Book Tour Review; Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 14 January, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Title: Thicker Than Water
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Books
Published: December 29th 2015
Pages: 322
Format: Ebook
Source:: Netgalley Copy
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Summary:
Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…


When Everyone Thinks

Ever since reading Storm, Brigid Kemmerer has become one of my all time favourite authors. She is now an author who I read anything she has written. So much so that upon hearing she had a new book out, I did not bother reading the synopsis because I knew that regardless of what it said, I would read the book. Thus, I had no idea what to expect when I started Thicker than Water and I think that helped to make this book even more exciting. Once again, I am happy to report that Brigid Kemmerer has blown me away. This book is a fantastic book from start to finish; the kind of book that makes you wish you could read forever and ever more.

You Did It

Every single plot in Brigid Kemmerer’s books are incredible and the plot of Thicker than Water is no different. From the very start of this book you’re thrown into muddy waters (excuse the pun) with this book. There’s been a murder and no one knows who the killer is. Everyone is certain that Thomas is the killer, but Thomas is certain he didn’t, couldn’t do it. And Brigid pulls you into the story with this emotion so fluidly. Then the plot just builds, it throws you one way and then pulls you another and the whole way through the book you’re left wondering what is actually going on until it is finally revealed at the end. And what a reveal it is. I didn’t see it coming. I loved it. I love that Brigid kept you guessing and then threw your guesses away as something else happened. It made the book that much more exciting and intense to read.

How Do You

The main reason that I adore Brigid Kemmerer’s writing is because she has an amazing way of creating characters that you can easily connect to and love. Characters that have a vast array of emotions and characters that you cry with, laugh with and pray for. And she has continued that tradition with Thicker than Water. Thomas was an intense character but he was also troubled, caring and protective. He has the world on his shoulders and the cops on his back and is just trying to be and Brigid has portrayed this incredibly well. Then there’s Charlotte who is an amazingly strong character, she’s observing, protective but also feisty. She’s vulnerable, protected and cared for. I think I may have liked Charlotte that small fraction more than Thomas, but only because I loved how she dealt with everything thrown at her. She was a truly spectacular character. Hell, they both were.

Stay Above Water

Incase you missed the vibe, I very much enjoyed Thicker Than Water. It was a book that hooked me from the beginning and kept me hanging on until the very end. And, then of course, in true Brigid Kemmerer style, it was left on a gentle cliffhanger, the perfect promise of more. I personally cannot wait to see what will happen next in this story. I loved where this book took me, how it kept me guessing and I just got so pulled in by the characters. I do have to admit that I didn’t love it quite as much as the Storm series books but they are quite high in my heart, but I still loved every minute of this book and would happily recommend it and read it again!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **


About the Author
Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.)

Brigid writes anywhere she can find a place to sit down (and she’s embarrassed to say a great
many pages of The Elemental Series were written while sitting on the floor in the basement of a hotel while she was attending a writers’ conference). Most writers enjoy peace and quiet while writing, but Brigid prefers pandemonium. A good thing, considering she has three boys in the house, ranging in age from an infant to a teenager.

While writing STORM, it’s ironic to note that Brigid’s personal life was plagued by water problems: her basement flooded three times, her roof leaked, her kitchen faucet broke, causing the cabinet underneath to be destroyed by water, the wall in her son’s room had to be torn down because water had crept into the wall, and her bedroom wall recently developed a minor leak. Considering SPARK, book 2 in the series, is about the brother who controls fire, Brigid is currently making sure all the smoke detectors in her house have batteries.

Brigid loves hearing from people, and she probably won’t refer to herself in the third person like this if you actually correspond with her. She has a smartphone surgically attached to her person nearby at all times, and email is the best way to reach her. Her email address is brigidmary@gmail.com

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Book Review; Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

Posted on 12 January, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Title: Christmas at Lilac Cottage (White Cliff Bay #1)
Author: Holly Martin
Publisher: Bookouture
Published: September 25th 2015
Pages: 350
Format: Ebook
Source:: Netgalley Copy
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Summary:
Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore…

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down.


