Review & Giveaway – Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband by Natalie Young

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Author: Natalie Young
Publisher: Tinder Press
Release date: July 3, 2014
Page count: 272
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Crime, Literary Fiction

I received a copy of this book by the publisher via BookBridgr in exchange for an honest review.

Always let the meat rest under foil for at least ten minutes before carving… Meet Lizzie Prain. Ordinary housewife. Fifty-something. Lives in a cottage in the woods, with her dog Rita. Likes cooking, avoids the neighbours. Runs a little business making cakes. No one has seen Lizzie’s husband, Jacob, for a few days. That’s because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in the back of his head with a spade. And if she’s going to embark on the new life she feels she deserves after thirty years in Jacob’s shadow, she needs to dispose of his body. Her method appeals to all her practical instincts, though it’s not for the faint-hearted. Will Lizzie have the strength to follow it through? Dark, funny and achingly human,Season to Taste is a deliciously subversive treat. In the shape of Lizzie Prain, Natalie Young has created one of the most remarkable heroines in recent fiction.

Let me just start off by saying this book is not for the faint hearted, nor should you read it on a full stomach. Natalie Young’s descriptive writing is so well written that on more than one occasion I almost gagged whilst reading this book. To me this just show’s how much of an amazing writer she is because if a book can touch me that deeply then she must be doing something right. The main character Lizzie seems somewhat disconnected throughout the book from what she’s done to her husband. After his death she seems to be constantly in a daze and as such it can be somewhat hard to keep up with her. The flashbacks in the book show that Lizzie was in an unhappy marriage filled with cracks. I personally found it slightly confusing trying to keep up with the flashbacks because of the fact Lizzie could be in a pub and suddenly she’s having a flashback but there is no obvious indication as to weather this is a flashback or not. I loved the fact that Young incorporates a “instruction manual” throughout the chapters in the book because i felt like it added another layer of depth to the story and the characters and helped the readers better understand what Lizzie was going through. I felt that overall this book was a bit flat after the shock  of the dismemberment of Lizzie’s husband it felt to me as though nothing else really happened, it didn’t get my heart racing or grip me and make me want to find out what happened next.

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Giveaway 

I am giving away my copy of Season to Taste by Natalie Young.

This is a UK giveaway.

This giveaway ends 4/8/2014

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Review & Giveaway – You by Caroline Kepnes

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Book: You
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release date: September 30, 2014
Page count: 432
Genres: suspense, thriller, romance

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Love hurts…

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams.

Beck doesn’t know it yet, but she’s perfect for him, and soon she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . . .

A chilling account of unrelenting passion, Caroline Kepnes’s You is a perversely romantic thriller that’s more dangerously clever than any you’ve read before.

In this day and age it is so easy for someone to be stalking you and for you to not even know it. Gone are the days of being followed by a person, now everything you do is online and a simple Google search can reveal everything about you, thus meaning it is possible for a person to stalk you from the comfort of their own home. I often think about this fact and upon reading this book I did have to break up my reading a take a break because the book caused me to feel paranoid almost as if I was being watched. I did feel as though Beck and Joe’s relationship was less stalker/controlling and more that they were just bad for each other. It seemed as though Beck knew from the beginning that something was off with Joe but kept going because of the attention he was giving her. I really enjoyed the fact that Kepnes incorporated music and literature into the book as it gave Joe’s character a lot more depth and made it easier to picture him as a real person. The beginning of the book for me was the best part as it really kept me in suspense of what was going to happen next but by the end I was simply intrigued and had already guessed what the ending was. Caroline Kepnes writes articulately but at times this book simply felt subdued.

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GIVEAWAY

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This giveaway is UK only

This giveaway ends 29/7/2014

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Review – One Kick by Chelsea Cain

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Book: One Kick
Author: Chelsea Cain
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release date: August 19, 2014
Page count: 320
Genres: suspense, thriller

Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick’s experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…

I received an arc of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This has to be one of the most gripping books I’ve read in 2014, I devoured it in a matter of hours. This book deals with a lot of dark issues but in a way that they are not sugar coated but also not to overly graphic that you don’t wan’t to continue reading. Cain’s writing kept me intrigued , the suspense I felt whilst reading had me on the edge of my seat and I often forgot that I had other things to do. Kick Lannigan is a great character although what she’s been through has changed her she doesn’t let it define who she is. I thought that the book might feel a bit winy and was afraid that the main character would constantly be seeking pity from those around her, but instead Kick became her own hero and did everything she could to save and protect those around her. This was my first time reading a novel by Chelsea Cain and it sure as hell did not disappoint. I look forward to continuing this series in the future.

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Movie Review The Fault In Our Stars

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Ansel recently gave an interview in which he said “I’ve had people come up to me and tell me that after watching the film the felt compelled to go and tell the people they love that they love them.” After watching the movie I did exactly that myself and my best friend both sent each other messages telling each other how great full we are to have met and become best friends. This is one of the best book to movie adaptations I’ve ever seen, I feel like the directors, the actors and everyone else involved really did the book justice. One of the many things I loved about this film was using extras with cancer for the cancer support group, it really gave the movie so much more depth. The scene with Gus at the gas station felt so real the emotions were pure and raw, it broke my heart. I cried and cried and cried whilst watching the movie, I would stop crying only to hear someone sobbing from up behind me to set me off again. In the old Alice In Wonderland film, Alice becomes a giant and her tears flood the room, that’s how I felt in the cinema. I am still an ugly mess after watching the movie. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a film that’s moved an audience so much, to the point that 90% of them are just sitting there crying into their popcorn. I will definitely be going to see this again at some point and I can’t wait to see how Paper Towns which is being made by the same production company comes across on screen in the future.

