Posted in Fantasy, Science Fiction

Vicious by V.E. Schwab @veschwab @audible_com #AudiobookReview #Fantasy #SciFi

Howdy folks,

I’m thrilled to bring you my review for a little cracker I stumbled across while tumbling down the BookTube rabbit hole!

⭐⭐⭐⭐·5 Anti-Hero Stars

The Blurb

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other.

In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐·5 Anti-Hero Stars
Well this one was a complete wonderful surprise for me, and I love that.

It is completely nothing that I would have picked up, but as I fell down the #BookTube rabbit hole (as you do) this one kept popping up time and time again.
So off to Goodreads I go to read some other reviews….I like to be certain!

With an average of 4.29 stars out of 5 I was certain that this was going to be another one for my “Everyone loved it but me” shelf, but nope
I LOVED it!!!

The story follows 2 friends Eli and Victor between past and present.

Ten years ago Eli and Victor meet in college and become roommates, and soon become firm friends, they are inseparable, and when a college assignment allows them to work together to discover whether EO’s (Exta-Ordinaries) exist, they follow the clues,and find out not only the truth about EO’s, but how to MAKE them, this also adds fuel to the bitter jealousy that is hiding in both of them, and does so for years.

The present tells the story of a recently escaped convict by the name of Victor, who is trying to find his old buddy turned Nemisis Eli, he is looking to find him for some good old fashioned Retribution!

Now, what is an EO I hear you saying?

Well an Extra-Ordinary (or EO for short) is a person with supernatural powers, and how do you get them?? Well you have to read the book obviously, but let me tell you this…

Forget everything you’ve read about Heros and Villians, because this book blurs the lines of each of them and flips them over and over till you don’t know which way is up, this is not the sweet Clark Kent that turns into Superman kind of read, oh no, this is dark, violent and bloody brilliant!

There were some fantastic characters in this story, from the protagonists, to the fabulous secondary characters and some great EO’s that were frankly downright frightening!

I was kind of catapulted back to an 80’s movie that I loved (which was then ruined by a remake a few years ago, sigh)

Anyhoo, as you may already know I am not a Magic/Fantasy/Paranormal kind of chick, I’ve read some I have loved, but most of the time I’ve tried…and hated them!

This one, well this one isn’t really any of those genres, but it is too, it is difficult to describe, but the author herself describes the book as X-Men + Hannibal, and that is a great definition.

I guess you had better just grab it and read it and see for yourself!

🎧🎧 Narrated by Noah Michael Levine who is a new narrator for me, he did a great job, I already have book #2 ready to listen because of that ending!!

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Mavis and Dot by Angela Petch @Angela_Petch @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Black Friday! Anybody go shopping today? Not me!😌😌😌

Excited to share with you today my review for this delightful story! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and Angela Petch for her wonderful words!💛🛍

Mavis and Dot

A warm slice of life, funny, feel-good, yet poignant. Introducing two eccentric ladies who form an unlikely friendship.Meet Mavis and Dot – two colourful, retired ladies who live in Worthington-on-Sea, where there are charity shops galore. Apart from bargain hunting, they manage to tangle themselves in escapades involving illegal immigrants, night clubs, nude modelling, errant toupees and more. And then there’s Mal, the lovable dog who nobody else wants. A gently humorous, often side-splitting, heart-warming snapshot of two memorable characters with past secrets and passions. Escape for a couple of hours into this snapshot of a faded, British seaside town. You’ll laugh and cry but probably laugh more.”This book is quirky and individual, and has great pathos…[it] will resonate with a lot of readers.” Gill Kaye – Editor of Ingenu(e). Written with a light touch in memory of a dear friend who passed away from ovarian cancer, Angela Petch’s seaside tale is a departure from her successful Tuscan novels.

All profits from the sale of the books will go towards research into the cure for cancer.

