Sunday, February 28, 2021

February Book Wrap Up

Hello!

Today is the last day of February, so I thought I’d post my book wrap up. I managed 8 books this month which I’m really happy with. 




5 stars -3 
4 stars - 4
3 & half stars - 1






The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Fractured Globe by Angela Fish ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Last One at the Party by Bethany Clift ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Backstories by Simon Van Der Velde ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Together by Luke Adam Hawker ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Paris by Starlight by Robert Dinsdale ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russel ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Have you read nay of my February reads? What did you think? Hope you all managed to read the books you wanted to, and happy reading for March!




Friday, February 26, 2021

COVER REVEAL!! Damage by Caitlin Wahrer

I’m so excited to help out with the cover reveal for this book!! I have it waiting to be read, thanks to Michael J Books,  and I’m dying to jump into it. Here goes!!



ONE NIGHT. ONE CRIME. ONE FAMILY TORN APART.


TONY has always looked out for his younger brother, Nick. So when Nick is badly hurt and it looks like he was the victim of sexual assault, Tony's anger flares.

JULIA is alarmed by her husband Tony's obsession with Nick's case. She's always known Tony has a temper. But does she really know what he's capable of?

NICK went out for a drink. After that, everything's a blank. When he woke up he found himself in a world of confusion and pain, and the 
man who hurt him doesn't deny doing it. But he says the whole thing was consensual.


Three ordinary people; one life-shattering event. When the police get involved with this family in crisis, all the cracks will start to show...

Set to ignite debate and as gripping as your favourite box-set,Damage is a compulsive drama from an extraordinary new writer.

You can request DAMAGE NOW on Netgalley: http://bit.ly/Review_Damage


Link to pre-order: Amazon:  https://bit.ly/Damage_HB   Waterstones:https://bit.ly/Damage_ws


Check out the book trailer over on my Instagram too! @deeswordsbooksadmorebooks





First Line Friday 26.2.21

 Hi!

First Line Friday is a meme hosted by Hoarding Books. You post the first line (or lines) from your current read, or the nearest book to you. Here we go. This week I’m doing my latest ebook buy which is:



The Drowning of Arthur Braxton by Caroline Smailes

I’ll say, ‘Why don’t you just kill me?’

Wow this intrigues me! Have you read it? Does this make you want to read it?

QOTD Have you read any of Carolines books? I’ve read The Unwrapping of Theodora Quirke, and loved it. I know Arthur Braxton has been made into a film! Exciting!


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Together by Luke Adam Hawker

A beautiful book to connect us after such a challenging time.


'Dark clouds were looming in the distance. We watched them gather, and we wondered... When will it come? How long will it last?' 


A monumental storm brings huge and sudden change. We follow a man and his dog through the uncertainty that it brings to their lives. Through their eyes, we see the difficulties of being apart, the rollercoaster of emotions that we can all relate to, and the realisation that by pulling together we can move through difficult times with new perspective, hope and an appreciation of what matters most in life.





I received a copy of this book from the publisher Kyle Books, and Netgalley in return for an honest review.


This is a gorgeous book, with beautiful illustrations. It’s a very short read but gives off a huge message of hope and love. The pictures are really lovely and I sat and looked at each one for a while. They draw you in and you can feel the emotion on the page without needing to read the words.


Really lovely book and makes you feel very warm in times like today. 


Thank you to Kyle Books for the advanced ebook, and of course to the author and illustrator Luke Adam Hawker.




Wednesday, February 24, 2021

WWW Wednesday 24.2.21




Well hello again! 

It’s WWW Wednesday again, and if you don’t know what that is yet, it’s a tag hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds, in which it asks 3 questions:

What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

I still have Breaking and Mending by Joanna Cannon on the go, I haven’t read any more pages since last time. I should get round to reading a bit more of it this week. I’ve also started My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell, heard so many good things about it and its all over Twitter and instagram all the time. 


What have you recently finished?

This last week I finished 3 books. The Last One at the Party by Bethany Clift, which was bloody great. My review was up on Monday so if you haven’t already looked then go ahead! I read Backstories by Simon Van Der Velde. This was a good one, really interesting spin on a book, I’ve not read anything like it before. My review will be up near the end of Mach when it’s released. I finished Paris by Starlight last night, which was our Tsundoku book group read. look out for mine and the groups thoughts soon.  


