The Wicked Girls..

Author: Alex Marwood

 

SYNOPSIS

One fateful summer morning in 1986, two eleven-year-old girls meet for the first time and by the end of the day are charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside town when her investigation leads her to interview funfair cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it’s the first time they’ve seen each other since that dark day when they were just children. But with new lives – and families – to protect, will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

REVIEW

The characters in this book are painfully real; the downtrodden fairground cleaner Amber gives the reader a crushing sense of being trapped in a situation she can’t get out of while at the same time being only too aware of others’ low expectations of her, and hers of herself. The controlling and bullying Vic will remind the reader of that feeling of being in a relationship where you are always on the back foot while Kirsty hides a multitude of insecurities and secrets behind a confident exterior. The supporting characters are no less finely-drawn; fellow cleaners Blessed and Jackie and frustrated house-husband Jim don’t lack for detail and imagination.

he exploitation of the public by the media is explored in such a way that you find yourself subsequently examining your reaction to every story in the newspaper – in the hysteria around both the Whitmouth killings and the reporting of the 1986 murder there are echoes of Chris Jefferies (the wrongly-accused landlord of murder victim Joanna Yeates who was subjected to trial-by-media) and the prurient glee which surfaces every time the Jamie Bulger case pops up in the news. Marwood’s depiction of press intrusion, fact-free journalism being outrageously misleading in its use of innuendo and the baying mob mentality from the public is perfectly executed.

Even though this book was very exciting to me, i doubt i will read another book by this author, plus the ending was not really one of my favorites.. But i do suggest everyone to check out this book,

 

 

 

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Love Lies…

Author: Adele Parks


SYNOPSIS

Fern is glaring thirty in the face and can’t ignore the love lies any longer. Life with Adam was amazing once – although these days swinging from the chandeliers means D.I.Y not S.E.X. She believes a romantic wedding should be the next step but Adam just won’t go down on one knee. Then a chance meeting with Scottie Taylor- the UK’s sexiest pop star – lights fireworks in Fern that won’t stop exploding. It’s mind-expanding love at first sight for them both so when he proposes in front of a sell-out crowd at Wembley Stadium, there’s only one answer. Yes, yes, yes! Before you know it, Fern is living the celebrity dream in LA and a wedding planner is arranging designer shoe fittings. But isn’t it all happening a little too fast? Why is this modern day Cinderella homesick for a rented two-bedroom flat in Clapham? How do you know whether love is telling the truth? Fern must choose which version of this fairy tale is hers…

REVIEW

This was the second book by this author that i read, the first one is “Tell me something” and i have to say even though it was thoroughly interesting it just didnt keep me attached to it. None the less the book is intriguing, a modern day fairy tale( since all women now days dream about marrying that celebrity that they have been pinning for for so long instead of Knights in shinning armors). And then when she meets her dream man and leaves the boring one she has been with for years, she realizes it is not a fairy tale at all. The character development is really good, you can see each one coming into their own, it really shows the flaws of each of them as you get to know them more. I am not a huge fan of the way Adele Parks writes her novels, but then again that’s just a preference i have.

If you want a good chic lit read, this is the book for you( I believe this is what this author is amazing at). It is funny,emotional, and i know a lot of women will connect with the story line.

Finding Mr Flood..

Author: Ciara Geraghty

My first time reading anything by this author.

SYNOPSIS

Dara Flood always said that the most interesting thing about her life happened before she was born. Thirteen days before she came into the world, her father walked up the road to buy a packet of cigarettes and never came back. Now Dara lives an uncomplicated life. She goes to Melvin’s for pizza on a Wednesday night with her friends. She has salsa class with her sister Angel on a Friday. And Saturday nights are usually reserved for her boyfriend. People might say that Dara’s life is predictable. But it’s safe, which is exactly the way she likes it. As for Mr Flood? Maybe Dara thinks about him from time to time. But not very often. She doesn’t see the point. Then Angel gets sick and suddenly everything changes. Now Dara urgently needs to find her father so she hires the scruffily handsome, failed-policeman-turned-private-investigator Stanley Flinter to help her. As Dara and Stanley set out in search of Mr Flood, Dara’s carefully ordered life begins to fall apart. But as she learns some truths about Mr Flood, and herself, she discovers that to let life in, sometimes you just have to let go…

REVIEW

I am always eager and ready to try out new authors and see what they offer.. “Finding Mr Flood” started off a bit too slow for my liking, i have to admit the first few pages i was a little bored, but being a trooper i pushed on because i knew it might turn out better as time and pages go on. This touching novel highlights the anguish of those waiting for a transplant. One phone call can mean so much to these families. With Geraghty’s flair as a natural storyteller, this novel has well-fleshed-out main characters and an engaging supporting cast from the reclusive elderly neighbor to Stanley’s macho policemen brothers. Offering a different take on looking for a “perfect match”. The characters are well formed, a bit slow to get to know, but in the end you manage to understand and sympathize with all of them in different ways.

Even though it was very touching and eventually i enjoyed it i do not think i will be reading anything else by this author.

Tell Me Something..

Author: Adele Parks

I have been meaning to read a book by this author and “Tell Me Something” sounded like a good place to start.

