The Revenge Trail by A A Abbott

#BookReview #Blogtour The Revenge Trail by A A Abbott

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Series: The Trail

Pages: 183

Publisher: Perfect City Press

Available: 30th September 2018

Genre: Crime Fiction / Thriller / Fiction

Buy Link

https://amzn.to/2Hy04Gb

Blurb:

VODKA TO DIE FOR…

Kat’s craft vodka brand makes it big, but a crazed murderer’s on her trail.

Glamorous blonde Kat White makes the best vodka in the world. At last, her craft vodka from Birmingham is going places, while the mother who abandoned her faces financial ruin.

So does vodka salesman Marty Bridges. Kat doesn’t trust him, but she has to save his business or hers will go under too.

That’s not her biggest problem. Crazed murderer Shaun Halloran wants to kill her, even if it means breaking out of jail to take his revenge.

Kat dreams of love, riches and success in her life – but shouldn’t she just focus on staying alive?

With twists, tension, secrets and suspense – “The Revenge Trail” is a gripping crime thriller that will draw you into Kat’s exciting world.

My Thoughts:

This is the final book in the series and I have had so much fun getting to know each of the Characters!

There is such a variety if personalities mixed into these short punchy stories, each individual having their own distinct character to become, to get to know and wander through the tales with.

This final instalment brings all those familiar faces back together in a way that’s fun and exciting, and in true Abbott fashion, keeps you guessing about the situations created from one page to another. You can never be certain what way this Author will take the story, how situations will turn out in the end or how people will react.

Despite that, you would think that having several characters resurface would be confusing. But for myself they were so very different to one another that it was a simple thing to recall who was who and what their connection was to the story that was unfolding within the pages.

Kat is such a brilliant Character, full of compassion and attitude, determination and grit, she is so wonderfully entertaining! Easily a Favourite character for me!

I loved seeing all my favourite Characters again, though perhaps not always because I like the individuals as people, rather in some cases I was thoroughly entertained by my dislike of them and their attitudes.

This is the perfect series if you enjoy a fast paced thriller that will keep you guessing, with memorable character and short snappy storylines that weave together perfectly. I will have to reread soon, I already miss Kat!

About The Author:

English thriller writer AA Abbott’s real name is Helen Blenkinsop, but like JK Rowling, she wanted to . She loves city life, having lived and worked in London, Birmingham and Bristol. Her crime thrillers, set in Birmingham and London, sizzle with suspense, twists and the evils of office politics.

 

Helen’s books are available in a dyslexia-friendly large print as well as standard paperback and Kindle editions.

 

Her Trail Series follows the fortunes of glamorous blonde Kat White, a party girl who finds her purpose making vodka, shrewd businessman Marty Bridges, and manipulative East End crime lord Shaun Halloran

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The Beautiful Side of the Moon by Leye Adenle

#BookReview #BlogTour The beautiful side of the moon by Leye Adenle

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 221

Publisher: Hoatzin

Available: 21st February 2019

Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy / Speculative Fiction

With thanks to Anne Cater of RandomThingsTours, the Author Leye and publishing company Hoatzin for my copy of this book! Certainly a new perspective that gets you thinking, I loved every page!

Blurb:

Marking an exciting new departure by award-winning Nigerian author Leye Adenle (Easy Motion Tourist, When Trouble Sleeps), The Beautiful Side of the Moon raises an entirely unexpected and intriguing question – what would happen if God went on holiday?

In order to get a better understanding of what it’s like to be human, and to taste humanity’s joys and sorrows, God decides to have a hol- iday as a human being. During the course of his time off, though, he completely forgets that he’s God, which leads to some utterly unpre- dictable outcomes…

A delightful, playful, thoughtful adventure in speculative fiction by one of Nigeria’s most exciting new writers.

My Thoughts:

This was so much fun to read! It had so many things going for it, and was certainly that bit different. I adore Fantasy books, especially those with a bit of a difference.

I really enjoyed this authors writing style, which had that little bit of a hint of new. There’s just that extra something to the way the story is told that makes you fall in love, with the tone of the story, the flow and everything between.

