#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | LIES BETWEEN US by Ronnie Turner @Ronnie__Turner (October 1st, HQ Digital @hqdigitaluk)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of LIES BETWEEN US, the debut novel by fellow book blogger Ronnie Turner!

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Katie @ HQ Digital and of course the awesome Ronnie Turner who gifted me an early copy of LIES BETWEEN US. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

The past is always watching . . .

Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . .

John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.

Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.

Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he can’t have.

They all have something in common, though none of them know it – and the truth won’t stay hidden for long . . .

So, want to know what I thought?

WOWSERS! Where do I even begin with my praise for this book? It BLEW. ME. AWAY. It’s hard to read this book and believe that it’s a DEBUT novel!

This is a book that moves about so quickly between time frames and characters that you really do no need to pay attention to what is going on. I didn’t mind this at all! Told from three character perspectives give an added depth to the story as usually, you would find a crime thriller written from the victim/perpetrator angle.

The character who stood out most for me was Miller. I could easily devour an entire book written from his perspective. His story was uncomfortable to read and definitely gives you that ‘creepy’ factor. I was constantly questioning every action and wondering how and why it linked with the other two characters; Maisie and John.

Let’s talk twists. I got to a place with psychological thrillers where I would avoid any that boast ‘a twist you didn’t see coming’ or ‘this twist will blow your mind!!’ because nine times out of ten, it’s a bit of an anti-climax. Knowing how much Ronnie reads and understands the genre, I’m sure she was conscious that the twist in this book is one that the reader really doesn’t see coming until it’s revealed. This alone increased my enjoyment of the overall story.

Thank you Ronnie for restoring my faith in the genre! I can’t wait to read your next book!!

About Ronnie Turner;

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Ronnie Turner grew up in Cornwall, the youngest in a large family. At an early age, she discovered a love of literature and dreamed of being a published author. Ronnie now lives in Dorset with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she reviews books on her blog and enjoys long walks on the coast. She is currently working on her second novel.

Ronnie’s debut novel, Lies Between Us, will be published by HQ Digital in October 2018.

Twitter: @Ronnie_ _Turner

Facebook: @RonnieTurnerAuthor

Instagram: @ronnieturner8702

Website: www.ronnieturner.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/RonnieTurner

 

You can buy LIES BETWEEN US from the following bookseller;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter this week!

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | LICK (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott @KylieScottbooks (November 21st 2013, Pan @panmacmillan)

LICK (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott
Published; November 21st 2013, Pan Macmillan

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Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

LICK is another book that *M* has been telling me about now for FAR too long! And in the spirit of trying new authors, I could put it off no longer. Let me tell you, I devoured this book in an AFTERNOON! This should give you an indication of two things…first, what a quick/easy read this it (which is no way me slating the book!) and secondly, how addictive the story is! I’m sure we’ve all had fantasies of what would happen if we were in Evelyn’s shoes! (FYI…Corey Taylor or Dave Grohl!)

This is the first book in the Stage Dive series and it starts with a bang! Evelyn wakes up in her hotel room after a few too many tequilas celebrating her 21st birthday to discover she has married the guitarist of one of the biggest bands in the world! Realising that she can’t remember any of it, conversations are had as to whether the marriage would continue.

What follows is a ‘will they/won’t they’ story as each of them are trying to work out what to do next. Evelyn is thrown straight into David’s world and it’s overwhelming to say the least! Although she is only 21, Evelyn carries herself well and isn’t portrayed as some meek, mild and naive young woman. She carries herself well and compliments David very well.

Despite his status, David isn’t an arrogant rocker. He is actually a very sweet person, who knows what he wants, but asks permission rather than demanding it! He’s not all sweetness all the time. There are moments where you want to wag a finger in his face and give him a stern talking to – but he already knows the next step and is walking it before we can catch up.

LICK was a great introduction to the series and I’m keen to meet the remaining members of the band throughout the series!