SYNOPSIS

Die-hard romantic Elizabeth has always wanted two things in life – an Italian husband and lots of rosy-cheeked babies. When she meets fabulously sexy Roberto, she glides down the aisle and dreamily pictures holding their first little bundle of joy.

But instead they end up running Roberto’s family business, where Elizabeth finds there’s more to living in Italy than enjoying ice cream in sun-drenched piazzas. She doesn’t need to be fluent in the language to understand that her scheming mother-in-law and Roberto’s beautiful, significant ex are hellbent on destroying their marriage. And when Elizabeth finds herself craving the company of a gorgeous American stranger, she knows her filthy, flirty thoughts about him are totally inappropriate. But there’s no denying he sets her temperature rising…

Could it be that Italy is turning Elizabeth’s love of romance into a desire for something far more scandalous and passionate?

REVIEW

I love Italy so I really loved the setting of this book, it made me want to pack my suitcase and hop on a plane! The Italian characters are brilliant, and i know for sure that a lot of women dream about finding that sexy Italian man to spend the rest of their days with. Adele Parks manages to show their fiery, passionate nature alongside their strong family values. Rafaella is not a particularly nice character but she is the perfect, meddling Italian matriarch.

I really enjoyed the dialogue between the characters especially when up against the language barrier. I love how i can see every single character’s flaws, even the leading character. And i love romance stories with many twist and turns and a happy good ending.

The book starts off as though it will be a Mills & Boon with a rather pathetic and silly blonde heroine who is swept off her feet by a dashing dark Italian…. And then reality hits and we see that life isn’t like a fairytale…

The heroine isn’t anything extraordinary and the hero isn’t the dashing dark Italian you’d expect.

The book is emotional, funny and sweet. It has lots of chick lit moments but it also defies the chick lit genre because the dashing handsome Italian isn’t the Mills & Boon hero we thought he’d be…

This book is a great read and i believe a lot of women will enjoy it.

Runaway…

The book for today is called “Runaway”

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen

SYNOPSIS

“It’s a cold, hard, cruel fact that my mother loved heroin more than she loved me.” Holly is in her fifth foster home in two years and she’s had enough. She’s run away before and always been caught quickly. But she’s older and wiser now–she’s twelve–and this time she gets away clean. Through tough and tender and angry and funny journal entries, Holly spills out her story of what she goes through witnessing things she never seen before. We travel with her across the country–hopping trains, scamming food, sleeping in parks or homeless encampments. And we also travel with her across the gaping holes in her heart–as she finally comes to terms with her mother’s addiction and death. Runaway is a remarkably uplifting portrait of a girl still young and stubborn and naive enough to hold out hope for finding a better place in the world, and within herself, to be .

REVIEW

Like  “Scarred” this is just one of those books that will pull at your heart, the story line( being that it is a true story) is extremely sad and disturbing, it is very well written, when i read it i experienced the feelings of loneliness,sadness, all the struggles that the main character goes through. It is definitely a steal, and it would be a shame to not read it. 🙂

Scarred…

The book that i will be reviewing today is called “Scarred”.

Author: Sophie Andrews

SYNOPSIS

Growing up, Sophie carried a terrible secret. She was her father’s slave, in the most horrific ways imaginable. At just a few months old she was adopted by a couple that seemed comfortably off and perfectly respectable to the outside world. But behind closed doors, Sophie’s childhood was a living hell. Her father spent the next decade grooming her for abuse and when Sophie’s mother left for good, that very night, he told Sophie that from now on she would sleep in his bed. Unable to cope, Sophie spiraled into suicidal misery. She began to self-harm to try and escape the agony. But one day she went too far and at 16, ended up in a psychiatric unit. It was here that she finally confronted the horrors of home and began the painful journey of rebuilding her life. A phenomenally courageous woman, Sophie now works for the Samaritans and helps other young people in need. Harrowing yet compelling, this is a searing and truly inspirational account of overcoming the worst abuse and self-harm.

REVIEW

This is a book that will pull at your heart strings from the very first page to the last one, the character development is done exquisitely, the story line has twists and turns that just make you want to cry with every page you turn. The author has 2 more books that i shall discuss later, but this one is by no doubt the most horrifying and heartbreaking one.

I strongly suggest for all to read this book, even though it will have you in tears most of the times, the ending is perfect and worth every page. Truly a page turner.

50 Shades Of Grey..

I thought i should start with the most talked about book of the year!

Author: E.L James

Synopsis

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

Review..

I absolutely fell in love with this book. I am pretty sure some people might say it is filled with too much sexual content but it really tells the story a somewhat abused little boy who grows up to become a wealthy powerful man still stuck in his childhood because he never got the chance to grow up the right way. He meets a naive,sweet yet strong girl who helps him grow, and realize that he is worthy of being loved. They make an instant connection and then their story of struggles, danger and endless love unfolds. There are many twists and turns that you will not see coming as well as a lot of steamy scenes that will leave you fanning yourself. 😀

This just might be the best book iv ever had the pleasure of reading..Ladies i suggest you read this book.. even if you are not an avid reader i promise you it will be fully worth it.. it is sensational.