The characters were certainly unique, and at times hilarious. There were so many moments the story made me take a step away and have a bit of a think, a little surprise to the story that made me smile. Nothing in this book went the way that I thought it would, and that Is always a good thing!

I don’t want to say too much more because I feel like this is the type of book that is even better the less you know about it! Sometimes it’s possible to tell a little bit without ruining the story, and that is true here, but for myself it just feels the sort of book that has so many hidden gems, you really are best going in without any more knowledge than the blurb gives, and I promise it will be SO worth it!

Fast pace and sure to keep you intrigued, this was a fun and highly entertaining read that I am sure I will return to in the future!

About The Author:

Leye is the winner of the first ever Prix Marianne in 2016, and is a Nigerian writer living and working in London. His short story, ‘The Assassination’, in the anthology Sunshine Noir, was a finalist for the 2017 CWA Short Story Dagger award. Leye comes from a family of writers, the most famous of whom (to date) was his grandfather, Oba Adeleye Adenle I, a former king of Oshogbo in South West Nigeria.

#GIVEAWAY Lousie Beech book Collection!

Pub date: 18 April 2019

ISBN 13: 978-1-912374-63-2

EPUB: 978-1-912374-64-9

Publisher: Orenda Books

To celebrate the release of Louise Beech newest novel “Call Me Star Girl” I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY on my Twitter @Madeup_group as part of the #Randomthingstours Blogtour from Anne Cater and #Orendabooks

Simply follow me and RT the pinned giveaway post to be in with a chance of winning each of these books!

Call Me Star Girl:

Tonight is the night for secrets…

Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago – and her killer hasn’t been caught.

Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. You tell her yours, and she’ll share some of hers.

Stella might tell you about Tom, a boyfriend who likes to play games, about the mother who abandoned her, now back after twelve years. She might tell you about the perfume bottle with the star-shaped stopper, or about her father … What Stella really wants to know is more about the mysterious man calling the station … who says he knows who killed Victoria, and has proof. Tonight is the night for secrets, and Stella wants to know everything… With echoes of the chilling Play Misty for Me, Call Me Star Girl is a taut, emotive and all-consuming psychological thriller that plays on our deepest fears, providing a stark reminder that stirring up dark secrets from the past can be deadly…

Order your copy of the new book TODAY!! Absolutely Brilliant as always, watch out for my review on 4th April!

About The Author:

Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The follow-up, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both of her previous books Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost were widely reviewed, critically acclaimed and number-one bestsellers on Kindle. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was shortlisted for the RNA Most Popular Romantic Novel Award in 2019. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.

Welcome to the Heady Heights by David F Foss

#BlogTour #BookReview Welcome to The Heady Heights by David F Foss

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 276

Publisher: OrendaBooks

Available: 21st March 2019

Huge thanks to the Author David, Anne Cater of #RandomThingsTours and Karen of #Orendabooks for my copy of this brilliantly individual book! Thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

Blurb:

It’s the year punk rock was born, Concorde entered commercial service and a tiny Romanian gymnast changed the sport forever…

Archie Blunt is a man with big ideas. He just needs a break for them to be realised. In a bizarre brush with the light- entertainment business, Archie unwittingly saves the life of the UK’s top showbiz star, Hank ‘Heady’ Hendricks, and immediately seizes the opportunity to aim for the big time. With dreams of becoming a musical impresario, he creates a new singing group called The High Five with five unruly working-class kids from Glasgow’s East End. The plan? Make it to the final of Heady’s Saturday night talent show, where fame and fortune awaits…

But there’s a complication. Archie’s made a fairly major misstep in his pursuit of fame and fortune, and now a trail of irate Glaswegian bookies, corrupt politicians and a determined Scottish WPC are all on his tail…

My Thoughts:

Another brilliant book from OrendaBooks and a first from this Author for me! I loved this, very well written with a strong mixture of themes and situations.

The storyline wasn’t what I expected, but I found that I actually enjoyed the story more for that. Unexpected situations are always fun! In this case, I adored the fact that the story had much humour throughout, making me smile or laugh out loud at various points. It was the perfect counterpoint to the variety of deeper and heavier themes that wove through the story, with Political and Social issues being considered in new ways.

