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Queen Bee by Jane Fallon. Book Review.

Queen Bee by Jane Fallon. Book Review.

Jane Fallon is an Author whose books I would read without knowing the blurb, plot or seeing the cover. I have read a few of her previous books and all the ones I have read, have a similar style. They have a style that I love. I had no doubt that Queen Bee would be the same. Thank you to Netgalley and publisher Michael Joseph for gifting me a copy of this book. These are my unbiased thoughts on Queen Bee.

Description :

Welcome to The Close – a beautiful street of mansions, where gorgeous Stella is the indisputable Queen Bee . . .

It is here that Laura, seeking peace and privacy after her marriage falls apart, rents a tiny studio. Unfortunately, her arrival upsets suspicious Stella – who fears Laura has designs on her fiancé, Al.

When Laura stumbles on the big secret Al is hiding, suddenly Stella’s perfectly controlled world, not to mention Laura’s future, are threatened.

Taking a chance on beating Al at his own twisted game, these two former strangers are fast becoming best friends.

But has Laura forgotten that revenge never comes without a sting in the tail?


My Thoughts:

Although I was sure I would love this book going only by the author, I wanted to read a few reviews first.  One of the reviews I read mentioned a similarity to the set up of Desperate Housewives. I used to love that series so that made me more excited to read Queen Bee.

The plot is set around a Close of expensive mansions, rich couples who have nannies and house keepers and ” keeping up with the Jones'” is very much a thing.  The men work and earn far to much, and the women go to spa’s and organise parties. But then along comes Laura who rents the back house from one of the couple’s until she is able to find her next real home. Having nothing in common with these people Laura is not immediately accepted. In fact she is ousted due to no fault of her own.

The relationship between Laura and the Queen Bee of the street is a complicated and strange one.

I found Queen Bee Stella to be an intruing character, at some points I found her to be a little unbelievable

“…doesn’t even know how to warm up a pizza”

Can that really be true that first world women don’t know how to heat up a pizza because they have had people do it for them forever? That just shows how spoilt Stella is. Laura is the opposite and has to survive independently and work for everything she has. It was very interesting to see these 2 women navigate their lives together and separately. 

The Jane Fallon books I have read before have involved a revenge theme quite a lot. I was expecting the revenge to be against Queen Bee, but it wasn’t, in some ways this made it even better.

The book holds all the perfect escapism, easy reading, funny and engaging words that I hoped it would.

The book is up to date and modern with even a mention of my latest favourite Netflix binge watch.

” I don’t think that’s how it works.  I wish I’d stuck with Ozark” 

Jane Fallon’s books are addictively brilliant. I have loved all the ones I have read and this one is no different. Yes, different characters and a different plot, but the same fun, satisfying, escapism read. I loved it. Now I’m awaiting the next book Jane Fallon writes.

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Posted by on September 2, 2020 in Books

 

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Cold Heart by Sean-Paul Thomas

Cold Heart by Sean-Paul Thomas

Crime thrillers are my book of choice at the moment. Even better if they are based in places I know. So when independent Author Sean-Paul Thomas contacted me with his new book ‘Cold Heart’, which is based in Glasgow, I was very happy to be given the opportunity to read it and offer my thoughts and recommendations on it to other readers.

Description:


From the author of ‘My Sister and I’ and ‘The Old Man and The Princess’ (Best selling kindle book and recently optioned to be a major motion picture) – comes a new action-packed Scottish crime thriller that will knock you off your feet.

‘Pure cold-hearted, action-packed, thrilling revenge’

A ruthless killer goes AWOL from her mysterious terrorist organization and returns undercover to her old neighborhood in Glasgow where she hasn’t been seen since she was a young delinquent teenager to investigate the mysterious death of her estranged little sister.

**WARNING** 18+ Readers Only. Graphic Violence and Coarse Language.

Publisher: Paul Thomas Publishing; 1st Edition (March 31, 2020)

My Thoughts:

Cold Heart starts off by diving full force into the Cold Heartedness of the main character Estellle. Estelle works for a secret organisation who ask her to do bad things. Another reviewer has mentioned similarities between Estelle and Villanelle ( Killing Eve). Both Villanelle and Estelle could be seen as killing machines. Although Estelle doesn’t have the same taste for high end clothes and belongings as Villanelle, she does have the same coldness when it comes to killing.

The plot follows Estelle as she tries to find out who killed her sister and why. This brings us to Glasgow where Estelle and her sister were brought up. I really enjoyed this part of the book as I was taken down streets I know and descriptions I could really relate to.

