The Accidental Love Letter by Olivia Beirne @Olivia_Beirne @headlinepg @annecater #BlogTour #NetGalley #TheAccidentalLoveLetter #BookReview

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Accidental Love Letter by Olivia Beirne

The Accidental Love Letter: The heartwarming new novel from bestselling author Olivia Beirne by [Beirne, Olivia]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

What would you do if you received a love letter that wasn’t meant for you? Bea used to feel confident, outgoing and fun, but she’s not sure where that person went. Over the last few months, she’s found herself becoming reclusive and withdrawn. And despite living with her two best friends, she’s never felt lonelier. To make things worse, she’s become so dependent on her daily routine, she’s started to slip out of everyone else’s. But when a mysterious battered envelope covered in stars lands on her doormat, Bea wonders if she could find the courage to open it. It isn’t addressed to her, but it could be… if you squinted.

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The Accidental Love Letter: The heartwarming new novel from bestselling author Olivia Beirne

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This was a real curl up on my sofa with a nice glass of something read as it warmed my insides, made me giggle and brought tears to my eyes. Bea lives by routines and schedules, set days for doing set things but it leaves little room to fit anything new into it, especially people. Her two friends that she house shares with have boyfriends, but not Bea, she is quite happy on her own. Life is so much easier just to agree with everyone than say what she feels and wants. Bea calls in on their neighbour Joy who had been a friend of her mum. If anything bothers Bea she calls her mum but always has to leave a message for her to get back to her.

When an unexpected letter arrives, with B on it she knows it isn’t for her but curiosity gets the better of her. Bea writes a reply but when one of her housemates sees it she posts it and so begins a double life for Bea as she is pushed into uncomfortable situations that bring new people into her life.

Bea is quite timid, accepting what others want rather than confronting them, it isn’t that the people she knows are horrid, she has simply become a pushover. When Bea gets a letter back to her unintentional reply she grasps it like a lifeline, I mean what harm could it do? I loved the world that opened up to Bea and the situations that she forced herself into. Life was no longer just about her. The characters she meets felt so very real with moments that made me chuckle till I cried followed by moments where I cried because I knew how she felt. A beautifully written story that made me glow just loved it.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Olivia Beirne is the bestselling author of The List That Changed My Life and lives in Buckinghamshire. She has worked as a waitress, a pottery painter and a casting assistant, but being a writer is definitely her favourite job yet. You can keep in touch with Olivia through her website oliviabeirne.co.uk, or via Olivia_Beirne on Twitter, olivia.beirne on Instagram and /Olivia-Beirne on Facebook.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @Olivia_Beirne

website oliviabeirne.co.uk

olivia.beirne on Instagram

Olivia-Beirne on Facebook

 

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Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks #MustRead #BookReview #CallMeStar

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A taut, emotive, devastating dark and all-consuming psychological thriller, reminiscent of Play Misty for Me … from the critically acclaimed author of Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost…

WINNER of Best magazine’s BIG Book of the Year 2019

LONGLISTED for Guardian‘s NOT THE BOOKER PRIZE

‘A complex and layered tale that charmed me as a much as it traumatised me. An atmospheric, haunting and beautifully written page-turner!’ C L Taylor

‘Noirish psychological thriller with fascinating, disturbing characters. Compelling, twisty, and seriously addictive. EXCELLENT’ Will Dean

‘As twisty and deadly as barbed wire, this book will leave you breathless’ Erin Kelly

Stirring up secrets can be deadly … especially if they’re yours…

Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago – and her killer hasn’t been caught.

Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. You tell her yours, and she’ll share some of hers.

Stella might tell you about Tom, a boyfriend who likes to play games, about the mother who abandoned her, now back after fourteen years. She might tell you about the perfume bottle with the star-shaped stopper, or about her father …

What Stella really wants to know is more about the mysterious man calling the station … who says he knows who killed Victoria, and has proof.

Tonight is the night for secrets, and Stella wants to know everything…

With echoes of the Play Misty for Me, Call Me Star Girl is a taut, emotive and all-consuming psychological thriller that plays on our deepest fears, providing a stark reminder that stirring up dark secrets from the past can be deadly…

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Call Me Star Girl

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Eerily set on a late-night radio broadcast I felt that it was just me, Stella McKeever the radio presenter and a rather dedicated audience of weirdos, loners, and insomniacs listening to her ramblings and music. It is her last night on the show where regulars phone in requesting records from the past to be played like their minds are stuck in the grove of better times, but tonight Stella asks them to phone in with their secrets and for each one that does she will tell the listeners one of hers. She has acquired a new regular caller since a young woman was stabbed to death not far from the radio station three weeks before. He says he knows who killed the girl.

