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End Of The Month Review Roundup – And I’m Married!

Hello all, I hope you all had a wonderful month. Mine has been a busy one for sure. On the 23rd I married Craig, say hello to Mr and Mrs Jones. This was our 10 year anniversary together exactly, it was a lovely day but went by so fast. Clayne enjoyed all the attention (If you want to see more wedding photos comment below).
My little boy Clayne turned 9 months old on the 26th, I cannot believe how fast he is growing up. I don’t think it will be long before he starts walking, and is currently walking along furniture babbling at the top of his lungs.
As you all read this today is the day I go back to work after 9 months off on maternity leave, I am apprehensive, but looking forward to working with my colleagues again and using these two days a week at work as some “me time”.

Lets get into the books, I have been trying to read one book a week but did slack in the last week, my apologies. But I am trying to get back into a routine.

Here are my 3 reviews from March, if I included my sons books I would have a huge list haha. I hope you all enjoy the first day of April, and please stay tuned for more coming to my blog.

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Review – The Side Job By Don Lubov

I was sent a copy of this book by the author for an honest review. However I was extremely disappointed. Keep reading for my review.

This is the story of Maggie Gomez — an unwed, unskilled mother of a sickly daughter. She lives a hardscrabble life on the underside of Las Vegas. As her daughter’s health deteriorates, Maggie’s need for money for an operation skyrockets. Maggie was vulnerable and defeated early in life. Her long-suppressed strength blossoms and Maggie becomes “La Femme Nikita”. As Maggie gets more involved with her loan shark boss and his crew, her world begins to spiral out of control. Her simultaneous involvement with a gangster and the detective investigating him turns her life into a soap opera of emotions. She must figure out how to escape her under- world life, protect her daughter, and live happily ever after.

Review

The prologue showed promise, I wanted to see how this young 16 year old Maggie who gets caught pregnant on her prom night succeeds in life. The story line would have been fantastic, however the lack of emotional descriptive writing made me lose connection with the characters. I wanted action and drama, that’s what I assumed would happen from what the author had told me. I couldn’t even get past 26%, I tried but this book was really poorly executed, however had the foundations to be an amazing book.
I had to get my friend to see some passages just to see if the feelings were mutual.

I didn’t feel a flow throughout, straight from the beginning it was rushed, blunt and read like bullet points. I honestly thought I was reading a draft version that was to be bulked out later.

I could feel myself cringing as the author tries to portray a young hip 20 year old Ben. Using sentences like “you dig?” were painful. I felt Don Lubov was trying to hard.

Looking online via Goodreads for some other perspectives, I noticed the same feedback as mine. Most readers felt disconnected to the characters, the writing was plain and very simple, making the book an extremely short read.
I gave this book 2/5 stars only because I know it could have been better, perhaps the writer needs to read back and deepen the novel further. There were some good foundations. I am sorry that I had to give it such a poor rating, this is extremely rare for me.

About the author:

Don has been happily married since 1976. He was an artist for 34 years and exhibited his artwork at 3 New York City Art Galleries and the Heckscher Art Museum. 

He spent 8 years teaching Art & Design at East Carolina University, McNeese State University, Suffolk county Community College. 

He was a guest lecturer at Stony Brook University on “Hyperspace—A Visual Introduction to the 4th Dimension”.

He received a grant from The Vogelstein Foundation for his work combining art & mathematics, with his “Quantum Pictures”.

He has written about spirituality and stress relief since 1971. He is the author of 9 books. 10 years successfully teaching his “Six-Step Path” at College of Central Florida Sr. Center, MTP College, and The Lifelong Learning College in The Villages, FL. He has taught his unique brand of meditation to over 2,000 people, who subsequently achieved a level of inner peace.

Don has written for Yahoo Voices, Beliefnet.com, and Kinja.com. His writings have been published in various magazines and books.

He has 3 YouTube videos: “The Grassroots Manifesto”, “Creativity Manifesto”, and “Spirituality Manifesto”.

