Wunderkids by Jaqueline Silvester {Review}

Today I bring you a review for the novel Wunderkids, Part 1 – Wildwood Academy. Thank you to The Fiction Cafe Review Group for inviting me to read and review this book.

Blurb…

15-year-old Nikka is invited to attend Wildwood Academy, a prestigious but secret boarding school for talented youth located deep in the Californian mountains. Once there, Nikka quickly falls in love with her bizarre classes, the jaw-dropping scenery and… two very different boys.

However, Wildwood Academy has a dark and twisted secret, one that could cost Nikka the one thing she had never imagined she could lose, the one thing that money can’t buy. It is this very thing that Wildwood Academy was created to steal. Nikka can stay and lose everything, or she can risk death and run.

Review…

Wow, wow, wow!!! What a book. I started this without any expectations and I have been blown away. I enjoyed this so much.

I couldn’t stop reading, everything about it was engaging and kept me needing to read more.

I loved the characters. Nikka is very easy to relate to and you can see why she does the things she does. Her loyalty to her friends is unwavering even in times when they don’t deserve it. Sums is such a fun character, the sort you would want to be friends with for a lifetime. Tristan is cheeky and fun with hidden depth, it’s easy to see why he has kept certain things secret then there is Izaya, the guy who we would all love to hate. Full of hidden depth and charisma he really is irresistable.

Every single one of them brings something to the book, to the overall journey. The read is thrilling and keeps you guessing and the ending….well, I need more.

I am eagerly awaiting the 2nd book in the series, I desperately want to know more now. Just when you think you have got it there is a twist and you don’t have a clue.

The writing is done so well that you find yourself immersed into the world of Wildwood and it’s students.

Jaqueline gets a massive 5 stars from me on this book. Absolutely fantastic!

For more information about the author click here and to purchase the book click here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise Smith x

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Blog Tour: A Vicarage Wedding by Kate Hewitt {Review}

Good Morning,

Today I bring you a review for the book A Vicarage Wedding by Kate Hewitt. Thank you to Kate and Jenny from Neverland Book Tours for inviting me to take part.

Blurb…

Rachel Holley has always dreamed of a wedding—the white dress, the fairy tale, and of course, the happily-ever-after. But when her fiancé breaks it off the night before, claiming she doesn’t love him, Rachel’s fairy tale ends in ashes.

Homeless, hopeless, and feeling like her life has been completely derailed, Rachel must start over in all sorts of ways—and hold her head up high in the fishbowl of her tiny village. The last person she expects to become a friend is Sam West, the taciturn owner of The Bell, Thornthwaite’s rougher pub, and a little rough around the edges of himself.

But as Rachel gets to know Sam, and sees him caring for his orphaned nephew, she finds herself drawn to this enigmatic man. Nothing about Sam is what Rachel expected in a life partner, and yet she can’t deny their increasing closeness. But can love flourish on the rebound? And will there be a vicarage wedding after all?

Review…

This is the 3rd Book in The Holley Sisters of Thornthewaite series. I have read the first one in the series and am happy to be back for the 3rd (not sure how I missed the 2nd one, but it doesn’t effect the storyline).

I love the way Kate writes and draws us into the world she creates and makes us care for the characters she establishes. I’ve read a few different series by this author now and I am never disappointed in how much I enjoy them all.

This book is such an easy and enjoyable read. Perfect for a lazy day to just let your mind flow with.

There are a few little twists which make the book unpredictable and without giving any spoilers it ends in a great way.

The characters are so well written and each brings something totally unique to to the story.

I would 100% recommend this to anyone who is looking for a little romance in their lives.

A solid 4.5 stars from me:)

About The Author…

Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of many books of women’s fiction and romance. Her latest releases are A Mother’s Goodbye and A Vicarage Wedding. Under the name Katharine Swartz, she is the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell.

She likes to read women’s fiction, mystery and thrillers, and historical novels. She particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

Website: http://www.kate-hewitt.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/katehewitt1

You can purchase your copy here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Murder by the Broads by Anthony Tamiozzo {Review}

Hey Everyone,

Today I bring you a review for the novel Murder by the Broads by Anthony Tamiozzo. Thank you to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for inviting me on this tour and providing a digital copy of the book.

Blurb…

Meet DS Adam Burnt, a troubled man who has his work cut out. While at a crime scene he is informed of another murder. But Burnt is also having problems at home. He suspects his wife is having an affair.

As the clues unfold DS Burnt begins a game of cat and mouse.

What links the two murders to a doctor and a psychiatric hospital?