 

You can buy LICK (Stage Dive #1) from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

-S.

#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 15/10/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

This brings us nicely to ‘Mini Review Monday’. A place where, to compliment our current content, we can share with you some of our initial thoughts on books we have been reading over the last week 🙂

 

THE BEAST WITHIN (Villains #2) by Serena Valentino

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A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle.

Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp–like a beast’s!

But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster?

And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?

I found this to be a clever alternate story to the original Beauty & The Beast we all know and love. All the well loved and not so well loved characters were included in this story.

It was interesting to read how the story could have happened from the Beast’s point of view, as in the Disney film we took it at face value that the Beast was selfish and spoilt without any explanation what made him that way.

This is the first book I have read by Serena Valentino, will definitely be looking for the rest in this series

[K]

 

’48 by James Herbert

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In 1945, Hitler unleashed the Blood Death on Britain as his final act of vengeance.

Those who died at once were the lucky ones. The really unfortunate took years. The survivors – people like me, who had the blood group that kept us safe from the disease – were now targets for those who believed our blood could save them.

I survived for three years. I lived alone, spending my days avoiding the fascist Blackshirts who wanted my blood for their dying leader. Then I met the others – and life got complicated all over again . . .

This book is a different take on the apocalyptic dystopian alternate history ‘the world has ended’ genre, even though it was first published in 1996. Majority of England (and possibly the world?) has been wiped out by Hitler’s last hurrah, a bomb with a deadly virus.

The story focuses on the main character Hoke who is immune, but unfortunately for him there are others who are surviving in a sense but are in near constant pursuit and after his blood.

I found this a real page turner of a book with many twists that keeps you reading.  I first read this book years ago as a teenager, and have ever since wanted to read it again but couldn’t remember the title or the author.

My mum happened to come across this at our local library and I am so glad she did! I have now managed to re-read a book which fragments of the story has managed to say with me for the last 18 years and now purchased my own copy so I can re-read again at my leisure.

[K]

 

A BABY AT THE BEACH CAFE by Lucy Diamond

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A Baby at the Beach Cafe is an engaging short story follow-up to Lucy Diamond’s bestselling novel The Beach Cafe.

Evie loves running her beach cafe in Cornwall but with a baby on the way, she’s been told to put her feet up. Let someone else take over? Not likely.

Helen’s come to Cornwall to escape the stress of city living. She hopes a seaside life will be the answer to all her dreams. When she sees a job advertised at the cafe it sounds perfect.

But the two women clash and sparks fly. . . and then events take a dramatic turn. Can the pair of them put aside their differences in a crisis?

This is lovely little short story with characters I found I could relate to and believe in.

Due to it being a short story this will only be a short review as I do not want to inadvertently give away any spoilers.

But if you have a spare couple of hours please pick up this book for a lovely heartwarming story beside the seaside.

[K]

 

Have you read any of the books above? Let us know your thoughts! 🙂

#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 08/10/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

This brings us nicely to ‘Mini Review Monday’. A place where, to compliment our current content, we can share with you some of our initial thoughts on books we have been reading over the last week 🙂

 
END OF DAY (Jack & Jill #1) by Jewel E. Ann

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Four caskets. Two bodies.

Jessica and Jude Day witness their funeral and that of their parents a few yards away from mourning family and friends. Stripped of the only life they’ve ever known, the Days say goodbye to San Francisco forever.

Six months later, two thirty-year-old misfits with elite self-defense skills and penchants for alcohol, sex, and trouble arrive like an earthquake to Peaceful Woods, a retirement community in Omaha, Nebraska, that thrives on rules and gossip. Welcome home, Jackson and Jillian Knight.