It rained almost three hundred and sixty days of the year there in Europe’s wettest city”.

The plot included lots of violence, but as the title suggests Estelle is Cold of Heart and she does what she thinks is necessary without a thought.

At the beginning of the book, Estelle is a very unlikable character, but very cleverly the Author takes us back to her past and shows us parts of her that show a vulnerable side to her. Everyone has a weak spot and the job of the evil is to find that weak spot. Although I can’t excuse Estelle for what she does or even understand how she could do the things she does, the Author does make her become slightly likeable as the book goes on. To root for the bad guy takes some skill! As I think back, I know I shouldn’t have rooted for her, but I became so wrapped up in her plight that I did! Well done to Sean-Paul Thomas for this!

The book is so up to date, there is even a mention of corona virus and Brexit. It’s the little details in books that make all the difference. Not everything has to be so involved in the plot, the surroundings need to be key too. But not so much that it distracts from the plot and characters. The author did this perfectly.

“……looking even more like death warmed up than some poor sucker with a bad dose of the corona virus “

If you like fast paced Scottish thrillers, then this is the book for you. The detail was there for the location, the characters and the plot. Very very good! Highly recommended.


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Posted by on July 27, 2020 in Books

 

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Let the Sleuthing Continue! Hattie Goes To Hollywood by Caroline James. #BookReview.

Let the Sleuthing Continue! Hattie Goes To Hollywood by Caroline James. #BookReview.

I have been a fan of Caroline James’ books for a long time now. If you search my blog for Caroline James, you will see quite a few praising reviews.

Now a new series has begun based around Hattie who was a secondary character in previous books, but has been promoted to the star of the show in Hattie Goes To Hollywood.

Thank you to Author Caroline James for my copy of your book. This is the first of my #10BooksofSummer challenge and it was a great start.

Description

Introducing a new cosy crime series from best selling author Caroline James.

A Cumbrian Village…
Three suicides…
A red-hot summer…

When recently bereaved Hattie Mulberry inherits her aunt’s dilapidated cottage in the village of Hollywood in Cumbria, she envisages a quiet life. But retired hotelier Hattie is bored and when her neighbour asks her to investigate a suspicious suicide, Hattie’s career takes a new direction and H&H Investigations is born. During the hottest summer for years, Hattie discovers there have been three recent suicides in Hollywood and she determines to find out why. Temperatures rise as she throws herself into village life and, with mischief and shenanigans aplenty, Hattie has her work cut out. But will she establish the truth?

Hattie Goes to Hollywood is the first is a new series of stand-alone books by Caroline James.

My Thoughts:

Shenanigans ” what a great word to describe Hattie and her life. Hattie is the brilliant character that I loved from previous Caroline James’s books. Now she has a star role of her own .

This is the first in a series that the author is writing and what a fabulous start. Hattie inherits a house in a seemingly quiet village where she soon finds out that there are plenty of nosy neighbours about. But also perhaps a secret or 3.

Hattie’s first mission is to investigate a suicide for her neighbour. ‘H & H investigations’ begins her sleuthing and shenanigans.

I loved this easy read book. I liked that the characters are older but still loving and living life. ( well most of them). Caroline James has a style all of her own in her books and one that if I  read a book without knowing the author, I think I could tell you it was Caroline that had written it. Easy flowing writing, charismatic characters and usually some tasty food involved. In this case, Hattie’s hearty breakfast bacon sarnies and the plates full of good pub food from the local. There is another attraction in the local for Hattie too 😉.

A quirky little co star of this book is Drake, the duck that follows Hattie home and makes himself her pet. How nice to have a pet duck. Thoughts of duck l’orange must disappear at this point. 😋

This cosy mystery is a fabulous start to the new series staring Hattie as investigative sleuth extraordinaire. I’m already looking forward to the next one.

If you like cosy mysteries with great atmosphere and not your typical “detective”, then this is a book for you. Lovers of Caroline’s previous books will definetly enjoy it and if you haven’t been introduced to Caroline James’ characters then Hattie Goes To Hollywood is a good place to start. Highly recommended.


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Posted by on July 11, 2020 in Books

 

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Here’s my Calling Card. Book Review: The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup.

Here’s my Calling Card. Book Review: The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup.

The Chestnut Man book has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while. I always knew it was going to be a good read as it was given to me by my fellow book loving, book blogging friend Irena, and she knows my taste. The reason I hadn’t read it until recently was that I was daunted by the length of the book being over 500 pages. Many of the reviews I have read of this book say, don’t be put off by thickness! But I was! Now what better time to enjoy an excellent book than during lockdown.