Trying to juggle his personal life and the job, Burnt must navigate Great Yarmouth and the surrounding areas to catch a killer and stop a vicious gang.

Review…

It’s been a while since I’ve read a crime novel with the MC being a Cop. I forgot how much I missed them.

Murder by the Broads starts at a great pace, giving the reader time to get all the different issues together. It picks up pace and ends in a great fashion.

I really enjoyed reading this, I felt like I was always on my toes waiting to see what would happen, the story itself in some areas was quite predictable but the way it was written and the consequences of actions taken meant that it was still a great read. This book doesn’t have a straight plot and it has lots of great twists and turns.

The only slight issue I had was that I found sometimes when swapping from different characters pov I couldn’t always tell or it felt abrupt. This however, did not distract from a great story.

I would rate this book a solid 4 stars and recommend it to anyone who loves a good crime read.

You can find more info on Anthony Tamiozzo here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Love Me Like I’m Yours by Lizzie Chantree {Review}

Hey Everyone.

Today I bring you a blog tour review from Rachel’s Random Resources.

Blurb…

‘If you love me, I’m yours…’

Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.

Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him, and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the world again.

Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down.

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

Review

I have not read a book by this author before and therefore had no idea what to expect with her writing. However, I was pleasantly surprised. As soon as I read the first chapter I was hooked and the book just got better the more I delved into it’s pages.

The characters are colourful and well described and while Dot and Maud and polar opposites they forge an unlikely friendship.

My only slight criticism is that I found some aspects of Maud’s life quite predictable but it did not distract from the overall story and It certainly doesn’t take anything away from her as a character.

Lizzie writes really well and creates a great visual backdrop, convincing characters and more importantly characters we want to learn about and feel like we get to know as the book progresses.

Chapter to chapter the writing flows well and each character has a unique voice which is instantly recognisable.

All in all this book was a lovely surprise and a perfect read for this summer weather. I would rate it a solid 4 stars.

Thank you to Rachel and Lizzie for allowing me to be part of this tour and I hope you all enjoy my review.

Emma-Louise x

*Disclaimer – I received this book free in order to take part on this blog tour. This does not bias my opinion which I based my review on. This review is my own and based solely on my experience reading this book.

The Date by Louise Jensen {Review}

Hey everyone,

Today I have a review for you for the latest book from Louise Jensen titled The Date. I was lucky enough to be selected to receive a copy of this from NetGalley.

Blurb…

One night can change everything.

‘I know it as soon as I wake up and open my eyes… Something is wrong.’

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her.

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her…

Review…

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Louise Jensen, I wanted to try it as I’ve heard so many good things about her other novels.

I did enjoy the book right from the start. The opening chapter got me intrigued and I had to keep going to find out what happened.

I liked the main character Ali, I thought that the issue surrounding her facial recognition problems was written really well. I often found myself wondering how hard that must be to deal with in a real life situation.

Not once did I suspect that the main ‘villian’ would be who it was. I love it when a book is unpredictable.

Louise’s written is really smoothly done and the settings were realistic and easy to imagine.

I would give this book a solid 4.5 stars and I will be eagerly waiting to try out her other novels now.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay by Bella Osborne {Review}

Hey Everyone,

Today I have a review for Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay by Bella Osborne as part of the blog tour hosted by Rachel’ss Random Resources.

Happy Publication Day Bella!:)

Blurb…

Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.

With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?

Review…

I haven’t read anything by Bella Osborne before so I didn’t really know what to expect. Lately my reading material has been leaning towards the darker side of life so it was a nice refreshing change to read something a bit different.

I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Daisy was easily relatable and as the story progressed it felt like we really got to know and understand her and see how she developed.
The minor characters, especially Max all displayed unique personalities and added depth to the overall story.

The plot was interesting and flowed really well, a perfect blend of romance and mystery.

I will most definitely be picking up more by this author in the future.

Purchase Links…

Amazon – http://mybook.to/OttercombeBay

KOBO – https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/coming-home-to-ottercombe-bay

Social Media Links…

Twitter – @osborne_bella

Facebook – https://en-gb.facebook.com/BellaOsborneAuthor/

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge. The opinions are my own and are not said out of bias.

The Retreat by Mark Edwards {Review}

Hey Everyone,

Today I bring you a review of The Retreat by Mark Edwards.

I’ve been a fan of Mark’s for quite some time after reading one of his other novels, The Magpies. After that I went on a binge and read loads of his work.

I picked up The Retreat not that long ago as I had it pre-ordered but I’ve only just got around to reading it and wow, it was amazing.

