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Review: ‘Falling for Chloe’ by David Stearman

Length: 160 pages (approx.)
Genre: Romance / Contemporary Romance

This book was previously titled ‘HOT’.

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Synopsis: A total life do-over, that’s what Jake needs; a chance to unmake his past mistakes. Because in his zeal to fulfill his beloved dream of wealth and fame, Jake lost Chloe, the one he loved above all else. First he betrayed her. Then came the drugs. And in the real world, opportunities to undo things like that just don’t happen. Or do they? Could a paparazzi-induced traffic accident actually provide an opportunity for Jake to restore his ruined life? Set against the glitzy backdrop of the recording business, Falling for Chloe tells the story of a young man’s dream to restore the dream he lived before his dreams came true.

Review: Narrated by the protagonist, Jake, Falling for Chloe gives readers an insight into the music industry – both good and bad!

I enjoyed reading this. To begin with, I liked Jake as a character. As the story went on, I was interested in how far Jake would push himself and his friends before everything crumbled around him. It was also interesting to see what lengths Jake would go to in order to obtain the fame he desires. Very thought provoking! I wonder how many artists do this?

I enjoyed the creative way that Jake came up with to turn his life back into what he wanted. I would recommend this book.

 – A story about the highs and lows of being famous. Creative and thought provoking. I would recommend this.

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘Calculated Justice’ by M.A Comley

Genre: Crime / Thriller
Length: 164 pages (Approx.)

This is book 12 in the Lorne Simpkins series.

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Synopsis: Let the chase begin… Lorne Warner, newly reinstated as Inspector again, is confronted with one of her worst cases to date. She knows who kidnapped the Warburton family–their kidnapper contacted her himself. But he forces Lorne and her team into a game of cat and mouse that leads them on a chase across London. As each clue brings Lorne closer to finding the family, she realises that saving the lives of the Warburtons might mean sacrificing her own.

Review: Fast paced, interesting and with plenty of our favourite characters, Calculated Justice is certainly a great read! How Comley can get to book twelve in the series and still come up with different cases and keep the books exciting and unpredictable is beyond me!

It was great to see Lorne back in the role of Inspector; a role that she is clearly built for! I was also happy to see lots of Lorne’s husband, Tony, and Lorne’s boss, Sean. I was sad to see Katy step down, especially under the circumstances, and hope that this doesn’t mean she’ll leave the force for good! I loved the case that Lorne was working on in this book! I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things she had to do! I loved all the references to London in this book and found it all to be exceptionally accurate.

Once again, we are reminded of some familiar ‘friends’ of Lorne’s and previous cases that she has worked on. For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend reading this as a stand alone book. While it would work as a stand alone book, I think readers would get more out of it if they read previous books in the series so that they can fully understand the references.

I gave this book 4 stars for two reasons really. The first being that I didn’t feel the author gave enough explanation into the motives of the criminal. The second was that I wasn’t always completely satisfied with Charlie’s actions in the circumstances (I don’t want to give too much away). Regardless of these, I would still highly recommend this book as I found it a very gripping read!

★★★★ – A fast paced, gripping read! This case has a dizzying affect on Lorne! Highly recommended! 

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘What Dreams May Come’ by David Hadley

Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 386 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Synopsis: Dreams are dangerous things. After a mental collapse forces him to sell his software company, entrepreneur Stephen Parker retreats to the quiet coastal village of Stoneyhaven, hoping to rebuild his life. Soon Parker discovers how dangerous dreams can be, as the world of his nightmares threatens to break out into his waking life and destroy the new happiness he finds in Stoneyhaven.
To save the lives of those he loves, and perhaps even the world itself, Parker must enter the Dreamlands to rescue the ghostly woman haunting his dreams and solve the mystery of the Manor House before it is too late.

Review: This is a little different from Hadley’s usual work, but still a great and interesting read!

