Monday, 19 February 2018

#BookReview ~ Home by Harlan Coben

Home by Harlan Coben was my third best read of 2017, so I'm posting a quick review on it for you. Let's start with the cover and blurb:


Ten years after the high-profile kidnapping of two young boys, only one returns home.

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager.

Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: What can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend? 

Harlan Coben delivers a thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home.


Review


Home is the 11th book in the Myron Bolitar series, my favourite crime series of all time. So, of course I'd been itching to get my hands on it, especially since I read a little preview of it in Fool Me Once, by the same author (though not from the Myron Bolitar series), earlier this year.

If you're interested in my review of Fool Me Once, you can find it in my March Wrap-Up post.

A little background on this bestselling series:

Myron Bolitar is a sports agent that also ends up investigating and solving crimes, from murders and missing persons to entrapment of dangerous gangsters. He has a great sidekick/best friend that helps him out, who is one of my favourite thriller characters ever. His name is Win Lockwood, short for Windsor Horne Lockwood III, but don't be fooled by the title ~ Win is a serious badass.

But things have changed quite a bit now, 11 books into the series, so I was eager to see how everything turned out.


My Rating: 5-stars


This was only my second 5-star rating in 2017. It. Was. That. Good. And I've read some pretty good books that year. The mystery that had to be solved in this book was so cleverly crafted, so well executed, and of course, pulled at the heartstrings, too. That's one of the things that sets apart Harlan Coben's crime thrillers from the rest ~ the emotion, the heart.

And not to mention the wit and comedy, the amazing chemistry between Myron and his friends, particularly Win.

Ah, Win.

Love this character. I don't think I'd find it easy to love Win as a person in real life ~ on paper, he has a lot of issues and faults and makes some decisions that most people would disapprove of and frown upon, including me. But as fictional characters go, he is one of my favourites and one of the best I've ever read. I don't think every lead character or sidekick has to be likeable and be a good role model, as long as they're well developed and make for an entertaining read. Win is definitely that.

I so loved the ending scene in this book, and I wish I could discuss it with you, but I can't. All I will say is that if you haven't started this series yet, do it. What are you waiting for? Get it from here.

Thank you for reading this post. If you're interested in my debut novel, Chasing Pavements (Soulmates Saga, Book 1) click here to learn more about it.


Like all my other books, it's also available on:
iBooks   |   B&N Nook   |   Kobo |   Smashwords 

Book Details
Length: 110,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Clean Romance / Diverse Romance / Interracial Romance / Romantic Drama / Women’s Fiction

Mood: Inspirational / Feel Good / Coming of Age / Dark
Content: Sexy but No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: New Adult & College / Adult / Female Readers

Recommended for: Readers that enjoy romance novels with serious issues and characters with depth. This is a story about life, love, friendship, family, music, art, destiny and soul mates.


And the first two books in my teen urban fantasy/YA paranormal romance series, the Poison Blood series, can be downloaded for free via:

Amazon US|  Amazon UK|   iBooks US UK   |   B&N Nook Store   |   Smashwords






PB1 Book Details
Length: 29,000 words
GenreYA Paranormal Romance / Teen Vampire Romance / Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy / Teen & YA Urban Fantasy / Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy / Supernatural Romance / Fantasy Romance
Mood: Dark / Humorous / Coming of age
Content: No violence / No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: Teen / Young Adult / New Adult / Adult
Recommended for: Readers that love all things related to the Chosen One, vampires, slayers and witches!



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Monday, 12 February 2018

#BookReview ~ To All The Boys I've Loved Before Series by Jenny Han

In July 2017, I read To All The Boys I've Loved Before (To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han and it became one of my favourite books of the year. And a series that I re-read a few times in 2017. So, I'm posting a quick review on the series.

First up, the cover for book 1 and the short blurb:

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. The letters are for her eyes only. Until the day they are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

REVIEW

Don't be fooled by the short and sweet blurb, though. There's more to this series than that!

Normally, a book cover like this wouldn't appeal to me, though I quite love it now, and when I saw it at my library, I picked this up only because I'd heard good things about it on BookTube. 


My Rating: 4-stars


It's a sweet, sweet YA contemporary romance novel which I finished in two sittings! It's not a tiny book but the writing is so clean and the narrative so easy to follow that I was addicted. Lara Jean's relationships with her two sisters and widower dad is so cute and her love for baking is so endearing. 

I enjoyed this book so much that I went and downloaded the entire trilogy on my iPhone straight after reading book 1 (I didn't think my library would have the other two books in the series, especially not the recently released book 3, and I just couldn't wait to find out what happened next) and I re-read book 1 as well! That's how much I loved this book. I haven't done that in a long, long time, where I've read a library book (or a free series opener) and then downloaded the follow-up novels.

I just loved everything about the first book ~ so cute and sweet and addictive ~ and I'll go as far as saying, having read the other two books in under two days, that this is probably the sweetest YA series I've ever read. I don't read a lot of sweet romances, but still :)

Though my fave is book 1, I rated both book 2 (P.S. I Still Love You) and book 3 (Always and Forever, Lara Jean) 4-stars also. And I re-read the whole series a few times in 2017!

