Time Will Tell by Eva Jordan GIVEAWAY

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About the Book:

Blurb

Eva Jordan’s much-anticipated follow up to the bestselling `All The Colours In-Between’.

Writer, Lizzie Lemalf, and her loving but somewhat dysfunctional family are still grieving over the loss of a much-loved family member. Lizzie is doing her best to keep her family together but why does the recent death of a well-known celebrity have them all in a spin? The police suspect foul play; Lizzie and other family members suspect one another. 

Lizzie begins searching for answers only to find herself being dragged back to the past, to 1960’s London to be exact, and to the former life of her father, that up until now she has never been privy to. Every family has its secrets but how can the past hold the key to a present day celebrity death? They say the past comes back to haunt you. Surely the truth will out? Maybe, but only time will….

Buy Link:

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Inborn by Thomas Enger

#BlogTour #BookReview Inborn by Thomas Enger

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 276

Publisher: Orenda Books

Available: 7 February 2019

Genre: Crime / Thriller

A huge thankyou to Anne Cater of #RandomThingsTours, Karen of OrendaBooks and the author Thomas Enger for my copy of Inborn, I LOVED this book so so much, I have actually reread it already 🙊🙊 I cant wait to share my thoughts!

Blurb:

When the high school in the small Norwegian village of Fredheim becomes a murder scene, the finger is soon pointed at seventeen-year-old Even. As the investigation closes in, social media is ablaze with accusations, rumours and even threats, and Even finds himself the subject of an online trial as well as being in the dock … for murder?

Even pores over his memories of the months leading up to the crime, and it becomes clear that more than one villager was acting suspiciously … and secrets are simmering beneath the calm surface of this close-knit community. As events from the past play tag with the present, he’s forced to question everything he thought he knew. Was the death of his father in a car crash a decade earlier really accidental? Has his relationship stirred up something that someone is prepared to kill to protect?

It seems that there may be no one that Even can trust.

But can we trust him?

A taut, moving and chilling thriller, Inborn examines the very nature of evil, and asks the questions: How well do we really know our families? How well do we know ourselves?.

My Thoughts:

People say that every so often you come across a true Gem of a book, and I think in this case I can take this in two ways. First, I think at this point it is safe to say that OrendaBooks certainly know how to pick a Gem, because they seem to be mining them! And secondly, if Gems are hard to find, then this is a diamond that outshines others.

When I started this book, I was captured by the authors style instantly, and I was more than shocked by the opening scenes. No calm, meandering path into a twisting and turning tale, no. Instead, we are dropped over the ledge into a sea that never slows down.

This was so much FUN to get stuck into that a few times, I very nearly shushed my hairdresser. I could have ended up BALD!! And yet, I can’t be sure I would have minded because I just needed to keep reading! No interruptions accepted. I needed to know what was going to happen.

The tension in the court room while the story is unfolded was astounding, I could almost feel the tension from the Characters, the stress and worry of those around them. It was as if I were on the Jury listening to every word and looking for hints, I was in the Audience waiting impatient for a verdict, sat on the witness stand tense and worried about my answers.

I could feel the tension from every single person, and it had me desperate to see where the story would go, whilst at the same time happily devouring every single word.

I loved the fact that the chapters are short, this is a favourite tool within the Thriller and Crime Genres for me as it keeps you engaged, and each chapter is powerful. I love it, and somehow that short chapters make me read even faster, because I know that in the next few pages, SOMETHING is going to happen to make me once again suspect someone else.

I think I probably suspected everyone at some point in this story, the clues are cleverly done to keep you on the edge or your seat, desperately trying to guess before the Author lets you in on the truth. I didn’t. No matter how hard I tried, I did NOT outguess this Author, and I Love that!

This is another book that alternates between then and now, and I found that in this case it was powerfully done, a very clever way to maintain the tension, build it higher with each situation. Then is the night of the crime, each time giving us a new hint, a new little insight, with the Now being the court room.

The only possible quibble I could have with this story, is not with the author, with the book or story itself, but rather that my brain drove me crazy (oh the irony in the statement…) because no matter how I tried I couldn’t get my head to keep the name pronunciation at the front!! Note to self, PRACTICE makes perfect!!

This could easily be a favourite of 2019 for me, and we’re only into February! I can’t wait to see what else this Author writes!

