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Two Voices One Story by Elaine Rizzo and Amy Masters #BlogTour

A little break from our month’s project today with my stop on the blog tour for Two Voices, One Story, by Elaine Rizzo and her daughter Amy Masters.
I would like to thank Rachel at autoright for including me in this blog tour! Without further ado, here is an extract and my review!

Title: Two Voices, One Story
Author: Elaine Rizzo and Amy Masters
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
First date of publication: 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 144
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

This is the true story of a girl called Amy and the English “mother” who adopted her from an institute in China when she was just a baby.

It’s a story about love, family and identity; and the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.

When Amy came to be adopted in 1999, China’s then notorious one-child policy had given rise to a generation of missing girls. Amy was one of them, destined to life in an orphanage if she was lucky enough to survive. That is, until she was adopted by a loving British couple who were desperate to give her the home she deserved; Elaine and Lee.

In this moving autobiography, Amy and Elaine chart their own personal experiences of their shared adoption story. Theirs is not a political account, but one which is open about the challenges of adopting a child from a foreign country and the long journey that follows; from China to the UK and from infancy through to adolescence, as Amy and her new family learn and grow together.

Now a bright and ambitious young woman on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Amy is braced for an exciting journey into adulthood, one which her proud mother is delighted to be able to share.

Two Voices, One Story is a frank but uplifting account of the complex adoption process and the profound relationship between a mother and her adopted child.

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#OrendaMonth Book 4: Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen @OrendaBooks


Here comes another review! I feel I’ve been writing plenty of them when it fact it is only the fourth! I’ve experienced a bit with the format of my reviews in March but now it’s Lazy Saturday Review time!


From Lipsyy : I started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy, and concentrate less on the plot (or content) and writing and more on my overall feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!

where roses never dieTitle: Where Roses Never Die
Author: Gunnar Staalesen
Translator: Don Bartlett
Publisher: Orenda Books
First date of publication: 2016
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy
Number of pages: 285
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

September 1977. Mette Misvær, a three-year-old girl, disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. Her tiny, close middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found. Almost 25 years later, as the expiration date for the statute of limitations draws near, Mette’s mother approaches PI Varg Veum, in a last, desperate attempt to find out what happened to her daughter. As Veum starts to dig, he uncovers an intricate web of secrets, lies and shocking events that have been methodically concealed. When another brutal incident takes place, a pattern begins to emerge. Chilling, shocking and full of extraordinary twists and turns, Where Roses Never Die reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost crime thriller writers.

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#OrendaMonth The Team’s Tree: The Branches (part 1) @OrendaBooks

Now that we met the trunk of the Orenda Books team last week, it is time to take a look at its inspiring and diverse branches!

Just like the Trunk team, authors and translators have been kind enough to give me 5 facts about them. You may wonder why I got this idea. Well, since I started blogging, my relation to book has evolved and now that I see books in their entirety, meaning with their publisher and author, and not just as stories coming out of nowhere. That’s why I thought it would be nice to take a closer look at who is behind the words that transports us by getting details we can’t find in their official biographies. Yep, told you I was nosey! Plus, I realized I never read the biographies and after preparing this post I realized I should start doing so!!

Many authors sent me a little something so I decided to explore the branches in different posts. Meet the first branches today!

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#OrendaMonth Book 3: Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski @OrendaBooks @ConcreteKraken


This book was not scheduled on this month’s reading list but reading about it everywhere, I couldn’t pass the chance to add it.

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Title: Six Stories
Author: Matt Wesolowski
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: 2016
Format: eBook
Source: Bought myself
Number of pages: 280
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ and a half!

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby.

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#OrendaMonth The Team’s Tree: The Trunk + Giveaway Winner @OrendaBooks


I find Orenda Books’ logo to be very inspiring, a tree and a bird… a sort of bird I am too silly to recognize. An eagle?? I am terrible at this but this is not point. I do see Orenda Books’ company as a flamboyant tree which brings the Earth its best products. This is why I imagine the people working at Orenda Books and making it the great adventure it is as part of that red and beautiful tree.

So, I cut the tree into three parts (don’t start yelling at me, it’s an image!! I love that tree, I won’t do it any harm!): the roots, the trunk, and the branches, to make it easier for us to get to know everyone. Their combined work offers us readers some of the best reading experiences book lovers can hope for and I thought it would be nice to gather names and little facts about who they are. Because even though the books are at the center of everything, I am curious about who does what, who thinks what, who did what! Everyone was kind enough to participate and give 5 facts about themselves, and they even provided some insight about what their job at Orenda Books entails. Yes, the books are what we love, but they are created, shaped and put into the world by passionate people who deserve a little light too 🙂orenda-books-logo-little

So today, let’s meet the trunk of the tree! The hands who take care of the stories, the managing, the choosing, and so many other tasks we don’t even think of when we pick a book to read!

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#OrendaMonth Book 2: Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson @OrendaBooks @ragnarjo


It is time for the second review of the month! I struggled a lot with this one and I dug quite deep into my vocabulary for synonyms of cold 🤣 Who knew one of the most-talked about, fantastic Orenda Books best-sellers would leave me short of words?

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Snowblind (Book 1 in the series)
Author: Ragnar Jónasson
Translator: Quentin Bates
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: 2015
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 252
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors – accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik – with a past that he’s unable to leave behind. When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theatre, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life. An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass, and the 24-hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge, as curtains begin to twitch, and his investigation becomes increasingly complex, chilling and personal. Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness – blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose.

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No, It’s Not YOU! A Guest Post by Thomas Enger #OrendaMonth @OrendaBooks @EngerThomas


A tag once asked me whether I preferred character-driven stories or plot-driven books. My answer was: a mix of both. You can have a mind-blowing plot ruined by bland characters as much as you can get the most amazing characters let down by the weak storyline. Still, there is one thing I need to truly enjoy a book: one character. One Chosen One. To hate or to love, to root for or to push under the train just when it comes in. It got me to thinking about the creation of those characters. I often wonder about their birth, and name-choosing is an inevitable step in the process, at least for 99% of the books we read.

Thomas Enger, whose latest book Cursed is a success, has something to say about names in stories! Continue reading “No, It’s Not YOU! A Guest Post by Thomas Enger #OrendaMonth @OrendaBooks @EngerThomas”

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Publish Me Not! Or How I Did Not Know a Thing about Publishers until I Started Blogging #OrendaMonth #Suntag?

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I have a confession to make. Before I started blogging, I had no clue and no interest in knowing which company published what. For me, it was all about the book. I did not even care that much about the author’s name, that tells you something! I was a seeker for stories, but I never looked at the entire package. A cover and a blurb were enough to catch my interest and I could not have cared less about details.
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