Split Decision By Carmen Capuano

Split Decision By Carmen Capuano

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How was Natalie to know that the decision she was about to make between two potential dates, would forever be a pivotal point in her life? That it would mark the time where childhood innocence ended?

How could she even imagine that the wrong decision would send her life spiralling into the stuff of nightmares from where she might not come out alive?

Life takes a cruel twist of fate when Natalie, a completely average [almost] 16 year old, is forced to make a split-second decision… a decision that will change her future and forever alter her perception of trust, love and the realities of life.

My Thoughts:

This is the second book I have read by Carmen and this one is about Natalie and how she has to make a split decision that could be an important point in her life. Written well and I wanted to see if Natalie made the right or wrong decision. The conversations were true to form.

I was given an advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review.

Kindle Edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Split-Decision-Carmen-Capuano-ebook

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Split-Decision-Carmen-Capuano

Elephant and Pinky Moon By Lilac Mills

Elephant and Pinky Moon By Lilac Mills

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Twenty-eight-year-old Nina lives a quiet, unassuming life, happy (ish) with her job, maybe not quite as happy with her non-existent love-life (but no one can have everything, right?) and content to trundle along with her nice, predictable daily routine.

That is, until Nina is persuaded to accompany her octogenarian grandmother on a beach holiday to Turkey. Nina envisages sedate walks along the promenade, afternoon naps by the pool, and bingo in the evening.

What she actually gets is too much vodka, adult games of “pin the tail on the donkey” and dancing on a bar whilst flaunting her knickers – and that’s just her gran!

My Thoughts:

After reading Lilac’s previous novel Under the cherry tree I was so excited about being asked to read and review her next book. This one was so funny, I got funny looks whilst reading this one on the bus. Nina is the main character but I have to say her gran is absolutely hilarious. Nina takes her gran on holiday with her and some of the things they get up to… so funny. Lilac Mills is certainly an author I want to read more of in the future.

I was given an advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review.

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UK version:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elephant-Pinky-Moon-perfect-beach-ebook

U. S. version:

https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Pinky-Moon-perfect-beach-ebook

Ascension By Carmen Capuano

Ascension By Carmen Capuano

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I am blessed–or cursed–with the ability to see the colour of peoples’ souls, something I dare not reveal. Keeping my secret hidden has kept me safe. Until now.
Now I am afraid that I can no longer hide from the evil in our society.

Our laws are intended–or so I have always believed–to protect us from sinfulness and chaos. But my friend, Sarah, is pregnant and unmarried.

Her child will be taken from her at birth and she will be forced into a life of shame. Time is slipping away. I must discover where the father of her child is and why he’s disappeared. But will the answers I find save, or destroy our society? Will they save, or destroy Sarah?

I’m torn between doing the right thing and the wrong thing. The trouble is that I don’t know which is which.
I settle for the truth. It’s all I have.

My Thoughts:

Carmen is a new author to me. I think she has writes really well with good descriptions. This was a hard story line to write about but I think she has done it really well. I wanted to find out what happened to Sarah who is pregnant and her baby once it is born will be taken away from her and she will have to live her life in shame. There were quite a few things worrying me as in what what would happen to Sarah and also her baby but the ending ties everything up neatly.

I was given a advanced copy of this book for an honest review.

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Kindle Edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ascension-Carmen-Capuano-ebook

Jane of Manchester By J.G.Dow

Jane of Manchester By J.G.Dow

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Jane’s life on the face of it isn’t really too bad…she has great friends like party girl Natasha who’s always up for a laugh and her close pal Polly, always there for her and of course her loving parents, but things could still be better…

Most people she knows are either married or have kids and she has been single a while now and wonders if a good man is ever to be encountered again. The single life is far from a quiet one for Jane however, as she is constantly getting dragged to night clubs and bars by Natasha and the crew as well as enduring a particularly boozy weekend away at the seaside!

