Book Review: “The Vets At Hope Green: Part Three: Too Close To Home by Sheila Norton

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Goodreads Synopsis

PART THREE of a serialised novel – a heartwarming and inspiring story about living the simple life and the joy of animals.

Things are finally starting to look up for Sam – a chance at her dream job as a vet, and a new friend (who is a huge animal lover himself – a very important detail!) What more could she ask for?

But a something is eating away at her: her boss Joe is acting strangely around her – he’s definitely hiding something. And having dreamed of being a vet for so long, she cannot afford to put a foot wrong.

When a call to tend to a sick pony comes into the practice, it all strikes too close to home for Sam and Joe. The odds are stacked against her, and she risks losing everything…

Bookworm1102’s Review

Part Three continues where Part Two ended. We find out what happens between Sam and David, and whether Sam’s unborn baby is doing well. However, things are still the same between Sam and Joe Bradley, until she unintentionally upsets Joe’s daughter, Ruby. From this point on, Sam realises that there are more things happening in Joe Bradley’s life than he allows anyone else to know.

Part Three did not disappoint. Sam was as strong willed as ever, and I like her relationship with Izzie. I personally think that Claire and Adam are better off out of Sam’s life, despite the fact that Adam is the father of her child. I thought the scene in the pub was a bit odd and it ended rather abruptly, and I am looking forward to seeing why Joe stormed off like he did. Part Three ended on a huge cliffhanger, and I need to find out what happens in the final part of this series!

Thank you to the publisher, Sheila Norton and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary ebook copy.

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

If you like the sound of this book, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

Book Review: “Diamond Bonds” by Jeff Kish

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Diamond Bonds is about a guy named Era and his partner in crime Jem, who come across a kidnapped girl called Di during their travels, and they set on the long journey to take her home, for a reward. Before they know it, they have a bounty on their heads, and are risking their lives for a girl who neither of them knows. Is Di really who she claims she is?

Diamond Bonds captured my attention from start to finish. In the very first chapter, we are introduced to the three main characters, and you get to know their personalities very quickly. At first, I did not like Di, believing she was a whiny teenager. As the story developed, my opinion of her changed, and she became my favourite character. There are so many different lands and different people and they are all described in such detail, I truly felt like I was there, experiencing these things along with Era, Jem and Di.

The book flowed well from beginning to end, and it was fast paced, each chapter had new dangers and new characters. I look forward to finding out what happens in the next book.

Thank you to the author, Jeff Kish, for providing me with a complimentary ebook and audiobook copy.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

If you like the sound of Diamond Bonds, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

Book Review: “The Vets At Hope Green: Part Two: Follow Your Heart” by Sheila Norton

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Goodreads Synopsis

PART TWO of a serialised novel – a heartwarming and inspiring story about living the simple life and the joy of animals.

Working as the receptionist at her local London vets, Sam dreams of escaping to a quieter life in the country. Spending time with her Nana and her lovely but elderly dog Rufus has sparked something within Sam, and all she wants is to start afresh. But her boyfriend Adam is in London, and something tells her that it won’t be an easy conversation.

But then something happens that makes her going-nowhere receptionist job seem much more appealing: she finds a little stray cat called Ebony, in need of love and nurturing back to health. Faced with a dilemma, she must choose between her heart’s desire and the little ball of fluff burrowing her way into Sam’s heart…

Is it possible to have it all?

Bookworm1102’s Review

Having read the first part of this novel, I was looking forward to reading the next part. I could not wait to find out what the characters were going to do next. In Part Two, Sam has to decide what she wants to do about her relationship and about other personal matters.

I enjoyed the second part of this series. I was glad when Sam finally made her choice about Adam, and that she decided to move to Hope Green to be with her Nana. Joe Bradley is still a mystery to me, and I wonder if there is a love triangle hinted at between Sam, Joe and David. I am looking forward to reading Part Three.

Thank you to the publisher, Sheila Norton and NetGalley for the complimentary copy.

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

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Book Review: “Just Like Molly” by Pippa Dowling

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‘Just Like Molly’ was born as a Grade 4 school assignment. At just ten years of age Pippa Dowling penned a tale of loneliness, friendship, hope and courage; and it is wise beyond her years.

“I have a friend called Molly, she loves playing games. Molly sleeps under my bed, nobody can see her, only me. One day Molly wasn’t in my room, she wasn’t anywhere. That night I cried”.

This is a beautifully simple book that reassures kids that there is a friend out there perfect for them. A gentle story of friendship and having the courage to make new friends.

Bookworm1102’s Review

Just Like Molly is a book about a girl who has a friend called Molly. They do everything together, until one day, Molly is not there. The girl is upset, and she starts school, making a new friend called Zoe.

