The Dry by Jane Harper

Posted on 11 January, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

The Dry by Jane Harper

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Hi All!
Today is my stop on The Dry blog tour and I am here today to give you a list of my five favourite things about this book!

But first, here’s some more information about the book!


About the Book

A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

Goodreads. Amazon UK. Waterstones.


Five Favourite Things

Compelling

One of the reasons I fell so easily into this book is that it is written in such a way that truly hooks the reader in. I could truly imagine the situation and the scenario and everything that was happening as though I was watching a film and it all moved along in such a compelling and fascinating way. It is everything that I love about reading.

Addictive

As the story continued moving along, I found it so incredibly difficult to put this book down and continue on with my normal life. A part of me was always in the book, thinking about the characters and what had happened. I was so curious about the outcome and I kept coming up with my own solutions which made me love the book that much more.

Mysterious

As with most crime novels, there is a sense of mystery that surrounds this book but for some reason I found it even more brilliant to read about in this book. Everything seems shrouded in the unknown in this book with more than just one mystery to uncover as the book goes along. It really brings the reader in and keeps them wanting to read on. You find yourself flipping the pages quicker to work out how everything is connected and where it is all going to lead. I, for one, really wanted to try and work it out myself as well, which always makes reading more interactive and interesting.

Captivating

With all of the ingredients above, it’s hard not to see how this book would also be captivating but I think what really drew me into this book was the characters. They were all so full of life – and also not full of life due to situation they’re in – and that made them very interesting to read about. I really loved the main protagonist and found him to be a truly marvelous character to follow as he tried to deal with everything that was happening. You could tell that he was holding on to a secret and that he really didn’t want to be back in his home town and all of that just made him feel so mysterious and fascinating to read about.

Powerful

Lastly, but certainly not least, one of the best things about this book was how powerful it was. It was gripping, addictive, captivating, etc, but it was also just full of brilliant writing that kept you glued to the page. I’d, admittedly, been in a little reading slump before this book but it vanished as soon as I opened the first page of this book. The author is an incredible writer who has written a brilliant crime novel that will keep you hooked until the very last page. This atmospheric novel is not one that you want to miss.


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Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

Posted on 9 January, 2017 by Faye - 3 Comments

Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

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Hi All!
Today is my stop on the Brake Failure blog tour and I’m here to tell you all about the book and a chance to win a $25 Amazon Voucher!


“Is it too late to tell him you love him when you’re looking down the barrel of his gun?”

Ruby Mortimer-Smyth is upper-class English, rigidly brought up to marry a man from the pages of Burke’s Peerage. She knows the etiquette for every occasion and her soufflés NEVER collapse.

She is in control of her life, tightly in control. Until …she ends up in Kansas.

Ruby believes that life is like a car; common-sense keeps it on the road, passion sends it into a ditch. What she doesn’t know is, she’s on a collision course with Sheriff Hank Gephart.

Sheriff Hank Gephart can judge a person. Miss Mortimer-Smyth might act like the Duchess of England, but just under the surface there’s something bubbling, ready to erupt. She’s reckless, and she’s heading for brake failure. And he’s not thinking about her car.

With the Millennium approaching, Ruby gets caught up in the Y2K hysteria. She joins a Survivalists group, who give her a gun and advise her to stockpile basic essentials. Accordingly, she bulk-buys Perrier, Gentleman’s Relish and macaroons.

Ruby, far from home, is making Unsuitable Friends and “finding herself” for the first time. She falls in with a gang of Hells Angels and falls foul of the law. At every turn, she comes up hard against Sheriff Hank Gephart, whose blue eyes seem to look deep into her soul. She desperately wants him, but knows she can never have him.

She’s angry at the emotions he arouses in her. Pushed to her limit, she bursts from her emotional straightjacket.

As the clock strikes midnight of the new Millennium, she’s on a freight train with three million dollars, a bottle of Wild Turkey and a smoking gun.

What happened to Miss Prim-and-Proper? And why did she shoot Mr Right?

Goodreads. Amazon UK.