What do you think you’ll read next?

Next I hope to get on with The Lip by Charlie Carrol, which I have for a blog tour soon. Also, guess what.... The Push! Haha, I told you it will stay there until I actually get round to reading it!





Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I’ve inspired you to pick up something new! 




Monday, February 22, 2021

The Last One At The Party by Bethany Clift


THE END OF EVERYTHING WAS HER BEGINNING

It's December 2023 and the world as we know it has ended.


The human race has been wiped out by a virus called 6DM ('Six Days Maximum' - the longest you've got before your body destroys itself).


But somehow, in London, one woman is still alive. A woman who has spent her whole life compromising what she wants, hiding how she feels and desperately trying to fit in. A woman who is entirely unprepared to face a future on her own.


Now, with only an abandoned golden retriever for company, she must travel through burning cities, avoiding rotting corpses and ravenous rats on a final journey to discover if she really is the last surviving person on earth.


And with no one else to live for, who will she become now that she's completely alone?




I received a copy of this from the publisher Hodder and Staughton, and Netgalley in return for an honest review.


I wasn’t too sure about picking this one up, I mean a story about a global pandemic where everyone is dying? Right now?  But you know, I’m glad I did. Living in todays times with the Covid-19 pandemic going on, it might seem strange to read a book about a similar thing, but it was very different. Bethany explains at the start of the book why she wrote this story, and how she wrote it years before Covid was here. She was doing her second edits of the book when Covid started to appear, so she went back in the edits and put things in about Covid and how 6DM was so different to Covid-19. 


The book is told from one point of view, and that is ‘her’. I say her as you never find out her name. This added something different to the story, maybe it’s what helped it be ok for me to read right now. The book is about what it says on the cover, she is the last one at the party. Everyone is dying from 6DM, and they are dying quick, 7 days roughly if I recollect correctly. We follow her as she travels and tries to find life, and she takes us back to certain points in her life before. 


She moves around and lives in fancy hotels, visits some big houses and does plenty of ‘shopping’. I mean wouldn’t you want to sit in a little apartment when you had the run of the country would you! She literally has herself a party, until she realises she needs to go looking for people. 


There are some pretty sad moments, which is to be expected in a story like this. But there were also some uplifting moments. But birds... man are they freaky!!!


I know you may feel like I did about picking this book up right now, but it was nothing like it expected. The story was good, it made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me sad and it made me happy. Read it, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.


Stay safe folks  





Friday, February 19, 2021

First Line Friday


Hi guys. This year each Friday on my Bookstagram account I’ve been dong a First Line Friday, but I didn’t know it was a blog tag too! So this is the first of my blog posts which I’m joining in with their First Line Friday meme, hosted by the good folk over at Hoarding Books (go check them out!)

So today my first lines (yes lines, plural, I cheated this week) are from The Last One at the Party by Bethany Clift.

WARNING SWEARING IN POST!


‘Fuck You!’

Those are the very last words I spoke to another living person. If I had known they would be my last, I would have chosen them a bit more carefully.



Wow right! If that’s not enough to intrigue you then look out for my review on Monday as I finished the book today :)





Wednesday, February 17, 2021

WWW Wednesday 17.2.21




Hi, happy Wednesday! 


Today we’re back to WWW Wednesday, which is a tag being hosted by Taking on A World of Worlds. It means 3 things: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?



What are you currently reading?


I have 3 on the go still. Our Tsundoku read of Paris by Starlight, we have read the first 2 ‘books’ of the story and this week are reading the third. Some of us are moving towards a 3/3.5 maybe with this one, I’m still a 4 I think. I haven’t read any more of Breaking and Mending by Joanna Cannon this week so I’m still only a few chapters in. I’ve also started The Last One at the Party by Bethany Clift which is so good but really strange, I bet it’s going to be a 5 star!





What did you recently finish reading?

Ive only read one book this week, The Fractured Globe by Angela Fish. I read this for a book tour I have coming up at the start of march, look out for it!







What do you think you’ll read next? 

Next guess what? I still have The Push on my list! It is staying there until I’ve read it. I will get to it!! I think next I will be reading The Lip by Charlie Carrol, and Backstories by Simon Van Der Velde, both of which are arcs I really need to get to. Next month I’m planing on getting through as many arcs and proofs I can as I have a big backlog.





