Thursday, 28 July 2016

Review: The Good Mother

The Good Mother The Good Mother by Amy Bird
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Ohhhhh my giddy aunt.

This book has captured my entire day today, I have resented any interruptions at all.

I have been told to take some ME time as I am under a lot of stress so, I took myself into my bedroom and I was lost in this book for the remaining hours reading it.
I forgot to drink, unless someone got me a drink, I forgot to eat [now that is something!] I kid you not, I just wanted to finish this from beginning to end.

I got to around 60-70% of this book and I was woken up to an entirely different twist, different brain twist, hey....reverse up, hold up and take a breath.

This is one of the most outstanding books this year for me that I will never forget


I would like to thank Carina UK via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: The Teacher

The Teacher The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



When someone tells you 'not to do that', you question it.
When someone says 'not sure if you will like that book'
Then when you hear "not for the faint hearted" my stomach dropped at the same time as my brain kicking in........take that challenge, go on, you know you want to, you know friends who have read this and said its not a book to be missed.

So......I blame you!

I also say....thank you!

Because this is a read certainly that will keep your stomach churning, this will keep your mind ticking, this will keep you up all night in more ways than one and if you, like me, have a vivid imagination you will be seeing this play out in your minds eye.

Brain twaddling fab. Loved it.

The author has structured a book here that has kept the attention of the reader feeling sick, feeling in awe, feeling yuk, feeling, well, that was deserved, feeling or horror, then feeling of satisfaction.

Its a raise up, its a plummet down
Its a roller coaster of events that will iron out, but not just yet.........

Fab, one of my top books this year without a doubt.

Teacher
Lesson learnt


I received this book from HarperCollins UK, Avon Via net galley

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Review: Wicked Exposure

Wicked Exposure Wicked Exposure by Katana Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This is a book that pulled me in by the blurb. The cover looked good too.

Again, I am very late coming to the table with this one as I allowed it to slip down my mountain of reads. I am trying to play catchup [as if that will ever happen]

I can only give it 3 stars for my taste.

My confusion isn't just because I hadn't read book I [I don't think] it just seems a little too far over to 'unbelievable'

If you are want to catch you sisters killer you live her life?
You take on the erotic lifestyle she had and actually live it? to unravel why?

We have BDSM, we have fetish we have an entire mix of not only sex and sex acts, we have some really unrealistic expectations that a reader has to accept.

I am unable to accept it.

I have nothing against the erotic behaviour etc but how its portrayed to unravel a crime.

I thank Kensington Books via Net Galley for my copy but I won't be reading book 3 by personal choice and remember, not everybodies read is the same so you may like it.



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Review: The Half Truth

The Half Truth The Half Truth by Sue Fortin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This is a case of, how well do you know someone?
But what if that 'someone' was your husband who died several years ago and you are left raising a son.

What about your 'inlaw' family?
What about they're secrets from the past that may have an impact on you and what you think you know.

Then there is John Nightingale is a policeman who is carrying a lot of weight on his shoulders from demons in his past.

How can all this be connected.

I was hooked in really well, bit by bit from this story written by this author that kept my attention span going and my intrigue.

I am late at the table reading this one, it slipped down my mountain of TBR books, but one of the reads I did enjoy.


I would like to thank HarperCollins UK, HarperImpulse via Net Galley for my copy.

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Review: Untouchable

Untouchable Untouchable by Sibel Hodge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars




OHHHHH LET ME SAY how much I love this authors works.

I remember a few years ago now when I cheekily asked if if I could read her book. And from then on I await with bated breath for her next and her next and her next.

Yep, I am gushing, yep I am going on and on, but you may raise your eyes to the ceiling and feel "oh no here she goes again" not often to I rave and I raving now.
Foghorn out, large speakers.

You do not want to miss reading this.


I was lucky enough to get a very advanced copy of this new book by this author. Since reading her first thriller and it being one of that years Stand Out book from an avid bookworm and reviewer who reads loads each year I wondered what her next book would be like and if it would be an epic fail. I'm sure many of you readers know what I mean.

IT WASNT, it was another year of a Stand Out book from Sybel Hodge so when she asked me to read and comment on her latest venture I was....What? Me?

I took it on board happily and the story although is kinda of told in two parts, you will understand it immediantly. Because of what happened to this characters boyfriend something came to light.
So we get a huge insight bit by bit to how Jamie's childhood was.

His girlfriend didn't even know about his upbringing and the more she discovered the worse it got.

Jamie was found hung (yes a small spoiler) but I need to say this as its the start of events that follow.
When Jamie left for work that day happy and telling his girlfriend to look forward to tonight, did he mean this? Or did he mean he was going to ask to marry him?

A hunt goes on as she crosses paths with someone. Also when she discovers something left behind by Jamie.