The main Character Archie and those around him were such a great mixture of personalities and attitudes it felt much more realistic! There’s always those few friends who you really wouldn’t expect together but they just kind of work, even when they don’t. There are those you instantly click with, and those you really don’t understand how you even get along at times. The fact that this Author has recreated that type of friendship group so well was a new experience for me in Novels. I usually find myself wondering how the Friend group managed to find such a balanced friendship seemingly easily.

The consideration of Lawyers and politicians, the attitudes, methods and inner workings that are just that bit darker and honest for the place and time was certainly interesting! I loved the fact that this book looks at the less pretty, less perfect elements of the Societies our world is built upon.

There are so many books out there that look at how shiny fame is on the outside, and how the shiny peeled away often leads to some very loud downfalls, but this story takes us through the getting there, the darker crawl to fame, the deals and dealings that can happen behind the scenes.

This is the best mixture of dark and bight, heavy and light, fun and somber attitudes in a book that I have seen for a while! There are clearly intentional funny moments, and those that just are funny because they are. Without the humour, I perhaps would have struggled to read this, but as it is I found the balance perfect, and the book very enjoyable indeed!

I will certainly be reading this again, and hopefully returning to this Author soon!

About The Author:

David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over thirty years. He is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social media commentator, author and enabler by night. His most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP. Since the publication of his debut novel The Last Days of Disco, he’s become something of a media celebrity in Scotland, with a signed copy of his book going for £500 at auction, and the German edition has not left the bestseller list since it was published.

About The Publisher:

hortlisted for the Nick Robinson Best Newcomer Award at the IPG awards, and publisher and owner Karen Sullivan was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2016. In 2018, they were awarded a prestigious Creative Europe grant for their translated books programme. Three authors, including Agnes Ravatn, Matt Wesolowski and Amanda Jennings have been WHSmith Fresh Talent picks, and Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award, won an English PEN Translation Award, and adapted for BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime. Six titles have been short- or long-listed for the CWA Daggers. Launched in 2014 with a mission to bring more international literature to the UK market, Orenda Books publishes a host of debuts, many of which have gone on to sell millions worldwide, and looks for fresh, exciting new voices that push the genre in new directions. Bestselling authors include Ragnar Jonasson, Antti Tuomainen, Gunnar Staalesen, Michael J. Malone, Kjell Ola Dahl, Louise Beech, Johana Gustawsson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Sarah Stovell.

http://www.orendabooks.co.uk @OrendaBooks

The Grass Trail by A A Abbott

#BlogTour #BookReview The Grass Trail by A. A. Abbott

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Series: The Trail 3

Pages: 180

Publisher: Perfect City Press

Available: 16 July 2017

Genre: Crime / Thriller / Mystery / Fiction

With many thanks to A A Abbott not only for another great thriller but also for my copy of this book! Thankyou Kelly from #LoveBooksGroupTours for my spot on this blog tour, another great read from the Author!

Blurb:

Shaun knows who put him inside – and he wants to make her pay…

Shaun Halloran wouldn’t be in prison if glamorous Kat White hadn’t taken his gun. Pictures of the stunning blonde are plastered all over his cell. As soon as he can escape, she’s dead. But with his criminal empire crumbling, he can’t trust anyone.

Kat, panicked by poison pen letters, has nowhere to turn. Her parents are dead and her brother’s ill. Even her sexy new business partner may not be what he seems. When she receives life-changing news, vodka is the only answer…

A tense crime thriller with plenty of twists, “The Grass Trail” races through Birmingham, London and the former Soviet Union – tempting you to turn each page.

My Thoughts:

Another great thriller read from A A Abbott!!

If you haven’t invested in the Trail series by now then you really truly should. I have once again had a heap of fun reading, I loved returning to the Characters that I came to adore in previous books, and I really enjoyed the new plotline.

The Author really does have a talent for snagging your attention so fast and firmly that you forget what you’re meant to be doing! That’s the third time now I have devoured her book in one sitting, and I’m not even ashamed.

In fact, I will be very happily diving straight into the follow up! These books could easily work as standalone novels, but I really recommend starting from book one and working through to better understand the characters.

