Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard

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Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard

Hello All!
Today I am on Dare to Remember blog tour! I have for you all a review of this fantastic book below.
First though, here’s more information about the book.


About the Book

Dare to RememberReeling from a brutal attack that leaves her best friend dead and her badly injured, Lisa Fulbrook flees to the countryside to recuperate. With only vague memories of the event, she isolates herself from her friends and family, content to spend her days wandering the hills with her dog, Riley.

However, Lisa is soon plagued, not only by vivid flashbacks, but questions, too: how did their assailant know them? Why were they attacked? And what really happened that night?

As she desperately tries to piece together the memories, Lisa realises that there’s another truth still hidden to her, a truth she can’t escape from. A truth that may have been right in front of her all along.

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My Review

What If

Sometimes you pick up a book and after reading only a few pages, you know that this book is going to be a worthy read. This is what happened to me when I picked up Dare To Remember. The words pulled me in from the first few pages and I do not regret choosing to read this book. It was compelling, intense and so well-written. I loved how brutally honest it was and how wonderfully it depicted PTSD. A truly magnificent book that I would highly recommend.

You Can’t

What worked exceptionally well in this book was how it all flowed together so well. The main character doesn’t remember what happened and thus the reader is pulled along just waiting to see. In the meantime you grow to love the main protagonist and would do anything to protect them. I love that this story wasn’t just about finding out what happened, there was so much more to it than that. But mostly I absolutely loved how this book didn’t shy away from the real horrors of PTSD. It never once romanticized this mental health illness and I loved that about this book.

Remember What

As mentioned above, I quickly grew to love the main protagonist. This was her story as she learnt to live with her life after something so traumatic happened to her. It wasn’t easy and even by the end of the book she wasn’t back to “normal” because she never would be but she was coping so much better and that was wonderful to read. I loved all of the side characters so much but I have to admit I had a real soft spot for John. He was such a wonderful addition to the story.

Has Happened

Overall this book was wonderful. It held a full cast of interesting and unique characters who all play a part in Lisa’s journey but also all have their own journeys to get through as well. On top of that this book was easy to read, addictive and filled me with many emotions. I felt for Lisa so much and just prayed that things would finally make sense for her. The ending was shocking and heart-breaking but also just worked so well. The story ends full of hope for the future and really brings the book full circle. Honestly, you should make sure you read this book!


About the Author

Susanna Beard Originally a linguist, I’ve always loved words and writing. My career to date both demands and celebrates writing.

“I discovered that the slope of writing to order is a slippery one, and that the descent is in fact pleasurable.” Elena Ferrante.

Writing fiction is new and joyous for me. It offers a freedom from constraint which is refreshing and full of wonder.

I like dark, contemplative stories with a twist. I’m fascinated by the psychology of relationships and the impact of insignificant events on people’s lives.

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The Dry by Jane Harper

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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.

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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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I’ll Be Home for Christmas

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Title: I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Author: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon, Cat Clarke, Tracey Darnton, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah
Publisher: Stripes
Published: 22nd September 2016
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
The UK’s top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home. Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon , Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah. £1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity. To find out more about Crisis, see www.crisis.org.uk.


Ever since I first heard about this book, I was very excited to read it. There are very few YA Christmas books out in the world and I absolutely love Christmas books so I really wanted to read this. I’m not the biggest fan of short stories but I’m starting to love them a little bit more with each one I read! Thus I was excited and dubious about this book but I’m very pleased to let you all know that I actually really enjoyed this book. It was very different and I completely loved how different and varied all of the stories were. Some were lovely, some darker, some just very unique. It really brought together the theme of home and how it can mean something different to everyone.

Reviewing a book like this is quite hard as I don’t want to bore you all by reviewing each and every story in the book so this is just a little review to say that I really enjoyed reading it, would happily read it again every year and really loved all of the messages that I got from the different stories. Every story was very-well written and entertaining and I got wholly swept away by the entire book as a whole. My favourite three stories were:

Cat Clarke’s, Lisa Williamson’s and Juno Dawson’s

But every author brought something wonderful to this book and made it a complete and utter delight to read. While it is essentially a Christmas book, I really feel this book could be read at any time of year and it’s strong message will always be the same. So if you’re looking for something a little bit different but still an entertaining and thoughtful read, then make sure you pick up I’ll Be Home for Christmas!

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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Tidal Patterns by Rachelle Paige

Posted on 7 December, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

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Tidal Patterns by Rachelle Paige

Hello All!
Today is my stop on the Tidal Patterns blog tour and I am here to tell you all my thoughts on the book!
But before I do there, here’s some more information on the book!

