Book Review: Don’t you Dare by A.J Waines

I was given the opportunity to read and review a book by A.J Waines – this was sent to me via NetGalley. Thanks so much to them and the publishers, Bloodhound Books for allowing me the honour of reading such a fantastic book. 

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Don’t you Dare by A.J Waine


Book Blurb

When barmaid, Rachel, discovers her soon-to-be-married daughter, Beth, pinned down by a stranger in the pub cellar, Rachel lashes out in panic and the intruder ends up dead.

In desperation, Rachel convinces Beth they should cover up the crime and go ahead with the planned wedding in one month’s time.

Rachel, however, has her own reasons for not involving the police.

Hiding their dreadful secret is harder than they both imagined and as the big day approaches and the lies multiply, Beth becomes a liability.

Rachel looks on in dismay at the hen party when, after too many drinks, Beth declares she’s about to make a special announcement.

But before Beth can say a word she disappears…

About the Author


AJ Waines has sold over 450,000 psychological thrillers worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 and 2016 with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train.

She was a Psychotherapist for fifteen years, during which time she worked with ex-offenders from high-security institutions, gaining a rare insight into criminal and abnormal psychology.

She is now a full-time author of psychological thrillers and murder mysteries with publishing deals in France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and USA (audiobooks).

In December 2017, she signed a UK two-book deal with Bloodhound Books.
AJ Waines has has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and been ranked a Top 10 UK Author on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing).

The author lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband.

My Review

I was sent this book by Netgalley and I am so glad I got the opportunity to read it.

I was hooked from page 1!

We are introduced to Rachel, who on thinking that her daughter is being raped; kills the ‘attacker’ only to realise that all is not as it seems….what happens next is a dramatic battle as they fight to ‘bury’ what happened….resulting in them getting rid of the body.

The pace was managed really well and I believed in the characters I was reading about. My favourite was Beth, she was a victim of circumstance, even if she did bring the situation on herself……but she was slightly ‘hen-pecked’ by her dear old Mother, who goes beyond the job of protecting her daughter; I can’t say I was a fan of her, especially as she came across quite intimidating towards her daughter at times and took it upon herself to interfere (way too much) which I felt uncomfortable with but saying that, I know that it shows the talent of the writer when they don’t only create likeable characters, but the not so likeable too. The character interactions were written really well and I related to some of the over-protective moments that Rachel showed towards her daughter. I felt the difficult tension building between these two characters which made for very fascinating reading.

I love when books have chapters from differing viewpoints, so it was nice to read this book from both angles (Rachel’s and then Beth’s) – it was easy to see where this book was going at times but I still enjoyed every page turn I made. This book had some nice little twists right up to the last few pages. I am hoping that the ‘almost’ open end means that there could be another book…..because it would be great to see how the author could continue this story.

All in all, this book was a really enjoyable read and I would recommend.


I wrote my Goodreads review yesterday and gave this a 4/5 stars….but the story has stayed with me all day, so I have changed it to 5/5 stars! This is a really good read! Intense, dramatic story with twists and turns to keep you guessing!

S x

If I Want You by Rachel Brimble #Blogtour #Review

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#Blogtour – 28th April 2018

Hi All.

I am so very thrilled to bring you a review of this book from the wonderful mind of Rachel Brimble. It is such an exciting read and I am itching to tell you all about it….(Spoiler free of course)

First though, I would love to thank the wonderful Rachel’s Random Resources and Author, Rachel Brimble for inviting me along on this fantastic #Blogtour.

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Thrilling, Dangerous and captivating; this book had me enthralled from the very first page.

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When I sign up for a book tour or for any review at all then I always try to not read too much into the book, so that I can go into the book blindly and without any hindrance or disturbance from other reviewers, etc. I like to form my own opinions of a book I read and enjoy guessing what a book is about simply from the front cover. 

