#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | THE SILKWORM by Robert Galbraith | #TBT

Hello everyone!

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, January 19th 2016!

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Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before… 

Review:

** BOOK REVIEW **

’The Silkworm’ by Robert Galbraith

“I’m totally serious. Look it up on the net. When women turn, they really turn.”

I do not take back the statement that Galbraith (Rowling) is now in my top three crime writers. This book has blown me away!

When I finished ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ I was sat thinking that it was a great novel, but also asking myself whether it was a one off? Could the next book/s be as good….or even better?

Let me tell you, this blows the socks off ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’! Galbraith has really grasped what it takes to write a successful crime novel. It is gritty, dark, exciting – it leaves you guessing at every turn and questioning EVERYONE.

When the killer is revealed, you have that ‘GASP!’ moment where you have been surprised and for me that is the best. Where you think you have nailed who the killer is…but then get it wrong and are shocked to learn the truth!

SO excited to read the next installment…from Goodreads reviews, it seems the next book is even darker and more horrific. Bring it on Galbraith….Bring it on!!

-S.

#thesilkworm #robertgalbraith

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | A Girls Best Friend by Lindsey Kelk | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, January 15th 2016!

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Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!


Blurb:

First Tess was a girl with a plan.

Then she was a girl with a dream.

Now she’s a girl who’s come back to earth with a bump.

When the opportunity arises to join her best friend, Amy, in New York for Christmas, Tess jumps at the chance. The only fly in ointment is that Nick, the man who broke her heart, lives there. And Charlie, the man she turned down, has just started talking to her again. And she has just four days to take a photo for a competition that could save her career.

But aside from that, everything is going to be great: it’ll be the best Christmas ever. Won’t it?

Review:

REVIEW – A Girl’s best friend by Lindsey Kelk

4****

I am a huge fan of Lindsey Kelk and mostly pre order her books to be delivered on release day. This was no exception.

A Girl’s best friend is the sequel to previous novels About a Girl and what a girl wants and follows Tess Brookes as she spends christmas in New York with best friend Amy. Tess is still trying to decide between a job with best friend/former love of her life Charlie and her hobby photography.

As is always the case with Lindsey’s books Tess has lots of ups but mainly downs as she tries to sort out her life.

I find Lindsey’s characters very easy to like or hate depending on who they are and you spend most of the book willing Tess to just go for it and I even got frustrated with her at times.

Would recommend this book to someone looking for a easy, quick and enjoyable summer read!

*L*

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | THE DARK DAYS CLUB (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, January 13th 2016!

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Blurb:

London, April 1812.

On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

Review:

** BOOK REVIEW **

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman

“This is what you had to see, Lady Helen’, he said, wiping blood from his eye. ‘Welcome to the Dark Days Club.”

Okay, so it took me a good 60 pages to get into the story and to get ‘the hook’. This is nothing to do with Alison Goodman as an author – but has everything to do with me personally as I find it difficult at times to read Regency novels.

That being said – once I was hooked, I was HOOKED! The story in itself is simple, but effective. Early 1800s in Regency London and Lady Helen Wrexham is about to be presented to the Queen (an acknowledgment that Helen is now available for marriage) when one of her house maids goes missing.

Lady Helen then meets Lord Carlston who has recently returned to London following allegations that he committed murder against his wife. Not many people are happy to see Carlston back in society – however Helen finds him intriguing. Especially as he reveals a secret to Helen about her heritage.

What then transpires through the book is an introduction to a new world for Lady Helen and how she should deal with this – all whilst under the guardianship of her Aunt and Uncle, who are intent in ensuring Helen is betrothed to a suitor as soon as possible.

This book was excellent! I am happy to know that this is the first in the Dark Days Club trilogy – however I shall now be impatient whilst waiting for the next instalment.

The word ‘trollop’ is also used a couple of times in this story. Kudos to Goodman!

What did you think to ‘The Dark Days Club’?

-S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, January 9th 2016!

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Hope you enjoy!


Blurb:

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. 

