Posted in 2020, News, reviews

Review: The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas.

🩸Blurb: There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident – two girls dead after hitting a tree on a rainy night.

Then the murders happened – two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it.

Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they’d lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy.

Her world is starting to unravel. After she discovers the letters in her stepdad’s desk, unearths an ancient phone, and meets a strange new friend at school, Monica can’t just move on.

Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. People know more than they’re letting on and somehow, Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

🩸My Thoughts: Ok, I’m going straight in here. I’m split. I mean proper split. On one hand I really enjoyed the book. The plot was good, characters are well thought out and likeable. At times it’s extremely gripping and fast-paced. Overall everything you want in a book right? On the other hand, it didn’t go anywhere fast, I didn’t like that we were given narrative by both Monica and Jen, the Rayburn sisters. This taking us from the present to five years prior with Jen before her death. I honestly thought we would find out more by having Jen with us, but that wasn’t so. To me she was pretty pointless and I soon found myself wanting to skip her and carry on with Monica.

Here’s where it gets tricky. This is a book that any spoilers given would absolutely destroy your enjoyment in reading it. So it’s hard for me to say why I has an issue with a certain “victim”. I don’t know how laws work in the US but in England that book and it’s laws made no sense at all. And I know this is fiction and I shouldn’t let it upset me, but isn’t that what reading is all about? Let’s just say some victims or survivors as I would call them could get a bit or pretty pissed off with that. I know I did. See, very cryptic of me, but I needed to give my full reasons. I will discuss this with anyone who wants to go into with me though. My inbox is always open.

Overall, the book is good. It is one I would actually recommend to you. Like I said good plot, great characters, and the best part about it one fantastic twist that comes out of nowhere with an absolute bang!

⭐️⭐️⭐️

3/5

🩸Links to Buy:

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🩸Book Details:

Title: The Cheerleaders.

Author: Kara Thomas.

Genre: YA/Teen & Young Adult.

Length: 384 Pages.

ASIN: B08CVNJ1T9

ISBN-10: 1529053528

ISBN-13: 9781529053524

Publisher: Macmillan.

Imprint: Macmillan Children’s Books.

Publication Date: 3rd September 2020.

🩸Author Details:

Kara Thomas has written for everything from her high school newspaper to Warner Bros. Television. She is a true-crime addict who lives on Long Island with her husband and rescue cat. She is the author of The Darkest Corners, Little Monsters, and The Cheerleaders. To learn more about Kara and her books, visit her at kara-thomas.com or follow @karatwrites on Twitter, @karathomaswrites on Instagram, goodreads and Facebook.

Posted in 2020, reviews

Review: One More for Christmas by Sarah Morgan

🎄Blurb: Gayle is a highly successful and motivated business woman, but her success has come at a price – she hasn’t spoken to her daughters, Ella and Samantha, for years. But when Gayle has an accident at work, she realises she needs to make amends with her family.

And so she invites herself to join Ella and Samantha for their Christmas in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. The sisters are none too pleased that their mother has inserted herself into their Christmas plans. They have each other – and don’t need their mother back in their lives. Or so they think…

As they embark on their first family Christmas together in years, will the three women learn that sometimes facing up to a few home truths is all you need to heal your heart?

🎄My Thoughts: Sarah Morgan doesn’t pretend to be someone she is not. She consistently gives us joyous, beautiful, uplifting and warm reads. You know what you’re getting from the start and that is what makes her, in my opinion, one of the best women’s fiction/romance writers of all time. However, One More for Christmas gave me a more darker and deeper feel than normal. I loved it.

Following the turbulent family drama of the Mitchel family and combining that with the emotional grief of the McIntyre Family as they come together over the Christmas period. We are given a wholesome, wonderful mix of pleasure and pain. A story about family values, relationships, real life awfulness, family feuds. But most of all, making the most out of the time we have and making sure the hidden inner you gets a peak at life too. Lessons I believe we all could learn from.

I will say though for a Christmas book let’s just say some parts are definitely hot enough to melt the snow outside in the snowy grounds of the beautiful Scottish Kinleven Lodge. (Which I wish was real so I could book it for a Christmas break myself for me and my family. It sounds like the most beautiful place to spend time at).