About The Author:

Thomas Enger is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel

Burned in 2010, which became an international sensation before publication, and marked the first in the bestselling Henning Juul series. Rights to the series have been sold to 28 countries to date. In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult). Killer Instinct, upon which Inborn is based, and another Young Adult suspense novel, was published in Norway in 2017 and won the same prestigious prize. Most recently, Thomas has co- written a thriller with Jørn Lier Horst. Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

#BookReview Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 307

Publisher: Orbit

Available: 1st September 2015

Genre: Young Adult / Fiction / Romance / Contemporary

Blurb:

Maddy is allergic to the world; stepping outside the sterile sanctuary of her home could kill her. But then Olly moves in next door. And just like that, Maddy realizes there’s more to life than just being alive. You only get one chance at first love. And Maddy is ready to risk everything, everything to see where it leads. 

My Thoughts:

This is a well written story that is sweet, easy to read, and just that little bit unique. I really enjoyed the variety and complexity of characters.

The main character Madeline wasn’t what I expected, I enjoyed seeing her perspectives and seeing her reactions to situations, but I did have a few issues with the storyline. Because of WHAT these issues are, and the fact that they would be spoilers, the main issues I have will not be discussed in this review, but suffice to say that I did enjoy reading this, I just felt some dissatisfaction with the way the story drew to a close.

Madeline has been trapped for years, hasn’t left the house because she is allergic to the world outside. I loved this premise, it was a little different, granted I have read stories where those with a lowered immune system due to treatments have to be protected, but I don’t feel it’s overdone.

With any YA Romance, the romance element tends to go two ways, either with instalove or a gradual build up. I quite enjoyed that here, the author seems to do a mixture of the two. Although there is the instant attraction element, the way the romance evolves and the characters come to know one another is wonderfully done, I enjoyed seeing their interactions.

I personally felt at times that Madeline was very selfish in how she behaved, BUT with good reasons. Considering her situation, her reactions make sense. I imagine anybody in her particular situation may react in such ways.

Overall, It was a well written book in general, some personal irritations with storyline, but still enjoyable and very worth the read! It’s a happy sort of story with a few surprises.

About The Author:

Nicola Yoon is the number one New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. She’s also a hopeless romantic who firmly believes that you can fall in love in an instant and that it can last forever. 

Follow Nicola Yoon on Instagram and Tumblr and @NicolaYoon on Twitter.

The Hunter by Andrew Reid

#BlogTour #Bookreview The Hunter by Andrew Reid

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 330

Publisher: Headline Books

Available: 1st November 2018

Genre: Crime / Thriller / Fiction

Thankyou to Headline Books, the Author Andrew Reid and Anne of #RandomThingsTours for my spot today, I really enjoyed this thriller!

Blurb:

A troubled genius who vanishes in a mysterious car crash.

A disillusioned cop sensing conspiracy in the corridors of power. A ruthless team of mercenaries operating in the shadows.

A billion-dollar business that wants the world in its grip.

One link connects them all.

A champion fighter. Betrayed and searching for the truth. Cameron King is The Hunter.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this story, it was just that bit different to other Crime type thrillers that I have read previously, looking at relationships in a different way.

I enjoyed the Main characters relationship, the fact that they start off in a position that is not at all conducive to a good working relationship and it gradually builds with trust and cooperation made me enjoy it all the more.

Too often the two main investigators or protagonists already have a great rapport and the reader has to catch up, so i loved seeing something from another angle. With this book, we instead see what it is that is making them distrust one another, and we see all the steps and decisions which lead to that being out aside for mutual benefit.

I loved the element of cage fighting. The scenes were powerfully descriptive, tense and hook the reader in, it makes you feel like you’re sat beside the catch, feeling the atmosphere and tension around you, and truly experiencing the scenes rather than reading about them.

The story moves along quite quickly, and there isn’t a single Chapter that doesn’t have something happen to excite or intrigue the reader, twisting and turning constantly, tension is built skilfully and with a writing style that’s engaging and easy to follow. I sometimes find with Thrillers that I need to take a break because it’s too heavy, or go back a bit because a situation doesn’t quite make sense to me and I’ve missed something somehow.

In the case of this, it flowed wonderfully and I didn’t want to put it down! With each new situation I was eager to see what was coming next for the Characters, what would happen to them and what answers they would get.

