The Next Accident by Lisa Gardner

The Next Accident by Lisa Gardner 

Title - The Next Accident 
Author - Lisa Gardner 
Published - Oct '12
Publisher - Headline 
Genre - #Crime #Thriller #Mystery 
Pages - 416
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £8.99 Kindle - £4.99
ISBN - 075539643X

The next accident is the third book in the Rainie and Qunicy series by Lisa Gardner. In the previous books, we learnt that Quincy's daughter died due to drink-driving and crashing her car. In this book, Quincy discovers that this is not what happened at all. With the help of Rainie can Quincy discover the truth behind his daughter's death while also trying to save his only living daughters life. The problem is there going to need bait to catch this killer and that bait might just have to be Rainie. 

I enjoyed this book. I felt like we got to know more about Quincy and his family. You also feel great sympathy for everything they've been through and everything they are going through in the book. 

We also see a lot more of Rainie and we get to see just how strong she is but also how vulnerable she can be. We see her fight for her friends and we see the tough side to her when she and her friend's lives are put on the line.
This book really leads you to believe that together Rainie and Qunicy can overcome anything.

A really well-written book, with an interesting and gripping plot and wonderfully written characters, can't wait to read the rest of the series. 

Rating - Three 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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Book Box Club - September Reveal

Book Box Club - September Reveal 

It's that time again, time to reveal what's inside Septembers Book Box Club box. Now the theme this month is Into The Wild. This month is a special month as it is the Book Box Club's second anniversary. So that means an extra special box with extra special goodies.

So what's inside this month's amazing box?

  • The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby as our September read. 
  • My wonderful clubhouse invite to go along and chat with Jessi Kirby on October 10th 
  • A bonus book - This was actually an ARC as it is not due to be released in the UK until November. It is called Damsel by Elena K Arnold. 
  • A beautiful Lost Boys notepad by Georgine Makes. www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GeorgineMakes
  • An amazing chamomile massage bar from naked sister. www.nakedsister.co.uk
  • A cabeswater candle by Bookworm Candles and Crafts. www.bookwormcandles.co.uk 
  • A lovely into the wild themed scarf 
  • A camper picnic bag, perfect for packing a lunch up and heading to the park for an afternoon of reading under your favourite tree. www.sassandbelle.co.uk
  • My first reader's pin, which I have pinned to my lancet (Which I got from my Illumicrate box) 
  • And of course lots of lovely bookmarks and postcards which have found their way onto my wall off postcard fame.
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Mark Edwards Facebook Launch Party

Mark Edwards Facebook Launch Party

Thursday October 4th, Author Mark Edwards hosted a Facebook launch party for his new book. In Her Shadow. 

Title - In Her Shadow
Author - Mark Edwards 
Published - Oct '18
Publisher - Thomas & Mercer
Genre - #Psychological Thriller
Pages - 366
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £6.49 Kindle - £4.99
ISBN - 978153948082

The event was amazing, Mark started off by announcing the winners of the competitions he posted on the event page a few days earlier. A huge congratulations to all those winners. 

Mark was joined by his beautiful daughter Poppy, who kept the audience enthralled with her doodles and responses to questions put to her and her dad. She is also the spitting image of her father. 

Offscreen Mark was helped by his lovely but camera shy wife Sara who helped when it came to the question and answer time by keeping track of everyone's questions and telling them to Mark for him to answer.  I am very happy to say that Mark answered one of my questions, giving me a shout out in the video. (Louise-Ellen Bowling Denham) I asked one of my all-time favourite fun questions to ask during my author interviews. "If you could be any animals what would you be?" 

He wonderfully answered saying he should really say a magpie but in truth, it would be a cat, and Mark I hear you there, I regularly say when I come back I'm coming back as a cat. Especially if I get the life my cat does, he's a little devil/angel. 

Mark then ended the session with some more giveaways which I am even more happy to say I was a winner of a postcard and pen set, very excited to get them in the mail (Pics will, of course, be posted) 

So all in all, a brilliant evening and I cannot wait for the next one. 

All of Mark Edwards books can be brought online on his website including signed copies at very reasonable prices. Needless to say, that's exactly where I am heading on payday 

Just visit 
www.markedwardsauthor.com


Here is the link to the Video of the launch party

The Last Straw by Ed Duncan

The Last Straw by Ed Duncan

Title - The Last Straw
Author - Ed Duncan
Published - Dec '17
Publisher - Independently Published 
Genre - #Crime #Thriller 
Pages - 227
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £9.99 Kindle - £3.99
ISBN - 9781973444008

The Last Straw is the second book in the Pigeon-Blood Red series by Ed Duncan. 
A young girl witnesses a carjacking gone terribly wrong, she then becomes the target of a crime boss who has marked her for death. Nobody knows why he has targeted her as he seems to have no apparent connection to the carjacking. All everyone knows is they need to protect this young woman. 

