#BookReview Evie’s Little Black Book by Hannah Pearl #PublicationDay

About the book

Is hunting down every man you’ve kissed the answer to finding Mr Right?

When Evie is invited to the wedding of the guy she’d fancied throughout her teens, it’s the final straw. What’s wrong with her and why can’t she keep a man?
In between consoling herself with ice cream and chocolate, and sobbing her heart out to her cousin Chamaine, Evie has a brainwave – and it all centres around her ‘little black book’ (well, more floral patterned notebook really) – which contains the details of every man she’s ever kissed or dated. Perhaps the cure for her disastrous love life has been nestled within its pages all along …
Does Evie’s little black book really hold the answers, or will she learn that exes are exes for a reason?

Published by Ruby Fiction

Publication Date –  21st August 2018

About the Author

Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.
She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.
In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.
Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

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MY REVIEW

I have had so much fun reading this book! In Evie, there’s a character who we can all relate to!!  Looking back at the men in her life, and wondering why she’s still single! Is it her? Has she been picking the wrong men?  Luckily for her she’s kept notes over the years in her ‘little black book’ – more of a floral notebook! –  of all the crushes and kisses she’s had!  

So now is the perfect time for her to go back and track down some of the exes, and to see if she made did make mistakes or if she had lucky escapes! Anything to help her try and get over the news of the forthcoming wedding she’s been invited to of one of those crushes she spent her teenage years pining over!

I loved the fun side of this book and it just felt really sassy!!  Evie isn’t afraid of confronting her past and looking back often ends up throwing you off track, and finding out some shocking secrets about those you thought you knew! Her cousin Charmaine was straight talking and helped set her on the right track and was always there with good advice!

She learns so much about herself by going back and it was  so enjoyable to go on that journey with her in the hope that she’d find her Mr Right!  Loved it!

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#CoverReveal A Little Christmas Charm by Kathryn Freeman @ChocLituk

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Too early for a Christmas Cover Reveal?!!! NO!!!! NEVER!! So it’s  my absolute pleasure to be able to share with you today another stunner of a cover to help get you in the festive mood nice and early!! So start playing those Xmas songs and let me tell you a little more about the book before the big reveal!

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Would you swap sea and sunshine for tinsel and turkey?   

Gabby Sanderson is used to being let down – even at Christmas. Which is why she’s happy to skip the festive season completely in favour of a plane ticket and sunnier climes. 

But this Christmas could be different, because this time she might not be spending it alone. Can Owen Cooper charm Gabby into loving Christmas in the same way he’s charmed his way into her life, or is he just another person who’ll end up disappointing her? 

 

A Little Christmas Charm is published on 16th October and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms.  

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Jingle those bells….. it’s time to see the cover!! 😍

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Fabulous isn’t it!! Hope you’re as eager to read this one  as I am now!! Merry Christmas!! 😉

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#BlogTour Smart Moves by Adrian Magson #GuestPost #BookReview @DomePress

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Extremely delighted to be taking part in the Blog Tour for SMART MOVES by Adrian Magson. My thanks to the author and publisher for letting me be part of it all!

And as well as my thoughts on the book, I’m also lucky to have a guest post from Adrian himself for you all to enjoy!!

About the book

International troubleshooter Jake Foreman loses his job, house and wife all in one day. And when an impulsive move lands him in even deeper water – the kind that could lose him his life – he decides it’s time to make some smart decisions.

The trouble is, knowing the right moves and making them is a whole different game. And Jake, who has been happily rubbing along things he always suspected were just a shade away from being dodgy, finds it all too easy to go with the flow. Now he’s got to start learning new tricks.

If he doesn’t, he could end up dead.

Published by The Dome Press

Publication Date – out now!

Purchase Links

Dome Press shop    £6.29

Amazon UK  £8.99

hive.co.uk  £7.75

About the Author

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Author Website https://www.adrianmagson.com/

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‘a classic crime star in the making’ (Daily Mail) – is the author of 22 crime and spy thrillers, a ghost novel and ‘Write On!’ – a writers’ help book. His latest novels are ‘Rocco and the Nightingale’ (Oct 2017) the fifth in the Insp Lucas Rocco series set in 1960s France, and ‘Smart Moves’ (Aug 2018) – a standalone novel. Both are published by The Dome Press. When not writing books, he’s a reviewer for Shots Magazine and writes the ‘Beginners’ and ‘New Author’ pages for Writing Magazine (UK).

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Over to you Adrian!!