If you read YA contemporary romance and haven't read this series yet ~ Why not? Do it now. It's that good!

The covers for the other books are below:




Thank you for reading this post. If you're interested in my debut novel, Chasing Pavements (Soulmates Saga, Book 1) click here to learn more about it.


Like all my other books, it's also available on:
iBooks   |   B&N Nook   |   Kobo |   Smashwords 

Book Details
Length: 110,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Clean Romance / Diverse Romance / Interracial Romance / Romantic Drama / Women’s Fiction

Mood: Inspirational / Feel Good / Coming of Age / Dark
Content: Sexy but No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: New Adult & College / Adult / Female Readers

Recommended for: Readers that enjoy romance novels with serious issues and characters with depth. This is a story about life, love, friendship, family, music, art, destiny and soul mates.


And the first two books in my teen urban fantasy/YA paranormal romance series, the Poison Blood series, can be downloaded for free via:

Amazon US|  Amazon UK|   iBooks US UK   |   B&N Nook Store   |   Smashwords






PB1 Book Details
Length: 29,000 words
GenreYA Paranormal Romance / Teen Vampire Romance / Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy / Teen & YA Urban Fantasy / Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy / Supernatural Romance / Fantasy Romance
Mood: Dark / Humorous / Coming of age
Content: No violence / No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: Teen / Young Adult / New Adult / Adult
Recommended for: Readers that love all things related to the Chosen One, vampires, slayers and witches!



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Monday, 5 February 2018

#BookReview ~ Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver

The first two books in the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver were two of my favourite reads in 2017, so I thought I'd post quick reviews of these books for you.

I read in Delirium in May 2017; here's the cover and blurb:

In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure.

Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn't about to make the same mistake.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the "Wilds" who lives under the government's radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

REVIEW

I saw this book in my local library and picked it up because I'd heard good things about it on BookTube. I started this YA dystopian novel with a sigh though, and a heavy heart, knowing for sure that I wouldn't be able to make it past the first few chapters due to The Reading Slump I'd been suffering from during May 2017. 

Luckily, after the first 3 or 4 chapters (they were reasonably short ones), I was hooked and looked forward to picking it up each time I put it down to go to sleep or run some errand.

My Rating: 4-stars

Oh, this book was so good. It's the first in a trilogy and I knew I'd be on the look-out for the sequels when I next visited my library. The writing style, the characters, the romance and the dystopian setting was really good. The concept ~ that love is an actual disease, an illness that can be cured ~ was so interesting and captivating. The main character has the makings of a great heroine and didn't start off as the typical rebel-in-the-making, so that was refreshing.

I know a lot of readers hated the ending and rated the book down for it, but I won't. I'm a firm believer that there's a reason for everything, especially in fiction, so I'm going to assume the ending was necessary and key to how the series progresses. I would definitely recommend this if you're into YA dystopia. Or dystopia in general.

In September 2017, I was happy to see the sequel, Pandemonium in my local library and snagged it immediately.


I was really excited to see what happened in Pandemonium, especially after the heart-stopping ending to Book 1.

My Rating for Pandemonium: 4-stars

I enjoyed this sequel as much as the first book. It's structured differently to Book 1, and I liked this format as much as the structure of the first book. 

This book is definitely more fast-paced, as you'd expect in a sequel, because you've already gotten to know the characters' back-story and personality pretty well in the series starter.

The writing is just as good, there's character development and change, twists and turns... I kept reaching for the book whenever I had to put it down to do something else.

Highly, highly recommend this series if you read YA/teen fiction or dystopia. I cannot wait for the series finale!


Thank you for reading this post. If you're interested in my debut novel, Chasing Pavements (Soulmates Saga, Book 1) click here to learn more about it.


Like all my other books, it's also available on:
iBooks   |   B&N Nook   |   Kobo |   Smashwords 

Book Details
Length: 110,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Clean Romance / Diverse Romance / Interracial Romance / Romantic Drama / Women’s Fiction

Mood: Inspirational / Feel Good / Coming of Age / Dark
Content: Sexy but No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: New Adult & College / Adult / Female Readers

Recommended for: Readers that enjoy romance novels with serious issues and characters with depth. This is a story about life, love, friendship, family, music, art, destiny and soul mates.


And the first two books in my teen urban fantasy/YA paranormal romance series, the Poison Blood series, can be downloaded for free via:

Amazon US|  Amazon UK|   iBooks US UK   |   B&N Nook Store   |   Smashwords






PB1 Book Details
Length: 29,000 words
GenreYA Paranormal Romance / Teen Vampire Romance / Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy / Teen & YA Urban Fantasy / Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy / Supernatural Romance / Fantasy Romance
Mood: Dark / Humorous / Coming of age
Content: No violence / No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: Teen / Young Adult / New Adult / Adult
Recommended for: Readers that love all things related to the Chosen One, vampires, slayers and witches!