Jackson celebrates his new beginning by embracing his job and wiping his cavalier past clean with a temporary oath of celibacy. But Jillian’s past is branded into her soul—the deaths, the insanity, Dr. Luke Jones, and the need to make her lovers bleed. Her chance for redemption comes in the form of a next door neighbor, one Senior Master Sergeant Monaghan. He’s sexy, dangerously alluring, and riddled with emotional issues from years of service. He’s also … So. Damn. Grumpy.

Their mission is simple: Let go, start over, don’t kill anyone, and pray that nobody wakes the dead.

I LOVED this story. I thought I knew roughly what to expect and I was blown away.

It feels as though this story starts in the middle, but as the story goes on you learn what has happened to the characters and how they are coping with their current situation. I found I really felt for Jill as the story went on as she struggles to adjust to her new life and involve herself in their neighbours lives, whether they like it or not.

I felt the range of emotions as the story went on, from finding I was tearing up to actually laughing out loud (and getting funny looks for it!)

I cannot wait to pick up the next in this series as I NEED to know what happens next!

[K]

 

GUILTY PLEASURES (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Anita Blake is small, dark, and dangerous. Her turf is the city of St. Louis.

Her job: re-animating the dead and killing the undead who take things too far.

But when the city’s most powerful vampire asks her to solve a series of vicious slayings, Anita must confront her greatest fear—her undeniable attraction to master vampire Jean-Claude, one of the creatures she is sworn to destroy…

 

I was recommended to read this book and I do not understand why it took me so long to pick it up!

I never expected the wealth of characters this early on in the first book of the series and found I was thrust into the middle of Anita Blake’s world, where the existence of vampires and other supernatural creatures are known and living in the human population. We are introduced into Anita’s next mystery to be solved, someone is viciously murdering vampires, with seemingly no rhyme or reason.

If you are looking for the soft and cuddly vampires this book is not for you. These are the vampires of nightmares, they manipulate and terrify you into doing their bidding.

[K]

 

DRIVE by Kate Stewart

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Music . . . the heart’s greatest librarian.

The average song is three and a half minutes long; those three and a half minutes could lead to a slow blink, a glimpse of the past, or catapult the soul into heart-shattering nostalgia.

At the height of my career, I had the life I wanted, the life I’d always envisioned. I’d found my tempo, my rhythm. Then I received a phone call that left me off key.

You see, my favorite songs had a way of playing simultaneously. I was in love with one man’s beats and another’s lyrics. But when it came to the soundtrack of a life, how could anyone choose a favorite song? So, to erase any doubt, I ditched my first-class ticket and decided to take a drive, fixed on the rearview.

Two days.

One playlist.

And the long road home to the man who was waiting for me.

I found this a very good read, I loved the way the author provided a playlist for the entirety of her book, as her main character Stella is that involved in music it provides the basis for her life.

This book kept me reading and guessing all the way through right to the very end. I felt the ups and downs with the character, and more often than not I found myself humming the current chapter track whilst I was reading.

This book reminded me to keep following my dreams and never give up no matter how much life throws at you.

[K]

 

Have you read any of the books above? Let us know your thoughts! 🙂

#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | KEEP YOU BY MY SIDE by Callie Langridge @CLangridgeWrite (8th October 2018, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for KEEP YOU BY MY SIDE by Callie Langridge.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Emma Welton, Bombshell Books and of course the wonderful Callie Langridge who gifted me an early copy of  KEEP YOU BY MY SIDE. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Are family secrets the ties that bind or the lies that divide?

The secrets of one family live in the walls of a cottage perched high on a Dorset cliff. But secrets can only be kept for so long.

Follow three generations of a family from war-torn London, to the permissive 60s and liberated 80s. Gertie, Rose and Abi live through joy, tragedy and heartache as they navigate complicated mother-daughter relationships and learn the importance of friends and finding love. When circumstances force them under the same roof, secrets begin to unravel and promises made in love threaten to tear them apart.

How far would you go to protect the people you love?

So, you want to know what I think?