Tidal Patterns is the first book in the Golden Shores series. It is currently only 99p on kindle, as is the second book, Coastal Erosion. The third book, Surface Currents released yesterday!


About the Book

tidal-patterns Elizabeth Shaw is the preeminent, and only, wedding planner at the historic beach resort on Jekyll Island. She’s sure she’ll land the newly created role overseeing all major events. Then she’ll get a raise and won’t be forced to leave.

Mark Edwards doesn’t need any more stress. He’s ready to slow down and enjoy the tiny seaside town he calls home. His boss pushes him to apply for the new management position and he agrees. After a decade in catering, he’s sure he can do the events job without any trouble.

Neither counted on the other getting in the way.

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My Review

There is something so magical about a book that has you flipping the pages incredibly quickly in the hope that it will all turn out how you want it to. I fell in love with all of the characters in this book and all of their conflicting emotions too. I found myself praying for them and filling them with my hope as the story continued. There were so many twists and turns and things to overcome that I wasn’t actually sure it was ever going to end the way I wanted, and lets face it needed it too. And then the ending through me completely but I loved it and felt it really fit with the characters too.

Rachelle Paige has created a strong novel here with lovable characters that you can’t help but support throughout the novel. She pulls you in from the very beginning and makes you curious as to where she takes it. The characters are vibrant and unique, wonderful and caring. I really just loved reading their journeys and finding out how they got to where they were and how that was changing the more they got to know each other as well. It was just wonderful.

I would definitely recommend this novel to lovers of romance fiction, especially those that love character-driven romances too. Rachelle Paige has not shied away from disasters in this book either and she has just really made it feel like a real story that you can imagine happening. I, for one, cannot wait to dive into the next book in the series and see what will happen next!


About the Author

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Rachelle Paige lives in the Midwest, spending her days taking care of her family and her nights plotting her next story. Setting her books in some of her favorite locales provides the perfect excuse for plenty of research trips.
Catch up with her on twitter @rpaigebooks and her website for the latest news www.rachellepaige.com.

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Stella’s Christmas Wish by Kate Blackadder

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Stella’s Christmas Wish by Kate Blackadder

Hello All!
Today is my stop on the Stella’s Christmas Wish blog tour and I am really excited to share with you all my review of this book! (Spoiler: I loved it!) Before we get into the juicy details of why though, here’s some more information about the book in question.


About the Book

9781785300929One phone call can change everything…

Six days before Christmas, Stella could never have anticipated the impact on her life when the phone rings in her London office.

The phone call is from a friend of the family informing Stella that her grandmother has been hurt in a fall at her home in the Scottish borders and is in hospital. Torn between her responsibilities at work and the need to be with her grandmother she decides she must return to Scotland immediately.

However, on her return to where she grew up, it becomes apparent that her grandmother’s health is not her only concern. Relationships which have lain dormant for years are re-kindled and fresh opportunities present themselves – if she will only dare to take them…

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My Review

Christmas Is

I absolutely adore Christmas books. I love that feeling of hope and magic and happiness that fills my heart when I get to the end of them. It’s the type of spirit that I love feeling around Christmas. I have a love/hate relationship with the holiday but mostly I have to admit that I do love the “magic” of everything and the feeling that everything will just be okay. I mean, who doesn’t? Thus, I was very excited when I found out about Stella’s Christmas Wish as it sounded like a lovely read. And I am so happy to report that it really, really was. I was instantly addicted to the words and the characters and the story and I so badly wanted everything to go well for them all. It was a brilliantly wonderful and heart-warming story that I did not want to end. (And I’m definitely trying not to wish too hard for a sequel)

A Time

This is one of those books that I love the most because it is character-driven. The plot is all about the journey that the characters are making and how it has all got tangled up in a complicated mess that they have to try and unwind. It starts out with Stella who is in London, living far away from her family. We don’t know why she is there, only that she left without giving her boyfriend of the time any reason for leaving. Thus the story continues as we unwind the why and try to piece everything together. But there is also more going on with her grandmother, sister and a secret. It is a fully-packed novel that keeps you guessing at every turn while you ultimately wish that all the characters will get what they want.

