Friday, 11 June 2021

Review: Heartstopper: Volume Two

Heartstopper: Volume Two Heartstopper: Volume Two by Alice Oseman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 2 in this series we find that the relationship progresses.

I love how this author teaches it’s ok to not label yourself. Such a cute romantic story between two young guys.

Coming “out” is not easy for one of these young lads.....
What happens when he tells his mom?

I’m loving this.

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Review: Heartstopper: Volume One

Heartstopper: Volume One Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is so insanely cute.
I can’t wait to read book 2 in this series.

One lad that’s been targeted because he’s gay. Bullied and hounded.

Now he’s in another placement he meets (and they become good friends) another lad whose months older than him but they build a good friendship.

So darn cute.

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Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Review: Invisible Victim

Invisible Victim Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Did Mel Sherratt pull of another psychological thriller? You bet she did.

I’m so glad I can still read this authors books. I love her romance/contemporary books and now veering into the thriller types I love.

I love her DI series but I was burnt out on that genre so shelved any DI crime series in mostly all authors.
But now I’ve enjoyed one of my favourite authors books again. That’s twice in a month, yippee.

The plot in this story is very good, and I would have never guessed what was revealed.

The main culprit was very well done and nasty but I found myself also understanding them yet hating what they did.

I can’t imagine the life they experienced and I can’t imagine being locked up either with just one small bit of food per day (if you’re lucky) and no one to speak to.


How did this affect me?
My reading never wavered. I was stuck like glue each evening I could read more.
I do hope she continues to write more in this genre I’d be the first to pick it up!

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Review: A Little Life

A Little Life A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book was heavy. AND I don’t mean because it has 720 pages!

I’ve had this book on my bookshelves for many years. I do believe I bought this when it was first published. Always kept thinking I’d tackle it soon.
Never did. The sheer amount of pages was the only thing that put me off.

I’d also read some very brilliant reviews from many on here and other social media platforms.

I’ve watched a Book Tuber collapse in tears when explaining the contents of this book.

Still never got to it!

Then I came across a few Book Tubers who were going to portion the pages out and read over two weeks, they asked if anyone wanted to join in.

I thought....YES now is the time.

Book.

I expected it to cover a lot of of painful issues. And it did. I didn’t expect to get so involved with the characters the way I did and actually go and live with them!
I sniffed, tasted and devoured this story.

I don’t know what else to say that hadn’t been said already over the years except......don’t do what I did.
Don’t wait, just pick it up. Section off 50 pages at a time and begin.

This story broke my heart and will remain with me forever.

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Thursday, 3 June 2021

Review: The First Day of Spring

The First Day of Spring The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Phooey. Where do I start?

I feel mixed up like I’ve something wrong with me! 
This is one disturbing book.

The first sentence I was WHAT! 
A quarter of the way through I was OH MY GOODNESS POOR LITTLE LOVE ( now that disturbed me) as I’ve got sympathy, understanding and raw empathy with this child who killed someone then as an adult whose hiding this secret. 

This is a debut like no other in this subject matter that’s thrown me in circles and bashed me head first into a wall. My thoughts were all over the place.

Childhood is precious.
Yes I know it’s fiction, but could just as easily be fact. 

Nancy Tucker is someone I’m keeping my eye on for future books.
I love books that impacts and this certainly did.

The audio is good. Listen to it on normal speed though for full effect.
 

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Review: Circus of Wonders

Circus of Wonders Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A “freak” in a circus.
Whose not heard of this in the past historical events?

We still have “little” people being clowns and there were the big bearded ladies who were odd because of their total facial hair. Anything odd drew in the money.

Little Nell was sold to the circus because she had a birthmark that made her look like a Leopard which rose across half of her body.

It’s a good story. I enjoyed it. It’s obvious the author had done lots of research but the ending let it down.

I had purchased the book, but found it wasn’t taking my interest so I requested the audio off of Netgalley. It was much better and the narrator was very good and adept at keeping me fixed on what was going on.

I just don’t think this book was for me, I was totally hoping this book would go in the direction I hoped but it didn’t.