The ending was surprising in many ways, in the best possible way for a Thriller. Has I expected the outcomes, I would have felt let down.

Overall, this was very well worth picking up, and I would be intrigued to read other works from the Author. If you enjoy Thrillers with a bot of a difference, certainly give this one a go!

About The Author:

Born in Scotland, Andrew Reid worked as a research scientist for almost a decade, on projects including DNA synthesis, forensics, and drug development. His short fiction has featured in several anthologies published by fox spirit books and his fantasy novel serial on Wattpad amassed nearly 175,000 reads. The Hunter is his debut novel.

Gap Years by Dave Holwill

#BlogTour #BookReview Gap Years by Dave Holwill

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 248

Publisher: Amazon

Available: 12th February 2018

Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Humour / Family / Coming of Age

Thankyou to Rachel of #RachelsRandomResources and the #Author #DaveHolwill for my Copy of Gap Years, I loved it!

Potential Trigger Warnings: There’s a lot of swearing, a little violence, some very graphic sex scenes (one man on man), some nasty traffic accidents and a reference to historical date-rape. Oh, and the dog dies.

Blurb:

19 year old Sean hasn’t seen his father since he was twelve. His mother has never really told him why. An argument with her leads to him moving to the other side of the country to live with him.

 

The one thing they have in common is the friendship of a girl called Rhiannon.

 

Over the course of one summer Sean experiences sexual awakenings from all angles, discovers the fleeting nature of friendship and learns to cope with rejection.

 

Meanwhile, his father, Martin struggles to reconnect with Sean, while trying delicately to turn down the increasingly inappropriate advances of a girl he sees as a surrogate daughter and keep a struggling marriage alive.

 

Gap Years is an exploration of what it means to be a man in the 21st Century, trying to reject the social conditioning of the past and embrace a tolerant vision of the future from two very different perspectives – neatly hidden inside a funny story about unrequited love.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this book, which I found to be a fun and clever story which takes an honest and enjoyable look at life at a Coming of Age point.

Sean goes through a whole mixture of emotions through a variety of situations, starting from a very surprising and engaging opening scene. This isn’t a story that starts slowly, rather it starts the reader off with a Crash!

The story certainly has the shock factor down with the opening, and I instantly liked Sean. He has so many emotions and thoughts racing through him, trying to deal with the changes in his situation and life in general.

His Dad isn’t entirely certain what to do to fix their relationship, to try and grow a bond that will pull them together. He’s clearly trying and at times failing to understand his son, and the resulting interactions between the two were wonderfully done. They have a feel of being honest scenarios with much confusion and frustration between the two Characters, who each are trying to be understood, whilst trying to understand.

The way they come across as awkward around one another is cleverly done, and makes sense when you consider that they haven’t seen each other for several years. And yet Martin very clearly cares very deeply for his son, and Sean for his Dad.

Sean goes through so many different changes, both sexual and personality wise. I loved seeing how he came to deal with the situations he was given, with changes to relationships and trying to discover who he is. The fact that Martin is also going through an awful lot at the same time, trying to rekindle his Marriage whilst being pursued by someone relentlessly, in what even without the marriage would be inappropriate since he thinks of her like a daughter, makes for huge amounts of frustration between the two, especially with the same Woman between them.

I have to say, I did NOT like Rhiannon, I really wanted to give her a kick at several points through this story, so I am left thinking that is exactly how we are meant to feel. She was manipulative and self serving, and at times a bitch. Yeh. I think that sums her up.

With any type of relationship where the people are trying to rebuild or even get to know each other initially, someone in the middle instantly makes for added tensions and disagreements!

I adored the writing style which easily created all of these situations with much realism, and brilliant humour. I have smiled and chuckled throughout the story, at both the writers wit and the scenarios that happened. There are several scenes here I want to share, for the talent shown in the way the scene was warm, light, very realistic and comical for it, but all I shall say is, Bar song.

Read it, you’ll see what I mean! Wonderfully sweet, and hilarious at the same time.

The alternating view points were perfect, giving the reader the opportunity to see each situation from both perspectives, it gave a fun and complete view of the various situations we are faced with!

I really enjoyed this Book, it was a great look at the variety of emotions and situations that can go alongside big changes at such a pivotal stage of life, and all the mixes of emotions that can be involved in families. If you enjoy Coming of Age novels, this is very well worth a read!

