Now THIS is a crime novel! – Keep Her Close Review

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Keep Her Close is unlike a lot of recent police procedurals I’ve read recently. Let me tell you why!

The first thing that struck me about Keep Her Close (other than the blurb of course) is that there’s a ‘permanent sticker’ as part of the cover that boasts ‘Rated five stars by real readers’. Usually this sends up red flags for me, as I have too often been a victim of The Dreaded Over-Hype! And I’m sure many of you all have too! However,Keep Her Close is a really exciting read with several great twists!

It just missed the 5 star for me personally, but it’s a solid 4.5!

Keep Her Close is the second book featuring DS Josie Masters and the Thames Valley Police in the city of Oxford. It continues on from Hold My Hand (the first book in the series), where Josie saved her nephew from a killer. She’s still troubled by the events of the first book throughoutKeep Her Close but she’s trying to return to normality.

Whilst these events were hinted at, I had no real idea about all of this during Keep Her Close. I think this is great because the hints are enough of a nod for those who have read Hold My Hand, yet they aren’t alienating for anyone (like me) who hasn’t!

The balance between continuing a story in a larger arc and having a self-contained novel has been struck brilliantly.

Ok, on to the book itself!

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Night Light Candle Unboxing! – The Bookstagrammer’s Box!

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It’s time for an unboxing!

This time I’m unboxing the March subscription box for Night Light Candle! It was the Bookstagrammer’s Box so OF COURSE I bought it!

Check out what I thought of it in my latest video!

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Welcome To The Heady Heights Review & GIVEAWAY

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Welcome to the Heady Heights is a contemporary, gritty novel set between 1975 and 1977 in Glasgow and, whilst it has multiple storylines, centrally focuses on Archie Blunt and his ups and downs.

It’s quite hard to describe the plot of Welcome to the Heady Heights without giving too much away, but I will do my best.

Archie Blunt is relatively unremarkable – he’s a painfully average, blue collar worker just trudging through his life, always dreaming of fame and fortune. Until one day, a chance gig copes across his lap that could thrust in into the spotlight – but on the mean street of Glasgow can dreams come true?

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Mountains out of molehills – Two Dark Reigns Review

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The Three Dark Crowns series has been a bit hit or miss for me, which is such a shame because it started off SO well but there have been a few pitfalls here and there along the way. Two Dark Reigns is the third book in the ‘Dark’ tetralogy and it’s been a very mixed bag for me. It’s sad to say, but I’m losing interest in the world that Blake has created.

At this point, I’m still reading, and still holding on, for Katherine. I love her character; always have and always will and I’ve been routing for her since day one. I want her on the throne and her story arc is one of the most interesting parts of the Dark saga.

But unfortunately I’ve become a victim of my own over-excitement for Two Dark Reigns – however I’m not so sure that without my own over-hype I wouldn’t have noticed that Two Dark Reigns, like One Dark Throne, is another book where nothing really happens. There was not a lot of advancement of the main plot at all, and it makes me worry that the next book is either going to be novella sized, or need a significant portion of the rainforest to print! But back to the point…where was the plot?! I need my plot to want to read more!

Yet despite all of this, I can’t quite shake this series off. It’s not a hate-read series like the Red Queen series and it’s not a DNF series like The Cruel Prince – I still bought Two Dark Reigns on release day, and I’ll likely do the same for Five Dark Fates when it comes out.  The only difference now is that after one explosive start and two semi-disappointing reads, my expectations will be significantly lowered.

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The Courier Exclusive Extract & GIVEAWAY

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I am so excited to be partnering with Orenda Books to bring you an exclusive extract of The Courier as well as being able to offer a finished copy to one of my readers in a giveaway!

Keep reading to find out how to enter!

To get you ready for the exclusive extract, here’s the synopsis for The Courier:

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My January & February Recap!

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Well, the first two months of the year have gone by already! You know what that means…time for a recap!

It’s been a great two months for my book buying (but not my bank account!) and my reading challenge!

I’ve managed to get through a lot of books so far this year – if you’d like to follow me on Goodreads in real-time you can do that here!

But for now, please enjoy these two videos from my YouTube channel!

One is all about the books I’ve bought so far this year, and the other is my opinions (and star ratings) on all the books I’ve read so far this year!

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Why I wrote Nowhere Girls – An Interview with Teuta Metra

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Nowhere Girls is the new novel by Teuta Metra. Described as
a thrilling tale of love, lies and the lengths a woman will go to for freedom, it promises to be an intersteing read.

Teuta Metra’s previous experience as an Albanian journalist has helped to make her somewheat of an expert on the struggles of women from her country. Author, journalist and teacher, Teuta now lives in The Netherlands with her husband and two sons.

But I wanted to find out more about what inspired Teuta to write Nowhere Girls. I’m delighted to present, in her own words, the reasons why Teuta Metra wrote Nowhere Girls.

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Their Lives are in YOUR hands – The Passengers Review

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I’ve only read one John Marrs book before, The One, and it was really good, so I had high hopes for The Passengers and boy did it deliver! I read The Passengers in one day – it was completely unputdownable! How could it not be with a premise like this: Eight driverless cars are hacked and set on a collision course. Who lives and who dies is up to you! The only thing that could have made The Passengers better is if it was a Black Mirror style choose-your-own-adventure book where you really could decide who lives or dies!

The Passengers is absolutely an edge-of-your-seat read. It doesn’t waste any time in getting to the action – and believe me when I say it is action packed! You as the reader are put right in the thick of it and it really does make you ask yourself some hard questions. More than once you’re prompted to think; would save this person, and why?

The Passengers is a complete and total page turner.

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I Can’t Keep This Secret! – Two Can Keep A Secret Review

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Ok, complete GUSH time! Anyone who has been following me, either on here or on Instagram, for a while will know that I am a huge fan of Karen M. McManus just from her first book, One of Us is Lying. So naturally I couldn’t wait to read her second novel Two Can Keep A Secret!

Considering I awarded One of Us is Lying my best YA book of 2017, you can bet your bottom dollar that I had highhopes for Two Can Keep A Secret…but did it live up to the hype?

Short answer: Yes. Longer, more in depth answer: Yes…but…

Ok, not exactly a more in depth answer there, so let me explain.

I am completely at fault for Two Can Keep A Secret not living up to 100% of my expectations. This is because I put too much pressure on it and heaped on the expectations, so the minutest details (which I likely wouldn’t have noticed/been bothered by otherwise) seemed to stand out like a neon sign in a church. This was my fault. I overhyped the book in my own head. Two Can Keep A Secret is an amazing book and my nit-picking is a result of my own dumbassery.

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