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Arron Charman – Whee To The Moon : Review

Synopsis – “Neil is a young boy who likes to scream “whee!” with excitement when he’s at the playground. Neil develops a love of flying. As he gets older, he learns how to fly aircraft that will take him on many different adventures. Even though he is now a grown up, Neil still excitedly screams “whee!” as he gets to fly all the way to the Moon!

Genre – Children’s  

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Spoiler free review – Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to @fayerogerspr and @authoright for allowing me to be apart of this tour. I knew immediately that my youngest nephew would love this book.

Since we got this book I can’t tell you how many times we’ve read it, I probably could read the book without actually picking it up. It’s such a fun and exciting book for the little ones.

All 3 children absolutely loved the story and, of course, there favourite part was the “whee’s” haha!

I would definitely recommend this for the younger audience, my youngest nephew is 5 and he adores it but our 10 year nephew also likes to get involved when we read it too. 🚀

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J.P. Carter – At Your Door : Review

Synopsis – “what happens when the past comes back to kill you?

When DCI Anna Tate is called to the gruesome discovery of a dead woman found on Barnes Common, she is plunged into a high-profile investigation involving a prominent MP. London is baying for blood – but is there more to Holly’s death than meets the eye?

Meanwhile, the hunt is on for Anna’s missing daughter Chloe, who vanished ten years ago when her father kidnapped her. The case has been cold for what feels like forever – but a phone call brings a new lead…

Can Anna solve the murder case whilst dealing with her own personal demons? Or is someone from the past planning to get in her way?”

Genre – Thriller 

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote That Stood Out Most – “Below the photo was a message that read, ‘Thought you’d like to know the fun is about to begin’.”

Spoiler free review – Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to @avonbooks, for allowing me to be apart of this tour. I was so intrigued by the synopsis of this book and I couldn’t wait to start unraveling the story.

Now this book did take me a while to get into and I had to force myself through the first few chapters. I felt like we have a lot thrown at us in the first few chapters and it’s hard to keep track of what the story actually is. It was a little messy for me and hard for me to get into.

HOWEVER, once I got to around chapter 12 my curiosity began to take over. I was starting to understand the story and already trying to piece it together. The story has two main stories within the one, the death of Holly, a teenage girl and the kidnap of our main characters child. Both of the stories begin immediately and the way they interlink keeps the reader on their toes.

The plot of the stories has lots of twists and turns that keep you in the edge and wanting to read on. Overall, I did enjoy this story and recommend it to those who like thriller, detective storylines. As long as you can get through those first few chapters, the ending is definitely worth the read 🤭

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Sif Sigmarsdottir – The Sharp Edge of a Snow Flake : Review

Synopsis – “The captivating, feminist, Nordic YA thriller from Sif Sigmarsdottir. The snow is falling thick and fast now. Snow in Iceland is dangerous.

Hannah Eiríksdóttir has been banished from her home in London to a place of eternal punishment for the wicked. No, not Hell, but close: Iceland. There, she faces a new life working as a journalist for her father’s newspaper – a man she barely knows.

Imogen Collins has the perfect life as a social media influencer, showing off her glamorous London existence to adoring fans. But behind the filters lies a dark secret. She thought she’d buried it: But the Beast is back – a ghost from her past who’s threatening to ruin her future.

When a man is found murdered at the edge of the road in snowy Iceland the girls’ lives collide. Imogen had the motive. Can Hannah find out the truth, and discover the reality of the girl beneath the filters?

Behind perfection often lies unbearable ugliness.

Genre – YA / Thriller 

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote That Stood Out Most – “The screen goes dark. Another head turns the other way. Quietly. Cruelly. Deliberately. And out of habit.”

Spoiler free review – Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to @darkroomtours, @teambkmrk and @sif.sigmarsdottir for allowing me to be apart of this tour. I was literally hooked from reading the synopsis to this book and couldn’t wait to get my head into it!

For some reason, I had in my head that this book was going to be back dated a little but I was pleasantly surprised. The book is very modern and up-to date and I absolutely adore the Instagram post pages, definitely my favourite addition.

The book immediately introduces us to Hannah and Imogen and I just love their completely different personalities. I found Imogen super interesting because being an influencer is so common now, but I also found Hannah intriguing because I’m more of a Hannah personality.

I was hooked on the first page of the book and just kept devouring it. The author keeps the book so interesting with different twists and turns.

Overall I loved this book. I will definitely buy this author again and I’m super interested to see what next books are coming up 👀.

