Book Review: The Perfectly Imperfect Women by Milly Johnson

Synopsis

Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on 36351949the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.

Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.

But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is the heart-warming and hilarious new novel from the queen of feel-good fiction – a novel of family, secrets, love and redemption … and broken hearts mended and made all the stronger for it.

Review

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Thank You to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was more than a little bit excited going into this book, the last book I had read from 20171228_145957.jpgMilly Johnson I had continued reading until the early hours of the morning just to find out what happened so when I saw this on NetGalley I couldn’t help but request it!

So did I spend the rest of the night reading after I downloaded it? No I didn’t, but I still had a great time reading it over a few days! The story follow Marnie as she tries to navigate through her life while admittedly making more than one mistake. One of the things that first struck me about this book was the fact that although I didn’t have what I would call an instant connection to Marnie, the mistakes while obvious and avoidable didn’t annoy me as much as they usually do. I do tend to rage a lot at characters thought processes and decisions so it was nice to just lose myself in the story.

The story itself was nothing how I imagined it to be, the first few chapters sort of trundled a long how you would imagine and then suddenly it twists the entire story into a whole other direction, which was great, I love surprises. While the story is fast paced there is definitely enough going on to keep you sucked in. What was the most surprising about the story however was the amount of mystery and the little bit of supernatural that was involved. To be honest going into the book I had just sort of assumed it was going to all be mostly romance but I think the slight branching out into different genres gave it that little bit of an edge.

In regards to the characters Marnie definitely grew on me and I absolutely adored Lilian and a few other members of the village. I also like that there were a variety of different characters within the village just to make it all the more interesting. The character development was really well written and it was great to see Marnie except the good with the bad. I probably would of liked it better if a few ‘events’ or ‘issues’ had been completely resolved e.g. with her sister but let’s be fair there was probably no saving that ever. The ending was both a surprise and satisfying which is always hard to do and something that really topped of the book for me. If you are looking for a feel good summer read, full of intrigue, romance and a little bit of mystery then this is the book for you!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

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Book Review: The Single Girls Calendar by Erin Green

The Single Girls Calendar

Synopsis

 

A task a day to cure a broken heart.The Single Girl's Calendar

Esmé Peel is approaching thirty with some trepidation, but hope in her heart. If she can just get her long-term boyfriend Andrew to propose, she will have ticked everything off her ‘things to do by the time you’re 30’ list. She didn’t reckon on finding another woman’s earring in her bed however, and soon she finds herself single, homeless and in need of a new plan. Her best friend Carys gives her the perfect present – The Single Girl’s Calendar – which has a different cure for heartbreak every day:

Day 1: Look and feel fabulous with a new hair style.

Day 2: Step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Day 3: Reconnect with friends and enjoy!

Despite thinking it’s a bit of a gimmick, Esmé hasn’t got any better ideas, so she puts the plan into action. By the end of week one she has four new male housemates, and despite a broken heart she is determined to show Andrew she can do more than survive, she can thrive.

Review

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Okay so I finished this books a couple of days ago and I have really struggled to force myself to sit down and write this review. Usually there are many reasons as to why this might be, I generally don’t have the time, I’m procrastinating, I’m to busy reading my next book, but for this one it’s because I generally have had a hard time deciding how I feel about the book.

20171228_145831.jpgIt starts of exactly how the blurb promises, Esme full of hope that her long time partner would propose is instead met with the stark reality of a cheating not even finance to be. This being one hell of a deal breaker she leaves and desperately tries to scramble to sort out her life. With a calendar giving her a task a day she is well on her way to finding some sort of order in the chaos.

So I will start with everything that I liked about the book, it was a great little beach and wine kind of read, the nice easy relaxing sort of read which is great for holidays and relaxing. There wasn’t to much indecision with the character as she knew she had to make a change and she went ahead, took the opportunities that were presented to her and just really went for it. The book took a few unexpected turns which to be honest I wasn’t really expecting and there was a few side stories going on to break up the book a little bit. All was going well till about half way through.

The second half of the book I lost it a little bit with Esme, the decisions become a tad more erratic, character development seems to slow and I just couldn’t get behind everything that was going on, but I was definitely still invested and I really wanted to see her get her happy ending. The ending I did not like. At all. It felt like it was going backwards, some of the ‘twists’ genuinely annoyed me and it really tainted how I felt about the entire book. I can see why the author chose to take the story in that particular direction, I just didn’t like it. It took a bit of debate for me to decide how I wanted to rate it at all but overall I think it does deserve a solid 3/5 despite the ending. Saying that I did enjoy the writing style and at points it did surpass much of my expectations. Not one I will read again but it hasn’t put be of trying more of the authors work.

Thank You to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: If you like chick lit, probably other then that no.

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

The Secrets of Married Women

‘Losing a baby feels like the end of an unwritten story, I’ve spent hours visualizing her life from birth to old age.’

Goodreads SynopsisThe Secrets of Married Women

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is harder.
Jill and Rob are happily married and still very much in love. Then everything changes when they discover that Rob is infertile. Having children has never been the be all and end all for Jill. Yet, admittedly, a tiny part of her now wants what she can’t have. But more than craving the impossible, Jill just wants her marriage back to the way it was. But Rob has taken the news badly. He won’t touch her. They never have sex anymore. And worse still, he won’t talk about it.
Frustrated and unsure what to do, Jill is drawn into being an unwitting ‘ear’ for her best friend Leigh who is having a steamy extra-marital affair. Married to a man who is eager to please but fails to satisfy, Leigh has decided that life is too short to put her own happiness last. She has given her affair an expiry date: six weeks and then she will end it.
Then there is Wendy, who is married to handsome Neil, a top policeman. Wendy is one of those friends who never lets her guard drop – a content mother and a wife whose trust and faith in her husband seems to know no limits.
But are things ever what they seem?
Does life ever go according to plan?
How well do we ever know our husbands, our best friends, or even ourselves?
Jill is about to find out when she faces infidelity and the truth head on…

Review

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I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into this book, especially as I knew it was the debut novel of Carol Mason but what I found was that this book was far less ‘fluffy’ then I had originally anticipated, although I don’t necessarily find this to be a bad thing, It did have some parts of the book were painstakingly predictable, there was enough unpredictability to keep me engaged.

The characters themselves were all unique and well fleshed out which was great to read but it was their decisions that had me pulling my hair out. Okay yes the thought processes they had behind them were explained and sure the majority of the time I could see where they were coming from but still that did not stop me from internally screaming at them. As I mentioned the plot itself did have points which took me by surprise just not as many as I would of liked and I did think (without giving away any spoilers) that one story-line involving Wendy was not given as much attention as it deserved as was included to add more shock value then to really be explored. Saying that the girls really did have a lot going on between them so perhaps it is to be expected that not every plot point can elaborated on too greatly. The main reason I deducted stars however as it really was an enjoyable read was that I was not too sold on the ending, it does make sense that it ended like that but I felt it would of been a stronger ending to end it about 20 pages beforehand. Either way it was a very promising first novel and I will definitely be keen to try more in the future.

Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Hector Reborn – Ian Thompson

“The strong should protect the weak”

Goodreads Synopsis:Hector Reborn: Volume I: Death & Life

Prince Hector, the greatest defending warrior in the epic Trojan War, is brutally slain by his nemesis Achilles… And finds himself reborn in an astounding new realm.

Traumatized by separation from his family, nation and world, Hector finds it hard to accept the prospect of a new life. His rigid codes of honor and loyalty make him feel as if he has abandoned his war-ravaged home. The beautiful Elsha of the Nemalite people, introduces him to an Elysium of kindness, harmony and magic, where living gods can walk among mortals. The Trojan Prince is enraptured by his new friend and the apparent miracles around him, and at first believes this world is perfect. He gradually learns of a grotesque force which holds the Nemalites under a thrall of fear and hopelessness. Hector cannot stand by and watch the horrors around him – he acts to save his new friends…

But the result of his efforts is not peace, rather the unleashing of a menace that plunges Elysium into hellish turmoil. Guilty of the murder of innocents and hated by his companions, Hector fights to curtail the disaster he has caused. Against him stands an army of Shaltine – supernatural warriors which exude an aura of Fear, rendering all opponents helpless. Countless lives, both on Elysium and back on Hector’s home world, are threatened by a fate far worse than death. And amid all the chaos, desperation and destruction, there awaits a malevolent revelation for Hector…

Something so awful it may destroy Hector’s sanity before it takes his life.

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I have to admit what first interested me about this book was the use of Hector as a main character, I love the movie Troy and this seemed like a good ‘follow on’ if you will. This novel is definitely unique as it incorporates history and fantasy into one whirlwind of a story. We are immediately transported into the world of Hector, the Prince warrior who is determinedly trying to protect his homeland before his death at the hand of Achilles. The new world he is transported into was a little hard to get a grip on at first as everything was fleshed out but I was soon able to gain a grasp of what was going on.

Hector as a character is hard not to like, he has a distinct set of values and is loyal to a fault. Although granted this does get him into trouble later in the book and he is not immune to making mistakes it was good to read. Without giving away too many spoilers the other characters were definitely full of surprises and the author has no qualms about character deaths. Personally I do enjoy this in a novel as it creates genuine fear for the characters and their fates. If you do enjoy fantasy mixed with some historical fiction then I would recommend this for you.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, if you would like to visit their website you can find that here.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

“Maybe you’ll win when hell freezes over.”

He raised an eyebrow.

“That could be easily arranged.”

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Every girl who had taken the test has died.The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom – and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld – and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy – until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails…

Review:

What first drew me to the book was the involvement of Greek mythology, I have always loved Greek and Roman Gods so I was pleasantly surprised with this one as the gods are a lot more involved then initially stated. However it has to be said there was a lot of artistic license used in their re-imagining, while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it gives more variety to the reading and the story but I can see how it may bother some people. Personally I didn’t mind as I mentioned it does give variety in writing and at least shows that the author is at least willing to try different things.

The start was quite emotional, I liked that Kate is shown to be able to stand up for herself  I was worried she was going to be quite a mild mannered character so was relieved when she turned around and proved me wrong! Her relationship with her mother has to be one of my highlights though as I felt that it was very well written and really did pull at the heartstrings.

Henry and Kate’s relationship took me a little longer to ship, sure they followed what I would call a normal trajectory for a young adult relationship which normally I adore but they just didn’t seem to have any chemistry and it took a long time before I was able to believe them as a couple. The most underwhelming thing for me though were the seven tests, I was expecting huge tests of herculean proportions (excuse the pun) but instead they just felt flat, she didn’t know she was participating half the time and when she did it seemed as if she had just immediately passed. Saying that I did like the idea behind them but it could of possibly been better executed.

The ending as well was something else that I felt fell flat, not because it didn’t surprise me because it did but I was just expecting something more, perhaps my expectations were too high I don’t know I was enjoying the read I just wanted to be enjoying it more. Either way I would still recommend it, especially to anyone who is interested in reading about the Greek Gods.

Rating: 3/5 

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

 

 

Pieces of my Life – Rachel Dann

“So many of them, especially – I am sad to say – the women, are just victims of circumstance”

Goodreads Synopsis:Pieces of My Life

A journey she never expected…
Kirsty is happy. Really, she is. After five years with her boyfriend, Harry, she’s ready to take things to the next step and turn that spare room into a little nursery. And she thought Harry was too.

Only, it turns out that Harry’s ‘big news’ is actually not that he wants to try for a baby, but that he wants to travel to South America – with Kirsty! She’ll just have to trust that after their trip of a lifetime, Harry will be ready to settle down for good.

Arriving in hot, steamy Ecuador it soon becomes clear that Harry is hiding something. Something that he’s been hiding for years. And as Kirsty’s dreams are at risk of shattering, she begins to pick up the pieces of the life that she’s put off for so long…

Review:

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is another book I would recommend for a beach and wine kinda day, it’s a nice easy read but one that does have more then a few surprises up it’s sleeve. I do love a good self discovery/personal growth book and this one really does deliver. What I really loved about this book was that it does not just focus on Kirsty and Harry’s relationship, but focuses on her relationship with her parents as well, I felt that this really helped develop Kristy’s character as well as add some great side stories within the novel. The ‘secret’ that Harry is hiding is relatively easy to guess at the beginning of the book but I do like that it is not actually revealed to early. My favourite aspect of the book was that it was able to challenge my beliefs regarding the prisoners. It was great to see varying points of views and people’s reasons behind decisions and mistakes they may of made. Sometimes I feel personally I am too quick to judge so it’s always good to have something that makes you stop and think. Overall a great read.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

First Line Friday #3

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

‘Statistics show that mortals sell their souls for five reasons: sex, money, power, revenge, and love. In that order. I suppose I should have been reassured, then that I was out here assisting with numero uno, but the whole situation just made me feel ….. well, sleazy.’

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And the winner is Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead!

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I originally picked up this book after the last time I had reread the vampire academy series and wasn’t really sure what to expect, I definitely didn’t like it as much as I love the VA series but it was a good read none the less. Georgia’s character is a bit of a Mary Sue and the book does start of slow but I did go on to read the other books in the series straight after this!

Goodreads Synopsis:

When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?

But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid’s life is far less exotic. At least there’s her day job at a local bookstore–free books; all the white chocolate mochas she can drink; and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can’t.

But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle’s demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won’t help because Georgina’s about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny. .

What makes you want to read this book more the first few lines or the synopsis? I think for this one the first lines would be the winner for me.