Blog Tour Book Review: The Good Kind of Bad

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Title: The Good Kind of Bad
Author: Rita Brassington
Published: 28th November 2015
Publisher: Rita Brassington!

I am thrilled to be part of this blog tour and to share my review for a fabulous read.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Secrets don’t stay secret for long…

She spent her whole life being the perfect daughter, the perfect girlfriend, and was all ready to become the perfect wife.

But after ditching her fiancé at the altar and escaping to Chicago, she marries smouldering stranger Joe Petrozzi three weeks after meeting him in a bar. At least this time, there’s no chance of cold feet.

Married life starts out great: there’s the new job, a gorgeous, enigmatic husband and money’s not an issue.

So what if she’s kept a few secrets from Joe – like where all her money came from. Joe’s been keeping secrets from her, too.

But his might just get her killed.

Intriguing, fast-paced, shocking and full of suspense. This story packs a punch… and then some!

Layers of depth to the characters, I was hooked from the get go falling in to (the new!) Mrs Petrozzi’s world and feeling as though I were personally travelling alongside her getting to know the mysterious Joe Petrozzi after a whirlwind wedding! I genuinely couldn’t guess where the plot was taking me and there’s something magical about letting yourself just get absolutely lost in a really good book.

Rita is a clever, skillful writer and got me good with the twists and turns – I got those great shock moments and this is one of those books where at the time of reading I was constantly talking about it to everyone around me (if it takes me by surprise I just have to tell someone about it!). Ultimately the sign of great writing and I can imagine this being made into a FAB film.

Original, interesting and some moving themes covered. Domestic violence and mental health was dealt with sensitively and felt incredibly realistic; I was on the absolute edge of my seat during the final chapters.

I’ll most certainly be on the lookout for what Rita releases next!

Rating:

four stars

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Book Review: Baby Doll

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Title: Baby Doll
Author: Hollie Overton
To Be Published: 12th July 2016
Publisher: Random House UK, Cornerstone

Many thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

You’ve been held captive in one room, mentally and physically abused every day, since you were sixteen years old.

Then, one night, you realize your captor has left the door to your cell unlocked.

For the first time in eight years, you’re free.

This is about what happens next …

Lily knows that she must bring the man who nearly ruined her life – her good-looking high-school teacher – to justice. But she never imagined that reconnecting with her family would be just as difficult. Reclaiming her relationship with her twin sister, her mother, and her high school sweetheart who is in love with her sister may be Lily’s greatest challenge. After all they’ve been through, can Lily and her family find their way back after this life-altering trauma?

Can I give this six stars? An emotional, poignant and powerful read. I thought it was so interesting that the story starts after Lily’s escape from her confinement. The relationships are well developed between the characters, I was full invested and deeply moved by Lily’s journey to return to some kind of ‘norm’. Lily is a fighter and so well written this is one of my favourite reads of 2016 so far.

I felt absolutely savage towards Rick and he is the scariest type of monster out there with the way he presents himself and what goes on behind closed doors. My heart was in my mouth at points and the way the story is told is absolutely riveting.

The relationship between Lily and her twin sister Abby is heart-warming, and so genuine as Hollie Overton is a twin herself. I was moved to tears reading about their first reunion and I was particularly hit by the struggle Abby had been through missing her sister for so many years with no idea what had taken her away.

I have to say Abby is my favourite character, with her fierce passion and fiery personality – I could picture her so clearly and her fragile state of mind was poured out to me with such emotion that I have to commend Overton for her fantastic writing skills.

By the end of the book I was left feeling so lucky to be part of a loving family and especially grateful for my three older sisters who I know I have a strong bond with. The sign of a fantastic book is one that you think about long after you have finished reading that final page.

Rating:

five stars

200 Followers!

I am THRILLED to say I now have 200 fantastic followers! Thank you all and a special thank you to the official 200th Rebecca at Bibliogalblog. Smiles and fake tache’s all round!

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I absolutely love blogging and unfortunately had a less active April due to other commitments. I am on holiday in Croatia next week (yay, I get to see some cool Game of Thrones locations!) then I’ll be back and posting much more regularly.

Some of my planned holiday reads….

