Saturday, 30 December 2017

The foster child by Jenny Blackhurst.

The foster child by Jenny Blackhurst.






When child psychologist Imogen Reid takes on the case of 11-year-old Ellie Atkinson, she refuses to listen to warnings that the girl is dangerous.

Ellie was the only survivor of a fire that killed her family. Imogen is convinced she's just a sad and angry child struggling to cope with her loss.

But Ellie's foster parents and teachers are starting to fear her. When she gets upset, bad things seem to happen. And as Imogen gets closer to Ellie, she may be putting herself in danger...



 

So to start off I really like how this book gets straight to the

 story, from page one you know roughly what is going on and

why! Which I love!

The chapters jump from character to character which to be

 honest is a little confusing to start with but you do get used

 to it and understand why its done this way when you get a bit

 further in and know the characters.
Some parts of the book for me hit hard the bullying the child

 went through, I just felt so much for her, going through

bullying myself as a child I could honestly say I felt exactly

how she must have been feeling in the book.

The story really shows how people are so quick to judge

 without actually finding out the facts or the truth first, it

 really opens your eyes on how this happens on an everyday

 basis in life and to be honest were all guilty of judging too

quickly, aren’t we?

As you get nearer to the end of the book there is defiantly

 some twists in it, you think you've just found out what is

 going on then it all changes, you finally go ah ok I get that

 then BAM it changes again and it really does leave you with a

 :O ‘Mouth open’ type moment and I have to admit I kinda

loved it!

I really did enjoy this book as I said some parts of the book are intense but most defiantly worth the read! I can not wait to read more of Jenny Blackhurst's work!

I just want to say a quick thank you to Headline for sending me this book to review.


If you do get this book I hope you enjoy it and leave me a comment saying what you thought.

My rating is:   ✮ ✮ 
(4 stars)

Thank you for reading.



The foster child on Amazon for the Kindle version or paperback.





Publisher: Headline. 









Sunday, 10 December 2017

Gone without a trace by Mary Torjussen.

Gone without a trace by Mary Torjussen.


GONE WITHOUT A TRACE by Mary Torjussen is a chilling, twisty, compulsive thriller about a woman whose boyfriend has vanished. Fans of I LET YOU GO and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN will be gripped.

No one ever disappears completely...

You leave for work one morning.

Another day in your normal life.

Until you come home to discover that your boyfriend has gone.

His belongings have disappeared.
He hasn't been at work for weeks.
It's as if he never existed.
But that's not possible, is it?
And there is worse still to come.
Because just as you are searching for him
someone is also watching you.


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I started this book and thought I’ll just read the first chapter

to see if I like it and that was it I couldn't put it down! I 


always wanted to read just a little bit more!

I then had an accident that resulted in me not being able to

 use my hands, therefore, I couldn’t read and that was awful! It

was all I could think of mostly, what would be happening in

the story? It drove me round the bend (as they say lol) so as

soon as I was on the mend (4 whole weeks later!) I had to get

back to the book!!


I love how the book introduces ‘the watcher’ little by little, a

kettle turned on, an odd text here and there. I thought this

was a very clever way of doing it.


There is a fair few twists in this book and to be honest I didn’t see 90% of them coming, a few I think most people can guess but the others had me gasp when I read them!

Most chapters tend to finish on a ‘cliffhanger’ and that I’ll say annoyed me but in a good way as it constantly made me want to read more!


I really did enjoy this book I think it is written very well! You can really get into the book and believe what you are reading has or can actually happen. I really hope there is a number 2 :)



I just want to say a quick thank you to Headline for sending me this book to review.

If you do get this book I hope you enjoy it and leave me a comment saying what you thought.

My rating is:   ✮ ✮ ✮ 

(5 stars)

Thank you for reading.

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Publisher: Headline.


Sunday, 17 September 2017

The forgetting time by Sharon Guskin.

The forgetting time by Sharon Guskin.



Noah is four and wants to go home. The only trouble is he's already there.
Janie's son is her world, and it breaks her heart that he has nightmares. That he's terrified of water. That he sometimes pushes her away and screams that he wants his real mother. That it's getting worse and worse, and no one seems to be able to help.
In desperation, she turns to someone who might have an answer - but it may not be one she's ready to hear. It may also mean losing the one thing she loves more than anything: Noah.
A novel that spans life, death and everything in between, The Forgetting Time tells an unforgettable story - about Noah, about love, and, above all, about the things we hold on to when we have nothing else.


  

The storyline of this book has always been a huge interest of mine so when the cover caught my eye (in my local Tesco 😉) and I read what it was about I had to get it!



To start this book was told like 2 different stories, at first I didn’t understand why this was done in this way until a little later into the book, it didn’t take too long to understand why it was done in the way but just long enough to make you think and/or question why it was written like that.


