Monday, December 30, 2019

The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler Review

The Look-Alike
by Erica Spindler


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I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Synopsis:

Sienna Scott grew up in the dark shadow of her mother’s paranoid delusions. Now, she's returned home to confront her past and the unsolved murder that altered the course of her life.

In her mother’s shuttered house, an old fear that has haunted Sienna for years rears its ugly head —that it was she who had been the killer’s target that night. And now, with it, a new fear—that the killer not only intended to remedy his past mistake—he’s already begun. But are these fears any different from the ones that torment her mother?

As the walls close in, the line between truth and lie, reality and delusion disintegrate. Has Sienna’s worst nightmare come true? Or will she unmask a killer and finally prove she may be her mother’s look-alike, but she’s not her clone?

Review:

In this psychological thriller we follow the relationship between Sienna Scott and her mentally ill mother Evelyn. Years ago a college resident wearing the same coat as Sienna is brutally murdered, due to her injuries the police say it was done by someone the victim knew. Ever sense that night Sienna has been shook up and her mother has been claiming Sienna was the killer's intended target. Living with her grandmother in England, Sienna has been hidden away from the darkness caused by that night and her mother's intense delusions. Now she is back and the case is reopened. Finally she will find out if her mother is right and if she really was the target that night so many years ago.

I found the beginning of the story difficult to get into. It wasn't boring, it just wasn't captivating at first. However, once I was drawn in, I was completely sucked in until it was over. It was definitely thrilling and the mystery aspect of it was really good. At one point I thought I knew who had done what, but then I started second guessing myself. I was going around in circles trying to figure out who the killer was. I was kept guessing until the reveal at the end. I thought the writing was really good. Spindler was just amazing at making you see only what she wants you to see.

The characters were fine. I thought they were fleshed out well. They seemed like just normal, average everyday people I didn't think they were spectacular or anything, but they were done well for the purpose of the book. 

Overall, I think was a great read. I'm really glad I took the time to read it. I absolutely loved the way I was pulled in and able to get lost in the story. If you like thrillers where you're constantly second-guessing who you should trust than you'll probably enjoy this book.

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Friday, December 27, 2019

20 Books in 2020 + Reading Goals

20 Books In 2020 + Reading Goals

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! 
Today I wanted to share 20 books I really want to get to read in 2020. Most of these aren't new releases, they are just books I really want to read but haven't gotten to yet. I'm also going to be sharing with you the reading and bookish goals I have for 2020. So without further delay, here we go!

Books 1-2
The last two books of the Bill Hodges Trilogy
Finders Keepers & End Of Watch
by Stephen King

     

Books 3-4
The last two books of the To All The Boys I've Loved Before trilogy
P.S. I Still Love You & Always and Forever Lara Jean
by Jenny Han
     



Books 5-8
The remaining books of the Lunar Chronicles
Cress; Fairest; Winter & Stars Above
by Marissa Meyer





Book 9
Paper Towns
by John Green



Book 10
When God Was A Rabbit
by Sarah Winman


Book 11
Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens



Book 12
The Wasp Factory
by Ian Banks


Books 13-15
Carrie; Under The Dome & The Long Walk
by Stephen King

     


Book 16
The Language of Thorns
by Leigh Bardugo


Books 17
Marie Antoinette Serial Killer
by Kate Alender


Book 18
The Cannibals of Candyland
by Carlton Mellick III


Book 19
Bunny
by Mona Awad


Book 20
The Turn of The Key
by Ruth Ware


Goals

1. Goodreads: My main challenge of this year is to complete 100 books.

2. Popsugar: If I complete my first challenge this one shouldn't be an issue. I wanna complete the Popsugar 2020 Reading Challenge for the second year in a row.

3. Buy Less Books: This year my goal is to restrain myself from buying a mass amount of books. This includes thrift stores and garage/yard sales. It does NOT include free kindle books. To earn a new physical book I must read 5 physical books that I already own. Reading my kindle books do not count towards earning a physical book.

