Sunday, August 3, 2014

Book review: Never Look Back by Clare Donoghue

Sarah has no peace even in her own home. Strange phone calls, shadows in the dark, someone is following her. She has chosen her home with so much love, now her neighborhood is her nightmare. Her home has become her prison. There is no place where she is safe.

Another young woman is scared, there is shadow following her. Debbie thinks it's only her overactive imagination, but soon her worst nightmare comes true. 

Three young women are dead. They are all found brutally murdered, no connection between them. DI Mike Lockyer works on the case. Fighting with his own demons, he has to find the murderer. With enough problems in his personal life, he has to follow the leads to find the murderer who kills young women. When the investigation involves members of his own family, the chasing of the cat and mouse begins.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Review: Johnny Nothing by Ian Probert

*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Johnny Nothing is a story for a boy who has nothing. He has no clothes, no food, no friends. That's why he gets the nickname, Johnny Nothing. But it is not true that he has nothing. He has something that many people don't have: the biggest heart in the world, a whole heart full of love. When his uncle dies, Johnny inherits one million pounds. Yes, you've heard well, one million pounds. And suddenly, he is the most popular boy in the world. 

I'm not sure that this a children's book. Many adults can find themselves in this story. Fullfilled with many comical moments, actually it is a sad story. No one deserves parents like Johnny's. No one should appreciate others depending on the money status. No one should underestimate the power of the money, they can make you totally different person. Johnny reminds me of Oliver Twist. He is not an orphan, but his own parents treat him like one. But he has the purest soul in the world and he deserves the best. 

It was really refreshing for me to read a book like this. It is not long, but it is well written in a unique way that captivated my attention to the very last page. Maybe woke the inner child in me :) . I liked the way the author talking directly to me as a reader, not just telling the story. He has unique way of describing the things. I loved it, and I would love to see Johnny growing older through the series. 

My opinion: 4 / 5.

You can buy the book on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk..

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Review: That Night by Chevy Stevens

*Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Couple of years ago, I read Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. I liked the drama in the story, so when I saw this book on NetGalley, I immediately grabbed it. And it didn't disappoint me much.

This time the story centers around Toni, former prisoner, accused for murdering her own sister. The story goes back to the time when it all begins, and comes back to the present where Toni suffers the consequences. No matter what everyone says, no matter what her parents think, Toni loves her sister. She knows she didn't do it.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Review: Carnal Acts by Sam Alexander

*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Young man is being held hostage. He doesn't know where he is or how long he is there. A woman uses him as sex slave. 

Young woman is forced to work as a prostitute by Albanian mafia in Northern England. She tries to escape. She fights with all her strength. There are dead bodies behind her.  She hides. There is no place where she is safe. But she can see the stars again, and the sky is blue.

DI Joni Pax is mixed-race detective transferred to work in Corham. Together with her boss, Heck Rutherford, they investigate a murder in a brothel ruled by Albanian mafia.  The evidence leads them to Suzana, young woman that escapes from a brothel. Is she responsible for the killings or she defends herself?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review: From Paris With Love by Samantha Tonge

*ARC copy provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Ahhh, Paris! The most romantic city in the world. Spending time with the loved one in the most romantic place on Earth.... What can you ask more?

After Doubting Abbey, which I loved, I was pleasantly surprised reading the sequel From Paris With Love. And this time, the author did it even better, I loved the sequel more.

This time, Gemma and Edward are in Paris, taking cooking classes and spending some time together. But suddenly, some Monique shows up and it seems that Edward is very impressed with her. She is so sophisticated, so well educated, she seems such a matching person for aristocratic Edward. And you know what are they saying: "Three is a crowd".

In the second book, Gemma became a person closer to my heart. She really evolves as a character. She might not be the bravest person in the world, or the smartest, but she is loyal, trusting friend you can always count on. She loves unconditionally, always ready for compromises as long as she is respected too. She has some moments, she daydreams a lot, but that makes her just more adorable.

And it wouldn't be "From Paris With Love" without some James Bond details. Gemma is asked to help MI6 agents preventing assassination of the Royal Couple while they are visiting Paris. She loves Kate and William and she is honored to help. Maybe becoming a Bond girl is her new career? 

This story has it all! Paris, love, action! Perfect setup for a perfect read. Totally recommended!
My opinion: 4.5 / 5

You can pre-order the book on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk .


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Book Review: Cupid's Way by Joanne Phillips

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Evie has only one job to do, make a presentation at the conference for the firm she works for. When she messes up, again,  the only friendly person who is there for her is Michael, a gorgeous guy she meets at the conference. They talk, drink, spend the night together (not in same bed). Next morning, Evie gets a phone call from her grandparents. Their home in Cupid's Way is in danger. A big firm is trying to buy the whole street and build a medical center. The lovely Victorian terrace is a home of many different people, young and old couples, some weird, some funny, all very unique. They all have one thing in common, they love their homes in Cupid's Way. And that big firm that is trying to kick them out is represented by no one else but Michael, Evie's little crush from the conference. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Book Review and Exclusive Excerpt: Love, Lies and Lemon Cake By Sue Watson


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Love, Lies and Lemon Cake has been published yesterday. Sue Watson is one of my favorites, I fell in love with her writing since Younger, Thinner, Blonder. And just look at the cover! Isn't it so yummy you can eat it? I must admit that the cover was the first thing I saw on Twitter about this book and I immediately fell in love with it. 

The story centers around Faye, forty-something years old wife and mother who feels that her life slips away from her. Her daughter is all grown up, out of the nest, and her life with the hubby has lost the sparkle long time ago. When she finds the old pink rucksack, an old dream becomes alive. To live her life again. To see Santorini sunset, to make love on the beach, to swim in the ocean, and many other things. In the local bakery, she meets Dan, gorgeous Australian guy, little bit younger than her, who supports her. But is Faye doing the biggest mistake in her life? Or is this her second chance to live her life, to live a real life?

Faye is an awesome character. She has always been living in a nutshell, always doing the things she supposed to do. But when she gets the chance to live the life she always wanted, she grabs that chance with both hands. She is a wife, she is a mother, her daughter always comes first and I respect her for that. It takes a lot of courage to do what Faye did. Maybe she looks little bit silly from someone else's perspective, but between black and white there is always pink. Right?

I am not old as Faye, but this book made me thinking. I would really love to visit Rome and Paris someday. I would love to become a wife and a mother some day. There are so many little things that I wanna do, but I am always delaying them. 

Just like Faye did in the book, you can also make #LemonCakeLivingList and join the Twitter community. You are so welcome to share your thoughts. 

I must say that Ms. Watson did it again. This book will make you laugh, cry and think about your life. It will teach you of the healing powers of the lemon cake. It will do everything, but won't let you leave it until the last page, because you gonna enjoy it every single page. I know I did. 

If I intrigued you enough, here is the first chapter. You can read it here: 

http://www.scribd.com/doc/231243156/Love-Lies-and-Lemon-Cake-Chapter-One-FREE

Also, you can buy the book here: Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

My opinion: 5 / 5.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Book Review: Love Poems by Charles Bane, Jr.


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Poetry is very symbolic and it always involves personal touch and feelings. So reviewing poetry is hard thing to do. I haven't reviewed poetry since highschool, so this is something new to me. I can't write classical review for poems as I write for books of prose, but I'll do my best to say what I liked about these poems.

I am romantic person and I love romance. I've found these verses very romantic. I fell in love with Paris where "all the streets were rained and magpies in the shadows of Notre Dame poured tunes".

Book Review: The Element of Death by Steve Wilson

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It all starts with Halloween murder. Young woman has been murdered in her home. A note is left. Just a bunch of letters written with victim's blood, nothing makes sense.

Ben Watson works on the case. It seems that the serial killer has attacked again. The one who recently is out of prison. The one who has unfinished business with Ben Watson.

Ben Watson considers himself like Rupert Penry-Jones' character in Whitechapel series. He has OCD and recently is left by his girlfriend. He has all Sherlock Holmes' series and many other crime books, all precisely lined on the bookshelves. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Book Review: The Breakup Doctor by Phoebe Fox

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Brook Lyn works as a licensed mental health counselor. She is a good friend and always good listener and adviser for her friend's love relationships. So, when a set of circumstances leaves Brook with no job and no boyfriend, she starts a new job, as a  breakup doctor. But can she help others when her own love life is going up-side-down? How to trust in love ever after when her parents are getting divorce after so many years together?

Brook as a MC is a sweet character. She is always there for her best friend, always there for her family. But love always makes us blind, and the love therapist can't see the loss of the love in her own relationship. So the doctor becomes the detective in order to find out the possible other woman in her man's life. In the very same time, her mom leaves the home in order to follow her long-lost dream and become an actress. Brook can't believe, her parents are getting divorce and she can't do anything to change that. Brook might be the breakup doctor, but when it comes to parents, she is just a child. She loves them both and it's hard to take a side. She is a good adviser to other people, but when it comes to her own life and taking her own advises, she is definitely not good patient.