Just something was missing for me, a bit of punch or impact.
Little Nell was a treat though and the elements in the book are magical.

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Review: The River Between Us

The River Between Us The River Between Us by Liz Fenwick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I very quickly got caught up in this book.
The writing was exquisite and flowed so well which is something I notice with this author. I enjoy her books. Class distinction, love, romance and all in reflection too. I found that a superb touch which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Theo’s marriage has come to an end. So she moved into a quaint cottage on the banks of the river Tamar. Cornwall and Devon is such a lovely area so it was easy to imagine her living there.

I loved how all that surrounded her and her trying to now live an independent life was making good progress for her.

She finds letters in the cottage that turn out to be such an exciting, sometimes tragic part of a love lost. I was so taken into these letters the story of the past being peeled away bit by bit.

These letters have never been open. They’ve also been sent from a Battlefield. Love letters?
A love lived and lost?

She just had to read them. Wouldn’t you?

It’s such a great story that I was drawn in hook, line and sinker.

If you like stories of love and lost. Intense reads. A well written and well thought out book, starting over, finding happiness, then this is your book.

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Thursday, 27 May 2021

Review: The Street Party

The Street Party The Street Party by Claire Seeber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I just don’t know which of my Goodreads shelves to add this too.
It wasn’t (in my humble opinion) a thriller. It wasn’t contemporary gee I don’t know what it was. I know how it was marketed but I don’t agree.

I listened to this on audio and found the beginning very slow to take off, even when it did take off it wasn’t really a noticeable event.

I don’t wish to be unkind but maybe the narrator didn’t do the story any favours either.

There were a mish mash of characters who if it weren’t for that Street Party would have been better separated by an ocean between them.

The voices and accents that the narrator pulled was the best bit for me (sorry!) as it made me giggle.

I don’t enjoy giving feedback such as this, and I rarely have to as I tend to choice my books wisely. On this occasion it didn’t work did it! The blurb sounded oh so good. Great cover too.

I loved The Stepmother and 24 hours by this author, sadly, not this one.

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Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Review: Sleeping with a Psychopath

Sleeping with a Psychopath Sleeping with a Psychopath by Carolyn Woods
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I will tell you why this deserves 5*

A lot of people will gasp and say “unbelievable, this woman is stupid”.

I would have said the same around two years ago before my middle aged daughter was scammed, scammed online out of a lot of money, through her trust, her big heart and the cleverness of that other terrible person. Romance scam.

So when I read this, I did believe that a grown woman with her own home, money in the bank, independent and strong willed woman could be wooed by this psychopath.
Yes indeed!
Everyone has a chink in their armour, be it greed, be it love, be it loneliness for example.
And that “baddie” will find it and worm its way in.

It was interesting how the author told the story.

I listened to this on audio, the narrator was very good I thought.

As this woman is being reeled in ....time goes by and then you get a slant at her looking back on just what she ‘should” have seen. Signs she should have picked up.

I enjoyed (if that’s the right context) seeing the workings of this played out.

I would have said....that’s so far fetched! But not any more.

A very well written thriller with a very clever manipulative psychopath.

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Sunday, 23 May 2021

Review: Sin Eater

Sin Eater Sin Eater by Megan Campisi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although I enjoyed the book and learnt a lot from it as I never knew such a thing ever happened, I found it hard to read and to be honest, a bit tedious ploughing through it at times as it can be quite a drain emotionally.

Based in the 16th Century in England.

It’s unique and the author has certainly done her work.

Little May was arrested for stealing bread and then given the job in jail of becoming a sin eater.
My poor heart broke when she had to have the letter “S” branded on her tongue.

Her job was listening to the confessions of the dying.

Again my heart broke when she was shunned and ignored as if not being seen ....unless.....she was wanted. Then she was treated so differently once needed.

It was such a dark, eerie gloomy set up which I found fascinating but completely awful.
But this book taught me things which I can’t ignore and like I said, never knew happened.

Started off strong, lagged a bit in places and at the end but certainly had some oh um moments.



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