Based on three generations of the same family KEEP YOU BY MY SIDE moves between three different time periods. Each period is clearly labelled and I found it easy enough to keep track of what was happening in each.

Each of the main characters are easy to relate to and likeable. The story is very well written and it is easy to get involved in the lives of these people you are reading about. Although each part seems to be a separate story they are all inter related and how they all cross over becomes clear by the end.

This book was very unpredictable with nothing becoming clear until the last few chapters. Callie wrote the book very well as you could not guess where each little road was leading. I tried to guess what was going to happen but was pleasantly surprised at being wrong. This definitely added something to the story for me and I found myself needing to turn the pages faster to find out where it was going to take me.

Ultimately the story is about people keeping secrets for all the right reasons but them then to affect and hurt further down the line. It also says a lot about how secrets can be misinterpreted and how this can have a huge effect on people and how sometimes honesty really is the best policy.

A very well written, enjoyable book for me and I would highly recommend for romance fans looking to try something a little bit different.


About Callie Langridge;

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Callie was born and brought up in Berkshire. After a brief teenage spell in the depths of Lancashire, she moved back to London.

Having left school at 16, she studied drama before embarking on a career in marketing. This saw her work in music marketing in the heady days of Britpop in the nineties. She unleashed her creativity in the design of window displays and marketing campaigns for the leading music retailer. More recently she has followed her passion for history, working in marketing and communications for historical and cultural organisations.

On hitting her thirtieth birthday, she decided finally to pick up her pen and take the first of many creative writing courses. A few years later and she has had a number of short stories published and plays performed at theatres and venues across London. Her first novel A Time to Change was published in September 2017.

Her second novel Keep You By My Side will be published in October 2018.

Callie lives in London with her long-term partner, an ever-growing collection of antique curiosities, and more books than any person really needs.

 

KEEP YOU BY MY SIDE is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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Be sure to check out the other blogs who participated in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

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#PublicationDay | #BookReview | #Giveaway | THE INNOCENT WIFE by Amy Lloyd @amylloydwrites (Paperback Edition; October 4th 2018, Cornerstone @penguinrhuk)

A very happy publication day to Amy Lloyd for the paperback edition of THE INNOCENT WIFE. Following the initial release back in December 2017, THE INNOCENT WIFE soon became a Top 10 Bestseller! Below, you can read my reasons why I loved this debut so much 🙂

Thank you so much again to the team at Penguin UK, Amy Lloyd and Anne Cater who gifted me my original copy back in December as part of the Hardback release blog tour. I remain forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

A young schoolteacher falls for a man on Death Row whom she believes is falsely accused, only to begin wondering after their marriage – and his release.

Twenty years ago Dennis Danson was arrested for the brutal murder of Holly Michaels in Florida’s Red River County. Now he’s the subject of a Making a Murderer-style true crime documentary that’s taking the world by storm – the filmmakers are whipping up a frenzy of coverage to uncover the truth and free the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice.

Samantha may be thousands of miles away in Britain, but she is as invested in Dennis’s case as any of his lawyers. Perhaps even more so, as her letters to the convicted killer grow ever more intimate. Soon she is leaving her life behind to marry Danson and campaign, as his wife, for his release.

But when the campaign is successful, and Dennis is freed, events begin to suggest that he may not be so innocent after all. How many girls went missing in Red River, and what does Dennis really know?

So, want to know what I thought?

Every now and then, a book comes along that completely consumes your every thought. You cannot put it down until you have devoured every single page. Then once you have finished, you have to sit and stare and think about what you have just read. THE INNOCENT WIFE is one of those books!

From the very start, I was hooked. It took me back to the same feels I had listening to Serial and watching Making of a Murderer. Those feelings of doubt and suspicion against every character – I don’t think I trusted a single one. There was something slightly off about everyone. Don’t think I’m saying this as a negative though – quite the opposite! I LOVED it.