So, as always, I only had a small summary of the book to go on and the image of the front . The male model they used on the front had me interested from the beginning; but I have always been a sucker for a tall, dark, handsome strange. The impression I got from the front that this story was going to be passionate, dangerous and thrilling. 

Never judge a book by its cover; I thought this was going to be sexy love story with plenty of passionate scenes…little did I know how this story would play with all of my emotions, this book is more than a love story. And I loved every minute of it.

Before I head further into my review, let me tell you more about the author, Rachel Brimble.

About the Author

Rachel Brimble

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Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK.

After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eighth coming in Jan 2018.

She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press as well as writing several single titles for the Wild Rose Press.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest.

When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family.

Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

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About the Book

When local journalist, Tori Peterson, fails to prevent a child abduction outside her niece’s school, her horror and guilt sparks a vow to do whatever it takes to get little Abby Brady home to her parents.

While Tori battles the vile memories of her own kidnapping as a child, she accepts the help of widowed father, Mark Bolton. As he and Tori join forces with the local police, their attraction and intimacy grows…along with their fears for Abby.

Links are uncovered between Abby’s disappearance and Tori’s kidnapping, and Tori is forced to accept the monster who held her captive is back. But this time, Tori is all grown up, and there is no way she will let him hurt another little girl.

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My Review

Sometimes you come across a book that truly gets you in the ‘feels’ and this book was one of them. Reading through the first couple of chapters, my mouth was dry, my heart was racing and I was on the edge of my seat…quite literally! Every parents nightmare was happening in right in front of my eyes and I felt every word that was written. My mind flashed to my two young boys and I felt the fear resonate as I read the opening chapters.

Tori Peterson witnesses a child’s abduction outside her nieces school and is forced to relive her traumatic past experiences. Suspecting that her abductor could be back to cause her further heartache and trauma  she and fellow parent, Mark Bolton set out to help solve the crime; hoping to get the child back home safe where she belongs.

This story was fast paced and kept me interested from beginning to end. Tori’s character was difficult to like at first, she was rude and stand-offish but I realise that this was the authors clever way of showing Tori as a rather broken person. Over the years following her abduction she puts up her guards and refuses to let anyone in; fearing that she will be hurt again. Even her close family are held at a distance. But behind her tough exterior she is still a young girl trying to survive; constantly looking over her shoulder in case HE comes back. 

As always I love a good love story and enjoy reading passages that get the heart racing and this book sure does deliver. The connection between Mark and Tori is palpable and I loved reading the interactions between them.

I read this book fairly quickly as I was eager from the beginning to find out what happened to the characters. The ride I was on was thrilling and dramatic; I was not left disappointed by the ending.

If you are looking for a book which is hard-hitting yet entertaining look no further than this book!


There wasn’t anything about this book that I didn’t like; it was such an entertaining read and I am so honoured to have been asked to take part in this blogtour. The character’s were realistic; the story flowed really well and was action-packed from Page 1!

There were some rather heart-wrenching moments and this book had me teetering on the edge of wanting to put the book down and cover my eyes in one hand and wanting to read until my eyes hurt in the other. Rachel Brimble did so well with this book and I applaud her for fantastic work. One thing for sure is that I will be adding Rachel’s other works to my To Be Read (TBR) list. I look forward to seeing more from her in the future.

5 out of 5 Stars!


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The Picture by Roger Bray #Blog Tour #Review


#BlogTour 23rd April 2018

Hi All!

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Author, Roger Bray for including me on this fantastic #BlogTour.

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The author, Roger Bray has gifted us with a beautifully written story.

The characters were captivating and the story was very powerful, beautiful and moving. 

But before we get into the book, lets have a little bit first about the author.

The Author

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In this own words:

I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.

My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

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About the Book


A warehouse in Japan used as an emergency shelter in the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami. A distraught, young Japanese woman in dishevelled clothes sits on a box, holding her infant daughter.

Ben, a US rescue volunteer, kneels in front of her offering comfort. They hug, the baby between them. The moment turns into an hour as the woman sobs into his shoulder; mourning the loss of her husband, her home, the life she knew.