I adore the fact that this swaps between perspectives, it gives it that little bit more tension and knowing both perspectives gives the story much more entertainment value! It’s intriguing to know the other persons thoughts and reasons and find that you kind of sympathise with the person you expect to be ‘The Bad Guy’

If you enjoy a Thriller that will keep you guessing, be thoroughly entertaining and leave you wanting just that bit more, then these are perfect!

About The Author:

Who doesn’t love a cracking crime story, full of twists? I’m British crime thriller writer A.A. Abbott – known to friends as Helen – and I believe a good read is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

I write fast-paced suspense thrillers set in the British cities of London and Birmingham. My latest books, the Trail series, follow the fortunes of two families running a vodka business – and what happens when they fall out with a London gangster.

The Bride’s Trail leads from London to the secret tunnels below Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. The trail continues with a kidnap in the former Soviet Union in The Vodka Trail, an ill-starred venture with a marijuana farmer in The Grass Trail and a killer on the loose in The Revenge Trail.

Like 10% of us, many of my family are dyslexic. While I’m not, I want my books to be enjoyed by readers with dyslexia and visual impairment too. That’s why I publish my thrillers in a LARGE PRINT dyslexia-friendly edition as well as the standard paperback and Kindle versions.

Don’t forget, you can also adjust the font on your Kindle to suit your needs. I like speaking to book groups, business networks and social circles, and reading my thrillers and short stories at live fiction events.

If you’re a book blogger, litfest organiser, reviewer or simply adore books, I’d love to hear from you. I’m a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Bristol Fiction Writers’ Group, and Birmingham’s New Street Authors.

Find out more about the books I love to read and write, and get a free e-book, at https://aaabbott.co.uk

This Body’s Not Big Enough For Both Of Us by Edgar Cantero

#BookReview #Bookblog This Body’s Not Big Enough For The Two of Us by Edgar Cantero

My Rating: *****

Pages: 304

Publisher: Titan Books

Available: February 19th 2019

Genre: Crime / Fantasy / Fiction
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Blurb:

In a dingy office in Fisherman’s Wharf, the glass panel in the door bears the names of A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean. Private Eyes. Behind the door there is only one desk, one chair, one scrawny androgynous P.I. in a tank top and skimpy waistcoat. A.Z., as they are collectively known, are twin brother and sister. He’s pure misanthropic logic, she’s wild hedonistic creativity. A.Z. have been locked in mortal battle since they were in utero…which is tricky because they, very literally, share one single body. That’s right. One body, two pilots. The mystery and absurdity of how Kimrean functions, and how they subvert every plotline, twist, explosion, and gunshot–and confuse every cop, neckless thug, cartel boss, ninja, and femme fatale–in the book is pure Cantero magic.

Someone is murdering the sons of the ruthless drug cartel boss known as the Lyon in the biggest baddest town in California–San Carnal. The notorious A.Z. Kimrean must go to the sin-soaked, palm-tree-lined streets of San Carnal, infiltrate the Lyon’s inner circle, and find out who is targeting his heirs, and while they are at it, rescue an undercover cop in too deep, deal with a plucky young stowaway, and stop a major gang war from engulfing California. They’ll face every plot device and break every rule Elmore Leonard wrote before they can crack the case, if they don’t kill each other (themselves) first.

This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us is a mind-blowing, gender-bending, genre-smashing romp through the entire pantheon of action and noir. It is also a bold, tautly crafted novel about family, being weird, and claiming your place in your own crazy story, that can only come from the mind of Edgar Cantero.
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My Thoughts:

Every so often somebody offers me a book to review and I find myself jumping at the opportunity for one reason in particular, that the book sounds totally different to anything else that I have read previously. In this case, I couldn’t even think of anything that had sounded remotely similar, and the name of the book made me smile. I knew from that alone that this was going to be a fun journey with a bit of a difference, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed in what I got.