So just like Brodie gave Samantha all the stars. I’ll be giving Sarah the same. No wait.. Not like that. Oh my god! I meant like stars in review stars……. Erm, am just going to go 👀

Sarah Morgan has once again given us a blissful beautiful, uplifting, warm and lovely read

Five stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

P.S… Sarah if Laid By The Laird doesn’t become available via Mills & Boon I will be seriously disappointed 😂

🎄Links to buy:

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🎄Book Details:

Title: One More for Christmas

Author: Sarah Morgan

Length:

ebook – 488 pages

Paperback – 400 pages

ASIN: B086JJD9VZ

ISBN-10: 1848457952

ISBN-13: 978-1848457959

Publisher: HQ

Publication Date:

ebook – 22nd October 2020

Paperback – 29th October 2020

🎄About the Author:

Sarah Morgan is an international bestseller and Sunday Times bestselling author of A Wedding in December and The Christmas Sisters. She has sold over eighteen million books worldwide.

Sarah lives near London, England with her family and when she isn’t writing or reading, she likes to spend time outdoors hiking or riding her mountain bike.

Join Sarah’s mailing list at sarahmorgan.com for all book news. For more insight into her writing life follow her on Facebook at facebook/AuthorSarahMorgan and on Instagram at @sarahmorganwrites and on Twitter @sarahmorgan_ Or via her website at sarahmorgan.com.

Posted in 2020, reviews

Review: All I Want for Christmas by Joanna Bolouri

🎄Blurb: When Nick loses his job and is dumped by his glamorous but demanding girlfriend, he is forced to grudgingly accept work as a Santa at a local Christmas grotto. As his friends are getting married or promoted, Nick spends his days being terrorised by unfriendly elves and cried on by snotty, spoiled children.

Then he meets 4-year-old Alfie. All Alfie wants for Christmas is for his mum, Sarah, to be happy again. Moved by the boy’s selfless wish, Nick arranges a date between Sarah and his best friend, Matt. But as Sarah and Alfie become part of all their lives, Nick realises that happiness for Sarah and Matt might mean heartbreak for himself.

🎄My Thoughts: Ok so I did start writing a review right but it just wasn’t flowing right and wasn’t me. It was dead cheesy and sounded like I was lying about the book. So I’ve decided to just give you me notes that I made when I was reading it. Enjoy 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

Male protagonist (Which is nice. Rarity in this genre)

Nick Harris – skinny armed idiot.

Ugh The Sun – the rag – JFT96!

Fuck sake! Russian Santa!

I now in my head have fake Santa talking like Bert Kreischer telling us how his new Russian mafia friends talk. It has amused me greatly!

It’s nice to be able to be at ease with a book. One in which you relax straight into and forget your troubles

This book proper tugs on the good heartstrings. Nick is an absolute beautiful soul, especially with kids

His over use of the word fucking is incredible though. Defo my kind of person. I’m defo right at home here.

Joanna Bolouri is easy reading made incredibly fun. She has a fantastic way with words and doesn’t fail in giving you authentic characters that charm you from the get go.

I then tweeted and instagrammed our JB this:

Bolouri, why when Mrs, Buckley opens the door and exclaims ‘There’s my boys!’ Did I choke up?

Woman, you’re hilarious, I love you, but this book is hitting me with all the feels and I just didn’t sign up for that. Stop it. Well don’t, but I deliberately picked this book to read to be uplifting and happy-go-lucky. It is that, but the feels, the bloody feels. For fuck sake what are you doing to me?

Carrying on….

I adore Matt and Nicks friendship. I’m on absolute pins here waiting to see what happens next. If what I have in my head is true, that friendship is not surviving at all and I will be distraught.

We all need a Nick you know. Humble, quick witted, extremely charming, good looking and apparently very good in bed. Oh, and he wants to make someone extremely happy that is all. – Ok, I take it back, he’s more of a cat person than a dog one so that’s me out !

Oh my god! Oh my fucking god! Nooooo. My heart can’t take it.

Ending was super fast! But worth it. But cringe at times but for some reason I’ll allow it. What the fuck is up with me.

Authors do try to give real life and to be fair most fail miserably. But there are a few I have in my favourite pile that actually can pull it off. Most seem to be northern like and I do hold that as a competition to any southern author to make me eat my words. But yeah, our Bolouri is defo up there at the top at giving us actual real life. The dregs and dirt and grit that we need to make it authentic. Spot on.

Friendship, betrayal, love and lust, theme parks, claridges and dodgy looking Argos watches. Clever comebacks that have you actually laughing out loud and not just pretending to through text LOL. And wobbly lip heart wrenching moments that make you want to cry. Santa Claus and our very own Saint Nick certainly do give us everything we need for Christmas. Bolouri certainly has made her mark here with All I Want For Christmas. It melts the most cold and icy hearts faster than a mug of festive mulled wine.