Finding Love

There’s something so magical about a good Christmas book. A good Christmas book makes you feel warm inside. It makes you feel as though you’re sitting in front of a warm fire and covered with a blanket. It brings with it a kind of peace and comfortable feeling that you don’t get every single day. It feels you with hope, love, and a slight faith in humanity. Good Christmas books aren’t hard to find. There are writers out there who manage the task well. But it is always a worry when starting a Christmas book that this one won’t live up to my, quite honestly, insane expectations. But fortunately, Christmas at Lilac Cottage was a good Christmas book.

Is Often

Penny lives alone on top of a hill and is starting to feel lonely. All her friends are at that stage in their lives where they’re getting married or having children and she is nowhere near there yet. So she decides to rent out the annex connected to her cottage. Little does she know that this one decision will change her life completely. I loved the plot of this book. I thought it was well thought out and interesting and I just loved how it all ended. While I did have a small issue because there was a majorly quick romance plot, very love at first sight-esque, I feel that the rest of the plot made up for it. Because by the end of it, I just wanted it all to work out for them, no matter how quickly it had all come together! Naturally, there were some very obvious plotlines that happened in this book and a regular romantic story arc but I feel that Holly added enough individuality to it that it didn’t matter one bit.

A Wonderfully

One of the things I found so brilliant about this book was the characters and how easily I connected with them. I felt so deeply for Penny and the hand that life had handed to her but I also loved her passion, kindness and flair. She was a wonderful character that I loved reading about which made it all the easier to love this book. My second favourite character was definitely Daisy. Daisy was fun, loud and passionate. She was also shy, reserved and emotional. She was an incredible character that I just loved reading about. I would actually love to read more about her life now that the book is over! I did also enjoy reading about Henry. He was protective, a gentleman and talented too. He was also a little clumsy and quick to anger but he was also just kind and caring. While he wasn’t my favourite, I thought he was the perfect fit for this story.

Unexpected Thing

I very much enjoyed reading this book. It had a little bit of everything which I thought was very clever and made it that much more interesting to read. Instead of just being a straightforward romance book, this book was also emotional and addictive. There were even times where I was literally on the end of my seat while reading this. I loved how Holly managed all of this and how I just became so connected to the book and the characters. I am certainly glad to have read this and cannot wait to read the next book in this series. If you’re looking for a book that is full of flavour and will really tug at your heartstrings before eventually making you feel warm and gooey, then you should definitely read this book.

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Running & Fitness: My December Journey

Posted on 10 January, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Running & Fitness

I had a lot of plans for December. I was going to really get my fitness back on track and start to feel better about myself in the long run. But it did not happen. I honestly don’t know what did happen in December. All I know is that I did not go running once and I did not make it to the gym. I ate badly and I had no energy and it all just collapsed under me.

But I am determined not to let this behaviour carry on for a further month. Being neglectful about exercise for two months in a row is long enough for me. My body has been screaming at me to stop treating it badly, and so this month, I AM (and already have) going to be better.

Thus far I have already been to the gym twice and been to two workout classes and it’s only been a week. This makes me incredibly happy and I’m already starting to feel better! Yay!

The Plan

These are going to be similar plans to December, because as you know, I didn’t meet them last month.

I aim to do four or five days of exercise per week (already on track for this at the moment, yay!)
- This will be a mix of going to gym, workout classes and swimming. (Running will be done on the treadmill until the weather gets better!)
To start eating more healthily again too. Less crisps and chocolate, more fruit and nuts!

The Goals

- For my body to get used to the workout classes so my muscles suffer less
- To be able to run on the treadmill non-stop for 30 minutes
- To be able to climb the three flights of stairs at work without feeling like I’m dying
- To try and lose half a stone


Let’s see if I can actually do this!

Are you doing anything to get back into or continue being in shape this month?

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Book Review; This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin

Posted on 7 January, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Title: This Song Is (Not) For You
Author: Laura Nowlin
Publisher: Sourcefire Books
Published: January 5th 2016
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
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Summary:
Bandmate, best friend or boyfriend? For Ramona, one choice could mean losing them all.

Ramona and Sam are best friends. She fell for him the moment they met, but their friendship is just too important for her to mess up. Sam loves April, but he would never expect her to feel the same way–she’s too quirky and cool for someone like him. Together, they have a band, and put all of their feelings for each other into music.

Then Ramona and Sam meet Tom. He’s their band’s missing piece, and before Ramona knows it, she’s falling for him. But she hasn’t fallen out of love with Sam either.