For the past twelve years Stella had grown up feeling like her life had holes in it but over the last few weeks answers to questions she had never even thought of were been given to her and it was like an overload that couldn’t be switched off, once she knew the answers she couldn’t undo them. A bit like taking a bite from the apple in the garden of Eden.

The setting made me edgy because if you have ever listened to a late-night radio show you know there is an intimacy about it that feels like the rest of the population has imploded. I lost count of the number of times I made sure the door was locked with a quick look in a gap in the curtains to confirm no-one was out there too. The story jumped back to the milestones that had remolded her life to present day with a building intensity that winded me. Each of Louise Beech’s books doesn’t just give the reader something they take a piece of you too when it ends. This is another unique story totally different from anything she has written before. Perfection!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHORwith

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Louise Beech knew from being small that she wanted to write. She was a columnist for the Hull Daily Mail for ten years, and part of the Mums’ Army on BBC Radio Humberside for three. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Her debut novel was a Guardian Readers’ Pick for 2015 and Maria in the Moon was a Must-Read in Prima, Red and the Sunday Express. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.

OTHER BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR WITH BUY LINKS:

How To Be Brave

The Mountain in my Shoe

Maria in the Moon

The Lion Tamer Who Lost

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To Keep You Safe by Kate Bradley @kate__bradley @Zaffrebooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BlogTour #ToKeepYouSafe #NetGalley #BookReview

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting on the Blog tour for To Keep You Safe by Kate Bradley

To Keep You Safe by [Bradley, Kate]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

For fans of Now You See Her and Sleep comes a nail-biting suspense thriller that asks: how far would you go to save a child that isn’t yours?

You don’t know who they are. You don’t know why they’re hunting her. But you know she’s in danger. What do you do?

When teacher Jenni Wales sees 15-year-old Destiny’s black eye, she’s immediately worried. Destiny isn’t your average student: she’s smart, genius IQ smart, and she’s in care. But concern turns to fear when Jenni witnesses an attempt to abduct Jenni from school.

Who are these men and what can Destiny know to make them hunt her?

With those around her not taking the threat seriously, Jenni does the only thing she can think of to keep Destiny safe: she takes her.

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To Keep You Safe

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Jenni Wales is relatively new to teaching but needed the ridged structure of a timetabled daily routine. Jenni had left the army after a young man she is mentoring is killed in action. She not only suffers from PTSD but also has a condition that means she is unable to read people. This causes her social complications in her life which leave her very isolated, at times confused and often the butt end of jokes.

Destiny a 15-year-old pupil in Jenni’s Math class, is on her last chance with social services. If Destiny messes up one more time she will have to live in a secure unit. Destiny isn’t the only troubled child in the school which stretches the teachers, resources, and headmaster to the limits. When a couple of men turn up to school, determined to take Destiny with them Jenni’s hardcore training kicks in and she makes it her mission that she will protect Destiny at any cost.

Oh boy, this is one kick-ass read that kept me glued to every page. The story is told mainly through Jenni and Destiny with chapters dipping back into both their pasts, with rarer appearances of the school headmaster and one scary Polish abductor. I always felt like my heart was in my mouth, with ‘look over my shoulder’ moments and brief encounters that the general public didn’t want to get involved in.

This is a real twisty read with at times uneasy violent themes that are brutally close to real life. It shows the cracks in an overstretched underfunded social services with care in the community, being more of ‘you are on your own mate’ rather than support for troubled people that need it. Brilliant storyline and a heart in my mouth ending. A very different story to the one I thought I was going to read. Awesome!

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Twitter: @kate__bradley

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Cage by Lilja Sigurdardottir @OrendaBooks @lilja1972 #(Reykjavik Noir) #BlogTour #BookReview @annecater #IcelandNoir #Orentober

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater representing Orenda Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Cage by Lilja Sigurdardottir

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Drugs, smuggling, big money and political intrigue in Iceland rally with love, passion, murder and betrayal until the winner takes all … in the masterful, explosive conclusion to the award-winning Reykjavík Noir trilogy…

The prison doors slam shut behind Agla, when her sentence ends, but her lover Sonja is not there to meet her.

