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

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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If you would like to read my reviews for John’s other work please click the following links:

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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337 by,M. Jonathan Lee.

337 by,M. Jonathan Lee.

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


I have reviewed for a previous book of M. Jonathan Lee in the past so I was more than happy to receive a copy of this one. Especially when the selling point of the book is “nothing is as it seems”. And the design of the book definitely adds to that description. You can pick up this book and start reading it from either the front or the back*. And, the title of the book ‘337’ is also the mirror image of the surname of the author. Very clever idea and kudos to whoever came up with the idea originally!

I found this book quite slow to get into and there were some parts that left me with a lot of questions. “Why am I being told this?” “Why is he doing that?” “Will I ever find out what’s really going on?” Well, I can say that the majority of my questions did get answered but, the book still ended on an almighty cliffhanger. I don’t actually know if there will be a sequel or if we have to use our own imagination to answer the questions left unanswered!?
That being said, once I was a few chapters in, I couldn’t put the book down, I needed to know what would be unearthed next.

Lee’s ability to paint a picture with his words is applaudable. He spins an intricate web interweaving the past and the present, he keeps his cards incredibly close to his chest only revealing snippets of information at any one time. He reveals just enough to keep his reader’s dangling on the hook whilst eagerly turning the pages.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is aged 18+. Due to some of the content of this book, reader discretion is advised.


*Please note the double-ended upside-down opening for this book is available in books ordered in hard copy from UK booksellers only.


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Hideous Beauty by, William Hussey.

Hideous Beauty by, William Hussey.

I bought this book as part of a book club and I’m so glad that I did.

It’s beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. It covers some extremely important issues that are essential for all young adults to learn and understand.

Unfortunately, in this world the LGBTQ community still have to fight for their rights and this book demonstrates how hard it can be for some, to just simply live their lives happily!

There is sensitive content that some readers may find distressing but, I can honestly say, William Hussey has written this book perfectly. His ability to draw his readers into the story is remarkable.
It’s full of twists and turns that even the most observant reader will struggle to see coming.  I was completely blindsided when the final piece of the puzzle fell into place.

The book jumps between the past and present regularly but, the story is incredibly easy to follow and the chapter headings tell you if it’s focusing on the past or the present so there shouldn’t be any confusion whatsoever.

The final chapter is incredibly emotive and I would suggest having a box of tissues ready!

I would highly recommend this book to everyone with an open mind.

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Oil and Water by, Lara Ann Dominick.

Oil and Water by, Lara Ann Dominick.

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

Anyone who knows me knows I love all things Vampire! My obsession started when I was a young girl and a friend introduced me to the Blade movies and I’ve been fascinated ever since! So, when Lara asked me if I wanted to review her book I was thrilled and was very excited to read it.

I can happily report that Oil and Water has not disappointed this die hard vampire loving book reviewer!

It’s full of unexpected twists that you will not see coming. Each chapter is more intense than the last leaving you desperate for more and trust me, you will find it incredibly hard to put this book down (I know I did).

The characters are incredibly relatable (the human ones obviously) and you can’t help but let yourself become fully invested in them. Lara’s writing style makes you feel their emotions and you’ll find yourself imagining that you’re right there beside them experiencing everything first hand. I found myself perched on the edge of my seat, on more than one occasion.

This story starts off with two different stories running along side each other which eventually join up (can’t say much more without ruining the big reveal, sorry!).

It’s not often that I say this but, the ending was absolute perfection! It ties everything off nicely which leads me to believe that their won’t be a sequel. However, if there is one, I would definitely read it.

I would highly recommend this book to every vampire loving reader out there, they definitely won’t be disappointed.
Due to some of the content I would recommend this book for readers aged 16+.

The ARC by, John T. Leonard.

The ARC by, John T. Leonard.

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

I have reviewed some of John’s other work and thoroughly enjoyed his writing style so, when he approached me to review this one explaining it’s nothing like his previous work I was instantly intrigued and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

The ARC is a children’s book, written to help its readers understand why certain things happen in life and as someone who was bullied as a child it’s a book I wished existed when I was at school, it definitely would have helped me!

I was fully invested in the story and I was fascinated with how the complexity of the plot was articulated in such a way that it would be enjoyable for both children and adults alike.

The book reminded me of the very popular life simulation video game that was first released almost 21 years ago (feel old yet?)

If you know a young person who is being bullied, I would highly recommend you buy them this book. It’s packed full of important lessons that will not only help them understand why it may be happening to them but also, there’s clever tips on how to try and prevent it happening again in the future.

As always, I look forward to reading more of John’s work in the future.

If you would like to read more of my reviews of John’s work you can find them here, Primus, Fallen Victim.

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The Flip Side by, James Bailey.

The Flip Side by, James Bailey.

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

Josh’s whole life is turned upside down and in one moment he loses everything, literally everything but, he quickly finds a quirky and quite frankly genius way to deal with it.

This book is a modern day romance with realistic characters in extremely relatable circumstances!
You’ll be taken on a whirlwind journey full of love, heartbreak, passion, hilarious mishaps and most importantly self discovery.

I loved this book from start to finish, I struggled to put it down. I was fully invested in it. I laughed, cried and clung to the edge of my seat full of anticipation of what will happen next.
With every turn of the page I could feel the excitement building and just when you think ‘this is it’, something terrible happens and you feel Josh’s pain as he has to overcome yet more obstacles!

You can’t help but imagine what it would be like being in Josh’s situation and wondering how you would cope with it all! Would you leave all of your life changing decisions upto a coin flip?

I found myself willing the coin to land in certain ways and being excited when it did and cursing it when it didn’t (you’ll have to read it yourself to find out why).

Let’s face it who wouldn’t love someone to chase them around the world hoping fate will be on their side while they desperately try to find you?

I found myself relating to Sunflower girls’ idea about not finishing a book because I really didn’t want this one to end, I would quite happily read more books following Josh and Sunflower girls’ relationship.

James Bailey, if you read this review, please write me a sequel. Go on, I dare you. Grab a coin and flip it, heads means you write tails means you don’t, what have you got to lose?

I also think this should be turned into a movie, I can already see it now, Sunflower girl played by Emilia Clarke with Eddie Redmayne as Josh…

I would highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a good romance! I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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