My Thoughts

This was such a heartwarming delight of a story…

Mavis and dot were two eccentric and engaging characters in the twilight of their lives…. I completely adore both of these ladies and would love to spend the afternoon thrift store shopping with them… when I picked this book up I was expecting a fun fluffy read, but what I got was so much more , there was a lot of unexpected depth to this story… something else definitely worth mentioning is the prophets from the sale of this book go towards cancer research…

Mavis and Dot met each other while playing bridge… this chance encounter led them to discovering their mutual love for thrift shopping… so a beautiful friendship developed… mavis and Dot are so different from one another, but that added to the charm of the story and their friendship…

There really was so much packed in this story: thrift shopping, a trip, A drag queen, illegal immigrants, a baby, a dog and so much more… all the secondary characters were so colorful and so much fun! I truly found every single character in this book endearing…. I definitely hope we will get more adventures with Mavis and Dot…

Absolutely recommend to anyone in the mood for a feel-good story and the end of this book will definitely put you in the holiday mood…

*** A huge thank you to the author and Rachelle for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mavis-Dot-Frolics-foibles-friendships-ebook/dp/B07JM3KJSB

US – https://www.amazon.com/Mavis-Dot-Frolics-foibles-friendships-ebook/dp/B07JM3KJSB

Author Bio

A prize-winning author, Angela Petch lives half the year in West Sussex and the summer months in a remote valley in the Tuscan Apennines. She recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture for her Tuscan novels and “Mavis and Dot” is a temporary departure from her usual genre. She has travelled all her life: born in Germany, she spent six years as a child living in Rome, worked in Amsterdam after finishing her degree in Italian, moved to Italy for her job, then to Tanzania for three years. Her head is full of stories and she always carries a pen and note-book to capture more ideas.

In May 2017, Angela Petch won PRIMA’S monthly short story competition and recently had a dozen stories published by The People’s Friend magazine.

“Mavis and Dot” was written in memory of a dear friend who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. All profits from sales of the book will go towards research into a cure for cancer.

LINKS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelaJaneClarePetch/

Twitter: @Angela_Petch

Website: https://angelapetchsblogsite.wordpress.com

TUSCAN NOVELS

“Tuscan Roots” (to be reissued by Bookouture in 2019) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tuscan-Roots-tangle-Italian-Apennines-ebook/dp/B01DDQDMDE/

“Now and Then in Tuscany” – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Now-Then-Tuscany-Italian-journeys-ebook/dp/B06Y8Y17MG

MAVIS AND DOT

https://mybook.to/MDot

Have a fabulous Friday!Berit

Posted in Blog Tour

Edna’s Death Café by Angelena Boden @AngelenaBoden @BOTBSPublicity #bookreview

Happy Wednesday before Thanksgiving! Today I will be hitting the road to San Diego to pick up my oldest from UCSD!💛💙

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this book that is much more uplifting then the title might lead you to believe… A huge thank you to Sarah for my invitation to the tour!💛🧡

My Thoughts

An uplifting story about a difficult subject…

”Nothing is certain except death and taxes.”

This story was such a little quirky Jem… I loved the setting of the quaint village and all the colorful characters… it seems strange to call a book about death fun, but it was… fun and lighthearted…. it was emotional, and there were tears, but there were also plenty of smiles and laughs… I think this idea of a death café is quite brilliant, a place where people can come to discuss a topic often avoided… in a safe environment and bonus you get cake! I googled death café and found this is a growing movement that started in Europe…

Edna was prompted to start the death café after the death of her beloved partner ted… loved Edna and her spunk… she really wanted to help this village out and wasn’t always met with the most positive of reactions…. The secondary characters were an eclectic group of quirky characters… all of them dealing with some type of Grief either the loss or pending loss of a parent, child,or significant other… you really saw how grief really impacts each of us very differently and yet similarly… but the death café is not just about dealing with grief it is also about confronting your own immortality….

This book also had a bit of mystery and a sinister newcomer to the village…. this definitely added some flavor to the story, also rallied the villagers around Edna…. a lovely cozy story filled with Hart and humor… i’d absolutely recommend you add this one to your winter TVR!

