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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

#BookReview BONE CHINA by LAURA PURCELL


ABOUT THE BOOK

Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft's family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken. But Dr Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the same disease in the cliffs beneath his new Cornish home. While he devotes himself to his controversial medical trials, Louise finds herself increasingly discomfited by the strange tales her new maid tells of the fairies that hunt the land, searching for those they can steal away to their realm.

Forty years later, Hester Why arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralysed and almost entirely mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try and escape her past, but surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last.
 

PUBLISHED by RAVEN BOOKS
Publication Date  - 19th September 2019


PRE-ORDER LINKS

Amazon UK  £10.53

hive.co.uk  £9.39

whsmith  £8.99

Goldsboro Books - signed first edition £12.99


MY REVIEW

Gloriously gothic and deliciously dark - it's fair to say that I loved reading this and I will never look at a piece of willow patterned china the same way ever again!!

Bone China is a story set over 2 timelines and it's a fascinating mix of history, folklore, obsession, madness and superstition.  There are many threads throughout that I found so absorbing and I loved how the story went backwards and forwards to give you different glimpses of the characters and to watch it all come together at the end was extremely satisfying!

We start with Hester Why as she travels to Cornwall to take up a position looking after Louise Pinecroft who is confined to her home and rarely speaks.  Hester is obviously trying to escape her past for whatever reason, but she soon finds that her present may be just as dangerous as what she left behind.

If she's looking for isolation then the home of Louise Pinecroft might be just the place for her!  There's chatter amongst the staff at Morvoren House and she has warning of who to avoid and also the folklore that outsiders may dismiss as nonsense but those living there are more wary.  With the almost mute Louise spending the majority of her time staring at the bone china colllection in her room, Hester finds the past playing more and more on her mind and her reliance of self medicating becomes the only way to get through each day.

The story then looks back on Louise in the past, living at the house with her father who was a Doctor, and he sets out on a revolutionary way of treating patients with consumption.  It's a fascinating look at life of a different time, and using prisoners at his 'guineapigs' was the only way he could get permission to try his methods out.   Having lost his family to the disease he was driven to the point of obsession to try and eradicate it.

And with Hester we get to see her life before her move, and her devotion to her mistress Lady Rose, new wife of Sir Arthur Windrop, whose mother ruled the roost and Lady Rose found herself becoming more reliant on Hester as nothing she ever did was good enough for his mother.  Hester was smitten and found herself giving more advice to Lady Rose that others didn't appreciate so much and wanted to find a way to ease her out of the picture - and Hester took to alcohol there too to numb the pain and sadness she felt when things didn't go her way.

As Hester settles into life looking after Louise, a number of other stories open up not least the strange things that are happening around the room of Louise and the influence that certain staff have on the daily goings on at the house.  It all felt very unsettling and it was brilliantly played out with every new twist and turn.

It seemed to me that the author had so much fun with these characters and settings!  Her imagination ran wild with the folklore elements and it was equally exciting and terrifying as to where the story was going to go!  

This is a  book that chilled and thrilled me and I loved every single minute!  Fabulous!!

★★★★★


















Monday, 16 September 2019

#MusicMonday - Wouldn't It Be Good by Nik Kershaw


It's that time of the week again to get a little groovy! Hosted by The Tattooed Book Geek this is just a chance to share a song that you like!

And my pick today is one from the past! I love Nik Kershaw and Wouldn't It Be Good is one of my faves!


LYRICS

I got it bad
You don't know how bad I got it
You got it easy
You don't know when you've got it good
It's getting harder
Just keeping life and soul together
I'm sick of fighting
Even though I know I should
The cold is biting
Through each and every nerve and fibre
My broken spirit is frozen to the core
I don't want to be here no more
Wouldn't it be good to be in your shoes
Even if it was for just one day?
Wouldn't it be good if we could wish ourselves away?
Wouldn't it be good to be on your side?
The grass is always greener over there
Wouldn't it be good if we could live without a care?
You must be joking
You don't know a thing about it
You've got no problem
I'd stay right there if I were you
I got it harder
You couldn't dream how hard I got it
Stay out of my shoes
If you know what's good for you
The heat is stifling
Burning me up from the inside
The sweat is coming through each and every pore
I don't want to be here no more
I don't want to be here no more
I don't want to be here no more
Wouldn't it be good to be in your shoes
Even if it was for just one day?
Wouldn't it be good if we could wish ourselves away?
Wouldn't it be good to be on your side?
The grass is always greener over there
Wouldn't it be good if we could live without a care?
I got it bad
You don't know how bad I got it
You got it easy
You don't know when you've got it good
It's getting harder
Just keeping life and soul together
I'm sick of fighting
Even though I know I should

















Sunday, 15 September 2019

#BookReview AFTER THE END by CLARE MACKINTOSH


ABOUT THE BOOK

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They're best friends, lovers—unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can't agree. They each want a different future for their son.