Translation by Caroline Waight.

Description:

The heart-pounding debut from the creator of the hit Scandinavian television show The Killing.

If you find one, he’s already found you.

A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen.

His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene.

Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago.

A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted?

To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.

Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over.

And no one is safe.

My Thoughts:

I had never heard of Chestnut dolls before, but I do know I love a book whereby the murderer has a calling sign. This caller sign is Chestnut dolls. Chestnuts and match sticks made into little people. But what is the significance? The significance becomes even more strange ( intriguing for the reader) when the fingerprint of a girl that went missing a year ago is found on the chestnut!

The plot focuses on two main detectives who are on the case. Neither of them particularly happy about having to work with the other and both with other places they would like to be. Not a good match for a serious hunt for a serial killer with an agenda you might think? Perhaps not, but it was a nice change to read about detectives having to be a partnership and not wanting to be there.

This Scandi Noir books deserves all the praise and rave reviews it’s got. The short chapters enabled me to read ” just one more chapter” more times than I could have imagined. The finger prints on the chestnut were what got me turning the pages. How are there finger prints of a girl who has been missing presumed dead for a whole year. The missing girl is the daughter of a government minister, so should this case be re opened? Most think ‘No’, but a good detective leaves nothing uncovered.

Are the murders anything to do with the missing girl? What’s the link between Chestnut Men and the victims? Are the victims patterned? Who is next? All questions that whizzed through my head leading to the ” just one more chapter” feeling.

The plot was long, but gripping. The characters were individual but forced to come together. The murderer, well I can describe this damaged soul as gory, blood thirsty, clever and original. If that sounds like a serial killer you’d like to meet on these pages, get reading The Chestnut Man.

I had no idea of who the killer was. I had no idea how the book would end, but when it did end after investing all that time into reading it, I was pleased, satisfied and so glad that I took the plunge into this big book.

My lockdown experience definetly included Chestnut Men. 😊

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Posted by on June 21, 2020 in Books

 

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Who or What is it? Niegfrid, by Darren Tarditi #BookReview

Who or What is it?  Niegfrid, by Darren Tarditi #BookReview

Thank you to Author Darren Tarditi for gifting me a copy of his first published novella. And many congratulations on self publishing his first book.

This is one of the extremely rare books that I accepted to review without really knowing what it was about. I fancied a novella and Darren contacted me at just the right time.

Description:

A brutal and horrific crime occurs, shaking a town to its core, not least Sergeant Stevie McBride.
Prior to this, Paul Michaelson was a normal lad, going about his life when he suffers an accident. Due to a brain injury he suffered during this accident, he lands in a coma for many months.
When he awakens his life has been turned upside down, with the sudden departure of his girlfriend whilst he was still in the coma and feelings of rage and injustice that he cannot clear.
As his recovery progresses, he starts hearing a persistent voice in his head. He has no idea that not only is the voice real, but that it belongs to an incredibly powerful creature who has ravaged and desecrated its own world for millennia.
Now Earth is its next target and Paul its vessel.
Slowly but surely, it twists and manipulates Paul into performing a series of horrific deeds.
With all this going on it catches the nose of Sergeant Stevie McBride. As times passes, he starts to realise something is not right, but he can’t quite put his finger on it.
As the creature and Paul ramp up their agenda, Stevie scrambles from one clue to the next, hoping to catch a killer, and unknown to him, stop something so much worse…

My Thoughts:

This is not my usual kind of read. I went in blind and hoped for the best. Sometimes this is a refreshing way to go into a book as a bookblogger where there are no expectations.

I was very pleasantly surprised that within the first few pages I found that the book was based not far from where I live in Scotland.

As I read on, I realised that this isn’t your average crime thriller book. There are realms of crime, possible supernatural and gory horror. This book is not for the faint hearted. I’m not a fan of supernatural, but the plot could leave it open to the readers imagination, real or ghostly?

The horror part of the plot was graphic and bloody. I’m used to it with all the crime, murder books I read. But even at that, this was very dark.

The novella is a quick read with a gritty plot and characters that get you thinking. If you are wondering why the title Niegfrid, well who and what Niegfrid is will become apparent as you read on.

I liked the Scottish dialect that was added in. If a book is based in a place then it has to be believable that the Author knows the area and this is true for this novella and Author.

The descriptive work in the novella shows good potential for more books to come from this new Author.

“…….like a virus he was working his way into Paul’s psyche….”

