#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | DECOY by Scott Mariani | #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, 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.

#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 20/01/2020

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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.

Live Fast Die Hot – Jenny Mollen

Blurb:

By the New York Times bestselling author, a searingly funny collection of essays that explores life as a reluctant adult.

Hi, I’m Jenny Mollen. I’m a writer and actress living in New York with a husband, two dogs, and a baby. When I got married, I made all sorts of vows and promises, some of which I intended to keep (and others I just said in the moment to make my husband come faster). My life was exciting, sexy, and ever so slightly eccentric, with a man who fully embraced my crazy. He understood my need to occasionally stalk his ex-girlfriend or wear her old beach caftans around our house. He showed compassion when I got kicked off of jury duty for accidentally befriending the defendant over lunch break. He even found it sweet when I invited our drug dealer to Passover seder so he didn’t think we were only using him for drugs.

Then we had our son, Sid, and overnight, the fun-loving woman-child that my husband fell in love with was banished from our home. It was time to grow up, to be responsible, to brush my hair, to take vitamins, to send holiday cards, to listen to my voicemail. But what if I didn’t want any of those things? What if I wasn’t ready to be a role model because I still envisioned being discovered at the mall and becoming a real model? (Or at the very least a Top Model.) Sure, I was thirty-five but my boobs were only eighteen.

This book is about how terrifying and maddening it is to love something more than yourself. It addresses the important questions that all women face: Have I done enough with my life? How do I break up with my dogs now that I’ve met someone new? Is it weird to draw eyebrows on a baby? Is my house haunted? Will taking ayahuasca in Peru affect my son’s chances of getting into preschool?

Live Fast Die Hot is an unapologetic look at life after thirty, when I realized that maybe being terrified of responsibility just means that I actually care. And if so, I’m at least halfway there—right?

Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but it was a fast paced, easy read with loads of humour and randomness.

When I started reading this I thought it was a fictional story, as surely no ones life could be like this, I was wrong, at times unbelievably true, I am now following Jenny Mollen on Instagram and Twitter awaiting her next adventure!

[K]


What Is A Near-Death Experience? by Dr Penny Sartori

Blurb:

Death is the only certainty in life yet many people shy away from thinking about it until something drastic happens such as the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, or the sudden death of a loved one, which can throw us into turmoil. Yet, paradoxically, contemplating death and the frequently-experienced phenomenon of near-death experiences (NDEs) – which are so little recognised and supported within the traditional medical environment – can really help alter our relationship with death and release us from the fear that often surrounds it.

After an insightful introduction about why the subject of NDEs is so worth exploring, each chapter in this book addresses a key question: What are the Characteristics of an NDE, and are there different types? Are all NDE experiences pleasant, or can some be distressing? Who has NDEs and under what circumstances do they occur? How do they affect the people who have them, and how can this change their lives? How can NDEs be scientifically explained – aren’t they just hallucinations? What can we learn from NDEs, and can they change our attitude to life and death? Can a greater understanding of NDEs lead to an evolution in our consciousness and an enhanced sense of spirituality?

As such, this book really brings readers on an exploratory journey through the world of NDEs, challenging preconceptions about what they are and the impact they can have, encouraging us to accept and feel empowered by death, rather than living in fear of it, and giving us useful insights about life along the way.

Review:

Prior to reading this book I had heard of Near Death Experiences (NDE) but I knew little about them.

This was a very interesting insight, together with studies about what an NDE is and the variations it has been experienced. The information and studies are clear and proportioned well throughout the book.

This is definitely a book for those that wish to either learn or further their understanding about NDEs and what the experience can hold.

[K]


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

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX IN THE SUBURBS by Tracy Bloom | #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, October 20th 2015!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

Ben and Katy haven’t had sex since Ben found out about her one-night stand with her childhood sweetheart, Matthew.

Not only that but the arrival of a new-born baby has blown their relationship apart like a hand grenade.

Drastic measures are required, so they swap roles hoping that everyone will be happier… Only it’s not as easy as they thought. When a desperate Ben starts secretly accepting help to solve his childcare disasters – from Matthew’s wife – it could mean the end of everything. Can their relationship survive the lies and suspicions and will they ever have sex again? 

Review:

Whilst on holiday…I have been able to catch up with a couple of book on the Reading Challenge for 2015.

A Funny book – ‘No-one Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs’ by Tracy Bloom.