This is a fast paced intense thriller that will sometimes make you gasp, cringe, make your jaw drop to the floor. Make your heart beat faster, make you read faster like your in a race.

This author has a gift. She isn't a writer, anyone can write. She has a talent, a pure gift that takes you on a journey that sometimes you want to close your eyes to, but you darent because you want to help, that takes you down roads that you feel are dead ends but seem to have invisible doors, that make you stay up all night reading it because how can you watch a movie halfway through? Well, it was like that. You can't switch your brain off, it stays with you. Even months later since I had to wait for my review to go up awaiting its release date.

An outstanding read by an outstanding author



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Review: An Accidental Life

An Accidental Life An Accidental Life by Pamela Binnings Ewen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This book had a very good story. I think its sort of loosely based around something that happened that hit the news, I am not saying the author says this, but I remember the case. It was a very complicated case where a baby was born even after an 'abortion'

Or should I say "accidentally" born.

Its one of those emotive books its also based around a Christian belief.

The couple both have good standing and good jobs.

We need to remember that this is written in the years 1980 so things were a little different back then.

I would have liked to see more of the legal issues and dilemmas written in the book more than the the challenges that crossed Rebecca and Amalise path.

Its very slow to take off, but without giving spoilers, its a well written book.

I would like to thank B&H Books, B&H Fiction, B&H Kids via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: Last Ragged Breath

Last Ragged Breath Last Ragged Breath by Julia Keller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I am not really into Mysteries like this and especially when I have jumped into the series, although a quarter of the book reiterated what happened in the previous books, it only does a little clipping so I wasn't really none the wiser as I obviously didn't know who was who and what was what.

That is my fault for choosing a book that obviously is not a stand alone in a series. I wish the publishers would say that in the description as it can put us readers off.


I did like the sound of the plot and what it entailed.

I learnt about Buffalo Creek disaster, I had no idea or any idea it even happened, so that was a learning curve and I have learnt something new.

I see lots of people saying they loved the series, I am sure i would have too if I started from the beginning.

Thank you to the publishers and to Bookbridge for my copy

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Review: The Second Love of My Life

The Second Love of My Life The Second Love of My Life by Victoria Walters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This reads like a fairytale romance......but with a difference.

Rose lost Lucas and she was devastated. Her first love. Her soul mate. She was married and she had it all. A true life of what good fairytales are made of.

But like all fairytales, there comes a sting in its tale.

I couldn't help comparing my life with my husband who I have known since I was 16 and I am turning 58 at the end of this year, married for 35 years this year.
He is my friend, he was my friend before we fell in love, he still is my friend. Yes we used to argue, yes nothing was perfect, but you know what I mean when I say, you know each other inside and out.
They don't judge you, and when others misunderstand you, they understand you because they know you from your heart, from the depth of your kidneys and back.

Rosie had that kind of a marriage.

How can see ever pick herself up from that?

We see how the author gradually helps her find herself, go from being a couple to a person again in her own right, her individuality emerge, piecing herself together bit by bit.

There was a lot of hype surrounding this story and I always get nervous when I get around to reading something like that, scared it may not lead up to my perceived expectations because I am expecting more from it because of the hype.

I can honestly say, this is a beautiful read. I enjoyed every word.

My thanks to go the PA and Bookbridge plus the publishers for sending me this book

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Review: The Weekend Wives

The Weekend Wives The Weekend Wives by Christina Hopkinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is a really likable story. You can sit and curl up with this one and just let it flow sat outside on a nice summers day or inside in front of the fire. Either way, its what I would term a 'time to myself curl up book'.

The author has weaved a really good story.

The first half of the book was dragging a bit then things started to improve for me, but some may have given it up by then, all I need to say is, stick with it as it does get better.

There are three main 'wives' in this story and each has a different life story to tell with different responsibilities and needs.

Its a game of secrets too especially when a Weekend Wives Club is formed.

I really did love this book, and will look out for more from this author.

Thank you to the authors PA, Publisher and Bookbridge for my copy

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Review: Tell Me Lies

Tell Me Lies Tell Me Lies by Rebecca Muddiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Tell me Lies

This is an absolutely fab book for all those readers that just "Aw I could see what was going to happen" or "I just knew from start to finish who it would be" I am going to challenge you that you won't with this one.

Everyone is telling lies in this book.

Imagine getting a line up of people, ask them the same questions but in a different room completely unheard answers not being able to spend time in getting their stories straight and..........
who do you believe? Everyone's reply sounds real, sounds plausible.

Sitting on judgment on the characters in this book will lead you to some avenues and one way streets you just won't know how to unravel your way out from.

Great maze of a plot in this book.

I want to say thank you to the publishers and Bookbridge in connecting me with this book



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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Review: The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Yes, yes yes yes yes!