A picture is taken, capturing the moment. It becomes a symbol; of help freely given and of the hope of the survivors. The faces in the picture cannot be recognised, and that is how Ben likes it.

No celebrity, thanks not required.
But others believe that being identified as the person in the picture is their path to fame and fortune. Ben stands, unknowingly, in their way, but nothing a contract killing cannot fix.

My Review

Again, as with previous book reviews I didn’t delve too much into reading about the book, as I like to be surprised as I start to turn the pages. I prefer to read a book based on just what I see on the cover. Never judge a book they say, but I am a real sucker for a beautiful external imagery and this book drew me in with just its cover alone.

I was drawn in by the beautiful, yet sad image on the front. At that point I wasn’t sure why the picture of the woman cradling the baby was so sad, but I got the feeling that this book would be a bitter-sweet read. I wasn’t wrong. Here in all its glory is my review.

The first few pages introduces us to one of the main characters. Ben Davies is a very likeable character from the start and I was taken aback by the first few chapters when we witness him getting hurt during a routine shop trip. From here we are introduced to him as a character and with the right wording we read more about this deep, slightly broken man. He has a lot of heartache in his past but he is still cheerful in his resolve and he has a big love for motorcycles.

With the help of his friend, Paul we are told the story of Ben and the people who he has lost and the disasters he has witnessed. The story started off at a slow pace but with every turn of the page I found myself liking Ben that little bit more.  One of the good things about this book is how believable the characters are. There are people who I love, like Ben and Maggie, but then there are people like Vince who are very easily disliked. The writing flows so well and I found myself reading it a steady yet fast pace. I was eager to see how the lives of these characters intertwined and I was not disappointed by the final conclusion.

Touching on some very traumatic events, we are torn from one emotion to the next. This book is both unbelievably raw beautiful. It delivers bitter-sweet moments which sweep you along with every word. Character interaction is paramount in this book and it helps to create a real person in our minds. Each character is different and the conversations between them are both realistic and engaging. There are some wonderful dialogue moments between Anna and Paul as they discuss Ben and what he means to them. From this dialogue we learn more about this wonderfully kind man. Each word spoke volumes and I lapped up each chapter greedily.

I love when a book switches between characters and situations; this not only creates more interest but it helps to see points of view from all angles and builds a better story. This book does just that. Not only are we introduced to the likeable characters, but we are also shown the protagonists too. This helps us to create a clear picture of all people involved and to understand their interests, whether Good or Bad.

If there is one thing I would have liked then it would have been to see more of Vince’s character; maybe see more of his past and why he was the way he was, but this didn’t take away from the book at all.

If I were to describe this book in 5 words I would say; Beautiful, Harrowing, Touching, Thrilling and Traumatic.

Towards the end of the book, I shed a tear. It was a very welcome beautiful read. It touches on some sensitive subjects, which are difficult to read at times but it says a lot for the author when he can word it in a way that still pulls you on to read despite the traumatic moments.

Its difficult to write a review, want to rave about it but still try to not give ‘spoilers’ away. Roger Bray did a fantastic job creating this story; it was a real page-turner and I look forward to reading more of his work.


I would recommend this book to everyone. The drama is slow-building but this only helps to create a fantastic story. The dialogue and fantastic descriptive writing creates a great reading experience with every turn of the page.


5 out of 5

S x

Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

In between my busy #blogtour reading, I am still trying to get through my TBR list for. I set my Goodreads reading challenge to 40 books for the year and I am making steady progress.

Today I bring you  review of a book I read within just a few days; a story that I can’t quite get out of my head. 

But before I get down to my review, here is a little bit about the author.

The Author


John Michael Green is an American author, vlogger, writer, producer, actor, editor, and educator

John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery.

In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also co-authored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on the Nerd fighters website, or a direct link here.

Green lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Sarah Urist Green, whom he married on May 21, 2006.