I found the subject of this book fascinating. Could there be a world running parallel to our own? The thought is certainly intriguing! How would this world differ from our own? I really liked the characters and enjoyed how the author left me with more questions than answers, allowing me to try and piece the story together on my own. What are the Dreamlands? Has Stephen really solved the mystery?  The story is quite complex and things that I hadn’t taken much notice of while reading suddenly made sense when I was thinking about the book afterwards! I can’t wait to see how the author will follow this up!

My only issue with this book was the sex scenes. They were not detailed, so this was not the problem. It was just that sometimes the sex scenes felt unnecessary. I was so drawn into the story that I wanted answers, and these scenes didn’t provide any. I can understood why the author included them, particularly at the beginning of the story, but they just didn’t work for me as the story progressed.

★★★★ – An intriguing read! This complex story will leave you thinking for days afterwards! Very highly recommended!!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen’ by R.T Lowe

Genre: Urban / Fantasy
Length: 500 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Synopsis: Reeling from a terrible accident that claimed the lives of his parents, Felix arrives at Portland College hoping only to survive the experience. In time, however, his reality star roommate shows him there is more to higher education than just classes, shared bathrooms and bad dorm food, and Felix gradually dares to believe he can put his past behind him. But a fateful storm looms on the horizon: In the nearby woods, two hikers become the latest victims in a series of gruesome murders; a disfigured giant embarks on a vicious cross-country rampage, killing teenagers who fail his ‘test’; and an ancient society of assassins tasked with eradicating the wielders of a mysterious source of power awakens after a long silence. Only one man–the school’s groundskeeper–knows that the seemingly unrelated events are connected, and that an eighteen-year-old boy stands in the center of the storm.

Review: I have not read a book by this author before, but I am glad that I did. This is definitely a promising start to the series!

To begin with, I found this book a little difficult to get into and a bit confusing. I’m not sure if this is because I don’t usually read this genre, but I found the prologue and it’s relevance a little confusing. However, when I started getting into the main part of the book, the prologue started to make sense and I found myself really enjoying the story. I was also finding it quite difficult to put down! R.T Lowe’s writing style flowed nicely and I found it very engaging.

This book is very fast-paced and interesting, with a great plot and likeable characters. I really enjoyed the way that Lowe wove the past and the present together.

I liked the character of Felix, and found him well-developed, if a little quirky. However, in terms of interest, I felt myself leaning more towards his best friend, Allison, who was loyal, fun and strong. I also loved the character of ‘The Faceman’, who really creeped me out! I’d love to see more of him! Maybe his own spin-off book?

The reason that I have given this book four stars instead of five is the way that the author sometimes included information that felt irrelevant, especially in terms of descriptions. While this wasn’t a big issue for me, it did impact on my enjoyment a little and I often felt that the book could be shortened by removing these unneeded pieces of information. I also felt that some scenes either happened to fast for me to follow properly or jumped around a little too much, meaning that I had to go back and re-read sections.

I felt a little disappointed when the book ended as I was just starting to get proper answers, so the ending felt a little abrupt. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, though! R.T Lowe has written a complex and puzzling story which I’m eager to learn more about! Very highly recommended.

★★★★ – A brilliant start to the series. Complex and puzzling, I found this book impossible to put down. The prologue was confusing to begin with and I sometimes felt that the author included irrelevant information and the story jumped around a lot in parts. Eager to read more! Highly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)
Amazon UK (Paperback)
Amazon US (Paperback)

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Review: ‘Fakers’ by Meg Collett

Genre: Romance / Contemporary Romance
Length: 250 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Synopsis: Kyra Aberdeen is a Youtube sensation. Her bubbling personality and fresh beauty capture the hearts of millions each week through her videos. But she’s just faking it. Because beneath the surface is a simmering darkness that threatens to pull Kyra under some days. She masks her depression with a sunny smile and bright laugh. When Kyra moves to Canaan Island and buys her deceased mother’s childhood home, she is hoping to confront the lurking darkness that haunts her every step. But life never goes according to plan, and when Kyra meets her grumpy contractor, Hale Cooper, it seems he’s not going to make things any easier for her. Yet Kyra is drawn to him, to a man whose every emotion plays across his face as he feels it. But she’s never let herself get too close to anyone before, and she finds herself in uncharted waters.
If she lowers her guard and allows herself to love Hale, will the darkness creep in too?

