Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Title - Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Author - Gail Honeyman
Published - Jan '18
Publisher - Harper Collins 
Genre - #Womens
Pages - 400
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £3.99 Kindle - £3.99
ISBN - 00872145

Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills, she tends to say exactly what it on her min and that doesn't go down well with many people. So Eleanor fills her timetable so she can avoid social situations. Her weekends include frozen pizza, vodka and long chats with her mother.

Eleanor Oliphant's whole life changes when she meets hygiene challenge, Raymond. Together they rescue an elderly gentleman names Sammy who had a fall on the street. Pretty soon the three become great friends and they rescue each other from a life of isolation. 

There was a huge hype around this book and usually, when everyone is raving about a book, I end up not enjoying it. (Flashbacks to Fifty Shades) This book, however, was a pleasant change. I like, everyone else really enjoyed it.

I found it easy to read and very well written with a fun and interesting plot. I struggle with anxiety and I struggle in social situations so I was able to relate to the characters which I always think is good with a book if you can relate to a character it makes you feel like your part of there world. It makes it much easier to connect with the story and the characters, making the book easier and more enjoyable to read and that is what happened here for me. A really good book. I really enjoyed it I would recommend this book to anyone looking for their next great read.

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Rating - Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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Games With The Dead by James Nally

Games With The Dead by James Nally

Title -Games With The Dead
Author - James Nally
Published - Dec '17
Publisher - Avon 
Genre - #Detective #Thriller #Crime 
Pages - 384
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £7.74 Kindle - £2.99
ISBN - 9780008149574

This book is a DC Donal Lynch novel. Donal Lynch is brought in to help with an investigation when a woman is kidnapped and a ransom is demanded, however, something goes terribly wrong and the woman is found dead. All of a sudden Lynch is being used as a scapegoat instead of the detectives in charge. 

Determined to clear his name Lynch starts to dig into the case, he discovers dark secrets, secrets which people don't want to come to the surface and secrets which show the police are after the wrong man and that the real killer is, in fact, worse than they could have imagined. 

I was looking forward to reading this book as crime thriller books have recently become my favourite genre this year and I was not disappointed. This book was a gripping and addictive thriller. Keeping you wanting to turn the page needing to know what happens next. It kept me up all night saying to myself 'Just one more chapter' and it never was just one more. I finished the book. I love it when a book gets me like that though.

Wonderfully written, kept me guessing right until the end of the book. An interesting and gripping plot. Easy to follow and really enjoyable. A very well written and enjoyed story. 

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Rating - Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremonth

The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle

Title - The Girl in the Glass Tower
Author - Elizabeth Fremantle
Published - Feb '17
Publisher - Penguin 
Genre - #History 
Pages - 464
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £7.74 Kindle - £4.99
ISBN - 1405920041

Arbella Stuart is a royal who lives at Hardwick Hall, she cannot leave. Trapped behind the huge glass windows of Hardwick Hall Arbella longs to be free. But with half the country wanting her to take the throne and the other half wanting her dead so her cousin can take the throne and become the Scottish King. 

All Arbella wants is to be free from her evil grandmother, she longs to ride her horses and be free to love who she wants. But to be free she needs to learn how to navigate the treacherous waters of the kingdom's power plays or he might just end up dead. 

To be honest, I found this book to be quiet slow, I struggled to get into it and must admit I couldn't finish it. For this reason, I am unable to give a full review. I can say I will not read this book again and I would not recommend it either. 

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Rating - One out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? -  No
Would I Recommend? - No
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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The Fountain of Youth by Steve Shear

The Fountain of Youth by Steve Shear

Title - The Fountain of Youth 
Author - Steve Shear 
Published - May '17
Publisher - Wild Rose Press Inc.
Pages - 298
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £12.99 Kindle - £3.84
ISBN - 1509213899

Robert Glickman is sick and tired of watching his family and friends struck down by terrible illnesses such as Dementia, Alzheimer's cancer and Parkinson's. Glickman arms himself with his grandsons quiz book, he is determined to fight. 

