Thursday, 11 February 2021

Karma Karma by Lorraine Cannell

Synopsis:

What would you do to escape the past?

Seventeen-year-old Jack Ethan Dray has put his street-gang past firmly behind him, or so he thinks.

When he gets a shout-out from an old gang member and his ex-girlfriend starts acting as if they’re getting back together again, Jack worries his past is coming back to haunt him.

Then Bonita Chang asks for his help to find her twin brother.

A brother that used to belong to a rival gang.

Jack knows that his only chance of being with Bonita is if he helps her.

But he’s no hero…until she starts acting like he is one.

Review:

Another fabulous book from this author combining a touch of supernatural with current issues surrounding gang culture in modern cities.

Jack is a young lad, trying to start over after making a dangerous decision to leave a gang called The Ride and nearly losing his own life for it. He’s happier, attends college and has ambitions to study law. He’s made new friends and there is a girl Jack is making a connection with.

Until his world is literally turned upside down and Jack is ripped apart by fear, loyalty and feelings for a girl he hardly knows. Strange things start to happen, Jack starts losing his friends through comments and actions he doesn’t remember and dreams that just feel too real. And what’s worse, his Ride tattoo seems to be coming back together.

Jack faces an internal struggle that makes an unusual appearance. He is forced to face up to his past and to himself in a battle to save his friends and the girl he is falling in love with.

Brilliant book, believable characters, face paced story. Great all round for young adult audience and adults alike.

Thank you to the author and TBConFB.

Rating: 5/5

Available from:

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Friday, 22 January 2021

To Breath Again by Lorraine Cannell

Synopsis:

A new move. An old house. An ill-fated decision to try to contact a missing dad.

Abby Hudson is resentful about being made to leave her first love behind and feels like an outsider in her own family. Then she starts to notice a worryingly familiar change in her mum's personality. And her half-sister’s new ‘friend’ starts to feel more real than imaginary.

When she sees the spirit of a girl in the mirror, she realises they are all being affected by the spirits that have invaded their home.

If she doesn't fight for the only family she has, their souls could be lost forever.

Every house has its spirits. Every spirit has its story.

And some can become unlikely allies.

Abby is about to learn about the tragic events that took place at Dosett House, because the past is never lost - it's only sleeping

Review:

Any of the mysterious and supernatural will enjoy this fabulous book. No matter what age, it relates to anyone with interests in spirits, their mark on places and properties and their history.

Abby, her little sister Ness and her mum and step-dad move into Dosett House to be closed to family after Abby’s mum overcomes alcoholism and needs a fresh start. But fresh start in an old house isn’t something they get.

Abby starts to notice changes in her sister Ness, who is suddenly talking to someone in her room and who includes two new figure in family pictures she draws. And then changes start happening to her mum and dad too and Abby realises that if she doesn’t stop whatever is happening, she might lose her family forever.

With the help of her new best friend, cousin Natalie, a wanna-be-boyfriend Luca and the mysterious Mad Mags, Abby goes full force on the spirits of the house and the awful truth of what really happened in Dosett House.

Storyline was brilliant, it flowed well from chapter to chapter with well thought out characters past and present.

Thank you to the author and TBConFB.

Rating: 5/5

Available from:

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Friday, 11 December 2020

Jingle all the Way by Debbie Macomber

Synopsis:

Everly Lancaster always dreamed of leaving behind her hometown in rural Illinois, but her new life running a burgeoning startup in Chicago leaves little time for friends . . . or a holiday.

When a massive snowstorm hits, Everly's mother urges the workaholic to come home for Christmas, but she hesitates to return to the life that she tried so hard to escape.

Searching for other holiday plans, Everly tasks her assistant with booking her a cruise - an ideal escape. She embarks on a week-long tour of the Amazon guided by charming naturalist Asher Adams, but slowly realises just how important her relationships are to her.

Everly makes a bold decision to abandon her lonely holiday plans - but can she make it home in time for Christmas Day?

Review:

Lovely, easy read, just in time for Christmas. I mean, who doesn’t like a little romance at this time of year.

Set mostly in the Amazonian rainforest, on board an adventure cruiser, this is a perfect book for those long evening, whilst your Christmas lights twinkly in the background.

Daisy (Everly) is a high, flying, real estate career woman, who has forgotten how to live and love. She ditched her family for her work one year already and her job her completely overtaken her personal life, making it non-existent. She is reluctantly pushed into having the whole of December off and going on a supposedly luxury cruise, booked by her spoilt-brat assistant.

Tings turn out very differently when she comes aboard the Amazonian explorer, but Daisy soon gets into the swing of things, especially thanks to the handsome naturalist Asher.

As you can imagine, their love blossom, but there are obstacles in the way that could mean them parting and never looking back. The rest – you’ll have to read yourself.

Lovely book, perfect romance. Daisy was relatable and likable character.

Thank you to the author and NetGalley.

Rating: 4/5

Available from:

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