As a group of foreign businessmen tries to draw Agla into an ingenious fraud that stretches from Iceland around the world, Agla and her former nemesis, María find the stakes being raised at a terrifying speed.

Ruthless drug baron Ingimar will stop at nothing to protect his empire, but he has no idea about the powder keg he is sitting on in his own home.
At the same time, a deadly threat to Sonya and her family brings her from London back to Iceland, where she needs to settle scores with longstanding adversaries if she wants to stay alive.

With a shocking crescendo, the lives of these characters collide, as drugs, smuggling, big money and political intrigue rally with love, passion, murder and betrayal until the winner takes all … in the masterful, explosive conclusion to the award-winning Reykjavík Noir trilogy.
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Cage (Reykjavik Noir Trilogy)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is one lively, all-action, and shocking ending to this superb trilogy. Even before Agla is released from prison she already has her sleeves rolled up and delving into a new venture with the outside help of a surprising accomplice from her past. Alga is the central character in this story so it takes more of an industrial and commercial avenue than drugs. It is more the devastation and life-destroying elements of victims that are focused on through addiction this time, as Alga feels the direct effect of helplessness as someone she has grown to care for falls foul of the drug trade.

The chapters are quite short bouncing around different avenues that all lead back to Alga in one way or another. I loved how her character came back to life, expelling the staleness of prison as she breathed the air of freedom. It felt like she grew inches, got younger and her brain sharper once again. Even people whose side she is on underestimate her because in business she is her own person. The nearest thing to a crack in her armor is the need for love at least for someone to care about her.

One of my favourite characters has to be Maria, I love her jump in with both feet first, then run like hell way to tackle situations, boy does she get herself into some scrapes.  Seven years have passed since Alga has had direct contact with these characters so their lives have changed and moved on. There are surprising appearances of characters and explosive declarations for misguided love.

I loved the ending which left my mind whirling with what-ifs and maybes.

Many thanks to the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, with Snare, the first in a new series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. Translation rights have been sold in eight countries to date, and film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja has a background in education and has worked in evaluation and quality control for preschools in recent years. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.

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Seven Days by Alex Lake @Alexlakeauthor @HarperCollinsUK #SevenDays #NetGalley #NewRelease #BookReview #PsychologicalThriller

Seven Days: The gripping new 2019 psychological thriller from a Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author by [Lake, Alex]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The twisty new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author

A race against time to save her child…

In seven days, Maggie’s son, Max, turns three. But she’s not planning a party or buying presents or updating his baby book. She’s dreading it. Because in her world, third birthdays are the days on which the unthinkable happens… she loses her child.

For the last twelve years Maggie has been imprisoned in a basement. Abducted aged fifteen, she gave birth to two sons before Max, and on their third birthdays, her captor came and took them from her.

She cannot let it happen again. But she has no idea how to stop it. And the clock is ticking…

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Seven Days: The gripping new 2019 psychological thriller from a Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is such a powerful story that set my emotions on fire. There wasn’t really a lot of time to get to know Maggie, she was just a typical fifteen-year-old teenager.  A boyfriend, talking to friends on the house phone, someone her little brother looked up to and the apple of her dad’s eye. Then one day she went out and didn’t come home.

Twelve years later Maggie is still being held captive in an underground room with her almost-three-year-old son and she is counting down the last seven days till his birthday. A day she dreads because the man will come and take him away like he has her other two sons that she has given birth to in the small room.

My arms are covered in goosebumps just writing this review. This is a belting story that dips in and out of the past and present-day in the lives of her family and the effect on them as the years go by and her life in the tiny room with the man who she doesn’t even know his name. You know as a reader, you know his life outside the tiny room. I knew I loathed this man, arrogant, cruel and taunting.

The story is about the effect on the whole family as the years past. Heartbreaking as the hope of finding her fade and the self-destruction paths that can open up and welcome you in. There is more than one way to lose a child as this family is finding out.

As the last seven days count down Maggie has to find a way to save her son from the man. To say this story builds with tension as the days decrease just doesn’t cover the intensity that bursts from these pages. It is like that atmospheric change when you know there is going to be a belting storm and boy this surpasses even that with a tsunami of tidal waves of emotions in this climactic ending. Awesome!