He created and developed “Pyramoids” – an energy-efficient building system. He taught this system at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.

One of his “Pyramoid” designs was accepted and juried in The World Trade Center Memorial Competition. 

He has taught his “Six-Step Path” for stress reduction for the past 12 years, at Del Webb and 3 local colleges.

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Review – Ghost Files Volume 2 – By Apryl Baker.

Title – The ghost files volume 3
Author – Apryl Baker
Pages -264 pages – Kindle edition
My copy – Kindle – from kindle unlimited.
Published – 09/06/2014
Genre – Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, YA, Supernatural.

At seventeen, Mattie Hathaway has survived her mother attempting to kill her, multiple foster homes, and a serial killer. Oh, and she sees ghosts on a regular basis too. You’d think Fate would give her a break right? Umm…nope, not Mattie.

Dan Richards is the only person in the entire world Mattie trusts, but then the boy goes and breaks her heart. Mattie does what she does best, she runs and lands herself slap in the middle of a haunted house full of ghosts turned vengeful that want Mattie to join their ranks. 

Only bright spot on all this? Eli Malone – the gorgeous boy with the beautiful aqua eyes that makes her feel things she’s never even imagined before. She’s not sure what to do with him, especially when Dan shows up glowering at him. 

She’ll figure Eli out if she can survive the house. The ghosts are bound and determined to kill her so she’ll be one of them. Now if she can just figure out how to survive them and the demon stalking her, she might be able to decide what to do about her feelings for Dan and Eli.

That is if she can survive the night in the house.

Review

Via Goodread’s book receives contradictory review’s. I for one enjoyed this book, and so far the series.  Prior to this series I read the follow on series called “The Crane Diaries” and was confused about Mattie’s past. This series clears that all up and has kept me engrossed. (Homecoming – The Crane Diaries – Review).
There may not have been a lot about new Orleans featured in this book, which appears to be fellow reviewers complaints. I on the other hand found there to be plenty of paranormal content, gossebumps and drama to keep me entertained throughout, New Orleans was simply a basic setting for this book.
The only part I found myself skipping was the internal dialogue from Mattie…. I wanted action, dialogue between characters, however as soon as I was getting bored the story picked up again, throwing me back into Mattie’s paranormal gifts, demons and more.

The main critique I have seen from other reviewers was Mattie’s constant switch between men.   What people need to understand is, this is from the point of view of a 17 year old, who has experienced prolonged abuse and upset.  Mattie has been tortured, passed around foster homes, and given a gift which is not only terrifying, but dangerous!. Of course she is going to jump at the chance to fall for a cute, caring guy.  This is probably the only normal part of her life, experiencing what other teenage girls do at her age. The fact that one of the three men is dead, does not bring much hope for Mattie’s love life, even if Mattie has her heart set on “mirror boy”.

I very much enjoyed meeting the New characters, Caleb, and Eli. their brotherly banter and protectiveness over Mattie.
they featured in my favourite character moment.
Dan discovers more than he realised on the journey to find Mattie’s real mum. He also needs to gain Mattie’s trust, and try to salvage her broken heart that he smashed.

The mystery dark goo demon who appears from the beginning and I thought was the plot, seems to disappear halfway thought the story line and replaced by a news demonic ghost. 
This threw me off, however I preferred the demonic ghost from the 1700’s, his dark twisted mind and Voodoo.
The descriptiveness of Apryl’s writing is enough to keep any reading captivated, but not too descriptive to bore us.

I would definitely recommend this book and read it myself again. Apryl Baker has not let me down in this series, and has made me fall in love with the paranormal genre all over again.

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Review – The Blood Prince, Sovereign Series #3

Kindle Edition, 301 pages Published February 20th 2019 by Smashwords


The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.
All she needs is blood.

The Blood Prince is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race. 