HUMOUR MAKES THE WORLD GO AROUND

Many years ago, before I got my first book deal, I used to write short stories and comedy material for radio. I also wrote humorous slogans for greetings cards, beer mats, welcome mats and t-shirts. Show me a surface back then, it seemed, and I’d have a go at writing something to go on it. Maybe I was a budding graffito artist and never knew it.

I also wrote short fiction and features for mostly women’s magazines here and overseas. Hundreds of them. They were all part of my writing journey while trying to get the all-important book deal. For a while these non-book activities served me well, helping keep my optimism, ambition (and bank balance) on the up while focussing on making a career out of writing. But useful and enjoyable as it was, short fiction and comedy weren’t what I really wanted to do. The comedy field especially was fiercely competitive, demanding a close finger on the button of contemporary news and lots of submissions to get noticed.

It was a great learning curve, and perhaps because of it, I find most of my writing contains a vein of humour. But it has to be finely judged so as not to get in the way. Most of my books involve the world of crime or spying, so trying to inject a chuckle at the wrong moment in those genres can jangle.

Maybe that’s why recently I decided to do two things I hadn’t done before: the first was to write a standalone after years of writing series novels. The second was to aim for a humorous story. Not a laugh-a minute kind, but more in the situations being described.

In ‘Smart Moves’, international corporate trouble-shooter Jake Foreman is trying to make a success out of a misfortune largely of his own making. He’s basically stuffed up in a big way by spending too much time rolling around the world and losing touch with what was important in life, like relationships, friends and even the changing world around him. In short, he’s lost it all: his wife, home and job.

Describing someone else’s close shaves with bad luck and misery has a tragicomic appeal, because you want the central character to come out okay. I didn’t set out to get belly laughs, but I hope I managed to inspire a few smiles along the way.

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MY REVIEW

Huge thank you to the publishers for the advanced copy of this book.  I know I can always trust them for a story full of quality and intrigue and this is exactly what I got with this story.

The main character, Jake, is having a very bad day! The worst kind of bad days!  All he has known for a number of yeas has ended so he needs to think fast and get a new life plan! He’s been let go from work, his wife has left him, and there’s squatters in his home!!

The more he uncovers about the kind of work he was doing before is a little troubling to him – he’s  been a little naive to say the least! – so when he’s offered new opportunities in the ‘courier service’ he grabs at it! He knows he’s good at it so it makes sense to carry on with what he knows! He seems to care less for the consequences this may bring his way!

Add to the mix, a mess of a personal life and his life begins to spiral a little out of control and, as a reader, you just wonder what he’ll be facing next and where!

This was a fast paced thriller, that felt very fresh to read and the subtle mix of humour worked really well! There was always something going on and I found myself enjoying getting to know Jake as a character and how he had to start thinking on his feet to save himself and those around him!

A refreshing read!

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#BookReview Vox by Christina Dalcher #100words #Vox

About the book

Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial–this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end. 

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

Published by HQ

Publication Date – 23rd August 2018

Purchase Links

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Hive.co.uk

Book Depository

MY REVIEW

A terrifying prospect is brought to life by the author in this dystopian novel where women have been silenced. Forced to wear ‘counters’ that add up their daily word count and if they go past 100 words in one day then they will suffer pain.  Women have been forced to give up successful jobs and careers, girls are given sewing lessons at school – this truly is a man’s world.  And for Dr Jean the only way out is to help the men she despises.

The initial impact of this book is startling! I was gripped by this world that had seen fit to demean half the population all because of the rise of religious beliefs in many States.  The way that intelligent women were made to comply, and seemingly have very little support from their husbands’ and even sons, in fighting back against their awful treatment.  It really showed just how damaging certain messages could become and influence the minds of seemingly level headed men.  In her own home she is faced with the viewpoints that women are better off staying at home and ‘knowing their place’.  Fancy hearing that from your own child – whilst you are doing all your best to raise a daughter who has nightmares and gets  awards at school for speaking the fewest number of words in one day..

I did find though that the shock factor of this book did begin to wear a little thin as the story seemed to run out of steam and it moved away from the controlling aspect of those in authority into different areas, but it did a great job of teaching you to be aware of what is going on around you in the world and to be engaged with how views and society is changing!  I’m sure a lot of us sleepwalk through life unaware of small changes to laws and thought processes, and that’s how easy it is to see those in power start to take control of what you see, what you think and how you can respond.

A thought provoking and fascinating read none the less so can highly recommend it!

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#BookReview The End We Start From by Megan Hunter #20booksofsummer

About the book

In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, the family are forced to leave their home in search of safety. As they move from place to place, shelter to shelter, their journey traces both fear and wonder as Z’s small fists grasp at the things he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving and content against all the odds.