An emotionally complicated fuck up of a book that radiates nothing but love, family and friendship. Everything Christmas is all about.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

P.S.. Spot is the worst Dogs name ever!

🎄Links to buy: (Pre-Order)

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🎄Book Details:

Title: All I Want For Christmas

Author: Joanna Bolouri

Length:

ebook – 285 Pages

paperback – 368 pages

ASIN: B0822769TQ

ISBN-10: 1529406900

ISBN-13: 978-1529406900

Publisher: Quercus

Publication Date:

ebook – 01/10/2020

paperback – 29/10/2020

🎄About the Author:

Joanna Bolouri worked in sales before she began writing professionally at the age of thirty. Winning a BBC comedy script competition allowed her to work and write with stand-up comedians, comedy scriptwriters and actors from across the UK. She’s had articles and reviews published in The Skinny, the Scottish Sun, the Huffington Post and HecklerSpray. She lives in Glasgow with her daughter.

You can find out more about Joanna and her work via her social media and website. Links below.

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Posted in 2015, 2020, Miscellaneous, News, reviews

Books vs Film: All The Bright Things by Jennifer Niven.

As you all know, I’m not one for book adapted films. Some are amazing, but the majority are just absolutely terrible. I always say I am not watching certain ones when they are released if I am a fan or advocate of the book. And I usually don’t. I fucked up big style yesterday though.

I was bored and I’m not much of a TV watcher, but I was in the mood and Netflix was my go-to. First, there in my recommendations was of course All The Bright Places. It was released via Netflix on February 28th 2020 starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith. So, I put it on. I know, I’m stupid, but it was a long time since I’d read the book and I thought they can’t ruin this one. It’s too in-depth and needed in YA life that it can’t be bad. It was. It was worse.

Here is what I wrote when I was watching it: (Just from my notes)

If I didn’t know the characters so well from the book I would not know what was going on.

I understand films need to get the story told quickly, but to lose the relationship build up, the intensity of Finch’s mental health and its effects. The friendship and quotes that have been taken because they became so well-known from the book and just thrown in become worthless.

My heart hurts because I know already. If I didn’t know, I would not be watching and would have already have switched it off.

The book is incredibly deep, thoughtful and needed. The film to me has taken all that away.

The book is needed for this story 100%

The film took half of Finch and his story away from us.

It took half of his heart and for that I am livid.

If I was rating/reviewing it would defo be a 2/5.

⭐️⭐️

So as you can see from that it wasn’t the best for me. I will say though that I did enjoy it, but like my notes state I think it’s only because my connections I already had with the characters. I honestly think I would have been confused others wise.

Anyway, let me take you back to 2014 for a minute, to when a proof of All The Bright Places landed in my hands. I was new to the YA Genre at this point. And I was obviously a bit skeptical being a 30odd year old mum, but I flicked through the first few pages like I would do any book that comes through my door. I honestly, no lie devoured it. It was the first ever book to make me cry, like proper cry though. I do not cry. It hurt me so deep. I was honestly blown away.

Here’s my review from 2015:

If there is ever a book in which the whole world should be reading it is this one. This is a book so delicate and strong is leaves you breathless, heartbroken, but somehow stronger.

The plot is a thick, twisting tale that follows 17 year old Theodore Finch, a boy with only a few friends and dubbed the school freak, who is trapped in his own head after a lifetime of troubles. And, 17 year old Violet Markey, a popular girl who is now lost in herself after the death of her sister Eleanor.

When Finch and Eleanor meet in the school watch tower, something miraculous happens to them both. After this, they are assigned partners in a geography project in which they have to go and look at the offerings their town and surrounding area’s offer. This here is the start of Finch and Violet.

There are no words for me to try and write a review for this book. None of them would be anywhere near good enough for it. I seriously could not write anything that would do this book justice. I have never, and most probably will not, ever read anything so intense, heartbreaking, lovely, romantic and real again. It’s magically breathtaking.

It has a firm focus on the stigma that unfortunately still surrounds mental health today. It also shows just how damaging it can be. This has all been dealt with by author Jennifer Niven with nothing but grace and compassion. She has shown herself to be a clever and meticulous writer, with a huge heart, and a way with words that transforms even the dark and dreary in to light and love. As a debut novel it does not get better than this. I urge you all to read it.

It’s honestly hard to describe the ineffable love I actually have for this book.

