Book Review: “The Black Lens” by Christopher Stollar

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Goodreads Synopsis

Zoey James has pimp trouble. And even though he doesn’t know it, her pimp has Zoey trouble. Big Zoey trouble. In a dark world of meth addiction, trailer parks and abuse, Zoey has seen it all. But when she and her disabled sister are forced into a small-town sex ring, the teenage girls find out just how brutal the world can be. And when someone kills her mother as retaliation for a failed escape attempt, Zoey decides to fight back. Teaming up with a photojournalist, Zoey exposes wealthy and powerful men who play in the dirty, back-alley world of modern slavery. The price for her cooperation is freedom. The cost of failure is her life.

Bookworm1102’s Review

Zoey and her sister Camille live with their mother Ella and father Ricky on a trailer park in La Pine. Camille has autism and likes Disney Princesses. Their mother works but their father makes meth. Aidan is a photographer at the local paper. He quickly realises that something is not right in the town. Zoey and Camille are blackmailed into working as prostitutes, and if they do not do as they are told, their pimp threatens to kill their mother and all those that they love.

This book deals with some very dark and mature subject matters. From the very beginning, which opens with Zoey and her sister heading out to a party, we are introduced to a possible rift between Ricky and the rest of the family, although we are not sure what exactly caused this at the start.

The author has done over three years of research and interviews before writing this novel, and it shows in the writing and the story. Despite the fact that the characters are fictional and the story is fictional, similar things are happening all around the world, even in places you thought it could never happen.

I really got hooked on this novel. The story dragged me into it from the very start, and I grew to quickly like Zoey and Camille, and I could feel their fear and felt myself really sympathising with them when they got blackmailed into sleeping with numerous men. I liked the idea of having alternate chapters for Zoey and Aidan’s stories. Aidan was one of my favourite characters, he willingly put his life at risk to help free Zoey, Camille and the others girl who were forced into the ordeal.

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

Thank you to Christopher Stollar and Booklover Catlady Publicity for the complimentary ebook copy.

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The author is donating 10% of his earnings to charities that fight the sex trafficking trade.

 

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Book Review: “Dani: A Dani Scott Novella” by Stuart Keane

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Goodreads Synopsis

She’s back…

It’s been six months since Dani gained revenge for the brutal death of her family. With a major crime syndicate now out of commission, the residents of London can rest easy in the knowledge that the streets are a little safer.

But crime is unending, a disease. London will never be safe.

With her own personal vendetta complete, Dani now takes to the streets to avenge the citizens of her city; the helpless, the suffering and the victimised, but it’s not going to be a simple task. The crime world is now aware of her presence, the avenging shadow that stalks the unlawful in the night, but so are the police.

With no one to turn to, and wanted by both sides of the law, Dani must come to terms with her perilous situation, face her inner demons, and make the ultimate decision.

Bookworm1102’s Review

This is a novella that takes place a year and a half after Grin. Dani, who is now known simply as ‘Grin’, keeps watch over the streets of London, fighting crime and keeping innocent people safe. The problem is, this has placed her on the police watch list.
Across town, Paul lives with his parents and is a seemingly normal person from the outside, but is Paul hiding a darker secret?

I enjoyed this novella. Having read it straight after Grin, I was still immersed in the world, and the characters. There is not as much gore as there is in Grin, but it was nice to read some of the backstory and to see things from multiple points of view, including Jack Scott, from the first book. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next!

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

Thank you to Stuart Keane and Booklover Catlady Publicity for the complimentary ebook copy.

 

If you like the sound of Dani: A Dani Scott Novella, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

Guest Post: Unliving The Dream by Sandra Vischer

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Goodreads Synopsis

Things are darn near perfect for Alex Fisher: she runs a successful business with the love of her life, her husband and the father of her two great kids. She’s managed to sail through nearly forty years without so much as a hiccup. That is, until the night her husband announces he would like to make a change-a change that has apparently been going on for months without Alex’s knowledge.

Yes, he has been having an affair with Alex’s assistant. Suddenly Alex is bouncing through divorce, through her daughter’s subsequent rebellion, and through the big questions of who she really is and what she wants in life. No longer living the dream, Alex uses her calm logic, internal dialogue, and sizzling wit-not to mention her friends-to turn the shock of a lifetime into an adventure of self-discovery that takes her from the tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea to the Utah wilderness and along the impoverished streets of Peru.

In this universal tale, told through Vischer’s unique voice, Alex finds that no one escapes unscathed-but we can all have a good laugh and some major personal growth along the way. A humorous, compassionate, and honest look at how the worst time in one’s life ultimately leads to unexpected fulfillment and authenticity.

