Welcome to my blog.

Welcome to my blog.

Hello everyone, I’m Laura and this is my very first blog, eek!

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I should probably tell you a little about myself. Where to begin…… I’m a single mother of a beautiful little girl and the owner of an amazing Border Collie and a little hamster called Buddy! Well, Buddy belongs to my daughter but, I love him, he’s super cute.


I’m an open water diver for Kynren (Google it, you’ll be amazed). I love all things Disney, Eminem and Harry Potter. My favourite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast and my favourite Harry Potter character is Dobby!

I enjoy reading, I’ll read pretty much anything. I spend a lot of time reading books to my daughter too, Julia Donaldson and David Walliams books are firm favourites.

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Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, I hope you find my reviews useful.

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Feel free to contact me, I love to know what people think about my reviews.

You can use the contact section on here or you can find me on Twitter: @laurasarjeant89 or Instagram: @lostinabookreview

Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords by, Laura Ellen Anderson.

Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords by, Laura Ellen Anderson.

I bought this book for my little girl to add to her growing collection of bedtime stories.

This is the second in the Amelia Fang series and my little girl was so excited to be transported back to the world of Nocturnia, she was captivated from the very first page.

She could remember all of the characters from the first book and she could even remember what had happened so I didn’t have to do a little recap to make her understand anything. Which, I think shows just how entertaining and engaging Laura’s books actually are!

This books carries a very powerful message that you shouldn’t be afraid of something/someone that you don’t know/understand just because you’re told they’re scary. You should always take the time to get to know them first and not judge them based on other people’s opinions (apart from when it comes to children talking to strangers, obviously!).

The illustrations in this book are beautiful and my little girl still wants her very own pet Squashy, especially since Tangine now has one for himself too!

I know my little girl will enjoy reading this story when she’s older and if she had her own way she would make me read her these books repeatedly everynight!

My daughter and I can’t wait to start reading the next book in this FANG-TASTIC series, Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief and I will be buying the rest of the books in the series very soon!

I would recommend this book to everyone aged 7+.
Although, younger children would also enjoy having this story read to them!

If you would like to see my review of the first book in this series, ‘Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball’ click here.

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Unipiggle the Unicorn Pig – Unicorn Muddle by, Hannah Shaw.

Unipiggle the Unicorn Pig – Unicorn Muddle by, Hannah Shaw.

I bought this book for my little girl to add to her growing collection of bedtime stories.

My daughter is a huge animal lover and she loves Unicorns, she has always wanted to meet a real life one and now, she is desperate to meet a real life Unipig!

She giggled from start to finish with this book and she adored the illustrations. We actually read this book in one night she just couldn’t get enough of it.

I know my little girl will enjoy reading this story when she’s older and she will probably read it time and time again.

I will definitely be buying her the rest of the Unipiggle series when they’re published later this year.

I would recommend this book to everyone aged 6+.
Although, younger children would also enjoy having this story read to them!


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Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog – Best Friends Forever by, Claire Barker.

Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog – Best Friends Forever by, Claire Barker.

I bought this book for my little girl to add to her growing collection of bedtime stories.

As the title suggests the story starts on a very sad topic, the death of a beloved pet dog. However, I promise you, it doesn’t stay sad for very long and it does have a happy ending.

My little girl loves this book and she would have quite happily sat and listened to the whole book in one sitting. She spent most of her time giggling and she was filled with such anticipation to see if the SOS gang could help save the Pepper residence – Starcross Hall.

After finishing this book my daughter asked me if our beloved dog Max would come back as a ghost when he dies like Knitbone did for Winnie. As she’s only 5 and a little too young to understand the concept of the rainbow bridge just yet, I did the typical mammy thing and said “yes, of course he will” (I’ll worry about that little fib when she’s older).

This book is beautifully illustrated and the language used is perfect for younger readers who are confident reading independently.

Surprisingly Orlando was my little girls favourite character, closely followed by Knitbone himself (even though she thinks he has a very silly name).

