Saturday, 30 August 2014

Me & You by Claudia Carroll

When Angie is stood up by her best friend Kitty on her birthday, she knows there will be a good explanation, but when she gets in touch with Kitty’s boyfriend Simon it soon becomes apparent that Kitty has gone missing. So they begin to search to find out what has happened to her. Only to find that the Kitty they thought they knew and loved may not all she appeared to be.

This I have to say is one of the best books I have ever read. Claudia Carroll certainly knows how to write amazing stories.  This is one of those books that you just cannot put down.  It is a moving story of happily living in the moment and for it all to be taken from you in an instant when the past finally finds you.

I really liked all the characters in this book, and the way you almost thought you were going to predict what would happen, only for the storyline to go in another direction to what you are thinking.  The ending to this book is just wonderful too, so perfectly written.  This is going in my current top ten reads at number one.  From its cover on the outside to what is written on the inside, this is a beautiful book that is an exceptional read.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Debt & the Doormat by Laura Barnard

When Poppy and best friend Jazz decide to swap lives. What follows is an epic story filled with a dizzy calamity of mishaps.

What was such a shame about this book is that in my copy it had sentences missing from the story, so it jumps a lot and you have to work out what is happening.  The book is not badly written it is written in an entertaining and lively way, and I did read the book the whole way through.  I just found the leading character not that likeable, she is very shallow and there are too much stereotyping of people which some readers may not like.  The leading character does not hold back and at some times is quite crude.  But at the end of the day she is just a character, and there are people like this in the world, so why shouldn’t an author use this type of person as a character in the book?  So that is what I was thinking when I was reading the story, but for me personally I like to connect with the characters and like the leading one, which sadly just did not happen for me with this book.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Three Little Birds by Carol E. Wyer

After a family tragedy life had almost come to stand still for almost forty year old Charlie Blundell. Charlie finds working as a presenter for her local hospital radio a comfort helping others. On a drunken night with friend Mercedes the pair comes up with an alternate Bucket List, A Carpe Diem list, with challenges set for each other to complete.

When the radio station desperately need funds raising or it risks having to shut down, Charlie’s challenges become sponsored and are picked by the radio listeners putting more pressure on Charlie to complete each task.  Charlie must leave her comfort zone behind, overcome her fears, and deal with a stalker ex-boyfriend to save the radio station.  Is she up for the challenge?

What I liked about this book is that it made me want to leap up of the sofa and get out and do something! This is a story of learning to live life to the full, about turning things around and changing things for the better. I like the way Carol turns what could have been such a sad story into such a positive and lively tale.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

My Two Flags by Javier A. Robayo

Antonio Amaya moves from Ecuador to America, a dream his family have looked forward to. Aged just thirteen Antonio does not find the transition easy. In a new country and in a new school, he finds himself unable to fit in, due to language barriers, and prejudice. Antonio tries to fit in while going through the normal traits of being a teenager. A wonderful told story about what it is like to be different in a strange and new country, adjusting to a new world and adapting to the surroundings, about feeling out of place, not fitting in, overcoming bullying and prejudice, and learning a new language. Making friends and starting a new life.

I really felt for what Antonio was going through, and wanted to reach out and help. Also I learnt a lot from this book about what it is like to move to a different country when you do not speak the language, and now understand how difficult this can be. We have all had times in our lives were we have felt like outsiders and that we do not fit in, the awkwardness and loneliness of the situation is written beautifully by the author. 

Thursday, 31 July 2014

The Other Side of Morning by Joanna Lambert

Following on from author Joanna Lamberts other books in this great family saga, we are now up to the year 1996.

Charlotte has been having a secret relationship with rock star Christian Rosetti, when his behaviour changes and he begins to behave out of character and erratic, Charlotte finds herself drawn to Marco. Marco along with his stepmother Thérèse D’Alesandro and his sister have just moved into Higher Padbury Manor.

Charlotte and Marco’s relationship gets off to a rocky start, and all though they love each other, and want to be together, Marco’s calculating and manipulative stepmother will do anything to keep them apart. Thérèse wants Marco to marry the very young Rossana Caravello. Thérèse knows that on her eighteenth birthday Rossana will inherit one of Italy’s finest vineyards, and she knows this will be a great business gain for her husband Gianlucca.

Thérèse will not let anything stop her plans to get Marco and Rossana together, but just how far and how low is she prepared to go to get exactly what she wants?

I have read all of the other books by Joanna Lambert in this series, and I could not wait to find out what happens next in the character’s lives. This is another sensational story, lots and lots of drama, a rollercoaster of human emotion. You can read this as a stand-alone book, without reading the others in the series, but I would recommend reading all of Joanna Lambert’s books in this series because they are all remarkable reads.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Brown Leather Shoes by Katheryn Thompson

And Introducing… 

I would like to introduce you to new talent, up and coming brand new writers, who I think have the potential to become great authors and write books that you and I will really enjoy.
About me: Katheryn Thompson is currently studying for A-levels at a sixth form college in her home town of Warrington. She wrote Brown Leather Shoes at the age of just fifteen, while working towards her GCSEs. Katheryn has always had a passion for writing, and hopes to pursue a career in English.

About my book: Superintendent Andrew Arling wakes in his living room. He can move his head, but everything else is fixed to the armchair in which he finds himself seated. The room is familiar, but not everything around him belongs: the pictures on the walls, the golf clubs on the carpet, and why is he wearing brown leather shoes? He can hear the distant voices of his family, but until he can put the clues together and save himself he will forever remain in limbo. Meanwhile, Andrew's daughter, Inspector Caley Arling is also on the case, determined to find out who attacked her father and left him for dead. Between visits to the hospital to see if he has fought his way out of the coma, Caley and her Oscar Wilde-quoting sidekick, William, must piece together equally beguiling clues that lead back to an unsolved triple murder and hopefully forward to justice. However, the closer they get to the elusive truth, the more dangerous their quest becomes and it would seem that someone close to them doesn't want them to succeed at all.

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And now for my review:

Superintendent Andrew Arling is surprised to wake up in his living room sat in an armchair. Andrew finds his body paralysed apart from the neck down, so he is able to look around the room, he finds some of the things in the room familiar but others that do not belong. There are pictures on the wall and a set of golf clubs in the room, and Andrew knows they do not belong to him, and even stranger why is he wearing brown leather shoes? Andrew must put all his experience as a police officer to the test to find out what is going on. But how can he do so when he has no recollection to when, why, and how he got there and how can he get back to his family?

Can Andrew’s daughter help? Caley Arling is also in the police she is an Inspector, and she is working on her father’s case with her partner William.  There biggest clue comes from the word Genesis written on her father’s hand, they must crack the case before time runs out for her father.  Faced with dangerous situations and murder and drug dealings will time run out for them?

This is a really good read, I was hooked by page one, intrigued by the end of chapter one, and kept in suspense throughout the book making me want to read on and on and on. Katheryn Thompson was only fifteen when she wrote this mystery novel, and she is a very talented and gifted young writer. Katheryn words are almost poetic at times and the writing is to the highest standard. I do like a good mystery read that you cannot predict the ending and this is one of those books.  I will look forward to reading many more of Katheryn’s books in the future.