What if they could have both?

A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning

PUBLISHED BY SPHERE


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MY REVIEW

This was a very emotive story that cleverly explores the 'what if's' around a married couple dealing with their terminally ill son but disagreeing on the course of treatment for him. The alternate storylines threw me a little bit when I first started reading them, but it soon made perfect sense in allowing the story to be told in this way and really added to your experience of reading as you'd put yourself in that position and wonder what you'd do in a similar position.

Max and Pip are a happily married couple who should be living life to the fullest with their son Dylan, but he's in hospital with a brain tumour so his life is medication, tube feeding and being made 'comfortable'. Pip is by his side constantly - her world is the hospital and the other parents and children on the ward - her husband is still working flying back to the US on and off, whilst still consumed by thoughts of his son. When the news about his condition worsens, the split in the outlook of Max and Pip becomes clear - what's best for Dylan? How do you decide if you can't agree? So a court case is the way forward...

The story then splits to the alternate timelines - what would happen if Pip got her way to let him die with dignity? and what would happen if Max got his wish to try new treatments in the US? This opens up a great insight into how life could turn out in both scenarios and really showed that there is no real right or wrong in such a tragic situation.

WE also get the viewpoint of Laila, a Dr working at the hospital and dealing with Dylan and how he impact affects her and I really liked seeing this different persepective from someone who has to deal professionally but can't help but get emotionally attached.

It also brought to light the impact that the role of the media plays - how the public take sides in matters such as these - the abuse that the parents could receive from people who didn't know all the facts but would make their minds up from what they read in the papers or saw on TV.

I was totally absorbed in this story and found the way the different outcomes were allowed to play out was quite refreshing in the way that it let you see the 'after' story evolve, often in ways I didn't expect. A very moving story.

★★★★






#BookReview The Secret to Happiness by Jessica Redland


ABOUT THE BOOK

Danniella is running from her past, so when she arrives at the beautiful seaside resort of Whitsborough Bay, the last thing on her mind is making friends. After all, they might find out her secrets... Alison is fun, caring and doesn't take herself too seriously. But beneath the front, she is a lost soul, stuck in a terrible relationship, with body confidence issues and no family to support her. All she really needs is a friend. Karen's romance has taken a back seat to her fitness business. But she doesn't want to give up on love quite yet. If only those mysterious texts would stop coming through... When the women meet at their local bootcamp, a deep friendship blossoms. And soon they realise that the secret to happiness is where they least expected to find it...

published by BOLDWOOD BOOKS


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MY REVIEW


How have I let this author pass me by?! My first Jessica Redland book but definitely not my last and I'm already looking forward to catching up with the others she has written if this one is anything to go by! I found myself totally swept up in the lives of these women - cheering on their achievements, despairing with them at the down moments in their lives, and just wanting to meet up with them all and sharing a drink or two!

This is a book about 3 women - Karen, Alison and Daniella - who live very different lives but are brought together as only fate can determine and soon find themselves supporting one another in more ways they can ever imagine.

Alison is feeling trapped in her life with Dave - he was there for her at the beginning when she needed him, but now he's constantly on at her about her weight (I have to admit to wanting her to thump him on more than one occasion!!) and taking her for granted. So she comfort eats to stop feeling so bad - and so the cycle of hate and pity continues. But one day she finds herself helping a jogger who has fallen over, and this new friendship spurs her on to make changes in her life.

The jogger she helps is Daniella - a very guarded woman who is hiding something but she's not opening up to anyone - when she does eventually find the strength to talk about her past your heart just breaks for her.

And then there's Karen - running a PT business with her other half, Ryan - she seemingly has it all, but there are cracks beginning to show and she's another woman with a tragic past and the support of her new friends Alison and Daniella is a great comfort to her when she seems to attract a stalker and the walls start tumbling down around her.

I loved the support network on show in this story! The way the women were all there for one another - there was no judging, they were just there to cheer one another on and to lean on when needed. I did find myself getting a little infuriated by some of the decisions the women were making , but the more you found out about their pasts then the more it became clear why they were so willing to make certain moves.

None of the women were perfect and it was good to see them in real life situations and dealing with things in ways the reader could relate to and I found myself outraged and delighted in equal measures as certain situations played out! A proper uplifting read!!

