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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The Veiled Thread by, Stephen Twartz.

The Veiled Thread by, Stephen Twartz.

I was kindly sent a copy of this book by the publisher, Pegasus Elliott Mackenzie Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to review this book because I have never read anything from the genre  Historical Fiction before. As much as I am fascinated about the past and what happened to make us who we are today it’s a genre I’ve always (subconsciously) avoided. Well not anymore, I will definitely be more open to reviewing more of this genre from now on.

This book followed the lives of one family but, it is split between the past and present. I did find this style a little tricky to get my head around and I found myself at times favouring the chapters focusing on the past. That being said, it didn’t take long until I was hooked. I had a desperate need to know what was happening to Sulli, Joe and Jimmy during the war and at the same time trying to piece together what affect their actions in 1914 would have on Harry and Rose’s lives decades later.

Stephens ability to make you constantly jump from feeling empathy towards a character one minute to cursing them for causing such heartache the next is applaudable and I feel this is why I found this book so compelling.

This book perfectly highlighted the tragic affects that war can have on a person. How the (sometimes) necessary actions of one can haunt them for the rest of their lives. Demonstrating how easily PTSD can tear apart families and friendships. It highlights the importance of raising awareness of it because it can at times be incredibly difficult to spot and if untreated can lead to devastation amongst loved ones.

At the end of The Veiled Thread there is a sneak peek of Stephen’s next book and it sounds as if it’s going to be just as enthralling as this one was.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone aged 16+. Especially those readers who enjoy Historical fiction.

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Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball by, Laura Ellen Anderson.

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball by, Laura Ellen Anderson.

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

I have always been a fan of vampire books so when I was given the opportunity to review a children’s book where the main character was a vampire I was thrilled.

Amelia Fang is a lovable little vampire who has the world’s cutest pet pumpkin called squashy and the BEST friends ever!
This book follows them on their very first Fang-tabulous adventure.

My little girl (aged 5) enjoyed this book so much that we actually read it over two nights!

The book offers an alternative reality where creatures of the light (fairy’s and kittens) are mean and creatures of the night (vampire’s and grim reapers) are nice.

It’s a fun story which is engaging throughout. My daughter loved the illustrations especially the ones of Squashy, she desperately wants her own pet pumpkin now (a dog and a hamster clearly aren’t enough pets for one girl).

The book is recommended for readers aged 7-10 but, this book could definitely be enjoyed by the whole family. So, go buy a copy and get comfortable because you’re in for a frightfully entertaining journey to Nocturnia!

It’s full of important lessons about teamwork and being kind to others. But, most importantly, it shows children that they shouldn’t be afraid of people who are different from them.

My daughter had the following things to say about this book:

“It was so funny when Prince Tangine got covered in goblin-slime”

‘I liked the picture of the unicorn tree’

“Can I have a pet Squashy, please?”

“I want you to read all the books on the back to me”

“It was funny when Amelia and Grimaldi pretended to be a mummy maid”

“Yuck, they ate worms. I dont want to eat worms!”


My daughter and I would love to read more story’s about Amelia and her friends in the future and we would highly recommend this book to everyone with young children

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The Beast and the Bethany by, Jack Meggitt-Phillips.

The Beast and the Bethany by, Jack Meggitt-Phillips.

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

I read this book to my 5 year old daughter and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. She was fully engaged whilst listening and she would ask lots of questions. We would read a few chapters every night and she was able to perfectly recap what had happened the previous night which demonstrated to me how much she truly enjoyed listening to this story.

The books recommended reading age is 8 and up but as with my daughter, I think younger children may also enjoy having it read to them (but, don’t forget the voices, my daughter particularly enjoyed my Beast impression).

The illustrations in this book are spectacular with so much detail with every drawing, my daughter and I would enjoy looking at each and every one of them. She would enjoy discussing what she could see in each picture, spending extra time looking and discussing some pictures longer than others (page 78/79, 138/139 & 220/221 incase you wondered which ones).