4. Read More King: This year I would like to try and read 12 Stephen King books in a year. This will be my first full year reading Stephen King so I'm pretty excited to catch up on all that I've missed.

5. Read Some Classics: This year I wanna read 6 classics. I'm not a huge fan of classics and therefore haven't really read that many. I'd at least like to put a small dent in books I probably should have already read.

6. Love My Books: This is the most important goal to me. Read more books that I love and that make me happy. This year I will be doing less tours and focusing more on finding that joy of reading that inspired me to start this blog to begin with.

Well everyone, that sums up this blog post. I hope you liked it. Let me know in the comments what you're looking forward to reading in 2020 and what are some of your reading goals are. I know it's a bit late but I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! Also, I wanna wish everyone a fun, safe and Happy New Years! I wish all my readers the very best and I'll see you in the new year!

Cheers to 2020!

See you on the moon!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

My Top 10 Reads of 2019!

☆☆My Top 10 Reads of 2019!☆☆


Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today I'm going to be showing you my Top 10 Reads of 2019! While these will be in no particular order I will be leaving my top 3 for the end. I have to say that just because these are books I've read in 2019 but did not necessarily come out in 2019. Also, for this post I will have the goodreads page linked to each book through the cover.

First I would like to start off with some Honorable Mentions. These are books I really enjoyed but didn't quite make it on the Top 10. They're still really great and I definitely recommend checking them out. 

☆☆Honorable Mentions☆☆


And finally....
☆☆MY TOP 10 READS OF 2019☆☆

The Afterlife of Holly Chase
by Cynthia Hand


A Christmas Carol is my all time favorite Christmas story. It's a yearly tradition for me to at the very least watch the movie. So when I found out there was a retelling with the opposite outcome of Scrooge I jumped all over it. This book is a fun, quick read and very well written. 

Pet Sematary
by Stephen King


This is the book that made me fall in love with Stephen King. It broke my heart and creeped me out and the writing is just amazing. I just couldn't help but love this book.

Shakespeare's Witch
by Samantha Grosser


Here is another one that is gross and creepy but yet absolutely wonderful. This one is high in shock value and most definitely won't be for everybody. However, the writing is amazing and I just loved it.

Titanlord of Death & Sacrifice by M.G. Darwish


So here a book I ended up with simply because of the cover. It was like it grabbed my attention and demanded I read it even though I'm not a fan of fantasy. Thankfully, the writing was as captivating as the cover and I enjoyed every drop of this story from beginning to end.

Empire's Daughter
by Marian L Thorpe


This one is the first book in the Empire's Legacy trilogy. This book has such strong female characters, it's got love and loss and finding yourself, growing apart and just so many other good things. Thankfully, I've recently gotten the last two books in the trilogy and I'm super excited to read them. You can expect reviews of those in 2020.

The Perfect Son
by Lauren North


I love it when an author releases a debut novel and just knocks it out. The Perfect Son is a perfect example of this. The writing and the story combined had me wanting more and I ended up devouring this gem in less than 24 hours. I didn't see certain things coming and wow, the author just blew my mind.

Sharp Objects
by Gillian Flynn


Surprise, Another thriller! Sorry, I have a weakness. This is another author I hadn't read before this year, and yes that means I've never read Gone Girl. I read this book because it was recommended by Stephen King who, as I stated earlier, I fell in love with earlier this year. This book was just as great as he claimed it was. It was dark, thrilling, and creepy on so many levels.

And Finally...
☆☆☆MY TOP 3!☆☆☆


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 
by Taylor Jenkins Reid


This book had me crying my eyes out. The ending gave me all the feels and it just really got me. I never cry over books, ever. However, this one was just beautiful. The story was beautiful, the writing was beautiful. You get it, it was beautiful. 2020 will definitely see me reading more by this author.