Book Blurb

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

My Review

I found it difficult to get into this book at first; I didn’t understand Aza’s character, but I think that comes from how well the book is written. The complex feelings and mental anxieties were written clearly and the reason why I found it so hard to read at first is because I don’t understand mental illness as much as I should. This book is a real eye-opener into the world of OCD and although I don’t suffer with the same disorder; I could relate to some of the main characters anxieties. The words flowed very well and I found myself wanting to reach into the pages and give Aza a big hug; the burden she has to live with on a daily basis was evident and I felt her pain resonate from the pages.

John Green took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. I was laughing at the character interaction between Aza and her best friend, Daisy. And then I was crying at how much Aza’s character was fighting a lonely battle with her inner demon. It was heart-wrenching at times and I hoped for a quick fix for her, but as I found out, that’s not easy with mental illness. There is a part of me that was disappointed with how the story ended and I was going to leave this story 4/5 but I now realise that Aza’s battle with her demon would be long-lasting. There is no fast cure for what she feels and we were left knowing that she would go on fighting way after the last turn of the page.

There were some comical character interactions between Daisy and Aza which helped to throw in some lighter moments to the quite ‘harrowing’ read. The characters are brilliantly written and likeable. I love that each character has their own feel to them and I read with both tears in my eyes and a smile on my face.

With every spiral that Aza battled I felt every twist and turn and understood the intensity of struggle to remain normal and to ignore her invasive thoughts; especially when she tries to have a romantic relationship with Davis.

All in all, this book was a very interesting read and I can see how it could help a lot of people who are in the same boat as our main character. Even if it gives them words to show their family/friends so they can get a better understanding of what they go through.

I would highly recommend this book!


I have been excited to read this book for a while now and during the first few pages I actually wondered whether I would enjoy reading it. Then I let myself try to understand Aza’s mental illness more and with each page I was opened up more to what people with OCD must go through and as I said previously, it really was an eye-opener. The story was easy to read and I came away still with it in my mind. When a book stays with you way after the last full-stop then you know it was a good one! John Green did a fantastic job; not only has he raised awareness, he has also brought us another loveable character. Like with his other works, I hope to see this on the big screen one day. 

So, re-thinking my earlier premature rating….I now going to give this 5 out of 5!

Thanks for reading Guys!

S x


The Penance List by S C Cunningham #Blog Tour #Review


#BlogTour 22nd April 2018

Hi All!

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and S C Cunningham for including me on this #blogtour.

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I am more than delighted to be included in this blog tour and I am itching to tell you about this thrilling book from this fantastic author.

The Penance List is sexy, dangerous and a real page-turner.


But before I tell you a bit more about this book, lets have a little bit about the author.

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The Author


British Crime Investigator & Crime Writer, Siobhan C Cunningham creates steamy psychological thrillers and kick-ass paranormal romance with a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour, and pulsating sex scenes. Having worked in the very industries she writes about, her novels offer a fresh level of sincerity and authority, rare in fiction.

An ex-model, British born of Irish roots, she married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of music, film, sports celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator for the British Police (Wanted & Absconder Unit, Major Crime Team, Intelligence Analyst, Investigations Hub).

Abducted as a child, she survived; and every night for months afterward, she prayed to God, asking for a deal. This personal journey sparked the fuse behind the intriguing and riveting fictional world she portrays in The Fallen Angel Series. Twenty years later she crossed paths with a violent serial attacker who haunted the streets of London, the seed for The David Trilogy was sown, book one is The Penance List, and has been adapted to film screenplay.

She is the proud mother to contemporary Artist Scarlett Raven and is owned by three dogs.

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The Penance List (David Trilogy #1)
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
9 Editions
Language: English
436 Pages

This one comes with a warning – a steamy suspense-ridden psychological thriller – think Silence of the Lambs meets 50 Shades and hold on tight! S C Cunningham writes with a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes. Grab a glass of wine, close the bedroom door and read alone!

