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Book Review: Fairground Attraction by Sharon Atkinson.

Book Review: Fairground Attraction by Sharon Atkinson.

I had the pleasure of reading a book which was self published by a friend of mine. When Sharon told me she was writing a book, I was so pleased for her. Then in February this year her book Fairground Attraction was published.

It can be difficult to review a book by a friend, you want to be honest but you also want to be supportive and positive. Luckily for me, Fairground Attraction was easy for me to review as it is brilliantly written and has a fun plot with a great main character.

I love my personalised copy from Author Sharon. 😁

Description:

Do dreams come true if you believe in them hard enough, or are they just floating images we see when we close our eyes to sleep? Skye, has a vivid recurring dream, brought on by the thunderous rain filled sky. It always appears the same. A haunting, but beautiful image of a young man, working the Waltzer ride at the local fairground. She awakens each time, with the same image haunting her, not only at night but through her days too. Walking home late one night, Skye hears a voice call out her name. No one is there. Whose voice is it and how does it know her name? Is Skye overtired and letting her imagination run wild with her, or is fate waiting to work its magic?

Publication date: 19th February 2019.

 

My Thoughts:

Fairground Attraction is the first fiction book I have read by Sharon Atkinson. I know she also has written and published poetry books. After reading the flowing and beautifully descriptive writing of Fairground Attraction, I am sure that the Author’s poetry will be beautifully written.  

Fairground Attraction features main character Skye, who has a recurring vivid dream. I’m sure many of us dream about their ‘One’, but for Skye, this is different. She has never met this man she is dreaming of. Maybe she is just imagining things in her dreams? But then she hears whispers in the wind while she walks home! Is fate pushing her towards something or someone? Or is Skye just imagining what she wants…… 

Ms Atkinson writes beautifully descriptive words that flow across her pages. She writes so that we can smell the candy floss from the fair and feel the whispers of the wind in our hair. This novella shows talent from an Author who I hope will be publishing more books in her time. I most definitely will be buying her next book. 

Highly recommended if you like novellas, fiction and a hint of magical romance. 

 


 

Links:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Goodreads.

Twitter/@sharonsatkinson

 

 

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Posted by on May 25, 2019 in Books

 

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Book Review: The False Mirror, by Dana V Moison. (Sharon Davis Chronicles #2)

Book Review: The False Mirror, by Dana V Moison. (Sharon Davis Chronicles #2)

I was asked to read and review this book by the Author, and while I am being quite particular about the books I accept at the moment, the blurb of this sounded intriguing. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the first one, although there were a few references that I would have understood more if I had read the first book. 

Here is what I thought of The False Mirror.

The False Mirror (Sharon Davis Chronicles #2)

Sharon Davis, fearless NYPD homicide detective, is back in another sophisticated mystery where two cleverly crafted murder cases intertwine in the least expected way. A gripping thriller that will leave you speechless

Beautiful and tenacious NYPD homicide detective, Sharon Davis, investigates the unexplained death of a notorious escort girl who catered primarily to New York’s elite.

Many high-ranking officials want her to close the case and quit snooping around, but Sharon knows there’s more to this than meets the eye. In the middle of the high-profile case, she meets sixteen-year-old Becky who desperately needs her help. Becky’s entire world crumbles overnight when she discovers she is the sole survivor of the horrendous assassination of her family. She turns to the help of her Uncle Jake but learns he isn’t who he has claimed to be…

Becky must leave her peaceful hometown and search for clues about her about her mysterious past in New York City, where she crosses paths with the famous detective.

Supposedly, two different mysteries with two different solutions. Is that so?

The questions keep piling up: Who stands behind the ruthless vendetta against Becky’s family? How will Sharon’s chase after a sadistic killer turn out? And what will happen between her and the rugged marshal who has found himself in the middle of her investigation?

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Published November 11th 2018 by Dana V. Moison

My Thoughts:

The False Mirror started off with a bang, the first chapter takes us right into a criminal act, a family in trouble and a murder for a reason we don’t yet know. I was gripped from the first chaper, but unfortunatly as the story went on, it lost its thrill for me. I did enjoy the plot and the characters, especially Becky who has lost her family and who she thought she was, all in one fell swoop.

The detective in this series Sharon Davis is clever, smart but doesn’t seem to be particularly loyal. I wasn’t as drawn to her as I have been to other detectives in series that I have read.