This book is a bright and colourful children’s book. The message is reassuring children that there is always someone out there who will want to be friends with them, even though they may not think so. It is a perfect book for parents and children to read together, and to look at the pictures together.

The book is written by Pippa Dowling, who is still currently at school, and for a debut picture book, it is very well written, and well illustrated by Sunshine.

Thank you to Empowering Resources for providing a complimentary e-copy of this book.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

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Book Tour Review: “The Edge Of Brilliance” by Susan Traugh

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Goodreads Summary

Volatile and unstable, Amy stands at the precipice. Will she fall into the chaos and despair of insanity or ascend into brilliance and redemption?

Amy Miles is fifteen and crazy. Or, at least that’s her greatest fear. Her severe bipolar disorder, with its roller coaster manic and depressive episodes, is ruining her life. Yet in Amy’s mind it is accepting the pills and therapy—not the disease—that will brand her as ’crazy’. 

When Amy lands in a residential psychiatric program, she befriends take-charge Mallory and the two create family and try to salvage the shards of their broken minds. There, Amy discovers that her illicit drug use has robbed her of her ability to dance and she is forced to weigh how hard she is willing to work to reclaim her lost talent and potential. But, despite a promising beginning, when Amy falls back into denial, the tragic consequences cannot be undone.

Amy is left to decide whether to give up altogether or accept her diagnosis and the tools she needs to battle her disease, to learn to dance again and forge a new and improved version of herself. Will she step up to the edge of her brilliance and shine?

Reader Advisory: This book contains strong language and also includes scenes involving drug use, rape, violence. This book also includes a frank exploration of mental illness and loss of autonomy. 

Bookworm1102’s Review

The Edge of Brilliance is centered around a teenager named Amy Miles, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After one incident, before she realises what has happened, she is an inpatient in Green Acres, a residential psychiatric programme. She becomes firm friends with the girls in her room, especially Mallory. During her time here, she realises that the activity she most loves to do, dance, has been taken from her due to her use of illegal drugs.  Will Amy ever battle her disorder and learn to dance again, or will she fall further down her own hole of despair?

I liked this book. It gave me a strong sense of what happens to somebody who has a mental disorder. My heart went out to Amy, she went through so much pain and despair, that as the book went on, I was rooting for her to beat the programme.

The book is well written. I could imagine how it felt to be Amy at every stage of her life, I could feel how scared she was and how out of control she was. I could see Green Acres exactly as she described it. I only wish I could have found out how Amy was coping after the story ended.

Thank you to the publisher, Susan Traugh and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a complimentary copy.

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

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Award-winning author, Susan Traugh, has been writing for over thirty years. Her Daily Living Skills workbooks are used in classrooms all over the world and her stories have appeared in periodicals nationwide along with several stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul. With husband, Steven, Susan won Learning Magazine’s Teachers Choice Award for Mother Goose Brain Boost.

Now, Susan is venturing into the world of young adult fiction. Her latest novel, The Edge of Brilliance is an exploration into the heroes found within struggling young people. The manuscript was a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards.  Today, Susan lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and daughters, a cat, dog, fish and near her grown son who doesn’t visit enough.

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Book Review: “Ugly” by Margaret McHeyzer

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I received a copy of this ebook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lily Anderson has been hurt since she was young. She lives with her Dad, having lost her Mum a few years previous. Her Dad gets abusive, made worse by his constant drinking. When she meets Trent, she realises that there is someone out there who cares about her, and who wants to make her happy. Is Trent really too good to be true?

I am reluctant to say I liked this book due to the nature and content, but I did think it was a good book. I really felt for Lily, and I understand from her past why she did not tell anybody what was happening. I am really glad that Shayne was in her life, and that after everything that happened, Shayne was always there for her.

There were a few grammatical errors and missed words occasionally, and I sometimes had to re-read the same sentence to make sure I understood exactly what it said, but the story itself was good.

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

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Book Tour: Ascension by Hannah Rials

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Synopsis

Life is supposed to be perfect after Cheyenne Lane’s Ascension ceremony, but it turns out awakening her vampire half only complicates things more. Burdened with a patronizing family and constant surveillance by the Vampire Council, Cheyenne welcomes a summer vacation to the magical city of New Orleans. But Cheyenne quickly realizes that she can’t escape her problems, no matter where she goes.

After seventeen years of fearing exposing her secret to humans, Cheyenne’s world is rocked when she starts to fall for a witch named Eli. When he shows Cheyenne how complex the world really is, she must accept that everything she thought she knew about being a Deuxsang is a lie.

As if all this isn’t problem enough, Cheyenne finds herself the pawn of a conspiracy hatched by those who should be protecting her. Her whole life Cheyenne is told what to believe and who to trust. Now, she’s forced to choose for herself who and what is right. No matter which choice she makes, it will cost her everything.