*** many thanks to the publisher and Sarah for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

As in life, death is not without its agenda. This is something seventy-nine year old Edna Reid finds out when her partner, Ted, suddenly dies.

To cope with her loss, she sets up a Death Cafe to break down the taboo around death and to encourage other members of the community to discuss it openly. Over tea and cake, the participants hide their fears behind a veil of dark humour.

Religious fanaticism clashes with Victorian spiritualism as Edna’s meetings trigger lively conversations on the fragility of life, anxiety over dying, cost of funerals, and making sure long-lost greedy relatives don’t benefit from inheritances.

Soon, a series of events begin to unfold which threaten to undermine Edna’s livelihood and the Death Cafe meetings. These events just happen to coincide with the arrival of a mysterious stranger into the village.

Who is she and why is she so hostile to Edna?

About the Author

Angelena Boden has spent thirty- five years as an international training consultant, specialising in behavioural management and conflict resolution. She trained in Transactional Analysis, the psychology of communication and behaviour, her preferred tool for counselling and coaching.

She originates from the Peak District but has spent a life time travelling and living in places as far apart as Vancouver, Dubai, Paris, Seville and Iran. Now semi-retired in Great Malvern, she writes every morning, walks the hills and paints landscapes every afternoon and fits family and reading in between.

She is the author of two traditionally published novels and many articles and blogs.

Her most recent novel, Edna’s Death Cafe is published as an e-book by Matador.

Angelena is keen to meet readers, old and new, and is available for book talks, events, and always chatting over a cuppa (within 60 miles of Worcester).


Links:

angelenaboden.com

Posted in Book Bestie Approved

One Day in December by Josie Silver @JosieSilver_ #6bookbestiesonedayindecember #6bookbestieapproved #bookreview

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

So excited to share with you today this beautiful love story that is definitely making my favorites of 2018 list! We were all so very lucky that Jennifer was offered this book from Goodreads and the publisher to read with her book Besties💕💕💕 such a beautiful story to get to share, read, and discuss together!😍

One Day in December by Josie Silver

My Thoughts

LOOOVED IT!!! Every page, every sentence, every word, every letter!!!

In case you cannot tell I have fallen head over heels in love with this book! It has earned a place on my fave shelf and is absolutely one of my top five reeds of 2018… such a beautiful story, so full of love and heart…. this is an epic love story spanning an entire decade… a story with all the feels, you will laugh, you will cry, you will smile, you will shake your head, you will fall in love… this book will break your heart over and over again and then fill it back up with love just as many times! Simply put it was MAGICAL!

Laurie doesn’t believe in love at first sight until she glimpses a boy at the bus stop…Laurie was such a wonderful character so well developed, I felt as though I would know her if she were walking down the street… adored her friendship with Sarah, one of my absolute favorite parts of this book… such a positive realistic portrayal of what a female friendships should be…. of course they have their ups and downs, but at the end of the day they were always there for one another…. all three of the main characters in this book Laurie, Sarah, and Jack were well drawn likable characters that you definitely could relate to…

Told from alternating points of view… we got the insights and perceptions of both Laurie and Jack threwout the decade… The book was structured brilliantly you never were confused as to who was narrating and what year it was… in fact the entire book is told linearly, there was no jumping around kind of nice for a change….

I absolutely recommend this stunning story to everyone with a heart! A wonderful Christmas read!

This was a group read with my Book Besties… Jennifer was approached by Goodreads and the publisher with this book and just as a true friend does she included all of us! How appropriate for a group of friends to read a story with such a tremendous focus on friendship… we had a wonderful discussion, we were all captivated by this story! We also thought it would make a fantastic movies, we even casted it… I thought I’d share our choices with you all!

Laurie we thought should be played bye Shailene Woodley, Sarah played by Jennifer Lawrence, and Jack buy either Liam Hemsworth or Zac Efron… have you read this? What do you think?

*** huge thanks to Goodreads, Crown Publishing, and Jennifer for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don’t meet the one.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness. 

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The Besties

Be sure to check out all the Bestie’s reviews we all absolutely fell head over heels in love with this book!💕💕💕

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Be sure to check out Kendall and Melisa’s reviews on Goodreads!

Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Book Bestie Approved

The World Breaks Everyone by Lauren Clark @lauramcneillbks #6bookbestiesworldbreakseveryone #bookreview

Happy Monday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for this thoroughly thrilling book from one of my Besties Jennifer’s favorite authors… A fun group read with Jennifer and Kenzie💕💕

The World Breaks Everyone by Lauren Clark

My Thoughts

A suspenseful and thrilling game of cat and mouse, set in the Big Easy…

This book kept me on the edge of my seat and quickly turning those pages… I stayed in bed this morning long after the alarm went off because I had to finish, I had to find out what happened two Olivia…. this is my first book from Lauren Clark but it definitely will not be my last! A huge thank you to one of my book besties Jennifer for recommending this book and introducing me to this wonderful author! This was a buddy read with Jennifer, Mackenzie, and myself and we were all riveted! We are all also now planning a vacation to New Orleans! I wish!

Olivia is 16 almost 17 and has seen a lot of grief in her young life… not only did she lose her mother, but she also blamed herself for her death… Theo, Olivia‘s father is an up-and-coming chef who has just opened his dream restaurant…. Olivia is certain her life will change after the restaurant opening, but just not the way that it did…. murder, a kidnapping, political goings-on, money,are just a few things behind Olivia’s troubles… Olivia is on the run, but from who? And why? Who do you trust when nobody seems to be telling the truth?

Olivia was such a likable and sympathetic character, I really was rooting for her throughout this book! The city of New Orleans itself really was A character… The ambience, the food, the magic, the food, The history… I really thought all the characters in this book were so well-developed, not all of them likable, but you really got a sense of who they were…. The pace of this book was pure perfection! So many twists and turns and U-turns and detours…. I really had no idea where we were going to ultimately end up, but it was definitely a wild ride! With a satisfying ending! The powdered sugar on my beignets….

Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a twisty compulsive read that will make your heart race….

Bestie Thoughts

We were all riveted, so be sure to check out the other Bestie’s reviews!

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

About the Book

A Gripping Cat-and-Mouse Suspense Novel

Every day, I wake up certain of only three things: 

I am responsible for my mother’s death. 
My father has vanished.
 
Someone wants me dead.
 

I’m on the run. It’s me against the world. 
I cannot let it break me.

When sixteen-year-old Olivia Jacobs and her celebrity chef father are brutally attacked after his French Quarter restaurant opening, the shell-shocked Olivia finds herself on the run on the streets of New Orleans. 

Who wants her dead? And why? 

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Book friends are the best friends Berit☀️✨

Posted in Blog Tour

Mavis and Dot by Angela Petch @Angela_Petch @rararesources #bookspotlight

Happy Saturday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today a glimpse of this fabulous book! My review will be on the blog on November 23! The day after Thanksgiving, can anyone explain to me how it is already going to be Thanksgiving on Thursday??? 🦃

Mavis and Dot

A warm slice of life, funny, feel-good, yet poignant. Introducing two eccentric ladies who form an unlikely friendship.Meet Mavis and Dot – two colourful, retired ladies who live in Worthington-on-Sea, where there are charity shops galore. Apart from bargain hunting, they manage to tangle themselves in escapades involving illegal immigrants, night clubs, nude modelling, errant toupees and more. And then there’s Mal, the lovable dog who nobody else wants. A gently humorous, often side-splitting, heart-warming snapshot of two memorable characters with past secrets and passions. Escape for a couple of hours into this snapshot of a faded, British seaside town. You’ll laugh and cry but probably laugh more.”This book is quirky and individual, and has great pathos…[it] will resonate with a lot of readers.” Gill Kaye – Editor of Ingenu(e). Written with a light touch in memory of a dear friend who passed away from ovarian cancer, Angela Petch’s seaside tale is a departure from her successful Tuscan novels.

