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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WHSmiths:

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Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria by, J. M. Bergen.

Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria by, J. M. Bergen.

I was kindly sent a copy of the book by Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to be asked to read this book as I have previously reviewed book one and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I knew I would be in for another magical ride full of adventure and I was most definitely right.

This book picks up right where book one ends, with the boys back home enjoying ‘normal’ life but, not for long!

It’s jam packed with action, adventure, magic and humour, it’s full of valuable lessons that all young readers should learn.
The book shows that with practice and determination you can accomplish anything. It also shows you that you have to appreciate the skills of others because sometimes, teamwork is essential and above all, it shows you that you need to believe in yourself.

The writing style has the readers excitement building with every turn of the page making this book incredibly hard to put down.

Whilst reading this book I felt a lot of strong emotions throughout. I was excited, proud, nervous, happy and at times I got a little upset even shedding a tear or two but, don’t worry they didn’t last long, then I was right back on the edge of my seat eagerly waiting to see what will happen next.

During the book you follow Thomas and Enrique’s fast tracked training to master their newly acquired magical abilities because they haven’t got long before they have to save the world, again!

I would say this book could be enjoyed as a stand alone as there are only a few references made of certain events in book one, however, for maximum enjoyment I would always suggest reading book one first.

I’m eagerling awaiting book 3 which is expected to be published in 2021.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoyed book one and also to readers of any age who enjoy being taken on action packed magical adventures, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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The Water’s Edge by, Martin Morton.

The Water’s Edge by, Martin Morton.

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

I was intrigued to read this book. The blurb on the back stated that it’s all about sexual discoveries and pushing boundaries whilst starting a new, long-distance relationship.

The book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before being that it starts in the middle of a conversation between Claudia and Jack and whilst I feel that a prologue would have been useful to introduce us to these two main characters, it really didn’t take me long to understand what was going on.

There’s a lot of dialogue throughout and at times I found it difficult to distinguish who was who during a conversation. The further into the book I got, I started to be able to differentiate between the characters due to the language used.

The author writes in a way that makes you physically see the characters develop throughout the chapters. You can feel the intense bond between Claudia and Jack and you fully understand why Claudia’s journey is so important for their relationship to work, in spite of the distance between them.

On the whole, this book is very interesting. The character development was carried out perfectly and you were made to feel like you were alongside Claudia during her journey of sexual discovery.

Even though this isn’t my preferred genre, I’m still eager to see how Claudia’s journey continues. This is down to the author writing such a compelling story with incredibly interesting characters.

This book is extremely graphic and predominantly about sex. However, I know many people will enjoy this and I would highly recommend it to them, especially those who are interested in reading about BDSM.

I strongly advise this to be strictly for readers over the age of 18, due to the sexual content and the language being very explicit which some readers may find offensive. That being said, I’m presuming readers of this kind of book are not likely to be of a sensitive disposition!

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Fallen Victim by, John T. Leonard.

Fallen Victim by, John T. Leonard.

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

I was particularly excited to read this book as I haven’t read many crime thrillers where the good guys are allegedly the bad guys.
Even though you hear about stuff like this happening in ‘real-life’, this book is pure fiction!

I was drawn in from the very first page, it gets straight into the nitty-gritty. The author doesn’t waste time getting to the point, they just hit the ground running. It’s fast-paced and at moments, incredibly intense. As the plot unravelled before my eyes, I found myself perched on the edge of my seat a lot.

The author makes you go from disliking characters to fully supporting them the next. I felt like I was willing them to succeed so much at times, I should have had some pom poms because I was like their own personal cheerleader.

This book is incredibly informative and enjoyable. If like me, you’re fascinated about what happens during a trial and the process of being sent to prison, you’re going to love it! The fact that the author is still an active Police Officer helps to paint an incredibly detailed picture, making the plot believable and the characters relatable.

I found one particular part to be heartbreaking and because I’m such a girl, I did shed a few tears (I can’t explain why so, you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out).

I would highly recommend this book to everyone aged 16+.
Go buy a copy, you won’t be disappointed. Trust me.

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Poetic Rapture : The Gentle Dominant by J.L. Thomas.

Poetic Rapture : The Gentle Dominant by J.L. Thomas.

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

The blurb piqued my interest and, I was excited to see what journey I would be taken on.

Unfortunately, the writing style was stilted and seemed to be very repetitive in the early chapters, which resulted in a lot of effort to try and be fully immersed in the story. If I’m honest, I nearly gave up finishing it. However, I did persist with it, and I’m pleased that I did because, the writing started to flow more easily, the story really began to develop and I was intrigued to see how it would all pan out!

This book is not for the faint-hearted, the main themes are about a dominant & submissives relationship. You’re pulled into the story, albeit slowly, and you feel a real connection with the main characters. You’re taken on a rollercoaster of emotions as you feel their excitement, love and heartbreak.

This book did seem similar to a well-known trilogy (you know the one I’m talking about) but, at the same time, completely different, you’ll have to read it for yourself you’ll see what I mean!

I’m still really looking forward to reading the next book, as I need to know what happens next.

I would recommend this to anyone who’s, open-minded and aged 18+. This book would especially appeal to those who are interested in the world of dominants and submissives.

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A Year of SINatra by, L.J. Brown.

A Year of SINatra by, L.J. Brown.

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

L.J Brown is back with another book which to me, feels like a prequel to, ‘A Year of Tiramisu’. She walks us through her experiences of getting her first book published. She also gives us a more in-depth look at her life, post-divorce and of course, post-tiramisu consumption.

L.J’s ‘bares all’ attitude makes for a very addictive read, she tells us all about the highs and lows she encountered after becoming a fully-fledged author and again, her trials and tribulations of her sex life.

This book is as hilarious and unfortunately, as heartbreaking as the first. LJ’s style of writing pulls you fully into the story which keeps you eagerly turning the pages.

She makes you feel like you’ve been part of her journey from the beginning. You feel the raw emotions that she felt and you end up hating people you’ve never even met (I’m talking about you Fancy Pants and Fox!).

This book ends on the mother of all cliffhangers which leaves readers desperate for more! I’m fascinated to find out what happens next. So LJ, if you read this, please hurry up writing book 3!

I would recommend this book to everyone with an open mind aged 18+ to read this hilariously explicit book.

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