#BookReview – One Small Thing by Erin Watt @HQStories #onesmallthing

When I first requested this for review, I had no idea that it was a Young Adult novel, but when it arrived, this by no means put me off.  In fact, the way it is written is rather refreshing as, although the underlying storyline is an upsetting one, it is by no means sinister or disturbing – it is, what it is, if you get me.

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‘Their secret could tear everything apart…

Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died.  Trapped at home by her over-bearing parents Beth needs to get out.  So when she sneaks out to a party and meets the boy everyone’s been talking about she’s shocked by their instant connection, and the part he played in her sister’s death.

A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings become.

Beth has a choice to make – follow the rules, or risk ruining what she cares about most.’

I really enjoyed Beth as a character, although she was a little over-dramatic and infuriating at times.  But, I guess, what teenager isn’t?  All Beth wants is a normal life to get on and study, party when she wants, and be friends with who she pleases.  Her parents put a stop to all of that though, when they find out that Beth has been doing things behind their backs, leading them to not trusting her.  I can definitely see where her parents are coming from, they are just scared of losing her the way they lost Beth’s sister.

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#BlogTour #BookExtract – Stalker by Lisa Stone @AvonBooksUK

blog tour banner-1.png On my Blog today I have a little snippet of the latest book by Lisa Stone (aka Cathy Glass) entitled Stalker.  This is a book that promises to be gripping and full of suspense.  So, if you like a thriller as much as I do, then get adding this to your TBR just like I am.

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‘Paul stifled a smile.

In the two months he’d been working for Derek, Paul had learnt that the company was nowhere near the size his boss liked to pretend – indeed as far as he was aware there was just the two of them. He also knew that as well as being obsessed with good manners and politeness, Derek kept himself to himself, never went out socially and appeared to have no mates. He seemed to live for his work, and was meticulously clean and tidy to ridiculous lengths. Some days Paul felt he’d done nothing but clear up. Derek also liked to work in silence, only breaking it to explain something about the job, or to deliver a lecture. Lectures included the youth of today, lack of respect, the lowlife scum who stole from decent folk, and noise pollution – the latter delivered after Paul had naïvely asked if they could have the radio on as they worked.

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#BlogTour #BookReview – The Chosen Ones by Howard Linskey @MichaelJBooks @HowardLinskey #TheChosenOnes

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What a fabulous, anxiety filled read!  I found myself devouring pages at the speed of light to try and figure out WHAT IS GOING ON!!!???  I loved it, and if you don’t mind a scare, then I reckon you will too…

‘Eva Dunbar wakes in a large metal box.  She has no idea who has taken her.  She has no way out.  She isn’t the first young woman to disappear.  And with no leads Detective Ian Bradshaw has precious little time.

When at last a body is found, the police hope the tragic discovery might at least provide a clue that will help them finally find the kidnapper.

But then they identify the body – and realise the case is more twisted than they ever imagined…’

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#BlogTour #BookReview – Her Mother’s Secret by Rosanna Ley @QuercusBooks @annecater @RosannaLey #RandomThingsTours

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I love reading the works of an experienced writer as you get a real sense of what they are trying to achieve through their imagination, and with Rosanna Ley there is no exception.  What you see is what you get – a well thought out storyline with hidden depths, complex characters and beautiful settings.  What more could you want?

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#BlogTour #BookReview – Relight my Fire by Joanna Bolouri @QuercusBooks @AnaBooks @scribbles78 #RelightmyFire

If you love a laugh-a-minute, energetic read then Bolouri’s tale based on pretty much modern day life for parents, is definitely the one for you.  With cheeky thrills and an easy to follow diary layout, Bolouri will have you eating out of the palm of her hand as she pulls you into the hilarious world of Phoebe.

51BklsfUxWL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_‘When Phoebe and Oliver had their happy ending, they thought the hard part was over.  And now, with a five year old daughter, they are far from the blissful hedonistic lifestyle of when they first started dating.

Not one for giving up, Phoebe creates a sexy wishlist: a jar where they can ask the other for anything they’ve ever wanted in bed – or out of it.  But with distractions aplenty, will they be able to relight the fire in the bedroom?’

Phoebe is a real character and Bolouri’s hilarious sense of humour really shines through in her.  Modern day issues are used in a way that lightness is brought to the table, you know, so that nothing is taken too seriously, but the problems are there and need to be dealt with in order that both Phoebe and Oliver can continue with their lives together happily.

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#BookReview – Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager @riley_sager @EburyPublishing

Wow-ee! I have literally just finished it as I type, and that ending has sent shivers down my spine.  Riley Sager you are a genius, I raced through it and loved how it has a whole R.L.Stine ‘goosebumps’ feel to it, but for adults, obviously.

51wRy2-KwUL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_‘Have you ever played two truths and a lie?

Emma has.  Her first summer away from home, she learned how to play the game.  And she learned how to lie.

Then three of her new friends went into the woods and never returned…

Now, years later, Emma has been asked to go back to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale.  She thinks she’s laying old ghosts to rest but really she’s returning to the scene of a crime.

Because Emma’s innocence might be the biggest lie of all…’

I loved the whole back and forth, who did what, guessing game… and every time I thought the pieces had fallen into place, Riley changes tact and blows it all up again.  The creative characters make this an incredibly easy read, and the flow of the storyline is perfect with the way we weave in and out of each time zone, from present day to fifteen-years-ago, which zests things up a bit and makes it fun.

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