Review:

Continuing with the PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016. I have completed my next book;

Prompt; A book set in Europe

‘The Book Thief’ by #MarkZusak

This book, quite simply was amazing. I am glad that I have read this book ahead of watching the movie.

“I carried them in my fingers, like suitcases. Or I’d throw then over my shoulder. It was only the children I would carry in my arms.”

The story centres on a young German girl; Leisel Meminger in Nazi Germany, 1939. On the way to her new family, her brother dies. At his graveside, Leisel commits her first act of theft; The Gravedigger’s Handbook. Like most avid readers, Leisel uses this book in order to remember her brother and the events that led to that event.

This was a terrific read. Zusak created this world based on history and it was easy to visualise a time in history which had devastating effects for all those involved.

“Hans Hubermann grew smaller and smaller, and his hand held nothing now but empty air.”

What did you think to ‘The Book Thief’?

-S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | THE RAVEN by Sylain Reynard | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, January 8th 2016!

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Blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel Series comes a dark, sensual tale of romance in a city shrouded in mystery…

Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her…

Cassita vulneratus.

When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history – the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets… 

Review:

A Raven and a Prince

Sylvain Reynard had me hooked completely throughout the Gabriel trilogy, so much so that I waited impatiently for The Prince and The Raven to be released. This led to many re-reads of Reynard’s first novels and eventually I picked up my copy of The Raven. From that moment on I fell hopelessly in love with the story and the two characters at the heart of this novel.

This novel was definitely worth the wait, the characters are every bit as enchanting as Gabriel and Julia, even more so for me after learning the true nature of the Prince and my own love affair with the supernatural genre. As it is in this novel that Reynard explores the world outside of our mortal realm and takes us into the unknown, taking us on a journey through the entanglement of these two head strong characters.

The Raven is an utter delight to read, the story of Raven and the Prince is beautifully entwined with the elegant city of Florence and the Emerson’s we have come to love so much. Each time you read a page, the characters take a hold of you, cementing their place in your mind and heart. I could not put this book down, nor did I want to.

Whilst I was sad to reach the end of the novel, I am also intrigued to see how the lives of these amazing characters will develop. Reynard never disappoints me and I cannot wait to read more.

– M

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, January 3rd 2016!

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Blurb:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.

Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.

Promises get broken.

Rules get shattered.

Love gets ugly. 

Review:

BOOK REVIEW.

#UglyLove by #ColleenHoover

“Don’t ask about my past. And never expect a future.”

These are the two rules that Miles Archer has when he begins a relationship with Tate Collins. As this is a CoHo book – we know that there is more to this! Much much more! I didn’t expect it to be as HOT as it was!

I was pleasantly surprised with Maybe Someday and really enjoyed November 9. What I didn’t expect from Ugly Love is how HOT it would be! I can certainly understand the attraction to Miles. He isn’t a bad boy, or another ‘Christian Grey’. Miles is a guy who has had his fair share of heartache and is trying to protect himself. What he didn’t count on was meeting Tate.

The only thing that normally gripes me are Epilogues where they all live happily ever after and all is rainbows, meadows and picnic baskets (think Mockingjay, Fifty Shades, etc) however I felt that the Epilogue for Ugly Love was important to the story. I wouldn’t be the only one with unanswered questions about what happens next!

Learning that this is becoming a movie has me excited. Excellent casting choice was made with Nick Bateman as Miles and CoHo has recently announced in an interview she will be announcing the actress playing Tate pretty soon as well!

-S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover | #TBT

Hello everyone!

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, January 1st 2016!

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Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Review:

We are only hours into the 1st January 2016 and I have already completed my first book of the 2016 Reading Challenge;

“A book you can finish in a day”

#November9 by #ColleenHoover

There is a reason I was confident that I could finish this book in a day. Two words – Colleen Hoover. Her writing is infectious and she has a way of writing which grips the audience from the first page.

