#Bookreview Charlie and Pearl by Tammy Robinson #romance #Fridayreads

Pearl decides to move into her grandmother’s beach house to get away from a long term relationship that has ended and other painful events that have recently occurred. Wanting to isolate herself in a small town, she meets Charlie, who is mesmerised by her and her resolve to keep him away gradually softens. 

This hugely sentimental romance came highly recommended to me. After an unassuming slow burn start the pace picked up as did my curiosity about Pearl’s history and what she was hiding from Charlie. 

Her obvious attraction to easy going, laid back and surprisingly uncomplicated Charlie was not something she was expecting to experience. But despite her reluctance their romance blooms in a humorous way. 

However, as lovely as this read is, beware and keep a box of tissues on hand as it gets very sad. 

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#BookReview Sarah by Teri Polen #YA #horror #Tuesdaybookblog 

​Cain witnesses a number of creepy inexplicable occurrences in his bedroom and the attic storage space above it. When he finds out that his house was linked to the disappearance of a student from his school, he suspects his home might be haunted but doesn’t count on the vengeance that ensues.

This YA horror thriller did some things very well, such as, the atmospheric haunting of Cain’s room, depicting his relationship with Finn, his bestfriend, and his relationship with his younger sister, Maddie and his Mum. However, I found the pace variable throughout and the story a little repetitive, but the book ended on a cliffhanger and I am intrigued enough to pick up the next instalment if there is one in this series.

A haunting read.

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#BookReview Chasing Chaos (Entanglement Book 3) by Katie Rose Guest Pryal #contemporaryromance #FridayReads

​As things become more complex in Daphne Saito’s life with Greta getting married and having to face the reality of her relationship with Dan, she is thrown into further turmoil when she starts a friendship with Marlon, Sandy’s handyman and friend. However, is is usually the case with Miss Saito trouble isn’t far behind.

I read the second book in this series some months back and became absorbed by the characters in this contemporary romance. Be warned, the characters are major my flawed, but that’s what I found appealing about the story and was glad to catch the final book in this series.

Easy to read and light-hearted fiction in comparison to many of the heavy thrillers I’ve read recently, Chasing Chaos was a leisurely read and a welcome break on my reading list. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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#BookReview The Sellout by Paul Beatty #literaryfiction

​This biting irreverent satirical novel looks at race in a black city, Dickens, that disappears from the map. The narrator of The Sellout has been raised in Dickens by a rather eccentric father, who subjects him to psychological research and exposes him to racially dominated psychological test and theories from a young age. When his father is shot in his junior year of college he moves back into their urban farm and grows exceptional crops, however when Dickens, no longer exists on a map a chain of events lead to bringing segregation back to the small locality with pure intentions and surprising results.

I found this book incredibly hard to read as I am not very familiar with the popular culture it refers to and this probably is the first satirical novel I have read. However, after I got past the Prologue and the first three chapters I became acclimated to the writing and dry sense of humour. The characters gripped me and their motivations were what kept me reading this book until the end.

What emerges for me from this, no doubt, highbrow read is how complex the issue of race and identity has always been and how little exposed we are, even if we consider ourselves well-read, to the vast issues and historical realities concerning the issue of race to date. As I ploughed through this book with an equal sense of confusion and curiosity I cannot deny it made me think and challenge my limited knowledge and reluctance to address race on a day to day basis.

This will be the most challenging and intellectual book I will read this year, but I do believe it’s one of the few times I will actually recommend a Man Booker Prize Winner.

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#BookReview A Christmas Ghost Story by Tony Walker #horror

​A very short story about a man, whose wife has left him, struggling l ing through the pre-Christmas cheer around him. On his way to see his father he has an unusual encounter with a stranger at the station waiting for a train in bad weather. As he reflects on his life he is faced with a choice.

A Christmas Ghost Story is precisely what this short story is and it will leave you with a haunted feeling long after you finish reading it. Definitely one to read in front of the fire. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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#BookReview Beneath The Ashes (DI Will Jackman Book 2) by Jane Isaac

​The second book in the DI Will Jackman series sees the discovery of a body in a burnt barn, whilst a young woman wakes up the kitchen floor with no memory of what happened the night before when she went out with her boyfriend. 

This highly procedural crime thriller has twists and turns and a complicated plot that will demand your attention. No one is who they appear to be and DI Jackman has political career considerations alongside the on going stress of his disabled wife. 

For a detailed police procedural the story still moves on quite quickly and I was totally engrossed in finding out just what was going on. I have read other police procedurals by this author but not any of the books in the DI Will Jackman series prior to this one, which did not really affect my enjoyment of reading this thriller.

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#BookReview An Off-Piste Christmas by Julie Houston

I chose this book to read from Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team book list.

Having not read any of the previous books in this series before I was pleasantly surprised and entertained by the story of Harriet Westmoreland and her family going away on a skiing holiday with the family of her bestfriend, Grace and her husband’s business partner. This motley crew of skiers and all the history they share makes for entertaining reading as Harriet bumps into someone from her past and a family secret comes to light. Even though the relationships past and present are a little complex in this group of characters, I found it reasonably easy to follow who had been involved with whom as I read this book. 

I found it easy to read and get into this light-hearted book as I could relate to Harriet in her dislike of heights, the cold and finding skiing less than a natural pass-time. With a stunning backdrop of the Alps and the opulence of their luxury chalet, I found this highly enjoyable and recommend this humorous and light-hearted read this season. I may even go back to read the prequels as I liked the characters very much indeed. 

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