30 Day Book Challenge- Day 3

The longest book I have read…

There are a few books I have read that fall into this category. So I’m going to list my top 5 books in no particular order.

  
At 771 pages, The Goldfinch was painfully long as I didn’t enjoy the book.

  
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes was a pick for book club this year. Again, I didn’t enjoy this book and it was a looooooong 892 pages to read!!!

  
I read GOT at the beginning of my 2014 Reading Challenge and I haven’t picked up one of Martin’s books since as it slowed my reading down. This book took me 3 weeks and was 835 pages long.

  
Another ridiculously long book from my 2013 Reading Challenge, Needful Things by Stephen King. 933 pages. 

  

This HP* book has 766 pages. And every one was a pleasure to read! What a surprise! ๐Ÿ˜‚

*I promise I won’t keep mentioning Harry Potter in all of these posts ๐Ÿ˜‰

What’s the longest book you have read?! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“–

30 Day Book Challenge- Day 2

Favourite Side Character…

I have been racking my brain all day trying to think of my favourite side character. My problem is that I can’t pick just one. There are so many that I enjoyed. 

I’m going to have to Top Three it…

In no particular order, the first of my favourites..

Ron Weasley 

  

By far one of my all time favourites, Ron (Won-Won) has some of the wittiest lines in the books. He adds the light comedy when it’s needed the most. It also helps, that Rupert Grint grew up well! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  
Next up, it’s got to be Hermione Granger (sensing a theme here?! ๐Ÿ˜„)

  
One of my all time best quotes from Hermione is, when chastising Harry and Ron, she says “I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could have been all killed — or worse, expelled.” It just sums up her bookish attitude  completely! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Last, but by no means least, another HP gem. 

Molly Weasley

  

She is just so fierce and loyal to those she loves. Also, THAT duel with Bellatrix Lestrange! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

So there you have it, my favourite side character(s!!!!) ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

Who are yours?!

Sycamore Gap by LJ Ross

  

Many thanks to the author and Maxine at Booklover Catlady Publicity Services for my review copy of Sycamore Gap.

I was super excited to get a copy of this book, as I had read Louise’s previous book in the series, Holy Island and loved it. You can read my review for Holy Island here

About the book: (via Goodreads)

The past never stays buried for long… 
Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for ten years and it is Ryan’s job to piece together her past. 

Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable. 
Murder and mystery are peppered with a sprinkling of romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular scenery of Hadrian’s Wall country in Northumberland.

My thoughts:

Sycamore Gap follows on from the events in Holy Island. DCI Ryan is tasked with a murder investigation following the discovery of skeletal remains in Hadrian’s Wall. As past and previous cases collide, the investigations have sever implications for everyone involved.
I loved the pace of this book. Having read (and loved) Holy Island, I was keen to see how the events in this book would play out so I read it as fast as possible.

DCI Max Ryan is a great character! He has been through a lot but he still manages to keep a strong exterior, while he’s fighting his inner demons. Anna is also back in this book. I really like her character, she’s feisty and well able to handle Ryan. 

Sycamore Gap is a completely thrilling read. The fact that it merges past and previous investigations is fantastic. You get more background on The Hacker case along with tying in with the ritualistic murders that took place on Holy Island in the previous book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even more than I did Holy Island, so much so that I gave it 5 โญ๏ธ on Goodreads after finishing it last night. 

My thanks again to Louise and Maxine for my review copy.

Happy reading ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“–

Hello November- TBR books for this month…

  

Hey everyone, 

I’ve decided to try be a bit more organised from this month on so I’m going to post up my plans for this months reads. I can only hope to reach my target! ๐Ÿ˜Š


Kindle TBR Books
First on the list is Bookouture Thriller week…

   

 

I own all 8 of these books, I have read 1 already. Caroline Mitchell’s Don’t Turn Around, my review can be found Here!

The other seven books are sitting pretty on my kindle. Essentially I’m looking at a book a day for a week!!! It’s daunting but I’ll give it a good go! 

Next up is The Run Begins by J. Frank. James.

  

The Run Begins is a prequel to James’s Dead Money Run (which I’ve reviewed here), a book I really enjoyed. Delighted to have the prequel to read Lou’s back story.


One by One by Robert Enright

  

Rob actually messaged me on Twitter recently to ask if I wanted to read and review One By One. I, of course, said yes! At the time I was swamped with books to read and review for other various authors/publicists etc so I said it would take me some time before I could get to it. By pure coincidence, going through my Kindle last week, I actually found out I had bought a copy of his book! So I plan on getting to this during November too! 

Hancock P. I. By Dan Taylor

  

I saw a few things about this book on Twitter, namely that the main character is an A-HOLE! So I was intrigued and ended up buying it so I’m bumping it up the list too.