YA book of 2015? I think so.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

So as you can see from that it was something special and something I pushed as hard as I can. I even got a beautiful message from Jennifer Niven too 😋

Anyway, the point of my post? Go buy the books. Always read the books. Your imagination and the words from the authors are meant to be. There is no other way of getting these stories across properly. You lose so much in a film and sometimes like this one it takes away hugely. Also, to push once again this incredible book. I have my copy out ready to read again, it won’t be today, I need time for the film to leave my mind. It’s there though and if you haven’t read this book I really do think you should.

Blurb: A compelling and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the ‘natural wonders’ of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself – a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?

Links to buy:

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Book Details:

Title: All The Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven

Genre: YA & Teens

Length: 432 pages

ISBN-10: 0141357037

ISBN-13: 978-014135703

ASIN: B00LNQ74CM

Publisher: Penguin.

Publication Date: 8th January 2015

Author Details:

Jennifer Niven is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe. Her books have been translated into 75 languages and have won literary awards around the world. She grew up in Indiana and now divides her time between Georgia and Los Angeles.

Find her at jenniferniven.com and on her social media accounts linked below:

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Enjoy!

N 😘

Posted in 2019, Miscellaneous, News, reviews

Rebecca Chance

Not even a book blogger ranting, just a normal reader ranting.

Ok, so yesterday I heard some absolutely devastating news from the book world. The news being that our beloved Queen of the Bonk-Buster, Rebecca Chance, will no longer be writing under that pseudonym or giving us any more of her amazing, original and damn right fucking brilliant reads. Why? Well, I can assure you that’s not on her, it’s on her publishers, Pan Macmillan.

Oh come on. She’s a bestselling novelist and has been for-fucking-ever. She no doubt brings a lot more than some other authors do and to be fair here she should not be penalised for over seas not understanding her humour or should I say our English humour. And it doesn’t matter if she’s the only one, she’s the only one we need and want. It just shows how superior she is.

Bless her so much. I know she’s probably not nearly as arsed as I am like 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

As for the genre in itself though, I do personally class it the same as romance/comedy/chick-lit/rom-com/new adult/contemporary/modern/etc… I know a lot of people do.

I’m livid. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way about our BB Queen not being able to give us our yearly gift of debauchery, scandal and laughs.

Come on PanMac what are you playing at? Yes, we know we still get the brilliance of her pen and mind with Lauren Henderson and the crime genre. Which is also fantastic work, but some people don’t want crime! Some people don’t like crime! In fact, some people fucking hate crime. Especially with that and the psychological thriller genres being packed to the brim right now and being thrown at us every hour on the hour. It’s overwhelming, it’s getting very boring and we need a break away from it. Do you know what would be the perfect break in between that? Rebecca Chance and her uplifting ingenious books that’s what. Don’t get me wrong, I love the crime genre and RC even has crime in her novels, but you get the gist though.

RC, I’m gutted for you my love. I really am. Thank you so much for all the books, all the tears (both sad and happy), all the laughs, all the weird looks from people when you actually laugh out loud in public. All the gasps and smirks and snorting. All the joy and uplifting spirit. All the hard work and passion you’ve given us for the last ten years. You are a queen and a talent like no other that we will all miss desperately.

To anyone who does not know who Rebecca Chance is where the hell have you been? You so better go get your head stuck right into one of her books. Believe me, you will NOT be disappointed at all. I am re-reading from the start again now to make myself feel better. Her books will be available underneath all linked up so you can purchase and piss yourself with pleasure. It’s all glamour and honesty and just absolute reading bliss. She’s something completely off the charts and mesmerising. I sound like a lick-arse here, but I honestly do not give a riding shite. It’s the truth and you know the truth is all I do.

Love as always,

N 💔

P.S… Mile High is currently on offer for 99p on amazon. BARGAIN! So there’s no excuse really not to grab a copy. Goes amazing with a wine you know. Or a gin for that matter. Or a cuppa tea. Or anything really.

P.P.S… You could go check out her other work that’s available under Lauren Henderson too if you want like, but right now I’d stick to RC and read them after 👍🏻

📚RC’s boss book list.

