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  1. Today I’m taking part in the blog tour hosted by Love Books Groups for 'The Identity Thief' (The God Machine Book 1) by Alex Bryant

    The Identity Thief

    Book blurb

    A shapeshifting sorcerer called Cuttlefish unleashes a terrifying wave of magical carnage across London. A strange family known as the River People move into Cassandra Drake's neighbourhood. Are the two events connected?

    Spoiler alert: no

    My Review

    It's my stop over on the Blog Tour hosted by Love Books Tours for Alex Bryant's  new book The Identity Thief' which is a fantasy based book set in London where magic exists - but is forbidden 📚

    The story follows 12 year Cass and is told from her point of view as she gets pulled into a magical world and into the path of the dangerous Cuttlefish - a shapeshifting sorcerer 🔮 Cass just wants to fit in and get through secondary school, but life has other plans! Her interactions with others the arrival of 'River People', especially the son Hector, shows the complexities of being young, impressionable and also cruel at times.

    The story is fantasy based but also flows along as a crime drama, as we follow Cuttlefish's deadly adventures and the carnage he leaves in his wake to get what he wants. With a title like 'The Identity Thief' you might be able to guess the villain's main form of magic✨ How this falls into the plot and that way it's written was one of my favourite aspects of this story.

    I loved that this story was set in London and that magic (while forbidden) was also blended into each chapter and centred around Greek Mythology and wizardry.

    The other supporting characters add an additional layer to the story and the newspaper clippings on magic activity and other media reports scattered throughout the book provide a more immersive experience and oh did I mention that it's funny too! I adore the cover and I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the next instalment!

    Thank you to Love Books Tour and Alex Bryant for the ARC. I was #gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Thank you to everyone who has stopped by – I hope you have enjoyed my review.  Please check out the rest of this blog tour for more thoughts and reviews about this book!

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     Reasons to buy this book:
    ✔ Good cover.
    ✔ Cheap. Seriously, the Kindle version only costs as much as about 3 mangoes. What would you rather have – 10 hours of gripping urban fantasy, or 30 minutes of biting into sweet, succulent mango flesh?
    ✔ OK, I shouldn’t have used mango, objectively the best fruit, as a comparison. But buying this book doesn’t stop you from buying mangoes, if that’s what you insist on doing.

    Trigger warnings
    The second page of the book includes a website link for trigger warnings https://www.alexbryantauthor.com/the-identity-thief-tw

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    About the Author

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    Alex has led a largely comfortable but unremarkable life in North London, and more recently Oxford. His main hobbies as a kid were reading and sulking. When he’s not writing, he’s performing with his improvised comedy troupe, Hivemind Improv. And when he is writing, he’s procrastinating.

    The first idea for The God Machine came when he was 19, shortly after falling off a horse. Or possibly shortly before - the exact chronology is lost to history. So is the horse’s name, in case you were wondering.

    More information and where to buy

    Amazon
    Paperback published 9th February 2020
    Kindle published 28th February

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    Today I’m wanted to chat with you about my most recent read! ‘Critical Incidents’ by best-selling author Lucie Whitehouse is part of her major new crime thriller series and I’ve got to tell you that I absolutely loved it! It's been a while since I've read a crime thriller, and this really brought me back into the fold of one of my favourite genres.

    “It’s been described as ‘seriously good’ by Lee Child, ‘a strong, deft thriller with real depth’ by Tana French and ‘brilliant’ by Susie Steiner.”

    Book blurb

    Set against the backdrop of a regenerating Birmingham, Critical Incidents introduces a new brilliant female detective DCI Robin Lyons and is written with all of Lucie’s trademark style, skill and suspense, as well as being a deeply personal novel about identity, family and the power of homecoming. Lucie’s previous books – including Before We Met and The Bed I Made have been chosen for Richard & Judy, TV Book Club and ITV Crime Thriller Book Club, so it’s a big moment!

    A Birmingham house fire. A young mother dead. The main suspect? Her husband – but he’s disappeared. A young woman has also vanished, but the police don’t seem concerned. Desperate, her mother turns to a less official channel for help. Former DCI Robin Lyons.

    Once a high-flyer in the MET’s Homicide Command, Lyons has been sacked for misconduct and forced home to Birmingham broke and disgraced. Confronting the failures and disappointments of her past – including fraught family relationships and a first love that ended without explanation – she thinks she’s hit rock bottom, but she’s about to learn there’s much further to fall.

    Because the mother who died was Robin’s best friend – a woman she trusted with all her secrets, but whom she comes to suspect may have hidden her own. And to get to the truth, Robin will risk everything.

