THRILLER, NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED they were not kidding.

This is a book that you loath to put down.

I will most definitely be getting more books from the author.

My thanks to Bookoutour and Kim Nash.

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THE TAKEN by Casey Kelleher out on 5th October UK: US: When you’ve lost everything, you’ll do anything to survive. Saskia Frost’s world is blown apart when her dad dies. Without any family, she’s on her own now and up to her eyeballs in her father’s debts. He owed a lot of money to some very dangerous men – Joshua and Vincent Harper. Before long, aspiring ballerina Saskia finds herself lap-dancing in a London club to survive. A club run by the infamous Harper brothers. Saskia is now their property and they’re going to make her pay every penny back. Teenager Lena Cona has fled a cruel and controlling marriage. She arrives in England with her newborn daughter, desperately relying on strangers for help. But she soon learns that not everyone can be trusted as she finds herself caught in the clutches of Colin Jefferies, a twisted individual obsessed by his own sinister secrets. As the sickening truth is revealed, Lena is forced to fight for her life - and her baby’s. When their worlds collide, Lena and Saskia form an unlikely friendship. But with the terrifying Harper brothers on their tail, as well as Lena’s vengeful and violent husband, can they escape with their lives? About the author: Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole. Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her Husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time.