Monday, 17 February 2020

No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley

No One Cancels ChristmasNo One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Typical rom com, schmaltzy with a warm fuzzy feel good factor read. Lots of dilemmas and misinterpreted situations have this moving along nicely in the typical to com manner. Predictable but not boring and a lovely atmospheric Christmas read with all the snow, hot chocolate, baubles and good looking men fans of this genre love.

Lovely Christmas read - five stars as it has everything it needs to make it complete


Friday, 14 February 2020

Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

Suspicious Minds (Stranger Things, #1)Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cleverly written psychological/sci-fi/thriller that brings these genres together in an absorbingly frightening tale.

Set in the summer of 1969 in Indiana, 4 college students enrol on an experimental project primarily because they are short of money and they get paid to do it.

It’s not long before Terry (one of girls) realises there’s something more sinister about the project. Discovering a child is being kept at the lab, Terry sets about finding out the truth with dire consequences.

My first novel in the Stranger Things series which I thoroughly enjoyed. Believable characters and storyline, it’s pacy narrative has the reader speeding along to it’s rather unfinished ending. ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ I believe is the sequel which I fully intend to read to clear up the unfinished business of ‘Suspicious Minds’. 5 stars for this one

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.


Wednesday, 12 February 2020

A Stolen Summer by Allegra Huston

A Stolen SummerA Stolen Summer by Allegra Huston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Essentially about a woman, who after several years of marriage and one child, finds herself again, with the help of Micajah Burnett the son of an old school friend.

Micajah is 4 years older than Eves own son Allan but he awakes lost passion for life and gives Eve the confidence to break out of her loveless marriage.

Sensitively written, beautiful in parts, we see her blossom when she is with Micajah rediscovering her youthful aspirations when she finally sets herself free. He makes her feel beautiful again and although she does love him she realises that she doesn’t need him or anyone to make her feel complete. Not my usual genre but pleasantly and surprisingly a good holiday read - 4 stars

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, 10 February 2020

The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent

The Loving HusbandThe Loving Husband by Christobel Kent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Atmospheric psychological thriller that journeys through the effects of love and trust. Fran comes to live in the Fens with her husband and children leaving London and her friends, family and job behind her. She’s entirely reliant on her husband where trust is paramount.

Often left alone with her daughter Emme and Ben the new baby, Fran has placed her life in husband Nathan’s hands, cut off from all she knows.

Tragically one night she discovers him dead on their farm and her life starts to unravel. How well did she know Nathan, who was she married to?

Cleverly woven sub plots come together and the murderer is exposed but not before several red herrings have been discarded. It was a decent story but let down by hollow characters and Frans ‘secret’ being a bit weak - having said that it was an enjoyable read and worth 4 stars

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.


Saturday, 8 February 2020

Hello!

I just want to say, I am so sorry, it has been ages since I have posted, I know this. Becoming a new mum has meant I have been trying to adjust to my new life and although I have read books and got reviews I have either been too tired or busy to post. 

I h ave now got many backed up and a free night so I am able to schedule some reviews. :) 

Thank you for still following (if you are...)

Welcome to any new followers, I promise I will try to be better ;)


Monday, 14 October 2019

Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost by Cavan Scott

Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars)Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost by Cavan Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Delve into the history of the sinister Count Dooku in the original script to the thrilling Star Wars audio production!
Darth Tyranus. Count of Serenno. Leader of the Separatists. A red saber, unsheathed in the dark. But who was he before he became the right hand of the Sith? As Dooku courts a new apprentice, the hidden truth of the Sith Lord's past begins to come to light.
Dooku's life began as one of privilege--born within the stony walls of his family's estate, orbited by the Funeral Moon where the bones of his ancestors lie interred. But soon, his Jedi abilities are recognized, and he is taken from his home to be trained in the ways of the Force by the legendary Master Yoda.
As he hones his power, Dooku rises through the ranks, befriending fellow Jedi Sifo-Dyas and taking a Padawan of his own, the promising Qui-Gon Jinn--and tries to forget the life that he once led. But he finds himself drawn by a strange fascination with the Jedi Master Lene Kostana, and the mission she undertakes for the Order: finding and studying ancient relics of the Sith, in preparation for the eventual return of the deadliest enemies the Jedi have ever faced.
Caught between the world of the Jedi, the ancient responsibilities of his lost home, and the alluring power of the relics, Dooku struggles to stay in the light--even as the darkness begins to fall.



This is the script to the audio production of Dooku: Jedi Lost. The story builds on characters that we know very little about focusing mainly on Count Dooku but also Sifo-Dyas and Asajj Ventress. The audio play also introduces us to several new characters, the most important being Lene Kostana.

The story starts with Count Dooku giving Ventress the task of locating his sister, this part of the story is set in the present however; the story is told mostly in flashbacks in the form of holocrons that Dooku provides in order for Ventress to learn all she needs to find her sister. Whilst Ventess makes her way to the spaceport on Serenno she plays the holocrons, we see Dooku throughout many stages of his life, starting as a child in yhr Jedi academy, becoming an apprentice to Master Yoda, then a Master to Rael and later Qui-gon Ginn, all the way through to taking his seat on the Jedi council.

During these flashbacks of Dooku's life, we see his friendship with the Jedi Sifo-Dyas grow, and his connection with Master Lene Kostana develop. Lene is one of the great characters in this story, she is a Jedi who walks the line between light and dark, but who remains strong enough to never cross the line. We also learn about Dooku's family and his heritage, we learn about the father who hates him, the brother who doesn't want to know him and the sister who loves him.

These sections of Dooku's life are separated with Ventress' point of view in the present, we also see her struggle with the path she is taking and and how her former Master Ky Narec continues to try and guide her even from beyond the grave. This really is a great story, it has taken a character that we have seen briefly on screen in the prequel trilogy and developed him into one of my favourite characters as it slowly chronicles his slip towards the dark side.

I enjoyed this story immensely, it is very well written and provides great scene directions that really help visualise the action. Even after having read it, I would listen to it in its audio format as I feel the sound plays such a large part in this story, hearing it would add an extra dimension. Listen to it or read it, either way I guarantee you will enjoy Dooku: Jedi Lost.

I would give this 4 and a half stars, rounded up to 5 for Goodreads and Amazon, I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, 11 October 2019

The Rival by Charlotte Duckworth

The RivalThe Rival by Charlotte Duckworth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

NOW
Helena is a career woman with no job and a mother without a baby. She blames Ashley for destroying her life. But is what happened really Ashley's fault?
THEN
When Helena hires Ashley to work for her, she's startled but impressed by her fierce ambition. They form a dream team and Helena is proud - maybe this is the protégée she's always wanted to have. But soon Helena realizes that nothing will stand in the way of Ashley's drive to get to the top. And when Helena becomes pregnant, everything she has worked so hard for is suddenly threatened, with devastating consequences...


Billed as a Crime Thriller this is more like woman’s fiction and as such my expectations were to be reading a crime/psychological thriller.

It was a mix of gossip and bitchy office rivalry that culminates in tragic consequences. It was well written but lacked pace and depth. I didn’t jell with any of the characters and because of this I felt indifferent to the outcome.

The ending had a twist of sorts but it was a very ordinary lack lustre read for me and therefore I can only give this 3 stars. Sorry just didn’t keep me interested

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.