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Environmentally Friendly by Elias Zanbaka // Review


Title: Environmentally Friendly by Elias Zanbaka

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 5th March 2016

Synopsis: OUT OF SEVEN BILLION PEOPLE, ONE MAN HAS DECLARED WAR ON MOTHER NATURE AND PLANS TO BRING IT TO ITS KNEES.

OUT OF ALL THE CRIMINALS IN LOS ANGELES, HE’S THE NUMBER ONE TARGET BEING HUNTED BY THE LAPD TONIGHT.

AND OUT OF THE ENTIRE LAPD, ONE OFFICER IS HELL-BENT ON HELPING HIM COMPLETE HIS MISSION.

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Review:

A short story that packs a hug punch, this is definitely one to read.

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Room 119 by Trev Lince // Review


Title: Room 119 by Trev Lince

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 14th December 2017

Synopsis: High-flying trader Dean Harrison has it all – the L;ondon penthouse apartment; the fast car; the beautiful wife. But when the threads of Dean’s life start to unravel, they do so with alarming speed.

Following advice of a frail stranger, Dean sets off for Welnetham Hall Hotel and is plunged into the mysterious world of Room 119 – a world where nothing makes sense. How does everyone in the hotel know his name? Why does he travel there on a train line shut down over fifty years ago? And who is the sinister man in black who pursues him wherever he goes?

As he gradually pieces together the puzzle of Welnetham Hall, Dean is forced to re-evaluate his life and realises that nothing is more important to him than his wife and daughter. Desperate to gt back to them, he vows he would lay down his life for the people he loves.

It’s a promise he may have to keep.

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Review:

An extremely thought provoking, and beautifully written debut novel, that will leave you realising just how lucky you are to be alive.

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Christmas at Woolworths by Elaine Everest // Blog Tour Review


Title: Christmas at Woolworths by Elaine Everest

Rating: ★★★.5

Release: 2nd November 2017

Synopsis: Best friends Sarah, Maisie and Freda are brought together by their jobs at Woolworths. With their loved ones away on the front line, their bonds of friendship strengthen each day. Betty Billington is the manager at Woolworths, and a rock for the girls, having given up on love . . . Until a mysterious stranger turns up one day – could he reignite a spark in Betty? As the year draws to a close, and Christmas approaches, the girls must rely on each other to navigate the dark days that lie ahead . . . With so much change, can their friendship survive the war?

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Review:

A heartwarming and joy filled book, that is perfect to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Although this is a continuation from Elaine’s first novel, The Woolworth Girls, it was not necessary to read them in order and I loved that. It allowed me to get invested in the book straight away!

The characters are so easy to love and the friendship between the two main characters is something that I know a lot of people can relate to. It was so nice to see them going through this rather stressful time together, and I really felt I could put myself in their shoes.

From start to finish I just loved reading this book, and the writing style was a perfect fit to the overall story. It was a great balance of family, friendship and although sometimes a bit slow paced, it was the perfect book to read on a cold winters day – especially tucked up in bed with a hot drink!

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Ronaldo: The Reindeer Flying Academy by Maxine Sylvester // Review

Title: Ronaldo: The Reindeer Flying Academy by Maxine Sylvester

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 16th December 2015

Synopsis: Ronaldo is the top flying cadet at the prestigious Reindeer Flying Academy. He dreams of getting his flying license and becoming one of Santa’s reindeer, just like his hero, Vixen.

In the first adventure in the Ronaldo series, the second year flying cadets face their toughest ever flying test – The Endurance Challenge. Will Ronaldo be victorious and lift the silver cup? Or will mean brothers Dasher, Comet and Prancer ruin his chance for success?

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Review:

A fun Christmas book to read to your little ones during the festive period, this is definitely one to warm the hearts of all ages!

The illustrations of this book are absolutely brilliant and fit the overall story so well. It’s brilliant to see the characters come to life, and see what they’re doing as the story develops!

The story itself is written so well, everything flows well and it allows for creative minds to really fall in love with Ronaldo and his family. It’s written in a perfectly balanced child friendly way. but also not too childish so that parents or carers can’t enjoy the story as they read too!

I loved the story, and how it all worked together, and I can’t wait to see more kids pick this up!

You can buy Ronaldo: The Reindeer Flying Academy on Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent this book in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

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Adventures in Farland by Moshank Relia // Review

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Adventures in Farland by Moshank Relia

Rating: ★★★.5

Release: 19th October 2017

Synopsis: Mira Rawat has heard tales of Farland all her life from her mother, who has described the magical place of gnomes, fairies, mermaids and animals, and especially its wondrous festival, the New Moon Party. Now, Mira has been informed by a man named Bushy that she has been invited by Princess Harmonica to attend the party. Bushy also uses a spell to turn her two friends, the mischievous and vexing boys, Bira and Vira, into rats so that they will not disturb the other party guests with their constant fighting and misbehaviour. At midnight, Mira, with Bira and Vira snuggled in her pocket, climbs Gunhill and is picked up by the pilot Starhead and flown in his plane to the party. However, the flight is cut short by a terrible wind, and Starhead is forced to land his plane near the Lost Forest. There, Mira discovers that Farland is in great jeopardy. Another Farland resident, Windman, has been generating great windstorms to prevent the Queen of Witches from reaching Dragon Hill. She intends to release the Dragon of Underhill, chained in its den beneath Dragon Hill, so that Farland will be burned and completely destroyed.