I was intrigued how the two cases were to be brought together, assuming that they would be! The plot of this book was followed through well and it talked about one thing that I hadn’t heard so much about in other books, and was done really well. That was the witness protection scheme. This was my favourite part of the plot.

The ending did involve a twist, which piqued my interest back up. It also made me look back and examine the cover of the book. I think it is very clever when an Author makes you go back to the cover at the end of the book, because it shows that the cover was done cleverly and with great thought.

I am a hard critic when it comes to crime thrillers. This is my favourite genre and I have read a lot of different and excellent books. So, although I did enjoy this book, I am rating it 3 stars, because of my very high expectations on this genre at the moment. I have a feeling that I might have enjoyed the first book more than this one, where I would learn a bit more of Sharon Davis and her detective skills. I think this will be an Author has great potential, and I will look at what Sharon Davis’ next case load is…….

 


Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2019 in Books

 

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Book Review: Never Again, by Nicky Clifford

Book Review: Never Again, by Nicky Clifford

Today is my stop on the wonderful blog tour for Nicky Clifford‘s debut book ‘Never Again’.  I have been following the tour and visiting all the wonderful blogs along the way. Reviews have been amazing for this book, and their were also some fantastic interviews with Author Nicky Clifford. You can see the bloggers that took part below.

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Description:

Mountains, Mystery, Romance: Can you run from your past?
Harriet Anderson’s life is spiralling out of control. Unused to such mayhem, she ditches her high-powered job to take refuge in the Swiss Alps where she meets Philippe Smith, a crime writer with a dark and shadowy past. Thrown together by chance, is their fate intertwined? Will the karma and romance of the mountains and the quaintness of the Alps soothe their troubled souls?
Or will their rocky paths create avalanches that cannot be avoided…

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Self-published via Amazon Kindle and CreateSpace

My Thoughts:

For an Author’s first published book, this is an exceptional one. Nicky Clifford has given us beautifully serene setting in the mountains of the Alps. She brought to life an array of different but fully developed characters, some we grow to love and root for, and some we want to accidentally have a little slip down those beautiful Alps! 😉

The book includes many things that I love, great descriptions which is perfect for imaginative travelling, I have spent many an hour sitting in a cafe besides the wonderful mountains drinking the most amazing hot chocolates filled with piles of whipped cream and marshmallows. (In reality, I was on the sofa with my huge hot chocolates). But a talented Author can transport you, and Nicky Clifford did just that. 

Never Again is a great title, as the 2 main characters have been through tough times and both think to themselves, ‘Never Again’ will I let someone in. This is not your traditional boy meets girl, fall in love, happily ever after. Clifford has used great imagination and filled the story with ups, downs, will they – won’t they moments. There is so much drama, and not only from the 2 main characters, but from the brilliant side line characters too. I loved Elspeth best. Have you ever met a ‘Granny’ who gives great advice and who eats more ice cream than real meals! She is brilliant.

“Life is rarely simple…….the bumps make us stronger”, to which quite rightly she got the reply “I’ve had enough bumps for now. Can’t it be someone else’s turn?”

I felt that Nicky has a good insight into people, and to write a believable novel (of this kind), you need to know people. 

There are many amusing parts to this narrative where the Author made me chuckle quite a few times with her quiet humour. There are a few characters from Wales visiting the hotel. When questioned on their ‘Welshness‘, one of them says:

“What d’you want us to say ‘boyo’ and ‘valleys’ in every second sentence?”

Never Again is a book that I really enjoyed. I recommend reading it with plenty of hot chocolate ingredients at hand, whipped cream, marshmallows and also a cake or two…or three. There will be more to come from Nicky Clifford, and its going to be fantastic. 

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Nicky is generously donating some of the royalties from the sale of Never Again to charities which are close to her heart.

 Auticulateh – which helps support children and young people to improve their social, communication and independence skills.

Childhood Tumour Trust – which supports children and young people who have the genetic condition Neurofibromatosis 1 where tumours grow on nerves in the bodies and on .

So aside from getting yourself a brilliant book, you will also be helping out some wonderful charities.

Links:

Facebook/NickyCliffordWriter

Twitter/NickyNovelist

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

NickyClifford.com

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2016 in Books

 

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