About the Author

1648178 Alison Brodie is a Scot, with French Huguenot ancesto
rs on her mother’s side. Alison was a photographic model for a wide range of products, such as Ducatti motorbikes and 7Up. She was also the vampire in the Schweppes commercial.

A disastrous modelling assignment in the Scottish Highlands gave Alison an idea for her first romance novel, Face to Face. It was taken up by Dinah Wiener, the first agent Alison sent it to. Three weeks later, Alison signed a two-book deal with Hodder & Stoughton. Subsequently, Face to Face was published in English, German and Dutch. “Vain, but wildly funny leading lady.” -Scottish Daily Mail. It was also chosen as Good Housekeeping’s “Pick of the Paperbacks.”

Unfortunately, Alison then suffered from Second-Book Syndrome. The publisher’s deadline loomed but Alison couldn’t think of a story! She found the whole experience a nightmare; and this is why she cautions first-time authors not to sign a multi-book deal unless they are prepared!
Alison lived in Kansas for two years. She loved the people, their friendliness, the history and the BBQs! Now, she lives in Biarritz, France with her rescue mutt, Bayley.

Alison’s previous release, THE DOUBLE, was published to rave reviews:

“Proof of her genius in writing fiction…Excellent.” –San Francisco Book Review.

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Will you be reading this book?

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Posted on 9 January, 2017 by Faye - 3 Comments


Saying Goodbye to Facebook

Posted on 6 January, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Saying Goodbye to Facebook

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Life has a funny way of changing, doesn’t it? While I don’t remember the exact day that I started using Facebook, I do remember how consistently it was in my life. It was my way of sharing myself with my friends and family. I would squeal about my excitements and vent out frustrations. I would write continuously on my friends’ walls about anything and everything.

It was the place to be.

But now? Now I rarely even open it up. I deleted the app from my phone last year because it didn’t like my old phone and I never downloaded it on my new phone either. Instead I just go into the internet browser and look at it from there.

It means I also don’t get any notifications to my phone.

And because I get no notifications, I always forget to look at Facebook regularly and recently I realised that it doesn’t affect me at all now. I have no desire to scroll through my feed and see what my friends have put or what new pictures have been added. I don’t post statuses myself and really only use it for some blogging groups and to send some messages to my friends.

And that’s it.

What was once somewhere I spent a lot of my spare time, even thinking up statuses while I was out and about, it is now a site that I barely even think about.

And I’m fine with that.

Facebook did what it needed to for me at the time but I no longer need it in that way anymore.

What about you? Do you still use Facebook?

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Apocalypse All the Time by David S. Atkinson

Posted on 5 January, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment

Apocalypse All the Time by David S. Atkinson

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Hi Guys!
I’m here today to tell you all about David S. Atkinson’s new book, Apocalypse All The Time. I also have one copy of the book to giveaway to one of you! Just enter the rafflecopter below!


About the Book

apocalypse-all-the-time Doesn’t it seem as if someone issues a new apocalypse prediction every week? Y2K? The Mayan apocalypse? The Rapture? Doesn’t it seem endless? As opposed to the traditional trend of post-apocalyptic literature, Apocalypse All the Time is post-post-apocalypticism.

Marshall is sick of the apocalypse happening on a weekly (if not daily) basis. Life is constantly in peril, continually disrupted, but nothing significant ever happens. The emergency is always handled. Always. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to stop . . . one way or another. Even if he has to end the world himself.

Apocalypse All the Time explores humanity’s fascination with the end times and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.

Goodreads. Amazon UK. Amazon US.


About the Author

david-s-atkinson David S. Atkinson has devoted his free time to reading and writing for as long as he can remember. His writing focus is primarily fiction—short stories and novels—though he expresses himself through poetry and nonfiction as well. David also has a fondness for obtaining college degrees, with four at the latest count (B.S. in computer science from the University of Nebraska Omaha, J.D. from Creighton University, B.A. in English literature from the New York Institute of Technology and M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Nebraska).

Originally from Nebraska, David now spends his nonliterary time working as a patent attorney in Denver, Colorado.