All profits from the sale of the books will go towards research into the cure for cancer.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mavis-Dot-Frolics-foibles-friendships-ebook/dp/B07JM3KJSB

US – https://www.amazon.com/Mavis-Dot-Frolics-foibles-friendships-ebook/dp/B07JM3KJSB

Author Bio

A prize-winning author, Angela Petch lives half the year in West Sussex and the summer months in a remote valley in the Tuscan Apennines. She recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture for her Tuscan novels and “Mavis and Dot” is a temporary departure from her usual genre. She has travelled all her life: born in Germany, she spent six years as a child living in Rome, worked in Amsterdam after finishing her degree in Italian, moved to Italy for her job, then to Tanzania for three years. Her head is full of stories and she always carries a pen and note-book to capture more ideas.

In May 2017, Angela Petch won PRIMA’S monthly short story competition and recently had a dozen stories published by The People’s Friend magazine.

“Mavis and Dot” was written in memory of a dear friend who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. All profits from sales of the book will go towards research into a cure for cancer.

LINKS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelaJaneClarePetch/

Twitter: @Angela_Petch

Website: https://angelapetchsblogsite.wordpress.com

TUSCAN NOVELS

“Tuscan Roots” (to be reissued by Bookouture in 2019) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tuscan-Roots-tangle-Italian-Apennines-ebook/dp/B01DDQDMDE/

“Now and Then in Tuscany” – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Now-Then-Tuscany-Italian-journeys-ebook/dp/B06Y8Y17MG

MAVIS AND DOT

https://mybook.to/MDot

Have a fabulous Saturday! Berit

Posted in Psychological Thriller

Under My Skin by Lisa Unger @lisaunger @HarlequinBooks #bookreview

TGIF Bookpeople!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this addictive twisty psychological thriller!!!🖤

Under My Skin by Lisa Unger

My Thoughts

This book was one WILD and CRAZY RIDE!!!

This is the kind of book you need to finish in order two truly see the brilliance… The beginning of the book was like sifting through fog… nothing was clear, I was confused as to what exactly was going on… were these Poppy’s dreams? memories? delusions?? I was as confused if not more than Poppy and her drug and grief addled brain… but once the fog cleared I realized this was done by the author by design… fully immersing you in poppy’s tragic situation…. Poppy was one spectacular unreliable narrator….

Poppy’s husband Jack was murdered while jogging at the park one day… Poppy is devastated, she also feels guilty…. soon after Jack’s funeral Poppy goes missing for a few days, and comes back with no recollection of where she was or what she did…. with Jack’s murder never being solved and certain she is being followed, Poppy is completely on edge… will she ever recover her memory? Who killed her beloved husband and why? And who in the world is following her now?

Lisa Unger takes you on one twisted ride in this book…. The uncertainty and unraveling was quite dizzying… for a large portion of this book I wasn’t quite certain if I was coming or going… Papi definitely drags you through her complicated Mays of crazy…. A brilliant thriller that ends with a twist and a bang!

Absolutely recommend to fans of of a darker twistier psychological thriller…

*** many thanks to harlequin for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

What if the nightmares are actually memories?

It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack?

The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. Poppy starts having nightmares and blackouts–there are periods of time she can’t remember, and she’s unable to tell the difference between what is real and what she’s imagining. When she begins to sense that someone is following her, Poppy is plunged into a game of cat and mouse, determined to unravel the mystery around her husband’s death. But can she handle the truth about what really happened? 

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Hope you have a lovely lovely weekend! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Book Bestie Approved

Breach by W L Goodwater @BerkleyPub #6bookbestiesbreach #bookreview

Happy Thursday everybody!