With The Fire On High
by Elizabeth Acevedo



Here we have a literary masterpiece. Connecting with the MC in this story was so easy. It could of been because I was also a teenage mom trying to grow up and figure things out long before I was ready but I also think it's because of great writing. The way the MC was portrayed is absolutely amazing. We see her struggle with raising her baby, school, friends, boys and everything in between. With The Fire On High is one of those books that spoke to me in such a way that I'll always treasure.

House of Salt and Sorrows
by Erin A. Craig



Another masterpiece! This is a dark story that I've heard is loosely based on The 12 Dancing Princesses, I've never read that story so I don't know how similar it is to that. What I do know, however, is this story is gripping and deliciously dark. It leads you on an enchanting journey that will leave you wanting more.

And that's all we have for today everybody. Now I want to hear your thoughts! Have you read any of these books? If so, what are your thoughts? What are your top reads of 2019?

I'll see you soon for my 2020 TBR and Reading Goals!

See you on the moon! xo

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019


2019 POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE

Hello Everyone!
After 3 years of attempting the PopSugar Reading Challenge I finally stuck to it and finished it! Yay! Just for fun I included my list of books with their matching prompts below. Here it is, I hope you enjoy it!!

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1.A book becoming a movie in 2019
Pet Semetary by Stephen King ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

2.A book that makes you nostalgic
The Mist by Stephen King ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

3.A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
11/22/63 by Stephen King ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

4.A book you think should be turned into a movie
The House of Twelve by Sean Davies ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

5.A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

6.A book with a plant in the title or on the cover
Blue Rabbit by Jimena Novaro ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

7.A reread of a favorite book
The Outsiders by S E Hinton ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

8.A book about a hobby
The Tunes of Lenore by J.T. Blossom ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

9.A book you meant to read in 2018
Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

10.A book with POP, SUGAR, or CHALLENGE in the title
Sugar And Spice And Not So Nice by Janet McNulty ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

11.A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover
Minno by James Barlog ⭐⭐☆☆☆

12.A book inspired by myth/legend/folklore
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

13.A book published posthumously
This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl

14.A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
Cujo by Steven King ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

15.A retelling of a classic
As Old As Time by Liz Braswell ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

16.A book with a question in the title
Are you There God? It's Me Margaret ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

17.A book set on college or university campus
New Girl by A. Fae ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

18.A book about someone with a superpower
Mrs. Marvel, Vol 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

19.A book told from multiple POVs
Expiration Date by Kristin Coley ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

20.A book set in space
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

21.A book by two female authors
Cat and Nats Mom Truths by Catherine Belknap & Natalie Telfer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

22.A book with SALTY, SWEET, BITTER, or SPICY in the title
Bitter Words by Jan Fields ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

23.A book set in Scandinavia
BearTown by Fredrik Backman ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

24.A book that takes place in a single day
I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

25.A debut novel
Ethereal by Zoe P. Knights ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

26.A book that's published in 2019
Shakespeare's Witch: Pages Of Darkness Book One by Samantha Grosser ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

27.A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature
The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi Volume I: Homecoming by Kelvyn Fernandes ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

28.A book recommended by a celebrity you admire
Sharp Objects by Jillian Flynn ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

29.A book with LOVE in the title
F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

30.A book featuring an amateur detective
The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

31.A book about a family
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

32.A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America
Gandhi: A Manga Biography by Kazuki Ebine

33.A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in title
Born Under A Good Sign ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

34.A book that includes a wedding
Soulstealers by Jacqueline Rohrbach ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

35.A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter
The Battle Of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

36.A ghost story
A Medium's Birthday Surprise by Chariss K. Walker ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

37.A book with a two-word title
Four Nails by G.J. Berger ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

38.A novel based on a true story
She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall by Misty Bernall ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

39.A book revolving around a puzzle or game
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ⭐⭐☆☆☆

40.Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading challenge
A book by a local Author
Operation Wormwood by Helen C. Escott 

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41.A "cli-fi" (climate fiction) book
Hallowed Ground by Paul Twivy ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

