Friday, 30 September 2016

Review: Ward Zero: The dead ward

Ward Zero: The dead ward Ward Zero: The dead ward by Linda Huber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I am a big fan of this author have been since the first book I ever read by her.
I love her style as she is the most varied author I know that comes up with some unique plots.

The plot of this is very realistic, can, and may even happen or happened, who knows.

Sarah returns to her home town and ends up staying for all kinds of reasons.
(I am trying not to give the plot away)

I whet my husband's interest with this one last night and he can't wait to start reading it just after he finishes the book hes reading now.

What stood out for me was the fact the the person concerned who was the 'baddie' I was at times shouting at myself because I was actually feeling sorry for him come on, wake up Sue I said to myself, hes a nasty man.
You will see what I mean when you read this.

There's this little child inside and it takes away from the badness he is doing if you are not careful!!

Linda Huber brings out a side to the villain that not only makes you at times feel sorry for him, you then hear his excuses and his reasoning on why he had to do what he did but he really didn't want to, he was scared, but not in the manner you may think! [I am shutting up here]

Although we get to know early on whose who and what is what the plot is paced fast, the characters are real in your minds eye and you can even visual them.

One of the old ladies was described so well I could even imagine her sat there in her chair.

Very cleverly written, and very cleverly done.

Full 5 * from me.


I received this book from the author in exchange for my unbiased review. I am not affiliated with the author.

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Friday, 23 September 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: Before I Let You In

Before I Let You In Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG Jenny Blackhurst. She's has climbed right to the top 10 of my personal charts for reading thrillers. After her last book I thought that was brilliant, and it was. This one was a topic of something else and it just bulldozed along.


Have you ever thought you were loosing your mind? Then put yourself into one of the three women who are the main characters in this book.
New baby, young child to take to school. Tired Mom.

Then there is Eleanor and Bea.

Karen is the one that fixes everything, except can she fix this problem?
Karen is a psychiatrist so she knows what's what.......doesn't she?

Until......
a new patient arrives in her office needing to sort out her constant headaches, but its Karen who is given the headache because this new patient knows more about her than Karen will learn about her!

Its a really good 'pull me in and lock me away' kind of read, where you don't want to surface until you finish this book.

Its powerful story will keep your lunging from page to page, eager to flick to more and more of its secrets behind the pages.

I really loved this book so much.
I want to say more but don't want to give away the story so I am going to say.....

This year has been an AWESOME revelation for some brilliant debut novels, and this authors debut novel had me reeling, now this one really has put me eager for her next book.




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Review: The Bad Girl

The Bad Girl The Bad Girl by L. Donsky-Levine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This has been a review I needed to sit on for a while.

This is full on raw emotions, it could happen to anyone.
This is the 1970's and Riley's way of making a living is in the sex trade.

She has some experiences that you could only gulp at. She has to work in the most oldest profession known to man to keep her head above water.

Then she gets sick. The money she relied on is now no longer and she finds herself homeless.

This authors writing shares with the reader the darkest pits of human life. When times are so hard you can't find your way out, when life like this seems 'normal'.


I loved how at the beginning, it started out with Riley's cat doing all the talking. You wonder for a moment where you are.
Animals pick up on moods and sensitive to they're surroundings, the cat was what kept Riley from total isolation.

This is a journey. Its a unique start to a story and a brilliant one.




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Friday, 16 September 2016

Review: What the Heart Wants

What the Heart Wants What the Heart Wants by Layla Stevens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This is a short story, doesn't take long to read, however, its packed with emotions.

Anthony has a beautiful woman for his wife, but he doesn't love her.
He is smitten with someone else.

He makes up his mind he is going to tell her.
He has inner desires that only one person can fulfill.

We read and watch things like this happening and never stop to think of the impact it makes.

We have one person going off happier.
Another one left with a broken heart.

I thought as a short read goes, this was a good one to read on a short train/bus/car ride journey or a few minutes sit down before cooking tea.
Or even bed time reading.

My thanks to Maxine Groves for supplying me with a copy to review

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Review: If The Dress Fits: A heartwarming romantic comedy guaranteed to sweep you off your feet!

If The Dress Fits: A heartwarming romantic comedy guaranteed to sweep you off your feet! If The Dress Fits: A heartwarming romantic comedy guaranteed to sweep you off your feet! by Daisy James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I thought I would do a bit of light reading and give my brain a moment to mellow.

The previous book by this author "The runaway bridesmaid" made for excellent reading. That one thoroughly entertained me and so did this one.

There were some laugh out loud moments, you know, when you are sat there and people stare at you like you are going nuts.....well, that was me.

This definitely is a feel good romance, light, airy and full of fun.

Callie is a respected wedding designer in her own right.

She is shortlisted for or Yorkshires wedding of the year but tragedy comes and it seems everything is going wrong.

Its a beautiful love story with cupcakes and everything.

Loved it.

My thanks to Carina UK via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: Our Fragile Hearts

Our Fragile Hearts Our Fragile Hearts by Buffy Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I thought I had put this review up, just found my copy of it in my email.

Opps.

This is a really emotional read and you will need some tissue.
Its either a 'lump in your throat' type of read or a full on 'tears down your cheeks snotty nose' the lot!

We have Rachel
She's just found out she had a 5 year old sister....what?!
And not only that, her Mother has just died.


Piper is the 5 year old sister. She is so immersed in grief over the loss of her Mother she doesn't appreciate hearing she has a long lost sister, but then, she realizes this could be a good thing.

Rachel didn't have the same upbringing, she was brought up in a foster home.
Now Rachel finds she will need to look after Piper to stop her from having the same experiences she had when going into a foster home.


This is about family
Loyalty
Promises
Grief
And long lost times


Because the two sisters had different upbringings you can see this and understand this as you read along.
The author really did get to the heart of things whilst writing this book.

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

My thanks to Carina UK via Net galley for my copy

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