I do love a good paranormal romance and having read one of Jeaniene Frost’s books before I put this on my wish list a while ago hoping that it would bI do love a good paranormal romance and having read one of Jeaniene Frost’s books before I put this on my wish list a while ago hoping that it would be as good as the other book. I went into the book with an open mind as it is the first of a series. I was hooked from Chapter one and I had only ‘met’ Leila at that point, because of an accident she had as a teenager she can’t touch people. One touch and they are practically fried, unless she has drained herself beforehand, which means Leila has been very lonely on the romance front. She has a great friend called Marty, he is like a father to her and he can tolerate her electric shocks as he is a vampire. Leila also has another ability, which is quite horrifying for her, if she touches someone she can find out their darkest sin like she is living it.
She is kidnapped because of this ability by a bunch of vampires, they want her to use her abilities to track down Vladimir Tepesh which she does eventually but she knows she will be killed once they have what they want and then the real story begins.
Wow just wow, Leila is such a strong woman which given what she has been through is no surprise but Vlad is just something else, he is hot! He is someone you know is totally bad for you but you cannot help but want more.
The book was written from Leila’s point of view and as it is an adult read there is sexual content as well as some gore?! But it was all in place and not just thrown in to the book as filler.
I think Jeaniene done a fabulous job of describing every scene, especially when Leila was looking to the past, present and future but the way Vlad’s home, how big, the decor everything. Even travelling towards Vlad’s home was very well described.
This book kept me hooked, I felt like I was inside it and there were many times I would gasp or fear for what might happen next. And yes there was even the famous neck biting!
Who doesn’t love a good vampire read?
I want to say that after reading this book I did a search about the real Vlad and found out that a lot of what was written in the book is factually correct with some little twists as well.
I cannot wait to read the second book in the series....more
I read I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh and really enjoyed it so it was inevitable that I was going to read her new book soon after it was released. II read I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh and really enjoyed it so it was inevitable that I was going to read her new book soon after it was released. I am so glad I did.
The books main character is Zoe Walker and flips between her and PC Kelly Swift who also plays a big part in the book, there is also a page or two after every few chapters with the website owner’s twisted point of view.
Zoe commutes to work via the London Underground, she takes the same route every day as do many other ladies. Just by chance she looks at a local London newspaper from front to back and comes across the classifieds, not really looking for anything, just flicking though and spots a photo of herself, with a website and phone number attached. The website leads to a blank page with a box for a password in the centre of the screen. The phone number does not work.
She didn’t put her photo in there, is it even her photo or someone that looks very similar to her? She doesn’t know but has a gut feeling it is her. She shows her family the advert and they tell her that it is probably someone that looks like her too and brushes it off. Zoe is not convinced though and after a woman gets murdered she digs into it more, discovering that the victim’s photo was also in the same classifieds a few days before. She finds a stack of newspapers from various days before and checks the classifieds, different day a different woman. The problem is these women are all starting to have things happen to them.
But is Zoe just being paranoid? Of course she isn’t even though the police kind of brush her off to start with. PC Kelly Swift gets involved as there are links to the paper photos and the murders and other nasty things that have happened and later joins the MIT team just for this one case.
They manage to crack the password but it isn’t that easy, someone seems to be getting information that the police are on their tail and quickly removes the police account to the website. When they do finally get in, they are sent on a wild goose chase trying to find the person behind the website. In th mean time more things are happening and Zoe is getting more worried about what is going on, worried about her safety, and who may be following her but also worried for her daughter Katie who also travels via the London Underground to get to work. She is worrying more and more each day. It goes from one possibility to the next, it is chilling.
This is an absolutely fantastic book to read, especially if you like psychological crime thrillers/suspense’s as you will be kept on the end of your seat until the very end. Just when you think you have the person behind the website, you realise you were very wrong. When the person behind it is revealed I warn you, you will be in for a huge shock.
The book flowed well, I was absolutely hooked and could not put it down, just one more chapter I would say to myself and an hour later I would still be reading it. I really liked Zoe’s character, I could relate to her, with the niggling feeling at the back of her mind. I also liked PC Kelly Swift, she was a determined, dedicated police officer and although things happened in the past she was trying so hard to build her career back up, to be trusted again and I think it finally worked after this case.
There is some violence towards the end, but it needed to be there for obvious reasons which you will discover when reading it and lots of twists and turns. I think this book certainly proves you cannot trust anyone.
The ending has been left open so there may be a sequel in the works. I do hope so!...more
I was excited to receive Goodnight Spaceman as it will be my son’s first book, okay so he is not 2 yet, he is only 4.5 months old but reading is suchI was excited to receive Goodnight Spaceman as it will be my son’s first book, okay so he is not 2 yet, he is only 4.5 months old but reading is such an important thing for me and I wanted to start reading to him very early on.
This book is a great bedtime book for children, boys and girls. It is a quick read with only 32 pages and has just a few words on each page making it a great starter book for children when they learn to read themselves too.
The illustrations are fantastic and colourful which captures children instantly, the words are big and it is a lovely little story.
My son actually loves me reading this to him; he gets rather excited flailing his legs about with glee.
There is also a CD with the book, which is read by ESA Astronaut Tim Peake which is absolutely amazing.
What is even more fascinating is that it is the first ever bedtime story to be recorded in SPACE! And with Tim Peake being practically a superstar amongst young boys at the moment, inspiring them to get their rockets and spaceship toys out and play with them and maybe even inspiring them to become astronauts when they are older it is a must read.