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Monday, 29 January 2018

#BookReview ~ The 5th Wave Trilogy by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave trilogy by Rick Yancey included my second favourite book of 2017 (The Last Star, The 5th Wave #3) and the series was one of the best I finished reading in 2017. Therefore, I thought I'd post a quick review on the series.

First up, the cover of Book 1, and its blurb:


After the 1st wave, only darkness remains.

After the 2nd, only the lucky escape.

And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive.

After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.


Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself.

But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Check it out on Amazon here.


My Short and Snappy Review


Before I picked up this series from my local library, I'd heard that readers were divided when it came to this teen/YA dystopian series. That it was a love it or hate it type trilogy. But reading it, albeit with low expectations based on this hearsay, I really couldn't see why it was labelled as such.

I'm in the group that loves it. I enjoyed the first book (I gave The 5th Wave 3-stars), despite dystopia/alien invasion stories not being a favourite of mine, and the series got better and better. I gave 4-stars to Book 2, The Infinite Sea and 5-stars to the finale, The Last Star).

The writing was great and there were plenty of twists-and-turns, as well as some really sweet romantic moments. If you like teen dystopia, give this a go; it might just surprise you.



Thank you for reading this post. If you're interested in my debut novel, Chasing Pavements (Soulmates Saga, Book 1) click here to learn more about it.


Like all my other books, it's also available on:
iBooks   |   B&N Nook   |   Kobo |   Smashwords 

Book Details
Length: 110,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Clean Romance / Diverse Romance / Interracial Romance / Romantic Drama / Women’s Fiction

Mood: Inspirational / Feel Good / Coming of Age / Dark
Content: Sexy but No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: New Adult & College / Adult / Female Readers

Recommended for: Readers that enjoy romance novels with serious issues and characters with depth. This is a story about life, love, friendship, family, music, art, destiny and soul mates.


And the first two books in my teen urban fantasy/YA paranormal romance series, the Poison Blood series, can be downloaded for free via:

Amazon US|  Amazon UK|   iBooks US UK   |   B&N Nook Store   |   Smashwords






PB1 Book Details
Length: 29,000 words
GenreYA Paranormal Romance / Teen Vampire Romance / Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy / Teen & YA Urban Fantasy / Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy / Supernatural Romance / Fantasy Romance
Mood: Dark / Humorous / Coming of age
Content: No violence / No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: Teen / Young Adult / New Adult / Adult
Recommended for: Readers that love all things related to the Chosen One, vampires, slayers and witches!



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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Hello and Thanks for dropping by :)

I'm currently on maternity leave, with little or no time to blog, Tweet or Instagram. At least not on a regular basis, anyway.

So, instead of you landing on a post that's a few weeks (or months) old, I thought I'd use this out of office-type message to point out that your visit to this page can still be worthwhile. Have a look around; I'm sure you'll find something interesting :)

If you'd like to know a little more about me, I've written some articles on my personal experiences and how they've influenced my writing and publishing journey. Check out the 'Confessions of an #IndieAuthor' tab for these posts.

For authors/writers:
I have a group of posts aimed at you, with tips and advice on writing, publishing and marketing. You'll find these under the 'For Authors' tab.

For readers:
I write both contemporary romance and urban fantasy. I have two complete series ready for you to check out, which I will list below. Click on the book titles if you're interested in learning more about my books.

1. Contemporary Romance:
Soulmates Saga




2. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance:
Poison Blood Series

The first two books in this series are free to download from your favourite e-book store!



I also have another contemporary romance novel, If I Say Yes (Love & Alternatives #1), so check that out for FREE:

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Chasing Pavements Book Details:
Length: 110,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Clean Romance / Diverse Romance / Interracial Romance / Romantic Drama / Women’s Fiction
Mood: Inspirational / Feel Good / Coming of Age / Dark
Content: Sexy but No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: New Adult & College / Adult / Female Readers

Recommended for: Readers that enjoy romance novels with serious issues and characters with depth. This is a story about life, love, friendship, family, music, art, destiny and soul mates.


Poison Blood, Book 1 Details:
Length: 29,000 words
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Vampire Romance / Paranormal Fantasy / Urban Fantasy / Science Fiction & Fantasy
Mood: Dark / Humorous / Coming of age
Content: No violence / No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: Teen / Young Adult / New Adult / Adult

Recommended for: Readers that love all things vampires, slayers and witches!


If I Say Yes Book Details:
Length: A 100,000-word contemporary romance novel with added bonus content
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Clean Romance / Diverse Romance / Interracial Romance / Light Hearted Romance / Modern Day Love Story / Chick-Lit / Contemporary Women’s Fiction / Wedding Fiction
Mood: Inspirational / Feel Good / Funny
Content: Sexy but No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: New Adult & College / Adult / Female Readers

Recommended for: Readers that enjoy novels by Cecilia Ahern, Jojo Moyes, Giovanna Fletcher etc., and books such as the Wedding Pact Series.