My daughter and I are excited to start the next book in the Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog series (The Last Circus Tiger).

I would recommend this book to everyone aged 7+.

Although, younger readers like my little girl (who is 5 years old) will also enjoy having this story read to them.

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Amari and the Night Brothers by, B.B. Alston.

Amari and the Night Brothers by, B.B. Alston.

I was kindly sent a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

The best way I can describe this books is to say that it’s like Percy Jackson,  Harry Potter and The Men in Black all rolled into one and that pretty much sums up Amari and the Night Brothers.

It’s a fabulous story that will captivate audiences young and old. I read parts of this to my 5 year old and she enjoyed it. I will certainly be encouraging her to read this book independently when she’s older.

The book is full of magical twists and turns throughout the book that will keep readers guessing right until the very end. I’m hoping there is a sequel as the world needs more books about Amari Peters.

This book has been written in such a clever way that young readers will actually believe that the supernatural world exists. This will help enhance their own imaginations.

The main theme throughout this book is that anything is possible if you just believe in yourself and give every task 100%.  It also helps demonstrate that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, what you look like (or if you’re a dragon or a magician) it’s what’s inside that counts and you should always be kind to others.

I look forward to reading more books by this author and hope one day to see Amari and the Night Brothers on the big screen.

I would recommend this book to everyone aged 8+.

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Sleeping Dogs by, Wendy Turbin

Sleeping Dogs by, Wendy Turbin

I was kindly sent a copy of this book for free by the publisher, Hobeck Books in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to read this book as I’m a huge fan of crime and when I found out this book had a paranormal twist I was intrigued to see what journey I would be taken on.

I found it a little slow to get into but once the plot started unravelling I was eager to find out what had happened and to find out if justice would ever be served.

The book is full of twists that ensure you’re guessing until the very last page. There aren’t any loose ends with this book which I think makes the book even more enjoyable. I love a cliffhanger as much as the next person but I do dislike when there’s a lot of unanswered questions.

Wendy’s book is full of believable characters and there’s a few investigations taking place at the same time but don’t worry, it’s not complex and incredibly easy to follow.

I would recommend this book to fans of crime fiction and the TV show ‘Silent Witness’. You won’t be disappointed.

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Over Her Dead Body by, A B Morgan.

Over Her Dead Body by, A B Morgan.

I was kindly sent a copy of this book by the publisher, Hobeck Books in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to read this book, simply because of one sentence ‘Can Gabby’s death change her life?’ I knew instantly this book wasn’t going to be your average crime novel and boy was I right! This book is full of believable characters, a facinating plot and more twists and turns than a helter skelter!

A B Morgan’s writing had me hooked from the very first page and the further into the book I got the more my desperation to learn the truth increased. I was completely blindsided to how this book ended. Keeping me guessing right until the very end is generally a hard task as I’m usually able to guess the ending pretty early on!

I loved the quirkyness of some of the main characters and found myself chuckling away to myself reading certain parts (wait till you ‘meet’ Connie, she’s hilarious).
I found myself utterly flabbergasted at the scenario of a very much living person being registered as dead.

You can tell that a lot of research has gone into this book which adds to the validity of the story making it even more enthralling because let’s face it, who doesn’t  love a good murder mystery! Move aside Sherlock Holmes, there’s a new detective in town and I for one can’t wait to read more books about Peddyr Quirk!

I would highly recommend this book to everyone who loves books with out of the ordinary plots and characters, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

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The Places I’ve Cried in Public by, Holly Bourne.

The Places I’ve Cried in Public by, Holly Bourne.

This was my bookclubs February read and I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey Holly Bourne has taken me on.

It was one hell of a rollercoaster! I laughed and cried my way through this book. It covers an extremely difficult subject that I feel is vitally important that all young adults should be made aware of but (I hope) never ever have to experience.

As a sufferer of low self esteem, I found myself really relating to Amelie and I just wanted to climb into the pages and give her a huge cuddle and a hard shake at the same time. I found it incredibly difficult to put this book down and pretty much read it in one sitting. I was hooked from the very first page.