I love it when there is a up and coming author who just produces such an amazing book it looks like they have been a best seller for years. I am not kidding, this is truly a remarkable read.

I know us reviewers, we say things like 'twists and turns'
'unputdownable', stayed up all night to read it, but I tell you, its so true.

If you are a passionate reader, and I know that you are because you are on Goodreads writing reviews, then you will certainly understand my gushing on this book.

Secrets.
Lies
Do you know your partner? really?
Do you know your neighbors? really?
Do you know your Inlaws? really?

Just how do you know the good people from the bad?

I was hooked, yes hooked from one page to the other, needing to put this book down but just couldn't. I had other things I needed to try and do, but this time I was happy I had a bad back and had a good excuse to be lazy and sit and read.

I am aware l sound like I am gushing and people do comment sometimes, but an avid reader will know when they enjoyed a good book they just have to get out their foghorn and shout it out the world.

I can't wait for a chance to read another book from this author.


My thanks to Random House UK, Transworld Publishers via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: The Doll's House

The Doll's House The Doll's House by M.J. Arlidge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



After reading the other books in this series I was so looking forward to getting my hands on this one so I was overjoyed to read it.

Its intense, its mysterious, it captures your interest from the start to finish. The reason I have dropped a star is that it didn't give me that heart thumping moments that the other books did. Don't get me wrong, it was ace, it was fab, but there was just something I felt was missing in the pace of the plot.

This author is on my top list of authors that I eagerly await each book.

Imagine waking up somewhere not knowing how you got there and as this intensifies as it goes on its nail biting.

I had moments of intense times reading this and then short bursts of.....c'mon...c'mon....
Maybe that was down to me for wanting it to hurry along.

But its certainly not a book to be missed.


I have been late in coming to the table with this as it slipped down my kindle, I have a notepad but it fell apart and I had to rewrite my 'to read' books out and this one slipped me by.

Never mind, everything comes to those who wait right?

I was provided a copy of this from Penguin via Net Galley who I need to thank

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Review: Beginners Handbook of Knitting Stitches

Beginners Handbook of Knitting Stitches Beginners Handbook of Knitting Stitches by Chloe Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OK I am not a beginner but this has some awesome knitting designs in it i want to try and it comes with photos! yeahhh

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Review: Slow Cooker Cookbook: Healthy And Easy To Made Slow Cooker Recipes.

Slow Cooker Cookbook: Healthy And Easy To Made Slow Cooker Recipes. Slow Cooker Cookbook: Healthy And Easy To Made Slow Cooker Recipes. by Andrie Linson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I have been up and down the scales for ages, never getting anywhere fast, so I bought this from Amazon from my Prime membership of No Rush, I earn a £1 each time I select that so been using it on Kindle books for cookbooks and knitting books.

I downloaded this to my iPad on my Kindle app to see this in full colour.

Now I like this book because it gives me photos.

There are some good recipes in there that is worth my trying and has the calorie content. So wish me luck



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Review: BOX SET: The Complete Guide on How to Knit. From Beginner to Expert. Knitting for Everyone. Including Tons of Detailed Pictures: Knitting from A to Z. Take Your Skills from Basic to Advance

BOX SET: The Complete Guide on How to Knit. From Beginner to Expert. Knitting for Everyone. Including Tons of Detailed Pictures: Knitting from A to Z. Take Your Skills from Basic to Advance BOX SET: The Complete Guide on How to Knit. From Beginner to Expert. Knitting for Everyone. Including Tons of Detailed Pictures: Knitting from A to Z. Take Your Skills from Basic to Advance by Kathy Wilston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I am a Prime member with Amazon so if i choose No Rush delivery on my items I get £1 to spend, so this has been adding up so thought I would use it on some knitting books.

I download them onto my iPad Kindle app so I can see them in color.

This is a box set.

Beginners:

Although I am not a beginner it was good to go back to basics.

Intermediate:

There were some really good patterns I had forgotten about.

Advanced:

Can't wait to start on some of these patterns.

I think on the whole this is quite a good book to own as it has detailed photos and not just all that writing to read, I love by going by visuals, so this got my thumbs up

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Review: Damnatio Memoriae

Damnatio Memoriae Damnatio Memoriae by Laura Giebfried
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I was offered this book by the author in exchange for my feedback.

The book has a lot of potential and the storyline is a good plot, it really does unfold slowly and with a nice pace to it.

This could be enhanced by the leaving out of some descriptive actions that got on my nerves a little....
I know its good to describe things to the reader i.e 'I rolled my eyes and turned back to my assignment once again' OK, we need certain details to describe how a person is reacting, but there is a fine line in a sentence and how it is said and the way it is said, but also emphasizing this with descriptive movements being examined too often within one page can become quite tedious to a reader.

I feel [personally] there has to be a balance between the two.