I could feel the awkwardness between Sam and Dennis in their visits and the underlying tension between the pair once Dennis is freed from prison. I find myself trying to think why Sam would sacrifice her life in the UK to move to another country to be with a man she has never met. Who, although she believes his innocence – is still in prison charged with committing horrific crimes.

The dynamic between Sam and Dennis, once released, shifts considerably and reading it made me uncomfortable. Dennis’ mood swings and his relationship with Lauren has the reader jumping to conclusions before we even reach the end of the book. Which is more than a credit to Amy’s writing (I still can’t get over that this is a DEBUT novel!)

The end of the story couldn’t be more perfect as it left me asking more questions as to what happened next? Why did it happen that way? Open endings like this can be both a frustration and a pleasure. A frustration stemming from not getting the closure some readers crave from a story, but then a pleasure that we are almsot left to create the story ourselves in our head and create new situations and choices.

Safe to say that THE INNOCENT WIFE is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time!

About AMY LLOYD;

Amy Lloyd studied English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her writing combines her fascination with true crime and her passion for fiction. In 2016 she won the Daily Mail Bestseller Competition for her novel The Innocent Wife. Amy lives in Cardiff with her partner, who is also a published novelist.

You can buy THE INNOCENT WIFE from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!! Support your local independent booksellers where you can!!)

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK)

Thanks to our friends at Penguin UK, we also have one paperback copy of THE INNOCENT WIFE to give away! To be in with a chance of winning, tell us in the comments below; If you could write a letter to a famous criminal, who would it be and why?

Giveaway ends on Friday 5th October at 12pm GMT.
Winner will be notified shortly after 🙂 

BEST OF LUCK!

-S.

#FantasyReads | #BookReview | BLOOD RIGHTS (House of Comarre #1) by Kristen Painter @Kristen_Painter (1st September 2011, Orbit Books @orbitbooks)

BLOOD RIGHTS (House of Comarre #1) by Kristen Painter
Published; September 1st 2011, Orbit Books

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Rebellion has a price.

The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.

Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign. 

Paranormal fiction. Not my usual ‘go-to’ genre. I’ve dabbled in the past with Paranormal, Horror and even Science Fiction, but that’s as far as my journey goes. Knowing this, [K] gifted me a copy of one her favourite paranormal books (BLOOD RIGHTS) for my birthday and I was intrigued to see what I thought of the genre.

Not going to lie, it took me a little while to fully get into the story. That’s nothing to do with the plot, the characters or even the writing style. I think it was getting my mind into another world, with new beings, sayings, etc. But what Kristen has been able to do is create a realistic world separate to ‘kine’ – filled with supernatural beings, all of which face their own internal politics.

After a few chapters, that was it. I was in. Fully invested in Chrysabelle and Mal’s story and the journey they found themselves on to evade capture from a noble vampire out for their lives. The contrast between Chrysabelle and Mal are night and day. Chrysabelle has been raised Comarre, which in the simplest of terms is a blood servant to the most noble vampires, her blood is pure and comes at a high cost. She is there to serve, but is trained to defend herself if the need arises.

Then we have Mal. A sombre, brooding vampire (I automatically think of Angel from Buffy) who quite literally has to fight his own demons. He lives a pretty solitary life, sharing his time with a shifter and a ghost. Not appreciating the intrusion of Chrysabelle into their lives, Mal begins to change in his behaviours and towards the latter part of the story, I found myself caring about him.

The chemistry between the two is so thick you can carve it with an axe and it’s clear that there is more to come for the pair! Bring on the next instalment!

 

You can buy BLOOD RIGHTS (House of Comarre #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

 

-S.

#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | BELLA POLDARK (POLDARK SAGA #12) by Winston Graham (1st July 2002, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

BELLA POLDARK (Poldark Saga #12) by Winston Graham
Published; July 1st 2002, Pan Macmillan

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Cornwall, 1818-1820

The stories of the Poldark family—Ross, the strong, independent squire and his beautiful, outspoken wife Demelza; their son Jeremy; their talented, headstrong daughter Bella; and their long-standing feud with humorless landowner Sir George Warleggan—have sold millions of copies, and in the 1970s were made into the most widely watched TV series of the decade.

