‘All The Rage’ spoiler-free review and giveaway!

Hi everyone! Today, I’m on the HUGE blog tour for All The Rage, which is out in paperback today! This is the first Cara Hunter book I’ve read and I’m pleased to say I enjoyed it 😀 And I’m delighted to be able to offer one of YOU a copy of your very own because I accidentally ended up with two! So if you enjoy my review and like the sound of this one, make sure you leave me a comment saying you’d like to be entered in the giveaway! ❤

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synopsis

A teenage girl is found wandering the outskirts of Oxford, dazed and distressed. The story she tells is terrifying. Grabbed off the street, a plastic bag pulled over her face, then driven to an isolated location where she was subjected to what sounds like an assault. Yet she refuses to press charges.

DI Fawley investigates, but there’s little he can do without the girl’s co-operation. Is she hiding something, and if so, what? And why does Fawley keep getting the feeling he’s seen a case like this before?

And then another girl disappears, and Adam no longer has a choice: he has to face up to his past. Because unless he does, this victim may not be coming back…


my thoughts

As I mentioned previously, this was the first book I’ve read by Cara Hunter and I wasn’t disappointed! All The Rage was extremely compelling. I found it effective the way scenes would chop and change quite quickly, giving short bursts of information; this made for a very fast-paced read and made sure I couldn’t put the book down before finding out the next snippet! The book includes a range of formats, with social media conversations, courtroom transcripts and psychiatric reports all adding a sense of realness to the story and further heightening its gripping nature. It’s certainly a very readable book that will keep you up long into the night!

I will be completely honest and say that it took me a short while to get into the book. Normally, I like my thrillers to grab me within the first few pages and not let go. With All The Rage, it took a little longer for me to become invested. There were a lot of characters to try and keep track of in my head and I was mixing people up quite a bit because I’m silly like that. But then something was revealed around page 50 (which I can’t even hint at because SPOILERS) that got me hooked! From then on, my brain was ALL ABOUT this book.

As I said, there are quite a few characters in All The Rage. I didn’t realise before I picked it up that it’s actually the fourth book in a series so maybe I wouldn’t have struggled so much if I’d been on board from the beginning. That said, I still wholeheartedly believe that this book can be read as a standalone without the prior knowledge! I enjoyed getting to learn the dynamics of this particular police team and following the various subplots which were set up. Everyone felt realistically human, though my favourite character was definitely DC Somer who brought a slightly softer edge to a very masculine-feeling group.

Overall, I found this to be a complex and compelling read with a unique angle which I’ve not seen done before in a thriller. I truly appreciated the important issues which this book addressed while still managing to stand as an entertaining piece of fiction. It’s hard for a book to be original in this saturated genre but I think this one has managed it well.

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All The Rage is out today, January 23rd! Will you be reading it? Check out the other stops on this huge blog tour for more information and reviews! You can also sign up to Cara’s newsletter here!

And if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a brand new paperback copy of the book, leave me a comment below! (UK entrants only, sorry!)

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‘Foxfire, Wolfskin & Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women’ review and giveaway!

Hello my lovelies! I’m delighted to be on the blog tour today for Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women. And I’m just going to come out and say it. This is the best short story collection I have EVER read. Strong claims, I know. So let’s see how I’m going to back it up, shall we? 😉

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synopsis

Drawing on myth and fairy tales found across Europe – from Croatia to Sweden, Ireland to Russia – Sharon Blackie brings to life women’s remarkable ability to transform themselves in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances. These stories are about coming to terms with our animal natures, exploring the ways in which we might renegotiate our fractured relationship with the natural world, and uncovering the wildness – and wilderness – within. Beautifully illustrated by Helen Nicholson, Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women is her first collection of short stories. All are either reimaginings of older tales, or contain characters, beings and motifs which appear in older tales.


my thoughts

As soon as I heard about this collection, I knew I wanted to read it. And I had a feeling in my gut that I was going to love it. There is not a single weak story in this collection; I genuinely loved every last one. The writing is phenomenal throughout and I loved that the folklore inspirations for each story were explained at the end. The book also features stunning illustrations at the beginning of each story. I am seriously going to be pushing this book on everybody for the rest of my life.