When I finished reading the book to my daughter I asked her what she thought of it and she genuinely said the following:

“I hope he doesn’t hurt Claudette she was my favourite”

“I liked the bit where the beast shrunk best

“It was a little bit scary but a lot funny”

“I wish I had a full picture of the beast when he was ginormous and when he was teeny weeny”

“Bethany was funny when she was naughty and I liked it when she hid the whoopie cushions”

“Can we read the next book now, please?”

I think it’s safe to say she enjoyed this book and I would definitely be interested in reading ‘The Beast and the Bethany 2’ to her when it’s published.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone with children who are confident independent readers and also to those with younger children who don’t scare easily.

But remember, beware of the beast, he likes to bite!

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Primus, by John T. Leonard.

Primus, 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 previously reviewed for John so I was thrilled when he asked me to review for him again.

Primus is a crime suspense novel like no other I’ve ever read. I can normally guess the plot straight away but not this time (ask John, he’ll tell you) I was fully immersed in this book, imagining walking alongside Tom while his whole life is turned upside down.

As a nurse I am fully aware of the complexity’s of mental illness and I’m fascinated with personality disorders. It is sometimes hard to demonstrate this in a novel but, John has carried this out expertly .

Just when you think you’ve figured it all out something else is unearthed to throw a spanner in the works and you have to continue adding pieces to the thrilling puzzle that is Tom’s life.

You’re taken on a roller coaster of emotions (confusion, sadness, admiration and anger) whilst reading this book from the first page to the very last.

I was desperate to see what would happen next whilst at the same time not wanting the story to come to an end.

The ending was poignant, emotional and perfect, you’ll have to read it for yourself to see why!

I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in personality disorders and even to those who aren’t. Basically, if you enjoy reading, you’ll enjoy this book.


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Written in the Stars by, Ruth Brooks

Written in the Stars by, Ruth Brooks

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

I was incredibly excited to read this book as I’ve never read anything from the genre, ‘Chick-Lit’ before so I didn’t really know what to expect and because I usually prefer to read thrillers I was a little apprehensive that this genre wouldn’t be ‘my cup of tea’. How wrong could I be? I was drawn in from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down, I even read it in a few hours! I was surprisingly impressed with this book and I’ve now been converted into a fan of ‘Chick-Lit’, all thanks to the talents of, Ruth Brooks!

Her writing style pulls you into the story right from the beginning, the way she describes events actually makes you feel like you’re there experiencing everything for yourself first hand. I felt a lot of emotions whilst reading this book, I laughed, cried, got angry, felt proud and even felt a little nervous and scared at times!

To be able to make readers feel connected to characters and physically experience their emotions is incredibly important to fully captivate and hold their attention until the very last page and Ruth has achieved this flawlessly.

It’s an easy feel-good read, full of unexpected twists along the way that even had me fooled, which I have to admit is quite refreshing because that doesn’t happen very often! The characters are incredibly relatable and the plot is realistic, which helps you completely lose yourself in this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this from start to finish and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

I was left asking myself a lot of questions about my own celebrity fantasies, and wondering what I would do if I had a night alone with my number one celebrity from my ‘list’ (everyone has a ‘list’, right?!), would I grab the opportunity with both hands or, let it slip away, regretting my inaction forever? You’ll have to read the book for yourself to find out if you would ask the same questions and most importantly, would you make the same choices as, Amy?

Ruth’s attention to detail is praiseworthy, you can clearly see that a lot of research has been put into this book to make it believable, well, as believable as a work of fiction can be!

I would recommend this to everyone aged 16+ and especially to those who are fans of books by, Sophie Kinsella and Beth O’Leary.
Let’s face it, everyone has a celebrity crush and dreams of meeting them one day, don’t they?!

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1784657662/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1598522508&sr=8-1

Pegasus Publishers:

https://pegasuspublishers.com/books/ruth-brooks/written-in-the-stars

WHSmiths:

https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/written-in-the-stars/ruth-brooks/paperback/9781784657666.html

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