Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Review: Small Great Things

Small Great Things Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I make no secret of the fact I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult books. Many reasons why. Yes she writes well, OK she is a best seller but, I learnt a long time ago that she really does get into controversial story lines that make a reader think. That bring to life lots of things and keep a reader engrossed and fascinated on 'what would you do' or 'how would you handle this' kind of thing.

I am sure there is a life lesson in each book she writes.

This book is about race, its about prejudice at the worse level.

I am not giving away anything that hasn't been said before by the blurb or other reviewers.

A dedicated Midwife, that's all I would see, someone who loves her carer, cares for the babies and the moms and puts them first without thought.

My great gran used to be a midwife and I heard plenty of talk about the big hearts of midwives.
And this midwife in this book is of no exception, but she is black.
That is the fundamental difference in this which reaches highs of a court hearing because a baby dies.

The whole complex issue is so engrossing, so hard hitting that it thumps you in the stomach and your heart drops to the floor for her.

Like all Jodi Picoult books its a 'do not miss this one' because its one that will send you reeling.

I have to thank Hodder & Stoughton and Net Galley for my early copy of this to read.

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Review: My Sister's Bones

My Sister's Bones My Sister's Bones by Nuala Ellwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was all it said it would be and more.

I received my copy through the post from the authors PA. I was that desperate to continue reading I was frantic on the evening as I was laying in bed. I am used to reading on my Kindle paperwhite, it has a backlight! oh no, what do I do with a paperback and not disturb my husband from sleeping? I delved into my bedside cabinet to find a light I used to have before Kindle days, found it! but will it light up? YES! ureka! I could continue to read this.

If not, I would have taken myself downstairs because this was a book I got my teeth into.

Kate has a sister, but both choose a different path. Or they're life just went that way. Kate has a career, and her sister has the bottle of booze to escape into.

The things that Kate saw and experienced on her travels haunted her, one thing especially. We are are unraveling layers of Kate's journey bit by bit taking each layer off. Its very cleverly done.

Its harrowing, its compelling, its sorrowful, its also a relief sometimes for Kate.

Its not good returning to a hometown and family that you want to keep at a distance but, she had to return when her beloved Mother dies.

There are all sorts of shapes that fit this puzzle, you just need to find the right one.

When Kate starts to experience and 'see' things that others don't believe she is frantic.

Just what did her Mother see that she saw?

This is a really good read, and I am not kidding when I needed to find that light to stay up and read it. Sometimes no matter what, a book comes before sleep, and this was one of them.

Thank you to the PA of the author for contacting me and involving me in this book. I will be looking for this authors books now, another to add to my collection of 'must read his/hers next book'

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Review: A Front Page Affair

A Front Page Affair A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is set in the 1900's so you need to cast your mind back to that mind set. Women were treated somewhat differently I don't car what people say, it was a different era back then.

This is the start of a new series by this author and not having read anything by her before I kept my mind open.

Kitty comes from a background of a person who is 'well off' in those days, she had money and was well traveled at the age of only 19.

Her job was a good one but sometimes mundane and she wanted more. Like most young people no matter what era we were born into.

Kitty becomes embroiled in a murder. This leads her to an avenue of a new dimension.
A new Kitty emerges.

Its a well written story and I enjoyed it.
Three stars from me means it liked it, is a fair easy going story that you can pick up and put down and enjoy.

Anyone who likes 'soft' mysteries would enjoy this one.

My thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Landmark via Net Galley for my copy.

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Review: Portraits of the Dead

Portraits of the Dead Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What attracted me to this authors first book when I came in contact with him via a group on Facebook was first the cover. I am a sucker for a good cover especially that relates to what is inside the book.
Then the blurb, then his background in real life.

Just look closely at this cover. Never ignore the front cover from this author. It tells a story.

I saw that White is the Coldest colour was his debut book. To have such a high regard for presentation was great to see. We are human and we 'eat' with our eyes, hence, I was hungry to read it.

From then, he has gone on to write the secound book in that series.

This book however is a stand alone, it does have a small mention to one of the main characters in his first book. But nothing major.

Portraits of the dead is a book that you need to set aside time for. Once you start reading it then you are hooked. The author has a very professional way as only recognized by top best sellers to have the ability to sustain a readers hunger for more. Top crime and psychological crime best sellers that you may know and love to read have a 'signature' its like a personality that shines. Its like an antique that you recognize belongs to a certain type of creator and this is something that John Nicholls has. His signature [or way of writing] comes through in his first book, and now it comes through in this one. I LOVE it.

What I love in his books so far is the ability to bring to a person the inside workings of an evil mind, a corrupt and distorted mind. It makes you wonder. These type of perpetrators have a conscience, but its a conscience that only they can excuse. Maybe others can excuse it too. Who knows.
We see this within the realms of each book that this author writes.

This takes a different kind of subject matter into a depth that you, the reader will find fascinating.
To put yourself in the shoes of the victim in this will relay how a person can gain some strength when undergoing duress.