I’m going to give you a few brief thoughts on each story, before letting you know how you can win a copy of this phenomenal book for yourself!

Wolfskin

This was the perfect story to open this collection. It really kicks things off with a bang! It is honestly such a powerful little story and it’s not even 4 pages long. The writing is completely gorgeous and has such a dreamlike quality. So empowering! An instant favourite.

The Last Man Standing

Again, the writing is utterly beguiling in this story. This is a sad and haunting tale. Any mild confusion I had was cleared up by the author’s explanation at the end.

The Bogman’s Wife

This story started to bring in sensual elements (though never explicit) and it worked so well. Once again, I adored the gorgeous writing. It felt like I was reading an old fairytale.

Foxfire

I love the mythology behind this one! Another favourite from the collection. The imagery was fantastic.

Meeting Baba Yaga

If any of the stories in the collection spoke to me slightly less, it would be this one. The narrative voice was more modern and the narrator wasn’t the most likeable. Plus it was slightly weird for my tastes. But even saying that, it was still an enjoyable read. And I loved the nod to Pratchett’s Granny Weatherwax 😉

The Water-Horse

This one returned to the old folktale feel that I so love and adore. This was another favourite of mine (in part, because it made me think of The Scorpio Races!)

Snow Queen

The writing!! I keep saying it but wow, heart eyes everywhere. This was so stark and beautiful and haunting.

The Saturday Diary of the Fairy Mélusine

The tone of this one felt very dark and scathing but wow, I still loved it. I’ve never heard of the mythology behind this one but it was absolutely fascinating to learn about.

The Madness of Mis

The second person narrative used throughout many of these stories is SO effective; it really makes you feel you are being told something ancient that has been passed down through the centuries. I don’t know how many times I can say I loved this. This story was another favourite, with its vivid descriptions and almost-poetic tone.

I Shall Go Into A Hare

I have to admit, it took me a minute to work out what has going on with this one! But I quickly got on board. I enjoyed the cyclical nature of this story, though there was something slightly disturbing about it too.

The Weight of a Human Heart

This story is written as a conversation between two women and both voices are so distinct. The emotion leaps off the page immediately. I could totally see this being performed in the theatre!

Flower Face

In my opinion, this is one of the darkest stories in the collection. I also thought it was one of the most unique; I’ve never read something based on flower lore before!

No Country For Old Women

This was a wonderful story to close the collection, bringing everything full circle. It was beautiful and uplifting.

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How amazing does all of that sound?! I know for a fact that this book will make my top ten list at the end of the year. If you’d like to read it for yourself, just leave me a comment below telling me your favourite short story (it’s not a requirement, I’m just curious lol) and confirm whether you’re in the UK or Ireland. And if you want to increase your chances of winning, head over to my Instagram account! Good luck!


If you want to see what other readers think of this one, check out the other stops on the tour! x

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‘The End of the World Survivors Club’ blog spot and UK giveaway!

Hello lovely people 😀 You’re lucky ducks today, you’ll be getting two posts from me in one day! Let’s pretend it was all intentional and not that I double-booked myself on two separate blog tours…

Some of you may remember me reading The End of the World Running Club last year so I was delighted when I was offered a copy of its sequel to review and a FURTHER COPY TO GIVEAWAY! Huge thanks to Anne Cater/Random Things Tours and the publisher for arranging this.

Furthermore, because I’m a generous soul, I will also be sending the winner a copy of the first book if they don’t have it! Before we get into the details of that, here’s what you can expect from this book…


synopsis

In THE END OF THE WORLD RUNNING CLUB Edgar Hill ran 550 miles after an apocalypse to try and find his family.

He had it easy.

This is his wife’s story.