For Love

Honestly loved every single character in this novel. They were all so full of life, backgrounds, and just made the book so entertaining to read. I loved Gray and how caring he is. Bette for her lively personality and hope for Ross and Stella. Carol for her bubbly, chatty self. Alice for her dedication and hard-work, her creativity and her love. Lilias for her ditsyness but also for being a wonderful creator. But mostly, mostly, I loved Stella and Ross. I loved how kind and generous Ross is. How practical but caring he is. How he runs and would drop everything for those he cares about. And I loved Stella. I loved how she felt about her family, how she was entangled in a web, how strong and lovely she was. I just thought every single character were diamonds and I loved reading about them and the way their lives intertwined.

And Family

So, obviously, I really enjoyed this book. I finished it feeling all the things I wanted to feel and I was pretty much just sad that there wasn’t more – and I really, really, want there to be a sequel. I loved the location of Scotland, both urban and rural. I loved the closeness of the families and the way everything came together and fell apart. I thought it was just a wonderful read that I would happily read all over again. I fell in love with the characters and actually wish they were real so I could hug them and cheer along with them too. Honestly, if you’re looking for a feel-good read that is addictive and heart-warming, make sure that you pick up this book!


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A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas by Darcie Boleyn

Posted on 18 November, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas by Darcie Boleyn

Hello All!

Today is my stop on the VeryMerryManhattan blog tour! I am here today with a review of this heart-warming novel.

First though, here’s some information on the book!


Lucie Quigley hates Christmas. It’s the time of year when everything goes wrong in her life. So this year, when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra’s Manhattan wedding, she jumps at the invitation to escape the festivities.

Dale Treharne has been best friends with Lucie for as long as he can remember. He’s used to looking out for his oldest friend and when she asks him to be her plus one, he can’t seem to find a reason to refuse. Instead, he sees it as a way to help Lucie get through what is, for her, the most miserable time of the year.

In New York, as the snow starts to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their feelings run deeper than just friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas?

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My Review

Christmas is a time full of joy and happiness for a lot of people. But for some it can be an incredibly difficult time. What I loved about this book was how it took this into consideration. It wasn’t all glitter and gold but also dust and despair, showing how unique and vast the world really is.

When it comes to Christmas books, I often dive into them hoping for a heart-warming and lovely book and this book did not disappoint in this respect. From beautiful and magical scenery, to a wonderful set of characters, this book had everything I love about Christmas stories and is one that truly got me into the spirit, which just made me love it that much more.

It would be difficult to write this review without mentioning our two main protagonists. First up we have Lucie who I found to be a very strong character. She’s had a difficult life and struggles to let her emotions out but she is also open to change and love which is wonderful. Then we have Dale who, admittedly, stole my heart. He was powerful and caring, lovely and protective and I really enjoyed reading about him. But mostly I loved them together, they were just perfect.

As you can see, I very much enjoyed this book. It filled me with warmth, hope and happiness. It was cute, deep and emotional – everything one could hope for in any book, let alone a Christmas one. If you’re looking for a book that will make you feel the spirit of the season and fill you with joy, definitely make sure that you pick this book up.

Four Stars


About the Author

darcie-boleyn-3Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

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The Island by Olivia Levez

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The Island by Olivia Levez

the-islandTitle: The Island
Author: Olivia Levez
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Published: 3rd March 2016
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source:: Borrowed Copy
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Summary:
Frances is alone on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. She has to find water and food. She has to survive. And when she is there she also thinks about the past. The things that she did before. The things that made her a monster. Nothing is easy. Survival is hard and so is being honest about the past. Frances is a survivor however, and with the help of the only other crash survivor, she sees that the future is worth fighting for.

The Island is a gripping and thoughtful story about a girl who didn’t ask to be the person she is but is also determined to make herself the person she wants to be.


How Do

I’d heard a lot of things about this book before I dived into it but I pushed it all out of my head to give this book a fresh start. But I didn’t need to because this book lived up to its expectations. It was unique, different, emotional and very compelling. Everything that I absolutely love about books. The narrative was so different to anything I’d read before and I found that really affected how I connected with the book and the characters.

You Survive

One of the most interesting things about this book is how it all comes together. The book follows Frances as she flies into the wilderness to help the local community and to grow as a person. We witness as this doesn’t happen and instead she is castaway on a desert island. Meanwhile we’re given flashbacks explaining how she became who she is and how she ended up where she did. It was so fascinating and such an interesting way to understand her character.

When You

At first I wasn’t that keen on Frances, to be honest. She was annoying and troubled and I just found it really difficult to understand her. But then I soon fell in love with her and everything that she’d been through. I understood her completely and I just wanted everything to fall into place for her. It was incredible how this happened and shows how complex human beings are. Olivia Levez has done a brilliant job of really shining a light on all the characters in her book. I found them all to be very compelling and intriguing.