Review –

This is an honest review…..If you have followed me for a while, you may remember last year I reviewed the first series – The Solis Invicti. That was when I fell in love with Emmy and Sol, and gave the series a 5 star rating. Here are my reviews for them –

A bargain in silver
The price of silver
Bound to silver
The silver bullet

Now on to the Sovereign series. Firstly I love Josie’s descriptive writing, the writing is well structured as always, and skillful. Josie Includes other languages, different backgrounds and sexuality.

Josie is very tasteful throughout her books, romance, action and suspense is present, however this series has perhaps not been to my liking.

The characters – The dialogue is from two perspectives Cam and Julia, with some narrative including Felix and Lucas.

The blood prince dives deeper into their relationships, their obstacles and their futures.

The plot was simple – find Emmy and Sol’s long lost son. When he was born no one knows. Emmy is turning dark, Sol is lost and the Blue just isn’t the same anymore.
Julia continues on a developmental journey to become stronger, and is more determined than ever to prove she can tackle the red alone.
Cam finds love but faces the toughest decision of his lifetime, is Felix worth everything he has worked hard for.

I enjoyed their adventures out into the red, escaping the ruins of the Blue for the ever-growing adventure.

My one disappointment was, I wish there was more of a development between them all. I felt I was reading the second instalment of the series again.
Don’t get me wrong I was in love with the Solis invicti series, I read the whole series in one week. However this book lacked the tension and romance that the story line between Emmy and Sol had.  On the other hand this book focused more on the progression and development of each character.

Perhaps this series wasn’t for me, I think I just missed the original characters too much.
To be thrown 500 years ahead of the previous series, and find the old characters have pretty much gone did throw me off. And the old characters that were left lacked the fire I once read.

I really enjoyed the overall dialogue between the characters, I just missed the amount of tension and action that was present in the Invicti series.
The ending was a little bit lacking, it felt rushed and would have really benefited from some more suspense.
I think I just wanted Emmy and Sol back, which is very selfish of me. But Josie I still love your writing, and the stories you have created have engrossed me from the beginning.

Would I recommend this book to you all, yes I would. But I probably won’t be reading this series again, and will return to my love of the Invicti Series.

I have given this book a 4/5 because I do love Josie, and I loved the previous series.  This is my opinion and I would always recommend you read these books yourself, we all have our own likes and dislikes.

Here are my previous reviews for the Sovereign series –

The Gilded King
The silver queen

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February Roundup Of My Book Reviews.

Hey all, this month I have been able to get back into my books. I got out of that reading funk that many of us are prone to falling into. I have quite a few books lined up ready to read and I am very excited to get my head stuck into them. I have found since having my son, my kindle fire has now become my best friend…. I am able to read in bed and not effect my husband to be. I will leave the link here to the kindle I have, but I love it.

Anyway, I have been able to review 2 books this month. And I will have another for you all on Monday for The Blood Prince.

The Executive Floor
The Haunting Of Hillwood Farm

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Review – The Haunting Of Hillwood Farm By Kathryn Knight – #Romance #Suspsense #BookReview #Paranormal

About

Pages – 174
Genre – Romance Suspense, Paranormal
Rating –
Goodreads – 3/5 stars
Amazon – 4/5 stars

After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted—the ability to communicate with ghosts. But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm. She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear—the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s handsome grandson, thinks she’s a scam artist. While she’d prefer to just ignore him, her heart beats a little faster every time he’s nearby. 

Luke Turner doesn’t believe in spirits. He’s moved back to restore the family farm, but living on the property serves a dual purpose—he can watch out for his grandmother. He’s not happy about the sudden appearance of a self-described psychic, or his inexplicable attraction to her. His initial suspicions crumble as evidence points to an actual haunting, but he’s still determined not to fall for Callie—the past has taught him it’s best to avoid relationships. 

As Callie is drawn deeper into the mystery, she becomes the target of a vengeful spirit, and Luke can no longer fight his feelings for her. Unable to resist their desire, passion ignites…even as the paranormal activity escalates to a final deadly confrontation. 

Review

I was sent a ebook copy of this book in return for an honest review.