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gap-Years-Dave-Holwill-ebook/dp/B07MQFLDKX

US – https://www.amazon.com/Gap-Years-Dave-Holwill-ebook/dp/B07MQFLDKX

Author Bio – 

Dave Holwill was born in Guildford in 1977 and quickly decided that he preferred the Westcountry – moving to Devon in 1983 (with some input from his parents).


After an expensive (and possibly wasted) education there, he has worked variously as a postman, a framer, and a print department manager (though if you are the only person in the department then can you really be called a manager?) all whilst continuing to play in every kind of band imaginable on most instruments you can think of.


Gap Years is his third novel – following on the heels of Weekend Rockstars and The Craft Room, and he is currently working on the fourth (a folk horror set in his native mid-Devon) and a sequel to Weekend Rockstars.

Social Media Links – 

https://www.facebook.com/daveholwill100

https://twitter.com/daveholwill

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584279.Dave_Holwill

https://www.instagram.com/dave_holwill/

http://davedoesntwriteanythingever.blogspot.com/

http://daveholwill.com/

Material Remains by Richard W H Bray

#BlogTour #BookReview Material Remains by Richard W H Bray

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 352

Available: 7 February 2019

Genre: Fiction

Thankyou very much to the Author Richard, and Anne Cater of #RandomThingsTours for my spot on this tour, this book is a brilliant story that deals with some very difficult topics, and leaves the reader considering long after closing the book.

Blurb:

On a hungover Friday morning, archeology student Mike McEwan’s life of tea, pints, late mornings and the occasional essay comes to an abrupt halt. Consumed with guilt, grief and confusion, Mike haunts the ruins of St Andrews, rebuilding them in his mind and obsessing about the loss of someone he barely knew, unsure of his place in her life, or her death.

The discovery of an ancient plague burial site drags Mike back into contact with those around him. But life has changed, both for himself and others, and the burial ground holds more than the bones of those long dead. As university life continues around him, Mike peels back the layers of earth and its dark history, trying desperately to connect the victims of the past to the tumult of his present.

My Thoughts:

This was a really enjoyable read that surprised me from the first to the last page, in part for the revelations along the way, and in part for the storyline itself and the way it unfolded.

When I first started to read the book, I was expecting it to be a typical Crime or perhaps Thriller story, with a death in suspicious circumstances, and many fun twists trying to figure out who the murderer was before the story would tell me.

This isn’t exactly where this story goes, there are elements involved, but it’s so much more than that. Mike is a central Character that has been through something nobody should have to, and the story follows him in his own considerations and investigations to try and find some sort of closure after the Death of someone he knew.

The story takes a very realistic look at the effects this type of situation can have on a persons mental and emotional health, how the need for answers can effect a person as well as various other considerations, especially when a death is suspicious, but I don’t want to go into those more because of Spoilers.

The Author has taken several concepts and ideas that many avoid or don’t consider, and given them a centre stage. What happens in life when we lose someone? What if there are questions about the how and why?

This story follows Mike and those around him, and takes a close and brilliantly handled look at relationships and the possible effects on both the Person, and those around them.

I really enjoyed the story and found myself loving the difference, eager to see what would happen next, what Mile would do and how situations would turn out.

The story takes a very honest look at how people deal with bereavement, conversations and situations that may arise as people try to come to terms with it. It isn’t a lighthearted read, and certainly encourages the reader to consider questions of how they think they might act.

Overall, a powerful and engaging read that will stay with me a long while! I look forwards to seeing what else this Author brings to the Bookish world.

About The Author:

Richard W. H. Bray is a writer and winemaker. His first book, Salt and Old Vines, won Best French Wine Book at the 2015 Gourmand Awards. He lives in London.

Did I Mention Series by Julie Butterfield

#BookReview #BlogTour Did I Mention I Won The Lottery and Did I Mention I Was Getting Married by Julie Butterfield

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 245 / 285

Publisher: Independently Published

Available: 2013 / 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Romantics Comedy

Thankyou to the Author Julie and Rachel of #RachelsRandomResources for my spot on the tour, I absolutely adored these books! Great fun, and a uniquely honest view of how someone may react to winning the lottery.