Thanks for stopping by, can you believe it’s already the third week of February! This month seems to be going by quick. Stay Safe and keep reading <3






Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie


'Beware! Peril to the detective who says: "It is so small - it does not matter..." Everything matters.' After the Great War, life can never be the same again. Wounds need healing, and the horror of violent death banished into memory. Captain Arthur Hastings is invited to the rolling country estate of Styles to recuperate from injuries sustained at the Front. It is the last place he expects to encounter murder. Fortunately he knows a former detective, a Belgian refugee, who has grown bored of retirement



This is my first ever Agatha novel, and I decided to go with Poirot over Miss Marple as I heard so many good things from my books friends about these books. Well they were right (as always), I really enjoyed this one, I took a litle while to get into at first but once I did, I was quite happy.


Poirot is a funny little man, and I loved the way he always said he knew what was going on, or who the culprit was etc, then wandered away or just stopped talking. He kept me guessing from start to finish, I often backtracked on who I thought done it, and then changed my mind again haha. 


The narrator Mr Hastings was good, seemed very eager to be of assistance to Poirot, and got equally frustrated and excited around him.


I’m definitely going to read the next Poirot and if I enjoy that one too I will carry on with the series. 




Wednesday, February 10, 2021

WWW Wednesday 10.2.21

Hi, happy Wednesday! 

Today we’re back to WWW Wednesday, which is a tag being hosted by Taking on A World of Worlds. It means 3 things: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading 3 books. We have our Tsundoku Book Squad read which is Paris by Starlight by Robert Dinsdale. We’ve read ‘book 1’ and so far have mixed reviews ranging around 3/4 stars, but much better than last months! I’m reading Breaking and Mending by Joanna Cannon, which so far even though I’m not many pages in, I can tell is going to be full of heart and emotion. I’m also reading The Fractured Globe by Angela Fish for a blog tour I have coming up at the start of March.


What did you recently finish reading?

Since last week I have finished my first Agatha Christie book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which I actually enjoyed more than I thought I would. I will definitely carry on and read the second Poirot. I also read The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which is a short story and extremely creepy. 



What do you think you’ll read next?

Next I’m hoping to get round to The Push eventually, but I have so many Netgalley books I really need to focus on those. So The Last House on Needless Street and The Last One at the Party will be my next Netgalley I hope.




Thanks for stopping by guys, hope you find some books that take your fancy!! Until Next Time.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Meet Me in Hawaii by Georgia Toffolo

Where an ocean of love awaits

Malie Pukui doesn’t believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest loss in her life.


Moved around foster homes throughout his childhood, Todd Masters has worked hard to be able to offer a brighter future to young disadvantaged children. Now he has his own charitable foundation working with a surf school in Hawaii, a job he loves, but he still can’t put his past behind him.


When Malie rescues Todd from the sea a spark ignites between them, and the two wounded souls find a common ground. But amidst the surf, sunsets and sizzling kisses, can Malie let go of her past and risk something she’d locked away forever… her heart?




I received a copy of this from the publisher Mills and Boon and Netgalley in return for an honest review.


I was very excited to get an e-arc of this one as I loved Georgia’s first book Meet Me In London. Meet Me In Hawaii was just as good. It’s set where Meet Me In London ends, but carries on with Malie, who was a best friend to Victoria, the main character in the first book. 


I liked Malie, I loved her lifestyle. How nice would it be to wake up and wander down to the sea, practise your favourite thing; surfing, then spend the rest oft he day teaching this to others. The descriptions of the surroundings were so lovely, and it made me feel all warm and sunny reading this.


I think I liked Tod better than I liked the guy in the first book (Oliver), he seems sweet. He’s kind and cares about the kids he works with. I also quite liked Malie’s godfather, and could picture him perfectly. 


The story kind of reminded me of the first one, girl meets rich boy and falls in love, but what’s wrong with that! We all need a lovely easy bit of romance don’t we.


It does mention spoilers from the first book so make sure you have read that one before picking this one up. I hope because of the way it was written about another of the friends, that Georgia carries this on and writes each of the next ones about each of the other 2 friends. 


Thank you to Mills and Boon, Netgalley, and as always, the author Georgia Toffolo.





