I was very excited to be accepted onto the blog tour for Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent. It’s been a while (for me anyway!) to have found the time to sit down with a good book. I’ve been very busy preparing for baby girl’s first Christmas!
So Late Whitsun is the first book in a new series featuring private detective Charlie Woolf. It’s set in Brighton in the 1930’s.
When I was about 10 years old I used to be into all the Nancy Drew mystery books and basically any adventure books I could get my hands on. I used to love going with my mum browsing around charity shops at all the books. We used to get some great books. Then Dad used to take us after school to our local library as well so I could top up my books every couple of weeks. Here I would save up my pocket money to buy the ex-library books. I would spend all day browsing in the library if I could!
Anyway onto the actual aim of this post. I have been given the chance to read and review a fab little mystery kids book called Mystery at the Ice Hotel it’s one of the Chasing Danger mystery books by Sara Grant. Totally my type of children’s book. I’m so excited to be on this book tour!
I love participating in book tours. It’s good fun popping around the tour reading everyone’s review on the book you have just read. This time around the book I have read for the tour is Random Acts of Unkindness by Jacqueline Ward.
A totally different book from the last book I read Beyond the Veil which was a fantasy vampire/werewolves type of book. Random Acts of Unkindness is a mystery crime novel and the first one in the DS Jan Pearce series.
This week’s Book Review Monday Is a special one as I’m a part of a blog book tour.
I’m very excited to be a part of the Following Evan by Elida May blog book tour. The week before last on the 16th I was lucky enough to be a part of the release day blitz for Following Evan.
The story intrigued me from the moment I read the information I was given about this novel. I always like to set myself little questions from what I gather from the blurb and look forward to finding out the questions while I’m reading along.The questions I gave myself for Following Evan were: What made Laura one day decide that she has finished grieving? Who is this mysterious stranger in New York? What does a woman in a dress from a painting have to do with this book?I’m eager to find out, are you?
Well it’s Monday again so time for #BookReviewMondays. I aim to provide you all with a book review each Monday, of a book I have been reading the previous week and finished over the weekend. I seem to have the most time to finish a book on Sunday afternoons. I find it a very relaxing way to end the weekend.
Today’s book review is a book called Exposure by Helen Dunmore. I am a huge fan of Helen Dunmore’s books and this one looked really intriguing, full of mystery, suspense – the perfect spy story.
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.
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.
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)
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.