Heads Will Roll by Joanie Chevalier #bookreview #bookblog

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Synopsis: What if, in the near future, we could choose the body we wanted? We could visit a store front, much like a neighborhood mom-and-pop shop, and we’d see all the available bodies lined up in a glass-enclosed case. We’d be able to choose the body we wanted, purchase it, have an operation, and wham bam! wake up with our new body.
Dr. Farkis begins his head transplant operations in secret in Oakland, California and Tokyo, Japan. When news filters out about his revolutionary surgery, individuals from all walks of life come forward, desperate for a new body and an improved life that only Dr. Farkis can offer. We meet: Barry, so frantic for a new body, he stalks the doctor and bargains with a menacing ultimatum; Aiko, father of 19-year-old Kaneko, who demands that she undergo the operation to become more attractive to snag a husband; and finally, Baby, who finds out the hard way that demanding a new body may end up being fatal.

My review: When I looked ta the reviews for this before reading they were really polarised; people seemed to love it or hate it. I think I’ll fall somewhere on the enjoyment side of the scale.

It’s a bonkers B-movie shock schlok of a book.It’s pretty mental although there is a blog on the authors page about how there really is a doctor who wants to perform head transplants.

None of the characters are very deep or greatly described, the plot is quite light and half of it doesn’t really make a lot of sense however the whole thing is over the top fun. Suspend belief for a few hours and just indulge in some fantasy. 

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Portraits of the Dead (DI Gravel #1) by John Nichol #bookreview #bookblog

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Synopsis: Emma didn’t know how long he hid in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered between the two heavy oak doors, and watched, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn’t know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the darkness of the night.
Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself faced with a difficult case when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed at least five young women.
Can Gravel find the girl and stop the murderer?
He will learn that the greater the evil, the deadlier the game…

My review: I found this book quite frustrating. It had an excellent premise but I didn’t think it lived up to it. I was left wanting a whole lot more. I’m not sure why it’s classed as a DI Gravel book as he was barely in it. The ending happened way too fast and the last chapter just made no sense to me at all. 

It didn’t give me anything to connect with any of the characters. I would have liked more of Emma; how she was feeling, her thought process for escape, dealing with her injuries. It was sadly lacking. I really don;t like giving less than 3 stars for a book but sadly this one didn’t hit many positive notes for me. 

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Munmun by Jesse Andrews

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Synopsis: In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person’s physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers. Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute – and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger, richer people don’t ever have to think about, from being mauled by cats to their house getting stepped on. There are no cars or phones built small enough for them, or schools or hospitals, for that matter – there’s no point, when no one that little has any purchasing power, and when salaried doctors and teachers would never fit in buildings so small. Warner and Prayer know their only hope is to scale up, but how can two little poors survive in a world built against them?

My review: Clearing another blog on my to-do list.

Another book I’m not totally sure about. I downloaded this with the idea that as people had been comparing to Douglas Adams there would be some humour in this but I didn’t really spot that.

I got quite bogged down in the language and complexity of dream world and the characters themselves. I couldn’t quite gel with the writing style but others may enjoy it. Possibly I’m not the target audience for this one.

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F*** You Very Much (The surprising truth about why people are so rude) by Danny Wallace

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Synopsis: Did you know that even one rude comment in a life and death situation can decrease a surgeon’s performance by as much as 50%? That we say we don’t want rude politicians, but we vote for them anyway? Or that rude language can sway a jury in a criminal case? Writer and broadcaster Danny Wallace (Yes Man, Awkward Situations For Men), is on a mission to understand where we have gone wrong.

My review: This book is enjoyable but it does feel a little repetitive. I found some sections interesting. There wasn’t enough in here to keep my interest.

Can’t fault the attention to detail though. It does come across very well researched and I did enjoy the hot dog anecdote at the beginning. I think we’ve all had our own madly escalating rudeness argument at some point.

Over all I liked it but felt that it may have been better as one or two magazine articles than a fully written book

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Here Comes the Best Man (Nashville Connections Book 7) by Angela Britnell @ChocLituk @AngelaBritnell #bookreview #bookblog

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Synopsis: When troubled army veteran and musician Josh Robertson returns home to Nashville to be the best man at his younger brother Chad’s wedding he’s just sure that he’s going to mess it all up somehow.
But when it becomes clear that the wedding might not be going to plan, it’s up to Josh and fellow guest Louise Giles to make sure that Chad and his wife-to-be Maggie get their perfect day.
Can Josh be the best man his brother needs? And is there somebody else who is beginning to realise that Josh could be her ‘best man’ too?

My review: I’m on a roll with reading novellas and shorter books this weekend. This is the latest. A new romance author to me but this is book 7 in this series. I will definitely be seeking out the previous 6.

It’s glorious weather outside, I’ve had the football on for background noise and been able to lose myself in this sweet little tale. Because it’s short we don’t delve too much into the issues that have kept our lovebirds from finding true love. I didn’t mind that – saves me having to read a hundred pages of angst. The story covers it well though in giving us the sad past events in a short space.

I definitely have a bit of a book crush on Josh Robertson. There’s something about Southern American charm that I love. It’s a nice lighthearted book. It’s easy to read and being short is a quick enough read (half a day for me).

I read somewhere that it’s a follow on from an earlier book but I didn’t need to have read that to follow the story. It works well as a stand alone. Just a nice, fun read on a sumemrs day. Really enjoyed it.

 

Suffragette (The Battle for Equality) by David Roberts #bookreview #bookblog

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Synopsis: 2018 marks a century since the first women won the vote in the United Kingdom, and Suffragette tells the story of their fight. This is a tale of astounding bravery, ingenuity, and strength. David’s conversational style is accessible and his artwork full of rich detail, bringing to life the many vivid characters of the Suffragette movement – from the militant activist Rosa May Billinghurst to the world-famous Emmeline Pankhurst. Covering the whole range of suffragette experiences – from aristocrats to the middle and working classes, as well as a look at the global struggle for universal suffrage.