What happens when opposites attract – when a scorned childhood sweetheart grows into a gorgeous sexual tour de force – when a fun loving career girl, her racy girlfriends and insatiable lovers get caught in his revenge – when sex becomes a weapon, hearts become bait and straight tastes gay – when hi-flying careers, clandestine affairs and wannabe starlets are hunted by celebrity hungry press? Obsession, kidnap, murder… and he’s just getting started!

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My Review


Wow! What a read! Like previously mentioned, I was lucky to receive a copy of this book as part of a blogtour. As such, I didn’t research the book and delved into it blindly, only having the summary to go by and not completely knowing what the book was about.

And all I can say is what a fantastic find!

I was gripped from the very first chapter! It was dark, sexy, provocative, thrilling and oh so exciting! The characters were deep and brought a lot of great reading material to the book.

This story made ’50 Shades’ look like a tame children’s book. It was so raunchy and I loved every word of it and lapped it up enthusiastically. The pages turned quick and fast as I hurried to see how the story would end. I was not disappointed when i did finally get to the last page; instead I wanted more!

I was so pleased to find out that there is more to this book; and that the story isn’t over yet. The books in this trilogy have already been put into my TBR list.

There is a big part of me that understands why David is the way he is and I feel sorry for the person that is lost and who could have been, but damn he is a evil-dark-sexy-man. To say that he is ‘hot’ is an understatement. Yes he is troubled, yes he is angry and at times very scary, but there is something about the character that draws me in. The whole story got me hot under the collar more than once.


The author, S C Cunningham has a really good talent for writing and knows exactly how to engage her readers. There was a lot of great character interaction, especially between the 3 best friends, Helen, Josie and Tara. The lunchtime meet ups reminded me of some of the conversations I have had with my girlfriends over time and it was very relatable. More so the topics they discussed which would make most people blush. The script between these friends flowed naturally and it felt like we knew the characters more intimately because of how well they were written.

If you like a book with a bit of spunk, a story that leaves you gagging for more and a ‘villain’ who is drop-dead-evil-sex-on-legs then read this! It is raunchy in all the best ways; it is filthy and crude but it is all the more enjoyable because of it. But take the debauchery and raunchy scenes out of it, then there is still a fantastic dramatic, thrilling story hidden in the pages. This book is an amazing read with a host of likeable characters.

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This was a very enjoyable read. I had completed the story within a few days and was very pleased with the fact that there is another couple of books in the series. And I look forward to seeing how the rest of the series pans out.

Please, if you haven’t already, check out the author, S C Cunningham and her work!

Fantastic Read! Fantastic Writing!

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5 out of 5 star

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold Review


The first time I read this book was around 7 years ago. I was away on a girlie holiday and I took a book with me in case I had time amongst sunning it and drinking copious amounts of alcohol. This book stood out to me when I brought it due to the beautifully, simple cover. Standing in the charity shop in my local town I was drawn in even more when I read the summary on the back of the book.

Needless to say, I didn’t even wait until my holiday started to open this book. I opened up the book the day before thinking that I would just have a peek at the first page; by the end of the day I had already read half of the book with the rest completed whilst we travelled to our destination. 

If for some reason you have never heard of this book! If for some reason you have felt that you need to find a book that is ABSOLUTELY amazing! If you need a story that is heart-breaking, thrilling and beautiful all at the same time. If you want a book that will have you crying one minute, angry another and then laughing, then my Dear you have come to the right review!

As always, I will be providing a SPOILER FREE review. The best thing about reading is finding out the best bits for yourself so you really don’t need me spoiling it for you, but let me tell you…if you read this book! You…will….not…be…disappointed. 

Before I start my review, lets look at some of the blurb. 

About the Author


Alice Sebold is an American writer. She has published three books: Lucky, The Lovely Bones, and The Almost Moon. Sebold was born in Madison, Wisconsin. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where her father taught Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania. Sebold graduated from Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, in 1980.

