I was expecting good things from this book when I started it, but never expected it to be as good as it was!
We meet George who is a loveable father fi...moreI was expecting good things from this book when I started it, but never expected it to be as good as it was!
We meet George who is a loveable father figure who is just a little eccentric, and his wife Shelia and daughter Sam. They are a fairly typical family with their fair share of dysfunctional attributes! George, the downtrodden husband finds an old radio that he starts tinkering around with while his wife and daughter go out and have fun while he looks after his grand daughter. The tinkering becomes a bit more than that when he and the radio become inseparable and it becomes the most important thing in his life.
Some parts of the book had me laughing out loud, most had me chuckling, but some bits were desperately sad. The book was fabulously written and it was a real pleasure to read. It's easy going style and good pace kept me gripped and I finished the whole thing in a day. I'd love to read more about George and his family, and a little birdie had told me that there is more to come.
A fantastic book which is comparable to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Lost and Found. You should all go and buy it now!!(less)
This story is a real keep you on the edge of your seat thriller that is that clever you aren't re...moreOriginal review at Reading in Progress
Wow, just wow.
This story is a real keep you on the edge of your seat thriller that is that clever you aren't really sure why you are on the edge of your chair, but just know that something isn't right! It is fast paced, exciting and actually, for most of the story, is the picture of normality, with just a sense of what is to come.
Emily Coleman runs away to London. We don't know why, we just know she does and that she is leaving her family behind. When she gets there, she builds a new life for herself and makes new friends. The main story is intertwined with a number of stories explaining how we got to today, with one large piece missing until the last part of the book.
The book is separated into three parts with short chapters within each part. From about half way through the second part I was frantically trying to stay awake to keep reading because the twists just kept coming.
There is no way that you can guess how it ends. Or for that matter how it begins!
Comparable with S. J. Watson's excellent Before I Go To Sleep.
This book is the third book that up and coming indie author Jaimie Admans has published in the last 6 months, an...moreOriginal review at Reading in Progress
This book is the third book that up and coming indie author Jaimie Admans has published in the last 6 months, and boy is it a cracker.
To be honest I was expecting your average young adult slightly paranormal romance. But I was pleasantly surprised!! The storyline of this book is so original and every detail is well thought through and the imagery is brilliant.
I found it hard to put the book down and read it everwhere when I was reading it, in my favourite coffee shop, in bed, whilst eating my tea and even on the break of a training course! I would definitely recommend this book for a fun read that has a bit of the paranormal, some romance and is still well written.
I would like to see this book made into a series as I liked the characters and think a lot more could be made of them, particularly Riley and Narcissa.
All in all, another excellent book from a very talented indie author! (less)
I requested this book from Netgalley as it seemed to be right up my street. And I was not disappointed.
We follow the main character as he embarks on a days release from the mental ward where he is currently staying following a breakdown. We get to meet a variety of characters on the ward, plan his journey with him and get out onto the mean streets of New York. More importantly, we get to feel his feelings, ride the emotional rollercoaster that he does and understand what caused the breakdown and irrational thoughts.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was sensitively handled without feeling as if it was walking on eggshells and gave a real insight into the irrational thoughts that often accompany a range of mental illnesses. Some parts of the book were really quite funny and others were heartbreakingly sad. The characters were all very human and parts of the storyline kept me guessing.
I will definitely seek out more from this author. (less)
What can I say? I was drawn to this book by the cover, and we all love a geek (especially if you are one like me...moreOriginal review at Reading in Progress
What can I say? I was drawn to this book by the cover, and we all love a geek (especially if you are one like me!) and had to give it a go.
It was a quick, fun read and had more substance to it than I was expecting. The main character Harriet reminded me of myself as a teenager as she was a social outcast who couldn't do or say the right thing at the right time, but was very brainy. Although I have to say that the similarities to my own youth stopped at the modelling contract!
Some parts of the book were laugh out loud funny, particularly when Harriet was getting into the world of modelling. I loved that it was a book about the geeky girl who did well in an unexpected way, and was a teeny bit jealous that I hadn't had the same opportunities!
I liked the style of writing for this book and hope that this isn't the last we see of Harriet Manners. I will also be seeking out more of Holly Smale's work in future.
A great book, for both adult and young adult readers. (less)
Well, what can I say? This book was just great! The characters are brilliant, the story was well paced and engag...moreOriginal review at Reading in Progress
Well, what can I say? This book was just great! The characters are brilliant, the story was well paced and engaging and it is a great love story without being cheesy or too soppy.
The story follows Don Tillman on his quest to find his perfect woman and we get to join him on the adventures he has on the journey. He is very set in his ways and finds social situations difficult, but we see him grow both in confidence and as a person throughout this book.
It is both funny and super cute in places. I also liked that this book is set in Australia as I haven't come across many (if any!) books set down under.
The one criticism I have of the book is that I would have liked to know a little bit more about Don and the reasons he behaved the way he did. Some things are alluded to, but no detail is given and are skimmed over slightly. On the other hand, this is the mark of a good character as I really cared about him and wanted to know a lot more.
A great book and highly recommended as a well written feel good story. (less)