#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (Confessions #1) by Sophie Kinsella @KinsellaSophie (14th September 2000, Transworld Books @TransworldBooks)

CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (Confessions #1) by Sophie Kinsella
Published; September 14th 2000, Transworld Books

Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it—not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from the bank—letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something . . . just a little something.

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever.

This is a re read for me. I have put some of the later releases in the series on my beat the backlist so thought I would refresh my memory by starting from the beginning. I forgot just how much I loved these books. Rebecca is so refreshingly human and being inside her mind is like reading my own story! Well maybe not the constant spending and the huge amount of debt but she is just so down to earth and so likeable.

Rebecca has a big problem! She cannot resist a sale or shopping even when her cards are maxed to the brim, so she tries to cut back or make more money neither of which seem to work out in her favour. As Rebecca runs to her parents to hide from the disaster that appears to be her life she discovers something that could rock the financial world.

This was such a light hearted, funny read. I actually laughed out loud at some of Rebecca’s antics and it’s so easy to lose yourself in the pages of Rebecca’s crazy world as everything seem to crumble around her.

I read this so fast as I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next for Rebecca Bloomwood. Even though I have read the book before I still enjoyed it so much and I am so excited to read the rest of the series. So glad I included these on my beat the backlist so I have an excuse to pick them up again. Cannot wait!

You can buy CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (Confessions #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | THE OWL ALWAYS HUNTS AT NIGHT (Munch & Kruger #2) by Samuel Bjork (February 8th 2018, Transworld Books @TransworldBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of THE OWL ALWAYS HUNTS AT NIGHT which is the second in the Munch & Kruger series by Samuel Bjork.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Tom Hill, Transworld Books and of course Samuel Bjork who gifted me an early copy of THE OWL ALWAYS HUNTS AT NIGHT. 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;

When a young woman is found dead, the police are quick to respond. But what they find at the scene is unexpected. The body is posed, the scene laboriously set. And there is almost no forensic evidence to be found.

Detective Mia Krüger has been signed off work pending psychological assessment. But her boss has less regard for the rules than he should. Desperate to get Mia back in the office, Holger Munch offers her an unofficial deal.

But the usually brilliant Mia is struggling and the team are unable to close the case. Until a young hacker uncovers something that forces the team to confront the scope of the murderer’s plans and face the possibility that he may already be on the hunt for a second victim.

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So, want to know what I thought?;

Unfortunately, I didn’t get chance to read I’M TRAVELLING ALONE before the release of the second installment 😦 but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy THE OWL ALWAYS HUNTS AT NIGHT as a standalone. For me, there was enough back story included that we got a sense of the relationship between Mia and Holger, without bogging us down with too much detail.

Pacing is something this novel perfected. It was fast enough to keep me on the edge of my seat and eager to know what happened next. THE OWL… is a dark and twisted tale that delves into the minds of those that are capable of the most deplorable acts.

What this book gave me in buckets were intriguing characters. Each one battling their own issues/demons. It’s not over the top, but enough to create a unique dynamic within the team. It’s something that only authors who write Nordic Noir seem to get right almost every time. A team that works hard and suffers together.

I’m looking forward to reading where the road leads now for Munch and Kruger. Something tells me that there story isn’t over yet!

About Samuel Bjork;

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Samuel Bjørk is the pen name of Norwegian novelist, playwright and singer/songwriter Frode Sander Øien.

Bjørk’s first installment in the Mia and Munch Series, I’m Traveling Alone, is an international success story that has gained critical acclaim and captivated readers all over the world, including hitting #1 on German newspaper Der Spiegel‘s bestseller list.

Samuel Bjørk has been compared to the likes of both Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbø, and has proved himself to be a force to be reckoned with in the crime genre.

You can buy THE OWL ALWAYS HUNTS AT NIGHT from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Book Depository | Waterstones

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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!

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#BlogTour | #BookReview – LAST STOP TOKYO by James Buckler (August 24th 2017, Doubleday @DoubledayUK @ThomasssHill @TransworldBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for LAST STOP TOKYO 🙂

I would of course, as every #BlogTour like to thank the team at Double Day, Transworld Books, Anne Cater, Thomas Hill and of course the author; James Buckler for an early copy of LAST STOP TOKYO. 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 funny thing with suffering is just when you think you’ve suffered enough, you realize it’s only the beginning.

Alex thought running away would make everything better. Six thousand miles from the mistakes he’s made and the people he’s hurt, Tokyo seems like the perfect escape. A new life, a new Alex.

The bright lights and dark corners of this alien and fascinating city intoxicate him, and he finds himself transfixed by this country, which feels like a puzzle that no one can quite explain. And when Alex meets the enigmatic and alluring Naoko, the peace he sought slips ever further from his grasp.

After all, trust is just betrayal waiting to happen and Alex is about to find out that there’s no such thing as rock bottom. There’s always the chance it’ll get worse . . .  


So, you want to know what I think?

After starting (and then parking) SIX FOUR (long haul flight was not the right time for me to start this book!) I was certainly keen to read another book based in Tokyo. I have delved into British Crime, American Crime, Scandi Crime and even South African Crime – but I was excited to dig into a crime novel based in Japan.

LAST STOP TOKYO gave me, what I thought, a perfect introduction into Tokyo – the hustle and bustle, the class, the style and more importantly the culture. The characters and people do not behave like your usual characters. There is defintiely an air of sophistication, but with a contrast of ruthlessness and determintation.

If you are looking for a super fast paced action thriller, then this book is not one for you. What LAST STOP TOKYO has is an air of mystery around the main character Alex while he finds himself in uncompromising circumstances. Alex certainly suffers from ‘wrong place at the wrong time’ syndrome! The readers are kept guessing as to Alex’s past and the secrets surrounding him, whilst invested in his current predicaments.

This book had a rather quick and abrupt ending – which I feel was definitely in keeping with the storyline. It would have felt wrong to have this huge heroic ending for Alex in this story. It makes me wonder whether this is actually Naoko’s story? If so, her ending was left in a way that could certainly be explored in subsequent novels.

About JAMES BUCKLER;

James Buckler grew up in the South West of England and currently lives in London though he has lived in America and Japan, where he worked as an English teacher. He studied Film at the University of Westminster and worked in film & TV for many years, most notably as a post-production specialist for MTV and BBC Films. Last Stop Tokyo is his debut novel.

LAST STOP TOKYO is out on NOW and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK) | Waterstones | Amazon.com | Kobo (UK) | Book Depository

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!

-S.