Following graduation from Syracuse in 1984, Sebold briefly attended the University of Houston in Texas, for graduate school, then moved to Manhattan for the next ten years. She held several waitressing jobs while pursuing a writing career, but neither her poetry nor her attempts at writing a novel came to fruition. 

At age 33, Sebold then began writing a novel called Monsters, about the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl. The story was based on her realization that “within the suburban world of my upbringing there was as many strange stories as there were in the more romanticized parts of the world. The novel eventually became The Lovely Bones, which one reviewer called “a disturbing story, full of horror and confusion and deep, bone-weary sadness. And yet it reflects a moving, passionate interest in and love for ordinary life as its most wonderful, and most awful, even at its most mundane.” The New York Times observed that “Ms. Sebold [has] the ability to capture both the ordinary and the extraordinary, the banal and the horrific, in lyrical, unsentimental prose.”

Sebold was previously married to Glen David Gold. She lives in San Francisco.

Book Blurb – The Lovely Bones

My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie.

I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.

In heaven, Susie Salmon can have whatever she wishes for – except what she most wants, which is to be back with the people she loved on earth. In the wake of her murder, Susie watches as her happy suburban family is torn apart by grief; as her friends grow up, fall in love, and do all the things she never had the chance to do herself.

But as Susie will come to realize, even in death, life is not quite out of reach . . .

A luminous, astonishing novel about life and death, memory and forgetting, and finding light in the darkest places, Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones became an instant classic when it was first published in 2002.

There are now over ten million copies in print. It inspired the film starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Saoirse Ronan.

My Review

I always think that you can tell how much you like a book by how quickly it takes you to read it. I am a big fan of Stephen King books but his Dark Tower series, despite being well written were a bit of a drag and after almost 10 years since I started reading them, I am STILL struggling to get through the final book; I started reading it 3 years ago and pick it up/put it down regularly.

But this book had me enthralled from the very first chapter and within 2 days I had turned the final page with tears in my eyes and with a heavy-beating heart. It was heart-breaking to read of the characters situation. We are introduced to 14 year old Susie Salmon who was raped and murdered by her creepy next door neighbour. The book shows us from Susie’s vantage point; she is in her own version of heaven and watches over her family and friends as they deal with the aftermath of her devastating death. The powerful struggle the character goes through as she finds it difficult to accept her fate is both enthralling and difficult. I love Susie’s character; she watches over her family with both loyalty and heartache. If there is one thing that Susie would like, it would be to be back with her family, but she knows it isn’t possible so she must watch with wander and sometimes envy as her family lives a life that she was forced out of.

It feels wrong to say that this book is beautiful, especially as some of the subject matter is so haunting, but the finality of the characters acceptance and the journey she and her close ones go on is marvellous. To say I was blown away by this story is a little bit of an understatement. The story is fantastically told and despite the ‘true’ reasoning behind some of the book, Alice Sebold has told a story she should be especially proud of. It is the details and moments of character interaction which truly bring this story to life and create something rather special.


A book about rape and murder should not be seen as a great book, but this one is. I have read many books, some of which completely got me in the ‘feels’ but none as much as this one. I went through a vast array of emotions when reading this and it really says something about the book when it stays with you even years after finishing it.

I cant give this book anything else but…

5 out of 5 Stars!

If you haven’t read this already, please look it up, get yourself a copy and read a truly remarkable book.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my review.

Speak soon Guys

S x

What Do I want to be?


What do I want to do?
Who do I want to be?

I wake to the feeling that something is missing, but my life is already on key.

Loving husband with me, small children times 2.

Living happily, comfortably and without worry.

But I skit from one career option to the next.
Not knowing where my goals lie.

One day I wake and I want to help bring life into the world; picturing myself as a midwife.

Another day I wake; I see myself working within TV.

Some days I want to make money from playing around with my camera or from writing things down on paper.

Not one day is the same, my thoughts and wants change.

I have taken up blogging to help me to reach out; to create a following that is fake and unreliable. What can these people give me that I don’t already possess? I want to be liked; I want people to believe in the words I preach and the things I create.