★★★★

My thanks to Boldwood Books/Netgalley for the ecopy in return for a fair and honest review.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up - 14th September 2019



Hello!!  Managed to tear myself away from the sunshine for a while so I can can catch up with what's been going on in my bookish world this week - and there's been a lot so make yourselves comfy!!

I've finished reading 5 books this week which would be good, but a total of 9 new books ( 5 physical books, 4 Netgalley!) have made their way into my world so I'm failing miserably on keeping some balance!!  Maybe next week....

BOOKS FINISHED

Quirky and unsettling!

Enjoyable and ghostly goings on, with dark undertones!


Loved this one! all the feels!!


Such a powerful little novel!



Just wonderful! Dark, atmospheric, gothic - all I love in a book!


BOOKHAUL

Shall we start at Netgalley....

Ten Things My Cat Hates About You by Lottie Lucas
publication date - November 2019

This funny, warm-hearted rom com is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and Mhairi McFarlane!
Not everyone gets nine lives…
So he better be the love of a lifetime!
When Clara’s ginger cat Casper chases yet another romantic prospect out the door she’s ready to give up on love altogether. But then the fussy feline causes two meet cutes in the space of a day and suddenly Clara has two gorgeous men driving her to distraction.
But who is in control of happy ever after? Clara, fate…or the cat who started it all?
Finding Henry Applebee by Celia Reynolds
publication date - October 2019

Harold Fry meets Brief Encounters in this charming and poignant debut.
‘She’s why you’re going to Edinburgh, isn’t she? I knew there must be a reason why you had to be on this train!’
Henry blinked. He hoped he hadn’t come across from the outset as some sort of eccentric old fool.
He took a breath. Felt the words gathering inside him. ‘Yes,’ he replied, ‘it’s all part of the story. A small story, perhaps, but it’s my story. One that’s shaped my world for the last sixty-five years.’
Henry Applebee isn’t as young as he used to be. He’s also alone, and in love. After decades of searching, he boards a train from London to Edinburgh to find the woman he can’t forget, the woman he spent a fleeting weekend with sixty-five years before.
His objective is simple: to make amends for a terrible mistake…
But when Henry crosses paths with Ariel, a teenager from Wales, also bound to Edinburgh to fulfil her mother’s dying wish, his well-meaning quest takes an unexpected turn.

So Lucky by Dawn O'Porter
Publication Date - October 2019

I’M A MOTHER
I feel like I’m failing every day 
I HAVE A CAREER
I have to shout to make myself heard 
I’VE GOT THE BEST FRIENDS
Sometimes I feel so alone 
I LOVE MY BODY
I don’t know who I am beyond it 
Sometimes it looks like everyone is living their best life.
Everyone, except you.

But no life is perfect, everyone is fighting a private battle of their own – it’s just a struggle to say it out loud.
 
Fearless, frank and for every woman who’s ever doubted herself, So Lucky is the straight-talking new novel from the Sunday Times bestseller.

Actually, you’re pretty f****** lucky to be you.
The Women at Hitler's Table by Rosella Postorino
Publication Date - November 2019

Inspired by the powerful true story of Margot Wölk, this is a heartbreaking and gripping historical novel for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Beekeeper of Aleppo
East Prussia, 1943. Hitler hides away in the Wolfsshanze – his hidden headquarters. The tide is turning in the war and his enemies circle ever closer.
Ten women are chosen.
Ten women to taste his food and protect him from poison.

Twenty-six-year-old Rosa has lost everything to this war. Her parents are dead. Her husband is fighting on the front line. Alone and scared, she faces the SS with nothing but the knowledge every bite might be her last.
 
Caught on the wrong side of history, how far is Rosa willing to go to survive?

BOOKPOST

Foxfire, Wolfskin and other stories of shapeshifting women by Sharon Blackie
ahead of Blog Tour

Drawing on myth and fairy tales found across Europe - from Croatia to Sweden, Ireland to Russia - Sharon Blackie brings to life women's remarkable ability to transform themselves in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances. These stories are about coming to terms with our animal natures, exploring the ways in which we might renegotiate our fractured relationship with the natural world, and uncovering the wildness - and wilderness - within. Beautifully illustrated by Helen Nicholson, Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women is her first collection of short stories. All are either reimaginings of older tales, or contain characters, beings and motifs which appear in older tales.

The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves
due out 2020

A lifetime together. Six months of silence. One last chance.

Frank hasn't spoken to his wife Maggie for six months.

For weeks they have lived under the same roof, slept in the same bed and eaten at the same table – all without words.

Maggie has plenty of ideas as to why her husband has gone quiet.

