Sunday, 27 November 2016

BLOG TOUR WHO IS TO BLAME BY JANE MARLOW


Name: Who Is To Blame

Author: Jane Marlow

Source :Received For An Honest Review

Star Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

About The Book: Jane Marlow’s debut novel is a brilliantly written historical saga of two families—one born of noble heritage and the other bound as serfs to the noble’s household. Set during the mid-1800s in the vast grainfields of Russia, Who Is to Blame? follows the lives of two star-crossed serfs, Elizaveta and Feodor, torn apart by their own families and the Church while simultaneously trapped in the inhumane life of poverty to which they were born.

At the other end of the spectrum, Count Maximov and his family struggle to maintain harmony amidst a tapestry of deception and debauchery woven by the Count’s son. The plot twists further when the Tsar emancipates twenty million serfs from bondage as the rural gentry’s life of privilege and carelessness has taken its final bow, while much of Russia’s nobility faces possible financial ruin.

Aficionados of historical fiction will be captivated by the lyrical flow of Marlow’s intertwining stories of love, loss, courage, and pain against her backdrop of social upheaval. The novel’s riddles flow subtly throughout, spurring readers to ponder where the blame actually lies. In the end, we must tap into our own hearts to navigate the depths and quandaries of the author’s perplexing question.


I didn't enjoy this book. In my opinion it felt very slow to read and i felt the story wasn't going to go anywhere. I did like the portrayal of the characters which was the factor that kept me reading on. I also enjoyed the end in which the author suggested a sequel happening, Overall, i wouldn't read this book again as i felt it was quite slow but their were a few factors in the story which i enjoyed. 


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jane Marlow’s debut novel, a book that was many years and tears in the making. Thanks to her mom and her hometown’s bookmobile, young Jane learned to appreciate the written word. Since then, she has devoted many years to trying to use it properly.

Her stories reflect change over time. The characters, like ourselves, have the choice of rolling with life’s punches, or curling into a ball, or gulping a deep breath and building a stronger, more resilient person. 

Jane is currently working on the sequel to Who Is to Blame?

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

BLOG TOUR: REVIEW- BEFORE I LET YOU IN BY JENNY BLACKHURST







Name: Before I Let You In

Author: Jenny BlackHurst

Source: Received for an honest review

Star Rating: 4 Out Of 5 stars

About The Book:
Karen is meant to be the one who fixes problems.

It's her job, as a psychiatrist - and it's always been her role as a friend.
But Jessica is different. She should be the patient, the one that Karen helps.
But she knows things about Karen. Her friends, her personal life. Things no patient should know.
And Karen is starting to wonder if she should have let her in . . .


WOW! This book was really good. Blackhurst has a real writing skill. I didn't want to put this book down which is why i finished it in 2 days. 

The book follows Karen who seems to have it all; a good job, a caring family, and good friends; but when a patient Jessica comes to visit Karen, everything turns around!

As Karen gets to know Jessica, she notices something peculiar about the similarities between them but puts it down to coincidence, but then Jessica reveals information about her and her friends (Eleanor and Bea) Karen starts to wonder; Who is Jessica? as it all continues Karen starts to regret letting Jessica in. 


For the first 100 pages i wasn't very interested in this book as i felt the plot-line was going no-where but as i kept reading on the plot-line and characterization picked up and left me hooked right until the final page. I also enjoyed how different parts of the story was coming from Karen's, Beas and Eleanors side. Overall, i gave this 4 out of 5 stars because the story took a while to get going but once it did, it defiantly made up for it; I would defiantly read this story again at some point.  

Jenny Blackhurst Author PhotoJenny Blackhurst grew up in Shropshire where she still lives with her husband and children. Growing up she spent hours reading and talking about crime novels – writing her own seemed like natural progression. Inspired by the emotions she felt around her own son’s birth, How I Lost You is Jenny’s thrilling debut crime novel.



















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Thursday, 20 October 2016

GUEST POST : THE DISCIPLE BY STEPHEN LLOYD JONES


Today I have the author of "the disciple" Stephen Lloyd Jones on my blog with a guest post as part of the disciple blog tour. Be sure to check out the other blogs involved in this blog tour!





On a storm-battered road at the edge of the Devil's Kitchen, a woman survives a fatal accident and gives birth to a girl who should never have lived.
The child's protection lies in the hands of Edward Schwinn - a loner who must draw himself out of darkness to keep her safe - and her arrival will trigger a chain of terrifying events that no one can explain.
She is a child like no other, being hunted by an evil beyond measure.
For if the potential within her is realised, nothing will be the same. Not for Edward. Not for any who live to see it.









Stephen Lloyd Jones

Stephen Lloyd Jones grew up in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, and studied at Royal Holloway College, University of London. He now lives in Surrey with his wife, three young sons and far too many books. He is the author of The String Diaries and Written in the Blood.









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The road with no signpostswhy I never read the blurb of my favorite authors’ books, as well as which blurbs pull me in for authors I haven’ t read.