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Review:

A fun little story, with brilliantly fantastical elements that will be fun for the whole family!

I loved the illustrations in this book, they were so well designed, and fit perfectly with the overall story. They also added such a good level of imagination, as even though the images were there, your mind can see them and then come up with your own ideas.

However this book was originally pitched for children from 5 to 16, and I feel it might be a little childish for the teenage genre! It would be perfect though, for those of a younger age, and would be a nice way to get them to start reading!

With fantastical creatures, an action packed plot, and loving characters, this is definitely one to watch out for to spend time with the young person in your life.

You can find information on this book here!

*NOTE: I was sent this book in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

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Doubt the Stars by Maddyson Wilson // Review


Title: Doubt the Stars by Maddyson Wilson

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 31st August 2017

Synopsis: How far would you go to save the damned? Celeste Adair lives in a world painted gray. She’s spent the last five years of her life stuck in a mental institution because she told the truth: there was an angel on the roof of her foster home. Since then, she’s been slapped with labels she didn’t deserve and words she didn’t ask for.

Luke Enoch lives in a world painted a fire red. He and his sister, Clover, have been living on the streets of Brooklyn for the last five years, running from the police because Luke has been accused of lighting the house fire that killed their parents. Luke has sacrificed everything to keep Clover safe and will do whatever it takes to make sure she doesn’t suffer the same fate he has.

After waking up from what they thought to be their final breaths, Celeste and Luke find themselves trapped in the year 1392 with a single mission: protect Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers. With the centuries-old war brewing, the only shot they have at keeping Romeo and Juliet alive is keeping them separate. But, when fate (and a trigger-happy prince) steps in, there aren’t many things Celeste and Luke can do to stop all of Verona from falling into war. With the line between good and bad erased, Celeste and Luke will have to risk everything to keep the star-crossed lovers safe–even if it means losing each other.

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Review:

A brilliantly unique tale on what might happen if Romeo & Juliet were kept alive. This book is the story we’ve all been wanting since the moment we first read Romeo & Juliet, and will give you a completely new perspective on two very much beloved characters.

This was a surprise for me, as once I started it, I did feel it had a little bit of a slow start. It took a while for me to become invested in the story, but after the first couple of chapters I was hooked! The story was so good, and combined romance with parts of fantasy so well.

Celeste and Juliet’s relationship is one of the stand out parts for me, as Celeste constantly calls out Juliet’s relationship with Romeo for being too quick – which is exactly what 90% of people who read the original story probably thought too. I loved the realism of this, and how both her and Juliet worked so well together.

I also liked Luke and Romeo’s relationship, and how Maddyson included not only the titular characters of the original play, but also other characters such as Mercutio. It was a wonderful nod to the story, and really gave it such a wholesome feel about it.

Maddyson also used partial or full quotes from the original play throughout the novel, which again, as a Shakespeare fan, was brilliant. It gave such a depth to the story, and made the situation so real.

Overall this book was brilliantly written, and although it had a slow start it definitely packs a punch by the end. The ending will leave you questioning when the next book is released, and counting down the days.

You can buy Doubt The Stars on Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent this book in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

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Another Extremely Late August Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

I’m back again with such a belated and overdue wrap up! I was going to do this on my last post, but I realised I read a whopping 21 BOOKS in August! So I thought it might be best to just give it it’s own blog post!

August was ARCAugust so I ended up getting through 90% of the ARC’s I’d received – hence the huge amount I have to wrap up! I read some amazing ARC’s, and I can’t wait to talk about them!

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ARC August Reads:

Here are the ARC’s I read for the month:

Title: Vermilion Tears by Tia Lee

Rating: ★★.5

Review: This was the first ARC I read in August, and it was really good! I liked the way the story was created it was just the writing that was a bit hard to get into! If you want to read my full thoughts, you can find my full review for it here!

 

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel // Review


Title: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Rating: ★★★.5

Release: 1st June 2017

Synopsis: ‘Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.’

The girls of the Roanoke family – beautiful, rich, mysterious – seem to have it all. But there’s a dark truth about them that’s never spoken. Lane is one of the lucky ones. When she was fifteen, over one long, hot summer at her grandparents’ estate in rural Kansas, she found out what it really means to be a Roanoke girl. Lane ran, far and fast. Until eleven years later, when her cousin Allegra goes missing – and Lane has no choice but to go back.

She is a Roanoke girl.

Is she strong enough to escape a second time?