Holly’s writing style is flawless, she expertly jumps from Amelie’s past and present experiences whilst fully keeping you engaged as if you’re a part of the story.

I desperately didn’t want this story to end and I would have loved to read more about Alfie and Hannah but, the ending is perfect. Trust me, you’ll close the book with a smile on your face albeit with a blotchy face from all of the crying you will have done throughout the book!

I would recommend this book to everyone aged 16+. Due to the extremely sensitive topics covered throughout, reader discretion is advised.

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The Angel of Whitehall by, Lewis Hastings.

The Angel of Whitehall by, Lewis Hastings.

I was kindly sent a copy of this book by the publisher, Hobeck Books in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to read this book because I was told it was heavily based upon a true story and I was instantly intrigued.

It took me a little while to get into this book. As I was reading it, I had this feeling that I was missing something as the book constantly refers to incidents that happened to the main characters in the past, so I had to contact the author to check. He confirmed my suspicions that although this has been published as a standalone, there are 3 previous books that tie the story together nicely. I strongly believe that I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read his previous work first.

The storyline is incredibly complex but let’s face it, the book is referring to people smuggling, so it isn’t exactly going to be straightforward. It’s relatively easy to follow and I only found myself getting confused with characters, however this is no reflection on the writing style of the author, it’s more the fact I’ve never read a book like this before.

The book is jam-packed full of adrenaline and a lot of “whodunnit”, you’re constantly guessing who is innocent and guilty. I found myself admiring a character one minute, suspecting and disliking him the next and then skip forward a few chapters, back round to admiring him again! This is definitely a credit to Lewis’ writing style. He’s able to make you have connections with his characters and feel like you’re a detective working towards solving an almost unsolvable crime.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves crime fiction, especially those based in the UK.

I would suggest for maximum enjoyment, buying and reading Lewis’ first 3 books too.

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Vindicated by, John T. Leonard.

Vindicated by, John T. Leonard.

I was kindly sent a copy of this book by the author, John T. Leonard in exchange for an honest review.

I have reviewed for John in the past and I have always enjoyed his work and this one is no exception! It’s fast-paced and incredibly factual (although 100% fictional) which adds to the enjoyment of reading it. 

The book is written in a way that makes everything seem real, it’s based on believable situations and incredibly relatable characters. Some are lovable while others are loathsome!
You’ll forget you’re reading a book and feel like you’re there experiencing it all first hand. Walking alongside Marshall as he’s trying to right a multitude of wrongs! You can’t help but lose yourself in the story.

You’ll be taken on an eye opening rollercoaster ride from the very first page and you will find it incredibly difficult to put the book down so, be prepared to be perched on the edge of your seat full of anticipation with every turn of the page.

I have no experience of being inside a courtroom and I don’t really know anything about law so, I was completely captivated by this plot. I was utterly dumbfounded at how a seemingly open and shut case can be so easily manipulated (you’ll have to buy the book to see what I mean).

I would highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys crime fiction jam-packed full of suspense.

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The ARC.

Primus.

Fallen Victim.

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The Windmill by, K. Lewis Adair.

The Windmill by, K. Lewis Adair.

I was kindly sent a copy of this book by the publisher, Troubadour Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first Historical fiction book I’ve ever reviewed and I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s like no other book I’ve ever read and I have been taken on one eye opening journey!

To say I enjoyed this book would be an understatement. I was captivated by it. There are a number of separate events (past and present) being told simultaneously but, slowly they all begin to intertwine until you’re left with two people trying to work out how all of the events actually connect to form their ancestry.

I know what you’re thinking and yes, the way I’ve explained it does sound like it’s going to be a confusing book but, I promise you it’s not! It’s beautifully written and after a few chapters you can start to see things connecting and you will be filled with such excitement you can’t help but keep turning the pages!

There is an almighty cliffhanger at the end that I can guarantee will leave readers desperate for a sequel. Well, I have it on good authority that the sequel is being written and, I for one can’t wait for it to be published.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone.

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