42.A "choose-your-own-adventure" book
MAROONED: Will You Endure Treachery and Survival on the High Seas? by James Schannep ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

43.An "own voices" book
Mrs. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

44.Read a book during the season it is set in
Bad Love Strikes by Kevin L. Schewe
45.A LitRPG book
Ready Player One by ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

46.A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters
Looking For Alaska by John Green ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

47.Two books that share the same title
Bittersweet by Brooke Moss ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

48.Two books that share the same title
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

49.A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom
Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Caroll ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

50.A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent
The Haunting of Briarwych Church by Amy Cross ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Date Started: January 1 2019
Date Finished: November 18 2019


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So tell me about your reading experiences! Did you take part in the 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge? Do you plan to take part in the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge? Have you read any of these? What did you think if them? Are any of these on your TBR?

For those who don't know what the Popsugar Reading Challenge is, it's a yearly challenge that gives you around 50 prompts a year to try and fill. There are no real rules so you can do the Challenge however you want. You can find the 2020 list of prompts HERE.

That's all folks, thank you for reading!!

See you on the moon!! Xo

Sunday, December 15, 2019

In the Heart of Windy Pines by Holly Tierney-Bedord Spotlight

In the Heart of Windy Pines
by Holly Tierney-Bedord
***Spotlight***

From the author of Kindle Unlimited All-Star winner Sweet Hollow Women comes a new novella featuring characters from Murder at Mistletoe Manor, Carnage at the Christmas Party, and The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club!

Klarinda Snow is the innkeeper of Mistletoe Manor in beautiful, remote, Windy Pines, Idaho, where she brings her unique brand of hospitality to the tiny mountain town.

When she finds her inn unexpectedly fully booked on a snowy Tuesday night in November, it brings back memories of a tragedy years before. Before she knows what hit her, she and her trusty team of employees (Myrtle, Pierre, and her new night manager, Josephine), have found themselves back at the task of solving another mystery at Mistletoe Manor!

While this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novella, if you plan to read the books in the Windy Pines Mystery series or The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club, it's highly recommended you read those first, as this book contains spoilers that could affect your ability to enjoy them.

Purchase Links:
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Author Bio:
Holly Tierney-Bedord lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She’s the author of over twenty books including The Woman America Loves a Latte, The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club, and Kindle Unlimited All-Star winner Sweet Hollow Women.
For more information or to subscribe to Holly’s newsletter, visit www.hollytierneybedord.com.

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

High Heels & Beetle Crushers by Jackie Skingley Review

High Heels & Beetle Crushers
by Jackie Skingley


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Thank you Rachel's Random Resources and Jackie Skingley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

For this review I will not be doing my own blurb as it is Jackie telling her life story. Instead I will be sharing the synopsis from Goodreads.

Synopsis:
A compelling memoir of post-war Britain. Jackie Skingley grew up with limited career choices but joining the Women's Royal Army Corps offered her a different life, living and working in a military world, against the backdrop of the Cold War. Packed full of stories reflecting the changing sexual attitudes prior to the arrival of the pill and the sexual revolution of the mid 60s, Skingley's memoir denotes a shift in the political and social fabric of the era. Follow her relationships with the men in her life from finding her first true love, which through a cruel act of fate was denied her, to embarking on a path of recovery.

Review:

High Heels & Beetle Crushers was an interesting read to say the least. We start off with Jackie as a child during the war and then we watch her grow into a young lady. Through her writing we get to learn her story. Her life as a child, to her first job at a hotel, to the love of her life, to her heart being broken, learning to love again and then finally settle down as an Army Wife. We watch as her career in the Women's Royal Army Corps begins with her as a cadet until she decides to leave the corps for her husband.

Reading Jackie's memoir put me through a wide range of emotions. There were times when my heart broke for her and times where I was absolutely overjoyed for her. I found it to be inspiring when she refused to give up her own career until she was absolutely ready. I love that we got to see her putting her personal needs first instead of just jumping right into her life with a man.