November 9 tells the story of Fallon and Ben who meet in a restaurant whilst Fallon is talking to her father about moving to New York City. When things don’t go as Fallon would like, Ben swoops in and plays the “fake boyfriend”. Fallon and Ben know they cannot drop everything in their lives to be together so they make a pact. Each year, on November 9th, they will be reunited for one day. After five years (at the age of twenty-three) they will then be in a place to continue a relationship.

As with the majority of NA/YA romance, things don’t always go as plans and a major plot twist in the story has you questioning intentions.

I have Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover also on my TBR for this year and I am impatiently waiting to get stuck in!

What are your thoughts on November 9? Would love to see them in the comments below!

-S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, January 1st 2016!

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Blurb:

New York Times Notable Book
Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

Review:

Second book completed as part of the 2016 Reading Challenge;

“An autobiography”

#Persepolis by #MarjaneSatrapi

Persepolis tells the story of Marjane Satrapi, growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution from the age of six, up to the age of fourteen when she leaves her parents to start a new life in Austria.

The book is beautifully illustrated using a simple black and white style, whilst retaining the emotion of the narrative.

It has certainly given me an insight into the Iranian culture at the time as it isn’t something I am overly familiar with.

I am keen to read what happened to Marjane’s parents following her departure to Austria? Did they manage to join her? Did she return back to her home in Iran at any point?

What did you think to Persepolis?

-S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | THE CUCKOOS CALLING by Robert Galbraith | #TBT 30.01.20

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, December 30th 2015!

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Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this. 

Review:

Final book of the 2015 Reading Challenge;

#TheCuckoosCalling by #RobertGalbraith
(pseudonym of J.K.Rowling)

The classic ‘whodunnit’ mysteries are my favourite. I love suspecting ALL of the players in the game and trying to figure out who did it!

The Cuckoo’s Calling did not disappoint! I must admit that I was starting to feel like I had read this book before….down on his luck lawyer, small dingy office, receptionist who cannot be paid properly (if at all), famous case that would make him famous and more successful…… yep….I have read this before…. John Grisham’s ‘The Litigators’. (which is an excellent read!)

With this aside, the story is great. Young model; Luna Landry is found dead on her upmarket London street as an apparent case of suicide. This verdict does not wash with Luna’s brother; John who hires Cormoran Strike to investigate the incident. What John doesn’t expect is that Strike uncovers lies and secrets to discover the grizzly truth.

A great read from Galbraith/Rowling. She certainly has a knack for this kind of writing. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the Cormoran Strike series; The Silkworm and Career of Evil.

-S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | DECOY by Scott Mariani | #TBT 01.23.20

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, December 30th 2015!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

DECOY

A suspenseful, edge-of-seat thriller short story from the #1 Kindle and Top Ten Sunday times bestselling author, Scott Mariani

Deception can be deadly . . .

Kate, an attractive single parent, is in a desperate situation. Her young son Charlie suffers from a rare eye disease that will soon cause him to go blind unless he can receive the cutting-edge new treatment that’s offered by just one private clinic in London. The cost is out of Kate’s league and she needs to raise the cash – fast.

When her best friend suggests that she should find employment as a freelance female decoy, Kate initially rejects the idea. But realising what the potential earnings could mean for Charlie, she reluctantly goes to work, getting paid by female clients wanting to put the fidelity of their partners to the test. Business is good. It won’t be long before Kate has the money she needs.

But after being hired by a wealthy new client to investigate a suspected cheating husband, Kate’s world suddenly turns upside-down and she discovers too late that deception can have deadly consequences . . .

Review:

Coffee Break Read

#Decoy by #ScottMariani

It was ok. It wasn’t terrible and it wasn’t the best either.

The story features Kate, who to try and make money for her sons operation, becomes a Decoy. A woman who is hired by other women to see whether their partners are capable of cheating.

All seems to be going well until she meets her latest client; Geoffrey.

The ending was a little bit ridiculous for a story of this length. Agree with other reviewers that this would be a good feature length novel with more content.

Completed in a couple of hours, it’s a good novella to have with a cup of tea (or coffee!) 🙂

-S.