Beth Hill has survived the apocalypse with a baby and toddler in tow. And what’s more she’s done it alone – without her husband’s help. He’s never been any help. But when disaster strikes and someone steals her kids, she knows what she has to do.

The new world might be very different: no government, no law, no infrastructure and a whole lot more ocean than there used to be. But one thing hasn’t changed – the lengths a mother will go to save her family…


Author information

Adrian J Walker Author picAdrian J Walker was born in the bush suburbs of Sydney, Australia in the mid ‘70s. After
his father found a camper van in a ditch, he renovated it and moved his family back to the UK, where Adrian was raised.

Ever since he can remember, Adrian has been interested in three things: words, music
and technology, and when he graduated from the University of Leeds, he found a career
in software. His novel The End of the World Running Club, a post-apocalyptic running fable about hope, love and endurance, was a Simon Mayo Radio 2 book club choice.

He lives in Aberdeen with his wife and two children.


And now for the bit I know you’re all here for… the giveaway!

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To be in with a chance of winning, you need to be a UK or ROI resident and over the age of 18 (or if you are under 18, you must have permission to share your address with myself and the publisher). You must also be following my blog.

Simply leave a comment below if you would like to be in with a chance of winning, letting me know if you would like both books or just the sequel, and confirming if you are in the UK or Ireland!

Also, you can head over to my Instagram account for a further chance at winning 😉

Good luck!!

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To read reviews and find out more about the book, check out the other stops on the blog tour! And look out for my review soon!

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‘The Forgotten Girl’ spoiler-free review & GIVEAWAY!

Hey everyone! I’m delighted to be taking part in the Titan Books blog tour for The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers! I pushed myself out of my comfort zone with this book and I’m so glad I did, as I ended up loving it! And I’m thrilled to be partnering with Titan to offer one lucky reader in the UK/ROI the chance to win a copy!

As always, I’ll include the book’s synopsis before my review but I do recommend going into this one blind if at all possible, so feel free to skip over it 😉

the forgotten girl review


synopsis

A dark mystery unfolds in Rio Youers’s riveting tale, for fans of Paul Tremblay and Joe Hill.

Harvey Anderson is a twenty-six-year-old busker who enjoys his peaceful life, but everything is turned upside down when he is abducted and beaten by a group of nondescript thugs. Working for a sinister man known as “the spider”, these goons have spent nine years searching for Harvey’s girlfriend, Sally Starling. Now they think they know where she lives. There’s only one problem: Sally is gone and Harvey has no memory of her. Which makes no sense to him, until he discovers that Sally has the unique ability to selectively erase a person’s memories. An ability she has used to delete herself from Harvey’s mind. But emotion runs deeper than memory, and so he goes looking for a girl he loves but can’t remember… and encounters a danger beyond anything he could ever imagine.

Political corruption and manipulation. A serial killer’s dark secrets. An appetite for absolute, terrible power… For Harvey Anderson, finding the forgotten girl comes at quite a cost.


my thoughtsThis was a seriously enjoyable read! The writing style is enthralling and I found myself swept along very easily from beginning to end. The writing is actually highly cinematic; I could easily picture everything in great detail and I think that this book would translate really well to screen!

The concept is so original and unique. As I previously said, I think it’s best to go into this one knowing as little as possible, to allow yourself to experience the shocks and thrills! In saying that, even though I had an idea of what the book was about, I still found myself glued to the pages and feeling breathless with excitement while reading. The concept intrigues continuously and builds to a very satisfying conclusion.

This is such a clever, multi-layered story. The ‘brain’ talk was completely fascinating, obviously, but there is also a nuance to the other plot elements that I really enjoyed. There’s also plenty of violence but not enough to put me off. If ever there was a book that contained something for everyone, this is it!

I’m so glad I pushed myself to try this one and I will definitely be recommending it to a few people!

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Titan Books will be sending the book directly to the winner’s UK/ROI address. Good luck! 

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