David is the author of Apocalypse All the Time (forthcoming from Literary Wanderlust on January 1, 2017), Not Quite So Stories, Bones Buried in the Dirt (2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards® finalist, First Novel (under 80,000 words)) and The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes (2015 National Indie Excellence® Awards finalist in humor). His writing has appeared in Bartleby Snopes, Grey Sparrow Journal, Atticus Review and other literary magazines and journals. Contact and learn more about David and his writing at www.davidsatkinsonwriting.com.

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The Giveaway

One lucky winner has a chance to win an ebook of Apocalypse All The Time by David S. Atkinson. To win enter the rafflecopter below!

- Entrants must be 13 years or older
- Winners will be notified by e-mail
- Winners have 28 days to respond. If no response is received a new winner will be chosen.
- E-mails will be deleted after the giveaway
- No purchase necessary

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What draws you into this book?

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Posted on 5 January, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment


Bout of Books 18 – The Goals!

Posted on 2 January, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Bout of Books 18 – The Goals

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Hey All!

As mentioned in this post, I am participating in the Bout of Books readathon this week! It’s been a loong time since I did this readathon but I’m really looking forward to participating again!


The Goals

Not going to put too much pressure on me this week so my goals are:

- To read two books
- Top participate in two challenges
- To comment on ten blogs

I can totally do that, right?


The Books

My selection of books to choose from are as follows:

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These may change depending on my mood, I’ll keep you updated on what I’m reading!


The Progress

At the end of each day I plan to edit this post and let you know how I’m doing!

Monday
I had good plans to do LOTS of reading yesterday but my plans changed drastically when I ended up having to get the train at 6.30am and my brain wasn’t awake enough to read! So instead of finishing my book, I only got to the 3/4 mark but I’m really enjoying it so it’s okay!

Tuesday
Reading still wasn’t my main focus today as I had lots of housework and things to get on with but I did finally finish my book and boy, what a book it was! The book I started with was The Deviants, and I would highly recommend it to those that haven’t already read it!


Are you joining the readathon too?

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Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Posted on 1 January, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

wing-jonesTitle: Wing Jones
Author: Katherine Webber
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: 5th January 2017
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Wing Jones

Summary:
Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.


Sometimes You

If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you may know that I really like running. I’m not any good at it, not by a long shot but I like it and have really missed being able to run this year due to my physical limitations so, when I heard about Wing Jones, I knew it was a book that I simply had to read. It was about running! Thus, I picked up the book after hearing many high recommendations for it and am happy to inform you that I really, really enjoyed the book. It was so much more than I was expecting and I just loved it from start to finish.

Just Have To

Katherine Webber takes you on a very inspirational and emotional journey in this book. She doesn’t shy away from the dark and scary topics that arise and she doesn’t sweep everything under the carpet as though it is nothing. She has created a marvelous book that really makes you think while also making your heart swell with pride and happiness by the end of it all. Which is basically everything I love in stories all wrapped up in one neat little bow. (I am trying really hard not to just gush about this book, is it working yet?)

Open Your Wings

One of the biggest things I love about this book is that it is truly character-driven. This story is about Wing Jones and how she learns who she is and grows into someone she loves. It’s a truly wonderful journey that really filled my heart with hope, happiness and pride. I felt so much for Wing Jones and was so glad when things ended the way they did. I also really loved Aaron and Eliza. I thought they were wonderfully strong characters too who helped to shape Wing and mold her journey. But the biggest thing I loved about the cast of this book was how diverse all of the characters are. Katherine Webber has not shied away from creating a realistic society in this book and I truly loved that. This is the kind of book we need in YA right now.

And Fly

In case you’re not entirely sure yet, I completely and utterly loved this book. I devoured it quickly and greedily because I wanted to stay with Wing. I felt so many emotions while reading this book from sadness, to pain, to hope, to happiness. I swung in so many directions and I felt this really made the book that much more exciting and entertaining. I felt like I was in the story and more than anything else I just wanted to make Wing feel happy and safe. I wanted her to be okay more than anything else. Ultimately, I am surprised that this is Katherine’s debut novel and I will definitely be keeping an eye on her from now on!

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. **

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