 Steeped in the mystery, intrigue and rich history of New Orleans and the secretive world of the Deuxsang, teen vampire, Cheyenne, and her forbidden love, Eli, embark on a very different, and vastly more dangerous, journey as the net of betrayal tightens around them. This intense and fresh novel is enchanting, engrossing and impossible to put down right up to the cliffhanger ending. Remember, the end is not the end.

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“Their love story anchors the novel, the first installment of a series, and sets the stage for the cliffhanger ending. An entertaining and promising series opener about an appealing human and vampire hybrid. “-Kirkus Reviews

What an extraordinary debut novel with new and intriguing twists on vampires—a strong female protagonist as one. I already can’t wait for book two.-Jill Murphy Long, author of The Conduit

This book is by the far the BEST YA/Adult fiction that I’ve read in a very long while. So exciting!-Rebecca F

The wait is over-Ascension is here! Thrilling and entertaining, like the experience on a crazy roller coaster. Hannah has grown into the most amazing writer. Watching her journey has been as much fun as holding the book in my hands. A “must read” for YA and thriller fans!-Valarie B.

Rials has created a complex, fascinating, hidden world within our world. And I think we’re just beginning to scratch the surface.”-Kris Whorton

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As Maryville native and current college student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Hannah Rials began writing her first novel at age twelve. Eight years later, the result is her newly published YA novel Ascension; a modern day teenage romance filled with “double-blooded” vampires and revenge-seeking witches.

Published by Aletha Press of Maryville, TN, Ascension is Rial’s first novel. When not attending college and spending time with her family, Rials keeps busy by playing with her beloved Corgis, Buddy and Noel, leading a creative writing group at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and cultivating her writing skills.

“I feel like I am living proof that dreams do come true.”– Hannah Rials

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1. Talk: Kodaline

2. I See Monsters: Ryan Adams

3. Rivers in Your Mouth: Ben Howard

4. Scars: James Bay

5. Villainy: Local Natives

6. Feeling Good: Nina Simone

7. Shrimp Boats: Pete Fountain

8. To Build a Home: The Cinematic Orchestra

9. A Wink and a Smile: Harry Connick Jr. 

10. Barricades: The Saint Johns

11. Take Five: Dave Brubeck

12. Home: AURORA

13. Lorelai: Fleet Foxes

14. In the Mood: Glenn Miller

15. New History: Andy Davis

16. It Must Be Jelly: Glenn Miller

17. Unsquare Dance: Dave Brubeck

18. Mood Indigo: Enoch Light

19. I Could Write a Book: Harry Connick Jr. 

20. They Say: Billie Holiday

21. Clementine: Punch Brothers

22. Slow Dancing in a Burning Room: John Mayer

23. Sure Thing: Miguel

24. Ace of Hearts: Zella Day

25. Cosmic Love: Florence + the Machines

26. Fairytale: Milky Chance

27. Tonight You Belong to Me: Gavin Castleton

28. Witchcraft: Frank Sinatra

29. Gimme All Your Love: Alabama Shakes

30. I Want to Love You: Lenachka

31. Me and You: Jake Bugg

32. Make You Better: The Decembrists

33. (I Do) Like We do: Harry Connick Jr. 

34. Stone Cold: Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox

35. Hold My End Up: Delta Spirit

36. i hate u, i love u: gnash 

37. Soon It Will Be Cold Enough to Build Fires: Emancipator

38. Creep: Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox 

39. By Some Miracle: Philip Selway

40. Wide Eyes: Local Natives

41. Don’t Forget About Me: Cloves

42. I Found: Amber Run

43. Everyone Loves Everyone: Folk Family Revival

44. Fangs: Night Riots 

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Book Review: “Distant Horizon” by Stephanie and Isaac Flint

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The Community is safe.
Unless you have superpowers.

Sixty years ago, a hallucinogenic plague annihilated half the world’s population, leading to the formation of the Community—an international government that promises its citizens safety, security, and efficiency. Every day, Community citizens swallow a mandatory pill to ensure their immunity to the plague. A year after graduating high school, they take the Health Scan.

Most pass, and continue with their lives. Others disappear.

Eighteen-year-old Jenna Nickleson hasn’t taken the pill since her senior year in high school. She feels more alive without it, and she hasn’t shown any signs of infection—at least, not until two days after a surprise Health Scan is announced and Special Forces arrive at her university campus.

Spurred by the recent string of hallucinations, Jenna searches for any inkling of what happens to those who fail the scan. Rumor has it that they’re sent away for treatment and, once cured, receive a menial job. But when she uncovers the cruel truth behind the plague, her ideal world is shattered.

Underneath the illusion of safety, Special Forces agents harbor a dark secret.

The plague is a lie.

Bookworm1102’s Review

I received a free ebook from YA Bound and the authors in exchange for an honest review.

