Book Review: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

I was approved to read and review Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller from Netgalley ( a place where bookbloggers can request books to feed their readers!). 
What drew me to the book was the mystical type of cover and that it was about a little girl living in the woods. This reminded me of old fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel. So I was eager to make a start reading the book on my Kindle.

Book Description:

1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change. Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.
                 
My Review:
The book started off a bit slow for me. The first chapter was set in London 1985 and tells us about someone which I assumed to be Peggy telling her story about a photograph which showed us the last photo of her father before everything happened. 
The next chapter goes on to say about her survivalist father ordering stock piles of food and necessities for the basement. Peggy’s mother Ute is a well known German piano player who travels around playing concerts. She is gone when Peggy’s father takes it in his head to take Peggy to die Hutte in 1976, ‘a magical secret place in the forest, our very own little cabin with wooden walls, and wooden floors and wooden shutters at the windows’ is the way her father describes it.  When they finally get there it’s not quite what they hoped for. 
The story is well written and describes the area in the woods beautifully. It is a bit slow paced at times which is the only negative for me. Peggy’s father comes cross as a cruel man for bringing her to live in these woods with no other human interaction for 9 years and making her believe that her mother and all other humans are dead.
It is a great debut novel from Claire Fuller and I will keep and eye out for any future books.
I have given Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller 4 out of 5 stars.
Kindle Edition 304 pages
Published 26th February 2015 by Fig Tree (Penguin)

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Disclaimer: All the views and opinions expressed are my own. eBook supplied by Netgalley for purpose of this review only. Book cover and description taken from Netgalley for purpose of this review only. 

Book Review: Bairdston by Robert Cook

Bairdston

I requested to read this book through Netgalley as I thought the cover looked interesting and I love to read young adult novels from time to time.

Book Description:
Karim and Salima Kufdani have survived the streets of Tangier on their own. Orphaned and alone they’ve found their own way, until a fateful night and a cafe brawl see them shipped away from everything they’ve ever known. Now in the cold, barren expanse of Scotland, Karim and Salima must learn to navigate the waters of the exclusive Bairdston School and cross a cultural divide neither ever expected to face.

Can Karim overcome the vendetta of a coach who doesn’t want him on the team? Will anyone ever accept uneducated Salima for the prodigy she really is?

A story of love, acceptance and perseverance, Bairdston asks if the principles of peace and the virtues of intelligence can ever truly light the darkest of all places.

Award-winning novelist, Robert Cook paints an irresistible portrait of teen life in a Muslim meets Western world. Bairdston is a triumphant tale that will capture readers and leave them breathless with every exhilarating page. 

My Review:
I’m not sure where to start with this book. It is rather strange!
Two Muslim teens, brother and sister Karim and Salima Kufdani are saved from the rough and dangerous streets of Morocco by Cooch and his team. They want to educate the siblings in subjects such as Martial Arts and Maths. After they have learned the basics they are shipped off to a boarding school in Scotland called Bairdston, where Cooch wants them to learn to live in a Westernised world. Learn to live, eat and play with others.
I think the book lacked a plot and all the way through I wasn’t quite sure where it was leading. I would have loved to have heard more about the siblings background, but this seemed to have been missed out.
I did however like the way the story was told from each of the brother’s and sister’s eyes and how they saw the Western world and people around them.

I have given Bairdston by Robert Cook 3 out of 5 stars

Kindle Edition
Published 7th December 2015 by Royal Wulff Publishing

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Disclaimer:  All the views and opinions expressed are my own. Book description taken from Netgalley for purpose of this review only. Netgalley kindly supplied a Kindle edition for this review free of charge.

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Book Review: The Awakening by Stuart Meczes

I haven’t read a YA novel in a while and so when I saw this ebook of The Awakening by Stuart Meczes, I couldn’t wait to give it a go. I find YA books quick and easy to read with really great stories. This ebook is the first part of an urban fantasy series called The Hasea Chronicles. The second and third instalments are The Veil Corruption and Without A Heartbeat.

                 The Awakening by Stuart Meczes

Book Description

Alexander Eden is one unhappy teenager. A geeky, social pariah, he’s the victim of constant bullying at school. His home life isn’t much better with a stepfather who resents him and a half brother who is better than him at everything.

But that all changes the day the mysterious and beautiful Gabriella De Luca walks into his life. Everyone wants to know her, to be with her. But she is interested in Alex.
Because Alex is different.

Soon afterwards he is thrown into a world he never thought possible. A world where he and others like him are the last line of defence. A world where an ancient unspeakable evil lurks.
Evil which seeks to consume him.

DILECTI SURGEMUS – SOCII POLLEMUS
(Chosen we rise – Allied we prevail) 

The Awakening by Stuart Meczes
I have never read a fantasy series that has taken my breath away like The Awakening did with me. I have been totally hooked on this series, and as I write this I am halfway through the second instalment – The Veil Corruption. But I had to stop to write this review on The Awakening!
Stuart Meczes has created a brilliant concept of another world called Pandemonium which has endured an ‘endless war’ for centuries combining it with our world where a group called The Chosen protect our world from the evil that is trying to get across. 
The main character Alex Eden starts the story off by being a normal teenager that gets cruelly picked on at school and is subsequently a geeky loner. His life is the same everyday, trying to avoid getting picked on by the school bully. One day his life changes when a new student called Gabriella De Luca shows up in his class. From here on she helps him discover the real Alex and helps him through his ‘Awakening’. 
It is very rare for me to love absolutely everything about a book, but this is definitely one of them. It gives you the story of a journey for a young man, through love, loss and survival. 
I have given The Awakening by Stuart Meczes 5 out of 5 stars.
Rachel xx
Disclaimer: I was given this ebook to read and review free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own. Book cover image and book cover description taken from Tomoson.com.