In the opening few pages of Dean Koontz’s The Good Guy, a seemingly innocent bar-room conversation between two strangers turns deliciously – and unexpectedly – dark.
If you haven’t read it, I won’t spoil it for you, but if you pick up a copy and happen to glance at the blurb, you’ll know what I’m talking about, because it’s right there in black-and-white.
Sticking with Koontz for my examples, on page eighteen of his 2005 novel, Velocity, the protagonist receives a typewritten note that plunges him into a world of violence and horror. Again, I won’t spoil it for you, but if you chance across a copy of the UK edition, you’ll be hard-pressed to avoid it, as the full contents of that note are plastered over the front cover. As a marketing technique, it doubtlessly shifted copies, but it did reveal a surprise many readers may well have enjoyed.
In this, both reviewers and blurb writers face the same difficult challenge: how do you communicate a book’s content to its readership without ruining some of its intrigue? The job is made even trickier by writers who like to throw up shocks in the very first pages (I’ll put my hand up as belonging to that crowd.)
I have no immediate solution, but I can tell you two things.
Firstly, the twist in The Good Guy wasn’t spoiled for me, because these days, for writers I love – Stephen King, Joe Hill, Dean Koontz and many others – I actively avoid reading their blurbs. It means that from the very first sentence, everything that follows is a surprise, and I have no preconceptions of the story’s direction. (I had no idea, for example, that Doctor Sleep was a sequel to King’s The Shining until I read the opening chapter – perhaps one of the nicest surprises of 2013.)
Secondly, I’m very often drawn to books with blurbs that are uncompromisingly vague. One of the best I ever found this way was Justin Cronin’s The Passage. The UK edition had a very striking cover, which drew it into my hands from the shelf, and the blurb told me nothing about the story except for three short sentences to introduce the characters, along with a promise that their lives were about to fall apart.
This month, Headline publishes The Disciple, my third novel. In it, the protagonist, Edward Schwinn, is driving home one winter evening when he happens across a fatal car crash. In one of the vehicles he discovers the lone survivor: a woman, heavily pregnant, blindfolded and bound. What happens next I won’t reveal here, but it changes Edward’s life forever, along with the lives of everyone he knows.
Of course, in telling you even that much I’m going against my own advice and spoiling one of the early surprises (although I’m still revealing less than you’ll discover by reading the book’s blurb). I hope you’ll forgive me, though. With a little ankle-flashing, there’s a chance you might be tempted to read a sample of The Disciple online, or perhaps even the entire thing.
In the meantime, with authors you know well and trust deeply, why not dive into their next offering without even a peek of the blurb? Often, navigating without a compass can be even more exciting than travelling fully equipped.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

REVIEW: HARM BY HUGH FRASER


Harm (Rina Walker #1)Name: Harm

Author: Hugh Fraser

Publisher: Urbane Publications

Star Rating : 4 out of 5 stars

About the book: Acapulco 1974: Rina Walker is on assignment. Just another another quick, clean kill. 
She wakes to discover her employer’s severed head on her bedside table, and a man with an AK 47 coming through the door of her hotel room. She needs all her skills to neutralise her attacker and escape. After a car chase, she is captured by a Mexican drug boss who needs her radiant beauty and ruthless expertise to eliminate an inconvenient member of the government. 

Notting Hill 1956: Fifteen-year-old Rina is scavenging and stealing to support her siblings and her alcoholic mother. When a local gangster attacks her younger sister, Rina wreaks revenge and kills him. Innocence betrayed, Rina faces the brutality of the post-war London underworld - a world that teaches her the skill to kill... 

I have so many mixed emotions about this book. One minute i loved it the next minute it slowed down and i was beginning to see myself becoming bored. But their were so many points in the book which left me gripped. The story follows Rina through her childhood in London to the excitement of mexico. The character portrayal in this story was brilliantly put across. The only down side to this story was some parts leaving me bored, but overall this was a well written piece of fiction. I would defiantly recommend this book. I will be reviewing the follow up to this story "threat" in June 2017. 

An image posted by the author.Hugh Fraser is best known for playing Captain Hastings in Agatha Christie's 'Poirot' and the Duke of Wellington in 'Sharpe'. His films include Patriot Games, 101 Dalmatians, The Draughtsman's Contract and Clint Eastwood's Firefox. In the theatre he has appeared in Teeth'n'Smiles at the Royal Court and Wyndhams and in several roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He has also narrated many of Agatha Christie's novels as audio books.














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Thank you to urbane publications for the review copy. 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

BLOG TOUR: H.A.L.F THE MAKERS BY NATALIE WRIGHT

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Name:H.A.L.F THE MAKERS

Author: Natalie Wright

Synopsis:Roswell. Area 51. The X-Files.

You've seen the aliens known as "the Greys" in movies and on T.V. But what if everything you think you know about them is wrong?

And what if the Greys are only the beginning?


Erika Holt dodged death and departed Earth in an alien ship. It wasn't how she'd planned to spend her senior year. Is Erika on her way to paradise? Or to a hell worse than the underground lab she escaped?