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Alison Layland – Riverflow : Review

Synopsis – “After a beloved family member is drowned in a devastating flood, Bede and Elin Sherwell want nothing more than to be left in peace to pursue their off-grid life. But when the very real prospect of fracking hits their village, they are drawn to the front line of the protests. During a spring of relentless rain, a series of mysterious threats and suspicious accidents put friendships on the line, and the Sherwells’ marriage under unbearable tension. Is there a connection with their uncles death? As the river rises in torrential rain, pressure mounts, Bede’s sense of self begins to crumble, and Elin is no longer sure who to believe or what to believe in.”

Genre – Contemporary / Thriller 

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote That Stood Out Most – “Narrowed eyes regarded him steadily: you know  perfectly well on both counts. And I know that you know … Layers of knowing like the infinity of mutually reflecting mirrors.”

Spoiler free review – Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to @damppebbles blog tours, Alison Layland and Honno Press for allowing me to be apart of this tour. As soon as I read the synopsis to this book I was VERY excited. I mean, all that drama mixed in with crazy weather conditions? Yes please. 

When I first started this book, it did take me a while to actually ‘get into’ the book. I found the beginning a little slow for my pace of reading HOWEVER it soon picks up pace and dives right into the drama. 

There’s so much going on in this story and it feels so real. Flooding is something that is happening every year, worse and worse, which makes this story even more intriguing.  When I got to about a quarter of the way through, I literally couldn’t put this book down.

I loved that the chapters actually had names rather than numbers, I didn’t realise that this is something that nearly always gets over looked now but it made me even more curious. I would literally finish a chapter, read the next chapter title and HAVE to carry on. 

The characters in this story were very well portrayed and extremely interesting. It was amazing to slowly see the charters unraveling ad see who they really are. 

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. It lost one star for the simple fact that I did have to push my self through those first few chapters, but from then on I couldn’t stop! Highly recommend this for anyone that likes a book full of drama. 

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Kristen Lepionka – The Last Place You Look : Review

Synopsis – “A beautiful blonde teenager, Sarah Cook disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton – black and from the wrong side of the tracks – was convicted of the murders and sits on death row, though he always maintained his innocence. As his execution nears, his devoted sister, insisting she has spotted Sarah at a local gas station, hires PI Roxane Weary to look at this cold case.

Reeling from the recent death of her cop father, Roxane is drawn to the story of Sarah’s disappearance, especially when she suspects a link between it and one of her father’s unsolved murder cases. Despite her self-destructive tendencies, Roxane starts to hope that she can save Brad’s life and her own.”

Genre – Thriller / Crime

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote That Stood Out Most – “underneath it, another layer of rocks and mud couldn’t quiet cover a long, blue bundle”

When I picked this up I was immediately intrigued, I love anything detective and prison like so curiosity got the better of me. We’re introduced to our main character, Roxane, right away and for me she was instantly likeable. Roxane is easy to relate too and follow along, but she also has an interesting side that keeps you questioning.

It was a little bit of a slow read for me at first but once I hit that half way point things started to get good.

Overall, it was a good detective read and had some amazing twists that I couldn’t have guessed, it just took a little while for the story to start getting good.

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Beth O’Leary – The Flat Share : Review

Synopsis – “Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. 

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…”

Genre – Romance / Contemporary

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote That Stood Out Most – “you don’t keep that many handmade scarves for no reasons. It occurs to me that Leon could actually be any kind of weird”

I absolutely loved this, it’s such a feel good read!

I picked this up because I found it very intriguing, I wanted to see how the flat share would work because this could literally happen in this day and age, with everyone having to work and living costs being so expensive. I was curious.

Our main characters are Leon and Tiffy and I can’t believe how well Beth O’Leary used her writing skills here. There were completely different writing styles for Tiffy’s and Leon’s parts in the book. Beth O’Leary really let us get to know the characters by doing this, Leon had shorter sentences and sometimes they were more like thoughts than actual sentences, but then tiffy has longer sentences which are thoughtful and descriptive. They work so well together and I love that. As well as this Beth O’Leary also used letters, text and other dialog. It made for a super easy and fast paced read. One of those books that you could easy just come.on.reading!

I loved the fact that there were so many ‘mini’ stories within the main one, this kept it super interesting and also realistic.

Overall I absolutely loved it and feel like ta definitely a book I could re-read. It had the right amount of emotion, humour and everything. Go read it people 😝

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Caroline Kepnes – You : Review

Synopsis – “When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten. 

But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…

Genre – thriller

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote That Stood Out Most – “She is supposed to be in a morgue, not a hospital.”

I watched the Netflix TV series before I read the book and absolutely loved the series, it was so intense! I read so many reviews about the book and how much better it was than the show so I just HAD to read it .. obviously. At first I was shocked by the language in the book but I love the way it portrays Joe and sets out his mind. The story is told from Joe’s perspective so you get to read all his thoughts, from good, to bad, to naughty.

Without giving to much away, I feel bad that I was rooting for Joe .. why do I like him so much! (Oops).