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alex Lake is the pseudonym of a British novelist whose first book was one of Amazon UK’s top ten debuts of 2012. Alex was born in the North West of England in the 1970s and now lives in the North East of the US

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @Alexlakeauthor

 

Seven Days: The gripping new 2019 psychological thriller from a Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author by [Lake, Alex]

 

The Christmas Countdown by Donna Ashcroft @bookouture #TheChristmasCountdown #NetGalley #BlogReview #RomanticComedy #ChristmasFeelGood

 

The Christmas Countdown: The perfect cosy feel good romance by [Ashcroft, Donna]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

It’s that time of year again, snowflakes are fluttering and the countdown to Christmas has begun! Holly Devine is returning to the only place that feels like home, hoping that some festive magic will help to turn her life around…

Twenty-seven-year-old Holly Devine has just had her heart well and truly broken. Hurt by the two people she loves the most, she flees to her eccentric Aunt Clara’s cosy cottage to hide away over the winter season. But kind, impulsive Aunt Clara has other ideas… She’s not about to see her favourite niece wallowing in sadness during the most wonderful time of the year. So, with the help of her close circle of friends and plenty of gin, she creates a handmade advent calendar for Holly.

Every day in December, Holly opens a new door and has a different task to complete. She soon finds herself asking out a complete stranger – gorgeous, cheeky pub landlord, Finn Jackson. But as handsome Finn gets involved in her festive challenges, Holly’s determination to avoid romance is put to the test. Still, Finn’s far too carefree and single for true love, isn’t he?

As Holly begins to embrace each day – a complete makeover, building the biggest snowman she’s ever seen, singing in a karaoke contest – Finn is there adding fun and laughter to every moment. Holly starts to realise that she can become the person she’s always wanted to be…

But a secret from Finn’s past threatens to turn Holly’s Christmas upside down and makes her question everything she has experienced in the last few weeks. Will Finn open up to Holly in time to show her how he really feels? And will she complete the advent calendar challenges and fall in love this Christmas?

It’s time to curl up for a delicious Christmas romance about daring to take chances, opening yourself up to love, and being true to who you really are. Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Debbie Johnson, and Debbie Macomber.

BUY LINKS:

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

After her mother died Holly became the anchor for her dad and twin sister and in the aftermath lost the essence of herself to become want they both needed to get through the tragedy. At 27, the sisters lived together and worked for their dad. When Holly sees her boyfriend and sister together, it breaks her heart, even more so because Christmas is just around the corner too. Holly retreats to the safety of her eccentric Aunt Clara and her cosy cottage.

Aunt Clara is quite a character who along with her merry band of gin drinking accomplices, sets about to give Holly a much-needed self-esteem boost. As dreaded December arrives for Holly so does a special advent calendar from her Aunt. Each day brings a new challenge for Holly, the first is to ask out a complete stranger.

I must admit that I was quite giddy reading some of these chapters and the challenges that Holly had to take on as it was lovely to see how each day she found another piece of herself that had got lost after her mum died. Of course, it isn’t just about putting her back together how she was, it is giving her confidence to take a leap of faith too into a future she doesn’t yet know.

I really liked that the story just didn’t revolve around Holly as if she was the only one who had challenges to face in life, that it is about being there for other people and helping them through tragic times too. Forgiving, accepting what can’t be changed and being able to move on. The story made me laugh so many times, count my blessings and feel gooey and warm inside.

Brilliant characters, gorgeous setting. Everyone should have an Aunt Clara, she is one special lady!

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager.

Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint recipient of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017. She has had three books published with Bookouture and has another coming out in October 2019.

Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @Donnashc

or visit her at www.donna-writes.co.uk

The Christmas Countdown: The perfect cosy feel good romance by [Ashcroft, Donna]

 

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden @arden_katherine @annecater @EburyPublishing #BlogTour #TheWinterOfTheWitch #literaryfantasy #WinternightTrilogy #RandomThingsTours

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

One girl can make a difference…

Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers – and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic.

Then a vengeful demon returns, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures alike find their fates resting on Vasya’s shoulders.

But she may not be able to save them all.

‘heart-stoppingly good…beautifully written, this adventure shimmers and shines with magic of all kinds. Unmissable.’ Sunday Express

‘If you’re a lover of fairytales you are in for an absolute treat. It’s truly magical’ The Pool

‘Katherine Arden’s Winternight Trilogy isn’t just good―it’s hug-to-your-chest, straight-to-the-favourites-shelf, reread-immediately good, and each book just gets better. ‘Laini Taylor

BUY LINK:

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I have loved all three books in this magical series from first meeting Vasya as an inquisitive young girl that investigated the things she saw and heard that her siblings didn’t, to the brave and captivating woman whose power and wisdom grew with her to bring this trilogy to a magnificent conclusion.

