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My Least Favourite Books Of 2018

Hello all and Happy New year. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a very happy start to the year.
I have set a target to read 30 books this year, and to get my blog to 1,000 followers….. I currently have 584. I am so keen to get this blog going this year and want to get a post up 5 days a week.

I only managed to read 16/20 books this year but it has been a manic year. So lets show you all my 3 least favourite books of 2018….

Sorry folks if this was a favourite of you. This just wasn’t for me, it felt very slow paced. I gave it a good go but I had to put it down. Check out my full review here – https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/01/20/close-to-home-by-cara-hunter-book-review/

I gave this book 2/5 stars.

I completed this book with a love hate relationship. The book started off strong and then went down hill, I was expecting more from the story line, and a little more drama. Instead I found a selfish woman who wanted it all and had two amazing men she was dragging along.
Full review here – https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/06/15/in-between-book-review/

Gave 3/5 stars.

Another book I had high hopes for. I really liked the change in time from when they were younger to now, however I felt each chapter just repeated itself just in a different time zone….. Could have been so much better.
Book review – https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/09/21/let-you-go-book-review/

Gave 3/5 stars.

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Close to home By Cara Hunter: Book Review

35478322Someone took Daisy Mason.
Someone YOU KNOW.

Twists galore, a gripping race against time, and police characters you’ll love – if you were addicted to Broadchurch and Line of Duty, then CLOSE TO HOME is for you.

How can a child go missing without a trace?

Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents’ summer party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew.

That means someone is lying.

And that Daisy’s time is running out…


I was sent an ARC copy via Netgalley to review this book for free.

Published 27th December 2017
Pages: 385
Available as: Kindle, Audiobook and paperback.
Amazon rating:
Amazon 4.5

I firstly have to admit that I did not complete this book, I read about 40% and for reasons I will soon share.  Obviously not a good start, however please hold on and read my reasons as to why I didn’t wish to carry on reading as this book has a range of positive and negative reviews online.

I requested to review this book via Netgalley through Penguin publishers.  I have been interested in this genre (Crime, mystery) since reading books like, The couple next door, The girl on the train and Marriage made me do it.
Some of the reviews on Netgalley were positive, and the blurb was very promising.  Obviously I requested this book pre release, therefor reviews were small and spoiler free.

The beginning of the book jumps straight into finding the missing girl Daisy from her parents home during a party.
Straight away I was intrigued as this book used a different layout.  The layout started off as most traditional stories do then lead onto the use of social media- Facebook Status’, Twitter feeds and general newspaper snippets, it really added a modern touch, a bit of realism, how people jump to conclusions and how facts get blown out of proportions via social media.

The book included interviews, different views and perspectives from many characters.
Especially a deeper look into Detective Everett and his personal reasons for wanting the case.

The beginning reminded me very much of how The couple next door started, however I was not hooked with the first few chapters.  I need to feel drawn in as soon as otherwise I lose interest.  However I thought I have to give this book a fair chance and at least try to read until 50%, however only managed 40%.
I found I just fell into a reading slump and did not want to pick the book back up, instead I just stared at it and kept thinking how bored I was.  Unfair I know but I find reading a hobby, I don’t like wasting time if the story is not for me.  Again not every book is for everyone.  As the rating above shows, a lot of people actually enjoyed it.

Reviews:
Goodreads- 

“This fast paced novel is certainly a page turner and features some great characters.”- Gary

“This was a great read that I would have given a 5* rating, but because I found the Twitter and Facebook entries very boring, annoying and distracting to read, I’m only giving a 4* rating.” – Annie

Amazon-

“A brilliant crime thriller! Couldn’t put it down. This story twists and turns so much I just didn’t know which way it was going to go.” – Cherrymayhem

“An enjoyable read but I felt that quite a few of the characters were under developed e.g Leo, and some of the minor police officers.”  – Marg

WWW Wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Note: For users of Blogspot blogs, I’m unable to comment on your posts as a WordPress blogger unless you’ve enabled Name/URL comments. This is a known WordPress/Blogspot issue. Please consider enabling this to participate more fully in the community.


Current Read: Archangel’s Viper
Will be buying 28/09/17 😀  Really been waiting for this for ages.

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Return to the epic and dangerous world of the Guild Hunters in this new adventure from New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh, as immortal angels, vampires, and mortals struggle to build a new world order…

Venom has always been one of the most mysterious and seductive members of the Seven–Archangel Raphael’s personal guard. But even this powerful vampire has no idea what awaits when he returns to New York…and to a woman who might be the greatest threat of all…


Recently finished: Seeker

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Six months ago, Hunter’s life turned upside-down. Seeker is dead, a tragedy that’s left Hunter empty and alone. Talon, an agency of super humans, now looks to her for leadership. When several agents are found dead with mysterious injuries, she has no choice but to track down the killer herself or risk the lives of her teammates and friends.

Hunter finds herself in Arizona, where things turn deadly, sending her right into the hands of the one person that could take everything from her—her mother.

Forced to do Mother’s bidding, Hunter does the only thing she can … she survives. One grueling day at a time. Will Hunter become the next victim of the killer who has taken so many of her friends’ lives? Will she become the murderous telepath Mother wants her to be? Or will she somehow find a way out of this deadly situation full of so many risks…


What will I read next?  Close to home. ARC COPY. Due for release 28/12/17

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Someone took Daisy Mason.
Someone YOU KNOW.

Twists galore, a gripping race against time, and police characters you’ll love – if you were addicted to Broadchurch and Line of Duty, then CLOSE TO HOME is for you.

How can a child go missing without a trace?

Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents’ summer party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew.

That means someone is lying.

And that Daisy’s time is running out…

WWW Wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Note: For users of Blogspot blogs, I’m unable to comment on your posts as a WordPress blogger unless you’ve enabled Name/URL comments. This is a known WordPress/Blogspot issue. Please consider enabling this to participate more fully in the community.


Currently Reading


Six months ago, Hunter’s life turned upside-down. Seeker is dead, a tragedy that’s left Hunter empty and alone. Talon, an agency of super humans, now looks to her for leadership. When several agents are found dead with mysterious injuries, she has no choice but to track down the killer herself or risk the lives of her teammates and friends.

Hunter finds herself in Arizona, where things turn deadly, sending her right into the hands of the one person that could take everything from her—her mother.

Forced to do Mother’s bidding, Hunter does the only thing she can … she survives. One grueling day at a time. Will Hunter become the next victim of the killer who has taken so many of her friends’ lives? Will she become the murderous telepath Mother wants her to be? Or will she somehow find a way out of this deadly situation full of so many risks…

Recently finished

Nineteen-year-old Marion can’t remember anything before waking up in the hospital. All she knows that a lot of people want to kill her. And her would-be assassins are not human…

Vampires are real. So are faeries and angels.

They all want Marion dead.

Surrounded by enemies, Marion turns to Lucas Flynn: a mysterious doctor who seems to know more than he’s letting on. He’s as good with a gun as he is with a scalpel. He fights like a demon but claims that he’s human. And he’s hellbent on protecting Marion.

Lucas claims that Marion is a mage: half-witch, half-angel with terrifying powers that could crack the world. But Marion can’t remember how to cast magic any more than she can remember where she comes from.

Marion must find her identity and her power…before the forgotten sins of her past catch up with her.

What do I think I will read next..

Someone took Daisy Mason. Someone YOU KNOW.

Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents’ summer party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying. DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew. That means someone is lying. And that Daisy’s time is running out…