The girl and her family seek guidance from a family friend and lawyer Paul Elliot and it's not long before he is caught up in the whole mess.
Rico is a hitman for hire but has always said he has never killed anyone who doesn't deserve it and he tries his best never to kill women or children. So when this crime boss tries to hire Rico to take out the young witness he refuses. But that, unfortunately, means the job goes to someone else, someone without Rico's morals. He has no issues killing children or women and his name is D'Angelo. 

Rico and D'Angelo have a long-standing feud and when Rico hears the job has gone to D'Angelo, he forms an unlikely alliance with Paul Elliot to save the young girl. 

I know this is the second book in the series, now I haven't read the first one but this didn't impact on my enjoyment of the book. I found Rico to be a really complex character. You get to see the harder side of him as he does his hitman businesses but then when his girlfriend is attacked you get to see a much softer side to him, as he cares for her and worries about her. You get to see a much more sensitive side to him. 

D'Angelo is your typical villain, you dislike him and you don't want him to succeed which also makes you root more for Rico and Paul. The characters are really well written and so is the plot. A really easy to follow plot with a steady pace which builds up throughout the book.

A really well-written book and I very much enjoyed it and look forward to reading the first one and then this one again so that I get a better understanding of the characters and their backgrounds and histories. 

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

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 

Title - Uglies 
Author - Scott Westerfeld 
Published - March '12
Publisher - Simon and Schuster
Genre - #Young Adult #Science Fiction #Romance 
Pages - 448
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £6.99 Kindle - £4.99
ISBN - 9780857079138

Uglies is the first book in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. Uglies is set in a world where ugly and pretty people are separated. Everyone is born an ugly and on their sixteenth birthday, they leave ugly town and head on over to pretty town to have an operation to become a pretty.

Tally is days away from her sixteenth birthday and therefore days away from becoming pretty. Once she has the operation she will move into the high-tech paradise that is pretty town and all she will have to do once she is there is party and have the time of her life. All her friends are already over there having already turned sixteen.  

But with just days to go, Tally makes a new friend in ugly town names Shay and she has different ideas about becoming pretty. When Shay runs away before turning pretty, Tally learns the ugly truth about becoming pretty and the real price of beauty. 

I first read this series when I was a teenager and I loved them so I was interested to see what I thought of them now I'm an adult (Gulp) I actually still really enjoyed the book. Westerfeld has a really different perspective on beauty and it's nice to read a young adult book that's not the usual. 

Tally is a likeable and realistic protagonist. You find yourself rooting for her to stay ugly and to beat the system as it were. To rebel and escape. The plot was really interesting, decently paced and the book was very well written and an easy and enjoyable read. It was also captivating throughout and kept you wanting to turn the page and read more.  I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. 

There are some really important messages portrayed within this book about beauty being more than what is on the outside, more than what the eyes can see. It also shows us the importance of friendship and identity and independence. 

A really good young adult book but also really good for any ages. 

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

Reviews for this book can be found on:
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Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner

Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner

Title - Say Goodbye
Author - Lisa Gardner 
Published - Oct '12
Publisher - Headline 
Genre - #Crime #Thriller #Mystery
Pages - 416
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £8.99 Kindle - £3.99
ISBN - 0755396499

Say goodbye is the sixth book in the Rainie and Quincy series by Lisa Gardner. This book follows Quincy's daughter Kimberly Quincy who is an FBI Special Agent, following in her father's footsteps.

It all starts with a pregnant hooker, with Kimberly being pregnant herself she can't help but symphysis. Hookers are going missing and although technically The Evidence Response Team that Kimberly works for are not responsible for investigating missing people, Kimberly can't help herself. After learning both her mother and her sister were murdered by the same man, a serial killer. The thought of another one terrorising her city gets to her. 

Is she putting herself and her unborn baby in danger?

I thought the plot for this book sounded really good, I've enjoyed Kimberly as a character in the previous books and thought it would be interesting to see how she gets on, with an investigation of her own without Rainie or Quincy. But unfortunately, I found I just couldn't get into the book.

I found the plot boring and it just didn't grab my attention, it didn't captivate me and make me need to keep on reading more. It didn't hook me in and keep me hooked. 

I found the pace of the book to be really slow and this lead to me finding myself getting bored very quickly and putting it down. For these reasons I did not finish the book, therefore, I have given this book a single star out of five. 

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

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
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