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 single mother of a beautiful little girl and the owner of an amazing Border Collie. 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!

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I love all animals however I have an irrational fear of spiders (I blame the spider who tried to make my ear it’s home), favourite animal is a Monkey.

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I enjoy reading, I’ll read pretty much anything. I spend a lot of time reading books to my daughter too, Julia Donaldson books are our favourite.

I have recently started reviewing books and conducting the occasional author interview.  I thought I should have somewhere to publish all of them in one place. So, here it is…..

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

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A Year of Tiramisu by, L.J Brown.

A Year of Tiramisu by, L.J Brown.

I was kindly sent this book by, Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers in exchange for a honest review.

I found this book to be hilarious and heart breaking all at the same time. The author bares all in this book about her search for love after getting divorced!

The book is kind of like an adult version of Bridget Jones. When you’re reading it, you feel like you’re there listening to her tell you all about her latest conquests, mishaps and fantasies.

Whilst I found this book to be extremely funny, it also highlights the dangers that can occur whilst online dating!

This book ends with an almighty cliffhanger and I for one can’t wait to read what happens next.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who is getting divorced, who has been divorced or just anyone over the age of 18, who is open minded and wants to have a good giggle. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed as this book will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish.

Thirstonfield Halt by M.E Ellington and Steven Ellington.

Thirstonfield Halt by M.E Ellington and Steven Ellington.

I was kindly sent an advanced review copy of this book by the author, M E Ellington in exchange for an honest review.

When I first received this book I was a little dubious at first, as the topic of spirituality and mediums is not something that I know a lot about.

The book is based on real events that the co author, Steve Ellington, has experienced whilst working as a spiritualist himself.

Whether you believe in the spiritualist world or not, this book is well worth a read. It’s based in the North East, although the main town in this story is actually fictional. It has two stories running alongside each other and they match up seamlessly. The story is easy to follow and is an enjoyable read. It’s full of suspense and twists that will have you asking yourself a lot of questions about your own beliefs.

The end of the story has been left open so a sequel could be written. I would be interested to see how the series continues.

Due to some of the content, I would recommend this book for readers aged 18+.

Forever Disguised by, Annie Woods.

Forever Disguised by, Annie Woods.

I was kindly sent an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited to receive book 2 in the Angelheart Saga after previously reading and reviewing book 1, ‘First Came Forever’. Book 1 was left with a lot of loose ends and I’ve been filled with anticipation to read book 2, and I have not been disappointed!

Forever Disguised, follows on seamlessly from First Came Forever and, you are quickly reminded of the events that materialised in book 1.

I was instantly hooked from the first page and throughout reading it, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I went on an emotional rollercoaster whilst reading this book, I laughed and cried a lot, I even got a little angry at certain characters, this emphasises how much Annie’s writing engages with the readers, she literally pulls you into the story by arousing your curiosity which, makes you desperate to turn the page!

As in the first book the characters are well developed and believable, the storyline is just fantastic and has been executed perfectly. As usual Annie has left it with an almighty cliffhanger and I can’t wait for book 3 to be completed!

I liked the fact that Annie has brought in the real life struggles that homosexuals face on a daily basis. I think she has hit the nail on the head about how hiding the truth from your family can put strains on your relationship and also how having a good support network of friends can make a huge difference! Well done to Annie, for being brave enough to broach this subject and, for handling it perfectly!

If you like books that are packed full of heart-wrenching drama, passion and electrifying twists, then the Angelheart Saga is the perfect book for you!

I would highly recommend this book to everyone! However, to maximise enjoyment, I would suggest you read book one first. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

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Jason’s Awakening -Moonhunter Series by, Remy Marie.

Jason’s Awakening -Moonhunter Series by, Remy Marie.

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

I was very excited to read this book as I love all things related to werewolves. This book certainly did not disappoint and I was hooked from the beginning!

There were a lot of errors in the book and despite having to re-read the parts that contained errors, I was glued to the pages and I thoroughly enjoyed it!  I did mention this to the author prior to writing my review and, he has told me that the book is getting a re-write.

The characters and their actions are incredibly relatable, and, for a fantasy book, they’re also somewhat believable.

This book is full of emotions and I found myself crying at certain parts, and, the almighty cliff hanger has left me desperate to read more!

Because of the sexual content I would highly recommend this book for people aged 16+.

I look forward to reading more of the Moonhunter series.

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How To Help Someone With Cancer by, Shannon Benish.

How To Help Someone With Cancer by, Shannon Benish.

I was kindly sent this book by the author, in exchange for a honest review.

This book could be used as a tool to help a lot of people who have a loved one who has recently been diagnosed with cancer, or who is currently going through cancer treatment.

It is packed full of helpful tips on how you can help and support them by doing something that might seem meaningless to you but, could potentially mean the whole world to them! Some of the tips did seem to be a little obvious but, if you were reading this book because a loved one was ill, you probably wouldn’t find it obvious at the time.

As the author is American, the book is full of useful websites for American shops and hotels etc. The information is still relevant to readers outside of America, the websites for UK and the rest of the world’s readers would just be slightly different, but would be easy enough to locate.

This book could also be used as a tool for healthcare professionals who are just starting out their careers in oncology, they could utilise this book to gain insight into how to give the highest standards of care at all times.

The author tries to encourage readers to be blood and bone marrow donors, I didn’t see this as a bad thing as we do need more donors here in the UK and I’m sure the rest of the world also. However, some readers wouldn’t like seeing this repeated a few times in the book.

It was lovely to see that Erin is in remission and doing well at the end of the book as ultimately this has been written based on her experiences.

I would recommend anyone who knows someone who is newly diagnosed with cancer or someone who is currently having treatment to buy this book, as there will be at least one section that will be a huge benefit to you!

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Devolution of a Species by, M. E. Ellington.

Devolution of a Species by, M. E. Ellington.

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

I really enjoyed reading this book. It holds your attention and keeps you guessing until the very end. I found myself willing the characters to succeed and hoping that they would find a cure! It’s full of accurate descriptions of what would happen if a pandemic like this really occured.

The characters are well developed and believable, the writing style makes you feel like you’re there along side them experiencing what’s happening.

The book encourages you to ask a lot of questions, what would you do if humans were being hunted and, the world as you know it was changing? Would you run and hide, or stay and fight hoping for a cure? It also made me question my whole existence, were we created by God, or did we Evolve?

I would encourage everyone to be open minded and read this book. It’s packed full of adrenaline and will make you pleased that it’s fiction.

I look forward to reading future novels by this author.

They Said I Was Misguided by Evan Bloom.

They Said I Was Misguided by Evan Bloom.

I was kindly sent this book by the author, Evan Bloom, in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Evan has been extremely honest about parts of his life that most people would be too afraid to admit!  This book is extremely thought provoking and I honestly think anyone who can’t accept or understand LGBT, should buy a copy and be enlightened.

Parts of this book really made me feel for Evan. I couldn’t begin to imagine how I would cope if I was faced with a similar situation as he experienced!

This book takes you on a journey following Evans life. I really connected with the “characters”. It’s written in a way that makes you feel like you were there experiencing life along side him and his family and friends.

It’s such a shame that Evan ultimately had to choose between his family/religion and his sexuality. However, after reading Evans book, you soon realise that it takes a lot to
dampen his spirits.

This book has the potential to help so many people who are either struggling to cope with telling their friends/family that they’re gay or for the families and friends of someone who is gay.

I would wholeheartedly recommend everyone reads this book. I honestly don’t think I would have been able to be as strong as Evan!  Reading this book made me appreciate the struggle some gay people still go through in this day and age.

I look forward to reading future books from Evan Bloom.

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