If you like the sound of Unliving The Dream, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here. The author’s website can be found here.

Book Review: “Grin” by Stuart Keane

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Goodreads Synopsis

When a violent home invasion shatters Dani’s teenage existence, the attacker leaves her for dead, mutilating her face with a Chelsea grin – a brutal act of gang warfare. With a low chance of survival, and her life in ruins, Dani becomes a mere statistic, just another innocent victim of the escalating mob crime in London.

However, Dani survives.

Haunted by that traumatic night, and unable to escape her own personal hell, Dani dedicates her life to a new vendetta; violent, bloody revenge on each of those who did her wrong. With nothing to lose, and a new desire for bloodshed, the teenager will stop at nothing to avenge her family.

Bookworm1102’s Review

Danielle is a normal teenage girl, attending college and living at home with her father, mother and younger brother. She is seemingly happy, until one evening, her entire world gets turned upside down. Her family are murdered in front of her eyes, and Dani is left scarred, emotionally and physically. She vows that if she survives, she will find the person behind the killings and get revenge.

This was the first Stuart Keane book I have read, and I was not disappointed. At the beginning, you got a back story for Dani and learnt that she was someone who was likeable, which makes everything that happened to her even worse. The storyline was basic, but it works. It is fast paced and very graphic, so I would not recommend if you do not like reading about graphic death scenes.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to reading more books in the series, and I will definitely check out some of Keane’s other books as well.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

Thank you to Stuart Keane and Booklover Catlady Publicity for the complimentary ebook copy.

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

Book Review: “Alpha Kaden” by Midika Crane

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Goodreads Synopsis

“Lock your doors. Hold them tight. Close your windows. Every night. Don’t go out, in case he’s there. Always live in total fear.”

Everyone knows of Alpha Kaden, a man of twisted riddles and cryptic puzzles. His identity is one of them. His touch, another. He is feared throughout all 13 packs for his reputation of stealing young women out of their beds. And tonight he has come to steal Mara to make her a player in his wicked game.

But when Mara discovers the truth behind his sadistic mind games everything changes and she finds herself questioning what is real, and what is not. Mara always assumed her mate would be a man from her own pack. A good man. Not a sadistic, sinful Alpha named Kaden.

Bookworm1102’s Review

Alpha Kaden’s reputation is not good. He is known for stealing women, mostly from the Purity Pack, from their beds at night, and the rumours behind what he does to these women are even worse. One fateful night, Mara finds herself kidnapped and face to face with Alpha Kaden. What she does not know is that Alpha Kaden is not who he seems, and the real threat is someone far more dangerous.

This book is outside my usual genre, but I liked the sound of it and thought I would see what it was like. I was pleasantly surprised to find I quite enjoyed it. I found myself hooked by the storyline and desperate to know what was going to happen next. Mara was a badass for standing up to Kaden, despite coming from the Purity Pack, who are known for being quiet and a little cowardly.

I like when a book has relatively short chapters, and this book had the perfect length chapters. I did find that it was difficult to figure out who was talking, and I believe that having the name of the character before the writing begins would make it much easier to distinguish between characters. Other than that, I thought this was a good book and I would love to find out what happens next and find out more about the other pack leaders.

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

Thank you to Inkitt and to the author Midika Crane for providing me with a complimentary ebook copy.

 

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

Book Review: “The Vets At Hope Green: Part Four: A New Start” by Sheila Norton

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Goodreads Synopsis

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

The last few months have been hard for Sam. Her dream to work as a vet is slowly becoming reality, and she is beginning to encounter the struggles and heartbreaks that someone in a job like this must face.

But what’s more heartwarming and inspiring than a litter of new piglets? On a call to a farm with Joe, Sam can’t help but feel a sense of renewal in her own life as she witnesses one of the most glorious and natural processes of all.

Sam’s thoughts inevitably turn to her own child – will she be able to cope when the baby is born? And with her love life so shaky, will a fatherless child turn out all right?

Bookworm1102’s Review

In the fourth and final book of this series, Sam has to deal with pregnancy as well as growing tensions between her and her boss Joe Bradley. One evening, she attends a call with Joe, and her life changes forever.

I thought this finale was good, although rather predictable. I could predict the ending from the very start, as it has been heavily hinted at throughout all four books. I am glad that everything turned out well for Sam, in all aspects of her life, although I did feel sorry for David.

All told, this series was a nice relaxing read, and I am glad I got the chance to read it.

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

I rate this book 3/5 stars!

Links

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

 

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!

Links

If you like the sound of The Vets at Hope Green: Part Two, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here

Book Review: “Just Like Molly” by Pippa Dowling

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Synopsis

‘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!

You can find this book at Empowering Resources here.