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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 🐴…

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Lisa Jewell – Watching You Review

Short Spoiler Free Review

“You’re back home after four years of working abroad.

You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now you’re crashing in your big brothers spare room.

And then you meet the man next door.

He’s the head teacher at the local school. Twice your age. Extraordinary attractive.

You find yourself watching him. All the time.

You never dreamed that your innocent crush might become a deadly obsession.

Or that someone is watching you. ”

(Thriller)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I mean, doesn’t that synopsis already get your knickers in a twist?! 😱! The synopsis is intriguing enough and doesn’t even outline the main part of the story!

I just finished this and oh my 🤭! The story line is amazing and has SO many twists. I did guess one of the main plot twists but there were still so many that I had no idea about which definitely kept me wanting to read on. It was super intriguing, super sitting on the edge of your seat type read, super wanting to know what happens.

Watching You is very cleverly written and well thought out. It focuses on one small town and a small group of people within that town and the way it focuses on each person is amazing and definitely keeps it from getting boring.

… and now I wait for @lisajewelluk ‘s next 💀😂

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John Marrs – The Passengers: Review

Short Spoiler Free Review

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. 

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?”

Big thank you to Ebury and PenguinUK for sending me this book to review.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was amazing! The whole concept intrigued me right away, I mean, self-drive cars? SO INTERESTING! Especially since they are trialing them in the UK! Super intriguing.

The Passengers is set a few years in the future and starts out introducing us to Libby, the main character who most people can relate to. Libby is an average girl who opposes self-drive cars. The book continues to tell us about self-drive cars and how they operate as well as their different levels.

When the hacker takes over and we are introduced to the eight passengers, things get very interesting. John Marrs was very clever about how he wrote this book and it switches between each of the passengers and Libby.

This book doesn’t give you the opportunity to wonder what is going to happen because once you are told something, you read something else and your opinion changes completely!

Very cleverly written and some amazing twists throughout the book. A very enjoyable read and I would high recommend! 🚗

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Roxie Cooper – The Day We Met : Review

“Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has. 

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Big thank you to Ebury & PenguinUK for sending me this book to review. Available now on ebook and paperback is released 07/03/19.

I found this book to be a very easy and fast paced read. I was able to put it down and pick straight back up with the story just continuing to flow. The ways it’s written over ten years is amazing and definitely contributes to it being a fast read.

The story is kind of predictable HOWEVER I was still crying 😭😂. It’s a very real story and I love the was Roxie Cooper uses songs to interpret feelings throughout the book. Being able to listen to a sound track as you read, that matches the story is just a whole other level.

It loses a star simply because it was predictable which made me not want to read in because I knew what was going to happen, but I’m so glad I did!

I won’t say anymore because I want to keep this spoiler free but definitely have tissues near by and definitely enjoy the read!

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Karen M McManus – Two Can Keep a Secret : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review

“Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it.

It’s where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return.

Where a Homecoming Queen’s murder five years ago made national news.

And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab.

Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death.

His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace.

His mother’s remarriage vaulted them to Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but it could all change when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again.

And the return of Malcolm’s brother doesn’t help matters. But his return is just a coincidence… isn’t it?

Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure.

Then another girl disappears.

As they race to unravel what happened, they realise every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe. “

(Young Adult / Mystery/ Thriller)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two word review: Called it.

Ok, this was amazing. I love that its a thriller but its also a teen book so its not super creepy or scary .. (yes I’m a wuss).

The book is written from two different perspectives, Ellery’s and Malcom’s, and it does not disappoint. Right from the get go this book will grab your attention and you won’t want to put it down because its so exciting. I was constantly on edge, my mind racing to keep up and try to figure on what the hell was happening, who was it, whats going on and how do i get to Echo Ridge to join Ellery and Malcom.

Karen McManus is an amazing writer and her style is so captivating. I would defiantly recommend you go and buy this book to read, especially if you kind of like mystery and thrillers but don’t like them scary, like me haha!

My two word review “called it” because theres an amazing twist but i called it from the beginning HOWEVER that is not the only twist and boy did the other twist leave me shook. YES. Go get this book!