Welcome to my blog.

Welcome to my blog.

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


I should probably tell you a little about myself. Where to begin…… I’m a proud single mother, the owner of a Border Collie, a little hamster and freshwater fish!


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 also spend a lot of time reading Children’s books too, Laura Ellen Anderson and Jack Meggitt-Phillips are firm favourites in our house.

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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

Mark of a Demon by, Despoina Kemeridou.

Mark of a Demon by, Despoina Kemeridou.

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

This is a short story, only 8 chapters long and I devoured it in under an hour!

This book is written incredibly well, it has been translated from Greek to English and unlike other books I’ve read where English isn’t the first language, you can’t really tell this has happened.

Mark of a Demon is a modern day fairytale with a touch of darkness which to me, is akin to Twilight. It explores many different themes including a mother’s unconditional love, sacrifice and the true value of life (I can’t say much more or else it will spoil it for those who would like to read it).

Due to this book being a short story I was left wanting/needing more, it doesn’t end on a cliff hanger it has been finished beautifully however, I want to know what happens next. I strongly believe this could be made into a full novel and it would be amazing if that actually happened (hint hint Despoina).

I am looking forward to reading more by this author in the future.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone (16+) who enjoys reading paranormal romances.

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Daria’s Daughter by, Linda Huber.

Daria’s Daughter by, Linda Huber.

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

Where do I start with describing how I felt reading this book?!

I was taken on an intense roller coaster ride, jam packed full of emotions from start to finish. I went from being shocked to devastated then heartbroken to elated in practically every chapter of this book.

Being a single parent myself, I strongly related to one of the main characters and consequently the story really hit home with me. Needless to say, I was incredibly relieved to read it had a happy ending.

This book is very well written, as I found my attention enticed from the very first page and it not being relinquished until the very last. Trust me, you’ll find it almost impossible to put down and so I strongly suggest you don’t start this book right before bed time!

I certainly look forward to enjoying more from this author and highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading thrillers.

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The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by, Helen Rutter.

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by, Helen Rutter.

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

This is such an uplifting and inspirational read.

Yes it has a few sad parts (I may or may not have cried once or twice) but overall, it’s a hilarious feel good story about a young boy with a speech impediment just trying to survive school whilst searching for a cure.

I loved how each chapter starts with a little joke typical of those that you would catch children telling each other in the playground. To me, these are definitely the funniest ones around and was a perfect addition to the story.

I’m not sure where the idea came from for this book, (whether it’s based on a true story or complete fiction), but I think it would be a useful tool for many children and of course adults with stammers to use as a reminder that they can still achieve anything they put their minds to!

This book will also help those without a speech impediment understand the value and necessity of patience in giving someone afflicted, the time they need and deserve to express themselves.

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh is a beautifully written, laugh out loud easy read. Once you start, you’ll be having so much fun (learning a joke or two along the way) that you won’t want to put it down.

I for one will be looking forward to reading more books by this author in the future and I would 100% recommend it to absolutely everyone if only for the fact there are a lot of valuable lessons we could all learn!

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Hunted by, Antony Dunford

Hunted by, Antony Dunford

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

As everyone knows by now, I absolutely love thrillers so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of this book.

Anthony’s writing style is like no other that I’ve read before, (I’m used to fast paced thrillers) so this book did take me a lot longer to get stuck into. It wasn’t until the last few chapters that I felt the speed increased to a pace I’m more accustomed to.

This book is well written and incredibly informative about Kenya, a place I was lucky enough to visit once when I was younger!
It also highlights the necessity of animal conservation and why it’s important to stamp out poaching.

Anthony’s passion certainly comes across in his writing and I would think he has visited a few animal conservation centers in his time.

You’re kept guessing right until the very end about the fate of our heroine, Jane and as well as a few unexpected bumps along the way there is a huge twist at the end which I didn’t see coming.

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves animals and strongly dislikes poachers.

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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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