Having worked in care and looked after people with these terrible illnesses I know how terrible they are and the effect they have not just on the patient but the family and friends too.

This book does a wonderful job of showcasing the horrors of these illnesses and the struggle and adventures one man goes through to beat the odds. Glickman is an incredibly caring mn and this is shown throughout the whole book. A great read, with an interesting and informative plot. Wonderfully written characters. 

A must-read for anyone who is going through similar situations or for anyone interested in the progression and effects these illnesses have on everybody involved in the care of the person suffering. Or just for someone looking for their next great read.

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Rating - Four out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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Nice Jewish Boys by Sarah L Young

Nice Jewish Boys by Sarah L Young

Title - Nice Jewish Boys
Author - Sarah L Young 
Published - Aug '17
Publisher - Less Than Three Press
Genre - #LGBTQIA 
Pages - 180
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £9.87 Kindle - £3.83
ISBN - 1684310679

Avishai Miller is a normal kid except he is motherless as his mother died and he hardly speaks to his father. He attends a Jewish private school. He has a huge secret. What is his secret? He is dating another boy in his class. When all of a sudden there secret is out in the open, the two boys are thrown completely off their feet. 

This book really hit home for me, as I am myself Jewish and gay. I know the tremendous effects coming out has and the fallout that can come from 'coming out of the closet' (boy I hate that saying) Being Jewish and gay does not go well together, It is not accepted within the Jewish community and my family have never gotten over it and its now seven years later (Anyway back to the review)

I was able to really feel so much empathy for the boys in this story and I was really able to connect to what they were going through and this for me made me connect with the book even more. 

A brilliant story, well written and really heart touching. A great addition to the LGBTQIA genre. I will be interested to read more by Young. 

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Rating - Four out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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Transitions by David Connor

Transitions by David Connor

Title - Transitions 
Author - David Connor 
Published - Aug '17
Publisher - Less Than Three Press
Genre - #LGBTQIA
Pages - 334
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £13.67 Kindle - £5.29
ISBN - 1684311047

Erika is part of an Olympic skating pair. Her partner is her ex-husband who fell in love with a British ice dancer called Milo. Now the three of them live together and they raise Erika's daughter who's to complicate even more father is Erika's ex-boyfriend Bill who is Milo's old friend. 

This is one complicated love square. This is a complicated book with polyamorous characters, with all walks of sexual orientations involved, with each character trying to find their way and their own identity. 

A great read, an interesting plot, easy to read, if at times slightly complicated trying to remember who's who and who's with who. (Wow that was a lot of who's) 

 A brilliant way to show off a different family dynamic and a different family unit compared to the 'normal' mum, dad and 2.5 kids that society says is the ideal family unit. A refreshing view on different ways families work. 

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Rating - Four out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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WAR: Wizards & Robots by Will.I.Am & David Johnson

WAR: Wizards & Robots by Will.I.Am & David Johnson

Title - WAR: Wizards & Robots
Author - Will.I.Am and David Johnson 
Published - Jan '18
Publisher - Penguin 
Genre - #Action #Adventure 
Pages - 320
Price - Hardback - £8.05 Kindle - £8.99
ISBN - 0141360682

When someone breaks into Ada's home claiming her life is in danger. Geller is a Wizard and his father and their clan want Ada and her mother Sara dead. Why? Because Sara is a scientist and she is about to create the first Robot. Wizards and Robots are age-old enemies.  

I was interested to see how this book would turn out. Several musicians and comics have taken to writing, some have worked and some have not. This one I think worked out okay. 

I thought it was a good book, well written with a good plot and an interesting storyline. It is aimed at children aged 12 and above and I think this is the right age range to be aiming at for this book. 

I did enjoy this book, I'm not sure I would read it again but I would recommend it for children in the intended age range and for parents looking for a good book to read to their children.

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Rating - Three out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - No
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - No

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