But I fail to believe that I belong in this world. Fake Smiles, Fake Follows, Fake comments on posts; nobody cares completely for what I write; they only take time to reach out so that I will return the favour. Minutes, hours and days are spent creating ideas in my head for future posts on my blog; knowing that it may not be seen by many, most possibly less than ten.

 As each day chugs past I try to pin down one area that I prefer over another, but no answer comes. I have so many different likes that I struggle to find one area I love more than the rest.

Tomorrow I may pull the answer from my head.

But for today I will hum and ahh about my future; success is what I dream of, but for what I am not sure.



Hashtag This by Brandon Lawson

img_1551Hi All

Quite recently I was approached by Brandon Lawson, an author who asked if I could provide a review in exchange for a copy of his book of poems. I agreed as I always like to receive books from seemingly new writers.

About the Book

Print Length: 32 pages
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Language: English

Hashtag This features poetry based off of Twitter trends. Each poem in the main selection of poetry in Hashtag This is a hashtag from Twitter that has been turned into a poem.
This is special because each poem is of relevance in reference to a recent topic that was trending across the world, meaning people from all over the world can have a connection with each poem.

This is the first book of any kind officially published by Brandon Lawson.

Along with the 15 hashtag poems, comes bonus poems released by the author Brandon Lawson in the past on his website.

The bonus poems have nothing to do with hashtags. Although the poems in this book are based off of trends, each poem speaks of topics and issues that are universal, that anyone can relate to whether or not they are on social media.

About the Author – In his own words


My name is Brandon Lawson.

On my website I post my fictional short stories ranging through numerous genres such as science fiction, thrillers, dramas, etc. I also post movie essays where I go into deep analysis on movies and talk about aspects such as themes, symbols, and its relation to our world. I post my poetry on here as well.

I have written short stories since senior year of high school, specifically January of 2015. I have been writing poetry for around that time. I started writing movie essays around the Spring of 2016.

Aside from my content on my website, I also write screenplays. One of my screenplays Lost Among The Tides is a coming of age drama about a boy who has to spend time with a foster child in order to avoid going to jail.

That screenplay has won the 2017 CA International Film Festival Davis Chinese Film Festival last October in 2017. Along with that award, it has also won the Headline International Film Festival for best spec script, 2nd place in October in the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, and 2nd place in December in the Hollywood Independent Moving Pictures Film Festival.
I have also been featured in the Daily Cal which is the student newspaper for UC Berkeley.

My Review

One of the things I love about blogging, especially since I started book blogging more is finding the rare gems which have been created around the world. Whether it be stories or poetry, I love finding those hidden pieces which not many people have had the pleasure in reading and showing them to my followers. I welcome all requests for books/content in exchange for reviews but as always I go into them as blindly as I can so I can make my own mind up about what I come across, rather than my mind being tainted by preconception.

When Brandon approached me I wasn’t sure what to expect. The idea that poetry could be created from hashtags that have been found on Twitter trends was something that I couldn’t quite get my head around. But let me tell you, this guy does it and he does it very well!

The words in these poems resonate and are so beautifully put together, its difficult to stop reading them as you go from page to page. It is a rather small compendium, with only 32 pages in total, but the complaint I have with this is just that the writing stopped.

After reading the poems, I looked on Amazon and Goodreads for reviews from other readers and some comments were made about how these words could easily be used in Rap Music. The words flow very nicely together and the rhythmic wording makes the reading of them easy to understand. There are some amazing pieces in this book, with some being very relatable.

One of my favourites is one called #ifihadasuperpower

Please go give this guy a follow, look at his work and support what he does. Even if you don’t buy his book, visit his website and check out some of his work. He really does have a gift and some of his work is very enjoyable to read.

Here is a link if you want to purchase his book to see his work for yourself.

I would highly recommend.


4 out of 5!

Thanks for reading my review guys

S x

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