Have Nothing

All in all, I really liked this book. I found myself hooked and turning the pages faster and faster to find out what was happening and what would happen next. It was incredible how a book with only one protagonist for other half a book could really draw you in but Olivia really managed it. I would highly recommend this book to others, especially if you’re looking for a character driven and emotional story that will open your eyes in ways you never expected.

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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Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson

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Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson

Title: Gena/Finn
Author: Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson
Publisher: Abrams
Published: 17th May 2016
Pages: 287
Format: Hardback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
The story follows the unlikely friendship of two young women forged via fan fiction and message boards, and is told entirely in texts, chats, and blog posts.

Gena (short for Genevieve) and Finn (short for Stephanie) have little in common. Book-smart Gena is preparing to leave her posh boarding school for college; down-to-earth Finn is a twenty-something struggling to make ends meet in the big city. Gena’s romantic life is a series of reluctant one-night-stands; Finn is making a go of it with long-term boyfriend Charlie. But they share a passion for Up Below, a buddy cop TV show with a cult fan following. Gena is a darling of the fangirl scene, keeping a popular blog and writing fan fiction. Finn’s online life is a secret, even from Charlie. The pair spark an unlikely online friendship that deepens quickly (so quickly it scares them both), and as their individual “real” lives begin to fall apart, they increasingly seek shelter online, and with each other.


How Do

I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages but just never got around to it so that when I finally did, I was kicking myself because this book was incredible. I read it quickly as I instantly became engrossed in the words on the page. I fell in love with Gena and Finn instantaneously. They were both wonderful, complex and fascinating characters that really brought the book to life.

You Know

This book follows the lives of Gena and Finn as they meet each other and how that incidentally affected the rest of their lives. I absolutely loved how this book explores fandom and the internet and how it can bring people closer together who may have never met originally. It was a wonderful way to shine a light on this new technological age and really pulled at my heartstrings. It showed how powerful and complicated relationships in any age can be.

Who You

Vibrant, unique and complicated characters enrich this book from start to finish. Both authors have created truly wonderful characters full of life and flaws to really ground this book in reality. I was blown away by both Gena and Finn and their journeys as they learn to understand who they are and who they’re meant to become. It was very intriguing to witness as their lives spiralled and intertwined throughout and where it all eventually ended.

Truly Are

Gena/Finn is not your average book. It is a book that questions things and makes you wonder about friendships and relationships and mental health. It constantly changes, drawing you further and further into its world of difficulties and love. It is a fascinating read that I gobbled up quickly and would highly recommend to others. So if you’re looking for a book that is just a little bit different, you should definitely give this book a try.

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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Blog Tour: Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes

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Dear Charlie by N.D Gomes

Hi All!
I’m here today on the blog tour for Dear Charlie and I am here with a review of this book! In all honesty I devoured this book quickly because it is incredible. But more on that later, first… here’s some info on the book!


About the Book

dear-charlie Death should never meet the young. But it did. Thanks to my brother, death made fourteen new friends that day. Maybe even fifteen, if you count Charlie.

At sixteen, Sam Macmillan is supposed to be thinking about girls, homework and his upcoming application to music college, not picking up the pieces after the school shooting that his brother Charlie committed.

Yet as Sam desperately tries to hang on to the memories he has of his brother, the media storm surrounding their family threatens to destroy everything. And Sam has to question all he thought he knew about life, death, right and wrong.

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My Review

How Do

After reading the synopsis of this book, I was very much intrigued and curious. In my mind I thought it would be like This Is The End but instead this book dives a little further. It’s not the shooting itself that the book focuses on but the consequences that the action leaves behind. And I have to admit that I absolutely loved it. I was pulled straight into the story and connected with the main character instantly as he was incredibly well written. This story pulled me in many directions but left me feeling hopeful and full of warmth.

You Move On

What I found truly powerful about this book was the way that it reeled you in with emotions. I am one of those readers that absolutely loves character development in books and this book had character development by the shed-load. I devoured this book because of it and it meant that the plot of this book followed the journey of our main protagonist as he dealt with the consequences of his brothers’ actions and learnt to deal with it all, growing as a person as the story continued. It was wonderfully written.

After Your

There was a small handful of important characters in this book but they were all fully developed and full of personality. My favourite character was Sam. I loved how much he grew throughout the book, but I also just felt for him so much and continuously wished that I could help him. I found him to be a really strong, caring and gentle character and it would have been difficult to hate him. I also thought that his parents were portrayed really well too and you could really see and feel the struggle that they were going through. It really made this book feel more real and that much more emotional.

