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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Review: Black Widow

Black Widow Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book, this story, this remarkable breathtaking page turner was, no IS so skill fully woven that if I wasn't reading it I was thinking of it.

The brilliant way this was written was both delicate, superbly inciteful and awesomely revealing (in more ways than one)

The story was forever changing.

Diane the surgeon, the ever powerful woman, workaholic esteemed person who was involved with writing a controversial blog under a pen name.

Once the blog was hacked the proverbial dirt hit the fan revealing more than I bargained for.

Her husband.
His secrets.

The Police, they're viewpoints and thoughts.

We get complete insight to what Diane's thoughts are even if her actions are not upholding it.

The ending was jaw dropping.
I so thoroughly enjoyed this is.
Many thanks to the publishers and Net Galley for my copy

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Review: My Husband's Son

My Husband's Son My Husband's Son by Deborah O'Connor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am as thrilled as punch with this book, do you want to know why? Well, its because the ending is not predictable and for once that is absolutely awesome because life is just not like that, we all don't get happy endings, woooo loved it.

Heidi and Jason met under circumstances that were not normal. Heidi's daughter had been murdered.
Jason's son Barney had gone missing.
Both grieving.
One without hope of their child's return and one always hoping.

Heidi comes across a lad that she has a 'feeling' is Barney and that unfolds a huge host of problems.
Because Jason says its not his son, he would know if its his son.
Heidi won't let it rest.

This is a brilliant book that you wonder where its going to lead especially when other characters are introduced along the way.

For me, this was a GREAT read which I would highly recommend.

My thanks to Bonnier Publishing via Net Galley for my copy.

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Review: The Gingerbread Girl

The Gingerbread Girl The Gingerbread Girl by Sheila Newberry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My thanks to Bonnier Publishing
Zaffre via Net Galley for my copy.

Its London, its 1936.
Cora is 7 years old and has been in hospital for 8 months whilst suffering and recovering from diphtheria which was quite an epidemic.

The last time she saw her Mother was when she visited her in hospital bringing her some gingerbread men on a secret visit.
Cora didn't eat them, she kept them as a reminder of her Mother.

After being in hospital Eliza her Mothers best friend takes charge of Cora and takes her to a farm where she can enjoy the fresh air and recover fully. The farm belongs to Eliza's aunt so she knows she will be safe and secure there.

Cora is now ready to return to her life, so Eliza goes to fetch her. Cora has to discover that many things has changed which will make a certain impact and dent on her life from now on, even a 'blast from the past'.

I was attracted to the story because its proclaimed to be in the style of Katie Flynn who is one of my fav long time authors.

I enjoyed the story, not much of a Christmas one though as portrayed so be aware of that if you are looking for a Christmassy type read.

Its a pleasant read relaxing read that took me on a journey, discovering Cora is a sweet giving child that grew enormously within the confines of these chapters.

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Review: The Lost Ones

The Lost Ones The Lost Ones by Ben Cheetham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm a bit of a sucker for missing things, search until you find it.
A book that has a missing person?
Search until you find them dead or alive.

Missing children? Hopefully alive and returned however, I'm a realist and some never make it home. I'm yet to see that ending in a book.

The plot was quite tight, the quick chapters helped the reading.

The "red herring" the author threw in fell flat, us readers are getting more clever, we knew who it was!
So then it was just solving...why.

From there on it sort of slumped my interest but was still good and I had to continue.
I know I'm not making full sense but it was good. Just a few things I raised my eyes to the ceiling about.

I would still recommend this.
I'm even confusing myself I'll stop.

Thank you to the author of course and publishers Thomas &Mercer via Net Galley for my copy.

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Review: 2016 on Goodreads

2016 on Goodreads 2016 on Goodreads by Various
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off, I would like to say "Happy Christmas and here's to a great reading New Year for all coming soon in 2017!"

It's made my reading more pleasurable getting to know fellow buddies on Goodreads. Following and commenting or liking they're reviews and it cheers me on when I get like or comments too, always a kind gesture and buzz for me.

