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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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Monthly Boxes – Night Light Candle

Hi? Hello? Good afternoon? Wassup? How the hell do you start these blogs?! 😂

Anyway, I thought I would do a new series of blogs related specifically to Night Light Candle. If you don’t know what Night Light Candle is .. well I’m sure you do since your reading this blog right? I’ll tell you anyway. Night Light Candle is my tiny small business that makes bookish themed candles (wooo) 🎉. This series of blogs will be about what candles and stuff we’re doing and why we chose certain these, a little like a background story to some of our decisions and a behind the scenes haha!

If you follow us on Instagram you might have seen that we have started to do monthly bookish themed boxes. Now I LOVE a mystery box and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE a bookish mystery box but they can be so expensive for us here in the UK 😭. So I decided I wanted to create a small bookish themed box that was going to be a cheaper alternative to the bigger, more expensive boxes out there. Therefore, we have Night Light Boxes 😂 (I literally just made that up, that’s not real 😂). BUT, we do have our monthly boxes that include one large 8oz candle, one small 4oz candles, one a5 print and two bookmarks all for (drum roll please …) £12.50 ( woooooo 🙌🏼). Our boxes are theme every month and are always themed around books or bookish ideas 💡.

Which brings me onto our first month (🥁) A Box For Dead Queens inspired by Astrid Scholte’s Four Dead Queens which is due to release February 26th! We’re super excited about this box because the synopsis of Astrid’s book sounds AMAZING! I was scrolling through goodreads when I came across Four Dead Queens and as soon as I read it I knew I needed to do something to go alongside the book. I was hooked at “A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A Nobel messenger. And the murders that unite them.”. I mean 😱😱😱!! I need to read that right now!!

So yeah, that’s why A Box For Dead Queens is our first monthly box and will be posted out mid February in time for the book release 🙊! We’ll be releasing our next theme 1st February so keep your eyes open for that one and please let me know if you would like me to carry on with this blog series. I think it’s kind of nice giving a background to some of our products and what we do 😝.

If you wanted to purchase A Box For Dead Queens you can get it here but there is only two left at the time of writing this 😱.

I didn’t know how to start this blog so I’m ending it with a peach out 🤟🏼 (oh god help me 😂). Thank you all for reading! ♥️

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Lynda La Plante – Widows : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review (longer review below)

“A security van heist goes disastrously wrong and three women are left widowed.

When Dolly discovers her late husbands plans for the failed hijack, an idea starts to form…

Could she and the other widows finish the job their husbands started?”

(Mystery / Drama)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two word review: very exciting.

Ok, this book is an amazing drama/thriller type book that puts women in the highlight. I love the fact that it’s a group of women leading this story rather than men like it usually is.

The story builds up slowly but there is action from the start and it never gets boring. The book is about a heist that a group of men tried to complete but failed, killing themselves. Their widows decide to take over and complete the heist on their own. I was on the edge of my seat reading this book, there’s so many twists and turns and I just couldn’t wait to get through it. It was such an exciting read.

I’m not sure if it’s only me but I love stories about heists, it always gives me ideas on how I could get away with robbing a bank one day 🙄😂! I loved reading about all the planning and build up of the heist and Lynda La Plante did not disappoint one bit.

I was however, a little disappointed to find out there is a sequel to this book and I’m unsure I will it because I quiet liked where the story ended but i guess there was still some unanswered questions 🤷🏼‍♀️.

🚨 ALERT: SPOILERS BELOW: ALERT 🚨

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OH MY GOD, what a twist?! Did you expect it? Did you guess what was going to happen? I must admit that I didn’t expect it until I put the pieces together and then I was like holy sh*t! HARRY RAWLINS IS ALIVE! After I figured it out I was kind of wondering whether him and Dolly where going to team up and take all the money in the end and I was so glad when the girls got to Rio in one piece.

I just loved how all of them came from different backgrounds and they all came together to pull this heist off and did it amazingly! Anyone want to team up? 😂

Even at the end of the book when they were going to Rio there was still some on edge moments, like when Dollys case was about to be search and Shirley was questioned, ahhh so much drama!

I loved this story though and would definitely recommend it if you love heist/bank robbery stuff 😝!

