Book Review: Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey @StMartinsPress @ReaFrey_Author #NetGalley #NotHerDaughter #amreading #bookblog #bookreviewp

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a Review. Publication date: 21/7/18, 352 pages. This story revolves around Emma Townsend, a 5 year old girl. She is a quiet, beaten-down child, largely down to her crass, uncaring mother, Amy. Amy has another child, Robbie, but has never bonded with her first born and… Continue reading Book Review: Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey @StMartinsPress @ReaFrey_Author #NetGalley #NotHerDaughter #amreading #bookblog #bookreviewp

Book review: 99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter @LibbyCPT #amreading #bookblogger #bookreview

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This is Elisabeth Carpenter’s debut novel. I’ve read quite a few debuts recently and haven’t been disappointed in the new talent on offer. 99 Red Balloons is no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Steph and her niece, Grace who has been abducted in broad daylight. Of course, everyone rallies around in the search for the 8 year old…except her grandma, who seems to take a long time to join the rest of her family.

In the meantime, an elderly lady named Maggie sees the family’s plight in the newspapers and is suddenly transported back to her own nightmarish experience.

Although I wouldn’t necessarily agree with the description of the ‘twist’ as such, I really enjoyed discovering what happened to the families involved. I particularly enjoyed the way relationships altered as the story progressed in ways that I wouldn’t have predicted.

An excellent debut that I would recommend for…

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Book review: The Surrogate by Louise Jensen. @Fab_fiction #bookreview #thriller #amreading #bookblogger

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This is the 3rd offering from Louise Jensen and I think this is the best story yet.

The story focuses on Kat, a woman approaching 30 who is unable to have children. After a couple of failed adoption attempts, an old friend resurface with an offer too tempting to turn down. Throughout the book, Kat is suspicious of Lisa & her true motives but her desperation for a child overrides any misgivings.

Something that I have enjoyed in all of Jensen’s books so far is that of course, the reader knows that something is not quite right. The thing is, I can’t for the life of me work out just what is wrong throughout the story. Once again, I laid in bed trying to work out the twist, only to grab the book again promising ‘one more chapter’.

The only negative to the story was that I read it so…

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Book review: The girlfriend by Michelle Frances #bookreview #amreading #thriller 

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A debut novel published May 2017. The story focuses on Laura, a well off tv executive who lives in a des-res in London & mother to eligible bachelor, Daniel. After losing her own daughter, Laura is initially thrilled when Daniel brings home Cherry, an attractive estate agent he quickly becomes smitten with. However it soon becomes apparent that all is not as it seems. Cherry’s behaviour becomes more and more erratic- as may be predicted. What I didn’t expect was the constant niggling feeling that whilst Cherry was undoubtedly a bad egg, Laura’s behaviour was also increasingly questionable. As a result, I never felt really enamoured by any of the characters, I just became increasingly suspicious of them.

I read this book quite quickly as I was always wondering what was going on behind the scenes. Whilst I wouldn’t say this was brilliant, I felt that it was a solid…

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Book Review: The Exorcist by William Peter Beatty #bookblogger #amreading #books

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I decided to read The Exorcist, first published in 1971 as I’d been reading lots of crime novels and wanted something to break things up. Having watched the 1974 film as a teenager, I knew the basic premise, which I think was what put me off in the past; I don’t like knowing what happens in a book.

So… The Exorcist… even though I kind of knew what to expect and knew many of the more famous scenes well, the book still managed to draw me in. Not only that, I was frequently shocked and I can honestly say the book affected me. Now, I find that to be quite a feat considering I knew the story. Reagan’s plight was heart wrenching and at times, stomach turning! To say the book affected me is somewhat of an understatement to be honest. One night I actually slept downstairs with the light…

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Book Review: The Mist Torn Witches (1st in a 4 book series) by Barb Hendee @BarbHendeeOrg #amreading #bookblog #bookreview #bookblogger

The Mist-torn Witches is the first in a series of 4 books by Barb Hendee. Published in 2013. The titles in order are; The Mist Torn Witches Witches in Red Witches with the Enemy To Kill a Kettle Witch When I first started reading about Céline and Amelie Fawe, a pair of orphaned sisters, I… Continue reading Book Review: The Mist Torn Witches (1st in a 4 book series) by Barb Hendee @BarbHendeeOrg #amreading #bookblog #bookreview #bookblogger

Book Review: The Sister by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction #bookreview #bookblogger #amreading

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I picked up ‘The Sister’ in a supermarket after I judged the book by its cover. (I know, I know.) Something about the cover design called out to me and I just knew it was ‘my kind of book’. A debut novel, I’d seen it on Amazon for a few months and I was intrigued, especially after the front cover promised ‘A brilliant twist you won’t see coming’.

The main protagonist is Grace, who initially I pegged as a somewhat whiny character. We know as early as the blurb that her best friend, Charlie, has passed away. What we don’t know however, are the circumstances surrounding Charlie’s death or what her final words meant.

It is this that torments Grace and her long-suffering boyfriend, Dan, until Anna arrives. Seemingly a breath of fresh air, Anna claims to be Charlie’s half sister and Grace wastes no…

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Book Review: Ripples by Meaghan Rauscher (Droplets Trilogy) #bookreview #mermaids #bookblogger #amreading

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This is the 2nd instalment in the Droplets series from Meaghan Rauscher. If you’re yet to read the first one, don’t worry I won’t include any spoilers.

The main protagonist is ‘Lissie’, a 17 year old girl who lives near the coast and works in her family’s seafood restaurant. In the 1st book she is transformed into a mermaid against her will by Morven; a Merman who wants her to do his evil bidding.

The story is good and the characters are likeable. I will be reading the final instalment to see what becomes of them. There is however, a big BUT. I read the kindle version and have been distracted by the amount of grammatical errors. Now, I’m no expert but I found that errors involving ‘their/there’ and some questionable comma use were difficult to overlook and in turn it became difficult to enjoy the story.  I just feel…

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