This final book begins where the last book ended, with Moscow engulfed in flames literally by the hands of Vasya. Old enemies have become more powerful and see this as the perfect time to whip up the people into a frenzy of hate and steer it at her. The Bear, twin brother of The Winter King, only has to stand in the shadows and feed on the fear of Vasya and dark thoughts of the mob to enable him to grow stronger. I was reading at an almighty pace with the intensity of the story. Visually bringing it all to life, the shouts and jeers of the mob and the crackling of the flames on the wood as it took hold and raced towards her. Vasya is a skillful fighter but it is her cunning and planning that always gives her the edge.

There are so many directions that this story takes, with my mind having to look at some characters in a new light, one in particular mischievously entertaining, in the darkest of ways but with a playfulness that teases Vasya and the reader. I loved the contrasts of where they lived, one of human and the other of magical creatures that can only be seen by a few. There are many unforgettable characters and creatures in the woods, at the end of the road to Midnight and lurking in the shadows if you have the ability to see them.

I loved one particular chapter that for me is one of the best ever romantic scenes in any book. I was blown away with its intensity and meltdown. Katherine Arden just seems to cover every base possible. The story comes to life in glorious colour with surround sound. Beautiful descriptions with contrasting vivid battles and slaughter. Intense emotions, heartbreak and eternal love, family, loyalty, new alliances, and hope. What a tremendous ending. The whole series is pure perfection that combines facts and fables seamlessly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent her junior year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrolment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crêpes to serving as a personal tour guide. After a year on the island, she moved to Briançon, France, and spent nine months teaching. She then returned to Maui, stayed for nearly a year, then left again to wander. Currently, she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know. She is the author of The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower. These novels make up the first two parts of The Winternight Trilogy.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @arden_katherine

katherinearden.com

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The Last by Hanna Jameson @Hanna_Jameson @PenguinUKBooks #NetGalley #Questions&Answers #BookReview

 

The Last: The breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller that will keep you up all night by [Jameson, Hanna]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

BREAKING: Nuclear weapon detonates over Washington

Historian Jon Keller is on a trip to Switzerland when the world ends. As the lights go out on civilisation, he wishes he had a way of knowing whether his wife, Nadia, and their two daughters are still alive. More than anything, Jon wishes he hadn’t ignored Nadia’s last message.

Twenty people remain in Jon’s hotel. Far from the nearest city and walled in by towering trees, they wait, they survive.

Then one day, the body of a young girl is found. It’s clear she has been murdered. Which means that someone in the hotel is a killer.

As paranoia descends, Jon decides to investigate. But how far is he willing to go in pursuit of justice? And what kind of justice can he hope for, when society as he knows it no longer exists?

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The Last: The breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller that will keep you up all night

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Jon Keller is on a business trip in Switzerland when notifications come through his phone with breaking news that someone has finally pushed the button and a nuclear war has begun. It doesn’t take long to hear that Washington, New York, London, and Berlin have all taken massive hits with millions dead and dying. The world as they knew it had ended. When the skies turn orange historian Jon Keller knows that the trees and vegetation will soon be dead too, There is a massive rush for residents at the hotel situated deep in the woods, to get to the airports and try to get home.

Within a couple of weeks, only 20 guests and employees are left at the hotel after some of the remaining ones have ended their own lives. People from different countries, speaking different languages with fingers that point blame. Questions of ‘who did you vote for?’ In a crisis, people need to blame someone because it can’t be their fault and the real people responsible aren’t around. Keller decides to make a sort of journal for anyone who may find it one day. A record of who is left at the hotel, their thoughts and how they remember what they were doing when the world as they know it ended.

The story takes on a much darker element when the body of a child is found. Keller becomes obsessed with finding out if one of the remaining twenty is a murderer. When supplies are being used and not replenished they have to make a choice. Should a team head for the town to find food and meds?

Oh my, there are some real choice characters in this story, with plenty of rooms to hide what you wouldn’t want someone else to find and Keller is like a child with a stick stirring up a bees nest. You just know that at some point something is going to give. There are many dark avenues in the story, which you need to read yourself. We aren’t too many steps from our ancestors as the will to survive, create life and take it becomes so much easier.

I think that this is the most realistic future for our world that I have read if we were ever to have an all-out nuclear war. It is a pretty scary place, I know I wouldn’t survive.