There were times reading this book where I completely forgot I was reading someone's memoir. The timeline of events was so perfectly spaced out and the flow of everything was great. I'm glad I got a chance to read this book. I think anyone who would like to get a glimpse into the past of being a woman in the Woman's Royal Army Corps would benefit from reading this book.


Purchase Links: 
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Heels-Beetle-Crushers-Officer/dp/1789042909/#
US - https://www.amazon.com/High-Heels-Beetle-Crushers-Officer/dp/1789042909/#

Author Bio


For Jackie Skingley, adventure has been her quest since childhood. Life with the British army allowed Jackie to live all over the world and gain huge appreciation for different cultures and customs. Since 1999, Jackie and her husband have lived in the Charente region of South West France where Reiki, jewellery making, painting and mosaics, as well as writing keep her fully occupied. Member of the Charente Creative Writing Group, mother and grandmother.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

A Portrait Of Death by Rhen Garland Review

A Portrait Of Death
by Rhen Garland


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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Synopsis:

In the quiet English village of Marmis Parva, a weekend house party is organised by a society hostess and all the top names are invited.

But this is no ordinary party.

Two men are savagely murdered during the course of the first evening and a young man, presumed dead, returns home after two years imprisonment in South Africa bringing with him proof of treason.

Detective Chief Inspector Elliott Caine’s long-awaited holiday in the Lake District is cancelled as he is brought in to investigate the peculiar nature of the murders. More bodies are discovered and Elliott has to manoeuvre between high society, Government protocols, and the heinous nature of the crimes if he and his old friend Detective Sergeant Abernathy Thorne, are to catch the sadistic killer, and the traitor lurking amongst them.

When Caine’s past comes back to haunt him, will his judgement be too clouded to focus on solving the crime?

Will the Boer spy’s identity be uncovered before they can flee?

How are these murders connected to another in New York?

Review:

When guests show up for an ordinary weekend party, a double murder is the last thing they expect. Instead of getting his promised vacation Detective Chief Inspector Elliott Caine gets called in to investigate the gruesome murders. As the bodies start to pile up Caine must work with Detective Sergeant Abernathy Thorne to keep the body count as low as possible while they catch the murderer and keep the past in the past. With a dip into the supernatural A Portrait of Death is a murder mystery that will keep you hooked until the end.

What I loved most about this book was the writing. A Portrait Of Death is set in the 1800's. Throughout the book the author keeps us totally captivated in the Victorian era. It was like stepping out of 2019 and jumping back into 1899. The writing was very descriptive and it was easy to envision the settings and situations that were described. I really enjoy books set in the Victorian era. There's something about the overall feel of that time that draws me in completely and this book captured it so well and I was just hooked. Ball gowns, servants, a dinner party that ends with murder, what more could you ask for?

I found Rhen Garland was able to create an entire cast of interesting characters. While I can't say I was able to "relate" to them, I had a great time sitting back and reading about them. They were entertaining, charming and true to era. This is one of those books that creates a movie inside your head, where the details are so splendid that reading it feels like watching a movie.

If you're looking for something to take you back in time while still fulfilling your need for a suspenseful murder mystery this book will most likely be for you. The murders are gruesome but the details aren't so graphic as to turn off any individuals who aren't into the gore.

Purchase Links:

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/PORTRAIT-DEATH-Versipellis-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B07M8W6LLB

US - https://www.amazon.com/PORTRAIT-DEATH-Versipellis-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B07M8W6LLB


Author Bio


Rhen Garland lives in Somerset, England with her folk-singing, book-illustrating husband, approximately 4000 books, an equal number of ancient movies, and a large flock of stuffed sheep.

She enjoys the countryside, peace, and Prosecco and the works of Ngaio Marsh, Glady Mitchell, John Dickson Carr/Carter Dickson, Agatha Christie, and Terry Pratchett.