I would definitely recommend it, my son loves it and I am sure when he learns to read he will be reading it himself too....more
The Witch’s List is the first part of a trilogy, the main character is Sandy Beech (great name) and he tells of his time at school and what happens wiThe Witch’s List is the first part of a trilogy, the main character is Sandy Beech (great name) and he tells of his time at school and what happens with a certain book him and his friend come across at the library at school. It then describes his fun times before college, the love of his life and how poorly that ended up. Then when he is at university he meets a nun called Bernadette who warns him and basically tells him to stick with good Scottish lass as African women are dangerous. There is a twist on what happens when he visits Bernadette though and it quite spooky. Anyway while at Uni he has the option to do an exchange and do a year in France. He has fun as all young lads do but having fun lands him in trouble a few times along the way. He is still drawn to African women and eventually meets and marries Rocky (another great name especially once married Rocky Beech).
Their actual wedding was quite a funny thing to read but after a few years the strains were showing and they decide to visit the Ivory Coast to visit Rocky’s family.
Strange things start happening at every location they visit which I didn’t really put two and two together at first. Not until the very end where I was left open mouthed, hoping that the next book would be available sooner rather than later so I can read what happens next.
Let’s put it this way, apart from a few mentions of a Witch’s List I thought I was reading the wrong book as nothing really happened with it, it was just mentioned. But it wasn’t until the end that I actually got it and presume that more will be learnt about it in the subsequent books.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, for someone that grew up in the 80’s although younger than Sandy, I could relate to many things he was talking about. I also like anything to do with witches, witchcraft and the supernatural.
The book was paced well and it was an enjoyable read, which was full of action, humour and emotion and spooky moments. The characters were described very well and I felt like I knew them personally.
The details of the different places Sandy lived or visited were remarkable and you can tell that Andrew Cairns, the author, had visited them all.
I am a huge fan of Liane Moriarty and have read almost all of her books now so when Truly Madly Guilty was released I just had to get my hands on it.
TI am a huge fan of Liane Moriarty and have read almost all of her books now so when Truly Madly Guilty was released I just had to get my hands on it.
This book focuses on three families, Erika and Oliver, a married couple with no children and good jobs, both had rubbish childhoods due to their parents so are made for each other. Clementine and Sam are a married couple with two young daughters, Holly and Ruby. This couple are friends with Erika and Oliver, although apparently not as good friends as Erika had thought. Clementine is a cellist and hoping for big things and Sam works in an office but doesn’t particularly enjoy it. Then we have Vid and Tiffany, they have one daughter, Dakota and a dog, they are Erika and Oliver’s next door neighbours. They have an extravagant house. Vid is an electrician and Tiffany spends her time doing up places. The book starts Clementine doing a talk about a barbecue, Erika is watching the talk, hoping that it will jolt her memory to that day. The focus of this book is the day of the barbeque, the events that take place before the barbecue right up until the tragic event. Unfortunately you do not find out what this actual event is until about half way through the book. From then on in, we find that Erika is still trying to remember what actually happened as she had a blank spot in her memory about that afternoon. We also find that relationships are strained and the whole aftermath of the events of that day and a lot of guilt is floating about from all characters. The book goes back and forth from the different characters and giving their POV’s from present day and the day of the barbecue but it does not get confusing as the author has put on the top of the chapter if it was a past event. It reminded me of a crime being reconstructed in some ways, but it definitely built up a wide and focused picture of what actually happened. The further into the book you go the more things are revealed and I was left quite shocked at some of the revelations. Truly Madly Guilty is very much like Liane’s other books in the fact that it will keep you guessing but my also get you a little frustrated if you are not a patient person and wants to know what actually happened quickly. I think the way Liane laid out this book was a great way to get the readers hooked, I certainly was. It was well written and although the event was not revealed for a long while I think that it made the characters more likeable and they developed greatly throughout. I like to get to know a character and you certainly do in this book. All in all I think Truly Madly Guilty is fantastic read, it kept be hooked, which a good book should and I would definitely recommend it. ...more
Follow Me Home is a great holiday read. We meet Katie Kendall who has had her novel published and it is now a best-seller. She is in a good marriage aFollow Me Home is a great holiday read. We meet Katie Kendall who has had her novel published and it is now a best-seller. She is in a good marriage as far as she is concerned. She then signs the book over for a movie deal thinking that was the end of that kind of thing but things turn even better for her as she is asked to be involved in the movie, choosing characters, directing the lot.
Until she gets home and is served divorce papers which shocks her but Julia her new friend throws her a divorce party and they end up the best of friends.
During one of their nights in Katie spots who she wants to be her lead man and it isn’t long before she has a battle with her feelings about him.
I liked this book because it is a light read, fast paced and it kept me hooked throughout and kept me guessing.
I will definitely be looking out for more books from Jen Benjamin in the future....more
I have read the complete Easter's Lilly series so far and was delighted to be asked to review the new book in the series, The Last Fall.
In this book iI have read the complete Easter's Lilly series so far and was delighted to be asked to review the new book in the series, The Last Fall.
In this book it focuses more on Octavio and is told in his point of view, although all of the much loved characters and some of the not so nice ones from previous books are in it.
I was hoping that this book would be along the same lines as the other books and I was not disappointed, I love the organization stuff, the dangerous situations, the shocks and twists and turns that appear throughout the book.
I didn't know much about Octavio or Tavvy as we know him by up until this book and therefore and so pleased that Jusy Serrano included his side of things, I felt I got to know him on a whole new level. Although he does fall in love way to easily, which causes some problems.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend this series to anyone that wants a change to their usual genres. Judy Serrano pens a fantastic addition to the series and as it was left on a cliff hanger I am sure there will be another book soon....more