This was my first time reading a book by this author, and I am not disappointed.
This was only a short story.

The book is based around Hillwood farm, a farm that has been in the Turner’s family for generations. Everything was calm and going well until Alice Turner’s husband passed away, leading to her grandson, Luke moving in.
Ever since then weird things have been happening, paranormal disturbances. Alice believes it’s her loving husband returning to her until the acts of what she perceives as love turn viscous.

The beginning of the book jumps straight in to the story of Callie, with just enough back story to understand her abilities, however we discover more about Callie and Luke as the story develops. They both have their own baggage to share.

I enjoyed the paranormal events from the beginning, they were spooky enough to give me goosebumps, and build just enough tension to make me wonder what was going to happen next.
Poor Callie not only has to convince a sceptic, but also take some beatings of her own.
Alice, Callie and Luke are in for a dangerous journey ahead, as they discover the ghosts true identity.

This was a light romance book, the main focus being the paranormal investigation. The tension between both romantic and Paranormal was very well thought out. I was drawn in from the very beginning and wish there was a series about Callie. This was a stand alone novel.
The length was perfect, I didn’t feel anything was missed, or could have been developed.

I would highly recommend this book for you paranormal lovers.

My rating 5/5 stars  
Link below to Amazon, currently available on Kindle unlimited.
£3.15 on Kindle
£10.20 Paperback

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Review – The Executive Floor By Belinda Wright

Ebook Published January 25th 2019 by Troubador Publishing Ltd
Length – 178 pages

Chantelle Moulier needs a permanent contract. Her internship is almost finished and a job at the renowned Granger Finance would be a great start to her career. She wouldn’t have to go home to her aunt and uncle’s vineyard in France; she could stay in England and get a place of her own. Everything is riding on her landing the job.

But one night she finds herself the only one left in the office when managing director Granger Carmont needs analytical support. Chantelle doesn’t know what to do. The last thing she needs is to be alone with a womanising player like Granger Carmont. She wants a job in his company, but not that badly. Then he makes her an offer that seems too good to be true and Chantelle is faced with a difficult decision…

Ratings on Goodreads – 2.92 out of 5 stars (24 reviews)
Amazon ratings – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars (2 reviews)


My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

Review

Book downloaded via Netgalley for an honest review –

I was just scanning around Netgalley and came across this book, thought it looked and sounded like my sort of book to read so downloaded it. This is the first time I have read anything by Belinda Wright.
I will admit the book hasn’t had the best ratings however there are not that many reviews given, so I don’t feel it is the best base to be judging.

My first impression of the cover was professional looking. As it is a romance it was nice to see that there wasn’t a couple on the front but instead a professional suit image…. fitting for the title “The Exectutive”.

When it comes to bachelors do not believe everything said in the news…. that stands true in this book.
The book is extremely fast paced, they meet and sleep together all in the same day/night. Have to admit that was very fast and I think it prevented a build up for me. Most Romance/Erotica I have read likes to build a sexual tension between both the main characters. This book lacked that tension.

Chantelle had a rough start to her teenage years. Chantelle’s parents died in a car accident when she was 11, she then has no money but shows determination in her career pursuing finance, therefor moves to the UK. Whilst in the UK she shares a house with a landlord who becomes more of a peeping tom (Neil), but what else can she do, money is tight. Chantelle then faces the end of her intern ship with no plan forward.

Granger a typical playboy/bachelor, doesn’t want the commitment and becomes a workaholic. Until he meets Chantelle.
I found the speed in which they got together extremely fast, and I don’t believe a man can change his mind in a couple days about his way of life. However I found myself reading this book in a couple hours.

The ending was too fast for me, I wish the back story for Granger was used throughout the book rather than one chapter.

Overall I did enjoy this book, it kept me engaged throughout and willing me to read more. I will always rate a book well if it can keep me engrossed throughout. Definitely a short, light hearted romance.

Currently £2.99 on Amazon

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