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John Green – Turtles All The Way Down : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review (longer review below)

“Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.”

(Young Adult / Mystery)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two word review: too short.

Holy s**t, I have missed John Green. This book was just amazing and he definitely did not disappoint. I literally couldn’t put this book down, I was so intrigued and curious and hooked and ugh, I just loved it ok?!

The book if 100% worth the read, the storyline is simple yet so complicated once you start reading. It’s definitely not what you expect from reading the back cover information, there is so much more to the story! I love how John Green writes about mental health in a way that is so relatable, it’s amazing that he highlights it.

There was one disappointing thing about this book and that was … it wasn’t long enough! John Green I need more! Seriously, I could have read this book forever, I didn’t want to read it to fast but I just wanted to know what happened too.

As I said, defiantly worth the read and I would 100000000% recommend it. Do it everyone, just read the book! Haha 😋.

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This book broke my heart at the same time as fixing it up. Does that even make sense? I fell completely in love with the characters in this book, especially Aza. Green made Aza (or Holmesy) so relatable, like, I thought it was just me stuck in that spiral sometimes but it turns out that it’s probably most of us right?

John Green did an amazing job of highlighting mental health in teens and young adults but wrote it in a way that was so understandable. Aza’s thoughts & mental health literally made this book what it was, amazing!

I loved Aza’s and Davis’ relationship, it was so pure but not real at the same time. I feel like they didn’t get the opportunity to become a real couple and I would have loved to have seen that! It was the least they both deserved. The ending of this book was just heartbreaking – Davis leaving that spiral picture for Aza, melts my heart!

Daisy was an amazing character and demonstrated what a true friend was, although she was kind of shitty when she wrote those fan fics about Aza, not cool Daisy. But … it did kind of make sense, it was her way of dealing with it, so we still kind of love her.

I love how the beginning of this story is all about the mystery of Russell Pickett but the majority of the book focuses on Aza’s mental health and her relationships with Daisy & Davis. But it all links to the mystery and at the end, it finally comes together.

I was so disappointed that this book wasn’t longer, I really, like really, wanted more! I was reading it and couldn’t stop but also wanted to stop so it lasted longer 😩!

Please read this book and let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear how others interpreted the book and your opinions on it 💭

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Sharon Bolton – Dead Woman Walking : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review (longer review below)

“Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish bored, thirteen passengers on a hot-air balloon flight witness a brutal murder. Within the next hour, all but one of them will be dead.

Alone, scared and trusting no-one, she flees for her life, running to the one place she feels safe. But she’s seen the killers face, and he’s seen hers – and he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the last witness to his crime …”

(Thriller / Crime / Mystery)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Ok so, I found this book easy to read, despite it jumping back and fourth and between different characters. It’s a little confusing at first but once you gather what’s going on it becomes very easy to follow (but sometimes very annoying too). Bolton had me gripped from the start and I definitely wanted to continue reading to find out what happens, like hello, give me answers right?! There’s defiantly more to this story than what you get from the back cover, so many different characters that all interlink and so many scenarios that you just have to read your way through to get the answers. There were so many different stories in one story but Bolton did an excellent job of keeping them all connected. The ending was the best part of the book for me and Bolton wrapped the story up amazingly. Definitely worth a read.

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Ok so this book was crazy! There were so many different stories to follow but Bolton answered all of the questions amazingly in the ending. I mean, can you believe Jessica was actually Bella? I kind of guessed it as I was working my way through the book but then forgot about it, so it still shocked me when it came out. I think it was a great twist on the story and Bolton did a great job of keeping it under wraps until it was announced near the end.

I kind of understand the story of Bella being abused by father but I don’t think it added anything to the story? I mean, it made a great ending, finding out that it wasn’t her brother who abused her but was it needed? I don’t think it was, I think the story would have still been great without it. I feel like Bolton Just bulked the story out a bit with this mini story, what did you think?

& oh my! The Ajax / Mojo storyline was brilliant! I was not expecting Mojo to be who she was in the end, again, another amazing twist by Bolton.

I did enjoy reading this book and would definitely take a look at Bolton future books. Let me know your thoughts of it, I’d love to see what others opinions are 💭.