The greys rescued Tex from the underground lab and promised him a life he could never have imagined. But what will he have to give up to become one with The Conexus?

Jack Wilson is still Commander Sturgis' prisoner, but a promise of freedom comes from an unlikely source. Will his liberation cost more than he's willing to pay?

On a nondescript planet on the far side of the galaxy, the M'Uktah have evolved from a wolf-like predatory creature into a highly advanced species that has mastered intergalactic travel. They are cultured. Refined.

And hungry...



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Natalie is the award-winning author of H.A.L.F., a young adult science fiction series, and The Akasha Chronicles, a popular young adult fantasy trilogy with over 2 Million reads on Wattpad. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, teen daughter, and two cats. Natalie spends her time writing, reading, geeking out over nerd culture and cool science, and meeting readers and fans at book festivals and comic cons throughout the western United States. Natalie appears frequently on radio, podcasts and vlogs such as The Speculative Fiction Cantina, Front Row Geeks and iHeart Radio.




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-One will receive a complete autographed set of The Akasha Chronicles (3 Books) by Natalie Wright.

-One will receive av Exclusive H.A.L.F. series swag by Natalie Wright.


-One will receive a Skype Q&A with Natalie Wright. Winner can use it for personal, Book Club Group or Book Nerd Friends.






Tuesday, 13 September 2016

REVIEW:THE PUNCH BY NOAH HAWLEY


Name: The Punch

Author: Noah Hawley

Source: Received For An Honest Review

Star Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

About The Book: David believes that at heart, people are inherently rotten. Scott, his brother, believes that his life is going to fall apart, and that everyone he loves will leave him. Doris, their mother, believes that she has nothing to lose by revealing a 60-year-old family secret. This hysterically biting and ultimately redeeming novel by Noah Hawley proves them all right and wrong while answering some of life's biggest questions. Like, how did Scott end up with two wonderful wives simultaneously? And why can't David manage to keep even one dysfunctional relationship going? It all comes down to love and families and what you believe in and, maybe, forgiveness



I loved and hated this book at the same time. Their are so many pros and cons about this book and i still am not sure whether i really love this book or i really hate this book. Pros of this book include it having an amazing plot-line and brilliant characters. Cons of this book include the book becoming quite slow which makes you unsure if you want to read on or if you are just wasting your time reading the book as it is going nowhere. I chose the latter of the two options. Overall in the future it would be brilliant to read another hawley book as i am sure it was just the book was to slow; but the characters were brilliant to read about and the plot-line was well planned out to.


Image result for noah hawleyNoah Hawley is an American film and television producer, screenwriter, composer, and bestselling author, known for creating and writing the FX anthology television series Fargo.













Thank You To Hodder For The Review Copy

Friday, 9 September 2016

COVER REVEAL: Dementia Praecox (A Short Journey Into Darkness #2)

Cover Reveal Dementia Praecox by W.O. Cassity

Today is the cover reveal for Dementia Praecox by W.O. Cassity. The cover is designed by Adrijus Guscia (http://www.RockingBookCovers.com). This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.


C:\Lola data\blog tour work\tours\cover reveal\Dementia Praecox\send to bloggers\Dementia Praecox.jpgDementia Praecox (A Short Journey Into Darkness #2)
By W.O. Cassity
Genre: Horror
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 2 October, 2016


Blurb:
In 1887, Dr. Edgar Livingston worked relentlessly to find a cure for his beloved's condition which caused her mind to unravel from the tormenting hallucinations. Through trial and error experimentation on dozens of mentally ill patients at Bethlem Royal Hospital, he pushed against the moral threshold of ethical practices attempting to unlock the secrets of the human mind by realigning their resonance with reality. What Doctor Livingston did not realize were the otherworldly dimensions that took notice of his impetuous work.


"Dementia Praecox" is the second story in the "A Short Journey Into Darkness" horror series by author W.O. Cassity. The short story series offers originally unique fiction written in vivid detail to immerse readers into the fringes of terror.


You can pre-order Dementia Praecox here:


Patreons will have early access to the book on 9/18/2016. You can sign-up to become a patreon here: http://www.patreon.com/wocassity
About the Author:
C:\Lola data\blog tour work\tours\cover reveal\Dementia Praecox\send to bloggers\W.O. Cassity.pngW.O. Cassity grew up in the Mississippi Delta Valley dreaming of new worlds fueled by his passions for writing and playing tabletop games with his friends. As an adult, he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where he pursued a career in IT and Telecommunications, working for companies such as Dell Computer Corporation, Verizon Wireless and Asurion. Will returned to his childhood passions sharing those experiences with his children. He went on to release his debut novel, “Heir of the Blood King” which was well received. He was accepted as a member of The Ed Greenwood Group (TEGG) Sessorium of Creatives in September 2015, where he will write novels set in Mr. Greenwood's new campaign worlds. Will and his wife, Barbara, currently reside in Arkansas with their four children, three dogs and one very stinky cat.


You can find and connect with W.O. Cassity here:

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