If you like dark books with violent crime and a bit of a weird plot, then this book is worth a download.

As a first novella and self published Darren Tarditi has good potential for more books to come.


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Posted by on May 25, 2020 in Books

 

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Book Review: The Mysterious Writing Group by Susan Willis

The lovely Author Susan Willis has released another fabulous short story. I have to admit after reading many of her short stories ( All of which you can find reviewed on my blog), The Mysterious Writing Group is my favourite so far.

I downloaded when it was available to download for free. So thank you Susan for this freebie little coffee break read.

Description

Christine has joined her four friends from a writing group at a murder-mystery weekend in a manor house. Although they enjoy each other’s company in their writing sessions, Christine wonders how the dynamics of the group will work over three days? They have been studying the golden age detectives and she is huge fan of Sherlock Holmes.
To even out numbers Christine pairs up with a newcomer, a Welshman, called Owen who she immediately likes when he offers to be her sidekick, Doctor Watson. While using their powers of deduction they discover some mysterious happenings, which makes Christine wonder if everyone is who they say they are?

My Thoughts:

The Mysterious Writing Group is a perfect coffee break read. Like I have said with all of my reviews for Susan Willis’ short stories, they are a great little escapism read when you have a little time to yourself.

I liked this story because it’s all things bookish. The characters are from a writing group where they meet to discuss their work. The main character Christine begins within the first few pages talking about well known authors who write crime books. And to top it all off they go to a murder mystery weekend. It is a booklovers perfect set up.

The writing flows, the characters are relatable, and the story has a full rounded plot within its shorter styled book.

I have to say as well, I was not expecting it to end as it did……..

A cracker of a read and my favourite short story by Susan Willis so far. I’m readily waiting for the next one. 😊


Links:
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Twitter – @SusanWillis69

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2020 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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Book Review: Degrees of Guilt, by H S Chandler.

Book Review: Degrees of Guilt, by H S Chandler.

Thank you very much to the Author H S Chandler, the publisher Trapeze and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review Degrees of Guilt. I am a sucker for most legal thrillers and was excited to read Degrees of Guilt. Also it has been recommended highly by other brilliant book bloggers, in particular Meggy where you can find her brilliant review HERE!

Description:

When you read this book, you will think you know every twist in the tale.

Maria is on trial for attempted murder.
She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead.
Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate.
She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.
You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.
You will be wrong.

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Published May 16th 2019 by Trapeze


My Thoughts:

Degrees of Guilt is my first book by this author but certainly not my last.

At first I contemplated Maria’s plea of not guilty, but admittance to killing her husband! As the trial went on and we hear from both lawyers and the behind the court room door private discussions between the jurors, I wondered what if my fate lay in the minds of regular people, some I found so single minded and some so selfish. And then after having been part of a jury myself recently, the lawyers themselves! They can twist the evidence they have using clever words and phrases. I didn’t know until the jury decided themselves which way Maria’s fate lay.

How unfair it seemed sometimes, but this is our legal system and whether it’s down to clever lawyers or manipulative jurors, there are 12 people, 2 lawyers, a judge and whatever witnesses ( if any) to decide whether someone is innocent or guilty.

The author did an amazing job of portraying the courtroom, the jurors room and the characters. I felt like I was in the courtroom watching and then anonymously and quietly in the jurors room watching.

The main juror that the author focuses on is Lottie who has problems of her own. Although I felt for Lottie in her own marital situation, I didn’t agree with a lot of her decisions. She is a great character to get to know and her strength of character developed throughout the book.

This book drew me into Maria’s world, Lottie’s world and allowed me to consider what would I have done in Maria’s world and what would I have done if I were on that jury.

A thought provoking fabulous courtroom drama with a twist of thriller and domestic noir. Just grippingly fantastic.

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Posted by on April 26, 2020 in Books

 

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Book Review: The Gift of Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May. #BlogTour #TGOCB Includes a fab #giveaway.

Book Review: The Gift of Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May.  #BlogTour #TGOCB Includes a fab #giveaway.

I’m happy to be bringing you my review on this blog tour for Nicola May’s fantastic new book. The Gift of Cockleberry Bay.

 

* Firstly apologies for the layout of this post, due to lack of laptop and self isolating.  #StayAtHome

 

I have read and reviewed the previous 2 books in this series.

1. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay.

2. Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay.

Both were 5 star amazing!


I was very happy when the brilliant blog tour organiser Rachel contacted me to ask if I would like to take part in this tour.