Anything For Her by  Jack Jordan

  
People I know from blogging have raved about this book, and again, I’ve had it on my Kindle for a while. I’ve been meaning to get to it so I figured I’d add it to November’s TBR pile! 

That’s my list of Kindle TBR books, and I have 2 book books to read this month also! 

Killing Eva by Alex Blackmore

  

The author messaged me on Twitter asking if I’d read and review this book, and was kind enough to send me a copy which I received last month! It looks good! 
And last, but by no means least, 
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

  

This book is a whopper! And has been talked about a lot lately. Funnily enough, my cousin mentioned it to me a while back, before any of the hype. It’s also one of the choices for The Rick O’Shea Book Club over on Facebook. So it’s handy that I had a copy lounging on my TBR! 

There you have it. My November TBR reads. Hopefully I’ll get to them all. I’m doing Bookouture Thriller ONLY for the first week of the month. 

Let me know if you’ve read and enjoyed any of my choices!

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“–

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 1

A book or series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just end already.

There is only one contender for a series I wish had gone on longer…ย 

HARRY POTTER BY J. K. ROWLINGย 

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I remember the first time I ever heard of Harry Potter. I was away at Irish college many moons ago, and a girl staying in our room was reading it at the time. I asked could I read the first few pages to see if I’d like it… Needless to say I went home and swiftly started my Harry Potter book collection.

My love for the books grew with every new release, some of which I even queued at midnight for! My teenage years were spent reading HP, and trying to read them as fast as possible on release day, just so nobody would ruin the endings for me!

I was really sad when the series ended. It left a lot of unanswered questions for me! I know we were told “All was well” but seriously JK, I wanted to know everything pre and post HP at Hogwarts!!!

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These books take pride of place on my bookshelves, and I’m hoping my kids will decide to read them when they’re old enough!


Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“–

The Lobster Boy and the Fat Lady’s Daughter by Charles Kriel

First off, Happy Publication day to Charles Kriel and all at Fahrenheit Press! ๐Ÿ™‚

Massive thanks to the author and to Chris McVeigh for my copy of The Lobster Boy and The Fat Lady’s Daughter.

About the book:

Mel Barry is a detective like no other and when her step-father, Charlie ‘Lobster Boy’ Koontz is arrested and framed for murder, Mel is his only hope.

Surrounded by freaks of the modern circus, Mel pursues a heartless killer through the darkest heart of the gothic South, only to discover the mysteries of her own shadowy past revealed in blood.
Set on the carnival lot of a South Georgia tobacco town, The Lobster Boy And The Fat Ladyโ€™s Daughter is a wild Lynch-ian ride through a world that few โ€˜normalโ€™ people have ever experienced.

My Thoughts:

The Lobster Boy and The Fat Lady’s Daughter is unlike any crime book that I have ever encountered! Pretty sure my Goodreads updates made for  interesting reading for the author! ๐Ÿ™‚ I read this book in one evening sitting. I could not put it down once I started reading it!

Charles Kriel has one hell of a writing style. It’s different to any author I’ve read, and completely unique. The carnival setting and its larger than life inhabitants make for an extremely colourful set of characters.

Mel Barry and Charlie Koontz are the two main characters, the former being The Fat Lady’s Daughter, and the latter, Lobster Boy due to both arm and leg deformities. Mel is a fantastic character. Strong, fiery and doesn’t take s*** from anyone.

AWOL from the Military, she’s constantly on her guard. So when she gets a call from Charlie, her step father, she knows he needs her help. Charlie is being framed for murder in a small town that has more wrong with it than I care to mention. Bribery, murder, extortion, trafficking, you name it, it’s probably there!!! He’s by no means innocent in certain aspects, but he’s not a murderer.

Kriel’s knowledge and carnival background are most evident in the descriptions of the fairground and its multitude of attractions. That’s when his writing flourishes, he has a great talent for picture perfect descriptions. More than once I could imagine the scenes I was reading in my mind.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a pleasure to read. I can’t wait to see what happens next as I’m sure I read an interview with Charles Kriel today and there was a mention of a second book!

Initially I had rated The Lobster Boy and The Fat Lady’s Daughter 4โญ๏ธ on Goodreads, but on reflection, it’s truly deserving of a 5โญ๏ธ rating so a MASSIVE 5 โญ๏ธ from me!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

You can buy your copy of The Lobster Boy and The Fat Lady’s Daughter here-> The Lobster Boy And The Fat Lady’s Daughter (Mel Barry Investigates Book 1)

I can’t complete this review without telling you all about how this book was marketed. Just in case you missed it! Fahrenheit Press tweeted about their second book going onto Amazon (in a world first) with no author, no cover and no description!!! *hello piqued interest!!!* Naturally I had to preorder it as its like a blind date with a book! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m lucky enough to be included in the list of supporters of the book in the book itself too! ๐Ÿ˜Š I thought it was just the coolest, most exciting way to market their book! Extremely innovative! So massive applause all round for Fahrenheit Press!!! 