Divas

Amazon

Apple/ibooks

Kobo

Waterstones

Book Depository

Bad Girls

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

Book Depository

Bad Sisters

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

Book Depository

Audiobook

Killer Heels

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Bad Angels

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Killer Queens

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

Book Depository

Bad Brides

Amazon

Book Depository

Mile High

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Killer Diamonds

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Killer Affair

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Audiobook

Bad Twins

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Audiobook

Naughty Bits

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Rebecca Chance was born in Hampstead to international art dealer parents, and grew up in the exclusive millionaire’s row surroundings of London’s St John’s Wood. Tiring of her cushioned, privileged existence, she ran away to Tuscany to live a wild bohemian life on a wine-making estate, where she lived in a 14th century villa in a Chianti vineyard, partying with artists, learning Italian, and picking grapes. But big city life was calling her, and after staying in Rome and Porto Ercole, she moved to Manhattan, lured by the glamorous single-girl existence and nonstop nightlife. She spent a decade living the Sex and The City dream in SoHo, equally at home in an uptown penthouse on Fifth Avenue overlooking the Metropolitan Museum, or downtown dancing on the bar of the Coyote Ugly for kicks. Eventually, a handsome American husband in tow, she moved back to London to settle down (as much as she can) and finally fictionalize some of her most exciting and glamorous experiences into her bestselling blockbuster novels.

Rebecca’s interests include trapeze, pole-dancing, watching “America’s Next Top Model”, and cocktail-drinking.

Links to RC: (Her Facebook is legendary)

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

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Go buy all the books

Proper gutted 💔

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – A Year of Second Chances by Kendra Smith.

Hello my gorgeous book geeks.

How are we all today?

As you can see I am hosting day number seven on the blog tour for Kendra Smith’s fantastic new release, A Year of Second Chances.

Let’s go…..

💕Blurb: Three women. Three very different lives. One life-changing adventure.

Charlie is a single mum unlucky in life. Her multiple jobs make barely enough to feed the family cat, never mind being able to give her son the life he deserves. So when an opportunity to make a lot of cash comes along, she simply has to take it.

Suzie has always wanted to be a mother. But fate has been cruel and now time is running out. Soon her final frozen egg will be destroyed and her last chance of having a baby will go with it. With her husband resolved to their childless life Suzie takes matters into her own hands.

Dawn is about to turn fifty and seems to have misplaced her mojo along with the car keys. But with an interfering mother-in-law and a gaggle of judgemental mums at her children’s school, it’s proving harder to find than a decent fitting bra. Especially after a series of highly embarrassing incidents…

Over the course of a year three lives are about to collide and as they do be prepared to laugh, cry and fall in love with these women as they discover how life can give you a second chance.

💕My Thoughts: What started out as a book I was ready to lash on the CBA pile or the DNR pile as it’s known too most. I decided to stay with it and to be honest I’m glad I did.

A Year of second Chances is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a fast-paced, easy read.

It really is a lovely book, written well with an honest and genuine plot. A cast of characters that to me somehow should not fit together, but do which makes it just that bit more special of a friendship.

It’s catty and funny and dramatic and warm and most of all real. And when something is real, then we feel it more. So to read a book like that is always worthwhile. This one for sure is.

Real life.

Real love.

Real problems.

Real friendships.

Real women.

Real reading!

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

3.5/5

💕Links to buy:

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Google Play

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💕Book Details:

Title: A Year of Second Chances.

Author: Kendra Smith.

Genre: Fiction & Literature/Women’s Fiction.

Length: 288 Pages

ISBN: 1789541875

ISBN-10: 1789541875

ISBN-13: 978-1789541878

ASIN: B07R3C27NP

Publisher: Aria.

Publication Date: June 20th 2019.

💕About the Author:

Kendra Smith has been a journalist, wife, mother, aerobics teacher, qualified diver and very bad cake baker. She started her career in Sydney selling advertising space but quickly made the leap to editorial – and went on to work on several women’s magazines in both Sydney and London. With dual Australian-British nationality, she currently lives in Surrey with her husband and three children.

You can learn more about Kendra and her work by using the following links:

kendrasmith.co.uk

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So that’s me, I’m afraid. Short and sweet today this one. I know you’ll all go grab a copy of this read especially because it’s currently only £2.45 for the ebook!! I know, right? Bargain! And because it’s Wednesday you’re allowed wine. Perfect combo! Perfect price! Winner!

As always thank you so much for joining me here today on TBGWP! You are all absolutely amazing.

Also huge thanks to Kendra herself and my fairy book mother of Aria, our Vicky for inviting me into the tour.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor.

Hello, my fellow book geeks of the world. How are we all?

Guess what? I have something outstanding for you.

💌Blurb: Jennifer Cole has just been told that she has a terminal blood disease. She has three months to live — ninety days to say goodbye to friends and family and put her affairs in order. Trying to focus on the positives (at least she’ll never lose her teeth) Jennifer realises she has one overriding regret: the words she’s left unsaid. 