Nicola May is one of my favourite Authors and a lady that I find inspirational 💗

Please support the Author and all these other amazing bloggers on the tour. My review is raving and I know that many more of these reviewers will be giving rave reviews too. .


Book Description:

From the author of the #1 BESTSELLING The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay.

All of our favourite characters from Cockleberry Bay are back in this final, heart warming story in the series. Including Hot, Rosa Smith’s adorable dachshund and his new-born puppies.

Now successfully running the Cockleberry Café and wishing to start a family herself, Rosa feels the time is right to let her inherited Corner Shop go. However, her benefactor left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa is torn. How can she make such a huge decision? And will it be the right one? Once the news gets out and goes public, untrustworthy newcomers appear in the Bay . . . their motives uncertain. With the revelation of more secrets from Rosa’s family heritage, a new journey of unpredictable and life-changing events begins to unfold.

The Gift of Cockleberry Bay concludes this phenomenally successful series in typically brisk and bolshy style and will delight the many thousands of Rosa’s fans.

My Thoughts:

How nice it was to be reunited with Rosa, Titch, Mary and of course  Hot the cutest little Mr Sausage Dog. 
After reading many of Nicola May’s books and of course the two that preclude this book, there was no doubt in my mind that I would enjoy this one.
I slipped effortlessly back into Cockleberry Bay life and enjoyed catching up with the old residents and meeting a few new ones.
I just want to add that although I have read the previous 2 books in this series, it would be perfectly fine to read this as a standalone. The Author gives brief updates on past events. Not enough so previous readers will be bored, but enough so new readers know the story.

In this book, Rosa and Josh are married. Rosa now owns a share in the local cafe and she is considering moving on from her beloved pet themed corner shop. A stipulation on Rosa’s inheritance of the shop was that she does not sell it, but gives it away to someone who deserves it.
Rosa is a perfectly imperfect character. She has flaws, ( as do we all), but she is kind hearted, generous, empathetic and fun. I saw an interview that Nicola May did with another blogger where she says who she would like to play Rosa if she ever got to make a tv series of the books. I googled the name and found the image in my head was very similar to the actress I found. I feel from the narrative and descriptions I feel like I know Rosa and also Cockleberry Bay. What a lovely quaint place to be, despite the gossip and everybody knowing everybody.  It’s a place I would like to visit. 

Nicola May writes as she describes herself  ” chick lit with a kick “. There is tradegy , happiness , sadness and sometimes deceit in most of our lives. Nicola May writes real life themes in a fictional way, but adds humour and interesting plots so that she can write about harsher things that you might not find in chick lit fluff books.  ( not a criticism of these kind, just a comparison).

The plot in this book is centred a lot on who Rosa will give her shop too. I had my hopes pinned on who I would like to have it, but I didn’t know who Rosa would choose as she chose an interesting way to make the decision.

I think the series ended in a way that was perfectly suited to Rosa. And although I will miss hearing how Rosa and all the other residents get on in Cockleberry Bay. I am already excited to read whatever book Nicola writes next.

Ps. My favourite book of Nicola’s that made me fall in love with her writing is The SW19 Club. If you haven’t read this one, check it out plus the many others she has written. I have nothing but high praise for this talented inspirational author.

Thank you to  Eye Lightening Books for sending me a paperback book of The Gift of Cockleberry Bay. It will be taking a proud place on my bookshelf.

Author Bio:

Nicola May lives in the UK, five miles from the Queen’s castle in Windsor, with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon and devouring cream teas.

Her bestselling The Corner Shop in Cockleberry, the 1st book in the Cockleberry Bay series, went to #1 on Amazon and stayed there for an unprecedented 6 weeks.

She classes her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick,’ writing about love, life and friendships in a real, not fluffy kind of way. She likes burgers, mince pies, clocks, birds, bubble baths and facials – but is not so keen on aubergines.

Giveaway:
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Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Posted by on April 10, 2020 in Books, Giveaways

 

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Bring positivity to 2020 with : You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha. Book Review:

Bring positivity to 2020 with : You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha. Book Review:

Thank you to publishers Gallery Books and Netgalley for my copy of You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha. I had a lovely email asking me if I wanted to read and review this book. The lady had looked at my blog and actually compared this book to a book that I had already read and reviewed. Option B, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant Therefore thinking that I might like this one too. This is the kind of requests I like. Thank you Kalee.

Description:

From Neil Pasricha—New York Times, million-copy bestselling author of The Book of Awesome series and The Happiness Equation, thought leader for the next generation, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world—comes a revelatory and inspiring book that will change the way we view failure and help us build resilience.

