Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler

Don't Wake Up

Alex Taylor, a Doctor, Pilot and all round over achiever is the likable main character of this Thriller.
As you begin the story Alex awakens on a table and bound, restrained with someone standing over her who is dressed as a doctor but likely isn’t. Next time she comes to shes in the car park.
No one believes her, and slowly she alienates people but trying to share her version of the truth.
The story makes you question who you can trust, if it really happened, and more importantly is being a good person all you need?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This Mortal Coil
Crazy, brilliant, ingenious 

They are the three words I would use to describe ‘This Mortal Coil’

In a tech controlled world Catarina and her father Lauchlan are genius’. He is known for his brilliance, but in the past has made mistakes, now the virus is coming for all of them and he needs to make a vaccine. Cartaxus – the company that controls the apps that are available to change your world for the better, from making food taste better, to helping you heal.

I really enjoyed this book, it sits clearly on the YA Sci-fi and fantasy shelf, has interesting characters and its easy to connect with Catarina as you read. Today’s world is so full of technology with a lot of it being managed by apps the future vision feels like it’s a path we could be headed down, scientific research, only learning so much from animals and the ability to grow horns or change your hair colour at the push of a button feels like its nearly a possibility. Its all about trying to outwit nature and change evolution – perfect for getting your imagination fired up.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This Mortal Coil is due for release on 02 November 2017.

This was a lovely surprising ARC from net galley, in exchange for an honest review.

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Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between

I picked up this book after watching the last four episode of Gilmore Girls – A Year in the Life. Its a show I really enjoyed watching and I had seen some rave reviews about this book.

Lauren Graham is known for playing Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls (and Sarah Braverman on Parenthood too apparently, but I’ve never watched it). This for me felt like a collection of stories that would be something people would bring up in conversation. I caught myself on more than one occasion skimming rather than reading, which is a shame – If your a fan of Lauren’s you’d probably be giving this 5 stars, but for me it lacked a little structure and the amusing parts where overshadowed by blabber.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas

Last Seen Alive

There seems to be a trend for books to be set in the South West of England at the moment, And I love it!
This book is about a couple, hes still friendly with his ex, and we know she has a deep dark secret. They do a house-swap to get away from it all but it only makes things worse. Her history intrigues from the start as its obvious that’s key to the storyline however its not clear if his history will be just as pivotal.

I was foreseeing danger that wasn’t always there, and questioning how the link to the past was going to play out.
Its a brilliant read.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

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Hinder by Kristin Ping

HinderThis is the story of a teenage boy and girl, with abilities, hidden with a group of like abilitied people from the outside world.

The premise of the story is that they need each other but if they get together it will kill one of them – with a side story reminding us it’s about who you are not what you look like.
For me the story was a little tired, big events happen but it didn’t really feel like anything did.. the time span of the book is likely over about three to six months but for me it felt like it was a day or two.

If you like the paranormal you might enjoy this but be aware it doesn’t feel original or different

This book was an ARC from NetGalley.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
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How Hard Can It Be? – Allison Pearson

How Hard Can It Be?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As usual, I have NetGalley to thank for this ARC
Knowing that this was a sequel book I did wonder how much i would need to catch up on to be up to speed with this one. The answer is not at all. Whilst you dive straight in there is more than enough to help you understand the current situation, so it works perfectly as a standalone book. That being said, I have already added the previous book – I don’t know how she does it to my reading pile.

This is the story of Kate Reddy, middle-aged, broke, and struggling to cope with various aspects of co-parenting with an easily unlikable husband. There’s lies, deceit and just the right amount of romance for it to be a lovely story.

Interestingly there’s so much of Kate’s life that I sympathized with, and connected to although I’ve not experienced the things she was going through – Married, Nope, Kids, Nope, Menopause, nope, Lying about my age, not yet! The writing style helped you feel for Kate, and want to be her friend.

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The Walls by Hollie Overton

The Walls
The Walls is an emotional rollercoster, wrapped up in a pretty bow.
Note: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Random House.

Having loved Hollies first book, Baby Doll I couldn’t resist the opportunity to read her new novel.
The backdrop of continual ‘murder’ whilst going about you everyday life creates a brilliant atmosphere for the Texan setting of Kristy Tuckers story. Her fairy-tale prince turning into a monster creates a desperate environment – picking up the humiliation of the situation, the desire for it to not be true, but also allowing Kristy to use her knowledge of the system to her advantage.
I spent a large part of the book optimistically thinking I hope her Pops makes it through the book, and the baby killer really is innocent and is freed along with the hope she’d secretly take martial arts lessons. Looking back I’m glad Hollie didn’t grant all of my wishes!

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up The Handmaids Tale because it seems to be the hot new (old) book – and as Channel 4 are currently showing the Hulu series I figured book before TV show.
The book, first published in 1985 shares the story of what happens when people are categorized and women lose the freedom they previously had.
It took a while to understand why all of a sudden this has become so popular – but with the background to the storyline – set in America, the assassination of the president and a revolution it became clear.

We only follow the path of the main character – Offred, with the writing style blurring speech and thoughts seamlessly but not always obviously. The main plot is about a girl who is trying to get pregnant so in the new society she can help produce the future.

Its worth a read if you re looking for something a little serious, that you have to pay attention to – Im glad I read it, but I dont think its on the I’ll read again pile.

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My Sister’s Wedding by Vicky Pattison

My Sister's Wedding

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book had a Sophie Kinsella feel to it, I could feel myself cheering on both sisters all the way through.

There’s enough to keep your interest and make the characters relate-able whilst keeping the story-line flowing. definitely one for the beach / holiday reading list this year, but all in all its just a brilliant escape from reality for a couple of hours no matter where you are.

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Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

This book popped up on my to read list because I’ve read Girl on the Train. I can understand why they linked it, but it’s not the selling point for the book – there’s no real resemblance in writing style or plotline. I was then lucky enough to get a copy from NetGalley to read.  The title didn’t initially appeal to me, and not just because I have a friend who calls everyone babydoll!

I skimmed the promotional outline (below)  and jumped straight in. I am so glad that the title didn’t deter me.

Blurb Alert:

Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked.

This is what happens next…
…to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter…and to her captor’

.Theres not really any chapter breaks or definition making it was so easy to get lost in the story and not realize how much time has passed. It’s just engrossing.  I enjoyed the characters and the emotion the story conveyed. The story is told from varying Points of View which really makes some characters stand out as more interesting.

Theres a handful of little points in the book that didn’t quite sit right with me, either Lily’s behavior or lack of, which I wont spoil for you, but overall I enjoyed the read.