Bringing you my review today for another group read this time with my Besties Mackenzie and Jennifer💕 We all took a little detour from our usual reeds and read this very interesting alternate history with a splash of magic!✨✨

Breach by W L Goodwater

My Thoughts

This was an interesting story of alternate history laced with magic…

This is definitely not my usual read, but it was a nice change of pace… as a child of the 70s and 80s and with a father who worked in aerospace I was always well aware of the Cold War… in fact after the age of 10 I was not allowed to go inside my father’s work, in case I were a Russian spy not even sure if I’m allowed to say this… They might have to kill me😉

This book was set after WWII in Germany, it took me a while to figure out exactly when this book took place… I’m not even sure how important this is? But because this is not my usual genre I was a little fixated on it…. so sometime after WWII and the Berlin wall being erected… but this is no ordinary wall, it is a wall built of magic…. it is a wall that is hiding something and keeping the peace…. without this wall there is a chance of a possible WWIII… kind of tough to wrap your head around, especially when you witnessed the wall coming down and thought of it as being a triumphant moment…

The female protagonist in this book was fantastic, a woman fighting her way in a man’s world…. really liked Karen and I was a little frustrated when the story switched to someoneelse’s point of view… I truly would have been happy had the story Ben told Soli from her viewpoint… The magic was fascinating, however I would’ve liked a little more information on the magic system… but seeing as though the characters themselves weren’t entirely clear on the magic, I guess it is understandable that I wasn’t either…. The last 25% of this book was pretty much nonstop action with lots of magic, and the ending…. a bit of a cliffy…..

All in all a good book a definite detour from my regular reads….

*** many thanks to the team at Berkley Publishing for bringing this book to my attention and for the copy ***

Be sure to check out Jennifer and Kenzie’s reviews!

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

About the Book

AFTER THE WAR, THE WALL BROUGHT AN UNEASY PEACE.

When Soviet magicians conjured an arcane Wall to blockade occupied Berlin, the world was outraged but let it stand for the sake of peace. Now after 10 years of fighting with spies instead of spells, the CIA has discovered the unthinkable:

THE WALL IS FAILING.

While refugees and soldiers mass along the border, operatives from East and West converge on the most dangerous city in the world to stop or take advantage of the crisis.

Karen, a young magician with the American Office of Magical Research and Deployment, is sent to investigate the breach in the Wall and see if it can be reversed. Instead she will discover that the truth is elusive in this divided city, and that even magic itself has its own agenda.

BECAUSE THE REAL PURPOSE OF THE WALL IS ABOUT TO BE REVEALED. 

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Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨
Posted in Blog Tour

Murder Served Cold by Paula Williams @PaulaWilliams44 @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Thursday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for this charming cozy mystery! Huge thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Paula Williams for her wonderful words💕

Murder Served Cold

2A quiet English village where nothing ever happens.   Until…..

After her boyfriend runs out on her with the contents of their joint bank account, Kat Latcham has no choice but to return to the tiny Somerset village of Much Winchmoor where she grew up.  A place, she reckons, that is not so much sleepy as comatose and she longs for something to happen to lessen the boredom of living with her parents.

But when she and her childhood friend, Will Manning, discover a body and Will’s father, John, is arrested for the murder, Kat suddenly realises that she should have heeded the saying “Be careful what you wish for”.

Much Winchmoor is a hotbed of gossip and everyone is convinced John Manning is guilty.  Only Kat and Will believe he’s innocent. When there’s a second murder Kat is sure she knows the identity of the murderer – and set out to prove it.  But in doing so she almost becomes the murderer’s third victim.

Readers of Sue Grafton might enjoy the Much Winchmoor series of cosy murder mysteries spiked with humour and sprinkled with romance.

My Thoughts

This was a charming cozy mystery with a speppering of romance… I really love these books about small English villages, and I cannot figure out why everyone wants to leave… perhaps it is the fact that everybody knows everybody, or that everybody knows everybody else’s business? Or maybe it is the fact that people are constantly getting murdered??? This is the first book in what looks like is going to be a fabulous series!

Kat has returned home after a bit of a bump in her love life… not thrilled to be living with her parents again and finding it quite dull, Kat is ready for some excitement! And boy does she find it when her longtime friend Will and she run across a dead body… Will’s dad is the number one suspect, but Kat and Will do not believe that…. so Kat decides to put on her detective Hat and figure out who the real murderer is… but she better be careful because she is making dangerous people angry….

