Being A Witch And Other Things I Didn't Ask For

               Being A Witch And Other Things I Didn't Ask For by Sara Pascoe    

Title: Being A Witch And Other Things I Didn't Ask For
Author: Sara Pascoe
First Published: 2017
Publisher: Trindle's and Green Ltd
Pages: 380
Price on Amazon: Paperback: £11.99 Kindle: £2.29
ISBN: 0993574734
Hearing the cat talk to you inside your head can only mean one thing right?
Raya is a fourteen-year-old girl living in foster care who decides to run away and live on her own, she takes off to London after a shaky start and her fake ID in hand she finds herself a job in a cafe and a place to stay in the bedroom above the cafe. Raya discovers she's a witch which is a relief after thinking she is going mad and has developed schizophrenia like her mother. This book follows Raya and her cat Oscar on their adventures through time. With Raya still learning to control her powers she accidentally transports herself and Oscar back in time to the witch trials. Can Raya escape before she is tried for being a witch and put to hang? Raya also finds herself transporting herself, Oscar and her social worker to Istanbul where she finds herself in trouble yet again, This time Raya changes history and not in a good way. Can Raya get herself and her friends back home to their time before its too late?
This is a young adult book I would say aimed at 12-16-year-olds. As I am almost 27 I am out of its intended age range. I did enjoy the book, it had well thought out characters and plots. I found it to be a little too fast paced though, everything seemed to happen very quickly without much build up. Still, a very enjoyable light read for anyone looking for a quick and lighthearted read. Although I won't be in a hurry to pick this book up and read I again, i am glad I read it as like I said i did enjoy it and it took me just a day to read, I would recommend this book to those in its intended age range.
I have chosen to give this book 3 out of 5 stars.
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The Marriage Pact

                                                                                   The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
Title: The Marriage Pact
Author: Michelle Richmond
First Published: 2017
Publishers: Penguin UK
Pages: 253
ISBN: 9780385343299

  Till death do us part there is no other option with the pact.

The marriage pact. This book follows Alice and Jake as they start out as newly weds. When Alice invites Finnegan a big client from her law firm to her wedding she doesn't expect him to actually come however, he does. With him he bring a present a box. Alice and Jake are told not to open this box until they are back off there honeymoon which they do. Once back of their honeymoon things start to get strange where the box is concerned. A call from Finnegan saying he is sending someone round to explain about the box and about the pact. Soon Vivian arrives, she explains the pact is a group of married couples who all follow rules and regulations set out by the pact in order to live and have a successful and loving marriage. She explains there is a manual they will both be required to read and learn. There are rules and there are consequences for breaking the rules. Interested both Alice and Jake sin the contract and join the pact. Little do they know things are going to get sinister from here onwards.

With monitoring bracelets and prison sentences ahead will the pact make Alice and Jakes marriage stronger? Can they survive what is going to be thrown at them?

When i started reading this book i was interested to see if by following all these rules peoples marriages were lasting longer and better. i must admit i do like some of the ideas put across for example buying each other a gift once a month and the panning of the trips away and making  time for each other, always being home for dinner. I do think these things are important and although in my own marriage we have a lot of these things in place as it is it has reminded me we do need to make more time for each other and we do need to treat each other more often, like in our early years when we'd buy each other flowers and balloon's etc as the years have gone on this has stopped so it has made me think about my own marriage and how i can make it better and ensure it lasts for many many years to come.

So this book really gets you thinking and evaluating your own life. of course don't get me wrong I'm not suggesting we send my wife off to jail cause she's  late home or because she doesn't buy me flowers.  That bit of the book i found to be well the length the pact will go to to punish people is just beyond insane.  It made for excellent reading though. i really enjoyed this book. I found it to be well written and i found the characters to be really good. i enjoyed seeing how Jake grew throughout the book at the beginning the stated he married Alice so that he could keep her,it sounded so much like a possesion thing. But towards the end of the book he realised just how much he loves her and that he would do anything for her. I Feel Alice grew as a person too She grew up, at the beginning of the book i found her to be slightly immature and child like but as the book went on and i think the further into the pact she went the more mature she got.

All in all i shall give this book 4 out of 5 stars as i really enjoyed it, i would recommend it to other people and i would certainly reread it and any others that may follow on from it.

The Magpies

                                                                        The Magpies by Mark Edwards
Title: The Magpies
Author: Mark Edwards
First Published in the UK: 2013
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
Pages: 328
Price on Amazon: Paperback: £7.68 Kindle: £3.34 (Free on Kindle Unlimited)
ISBN: 1477817999

You think your neighbours are bad? Well you haven't met the neighbours from hell.

The Magpies follows young couple Jamie and Kirsty a young couple in love who have just moved in to a new flat. Everything is going really well, they are getting on well with all their neighbours until one day when their neighbours in the basement flat invited Jamie and Kirsty and there two friends to go go-karting things seem to be going well till a terrible accident puts one of the friends  in the hospital in a coma. From this point on things just get worse. From Hoax calls, to letters and recordings. When the police can't do anything about Jamie and Kirsty are in a world of hell and things are only set to get worse. When Kirsty realised she is pregnant, its all her and Jamie have wanted but with everything going on with their neighbours is this going to end well.

Well i find myself giving yet another 5 star review, I read this book in a single day i could not put it down i was completely hooked. At the moment i am currently having issues with my neighbours but oh my days compared to what happens in this book. I found the book to be well written an thought out. I found the characters to be well structured and really believable. You find yourself really routing for Jamie and Kirsty and hoping they can get help and get proof of what is happening.

You can tell a lot of thought went into the building of the characters. The Newtons are truly the nightmare neighbours from hell. This is defiantly a book i would recommend to anyone looking for a great psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing and to keep you in constant suspense. This book will keep you wanting to turn the page from the very start and you will not want to put it down.