Rather than pursuing a frantic bucket list, she chooses to stay put, and write letters to three significant people in her life: her overbearing, selfish sister, her jelly-spined, cheating ex-husband, and her charming, unreliable ex-boyfriend finally telling them the things she’s always wanted to say but never dared.

At first, Jennifer feels cleansed by her catharsis. Liberated, even. But once you start telling the truth, it’s hard to stop. And, as she soon discovers, the truth isn’t always as straightforward as it seems, and death has a way of surprising you ...

💌My Thoughts: Do I hear you all asking for a summer read?

Well then, here you go! I honestly don’t think you will find a better one.

A controversial, thought provoking, extremely moving, witty and beautifully inspiring read.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

💌Links to buy:

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💌Book Details:

Title: Death and Other Happy Endings.

Author: Melanie Cantor

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Length: 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 1787631389

ISBN-13: 978-1787631380

ASIN: B07HR6RHJL

Publisher: Bantam Press/Transworld Digital

Publication Date: June 13th 2019

💌About the Author:

Melanie Cantor was a celebrity agent and publicist for over thirty years. Her clients included Ulrika Jonsson, Melinda Messenger and Melanie Sykes.

In 2004, she hosted a makeover show on Channel 4 called Making Space and in 2017 having just turned 60 she was scouted on Kings Cross station, subsequently appearing as a ‘real model’ in the most recent Dove campaign.

She turned her hand to writing in 2008. Death and other Happy Endings is her first published novel.

You can learn more about Melanie by using the following links:

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Short, quick and easy one for you my loves. An impressive one though, for sure. I can’t wait to hear what you all think about the book.

Thank you as always for your support and time. I promise it means more than you’ll ever know.

Huge thank you to Anne over @LCDP and Melanie herself for inviting me onto the Death and Other Happy Endings tour. I know you’ll all go wish Melanie a happy publication day and then buy a copy of her book because you’re all dead kind like that.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – 10 Things To Do Before You Leave School by Bernard O’Keeffe.

Hiya you lot, you all ok?

Today I’m last host and finishing off on a fantastic tour for an even more fantastic book.

Of course I have an extract for you, oh how I love an extract 😂 and the normal TBGWP book deets.

Let’s go….

🔵Blurb: Ruby has had a difficult year to say the least. Just before she started Sixth Form, her father died from a heart attack. In the months that followed Ruby became so depressed that she attempted suicide. She missed a lot of school, but now she’s about to go back and she’s worried. Is she well enough to get through her final year? Will the depression return? Should she apply to university? The night before term begins, Ruby finds something that makes the prospect even more daunting: an envelope addressed to her in her father’s handwriting. Inside is a list: ‘Ten Things I Hope You Do Before You Leave School’. It makes no sense. She can’t understand why he’d want her to do these things, let alone whether she’ll be able to do them.

As Ruby navigates her way through UCAS, parties, boyfriends and A-Levels, she decides to give the list her best shot, but her efforts lead her into strange situations and to surprising discoveries.

Will Ruby survive her last year at school? Can she do the ten things on The List? Will doing them make any difference?

🔵Extract:

🔵My Thoughts: I’m sitting here in tears. I do not know what to say, which is huge thing because as you all know by now I NEVER shut up!

First of all, I need to say this. As a mother with a child currently in sixth form. Who for years has agonisingly battled with mental health. However, was extremely lucky and strong enough to be able to spin it around and use it as a complete advantage to better himself. This book scares me, but it absolutely brings home everything a parent of this age would want to know and understand. It is heartbreaking.

O’Keeffe has honestly given us something truly humbling here. A raw, ferociously honest read full of poignancy and humour. He has meticulously researched his cause and has put it into a wonderful book. A fantastic and rare plot with endearing characters which free flows just right. It’s honest and a very now book! It shows the real world of child/teen/young adult mental health and how much pressures are put on children every single day. Which is an incredible thing to bring light too. Also, not forgetting the loss of a loved one, especially a parent. Grief is very important to try understand whether it be child or adult.

I am so sorry! I am just chatting pure shit here aren’t I? Sorry! 🤦🏻‍♀️

I’ll finish this absolutely AMAZING review 👀

by saying this is an engaging, thought provoking absolute pleasure of a book. Being able to be with Ruby as she goes through the list and tries so hard to find her feet is an absolute pleasure. It deserves a huge platform where Ruby and her voice are heard and more people can engage and learn. I applaud O’Keefe greatly and could not recommend this book to you more. In fact, I think if you have a teenager who does read that they should have a copy ASAP. You also need a copy. Yeah you there reading this.