Did I Mention I Won The Lottery

Individual rating 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Blurb:

Rebecca Miles has won the lottery and is now living a millionaire lifestyle. The only problem is – she hasn’t told her husband. So at weekends she’s a dutiful wife in Darlington, working at the local deli and making shepherd’s pie for dinner, but during the week she’s living in her new mansion in Leeds spending her days shopping whilst her husband thinks she’s looking after her sick mother. Will she get the courage to tell him before he finds out for himself? And can several million pounds in your bank account save a failing marriage?

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved reading this book, It has made me smile so many times throughout, even whilst wanting to hug the Main Character and slap her husband.

I loved the fact that this isn’t a story about someone who wins the lottery and then a book long list of everything they do with the money, instead there is a much deeper story underneath it.

We see very realistic issues and concerns that could arise from a person winning a large sum of money, especially if you are married. After all, whose is the money? How is it being spent and why?

Now this seems fairly obvious, but imagine that you aren’t in a happy relationship, and you aren’t sure what you should do about it. Then imagine the other person is generally controlling; and you start to see what kind of situations could result.

From the start, I adored the Characters, the different personalities involved, and gradually finding out who they are and why they are the way they are. The story is wonderfully done, highly engaging and a beautifully honest look at what could happen if you win.

There are so many questions posed by this book about peoples possible behaviour in this scenario. Would you believe it, if you found you had won? Would you tell anybody? What would you do with that money, and why? Would you trust it was yours and spend it all? Would you worry it was a mistake?

This was a truly clever book, that makes the reader really think about how they would act in the situation, and how they would respond to scenarios that are posed. After reading the first Book, I couldn’t wait to dive into the follow on “Did I mention I Was getting married?”, and you shouldn’t wait to grab a copy of this amazing book!

Did I Mention Was Getting Married

Individual rating 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Blurb:

Two years ago Rebecca Miles won the lottery and ended her marriage to her overbearing and unpleasant husband Daniel. She had every intention of putting the past behind her and starting again, but it turned out to be so much more difficult than she had imagined. Then Daniel announces he is getting married again and as Rebecca broods over how he has found it so easy to move on her daughter phones with good news – she’s getting married too! Determined not to be left behind Rebecca throws caution to the wind and finally meets someone who can give her the new start she so desperately wants.

 

Now her ex-husband is back in her life, the future Mrs Miles wants to be her best friend, she has her daughter’s wedding to plan and a ramshackle old wedding venue to renovate to its former perfection in just a few months, if only she can find a builder who will take on the job. There are challenges, surprises, love and heartbreak ahead but at the end of a long, hot summer, will there be any weddings?

My Thoughts:

Once again, Julie has created a wonderful story that is easily gripping, impossible to put down, with humorous moments and very believable scenarios.

I was so glad to continue reading about these Characters, I knew that I would miss them as soon as I put the books down, and I wasn’t wrong! I enjoyed every page and was sad to reach the end!

The story is once again cleverly done so that the situations we are given for e the reader to consider, how would they behave in this situation? Would they react the same way, or differently? There are several situations in which we all assume there would be a certain type of reaction, and yet I think the Author wonderfully creates a much more honestly plausible response.

When faced with our Ex Husband (who not only was controlling but also cheated) and his new wife, how would we react? The situations made me chuckle and wince equally, with wonderful humour and gripping realism that just makes this the perfectly balanced tale.

I love the fact that Rebecca is far from perfect, and remains true to her previous Character in this tale. She isn’t particularly confident, she comes across as much the avoidant of conflict type, which I can entirely empathise with, but when backed into a corner she starts to stand up for herself.

I have enjoyed every page of this book just as much as the previous, and I can’t wait to see what else the Author has in store, with hopes that we will return to these Characters in the future!

About The Author:

Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of ‘always wanted to write’ authors who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper – or rather fingers to keyboard and wrote Did I Mention I Won the Lottery? It should be pointed out this is a complete work of fiction and she did not in fact receive millions in her bank account and forget to mention it her husband – even though he still asks her every day if she has anything to tell him! 

Her second book was Google Your Husband Back and the latest addition is Did I Mention I Was Getting Married? – which revisits Rebecca a few years after the lottery win which changed her life.

Social Media Links –

@juliebeewriter twitter

Juliebutterfield.co.uk – website