This book gives you so much detail into the topic that it is based on and for me personally I didn’t have any questions that were left unanswered which defiantly does give this book plus points. 😊

For me it was also an emotional read, I honestly cannot imagine having a child that can remember a previous life, having another mother, another home and asking to go back to that life just must be heart-breaking! It was so emotional to read so to have to live through that must be awful I just cannot imagine!

The amount of detail this book goes into you can really tell that the author had done a lot of research to get the details/facts 100% correct. The story is fantastically written and is defiantly an amazing read!  

And finally to finish off this review….. I am so happy I did pick this book up as it’s not my normal book, I am so glad the cover was so pretty that it caught my eye, I absolutely loved this and its one of them books I am keeping on my bookshelf as I know I will defiantly be reading this again in the future.

If you do get this book I hope you enjoy it and leave me a comment saying what you thought.

My rating is:       

(5 stars)



Thank you for reading.


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Saturday, 26 August 2017

What goes around by Julie Corbin.

What goes around by Julie Corbin.



The gripping new psychological thriller from the author of Do Me No Harm. For fans of C. L. Taylor and Clare Mackintosh.
Two women, two secrets, one murder...
If someone took away your perfect life, how far would you go to get it back?
Ellen's family is her world. So when her husband leaves her for another woman, she is almost destroyed. But not quite, because Ellen has a plan, a way to make those who have hurt her suffer.
Leila is the other woman. She finally has everything she ever wanted. But Leila's brother has come back into her life, raking up a past that needs to stay buried. One of them will pay for their actions with their life, but which one?

  



So to start with this book confused me a little as it jumps from view to view. I’ll explain a little, there is 2 women in this book: women 1 – is the betrayed (Ellen) and women 2 – is the betrayer (Leila) and it jumps from Ellen’s view with one chapter to Leila’s view on the next chapter, but once you know this it is easy to follow and me personally I think it was very clever to do the book like this.

Right from the get go this book has you thinking, it’s very easy to connect to the characters in the book and in a way, you start to feel how they are feeling and for a book to do that defiantly has a great writer behind it!

For me the storyline of this book is very believable, you can actually imagine it happening and I think that’s why it’s so easy to connect to the story and the characters.

A fair bit of this book defiantly made my stomach flip, the bit with the cat (in more than one place) honestly made me feel sick and almost brought me to tears (but that’s not hard when an animal is involved with me) this book honestly has you feeling a wide range of emotions.

There is 100% a few jaw dropping moments in this book along with twists you most defiantly did not see coming and I loved it!

It kept me thinking/guessing all through the book and I constantly wanted to know more, when I wasn’t reading this book I most probably was thinking of the booking trying to piece bits together to try and find out what was going to happen.

And finally to finish off this review….. All I can say is I really did love this book and honestly, it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year! I cannot wait to read more of Julie Corbin’s Books!


I just want to say a quick thank you to Mulholland books for sending me this book to review.


If you do get this book I hope you enjoy it and leave me a comment saying what you thought.


My rating is:      
(5 stars)

Thank you for reading.



What goes around on amazon for the kindle version or paperback:

About the Author:

Julie Corbin is Scottish and grew up just outside Edinburgh. She has lived in East Sussex for the last twenty-five years and raised her three sons in a village close to the Ashdown Forest. She is trained as a nurse and combines running the medical department in a boarding school with writing novels, short stories and currently a radio play.
Her psychological thrillers have been described as ‘creepy and gripping’ (Closer) and ‘remarkably assured… suspenseful narrative’ (Daily Mail)
She speaks at writing events, book groups and libraries, and runs writing workshops for beginners and more experienced writers.




Friday, 18 August 2017

Say her name by Juno Dawson

Say her name by Juno Dawson

Drip...drip...drip... In five days, she will come...

Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear... But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it? 

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror - five days - but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before... A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted 'Queen of Teen' author James Dawson.

   

Ok…. So lets start by saying this book came from the young adults section but the cover grabbed me and what the book was about sold it!!

Right from page one I was totally hooked, as I kept reading it just left me wanting more.

The story line of this book is fantastic! As I’m sure for a lot of you, when we were at school the story of Bloody Mary circled our halls, it most defiantly did when I was at school anyway, so this book brought back all them school feelings and questions of: Is it true? What would happen is I did it? Should I do it? Am I a chicken if I don’t?

This book defiantly gave me a few jumps along the way as well as an unnerving feeling in places! The bed part! Oh my, my heart was beating out of my chest! For anyone that knows me, they know I do not like anything under the duvet apart from me! Lol and reading that part 100% unnerved me!

There is also a couple twists or shocks in this book if you like, a couple of times I would get to the end of a chapter and be like ‘what really?’ ***Mouth wide open***

which I really did like, this book I think is fantastically written and is a brilliant story line!


