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.


Thanks to Bookloverpublicity for my copy to read VIP

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