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

Blood Loss by, Kerena Swan.

Blood Loss by, Kerena Swan.

The publisher, Hobeck Books, kindly sent me a copy of this book, for an honest review.

As everyone who reads my reviews knows, I love books based on crime. It is no mystery that I crave adrenaline fuelled plots and this book did not disappoint. It is such a gripping thriller that I was kept on the edge of my seat from start to finish!

This book follows one plot but is written from the perspective of three different characters, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to follow this style of writing but, Kerena executed it perfectly, each chapter clearly states which character it’s based on and at what stage in the timeline so you won’t get confused.

I had mixed emotions whilst reading this book, I went from feeling pity at the beginning for one particular character to loathing them at the end! I felt admiration for another’s sheer determination even in the face of potential failure they never gave up!

I could see that a lot of research has been carried out to make this story believable. However, I hope Kerena deleted her search history as it could look rather suspicious!

Each chapter leaves little clues for you to try and piece together what’s really happening and on more than one occasion I went from thinking ‘I knew that was going to happen!’  to ‘well, I didn’t see that coming!’. I was very impressed with how Kerena tied up all the loose ends in a very unique way.

‘Blood Loss’ is an enthralling read leaving no doubt it will be a best-seller and I can’t wait to read more by this author in the future.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book please see the following links:

Hobeck Books

Amazon UK

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Let in the Light by, Gerard Nugent.

Let in the Light by, Gerard Nugent.

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

This book is a compelling read about the trials and tribulations of up and coming musicians and how sometimes, life doesn’t always go as we planned.

It’s full of believable characters that I think most readers will be able to relate to at least one of them. The plot is realistic and I’m unsure if it’s actually based on true events or not. Either way, fiction or nonfiction, Gerard’s writing style makes you believe it’s real and that is a sign of an excellent author!

The book covers a lot of important topics including drug use, anxiety, depression and navigating through life as a single parent.

The first half of the book jumps between past and present seamlessly, which helps the story flow and makes it easy to follow.
I did find it a little slow to start but it didn’t take long until I was invested in what was happening and I was eager to see the plot unfold.

I did guess the ending and I am pleased to report that I was incredibly happy with it however, I don’t feel like the story is fully finished and maybe there will be more to come in the future. I for one hope I’m right, hint hint Gerard!

I look forward to reading more by this author and I would recommend this book to everyone aged 16+.

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Mirabelle Has a Bad Day by Harriet Muncaster.

Mirabelle Has a Bad Day by Harriet Muncaster.

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

My little girl and I loved this book, it’s about a typical little girl who can’t keep her room tidy and forgets to put her broomstick and potions away, oh sorry, did I forget to mention that she’s half fairy and half witch!

My daughter was captivated by the story from the very first page. We actually finished this book in one sitting and she giggled her little head off at some of Mirabelle’s mishaps.

It’s such a lovely book with beautiful (full colour) illustrations.

The book has a few things to do when the story is over, you can read a sneak peek of the next book, make Witchy Cauldron cakes, complete a wordsearch and even do a quiz to determine if you’re a Fairy or a Witch (we’re both Fairy’s incase you wondered). I feel this is a very nice touch as it keeps the excitement going long after the story has ended.

We can’t wait to read more books from this author in the future!

If your little ones are fans of the ‘Amelia Fang’ series they will definitely enjoy the ‘Mirabelle’ series too.

I would highly recommend this book for all children aged 5+.

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Jessup by, Stephen Ainley.

Jessup by, Stephen Ainley.

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

I have reviewed all three of Stephen’s previous titles and I have enjoyed them all immensely. When he contacted me to review this one I was intrigued because he said it wasn’t like anything he’d written before.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and was pulled into the story feeling a real connection with the main character, Jessup.

This book raises an awareness of how war can cause more than just physical scars and highlights the seriousness of PTSD, serving as a poignant reminder that more needs to be done to help those who suffer from it.

“Jessup” has two plots running alongside each other seamlessly and each chapter reveals just enough clues to keep you turning the pages to discover the truth behind what haunts the protagonist.

Whilst reading this book I felt a multitude of emotions ranging from excitement and fear to pride, admiration and ultimately heartbreak.

I’m usually pretty good at guessing the ending of a book but I was completely blindsided by how beautifully Stephen tied everything together. I felt that it was a perfect conclusion for Jessup’s story, however, you’ll have to read it for yourself to see why.

I would recommend this book to everyone aged 12+.

If you would like to read my reviews of Stephen’s other work please click these links…

The Dennis Bisskit Adventures

Dennis Bisskit and the Man from Paris with the Very Large Head

Dennis Bisskit and the Bassett Hound from Beacons Bottom

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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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