As well as having the scary/horror side to this book as you fully get into it and find out why things are happening there is a very sad reason of why it is going on, it’s almost like a horror/romance all in one which I thought was a good twist to the book.

And finally to finish off this review….. All I can say without giving to much away is…… Oh my goodness what an ending!! This is honestly a really good book to read!

If you do get this book I hope you enjoy it and leave me a comment saying what you thought.

Me rating is:       

(5 stars)


Thank you for reading.


Say her name on amazon for the kindle version or paperback:

Author: Juno Dawson



Sunday, 13 August 2017

A monster calls by Patrick Ness - Review

A monster calls. By Patrick Ness






The bestselling novel about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness, soon to be a major motion picture. Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heart-breaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.



Me and my very good friend A little ray of sunshine decided that we were going to do a read along together with this book, so we set up the date that we was going to start and we set 1 chapter per day as we weren't sure about time due to other commitments. Well we started the book and that was it we were both hooked and we couldn’t stay to just one chapter per day it just didn’t happen we had to read more!

This book will have you in an emotional whirlwind, from feeling so so angry to the next feeling so sad (and in my case actually in tears)

The story I think is amazing it really shows you how losing someone can bring out a vast amount of emotions some of which you wouldn’t have thought of, from anger and sadness to acceptance and relief. It really is a hard read (Well it was for me) and I don’t mean because it wasn’t very good I mean because it will have you thinking of loved ones you’ve lost and have you feeling the exact same way as Conor it really is incredible! 

Ok, so without telling too much of the story in case you haven’t read it yourself, I want to touch upon the 3 tales within the story which I personally thought were great, I absolutely loved tale one!  Tale one explains how nothing is how it seems. When reading, listening or seeing something new always trying and look at the bigger picture being what you are seeing, listening to or reading could have a completely different meaning or outcome all together and I think tale one explains that brilliantly! 
So remember people less of the judging 😉 

Another tale touched on how in a situation or story there isn’t always a good or bad guy which I thought was a good thing to have, all of us I’m sure is guilty of picking up a book reading through and going ‘oh he/she must be the good one’ ‘ah he/she is defiantly the baddie’  well this tale which I believe is tale two, shows this point perfectly that there doesn’t always have to or is a good or bad guy in the story or even in real life events.

Right well as I said I don’t want to give too much away for the ones who haven’t read it, so I will leave it with a few of my thoughts…..

For me this book 100% hit home with the bullying and a family member having cancer, it had me feeling exactly how Conor felt and exactly how I felt when I was younger as I said before it really does bring you on an emotional rollercoaster and I think this piece of work is brilliant.

I really did love this book the story, having a story within a story was also a very nice touch so I would certainly recommend this book!
If you do get this book I hope you enjoy and leave me a comment saying what you thought.


My rating is: ✮ ✮ ✮ ✮ ✮  
(5 stars)
Thank you for reading.





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Author: Patrick Ness

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The girl who lied by Sue Fortin - Review.

The girl who lied by Sue Fortin.




The truth hurts…

Erin and Roisin were once friends until a fatal accident ruined both their lives. Now, Roisin has discovered a secret—one Erin has kept for over a decade—and she’s determined to make Erin pay for her lies.

Erin wants nothing to do with Roisin. She has a new life in London and no intention of going back home. Yet when her father is mysteriously and critically injured, Erin has no choice but to return and face Roisin—and her past. Erin knows if the secret of what she gave up got out, the consequences could be devastating.

When Roisin suddenly disappears, suspicion soon lands on Erin. She would do anything to protect her family, but just how far is she willing to go when time is running out…?

Right, well one day I was doing my normal looking in charity shops for books, I hadn’t had much luck up to this point, but then a cover of a book grabbed me, so I picked it up and it was The girl who lied by Sue Fortin, I read the back and ‘I got to have this’ popped into my head, so I went to the counter paid for it, got home and started it and it did not disappoint!



This book gets right into the story which for me is brilliant!

I love how there are many twists to keep you thinking along the way, you start to think you know what’s going to happen but then something happens and you don’t.

The lie was not what I was expecting at all so when I did get to that part it did genially shock me and throughout this book where I thought ‘ah that’s going to happen’ it turned around and I was wrong but I’m glad I was because I did really enjoy finding out the reasons behind why things were happening and why they happened in the first place.

The whole plot of this book I could honestly see happening in everyday life, hopefully, without the tragedy this book has, but the whole idea of why this girl was lying I really could see someone going through, which made this book more gripping as it almost sounded true that it had happened. 



I really did enjoy this book, I loved the plot of the story, how it was written and the twists that kept you thinking, so I would certainly recommend this book, I also cannot wait to read more of Sue Fortin’s work.


If you do get this book I hope you enjoy it and leave me a comment saying what you thought.


My rating is:      
(5 stars)


Thank you for reading.



The girl who lied currently 99p on Amazon for Kindles:

Author: Sue Fortin