"I watch far too many old school murder mystery films, TV series, and 1980s action movies for it to be considered healthy."

"A Portrait of Death" is a murder mystery thriller with paranormal touches set in late Victorian England and is the first book in the Versipellis Mysteries Series.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Audition by Skye Warren & Amelia Wilde Review

Audition
by Skye Warren & Amelia Wilde

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****This review contains spoilers!****

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

Synopsis:

"Skye Warren's writing is flawless and tales captivating."- Pepper Winters, New York Times bestselling author

Audition, a steamy new standalone from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Wilde, is available now!

Blood and sweat. Bethany Lewis danced her way out of poverty. She’s a world class athlete… with a debt to pay.

Joshua North always gets what he wants. And the mercenary wants Bethany in his bed. He wants her beautiful little body bent to his will.

She doesn’t surrender to his kiss.

He doesn’t back down from a challenge.

It’s going to be a sensual fight… to the death.

Review:

So I have finally read my very first Skye Warren novel. Unfortunately, I thought it was just okay. I wasn't drawn into the story, and even though I enjoyed the ballet and relationship between Josh and Bethany aspects, I found the rest just didn't keep my attention. All the things that should of been interesting and easy to focus on, such as issues with her brother and the kidnapping just came across as filler for me. The writing itself was good, it was the underlying story that lost it for me.

In my opinion, the best part of this book is the relationship between Josh and Bethany. The chemistry and heat between the two was intense and delicious. I couldn't get enough of these two. Josh wants Bethany and she wants him too, but she is forbidden. The story is told in two time periods, so when we're in the present and their relationship starts to progress it's just great. So the romance has me in a flip-flop of love and hate feelings. I love that Josh was written to never touch Bethany while she was only 16 years old and he was in his twenties. It made the romance between them acceptable and easy to enjoy when it did happen, and they were both legal age. I hated that I knew what Josh's thoughts were when he was looking at 16 year old Bethany. I found it made me a bit uncomfortable, especially with the graphic language used.

This is the first Skye Warren novel I've ever read. I'm wondering if I would have enjoyed this more had I of read Overture before this one.

Overall, this was just an okay read for me. The good balances out the bad but it doesn't exceed it in my opinion. This book might be better enjoyed by the readers who enjoy the 'girls saves boy from himself' troupe.

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**Author Bio**

Skye Warren


Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.

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Amelia Wilde

Amelia Wilde wrote her first story when she was six years old, a narrative strongly inspired by The Polar Express. When she was nine, she wrote her first novel-length work, all in one paragraph.

Now, Amelia is all about that love. Her romances feature unique, independent heroines and alpha heroes who are strong of heart and body. Readers have described her work as “emotional,” “intense,” “phenomenal,” and “like a child scribbled with a crayon,” which she takes as the highest praise.

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Blue Girl on a Night Dream Sea by Ginny Fite Review

Blue Girl on a Night Dream Sea
by Ginny Fite


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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Blue Girl on a Night Dream Sea takes us on the journey's of Elena and Hana. Elena is a NYC police commando; Hana is a young girl with blue eyes on a dangerous mission. The two meet when Elena is seriously injured and in her unconscious state she somehow manages to communicate with Hana who is 6,000 miles away and 4,000 years in the past. They don't have forever as Elena must get back to help her own family. Quickly she teaches Hana valuable skills she will need in order to save her people and escape from her captors.

The first thing that caught my attention about this book was wanting to see how the author would manage to create a story that would flow between two characters in vastly different times. I was not disappointed as I read the story and saw how their lives creatively intertwined. The transition was smooth when fading back and forth into each girl's life. The way the author was able to connect them both into the same frame was clever and fit perfectly into the story. I liked how the author kept to believable aspects about each time period. It added something to the story that just made it more enjoyable to read.