I absolutely loved it. The book initially gives the impression that it is heading down a certain road but the twists and turns never fully reveal what is going on until the end.

Mark has such an amazing writing style, you find yourself drawn into the world he creates as the imagery is so realistic and written so well.

Mark creates characters that you feel you understand, like you know them. They all have a depth and soul.

I would give this book a 5 star rating and recommend it to anyone who loves mystery or thriller books.

I’ve picked up A Murder of Magpie’s which is the sequel to The Magpies and I can’t wait to read it.

You can pick up a copy of The Magpies here and find out more about Mark and his other books here

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson {Review}

Good Morning,

Today I have a review of the 2nd novel by Kiltie Jackson.

I loved Kiltie’s first novel A Rock n Roll Lovestyle, so when I got the opportunity to read this I wasn’t going to say no.

Blurb…

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree
to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfill their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

Review…

Well I have to say Kiltie definitely has a way with words. After I read her first book I was hooked on her style. Kiltie writes in a way that is so easy to follow the book is over before you realise it’s even begun.

The characters have such depth you feel like they are real people who you know really well. Kiltie knows how to write a great villian because in both novels I’ve felt such utter dislike for them and not an ounce of sympathy.

This plot for this story is really good and has a great addition of being rather humourous. I love the twist of adding Death as a character and it really makes this novel stand out.

It was really good to see characters we grew to love in Kiltie’s first book have roles in this one as well. It is done in such a way that you really don’t need to read the first and allows this to be strong as a stand-alone novel.

Unfortunately for you An Artisan Lovestyle isn’t released until 28th June but it is well worth ordering, currently the kindle price is less than £2 which I assure you is a massive bargain.

You can pre-order from Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise xx

*Disclaimer – This ARC was given to me free of charge. This however, does not bias my review or opinion. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Close Your Eyes by Darren O’Sullivan {Review}

Hey Everyone,

Today I have a review for you for the book Close Your Eyes by Darren O’Sullivan. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this which was fantastic as I had heard such good things about him with his debut novel Our Little Secret.

Blurb…

Close your eyes…and count to ten.

He doesn’t know his name. He doesn’t know his secret.
When Daniel woke up from a coma he had no recollection of the life he lived before. Now, fourteen years later, he’s being forced to remember.

A phone call in the middle of the night demands he return what he stole – but Daniel has no idea what it could be, or who the person on the other end is. He has been given one warning, if he doesn’t find out his family will be murdered.

Rachael needs to protect her son. Trapped with no way out she will do anything to ensure they survive. But sometimes mothers can’t save their children and her only hope is Daniel’s memory.

Review…

Let me start by saying this book was brilliant. It takes a lot for me to really enjoy a good thriller as I find most of them fairly predictable but this kept me on the edge all the way through. There were a fair few twists which I didn’t see coming a mile off. I guessed who the perpetrator was as it was unveiled in the book, Darren did a great job there.

The plot concept was great. It felt like we were joining Daniel on this wild ride and uncovering things as he was which added to the atmosphere.

Darren’s writing style flows so well and he isn’t afraid to write graphically or against what is generally expected which is what gave this novel that extra bit of edge.

I would gladly give this 5 stars and recommend it to any lover of a good crime/thriller. I will definitely be reading his other title now.

You can purchase Close Your Eyes here for UK customers and here for US customers.

If you fancy checking out Darren’s debut novel Our Little Secret you can find it here.

To find out more about Darren you can do so here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

*Disclaimer – I received this book free however, all opinions are my own and are expressed without bias.

Blog Tour: A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe

Today I am sharing with you my review for A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe which is hosted by Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours

Blurb…

God ensured she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her.

The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think…

After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby.

But someone knows all her secrets – and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear.

Review…

After reading Gemma’s first novel Trust Me I was really excited to get a copy of A Mother’s Sacrifice.

Gemma has an amazing way of writing that keeps you guessing, you may have a prediction but that can change multiple times as you read and that’s what draws me to her work.

I found myself drawn to the main character. I not only felt sorry for her but could see things unravelling. I don’t want to give any of the story away but I thought it was very well written.

However, I have to admit the ending did disappoint me. While I understand why it took the path it did I would have liked answers to questions wrapping up first. I felt like for such a build up of every thing it fell a bit flat even if it wasn’t a typical generic ending.

Saying this though I highly recommend it. The problem is more with me and my need to have somethings tightly wrapped in a bow rather than the book itself and as far as it goes this is a very worthy read.

I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

You can purchase your copy here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x