This story centres around two couples; Katy & Ben and Matthew & Allison. Both dealing with life after the birth of their first children.

The dynamic between the group is not what it initially appears and there is drama throughout. What makes this book a breath of fresh air is that it isn’t all ‘babies are rainbows and mothers cope perfectly’….it’s real life what mothers and fathers go through on day to day. From putting cabbage leaves down your bra to how to create a routine for a baby! While all this is taking place, where do the couples find time for each other?

A quick, funny read 🙂

– S.

#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 13/01/2020

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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.

Watching Edie – Camilla Way

Blurb:

Beautiful, creative, a little wild… Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then—but it didn’t take long for her to learn that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.

Now, at thirty-three, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of her new baby and sinks into a bleak despair, she thinks that there’s no one to turn to…

But someone’s been watching Edie, waiting for the chance to prove once again what a perfect friend she can be. It’s no coincidence that Heather shows up on Edie’s doorstep, just when Edie needs her the most. So much has passed between them—so much envy, longing, and betrayal. And Edie’s about to learn a new lesson: those who have hurt us deeply—or who we have hurt—never let us go, not entirely…

Review:

I can honestly say I LOVED this book!

From page one, it had drawn me in. The story is split ‘before’ and ‘after’ which initially I though could be a little confusing, but this worked brilliantly, keeping me guessing what may happen and reading right until the very surprising end.

Definitely one I’ll be recommending to other readers, and I’m hoping to read more by this author soon

[K]


Kiss The Bride: The Wedding Dress/The Wedding Kiss/Sparks Fly by Lucy Kevin

Blurb:

New York Times phenomenon Lucy Kevin returns to Rose Chalet, the most romantic wedding venue in San Francisco, bringing three more of her beloved wedding stories together in one volume!

The Wedding Dress

Dress designer Anne Farleigh creates pure magic with her ideas and her fabrics. She needs some of that magic to rub off when she meets charming P.I. Gareth Cavendish, who delivers some unexpected news.

The Wedding Kiss

Rose Martin is the owner of Rose Chalet. She’s so busy planning weddings for everyone else that she doesn’t realize her own special someone has been by her side all this time!

Sparks Fly

Businessman Will Scott only agrees to a feng-shui design consultation to be polite. He thinks the whole thing is hocus-pocus—until he gets to know interior designer Angelina Morgan and his no-nonsense demeanor falls under the magic power of love. 

Review:

I loved how the characters followed through each short story. Despite them only being short stories I found the characters and stories were well written and found once started I didn’t finish till I’d read the whole story. Definitely wanting to read more from Lucy soon!

[K]


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

#ThrowbackThursday | #SeriesReview | DIVERGENT TRILOGY by Veronica Roth | #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, October 6th 2015!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

Divergent One choice can transform you. Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling debut is a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed “perfect society.”

Insurgent One choice can destroy you. Veronica Roth’s second #1 New York Times bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride. As war surges in the factions all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Divergent #3: The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent. 

Review:

As part of my Reading Challenge for 2015, I have just completed a trilogy; the ‘Divergent’ Series by Veronica Roth

Divergent tells the story of 16 year old Beatrice, who lives in a city where people are divided into factions. Each faction holds their own set of beliefs and ways of living. Beatrice must choose which faction she will belong to; the selfless Abnegation, the caring Amity, the truthful Candor, the smart Erudite or the fearless Dauntless. Once she makes her choice, her world will never be the same again.

A great YA read which has relatable content throughout for readers of all ages. The story moves at a quick pace which can require a re-read of previous pages. But all in a great read.

-S.

#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 06/01/2020 | First one of the year!

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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.

Pirates: The Orgone Chronicles – Nobilis Reed

Blurb:

The Orgone Chronicles continues… After their adventures in “SCOUTS” [Book One of The Orgone Chronicles, and 2011 EPIC eBook Award Finalist] – Challers and Valka are safe, protected aboard the Pirate city-ship known as “Port.” The scars of their ordeal among the Scouts remain, however. Valka is stuck with a hyper-fertile Ovor body, and the only way for them to raise enough money to change her back, is for them to join the Worthies-reality-TV celebrities who are always on camera. In an environment where loyalty is dismissed and betrayal is rewarded, their love suffers its greatest test yet. Meanwhile, on Stakroya Station, their classmate Renedy wrestles with a budding sexuality that does not fit the station’s rigid mold. An intimate night with the man who has been chosen for her does not go well at all. Instead she finds herself attracted to another woman; a relationship the Station can never condone. Through it all, the sinister eyes of the Scouts see all. Freedom, for all involved, must be won again and again.