There is a real uneasy about this story which grows intensely as the group faces more difficult challenges as time passes leading to a brilliant ending. Very disturbing, extremely realistic and ultimately compelling.

I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hanna Jameson

Hanna Jameson’s fourth novel, part murder mystery and part post-apocalyptic thriller – THE LAST – is out now with Viking in the UK and Simon & Schuster-Atria Books in the US. The Last is the story of an American academic searching for the truth about a girl who has been murdered in his Swiss hotel in the aftermath of a nuclear war that has destroyed most of the Western world.

Jameson had written the first draft of her debut, award-nominated novel – SOMETHING YOU ARE – at just seventeen. Something You Are and two further novels in the series – GIRL SEVEN and ROAD KILL – are available now in the UK, Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands.

She lives in London currently, working on screenwriting projects. She likes whiskey, history, and emotionally taxing TV shows.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

I was delighted that author Hanna Jameson was willing to take part in a small question and answer session with me. So very grateful for her in-depth full answers that gave me a feel of her personal views. 

  1. If you could be a character in any book, yours or someone else’s who would you be?

Hermione Granger but instead of marrying Ron (honestly the most undignified conclusion anyone could have imagined for this character) I’d use my unparalleled skills to go off and win the Nobel Prize for sorting out all the world’s problems. Then I’d relax and marry someone better, like Gillian Anderson or Justin Theroux.

2. If you could travel in time would you go to a place in history you could research before you go or into the future you don’t know?

According to scientists, there isn’t much future left due to climate change so gonna have to go with the past. I’d place a few bets and try to avert some terrible things. Also, I’d like to see a few bands live who aren’t around anymore.

3. Do you prefer the book signing side of being an author with fans at events or when you talk on stage with other authors on a topic then take questions from the audience.

I prefer audience Q&A’s, because there is generally more scope for interactions than at signings, when you’re always very aware of other people wanting time and wanting a signature. That being said, because events are timed I always say during Q&As that anyone who doesn’t get to ask a question can just ask me while I’m hanging around afterwards. I’m not averse to questions at all.  I prefer audience Q&As, because there is generally more scope for interactions than at signings, when you’re always very aware of other people wanting time and wanting a signature. That being said, because events are timed I always say during Q&As that anyone who doesn’t get to ask a question can just ask me while I’m hanging around afterwards. I’m not averse to questions at all.  

4. If you could ask one famous person to read your books who would it be?

David Lynch.

5. Do you plan your stories or are they character lead when you begin to write.

To start with, the characters lead the narrative. Then I plan more as I go along.

 

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The Last: The breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller that will keep you up all night by [Jameson, Hanna]

 

This Little Dark Place by A. S. Hatch @andrewshatch @SerpentsTail #ThisLittleDarkPlace #NetGalley #NewRelease #BlogTour

Firstly I wish to thank Rachel Nobilo, Marketing Manager of Profile Books/Serpents Tail for inviting me on the Blog Tour for This Little Dark Place by A. S. Hatch

BOOK DESCRIPTION

How well do you know your girlfriend?

How well do you know your lover?

How well do you know yourself?

Daniel and Victoria are together. They’re trying for a baby. Ruby is in prison, convicted of assault on an abusive partner.

But when Daniel joins a pen pal program for prisoners, he and Ruby make contact. At first the messages are polite, neutral – but soon they find themselves revealing more and more about themselves. Their deepest fears, their darkest desires.

And then, one day, Ruby comes to find Daniel. And now he must decide who to choose – and who to trust.

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This Little Dark Place

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

The story is told in the form of letters to a woman called Lucy, by Daniel who is a very likable character. He is open and honest going way back to when he was much younger up to the point that he falls in love with Victoria and gets married. He is easy going, a little bit too much and supports his beautiful wife in anything she wants to do.

Daniel gets involved with a penpal system where he writes to an inmate in prison called Ruby, who swears that she has been wrongfully convicted of a violent crime. What starts as a basic how are you doing sort of penpal grows into something bigger.

The setting is so very perfect, with the house surrounded by woods tucked away from prying eyes which at times feels safe and inviting but at others a place that made me edgy and vulnerable. This is a cracking story that was simply impossible to guess how it would all end, as it branches so many ways and comes back on its self.

My heckles were up as the story seemed to turn on to unpredictable paths that were impossible to backtrack, as it headed full-on towards a dark and twisty place, perfect reading for the evenings that are drawing in now.