This is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees. Startlingly beautiful, Megan Hunter’s The End We Start From is a gripping novel that paints an imagined future as realistic as it is frightening. And yet, though the country is falling apart around them, this family’s world – of new life and new hope – sings with love.

Published by Picador

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

Hive.co.uk

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MY REVIEW

An intriguing little book that really packs a punch! Only 127 pages long, but the story is powerfully told with very little words, structure or too much detail so that you as a reader fill in the blanks for this bleak world that the author has created.  ooh and the cover is rather stunning too! It’s what made me pick it up in the first place!

London is flooded. Humanity is falling apart and pushed out of the cities to seek a new life elsewhere. And amidst this nightmare world, a woman is preparing to have her first child. All the fears and panic of impending motherhood are explored as the family pack up and try to carry on in any way they can. Everyone is out for themselves, there are food shortages and the worst side of people is being shown.

I loved the contrast of what is supposed to be a happy time in their life, with the doom all around them. It was an unusual writing style that did take a short while to get my head around, but I think it made more of an impact as a story in this way. Very evocative and cleverly told.

If you’re looking for a quick read with a strong impact, then I’d recommend this!

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My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Week 32 2018 #bookblogger #bookhaul

Happy Saturday to you all!And relax! Well I hope you’re getting to relax a little anyway! Bit of gardening has been on my ‘to do’ list so far today, so now that’s done the sofa has taken me hostage!! So time to put my captive status to good use and catch up with my bookish week!

And it’s been another goodie! There have been some shorter books/graphic novels read this week so that helped me finish 7 books this week!  And then 5 have been added to my bookshelves, along with 2 audiobooks that I downloaded from the library via Borrowbox last night!  It’s fatal just browsing isn’t it?!

So here’s a quick look at what I’ve finished – way behind on reviews oops! – what’s new, and what I’m now reading! Click on the title for the GoodReads link for more info!

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Paper Girls Vol 1 by Brian Vaughan – 3 stars

Fun and feisty graphic novel. I’ll be reading more soon hopefully!

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh  – 4 stars

Slow start, but worth sticking with! Dark and hypnotic!

Summer at Hollyhock House by Cathy Bussey  – 3 stars

Little predictable but a quick, easy book to read!

The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden  – 3 stars

Read this ahead of the Blog Tour next month, and enjoyed this historical ‘noir fiction’

Ladders to Heaven by Mike Shanahan – 5 stars

Another Blog Tour read, and I never knew Figs were so blooming interesting! Loved this and learnt so much!

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter  – 4 stars

A stunning little book! Bought in a charity shop this week for £1. Only 126 pages but packs a punch with its’ unusual style.

Evie’s Little Black Book by Hannah Pearl – 4 stars

Out on Tuesday, and a fabulously fun read!

BOOK HAUL

First to the audio books that I borrowed from the Borrowbox Library app!

Folk by Zoe Gilbert

Every year they gather, while the girls shoot their arrows and the boys hunt them out. The air is riddled with spiteful shadows – the wounds and fears and furies of a village year.

On a remote and unforgiving island lies a village unlike any other: Neverness. A girl is snatched by a water bull and dragged to its lair, a babe is born with a wing for an arm and children ask their fortunes of an oracle ox. While the villagers live out their own tales, enchantment always lurks, blighting and blessing in equal measure.

Folk is a dark and sinuous debut circling the lives of one generation. In this world far from our time and place, the stories of the islanders interweave and overlap, their own folklore twisting fates and changing lives. 

The Unforgotten by Laura Powell

It’s 1956 and fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the boarding house run by her erratic mother. But when the London press pack descends to report on a series of gruesome murders of young women, Betty’s world changes. In particular she is transfixed by mysterious and aloof reporter, Mr Gallagher. As the death toll rises, an unlikely friendship blossoms between Betty and Gallagher. But as their bond deepens, they find themselves entangled with the murders and each is forced to make a devastating choice, one that will shape their own lives – and the life of an innocent man – forever.

Had to treat myself to some bargain Persephone Books this week from the fab Ninja BookBox BookShop

The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

A suburban matron, harassed by wartime domestic problems – her husband is overseas – finds herself implicated in the murder of her young daughter’s extremely unattractive beau. This novel is about maternal love and about the heroine’s relationship with those around her, especially her children and her maid.

