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Hello and welcome if you’ve stumbled across my blog.

I have no idea how these things work so you’ll have to bear with me while I figure it out.

The idea of this is so I can keep on top of my reviews mainly, and maybe I’ll appear a bit more “proper” when it comes to me providing a synopsis and opinion of any book I read.

I love reading. I’ve gone through half of the genres already…………ok I’m including baby books here, but I did it so it is a thing ok! Adult genres, I started on Danielle Steel (not she’s a genre perse but…….) jumped headlong into horror (I got into Richard Laymon just about the time he died, honest, not my fault) loved King. Then it was thrillers which kind of overlapped with mystery, crime, law (yes John Grisham obviously…………….actually, mostly) Scattered in amongst those I like a good fantasy (read Terry Pratchett) (yes another late author, do I need a lawyer?) Now included in amongst those I’m chucking in a bit of humour (Loved Fat Vampire – Jonny B Truant) and I’m currently working my way through the Bad Mother books by Suzy K Quinn…………..think I need a middle initial with my humour authors!

So, put your feet up………………seriously,  please do because I’m the procrastination queen and this might be all you get for months (don’t get me started on Pinterest – please – there’s a day gone)

See you soon!

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BLOOD BROTHERS by Dusty Sharp

Firstly I’d like to thank Dusty for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I read the synopsis and it sounded like my kind of thing – especially the warning at the end about how it ‘contains violence, profanity and irreverence’.

The blood brothers are the elite 601 – formed from the trusted members of the Rattlers motorcycle club. They are tasked to carry out covert missions to straighten out the odd kink in the smooth running of the club and it’s president Tillerman. Being a US Vet. Conrad isn’t reluctant to carry out most forms of dispute but when he finds out what a small number of the 601 are doing he draws a line.

I found this book very easy to read and Dusty set the story with expertise. The reason I dropped a star from my rating was I was expecting a ruckus of a read considering the content and what I got was a lazy sunday afternoon, which made it effortless to read but not what I was expecting. I haven’t read the next book as a few reviewers have and maybe if I had this would seem as more of a ‘setting the scene/gap filler’ type of book and therefore more connected.

That said, I would definitely recommend this book as it is a good read and I do like a biker gang!

Blood Brothers can be bought on Amazon

CONFESSIONS by Rich Kisielewski

Rich contacted me direct and asked if I would like to read his book for an honest review and I happily said yes!

The book is set in two parts, one from the perpetrators’ viewpoint and one from the police and FBI’s, which means you know who it is from the outset, but it works well as you get to know his modus operandi and how the police are getting on trying to find him (not well as it happens)

Paul Henry Richter is fussy in the extreme, the girl he chooses has to be able to pamper to his every whim – and it appears quite a few have got it wrong in the past.

Suzzie (see later comments) has become his latest squeeze and fares fairly well until he starts in on his demands,

Maeve Brennan and FBI agent Dave Willinger are at a loss until their case is given a helping hand by a man who has been following Paul.

The obligatory romance is provided by Maeve and Dave who flirt for a while before getting it on.

I have to say I really enjoyed the story, although I found the writing style a bit difficult at first…………….people seem to be talking to each other in a style better suited to the turn of the 20th Century. Also the conversations to start with, I felt, were way too long, though this did seem to sort itself out about halfway through (almost as if the publisher said they wanted more pages so he went back and padded out the chat)

The other thing I had a problem with (and this is just me) was the name Suzzie. I am used to the names Suzy or Suzie or even Susy………….a double z to me is pronounced as in Pizza (or scuzzy) so every time I read her name I was having an annoying little thought bubble in my head that was trying to figure out how to pronounce it (was it Suh-tsie, Suh-zee, Soo-tsie or Soo-zee – which I would guess it was)

But, all that said I did enjoy the book and I would recommend it. Thank you Rich.

find Rich here

WORLD BOOK NIGHT 23rd April 2019

About

Reading for pleasure is a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health, yet in England alone, 36% of people don’t regularly read (DCMS, 2015).

World Book Night brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. Organisations and individuals hold events up and down the country to celebrate the difference that reading makes to our lives, from book themed parties at home to books swaps in offices. Organisations can volunteer to hand out books from our annual list to people who don’t read for pleasure or own books. 

World Book Night is celebrated on 23 April and run by The Reading Agency.

We tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading.

Our story

World Book Night was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 2011 on 5 March. In 2012 it was moved to 23 April, the UNESCO International Day of the Book and, probably, the birth and death date of William Shakespeare.

World Book Night was conceived of by Jamie Byng, MD of Canongate. It came out of a round table discussion at the Book Industry Conference in May 2010, the purpose of which was, quite simply, to imagine a way to encourage more adults to read. The chair of the discussion was Julia Kingsford, who went on to be World Book Night’s Chief Executive for two years, and one of the participants was Ursula Mackenzie, Little, Brown CEO, who became a trustee.