An unusual way to write a story but it worked brilliantly, a super debut from an exciting new author.

I wish to thank the publisher for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Twitter: @andrewshatch

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Silent Sea Chronicles Box Set by Suzanne Rogerson @rogersonsm #epicfantasy #fantasy #BargainBooks #boxset #SpecialOffer

I am delighted to let you know that SILENT SEA CHRONICLES BOX SET by Suzanne Rogerson is NOW available for purchase at an incredible introductory price of only 99p worldwide on Amazon kindle for I whole week. This is an awesome bargain!!!!!!

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Silent Sea Chronicles Box Set

Tei has magic in a world where people like her are persecuted and forced into exile. Whilst fleeing their home, her father is attacked and his deathbed confession reveals a dangerous secret that will change her life forever.

Tei’s homeland, the magical island of Kalaya, is dying and without a Sentinel to restore the magic, it’s only a matter of time before all life is wiped out.

She must join the exiles in the search for the lost Sentinel, but they are not the only ones after the missing guardian. Sinister Masked Riders are on their trail and time is running out.

Tei must risk everything she loves to save Kalaya, but is she ready to make that sacrifice?

This epic fantasy box set contains:

The Lost Sentinel: Silent Sea Chronicles – Book 1

The Sentinel’s Reign: Silent Sea Chronicles – Book 2

The Sentinel’s Alliance: Silent Sea Chronicles – Book 3

1396 pages of magic, adventure and intrigue.

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Praise for Silent Sea Chronicles…

This is a story about war, magic, and destiny, which you cannot miss. Following the characters during their journeys has been incredible… (Goodreads) Sofia – A book. A thought.

Love this series!!… The Sentinel’s Alliance is an epic conclusion to a fantastic series. (Amazon) Jessica Belmont

I have really enjoyed this series and strongly recommend it to those that enjoy fantasy stories… I can’t wait to read more from Suzanne Rogerson. (Goodreads) Jessica Bronder

What an epic journey this trilogy has been…There are some terrific battle scenes, with massive shocks, and mouth dropping moments that I just hadn’t seen coming, all delivered with Rogerson perfection. (Amazon top 1000 reviewer. Vine Voice) Susan Hampson

(The Sentinel’s Alliance) This has been a fantastic finale to the trilogy, it’s had everything that made the first two books to good and then some. All of Suzanne’s brilliant world building skills are still shining through… (Goodreads) KT Robson

Rogerson has managed to craft together a fantasy trilogy that is simultaneously complex and quick. So many layers and twists are woven throughout the books and yet it never feels too heavy, the pace moves at a determined clip and action holds one’s attention captive. (Amazon) Angela – Pooled Ink Reviews

Fabulous Saga… it’s well written and utterly magical! (Amazon) Shelley Clarke

“The Sentinel’s Alliance” The story is skilfully elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a great flow. Suzanne Rogerson introduces each character with finesse… Highly recommended. (Goodreads) Karen.

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The epic fantasy box set will be on sale for £6.99 but for a limited time you can buy it for just 99p worldwide.

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Silent Sea Chronicles Box Set: Epic fantasy trilogy

Here are my 3 blog review links:

https://booksfromdusktilldawn.blog/2017/06/27/the-lost-sentinel-silent-sea-chronicles-book-1-by-suzanne-rogerson-fantasy-rogersonsm/

https://booksfromdusktilldawn.blog/2018/09/07/the-sentinels-reign-silent-sea-chronicles-2-by-suzanne-rogerson-rogersonsm-bookreview-fantasy-silentseachronicles/

https://booksfromdusktilldawn.blog/2019/08/15/the-sentinels-alliance-silent-sea-chronicles-3-by-suzanne-rogerson-rogersonsm-epicfantasy-fantasy-newrelease/

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her husband, two children, a highly strung cat and a crazy puppy.

Her writing journey began at the age of twelve when she completed her first novel. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave Suzanne the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Now an author of four novels including the recently completed Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and a Czech translation of her debut, Visions of Zarua, Suzanne hopes the dreaded ‘W’ word will never rear its ugly head again!

She loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

Suzanne collects books, is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles and old ruins whilst being immersed in the past. She likes to combine her love of nature and photography on family walks, but most of all she loves to escape with a great film, binge watch TV shows, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

OTHER BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR

Visions of Zarua: A standalone epic fantasy

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