But it will take another heartbreaking turn of events before Frank finally starts to unravel the secrets that have silenced him.

Is this where their story ends?
Or is it where it begins?

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
copy for review

In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny…and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century.

Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate. Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief.

Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative that weaves together two women’s stories into a tapestry of perseverance, loyalty, love and honor. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced…and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it.



Fuck Yeah Video Games by Daniel Hardcastle
copy for review ahead of blog tour

As Daniel Hardcastle careers towards thirty, he looks back on what has really made him happy in life: the friends, the romances… the video games. Told through encounters with the most remarkable – and the most mind-boggling – games of the last thirty-odd years, Fuck Yeah, Video Games is also a love letter to the greatest hobby in the world.
From God of War to Tomb Raider, Pokémon to The Sims, Daniel relives each game with countless in-jokes, obscure references and his signature wit, as well as intricate, original illustrations by Rebecca Maughan. Alongside this march of merriment are chapters dedicated to the hardware behind the games: a veritable history of Sony, Nintendo, Sega and Atari consoles.
Joyous, absurd, personal and at times sweary, Daniel's memoir is a celebration of the sheer brilliance of video games.
 The Anomaly by Michael Rutger
This was picked for me by Nudge Magazine as part of my year long subscription package

Not all secrets are meant to be found.

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore -- a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the "real" experts, but beloved of conspiracy theorists.

Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.

Nolan's story becomes one of survival against seemingly impossible odds. The only way out is to answer a series of intriguing questions: What is this strange cave? How has it remained hidden for so long? And what secret does it conceal that made its last visitors attempt to seal it forever?
 



CURRENTLY READING

This is the September pick for the facebook reading group Elsie's Attic Book Club and I managed to find a perfect hardback copy in a local charity shop for £1!



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How has your week been bookwise?!  Any books to recommend!?! Always happy to hear your thoughts!!

HAPPY READING!




Friday, 13 September 2019

#BookReview This Census Taker by China Mieville #ripxiv


ABOUT THE BOOK

For readers of George Saunders, Kelly Link, and Karen Russell, This Census Taker is the poignant and uncanny new novella from award-winning and bestselling author China Miéville. After witnessing a profoundly traumatic event, a boy is left alone in a remote house on a hilltop with his increasingly deranged parent. When a stranger knocks on his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation are over—but by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? Is he the boy’s friend? His enemy? Or something altogether other?

published by Del Ray Books


MY REVIEW

A strange and unsettling reading experience, but one that is pretty absorbing and shocking in equal measures! I'm still a little unsure as to what happened at certain points and think it may be one of those that is left open for interpretation!

At the heart of the story is a young boy who grows up witnessing brutality at home on a daily basis. The family are very insular and live out of the village, but he often sits and watches them play and wishes to join in. He also witnesses his father carrying out savage acts of brutality. AT one point this gets too much for the boy who runs into town telling everyone he's just seen a murder at his home - when they investigate there is no trace of blood so did he imagine it?

The father is a very manipulative man and watching his way of life was terrifying. The young boy tries to run away with the help of some local children he befriends but there's always something getting in his way. The only person who seems to want to listen is a man who shows up at the house one day to ask his father questions, but while he wasn't there the boy opened up instead and the story then takes on a new focus as to what is this man after.

With so much left open for you to interpret whatever way you wish, there was still enough to keep me absorbed in this bizarre little book and eager to read more from this author to see if this way of writing is normal for him!


★★★

#BookReview Mr Godley's Phantom by Mal Peet #ripxiv


ABOUT THE BOOK

It's 1945 and Martin Heath, like many men at that time, is struggling to settle, to find his place again after the horrors of war. Then an old comrade sends him a letter and tells him of a position that's just come up in the remote wilds of Dartmoor - working for an elderly fellow called Mr Godley. "Are you a good driver, Mr Heath?" It's a simple question and a simple task and the doorway to a dark mystery that may just turn out to be the escape he was hoping for - but at what cost?

published by David Fickling Books

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MY REVIEW

The cover of this book caught my eye in the library, and I found it to be a little gem of a book! Really subtle, atmospheric and easy to read so praise be for covers luring me in to discover new favourites!

Set in 1945, Martin Heath is back from the war and is a broken man considering all he has seen and been through. In the days before counselling and times of 'stiff upper lip' you just had to get on with life. An old comrade tells Martin of a job that might suit him so he heads off to Devon where he'll work for Mr Godley - a man who lives in a quiet spot and has very little human contact, and initally scares Martin with his appearance and behaviour.