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Book Review: Green Beans and Summer Dreams by Catherine Ferguson

As soon as I saw the title of this book Green Beans and Summer Dreams by Catherine Ferguson, I knew I would love to read it. With Green Beans in the title I knew it would involve gardening of some sort, and I wasn’t wrong. 
I requested to read this book from NetGalley, due to the title only, before I even read the description. I am so glad I was successful. Due to it being an ebook, I’m afraid you will have to make do with another picture of my trusty Kindle! It is getting quite a few shots in these days.
        
Book Description

When Izzy Fraser’s long-term boyfriend walks out on her, she’s left in a bit of a pickle. Yes, she has the house of her dreams, but she now has a crippling mortgage to pay on her own.


So she takes matters into her own hands and, having always been a keen gardener, decides to set up Izzy’s Organics, delivering crates of fresh fruit and vegetables to local villagers.

Along the way she meets all sorts of characters, including the very handsome Erik and the very Grumpy Dan. But can Izzy sort the wheat from the chaff? And will her new business sow the seeds of change that she wants? 

The main character in this book is Izzy Fraser, she gets dumped by her cheating boyfriend and has to start making money to pay the mortgage on her gorgeous little house that she inherited from her Aunt. Izzy knows nothing about growing vegetables but she is very determined to start her own vegetable delivery box business, and somehow make her land pay for itself. 
Along the way Izzy has the help of her best friends Anna and Jess and the attention of Erik and Dan. There are lots of other characters in this book as well that you will grow to love. 
A beautifully written perfect summer holiday read that will leave you laughing and cringing in places for poor Izzy.
I have given Green Beans and Summer Dreams by Catherine Ferguson 5 out of 5 stars.
Publication date 19th May 2015
Rachel xx

Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge in exchange for a honest review. All opinions and views expressed are my own. Book cover image and Book Description taken from NetGalley .com for purpose of this review only.


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Book Review: Not A Word About Love & Giveaway

I have been given the chance to read and review an ebook copy of Not A Word About Love by the lovely Hana Goldberg. It is a sensual story about a search for love for a lonely woman called Maya and her trip to Thailand on a journey of self discovery.
Maya is a woman in her late 30’s and with her husband’s wishes embarks on a holiday on her own to write her screenplay and to help with her depression. She is struggling with accepting her unexciting life and dull marriage to Uri. 


On the plane to Thailand she ends up sitting next to a man called Joe who she soon becomes obsessed with and they end up having an affair. Maya meets up him various times throughout the book and eventually realises what she is throwing away when she wakes up on the streets of Thailand, lonely and longing for her life back home. 

Hana Goldberg keeps the reader guessing in the beginning as you have no idea what Maya will do next. Goldberg portrays Maya as a frustrated woman with her life and this trip gives her the freedom to be let loose. Although I don’t condone what Maya does you cannot but like her character. 
I love the way the author describes Thailand, it makes you feel that you are on the streets with Maya and on her journey to find happiness in life. The settings are very well described and the book well written. 
                            
My only dislike is that the book seemed very short when I read it on my kindle, I would have loved for it to have been longer! But looking back, it was 265 pages so I obviously enjoyed it so much I didn’t want it to finish. 
This is a book for a reader looking for a strong character based book and perfect for holiday reading. I think it is a book that you can go back and read again one day, and it’s one I will.
I have given Not a Word about Love 5 out of 5 stars.
Rachel xx
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Book Review: Missing Gretyl

I was given an electronic copy of Missing Gretyl: Only Fools and Trollops by the author Si Page to read on my Kindle. I thought it would be a very different book to try from my normal types of book, so was very excited to give it a go! I was not disappointed! 
The book is about Gretyl Trollop and her long suffering husband Albert, and the Soddall family. Their lives intertwine later on in the book and it was fun discovering how that happened! But for now I’ll tell you a little bit about the plot. 
Gretyl and Albert live in a block of flats in the East End, London, and Albert has a little garden allotment that is his escape from Gretyl. Gretyl spends her time going to car boots, collecting frogs, wearing wigs, complaining, acting like she has no money and generally annoying everyone she comes into contact with! She is an over the top character that you can’t help but learn to love.
The Soddall family are from an estate in Essex and are always looking to make quick easy money through some dodgy get rich scheme. They are Sharon, Dave and son Kevin who is the smart one in the family. Dave is on the look out for a “new scam to put them on the map” and they come up with a fantastic idea along with a crooked family friend, which eventually ends up involving Gretyl and Albert, Poncy Bridge and Marbella, but I don’t want to spoil that for you! You are in for a treat!
On a slightly negative note the book started off slow for me and took me a while to get into the character’s especially Gretyl. Who I didn’t really like at first but she grew on me with her eccentric and roguish ways, the further I got into the book. One of the best bits of the book is Gretyl’s waxing situation. I laughed so much it gave me stitches in my side!
Its an ideal read if you only read in small bursts which is what I did, as Its divided into little chapters that are easy to pick up. A book I will definitely read again! A very British sense of humour is needed for this book which will leave you laughing all the way till the end. A fantastic comedy novel from a brilliant writer!
You can also catch my review on Goodreads 
Rachel xx