Now, the twelfth and final novel brings the family story to a close—with Bella taking center stage, moving between her home at Nampara on the rugged Cornish coast and the wildly exciting world of the theater in London and Europe at the beginning of the 19th century.

After 12 books you would expect to start getting bored of a series and the characters that go with but it just was not the case for me with Bella Poldark. In fact I found myself enjoying this book so much I couldn’t wait to be able to keep reading.

The war in France now being over I found the historical references a lot less in this book which certainly added to my enjoyment. Winston writes so well that you fall deep into the lives of the characters and all the emotions that go with it. When I saw that this instalment had 688 pages I honestly did not know what to expect, our characters have been through so much can they really deal with more? but yes they can and it is not what you expect.

The thing I loved most about Bella was it was so unpredictable. To write 688 pages and be able to keep it surprising is very telling of Winston’s talents as an author. I thought I had something sussed but then discover I was completely wrong. The constant guessing kept me turning the pages that’s for sure.

I remember my friend saying to me as we began to read this “I am not sure I like new characters coming in so far in the series” and I sort of agreed with her although I said “There will be a reason for them, there always is” and sure enough by the end of the book not only are we glad to have them there we even quite like them.

Of course, a Poldark book wouldn’t be the same without people we hate and Bella is no exception. George Warleggan is still breathing of course but we also dislike and even hate other characters too which just adds to the book.

I think the most shocking thing is how Winston can dispense with people we see as main characters so easily. In Bella we lose someone that has been a big part of the last few books. We really do feel every emotion possible, from happiness to laugh out loud parts to tears and heartbreak.

Winston ties up all the loose ends and finishes the series in a way that leaves the reader satisfied and with a smile on their face. After 12 books you really couldn’t ask for more.

 

You can buy BELLA POLDARK (Poldark Saga #12) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

 

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#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 01/10/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

This brings us nicely to ‘Mini Review Monday’. A place where, to compliment our current content, we can share with you some of our initial thoughts on books we have been reading over the last week 🙂

 
THE YELLOW DOG (Maigret #6) by Georges Simenon

18774736.jpgThere was an exaggerated humility about her. Her cowed eyes, her way of gliding noiselessly about without bumping into things, of quivering nervously at the slight­est word, were the very image of a scullery maid accustomed to hardship. And yet he sensed, beneath that image, glints of pride held firmly in check. She was anaemic. Her flat chest was not formed to rouse desire. Nevertheless, she was strangely appealing, perhaps because she seemed troubled, despondent, sickly.

In the windswept seaside town of Concarneau, a local wine merchant is shot. In fact, someone is out to kill all the influential men and the entire town is soon sent into a state of panic. For Maigret, the answers lie with the pale, downtrodden waitress Emma, and a strange yellow dog lurking in the shadows…

Another brilliant story from Mr Simenon

When I picked up the first Maigret novel, Pietr the Latvian I wasn’t sure how I felt about the Detective and his story. I am so glad I persevered as they just keep getting better. I am now used to how Detective Maigret works in his sometimes brusque manner, and as these books were set and written in the 1920/30s how life was so much different then (the way of speaking to men/women, how the classes acted towards each other, even what was just generally acceptable then that wouldn’t necessarily be now) and investigation techniques were so much different how it is in the novels now.

Maigret has found himself in the middle of another mystery, when a seemingly unknown person has decided to remove certain well known characters in a little town.

What has happened that means someone wants these prominent men dead?

Where has this yellow dog appeared from and who does he belong to?

[K]

 

THE HOMEWARD BOUNDERS by Diana Wynne Jones

1017863.jpg“You are now a discard. We have no further use for you in play. You are free to walk the Bounds, but it will be against the rules for you to enter play in any world. If you succeed in returning Home, then you may enter play again in the normal manner.”