Review:

Sometimes starting a trilogy in the middle can be a little confusing, with this book this wasn’t the case.

The world was explained well without distracting from the story. The book had different points of view and was was easy to follow even when switching from different areas as well as viewpoints. After the end of each chapter it kept you wanting more, infact I can’t wait for the next book to see what happens next!

Definitely will be purchasing the first book, and I highly recommend them for readers who like this genre. 

[K]


From A Poison Pen by B P Smythe

Blurb:

From the extraordinary mind of B.P.Smythe comes a collection of ten short stories.

What happens when a member of the Hitler youth ends up in a concentration camp?… How does a beach side cocktail get in the way the way of one woman’s scheming?… What leads a teenage girl to reign down fire and brimstone?… Can a killer find a victim’s diary that incriminates him?…

This collection of dark, humorous and macabre tales explores the disturbing side of human nature.
`From a Poison Pen’ by B.P.Smythe is the first book in a trilogy of collected short stories.

Review:

Despite the size there is a surprisingly large collection of short stories.

There was a variety of characters in each story, and unpredictable storylines, there were twists that I didn’t see coming!

Looking forward to reading more from this author.

[K]


Well that’s the first mini review Monday of this year! Have you read any of the books above? Let us know your thoughts! 

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | THE GIRL IN THE SPIDERS WEB by David Largercrantz | #TBT

Hello everyone!

This is a new idea for the blog, where we have #ThrowbackThursday Where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, September 27th 2015!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . .

Review:

I have this morning completed the next book on my Reading Challenge 2015!

A mystery or thriller; ‘The Girl in the Spiders Web’ by David Largercrantz

I started this book with some reservations. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist belong to Stieg Larsson – so for someone else to take on his world is either rather brave or a little silly. I’d like to think that it’s the former. This book is well written and Lagercrantz stays true to the characters that we have come to know and love.

This story centres on cyber attacks, artificial intelligence, murder and a young autistic boy who draws his photographic memory and doesn’t speak a word. Lisbeth and Mikael are once again bought together to help solve the mystery and bring those responsible to justice.

The story for me only really gets going roughly half way through, so stick with it! We also get to learn a lot more of Lisbeth’s early life and that of her twin sister; Camilla who plays an integral part to this story, however leaving it open to explore in subsequent stories.

It will certainly be interesting to see if this is picked up for a movie adaptation or if there is a book sequel 🙂

-S.

#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 30/12/2019 | Last one of the year!

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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.

Shadows (Book Of Aleth Part One) – Michael Duncan

Blurb:

A stolen text…When the Book of Aleth is stolen, Aaron, captain of the Royal Guard, is ordered by Emperor Therion to reclaim the ancient tome. The mission thrusts Aaron into a world he’s never known’a world of elves and dwarves, races long thought extinct; a world where everything he has known and believed is a lie.

A secret past… Forced to challenge his long-held beliefs, Aaron and his companions, two soldiers of the Royal Guard and two men of the Dwarvish kingdom of Brekken-Dahl, set out on a quest to recover the Book. Aaron resolves to discover the truth, and rescue the empire he is sworn to protect.

Review:

Excellent book, the story kept flowing and it kept me reading. I loved the little map that was given in the front of the story to show what the area is like. The characters and areas were well described so much so it felt like you were actually there with them.

If you are a fan of Tolkein you will definitely love this book as I have.

Well worth a read and I can’t wait for the next in the series!

[K]


The Nestorian Alliance (A Jack Trader Adventure) by Michael R Watson

Blurb:

The location of Noah’s Ark has been one of history’s most intriguing mysteries. Believed to be on Mt. Ararat, it still eludes all seekers. The year is 1952 and a well worn amulet has been discovered in a collection at the Denver Museum of Natural History with etchings on it’s back indicating the true location of the Ark. Jack, a geologist/archeologist and avid Ark enthusiast, is made aware of the discovery and wastes no time in preparing for an immediate departure to Turkey with his two best friends and partners.

Through a network of agents, Joseph Stalin also learns about the discovery. He is determined to find the Ark first and destroy it. Stalin is still vengeful from being kicked out of seminary school many years earlier. Major Anna Petrova volunteers for the mission to Colorado with orders to retrieve the amulet at all cost.