We are lucky. For most of us, famine, plague, economic depression, and other life-threatening catastrophes are the stuff of history books. We’re living in an era with the highest-ever rates of longevity, education, and wealth. Cars drive us home as our phones entertain us before we arrive to food delivered to the front door. We have it all!
But there’s just one side effect. We no longer have the tools to handle failure…or even perceived failure. When we fall, we lie on the sidewalk crying. When we spill, we splatter. When we crack, we shatter.
We are turning into an army of porcelain dolls.
A rude email from the boss means calling in sick. Only two likes on our post means we don’t have friends. Cell phones show us we’re never good enough. Yesterday’s butterflies are tomorrow’s panic attacks. Record numbers of students have clinical anxiety. And what about depression, loneliness, and suicide?
All rising!
What do we desperately need to learn?
RESILIENCE. And we need to learn it fast.
Read You Are Awesome to learn:
• The single word that keeps your options open after failure
• What every commencement speech gets wrong
• 3 ways to dramatically accelerate your ability to learn and adapt
• The 2-minute morning practice that helps eliminate worry
• Why you need an Untouchable Day (and how to get one)
• and much, much more…
Because the truth is, you really are awesome.


My Thoughts:

I read this book in parts. For me it was the kind of book that I didn’t want to read all in one go. I wanted to absorb each chapter as I read it and take in the advice and positivity.

The book starts with the authors experiences and why he felt recognising our awesome-ness is important. He gives examples of how his life went “wrong”, and explains in steps how we can accept and overcome the trials and pain that life throws all of our ways. The book is realistic and not in any way patronizing ( which some self help books may be). The Author acknowledges that it is not an easy thing to do to accept things that have gone wrong or that you can’t change. But he shows us ways to realise the potential that we have, the things that we do have rather than what we don’t.

The Author didn’t live an easy life and decide to preach to us. He had testing times and shares his experiences both good and bad with us.

I found this book helpful, positive and a book that I will keep to dip in and out of as I feel the need to. I particularly like the idea of ‘Untouchable days’

One of the nice ideas I read about in You Are Awesome is that the Author started a blog where he wrote one good thing in every day. Similar to the Positivity Waves we read about on Twitter and wordpress started by the incredibly awesome Meggy It’s a way to look for the little things that make you smile and happy. These all count and by acknowledging them, we can see things more clearly.

A good self help book that I definitely recommend to help you realise that You Are Awesome. 😊


Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

https://www.neil.blog

Twitter/@neilpasricha

 
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Guilty or Not Guilty, that is the problem….Book Review: No Further Questions, by Gillian McAllister.

Guilty or Not Guilty, that is the problem….Book Review: No Further Questions, by Gillian McAllister.

No Further Questions is the first book I have read by Gillian McAllister. I bought the book from a charity book fair. Don’t you just love getting amazing books from book fairs. I spent a lot of time and bought a lot of books from that fair. Today, I will tell you my thoughts on No Further Questions.

Trigger warning: story includes much talk of the death of a baby.

Description:

The police say she’s guilty.
She insists she’s innocent.

She’s your sister.
You loved her.
You trusted her.
But they say she killed your child.
Who do you believe?
Original, devilishly clever and impossible to forget, this is a thriller with a difference. You won’t be able to tear yourself away from the trial that will determine both sisters’ fates.

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Published October 4th 2018 by Penguin

My Thoughts:

This is a story of two sisters, best friends, always there for the other, always supporting, having fun and take aways…… until something terrible happens.

Becky and Martha have always been so close so it seemed only natural that Becky would look after Martha’s daughter while Martha was at work. It helped them both out….. until the night Layla died.

The plot revolves around the court case of the death of baby Layla. The chapters alternate between Martha and Becky’s points of view. I think this was a clever way to write the book as you feel for both sisters. If it was only written from one sisters side, the reader would surely side with that sister. The sisters are opposites in their personalities but as a reader the tragedy fell to both sisters in my opinion. And this is a tragic story with no winners, only great characterisation and clever writing skill.

I really liked Becky’s relationship with her ex Husband. We learn more about this as the book goes on and towards the end I really got a feeling of how their relationship worked.

The end of the book was not what I was expecting. It is a storyline that I have thought about again and again since finishing the book.

Although this is not the usual kind of book that I would go for, I enjoyed the writing and plot skill. The characters were fully developed and I got a deep sense of Martha and Becky, but also of their other halves.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy legal dramas.


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