Last year in 2015 I found I took on too many books. I had read almost 400 SO in 2016 I decided to become someone who said....thank you but.....I can't fit it in at the moment.
It has worked to some degree, however what with Net Galley being a very tempting shop for me to daily browse (which I have no control over unless someone physically restrains me lol) I'm in there morning, then night.

Book addiction has no cure!

This means I am forever playing catch up. Goodreads friends comfort me by telling me I'm not the only one so I breath and don't panic so much.

Through others I've added to my I Want to read that book....pile. You know the pile. The one that's toppled over and it's quite a mess now some books at the bottom are gathering dust lol and the ones you come across thinking, oh I will have to buy that book only to find you already have it.

This year has been a fabulous year for lots of debut novels that have knocked my socks off. They really have been so outstanding in there presentation you would think they have been writing for years.

It's also been a year for follow on books in a series which had been long eagerly awaited by myself.

Some of my fav authors started a new series which has now left me panting for book 2.

I have made this year a time for me to revisit a genre I used to love reading many years ago so that although I do love Psychological Thrillers it can break up my reading.
Family dramas and relationships, type of Josephine Cox, Danielle Steel, and the late Catherine Cookson type of books I was weaned on.
This then clears my mind so I don't compare one book in a genre with another.

One thing my reading and reading other fellow buddies reviews is, we all cannot like the same book.
But I think that's great as it opens a fab discussion.

I also realise that we as readers expect more. And rightfully so.

The self published authors really have to step up as they have some real competition in each of the genres. There has been so wicked awesome books again this year that will stay with me.

Hyped books.
I'm always late reading those because if I don't leave them for a while I WILL expect too much and be disappointed, I've learnt that about myself.

Reviewing on Goodreads and for Netgalley plus being contacted by authors has opened me up to new reading material and some fab books that I may have passed by.

Lastly there are 2 other things.

1- I would like to thank my friends on Goodreads as well as those connected with me off Goodreads for recommending books that I may have missed or messagi g me to let me know that they are sure I'd love it.

2- Also to thank those that have made me feel better when the hardest bit of reviewing is when you didn't enjoy the book so much. It's one of the most difficult parts to explain what didn't work knowing an author has taken time to write it.

My 2017 is going to be another fabulous year along with all my avid book buddies and authors.

Raise a glass to us folks!

Happy New Book Year xxx
Here we come

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

Review: Good as Gone

Good as Gone Good as Gone by Amy Gentry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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


Although I enjoyed the reading of this and the plot involved it dipped in some places and frustrated me in others where I had to fully try to focus in wanting to continue at times.

A young girl gets dragged out of her house at night at knife point.
Her sister sees this and is hiding in a closet.

I was perturbed by that as to the reaction of this sister hiding.

I accepted it and moved on.

Because the chapters flick back and forth it has to be very well timed so not to confuse the reader. Either I'm easily confused or it wasn't timed enough for the reader to accept the next change on route of the story.
I have read many other books similar and didn't have much of a problem.

This is of course my own review and my own thoughts, by no means am I saying it wasn't an enjoyable read because it was.

It was just hard work to follow.

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Review: Blood Lines

Blood Lines Blood Lines by Angela Marsons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy.

This author is another of my selected favourite authors.
DI Kim Stone is real! Oh yes she is. The more crimes she solves the more we glimpse of her own troubled background.

She's head strong, she's determined, she runs a great team. But she has a side to her that I descovered in this latest book in the series that had me spinning like a top on its axis.

The plot of the crime was so well thought out. Every step Kim took, I took too.
Her partner that works alongside her makes it the ingredients in the equation that moles so well.

When the book takes on a chapter from another angle from a diary it becomes more intriguing but, when some chapters are taken over by the "baddie" itself it makes you sit up and take notice.

I really binged on the chapters, word by word.

Absolutely brilliant.

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