Sunday, September 28, 2014

Book review: Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman

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

I've read a few memoirs in my life and some of them were really inspiring. So, when Hilary offered me her memoir for reviewing, I said to myself: "Well, why not?". And I wasn't wrong.

This is a story for a girl who I can easily compare with the ugly duckling that becomes a beautiful swan. From a shy girl who lost her father at the age of fourteen and was bullied at school, she becomes beautiful  and smart woman who knows what she wants from life. She is in a relationship with a guy she loves and he loves her, but he is afraid of commitment. I must admit that she has a lot of patience. I would kick this guy out of my life after a year or two. But not her. She gave him unconditional love and patience and she waited. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Book review: Batter Up by Robyn Neeley

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

Ok, baking, cakes, batter and romance. Ms. Neeley, you've got me. I love books that involve cakes and romance in them. So, let's talk about this book.

Do you believe in witches? Do you believe that the name of your soul mate is written in the stars, or should I say, in the batter? Well, the people of Buttermilk Falls, New York, do. Every week single men of Buttermilk Falls gather together at Emma's bakery to see the name of the soul mate of one of them appearing in the batter she bakes. Emma does a little bit magic and plays a matchmaker every week. But can she play a matchmaker for herself?

Book review: Prime Deception by Carys Jones

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Lorna Thomas had a great story. A story that she would sell for a lot of money. For the last six months Lorna had been the mistress of The Deputy Prime Minister. But John Quinn, the journalist in the most popular tabloid in London never had the chance to write the story. Lorna Thomas killed herself. 

The only person who really knows Lorna is her twin sister. Laura knows her sister better that anyone else and one thing is for certain, she did not commit a suicide. Lorna loved life, she would never ever kill herself. In order to find out what really happened, Laura takes Lorna's place, at work. Working together with The Deputy Prime Minister himself it is not an easy job at all. He loved Lorna and having Laura by his side is like a second chance. But for Laura is not that simple. Her whole life she tries to live in her own shoes, not her sisters'. She loves her sister very much but it's her own face that she wants to be seen. What really happened that night when Lorna's car crashed into a tree?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Book review: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

*Copy provided from NetGalley*

Broken Monsters is a book that really intrigued me. My feeling are mixed and not sure how to rate this book. There are intriguing parts that I like, and there are some parts that really confused me. So, let's start from the beginning. I'll try not to include spoilers.

The story starts with a found body. Not just a body, but half human, half deer. Yes, exactly that. To make the things worse, the victim is a young boy who already survived shooting couple of years ago. Detective Versado works on the case. Trying to solve this one of  a kind murder and catch this really sick killer, it's very hard for her to handle her personal life, especially her daughter Layla.

Like mother, like daughter. Layla has her mothers' sense of justice. With her best friend Cass, they hunt sexual maniacs on internet. Nothing is too dangerous for these girls.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Review: Murder Takes Patience by Giacomo Giammatteo

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Frankie Donovan finally settles down. With his girlfriend Kate and that little boy Alex, he finally has some kind of family. But things are far from perfect. The social services are after Alex since his drug-addict mom left him. Frankie, or FD as he calls him, is the closest thing to a father for Alex and he doesn't need another home. But the law says different things.

Two bodies have been found in a hotel room. Brutally killed, the two bodies of the lovers are found with a note. It seems that there is a serial killer on sight.

Getting on and on with the investigation, Frankie involves himself into a puzzle that seems it can not be solved. When the things get tough, friends are there for help, one particularly. That's all about: friendship, family, honor. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Book review: Charlotte's Restrained by Celia Kennedy

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Charlotte's dream to meet famous Des Bannerman finally comes true. Spending the vacation at same place as him, with a little help from her friends, she finally has a chance to meet him. With her best friend who is by the way, gorgeous Italian, Charlotte finally manages to meet the man of her dreams. But the paparazzi are all over, and soon her dream becomes nightmare. Everything is photographed from the wrong angle and a story that never happened hits the tabloids first thing in the morning. Things to be worse, the very famous Des Bannerman has a restraining order for Charlotte. Yes, a restraining order! Like she is a criminal, for God's sake! And suddenly, her best friend is getting married with no one else but Des Bannerman's best friend. And Charlotte can't attend the wedding. Why? Des Bannerman is the best man, and she has to stay 500 meters away from him! 

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

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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.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Review: That Night by Chevy Stevens

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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

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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?