But where to start? And how much do I say without telling you what will happen? That has had me wondering since I finished the book, because there are so many situations or scenes that I want to rave about! I laughed my way through this book, and I didn’t even care that I was in a Library. So, I apologise to those people who were sat a few seats away glaring daggers in my direction and no doubt wishing many ill fates upon me, I feel no remorse. I promise that I tried initially to not laugh, but I couldn’t help it. I blame the Author.
From the first page the descriptions and inner monologue are witty, bouncy and just all around fun to get stuck into. Think Terry Pratchett for unexpected moments of humour, and you’ve about hit the nail on the head. In fact I think the last book that made me laugh until my eyes watered was Terry Pratchett “The Colour of Magic” which I reread not too long back.

If you have siblings, then you will doubly appreciate much of the humour. Imagine having to live with an annoyingly opposite sibling, bickering over their decisions, having entirely opposite likes and dislikes, attitudes towards life and everything in general really. It’s annoying, and at times you kind of want to kick them, that is until you are old enough that you largely do your own thing and get together only at the times that you absolutely have to. Now imagine that you can’t do that, you’re stuck with them. In your head. Constantly.

Frustrations and hilarity abound with the clashes of differing opinions and preferences.

This is easily going into my Top ten new finds of 2019, it was SO much fun to get stuck into! I sincerely hope this Author has many more ideas for books, because I need to read more! If you enjoy Humorous Fiction and Crime that’s different to anything else, will give you a bit of a laugh in an oddly relatable way, then this is perfect for you.

About The Author:

Edgar Cantero is a writer and cartoonist from Barcelona who works in Catalan, Spanish, and English. He is the author of The Supernatural Enhancements and is based in New York.

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New Suns Edited by Nisi Shawl

#BookReview #BlogTour New Suns edited by Nisi Shawl

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Pages: 384

Publisher: Rebellion Publishing

Available: 12 March 2019

Genre: Short Stories / Fantasy / Science Fiction

With thanks to All of the Authors for some wonderfully crafted and thoroughly entertaining stories, the Publisher #RebellionPublishing and Tracy Fenton of #TBConFB for my spot on this BlogTour!

Blurb:

“There’s nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns,” proclaimed Octavia E. Butler.

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color showcases emerging and seasoned writers of many races telling stories filled with shocking delights, powerful visions of the familiar made strange. Between this book’s covers burn tales of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and their indefinable overlappings. These are authors aware of our many possible pasts and futures, authors freed of stereotypes and clichés, ready to dazzle you with their daring genius.

Unexpected brilliance shines forth from every page.

Includes stories by Kathleen Alcala, Minsoo Kang, Anil Menon, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Alex Jennings, Alberto Yanez, Steven Barnes, Jaymee Goh, Karin Lowachee, E. Lily Yu, Andrea Hairston, Tobias Buckell, Hiromi Goto, Rebecca Roanhorse, Indrapramit Das, Chinelo Onwualu and Darcie Little Badger.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Suns-Original-Speculative-Fiction-ebook/dp/B07MQFYDDF/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1549909020&sr=1-1

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed getting stuck into this book, and found myself frequently surprised by just how much I loved the Characters in the stories.

This was the first time I read an anthology of short stories, and I must admit I was a bit nervous. Short stories can often feel rushed or unfinished, but I found that I enjoyed reading about each person, and I loved the very different approaches and considerations of each Author.

There were obviously some I loved more than others, some that appealed to me that bit more, as I figure will be true of any who read the book. Each story is down to that readers individual tastes, so there will always be some that shine brighter to different people. But what I found very surprising, was that although I liked some more than others, I enjoyed every story for a different reason.

Some it was for the theme behind the story, sometimes I loved a Character, and sometimes it was the flow of the story, but every single one held my interest easily, and has prompted me to go an try to find other works from the author.

I think that the best way to read something like this, is to take each story on it’s individual merits, as opposed to reading the book as a whole. It seems unfair to the Authors to expect all the stories to flow in the same way, as each Author is as different in style and approach as the reader themselves.

The different worlds, futures, places and situations were wonderful, each was gorgeously described. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that I was transporter to so many different places, and each was the perfect length to read on a break.

If you enjoy Fantasy and Sci Fi then you really should pick these up, short snappy stories that are each unique, some very memorable Characters and surprising turns! This book has a little bit of everything.