Superb!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

🔵Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

Book Depository

🔵Book Details:

Title: 10 Things To Do Before You Leave School.

Author: Bernard O’Keefe.

Genre: Children’s Fiction/YA & Teen.

Length: 275 Pages.

ISBN-10: 1913036707

ISBN-13: 978-1913036706

ASIN: B07PMSJPW3

Publisher: Acorn Independent Press.

Publication Date: 05/03/2019.

🔵About the Author:

After graduating from Oxford, Bernard O’Keeffe worked in advertising before training as a teacher. He taught for many years, first in a North London comprehensive, then at Radley College, where he was Head of English, and most recently at St Paul’s School in London, where he was Head of Sixth Form. 

He has reviewed fiction for Literary Review and The Oxford Times and, as an editor of The English Review, has written over a hundred articles for A Level students on subjects ranging from Nick Hornby and Roddy Doyle to Jane Austen and Shakespeare. In 2013 he published his first novel, ‘No Regrets’.

You can learn more about Bernard and his work, or get in touch by using the links below:

Author website

Twitter

Goodreads

That’s it, tour finished! Thank you of course to you lot for joining me and giving me your constant support. And of course to Bernard himself and Anne over at LCDP for inviting me into the tour.

N😘

Today’s post is dedicated to my beautiful friend Carly who passed away in March. Today would have been her 40th Birthday.

Happy Birthday Carly ❤️

LADIES, PLEASE GO FOR YOUR SMEARS!

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – Secrets of Santorini by Patricia Wilson.

Hello lovely book geeks of the world.

It’s Monday, I know you all can’t be bothered, so I’ll jump in quickly on my hosted day today on bestselling author Patricia Wilson’s upcoming summer sensation Secrets of Santorini book tour.

🔸🔹Blurb: Sent away to a convent school in Dublin at the age of five, Irini McGuire has always had a strained and distant relationship with her mother, Bridget, a celebrated archaeologist who lives on the paradise island of Santorini. So, when Irini receives news that Bridget has been injured at a dig and is in a coma, she knows it is finally time to return to the island of her birth.

Reading through her mother’s notes at her bedside, Irini starts to realise how little she knows about Bridget’s life. Now, driven by rumours that her mother’s injury was no accident, Irini must uncover the dark secrets behind her family’s separation.

Will she discover the truth about her parents and her past before it is too late?

🔸🔹My Thoughts: Ok so I must say that I have I’ve never read anything by Patricia Wilson before. I know, I know, I’m a disgrace. Not only is she a bestseller she is Scouse! Letting the side down I know.

Usually this type of book is not my go to read at all. I don’t know why, but something about Secrets of Santorini immediately pulled me in and had me wanting to give it a go.

Anyway, I did.

I’m here.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I’m seriously impressed

In the sense of writing, plot, characters Secrets of Santorini is just beautiful.

Wilson writes with such depth, emotion and clarity that you completely lose yourself to the power of her words and the beautiful island of Santorini.

For me slow to get into, but worth the time invested into it. I also do not have any interest in Greek mythology either. However, it was meticulously researched and was very easy to follow for someone with no knowledge on this.

With Santorini being the go to place of the moment this is definitely a book to take with you to get more into the mood or one if you’re missing the place from your holiday there. Or last Greek holiday. Or of you’re poor like me, use it as complete escapism whilst making use of some of the sun we’ve been having here in the UK.

Just beautiful!

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

3.5/5

🔸🔹Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones – Pre-Order.

WHSmith – Pre-Order.

Book Depository – Pre-Order.

🔸🔹Book Details:

Title: Secrets of Santorini.

Author: Patricia Wilson.

Genre: General Fiction/Fiction & Literature/Historical Fiction/Mystery

Length: 496 Pages.

ISBN-10: 1785768972.

ISBN-13: 978-1785768972.

ASIN: B07JHFX5R4

Publisher: Zaffre

Publication Date:

ebook: May 16th 2019.

Paperback: July 11th 2019.

🔸🔹About the Author:

Patricia Wilson was born in Liverpool, has lived on Crete and is now settled on Rhodes. She was first inspired to write when she unearthed a rusted machine gun in her garden – one used in the events that unfolded during World War II on the island of Crete. The now elderly women involved in those events told Patricia their story, and her celebrated debut Island of Secrets (150k copies sold) was the result. Villa of Secrets (60k copies sold) was inspired by documents found in a secret room in a police station in Rhodes detailing the fate of the Jews on the island in 1944. Secrets of Santorini is inspired by frescoes found on Santorini.