This book truly has everything you want from a cozy mystery; a charming setting and a cast of wonderful characters… The character development in this book was absolutely stellar, I felt as though I would no Kat if she were walking down the street… I also really love the fact that there were so many potential suspects, it really kept me guessing throughout… I also like the potential for romance, can’t wait to see where the next book in the series takes us!

Absolutely recommend to anybody who is a fan of cozy mysteries, this is A good one!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachelle for my copy of this book ***


Purchase Link
mybook.to/murderservedcold

fullsizeoutput_15 (1)Author Bio –

Paula Williams is living her dream.  She has written all her life – her earliest efforts involved blackmailing her unfortunate younger brothers into appearing in her plays and pageants. But it is only in recent years, when she turned her attention to writing short stories and serials for women’s magazines that she discovered, to her surprise, that people with better judgement than her brothers actually liked what she wrote and were prepared to pay her for it.

Now, she writes every day in a lovely, book-lined study in her home in Somerset, where she lives with her husband and a handsome but not always obedient rescue Dalmatian called Duke.  She still writes for magazines but also now writes novels. A member of both the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Crime Writers’ Association, her novels often feature a murder or two, and are always sprinkled with humour and spiced with a touch of romance.

She also writes a monthly column, Ideas Store, for the writers’ magazine, Writers’ Forum and has a blog at paulawilliamswriter.wordpress.com.  Her facebook author page is https://www.facebook.com/paula.williams.author . And she tweets at @paulawilliams44.

Not only that, but when she’s not writing, she’s either tutoring, leading writing workshops or giving talks on writing at writing festivals and conferences and to organised groups.  She’s appeared several times on local radio – in fact, she’ll talk about writing to anyone who’ll stand still long enough to listen.

But, as with the best of dreams, she worries that one day she’s going to wake up and find she still has to bully her brothers into reading ‘the play what she wrote’.

Social Media Links –

Facebook.   https://www.facebook.com/paula.williams.author

Blog. paulawilliamswriter.wordpress.com

Twitter. @paulawilliams44

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The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James @CarolineJames12 @rararesources @RubyFiction #bookreview #giveaway

Happy Monday bibliophiles!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this uplifting story about “people of a certain age.”Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the blog tour and to Caroline James for her delightful words💕

The Best Boomerville Hotel

TBBH high res coverLet the shenanigans begin at the Best Boomerville Hotel …
Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business! 

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than its fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun-loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself. 

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

My Thoughts

A heartwarming story filled with laughter and hope…

Good friends Jo and Hattie decided to open up a retreat for “people of a certain age.“ The purpose of the retreat is too offer classes to expand both the mind and the body of the boomers… I thought this was a fun refreshing book focusing on people over 50… a Book all about embracing every day no matter what your age….

This book had a cast of extremely engaging, eccentric and quirky, characters…. Kate a successful Business owner of a online dating service who has never found love herself… Andy a handsome James bond look alike with a hidden agenda… lucinda a washed up artist with a dirty side…. and last but not least eccentric yet lovable brothers Harry and Hugo… each character brought a little something different to the table and added some charm and wit to the story….

It is always nice to read a delightful uplifting story that will make you smile and giggle… a book that reinforces the fact that it is never too late for second chances, new beginnings, and true love….

Absolutely recommend when you are in the mood for a lovely story a bit of a pick me up…

*** many thanks to Ruby Fiction for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links

Amazon: http://mybook.to/TBBH

Kobo:  https://goo.gl/VRh2XT

Ibooks/Google:  https://goo.gl/2aq7sz

Itunes:  https://apple.co/2lZrl6F

CAROLINE JAMES (PROMO SHOOT 26.06.2018)Author Bio:

Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles and short stories and contributes to many publications.

Her debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair.  The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun.

So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? was runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a light-hearted look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune. Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015 and is an Amazon best-seller and top recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in Australia, revolves around a TV game show.

In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

Caroline James Links:

www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk   http://www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk

Twitter:@CarolineJames12  https://twitter.com/CarolineJames12

FaceBook:  Caroline James Author  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolineJames/

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