Happy reading! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“–

 

 

Written In The Scars by Mel Sherratt

It’s finally here! HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY MEL SHERRATT!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

 
Today, October 30th, sees the publication day for Mel’s fourth book in The Estate Series, Written In The Scars (isn’t that cover beautiful?!). I’m lucky enough to have received a review copy from Mel (thanks again ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) along with getting to be a part of today’s publication day blogsplash. In addition, I get to share the opening scene from the book, which you can findย HERE.

About the book:

Published by: Blood Red Books

Release date: 30th October 2015

Scars. Sometimes they’re visible. Sometimes they’re hidden deep within.

After year of living as a single parent, all Donna Adams longs for is someone to make her smile, to share hopes and dreams with, to keep her warm at night. But when that certain someone gives her the attention she craves, true love doesn’t always follow the right path.

Home from the army, Lewis is a changed man. Angry and consumed with grief, troubled by nightmares and flashbacks, his mind is worse now than ever. Shutting out what he’s seen isn’t easy, but he risks losing everything he’s come back to if he doesn’t, including his sanity.

Megan Cooper hides her scars for fear of being rejected.

Mary Marshall can’t always remember how she got hers.

If the past could be erased to make a better future, we’d all want that, wouldn’t we? But life is never easy for the residents on the Mitchell Estate…

About the author: (via Goodreads from Mel)

I write police procedurals, psychological suspense and women’s fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as I call it. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, my inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes.

TAUNTING THE DEAD is part police procedural/part psychological thriller. It has been a standalone for two years but I have now written two more books with Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton as a main character and created a new series.

THE ESTATE SERIES are a mix of women’s fiction, psychological suspense and crime thriller. They are often too dark for women’s fiction alone – although the subject matters and issues are often referred to in this genre – too light in places for crime thrillers, and often not enough for the psychological suspense readers out there. They are drama meets crime.
WATCHING OVER YOU is a standalone psychological thriller. It’s dark in places, light in places, disturbing in places too – where obsession and friendship turns to murder.
I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and makes liberal use of my hometown as a backdrop for some of my books. You can find out more at my website http://www.melsherratt.co.uk or I’m on Twitter at @writermels

My thoughts:

I’d better start by saying this is the first book I’ve read by Mel. I’ve read and loved Stirred With Love which she writes under the pseudonym Marcie Steele. I have the first three Estate Series on my kindle TBR for quite some time but anyone that follows me onย Facebookย orย Twitterย knows I have a TBR mountain!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thankfully, Mel assured me that Written In The Scars could be read as a standalone. Once I heard that then I was super excited to get stuck in!

I read Written In The Scars in two sittings. Once I started reading, I was completely engrossed in everyone’s stories. The way the characters are written makes you feel like you’ve known them for years. Their day to day routines, their chats and their individual struggles all felt so familiar that it was like catching up with old friends. My own personal favourite was Megan. She’s a really likeable character.

I really liked the theme of scars that runs through the book. Everyone has scars, even you and me. Be it physical, emotional, mental, they’re there whether you can see them or not. This commonality makes it easy to relate to each characters struggles in Written In the Scars.

Having not read any previous books by Mel, I didn’t know what to expect with her writing and plot direction. Sufficed to say, just over halfway, there’s an exceptional plot twist that I wasn’t expecting at all!!! This took one of the characters in a completely different direction to where I thought they would go initially. I found myself reading faster just to see how everyone would fare out.

Usually I only read crime thrillers with added gore factor so I tend not to get too emotional with the books as they are usually way out of the realm of possibility. With Written In the Scars it was different. This is a story about regular people, with every day problems, some of which I’m sure people deal with on an ongoing basis. This book made me feel many emotions, sadness, anger, and hopefulness amongst others. It’s not often I read a book that actually makes me feel something, and for that I’d like to thank Mel. ๐Ÿ™‚

I genuinely loved this book. I thought it was well written, with a beautifully crafted theme running through it. I will most definitely be reading the first three books in the Estate Series ASAP!!!

Many thanks again to Mel for the ARC and for letting me participate in the blogsplash! ๐Ÿ™‚

I gave Written In The Scars 5โญ๏ธ on Goodreads. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

You can buy a copy of Written In The Scars by clicking this link here->
Written in the Scars (The Estate Series Book 4)

Happy Reading! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“–