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Review:

This was one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. I’m not sure how long this review will be, purely because it was a very unique story that I don’t really know how to review!

The story itself left me with extremely mixed feelings. It was written with such skill and talent to allow you to immerse yourself completely in the story, and to make you have the feelings you do throughout. However the plot was particularly strange.

Yates creeped me out in the way I know he was meant to and I credit Amy for that, she created him perfectly, and set up the story in the best possible way to get the most accurate response. I also loved the individual chapters that focused on each past Roanoke girl and revealed their history. It was such a great addition to add to the mystery and helped me to gain knowledge of the world piece by piece. It was brilliant.

It was definitely a unique story, and there were many parts I was creeped out by, but I can’t say too much without giving away spoilers! But sometimes I was very weirded out by the narrative, as well written as it was!

Overall it was a very well written book that created perfect amounts of suspense in the best way. However at some parts the story was slightly hard to ‘like’ as such, but I’d definitely recommend the read!

You can buy The Roanoke Girls on Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent this book in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

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Interpretation by Dylan Callens // Review


Title: Interpretation by Dylan Callens

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 1st August 2017

Synopsis: Carl Winston awakens to find his son, Liam, screaming with fear. Trying to understand why, Carl tries to soothe him. Neighbors gather in front of Carl’s apartment to help – until they see him. The crowd cowers back, afraid of this monster. Carl runs. His life of luxury is ripped away. Forced beyond the city limits, Carl sees a land bereft of life. Traveling in search of answers, his quest comes to a sudden halt when he collapses. As darkness shrouds him, a figure hovers from above.

Traveling along the same route, Eva Thompson finds Carl and nurtures him back to life. Together, they continue the journey, finding out that their lives have too much in common to be a coincidence. As their affection for each other deepens, an unknown nemesis attempts to remove their only source of happiness – their love for each other.

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Review:

An action packed book with an interesting premise, one that will leave you questioning who you can trust, and whether what you see is actually real.

Dylan did an amazing job with this book, and one of the best parts was the characters he created throughout the novel. The relationship between Liam and Carl was written so well, that you feel completely immersed in the narrative, as if you’re going through the story with them.

The action begins so suddenly that you’re left reeling for many pages after, almost like the characters are! Quickly the book picks up speed, and answers the burning questions that were given at the start of the book such as ‘Who are the Untruthers?’ and ‘Why are they being hunted?’. However as soon as one question is answered, another rises, in a perfect way that there is no chance of you getting even slightly bored.

The chapters were so unique, I loved the chapters written in code, and the titles written in code were so clever, the book truly felt so authentic in the cyber world it was set in, it was brilliant. I also loved the idea of the world being made up of certain entities and how they communicate. It was especially good how the author allowed us into their minds to see the reasoning behind what they do, and allowed us to get a full perspective of just how big the story is.

My favourite part of the book is how the information gets released slowly bit by bit, so you can’t stop reading until you find out everything that happens. It keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire novel, teasing you with bits of information here and there to piece together.

The ending of the book was particularly genius. I have never read a book that ended like it, but I so wish I had because this was amazing. I loved how it ended, and how it was so well finished. It was so well thought out, I was in awe of it well after I finished the story.

This book is definitely one for the Sci-Fi fans, and if you’re looking for something to stay up late reading with an ending to shock you, this is the book you need!

You can buy Interpretation from Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent Interpretation in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

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Written For You by Joseph Cognard // Review


Title: Written For You by Joseph Cognard

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 26th December 2013

Synopsis: Somebody must have suggested Bob Curry write a book. He didn’t just wake up one morning with the idea. Or did he? Well at least working in a publishing company he should have no problem finding people to read it. Or will he? Read along as this dark comedic play moves quickly to an epic conclusion. Will you enjoy reading a play? Of course you will don’t forget it is and will always be Written for You.

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Review:

When I was asked to read this, I was intrigued by the synopsis, but was unsure as to how it would work in the style of a play. However once I started it, it actually worked perfectly! It was so good to see the story play out in my mind, and the added off scene parts were useful to understand exactly how the characters were acting in every scene.

The characters were so interesting, especially Bob. I loved his character as it developed and we learnt more about him. He is such a unique character, and I found with every scene I liked him more and more.

The narrative overall was so brilliantly planned and thought out, that I loved the aspect of mystery that was tied into it all. I constantly was kept guessing as to what was happening, and it was so fun to try to guess what would happen, I was fully immersed in the story.

The ending was a complete shock, and thinking about it now it was the absolute perfect way to end this book. It was so clever, and really showed just how much work Joseph had put into it, and I loved it so much. It was so brilliantly open ended, but also so well created, and possibly one of my favourite endings to any book!

This book was one of the most unbelievably unique stories I’ve ever read, I can honestly say I’ve read nothing like it, and the play format worked with it perfectly. I was kept guessing, and left in awe. I definitely recommend.

*NOTE: I was sent this book in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*