I thought the story itself was pretty good. What I enjoyed most was the chapters where our focus was on Hana. There were a few things about Hana that I found made her so interesting to read about. She was a fierce fighter and very brave all through out her adventures. I simply loved how she desperately followed her heart instead of just giving up and accepting a fate she didn't want. While there were a few of Elena's chapters that were also pretty good, I felt there were also a couple chapters that could of been left out without taking anything away from the story. For me, Elena was just okay. I enjoyed her more as Hana's "goddess" than as her actual character.

I think this book would be good for someone who enjoys adventure. And if you also like the joining of two completely different worlds without the use of time travel than this would most likely be something you'd enjoy. Overall, it's a good read and I enjoyed it.

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CAN - https://www.amazon.ca/Blue-Girl-night-Dream-Sea-ebook/dp/B07Y28XQXP
US - https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Girl-Night-Dream-Sea/dp/1644371855/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2J5GE3YMERMC1&keywords=blue+girl+on+a+night+dream+sea&qid=1576107697&sprefix=blue+girl+on+a+%2Caps%2C212&sr=8-1
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Monday, December 9, 2019

A Song For Bill Robinson by C. E Atkins Guest Post

A Song For Bill Robinson
***Guest Post***
Blog Post for Four Moon Reviews 
Location; merging fact and fiction 
by C.E Atkins 

Deciding on the location for a novel can be tricky. Some stories demand specific locations and make the job a bit easier for that reason. Others could be set anywhere and that can provide a challenge. Location is not normally the first thing I think about or plan when I have got an idea for a story, but it soon pushes itself to the forefront. After all, a story has to be set somewhere. You need to decide where your characters live and sometimes that can be determined by their financial background, social class, family situation and so on. Or perhaps the location drives the plot or has an influence on the characters.

Often in my books I end up merging fiction with reality to create a location. In most of my books I have used real places. I like to fictionalise them though and often change some of the names of roads and buildings whilst keeping some the same. Sometimes I add a feature for my own convenience, such as a playpark or a clifftop. The only novel I’ve written where I have used a true location is This Is Nowhere, which is set where I live in Hurn, Christchurch, and I have kept everything about the location the same. For that novel, the location is very important and drives the mood and atmosphere of the story.

For my new book, A Song For Bill Robinson, I decided to use the location of a council estate. This was partly because I had used this setting when I originally penned the story aged 16. This time around I paid a lot more attention to the setting and based it on the council estate I grew up on. I renamed it Holds End, which is a bit of play on words from the estate and its neighbouring areas.

The real estate I grew up on is actually on the other side of the river from where I live now, and it’s called Townsend. I’m not sure what reputation it has now but when I was a kid it had a bad one. My mother did not let us go out on our own until we were in our teens because she didn’t want us ‘hanging around’ or getting into trouble with other kids. It had the kind of reputation that makes you think twice about telling people where you live, because they might automatically assume you are badly behaved.

To be honest, I don’t remember anything that bad or dramatic about living there, but my mum did keep us as sheltered as she could. I grew up in a terraced house on the edge of the estate and we were lucky enough to have allotments on one side of us and a huge green in front of us, beside some blocks of flats. It all felt pretty safe to me back then, although I can recall being quite scared whenever my mother asked me to go to the shop to buy something. There would always be kids hanging around outside in an intimidating manner, but none of them ever did anything. In our close, all the neighbours knew each other and looked out for each other kids. Neighbours used to lift their kids over the back fence to play in our garden with us and vice versa. It was really quite idyllic, and I loved it.

When I was a teenager though, my parents who had been divorced for some time, finally decided to sell the house we’d all grown up in. In the end, my dad kept the house for him, and his new girlfriend and my mum bought another house on the other side of the same estate with her new boyfriend. Things got very complicated and sad, but I decided to move with my mum because that meant I could keep my dog.

On the other side of the estate things felt more claustrophobic and it is here that I have set A Song For Bill Robinson and also my last release; Elliot Pie’s Guide To Human Nature. The close we moved to was called Hopkins, but I renamed it Hoppers for both books. (All of my books have links to my other books.)