The name took its lead from the well-established and successful children’s reading celebration in UK and Ireland called World Book Day. So as day is for children, then night is for adults and night is also when we traditionally think about celebrations.

In 2012 and 2013 World Book Night was celebrated in the USA as well as the UK and Ireland and almost 50,000 people gave a million books away in three different countries.

In late 2013 World Book Night became part of The Reading Agency and is now run as one of the charity’s programmes as part of its work to inspire people to share reading and celebrate the difference it makes to our lives.

2019 will be the ninth World Book Night celebration.

*Copied from worldbooknight.org

QUOTES

  1. “So many books, so little time.” ― Frank Zappa
  2. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero
  3. “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” ― Jane Austen
  4. “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ― Mark Twain
  5. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
  6. “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” ― Lemony Snicket
  7. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
  8. “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde
  9. “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” ― Groucho Marx
  10. “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” ― Oscar Wilde
  11. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison

*Courtesy of newsjox.com

DON’T TELL TEACHER – by Suzy K Quinn

I must admit I am a great fan of Suzys’ writing and this did not disappoint (although I’ve still to dive into her romance writing, I hugely enjoyed the Bad Mother series)

Lizzie has run away from her Husband with her son Tom to make a fresh start after getting a court order to keep him away from her because of the abuse she told them she and Tom suffered.

But when Tom starts school there seems to be a whole new abuse opening up and Lizzie is desperate to get to the bottom of it, even if no-one is taking her worries seriously.

Is the teacher drugging the pupils? Has her ex found them? Did I figure it out halfway through but still enjoyed reading the rest of the book to see how it panned out?

I would thoroughy recommend this novel if you like a book that’s written in an easy to read manner, if you like a thriller or if you just like books (e-books too)

You can find Suzy in front of a muddy dock (why didn’t you wait till some water came in? lol) or here

OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS – by Justin A Reynolds

We’ve all seen the scenario – Groundhog Day, Russian Doll etc – but this book was by no means reproducing the story to the letter.

The main story starts when Jack meets Kate on the stairs while he and his best friend/true love Jillian (despite the fact she’s going out with his other best friend Franny) are visiting their future university. They strike up a conversation and he falls for her (men = fickle) but he finds out she has an incurable disease and dies rather soon into their fledgling relationship. Whilst dashing to the hospital after the news Jack also dies…………….and finds himself returning to the stairs, where he meets Kate – who doesn’t remember their previous liaison.

Jackt gets to thinking he is meant to do something, like save the girl so he tries, whilst also trying to keep his other friends happy – it’s like juggling water as he doesn’t have much time as it is, and so it keeps re-occurring.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it has romance, humour by the bucketload and a story you think you’ve heard before but quite quickly forget you have as this dominates your judgement, and yes, it might be aimed at teens and young adults but I loved it and my teens are distant memory!

Many thanks to #Netgalley and the publisher Pan McMillan for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

You can find Justin here

RUN AWAY by Harlan Coben

So glad to have read this book, Harlan is one of my favourite authors but having read another of his recent novels I thought he may be slipping. Though of course it may be that I am just adicted to Win and Myron I can’t see past the fact that he doesn’t write about them anymore *sad face*

If your child ran away you’d want to find her, bring her home. This is exactly what Sam and Ingrid tried to do. But it seemed Paige didn’t want to be found or brought home, though they didn’t know why.

They found out where she lived, made friends with her neighbour/landlord Corneleus who proved very helpful in the search & met with drug dealers – one of whom was less than hospitable!

In amongst all of this there is a sub-story going on with a couple of assassins for hire (who will defintely remind you of Pumpkin & Honey Bunny from Pulp Fiction)

I loved the odd nod to characters in previous books – Win was mentioned but not extensively, Hester, love her no-nonsense approach she makes me laugh.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you like Harlan Coben or Linwood Barclay.

Many thanks to #Netgalley and the publisher Cornerstone (Random House UK) for the chance to read this in return for an unbiased review.

You can find Harlan Coban here

FORGET MY NAME – By J. S. Monroe

Well thank you Netgalley and the publisher, Head of Zeus, for allowing me to read this, only after I had been turned down initially and actually bought the book (because this is how much I knew I wanted read it) I really never knew you can actually be gifted the book after being turned down so maybe I’ll wait a little while before buying in future.

Anyway the book did not disappoint. I was drawn in from page one and loved living in the little south west England village for a while. but……..woah…. expect your allegances to change and change again and then hit twist after twist. By the end I wasn’t even sure I trusted the police…………no, they were fine, really.

Tony and Laura are disturbed one evening by a girl knocking on their door. She’s apparently lost her memory and thinks she lives there. Tony names her Jemma – with a J – and Laura takes her inder her wing………….until her friend – the local GP – advises her to be cautious as she thinks she may know who she is. So is she the killer she thinks she may be, or the daughter of Luke who he’s never known or something more sinister? Or is the sinister one one of the others?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and totally recommend it.

J. S. Monroe also writes under the name Jon Stock and you can find him here and here