The Nestorian Brotherhood has been protecting Noah’s Ark for centuries in a location known only to them and they will do anything to keep it safe and hidden. They are well prepared. The man in black is their first defense and possibly their last. 

Review:

I liked this book and the authors version of what has happened to Noah’s Ark. The story flowed well and was easy to follow. Though the main character Jack wasn’t a typical gung ho style action character he didn’t fade into the background, even though there was other strong characters in the scenes. At the end of the story it did leave me wondering what will be next for Jack and his friends.

I found this a very refreshing read and will definitely be recommending it to like minded readers. 

[K]


Well that’s the last mini review Monday for this year! Have you read any of the books above? Let us know your thoughts! 

#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 23/12/2019

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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.

Lifting The Wheel Of Karma – Paul H Magid

Blurb:

Joseph Connell is a gifted high school athlete from Montana, loved deeply by his family, yet tormented by nightmarish visions he can neither explain nor escape.

A horrific accident forever alters the course of young Joseph’s life. Determined to find the magical elixir of knowledge he believes is possessed by an old wise man living deep within the remote Himalayas of India, Joseph embarks on a quest to find him.

The mystical old man he seeks will not so easily reveal what he truly knows. As Joseph must learn, the secret he seeks is not of the world outside, but rather of the world within -that resides in the heart of each and every one of us.

Review:

This is the first time I’ve read a book of this genre, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

I can honestly say this book was pretty absorbing, kept me reading wanting to know what happened to Joseph and family as the story progressed.

By the time I got to the end of the book, without wanting to give anything away, it definitely gave me food for thought.

For anyone wanting a book for their book club that will give a decent discussion topic after I can definitely recommend this one. Well worth a read! 

[K]


Bite Club by Rachel Caine

Blurb:

Claire has come to realise that the undead of Morganville just want to live their lives. But there’s a new extreme sport being broadcast over the Internet – bare-knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against one another – or, worse, against humans. What started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville.

Review:

This is my first venture into the Morganville Vampires series, but right from the start I was sucked in (if you’ll excuse the pun)

I found the characters believable, yes even the vamps, and the story flowed well. There was plenty of action and twists to keep you reading right until the very end.

Please be warned once you’ve picked this book up you won’t want to put it down till the very end!

[K]


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

#BlogTour | #BookReview | SOMETHING TO TELL YOU by David Edwards @edwardsauthor (May 2019) @matadorbooks @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtour

Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and David Edwards for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

Something to Tell You follows the two families of Bert Leinster and his best friend Sam Murray, as the earth comes under bombardment by a Higgs Boson particle storm. The Central Control of the World council insists that survival depends on living underground, protected by The Envelope. As CCOW persuades humankind to hide in the Deeps, Bert cannot challenge CCOW nor comprehend why people cannot see the truth behind the lies.

Everything changes when he meets Her. Lily, a plant who becomes his enemy in the battle to save humankind, to save you… although 99.9% of you is empty space. Do you deserve saving?

Review:

I have always been interested by science so when there was an opportunity to read a book involving the Hadron Collider I jumped at the chance. When the Higgs Boson particles was discovered I was one of the ones wondering if a black hole would be created and the world would disappear (do like to err on the side of the dramatic at times)

Since the Higgs Boson has been discovered, the world has wondered, what is next? 

When the Earth becomes saturated with Higgs Boson the world is changing from what we know. Bert and his friend Sam are the first to discover the Higgs Boson storm and work valiantly to try and find a solution. As they time progresses and struggle to find an answer  the Central Control of the World Council decides that the best course of survival is for the human race to live underground protected by a seal called The Envelope, as above ground all that would happen is a slow painful death as you are dissolved at a particle level.

Whilst Sam is willing to try anything to protect his family and save the human race, Bert is more skeptical about this solution to survival. Especially since he met Lily, a plant who argues against the human race being saved…. 

I found this to be a very interesting and detailed slow burn story. As the book progressed I felt the Bert’s growing anxiety, despair and depression over the situation and sympathised with Natalia’s coping method as to what was happening to the world and her family.

I do wonder if this will be the only book or if there will be a ‘what happened next’ from this author.

[K]

Author Bio:

David Edwards previously published two anti-romance books under the pseudonym of Jack George Edmunson. He then published the historical novel, The Ebb & Flow, before moving over to children’s fiction with The Black Hand Gang. He currently lives in Switzerland.

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