These houses were smaller with thinner walls and noisier neighbours. It was less friendly and no one on either end of the close seemed to talk to each other. It didn’t have as nice an atmosphere and I remember feeling unsafe there at times as there were often blazing rows between neighbours, or through the thin walls and further rows between my mum and her boyfriend.

However, I still have good memories and the estate was the perfect setting for this book. The houses had small back and front gardens, but all the back gates opened up onto green spaces, and green fields curled around the estate as if it were being hugged by a big green arm. I spent many hours roaming those fields, walking my dog and daydreaming. Kids used to make dens under the trees and play hide and seek in the bushes. There were playparks scattered amongst the maze of alleys and roads, and a big skateboard park on the back field. Beyond the fields were farmers fields of cows and horses and crops, and beyond that, the tiny, ancient villages of Throop and Holdenhurst. We used to love riding our bikes around there in a loop. It seemed like there were never any cars and the sense of freedom, away from the estate, was immense.

So, what’s real and what’s fictionalised in the book? Well, the houses and roads and the fields and the parks, the school and the shop are all real, and appear in the book exactly as they existed for me in real life. What I added was a community centre. I’m not sure Townsend has one now. It might do as I know there are new buildings there, but back then one did not exist, which was a shame, as it may have helped build more community spirit. In the book, there is a community centre which is loved and relied on by the residents but is under threat of closure due to local budget cuts. The community centre in the book is based on ones I know of now in real life. Where people hire out the hall for birthday parties and wedding receptions. And where people go to do yoga, baby ballet, Weight watchers, salsa class, writing group and dementia friendly groups. These places are amazing. I’m involved with one locally and have worked in others too. I think they provide the heart to a community. Somewhere people can go that provides activities for the young and the old. In my opinion, they should be valued and cherished.

One of the storylines in A Song For Bill Robinson is the fight to save their community centre. Again a little bit of fact merges with fiction here, as over the last few years I’ve seen a few community centres in my area fight to stay open and win. But I think all stories involve the merging of fact and fiction. It’s the same with characters. They all have a little bit of people we know in them and perhaps a little bit of us too. Creating a world for your characters to live in is challenging but a lot of fun. I find it does help to fictionalise a place I already know, as it makes it easier when visualising or describing a scene and what the characters are doing in it. It also means a bit less research, if it’s an area you know well, or one you have made up. I think my books will always be set in places that are half real and half made up.

Synopsis:

Tensions are building on the notorious Holds End estate.

The local community centre is fighting for survival and the murder of 15-year-old Lewis Matthews remains unsolved…

Wannabe teenage singer, Bill Robinson, just got out of hospital after surviving a vicious attack. He thinks he knows who attacked him…and why. When a violent feud escalates between him and local thug Charlie McDonnal, Bill vows to find the killer and help save the community centre by taking part in the local singing contest.

How can music bring a shattered community together? And can Bill keep his own demons at bay long enough to win the singing contest and find out who killed Lewis Matthews?

Purchase Links: 
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B081XC9P91
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Author Bio
Chantelle Atkins was born and raised in Dorset, England and still resides there now with her husband, four children and multiple pets. She is addicted to reading, writing and music and writes for both the young adult and adult genres. Her fiction is described as gritty, edgy and compelling. Her debut Young Adult novel The Mess Of Me deals with eating disorders, self-harm, fractured families and first love. Her second novel, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side follows the musical journey of a young boy attempting to escape his brutal home life and has now been developed into a 6 book series. She is also the author of This Is Nowhere and award-winning dystopian, The Tree Of Rebels, plus a collection of short stories related to her novels called Bird People and Other Stories. The award-winning Elliot Pie’s Guide To Human Nature was released through Pict Publishing in October 2018. Her next YA novel A Song For Bill Robinson will be released in December 2019. Chantelle has had multiple articles about writing published by Author's Publish magazine. 

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