Sunday, February 7, 2021

BLOG TOUR Fake by Roz Kay





James Cowper-art dealer, gambler, thief-is going straight and on the brink of redeeming himself with his disillusioned wife, Imani. He's still broke, but all he needs to take care of that is a rare art find. Then trouble arrives in the shape of a scheming landlord and an unwelcome dinner party with his boss. As events spin out of his control it appears that nobody, including Imani, is what they pretend. And over everything looms one make-or-break question for James: can he get a grip on his exploding life?



I was happy to be asked to have a stop on the blog tour for this book. I was sent a copy of the book for free from Emma over at Damp Pebbles Book Tours, and was happy to read and review.

The story is told from 2 different points of view, on one hand there is James and his wife Imani, then there is Bruce and his wife Davorka. It’s set in Philadelphia where Bruce and Davorka lived, but now rent their gorgeous house out to James and Imani, while they have retired to the Florida Keys.


But something brings Bruce and Davorka back to Philadelphia for a visit, and they decide they are entitled to stay in their rented out property, even with tenants living there!! Gah Bruce bugged me!! He was so condescending and annoying! I didn’t mind Davorka as much though, but even she was a little irritating. But to me this is a sign of a good writer, I’ve always said if someone can write a character and you end up disliking them, it’s obviously good writing.


The story focuses a lot more on people than art, which isnt’ what I expected, but the undertone of art is always there in the background. James is the art dealer, and we learn a few things about it throughout. I like Imani, she was my favourite character.


I hope you manage to grab a copy and read it soon! Thanks for stopping by!




About Roz Kay: 
Roz Kay is a writer and former journalist. Her debut children’s novel, The Keeper of the Stones, was published in March 2020 by Hayloft Publishing and she’s had literary short stories published under the name Roz DeKett. Roz, who now lives in Wiltshire, England, has lived in Ghana, Canada, Malaysia, Brunei, and the United States—including nearly six years in Philadelphia where Fake is set. Fake is her debut novel for adults. 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_RozKay

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

Website: https://rozdekett.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_rozkay/

 

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/39BNW1W

Waterstones: http://bit.ly/35QNpb4

Bookshop.org: http://bit.ly/3sy5vbK

 

 

Publishing Information:

Published in paperback format by Darley Press on 21stSeptember 2020



You can find Damp Pebbles on Twitter @damppebbles, Instagram @damppebbles, Facebook @damppebblesblogtours






Thursday, February 4, 2021

BOOKSTAGRAM TOUR Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent

Three brothers are at the funeral. One lies in the coffin.

Will, Brian and Luke grow up competing for their mothers unequal love. As men, the competition continues - for status, money, fame, women...


They each betray each other, over and over, until one of them is dead.


But who killed him?




TRIGGER WARNINGS: severe mental health, addiction, drug and alcohol abuse, rape, psychological abuse


I was very excited to be asked to be on the tour for this book. I loved this story, and t was actually dry different from what I expected.


The book is a thriller, but not your usual type of on the edge of your seat stuff, but very deep rooted personal thriller type of story. The story is split into 2 parts: Part 1 is called Brothers and is broken down into 3 pieces: William, Luke, Brian. Part 2 is called Strangers and each chapter is told from a different brothers perspective. Each part tells of life from when they were children, and each chapter flits between different stages in their lives. The brothers love each other, but hate each other, a very strange and strained relationship between all three of them. They’ve lived their childhoods all vying for their parents attention, hence causing so much sibling rivalry.


Their mother features strongly in the story, an older actress whom is very well known in their area, and loves the attention. It’s clear that she loves her children, but sometimes the call of fame seems more important to her. 


William is the one who grows up, becomes very well known in the film making in duty, gets married and has a child. He also has affairs left right and centre, and makes himself known as a womaniser and a pig to be quite honest. 


Luke is a strange child. Very religious and believes he must be the one to help save everyone from eternal damnation. He takes his religion very seriously, sometimes a lot more than he should have, like going to a fancy dress party as Jesus on the cross (which has some consequences). Later in life we see Luke has changed a lot, looks different, has a different job to what we’d expect, and suffers with severe mental health issues. My heart broke for him at time’s and the whole ‘baby’ storyline was quite scary and very sad.


