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This Week in Books (May 30th 2018)

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This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

What a pleasure it is to schedule your reads without having to think of homework and university. Pure bliss! First TWIB in months for which I don’t wonder if I’ll manage to read them all!

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Need a Book Hangover? Dying Truth by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #killerbook #KimStoneSeries

She does it again.

Thank you to Bookouture for my review copy and to Angela Marsons for making me feel so alive!

dying truthTitle: Dying Truth
Author: Angela Marsons
Date of publication:  May 18th 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: e-copy
Number of pages: 384
No more star ratings! (but OMG if I did, this would get all the stars!!)

How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

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Posted in Life in General

Why I’ve put blogging on the back burner and why you won’t hear much from me until June 1st!

This is a “what is happening in my life post”!

With the end of an era… *dramatic music in the background* comes the assessment time we all dread. Or not. In fact, I am not dreading it at all. I have been waiting for this day.

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Posted in Excerpt

Scoop of the Year by Tom Claver: The Extract @Bookollective @Tom_Claver

Good morning, afternoon, evening! Happy new week! We are starting the day (at least, I am!) with an extract of Scoop of the Year by Tom Claver! I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, but I really want to!

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Title: Scoop of the Year
Author: Tom Claver
Date of publication:  2017
Publisher: Troubador

Martin, a hapless journalist on a weekly financial magazine, sees his life take a nosedive with the arrival of Tom de Lacy, a well-heeled reporter who grabs the limelight, not to mention the well-paid industrial correspondent’s job that he has his eye on.

He does his level best to sabotage Tom’s career, only to see his rival land a plum job in television.

But watching his rival’s success while his life disintegrates makes Martin a desperate fellow. Falling on hard times can be murder, and in certain circumstances could even give rise to it.

So when Martin gets a scoop on a major corporate scandal, he just has to grab the opportunity with both hands. He sees it as not only his turn to shine, but his duty.

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Keep your Friends Close: My Sweet Friend by H.A Leuschel @HALeuschel @RaRaResources #BlogTour

Even after its death, my old Macbook is giving me hell! I was using the calendar to plan my reviews and of course, I was sure my review of My Sweet Friend was for today. My brain was too dead to go back to my emails to check, so here it is, one day late!

36678713Title: My Sweet Friend
Author: H.A Leuschel
Date of publication:  2018
Format: e-copy
Number of pages: 92
No more star ratings!

A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives
A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?
Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.
But is Alexa all she claims to be?
As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?
In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.

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It’s always safer to stay between the pages: All of this Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor @lygiaday @dh_books #BlogTour

Yes, you read this right. Today, I am reviewing a Young Adult story! I wish I had my friend Marie’s talent for this but I will do my best to talk about All of this is True.

I would like to thank the author, and my darling Sweechie for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. You have been brilliant!

35068735.jpgTitle: All of this is true
Author: Lygia Day Peñaflor
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of publication:  2018
Format: uncorrected proof copy
Number of pages: 432
No more star ratings!

Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to meet the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her, even if her friends won’t admit it now. As for Jonah, well—Miri knows none of that was Fatima’s fault.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined. . . .

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It Will be the Death of You: The Lies We Told by Camilla Way @CamillaLWay @HarperCollins #BlogTour

Happy Friyay! To start the weekend on a good note, here is my review of The Lies We Told by Camilla Way. This was my first book from the author and I was not disappointed!

Thank you very much to Harper Collins for inviting me to be part of this blog tour!

the lies we told.pngTitle: The Lies We Told
Author: Camilla Way
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
Date of publication: May 3rd 2018
Format: E-ARC
Number of pages: 336
No more star ratings!

A daughter
Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behaviour, the apparent delight in hurting others… sometimes Beth is scared of her, and what she could be capable of.

A son
Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without trace, and his girlfriend Clara is left desperate to discover what has happened to him.

A life built on lies
As Clara digs into the past, she realizes that no family is truly perfect, and uncovers a link between Luke’s long-lost sister and a strange girl named Hannah. Now Luke’s life is in danger because of the lies once told and the secrets once kept. Can she find him before it’s too late?

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Whatever Happened to Spring : Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton @shrimpyshrimpy1 @HotKeyBooks

Busy as I may be, when I got up this morning, I felt the need to feed my blog. I will soon vent and ramble about my schedule but for now, time to smell some lovely flowers and discover a pretty book, inside and out!

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

sunflowers in febTitle: Sunflowers in February
Author: Phyllida Shrimpton
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Date of publication: Feb 8th 2018
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 384
No more star ratings!

This funny yet heartbreaking teen and YA novel movingly explores what happens when Lily dies in a car accident. The trouble is, Lily is really not sure at all if she wants to ‘move on’ . . .

Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful and very beautiful. It is only when the police car and then the ambulance arrive, and she sees her own body, that she realises that she is in fact dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and see her family – her parents and her twin brother start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once-in-a-deathtime opportunity: to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time . . .

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Bye bye April! #Wrap-up

Another month has come and gone. April brought me the best week of my life as well as some of the worst times ever. You can’t appreciate the amazing stuff without the endless painful days, I guess! But no matter what happened, nothing can take away what I have learned in April and will now cherish forever. (Yes, I am aware I sound very sappy, but I don’t care :p My blog, my sappiness!)

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