Thursday, 9 July 2020

Book Review - Where The Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens

Where The Crawdads Sing
By Delia Owens

My Review: 
This book was so intriguing and had me captivated from the beginning. From the descriptive writing that allowed me to really visualise the marsh and surrounds, through to the lilt of accents attributed to characters. Kya has been a fighter her whole life. Left to fend for herself from a young age she takes comfort in the surrounding marsh and the wildlife and critters that live there. My heart ached for the injustices thrown at her, then soared for the moments of joy she experienced. As the story unfolded I was desperate for Kya to find her happiness. Instead she is charged with murder and faced with the wrath of a town that sees her as a worthless 'marsh girl'. Kya has fought to overcome hardship and adversity her whole life, but these charges see her in a fight for her life. I could not stop until I knew what became of her. 

Highly recommend if you like descriptive language, a strong feminine protagonist and characters that will stay with you after the end.

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Book Review - The Girl They Left Behind By Roxanne Veletzos

By Roxanne Veletzos

My Review: This book had me captivated from the unusual premise at the beginning all the way through to the dramatic conclusion. Why was a young girl left behind? Who cared for her? What happened to her biological parents? All these questions and more are answered by Veletzos as she weaves a tale of intrigue, suspense and heartache.

Highly recommend if you like historical fiction, war set stories and uncovering family secrets.

On a freezing night in January 1941, a little Jewish girl is found on the steps of a building in Bucharest. With Romania now in league with the Nazis, the Jewish population is doomed. The child is placed in an orphanage and adopted by a wealthy childless couple who name her Natalia. As she adapts to her new life, she all but forgets the parents forced to leave her behind. Yet, as Natalia comes of age under Soviet occupation, traces of her identity pierce the surface of her everyday life, leading to a discovery that will change her destiny.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Book Review - Mindcull By K H Canobi

By K H Canobi

My Review: A fabulous debut novel that sets a fast pace to keep the pages turning and doesn't stop until the end! Canobi creates a world that allows the reader to be easily drawn in and follow Eila on her desperate journey to uncover a shocking truth. 

Highly recommend if you like dystopian fiction, high stakes action and a kick-arse heroine.

In a time when nothing is as real as virtual reality, sixteen-year-old Eila is shortlisted in a competition by a global technology giant. But then law enforcement officers force her to spy for them, underground activists reveal a murderous plot and someone uses virtual reality to fill her head with a stranger’s thoughts.
Amid secrets, lies and distortions, Eila must decide how far she will go to protect innocent lives.

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Book Club - Lock down style!

Book Club - Lock Down Style!

In the strange and uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic some things have not changed. That includes people coming together to connect and support one another.

 This was our book club where we spent a couple of hours Sunday afternoon together, albeit 'virtually' together.

Tips for a successful virtual book club done 'lock down' style!

Video Conference☑️

Treats supplied by host☑️

Book read☑️

Afternoon of fun and laughs with great friends☑️

Stay safe and keep well. Xo

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Book Club 2019 Review

A bunch of friends thought it would be a good idea to start a book club this year. Turns out it was the BEST idea! I have always been a reader although there are times that reading for pleasure simply got lost in my week. That's why when I was asked to join a book club this year, I jumped at the idea of giving myself permission to stop and read for pleasure, well, for conversation really! 

Here are our picks for 2019. 

Would I have chosen all the books on the list? Probably not. Did I enjoy all the books on the list? Yes. Would I recommend them all? Not necessarily. Each had such different writing styles, varied settings and rich characters that I couldn't help but want to meet them. I can't wait to see what is selected in 2020. But what should I pick when it is my turn ...

Have you read any on the list? 

What are your Summer reading recommendations?

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Odyssey Books #WeLoveOurAuthors - My turn!

Odyssey Books is the publishing company I recently signed with for my new YA novel. 

For the month of October they are running a #WeLoveOurAuthors campaign. Look whose turn it is?! Mine!

Thanks very much Odyssey Books for my first interview about The Ruby Locket. 

Bring on the 2020 release date. 
Introducing Kerina and Saxon ... I hope you love them as much as I do. Xo

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Odyssey books #WeLoveOurAuthors Week 3

Odyssey Books is the publishing company I recently signed with for my new YA novel. 

For the month of October they are running a #WeLoveOurAuthors campaign. Check out their website and learn more about the talented authors!

Here is a snapshot of the third week of authors. Follow the links to learn more!

Describe your writing style in three words.
Quiet. Thoughtful. Warm.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Punchy. Fun. Surprising.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Taut. Emotional. Pacey.

Describe your writing style in three words.
Literary. Poetic. Emotive.