Martin is in awe of Mr Godley's car - a much loved Phantom that is his pride and joy and the pair of them take drives together which allows them time to chat and get to know more about one another - their pasts are never too far away from their thoughts.

The dark undertones are clear throughout in this book - there's always something feeling not quite right about certain situations, and the flashbacks Martin suffers also add to the unsettling feeling. I loved how the author left certain things down to your interpretation, and with the ghostly character being introduced the story then takes on a whole new feel and the police investigation becomes the main feature.

A very clever and unsettling story which was beautifully staged and stays with you!

★★★★




Thursday, 12 September 2019

#BookReview Escape to Giddywell Grange by Kim Nash #fivestarreads


ABOUT THE BOOK
A dog’s life is just what Maddy needs
Maddy Young thought she had it all.
Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.
Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.
Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.
Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.
Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.
But when her old life – and her old boyfriend - comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?

PUBLISHED BY  HERA
PUBLICATION DATE - 18th September 2019

PRE-ORDER LINK

MY REVIEW
I adored this book! From the first page to the last I was totally transfixed by Madison and her life after she was kicked out of the job she devoted herself to for 12 years, when she was expecting promotion and praise for all the work she'd done! Trust nobody!!

She'd got used to the lifestyle her work afforded her, so to have no job is a big wake up call to her. What's she supposed to do with her life now? She tries to apply for new jobs but they don't live up to her expectations, so when she reconnects with her old friend Beth she finally starts seeing life from a different perspective - Beth is one of life's good guys - always there helping out others, and has recently set up a doggy daycare and boarding business and has never been happier. She may not have the swanky apartment or the money that Madison had but she has job satisfaction, and the more time that Madison spends with her friend, the more she begins to see that there is more to life than the office and money!

This story also shows the true value of right place, right time and that the kindness of strangers can often lead to new discoveries. I really loved how fate plays its' role throughout the story and when Beth has to hand over some of her volunteering exploits to Madison it was so touching to see how simple things brought joy to those people. Brought a tear to my eye as well as to Madison when she realises the impact these little acts of kindness can bring to so many people.

While she's back in Giddywell she also starts spending more time with her mum and that leads to new revelations about her past, and dealing with her ex also plays heavy on her mind too - just when things start to be going somewhere with the lovely Alex too!!

This is a story that really connected with me and it was told with such warmth and humour too! There are emotional aspects that are dealt with sympathetically too and I found it to be a story that had a little bit of everything and I didn't want it to end! I want to live and work in Giddywell! Wonderful!!

★★★★★





#BookReview The Girl Who Could Move Sh*T With Her Mind by Jackson Ford #RIPXIV


ABOUT THE BOOK

For Teagan Frost, sh*t just got real.

Teagan Frost is having a hard time keeping it together. Sure, she's got telekinetic powers—a skill that the government is all too happy to make use of, sending her on secret break-in missions that no ordinary human could carry out. But all she really wants to do is kick back, have a beer, and pretend she's normal for once.
But then a body turns up at the site of her last job—murdered in a way that only someone like Teagan could have pulled off. She's got 24 hours to clear her name—and it's not just her life at stake. If she can't unravel the conspiracy in time, her hometown of Los Angeles will be in the crosshairs of an underground battle that's on the brink of exploding...
Full of imagination, wit and random sh*t flying through the air, this insane adventure from an irreverent new voice will blow your tiny mind.

Published by Orbit

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MY REVIEW

What a fun read!! Full of feisty characters, sweary language and pulsating action, this is a book that keeps you glued to the action and wondering just where the story would take you next.

Teagan is the star of the show and has special abilities - she can move sh*t with her mind! Very useful if you're the government and she's being used to take part in a special task force who have to undertake certain missions but when things start spiralling out of control and she seems to be being set up, she and her team are forced to go a little off track and try and prove her innocence while avoiding those who want to take her down.

You often forget that Teagan is quite young but it does show through in certain aspects as she struggles to deal with her abilities at times and the pressure it puts on her, as well as dealing with the past and the fact that her parents made her in a lab but for what reason? Why would you give your child certain abilities?!

Alongside Teagan and her story we also see the world through the eyes of Jake - another youngster with powers and he seems to be using his for darker means but still seems quite afraid and is another person seeking answers and you just wonder what the connection is between them and whether there's more of them out there all looking for the same thing.

This book had me laughing on so many occasions - Teagan is often very blunt and to the point which leads to some highly amusing confrontations! You also see her vunerable side though and that really helped me connect more with her as a character. The story was really well paced and left in a way that makes it perfect for a follow on which I hope will be soon as I want to see what happens next in this world!


★★★★