How can she be true to her feelings without breaking up the band?


When Things

As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. It sounded interesting and fascinating and unique. I was incredibly excited, and so it was very disheartening when it wasn’t everything that I’d hoped it would be. Which, I understand, is entirely my fault and no one else’s. I still enjoyed this book and am very glad that I took the time to read it but it just wasn’t the book that I had wanted it to be. I would definitely still recommend it to others, especially if you’re after an interesting, unique book but with a warning that it’s not as deep as you may hope it to be.

Come Together

This book is about a very different kind of relationship trio and that is what makes it unique and intriguing. But, unfortunately, for me, this relationship felt like it was constructed and not organic which made it that little bit harder to read. It felt circumstantial and used mostly as a plot point and nothing more. There was an interesting dynamic between the characters and I still thought it was quite addictive to read, it just didn’t feel completely right to me. And I have nothing against that kind of relationship happening in real life, it just felt too put together for the book. Which is a shame but I still think it’s good that the dynamic was used in the first place.

Just Right

There were three main characters in this story but I am going to struggle to tell you my favourite. While they all have unique and wonderful personalities that made them who they were, I didn’t feel able to truly connect with any of them. They felt light and simplistic, and everything just seemed to fall so easily in their lives, which is just another aspect of this book that I struggled with. I think that Ramona was probably the character I connected with the most. She’s fiery and passionate and knows what she wants; the kind of person that I really hope to one day be. But none of the characters really spoke to me, and that is probably half the battle with this book, unfortunately.

We Smile

I wanted to fall in love with this book. I wanted to love the words and the characters and feel like it was a magical and wonderful book. So I definitely think I put too much pressure on the book. I did like this book. It was interesting and unique to read, quick and easy too. But I was hoping for a book with depth, one that explored the relationship further but this book was light and fluffy, and I’m really not a light and fluffy person. So all in all, this book is worth a read but it just wasn’t a book that took my breath away.

Three Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Book Review; This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Posted on 6 January, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments

Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Publisher: Sourcefire Books
Published: 5th January 2016
Pages: 292
Format: Hardback
Source:: Review Copy from Author
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Summary:
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


*Please note* It’s been a long while since I read this book so this review is not as detailed as I’d like it to be!

When Faced

I first heard about this book through the wonderful Luna at Luna’s Little Library, and I am so glad that I did. The cover drew me in straight away and by the end of the synopsis I was certain that I had to read this book. When it was finally in my hands, I couldn’t wait to get started. And that feeling of excitement fortunately paid off. This book was incredible. From the very first page until the very last one, it pulls you in and makes it difficult to breathe. If you’re looking for an explosive (excuse the pun) book, this is one you should definitely get your hands on.

With Your Fear

There are so many things that could have gone wrong with this book. It takes a lot to take such a dark topic that is still currently happening and turn it into a fictional story. But, in my opinion, Marieke has done this sensitively and brilliantly. Rather than focusing too heavily on the event itself, Marieke has made this book a character-driven storyline and, if you’re a reader of my blog, you’ll know that I love character-driven books. I instantly connected to the main characters in the book and was enthralled as I witnessed their journeys. I did have a small issue with the ending but, essentially, I believe it was probably the best way to end such a traumatic book.

Do You Run

My favourite character was Sylv. She had so much on her shoulders and she cared so deeply for Autumn and Tomas and I just really loved that about her. I loved that even though there were so many characters, they all shown out as individuals with unique and varying personalities. The only character I struggled with was Autumn. To me she fell just a little flat. I couldn’t connect with her at all and while I could see why Sylv loved her, I couldn’t feel that way myself. However, the rest of the characters were incredible and definitely made up for it. I also really liked Tomas and the wonderful journey that his character took.

Or Fight Back

Overall, this book is harrowing due to it’s sensitive topic but it’s also incredibly powerful and will stick with you for a long time. It’s emotional, full of depth and will definitely have you reaching for the tissues. It’s addictive and fast-paced and gut-wrenchingly good. There are so many things I could say to try and convince you to read this book – and you should – but this review may become too long. All I will say to end is that this book is intense, beautiful and damaging all at the same time. It’s a book not to be missed.

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 6 January, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments