#BookReview The Purpose Plan by Jennie Aberle #NonFiction #SelfHelp

Book Review

The Purpose Plan by Jennie Aberle

My Rating: 3*

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My Review:

I do enjoy reading personal development books aimed at helping us achieve our dreams. Unfortunately, I’ve read so many self-help books over the years that they tend to re-tell me something I already know. I had high hopes for The Purpose Plan as it claimed to be able to help me find my special sauce!

I love the idea of this book, and while it is well written, I did feel Continue reading “#BookReview The Purpose Plan by Jennie Aberle #NonFiction #SelfHelp”

#BookReview Luna’s Adventures in Petlandia #TuesdayBookBlog @petlandiapost #PictureBook

Personalised Children’s Picture Book

My Rating: 5*

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If you follow me on Facebook, you will notice the abundance of posts I share about my crazy black cat, Luna. Since she exploded into our lives a year ago, we have been captivated by her personality, love, and character. Having never had a fluffy pet before (you can’t cuddle a goldfish!) I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much joy we have experienced since Luna arrived.

I’ve read about the meditative benefits of owning and caring for a pet, but until Luna became a part of our family, I hadn’t realised just how beneficial it was, not just for me, but for my children. Luna is a tonic for the mind, body, and soul.

So, when I spotted a sponsored thread on my Facebook feed just before Christmas, to have your pet immortalised within the pages of a book I jumped at the chance. The only fault I could find with this product is the inability to add more than one ‘owner’ name. As I have three children, it was a tough decision as to who I chose to be the star of the book alongside Luna. In the end, and to ensure there were no festive tantrums, I decided to treat myself and used my name! Okay, okay, I probably should have purchased three books!!

Petlandia allows you to choose a pet (cat, dog or rabbit) and customise to suit your needs, including fur colour, eyes, pattern, and collar. You can then input your pet’s name, the owner’s name (or child’s name), and the town you live.

Once ordered you can sit back and relax and await your personalised delivery. The story is written by Steve Cleverley with illustrations by Katja Hammond, and the duo make an impressive team. I was delighted with my finished product. In my version, Luna dreams of going to Hollywoof to become a star. She leaves home and flies halfway across the world where she achieves her dream of becoming an online superstar with 50 million views on her YouChew channel. But in the end, Luna misses home and her owner (that’s me!).

Jumping into Shelley’s arms Luna cried with joy,

then Shelley squeezed the squeaker in a squishy, squashy toy.

Since my three children arrived at the interesting teenage stage of their development, I’ve missed reading picture books. I was, therefore, thrilled with my personalised book, Luna’s Adventures in Petlandia which took me back to when the kids were younger. The story is told in rhyme with stunning illustrations. The tale (no pun intended) is heart-warming and even got an ‘aww, that’s gorgeous’ out of my fourteen-year-old daughter.

I can’t recommend this product enough. If you have a child who adores their pet, or if you are, like me, a self-confessed crazy cat lady, then I urge you to get your own version of this book.

Here are what the critics are saying…

“Woof woofity woof woof bark bark woof!” The Hollywoof Reporter *****

“Meow, meow, meow, meow…PURR!” Mew York Times *****

“A truly pawsome read!” Rex Growl *****

Blurb:

Welcome to Petlandia.

A crazy world where any pet can become a star, including YOURS!

From Mew York to Hollywoof, Hamsterdam to Barkelona, this pawsome place is the dream destination for starstruck pets everywhere!

Visit Petlandia’s website to input your pet details and order your unique book.

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#BookReview Writing Dark Stories by @RayneHall #HowTo #wwwBlogs

Title: Writing Dark Stories

Author: Rayne Hall

Category: Non-Fiction/How-To

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Amazon UK | Amazon US

My Review:

Rayne Hall was one of the first writers I followed on Twitter and one of the first to engage with me in a meaningful way. She always replied to any tweets, was quick to reciprocate when I promoted her books, and always ready with an answer if I was stuck (on tweeting or writing!)

Thanks to this positive interaction I decided to see what Rayne’s books were all about. She writes horror and fantasy (a huge tick in the box for me), she also has a black cat (we’re practically soul sisters!), but it was her Writer’s Craft Series that hooked me in. Over the years I have added every new release to my growing collection and find them to be a valuable resource. Continue reading “#BookReview Writing Dark Stories by @RayneHall #HowTo #wwwBlogs”

Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Claire (@BrizzleLass) #Fantasy #ChickLit

Here on the Reader Spot, I share the bookish love of our avid book reviewers. From young adult to historical romance, chick-lit to a murder mystery, they know what they like, and they’re happy to share.  Whether you are a reader looking for a new book, or a writer wondering what your reader wants, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

Next up to the Reader Spot is the very lovely, Claire from Brizzle Lass Books. Find her beautiful book review blog HERE.

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What genre do you enjoy reading?

Fantasy is my go to but I also enjoy Paranormal, Chick-lit and Romance and I enjoy them all in adult and YA.

Do you have a favourite author in this genre?

This changes pretty regularly but at the moment Continue reading “Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Claire (@BrizzleLass) #Fantasy #ChickLit”

#BookReview One by @SarahCrossan #TuesdayBookBlog #YA #Contemporary

Title: One

Author: Sarah Crossan

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Category: Contemporary YA Romance

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My Review:

It’s no secret that I’m a huge YA fan, although I tend to stick with dark fantasy rather than romance or contemporary, but when a book wins a ton of awards (YA Book Prize, Carnegie Medal, CBI Book of the Year, and Clippa Poetry Award) then it’s enough to entice me over to the pink and fluffy side. Continue reading “#BookReview One by @SarahCrossan #TuesdayBookBlog #YA #Contemporary”

#BookReview The Devil You Know by @TerryTyler4 #Thriller

Title: The Devil You Know

Author: Terry Tyler

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Category: Psychological Thriller

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My Review:

‘Every serial killer is someone’s friend, spouse, lover or child…’

It’s a frightening thought that you could know someone capable of such atrocities as rape and murder.

In Terry Tyler’s latest novel, The Devil You Know, she expertly weaves fives stories/five lives around the brutal murders of a string of young women, leaving the reader feeling as scared, horrified, anxious and betrayed as her characters. Introduced to the five suspects via the point of view of the mother, wife, colleague, friend, and a teenager who are closest to them.

The Devil You Know is storytelling at its absolute best. Captivating, compelling and psychologically thrilling.

The author kept me guessing until the bitter end no matter how much I thought I’d cracked it, only to then be swayed once again.

My favourite part of the book is the final revelation and the way each suspect’s life story is wrapped up so beautifully.

I would highly recommend this novel.

Blurb:

Every serial killer is someone’s friend, spouse, lover or child….

Young women are being murdered in the Lincolnshire town of Lyndford, where five people fear someone close to them might be the monster the police are searching for. One of them is right.

Juliet sees an expert’s profile of the average serial killer and realises that her abusive husband, Paul, ticks all the boxes.

Maisie thinks her mum’s new boyfriend seems too good to be true. Is she the only person who can see through Gary’s friendly, sensitive façade?

Tamsin is besotted with her office crush, Jake. Then love turns to suspicion…

Steve is used to his childhood friend, Dan, being a loud mouthed Lothario with little respect for the truth. But is a new influence in his life leading him down a more sinister path?

Dorothy’s beloved son, Orlando, is keeping a secret from her—a chilling discovery forces her to confront her worst fears.

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is a character-driven psychological drama that will keep you guessing until the very end.

BUY your copy of The Devil You Know from Amazon UK or Amazon US

About the Author:

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Terry Tyler’s first Amazon publication, ‘You Wish’, won ‘Best Women’s Fiction’ in the eFestival of Words 2013, while short story collection ‘Nine Lives’ and family drama ‘Last Child’ have won other small online awards.

Terry is fascinated by the psychology behind relationships, and this forms the background of all her books. From the ‘is my husband/friend/son a serial killer?’ fears of the characters in her new release, ‘The Devil You Know’, to the dark and complex emotional tangles of ‘The House of York’, to the aspirations of several writers in ‘Best Seller, it’s all about the characters. And the plot twists…

Terry has a blog on which she writes around many topics (social networking, writing, nostalgia, TV and film). The link: http://www.terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/ . She also has a book review blog, on which you can find her own reading choices and those she reads as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

She loves Twitter (TerryTyler4) and can also be found on Goodreads and Facebook. Terry lives in the north east of England with her husband.

 

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#BookReview Song of Princes by Janell Rhiannon #TuesdayBookBlog #GreekMythology #RBRT

Author: Janell Rhiannon

Category: Greek Myth and Legend

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Review:

I read Song of Princes: Volume 1 (Homeric Chronicles) as a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team #RBRT

I do love reading about Greek mythology, although it’s normally in a non-fiction format or as a modernised young adult fictional twist. So when I read the blurb for Song of Princes, I couldn’t resist. I also love the cover design. Continue reading “#BookReview Song of Princes by Janell Rhiannon #TuesdayBookBlog #GreekMythology #RBRT”