I am aware not to give too much away, but the author has written this in such a way that you get a shock. A really wake up call to a twist that is so profound. An unexpectedness you would feel your mouth dropping to the floor and you having to lean down and pick it up again.


There one character that is mentioned stood out to me. This was apart from the two main ones and the Detective.
Let me know when you have read it, who you think I mean.

There are not heaps and heaps of characters to get your confused and a reader trying to keep up, no, not in this authors books. The simplicity that this author makes it this way makes it even more paramount in your head because you feel the characters, you get to know them, you get to imagine them inside your minds eye. They take on forms of a human shape as you read.

I feel honored to read for this author. I am no expert, I am 'just a reader who loves a good story' and its not difficult to give this book 5. I would give it much more.
He has written three books now and each one different but with his 'stamp' on it.

I can certainly see how he draws on his life experience and career he had. Although all of his books are fiction, they could be true.

This is an author within my top 4 that I so look forward to grabbing his next book hot off the press. I drop everything and read it because I know I am going to be well entertained, I am going to have my mind so solid in the story that nothing else matters until its finished.

This is also an author that I can remember where I was when I asked to read his very first book.
I remember his first book, his secound book and now I will remember this one. They are 'stand out from the crowd' books for sure.

If you've not read any of John Nicholl's books yet, may I encourage you to read this one which will be out soon.

I hear he is writing his 4th book, and I for one, cannot wait.
Everything comes to those who wait and the waiting is well worth it.

My thanks to the author for my copy, I will always be your cyber stalker [in a nice way]

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Monday, 8 August 2016

Review: The Devil's Work

The Devil's Work The Devil's Work by Mark Edwards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mind blowing, riveting intriguing, many what I can "aha" moments only to find out I was wrong!

I am always so eager when another book comes out from this authors desk to us readers. I cannot wait to get my hands on it, devour it, because I know from my past experiences reading this authors books I have had so much enjoyment I can forget everything around me and just be in the moment.

This book was of no exception.

The book comes alive. For many of us avid readers we can read an excellently driven book just like someone who is watching a movie.

Sophie Greenwood is the main character in this lead. However, she becomes embroiled with others along the way. Shes started a job in Jackdaw books, its an ace of a job for her, something she always wanted to do.

However things just aren't all what they seem with Cassie, the attractive aloof one in the office.

And what happened to one of the girls who used to work there who mysteriously upped and left with what seems a plausable explanation.

I am trying hard not to reveal things and spoil peoples enjoyment of this book.

There are good books, there are average books and there are books that stand out in the crowd [and lets face it, the book world now a days is very crowded] but Mark Edwards books shine out like a beacon.

They are not just middle of the road books that we can say, OH yes, that was a good book...
Its more like, OH YES I remember that book it was .....da da da.......Its one that stays with you for a very, very long time.
Its one of my 'unputdownable' books until I finished it.

I loved it so much I just had to congratulate the author by email.

My thanks to [the author of course] and to his PA for sending me this to read. And Thomas & Mercer via Net Galley

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Review: Blood Sister

Blood Sister Blood Sister by Dreda Say Mitchell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think someone really really wanted me to read this, I had requested this on Net Galley and whilst awaiting to see if I was sanctioned to read it and review it I also received it in paperback format from the Publishers, so double yummy which now means my daughter can read it to and give a review later.

This is a first book in another series by this author and it starts off with a BANG. Its definitely one that when you get into it you want to know where all this is going to lead. I would think that the main characters will appear in the subsequent books in this leading series.

The characters are believable. The scenes are made to be real and the author draws you into its den.

Its really a book you need to watch out for and be prepared that you will want to read further books in the series, I know I do.

My thanks to all those concerned who made this book available to me.

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Review: Good Girl Bad Girl

Good Girl Bad Girl Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like all Journalist they like to be on top of their game, first on the scene and the best at their job.
If you are freelance, after all, you need to get the scoop to get the highest money.

Kal is no different.

She has been right in the center of danger, but that is the adrenaline that keeps Journalist enthralled and get the best story. This Kals job, this is Kals vocation.

Her Mother Alesha is an Investigation Journalist, a little bit different, but nevertheless is still a job that takes you on dangerous territory.

Kal gets asked by her Mother to return home, she needs her to help with an Investigation, but then, Aleshas mom's friend rings her to inform her that her Mother has gone missing.

A note is left behind, this is of no surprise as it seems to run in the family tradition of what is going on through generations in this family.

Personally I found it a bit lacking at the start, you really need to stay with it. It does pick up pace then it gets to a point where it seems drawn out again, but then picks up pace again.

Its a good story, I loved it, hence 4 stars, but it was hard going at times.
All in all though, an enjoyable read.
You just need to be patient for the pace to intensify now and again.

My thanks to the author and the person who contacted me to encourage me to read this book.

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