Jane loves a lot about her life, disregarding rude plumbers in her flat and dealing with annoying superiors and a smug sister, but as a certain someone takes her eye, is everything about to change and get a whole lot more serious or is the single life determined to keep her captive a while longer yet…

My Thoughts:

This is the story of Jane who is a thirty year old woman who lives alone in the North of England. She has lots of things going for her including loving parents, supportive friends, a job and a supportive job but the thing Jane would love is a relationship and someone to love her. She sees all her friends in relationships or who are married and she wants it too. The book is well written and is written in the first person. There are some quite funny situations she gets herself into. I was surprised to learn this is the author’s debut novel as I found it better than some of the more well known authors books that I have read.

I was given a advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review.

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Kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Manchester-reading-chick-lit-laugh-ebook

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead By Charlie Laidlaw

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead By Charlie Laidlaw

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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy meets The Lovely Bones in this surrealist, sci-fi comedy. When Lorna is run over, she wakes in a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions.

It soon transpires that she is in Heaven, or on HVN. Because HVN is a lost, dysfunctional spaceship, and God the aging hippy captain. She seems to be there by accident …Or does God have a higher purpose after all?

My Thoughts:

After fancying something completely different to what I normally read I was pleasantly surprised to be asked to read and review this book. I was happy to see that it was a nice chunky book that I could really get my teeth into. The storyline is very inventive and I found myself warming to Lorna the main character. I think it is a well written story and I am glad I have read it. I will certainly be looking out for more of Charlie’s books in the future. A big thumbs up from me.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

Kindle Edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Things-Learn-When-Were-Dead-ebook/

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Things-Learn-When-Were-Dead

The Nearest Far away Place By Hayley Long

The Nearest Far away Place By Hayley Long

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A powerfully told story of the love between two brothers in the aftermath of a family tragedy

Griff and Dylan are driving into Manhattan with their parents when the worst happens. There is a terrible car accident and Dylan and Griff¹s parents are killed.

The boys are suddenly orphans with nowhere to go, until a kind aunt and uncle give them a new home in Wales. Now Dylan and Griff have everything they need ­ love, a happy home and a future. But Dylan is worried about Griff: whether he is OK, whether he is coping with his grief. He doesn¹t seem to want to speak about it or really acknowledge the loss of their parents.

But Dylan needs to be even braver than Griff, because there is something very important he needs to face up to before he can move on.

My Thoughts:

This a story about two brothers called Griff and Dylan and how their world is turned upside down when a horrific tragedy occurs. It shows how they deal with the situation and how they pull together and look after each other. I found it a little different from the books I normally read but I still enjoyed it. I did have a few tears though. It is a fairly quick read. For a YA read it is one that will stay with me.

I was given a advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

Kindle Edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nearest-Faraway-Place-Hayley-Long-ebook

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nearest-Faraway-Place-Hayley-Long/

Aurabel By Laura Dockrill

Aurabel By Laura Dockrill

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It has been two years since Rory drowned, and Lorali is in Hastings, living the quiet life of a normal teenage girl. But her safe life on land won’t last for long. Life in The Whirl has become a hotbed of underwater politics and as the council jostles to oust the king, one Mer in particular has her eye on Lorali as the key to her own rise to power.

Meanwhile, Aurabel, a lowly Mer from the wrong side of the trench, is attacked by sea beasts and left for dead – and without a tail. Raging with righteous anger, she rebuilds herself a mechanical tail and reinvents herself as a fearless steampunk Mer seeking revenge. But she never expected the most important job that was about to drop into her lap.

My Thoughts:

The cover of this book is absolutely stunning. The picture does not do it any justice. This story follows on from Laura’s previous novel Lorali, I do wish I had read that one first as then I would of had a bit of background about all the characters. I did feel as though I was missing out. I don’t know if it was just me but I found the forum interactions slightly annoying, I know it is suppose to be teenage fans talking but I couldn’t understand some of the text language. I would highly recommend reading Lorali before reading this book.

I received a ARC of this book for an honest review.

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Kindle Edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aurabel-edgiest-mermaid-written-Lorali-ebook

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aurabel-edgiest-mermaid-written-Lorali