Brother’s Shooting

Dear Charlie is a very moving, very powerful book that I would highly recommend. I got blown away by the characters and felt every emotion that the characters felt. It was intense, heartbreaking and heart-warming all at the same time. It was interesting to view how it must feel like when one of your family members is the monster but they’re no longer around to take the blame. It was a wonderful portrayal of human emotions and a dysfunctional family. If you’re looking for a book that will make you feel and think and question, then you should definitely read this book. It was just a very, very gripping read.


About the Author

author-profile-picN.D. Gomes was born in Scotland and graduated from the University of Stirling with a BA in Media & Journalism Studies, and went on to receive her Master’s degree in Education in the US. She currently works in a public school system to increase educational opportunities for students with special needs. Previously, N.D. Gomes wrote for the London-based online student political magazine, deAlign and stage-managed student plays at the LeeStrasberg Theatre Institute in New York City where she attended for two years. She currently divides her time between the US and Scotland, but hopes to spend more time at her cottage in Hay-on-Wye in Wales. Dear Charlie is her debut novel.

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Blog Tour: The Elders by Inbali Iserles

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The Elders by Inbali Iserles

Hi All!
Today is my stop on The Elders blog tour and I am here today to tell you some reasons why I think you should be picking this series up – and you really, really should be! But first, here’s some more information on the second book!


About the Book

Isla’s search for her missing brother, Pirie, has brought her to the vast Wildlands. The forest is a treacherous place for a fox cub, but Isla is talented in foxcraft — ancient arts of cunning known only to her kind.

Skilled though she is, Isla’s grasp of foxcraft is still new. And she’s not alone… A cruel and mysterious fox stalks the forest, with the power to enslave others to his will. In order to survive, Isla must learn to trust in the rustic Wildlands foxes.

But there are tales of others — a council of Elders who are masters of foxcraft, and who warily guard its most potent secrets. If Isla wishes to master her gifts and find her brother, then the Elders may be her only hope.

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Reasons To Read Foxcraft Series

Foxes

I am nothing if not an animal lover. I love how cute they can be, how smart, brave and just purely fascinating they are. So, naturally, I was drawn to this book the minute that I realised it was narrated by a fox. And I am so glad that I read this book because it is a wonderful read. It was fascinating reading from the perspective of a fox, of living in the world through their eyes. I loved every little detail about this book and I would definitely recommend you read it if you’re an animal lover, or even if you’re just curious. It’s definitely worth the read.

Illustrations and Descriptions

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Throughout the book each chapter heading has a little illustration like above and they’re so beautifully drawn. They really show and reveal the essence of the books too. I loved how well Inbali has described the world as the Fox sees it. How wonderfully descriptive even the most mundane detail is. I was truly pulled into this story and able to fully imagine the world as Isla sees it. It was incredibly well done and I love when that happens in a book.

Isla

Something I absolutely love in books are characters that are strong and powerful as well as weak and small and Isla is all of this. She is fierce and stubborn, powerful and impatient. She is a character with both good and bad qualities and I absolutely loved that but I also just loved her so much. I loved how much she cared for her family, especially her brother, Pirie. I loved that she was feisty and not willing to back down when the going got tough. She’s crafty and sneaky and one in a million. She definitely makes this series a brilliant read.

Adventure

Alongside a vibrant protagonist and beautiful scenery, these books also have adventure at their core and I really love that about them. You’re witnessing Isla on her journey as she comes across enemies and traitors and potential friends. You witness as she gets out of scrapes and continues moving forward. How she never gives up because she is determined to find her family. I was fully enthralled with the story and the journey she took. It is one of the main reasons that I love adventure books so much. This series should definitely not be dismissed as a simple fox series.

Emotions

Last, but certainly not least, I cannot tell you how emotional these books have made me. From the very beginning of the book, I was almost in tears. Then I felt Isla’s strength and couldn’t help but urge her onwards, praying for her that things go well. I got completely immersed in the book and let my emotions wrap around me as I drowned in the words. I laughed when she laughed, cried when she wailed and felt afraid when she did too. It was incredible and one of the very best things about reading any book.


About the Author

Inbali Iserles is the award-winning author of The Tygrine Cat novels and one of the authors behind the bestselling Survivors series under the pseudonym Erin Hunter. She lives outside Oxford.

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