When Jamie unwittingly discovers the scary, dark-cloaked Them playing games with human’s lives, he is cast out to the boundaries of the worlds. Only then does he discover that there are a vast number of parallel worlds, all linked by the bounds, and these sinister creatures are using them all as a massive gamesboard.

Clinging to Their promise that if he can get Home he is free, he becomes the unwilling Random Factor in an endless game of chance.

I am definitely enjoying Diana Wynne Jones’ books, and I happened to come across these by chance!

In this book the story revolves around a young lad, Jamie, that discovers that our ‘world’ is basically a big boardgame for aliens – I’m thinking something like Risk (or at least how I understand that game is played) but because he discovers this he is cast out from his word and cursed to walk the Bounds (cross between the worlds) until he finds his Home again. The alternative worlds vary from one end of the spectrum to the other, with Jamie discovering what he can and can’t do to survive.

Unfortunately this is a standalone novel, but am looking forward to reading more of this authors books.

If you like time travel, fantasy and abit of sci-fi this one has got to be on your TBR list!

[K]

 

HALF A KING (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie

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Betrayed by his family and left for dead, prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the shattered sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge.

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy.

This was recommended to me by another Goodreads reader.

My only regret is not starting this sooner!

This book sucked me in from page 1. Set in Medieval-similar times Yarvi is the second in line to the throne, training to be a minister but doesn’t have the affection of the people due to the hand deformity he was born with as people see him as half a person. This story follows Yarvi through death and betrayal, friendship and hardship and the extremes of weather and people on his travels so he can take his revenge on those who wronged him.

Whilst I did guess part of what was going to happen just shortly before it did, it was still a brilliant story and there were other twists that I never saw coming! Can’t wait to get my hands on the next book from this author.

I would say if you are a fan of George RR Martin this is a story for you!

[K]

 

Have you read any of the books above? Let us know your thoughts! 🙂

#RisqueReads | #BookReview | BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION (The Maddox Brothers #1) by Jamie McGuire @JamieMcGuire (July 1st 2014, Atria Books @AtriaBooks)

BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION (The Maddox Brothers #1) by Jamie McGuire
Published; July 1st 2014, Atria Books

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The Beautiful Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.

Fiercely independent Camille “Cami” Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with her first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.

Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlour to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever – even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

In the first instalment of The Maddox Brothers series, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

So for a few years now I have been a fan of Jamie Mcguire and her Maddox Brothers series, yet it is only recently I got my hands on a copy of Beautiful Oblivion.

In this story we meet Trenton Maddox and Cami Camlin, an unlikely couple whose story is far from simple. In true Maddox style this brother doesn’t do anything by halves nor does he refrain from fighting for the ones he loves.

A love triangle is the core of the story, leaving our heroine in an emotional state throughout the majority of the novel. But this is just another example of Mcguire’s talented writing. We are drawn into Cami and Trenton’s world, praying to the romance novel Goddesses that this couple can make things work.

I loved every minute reading their story, delving into the world according to the Maddox boys completely and with an open mind. Mcguire knows these characters inside and out, clearly shown here in this novel. As much as we love Cami, it is for me Trenton that drew me in. This is a Maddox brother who is not afraid to be himself, not afraid to pursue who he wants and will fight in Maddox style for his girl.

As a reader we fall hopelessly in love with these two characters, we want them to work things out and we read on in pure anticipation of those final moments between them. At the heart of this novel is a love story, a story that sees our lead couple take a uneven path but ultimately make the right decision for them.

Always confident in Mcguire’s ability to create a world where the Maddox brothers captivate you completely, I could not put this novel down. I devoured the story and loved every minute I spent with Cami and Trenton.

 

You can buy BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION (The Maddox Brothers #1) from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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