You can learn more about Patricia and her work by using the following links:

Author website

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

So that’s me for this Monday my loves. I hope it somehow gave you hope to get to tomorrow and want you to take a look at Secrets of Santorini.

Huge thank you to of course you lot for being here with me and for constantly giving me your support. The fabulous Mrs Wilson herself and the darling Ellen over at Bonnier for inviting me onto the tour.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver.

Hello my lovely book geeks,

How are you all?

Today I am hosting day number four on the blog tour for the legendary author Jeffery Deaver and his outstanding new book, The Never Game.

Let’s go….

👤Blurb: A student kidnapped from the park.

Nineteen-year-old Sophie disappears one summer afternoon. She wakes up to find herself locked inside a derelict warehouse, surrounded by five objects. If she uses them wisely, she will escape her prison. Otherwise she will die.

An investigator running out of time.

Sophie’s distraught father calls in the one man who can help find his daughter: unique investigator Colter Shaw. Raised in the wilderness by survivalist parents, he is an expert tracker with a forensic mind trained to solve the most challenging cases. But this will be a test even for him.

A killer playing a dangerous game.

Soon a blogger called Henry is abducted – left to die in the dark heart of a remote forest – and the whole case gets turned on its head. Because this killer isn’t following the rules; he’s changing them. One murder at a time…

👤My Thoughts: Jeffery Deaver is such a huge name in the thriller genre that it’s hard not to have heard of him and his work. I shamefully however, have never read one of his books. Well, I have now obviously, but you get what I mean.

The Never Game is the start a brand new investigative series starring survivalist Colton Shaw. Shaw a very clever and self-aware man makes a living by helping out on missing people cases that offer monetary rewards. We are introduced and given little flashbacks into his life over the years to let us start to build up a relationship with him. I found him to be very endearing and I am really excited to move onto the next chapter and find out more about him. He is an original and refreshing protagonist, which is something we actually needed in this genre without realising.

Plot wise I can’t fault The Never Game. A strategic and intense line leading to an unforgettable and solid bomb. Carefully researched and superbly written. It shoves us into the gaming industry with its underlying darkness and one very dangerous criminal. One who puts his victims into survival scenarios based on a game millions are playing online called The Mystery Man.

Now, this, I actually worried about. I’m not a gamer, I know nothing of the gamer life or games themselves. Yes, I may have teenage boys who own every console available and are big into the gaming world, but my knowledge on the subject is very minimalistic. I think a lot of people will get wary of this and it may put them off from reading. For me though I didn’t need to worry. Deaver has researched well and gives us step-by-step information to help us along our way into this unknown technological world. In fact, I learned a bit about it too. My kids think I’m stupid and looked at me strangely when I thought I was able to communicate with them about it, but obviously not and I still know nothing🤦🏻‍♀️😂

No, honestly it’s fine. Do not be put off by it.

All in all I recommend this book to you 100% it is raw, emotional, complex and extremely excitingly deceptive. It’s super fast-paced and grips dangerously hard from the off. The twists are there in full to throw you off and the suspense is an absolute killer.

I could not put it down at all! No lie, the only time I did was to go and make a cup of tea when it got a bit slow in the middle. It certainly picked back up though and the double plot intertwined gracefully and dramatic. It’s one of those reads were you think you’re clever and see what’s going on and to happen only to end up getting your eye wiped so hard and bad you end up with a bloody sty!

Go read it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

4/5

👤Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Audible

👤Book Details:

Title: The Never Game.

Author: Jeffery Deaver.

Genre: Crime & Thriller.

Length: 418 Pages.

ISBN: 0525535942

ISBN-10: 000830372X

ISBN-13: 978-0008303723

ASIN: B07JPXLLMZ

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: 16th May 2019

👤About the Author:

Jeffery Deaver is the No.1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.

You can find out more about Jeffrey and his work by visit his website and social media accounts that are linked below. at

JefferyDeaver.com

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

So that’s me. Thank you so much for joining me today. Your support is always amazing and I’m so grateful for it! I hope you will all go and grab yourself a copy of The Never Game so you can see for yourself how good it is. And also so it strangles you. And gives you a sty. And doesn’t let you go to bed. Totally worth it though.

Thank you to the gorgeous Becca over at Harper Fiction for inviting me onto the tour and letting me read amazing ARC’s. And a big thank you also to Jeffery for having me on the tour and giving us book geeks around the world words of wonder and amazement.

Love always, N 😘