Jenna Nickleson has not taken the mandatory daily pill for six months. She feels more alive without it. This is fine until a surprise Health Scan is announced, and she panics. Whoever fails the scan is never heard from again. When she fails the scan, Jenna and her friends are whisked into a new world, where they discover the ugly truth about the plague and about the government they trust so much. Who can Jenna trust?

I enjoyed this book. The world was set in the future, and it was a fast paced novel. The characters all had a unique backstory, and you found yourself getting whisked along on their journey, which was full of new discoveries, some good and some bad. Jenna was a likeable heroine, and she had her two friends Lance and Tim with her. Tim was my favourite character, as he was the one who was very reliant on his government, and he really had to work to change his mindset (plus he had a technology power!)

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

If you like the sound of Distant Horizon, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon US here and Amazon UK here

Book Review: “The Vets At Hope Green: Part One: Escape To The Country” by Sheila Norton

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I received a free ebook from the author and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sam lives in London with her boyfriend Adam. She is a receptionist at a London vets. One day, an emergency makes her feel ill, and she realises something important, something that she knows her boyfriend will not like. Needing to get away, she goes to stay with her Nan and Rufus, her nan’s dog, deep in the countryside, in the village of Hope Green. She immediately knows that she is meant to live in the country, but there is one problem: her boyfriend does not share the same dream as her.

I enjoyed this book. It is the first in a series, more of a novella. It was a fast paced start to this series. Sam is a really likeable character, she really enjoys her job, although she would rather be a vet than a receptionist. The only character I ‘disliked’, although that is a very loose word, was Joe Bradley. I am hoping we learn more of his past and present in the next few books.

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

If you are interested in The Vets At Hope Green Part One, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon US here and Amazon UK here

Book Review: “Anomalies” by Sadie Turner and Colette Freedman

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In the future there is no disease. There is no war. There is no discontent. All citizens are complacent members of the Global Governance. But one summer is about to change everything.

Keeva Tee just turned fifteen. All of her dreams are about to come true. She s about to make the trip to Monarch Camp to be imprinted with her intended life partner. One day they ll have perfect kids and a perfect life. But in her happy, carefree life in the Ocean Community, something weighs on her mind. She hears whispers about anomalies citizens who can t be imprinted. No one knows what happens to them, but they never seem to come back.

When Keeva arrives at Monarch Camp, her worst nightmare becomes a reality she is an anomaly. After imprinting, the people she loves change, and she starts to doubt everything she s ever believed. What if freedom and individuality have been sacrificed for security? And what if the man who solves all the problems is the very man who s created them and what if he isn’t a man at all?

When Keeva finds a warning carved under a bunk bed she begins to understand: nonconformity will be punished, dissent is not an option, insurgents will be destroyed.

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I was given a code for a free audiobook on Audible by the authors and YA Bound Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Keeva is looking forward to attending Monarch Camp. Everyone does this when they are 15. They get to meet their intended partner, the person who they will spend the rest of their lives with. There are stories of people who are called ‘anomalies’, people whose intended partner has passed away. Keeva tries not to think about this, choosing instead to think about her new life with her intended partner.

At Monarch Camp, she finds out that her intended partner has passed away, and she is now an anomaly. Her whole world flips upside down. Keeva finds herself finding out secrets that the world leader has hidden, and she realises her whole world is a lie. Can she and her group stop Sobek?

 

I really enjoyed listening to this book. From the first chapter to the very last sentence, I was hooked. The characters are well described, and I could imagine myself taking this journey with them. Keeva was a likeable heroine, I really wanted her to meet her intended partner and I was sad for her when she found out that he’d passed away.

At first, I was a bit confused with having the two separate storylines in one chapter, but once I knew the layout, I settled back into the story very quickly. The ending is wide open for a second book, and I am looking forward to discovering what happens next.

I give this book 5/5 stars!

 

About the Authors

SADIE TURNER is a Los Angeles-based producer and writer originally from Brighton, England, who works in business development with several Hollywood entrepreneurs. She has various projects in development, and also teaches yoga.

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COLETTE FREEDMAN– An internationally produced playwright with over 25 produced plays, Colette was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist’s Guild. Her hit musical Serial Killer Barbie can be heard here.

Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews:  It has been produced around the country and internationally, fifteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur), Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and Australia.  It is next up in  Chicago August 2016. She wrote the film which is currently in post-production and stars Jacki Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jess Weixler, Stana Katic, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amy Smart, Troian Bellisario, Tom Everett Scott and Kathy Baker. She  has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour.

In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott,  she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows  (Tor/Macmillan). Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013. Her sequel novel The Consequences (Kensington) came out January 28, 2014. Her YA novel Anomalies (Select Books) came out February 9, 2016. She also co-wrote the film And Then There Was Eve  which is currently in pre-production and begins principal photography May 2016.

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