Review: Despite dealing with the topics of suicide, self-harm and alcohol abuse, this was a quick, fun read. On the whole, Collett’s writing flowed nicely and was easy to follow, but I did feel that sometimes the dialogue was a bit flat – conversations with sentences starting “it is not good”, “i did not know..” and “I am sure that..” just felt a little wooden to me.

The characters in this book were great and very believable. Most of them had problems they were working through that they didn’t want anyone else to know about, which made them more believable. I particularly liked the character of Kyra and felt that she was quite relatable in a lot of ways. A young woman trying to discover who she was, she makes a friend for life and falls in love in the process.

Without giving anything away, this book has a happy ending that I thought suited the book perfectly. If you’re looking for something light-hearted but more substantial than a typical Rom-com, this is definitely the book for you! Highly recommended!

★★★★ – A heart-warming romance dealing with difficult subjects and overcome those difficulties. Highly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘Passport to Happiness’ by Debbie White

Genre: Young Adult / Romance / Coming of Age
Length: 156 pages (approx.)

PassporttoHappinessI have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: To escape the often lonely and boring reality of living in a small rural town, Jessica finds comfort in reading about the many places that exist beyond her small corner of the earth. When she joins the State Department and travels abroad looking for adventure, she gets more than she imagined was ever possible. Passport to happiness is a story of strength and determination, while exploring new places, but it’s also about finding love and happiness – no matter where you hang your hat.

Review:  If you’re after a light read with a happy ending and injected with little life lessons, this is the book for you.

I really liked Jessica’s character and really felt her vulnerability. This story gives a personal account of Jessica’s journey from childhood to adulthood and the little life lessons that she learns along the way. I liked the way that White included the odd sentence about how Jessica would learn from that experience later in life. I found this to be really effective.

White effective wove in Jessica’s feelings with about her mother and how much she missed her. I also felt the respect that Jessica felt for her mother and how grateful she was for the values that she instilled in Jessica.

The descriptions that White used were beautiful. It really felt like I was in the different parts of the world with Jessica. I also really liked the people that Jessica encountered and found them also to be believable.

I sometimes felt that there was something wrong with the dialogue and sentence structure. I can’t exactly place why I felt this, but I had to re-read parts of the book. For this reason I have awarded this book 4 stars. It didn’t hugely affect my enjoyment of the book, so I would still recommend it.

★★★★ – a light read with a happy ending, great descriptions and believable characters.

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘What Lies Within’ by James Morris

Genre: Thriller / Suspense
Length: 226 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: “You’re going to die”

Shelley Marano is an ordinary, unexceptional high school senior…until the day she receives a cryptic text message, and her world tilts sideways. Now she’s in real danger, although she doesn’t know who would want her dead, or why. As she starts to unravel the mystery, the truth about who she really is proves to be more frightening than she ever imagined. With the lives of her and her friends hanging in the balance, one thing is certain:

Nothing will ever be the same.

Review: This is the first book that I have read by this author, but I will definitely be reading more! Fast paced and interesting, I really liked that this book explored what makes people the way that they are and the nature versus nurture debate.

On the whole, the characters were fairly well developed and interesting. Shelley was a great character; a strong female lead, though not without flaws. I felt like I was making this journey with Shelley and really felt her fear and confusion. I couldn’t wait to see what she uncovered next!  I also felt that the teen-angst issues in this book were nicely woven into the plot and added depth to Shelley’s character.

I would have liked to see the relationship between Shelley and her dad developed more, particularly when she’s looking for information about her birth parents. I also would have liked the character of Winston, Shelley’s best friend, to be developed a little more. As a result, I have awarded this book 4 stars. I would still highly recommend this book, though!

The ending was explosive and in my opinion, unpredictable. When I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was proven wrong! It wrapped things up nicely, while still leaving the possibility for further instalments of this story.

★★★★ – A fast-paced story with unpredictable twists and a strong female lead character.  I would have liked a little more development of some characters and relationships. Very highly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)