    My thoughts about this book

    Critical Incidents is dark, gripping, twisty and so brilliantly written!

    The story follows the main protagonist DCI Robin Lyons, who is dismissed from her job at the Met on a misconduct charge. With no choice but to return back to family home (18 years later) with her teenage daughter in tow is stressful enough, but the family dynamics which centre around her troubled relationship with her mother, a resentful brother and a somewhat easy going father, puts Robyn under pressure. Trying to find a solution for her situation she takes on work as a private investigator where one of the cases include a missing young woman. While thinking she still has her best friend Corrine to lean on for support, Robin learns that tragedy has struck when she finds out that Corrine has died the day after she arrived. Unhappy with the police investigation that follows, Robin decides to take matters into her own hands to find out the truth. 

    The book starts off as a slow burn, which allows the reader to familiarise themselves with the protagonist and other characters, as well as (like some of the best detective stories) dropping a series breadcrumbs along the way. We follow Robin as she works these two separate cases alongside each other building up a series of critical incidents, but both will put her in danger.

    The narration is superb and the story is ingrained with small and specific details which bring authenticity to the inner city setting of this novel. Birmingham provides the perfect backdrop for this gritty, honest and complex thriller!  Descriptions of the people, the towns, the buildings (right down to the smell and aromas) really bring this book to life. Within an inner city setting, this book highlights some of the dynamics of race, sexism, abuse and classism.

    I loved that the protagonist was a strong female lead who was not afraid to go against the status quo. Robin was bright, brilliant and damaged, and we get to see her vulnerability pitted against her strengths. Her interactions with her family, friends and those who she comes across in her work was one of the highlights of for me, along with the suspense and heart-racing moments!  Midway through the book, I could not put it down and read it greedily in one setting! The conclusion cleverly weaves all the strands together but also leaves you wanting more. I'm really looking forward to the next instalment and seeing what’s in store for DCI Robin Lyons!

    Thank you to Lucie Whitehouse, Martina Ticic of Midas PR and 4th Estate Books for my ARC.

    About the Author

    Lucie Whitehouse was born in Gloucestershire, England, in 1975. She read Classics at Oxford University and worked in publishing while writing her own first novel, The House at Midnight. She is the author of The Bed I Made, which was a TV Book Club pick; the bestselling Before We Met, a Richard and Judy Summer Book Club pick and ITV Crime Thriller Book Club selection; and Keep You Close. Her new novel, Critical Incidents, is the first in a projected trilogy of literary thrillers featuring DCI Robin Lyons and set in Birmingham, UK. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.

    You can find Lucie Whitehouse on
    Twitter @LWhitehouse5

    More information and where to buy

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    Title: Critical Incidents

    Publisher: 4th Estate Books

    Published: Out now

    Amazon

    Waterstones

  3. A Year of Chasing Love by Rosie Chambers Blog Tour & Review

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    Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for book tour for ‘A Year of Chasing Love’ by Rosie Chambers (published 6th January 2020!

    A Year of Chasing Love is described as a ‘delightfully uplifting holiday read for 2020’!

    Book blurb

    One moment can change a lifetime…

    The last thing top divorce lawyer Olivia Hamilton ever expected was to be served her own divorce papers! To escape her marriage troubles, she agrees to go on a year-long trip to find the ultimate guide to love.

    Travelling the world, surrounded by stories of love and happiness, it’s not long before her thoughts turn to Nathan, her soon-to-be ex-husband, and she starts to take note of her own lessons in love…

    But with Nathan over a thousand miles away, will it be too late?

    Perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Philippa Ashley and Caroline Roberts.

    My review

    A Year of Chasing Love is an endearing story about romance, travel and taking chances!

    The story kicks off with our main protagonist and top divorce lawyer Olivia being served with her own divorce papers at her workplace!  Although Olivia was aware that there were problems in her marriage (mostly down to being so focused on her career that she never finds the time to actually spend time with her husband Nathan), she nevertheless devastated by this news!

    Overworked and stressed out, she’s ‘persuaded’ to take a 10-month sabbatical, and through her friend Rachel, Olivia finds herself on a ‘research’ trip visiting countries where divorce rates are lower and marriages have a higher success rate. Her journey begins with Malta and ends in Paris (also known as the City of love)!  At first this seems like a great way to escape her marriage blues but through doing research while writing a guide on lessons in love and what makes a marriage last, Olivia’s true journey is the self-reflection that allows her to discover herself, examine her relationships with others and what really matters to her!  That said, while Oliva was a strong-minded and a high achieving career woman, her self-doubts and self-criticisms were aplenty.

    Olivia is faced with a choice of trying to save her marriage or moving on and while I won’t spoil the ending, I will say that A Year of Chasing Love is a funny and interesting story about love and relationships. That and the gorgeous locations make it a great escape read debut novel from Rosie Chambers!

    Thank you NetGalley and HQ Digital for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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    Thank you to HQStories for the ARC of A Year of Chasing Love. Thank you to everyone who has stopped by – I hope you have enjoyed my review.  Please check out the rest of this blog tour for more thoughts and reviews about this book!

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    About the Author

    Rosie Chambers loves writing uplifting, feel-good stories set in sun-filled locations around the world. Her stories are filled with fun, friendship and foodie treats, which Rosie hopes will bring a smile to her readers' faces.

    She's always in the market for quirky stationery and is never happier than with a pen in one hand and a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit in the other. A YEAR OF CHASING LOVE is her debut novel.

    You can find Rosie Chambers on
    Twitter @ https://twitter.com/RosieCbooks

    More information and where to buy

    Title: A Year of Chasing Love Author: Rosie Chambers
    Publisher: HQ Stories
    Published:  Ebook available January 6th 2020  Paperback available March 19th 2020

    Amazon

    Waterstones

     

  4. Wishes Under a Starlit Sky by Lucy Knott – Blog Tour & Review

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    Hey bookworms, today I’m excited to be part of the book tour for this wonderful festive read by Lucy Knott!

    Book blurb

    When life doesn’t go to plan, you can write yourself a new story…

    From the outside, Harper Hayes looks like she is winning at life.

    She has an amazing job as a script writer, a wonderful house, an awesome best friend and an incredible husband.

    Yes, life seems to be pretty, dare she say it? Perfect?

    But life is about to throw more than one spanner in the works of Harper’s picture perfect existence and at the busiest time of the year too…

    As Christmas approaches, Harper will have some soul searching to do to decide if there really is such thing as the happily-ever-after she writes about.

    My review

    Wishes Under a Starlit Sky is a gorgeously festive and inspiring read.  It’s a story about love, wonderful friendships and following your dreams!

    The story doesn’t start off well for our protagonist Harper – in fact it begins with her husband walking out on their 6-year long marriage just before Christmas.  Devastated by this bombshell, we follow Harper over the period of the next few years that follow, as she tries to move on and get her life back together.  The book is set between London (her base) and Colorado, and really begins when Harper and her wonderful best friend Madi take a trip to the latter, to visit her parents during Christmas time. 

    We watch as she experiences both the highs and lows and is helped along the way by her loving parents, her best friend and people she meets along the way, and  eventually herself.  Their trip to Colorado provides a beautiful snowy backdrop to the festive activities taking place at the time and this book just oozes with cosiness wrapped up in a warm blanket of magic!  Think falling snow, hot chocolate, pancakes, warm syrup, tempting vegan food and you’ll get the idea!

    This book wasn’t your typical romance (although it is romantic), it focused more on the importance of friendship and how people can appear just at the right moment in your life!  People that you just know will become lifelong friends who make you smile, laugh and sometimes cry, but will always be there when you need them with a hug and maybe a hot toddy or Bailey’s infused hot chocolate!  There are some amazing characters in this book (special shout out to her best friend Madi, her parents, Dean, Erin and Hayley) and there is of course, some romance towards the end of the book, but it’s the changes within Harper that makes this a special read! We follow her journey of self-belief and see her build up enough courage face her fears and follow her heart to a journey filled with happiness! 

    4-stars

    Thank you NetGalley and HQ Digital for the ARC of Wishes Under A Starlit Sky in exchange for an honest review.

    Thank you also to HQStories and everyone who has stopped by – I hope you enjoyed my review.  Please check out the rest of this blog tour for more thoughts and reviews about this book!

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    About the Author

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    Lucy Knott is a former professional wrestler with a passion for storytelling. Now, instead of telling her stories in the ring, she’s putting pen to paper, fulfilling another lifelong dream in becoming an Author.

    Inspired by her Italian Grandparents, when she is not writing you will most likely find her cooking, baking and devouring Italian food, in addition to learning Italian and daydreaming of trips to Italy.

    Along with her twin sister, Kelly, Lucy runs TheBlossomTwins.com, where she enthusiastically shares her love for books, baking and Italy, with daily posts, reviews and recipes.

    You can find Lucy on
    Twitter @TheBlossomTwins or @LucyCKnott
    Instagram @LucyCKnott
    Website: www.theblossomtwins.com

    Where to buy

    Amazon

    Waterstones 

    Foyles