The book was written in a typical thriller way, short, quick sentences. I loved this. The pace was quick and shortness of the sentence kept me tense and intrigued. I was literally sat in the edge of my seat at parts.

The downfalls to this book for me is that there wasn’t enough detail in certain parts. We got told certain things that are essentially huge parts in the story, but they are over within one line with no description or detail which is a little disappointing. HOWEVER, the book does make up for that in other areas.

Overall I really enjoyed this book but I do wish I had read this first and then watched the show because I didn’t have to use my imagination, the film was already pictured in my mind when reading.

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John Marrs – The One : Review

Synopsis: “One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for. 

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…

Genre: thriller | mystery

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Capturing quote: “He put the phone away and pondered what his Match might look like, before deciding it was I appropriate to be thinking about a second woman while he was still in the company of the first.

He rose to his feet and returned to the kitchen to find her where he’d left her minutes earlier, lying on her back on the cold, slate floor, the garrotte still embedded in her neck.”

This book was SOOOO GOOD! My favourite book of the year so far, along side Passengers of course. The plot was very intriguing, I absolute love the aspect of realistic plots and this plot is very realistic in our day and age. Super interesting and definitely a page turner.

The story starts and introduces us to six characters, which at first is a little confusing, but you soon come to know each one and their individual stories. The book has one main story but follows the very different lives of six characters, creating six stories from one main one which keeps it so interesting. I found my self finishing a chapter and wanting to continue that specific story so I was flying through the book. There was a twist and gasp on every page and I loved it!

The pace of the story was very fast, the chapters were short and sharp and made for a fast read.

Overall I absolutely loved this book and John Marrs has become one of my instant buy authors 🚀

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T.E.Carter – I Stop Somewhere : Review

TRIGGER WARNING

Ellie Frias has never wanted to be popular, she just wants to blend in, to be accepted. But then Caleb Breward, tells her she’s beautiful and makes her believe it.

Ellie loves Caleb, but sometimes she’s not sure she likes him that much – his awkward smile, the possessive way he touches her, his harsh tone, how he ignores her one minute and can’t get enough the next. And then, on one black night, Ellie discovers the monster her boyfriend really is.
 
Ellie wasn’t the first girl Caleb raped. But she was the first he murdered.
 
Now, trapped, unable to move on, she witnesses him shatter the lives of other girls again and again. Powerless and alone, Ellie tries to keep hold of happier memories, always waiting – hoping – that someone will find her.

But no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place. 

Genre: Young Adult

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote: “I disappeared before I actually did. And now, I’m trapped here. Forgotten.”

This was an extremely strong and very powerful story about rape. The concept is so so important and the story is just incredible.

The story focuses on our main character, Ellie. Ellie is instantly likeable and we follow her through her experience, all her thoughts and feelings too. It allows the reader to understand why some rape victims don’t tell anyone and how their experiences effect them.

The pace of story was very fast. It had short chapters and short sentences which I loved because it made it so easy to read and follow.

I didn’t want to put this book down, I wanted to keep reading and it was such an easy page turner.

Downfalls of the book were that some parts got repeated at times but this wasn’t enough to put me off. It’s also listed in the thriller genre which I wouldn’t agree with. This book isn’t a thriller, it’s a very suitable book for young adults but definitely not a thriller.

Overall I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it. It was so insightful and as I said, extremely powerful.

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Erin Zak – Breaking Down Her Walls : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review

“When a meeting with her birth parents goes horribly wrong, Julia escapes on a hastily planned road trip and winds up breaking down in a Colorado town so small the cows outnumber the people. Completely out of her element, she takes a temporary job as a ranch hand at Bennett Ranch. She only has to survive long enough to get her car fixed, and then she’s out of there for good.

Her bad luck continues when she meets the ranch owner, Elena Bennett. Elena is unhappy, abrasive, and annoyingly breathtaking. But the longer Julia stays, the more the ranch starts to feel like home, and her feelings for Elena become impossible to ignore. She’s spent years building her defenses high and running from her past. Could a love worth staying for be the key to breaking down her walls?”

(Young Adult / Romance/ LGBT)

Big thank you to NetGalley for sending me this book to review.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I.Loved.This.

That’s it. Review over. I loved it. 😂

Romance is not usually my genre but I literally fell in love with this story and couldn’t put it down for the life of me. Erin Zak is now one of my favourite authors, her writing style is incredible! The characters she has created are just infectious and I absolutely loved all of the flirtyness in this story. I’m literally a sucker for this story right now.

The story line was really good and there was also a lot going on in the background which kept it going too. I would definitely recommend this book if you like romance and it’s a great story for the LGBT community 🙌🏼.

Anyway, now all I want to do is work in a ranch, get a horse and wear flannel shirts and cowboys hats so 🐴…