The Runaway by Elizabeth Anna Hart

This 1872 novel by a mid-Victorian poet and novelist is about a girl named Clarice, living with her widowed father and her governess ‘in a charming home at a convenient (railway) distance from the city.’ One day she finds a girl of her own age hiding in the shrubbery. She is Olga and ‘there is no question that she is the liveliest child character in English fiction’ said the Observer in 1936

The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett

First published in 1901, The Making of a Marchioness follows thirty-something Emily who lives alone, humbly and happily, in a tiny apartment and on a meager income. She is the one that everyone counts on but no one goes out of their way to accommodate. This Cinderella-like story remains a much-loved favorite among many.
This book is followed by a sequel, The Methods of Lady Walderhurst. Later, the two novels were combined into Emily Fox-Seton.

Resin by Ane Riel

A signed first edition from Goldsboro Books – I needed a treat!

 

Liv died when she was just six years old. At least, that’s what the authorities think.

Her father knew he was the only one who could keep her safe in this world. So one evening he left the isolated house his little family called home, he pushed their boat out to sea and watched it ruin on the rocks. Then he walked the long way into town to report his only child missing.

But behind the boxes and the baskets crowding her Dad’s workshop, Liv was hiding. This way her Dad had said, she’d never have to go to school; this way, she’d never have to leave her parents.

This way, Liv would be safe.

CURRENTLY READING

Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan

The Angel’s Mark by S.W.Perry

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And another week is all wrapped up! Now to be good and try and catch up with reviews!!  Have you read any of these books? Always love to hear your throughts!!

HAPPY READING!!

#BlogTour The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas #BookReview #RandomThingsTours

An absolute pleasure to be involved with this Blog Tour today for THE UNLIKELY HEROICS OF SAM HOLLOWAY by RHYS THOMAS.  My thanks to the author, publisher and Anne of Random Things Tours for letting me be part of it!

About the book

A feel-good novel that will make you laugh and cry. The perfect book club read for fans of The Rosie Project, A Man Called Ove, and The Keeper of Lost Things . Charming, quirky, and bursting with heart.

Sam Holloway has survived the worst that life can throw at you. But he’s not really living. His meticulous routines keep everything nice and safe – with just one exception . . .

Three nights a week, Sam dons his superhero costume and patrols the streets. It makes him feel invincible – but his unlikely heroics are getting him into some sticky situations.

Then a girl comes along and starts to shatter the walls Sam has built around himself. Now, he needs to decide if he’s brave enough to take off the mask, and to confront the grief he’s been avoiding for so long . . .

Hilarious and heart-warming, this is a story about grief, loneliness, and the life-changing power of kindness.

Published by Wildfire books on 9th August 2018

Purchase Links

Amazon UK  £7.74

Hive.co.uk  £7.35

Book Depository  £7.20

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MY REVIEW

LOVED. LOVED. LOVED!! Do I need to say anymore?! Oh ok then, I’ll add a few more thoughts! Needless to say, this book gave me all the feels and Sam Holloway is one of those characters that I immediately fell in love with! A 26 year old unlikely superhero – normal by day( well, normal-ish!), but 3 nights a week he dons a superhero costume to patrol the streets to make the world a better place.  And it makes him happy! He has his routines, a simple life living alone – he’s an only child of only child parents so loneliness has followed him throughout his life and he embraced it as a child and it set off his interest in comic books and the superheroes on their pages.

This book tells his story – each chapter alternates between ‘normal’ Sam, and ‘Superhero Sam’ and this way is a perfect way to explore the extremes of his life and what has led him to reach this point in his life.  I’ve seen comparisons to Eleanor Oliphant and can totally understand why.  He was teased at school and has never really fitted in, but comic books made him feel like there’s more out there and is a way for him to escape certain aspects of his life.

He can also be found trawling through Facebook posts of those people he used to know, out in the world doing things he’d never dream of, and that’s when the loneliness of a night strikes him. But his routines keep him safe

But his life is about to change after a random conversation in a local pub and his outlook on life begins to alter.  He has never really connected with anyone but Sarah seems to get his quirkiness! She’s not one to fit in either and is happy to join him and his friends when they go meteor spotting, pub quizzes – just hanging out.  But with personal distractions, comes the risk of his nice, safe world crashing down around him…..

This was such a powerful story for me – it dealt with a character dealing with loneliness, grief and also the social anxieties that the world today brings with it.  He is prone to over analyzing everything, and pondering the meaning of life when he sees just how low humanity has got – so relevant in the times we live in! It was humorous and heartbreaking in equal measures!  An absolute delight to read so what are you waiting for…. go get your copy now!! 😉

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