So sometimes I did find my own eyes rolling to the ceiling and thinking 'oh no, that wasn't needed'
Maybe a good editor would have suggested more input to that I am no expert on that case.

Like I say, the story line plot is good, it has a good pace, just for me it needs a little more adjustments.



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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Review: Copping It Sweet

Copping It Sweet Copping It Sweet by Anna Clifton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I haven't read all this series, but it doesn't matter, the author does enhance some details so that this can be read as a stand alone.

The author asked me if I would like to read this, she knows that sometimes i like to jump into a good love/romance sometimes which breaks up my usual genre. It has to be a good one though and I know that Anna Clifton delivers those kind of reads that aren't mushy, too overboard and has a realistic feel to them.

This is a story about Sara and Cooper, it does have some intense moments, mushy moments but romantic suspense too.

Maybe because I read other books and not romantic books often this made this book stand out for me, I always think its nice to swap around certain genres so that you can read afresh.

I think this was a great book for me to relax with and just sit and enjoy and go with the flow

Thank you to Net Galley but to the author too for my very good read

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Review: Daisy in Chains

Daisy in Chains Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I am pretty laid low with my back at the moment, in a bit of pain, but I swear to God, I have struggled to not allow the painkillers to make me fall asleep. This book gripped me and I also swear I haven't taken a breathe of air for hours.

This is really a gripping read.
Its a 'leave me along book' I am reading.

Hamish is creepy, intriguing and beguiling at times, he has his very own fan club. Yes, even though he is in prison for kidnapping and murdering three women.

Maggie Rose is a defense lawyer and Hamish thinks he can get her on his side, after all look at his fan club and his charisma, who could not fall for him and his beguiling ways and looks.

So he writes to her inviting her to work for him as he has evidence that he is not a murderer.

Maggie takes cases that she knows she can win, so will she fall for his charm.

The book is written in such a way you can't help to fall for its charm, its call out of....just one more chapter.......THE END, before you notice, you are gasping for air.

I so loved this book.

Thank you to Random House UK, Transworld Publishers via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: The Second Chance Shoe Shop

The Second Chance Shoe Shop The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I have been late coming to the table with this one.
I have been reading this authors other books avidly for ages now and loving them, so the change around from her thrillers to this type of book I was wondering if I would be seeing a different side to the author who I loved and become disappointed.

I hate to say, I waited, I didn't want to be one of the first to read it.

But you know what? I loved it, I adored it, it was a refreshing read, an everyday life sort of down to earth type of read that I love from certain type of others who write these kind of genre.

I can now see how talented this author is. OK she may pen her name as Marcie Steele for this genre but she will always be Mel Sherratt to me!
It just sections her away from one genre to another.

The book flowed well, I was really caught up in the sadness of Sadie mourning her husband. And Dan, poor Dan looking for love.

Coupled with a shoe shop, well, every girl loves a new pair of shoes right!

I adored this.


Thank you to the author and to Bookouture via Net Galley for allowing me to access this lovely read

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Review: Revenge

Revenge Revenge by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I am not a fan of repackaged books.

If I have already read it, or its been on the market before and it is reintroduced like a brand new book, forget it.

Romantic suspense with heavy petting, breaking up, getting back together, I can honestly say I found it quite tedious to read. I did stay with it, but I was definitely glad when I finished them.

I love Lisa Jackson's books, but not this earlier edition

Thank you for my copy from Kensington Books via Net Galley

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Review: Baby Cardigan: Knitting Pattern

Baby Cardigan: Knitting Pattern Baby Cardigan: Knitting Pattern by Lilly Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Better quality bar far

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Review: Twenty to Make: Knitted Baby Bootees

Twenty to Make: Knitted Baby Bootees Twenty to Make: Knitted Baby Bootees by Val Pierce
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


This was a disappointment. I thought it was going to hold some really exceptional bootee/shoes patterns but all it is, is about 4 main ones repeated in different colours....moooooo

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Review: Grammy's Favorite Knits for Baby

Grammy's Favorite Knits for Baby Grammy's Favorite Knits for Baby by Doreen L. Marquart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This is not as good as I thought it would be but its OK. I can honestly say there are only a couple of items I would want to knit in there though, personally, the others are not really my kind of knits, I do however like the blankets

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Review: Heirloom Baby Knits

Heirloom Baby Knits Heirloom Baby Knits by Deborah Newton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I just love this book. I am a Prime member on Amazon and if I say #no rush delivery# I get a pound each time so with my savings I bought this little gem. I didn't realize how much I would love all the patterns. There are some really awesome baby knits in here and I would gladly recommend to all who knit

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Review: Baby Knitting Patterns

Baby Knitting Patterns Baby Knitting Patterns by Crystal Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this to be an easy pattern book to follow I am intermediate to advanced, this has a lot of really good cardigans, jumpers blankets and bibs to make in here that I can't wait to try

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