Brian is the middle child, and goes up to do different things, but ends up in France as a teacher. Things go horribly wrong and he ends up back home working for use on his music tours. Brian was a bit of a strange character, there were times 

I liked him then times I really didn’t. 


The funeral mentioned in the blurb isn’t really mentioned in the book until the last part, but it keeps you guessing all the way through as to who’s funeral it will be.


If you like thrillers I’d highly recommend this one!


Thank you again to Liz Nugent, and to Ellie at Penguin Randomhouse for the physical proof. 






Wednesday, February 3, 2021

WWW Wednesday 3.2.21

 


Hi, happy Wednesday! 

Today we’re back to WWW Wednesday, which is a tag being hosted by Taking on A World of Worlds. It means 3 things: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

Over on Tsundoku Squad we’ve started our second book of 2021 which is Paris by Starlight by Robert Dinsdale. It is broken down very nicely into 4 books so perfect for our 4 week February.

I’m also still reading The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, my very first Christie! I’m not far into it but hoping I can get through it and enjoy it.


What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished our Tsundoku Squad read Love at the Northern Lights by Darcie Boleyn, which didn’t go down great. Collectively we scored it 2/5 and were all quite happy when we were done with it. I haven’t posted a review for it but will add a very quick review to the Tsundoku Squad Page soon.

I read Effie’s House by Raven McAllan who I’m happy to call a friend. This was sent to me by her on publication day so thank very much for that.

My last book of January was Meet Me in Hawaii by Georgia Toffolo, which is the second of her novels. I loved this as I did the first, and gave it 5/5. Review to come soon.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Next I would still like to get started on The Push by Ashley Audrain, The Last House on Needless Street, and Breaking and mending by Joanna Cannon. Let’s see how that goes! 


Thanks for stopping by, happy reading :)







Monday, February 1, 2021

Just Ignore Him by Alan Davies

The story of a life built on sand. In the rain.

In this compelling memoir, comedian and actor Alan Davies recalls his boyhood with vivid insight and devastating humour. Shifting between his 1970s upbringing and his life today, Davies moves poignantly from innocence to experience to the clarity of hindsight, always with a keen sense of the absurd.


From sibling dynamics, to his voiceless, misunderstood progression through school, sexuality and humiliating 'accidents', Davies inhabits his younger mind with spectacular accuracy, sharply evoking an era when Green Shield Stamps, Bob-a-Job week and Whizzer & Chips loomed large, a bus fare was 2p - and children had little power in the face of adult motivation. Here, there are often exquisitely tender recollections of the mother he lost at six years old, of a bereaved family struggling to find its way, and the kicks and confusion of adolescence.


Through even the joyous and innocent memories, the pain of Davies's lifelong grief and profound betrayal is unfiltered, searing and beautifully articulated. Just Ignore Him is not only an autobiography, it is a testament to a survivor's resilience and courage.





TRIGGER WARNINGS: Sexual abuse, child sexual abuse, physical abuse, grief, pornography.


I got this as a birthday gift. It had been on my radar in the background since watching Alan talk about the book on Between the Covers with Sara Cox on TV. Honestly I didn’t look the book up after, haven’t been to a shop to pick it up and read the blurb, so I didn’t know a lot of what was in it. Alan talked about coping with the death of his mother at such a young age, his difficult relationship with his father, an I guessed life in the Davies home wasn’t great. But I didn’t expect anything like this. I’ve actually just stopped writing this to watch his part on the tv episode again.


The first chapter doesn’t ease you in, I was quite shocked and honestly put the book down for a little while after that one. Then I had to stop again after chapter 3 ‘Fingers’, which just drained me, I cried so much and my heart absolutely broke for Alan. To me that chapter was just so beautiful and touching. 


There is a lot of sad heartbreaking stuff in this book, and I wouldn’t recommend you go into it without knowing to some extent what is going to be talked about. There is quite a bit on sexual abuse of a child, pornography and physical abuse, which is so hard to read at times, but also a lot of focus is on grief. It was these pieces that I told my husband were so much harder to read a times than the bits about the abuse. The grief Alan must have felt, and honestly reading chapter 3 makes you know just how much he misses her. If you can’t read the full book for any reason, try that one chapter, it’s so beautifully written. 


I can’t stop thinking about this book and it’s been 2 days since I finished it. Hard to read but very raw and beautiful at the same time, If you can I’d recommend you read it.




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