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You won’t regret going to see this movie just be sure to bring your tissues.

Review – We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

If you haven’t yet read this book please don’t read this review.

You will enjoy it so much more going into it knowing nothing.

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Book: We Were Liars
Author: E Lockhart
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release date: May 13, 2014
Page count: 240
Genres: young adult, contemporary, mystery, romance, suspense, thriller

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

Man, this book is so fricken awesome. Honestly it kept me really intrigued and guessing what was going to and had happened throughout. I am a mess right now, the last 20 or so pages have left me ugly crying. I feel as though my heart has been ripped out and stamped  upon thousand upon thousands of times. I did not see that ending coming, but once it did the entire book made sense. All of these subtle little clues that were planted throughout the book suddenly clicked in my mind. I fell in love with these characters and the stories they had to tell. E Lockhart’s writing style is hauntingly beautiful, they way she writes about Cady and Gat being in love with each other just made my heart melt. Whilst at first it seems like this is going to be a story about a perfect family, the deeper into it you get the more you realize that maybe their not so perfect after all. The adults are all obsessed with keeping up their charade no matter what the consequences are.  The main character is like a broken china doll, beautiful yet fragile, she is trying to recover her lost memories and parts of herself she didn’t even know were missing in an attempt to piece together what really happened. This truly is an amazing book.

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E Lockhart makes loads of references to the number 3 in this book now maybe it’s because I’ve just finished my welsh literature course but it reminded me of The Mabinogion a collection of fairy/folk tales we have in Wales. Well worth checking them out if you enjoy reading fairy tales from different cultures.

Mini Reviews – Eve and Adam, Cut, Ready Player One & The Last Viking

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 Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate 

Publication Date – October 2, 2012

Publisher – Electric Monkey

Look at this cover! Isn’t it gorgeous? I really enjoyed this book by the amazing husband and wife duo. It’s filled with science fiction, technology, controversy and conspiracy. The whole idea of being able to create the perfect boyfriend, the perfect person sounds amazing at first, but then just like the main character you realize all the problems that come with this. Do you make them smart? But what if this limits the number of friends they have. Do you make them muscly? But what if they become obsessed with their appearance. It’s not as easy as you originally thought it would be.  This book is a great short read that will really make you think about how technology is evolving and if its right for someone to have the power to play “God”. My only issue was the ending it felt very open, I’m really hoping that this book will become part of a series so I can find out what happens next.

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Cut by Patricia McCormick 

Publication Date –  May 1, 2011

Publisher – Push 

This is a book that deals with some heavy topics, because of this it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. As I’ve grown older I’ve realised the importance of diversity in literature and appreciate it when authors are able to create a book such as this that deals with mental illness in the appropriate way, so that readers don’t feel alone. For a short book it packs so much important lessons and advice in it. I could really connect to the main character and how she deals with her own darkness as well as the world around her. I felt like the main character portrayed accurately how it is to have a mental illness and how hard it is to try and recover. If you’re someone who’s going through a rough time I really think you should give this book a try, sometimes it’s nice to know that you’re not alone and that there are people out there who can help you.

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The Last Viking by Berwick Coates

Publication Date – April 10, 2014 

Publisher – Simon and Schuster 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Whilst this is not my usual type of book I really did like it. It’s perfect for fans of all historical fiction. As someone who doesn’t have much knowledge of this particular time frame I felt like I learnt a lot from it. I did find some parts of the book to be dragging, but felt like the action and fast paced scenes made up for it. The book itself also contains a list of the characters included in the story, so if at any point I felt a bit confused about who was who I could just flip to the front in order to refresh my memory. I look forward to reading the next book Berwick Coates releases in the future.

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Ready Player one by Ernest Cline 

Publication Date – August 16, 2011

Publisher – Random House 

Can someone please tell me if this is part of a series? Is it going to become a film? A tv series? I honestly regret not reading it earlier it’s bloody fantastic. I’ve never read a book like this before I just want to scream from the rooftops and make every single person I meet read it. This is not a typical story and for that I am eternally grateful. It’s full of these amazing and sometimes obscure 80’s references that make me feel proud to be a geek. Cline’s writing style is beautiful and the story read as if it just flowed from his fingertips. There is an element of romance in this book but thankfully it isn’t the main focus of the entire novel. I think this may be one of the top 5 books I’ve read this year. If your intrigued by the book but are worried you won’t like it I can’t recommend enough how much i think you should give it a go.

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Help Me Get To NY Comic Con!

Originally posted on Claribel Ortega Official Author Site:

Please help me bring my book Emerald Kipp & The Riddle of The Timekeeper to NY Comic Con this year! I am running a Pubslush campaign and need YOUR help to fund the booth space! Click on the link below and pledge as little as $5, any bit helps, PLUS you get rewards for your pledges! Visit the page and help out an indie author!!

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Emerald Kipp & The Riddle of The Timekeeper

When her family and friends begin to disappear, Emerald Kipp is thrown head first into the witching world she was never allowed to be a part of. Her only clue into their disappearance comes from a small black box with a message from the past: find the The Timekeeper, solve the riddle.

The teenaged witch must now rely on Dr. Toad, a rotund witch doctor who had already almost killed her once, her finicky cat Cashmere…

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