My review: Sometimes I like reading books aimed at children. Narratives tend to cut through all the wordy nonsense in that of some adult non fiction books and this is a great example of that. It’s also beautifully illustrated.

We don’t just get the story of the suffragettes; there’s an interesting section on the right to vote itself. It’s comprehensive without being boring. It gives a great overview of the Suffrage and the key payers. I wish I’d seen this book when I was younger. If my children weren’t grown up I’d definitely buy it for them.

The Gaslight Stalker (The Esther & Jack Enright Mysteries #1) by David Field

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Synopsis: London, 1888
Whitechapel is full of the noise of August Bank Holiday celebrations. Everyone is in high spirits until a woman – Martha Turner – is discovered brutally murdered.
Her friend, Esther, a lowly seamstress turned female sleuth, is determined to find the killer.
A young police officer, Jack Enright, takes the lead on the case, and he and Esther soon embark on a professional – and personal – relationship.
When another murder is committed and whispers of a slasher calling himself Jack the Ripper start flowing through the London streets, the search becomes even more desperate.
The police are on the wrong track and the young couple take matters into their own hands, and soon find themselves navigating through London’s dark underbelly.

My review: Over 100 years on the world is still fascinated by Jack The Ripper and I admit to being one of those people. I enjoy reading the different takes and possible announcements as to who he really was. 

This book takes the murders themselves, includes Detectives Abberline and Reid and then creates a story around that. Young PC Jack Enright and his girlfriend Esther become embroiled in finding out who really did it. 

I liked how it incorporated an earlier murder that even now we debate whether was the actual first one or not. I liked the added element of young romance around the dreary Victorian time period and grizzly murders. It’s a fast paced story, it’s quick and easy to read. Even the court room sections don’t bog you down. I read it in just about half a day (Including being distracted by the football). The characters are really enjoyable and well written. 

This is the first in the series (I think there are 2 more that follow) and I will definitely be getting those. Really enjoyed this one

One Summer Weekend by Juliet Archer @ChocLituk #bookreview #bookblog

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Synopsis: Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control – until she meets her new client, Jack Smith. Jack’s reputation precedes him and Alicia knows immediately that he spells trouble. Not least because he reminds her of someone else – a man who broke her heart and made her resolve never to lower her guard again.
Taking Jack on as a client is a risk, but one that Alicia decides to take for the good of her career. As long as she keeps him in his place, she might just make it through unscathed. But Jack has other ideas – including a ‘business’ trip to the Lake District. One summer weekend with him is all it takes to put Alicia’s carefully organised world in a spin …

My review: A lovely little novella perfect for summer reading. 

I wasn’t sure at first though. I struggled to start with to like Alicia, she didn’t come across as very likeable and certainly not as professional as the character believed they were. However by the end of the book I was rooting for her just as much as Jack. 

This is all told from the perspective of Alicia but I’ve read in other reviews that there will soon be a follow up from Jack’s perspective which I’d like to see. 

Being a novella it’s a quick read, great for sitting in the garden on a sunny afternoon. And it’s also re-ignited my desire to go back to the Lake District. It’s been far too long. Lovely book, really enjoyed it. 

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Oh Crumbs (Choc Lit) by Kathryn Freeman @KathrynFreeman1 @ChocLituk #bookreview #bookblog

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Synopsis: Abby Spencer knows she can come across as an airhead – she talks too much and is a bit of a klutz – but there’s more to her than that. Though she sacrificed her career to help raise her sisters, a job interview at biscuit company Crumbs could finally be her chance to shine. That’s until she hurries in late wearing a shirt covered in rusk crumbs, courtesy of her baby nephew, and trips over her handbag.
Managing director Douglas Faulkner isn’t sure what to make of Abby Spencer with her Bambi eyes, tousled hair and ability to say more in the half-hour interview than he manages in a day. All he knows is she’s a breath of fresh air and could bring a new lease of life to the stale corporate world of Crumbs. To his life too, if he’d let her.
But Doug’s harbouring a secret. He’s not the man she thinks he is.

My review: I loved the run up to this release with the daily twitter posts about biscuits. Really fun way to do things. 

Yet again Choc Lit hit the mark with an excellent book by Kathryn. I really enjoyed the setting. Who wouldn’t want to work in a biscuit factory all day? ( although I used to work in a cake shop you get sick of the site of treats after a few weeks 🙂 )

It really ticked all the boxes for me. I could picture the hero and the hero best friend really clear. I liked how the glacial potential other woman ended up championing our girl Abby. You don’t often get that kind of solidarity and I found it quite refreshing. 

The book has a lovely flow to it. It’s easy to read. I’ve had a few health problems this week so it was nice to have something to hand that was uplifting that I could dip into to take my mind off things (all sorted now though) and it has a lovely sense of humour running through it. 

It’s just a really great book and I’d recommend it if you enjoy romances. 

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Fizz Boom Bath! by Isabel Bercaw, Caroline Bercaw #bookreview #bookblog

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How to Make Your Own Bath Bombs, Sugar Scrubs, and More at Home!

My review: Wow this book is so bright and colourful and beautifully photographed I could have happily just spent a few hours just staring at the pictures!

I’ve long wondered how companies make bath bombs and now I do. I loved every page of this. You can really tell that the authors love what they do.

You have the toolkit and what to buy (and it’s not complicated), the recipes and even a few hair, beauty and bath soak products thrown in as well and I can’t wait to try a few of the recipes out.

(Spoiler alert) Guess what everyone’s getting for Christmas!

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