Has anyone read these? Or do you have any recommendations for me? 🙂

Book Review: The Silent Twin

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Title:
The Silent Twin
Author: Caroline Mitchell
To Be Published: 14th April 2016
Publisher: Bookouture

Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …

Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.

Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.

A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?

I was absolutely hooked right from the very start.  An interesting plot and I really enjoyed the supernatural twist. You seamlessly get pulled in to each character so you feel like you know them really well… but be prepared that nothing is ever as it first appears to be!

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Complex, dark and utterly compelling. It takes a skilled writer to capture emotion so perfectly, with action that effortlessly flew me from start to finish I can’t remember the last time I read a book so quickly! DC Jennifer Knight is a fantastic character, so likeable as I understood her caring nature and happily traveled alongside her as she tried to fit misshapen jigsaw pieces together to find Abigail. This book contains some seriously edge-of-your-seat stuff… be prepared for the ride!

The only reason I have given 4 instead of 5 stars is that I was DESPERATE for there to have been more depth to the paranormal angle as it was soooo intriguing!

Let me know what you thought of the book! Did you love the paranormal slant?

Rating:

four stars

TBR List March/April

Wow I have a lot of amazing books to read over the end of March and spilling into April! After a very busy couple of months am desperately trying to salvage some reading time!

Some of my most looked forward to reading:
In Too Deep – Samantha Hayes
The Missing – C.L.Taylor
The Last One – Alexandra Oliva
The Good Mother – A.L.Bird


I’ve just started reading David Videcette’s The Theseus Paradox, a crime thriller based on the London 7/7 bombings of 2005. David is a former Scotland Yard investigator who worked on the London bombings and I cannot wait to read and review this – the reviews I’ve seen so far have been absolutely outstanding!

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Any of these on your reading list? Or if you’ve already read these let me know which one I should go for next after The Theseus Paradox!

Book Review: The Girl in the Ice

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Title: The Girl in the Ice
Author: Robert Bryndza
Published: 12th February 2016
Publisher: Bookouture

Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

Fantastic debut in a new police procedural series. Mysterious, dramatic and absolutely gripping. DCI Erika Foster is such a brilliant character; her back-story had me hooked and I rooted for her with her investigation – Bryndza is a hugely talented writer. In fact, I would happily read a prequel of this book to find out more about Erika’s past and what actually happened with the investigation that went wrong and led to the death of her husband.

The twist at the end took me by complete surprise and don’t you just love it when a book can do that? (And I’m usually so suspicious of everyone at some point I get on the right track to guessing the end). I had fun pointing the finger at a number of characters throughout and the plot is terrific, you are pulled in from the get go desperate to know what vicious creature is responsible for the girl in the ice.

Descriptive writing was absolutely nailed to make you feel as though you are there when the bodies are found, I could literally feel my heart pounding at so many moments. If you are a fan of police procedural thrillers I promise that The Girl in the Ice will not disappoint.

Bryndza is currently writing the next novel ‘The Night Stalker’ and I cannot wait to read it!

Rating:
five stars

Indie Book Review: The Pharaoh’s Cat

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Title: The Pharaoh’s Cat
Author: Maria Luisa Lang
Publisher: Self-published
Published: 16th May 2015

Many thanks to author Maria Luisa Lang for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A well-paced, light-hearted and wonderfully unique story which includes a touch of interesting Egyptian history.

Wrappa-Hamen, feline narrator of The Pharaoh’s Cat, is a stray cat who is gifted with the power of speech and the ability to walk like a human. He befriends the lonely Pharaoh of Egypt, a seventeen year old who hasn’t laughed since his parents’ death. The Pharaoh is overjoyed to meet Wrappa-Hamen and brings him back to live alongside him at the royal palace.

The plot moves along well, flowing nicely through adventures which seem to follow Wrappa-Hamen around like a bad smell and his character certainly doesn’t get boring! He is an eclectic mix of sassy, mischievous and hilarious.

‘He points to a spot under a sycamore tree. “This is my favourite place.”
The Pharaoh and I have the same taste–I’ve peed against this tree.’

If you are a cat lover, this is the book for you!

I would like to have been able to delve a bit deeper in to the world of Egyptian mythology as the bits that were covered in the book were so interesting I was left wanting more.

Imaginative and gave me some real belly laugh moments.

Rating:
four stars